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Lest we forget By Julia Czerwonatis

Yesterday thousands of Wellingtonians, and New Zealanders throughout the country remembered their fallen soldiers and acknowledged their contribution. 102 years ago Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed on the banks of the Gallipoli Peninsula joining the battlefields of World War I. “At this day, in this hour the Anzac received their baptism of fire,” David

Moloney, President of the Wellington Returned and Services’ Association, said at the Dawn Service. “We are here to honour their ultimate sacrifice, shared across the Tasman.” Next to thousands of Wellingtonians, Prime Minister Bill English, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, Governor-General Patsy Reddy, the Australian Secretary of Defence Dennis Richardson and other representatives from both Australia and New Zealand attended the Dawn Service.

Poppies were the first flowers to grow on the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium. Wellingtonians paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the War Memorial. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Crowds gathered on Burgess Street, Johnsonville, for a sunny Anzac Day Parade. The parade was well attended by a few hundred gathering for the march to the Salvation Army where the Anzac service was held. Commissioner Garth McKenzie was the chaplain of the day, and the service was started with an observance of silence timed to coincide with the rest of the country. Darline Simmons’ “dedicated band ensemble” of four led the parade.

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Darline said she has been joining the Johnsonville Anzac Day Parade for three years now. She said it is all part of playing in a pipe band. It is expected they will go off separately and play for smaller gatherings afterwards so everyone has someone to lead them. Kea member Holly Marsh and her brother Adam, a Scout, said they were excited to march in the parade. Murray Priest came along from the Churtonleigh rest home and said he came every year. “The fell for us and dedicated their lives for us, so I always come along.”

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Les Stephens and Bailey Trebathan from Ngaio enjoyed attempting the Dawn Service. Bailey was carrying his great-grandfather’s medals.

Anh Trinh and Ha Pham from Northland were interested in the commemorative plaques at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

Pieter Lelieveld from Newlands is an air cadet and particularly liked the bands playing in the early morning hours. Getting out of bed was tough though.

Kea leader Edwina Marsh attended the Johnsonville Parade with her children Holly who is a Kea, and Adam who is a Scout.

The Johnsonville Anzac Day Parade marched from Burgess Road down Johnsonville Road to the Salvation Army Citadel for the Anzac Service.

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“We are really excited about pand their social enterprise in Johnsonville and have now the new office space, it’s going Sub Urban Co-working has announced their opening day to be a wonderful workplace,” been working tirelessly to ex- on May 11. Kathleen Wright, the Sub Urban CEO, said. The new facilities will have two self-contained offices for people who would like to work in a co-working environment but need a bit of peace and quiet. A lounge and an indoor garden will contribute to a pleasant and cosy atmosphere. There will be two separate meeting rooms and an exhibition space, too. Sub Urban was created in 2015 by five residents from the northern suburbs to offer a shared space for people that are working remotely and that Kathleen Wright, Sub Urban founder and CEO, is currently getting want to network within their support from intern Joceyln Lizama. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis community.

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Members use it for workshops, meetups, exhibitions, and as an office space, paying a monthly fee for using the Sub Urban facilities. “We are welcoming everyone,” Kathleen said. “Our new space will be unique and funky, and offer a lot of opportunities for people to network.” They will continue to use the current Sub Urban rooms in Johnsonville Mall. The Sub Urban’s expansion has been self-funded. “We would love to get some sponsors on board or people that want to collaborate with us in any way,” Kathleen said.  Sub Urban opens its doors in 2 Johnsonville Road above the Mobil Station on May 11 from 10am to 5pm.

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This year’s Poppy Day was blessed with a lot of sun, a treat for all the collectors that supplied Wellingtonians with a poppy. Bruce Johnston started his day at 7.45am in the Karori Mall. He has been a member of the Karori RSA for about 28 years and has been the president for 21 years. “The RSA means companionship to me,” Bruce said. Sitting at his poppy stall, Bruce had the opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbours. People who were interested in joining the RSA passed by and asked Bruce for advice. “We have a few veterans supporting us today,“ Bruce said. “I like watching how people react to their uniforms. It’s usually a very positive reaction.” He served in the military for 22 years. Through the RSA Bruce was able to maintain friendships with fellow service

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Emma-Kate Woodham was only a week old when she had her first heart failure on Christmas Eve 1974. A couple of months later she had her first heart surgery. “It was only years later, when I talked to one of my doctors, that I realised my chance of survival at that time was one percent,” Emma-Kate said. The 42-year-old has a rare heart condition called Truncus Arterious. “There is no one I know of who has lived past 50 with this disease,” Emma said. “No one believed I was going to live through my 20s.” Against all odds, Emma-Kate gave birth to three children, is now a solomother, and runs her own business as a message therapist. Emma-Kate is active at Heart Kids Wellington, a charity that is currently supporting over 400 children with heart conditions in the region.

On April 30 Heart Kids will launch a short film called ‘Every Beat of Life’, starring Emma-Kate, her son Rossi who was born with the heart disease Tetralogy of Fallot, and her daughter Eilidh who has a minor heart condition. “The short film depicts a journey that many kids with heart conditions face, yet they are still there trying to have a ‘normal’ life,” Angela Haddon from Heart Kids Wellington said. “It is not something people can see. The scars are hidden; the battle that heart kids face is hard for others to understand or visualise.” People didn’t see that Emma-Kate is sick, she said. They tend not to understand when Emma-Kate can’t keep up. Due to her heart condition, she gets tired easily or short of breath. “I have to rest more than healthy people,” Emma explained. She said, she has built good resilience and draws her energy from a positive attitude.

Emma-Kate’s doctors haven’t found a cure for her disease, and her biggest fear is to leave her children behind. “My son Warner said the other day that he was worried I could die,” Emma explained. Warner, who has a healthy heart, said he didn’t think that his life that much different from everyone else’s. His brother Rossi loves playing football. “I have to stop more often to catch my breath,” Rossi said. Rossi would love to become a professional video gamer. His younger sister Eilidh wants to be an equestrian. “On Mondays, we all go horse riding together,” Emma-Kate said. “That my favourite activity with the kids. The four of us are pretty close.” If you want to learn more about Emma-Kate’s family, their heart diseases and stories from other children from the region find ‘Every Beat of Life’ on youtube.com.

More watertanks for Churton Park A record number of emergency water tanks were sold outside Churton Park New World last Saturday afternoon by Northern Ward councillors Malcolm Sparrow, Jill Day and Peter Gilberd, with assistance from Churton Park Community Association members Brian and Lee Sheppard, and Vijay

Chandrashekar. Councillor Malcolm Sparrow said he had received pre-paid orders for 33 tanks. Another 12 were sold on the day before stock ran out, and orders for a further 22 water tanks were taken. A profit of $440 was made which has been directed to the Johnson-

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‘Honour & Duty‘ – A Sikh’s history of war Historian and curator Harchand Singh Bedi has launched an exhibition in cooperation with the New Zealand Sikh Society Wellington to tell tales of war from the Sikhs’ point of view. “Sikhs fought shoulder to shoulder with Kiwis and Australians in

the World Wars. We want to make people aware that we played our part,” Manjit Grewal, Karori resident and active member of the New Zealand Sikh Society, said. Ha rcha nd f i r st d isplaye d ‘Frames of Bravery’ in Malaysia in 2007 which has since been displayed in Asia, Europe, and North

Anoop Bedi, representative of the New Zealand Sikh Society Wellington, and Harchand Singh Bedi at the opening of the exhibition in the Central Library. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

America. With words and pictures Harchand portraits the Sikhs’ contribution in Gallipoli, World War II and battles in Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Korea, and the Middle East. Harchand traces the military involvement of the Sikhs back to the 18th century. More than 83,000 Sikhs, known as the soldiers with turbans and bearded faces, lost their lives in both World Wars. Harchand highlighted specific battles and stories of particular soldiers that later were praised as war heroes. “Sikh soldiers were known to be very brave and honourable,” Harchand explained. “The turban symbolises the Sikh’s sovereignty and courage.” The Wellington Sikhs society welcomed Mayor Justin Lester and Councillor Diane Calvert to the opening of the exhibition. “The Sikhs made an outstanding contribution to the wars,” Mr Lester said. “The numbers of soldiers that fought and lost their lives are staggering and quite revealing.” The mayor thanked the Sikhs for their contribution to Wellington. Currently there are about 20,000 Sikhs living in New Zealand.  ‘Frames of Bravery’ will be on display until April 27 at the Wellington Central Library. Admission is free.

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100 years and not forgotten By Julia Czerwonatis

Thousands of white crosses spread across the green hillside of the Wellington Botanic Garden and each one carries a name of a soldier from the Wellington region who fell in World War I. The Fields of Remembrance project is a nationwide initiative to honour those who served and died. Two years ago the first 884 were installed, naming the soldiers who died during the first year of the war. An additional 964 white crosses followed in 2016. This year 1,568 crosses are joined by representing each man who died in 1917. “It is a silent visual display,” Dilys Grant, project manager for the Wellington City Council First World War Commemoration. “A lot of people come here to lay down poppies. Some are looking for relatives they have lost,” Dilys said. “People are moved by the site. Some say they didn’t realise how many soldiers fell.” The Passchendaele Society, the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association New

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Zealand established the Fields of Remembrance Trust in 2012. Communities throughout the country are creating Fields of Remembrance with personalised white crosses. “These soldiers fought for what they believed in. Brothers, husbands, and fathers were lost and didn’t return home. It is important to remember them all,” Councillor Andy Foster said at the blessing of the newly installed crosses. Peter Blackler and his team from Menzshed Kapiti took on the job to build the 1,568 crosses. “It has

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Imagination was all that was needed at Newlands Community Centre Kids Holiday Art and Craft Group last Wednesday. Local children were invited to create stencilled and print artwork at the centre. Staff from the centre provided a range of leaves, bubble wrap, plastic and rubber stencils and a good variety of paint and paintbrushes.

The children were then left to create their individual masterpieces. Some 30 children and 10 adults crowded into a large room at the centre to be a little messy and to enjoy learning a new art skill. Community Centre Advocate Fei Gao said the children “truly enjoyed the whole session”. Nik Mounter later told the centre, “thanks for the art class – the girls really enjoyed it”. “The holiday activity is about giv-

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“We remember what took place, and hope it won’t repeat again, even with Donald Trump in charge. It’s beautiful that so many people are taking part in the commemoration.”

“New Zealanders lost their lives for our and other countries. Anzac shows that we are a country that cares about the welfare of our people and others.”

“The soldiers fought for our freedom. The world might be a different place if they hadn’t given their lives.”

“I came down to Wellington to commemorate and remember my grandfather.”

“New Zealand is the country it is today because our soldiers fought in World War I.”

Geoffrey Lee, Karori “Anzac Day is the official recognition of Anzac, but it’s more than that: we pause to comprehend the impact the war had on our country. It is part of the fabric of our country’s history.”

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red Toyota Corona saloon parked locked in a garage in Ottawa Road was entered and searched. The garage door had been left open as the lock was not in working order. Nothing is known to have been stolen. In Crofton Downs an attempt was made to steal a white Toyota Hilux utility vehicle which had been parked overnight in Spencer Street. Scratches on the front left passenger door indicate that a

wire may have been used to pop open the door. The ignition has been pulled out and damaged in an unsuccessful attempt to start the vehicle. Also in Spencer Street, on the same night, another Toyota Hilux utility van, this one colour blue, was stolen. In Churton Park a white Holden Barina hatchback parked overnight in Atwood Grove had both front and rear registration plates stolen.

Rest home life bustling Cashmere Heights Home resident Joan Thomson is enjoying every minute of the bustling activity calendar at the Johnsonville rest home. Joan moved to Enliven’s Cashmere Heights Home early last year after spending time in hospital. Luckily, Joan already knew where she wanted to live if she ever needed residential care. “I had already looked around with my daughter the year before, just in case. I liked Cashmere Heights Home because it wasn’t too big - some of the bigger places felt quite impersonal, but Cashmere Heights felt homely and comfortable,” says Joan. “There are lovely courtyards where you can sit and enjoy the sun here. I have a spacious room with a nice outlook.” Joan says part of what makes life so enjoyable at Cashmere Heights Home is the thriving activity programme. “When I moved in I was really pleased to find that all these activities were on here. I wouldn’t have done most of these things at home, but now I always go to bingo, crosswords and the exercise classes, and we have an art therapy class run by a trained art therapist once a fortnight that I never miss – it’s very therapeutic,” Joan explains. “Art is a hobby I’ve always enjoyed so I’m happy I get to continue with it. We do something different each time which is lovely, and people can choose what they want to do. It’s a nice group and we all enjoy it.” Joan says she is pleased with her choice to make Cashmere Heights Home her home. “The staff are very good, they keep us laughing and they’re very cheerful. I’m close to my family, I’m comfortable and I’m happy here.”

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Reducing Wellington waste Wellingtonians are being encouraged to give their thoughts on plans to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill by a third, including opinions on introducing kerbside food and garden waste collections. Consultation on the draft waste plan will close on May 19. More information can be found at wgtnregionwasteplan.govt.nz. Submissions can be made online. Reference copies of the documents and FreePost submission forms are also at libraries.

Marsden School Year 7 and 9 Information Evenings Wellington Brass at the National Brass Band Championships in Napier last year. PHOTO: Supplied

Tuba and trumpet for Wellington By Julia Czerwonatis

Wellington was in for a blast last week when the city hosted the 137th National Brass Band Championships for the first time in more than a decade. 25 bands from around New Zealand and Australia including a strong showing from the Wellington region competed last weekend. Ngaio’s Wellington Brass missed their 5th title in a row in the A Grade category by half a point. Their Australian rivals, the Brisbane Excelsior Band, “took revenge over last year’s competition where we beat them,” Mark Davey from Wellington Brass said. “We’re a little bit sad but it was

incredibly close. We’re good friends with the Brisbane band and helped them celebrate on the weekend,” Mark said. Musical director David Bremner took over a struggling B Grade band in 2006 and shaped them into Australasia’s top brass band accumulating four New Zealand A Grade titles in a row which was a record. In 2015 Wellington Brass won both the New Zealand and Australian National titles, and last year the band competed at the prestigious British Open Championships in Birmingham. David conducted his last concert with the Wellington Brass at the weekend. “I feel like I have accomplished

a lot of what I wanted when I set out on this journey with the band, and so am happy to step down from conducting the band knowing that it is in a much better place than it was when I started,” David said. Wellington Brass was founded in 1910. The wind players have been gifted the Ngaio railway station as a rehearsing location where they meet two times a week. “We also rehearsed on the weekends in preparation for the competition,” Kate Pilkington, Wellington Brass secretary, said. “It was an intensive build-up.” Kate has been playing the tuba since she was 12. “I love the big, rich sound of brass music, it’s incredibly beautiful,” the Khandallah resident said.

No cat lost no more By Julia Czerwonatis

The SPCA and the Wellington City Council have partnered up to offer free microchipping for cats. SPCA vets will be taking care of local cats in community centres. Mircochips help to reunite cats that have gotten lost with their families. “We have a lot of wandering cats coming into the SPCA and it is a lot harder to bring them back to their owners if they are not microchipped,” Nick Taylor, SPCA Animal Care Manager, said. By 2018 microchipping will be compulsory for all Wellington cats. “We had incredible cases with a cat from Hamilton that was later found in Wellington,” Nick said. In a quick procedure, the vet uses

a needle to implant the chip underneath the cat’s skin beneath its shoulder blades. The chip sends out a radio signal that can be scanned and is connected to a database. SPCA branches and councils throughout New Zealand have access to the New Zealand Companion Animal Register that holds information about pets and their owners. “Of course cats don’t like the implanting procedure but it’s over in seconds, and it is well worth it,” Nick said. SPCA will start in four community centres for the cat microchipping, however, more are likely to come. The SPCA will be at the following community centres from 1.30pm:

You and your daughter are invited to Marsden School to hear about our programmes, opportunities and life at Marsden. Year 7 Information Evening Mon 8 May, 7pm. Year 9 Information Evening Wed 10 May, 7pm. Marsden Ave, Karori 476 8707 marsden.school.nz/experience

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Cross-country run held surprise win at Battle Hill Runners were granted a stunning day for this year’s Shaw Baton Relay at the Battle Hill Farm Park, Pauatahanui. Ten harrier clubs and one school team from Chilton St James started off the inter-club competition season with a two-kilometre cross-country run. “We had good conditions; the soil was a little soft under-foot following recent rain,” Rob McCrudden, Olympic Harriers club captain, said. After getting close two years ago, the Wellington Harriers mens team finally did it: they broke the Scottish Harriers’ 21-year winning streak, taking the lead in lap 3, increasing it over the next two laps and maintaining it over the last lap to win by a 54-second margin. “There’s been a lot of rivalry between

both clubs in recent years. It’s exciting to see a change with the Wellington Harriers becoming stronger,” Meredith Ogilvie from Olympic Harriers said. Wellington Harriers, based in Newtown, were also dominant in the junior womens and mens races with runners aged 20 to 39. The Wellington senior women beat the Johnsonville Olympic Harriers with a 72-second margin. The Olympic Harriers succeeded in the Womens Masters, beating the Scottish Harriers. With 6 minutes 12 seconds Scott Russell from the Scottish Harriers took out fastest lap on the day. Fastest senior woman was Sarah Drought of Wellington Harriers with 7 minutes 28 seconds. Sarah made her comeback last year

after an injury wining the Dorne Cup and the Wellington 10k event. The Olympic Harriers started the Shaw Baton Relay in 1923 which became an annual event in 1929. Competitors were

running their laps on grass and gravel tracks around Battle Hill. The trail is mostly flat to undulating with one sharp uphill and downhill section. Runners had to master a series of log jumps including one water jump.

Julian Baker, Will Bell and Stefan Przychodzko running their lap at Battle Hill. PHOTO: Supplied

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Boxing gives itself Para-athlete Libby Leikis another black eye Libby Leikis and Anna Stevens racing at the 2017 New Zealand Track & Field Championships. PHOTO: Alisha Lovrich / Temposhot.

off to World Juniors By Dave Crampton

Para-athlete Libby Leikis has been named in the New Zealand team for the para- athletics World Junior Championships in Switzerland in August. The Karori sprinter will compete in her first ever world championship event, in the T37 100 metres and 200 metres events. T37 is a disability classification for those in track and jump events, and includes those with co-ordination impairments. Libby was born with a condition called tuberous sclerosis, which leads to the growth of tumours in several parts of the body. She had epileptic seizures as an infant and ended up having surgery as a twoyear-old to remove a brain tumour. That stopped the epilepsy, but she had a stroke after the surgery, which caused hemiplegia, a permanent weakness on the right side of her body. Consequently, she finds 100 metres events better than the 200 metres – the 200 metres has a turn on the track. While at primary school Libby would always come last, and struggled with other sports owing to poor balance. At secondary school, she entered the College Sport Wellington athlete with disability races, and won the 100 metres. She has since entered national events and now international events beckon in an official New Zealand team.

“I’m excited and looking forward to it. I’ve never competed like that overseas. I’m going to do some hard training.” Libby knows running is in her genes. “I get it from dad’s dad, Lance Leikis. He was a national champion in the 100 yards,” she said. Libby ran the 100 metres and 200 metres events at the Athletics New Zealand Track and Field champs in Hamilton in March, with the Australian Track and Field Championships in Sydney two weeks later, clocking 15.95 seconds in the 100 metres and 33.71 seconds in the 200 metres – slightly over her best. At last year’s Halberg junior disability games, she won the 50 metres and the 100 metres and competed in four other events to take the athletics overall female trophy. She prefers competing with para-athletes at national meets over competing with able-bodied athletes at lower levels. “The national stuff is much better for me. I only race against para people.” Training is more difficult, as is racing against able-bodied athletes while trying to do a personal best in local competition. “It’s challenging; it’s frustrating; they are all faster than me. Getting my times down is a major for me at the moment.” While she has achieved her hope of being selected for the World Juniors, she has other plans too. “My ultimate aim is to get to Tokyo paralympics in 2020.”

This is why it’s hard to take boxing seriously. The world title fight between Hughie Fury and Kiwi champ Joseph Parker was meant to be at Auckland’s Vector Arena in two weeks but now appears off. The Fury camp is claiming an injury while the handlers of Parker, Duco Events, are not buying that at all. It’s another black eye for a sport which has given itself so many uppercuts to the jaw of credibility over the years. Duco now look likely to try to hunt out a top 15 ranked opponent willing to take a fight on super short notice enticed by the

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