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Anne Megget and her friends have been collecting bottle caps for the last three years. Last week Anne, Sandra Gaelic, Judy Marbeck and Wayne Kennedy took a trailer load of recycling bags to the Kenepuru landfill. The $87 they gained will go to Kidney Kids New Zealand to support children on dialysis. “A lot of people were help-

ing us to get all those bottle caps together,” Anne said. “I sometimes find bags full of bottle caps at my front door when I come home.” The charity initiative called KanTabs is a nationwide project that was started in conjunction with the Lions Clubs of New Zealand a few years ago and has now become an established fundraising method for Kidney Kids. Continued on page 2.

Judy, Sandra and Anne loaded the 13 recycling bags full of bottle caps on Wayne’s trailer last Friday to drive it out to the Kenepuru landfill. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis



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Karori Scout Hall turns 40 By Julia Czerwonatis

It is 40 years since Williams Hall, today known as the Karori Scout Hall, was opened. Last Sunday keas, cubs, venturers and scouts came together to celebrate the event. “Scouts is all about people, so thank you all for coming today and supporting us,” Richard Hawke, Karori scout leader, welcomed the crowds on Sunday morning. Former scout leader Neil Johnson had made a huge birthday fruit and chocolate cake resembling the beautiful rustic scout hall, based in the heart of Karori. Councillor Andy Foster, who has two children at the Karori Scouts, addressed a few words

to those gathered. “It is absolutely fantastic to see so many friendly and familiar faces here,” Andy said. In the usual scouting manner, the young adventurers jeered a loud “Bravo!” and sang Happy Birthday for their scout hall. “This place is used for many meetups throughout the week and great activities like kea sleepovers at the weekend,” Richard explained. “We’re lucky with this great location here.” The Karori Scouts moved from its property in Campbell Street to the Williams Hall in 1970 when the Crown told them their hall was needed as a new location for the Wellington Teachers College. Richard and other leaders

Continued from page 1. “We have individuals, communities, organisations, clubs

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The Karori Scouts have currently about 200 members. Many of them attended the celebrations last Sunday. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

Mostly wine bottle caps filled the 13 recycling bags Wayne drove to the landfill.

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ing administrator, said. “All proceeds go towards helping Kidney Kids to maintain our support services to families with children who have kidney disease. “These services include things like Christmas parties, camps, education, newsletters, an 0800 support line, hospital visits, information packs for new families and a whole raft of other things,” Kellie explained. Kidney Kids receives approx i mately $10,0 0 0 to $20,000 a year thanks to diligent people like Anne, Sandra, Judy and Wayne. Being members of the Johnsonville Cellar Club Anne and Wayne had access to a never ending supply of wine bottle caps. “Because wine bottle caps a re made of a lum in ium they’re worth more than beer caps for example. Unfortunately, the price of metal has sunk,” Anne explained.

The Grenada Village resident had stored the recycling bags in her cellar. “When I couldn’t walk into my cellar anymore I thought it was about time to bring the caps to the landfill,” Anne said. Judy and Sandra are members of the Johnsonville Lions Club. “We already received some money from previous trips to Kenepuru. We hope the Lions Club will top up the amount to $200,” Sandra said. The friends started collecting bottle caps about seven years ago and will continue their mission for Kidney Kids. “We rely on bottle cap donations from the community,” Judy explained.  If you want to support KanTabs in your neighbourhood contact Anne: You can also email the Johnsonville Lions Club to or call them on 972 2036.

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Parishioner honoured by the Pope By Julia Czerwonatis

Margaret is being presented the Benemerenti Medal by Cardinal John Dew. PHOTO: Eugene Crosby

Parishioner and former secretary of the St Benedict’s Parish in Khandallah, Margaret Crook also know as Margie, has been awarded with the Benemerenti Medal. Margaret received the Papal Honour from Cardinal John Dew on behalf of Pope Francis at the St Benedict’s Sunday mass, April 23. “It was certainly a surprise to me,” Margaret s a id . M a rga r et h a d worked at the parish for 19 years until she retired last year. She is now living in Tawa, however, she remains faithful to the parish being involved with the Catholic

Women’s League and the St Benedict’s music group. “Margie was extremely good at what she did. It has been a wonderful pleasure to work with her,” Parish Priest Father Doug Shepard said. “She has a deep understanding for what people need and helped everyone without any fuss. “Margie is an intelligent and warm person, and went out of her way to do anything possible for others. She truly deserved the honour,” Father Doug stated. The Benemerenti Medal is awarded to members of the clergy and laity for service to the Catholic Church. The St Benedict’s Parish

filled in the application for Margaret last year. Various Catholic representatives had to approve before the papers were sent to Rome for the final decision. “Quite a few people had known for a while that Margie was going to be awarded, apart from herself. We had to wait for the cardinal to come down to Wellington,” Father Doug said. “Then we all got a little bit concerned when she told us she was going on a holiday for the appointment.” Fortunately Margaret was able to attend the ceremony before she flew off to Great Britain for a school reunion.


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Free comic book festival at city library The Wellington City Library will be holding their third ComicFest this coming Saturday, May 6, with local artists and publishers sharing their comic knowledge with visitors. Pukeko Pictures’ production designer and episodic director Ben Milsom will be presenting on re-imagining Thunderbirds Are Go for a new audience. Dylan Horrocks, awardwinning cartoonist and current Laureate recipient, will be holding a workshop and panel discussion with Sarah Laing on graphic novels. Sarah is the author of re-

cent graphic novel release Mansfield and Me. She previously published novels, comic books and graphic novels. “I really enjoy graphic novels as a medium. The words can say something entirely different than pictures, so it’s great to juxtapose both. It’s a very different way of storytelling,” the Karori resident explained. Sarah used to read comics when she grew up. Her newest release is an autobiographical story picturing New Zealand’s famous writer Katherine Mansfield as Sarah’s writing role model. “Mansfield is a blueprint as to how to be a writer in New Zealand. She lived quite an

unconventional and fascinating life,” Sarah said. Currently, Sarah is working on a children’s comic book. “It’s a lot of fun. I get to create a cool new world with fabulous characters and monsters,” she explained. Sarah is encouraging everyone with a good story idea and a picture to come along to her ComicFest workshop. “Creating graphic novels is suitable for all skill levels. It’s an embracing medium that can include all sorts of styles,” Sarah said. Publisher Sarah Laing will run a workshop about comic characters on Saturday. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Wellingtonians rescue trafficked children in South Asia By Julia Czerwonatis

Last month Karen Norman and Anne Jay went on a life-changing two-week trip to Cambodia and Thailand. Now both Churton Park women have become advocates for a good cause. Destiny Rescue is a charity that rescues children that have been sex trafficked, and rehabilitates them. “It’s mostly girls from families that are driven by poverty and desperation that are either being ‘sold off’ or given away. Most families don’t know that their girls will be sex workers,” Karen said. “Parents have to pay for their children’s school education. They prefer to send their sons to schools, so girls have to work from an early age,” Karen explained. On their trip, Karen and Anne worked with some of the girls that have been rescued from dodgy bars or red light districts. The young women receive health checks and psychological assessments. Every girl is looked after by a social worker during a six-month

rehabilitation period. After that, the long-term volunteers on site help them to get a proper education or a job. Karen and Anne spent a week each at the Destiny Rescue centres in Bangkok and Phnom Penh helping the children improve their English, playing games and crafting with them. “We had a lot of fun together. The girls are so lovely and beautiful, and keen to hug us all the time,” Anne said. The trip was very revealing to both women, they said. “It was quite daunting and heartbreaking at times. Seeing the red light district in Bangkok made me feel sick,” Anne stated. “I couldn’t have done it without my faith,” Karen added. Anne and Karen are organising an evening to raise funds for Destiny Rescue. Jerram Watts, former rescue agent and TV3 reporter, will give a talk. Karen and Anne will sell crafts handmade by rescued children, books and refreshments, and invite visitors to buy a raffle. “It costs $1,500 to rescue one child,” Anne said. “We hope, we manage to get another girl off

Karen and Anne have brought jewellery made by the young women in Thailand and Cambodia back home. They will sell it at their Journey to Freedom evening. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

the street with the money that we raise.”  The Journey to Freedom Ladies Evening will be held at the Churton Park School Hall on May 5 from 6.45pm. Contact Karen (0275599995)

for tickets or book online at wellington. Costs $20 or $30 for a mother-daughter combo. Over 12’s only.

Neighbours Day in Grenada Village The sun was shining on the first ever Neighbours Day event held in Grenada Village, a community picnic at the Mandeville Crescent playground last Sunday. More than a hundred locals turned up, some bringing traditional food to share. Neighbours Day is a Wellington City Council initiative to encourage people to get to know others in their community.

The Grenada Village event was organised by the Northern Ward Councillors, Jill Day, Peter Gilberd and Malcolm Sparrow, and by the Grenada Village Community Association. The Chair of the Association, Bruce Patterson, was delighted with the attendance. “We run a very popular Christmas Party, and Christmas carols too, but we weren’t sure how

this would go, particularly as the weather forecast was only fair. “ But t here were m a ny families, with a good crosssection of Grenada Village’s diverse community present. It was great”. Councillor Jill Day came with her th ree children. “Many children came to the picnic, enjoyed the treasure hunt, the food, and of course the venue, their playground.”

Water tanks were on sale, and several orders were taken by Councillor Malcolm Sparrow, who holds the resilience portfolio on the council. “For $110, well below market rates, you can buy a 200 litre water tank. Every home should have one”. The Grenada Village Community Association is looking forward to holding more such community events in the future, Bruce said.

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Karori ballerina successful at prestigious awards By Julia Czerwonatis

A car accident took the life of promising 11-year-old dancer Alana Haines on Christmas Eve 1989 after she performed to 1,500 at a Wellington show. Her fellow dancers, prompted by the incident, started to fundraise for a biennial dance event in Alana’s name, the Alana Haines Australasian Awards (AHA). Today the AHA Awards is the most prestigious and largest Australasian event of its kind. Alana’s mother Katie Haines, former Royal New Zealand Ballet dancer, manages the event which has been held over Easter weekend this year. A young talent from Karori, 12-year-old India Shackle, danced her way up to quarter finals. “I just joined the event for the experience. The AHA Awards is such a big event. I couldn’t believe it when I managed to get that far,” India said. India has been dancing since she was three. She practices ballet every day of the week. “I was really nervous when I was backstage,” India said. “But as soon as I was on the stage, I just enjoyed it.” Katie Haines said she was very excited that India made it to the quarter finals as 500 Australasian students were competing at the awards. “Just 50 dancers from the jun-

India dancing her classical solo at the AHA Awards. PHOTO: Supplied

Feedback for WCC The Wellington City Council has published its Annual Plan on their website and is now asking members of the public for their opinion. Consultations will be held until May 19. To read the WCC Annual Plan look at have-your-say/public-inputs/consultations/open/201718-annual-plan.

Marsden School Open Day Girls Years 1–13, Co-ed Preschool iors section were selected by the international jury and dance school directors from the UK, Germany, Canada and Australia into quarter finals. India has a definite future in ballet,” Katie said. India’s dance teacher is Fiona Haines, manager of Dance Academy in Karori and daughter of Katie Haines. India would love to become a pro-

fessional dancer. Her mother Joanna is supporting her daughter. “It can be very nerve-wrecking when India is on stage. I think I’m sometimes more nervous than her,” Joanna said. India’s younger sister Arabella is also a ballerina. Their parents are helping out backstage, making props and putting on make-up. “The dance school is amazing. We’re like an extended family,” Joanna said.


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Kim Chamberlain is a professional speaker and publisher of over 10 books. About three and a half years ago Kim set up a network for women with businesses. Chrysalis for Women has quickly grown to a popular meetup for female Wellingtonians. The Independent Herald asked Kim what she plans for Chrysalis and what other projects are about to be launched. We published a workbook complementing the meetups.

Chrysalis is a network for Wellington women with small businesses. We meet up once a month in Porirua for presentations, talks and everyone has the opportunity to network. It’s supposed to help people to take a step forward in their professional and their private life, form partnerships and grow their businesses. I work together with Iona Elwood-Smith who is also engaged with Sub Urban Co-working.

homewares, kitchen things, bedding and clothing as well as the collectibles. “Retro is very popular.” However, the Mary Potter Hospice stores were more that just op shops, Lynn said. “We are fundraising stores for the hospice. “ We p r ov id e va lu e fo r money for customers in order to provide funding for the hospice. Every inch of space in our stores has value for the hospice and we want to attract as many buyers as possible. Lynn has always relied heavily on volunteers and has a team of about 300 who help in the shops. “One of the good things I’ve seen is the connections between volunteers. Wonderful friendships have been built up.” Lynn has no big plans for her retirement. She is mainly looking forward to having the freedom to do whatever she wants with her time. “I don’t think many people get to have a job they love and contribute to their community. I’ve been privileged to work with such a fantastic organisation and extraordinary people.”

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joined the hospice in 2002 there was a small store in Kilbirnie and a big dream to earn funds to help keep Mary Potter free for patients and their family. “When I started, the hospice had just had a massive garage sale. No one had thought about what they would do with what was not sold. There was so much stock they got the Army to move it to a donated warehouse in Rongotai,” Lynn said. T hat was 16 yea rs ago, and Lynn has barely had a moment to catch her breath since then. Thanks to Lynn and her volunteers, Mary Potter Hospice now has eight stores, including Miramar, Karori, Porirua, Thorndon and Newlands. Last year Lynn opened a Grabba Bag store in Newlands to help sell some of the unwanted stock at a very low price. “As we made one shop profitable it gave management and the board the confidence to move to the next shop. It was a real roller coaster at the beginning,” Lynn explained. She said their products are very family focussed, with

Why did you choose to invite women only?

When I fi rst started business training sessions a few years back, I coached men and women. But within a few months it naturally developed into a women meetup. Most of them were looking for confidence and inspiration. In a way, I didn’t choose the women, but they chose me. I think some women also feel safer when they are amongst themselves. However, we have male speakers at our meetups; we are not anti-men.

What sort of businesses are the Chrysalis women running?

We have about 300 members at this stage many diverse small businesses. It ranges from natural therapists to writers, self-publishers, fitness coaches and artists.

What are you doing outside of Chrysalis?

I currently invest into real estate because I want to build a community centre in a developing country. In 2008 my husband and our two children went to Uganda with nothing but our suitcases. We lived there for two years building up a life. Of course, nothing went smoothly; we faced challenge

after challenge. We joined a multi-cultural community with mostly expats but also a lot of Ugandans in a small town at the source of the Nile. We set up a home school in the village we were living at. At its high, we had seven students. I loved it beyond words. I want to go back as soon as my children have finished school.

And you also write books?

Yes, I have been publishing books and e-books, including some self-published pieces. I can’t not write. I do it when I have my breakfast and when I go to bed. If I was stranded on an island, I would need a pen, paper and some chocolate.

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Student volunteers in South Africa

Secret spies needed On Sunday May 14, as part of the 2017 Metlink City Safari, secret agents will be on the prowl all over the Wellington region. Their mission is to locate and unlock the top secret spy briefcases. The event is organised by Orienteering Hutt Valley. Top Secret Spy briefcases will be placed at locations all around the Wellington region – from Karori to Plimmerton to Petone. To help find them all, the spies won’t be travelling by black armoured vehicles. Instead they will travel by foot, bus, train, cable car and ferry.

Bethan is one of 200 volunteers accepted by VESA for this year’s volunteer programme. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis/ Supplied By Julia Czerwonatis

Johnsonville resident Bethan Streatfield has been accepted by Volunteer Eco Services Abroad (VESA) to go on a trip to South Africa. Bethan will work there for two weeks, teaching children, helping at a school construction site and grooming some of the big cats and crocodiles. VESA is organising trips for volunteers from around the globe with programmes in Africa, South America, South Asia and Fiji. Bethan, who is in her first year at Victoria University studying psychology, criminology and education, was introduced to VESA

in one of her classes. “I thought it was an amazing opportunity and so I applied,” Bethan said. She will fly out to the St Lucia area in November. “We will help to build or to fix a school – depending on what the local community needs,” Bethan explained. The student has experience in teaching, having worked at Kelly Club in Johnsonville. She is looking forward to teaching children on site. “I’m mostly excited about working with the big cats though,” Bethan said. “I was told they have a cheetah there that is too tame to be released into the wild again, so everybody gets to pat it. It’s a bit

scary but also quite exciting. My mum didn’t like it when I told her about the cheetah.” Bethan said it was important that people got out volunteering at some point in their lives. “We’re so lucky here and tend to take everything for granted,” she said. “We have so many opportunities that others don’t.”  Bethan’s trip will cost her over $5,000 including programme fees, visa, flights travel insurance and vaccinations. She is asking the community to support her to finance her trip to South Africa. For donations please go to getbethantosa.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Where would you go if you were given a 10-day-holiday?

Bev Little, Porirua “My first choice would be New York. Jehovah’s Witnesses opened a new headquarters just outside of the city. My second choice would be India.”

Kylee Rameta, Johnsonville “I would go straight to Bali.”

Leanne Robinson, Grenada Village “I’d go to Fiji and never come back.”

John Craig, Johnsonville “In 2013 I spent a year in a little town between Alicante and Valencia in Spain. I’d like to go back there.”

Lance Maroulis, Johnsonville “I’m just cruising around with my van but I’d love to go to Thailand and enjoy the beaches.”

Jonathan Fiso, Johnsonville “I would go to the States and travel around.”

Young comedian competed in Wellington finals By Julia Czerwonatis

The capital’s premier comedy competition has seen some of Wellington’s finest stand-up comedians on stage. Ngaio student Isaac Rajan was one of ten people competing in the finals last Thursday. The 16-year-old was the youngest of 52 local comedians to perform. While he won’t be going to the finals, he had a great time

competing in the six heats: “It was fun being part of the Raw Comedy Quest. Everyone was cool, and I really enjoyed it,” Isaac said. Isaac said performing has always appealed to him and took drama classes in school. About a year ago Isaac was introduced to comedy joining two courses. The Raw Comedy Quest was his first performance in front of a larger audience. “I like to

be on stage and make people laugh,” the Onslow College student said. Isaac said his comedy style came naturally to him. “Most comedians are a heightened version of themselves when performing. I like to point out the absurdities of everyday life.” At the event, comedians had six minutes to present an original text on stage which was then scored by the judges.

“The people on stage have all sorts of different backgrounds,” Jerome Chandrahasen, co-organiser and former contestant, said. “Some of them perform for the first time, and some have years of experience.” The Wellington comedy scene has been growing in the last years, Isaac explained. “There are many open mic nights, so many opportunities to be on stage.”

Comedian newcomer Isaac is a Year 12 student at Onslow College. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Jazzy tunes in space By Julia Czerwonatis

Space Place at Carter Observatory will be rocking and swinging this month with a series of concerts coming up with genres ranging from Jazz fusion right through to reggae dub, hard rock and electronic music. “We will have bands from all genres playing live while the audience is travelling through space,” Ben James, Museums Wellington events manager, said. The heart of the Space Place is the digital planetarium that will ensure a celestial concert experience: on a large dome six projectors create visual effects that sucks spectators seemingly right into space. The Space Place will remove the seats underneath their dome for the concerts so people can dance or sit and enjoy the tunes. Jazz band The Troubles will kickoff the music month this coming Sunday. “We’re playing what we would like to call 21st century jazz. It’s a potpourri of different styles and influences from around the world,” John Rae, The Troubles’ frontman and drummer, said. The 10-men crew, including a string quartet and “some decent drums”, was looking forward to performing in such a unique venue, John said. “The atmosphere will be fantastic.” Reggae dub merchants Newtown Rocksteady in Dub will follow on May 14, then a double

Toxic fungicides banned The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has issued a Red Alert notice following its decision to revoke four approvals for fungicide products used by Kiwi gardeners. A fifth approval has been retained but modified to include tighter controls on its use, confining it for use by trained and certified commercial operators in workplace settings only. It is the first time the EPA has issued a Red Alert notice. “We have issued this Red Alert to raise public awareness of the dangers of using products containing chlorothalonil, a

broad-spectrum pesticide used to control fungal leaf diseases in vegetables, ornamental crops and turf,” CEO Allan Freeth said. “Chlorothalonil is acutely toxic, especially if inhaled, and is classified as a suspected carcinogen. The European Union has banned its use in consumer products.” The products include Yates Bravo, Yates Greenguard, Yates Guardall, Tui Disease Eliminator, McGregor’s Black Spot and Fungus Spray, Watkins Fungus and Mildew Spray and Taratek 5F. They will be banned for sale in New Zealand from November 11.


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dose of indie-rock with TEETH and Earth Tongue on May 21, and the eclectic electronica band The All Seeing Hand will end the music month at Space Place on May 28. “I’ve worked with all these bands before, and I was trying to create an epic musical lolly mixture of Wellington’s cream of the crop bands.

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Do You Have Osteoarthritis In Your Spine? Unfortunately, arthritis of the spine is not as uncommon as you might think. While an injury to the spine can seem to recover in the short term, osteoarthritis of the spine can be a longer term consequence if full function is not restored. May is arthritis Awareness month, so Kelly Chiropractic is highlighting some important things you should know about osteoarthritis and then give you a special opportunity to determine if you could improve in your neck and back stiffness. What is Osteoarthritis and what causes it? Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and the leading cause of chronic disability in the elderly. The symptoms are pain and stiffness, typically this occurs in the spine and weight-bearing joints initially, which can be confirmed with x-rays. There are numerous causes including a hereditary component, however one of the common causes of OA is trauma. If you have had an injury to your knee or ankle earlier in life and it wasn’t fully rehabilitated at the time,


it is more likely to develop OA. Similarly, if you have had an injury to your spine then you are more likely to have OA in that part of your spine. When the wheels of a car are out of alignment the tyres show abnormal wear. The same thing can happen to the vertebrae of a spine that is misaligned - it can start to degenerate. Improper function of the vertebrae can also lead to inflammation and irritation on the spinal nerves as they exit the spinal column and this can lead to other health problems. What can you do about it? Chiropractors conduct a comprehensive examination of the spine and can take x-rays to assess the state of your spine. If functional problems are found we can begin a course of care to restore function to your spinal joints. We may not be able to restore you to your peak physical state (when you were 25!), but most patients get some improvement. As well as getting your spine checked there are things you can do to prevent the onset or slow the progression of OA, such as controlling your weight and doing regular

exercise like walking or swimming. We will offer advice on these other things. Is this you? Although most people present to chiropractors for back pain, neck pain or headaches, I will give you an example of how we help people with spinal osteoarthritis. Very often we will see a patient in their 60’s who has just realized they are having trouble backing the car out of the drive. We will perform an exam which often includes spinal x-rays. We find degeneration of the spine, confirmed by what we see on the x-rays. We begin a course of chiropractic adjustments, designed to improve function to the spine and prescribe exercises to help improve the flexibility. As part of Arthritis Awareness Month we are offering a simple free spinal check to determine if you are someone that could benefit from chiropractic care. Call us on 4786194 before the end of May to make a booking for yourself or a friend. We will let you know if you need a full examination. If x-rays are required we can do these on-site. 12 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville Ph: 04 478 6194

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OUT& The joy about of dance PHOTOS: Bella Photography

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Wellington Ballet invited the community to follow its footsteps at the Johnsonville Community Centre last Saturday putting a smile on everyone’s face. As part of the New Zealand Dance Week (NZDW) ‘Step Into Dance’ programme Wellington Ballet’s Monique Koorey bought her dance school to the local community “to get everyone involved in dance”. Around 100 parents, guardians and children happily joined teachers and pupils of Wellington Ballet to flex their muscles and try out a

few ballet moves. Monique was especially encouraging of the accompanying dad’s to be involved in the event. “The idea is that everyone dances”, Monique said. NZDW is an annual event organised by Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) to promote dance in New Zealand. The week is an opportunity for the public to enjoy and get involved in dance and to celebrate the talents of local dancers and choreographers.  For more information on Wellington Ballet go to

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Blue Dragon Book Fair for children in need By Julia Czerwonatis

The Blue Dragon Children’s Trust New Zealand will be organising a book fair to raise funds for the Blue Dragon education centre in Hanoi, Vietnam. Blue Dragon was founded by Australian Michael Brosowski. He and his team are helping Vietnamese children in crises, providing them food and shelter, and educating them. “I visited the education centre in Hanoi in 2009 and decided that I wanted to help,” Iona McNaughton, Blue Dragon trustee, said. One year later Iona and six other local trustees organised the fi rst book fair, “All of us read a lot of books. We have really good books at the fair. It has been very popular in the last years,” Iona explained. The fair raises about $8,000 annually to support the work in Vietnam. Michael visited the book fair last year and said it was fantastic to see all the work that goes into it and what a great community day it is. “This fair is for the children of Vietnam, which is a cause close to

my heart. All the money raised goes straight to Blue Dragon and makes a big difference to their lives,” Michael said. Blue Dragon has to date sent 4,113 Vietnamese children back to school, built 87 homes for families and placed 231 teens in jobs. T hey provide hea lt h checks for teenagers, rescue runaways or trafficked children, and help young people through drug rehabilitation. The Blue Dragon Book Fair relies on book donations to raise a sufficient amount of money. “Some boys from Wellington College will be our baristas for the day supplying everyone with coffee,” Iona said. “The book fair is a great day for a great cause,” Iona said. “You can get your book supply for the whole year there.”  The Blue Dragon Book Fair will be held on May 20 in the Ngaio Town Hall from 9am to 4pm. Please call or text trustee Iona McNaughton on 021 799 059 (evenings only) or email iona. if you have any donations.

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Karori netballer meets the professionals A young Karori netballer was at the heart of the action at the ANZ Premiership match on April 24 as she stood side by side with Pulse captain Katrina Grant and Mystics captain Maria Tutaia in front of a stadium of fans. Rebecca Libby, 11, along with Paraparaumu netballer, Isabella Saint, 13, won the opportunity to meet the team captains and high five each of the players as they were called onto centre court at the start of the match, through the ANZ Future Captains competition. Rebecca, who attends Karori West Normal School, was really nervous before the game but excited to meet her heroes and watch them play. “It was fun meeting the captains; they were nice and told me a bit about being a netballer as well as encourag-

ing me to carry on doing what I do,” Rebecca said. “The netballers’ defence was really good and I learnt as a centre I have to defend as well as attack.” ANZ Head of Sponsorship Susan McGregor said ANZ is passionate about supporting netball at every level, from the elite to the grassroots. “That’s why we’re giving 94 ch ild ren f rom a round New Zealand the chance to meet their sporting heroes at each of the ANZ Premiership matches this season. “We’re very pleased we’re able to offer this amazing opportunity to young Kiwis and hope that by offering them the chance to stand on centre court with their heroes it will help inspire them to achieve their dreams,” Susan said. The match saw the Pulse beat the Mystics 47 to 43.

Enjoying a moment together before the ANZ premiership game in Wellington are (from left) Katrina Grant of the Pulse, ANZ Future Captains Rebecca Libby aged 11 and Isabella Saint aged 13 and Maria Tutaia of the Mystics. PHOTO: Supplied

Karate kid heads to World Cup By Julia Czerwonatis

Young karate talent Brianna Higgan has won double gold in the Wellington Regionals and is now heading to the World Cup Tournament in Australia to compete for New Zealand. Brianna is keen to win a medal. “But even without a top placing, I’ll be proud of myself. It’s all about having fun,” Brianna, often called Bree by friends and family, said. “You have to put in an effort and train hard, otherwise there is no point, but you also need to enjoy it.” Ten-year-old Bree from Johnsonville already has fought her way up to the second kyu, which is two levels down before the black belt. To grade up to the black belt, she has to be at least 16. Her trainer Diana Palezevic has known Bree for five years. “She was this shy little thing when she first came into my class,” Diana said. “She has become very confident. Brianna is speaking freely in front of the class and is helping to coach the other children. She is an example for others.” Diana said her young student was an outstanding talent and manages moves, that people much older than Brianna are not able to master. “She can actually intimidate older students.” Mother Jeanette is proud of her daughter. “Whatever Bree does, she is giving 110 percent.

“She can be this serious, confident karate talent that trains really hard but at the same time she is this happy little girl that loves disco,” Jeanette said. Brianna has three training sessions each week and also practices at home re-arranging the furniture in the lounge. When she doesn’t practise roundhouse kicks, Bree is a St John cadet. Her team of four recently took out gold in her first St John competition. Bree has so far won 26 karate medals. Her biggest dream is to go to the Olympic Games and to work in the medical profession, possibly as a paramedic. “It’s fun because I show people that I’m making progress,” Bree said. “You can achieve what you After attending the believe karate world cup in in.” August, ten-year old Brianna will compete at the New Zealand Nationals in Auckland this coming October. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Bond’s new mission - should he choose to accept it Eric Murray’s retirement from rowing presents the prospect that Hamish Bond’s road cycling exploits may become more than just a phase. Murray announced his retirement after two Olympic gold medals and an unbeaten run which spanned 69 races. Such dominance is rarely seen in any sport and they, along with Mahe Drysdale, have been the backbone of a golden era of New Zealand rowing. Since then Bond has spent his time cycling. The Tour of Southland event and a race win over Kiwi Tour de France rider George Bennett in Nelson, has seen the rower turn plenty of heads while pushing the pedals. The smart money suggests he could be a bolter for the Commonwealth Games. Sunday night’s news about his good friend will only intensify that rumour

mill. Having met Bond casually a couple of times when he was out of competition, he struck me as a quiet, no fuss, do the job and go home type of person. In contrast, Murray was more of the charismatic talker with the beaming smile and flashy facial hair that you either adored or cringed at. However, having interviewed Bond after a cycle race, there is clearly a very analytical, motivated and savvy sportsman with a big heart and desire to win at everything. In his answers to my questions I noted a more hardened resolve to him and his cycling quest. This is not like the McCaw’s doing a multi-sport event for fun. Bond is deadly serious about competitive cycling. You wouldn’t bet against him causing a big stir on the Gold Coast in 2018.


Wednesday May 3, 2017

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