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A Strathmore Park couple has been celebrated for their hard work in the community spanning across decades. Stan and Pat Andis retired last week and were acknowledged for their work by Rongotai MP Annette King with a special morning tea on Monday morning. Stan was involved with getting the Wellington International Airport a late night curfew, the Moa Point Wastewater Treatment Plant up to standard and many other community ventures over the years. Continued on page 2. Stan and Pat Andis have spent decades serving the community of Strathmore Park. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Continued from page 1. Stan grew up in Strathmore Park and then moved back with his wife in 1965. In 1970 the couple were contacted by Maxine Harris who asked neighbours if they had prob-

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An award winning Newtown graphic novelist will be attending the free Comic Fest at the Wellington Central Library this Saturday. Dylan Horrocks, author of Hicksville, will be running a workshop on taking work to the next level and taking part in a panel discussion with fellow graphic novelist Sarah Laing. Dylan said he was excited to be taking part in his first Wellington Comic Fest. “I’m excited about the fact that it’s a festival for comic books. It’s not a commercial event. It’s hosted by the library and it’s mostly a celebration of comics rather than a market event,” he said. “I’ve been really thrilled to see how Wellington libraries

supports graphic novels and comics. They have a good collection and Comic Fest is them taking another step. In the last 20 years public libraries have been at the forefront of promoting comics rather than book shops,” Dylan said. He said he was most looking forward to hearing from other cartoonists speaking at the event and having the opportunity to see other artists’ work during his workshop. “Every time I do a workshop I’m amazed by all the talented and unique work that people bring in and seeing other people that enjoy comics. The theme of my workshop is ‘Taking Your Work to the Next Level’. It’s for people that might have been drawing comics but are struggling to take it further. I’m just seeing what

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Pat said it had been difficult to convince the neighbours Stan was out to help the community, not just themselves. “When Stan was struggling with [Moa Point] people used to say ‘I feel so sorry for you’ because people thought we could smell it at our house. People thought he was battling for us not for the community.” Stan was awarded an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Award in 2015. Ms King said she was very grateful to the hard work of Stan and Pat over the years. “You don’t have community champions like that very often. Stan’s name is now synonymous with community action and activity. There wouldn’t be many people in Strathmore Park who didn’t know him. Thank God there were champions for the Eastern Suburbs,” she said.

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to them that missing out on sleep was a health hazard,” Stan said. After many years the group finally managed to convince the council a curfew was important to the surrounding community. “It was a hard battle [but we got] a curfew in place and it still is today,” he said. In 1991 trouble started again when a sewage treatment plant was proposed for Moa Point. “I joined the sewage group now that we had the airport out of the way. We started a petition to get the sewage station to be built at Karori West and we got 14000 signatures standing outside Woolworths in Kilbirnie. That delayed the process for 12 months. “Then it came to the vote of the Wellington City Council and we lost but as part of the terms of consent there had to be a community liaison group so we set up terms of reference,” Stan said.

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Residents want to end intersection chaos By Callum Roberts MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Hataitai residents say Wellington City Council needs to do something about the suburb’s busiest intersection before someone gets seriously injured. Hataitai Residents Association has claimed the crossroad at Moxham Avenue, Hataitai Road and Waitoa Road is confusing for road users and unsafe. The four-way intersection is marked with give way signs on the entrances from Moxham Avenue and Hataitai Road, with traffic on Waitoa Road having right of way. Pedestrian crossings lay across all four points of entry. Association secretary and

member Kathleen Logan said the issue of safety at the intersection was raised by residents each time the association held an annual general meeting. Confusing road markings meant people did not know who had right of way, she said “Everybody’s stopping and waiting for people to go but people along Waitoa Road have right of way, so it gets confusing.” Kathleen created an online survey to get local input, equipping the association with recommendations to present to Wellington City Council. Though the survey was still underway last week, early results from nearly 200 participants had already been analysed. Kathleen said over 60 per cent

of those surveyed so far said they thought the intersection was never, or hardly ever safe for users. The results so far showed 42 per cent of people said they wanted better signage at the intersection. Less than two per cent said they wanted no change to the intersection. Kathleen said the easiest way to reduce the risk of having an accident at the intersection was to slow down. “There’s a lot going on and people need to slow down and look out.” Hataitai resident of 18 years Hamish Girvan said he has seen several near misses at the intersection in April.

“It’s a death trap at the moment if you ask me.” Wellington City Councillor for the Eastern Ward Chris Calvi-Freeman agreed the road markings at the intersection had the potential to cause an accident. “You do see the odd near miss there. If the road markings and signs give a mixed message, then you have a problem,” Mr Calvi-Freeman stated. Mr Calvi-Freeman said he would take it upon himself to present the residents’ association’s findings to officers at Wellington City Council. He agreed motorists should reduce their speed and take time to think when using the intersection.

Film draws attention to children living with heart defects By Emma McAuliffe

A film raising awareness for children living with heart defects was launched in Seatoun at the weekend. The short film, Every Beat of Life, focuses on several Wellington children and their families as they live with their conditions. One of these children is Karaka Bays teenager Jazmyn Haddon, who had open heart surgery as an infant. Her mother and committee member for Heart Kids, Angela Haddon, said the first few months of Jazmyn’s life became stressful after doctors discovered a coronary artery fistula at her three month check-up. “Doctors said she was fine and as she was thriving there was nothing to worry about. However, at six months old after developing quite advanced pneumonia and spending eight

days in hospital on IV antibiotics they decided to close off the fistula by catheter. After three failed attempts there was no choice but to perform open heart surgery. “They couldn’t restart her swollen heart after the surgery so she they placed her on ECMO the heart and lung machine. “The doctors said it was the equivalent of a major heart attack. She was placed at the top of the waiting list for heart transplant. Time was running out and not many children had survived on ECMO for this period of time. “We were nine days on ECMO and they decided to try and restart her heart and by what I can only describe as a miracle it restarted. She is now 17 and what a gift to have our amazing beautiful daughter doing life so admirably. She has defied all the odds to be with us today,” Angela said.


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Angela said the movie was produced to draw attention to children like Jazmyn and its launch coincided with the beginning of the Heart Kids awareness month. “The film represents a small picture of what some of our heart kids may be facing.

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First of new exhibits rolls out By Amber Allott MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

A new exhibit at The Great War Exhibition about soldiers injured during WWI, and the resulting advances in medical science, opened to around 800 visitors on Anzac Day. Wounded is the first of seven temporary exhibits scheduled for The Great War Exhibition, and features photos and readings from personal journals of soldiers, doctors, and nurses during wartime. It was developed as a collaboration between Damien Fenton, a Massey research fellow and military historian, and design company Story Inc. The next is set to be Patriots and Opposition, which will focus on conscientious objectors,

followed by Passchendaele, then The Holy Lands, focusing on the Middle East, and finally Women’s War, which tells the story of the women that stayed back home while “one tenth of the population left on their big OE.” General manager Dave Clearwater said that they selected Wounded to debut on Anzac Day to contrast with the Anzac Day services and speakers, which often focus on the loss of life. “That’s understandable because it’s a travesty anyway, but so many more men and women were actually injured. We’re just trying to tell their story,” he said. Dave’s personal favourite part of the exhibit was near the end, when it “showed the advances – even in the early 1900s – in plastic surgery.”

General manager of The Great War Exhibition Dave Clearwater outside ‘Wounded,’ the first of seven new temporary exhibits planned. PHOTO: Amber Allott.

Retiring after years of service to hospice Lynn Blann will be retiring from the Mary Potter Hospice soon after 16 years helping the charity raise their second hand store profile in Wellington. When Lynn joined the hospice in 2002 there was a We have vacancies for Volunteers small store in Kilbirnie and at our two stores located at dream to earn funds to help Miramar and Kilbirnie keep Mary Potter Hospice free for patients and their If you would like to join our team family. and help raise valuable funding for “When I started, the hosour Hospice, please phone pice had just had a massive Kiri PHONE 237 2300 garage sale. No one had for an application thought about what they form or more information would do with what was not sold. There was so much stock they got the Army Lynn Blann is responsible for the setting to move it to a donated up of new Hospice stores around Wel- warehouse in Rongotai,” lington. PHOTO: Supplied. Lynn said.

Sixteen years later thanks to Lynn and her volunteers Mary Potter Hospice now has eight stores across the Wellington including Kilbirnie and Miramar. “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 said. Lynn said she never looked on the Mary Potter Hospice stores just as op shops. “We are fundraising stores for the hospice. We provide value for money for customers in order to provide funding for the Hospice. Every inch of space in our stores has value

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Africa Day 2017 African Communities Council Wellington is happy to celebrate Africa Day this Saturday May 6 at Shed 6 on the Wellington Waterfront. This year all African nationals are celebrating 2017African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women. More than 4000 people are expected to attend the celebrations and enjoy foods, arts and craft, African culture fashion, African dance competition and live music. The event will take place from 12noon to 7pm.

Should Shelly Bay be developed? Wellington City Councillors and key stakeholders in the Shelly Bay development gather at Shelly Bay. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe

Wellington City Council is looking to the community for guidance when it comes to the proposed sale of council land to develop Shelly Bay. The proposed development is a partnership between the council and Shelly Bay Limited, a company set up by the Wellington Company and Taranaki Whanui /Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PNBST). Last week councillors agreed to begin consultation this month. Under the arrangement the council would lease or sell around one hectare of land to Shelly Bay Limited. The land came into council ownership in 2008 after being decommissioned by the New Zealand Defence Force in 1995. Consent for the development was approved on April 18, but the proposed land sale and lease still needed to go through a public consultation process and gain final council approval.

Should the project go ahead, Shelly Bay would get 350 new properties including a 140-resident rest home, a boutique hotel, apartments, townhouses and standalone houses. A ferry service, cafes, bars, retail and upgraded public areas including a village green were also being considered. The project would retain three key heritage buildings – Shed 9, the Shipwrights and Officers’ Mess buildings. PNBST chairman Wayne Mulligan said the Iwi’s aim was to develop Shelly Bay into a “must-see destination” to make Wellington more prosperous and enjoyable. “This will be an area with real pull for tourists as well as Wellingtonians. We want to create a place where people can dine, walk, hike, live, bike, visit and stay.” Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle said the project would be a milestone in the city’s progress. “This area has sat dormant and underutilised for over a decade. This is not a situation where the

council can afford to do nothing. Every year the basic upkeep of the council’s land and buildings at Shelly Bay comes at a cost to Wellington ratepayers. “If we go ahead with the lease, sale and development, council could be $1.75 million dollars better off at the end of the development due to proceeds from the sale and increases in rates, as well as a net $1.5 million increase in rates take each year into the future.” Eastern Ward Councillor Simon Marsh said the land would have green space and parks remain in the area for public to use. “The land is dilapidated and we needed to do something with it. It would have cost $6.1 million over 10 years to conserve it. The development would bring 100 jobs into the area as well as $200 million direct spending and $100 million indirect spending into the area,” he said.  What do you think? Do you think Shelly Bay should be developed? Let us know at

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Strengthening underway for historic bridge club By Emma McAuliffe

Earthquake strengthening for the Kairangi Bridge Club building is underway, with club members set to play at Rongotai College and Seatoun Village Hall while renovations are taking place. The club decided to strengthen their earthquake-prone building on Hobart Street, Miramar last year after extensive searching for a new location proved unsuccessful, club president Peter Palmer said. “The Club searched extensively to find alternative suitable premises. None could be found that was the right size, was available for all our bridge sessions and

had sufficient parking. So we decided to strengthen our location,” Peter said. Building upgrades would include upgrading the electrical wiring, much of which was original, strengthening to 67 per cent of the building codes, improvements to fi re systems to meet current code requirements, installing new double glazed windows, replacing and repairing some rotten weatherboards, repainting inside and out and new carpet, Peter said. Forman for Capital Construction, the company undertaking the work, Dan Flanagan said he estimated the renovations would take around three months. “We want to do what needs to be done,” he said.


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Peter said the funds for the upgrade had been largely raised by the club, including using three to four decades worth of reserves, and taking out a loan. “This is taking place due to substantial club action.” Peter said he was grateful to Rongotai College for taking the club in while renovations were taking place.

“We are very grateful for all the help and assistance that Rongotai College has given us to ensure a smooth transition to our new playing arrangements.” The Kairangi Bridge Club has around 200 members, including 30 beginners. The club was established in 1971 and purchased the Kairangi Bridge Clubrooms in 1976.

Kairangi Bridge Club President with convenor for the renovation project Brian McGlinchy and Forman for Capital Construction Dan Flanagan. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe


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Jesus, a political superstar By Julia Czerwonatis

Hannah Playhouse will host the 60s rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar next week, inviting people of all ages to sing-along classics like ‘Superstar’ and experience Jesus’ story in a contemporary feel. “Part of the story will play in a political party office,” producer Sarah Delahunty said. “And some scenes will take place in Jesus’s head.” Sarah brought the classic musical of her youth that portrays the days before Jesus’ crucifixion into modern day times. “The new interpretation is inspired by current political events,” she explained. “I don’t want to give away too much yet, but there will be a few surprises for those who know the traditional Jesus Christ Superstar.” The new take on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical is a small scale production. The audience will be sitting on

stage viewing the 14 performers as close as possible. The initial location planned for Jesus Christ Superstar was condemned in the earthquake last year. Sarah said the new location was very exciting. “We have a young cast of performers from all across the Wellington region,’ Sarah said. “They are very talented; some brought quite a bit of experience into the production.” Sarah and music director Justin Pearce worked together before on a musical production of “Hair” in 2012 and “After Juliet” at Circa in 2014. Sarah has been teaching in Wellington for about 35 years, concentration on performance. “Something really interesting will emerge from this production,” Sarah stated.  Jesus Christ Superstar will be on stage at the Hannah Playhouse May 9-13 at 8pm. Tickets are available at jc2017.yapsody. com; costs $18/$12.

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Exhibition to Inspire a ‘Cycling Revolution’ Houghton Bay photographer Victoria Vincent opened her exhibition “I do it” at Thistle Hall on Tuesday. The photography exhibition and community project features Wellington women using their bikes for real, everyday reasons. It explores the gender gap that sees bloke cyclists in Wellington outnumber women cyclists by as much as three to one. Victoria, an award-winning photographer and owner of A Beautiful Photo, has spent the past two months documenting women using their bikes to get around the capital, and finding out what inspires them to ‘do it’ on two wheels. It was partially funded by the Wellington City Council Communities on Bikes Fund. Victoria said she hoped by sharing their stories, she can inspire more women to cycle, and shift Wellington’s culture to one where biking is a safe and accepted part of our vibrant urban lives. “I Do It” runs at Thistle Gallery until Sunday, May 7.

Leader of the Labour Party Andrew Little with partner Leigh Fitzgerald who works at Island Bay School. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe

Island Bay School had a new team member on the administration block this week. Leader of the Labour Party Andrew Little visited the school on Monday to learn more about the work of school support staff and gain a greater understanding of their funding as part of a nationwide campaign led by New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa. Mr Little had the opportunity to find out what went on in the administration block and visit classrooms benefitted by teacher aides. He also signed a pledge committing to better funding for schools and was asked to deliver the petition to Minister for Education Nikki Kaye.

Mr Little said he was approached by NZEI to take on a support staff role for the day to draw attention to the need for better funding in schools. “I accept in principle what the NZEI is saying. I just need to see what it means in practice. This government has frozen operational funding for support staff. We are committed to unfreezing this however, I can’t say when this will be or how long it will take,” he said. Lack of funding towards support staff means schools pay for teacher aides, administration staff and others out of their own budget, rather than through the Ministry of Education. Teacher aide at Island Bay School, Shelley Banks, said while she loved her job it would be good to earn more for what she did.


“It’s fair to say it’s rewarding. It’s tough to know it really isn’t possible to get extra money because any money we could get would be coming out of paying for the resources we need. I’ve been here for five years and I think I’ve had a 50 cent pay rise a year since I’ve started. I’m still under $18 an hour,” Shelley said. Shelley said as part of her job she ran a programme to help children needing remedial help with literacy, worked with an English as a second language student and ran a group for children needing help with maths. “Generally we a re moving around a lot. We get to know individual children. Some are working with individual children full time. We don’t do it for the money but I love my job.”

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Pawsitive response to big dog walk By Soumya Bhamidipati, MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Oriental Bay was overrun with chaos and excitement last Saturday as thousands of people and pooches attended this year’s “Big Dog Walk With Lots of Dogs”. The aim of the event was for people and dogs to come together, and to raise money for charity organisa-

tion Helping You Help Animals (HUHA). Event creator and comedian Alice Brine said this year’s event was “so much bigger” than last years. She believed more people gathered before this year’s event had begun than had participated last year, and said more were still to come. Dog owner Kerry Bailey brought her two pugs, Pugsley and Wednes-

day. Bailey said it was a great opportunity to socialise the dogs and a good chance to spend some quality time together. “We’ve got a small baby so it’s nice to spend some time with [Pugsley and Wednesday].” This year simultaneous Big Dog Walk events were held in Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton and Napier.

Many dog owners agreed that it was a good Agnes the miniature schnoodle has an Instaopportunity for dogs to socialise. Those who gram following of 350 people and has attended did not own their own dogs said it was a good both ‘Big Dog Walk’ events opportunity to interact with them.

People and their furry friends had the chance to stroll together along Oriental Parade.

With MetService recording a high of 19 degrees, some dogs were let loose to cool off and play at Oriental Bay beach.

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Thursday May 4, 2017



Kelsey Forman awarded top female athlete at athletics awards By Dave Crampton

Double track and field U20 champion Kelsey Forman picked up the top female athletics award at the annual Athletics Wellington dinner last night. The Island Bay athlete is the country’s top U20 middle distance track runner and the national U20 road champion. She picked up the overall female Athlete of the Year award. She also won the Senior Middle Distance runner, heading off Wellington Harrier Athletic Club clubmate Tessa Hunt, winner of the U18 800m national title. Olympic 1500m bronze medallist Nick Willis was awarded the Male Athlete of the Year and the senior middle distance runner for his 1500m bronze medals at both the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the IAAF Indoor World Championships in the United States. Forty-one awards from 35 categories were presented at the awards dinner, covering track and field, cross country, and road events for both junior and senior athletes, and volunteers in the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. However, both top award recipients were unable to attend the awards dinner. Kelsey was hoping to do well in the U20 1800m/1500m double at

nationals this year. “I was aiming to medal in both – and I got a personal best in the 800m,” she said. She did not just medal; both medals were gold medals – the only Wellington athlete to win multiple national track and field titles. Still, she did not expect to win last night’s top award. “I`m a little bit puzzled – I`m surprised. There are so many other amazing athletes,” she said when told of her award. Kelsey acknowledged her coach, Evan Cooper, who was nominated for Coach of the Year and also coached last year’s co-winner of the Male Athlete of the Year, James Preston. She said it would take a bit of getting used to getting recognised with the top award, when she is so used to hearing other names as recipients. “It’s pretty special – I`m pretty pleased.” Kelsey was also nominated for the senior cross country and road award. That was won by Katie Kemp, who ran the second fastest marathon by a New Zealander in 2016. In the junior category, Island Bay’s Maia Wilkinson picked up two awards in both cross country and middle distance, after winning almost every event

Co-nominee Tessa Hunt with winner Kelsey Forman at Nationals in March.

she entered, in both road, cross country and track events. Her cross country award was shared with Hataitai athlete Esther

Kozyniak, who also won events in track, road and cross-country. Scottish Harriers took out both the male and female team awards

Netballers encouraged to dream big

Netballers could be dreaming of new uniforms. PHOTO: Supplied.

Local netball lovers can apply for special help to get their team the best they can be. ANZ Bank is calling for entries in their Dream Delivery programme to help netball players achieve their dreams this season, whether it is for high performance gear to propel performance, training and tips by some of the best in the sport or

inspirational visits from their netball heroes. ANZ Head of Sponsorship Sue McGregor said the bank was proud to support netball at all levels. “We know sometimes all you need is just that little bit of extra help to achieve your dreams, so we are committed to helping as many netball fans as we can.”

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after the senior men and masters women teams successfully defended their national road relay titles.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

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.

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