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Wednesday May 10, 2017

Brett Hudson

Public meeting on Johnsonville Mall

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By Julia Czerwonatis

National list MP based in Ohariu

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Oha r iu ca nd idate G reg O’Connor will host a community meeting on May 24 to update residents on the Johnsonville Mall development. “There is a considerable degree of frustration with the lack of progress and development at the Johnsonville Mall, and we are holding a public meeting to give residents the opportunity to have their say,” Mr O’Connor said. “Currently residents are travelling out of the area to shop, at greater cost and inconvenience. They want a shopping centre they can be proud of in the heart of our local community,” Mr O’Connor stated. Roy Stansfield, General Manager for Shopping Centres at Stride Property, said Stride hasn’t lost its focus and was working on the project. “The development is a significant process involving intensive investment and designing. A project of this scale needs to be commercially feasible,” Mr

Stansfield said. Stride Property received a resource consent from the Wellington City Council at the end of January. “We are currently negotiating with retail tenants to bring the development to the next stage.” On the second half the year Stride will release a statement with detailed information on the project. “The shopping centre requires improvement and we want to bring that forward,” Mr Stansfield said. Ohariu MP Peter Dunne raised concerns after the recent closure of OPSM. “Delays on progressing the long-promised upgrade of the Shopping Centre are causing huge uncertainties for business owners and the public alike, who have been waiting years for the proposed upgrade to occur,” Mr Dunne said. It wasn’t unusual that stores close in a shopping centre, Mr Stansfield said. “There will be a new ladies’ fashion store opening in the coming months.” The upcoming meeting is supposed to bring more clarity

Greg O’Connor will host a public meeting concerning the Johnsonville Mall upgrade. PHOTO: Supplied

on the topic. “Holding a public meeting on this issue, a meeting to which Stride are invited to, and at which Mayor Justin Lester will speak on behalf of the council, will give concerned residents the chance to be fully briefed on the mall and the owners an idea of the kind of shopping centre

locals want, one they can be proud of,” Mr O’Connor stated.  Greg O’Connor will host the meeting with Wellington Mayor Justin Lester on Wednesday 24 at the Main Hall in the Johnsonville Community Centre, Moorefield Road, at starting 7.30pm.

Irish dancers show skills on stage By Julia Czerwonatis

Diane Calvert

Khandallah’s ReelJig Irish

Dancers welcomed keen newcomers on a free Have a go Day last weekend teaching them the

Wellington City Councillor Onslow-Western Ward 029 971 8944 diane.calvert@ dianecalvertnz Authorised by D Calvert, 53 Cashmere Ave, Wellington

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Annamie Hargarden-Sumner, Sophia Hitchins, Elizabeth Sullivan, Emily Wilkinson and Julia English in their colourful Irish dancing costumes at the national competition last year. PHOTO: Supplied

first steps into traditional Irish dancing. “We had a really good turnup on Saturday. Our youngest dancers were four and our oldest 13,” Laura Kelly, ReelJig Principal, said. The children learned some basic skills such as crossing their feet and pointing the toes. “Irish dancing is very technical and requires a lot of practice,” Jude Hogan, ReelJig spokesperson, said. It takes a good few hours of practice until aspiring dancers get on stage with the professionals from Lord of the Dance that tour around the world Dance instructor Laura said she loved to be able to teach and see her students become more confident. “In the Irish

dancing community you can make life-long friends.” ReelJig will host their annual Irish dance competition called Capital City Feis this coming Saturday. “We will have about 80 dancers aged 5 to 20 from schools around the region. They will mainly perform solo on stage, however, we also have a special contemporary section for group performances this year,” Laura said. “The combination of a fun, competitive event along with the opportunity to dance at Te Papa has made this an attractive event for dancers from as far afield as Christchurch and Auckland”, Laura said.  The Feis will be held on Saturday, May 13, 10am to 6pm at Te Papa. The event is free.

Homestays Wanted Karori, Kelburn, Northland and Wellington Central Kind, caring and responsible families needed to accommodate • International students mainly from Asia for short or long-term stays For further information please contact Margaret Jones, 04 463 9766, or Katrina Semmens, 04 463 4716 during business hours. Email

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