Wednesday June 21, 2017
O’Connor says Stride ignored Johnsonville Mall concerns Ōhāriu Labour candidate Greg O’Connor said he was frustrated Johnsonville Mall’s owner Stride Property refused to meet with the public. “Johnsonville Mall owners Stride have refused a request to attend a public meeting with residents concerned at the rundown state of the mall and lack of development,” Mr O’Connor said in a statement. “This is evidence of the cavalier and arrogant way in which locals have been treated over the mall’s future. “The question on everyone’s
lips is how many empty shops will it take before Stride acknowledge their management and ownership of the shopping centre has been a total failure, and its time they either take action or sell the centre.” Stride Property’s General Manager Roy Stansfield said the allegations were not accurate at all. “Since we have received the resource consents in January, we have been working really hard to get pre-commitments from tenants, and ensure commercial feasibility for the rede-
velopment,” Mr Stansfield said. “We understand the frustration from the public, but this is a complex process. We are pulling together all the necessary resources.” Mr Stansfield was not able to comment on rumours about McDonald’s leaving the mall. He explained that Stride wanted to push the redevelopment forward and that they had no intention to abandon the mall. “It has been quite a journey that we have committed to.” Mr O’Connor, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and the
Northern Councillors Peter Gilberd, Jill Day, and Malcolm Sparrow met with Stride managers on June 9 to discuss a public meeting regarding the mall redevelopment last month. “The meeting seemed productive, and the Stride managers heard the concerns expressed at the public meeting,” Mr O’Connor stated. Mr Stansfield said Stride was currently working on a communications plan and that they would provide an update as soon as possible, probably within the coming weeks.
Nessie’s letters from China By Julia Czerwonatis
When Barbara Francis met Agnes Moncrieff in Wellington about 60 years ago, neither
of letters Agens, known as Nessie, has sent back to New Zealand while she was travelling through China as the YWCA’s (Young Women’s Christian Association) foreign secretary from 1930 to 1945. “The title wasn’t chosen by chance. Nessie was in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War, when the Japanese bombed the country,” Barbara said. “In her letters she often mentions the dangers of travelling overland – especially at a full-moon.” In April 1938 Agnes wrote to her mother “You do not travel in China at the full moon if you can help. There are always air raids”. Most of the typed and handwritten letters were addressed to Nessie’s mother, one of her friends or the YWCA. After returning from China, Nessie lived in Brooklyn from the early 1950s until the late 1970s working as a teacher at the Correspondence School. She was active in women’s affairs including being on
woman knew that years later Barbara would publish a part of Agnes’ life story. You Do Not Travel in China at the Full Moon is a selection
Ngaio resident Barbara Francis recently published a collection of letters her friend Agnes Moncrieff, better known as Nessie, sent back home to New Zealand while travelling in China from 1930 to 1945. PHOTO: Supplied
the committee to set up the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women (NACEW). Barbara first met Nessie when she came to Wellington in 1956 to study at the Teachers’ Training College. Despite their 40 years age difference both women became good friends. After Barbara had moved to Christchurch she resumed her teaching career until 2005 when she returned to Wellington, some 17 years after her friend had died. “It was only then that I found out about the letters that had been deposited in the Alexander Turnbull Library,” Barbara, who now lives in Ngaio, said. “Nessie’s letters are a fascinating account of China. She not only describes the country but also captures the people’s lives along with her experience of living and working in China.” You Do Not Travel in China at the Full Moon, published by Victoria University Press, was launched at Vic Books Kelburn on Tuesday.
inbrief news Chamber music contest The Wellington District Contest round in the annual NZCT Chamber Music Contest took place last weekend. The contest attracted 32 ensembles involving 112 musicians. Students from Newlands, members of the Les Trois Amies ensemble and the Virtuoso Strings Octet, were awarded at the event. Virtuoso Strings Octet was recognised for the Best Performance of an Original Composition Entry, performing Toroa Rising/Piwakawaka Dancing by Benjamin Sneyd-Utting.
Welly next door Wellington City Council and Flux are making a paper version of Wellington with drawings of houses, neighbours, friends, families’ houses, local icons, pets and people. They invite Wellingtonians to help build your version of Wellington by adding to stories from your neighbourhood at the interactive WellyNextDoor exhibition. Join a free informal workshop with Belle Gwilliam on Saturday July 1 between 1-5pm, at 3 Jervois Quay. Or bring along your family, friends and neighbours for a free crafting session Monday July 3, and Wednesday July 5 between 12-4pm. No booking necessary. All materials provided. For more information contact wellynextdoor@ wcc.govt.nz
Sunglasses for Fiji Karori Lions Club are collecting sunglasses for Fijians and looking for more donations. Jennie Vowles from the Lions Club is headed towards Fiji coming July to join a team of optometrist from VOSO (Volunteer Ophthalmic Services Overseas) that distribute donated glasses to Fijians. For more information call Jennie on 476 4481 or lionsclubs.org.nz/ clubs/202m/zone-6/karori.
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