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Two local business owners, brothers Rob and Gavin Cameron, have won a supreme award for their bacon at the 10th annual New Zealand Pork, Bacon and Ham Awards. It’s their 18th medal in six years. “We were pretty stoked about the award. It’s a great feeling for everyone in the team. And it’s also a reward for our loyal customers,” Rob, Cameron Harrison Butchery owner, said. Cameron Harrison’s double smoked manuka middle bacon convinced the judges – top chefs from around the country – with its smoky honey sweetened flavour, the eating quality and its looks. Continued on page 2. Gavin (left) and Rob Cameron won the supreme award for their middle bacon sold locally in Kelburn and Ngaio. PHOTO: Supplied

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Local butchers sell country’s best bacon Continued from page 1. Rob and Gavin also received a silver medal for their middle eye bacon and a bronze medal for their double smoked manuka shoulder bacon. This year’s award saw more than 220 entries from over 50 retailers. “We were supreme winners before. In 2014 we won the award for the best New Zealand ham,” Rob said “It shows that we’re consistent with the quality of our products.” New Zealand Pork general manager Sonya Matthews said over the past 10 years the competition had grown into a nationally recognised event. “We are extremely pleased with the record number of entrants this year. “The number of entrants has progressively grown year-afteryear, and we could not be happier with the quality of produce that is submitted.” she said. Rob took over the family business about 10 years ago and was shortly after joined by his younger brother Gavin.

Adam Shackleton sells ham, sausages and bacon at the Cameron Harrison Butchery in Ngaio. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

With a team of six Rob and Gavin sell New Zealand’s best bacon in their shops in Ngaio and Kelburn.

“We’re coming from a farmer background – it was inevitable that we become butchers,” Gavin said.

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A slippery winter for Wellington Wellington City Council (WCC) officers and road workers have been kept busy after another series of major slips last week. A large slip came down on Ngaio Gorge Road on the weekend, leaving the road completely covered by large boulders and rubble. The gorge remains closed while engineers and WCC staff are monitoring the situation and working on a safe solution to clear the road.

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Motorists were urged to use other routes like the Ngauranga Gorge, Onslow Road and Churchill Drive via Wadestown. Ngaio Gorge Road is also closed to pedestrians and cyclists, however, pedestrians are still able to use the Trelissick Park track, in the valley below the road, to get past the landslide. Residents of a section of Devon Street in Aro Valley were evacuated after a large slip came down right under-

neath their house last Thursday evening. “Our onsite officers have advised the occupants that the Devon Street dwelling should not be reoccupied until confirmation from the engaged engineers that the dwelling is safe,” Victoria Barton-Chapple, WCC spokesperson, said. Since the start of winter, council has received 460 reports about slips in the city. “About 300 of these have been actioned and work is progress-

ing on the remainder,” Victoria said. “Priority is given to the larger ones which are partially or fully blocking traffic lanes or footpaths or has safety implications. “The next phase is a risk assessment by our geotechnical engineers to determine what course of action needs to be undertaken for the slip sites. Some will require retaining structures whilst others will be stabilised with hydro seeding and monitored.”

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Karori gets planting Karori Association’s (KA) planting project at Birdwood Reserve went successfully on Sunday, July 23. A group of youthful volunteers turned up to support KA’s Environment focus-group facilitator, Leith Wallace, and in no time had the plants in place along the fenceline protecting the reserve.

Supported with plants provided by Wellington City Council and park ranger James in attendance it all went well. “We could have planted twice as many,” Leith said, “So we’ll be looking to do a further planting, and to address other street corners and berms in Karori. Our goal is to make Karori as

visually attractive as possible and I think we can already claim some success.” Volunteer Benjamin Swale added: “It was a great initiative. “One of Karori’s great strengths is its proximity to the regenerating forest which surrounds it. “It’s so wonderful that nature is returning to the suburb after the

massive deforestation of the 19th century. So increasing and diversifying the species mix within the urban area is an important of strengthening Karori’s identity and bringing back the wildlife,” Benjamin said. “I look forward to perhaps doing the same in other parts of Karori. “Thank you for organising it.”

Marsden students present plastic levy petition to parliament Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson receives the petition from Cici Davie, Bella O’Meeghan, Imogen Skelton, and Maggie Dai. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

Beanies warm heads and hearts The students at Rewa Rewa School were thrilled with the beanies and socks the Newlands Community Centre knitting group made for them. “We love these beanies from Earth to Moon! “They’re warm, comforting and fashionable,” was written in the thank you card by the students. The knitters meet at the centre every Thursday morning from 9.30am, and knit items for a wide range of charities.

Churton Park clean up day The Churton Park Community Association would appreciate your help at the upcoming Churton Park clean up day on Saturday August 5. Helpers can meet at the community centre at 9am and will be allocated areas and provided with bags and gloves. Last year at the clean up day a big improvement was made in a short time, and with the wind blowing rubbish about there is plenty to do again this year.

Justice of the Peace Since the passing of Aporo Joyce, one of Newlands Community Centre’s regular JPs, it hasn’t been easy to maintain the roster of JPs at the centre. The regular sessions are on Mondays, 1-3pm. If you are interested in helping your community you could consider applying to become a JP.

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Four students from Samuel Marsden Collegiate presented parliament with 17,877 signatures last week urging government to take action against plastic waste. Cici Davie, Imogen Skelton, Maggie Dai and Bella O’Meeghan presented MP Grant Robertson (Labour) with their petition last Thursday. The students proposed a 10 cent levy on plastic bags mandatory for all New Zealand supermarkets.

“Plastic waste is a global issue and has a huge impact on our environment, especially the marine life. New Zealand is a beautiful country, and we want to make sure it will stay that way,” Bella said. According to the students’ research Kiwis use 36 million plastic bags from supermarkets every week – that is 1.872 billion per year. The girls said they had received amazing support from the community and had signatures coming in from all over the world

including Russia and Spain. “It’s a fantastic initiative and very impressive that the girls managed to gather that many signatures in only two months,” Mr Robertson said. The petition would be passed on to the Clerk of the House, David Wilson, and it would be tabled in parliament as soon as possible, Mr Robertson explained. Earlier this month all but two New Zealand mayors had presented parliament with a plastic levy petition.




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If the whole of New Zealand reduced use by 260,870 bags each week, which would be 0.06 bags per person, the country could be plastic bag free by the first week of 2020. The students’ initiative was part of their social studies. The girls were asked to launch an action campaign aiming to influence social policies with a topic of their choice. Lauren Brenseman was the fifth member of the team, however, she wasn’t available last week.

Sugar drinks remit The local government sector voted in favour of a remit to develop a Sugar Sweetened Beverages Policy. The remit – proposed by Hastings District Council - asked for councils to consider the development of a Sugar Sweetened Beverages Policy for their respective workplaces and facilities. It was designed to encourage councils to model good behaviour in their communities and provide an example to other organisations. It is also designed to reduce sugar consumption of users of council facilities.

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Residents in Newlands and the northern suburbs will have a more direct walking and cycling route to Ngauranga, if a proposal to upgrade Wakely Road track goes ahead. Wellington City Council has brought forward plans to up-

grade the part of Wakely Road that is currently a rough fourwheel drive track, connecting Newlands with Centennial Highway and Ngauranga. The public can have their say on the proposal until Friday, August 11, 5pm.

Students from Victoria University of Wellington have received five of the 11 individual Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America awarded in the latest round. The scholarships were announced today by Tertiary Education Minister Paul Goldsmith. The five Victoria University students will use the scholarships to undertake study or internships in Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Argentina and Mexico. The scholarships were established last year to build New

Zealand’s connections with Latin America. Julia Innocente-Jones, Victoria’s assistant vice-chancellor, has welcomed Victoria’s success in this year’s round, given the importance the university places on Latin America. She said the scholarships would enable students to strengthen their knowledge of, and connection to, the region. The Victoria scholarship winners include Laura Wilson, who will study at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Laura said she had always

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The track part of Wakely Road starts at the Spenmoor StreetLyndfield Lane intersection in Newlands and comes out on Centennial Highway above Glover Street. Work would include improving storm water drainage and pulling out the old culverts, levelling and paving the surface, grading corners, installing more safety fences in the steeper areas, and cutting back vegetation. Signs would also be installed at both ends of the path. “Upgrading of the Wakely Road track will provide a safer alternative to the Ngauranga Gorge, for cyclists,” Peter Gilberd, Northern Ward Councillor, said. “I would urge people who use, or would use, the track, to let council know their views. “Will you use the track for walking or cycling to work? “Will you use it for recreational cycling, running, walking, or dog-walking? “Do you support changing this unformed road into a paved,

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inbrief news Cook Strait cable improved Spark has announced to complete their upgrade to the Nelson-Levin interisland cable link, providing improved resiliency. The Nelson-to-Levin link, is one of New Zealand’s three marine cables carrying data traffic between the North and South Islands. This Nelson-Levin cable link, between Levin and Nelson, installed in 2001, is 237 kilometres long and includes a 212 kilometres long submarine section from Nelson’s Cable Bay to Hokio Beach in Levin. Cable Bay was the landing site of New Zealand’s very first international telegraph cable to Sydney, built in 1876. The upgrade involved installing the latest Optical Transport technology at the landing point in Nelson’s Cable Bay. This upgrade means that traffic can now be re-routed to this cable in the event that one or both of the other interisland cables fail – thus securing critical connectivity between the two islands.

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Jessica Hammond-Doube The Opportunities Party Candidate for Ohariu List number: N/A 1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Wellington schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?

My children have been at two of our most crowded schools, so I’ve seen this first hand. Overworked teachers are forced to spend too much time testing instead of teaching. It’s stressful and both teachers

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and kids hate it. We want to delay National Standards until Year 6. The current system makes schools compete with each other for students. Parents want their kids in high decile schools, even though there’s no evidence students do better. This is especially a problem in Tawa where some schools are crowded and some are under-used. We will encourage nearby schools to have a shared Board and to collaborate, not compete. This would encourage kids to go to their local school. Teachers tell me this would help them and the Ministry [of Education] to plan for roll growth. 2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses?

Our $11 billion-a-year tax loophole for property encourages Kiwis to put all our money into housing instead of businesses, driving the housing crisis. We want to close this loophole and give all that money back in income tax cuts. Eleven billion

dollars would let us cut income taxes by 30 per cent. Eighty percent of New Zealanders would be better off and the other 20 per cent would start paying their fair share. That means people will have more money to spend and to invest in businesses. Taxing property also stops land banking. Malls like Johnsonville Shopping Centre are stagnating because the developers don’t need to make money from having tenants. They make enough just sitting on the land. 3. Wellington’s infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve traffic and public transport issues?

I used to work at the Ministry of Transport so this is really close to my heart. We need to remember what the transport funding system was like when we let MPs meddle in local roading projects. NZTA has statutory independence from ministers so they can’t promise flashy roading projects to bribe local voters. That independence has been

eroded by successive governments who want all the credit for funding gold-plated projects but none of the blame for not funding boring, but worthwhile projects. We don’t want to meddle in the NZTA when they are making good, reasoned decisions. In fact we want to add rail funding decisions to their functions to put it on an even playing field with roads. 4. The Opportunities Party is new, you are a political newcomer – what makes you a trustworthy candidate for Ohariu and how can people relate to you?

I’m not making deals with anybody, I want the two ticks. And people will get what they’re voting for. We’re about policy not politics. This is my community and I’m heavily involved with it. My kids go to school here. I have been on the committee for the Khandallah Arts Theatre for 10 years, people know me from the Christmas Parade and other community events. I’m a local and planning to be here for long time.

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spend during their campaigning,” Clare said. She said public funds would only be used for broadcasting on TV and radio in the last month leading up to the election. Ohariu candidate Greg O’Connor changed the signs with previous leader Little just minutes after the announcement that Adern is to lead Labour into the General Election. “This is exciting news for us all,” O’Connor said. “Jacinda visited the electorate just last week and was able to get the message across of the need to build a more equitable society, the very message I am getting from voters as I knock on doors.”

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Design awards keep stacking up for talented student Wang Hening, also known as Ted, student at Yoobee School of Design in Wellington is kicking goals in the international design world. The Karori resident came over from China to study Digital Media Advanced and has just been announced as one of two winners from Oceania in the Visual Effect Internship category for The Rookies. He now will have the opportunity to take up the much sought after internship in either Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan or New Zealand. “I am really thrilled to be a winner of an internship and I’m going to take it up at Weta Digital – it’s my dream,” Ted said. “This is a great opportunity, and it’s really cool to be able to work with key industry people and learn so much. “I had participated in the Rookies last year, and was a finalist, but to actually win and make a comeback like this is just a great feeling.” The Rookies is a global competition for young designers, creators, innovators and artists. The awards were created to discover and showcase the outstanding talent emerging from higher education facilities and to help launch careers at the world’s top studios. Ted is a 2D and 3D concept art designer. Last year he won two major awards, coming second in Gwangmyeong Concept Design Competition which was held by Weta Workshop. He also received one of the Wellington International Student Excellence Awards in 2016, which was presented by at the

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time Deputy Prime Minister Bill English. Ted just finished a film project as a junior concept designer at Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines. Nick Webster, Yoobee head of school, said Ted’s success in New Zealand is thanks to a healthy dose of talent and tenacity. “We are so excited for Ted, and it is great to see our creative, passionate and humble students succeed at high levels, and even more impressive when their efforts are formally recognised regionally, nationally and internationally.”

Winger BMW Wellington have officially welcomed BMW i with a prestigious launch event in their Wellington showroom last week. The event celebrated the arrival of the electric vehicle to the region and the local automobile business as one of the country’s newest BMW i sales and service centres. Over 200 guests attended the event including Minster of Transport Simon Bridges, and Wellington City Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle. Winger Group general manager Steve Hilson, BMW Group New Zealand managing director Florian Renndorfer, and BMW brand ambassador Jeff Wilson were also present. The violinist, Elena, kicked off the evening with an electrifying opening number. Whilst Elena played, the BMW i8 rolled quietly into the showroom and was on display for all guests to experience after the artistic opening. BMW ambassador Jeff welcomed the Wellington business community and those who support future sustainability in the Hutt Road based service centre. “Fantastic to see more and more EVs [electric vehicles] being made available in New Zealand. Tonight in Wellington,

Winger BMW became an accredited supplier of BMW i3 and i8 models. This will help encourage the uptake of EVs in the Wellington region by giving people more options,” Minister Bridges said. Whilst the BMW i8 is certainly a showstopper, it’s the BMW i3 that Winger BMW see to be the success of the city. With Wellington being a compact place, the BMW i3 fits the landscape and will be enjoyed by those wanting to move into a new era. “With Winger BMW becoming an authorised BMW i dealer, this is a solid commitment towards sustainable e-mobility”, Florian, BMW’s managing director, said. “Their offer of BMW i products provides both private and corporate customers with even more access to a wide range of electrified vehicles, charging and support across the region.” Winger Motor Group took over the dealership in December 2016 and the Winger BMW profile has been well accepted into the Wellington community. With new management at the realm, the dealership is moving from strength to strength. PBA

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What are you looking forward to in Term 3?

Edward Malcolm-Tait, Wadestown School “I’m looking forward to Art Splash, science and mini-ball.”

James Van Derzouwe, Wadestown School “Doing mini-ball with Ed and Art Splash. And doing reading in the class. I quite like science, too.”

Drew Stanway, Wadestown School “I’m looking forward to art, painting, and designs. I’m also more of a sporty person.”

Bridget Murray, Wadestown School “PE, science, and Art Splash.”

Rosa Holland, Wadestown School “I like sewing, Art Splash, science and probably fitness class.”

Sylvie McLaren, Wadestown School “Art Splash, PE, sports, and science. And reading in my class.”

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stolen. A house, currently on the market for sale, was entered via a door to a downstairs flat. The house had been an open home during the previous weekend. Four TV sets and a blue ray player were stolen. Two cabinets had been moved to the garage in preparation for taking away but had been left there by the burglars. In Ironside Road a black Nissan Presea saloon car parked unlocked overnight in the driveway of a house was entered

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through a jemmied bathroom window. Bedrooms were targeted and a quantity of clothing and an ipod were stolen. A vacant room in a motel in Newlands Road was entered and a TV, a heater and some artwork were stolen. In Khandallah an attempt was made to break into a block of six garages located on council owned land in Mandalay Terrace. No access was gained but the locks on all of the doors were damaged.

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Karori local Hayden Rogers will be on stage with the Wellington Repertory Theatre production Peninsula. It’s the 31st time that Hayden, who is the president of the Wellington District Theatre Federation, will get on stage. The play is set in Duvauchelle Bay on Banks Peninsula in the summer of 1964, and captures the magic of a rural New Zealand childhood of the time. It transcends its specific time and location and examines themes, still topical today, of bullying, domestic violence, infidelity, small-town attitudes, gossip and prejudice. Hayden will be one of five actors on stage – each playing an adult and a child and in one case a dog. “The play revolves around a couple of families and their daily lives – the country pub, the small town school, kids fishing in the wharf. “It’s quite an authentic play that is written very honestly,” Hayden explained. “I will be playing a father that has to come to terms that his son won’t be doing the same things he has done.

“It’s quite an interesting role for me because I have boys, too.” Peninsula, written by New Zealand prolific playwright Gary Henderson, will see some well-established actors on stage. Director Annabel Hensley said the play was a great piece of storytelling. “[The] five actors will make you laugh and jolt your memory of people and places that we all once knew well,” she said. Wellington Repertory Theatre is the capital’s oldest community theatre, which celebrated its 90th anniversary last year. It stages several productions each year, providing opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved in theatre, many of whom over the years have gone on to build professional careers in the theatre.  Peninsula runs from Wednesday, August 2 to Saturday, August 12 (excluding Monday) at the Gryphon Theatre, Ghuznee Street. Production times vary. To book tickets, head to, email bookings@ or call 479 3393. Tickets prices are $25 waged, $20 unwaged, $20 for pre-paid groups of 10 or more.

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From zero waste company to social enterprise By Julia Czerwonatis

With their business Organic Boxes, Richard Bacon and his partner are delivering fresh organic food to people’s doorstep. The Wellington based zero waste company has been operating for about nine years buying food for customer orders from local farmers in Wairarapa, Kapiti and Nelson. “I’m passionate about the environment,” Richard said. “We have been doing it wrong for too many years throwing chemicals on the ground for more food, but that’s not the answer.”

Richard Bacon and his partner established Organic Boxes about nine years ago – now they help Wellington families in need. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

Richard said farmers were forced to grow more than they need, supermarkets buy more goods than they can sell and so does the consumer. “We waste more than 50 per cent than we need.” Organic Boxes aims to turn around the system with taking food pre-orders from customers so that no food would be wasted through wholesalers. “People in Wellington love it,” Richard said. Organic Boxes aspires to become more sustainable yet. “About one month ago, however, we decided we were missing

something,” Richard said. The business decided to become a social enterprise and set the goal to provide families in need with fresh fruit and vegetables. “With every $70 purchase we will deliver a free box weekly for an entire year to a struggling family in Wellington,” Richard said. Organic Boxes are partnering up with budgeting agencies and community programmes like Kiwi Community Association (KCA) to find local families in need. Nicola from Johnsonville and her family were the first re-

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Twenty-five years of community policing By Julia Czerwonatis

On a bitterly cold day 25 years ago, John Banks, Minister of Police at that time, opened the Johnsonville police station aiming to bring Wellington police into the suburbs. “It was an unforgettable day which those attending are not likely to forget because it was marred by an unfortunate accident,” Ray Wright, a Broadmeadows local who has been working voluntarily with police for years, said. To brave winter’s cold police had installed gas heaters for their opening ceremony on August 7, 1992, and lady’s dress that got too close to the flames caught on fire – luckily the woman survived. After the rather unholy launch, the community police pilot project started to flourish. “The Johnsonville police station had one senior sergeant, six sections of five constables, one detective sergeant, and four detectives,” Greg O’Connor, former Police Association president, said. “The constables were working around the clock and were closely connected with the community.” Previously police were solely based in the CBD and had to drive a long way to the suburbs to work on cases. After government and police in Wellington had decided that staff should be where the people live, Kilbirnie and Johnsonville were chosen as locations for new police stations.

Ray Wright established a Neighbourhood Watch in the northern suburbs in 2000 and is still informing the community about local crime. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

“The new era of decentralisation was greeted with enthusiasm,” Ray said. “’Police on the streets’ was the catch-cry.” Civilian police staff manned the public counter and provided the administration. Selected members of the community, including Ray, were volunteering for clerical work. “There were four homicides in the first three years. “The station was extremely busy,” Greg said. “All of a sudden police were doing work that hadn’t been done before. “They were discovering crime they

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Onslow students have their say in new community hub By Julia Czerwonatis

The public consultation for the interior design of Johnsonville’s new community hub was closed off shortly after local students casted their opinion online last Friday. Wellington City Council and Sub Urban Co-Working collaborated on a student engagement project at Onslow College to motivate

young people to be active in the community. Former Onslow College student and portfolio leader for children and young people, Councillor Jill Day, was the protagonist of a short film that introduced the students to the design ideas for the new Johnsonville library and the surrounding hub. “This is the second session we

have been running at Onslow,” Kathleen Wright, Sub Urban CEO, said. “It’s about bringing civic engagement into our schools and encouraging students to contribute to their community. “The new hub is probably the most exciting thing that will be happening in Johnsonville for years.

“It’s important for the students to realise that they can be part of the project.” The redevelopment of the community hub will cost $22.5 million and will connect the Memorial Park, the Keith Spry Pool, the community centre and the new library. The hub will include a café, a maker space and a kindergarten

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on the top floor. “We have had a fantastic amount of feedback from the community concerning the interior design,” Andrea Thomas, the New Johnsonville Community Hub manager, said. “A summary will be sent to the architects and landscapers. “And soon we will consult with the public on parking options.”

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Seth 3, was very happy to complete the treasure hunt to claim his prize of a seedling and chocolate

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At the 125th jubilee to celebrate of St Luke’s Anglican Church, Wadestown Presbyterian Church and Wadestown School, the Village Green Trust planted three Kowhai trees – one for each church and one for the school. About three years ago one of the three Kowhai trees died. Saturday, on the 10th anniversary of that Arbour Day, the Village Green Trust replaced the commemoration Kowhai. “It’s about having a place to go to get a sense of things growing, and it’s also important for the next generation,“ Ralph Green, Village Green Trust founding chair, said. A treasure hunt was popular with the younger audience, with painted rocks hidden around the green for them to find. Seedlings and chocolate were given out as prizes. Village Green Trustee Colleen Pilgrim cut the cake, which was accompanied by morning tea. “I want to acknowledge that lots of people have contributed to where we are today,“ Neil Fraser, Village Green trustee, said. He emphasised that they always wanted greater engagement from community groups. The annual general meeting is going to be held on August 31, 5.30pm, at the Community Space, Wadestown Library.  For more information about how to get involved with the Village Green visit wadestownvgt.

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Warmer homes wanted for Wellington A Wellington social enterprise was tired of waiting for a national solution to poor quality housing and has set about rallying key players to get the job done. Sustainability Trust and regional partners concerned about housing-related health issues gathered last week to discuss a coordinated and sustained effort to address the issues. More than 40,000 children were admitted to New Zealand hospitals last year with preventable illnesses associated with poor housing, and about 1,600 deaths a year are attributed to people living in cold, damp homes. “These deaths and illnesses are preventable, and there is peer-reviewed research and on-the-ground proof that we have solutions – so let’s just get it done,” Philip Squire, Sustainability Trust chief executive, said. Organisations with a stake in the issue, including councils, district health boards, charitable trusts, research and health organisations, gathered two weeks ago to discuss a regional housing initiative for

Wellington. It is hoped the initiative might go some way to addressing barriers to creating healthy housing for all in Wellington. “Everyone [...] wants Wellington homes to be warm and dry, especially for those families who are on a low income or suffering from housing-related health issues,” Philip said. “But at the moment there are some barriers to doing that – not enough money, policies and laws that give mixed messages and are applied differently by different authorities, and not enough coordinated support for families to meet the costs of creating a healthy home.” Although the quality of some of New Zealand’s housing stock is not good, many homes can be brought up to a healthy standard with simple fixes like insulation, better heating, curtains, and mitigation of moisture and ventilation issues. The Government’s Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes scheme and the recent changes to the Residential Tenancies Act have gone some way to getting New Zealand homes upgraded but there is still work to do, Philip said.

Bingo Babes, Ethel and Bethel, will be hosting a comedy evening to raise funds for Khandallah School. PHOTO: Supplied By Julia Czerwonatis

Bingo Babes, Ethel and Bethel, will be hosting a comedic bingo event with love and laughter to help raise funds for Khandallah School. Martin Gardner from the Khandallah School Home and School committee said the fundraiser would help to support the school and enable them to buy new equipment. “Usually we run an annual school fair, however, there’s a big construction site on the school grounds so we weren’t able to organise one for this year,” Martin said. Ethel and Bethel, also known as Sandy Neale and Becky Hayston, are a couple of old biddies who

are always up for a night out with a bunch of good folk. “There will be lots of fun to be had along the way while coaxing the folk to loosen their purse strings to boost Khandallah’s fundraising efforts,” Sandy and Becky said. Funds donated to the school from the comedy evening are likely to go towards alternate playground activities, including indoor games, once the school’s adventure playground will be dismantled to make way for a new building. Funds could also help to upgrade digital devices for Year 2 and 3 students. “We need to plan ahead for next year as the new building

nears completion when funds will be needed to provide finishing touches like landscaping,” Louise Green, Khandallah School principal, said. “In 2018 we also celebrate 125 years as a school and have a few projects in the planning stage which will all need funding.”  Ethel and Bethel Bingo comedy evening will be on Friday, August 18 at Khandallah town hall. Tickets for $25 are available on – they include the first bingo ticket and a light supper. There will be an auction, along with a number of prizes for winning of Bingo games. It’s an R18 event.

Zero-waste workshop to teach locals how to compost GoEco-Kelburn Highbury will be running its second community pop up event, a composting workshop. The volunteer-based community project for Kelburn and Highbury aims to promote the reduction of waste, particularly plastic and food waste, in the local village, community and households. “This is a great opportunity to capture the goodness to enrich your spring vege garden and soil, and help divert organic waste from our landfill where it turns into potent gases that cause climate change,” Jenny Packard, GoEco Kelburn-Highbury co-coordinator, said.

Its first pop-up event, a zero-waste workshop in May this year, was attended by more than 60 people from across Wellington. GoEco is also working with businesses, community members and Kelburn Normal School on a range of initiatives. These include promoting sales of Wellington City Mission fundraiser reusable cups in five local shops and cafes, and a pilot programme to encourage local people to provide recycled, clean shopping bags to Kelburn Village shops for re-use. They are also providing volunteer sewing support to the Boomerang

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Energising students and keeping obesity at bay Thousands of greater Wellington primary school students are getting their blood pumping, and learning about healthy eating, to avoid obesity. Around 3000 children from 16 schools participate in Project Energize Wellington, which combines sport and physical activity with nutrition lessons. It is funded by Capital and Coast District Health Board (DHB) and delivered by the Heart Foundation. “Obesity has increased significantly over recent years, and is

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Be enticed by Whitby’s Restaurant & Bar’s refreshed a la carte dinner menu. Vibrant in colour and full in flavour, the new menu showcases a variety of cuisine, with a range of dishes catering to vegetarian and gluten-free dietary requirements. Select from Salmon, Duck, Grilled King Prawns or Roasted Beetroot with Smoked Goat Feta as starters. Prominent components from the main menu include Oysters, Mackerel, Chicken and New Zealand Beef & Lamb. Deconstructed Cheesecake, Panna Cotta, Chocolate Crémeux Feuilletine and Bacardi Apple Crumble are featured

The SPCA (Society for the Preven- ity have raised more than $2million and care,” Andrea Midgen, SPCA’s tion of Cruelty to Animals) encour- through the baking and selling of acting CEO, said. aged Kiwis across the country to cupcakes and other treats. “Cupcake Day is a fun and deliget their paws messy in the kitchen This year, SPCA Cupcake Day cious way to help raise funds for for this year’s SPCA Cupcake Day. will be on Monday, August 14, and the shelter, food and vet treatment The annual fundraiser provides the SPCA invited people to register these animals need, while they wait a tasty way for New Zealanders and bake for friends, family, col- for their forever homes,” she said. to “bake” a difference in the fight leagues and classmates, no matter “We’re very grateful to everyone Deliverers Required in against animal cruelty. what their baking ability. who bakes or buys a cupcake. Now in its ninth year, Cupcake SPCA aims to raise $400,000 “The funds raised help the SPCA Area 1: Momona, Mohaka, Kawatiri - Kaponga. Day is the SPCA’s fun, communithrough Cupcake Day sales this to provide vital care to vulnerable ty-driven annual fundraiser with all year. animals across New Zealand.” proceeds going towards protecting “In our SPCA centres across as an individabused, neglected, injured and the country, 46,000 abused and  To bake and sellApplications are available at our recruitment on abandoned animals. neglected animals come through ual, team or school,offiregister ce or at the security gate based in the Since 2009, of the char- our doors every year in need of love Ngauranga George in Wellington.

Formerly cpa spares on the dessert menu, completing the dining Funeral Director experience. Whitby’s Restaurant & Bar is located on level 17 of the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, known for friendly service, floor to ceiling windows overlooking Lambton Quay and delectable fare. Perfect for celebrations, family events or a night out in the heart of Wellington.

The a la carte dinner menu is available from 5.30pm daily. View the menu and book online via or phone 04 499 9500.


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inbrief news Meet the Central candidates Rotary Karori will host a evening with candidates running for Wellington Central, including Grant Robertson, James Shaw, Geoff Simmons, Michael Warren, and Nicola Willis. It will be an opportunity to learn about where each party hopes to take the community and a chance to show Karori’s wit with some appropriate interjections. The evening will be held on Monday, August 21, at 7pm, at the Karori Normal School Hall. Supper provided.

Fred’s gumboots at Te Papa The iconic hat, shearer’s singlet, shorts and gumboots of Fred Dagg will be on display at Te Papa from July 26. The items, dated from the early 1970s, include a black Mosgiel Woollen Factory Company singlet, Canterbury of New Zealand shorts, Skellerup Industries gumboots and a floppy hat.They were gifted to Te Papa by Fred Dagg’s creator John Clarke in 2002, and are being put on display for three months following Clarke’s death earlier this year.

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CAMPBELL, Grace McGregor: Jul 24, 2017. HEALEY, Christopher Coleridge: Peacefully at Wellington Hospital after a short battle, on the 28th July 2017. Aged 57 years, beloved husband, partner and best friend of Julia, proud and loving father of Matthew. Devoted son to Berice and the late Peter. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Messages may be left at www. A funeral service for Chris will be held at Khandallah Presbyterian Church, Ganges Road, Khandallah on Thursday 3 August 2017 at 1:00pm and will be followed by private cremation. Guardian Funeral Home, Locally Owned. THOMAS, Peter James (Pete): Died surrounded by family on 27th July 2017. Much loved husband of Annette. Tributes to Peter and the Thomas family may be left in Peter’s tribute book at A final celebration of Peter’s life will be held today Wednesday 2nd August at 2:00p.m. at the Guardian Funeral Home Chapel, 4 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville. Guardian Funeral Home. Locally Owned.

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HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI 1945 72nd Commemoration. To be held at the Wellington Botanic Garden, Peace Flame Garden, east of Rose Garden, on Sunday 6 August 2017, from 10am to 11:30am. Held in the nearby Begonia House if raining. Many speakers. A nuclear weapons reality check alarm call. Organised in conjunction with the Wellington City Council by NZCND

In order to avoid overcrowding, or the likelihood of overcrowding, the board of Khandallah School has adopted an enrolment scheme which has been approved by the Ministry of Education

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Under this scheme, students will be enrolled if they live within the home zone. The enrolment scheme, which includes a precise description of the home zone, may be viewed on our school website, or at the school office, where copies of the scheme are also available. The enrolment of out of zone students is governed by the provisions of the Education Act 1989. If you live in the home zone and have not yet signalled your intention to enrol your child for the remainder of 2017, then please contact the school immediately to assist us in our planning. The enrolment scheme for Khandallah School will come into effect on Monday 16th October 2017.

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Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa Financial Coordinator - Part-time role

School Administrator /Office Manager St Catherine’s College has a vacancy for an experienced school administrator/office manager. Sound knowledge in Microsoft packages is required. Good communication and people management skills are essential as well as strong attention to detail. This is a permanent, part-time position. The hours are 9.00 am – 4.00 pm Monday to Friday term time only. Salary is within pay rates of the Support Staff in Schools Collective Agreement. For further information and a job description please contact Chris Perry, PA to Principal on 939-8988 or Please apply in writing, including the names of two referees, to the Principal, St Catherine’s College, PO Box 14-076, Wellington 6241 or email Chris Perry by 5.00 pm, Friday 11 August 2017.

Do you have accounting skills and want 10 hours of work per fortnight working for a Tier 4 not-for-profit charity? This is a paid position starting 1 Sept but with a handover towards the end of August. Office based in Johnsonville but some flexibility of some hours can be worked from home. We are small team of 4 part-time employees working school hours. Person specification: • Accounting skills, including MYOB, accounts management, payroll, budget, understand grant accountability and charity reporting standards • Knowledge of financial end of year process and audit preparation • Excellent written and interpersonal skills for monthly board report • Self-motivated, with ability to plan, organise and work independently If this sounds like you, please email for a copy of the job description. Applications close 18 August. Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa (PADA) is a not for profit trust established to champion perinatal wellbeing in our communities. It helps to facilitate training for care providers who support families affected by mental illness related to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood.

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Wednesday August 2, 2017



Golden hopes for Imogen reaches regional karate team personal best at Youth Commonwealth Games

From left: Nicola Adams, Emma and Straten Palamidas, Laura Bremner, Brianna Higgan and Natasha Warren from the northern suburbs are heading toward the Gold Coast to compete in the karate world cup. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis By Julia Czerwonatis

Imogen Skelton took third place at the 2017 the Youth Commonwealth Games with a jump of 1.76 metres. PHOTO: Supplied

Imogen Skelton, student at Samuel Marsden Collegiate in Karori, has taken home a bronze medal from the Youth Commonwealth Games at the end July. High jumper Imogen took third place with 1.76 metres jump – a personal best. “It was really exciting for me as this was my first international competition. I did much better than expected,” Imogen said. The New Zealand Olympic Committee had named a team of 34 young Kiwis aged between 14 and 18 to represent New Zealand at the Bahamas. It’s the sixth Youth Commonwealth Games and over 60 nations were represented in the tournament. Following in the footsteps of New Zealand Olympians, including cyclist Sam Bewley and swimmers Corney Swanepoel and Corey Main who also competed at Commonwealth Youth Games, athletes

from athletics, beach volleyball, boxing, cycling and swimming were gaining their first Commonwealth-style games experience. The Youth Games are part of the wider Commonwealth Games Federation’s commitment to partner and support peaceful, sustainable and prosperous Commonwealth communities. The Bahamas 2017 were the second edition of the Youth Games held on a Small Island Developing State, following the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games. Imogen said she was aiming to improve her skills and keep pushing for a new personal best. “At the moment I’m preparing for the national secondary school competitions at the end of the year which will be another exciting event,” Imogen said.

Helping large patients A bariatric care approach would help staff provide respectful and safe care for very large patients, the Capital and Coast District Health Board (DHB) said. Capital and Coast DHB’s approach, initiated in 2015 with private provider Essential Helpcare, involves equipment for larger patients. An initial bundle included a bed, walking trolley, body hoist, and toileting equipment with more options available. “It can be humiliating for a very large patient if this equipment isn’t available

and, for example, we can’t take their blood pressure or they can’t fit into a chair,” Andrea McCance, executive director nursing and midwifery, said. “The bundle approach ensures this doesn’t happen. “Essential aims to deliver the equipment within an hour of it being ordered – a vast improvement for patients and staff.” Last year, 182 bundles were delivered to assist 268 patients with an average weight of 200 kilos.

Karateka from the northern suburbs and the greater Wellington region are getting ready for their biggest challenge of the year – the GKR World Cup at Australia’s Gold Coast at the coming weekend. “It’s a significant event for us,” Sensei Brad Sa’u, GKR Karate Regional Manager, said. “There will be over 2,000 students from the UK, the States and Australia. “We have a great tournament training team – everyone has been training hard to improve their skills over the last year,” Brad said. The karate world cup is held every two years with karateka aged five to 70. Countries that have qualified for the cup are sending their karateka to perform individually or in teams. Performances include kata and kumite – both are a sequence of martial art movements. “The team from Wellington is known internationally for being quite strong,” Brad said. Emma and her son Straten Palamidas from Johnsonville were excited to head

towards the Gold Coast to join their first world cup. “It’s a true highlight in karate,” Emma said. “We have been training for a long time – about two years at this stage. It’s such a great opportunity to represent our country. “The team and the community feel around it are awesome.” For Natasha Warren, a black belt holder, the tournament will be her second world cup. She took home a bronze medal last time and hoped for another success this year. “I’m pretty excited. “It’s a great atmosphere at the cup.” Sensei Josh Saunders said chances were good for the team to win some medals. “The team is fantastic, and we have proven before that we have the skills to win medals.” According to the karateka and the sensei, the martial art helped improving self-esteem and created a sense of respect for oneself and others. “Naturally karate also helps with your coordination skills and your physical fitness,” Brad said.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

That cog named Crotty If you want to pin-point a reason why the All Blacks could not beat the Lions in the third test (besides the officiating) Ryan Crotty is that answer. Having just de-iced myself from my seat at AMI Stadium at the Super Rugby semi-final where the Crusaders beat the Chiefs 27-13, it’s become apparent Crotty is now a must for the All Black backline. In near freezing temperatures, the No 12 who was injured for the key matches of the Lions tour, proved what a crucial cog he is in the midfield of a rugby team. He organised the red and black defensive line, and there was alot of it to do, and he made the right decision on attack. Such was the defensive effort, the Crusaders had just two minutes in the Chiefs 22 all match but still managed four tries. Crotty was named man of the match

at the ground, with a surely frozen crowd clapping in approval at the decision. It was just one degree at the time of the announcement, so clapping was one heck of an effort. Crotty may not be the flashiest player, he may not have the explosive power of a Ma’a Nonu or Sonny Bill Williams but, like Walter Little 20 years ago, he’s solid, reliable and dependable. Just like most quality players, his work may be understated but his quality and impact cannot be. The Crusaders are a better team with Crotty in the midfield than they are without him. One man does not make a team and certainly a quality team like the Crusaders is built on a team ethos, but what Crotty does is sublime in its innocuous nature and simplicity in execution.


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