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Frank Hsu is a man of many talents – but making a good coffee is definitely one of his best. The Wellington barista and owner of Frank’s on The Terrace took his coffee-making skills to the next level over the weekend, securing third place at the New Zealand Barista Championships. “You have to be confident because it’s only you up there,” Frank said. “My passion is to make that special coffee available.” Continued on page 2.
Frank Hsu, owner of Frank’s on The Terrace, placed third in New Zealand’s most prestigious coffee contests. PHOTO: Dom Thomas
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Third in New Zealand for Wellington barista Continued from page 1. Frank was competing against 16 other baristas, all aspiring to be best in New Zealand. The championships were held at L’affare Roastery in Wellington on Saturday and Sunday, and saw Dove Chen from Hamilton take out top spot. As part of his performance, Frank had to make three coffees in each heat – one espresso; one milk-based coffee; and his
signature coffee, an espresso infused with special tea and syrup. Frank began working towards the championships in January this year to make sure he had a coffee that was good enough. “To do well you need to know your coffee like you know a person.” He worked with Red Rabbit Coffee Co to create his competition coffee, with the beans com-
ing from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. “We’ve been buying our coffee from Red Rabbit Coffee Co since day one and the team are really good at what they do.” Frank hopes to release some of his competition-grade coffee in his shop so that his customers have a chance to taste what “really good coffee” is like. He said the coffee you get in cafés was often commercially produced.
However, what he used in the show was a micro-batch of top quality coffee. “It means our customers can enjoy the new coffee because it’s all about the experience and the craft of the drink – sort of like fine dining.” This was not the first time Frank had pitted his coffee skills against the best, in 2009 he placed ninth in New Zealand. In 2010, he was fourth in Wellington.
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Equipped with crayons, oil colours, pencils, acrylics and – in a more modern manner – tablets, hobby artist from around Wellington gather once a week to paint and draw portraits. The Portrait Club was founded by Martin Jenkins who welcomes everyone, from beginners to professional artists, to the Karori Arts and Crafts Centre for a two-hour session with life models. “We have been running the Portrait Club for over eight years,” Martin said. “Some of the artists are regulars here, some come from time to time, and now and then we have young new faces.” Martin used to organise outdoor painting groups. However, he liked trying new things, he said. “Painting portraits is quite a specialised art, and there weren’t any groups in Wellington before we started the one in Karori.” Each week Martin invites a new person to be their model for the session. “We have friends and family
Model Andrea Cootes and her cockatoo Ipo Kai. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
members coming or people who like being models. “I try and get models of different ethnicities and skin tones, and different ages so we can practise painting with different colours and shapes.” Martin said, they were a very social group, and all enjoyed a good chat during their tea and
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Peter Dunne resigns after 33 years in office Ohariu MP and United Future leader Peter Dunne has announced his resignation a month out from the election. “The current political environment is extremely volatile and unpredictable. “However, I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that [...] there is now a mood amongst Ohariu voters for a change of
MP, which is unlikely to alter,” Dunne said in a statement on Tuesday. “While I am naturally extremely disappointed after 33 years of service at this apparent change of feeling, I recognise and understand it, and respect absolutely the electorate’s prerogative to feel that way.” In an exclusive interview with the Independent Herald earlier this month, Dunne was still
committed to serve Ohariu in the new term: “My focus is unrelentingly on the future; it’s on the world that my kids, my grandkids and their kids will inherit. “There’s plenty more to do. If you ask what gets me going is not looking back, it’s looking forward to where we might be.” However, the latest polls showed that Dunne had lost the majority support in his electorate
– he was 14 points behind Labour candidate Greg O’Connor. “Ohariu has been a very large part of my life,” Dunne said, who had lived there for over 40 years. “Working for the community and its people [...] has, at all times, been an absolute delight.” Let us know your thoughts on Peter Dunne’s resignation. Email email@example.com.
‘Solemn beeches stretch towards the rosy sky’ Orongorongo’s Dawn. PHOTO: Louisa Boyer
inbrief news Northern Chorale The Northern Chorale will perform All the Mozarts – Leopold, Wolfgang and Xavier at Khandallah Town Hall, Ganges Road, on Saturday September 2, from 7pm. Everyone knows about Wolfgang Amadeus, but what do you know about his father Leopold and his son Xavier? The Northern Chorale will be performing rare pieces by both musicians – some quite possibly never before heard in New Zealand, as well as some much loved church and opera music by Wolfgang. Tickets are $20; school-age children free. Contact Mary for more information: 479 3363.
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It was early in the morning when Louisa Boyer and her father made tracks through the Rimutaka Forest Park, and Louisa’s view pierced through the thick bush spotting Orongorongo Valley illuminated in the golden light of the morning sun. “I couldn’t resist, I had to take a photo of it,” the 11-year-old said. That snap shot, titled Orongorongo’s Dawn, gained Louisa
the third place in the nationwide photography competition Top Outdoor Spots for students. “When I entered, I didn’t expect to win anything. “I took the photo with my dad’s phone – I knew others were submitting photos taken with professional Nikons and Canons,” Louisa, who attends Samuel Marsden Collegiate in Karori, said. The competition, organised by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission, encouraged students to send in a photo
or drawing of their favourite outdoor spot and a short description of what makes it special. Louisa’s description of Orongorongo’s Dawn reads: “Piercing solitude, Tui’s bobbing, gurgling call, tall, solemn beeches stretch towards the rosy sky, ponga fronds outstretched, river snaking through the trees”. Louisa and her father had planned their trip to the Rimutaka Forest for a while, and Louisa said it was an amazing experience.
“I love nature. I’m pretty sure I heard a kiwi, and we saw the Milky Way. “I tried to take a photo of it, but I would probably need a better camera for that.” Louisa takes photos wherever and whenever she has the chance using whatever is on hand. “We have a 10-year-old compact camera, and I use phones and tablets – not my phone though, that’s an old brick. “I’d love to get a professional camera,” Louisa said.
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‘We will stand to teach, to encourage and to support our youth’
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Grandchildren playgroup Churton Park Community Centre has started a playgroup for grandparents and their grandchildren. Early childhood educator volunteer Hannah has joined to help bringing more structure into the playgroup. The morning includes free play, craft activity, singing and movement session and shared morning tea for the children. Please bring some food (e.g. some fruit) to contribute to the morning tea. The playgroup meets every Wednesday during school term time, from 10-11.30am at the Churton Park Community Centre.
Johnsonville’s youth organisation Challenge 2000 held the opening of its new premises with high ranking guests on August 12. Prime Minister Bill English, Ohariu MP Peter Dunne, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, Wellington Cardinal John Dew, and Father David Kennerley, provincial of the Society of Mary, and the local community celebrated the successes of Challenge 2000 and the unique way in which it works. English recognised Kitty Mckinley, the founder of Challenge 2000: “Kitty, we have seen your fantastic ability to ride the wave of uncertainty about what’s going to happen next. “As I look around here I see so many familiar faces, and I’m sure many of you have had the same experience as me, and that is ‘being dealt to’ by Kitty. “The phone calls about the bills that have to be paid or finding someone who can pay them. “We have also seen the love that she has poured into Challenge 2000, into those young people, many hundreds of whom know her personally.”
Challenge 2000 members performing a Haka that was specifically written for the occasion. PHOTO: Supplied
To mark the occasion, a special Haka was written by Te Po Hohua after extensive consultation with the Challenge whanau. The Haka asked “Will you stand?”, and the rousing response was “Yes! We will stand to teach, to encourage and to support our youth till they are chiefs and have the full life of
the gospel”. It was performed by Maori, Pakeha, Pasifika, Asian, children, youth and adults. “At the core of Challenge 2000 is the deep respect for the integrity of every person. “That has been what’s made Challenge 2000 and its work so effective,” English said. Their programmes support
the most vulnerable in the community and provide services for school leavers as well as leadership development for qualified young people. Dunne, who has been a committed supporter since 1988, was recognised by all for his contribution to local young people.
Pickle Jar’s generous gesture They say that the condition of the heart is a reflection of the body. The heart of Karori is based around the community, which credits the welcoming and cordial people who live there. Within a 50 metre radius, there lies the Karori Arts and Crafts Centre, the community centre, the library, and the Karori Recreation Centre. With the lively aura that this central area creates, the addition of the new Com-
munity Events Centre will add even more to the neighbourly environment. With the generous donations from families, funders and the Wellington City Council, the new events centre construction is underway. From the required $2.335 million dollar budget to raise, a more than generous donation has stood out from the rest. Local neighbourhood bar The Pickle Jar with the help of Terawhiti Arms & Windmill
Operating Trust, has donated $50,000 towards the construction of the new Events Centre. The business is leased under contract and the Terawhiti Arms & Windmill Operating Trust receives its funds directly from The Pickle Jar plus a share of the rent of the building as the trust is one of the building owners. In conjunction with The Pickle Jar, the trust are making this donation as they, “believe it is a very good use
of their funds to help in the community”, Stuart Brooker, trust chairman, said. “The trust is delighted to support this new Events Centre, and it is fitting that these grants be applied to the installation of a new kitchen fit-out.” Suitable acknowledgements are to be made by way of a plaque, which will be hung in the kitchen of the new Events Centre to recognise the charitable joint contribution from The Pickle Jar and the trust.
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inbrief news Ngaio Gorge After another rock fall in Ngaio Gorge last Friday, close to major landslip that occurred about three weeks ago, the Wellington City Council sent abseilers to go up and check out the slope and remove any further loose material. The road was cleared the same day. Council meets with consultants to look at future options to mitigate any risk. This could include catch fences or netting similar to Ngauranga Gorge.
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Ethnic communities Ekta, a not for profit, non-religious and non-partisan Indian organisation will be organising a series of dialogues with local candidates and the ethnic communities. The first dialogue will be with Greg O’Connor (Labour), Nicola Willis and Brett Hudson (National). It will be held on September 3 at the Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Avenue. The event is free and open to everyone.
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Gayaal Iddamalgoda Independent Candidate for Wellington Central 1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Wellington schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved? The Government has a track record of not viewing education as a basic human right but as a sector from which resources can be deprived or where private money can be made. Currently, there is a trend in the growth of exclusive private, integrated state and charter schools
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while quality public education is neglected. Education should be free and universal, not just for the rich. We call for greater funding for schools and teacher training. We call for the abolition of charter schools and all other forms of elitist private or quasi private (so called ‘integrated state’) education and, we call for the removal of any stigmatising ‘decile’ or ‘risk’ categorisations from schools attended by children of the poor and working class people. We’ve also seen international students exploited by fly-by-night tertiary fraudsters, and Labour has proposed solving this by cutting student visas. But international students are not the problem here; the problem is an education system that is alternately neglected and treated as a cash cow. We call for high quality and fully-funded education at every level. 2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses? I call for the growth of workers’ rights.
Secure hours and a universal living wage should be treated as the minimum requirements for a prosperous and abundant society. Today thousands of migrant workers are tied to bad employers who pay exploitative wages. This system of exploitation is often governmentally sanctioned by such schemes as the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme. It drives down wages for all workers in New Zealand and pushes all working class people further down the ladder of poverty and inequality. The way to remedy this is to ensure equality for migrant workers so they cannot be used to depress wages in this way. Migrant workers should not be blamed; they don’t decide how cheaply they get paid. They need the protection and solidarity of their fellow New Zealand workers. 3. Wellington’s infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve traffic and public transport issues? Unfortunately elsewhere in the country migrants are blamed for the strain on infrastructure, but in
fact most population growth is natural increase – people giving birth. Public transport should be well developed and affordable for all. It is environmentally sustainable and socially fair. Freedom of movement and good effective transport are basic requirements for a good society. We call for infrastructure development, whether it is in housing, education or transport that it is driven by social need, not by lucrative contracts. 4. Why are you an independent candidate and not a party member? Because there is a gloomy trend in all political currents – even from the left – of blaming migrants and refugees. A system of growing inequality is to blame, not migration. Scapegoating migrants is not only racist, it obscures the real issues caused by the system that neglects the poor and working class. Migrants and refugees are not enemies. They need the same things we all need. What’s good for migrants and refugees is good for everybody.
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Karori’s Huntleigh Home and Apartments welcomes new manager Huntleigh Home and Apartment residents, staff and families have welcomed a new manager to their tight-knit fold. Tim Levchenko-Scott relocated from Tararua to Wellington to take on the position late last month. Tim brings with him solid clinical, managerial and business experience, but he’s most excited about the home’s unique philosophy of care. Huntleigh Home is managed by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central. Like all Enliven homes, Huntleigh Home follows an internationally-recognised, elderdirected model of care known as the Eden Alternative, which values choice, meaningful activity and companionship including contact with children, plants and animals. Tim sees evidence of the philosophy at work everywhere. “We’ve got five cats at Huntleigh Home at the moment as well as a budgerigar. The residents love them all!” Family members are also a regular sight. They often visit their relatives en route to the local shopping centre, which is a five-minute walk away. In the coming weeks, Tim will undergo additional training as he settles into the new position. He will also be the guest of honour at a Welcome tea, which is a Huntleigh tradition for new staff. “The team atmosphere here has been
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terrific and I’m looking forward to getting to know the residents better. You can just tell they’ve all had interesting jobs and experiences,” he says. For more information about Enliven, including Karori’s Huntleigh Home and Apartments, visit www.enlivencentral. org.nz or free phone 0508 ENLIVEN (that’s 0508 36 54 83). PBA
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Commemorating victims of the flu By Dan Taylor
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the deaths of more than 6800 people from influenza in New Zealand during November and December 1918. In the Wellington region 650 people succumbed, and many of those were buried in Karori Cemetery. Their graves are mostly untended and more or less lost from the collective memory. Two years ago the 1918 Influenza Project Karori Cemetery began restoring and cleaning the plots and headstones to remember those who died, and research the family histories. On Sunday, August 13, the group gave a presentation at Karori Recreation Centre to talk about what they have uncovered during the two year project. Their research team have completed more that 50 biographies of people who died during the pandemic and these are being progressively uploaded to their blog.
Speakers detailed some of the many, often personal, stories they had uncovered. Jane Bradshaw, told of how she lost both grandparents, Anthoney and Kathleen Fay, to the illness in November 1918, and they are both buried at Karori. They left behind a four-year old daughter (Jane’s mother) and six-year old son. The orphaned children were brought up by an aunt and uncle. Foreign visitors also lost their lives. The three masted barque du Colonel de Villebois-Mareuil was at anchor in Wellington Harbour when the captain, Malo Gourio, and three shipmates became ill and later died. Malo is also buried at Karori. Barbara Mulligan, the project’s co-ordinator, said she was surprised by the variety of stories they had uncovered, mostly about adults in the prime of their lives who had succumbed to the illness. For more information facebook. com/1918InfluenzaProjectKaroriCemetery or 1918flu.blog.
Project co-ordinator Barbara Mulligan (left), with researchers Beverley Hamlin, Max Kerr and Jenny Robertson. PHOTO: Dan Taylor
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Life coach and yoga teacher Samantha Hannah is passionate about mental health and physical well-being of young people. She launched her My Glow Life programme earlier this year to teach high school students to enhance their self-esteem and resilience. Independent Herald reporter Julia Czerwonatis talked the Johnsonville local about the problems of young Kiwis and how she hopes to help them. with the school it can be a one-off workshop up to a 10-week-programme with Year 12 and 13 students. The students can gain NCEA [National Certificate of Education Achievement] credits through the workshop. I’m working with schools throughout New Zealand. Locally, I’ve run workshops at Onslow and Newlands College and Te Kura.
What do you do with students during the workshops?
They get to learn skills like setting goals on their own personal well-being and confidence. I teach a bunch of useful tools, like yoga, med-
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itation or just going out into nature, to dealing with stress and change. We talk about anxieties, anger, depression and problems around alcohol and drugs. I think we are living in an overwhelmed information age and our young people are often exposed to so much information. It stops them from having clarity from what they are amongst the noise, and that puts a lot of pressure on young people. The schools system has a very analytical way in teaching but the kids are global learners, they want to do practical things and be active, so I just teach towards that.
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Question: In what situation do you feel confident?
Steve Bain, Johnsonville “In most situations.”
May Young, Khandallah “I’m quite happy when I’m out for a walk with nice and clean air. I don’t need a lot of money to feel confident or happy.”
Chris Andrews, Johnsonville “I suppose during classes, that’s the sort of environment where I know what I’m doing.”
Daniel Lariosa, Broadmeadows “I feel confident if I’m prepared for a situation. If I get caught off guard, I don’t know what to do. A good support also makes me feel confident.”
Jeffry Tejada, Grenada Village “Having shelter and the simple blessing of the support through the family and a partner. It’s the little things that make you feel confident.”
Nick Thomson, Ngaio “When I’m doing my hobby and I’m amongst people who appreciate your skills. And also, when I’m amongst workmates.”
LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@ wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
Keith Spry Pool Dear Editor, As a keen swimmer, the Keith Spry Pool in Johnsonville is very close to my home but accessibility is becoming increasingly difficult as the pool is booked most of the time with private group bookings. Trying to access the lane swimming is almost impossible now with only very limited times during the day when you can actually do this. I understand that these groups who book the majority of the pool are paying for this but this pool was designed as a community pool and accessibility should
be for everyone who wants to swim. One Monday I checked the lane availability which stated that from 6pm, three lanes would be available but on arrival I was told by staff that the pool was very busy and there was one lane, which turned out to be full. Instead of an enjoyable swimming experience, it became a nightmare and this has happened on several occasions. Several months back I was witness to an ugly altercation between an older lady who was lane swimming and a member of a group who was part of a swimming
squad. The older lady was most distressed and shocked as she left the pool. The closest indoor pools to Keith Spry are Tawa and Freyberg but why should swimmers need to travel to go swimming if they live in the Johnsonville area? Hoping pool management will look into this issue of accessibility and if groups want to book lanes, that is fine providing there is plenty of access for people who want to swim. Megan Barber Johnsonville
EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville the kitchen window of a house in Tarawera Road was jemmied open to gain access. Tools were stolen including a drop saw, an impact driver and a drill. The locked shed of a property in Tuapapa Street was broken into by removing the cladding from the sides of the structure. Items in the shed were tipped over but nothing is known to have been stolen.
A flat in Johnsonville Road was broken into when an offender forced a window open and reached through to unlock a door. The interior was ransacked and it is not clear at this stage what has been stolen. A Ford Laser was found in Tarawera Road with the engine running. It had been moved from its park in a nearby house. The ignition and steering had been damaged in the attempt to steal
the vehicle. A wallet accidentally left on a train contained bank cards and a driver’s licence. One of the cards was used to purchase on four occasions before being stopped by the bank. A blue Mitsubishi Lancer Saloon parked in Moorefield Road had its rear registration plate stolen. A white BMW Saloon parked in a designated carpark on Burma
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Discovery Garden An area being designed for children in the Wellington Botanic Garden has been officially named The Discovery Garden – Te Kaapuia o Te Waoku, (“we are all part of nature”), after consultation with local iwi and other stakeholders. Te kaapuia aims to represent the ideas and aspirations of curious minds exploring the garden, while Te Waoku refers to the beauty of the natural world the garden provides in an urban environment, as well as the emotions it evokes. “We live in a city where there are opportunities for children to connect with
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Rental Warrant of Fitness introduced for Wellington Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness (WoF) for minimum housing standards in Wellington. “We want to lift rental standards in our city and make better accommodation available for
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Epic games designs at Newlands Intermediate By Julia Czerwonatis
Newlands Intermediate students become game designers, philosophers, ballet dancers and astronomers during this term’s Curiosity Club. “Our topic for this year is ‘Systems’,” Angela Lowe, Newlands Intermediate School principal, explained. “We have a wide range of project groups. They examine body and environmental systems, traffic, political systems... Curiosity Club is about thinking outside the box.” “The idea for the students is to find something that they are curious about and then have the time space to explore the subject and find a way to apply it outside the classroom.” The “epic game design” group are exploring coding systems to create a computer game under the guidance of teacher Dan Miller and with the assistance of experts from Gamefroot. “The idea is that every kid helps to write part of the underlying code and at the end, we put it all together to one epic game,” Dan explained.
The pupils chose to make a space invader game with starships, aliens and asteroids. “As a teacher, I want to guide them through the process and help them collaborate with each other without stepping in too much and telling them what to do,” Dan said. ”The key elements the children learn are critical thinking, relating to others, managing yourself, participating and contributing and using various symbols for communication.” Year 7 pupil Jake Williams is part of the epic game design group: “Today, I’m learning how to make his spaceship shoot at asteroids,” Jake said. “It’s cool that we get to replicate games that we want here.” Student Shona Frost said coding could be complicated, but she enjoyed the Curiosity Club. “It’s fun that we learn how to create a computer game,” Shona’s friend, Ellaraine Hiraka-Sullivan, said. Teacher Dan explained they had an equal ratio of girls and boys in the group which was important for the project.
Students Ellaraine Hiraka-Sullivan, Jake Williams and Shona Frost are creating a space invader game. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
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As part of the nationwide educational programme six students from Onslow College have launched their own business to offer natural hair dye as an alternative to conventional products. Year 13 students Katie Foster, Haley Salz, Lockie McLaren, Nathan Ulaula, Iain Egginson and Wan Rizqi founded Veggie-Dye to experiment how to colour hair with various natural ingredients. “We tried using different vegetables, beet root for example. But we had some troubles with the veggie base – it was more dying the scalp than the hair,” Iain said. “So instead we used lemon
juice in combination with heat, and that worked,” Katie added. Their plan now is to develop a lemon hair wash that gradually lightens the hair. Katie had been the guinea pig for most of their trials. “I once used a chemical hair dye and it was awful. My hair was brittle and broke. The chemicals they use are way too harsh,” Katie explained. Each of the six of the students has a designated role within their business – from communications manager to chief executive. “The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an experiential programme where students set up and run a real business,” Hanna Zaloum,
Countdown Karori shines with new splendor Countdown Karori celebrated its official re-launch after a $3million refurbishment of this store, which includes a new bakery, deli and seafood area, and an expanded fresh produce area now. “We started the refurbishment in April and renewed every single department,” Krystal Barriball, Karori store manager, said on the re-opening day, August 14. “We are celebrating for our customers today.” Krystal said as one of Wellington’s largest suburbs Karori had relatively small supermarkets. “We couldn’t make our walls bigger, so we re-designed the store layout and managed to get in over
project coordinator, said. YES has been running for 36 years – 456 Wellington students joined the programme this year. “It’s about taking students out of the class room and into a real world situation,” Hanna said. Veggie-Dye wants to bring out their product later this month. Head of finance, Nathan, said the group was keen to get investors on board if Veggie-Dye was successful. “It feels satisfying that we have set up our own business,” Katie said. “And it’s a lot of fun,” Nathan added. For more information visit facebook.com/VeggieDye or youngenterprise.org.nz.
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100 new grocery lines. “We expanded our premium products and our organic food selection – from feedback from customers we heard that they wanted a larger health food range,” Krystal explained. Countdown is the first Karori supermarket to have self-check-out operators. Kyle Wadsworth, refurbishment project manager, said that he thoroughly enjoyed his job over the past few months and that he was very satisfied with the brighter and fresher look of the store. As part of the celebrations, Countdown made a $500 food donation to the Salvation Army.
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DRIVING MISS DAISY – WE ARE NOT JUST FOR SENIORS!
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Over the years Driving Miss Daisy has built up a reputation for providing a high quality service to senior citizens who no longer drive. They are a regular at retirement villages and rest homes across the country and senior citizen clients form the largest proportion of their client base. But did you know that they also provide our services to younger people who don’t drive? Some clients have a disability or medical condition which means they can’t drive, however this doesn’t stop them from being very active in other areas of their life; they work in a profes-
sional capacity, run businesses, attend school or tertiary education and enjoy socialising with friends. Driving Miss Daisy drives these clients to their place of work or business meetings, assists them to their lectures and social occasions. For Driving Miss Daisy, it’s imperative that all their clients are treated with dignity and respect. They are committed to helping their clients get out and about, so they can live life to the full and enjoy every moment. If you have an activity you would like them to help with please call them today to discuss – they look forward to seeing you soon!
CALVER - THE ‘TRIED AND TRUE’ OF OPTOMETRY We’re often told by people that their eyes are fine and they don’t need an eye test. Simply looking at someone’s eye from the “outside” without an in depth examination of the “inside” of your eye doesn’t really tell us the full story. You may be unaware that your vision is changing until it’s too late to do anything about it. Early detection is the key to resolving many medical issues and eye health is no exception.
Having a regular, comprehensive eye examination means you have a better chance of any problem being diagnosed before it is too late. Calver Optometrists is a locally owned independent optometry practice which has offered friendly and professional total eyecare to all age groups in Johnsonville for over 20 years. Book in for you regular eye examination and let us help you retain your Vision for Life.
NEWLANDS ARMS — ALWAYS SOMETHING SPECIAL The Newlands Arms is really a one stop shop comprising of Bar and bar food, Thirsty Liquor bottle store, Pokies, TAB and pool table. We have an everyday lunch special between 11am and 2pm which consists of a toasted
sandwhich or a cheeseburger with either a glass of house wine or a pint of standard beer for $11.00. Every couple of months there’s even live bands. Come and watch Super Rugby live on our big screen.
JUST CUTS HAIR SALON — CONSISTENT AND ECONOMICAL One of Just Cuts’ core philosophies is that they integrate strongly with the local communities they operate in. So projects involving schools, sports and scouts are a few examples of how Just Cuts provides valuable sponsorship opportunities. Established for 16 years, the Just Cuts hair salon at Johnsonville Mall has fully qualified stylists who have an average of
10 years’ experience providing great value trims and advice. Manager Aroha Ingram says the salon has a straight forward customer friendly policy where all cuts are a standard $29.00. So whether it’s an extra special occasion you’re preparing for or a good tidy up and trim, you can simply walk in and leave knowing you’ve been in expert hands - no appointments are necessary.
THE INNKEEPER — CHECK OUT THE CHEESE SCONES! Come in and enjoy our fine surroundings in a unique little Irish-style establishment in the heart of Johnsonville, next to Calver Optometrists. We are open 7 days a week, and you can dine for brunch, lunch and dinner from 10am. Let our friendly staff look after you while you enjoy your meal with friends and family.
We can accommodate groups up to 40 or just the 2 of you. Children are welcome with their parents and we offer a special children’s menu. Meet your friends after work or just any time for a drink. You can watch your favourite game on the telly or just relax in front of the fire and enjoy the congenial atmosphere.
BRIDGESTONE IS RATED AS THE WORLD’S NO 1 TYRE So come and see Tony and the team to get yours sorted for the wet conditions. The new workshop brings Autostop to the next level of car servicing and repairs by being able to accommodate late model vehicles, along with being up to date with new Health and Safety Waste Disposal Regulations.
Treat yourself to a Shampoo, Dry Off or Blow Wave.
Because we are confident you’ll get just what you want, all our Style Cuts™ cuts are backed by our written guarantee. Please see your receipt for details.
SHAMPOO We recommend that you shampoo your hair in the 24 hours prior to visiting us. If this is not possible, we will happily shampoo your hair for just $6. Freshly shampooed hair ensures an accurate Style Cuts™ every time.
END OF DAY The last client of the day is accepted 20 minutes before closing time and is subject to clients already waiting.
Shop 20, Johnsonville Mall – near Health2000 Tel 477 6658 www.justcuts.co.nz
A current brake and shock absorber test machine (Safe T Stop) gives a print out of your vehicle’s performance. Even though the workshop is new and complete Autostop value time-honoured traits like customer service and knowing the local people.
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Wednesday August 23, 2017
NZ record at World First up win for Para Athletics Johnsonville bowlers Junior Champs Libby Leikis, Sport Wellington Pathway to Podium athlete, has achieved a personal best and a New Zealand record at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland earlier this month. The 19-year-old para-sprinter from Karori placed seventh in the under 20 grade T37 200 metres, finishing with 32.54 seconds and breaking the New Zealand record by half a second. Libby started running when she was invited to participate in Athletics with a Disability (AWD) cross country races as a Year 7 student. Then in Year 9 she took part in the Wellington AWD inter-school athletics competition, placing first in the 100m. It wasn’t long before her talent was spotted by Raylene Bates, Athletics NZ high performance para-athlete manager and head coach. “Raylene has been a big influence on my success, she saw me winning races and invited me to attend a talent identification camp for para-athletics” Libby said. Prior to leaving New Zealand for the inaugural Para Athletics World Junior Championships, Libby told Sport Wellington: “It’s really exciting knowing that I’ll be wearing the black singlet representing New Zealand, I hope I do it proud.” Training throughout the cold,
wet, windy Wellington winter has been a challenge but she still finds enjoyment training with her partners. “I train with a really funny and entertaining group of student athletes, we have a good laugh.” Fellow Kiwi para-athletes have been a big inspiration. “I have become really good friends with the para athletics team who went to Rio and London. “I would love to have the success they have had.” Libby is a second year Pathway to Podium athlete. This programme provides access to Les Mills and High Performance Sport New Zealand gyms for strength and conditioning training which has become an important aspect to her training. Through the programme, Libby has learnt more about nutrition, sport psychology, and athlete life, with the latter in particular helping balance a busy training schedule, a nanny course, and important time with friends and family. After competing in the World Junior Championships, Libby plans to do some sightseeing with her family in the Swiss Alps and Italian lakes before heading home. Her next goal is to qualify for the Senior World Championships and hopes to eventually compete in the Paralympic Games.
Waikanae Winter Cup winners from Johnsonville Brady Amer (left), Brent Stubbins, Sy Baker and Rob Veale. PHOTO: Supplied
Johnsonville Bowling Club’s Brent Stubbins, Rob Veale, Sy Baker and Brady Amer won the popular season opener, the 2017 Waikanae Winter Cup, beating the Fielding Club team of Tony Jensen, Stephen Love, Brian Mudgway, and Michael Sinclair 14-4 in the final. The Winter Cup attracted a capacity field of 32 competitive teams of fours that included many centre and national title
winners. Over 128 bowlers travelled f rom Wel l i ng ton, Kapit i Coast, Levin, Feilding and Palmerston North to participate in the annual event. “To win this event for the first time after trying for five years was very satisfying and a wonderful start to the 2017 season,” Brent said. “Much of the credit goes to the two youngsters in the team
Brady Amer and Sy Baker who laid the foundation leading from the front end of the team. “Rob Veale and I just chipped in when necessary.” Brady, who joined Johnsonville Bowling Club last year, is 17 and a star in the making, as is Sy who has already won a National Fours title. A great early season result for the boys and the Johnsonville Bowling Club.
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Sublime to insufferable in 30 minutes
Nineteen-year-old para-sprinter Libby Leikis from Karori. PHOTO: Supplied
It’s hard to describe how sublime the first 50 minutes were of the Bledisloe Cup match last weekend. Equally though, the last 30 from the men in black was some of the worst rugby from the national team in the 21st century. Going into the game, I felt Steve Hansen’s men had lost a bit of their all-conquering aura after the drawn British Lions series and the leaked four tries in the last half an hour made me feel vindicated in that worry. Make no mistake about it, rugby is now a 23-man game.
Being an impact player off the bench is now a specialist position in the team. The All Blacks still have the best starting lineup on the planet by some way but their are some serious cracks in the men riding the pine. Each of those reserves failed to fire in spectacular fashion. Granted, the game was well and truly over as a contest by the time any of them got on the field, but the massive slide in standards and sieve-like defence will be concerning to the coaching staff. Yes, the Wallabies are at a low point in their history, but
the All Blacks failure to be ruthless when they had every opportunity to be so, is a sign this is a new era of the All Blacks. On a side note, Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty are the keys in the backline while Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock are the best locking combination in the world. Take any of those four players out of the team and other nations have a sniff of toppling us. Rest in Peace Pinetree. You were a credit to the mantle of the greatest All Black in history and an even more stellar gentleman off it.
Wednesday August 23, 2017
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