Wednesday August 23, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.
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.”
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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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Road was damaged by a deep scratch along the passenger side of the vehicle. In Newlands letterboxes in Glanmire Road were again targeted by vandals and at least 10 were damaged. Most were pulled off their posts and damaged beyond repair. One letterbox in Cedarwood Street was also damaged. In Khandallah a green BMW Coupe parked in Lucknow Ter-
race was damaged when someone appears to have jumped up and down on the roof causing large dents. In Ngaio a vehicle drove onto the forecourt of a service station in Ottawa Road and pumped $84 worth of petrol and drove off without paying. CCTV footage covered the incident. In Grenada Village a white Toyota Hilux utility vehicle parked in Mark Avenue was stolen.
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
nature, but some don’t take advantage of them,” city councillor Peter Gilberd, natural environment portfolio leader, said. “The garden is designed to show young people how important plants have been, are now, and will be in the future. “Horticulture, sustainability, and the vital role plants play in our lives are critical for our planet, so there’ll be activities and a strong focus on the many uses of plants including food, medicine, and resources – in a fun, hands-on and inclusive environment,” Peter added.
Independent Herald 23-08-17