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Ohariu’s long-standing MP Peter Dunne announced last week that he would leave Parliament after 33 years in office. “Since I made the announcement life has been great,” Dunne said. “I have been overwhelmed with messages and phone calls; I haven’t expected this level of support and encouragement.” The thought of quitting had been kicking around in his head for months, Dunne explained. At some stage, he realised his heart wasn’t in there anymore. “That’s when I decided that it was time to go.” Continued on page 2. Peter Dunne with Challenge 2000 founder Kitty McKinley at the of the new Challenge 2000 premises. Dunne has been supporting the youth organisation since its beginning. PHOTO: Supplied


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‘To everyone a huge thank you’ Continued from page 1. Dunne was only 30 when he was elected MP for Ohariu for the first time in 1984 – back then he was standing for Labour. He explained that campaigning back then was more “clunky” opposed to today’s more strategic approach. “It was about trying to connect with every single voter which was much more intense and personal. “So by the time I was elected – even though I was young and inexperienced – I was pretty well known around the place.” Dunne and his wife Jennifer initially lived in Karori which was part of Ohariu back then, however, when the electorate boundaries changed they moved to Khandallah. “I have always believed that members of Parliament needed to be rooted in their

After Dunne’s announcement, United Future appointed Damien Light as their new leader. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

community,” Dunne said. Over the years Dunne was involved in countless community projects, big and small. He helped save the John-

sonville rail line which was meant to be closed down when Dunne took office and in the early 90s Dunne began campaigning for Transmis-

sion Gully when both major parties were against it. “I was seen as some an eccentric for talking about it. “It will open in 2020 now.” He said while not all his campaigns were successful he always enjoyed working with the people of Ohariu. “Some battles are big, some are small, some you lose, most you win, but in any case, you get close to the community. “I’ve always felt we had a pretty close bond with the people in Ohariu. “They are superb – especially in the last few weeks. “I want to say a huge thank you to everyone.” Dunne said he didn’t know what the next part of the journey holds for him yet. “But I will certainly not be sitting on the deck and watch ingthe roses grow, that’s not me.”

Tributes from the Ohariu constituency I am in awe of the way Peter Dunne has made himself available to the community. He has been hugely supportive of Churton Park School and has attended many events

here. No matter what the occasion, he has arrived with a friendly greeting for the students and a willingness to have a chat with our parents and staff.

It has been a huge commitment over many years which probably seems like it has been taken for granted, but has been very much appreciated. We’ll miss his bow tie, his

distinctive hairstyle and his obvious care and concern for the families of Ohariu - mahi pai te mahi. Anne Lye, Churton Park School

Peter Dunne was a real community man. He supported the College in many different ways. He was always available for prize givings, attending the

school productions, supporting our film evenings, and being a judge for our young enterprise scheme, and the Onslow debate. I was always impressed

when he attended the opening of a new buliding in 2002 at sunrise, later that day he met his new caucus in Parliament. I could have understood if he had other things on his

mind, but he still came along regardless. I believe he has served the area extremely well. Grant Jones, Newlands College

Peter Dunne has been part of the fabric of the Ohariu Electorate, for the last 33 years. He (and his stunning bow ties) were a fixture of almost every school and commu-

nity event and his twice-aweek ‘clinics’ - at Johnsonville and Tawa Electorate Offices - provided advice and support to hundreds of his constituents. Whether or not his politi-

cal views were shared by all in the Ohariu Electorate, it would be hard to argue with Peter’s conviction. Over the yea rs, Peter Dunne has put his name and his political influence

- behind a number of bills and causes, some of which have led the way to major changes in our law and culture. Louise Green, Khandallah School


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Friends of Kate Nahu, classmates, teachers and Kate’s family gathered last week on Daffodil Day to watch the 11-year-old have her blonde hair shaved off. The St Benedict’s School pupil is raising money for the Cancer Society Wellington and has so far collected $1,293.67. “Someone from my family is sick, that’s why I wanted to do it,” Kate said. “There are too many families suffering from cancer, but we can make them feel less alone.” Professional hairdresser Kat Reihana from Salon Villair in Khandallah made sure Kate’s shave went smoothly. Kate’s parents also came to the school to support their

brave daughter. “I’m really proud of her,” Kate’s father, Shayne Nahu, said. St Benedict’s School raised $343.90 last Friday. Kate’s donation website is still online so that supporters can contribute to her fundraiser. “Even the tiniest donation can help,” Kate said. “Just $10 can buy a beanie for someone who has lost their hair.” Kate herself now has a stylish fluorescent yellow beanie that will keep her bald head warm for the next few weeks.  Visit kate-s-close-shave for more information.


After United Future leader Peter Dunne announced his resignation last week, former Wellington Central candidate Bale Nadakuitavuki has been named the new United Future candidate for Ohariu. There’s no replacement for the Wellington Central electorate yet. Tane Woodley from the Greens has also joined the electorate race in Ohariu.

St Benedict’s School pupil Kate Nahu joined the Shave for a Cure movement last week to raise money for the Cancer Society Wellington. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

A Hollywood dream about to come true By Julia Czerwonatis

Local student Matthew Cottle from Newlands College will be heading to the US in January after he was one of the lucky few chosen by a Disney casting crew for a recall. The Hollywood’s casting agents visited Wellington a few weeks ago and invited teenagers for an audition to become the next Disney Channel star. “My mum had heard about the casting on the radio, and I thought, I had nothing to lose so I might just as well go there,” Matthew said. “On the evening after the audition, they gave my mum a call and said I had shown a lot of potential with my personality and my charisma, and that they invited me to the recall.” Matthew has been taking drama classes since Year 9. The 16-year-old said he always had dreamed of becoming an actor.

Matthew Cottle, Year 12 student from Newlands College, might become the next Disney channel star. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Two Samuel Marsden Collegiate students and the Wellington City Concert Band were the golden winners of the New Zealand Concert Band Festival in Whangarei in early August. For old girl Emily Heaney on the flute and Year 12 student Sarah Philip-Wright on the bassoon the concert band nationals was a great an experience “This award is an incredible achievement with much hard work and energy put in by the 70-members-strong band,” Emily said. “It also shows how consistent the band the band has been – moving from Best Performance at the Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival in 2016, performances at Order of St John Investiture services, community performances to a gold ward at the National Festival.” Emily graduated from Marsden in 2013 and is in her final year at Victoria University studying Asian Studies, Chinese and Biomedical Science. She has been playing the flute for over 10 years and has joined the Wellington City Concert Band three years ago.

Marsden old girl Emily Heaney (left) on the flute and Marsden Year 12 student Sarah Philip-Wright on the bassoon. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

“I enjoy being exposed to new music all the time and playing with this diverse orchestra is a lot of fun – we have everything from intermediate school students to 75-year-olds which makes it quite interesting,” Emily said. Bassoon player Sarah has only recently joined the orchestra. “It’s great, I have only every played in school orchestras before, so this is a new experience.” Wellington City Concert Band was one of 30 bands competing

at the annual festival – it was the first time that Wellington’s largest community symphonic band joined the event. The band performs challenging music ranging from classical transcriptions, jazz and swing to modern symphonic works. “My favourite piece were performed at the festival was Gandalf from Dutch composer Johan de Meij,” Emily said. “He read Lord of the rings on wrote a symphony based on Gandalf.”

Both Emily and Sarah are looking forward to next year’s festival: “Wellington will be hosting the Concert Band Festival in 2018 – it’s going to be exciting,” Sarah said.  Wellington City Concert Band is rehearsing Tuesdays at the Victoria University Memorial Theatre and the sister group Capital City Wind Band meets Wednesdays at Wellington College. New members are welcome. Visit

Free menstrual products on campus Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) has been making free menstrual products available across Victoria University of Wellington campuses. VUWSA aims to tackle stigma around periods and improve accessibility for all who need menstrual products. Students have set up boxes at the offices at Kelburn and Pipitea campuses, at the Te Aro campus library, and other areas such as the Marae and Pasifika Haos where people can come and grab a pack of four pads or

tampons to get them through. “You can get free condoms from numerous places, which is great, but sex is a choice – getting your period isn’t,” Anya Maule, VUWSA welfare vice president, said. “It just makes sense there are free menstrual products available for those who need them.” It will be an honesty box system, where students will be encouraged to take only what they need, to ensure as many people can have access to the products as possible. “Menstrual products are ex-

pensive and a lot of people go without them if money is tight. We hope this project will mean students aren’t skipping classes or opportunities for study because they can’t afford menstrual products,” Anya explained. She said Victoria University staff have been great to work with in getting the scheme off the ground, offering support and the funds to be able to buy the products. Another big win, was being able to provide Organic Initiative products – a brand which

is 100 per cent organic and biodegradeable, Anya added. “To know a product is organic and sustainable is really important to students, and we want to be able to support environmentally friendly options where we can.” VUWSA has also partnered with Wa Collective to give students access to discounted menstrual cups, for $15.  Cups can be ordered online at and picked up from VUWSA’s Kelburn office.

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inbrief news Meet the Central candidates Kelburn residents can listen to and question the Wellington Central electorate candidates on Sunday evening September 3. Confirmed to attend are Grant Robertson (Labour), Nicola Willis (National), Andy Foster (NZ First) and Geoff Simmons (TOP), with other party candidates invited. The meeting, hosted by the Greater Kelburn Progressive Association, is from 7-9pm in the St Michael’s Church Hall, 81 Upland Road.

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mediate School. I will continue to lobby for classrooms and infrastructure in Ohariu to support our children thriving in education. 2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses?

Volunteers needed Churton Park Community Centre will host a Seniors Week in October. The community centre is celebrating the occasion with a scrumptious high tea for seniors on Wednesday, 18 October, and is looking for some non-senior volunteers to do some yummy baking and/or help on the day with preparation, serving high tea, or with the clean up afterwards. If you are able to volunteer please contact us at the community centre tracey. or phone 830 4802.

K-Culture Festival A family-friendly Korean festival will feature traditional and contemporary Korean culture including the K-Pop, Taekwondo, dance, and a puppet performance by local school children. The free event kicks-off on Saturday, September 2 at Shed 6, 11.30am-4pm.

With the General Elections on our doorsteps, Wellingtonians will have the chance to decide who will represent their electorate for the next three years. The Independent Herald will introduce the candidates running for Ohariu and Wellington Central. We will ask them all the same three questions, plus one personalised question.

Brett Hudson National Candidate for Ohariu List number: 30 1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Wellington schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?

Since November 2015, we’ve invested around $117 million in redevelopments for schools in the Wellington area, including $6m for Churton Park School, $6m for Khandallah School, $3.3m for Ngaio School, and $1.1m for Raroa Normal Inter-

National is supporting businesses through our Business Growth Agenda: unlocking opportunities, supporting research and development, encouraging investment, building the skills we need and investing in the infrastructure we need to grow, such as Ultrafast Broadband and efficient roading networks. We are also reducing business compliance costs and helping small businesses to navigate the sometimes complex processes around running their businesses. I will encourage our businesses to make the most of those initiatives and will advocate with both central and local Government for the things that will promote business growth in Ohariu and across Wellington – growing jobs and incomes. We should remember that more than half of our workforce

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works outside of the electorate boundaries, principally in Wellington city and the Hutt Valley. It is important that we take a city and region-wide approach to economic development. Growth across our region benefits our communities. 3. Wellington’s infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve traffic and public transport issues?

I support the Get Welly Moving initiative, particularly the Petone-Grenada Link Road, currently scheduled for completion in 2023. As well as adding resilience, the Link Road will significantly reduce travel times from the North to the Hutt Valley (up to 30 minutes on return travel), enhancing productivity and improving people’s lives. An estimated 20,000 vehicle movements will shift from SH1 to the Link Road, reducing congestion from Tawa through to Ngauranga. This will benefit residents from Tawa, Churton Park, Grenada Village, Paparangi, Newlands and Johnsonville – the bulk of our electorate. I have lobbied the Minister of

Transport to accelerate completion of this road so that our residents can benefit from it sooner. If elected I will continue to lobby hard for the interests of our communities. Public transport is important across our communities. There are real concerns with proposed changes to bus services across several of those communities, including issues around both route changes and proposed frequency of services. Our residents are looking for support on this and I will advocate on behalf of them to Greater Wellington Regional Council for services that deliver what our residents need. 4. All eyes are on you, now that Peter Dunne isn’t running for Ohariu anymore. Will there be enough time for you to catch up with Greg O’Connor?

I am working hard to show the people Ohariu that National has the plan to keep New Zealand headed in the right direction and that I will be a strong, local voice for them in Parliament. I will keep running hard all the way through to the election when Ohariu voters will determine their representative.

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Makara was the big winner in the latest group of grants from the Lion Foundation and Karori Brooklyn Community Charitable Trust (KBCCT). Karori Anglican Parish received $30,000 to support earthquake strengthening of Makara’s historic St Matthias Church. The Makaracarpas received $12,000 for plants for riparian planting to help enhance the water quality and environs of Makara stream. Brooklyn Primary School received $3000 for sports and recreation equipment. “Trustees aim to use the funds we have available to support a wide range of projects that will

have lasting benefit for our communities,” Andy Foster, KBCCT chair, said. KBCCT makes decisions on applications to the Lion Foundation in the area covered by the former Terawhiti Licencing Trust – Makara, Karori, Northland, Wilton, Kelburn, Aro Valley and Brooklyn. “St Matthias has been a much loved part and a gateway landmark of the Makara community for almost 100 years,” Andy said. It was built in 1921 and designed by Frederick de Jersey Clere who planned over 100 other churches including St Mary’s Karori and St Mary of the Angels in Boulcott Street, as well as residential and

commercial buildings such as the AMP building in Hunter Street. “St Matthias was consecrated by Bishop Sprott whose name lives on in Karori’s Sprott House,” Andy said. “In making the grant we were very impressed by the financial support from parishioners and the city council and are delighted to be able to help ensure the church has a future into its second century.”  One of the foundation trustees will stand down and KBCCT would welcome approaches from people who would like to join the trust. Contact Andy Foster under 021 227 8537 or andy.foster@wcc. ASAP.

Aro Valley gully rejoins the Town Belt Wellington City Council has voted to purchase a 4220-square-metre piece of former Town Belt in the Aro Valley from the Crown. “Wellingtonians love our Town Belt and we are very happy we have been able to add more land to it,” Councillor Peter Gilberd, natural environment portfolio leader, said. “The vegetated gully has important landscape values as a natural backdrop for Aro Street and provides a green buffer between Devon Street and Victoria University. “It has ecological connections to

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an Dawson said the Aro Valley community had been supportive of the council acquiring this land for many years. “Local people have expressed their desire to see this land return to the Town Belt. “It will provide a great opportunity for a community-led project to restore the area,” Dawson said. Council aims to build a public track through the land from the western end of Abel Smith Street to improve connections with Devon Street.


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Lauren Bennett, CBD “Appointing Jacinda Ardern was is the best move Labour has made so far.”

Jack Kowalski, Khandallah “I think, National will squeak in by the skin if their teeth. I love Jacinda to bits but I don’t think people and their opinions will change.”

Anna Marie Slessor, Khandallah “It’s now a real election. It’s a proper fight between National and Labour.”

Brian Cleaver, Tekapo Valley “I think, it’s going to be really close. I was a big fan of Peter Dunne and I’m sorry he is not standing anymore.”

Bhavini Patel, Khandallah “I’m just not really a fan of Bill English, but I like the Greens.”

Luke Chowdhury, Khandallah “I haven’t been following it much.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville an Avanti mountain bike with a black and white frame was left for an hour unlocked behind a building in Broderick Road. When the owner returned the bike had been stolen. A police patrol car parked in Johnsonville Road in the early afternoon was damaged when the offender kicked and damaged a wing

mirror. The offender has been charged by police. A silver Mitsubishi Hatchback parked in the driveway of a house in Pollen Street was damaged when an unknown vehicle backed into the driveway and collided with the parked car. In Newlands a house under construction and near comple-

tion in Promontory Crescent suffered property damage. The intruders entered the security fence around the house and using a scaffolding bar smashed a number of particle boards stacked up outside the house. In Khandallah a house in Delhi Crescent was broken into via a smashed glass panel in the front door.

The alarm panel was ripped off the wall. The house shows signs of search. A large screen TV was stolen. A blue Mitsubishi Libero stationwagon parked overnight in Delhi Crescent was stolen. It was later recovered in the Hutt Valley area and the offender arrested.

The ignition barrel had been damaged and identification numbers had been removed from the engine area. A green Hyundai Sonata Saloon parked overnight in Calcutta Street was broken into through a jemmied driver’s side door. Loose change and a jewellery item were stolen.

Enlivening the lives of Johnsonville elders ‘Bringing joy into elders’ lives is what makes my day.’ This from Cashmere Heights Home’s recreation officer, Julia Tuiloma, who joined the Enliven home’s team in Johnsonville in early May. Before taking on her new role, Tuiloma worked with Enliven Central as a processing officer and was well-known and loved for her vivacious personality. While she relished the role, she was keen to enjoy more hands on contact with residents. “I love being around people and I’ve always been that way. To be able to walk into a room and bring a smile to someone’s face, even if it’s just saying hello or touching their hand, that’s everything to me.” Cashmere Heights Home follows Enliven’s philosophy, which is based on the internationally-recognised, elder-centred Eden Alternative model of care. A core part of Julia’s role involves creating a varied schedule of activities, events and games tailored to residents’ interests and abilities. “You have to know your resident on a personal level,” says Tuiloma. “I talk to them, read their files to see what they have enjoyed in the past, and speak with their families. I try to get a sense of what our residents could do together too. For example, if many of them enjoy bowling, I’ll schedule that into the week.” In line with Enliven’s philosophy, the home also promotes regular contact with animals, children and community members. “We have two budgies, Rose and Rio. Our residents also chose our new cat, Halo, who we recently adopted from the SPCA. A little shitzu named Tuppence comes in twice a month,” she says.

Cashmere Heights Home’s recreation officer, Julia Tuiloma. PHOTO: Supplied.

“Children from the local kindergarten often visit; it’s a joy to see residents’ eyes light up when we have little visitors!” While the energetic recreation officer loves fun and games, she also sees a broader mission to her work. “Our residents have all lived active and interesting lives and we want to continue that in whatever capacity we can. We are called Enliven for a reason – our job is help our residents continue to live meaningful, stimulating lives for as long as possible.”  Enliven’s Cashmere Heights Home and sister-site Cashmere Home, also on Helston Road in Johnsonville, offer rest home and hospital level care, as well as short-term respite and health recovery care. For more information about Enliven visit or phone the friendly Cashmere Heights Home team on 04 478 9051. PBA

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The delicate art of lace making

inbrief news Economic growth According to the Infometrics Quarterly Economic Update, economic growth in Wellington increased to 2.5 percent in the year to June, up from 2.2 percent in the year to March. Unemployment fell to 4.6 percent. “Wellington is going gangbusters,” Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said. “It’s great to see a strong run of growth continuing. “Good, high-paying jobs are a part of what attracts people to Wellington, and they are vital for a growing city.” Along with the increase in the number of people in jobs, the rate of people on jobseeker benefits in the capital fell by 4.1 percent.

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Waving threads into delicate patterns is an art that Bridgett Parkin loves getting lost in for hours. “In my younger days, I have always been interested in crafts and picked up books from the library to learn more. But learning lace making from books is quite hard,” Bridgett said. In 1979, when Bridgett was still living in London, she took her first lace making classes and has since been passionate about the craft. “I enjoy the challenge of a new complicated pattern – I quite like designing,” she said. “You just get so absorbed in it. I find it really addictive.” Bridgett used to teach lace making at the Wellington Community Institute and is an active member of the Faultline Lacemakers in Lower Hutt. Now she will be running at a two-day-workshop at the Karori Arts and Crafts Centre (KACC) teaching eager crafters what the differences macramé, crochet and honiton are, and assisting them to make their own needle or bobbin lace. “We are keen to offer the lace making workshop,” Margaret Taylor, KACC coordinator, said. “We’re trying to support and teach


Did you see the spelling mistake in our ad last week? Northland local Bridgett Parkin will run a two-day-workshop at the Karori Arts and Crafts Centre teaching participants how to make laces. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

on arts and crafts here that otherwise would be forgotten about.”  KACC will offer the lace making course for beginners on September 16-17, from 9.30am-3.30pm.

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Celebrating 50 years The 4th incarnation of the Karori Golf Club will turn 50 in February next year. The first golf club in Karori was established in 1905 on land around current Campbell Street but within a couple of years was forced by urban spread to shift out east where it became the Miramar Golf Club. Its successor, which was set up soon after on land further down the valley, around the current Burrows Avenue area, lasted longer until it too, in 1926, was forced to make way for subdivisions, moving out to the Hutt Valley where it became Manor Park Golf Club. A third incarnation, established in the mid 1930’s in the south Makara valley, enabled golf to return to the western suburbs until it was ultimately

forced to close in 1943 when WWII reduced the number of members and the availability of petrol for getting out to the course. With the growing popularity of golf in the 1960s the 4th incarnation of the Karori Golf Club was incorporated in 1968 with a mission to reinstate golf in the south Makara valley, resulting in the current 18 hole course opening in 1970. The current club will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of their incorporation over the coming summer with various events, and to help kick it off, are offering a special summer membership deal. Both new and past members are invited to take up this offer and to participate in the coming celebrations.

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21 tennis clubs across the central region are opening their doors on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September from 1-4pm, and serving up a fun, FREE event for people of all ages. The event is for anyone, young or old, who would like to try out - or get back into - tennis. By attending, you will have the chance to win a trip for two to the 2018 ASB Classic in Auckland in January. Bring yourself or bring your family and find out all there is to love about tennis! Clubs will be firing up the barbeque, and there’ll be games and giveaways. Tennis Central’s Participation Manager Mel Jansen said “Tennis is a fun

and friendly sport. People of any age or level can pick up a racquet and have a lot of fun together. Kids, adults and families can make the most of this free event and maybe find a new passion. Now in its second year the Love Tennis weekend is a great way for families to find out if tennis is for them”. Club members are encouraged to get behind this campaign to promote and support their local club and bring along their friends. Equipment will be provided by participating clubs.  For more information and list of participating clubs visit

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Wednesday August 30, 2017

LETTERS to the editor

Deserving a medal Dear Editor, Hon Peter Dunne deserves thanks from everyone who has done well in the Northern suburbs over the past 33 years. Mr Dunne can rightfully claim credit for pushing through a number of wellknown public achievements. But his major achievement in my book has been his unstinting and largely unpublicised work getting stuck in to solving the private issues of probably thousands of families over his years in office.

These are the things he can’t brag about. On top of that, anyone who isn’t now stark staring mad after 33 years of giving up on precious family time to sit on cold hard benches in draughty school halls listening to relentless recorder renditions of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star … that man deserves a medal. So thanks, Peter Dunne: I hope you have a few laughs watching your successor! Simon Pleasants, Johnsonville Community Association

At his best efforts Dear Editor, Peter Dunne has been the best constituency MP one could have wished for. His will be a hard act to follow for our future MP. I base my comments on having lived in this area for 22 years, knowing him, and my observations of seeing his extensive interaction with both individuals and

groups (such as clubs and schools), in this community; and observing his knowledge of local issues and concerns. Also the Transmission Gully highway development would probably not have occurred, had it not been for his efforts, over several years. Michael Hodgen, Rotary Johnsonville

Inspirational Dear Editor, Peter Dunne has been the face of Ohariu and inspirational in the naming of our Parish after it was merged in 2015. He put Ohariu on the map and gave it recognition throughout New Zealand. Peter Dunne could always be relied upon to attend every large and small

event in the district from Kindergarten openings to Challenge 2000 events and many more. His face is on the back of every bus you follow and his office in Johnsonville had many visitors. Carol Burns, Parish of St Francis of Assisi

Thank you, Peter Dear Editor, I have admired and respected Peter’s common sense approach to issues and concerns in our area. As a constituency MP, Peter has been great. He has been unstinting in his work for his community, and has taken a more than

active interest in attending events, occasions, and representing Ohariu throughout the ward, and further afield. He has fought battles, has stood up, and has supported our area on a number of levels. Thank you, Peter. Simon Woolf, Onslow Western City Councillor

Support & encouragement Dear Editor, The public image of an MP is usually that of being in Parliament. While that is important of greater importance is the work that an electorate MP does within the Electorate. I have seen firsthand the work that Peter has done over 30 years. Peter has been outstanding in his behind the scenes support and encouragement for organisations large and small. His support for individuals’ struggling with government and WCC departments has been tireless.

Such help has always been just a phone call away. When we finally get to drive along Transmission Gully I hope people will remember the years Peter spent making this happen. I am afraid that we will only realise, with regret, what we had when he has gone. Thank you Peter on behalf of the Cornerstone Trust for all the support you have given us over the years. Dermot Byrne, Khandallah Cornerstone Resource Centre Trust

A passionate advocate Dear Editor, Peter has been a passionate advocate for the Ohariu electorate, constantly involved in the local community, and supporting what he saw as the best interests of his constituents. I have always enjoyed working with Peter on many issues.

One of the most recent of those was working together to help protect the lovely Takapu Valley from major roading development. I wish Peter and Jenny all the very best in whatever comes next. Andy Foster, Onslow Western City Councillor



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Takahe couple find new home in Wellington By Julia Czerwonatis

With a large ceremony, Zealandia welcomed their latest inhabitants, takahe couple Nio and Orbell, on Monday. The pair are 14 and 17 years old and lived on Mana Island Scientific Reserve, west of Porirua. “There is every possibility they could breed at Zealandia this summer, which is incredible news for Wellington and our ongoing success in conservation,” Danielle Shanahan, Zealandia’s manager of conservation and research, said. The takahe have been paired since 2013 and produced four chicks together. Zealandia has high hopes that Nio and Orbell will hatch some chicks in the ecosanctuary. Orbell is named after Geoffry Orbell, the physician who rediscovered takahe in 1948 when they were widely thought to be extinct. He is a tough fighter as he was born a dry year on Mana Island and Orbell was the only survivor

of the breeding season. He had a mate for years, however, they didn’t have any chicks. Orbell’s old mate eventually fell ill and died. There are about 300 takahe in New Zealand now. The largest wild breeding population lives in Fiordland. Zealandia’s current resident takahe, T2, is 22 years old—advanced years for a takahe. His mate Puffin, who was related with Nio, died earlier this month. T2 will be moved to a quieter area of the sanctuary to live out his final years and will be closely monitored under the watchful eye of Zealandia rangers, whereas Nio and Orbell will live T2’s and Puffin’s old enclosure. Zealandia staff, Department of Conservation rangers, Wellington Zoo representatives, members of Te Runanganui Taranaki Whanui, Wellington City Council, supporters, volunteers and many more had gathered on Monday to see Nio and Orbell arrive at their new home.

Spectators could follow Nio and Orbell’s release into their enclosure at Zealandia via a life stream. PHOTO: Zealandia

New design project for one Wellington’s oldest streets

Greens plan light rail for Wellington in a decade The Green Party announced plans to work with councils to deliver light rail from the railway station to Wellington airport by 2027 and fast track a fully-electric bus fleet for the city. The Green Party’s transport plan for Wellington includes commitments to work with councils to build an electric light rail line, running separate from traffic, from the railway station to Newtown by 2025, and to Kilbirnie and the airport by 2027. They also plan a fast-track a wholly electric bus fleet for Wellington, including retaining the existing trolley buses and infrastructure, by 2030. “Light rail will transform Wellington, by making the city quieter and more people-friendly and allowing thousands of people to travel quickly to work, back home again, and beyond,” James Shaw, Green Party leader, said. “The cost of light rail has fallen in recent years, so we’re budgeting between $630

and $700 million, depending on the chosen route. We’ll wait for the community and experts to have their say before committing to a particular route, but obviously that will influence cost,” Shaw said. “We’ll also work with councils to fasttrack a fully electric bus fleet for the city. The existing trolley bus infrastructure means Wellington is well placed to be the first city in New Zealand with 100 percent electric public transport. “The Greens will provide a one-off investment of between $30 and $50 million to upgrade underground trolley bus infrastructure, rather than wasting money pulling down the near-new overhead wires and converting trolley buses to diesel-hybrids. “Our Wellington transport plan also includes a commitment to consistent, ongoing funding for the Capital Connection, and maintenance and double tracking on the Hutt/Wairarapa line”

The It’s Tory Time design won Reimagine Tory Street competition by a significant margin. IMAGE: Supplied

A group of three landscape architecture students from Victoria University of Wellington has won the Reimagine Tory Street concept design competition with their project It’s Tory Time. Reimagine Tory Street is a partnership between Wellington City Council and the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture, exploring new options for temporary installations in lower Tory Street. Students met with local businesses and residents, and ran a drop-in session at Courtenay Central where shoppers and movie-goers could share their thoughts and ideas. The resulting concepts included everything from swings and hammocks, to performance spaces, and trees made from tension cables. The winning concept is inspired by lower Tory Street’s history as part of Te Aro Pa, and features a structural pavilion, platform seating, and planting.

“The impact of the Kaikoura earthquake and the proposed Film Museum and Convention Centre present a real opportunity to transform lower Tory Street,” Nicola Young, Lambton Ward Councillor, said. “We’re exploring temporary design ideas to trial ways of making this street more usable and attractive for the large number of people who use it every day. “Tory Street is one of our oldest streets, in the heart of old Wellington. It’s important to keep it vibrant, especially with Te Aro’s large population increase.” Members of the public were asked to choose their favourite design and more than 2000 people voted over five days. It’s Tory Time took top place by a significant margin. Students will work with university staff to develop the concept. Following a technical review by council officers a final design will be agreed and construction will begin later this year.

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A taonga at Rewa Rewa By Julia Czerwonatis

Pupils at Rewa Rewa School in Newlands were awe-inspired when Rugby League World Cup representatives came to their school with a very special a taonga (treasure) last Friday. Daniel Fraser, Harley Wall and Phil Roache brought the Paul Barrière Trophy to Rewa Rewa – the trophy will be awarded to the victorious team of the Rugby League World Cup at the end of this year. “When Harley (New Zealand’s best Rugby League referee) opened the box and pulled out the trophy, my eyes shimmered with silver, the cup was so shiny and big!” Rewa Rewa pupil Luca said. “I had a photograph with my friends, and I got an autograph

with Phil and Harley, I was so happy on that day that my smile touched my eyes.” Harley and his team are currently touring around the country to explain school children everything about the upcoming cup. “Schools were a natural fit for the trophy tour because they are a key area of our community engagement plan which has included our education resource,” Daniel, Rugby League World Cup communications manager, said. The world’s best rugby league teams will compete in Papa New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand from late October to early December. The third quarter final of the cup will be held in Wellington on November 18.

The New Zealand team, The Kiwis, have only won the world cup once since it was first held in 1954. The Kiwi Ferns, the national women’s team will compete to be the world’s best rugby league team at the same time as the men’s squad. “As I sat patiently Harley began to talk about the rugby and the world cup. I found out that the world cup was once stolen!” Rewa Rewa pupil Caty said. “That intrigued me to learn more about the rugby cup.” Pupil Mack added: “My smile was so big it rose up to my eyes. My heart filled up with excitement throughout the whole thing. I was grateful that they took their time out of their day to come to our school.”

Deputy principal Charlotte Hills and her pupils welcomed Daniel Fraser, Harley Wall and Phil Roache with a haka. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Local business Packaworld International supports Fijian village with new portable football goals. PHOTO: Supplied

Local business Packaworld International has sent portable football goals to the Fijian village of Namara to help bring the joy of sport to children at a school being rebuilt after Cyclone Winston. Fulton Primary School has more than 100 students, and is located two hours’ drive from the town of Rakiraki in Fiji’s Ra province. Following the destruction of the school’s classrooms by the powerful February 2016 cyclone, tents were deployed as temporary classrooms, and the school sports field was affected by the need to store materials for construction. The Football Packagoals were transported to the school recently by the Gracegate Centre’s ‘Move to Fiji’ school rebuild initiative. The initiative involved a 14day visit to the school from 12 New Zealand volunteers to support reconstruction, teaching and other school activities. Urzalia Rea, Gracegate Centre directions coach, said the

contribution of the goals by New Zealand sports equipment provider Packaworld had been received with great enthusiasm by teachers and students alike. “They love the goals. It was great to see how the kids reacted. Usually they just put their shoes down to make goals, so they were really excited,” Urzalia explained. “When we inflated the goals, all the kids ran down and took turns carrying them. It was really cute.” The school also has a creche for children under five. The creche is housed in a large tent while the school is being rebuilt, and this was temporarily turned into an impromptu football pitch using the goals during the visit, much to the delight of the children. Urzalia said sport was important to the children of the region, many of whom live off the central power grid and do not have access to electronic entertainment such as television and gaming systems.


Christchurch can’t complain about All Black drought With squabbling still going on over who will stump up what cash for a new Christchurch stadium, Cantabrians are left with a stadium well below par. Crusaders boss Hamish Riach is right in one sense that fans are staying away from the ground because of it’s mediocre nature. I went to the Super Rugby quarter and semi finals played there last month and I can assure you, it’s like watching a game while being crammed into a tin of sardines.

Johnsonville company helps bring sport back to Fijian school

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Christchurch is currently unfit to host an All Blacks test - the stadium simply isn’t up to it. Many were aghast when Canterbury missed out on test rugby for the next three seasons but the reality is, in a commercially driven environment, the slapped together AMI Stadium can’t function. It’s not about how many All Blacks are created on the mainland, or trophies in the collective cabinet, the New Zealand Rugby Union want profits and quality facilities.


One of the kick-offs was when the temperature was already -1. All in all the tickets cost $110 for both games - while I enjoyed the nights, I wouldn’t do it again. Rest assured the All Blacks will be playing more and more games in Auckland over the coming years. It’s where the NZRU can make the most money and where the biggest population is. It’s bad news for rugby fans everywhere else but money doesn’t just talk, it screams.

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