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New Zealand’s finest watercolour and ceramic artists gathered last Friday to open their joint exhibition Splash 2017 + Ceramicus with wine, jazz tunes and a crowded art gallery. The two annual exhibitions, both of them highlights of the Wellington arts calendar, have this year been combined in a single exhibition art treat and feature 250 paintings – including those of local artists. Helen Wilson and John McDonnell from Ngaio both present some of their work at the Academy Gallery on the Wellington waterfront. “When painting I look for interesting subjects and stunning lights and shadows – boat scenes, skies, I also paint portraits,” Helen says. Continued on page 2. Watercolour artists Jacky Pearson from Wairarapa, Helen Wilson and John McDonnell of Ngaio at the Splash 2017 + Ceramicus opening last Friday. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
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Joint exhibition Splash 2017 + Ceramicus celebrates opening night Continued from page 1. “I enjoy painting with watercolours because it can capture the light in a specific way.” Helen joins the exhibition, organised by Watercolour New Zealand and Wellington Potters’ Association, with three paintings, Sydney Street, Heritage and The Wedding. Helen’s partner John exhibits his impressionist painting titled Gold Land. “Watercolours can be very diverse, everything from moody and watery to vibrant and colourful,” John says. “I like capturing structures and different contrasts – the
characteristics of rocks, for example, their grittiness.” Guest artists at this year’s Splash exhibition are Wellington south-based Dianne Taylor and Richard Bolton from Geraldine. Paintings by both artists are much sought after by collectors both in New Zealand and overseas. Richard’s books on watercolour technique have been published internationally, and Dianne has won some awards at previous Splash exhibitions. With his painting Hope Rising Te Aroha based artist Michael Barker won the Watercolour
New Zealand Supreme Award on Friday night. He says that his painting was a commentary on war zones from Passchendaele to Aleppo as well as being an allegory for people’s personal struggles and the value of hope. Fifteen-year-old Paraparaumu artist Jamie Lewis won the Gordon Harris Award for Best painting by a Junior the second year in a row. Jamie sold all three of his paintings on opening night. Ceramicus, which Wellington Mayor Justin Lester had already opened on Thursday, features an exciting ceramics collection
with original and varied work from the Wellington Potters’ Association along with works by guest and leading ceramic artist Richard Stratton. Several ceramic artists have been awarded for their work including Oliver Morse, Karin Amdal, Barin Das, Peter Rumble, Paula Weir, Karen Taylor, Lisa Henderson and Grace Sharp. Visit Splash 2017 + Ceramicus at the Academy Galleries, 1 Queens Wharf until October 29. Open daily 10-5pm. Free entry. Weekend pottery and painting demonstrations from 11am-3pm.
Catching mobility parking cheats Finding a mobility parking space in Wellington is set to get easier for people with access issues. Wellington City Council and CCS Disability Action have joined forces for a pilot project aimed at making it easier to find mobility parking spaces and stop them being abused by those without a valid need. Access Aware is a new app developed by ThunderMaps which allows users to send alerts if they spot a car they believe is illegally parked in a mobility park and to share information about the location of mobility parks. If the reported misuse relates to a public carpark it will be shared in real time with council’s parking enforcement team so it can take action. “Misuse of mobility parks in New Zealand is a big issue and a real concern for those with disabilities who have a genuine need for these
parking spaces,’’ Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman, transport strategy and operations portfolio leader, says. “With this project we hope to begin solving the problem of mobility parking card abuse and make it easier for those with disabilities to find parks. “It’s an issue of common courtesy and being thoughtful of the needs of others. The parks are there to enable people with disabilities to take a full part in life in Wellington.” Research by CCS Disability Action shows unacceptably high levels of abuse of mobility parks. “We believe the current situation has to change. By downloading and using the Access Aware app on your smartphone you can make a real difference to the disabled community by actively creating social change,” David Matthews, CCS Disability Action chief executive, says. “Access Aware has the po-
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Students launch Kelburn Community Garden In the middle of a busy, inner-city campus, a new garden has appeared. The Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) opened the much awaited Kelburn Student Community Garden last Friday. Last week’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme was Nature is Key – something quite fitting for the occasion, welfare
vice president Anya Maule says. “Tertiary students do struggle with stress, because of both university expectations and financial pressures. “We want this garden to be a place where they can come and sit, or plant, but mostly just have some respite from those everyday pressures.” There were plans to continue growing the garden and tending
to the space, with talks already happening about hanging gardens and murals along the walls, Anya says. Victoria University of Wellington staff and students attended the launch on Friday, breaking soil and planting the first lot of vegetables and herbs. A team from Bunnings was also there to help show the beginner gardeners how to plant.
Anya says VUWSA wanted the garden to be a place created by students for students and enlisted students from STUDiO – the Architecture and Design School students’ group – to design the space. “The hope is that students make this space their own, and enjoy the benefits of being in and around nature, even if it’s only for 15 minutes in between classes.”
Homeless for a night By Julia Czerwonatis
The buzzing noises of the city, rough winds and rain, a cold hard surface to sleep on – spending a night out in the open without the security of a home is a rough experience and reality for about one in 100 Kiwis. Last Friday, 120 Wellingtonians swapped their cosy beds and duvets for a sleeping bag and some cardboard to become “homeless” for 14 hours and raise funds for local agencies that help people living in unsafe or unsuitable locations. Equipped with a book, a jacket and his sleeping bag, Churton Park local Dan Whitfield joined the crowds on Friday night. “Sleeping rough and experiencing homelessness, even if it was one night, was an eye-opening experience,” the Wainuiomata News reporter says. “To have somewhat of an understanding of how so many people are forced to live like, it definitely makes you realise how incredibly blessed you are and that no one should actually have to be homeless.” With levels of homelessness showing no signs of slowing the Compassion Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army, the City Mission, the Night Shelter and the Homeless Women’s Trust,
Light Party Wellington Cathedral of St Paul will be organising a Light Party on Halloween aiming to create a safe and enjoyable environment for children. In the vast nave of the cathedral, children can be buzzing with disco dancing, bobbing up and down on a bouncy castle, being decorated with face-painting and eating yummy food. All children are invited. Entry per child is $10.Tuesday, 31 October, 5.30-7.30pm at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, cnr Molesworth and Hill Streets.
Predator Free Predator Free Newlands, Paparangi and Woodridge invited the community to come along to their launch and trap sale on Sunday, November 5. Find out more about the local Predator Free group and learn how easy it is to get involved to bring more native birds and other wildlife to the neighbourhood. Tunnel boxes and traps will be available for $6. Newlands Community Centre, 1-3pm.
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Dan Whitfield, Churton Park resident and Wainuiomata News reporter, and Josh Briggs, Hutt City Councillor are getting ready to spend a night in the open at Mount Cook School. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
supported by Wellington City Council and Wellington Women’s House, have joined forces for the fourth annual event to help to tackle homelessness in the capital. Compassion Soup Kitchen manager Karen Holland says housing deprivation remained a big problem in Wellington. “There’s a lot of work being done, but the numbers aren’t changing.” Those seeking help from agencies aren’t just rough sleep-
ers – they include people in emergency accommodation, shelters and boarding houses, over-crowded homes and places without basic amenities. So far, the 14 Hours Homeless participants raised $40,968, with donations open until the end of October. Dan didn’t have much more than two hours of sleep that night. It was mainly the noises of the city that kept him awake. “By talking with several people who were or had experienced
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being homeless throughout the night, you realise that these people aren’t different; they’re human beings just like you and I. They have their own stories,” Dan says. “Thinking about those who are homeless now and will still be tomorrow, gives me a new prayer.” Dan is raising funds for the Wellington City Mission. To support him, visit wellingtoncitymission.everydayhero. com/nz/Daniel.
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Paying respects to Glenside’s mystery woman Wa ikato resident Joyce Brown is hoping to solve a Glenside mystery of an unknown pioneer settler woman buried here 175 years ago. Tracing back her family history Joyce found out that her great great great grandfather Adam Reid, his wife Janet and their seven-year-old daughter Margaret arrived in New Zealand in 1840 from Scotland. A few months later, Janet Reid died. Joyce said that Adam had purchased an early sub-division of Section 24 at The Halfway, now known as Glenside, from F. Johnson – presumably Frank Johnson, who later relocated to Johnsonville. It is the very same section on which the unknown woman is buried. On October 10 in 1842, Bishop Selwyn was passing through the area on his way north from Wellington to Wanganui. Local resident Susannah Wall told the bishop about the woman who had been buried without a burial service. Susannah, Selwyn and the husband of the deceased woman went to the burial site and the bishop blessed it.
Joyce and Owen Brown seated each side of the memorial. PHOTO: Claire Bibby
This has been passed down through a letter Susannah sent to her sister back in England telling her about the bishop’s visit, however she did not name the woman or the husband. Sometime after 1900, landowner John Moxham marked the burial site with a picket fence and trees and it was
regularly visited by the locals. However when the Pender family came to the property in 1953, people were discouraged from visiting the site and its exact location was lost. The site was not rediscovered through the construction of the Westchester link road and is believed to be in the vicinity
of large old trees adjacent to the road. At 4pm on Tuesday, October 10, 175 years later to the minute, Joyce and her son Owen paid their respects at the memorial to the unknown woman settler, surrounded by neighbouring women and children from Glenside.
New bosses for Wellington Civil Defence Two former military men have been chosen to lead Wellington’s Civil Defence organisation, WREMO (Wellington Region Emergency Management Office), replacing Bruce Pepperell who is retiring after running the organisation for six years. Jeremy Holmes who will be the new regional manager spent 20 years in Defence, four
years in the Fire Service and a year in Police. During this time he spent two and a half years helping rebuild Christchurch after the 2011 earthquakes. “I think we were very fortunate that last November’s earthquake occurred when it did. If it had occurred at 12.02pm – during business hours – it would have been a very different story for the
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A group of seven students from Raroa Normal Intermediate put their brains to the test when they joined the Tournament of the Minds competition. The group of gifted year 7 and 8 students won the regional competition after being set a maths and engineering challenge with six weeks to put it into action before presenting it to an audience. Their challenge was to create a Lottery to Mars competition where a lottery machine would decide who went on a mission to Mars. The catch was that the machine had to be rigged to increase the likelihood of certain numbered balls coming out enabling a pre-
ferred candidate to go to space. Eleven-year-old Sebastian Pratt says the main challenge they faced was communication. “When you’re just learning how to hold a conversation with a group of seven, it’s hard.” Daniel Astwood, also 11, seconds that: “You have to learn to share your ideas without butting in. Especially as some of us tend to burst with ideas.” The group built the machine, making several modifications to the balls and the machine to ensure which numbers would come out and when – as the machine had to work on both a rigged and unrigged mode. The group worked together to build the machine – with no adult help as that was a strict rule in the brief. They found their own
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Pest Feast By Dan and Michele Taylor
The second annual Pest Feast was held at Waitangi Park on Cable Street last Sunday to highlight Conservation Week 2017, collectively organised by officers from Wellington City Council, the Department of Conservation and Greater Wellington Regional Council. Illona Keenan from the city council’s Urban Ecology Team was on hand to talk about wiping out weeds, and to advise how to help protect and nurture our amazing and unique wildlife by trapping rats, stoats and possums. There was also information about predator free projects in Wellington and how to get involved. Wild goat could be sampled in a tagine or a curry. Wild pork salami featured in a pizza, wild venison in a burger. Even Wallaby in a blanket was on offer. A wild meat supplier also offered an array of produce. Food for the People proved to be a popular choice with their venison burger with wild Otago thyme. If you weren’t able to make the Pest Feast, Food for the People will be back on Sunday’s Harbourside Market.
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Local euphonium player joins Air Force Band
Missing man found safe A 66-year-old man from Johnsonville who went missing from his rest home on Thursday afternoon was found safe the next day, police reports. Graeme Penny was found at a residential property in west Johnsonville, as a result of information from a member of the public. The search team are very grateful for the support and assistance provided by the Johnsonville community during the search.
Royal New Zealand Air Force Band member Byron Newton says The Air Force In Concert will have a bit of everything. PHOTO: Supplied
Ngaio local Byron Newton is looking forward to the challenge of playing the euphonium at The Air Force In Concert at the end of October. The annual concert is one in which the acclaimed Royal New Zealand Air Force Band takes the audience on an offbeat ride through diverse musical styles, from popular show tunes to military classics, with some smart choreography to cap it off. Byron says it was a great opportunity for the band members to showcase their skills, which go
well beyond those called upon for ceremonial purposes. “There will be a bit of everything – a movie medley, some Piazolla tango music, and the more military style,” he says. “We get to do a concert in a good auditorium and to test our limits as artists and musicians.” The band is made up of reservists, many of whom are active in Wellington’s music scene. “There’s a very strong jazz scene in Wellington and a lot of those musicians are in the Air Force Band – particularly those who play
trombone, percussion saxophone and those sorts of big-band instruments,” Byron says. “Most of the musicians are semi-professional, or they may be music students or freelance like myself.” Opera singer Barbara Graham, who has performed with the New Zealand Opera, is also a vocalist with the band. The Air Force In Concert will be held at the St James Theatre in Wellington on Sunday, October 29, at 2.30pm.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you use Facebook much? Why or why not?
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Convenient scapegoat Dear Editor I was somewhat amused to read the article in the Independent Herald 4 Oct 2017 “Retailers driving pace of shopping centre plans” where Roy Stansfield advised that until commitments to occupy by major retailers were obtained, the Johnsonville shopping centre process would not move forward.
It must be really handy for Stride Property Group to have such a convenient scapegoat. That way they can continue to walk around with their heads held high, taking no responsibility for the lack of action on this much needed shopping centre. Who would want to commit to a project that has been delayed for so long and still
shows no positive signs of ever actually eventuating? Come on Stride Property Group, stop messing everyone around and do something positive for the Johnsonville community to show you’re not just taking the mickey! Carole Williams Churton Park
EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a black Toyota Vitz hatchback was left on the hard shoulder of Highway 1 just before the Johnsonville off ramp because it had run out of petrol. On returning to the site later the vehicle had been stolen. A white Holden Commodore saloon stopped at a service station in Johnsonville Road for petrol. While paying for the petrol the car was taken. It was later recovered in the Porirua area. A Toyota Hilux van parked overnight in Ohariu Road was found next morning with a smashed window. In Newlands a Toyota Rav4 stationwagon parked overnight in the driveway of a house in Glanmire Road was entered and clothing items and cash were stolen. The pool area in the grounds of a school in Padnell Crescent was entered despite being left locked and secure. A number
of fittings and swimming gear were smashed and thrown into the pool. Two days later the pool area was again entered through a locked door that had been forced open. Rubbish and clothing items were thrown into the pool and a wheelie bin located in the pool area was set on fire. In Khandallah an electric powered bicycle left chained to the front step and covered with a plastic sheet at a house in Onslow Road was stolen. The bike was not visible from the road. The lock and the cover were also taken. In Churton Park a Nissan Bluebird parked in the driveway and close to a house in Chorley Grove had its front passenger window smashed to gain entry. An amplifier and other electrical equipment that were hidden under the front passenger seat were stolen.
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Tawa is getting ready for its annual spring festival, featuring community, local groups and organisations, businesses, entertainers and food trucks. The regional event has been drawing people from Porirua, Aotea, Whitby, Churton Park, Newlands, Johnsonville, Khandallah and further afield in the past. This Spring into Tawa will be held on Saturday, October 28, 10am-2pm.
New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) will pop up at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand (foyer) this Wednesday, October 18, 11am-2.30pm to test people’s blood type and determine whether they are eligible donors. According to NZBS, about 50 percent of New Zealanders don’t know which blood type they are. Donors must meet the certain eligibility criteria to donate blood in New Zealand. More information can be found on the website at nzblood.co.nz.
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Celebrating the Arts Learning to draw has literally opened up the universe for Phillip Hoetawa of Newlands. Phillip graduated from The Learning Connexion (TLC) with a diploma in Art and Creativity this year, and it was his love of drawing with pastel that lead him on this journey of discovery. He began drawing Maori carvings, but then was inspired by Goldie to draw portraits, and finally his passion turned to drawing Maori portraits. “When I began to study the history and lives of some of these tipuna,” Phillip says, “I discovered that my ancient ancestors had super memories, being able to recite whakapapa continually for several days, according to research by Jane McRae in her book, Maori Oral Tradition. These days we would almost call them super beings. “This made me even more enthusiastic, and lead me to the deep point where I now appreciate the meaning of the quote, ‘Dost thou reckon thyself only a puny form, when within thee the universe is folded?’ We humans are not ordinary beings,” he says. This is one of the quotes offered to inspire friends who are artists, and current students of TLC to contribute to an
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afternoon Celebrating the Arts – an intimate exhibition of visual arts, music and dance performance. Phillip and a friend organised it to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, prophet and founder of the Baha’i faith. Phillip became a Baha’i in 1992, because he was attracted to the prayers. “T h rough the words a nd prayers of Baha’u’llah, and his son ‘Abdu’l-Baha, I found my personal connection with God, and their teachings reinforced who I am as a Maori,” Phillip says. “I felt immediately connected with the ancient past of my people, and also their future.” Baha’u’llah, born in 1817 in Teheran, asserts the equality of men and women, the elimination of all prejudice and extremes of wealth and poverty, and teaches that mankind is one family. He also revealed an administrative system based on full and frank consultation to achieve world unity. Celebrating the Arts is open to visitors on Saturday, October at St Andrews hall on The Terrace, with a welcome in Maori by Phillip at 2.30pm, followed by a musical and dance programme, afternoon tea, and more live music. It will close at 6pm.
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Going meat-free for World Vegan Month Charitable organisation SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation) challenges Kiwis to relinquish meat or even dairy and other animal products in the wake of World Vegan Month. Vegetarian and vegan lifestyle is gaining global popularity. In New Zealand, too, people are keeping animal products off our plates to protect the planet and boost their own health. The challenge has already been taken up by some notable New Zealanders including former All Black Eroni Clarke, Robyn Malcolm and Nicole Whippy, who have also been joined by their families. Since 1932, SAFE has been New Zealand’s leading animal protection organisation, defending animals against cruelty and abuse. With SAFE’s Eat Kind challenge, launched for the World Vegan Month in October, SAFE wants to encourage people to adopt a positive lifestyle. For more information and to sign up for the challenge, visit safe.org.nz.
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Mayor reshuffles council setup Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has completed a reshuffle of councillor portfolios following Paul Eagle’s election to Parliament and resignation from Wellington City Council. “This is about making sure the key areas of focus for council are well served and that we keep pushing forward with our agenda,” Justin says. “[Newly appointed] deputy mayor Jill Day will chair our Ten Year Plan and Annual Plan committees, which set our budgets. Jill will also pick up the Governance and Recreation
portfolios. “Councillor Brian Dawson will take over the Housing portfolio. Brian has done excellent work overseeing council’s implementation of the Living Wage. We have an ambitious agenda on housing and I know Brian is going to deliver in this important role.” The Mayor says the reshuffle is an opportunity to align portfolios. “Councillor Simon Marsh will take over the Events portfolio. Simon has been doing great work in his role leading Economic Development, and our city’s strong
range of events complements this well. “Councillor Peter Gilberd will now lead our Community Facilities portfolio, including our programme of upgrades of libraries and community centres,” Justin adds. “Councillor Nicola Young will take on the Associate Arts portfolio. Nicola has been a strong advocate for arts and culture in our city for a number of years and this reflects the great work she has been doing in her ward [Lambton] and the added focus we are putting on the arts.”
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Never too old to have fun Te Wiki Kaumatua Seniors’ Week is a festival of community events and activities planned with older residents in mind. Wellington City Council is working closely with Te Papa and a number of other organisations to celebrate Seniors’ Week with tours, events, exhibitions, and activities designed for older citizens to get out and about, get active, and get engaged. This year, an extended Seniors’ Week runs from October 11-22, and events include everything from an electric bike guided tour, Zumba gold, a Boomerang Bags sewing bee, an introduction to social media, and classic movie nights. Councillor Brian Dawson, social development portfolio lead, says it was important to promote inclusivity and connect people of all ages across the region. “Seniors’ Week is a hugely popular event that really fits our vision by supporting activities and initiatives that focus on our older residents. “Wellington is pretty accessible already with good public transport, a walkable CBD, and many amenities that cater to senior citizens – but we can always do more,” Brian says. “We work closely with community groups and stakeholders to provide services, activities, and policies to promote inclusivity, diversity, and better health for older residents – and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved to date.” Last week, seniors enjoyed a delicious lunch at Newlands Community Centre amongst other events all around town and there is still more to come until Sunday. This Wednesday, SeniorNet hosts a session at the Johnsonville Community Centre from 1-3pm introducing participants to modern technology. From 2-3pm there will be free introduction to Tai Chi at the Johnsonville Community Centre. These lessons are designed to teach “Self Defence against Falls” in your day-to-day living and are a form of Tai Chi suited to arthritis sufferers. Seniors can also get active in the Wadestown Community Centre on Wednesday, 6.30-7.30pm with a free zumba session that will help improve fitness and agility. Aro Valley Community Centre is hosting a morning tea on Thursday, 10-11.30am with homemade baking provided by students from New Zealand English Language College. Later that day there will be an introduction to social media in the community centre from noon-1.30pm. Karori Community Centre invites seniors to a very gentle, 30-minute introduction to yoga session, combining movement with breath on Friday, noon-2pm. Keen players are invited to come along to the Johnsonville Community Centre on Friday for a Cards 500 session on Friday afternoon, 1-4pm. An e-bike guided tour on Friday starting at Karori Park will help seniors to explore Wellington from a different angle. Find more information, contact details, RSVP and events on wellington.govt.nz/your-council/ news/2017/10/seniors-week.
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Wellington’s stunning Kapiti coast will, once again, turn into a beautiful jumble of colour and creativity with the launch of this year’s Kapiti Arts Trail on October 28. More than 100 local artists will be displaying art in a huge range of mediums along the length of the district – a great opportunity to have a fun day out with friends, talk to artists about their works and purchase some beautiful Christmas gifts and treasures for your home and garden. The event has been running for 16 years, involving artists the length of the district from Otaki to
Paekakariki and has become one of Kapiti's most significant cultural events. The Creative Centre is the place to start your Trail experience. You can view over 25 different artists work in one location and view snippets of other artists’ work that will have their studios open on October 28/29 and November 4/5. The Creative Centre team will help you plan a trail that best suits your interests and style. Visit kapiticoast.govt.nz/whats-on/things-todo-in-kapiti/arts-trail for more information.
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Karori pharmacy celebrates 30th birthday Unichem Karori Mall Pharmacy owners Julie and Brian Johnston. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
The health and wellbeing of Karori residents has been at the heart of his work for Brian Johnston for three decades. Now the Unichem Karori Mall Pharmacy owner and his team are celebrating their 30th anniversary and thanking the community for their support. “Being part of the community and looking after the people is a key point that defines our pharmacy,” Brian says. “We have many long-time customers that have become friends over the years. The community has been really loyal to us.” Brian joined the pharmacy team of David and Christine Thompson in 1984 to manage the Parkvale Road corner pharmacy. After three years,
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we’re also able to provide some medication that used to be prescription only. Since more medication is available on pharmacists’ advice, it has become more accessible for people.’ Brian and his team are not only working out of the Karori Mall, but they also service rest home apartments and other care facilities in the suburb, Brian organises home deliveries for the less mobile people and three years ago they took over the pharmacy in Marsden Village. “The professionalism of our staff is the key to success of our business,” Brian says. “I thoroughly enjoy helping people, providing community service, working with my team.” PBA
A dog matters blog from Canine Behavioural Trainer Jan Voss
Is your dog misbehaving on-lead? At the National Dog Show in Auckland last week I observed a difference in dog walk culture that was refreshing. It partly explained why some 1200 dogs could be so close to each other for nearly five days, with barely a grump between them. Handlers kept their dogs close when other dogs approached, made a point of calling their dogs back, moved to the side of the path, or put their dogs on a lead for the short time it took the other dog to pass. If dogs did meet, it was briefly and the owners quickly moved on. At A.C.E. Dog Training we frequently get requests for help with dogs who are behaving aggressively on-lead, or unable to concentrate and respond to a call back as soon as another dog appears. Both are fixable problems, but can often be avoided by employing good dog park etiquette at every opportunity. Ask the other owner first before allowing your dog to greet another – and respect their answer – even if your dog is friendly. Not every dog enjoys having another invade their personal
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Community project Free for All goes online By Julia Czerwonatis
After having given up her little Khandallah “store”, Dee scaled back the project and moved everything back home. This was when a friend of hers, Nicky Gorge, and another member of the public who wants to stay anonymous approached her. They had been following Dee’s journey and were keen to support her in developing the project. “They proposed the idea to go online with Free for All and I was excited right away,” Dee says. The three of them worked out a concept, designed a website and eventually launched freeforall.co.nz
three weeks ago. “We already have about 700 members – people from Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hawkes Bay.” People who sign up for Free for All can add items to the website that they would like to give for free. Users who are looking for goods, can reserve the item they would like to have; they then contact the gifter via email and finally pickup the item. “I have personally given away about 740 items in the first three weeks,” Dee says. “We really hope this encourages
It started off as little initiative inspired by neighbourhood solidarity and the idea to reduce landfill waste. Eighteen months and a lot of ups and downs later, Dee Glentworth’s idea has grown into a full-size community project called Free for All and has recently gone online. “It’s incredibly exciting,” Johnsonville local Dee says on her website that facilitates the exchange of secondhand items. With a motto of “don’t bin it, share it”, Dee initially began to collect unwanted goods donated from Op
shops and the general public – anything from clothes, toys and books to little pieces of furniture – and gave them away for free on garage “sales”. When her home started to burst at the seams, Dee rented garage space in Khandallah which she named Free for All store – a true selection of secondhand treasures, free to take for those who wanted or needed them. Yet, Dee says she experienced issues with neighbours who were bothered by the traffic Free for All generated. And the logistics of organising pickups and collections soon outgrew Dee’s capacities.
community connections. Say, you’re looking for a jug and through the website, you find out that your neighbour has one and suddenly there’s a connection you have to the person next door. “Free for All is about working together, creating community and reducing waste.” Dee and her partners have more ideas in the pipeline and are looking for ways to generate money to develop the project further. “We had so much support from the community since Free for All started – people donated their time and effort, it’s truly amazing.”
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Dee Glentworth from Johnsonville launched Free for All over a year ago – now the community project that facilitates exchanges of secondhand items has gone online. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
Mark Rickard, owner of Guthrie Bowron in Thorndon and his team, donated Dulux paint to Newlands Intermediate art teacher Rachael Gaston and year 8 students who are currently working on their legacy project. The students will use the donation to give their outside benches a new coat of paint. PHOTO: Supplied.
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inbrief news Paua offender A member of a Wellington-based paua poaching operation has been banned from fishing for three years and ordered to serve seven months home detention after earlier pleading guilty to more than 20 charges under the Fisheries Act. Thirty-nine-year-old Sonny Gilbert Wairau from Brooklyn was sentenced for his part in a black market operation involving three main offenders that called themselves The Paua Corporation when he appeared in the Wellington District Court on Friday. The men illegally took, over seven months, 257 kilos of greenweight paua and 31 kilos of sea cucumbers from around the Wellington coastline and sold them. The value of the paua, if sold legitimately, was more than $17,000. At the time of offending, Sonny was a prohibited fisher due to past offending and so also faced 10 charges of contravening a prohibition order.
Speed tickets The Highway 1 speed camera on Ngauranga Gorge is the country’s top ticketer with almost $2.4million generated in speeding tickets. Police have released details of the country’s top 20 speed cameras under the Official Information Act last week. The data show that fixed and mobile speed cameras generated 573,971 tickets across the country, and $38 million in revenue for the Government. In the financial year to July, Ngauranga Gorge’s camera generated 27,232 tickets, for a total of $2,387,700.
Wellington synchronised swimmers medal at nationals The victorious Aquacombo team, from left, Lucia Marull, Samantha Fowler, Zoe Gasson and Polly Winter. PHOTO: Supplied
Wellington Synchronised Swimming won seven medals, including four golds, at the recently concluded New Zealand Synchronised Swimming Championships in Invercargill. More than 150 competitors, including swimmers from China, New Caledonia and nine clubs from around New Zealand competed in the event. This is a significant result and is reflective of the growing strength of the squad and the club. Wellington scored gold medals for the duet and combo and figures. The combo in particular impressed with their innovative choreography which was developed by French head coach Maud Montgrenier.
Sophie Janse of Northland came first place in Dolphins figures and second in Dolphins Combo. Another Northland local, Samantha Fowler, grabbed the first spots in Aquanaut figures and Aquanaut duet, and came second in Secondary Schools Duet. Lucia Marull, based in Khandallah, achieved the first place in Aquanaut duet and Aquacombo, and came second Aquanaut figures. Annika Leslie-Bird, also from Khandallah, took second place in Dolphins Combo. Wadestown swimmer Zoe Gasson took out the first place in Aquacombo and came second in Secondary Schools Duet. And Molly Downing of Ngaio won second
place in Dolphins Combo. Members of the Wellington team will now be trialling for the New Zealand development squad in November and Wellington Synchro will host the North Island Championships in 2018. Synchronised swimming is a hybrid form of swimming, dance, and gymnastics and is aimed to develop children’s water skills, strength, endurance, flexibility and creative artistry. It also encourages personal commitment and strong friendships due to the team work required to perform complex water moves in a precisely synchronised fashion. Visit wellingtonsynchro.org.nz for more information.
Wednesday October 18, 2017
Five-year study provides insights into youth self-injury A five-year Victoria University of Wellington research project into self-injury has revealed just under a third of secondary school students aged between 13 and 18 deliberately hurt themselves. The Youth Wellbeing Study, led by Marc Wilson from Victoria’s School of Psychology and supported by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, focused on non-suicidal self-injury and the factors that place young New Zealanders at the risk of self-injuring. Marc says just under a third of the participants reported hurting themselves. “The research confirmed that young people hurt themselves for a range of reasons. Managing emotions was the most common function of self-injury, followed by self-punishment, and the desire to feel something.” The longitudinal survey has been particularly important in
investigating the way that self-injury develops over time, Marc explains. “The vast majority of international research has been cross-sectional, and therefore hasn’t allowed for confidence about the factors that play a causal role in self-injury. “The findings of the Youth Wellbeing Study have shown that, as expected, young people who are less well-equipped to understand and manage their emotions are more likely to manage their emotions through self-injury. “More importantly, young people’s emotion regulation skills predicted future self-injury, but self-injury also impaired future emotional skills development. Essentially, because self-injury provided relief for some young people, they may have come to rely on it rather than seeking out safer ways to manage their emotions.”
Although the study didn’t focus on suicide, just under a fifth of those surveyed met criteria for suicidal concern. “Young people’s relationships with their schools and teachers, and particularly parents and family, play a key role in their wellbeing levels,” Jessica Garisch, research fellow and coordinator of the study, says. The study involved developing resources for adolescents, their family and the people who work to support them. Two graphic novels, A Change and A Choice, themed around self-injury and help-seeking were produced with help from groups of young people, and are available free online. The research team now plans to explore the link between non-suicidal self-injury and suicide, and to develop an emotion regulation training programme for young people.
Karori takeaway goes Uber Corfu Seafoods, based in Karori, has had huge success since signing up with UberEATS. This is a phone app that allows customers to order an Uber cab to deliver their takeaways. Corfu’s owner, Theo Kalantzis, says they have had many customers from outside their area asking for their orders to
be delivered by cab. “That includes students without cars and people who live in the central city who wouldn’t normally make the journey to Corfu,” he says. The takeaway has had to put on more staff to cover the increase in business. In the first week of using
Professor Marc Wilson led the Youth Wellbeing Study. PHOTO: Supplied
UberEATS Corfu had approximately 150 orders through the app. They have been up and running for eight years and until now had not used a delivery service. “So we are really stoked to see the impact partnering with UberEATS is having,” Theo ads.
One of the world’s best pianists will perform for the first time with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra this month. Korean-born Joyce Yang, praised by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune, will perform Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninov in a New Zealand tour beginning in Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre on October 27. Yang began playing piano at age four by age 11 was studying at the prestigious Julliard School. At 12 she was performing with symphony orchestras and by 16 was profiled in The New York Times.
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Medals all round for Raroa Intermediate By Sylvie Dickson
Raroa Intermediate students were clinking with medals all the way home from the annual New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools (NZAIMS) sporting event held in Tauranga last month. The school had qualified and won big at several events including cross-country, football and gymnastics. The event is the biggest of its kind in Australasia and encompasses 22 sports with competitors from 300 schools from around the Pacific and Singapore. Coach John Cope says attending was a great opportunity for the kids to get out of their comfort zone. “It’s an amazing event that really builds team spirit.” Twelve-year-old Lucy Jurke won gold for cross-country while the rest of the year 7 team were bronze medallists. They have big shoes to fill as the year 8 girls’ cross-country team won gold for their second consecutive year. The girls football team, mixed with both year levels, won silver and Jessica Cunningham (12) also took out the silver medal in senior rhythmic gymnastics.
It’s a girl thing: All the winners of NZAIMS sporting medals from Raroa Intermediate seem to have something in common. PHOTO: Sylvie Dickson
Overall Raroa finished sixth on the medal table which they were pretty chuffed with, considering they had only entered
six sports. The group had fundraised half the money needed with quiz nights and bake sales and made
Triple win for 17-year-old Olympic hopeful
a weekend of it in Mount Maunganui, visiting the hot pools and enjoying the opening ceremony. Medallist Waimaria Carter
says they got in a bit of Taranaki sunshine “but then it got windy and rainy, so pretty much like Wellington”.
Wellington Lions Player of the Year Lions first five Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United) has been named Wellington Lions Player of the Year at the 2017 Wellington Representative Rugby Awards. On a night that saw Wellington Rugby recognise the union’s highest performing teams, players and coaches, Lions head coach Chris Gibbes scooped the Coach of the Year award after winning nine of ten regular season Mitre 10 Cup
Championship matches in his first season in charge. Jackson won the award after a season that’s seen him appear in all 10 of the team's matches including nine starts, and tally 109 points heading into the semi-finals. The 23-year-old’s game management and steady goal kicking has been a feature for a player who debuted for the Lions in 2013 and has grown into one of the senior leaders of the squad.
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Vice-Chancellor Grant Guilford and Tilali Scanlon at the Victoria Blues Awards. PHOTO: Supplied
A first-year Marine Biology student and star swimmer from American Samoa has won Sportsperson of the Year at Victoria University of Wellington’s annual sports awards. In addition to the top award, 17-year-old Tilali Scanlon won Pasifika Sportsperson of the Year and a Blues Award that recognises her international achievements in swimming. Sporting success is not new to Tilali who was 11 years old when she competed in her first international competition at the South Pacific Games. At 15, she competed in the Pacific Games, followed by the 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships in Canada. In July, she achieved five personal bests at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Hungary. Tilali, who comes from Vaitogi on the main island of Tutuila, is one of the few swimmers born and bred in American Samoa to represent the island nation at an international level, and says she is often the youngest competitor by several years. Her specialty is the 50m and 100m breaststroke. Despite her impressive record, Tilali was
surprised to win at the Blues Awards. “I came to the ceremony late because I had training. I just came to listen and was shocked when they called my name as a winner.” Growing up in American Samoa, Tilali says she didn’t have the same resources as most competitors. “We don’t have a public pool so I trained at the beach instead. It’s really different swimming in the sea, but I would swim against the current to build up strength and for conditioning training. “My family also fundraised so I could go to Hawai’i three times to train in a three-month swimming programme where I could train in a pool with a proper team and with great coaches.” While she says it was hard at times to balance study with swimming, she’s determined to complete her Bachelor’s degree and keep training in hope of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. “I want to represent my country, and my culture, and do it for everyone who knows me back home. It’s a big responsibility, but I love it.”
The end of football’s Cinderella story The All Whites should be happy to face Peru in their home and away World Cup qualifier next month. Yes, it would have been great to have the superstars of Argentina or Chile come to our shores but the reality is, Peru will be a more realistically beatable team over two legs. Peru are smaller players, so the All Whites should be able to compete aerially. Peru will still be heavy favourites and it will be important for Winston Reid’s men to get a win with a clean sheet during the first leg at Westpac Stadium. Chris Wood is in fine form after his transfer to the English Premier League and much of the attacking impetus will come down to his ability. In reality, Peru should win and win
comfortably but the first leg will sell out as people reminisce about the glorious 2010 run. With FIFA expanding the number of teams at the World Cup from 2022, Oceania, of which New Zealand is part of, will gain one automatic qualification spot which means this type of high stakes game will be no more after the Peru series. Gone too will be the Cinderella stories like the All Whites teams of 1982 and 2010. Gone is the chance to become heroes, the likes of Steve Sumner, Ricki Herbert and Ryan Nelsen. For me, that’s a little sad but hopefully with the potential of an easier road to the World Cup, the national team can play more matches together regularly and improve their skills and cohesion.
Wednesday October 18, 2017