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Vandals tag school

Pupils and staff of St Teresa’s School Karori awaited a nasty surprise after coming back to school from a sunny Labour weekend; vandals had tagged several of their buildings. “We thought our school would be a place where we are safe,” year 6 pupil Cammie says. “Our school means a lot to us, and we’re putting a lot of time and effort in here.” Pupil Eden agrees and adds it has been “annoying and disrespectful”. The offenders left their marks all over the school’s shed and the neighbouring after-school building. Continued on page 2. Eden, Cammie and Kate in front of what used to be their school mural. The pupils are now planning what they can paint on the plain wall. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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School mural ruined after vandals tag school walls Continued from page 1. On one side of the shed, facing the school’s playground, a former pupil had created a graffiti art with the school principles “Be caring, Be respectful, Be safe, Be your best”. “There was no chance of saving the mural,” principal Mary-Angela Tombs explains. She says there had been a similar incident two weeks prior, however this time the tagging was much worse. “Last time, staff, parents and pupils helped cleaning up, but this was just too much for us to handle alone.” On Tuesday after Labour Day, Mary-Angela informed Wellington City Council about the vandalism at her school and says she was “very impressed with how the council responded”. “Within a few hours, the council had sent a team over, and they started the clean-up.” However, the school’s mural was beyond saving and had to be painted over. For Cammie, Eden and their (04) 970 0439

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classmate Kate, year 5, the greatest annoyance was, that the vandals sprayed random symbols and words on their school’s walls. “If they tag our school, they

should at least do it well,” Cammie says. “They should have drawn some dolphins or unicorns – that would have been much better.” With their old mural gone, the

pupils are now starting to plan a new graffiti art. “We want a cool art work, something special,” Kate says. “Maybe with unicorns, and mermaids and glitter paint.”

Countdown Johnsonville to support Women’s Refuge By Julia Czerwonatis

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After returning from Labour weekend pupils and teachers from St Teresa’s found their school wall tagged by vandals. PHOTO: Supplied

Two years ago, Countdown Johnsonville introduced the Free Food for Kids baskets – offering local children fresh fruit when they enter the supermarket. Now, marking the twoyear anniversary, manager John Angelica and his team have decided to take their charity a step further. “We had a lot of great feedback from our customers regarding the kids’ food basket,” John says.

“We’d like to step up a level now and give back more into the community that has been very loyal to us for years.” I n cooperation with Tracy Wellington from Kiwi Community Assistance (KCA), a food rescue charity, Countdown Johnsonville will pack a food basket once a week to get it delivered to one of the local Women’s Refuge sites. Tracey says it was a great initiative and the food was much needed.

Robert Afi, produce manager, and Tracy Wellington from KCA with one of the food baskets for Women’s Refuge. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Youth charity informs about issues around sexuality National youth charity InsideOUT have released a new resource advocating for LGBTQIA+ young people’s legal rights at school. Legal Rights At School: For Young People of Minority Sexualities and Genders is aimed at high-school students and was created in partnership with Wellington & Hutt Valley Community Law. It aims to answer students’ questions about what their legal

rights are at school regarding issues around sexuality and gender diversity, and covers questions regarding bullying, freedom of speech, queer straight alliances and support for transgender students. “More and more young people are being open about their sexual orientation and gender identities in schools,” Tabby Besley, national coordinator of InsideOUT, says. “Schools have an obligation to

provide a safe environment for all of their students, but many of them are still not fulfilling that,” Tabby says. “We still hear stories about students having to rewrite assignments because their homophobic teacher said it wasn’t okay to talk about queer issues. “Some young people have to sign a disclaimer about how they identify to bring a same gender partner to the ball, and many trans students are in situations where

their schools are not prioritising their safety and wellbeing.” With their new publication, InsideOUT aim to help students, staff and whanau and advocate for the right to safety and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ youth.  Legal Rights At School: For Young People of Minority Sexualities and Genders is available for anyone to view and download for free online at insideout.

At the foot of Makara’s hills, beyond the hustle and bustle of the city, golfers have created their own sport and outdoor haven – now the Karori Golf Club is set to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Jonathan Wake is the current Karori Golf Club president and says he has been playing on several courses around Wellington and the one in Karori was the best. “It’s maybe not as manicured as others, but it’s the most beautiful and exciting course. “We’re away from the noise of the city and yet conveniently close.” The history of the Karori Golf Club traces back to 1905 when the first club members started playing golf on Campbell’s Farm. Three years later, the club converted into Miramar Golf Club. A second incarnation of the Karori Golf Club returned in 1913 but eventually became the Manor Park Golf Club. The third Karori Golf Club was founded in ‘33. Golfers played on a course on South

Makara Road until ’44 when WWII forced the club into recession. The fourth and final Karori Golf Club was incorporated in ’68. Farmland along South Makara Road was bought from the Bertram and Monaghan families, and the golf community converted the naked grassland into a course with trees and native bush. “I cannot believe how different the place is from when we started here,” Keith Gaskin, one of the club’s founding members, says. “It was one hell of a mess. People spent hours and hours of their time shifting it. And now it has turned into this fantastic golf course.” Today, the club has around 350 members, plus families and visitors who come for a casual Pitch n Putt. “There’s no way that you start thinking about the troubles of life when you’re out here – it’s sheer magic,” David Sercombe, club historian, says. For Jonathan, the friendly and casual atmosphere is characteristic for the club. “It’s a unique course – most of

inbrief news Correction Independent Herald reported in the October 18 issue about students of Raroa Intermediate School winning several medals at the New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools (NZAIMS) sport event. It says Jessica Cunningham took out a silver medal in senior rhythmic gymnastics which is incorrect. Jessica won a gold medal. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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From February 2018 cats in Wellington must be microchipped. Wellington City Council is partnering up with the SPCA Wellington to offer free microchipping for cats so you can get ahead of the bylaw. Following the Christchurch earthquake, more than 80 percent of microchipped cats were reunited with their owners, compared with only 15 percent of non-microchipped cats. The procedure can be costly, but SPCA and council are offering this safe, painless and permanent method of identification for free. Sessions are will be held on November 4, 1-3pm at the Newlands Community Centre, November 11, 1-3pm at the Aro Valley Community Centre and November 18, 1-3pm at the Churton Park Community Centre. Council asks owners to arrive in plenty of time and keep their cats restrained in a cage or carry box.

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Karori Golf Club historian David Sercombe, president Jonathan Wake and one of the club’s founding members, Keith Gaskin. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

the 18 holes are signature holes which means they have special features defined by the natural geography of the course.

“We’re quite proud of our club history we look forward to celebrating it coming February.”

The Wellington Sky Show is set for Saturday, November 4. The famed fireworks display, which is put on by Wellington City Council with support from CentrePort, starts at 9pm and will be best viewed from the central city waterfront. Family-friendly carnival attractions will be at Waitangi Park all weekend and food trucks will serve food along the waterfront from 5pm on Saturday. Wellington acting mayor Jill Day says Wellington’s hills and harbour were known for being one of the best places in the world to watch large fireworks displays.

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One of Karori’s oldest preschools is set to celebrate their 40th next Sunday. “Our kindergarten is a fabulous place,” head teacher Allison Collinson-Smith says. “We have formed really great relationships between our teachers, our kids and their parents. “It’s an incredibly nice place to work at.” Allison says that when she joined the Karori Kids team 10 years ago, the place was tired. “We refurbished the old playground and brought new life into the place,” Allison explains. Today known as Karori Kids, the pre-school on Campbell Street changed its name several times. In 1976, the Wellington Teachers’ College Creche was established in the local RSA building. Trevor Mallard (before his time in Parliament) negotiated on behalf of the kindergarten to fit the building for the purpose. The kindergarten name was later changed to Community College Childcare Centre and only became Karori Kids in

Karori Kids teachers Tracy, Allison, Catherine and Nilini and the four-year-olds Eloise, Andrea, Celia, Alex, Kai, Jayden, Macy and Ivan look forward to celebrating their anniversary. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

2001. “It’s actually our 41st birthday, but we didn’t celebrate then because of all the trouble we had with Victoria University and the earthquake,” Allison explains. “We’d really like to thank Karin Schofield from our awesome committee who has done a fantastic job to help to save our centre. “So have our local MP Grant

Robertson and Suze Strowger from the Ministry of Education.” After Victoria University announced last year that they intended to sell their campus property, Karori’s former Teachers’ College, Karori Kids and the neighbouring Campbell Kindergarten found themselves in a precarious situation being part of the university’s property. Thanks to the effort of the local

community, politicians, parents and teachers, both kindergartens are now owned by the Ministry of Education. Allison says they all looked forward to celebrating the success. “It’s great to be part of this community; I love living and working in Karori. “Karori Kids is a place for kids to feel safe and well looked after.”

Depressed cakes up for auction Depressed looking cakes with sweet cores, a delicious high tea and moving stories from women who suffered from mental health issues – for the second year in a row, Prenatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa (PADA) will host a touching fundraiser to create awareness around perinatal mental health. Celebrity bloggers Emily Writes and Maria Foy will speak about their experience

as mothers with perinatal depression and the high tea will be hosted by prominent media personality Jude Dobson. “We will also hold a Depressed Cake Auction to raise money for our cause,” Gillian Ransom, PADA fundraising manager, explains. PADA is a Johnsonville based charity that organises seminars and events around ante- and postnatal depression.

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The Depressed Cakes are donated by top cake decorators. The event is sponsored by James Cook Hotel, Datacom, Mediaworks Foundation and Drion. PHOTO: Supplied


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Seniors enjoyed fine dining in Churton Park By Julia Czerwonatis

Churton Park seniors were treated to fine dining at their local community centre as part of a city council programme which aimed to get pensioners out and about and better connected with their community. Tracey Read, Churton Park Community Centre advocate and event organiser, welcomed about 50 guests to a wonderful high tea. “This event is entirely community-driven,” Tracey explains. “Every single thing – from the food down to teacups and saucers – are coming from local people.” “It’s sometimes easy to get lost or lonesome, especially when you’re older. Events like this one, a friendly and joyful get together, is great and creates a good sense of community.” Local musicians Felicity Bayliss and Tiffany Baker entertained the crowds with their cello and harp play, followed by the ladies from Churton Park Ukes. Simmer Café, Nada Bakery,

Zampelles, Rachel’s Cakes, Kiwi Community Assistance (KCA) and Churton Park New World provided a spectacular feast for everyone. Churton Park’s own baklava maker Mai Mohammed and locals Lindsay Moon, Lou Chin, Becky Tily and Alana Corey also supplied delicious treats. “Many more people offered but we would have been inundated with food,” Tracey said. Harcourts real estate agent Jo Grisham, Churtonleigh facility manager Nicci Ahrer as well as Volunteer Wellington, NZ Police Women and local students volunteered to serve tea. Grenada resident Bernadette made sure the ambience at the community centre was perfect and supplied beautiful floral decoration. Tracey says that many organisations, charities, community groups and events would not run without the seniors in the community. “There is a huge commitment and time put in by our senior

Churton Park Community Centre hosted around 50 guests.. PHOTO: Brian Sheppard

community, and I just want to thank each of you for what you are involved in and contribute within our community,” Tracey says to the guests who thoroughly enjoyed their high tea.

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The ladies from Churton Park Ukes entertained the crowds. PHOTO: Brian Sheppard

Pirate cannons, trampolines, bouncy castle – a children’s dream By Julia Czerwonatis

Bowen nurse Sylvia Rodrigues, Grant Kiddle, chairman of the Surgical Research Trust and five-year-old Rory Summerhays. PHOTO: Supplied

Children aged eight years and under, set for surgery in Wellington’s Bowen Hospital in Crofton Downs were comforted two weeks ago with the arrival of 50 teddy bears to the hospital. The phil&teddy bears are part of a joint venture between the Surgical Research Trust and award-winning juvenile products company, phil&teds. Children undergoing surgery are given a teddy bear to provide cuddles and comfort at a stressful time. Surgeons can also use the bears as a prop when explaining procedures to children which is aims to make the whole process more “bearable”. “We’re so grateful and fortunate to have phil&teds as our key sponsor of the Surgical

Research Trust,” Grant Kiddle, chair of the Surgical Research Trust, says. “Regardless of where children are having surgery, they are always in need of something to help them get through the emotional stress of an operation. “Not only do the bears cheer up the child undergoing surgery but it has a positive flow on effect for families and staff facing the surgical procedures ahead.” Bowen Hospital is part of the Acurity Health Group Ltd, who also own Wakefield Hospital in Wellington and Royston Hospital in Hawkes Bay. Campbell Gower, chief executive of phil&teds, is delighted his company is part of the initiative. “We love the dual benefit of

providing a hospital friend for the child undergoing surgery and financial support to the Trust for education and research. “We’re committed to funding projects that genuinely help the New Zealand community and medical world to boot – whether that’s through the phil&teddy programme, summer medical student projects or bladder obstruction experiments,” Campbell says. “The introduction of the bears into Bowen Hospital further strengthens the long term association Acurity has as a partner with Surgical Research Trust.” The programme has been in place for several years with bears distributed in hospitals in the wider Wellington region, Christchurch and the Waikato.

It’s set to be a fabulous fun day for families – Crofton Downs Primary School spring festival Matsuri returns this Sunday, November 5. “It’s a great community event with a lot of entertainment and good family feel to it,” Crofton Downs Primary School principal Toby Stokes says. “Matsuri is the Japanese word for festival,” event manager Bridget Affleck explains. The primary school has close affiliations with the on-site Japanese school hence they will be part of the school’s fair. “For us, that means we have a unique Japanese flavour to the fair with special cultural performances and Japanese food and stalls.” With pirate cannons, trampolines, bouncy castle, the infamous horizontal bungy run and, new this year, an army assault course, children will have plenty of entertainment to choose from. On the craft market, visitors can stock up some Christmas presents with clever gift goodies

handmade by locals. Crofton Downs Primary School choir will sing some beautiful tunes for the crowds, the awardwinning Jump Jam crew will be on stage, and local singer Tania Dreaver is going to perform. Children get to meet their local police crew and ride in their cars, run against their speed cameras, and watch the impressive dog displays. “We’ll also have a feast of food with Pan Man who makes amazing paella, fresh sushi, authentic curry, French crepes, juicy burgers, traditional BBQ sausages and a large coffee cart,” Bridget says. Toby explains Matsuri was an important fundraiser for the school. “The money will go towards our learning and support programme; towards our teacher aides and classroom assistants. “Whatever the weather, it’s going to be a fantastic day.”  Visit Crofton Downs Primary School’s Matsuri festival on Sunday, November 5, 11am to 2pm.

Last year’s Matsuri drew a large crowd to Crofton Downs Primary School. PHOTO: Supplied

Wednesday November 1, 2017

Learning the business of Government By Julia Czerwonatis

Winston Peter’s groundbreaking announcement two weeks ago came as “a bit of a shock” for newly elected Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor. “I was at on old boys’ dinner at St Patrick’s College together with Paul Eagle when the news came. “Bill English and Chris Finlayson are also old boys there, and Paul and I weren’t sure whether we’d still be allowed to give a speech,” he says with a chuckle. Now Greg is busy setting up his office in Johnsonville and preparing to be part of the New Zealand’s 52nd Government. “We already have an office space; it’s right next to the Johnsonville roundabout,” he says. “It still needs to be approved by Parliamentary Service.” The last few weeks had been tedious for the Labour MP and his colleagues who first had to wait for the special votes to get in and then for Winston’s call. Greg had received 17,084 votes in Ohariu, beating his main contestant Brett Hud-

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The new MP for Ohariu, Greg O’Connor, will now also be part of the Government. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

son (National) by 1,051 votes. Despite the election success, Greg “really thought we’d be in the opposition”. Greg says he is glad that he can get down to business, hire staff and prepare thoroughly for his new role. “I’ve been living all over the electorate, and I always believed I knew the place and the people very well. But in the course of the campaign, I realised I don’t. “I was digging a lot deeper and gained a far better understanding of the electorate,” Greg explains. He says he didn’t expect to


get a portfolio in Government and is glad he didn’t. “The last thing you want in your first term is being a minister,” Greg states. “It’s all about learning the business of Government for me now.” Greg looks “very optimistic” at the coalition with NZ First. “There’s a huge determination here to make this work. “We are feeling privileged to be starting over with a fresh approach.”

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think about New Zealanders celebrating Halloween?

Barbara Sandom, Johnsonville “I have been in America twice for Halloween and it’s great. It’s not about candies but about families”

Dagmara Smith, Johnsonville “I like Halloween because I lived in the States. It’s great for kids, as long as they are supervised.”

Emma Dyke, Johnsonville “I don’t really think there is purpose to it; it is just an excuse to eat lollies, drink and dress inappropriately.”

Janis Sneddon, Johnsonville “I don’t believe it’s a proper tradition. I suppose, a bit of fantasy is good for children. As long as it’s managed well, it’s all good.”

Harry Burnard, Khandallah “I don’t really care about Halloween; I don’t celebrate it.”

Alexandra Rumbal, Tawa “I’m ok with it as long as it doesn’t become as big as it is in America.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville the garage of a house in Earp Street was entered and a mountain bike was stolen. The washing line located in front of a house in Bassett Road was damaged and a rubbish bin was tipped out in the garden. The basement of a house in Fraser Avenue was entered. The padlocks on the door were removed but there are no details of anything being stolen. Also in Fraser Avenue two

CCTV camera units were stolen from the front of a house and an exterior light smashed. In Tarawera Road a house left locked and secure was found later with the back door open and a window partially open. During the same time frame a silver Nissan vehicle parked nearby in Tarawera Road was damaged in an attempted breakin. In Newlands a moped left inse-

cure overnight outside a garage in Ruskin Road was stolen. A small shed located at the rear of a house under construction in Miles Crescent was broken into by removing a panel at the back of the shed. A lawn mower, a hedge and line trimmer, a circular saw, a drop saw and a mountain bike were stolen. A newly constructed house in Promontory Crescent was

broken into via a jemmied side window. Other jemmy marks were found on a bathroom window frame and the person door of the garage. This is a vacant show home. Nothing was stolen. A house still under construction in Cessna Way was entered after intruders smashed a lock box and broke through a chain. Mobile scaffolding was stolen.

A blue Toyota Wish parked briefly near Dennis Duggan Park was broken into via a smashed left rear quarter light window. A medical kit was stolen. In Ngaio a silver Toyota Camry parked overnight on the road in Waikowhai Street had its left rear quarter light window smashed in an attempt to gain access. The alarm was activated and the offender quickly left the scene in a vehicle.

Former deer hunter finds home at Huntleigh Deer hunter, lecturer, skier, rifleman, farmer – Duncan Amos’ life trajectory has been nothing if not unique. “It has been a bit different, I guess,” he says. The Karori elder, who moved in to Enliven’s Huntleigh Home in June, has always lived life to the fullest. It’s an approach to life he shared with his children and late wife, Molly. “Molly was a spectacular woman. We actually met during a ski trip. I joined the Aorangi Ski Club when she was on the committee and then I ended up on the committee too. Then…wedding bells!” he says. Originally a professional deer hunter, Duncan became an engineering lecturer after ex-soldiers began moving in to the hunting profession in the 1950s. “I was just a scrawny guy and once I saw these big men coming back through, I knew I needed to find myself another line of work!” The accomplished gunman channeled his skills into amateur rifling instead and ended up representing New Zealand twice. When the couple retired, they moved to a farm in Levin but ended up in Karori after Molly’s health declined. “With the family living 100 kilometers away, we decided it was better to be somewhere nice and central like Karori where we could all be together,” explains Duncan. Enliven’s Huntleigh Home, which offers rest home and hospital care, short-term respite and health recovery care as well as a day programme, provided the support they needed and since Molly’s passing, Duncan says the staff at the Enliven home have also been vital in helping him adjust to life

without her. “We were together for sixty years so it has been very hard for me, but the staff here have all been so lovely and friendly. I really do love the people here. I like to take the mickey a bit when I see them sometimes and try to crack a few jokes!” Huntleigh Home and Apartments manager Tim Levchenko-Scott says supporting elders like Duncan is what Enliven is all about. “We’re passionate about genuinely connecting with elders and helping them live their best life. It’s a core part of the Enliven philosophy, which we take very seriously.”  To find out more about Enliven visit You can also call Huntleigh Home directly on 04 464 2020. PBA

Duncan Amos sits in the sun at Enliven’s Huntleigh Home in Karori. He says the staff have been very supportive since he moved there in June.

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Healthy heroes learn to cook on Chefs Day By Julia Czerwonatis

Pupils at West Park School transformed to healthy heroes last week for a special cooking workshop celebrating International Chefs Day. Chetan Pangam, executive chef at One80° Restaurant and president of the Wellington Chefs Association, visited the year 3 pupils with his bags full of carrots, broccoli and celery to show the children how to chop, peel, slice and blend fruit and vegetables. “On International Chefs Day, we celebrate our chefs and what we’re doing for a living,” Chetan explains to the pupils. “Our theme for this year is Food for healthy Heroes.” The theme is a hit and Brutus the Banana quickly becomes everybody’s favourite hero. When Chetan asks the children who liked healthy food, everyone cheers up and raises their hands. Chetan’s helping hand Frank Prskawetz, chef tutor at WelTec, says the interactive workshop made children try new things. “Some kids might have never

tried broccoli before. It’s about helping to taste something new,” Frank says. While decorating her hero chef’s hat, pupil Lucas explains that her dad used to be a head chef and that she really likes bananas because of their colour and their healthy looks. Pupil Jayden says that he preferred apples over bananas. “I used to love bananas but I guess, I ate too many when I was younger and now I don’t like them anymore.” Rhyan’s favourite healthy food are broccoli, cauliflower and tomato, he explains, and Quinn adds he loves “all the berries”. At the end of their cook workshop, the children get to enjoy fruit smoothies, vegetable sticks with hummus, and broccoli and cheddar power puffs. “I have been doing this for the past couple of years because my son goes to school here,” Chetan explains. “We [the Wellington Chefs Association] are trying to get more schools involved in the future, especially lower decile schools.”

Kids’ recipe: Broccoli & Cheddar Power Puffs

Healthy hero the broccoli, also known as Agent Fibre, recommends the power puffs because broccoli contains fibre that helps the tummy with digestion. Four portions Ingredients

• 500g fresh broccoli • 15ml butter (melted) • 2 eggs • 30g flour • 30ml milk (skimmed) • 10g cheddar cheese • 15ml vegetable oil • 1 pinch ground nutmeg Method

• Grease small muffin tin or muffin cups. • Mix eggs, milk, butter and flour in a large bowl and stir until smooth. • Add chopped broccoli and grated cheddar. • Stir and then spoon into muffin tin until they are 2/3 full. • Bake in pre-heated oven at 180 °C for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Recipe by Conrelia Volino, Worldchefs secretary general

International Chefs Day is a global event where the New Zealand Chef Association, along with Nestlé NZ aim to turn children onto healthy cooking during specially planned chef-led workshops. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

Le Moana presents this year’s Measina Festival New Zealand’s arts and culture capital is set for the annual Measina Festival coming up in December. The festival is a platform for some of Aotearoa’s most exciting contemporary Pacific artists, presenting live theatre, dance and music and will run from Thursday 7th December until Saturday 9th December. Measina was the birth child of Wellington based emerging companies Le Moana and Jandals Inc in 2014, with the aim of providing a space for Wellington’s growing community of Pacific Artists, to showcase their latest creations. Over the course of three years, the festival has grown immensely, with the inclusion of world renowned artists such as Julia Gray and Tupua Tigāfua. The Measina Festival continues to attract more communities from all over the Wellington region excited to see some of Aotearoa’s most outstanding live performances. This year with the support of Pātaka Art + Museum, Le Moana continue to carry the torch for the festival and have designed yet another dynamic and exciting programme to entertain the whole family.

Le Moana are excited to announce that they will be presenting “Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street” by Patricia Grace and Robyn Kahukiwa at this year’s festival. It will be featuring the amazing students from Cannons Creek School and Porirua r’n’b singing sensations Le ART. For two nights only (8th & 9th December from 6.15pm), witness this iconic Kiwi children’s book brought to life by New Zealand’s most talented young artists. Another treat will be one of Auckland’s most successful, emerging dance companies, Trip The Light Dance Collective who will be presenting their latest work “Mixtape”. Mixtape is a dynamic series of six original contemporary works from choreographers Perri Exeter and Joash Fahitua. It’s inspired by the stories and different experiences in their youth, culture, communities and forever changing environments. Mixtape is an absolute must see and highlight of the Measina Festival 2017, and will showcase on Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm and on Friday 8th December at 1pm. For the very first time in Measina,

Le Moana are thrilled to present an all-female choreography showcase by local artists Sophia Uele, Selina Alefosio and Jasmine Leota, titled “Tama’ita’I”. Through the personal stories of five teenage girls, Tamaita’i explores the journey of finding inner strength during life’s trials and tribulations. Influenced by their mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunties, these young ladies express the importance of the maternal voice, sisterhood and kinship in helping them pull through some of their toughest times. Artist Selina Alefosio will present her newest piece, “Lavelua”, at Measina Festival. Selina created Lavelua in honour of her Grandpa Isitolo and his Tokelauan and Wallisian heritage. Lavelua (Wallisian for “king”) explores Tokelau and Wallisian song and dance, for instance Hiva Hahaka, a traditional Tokelau dance, Tawhoe, a paddle dance, Uvea Hiva Eke, a Wallisian stick dance, and Whatele, a Tokelau action song. Lavelua is Selina’s Aotearoa born interpretation of his life and how his value system was expressed and infused into the lives of my kaiga (family). Her vision is to express the “male persona” through dance to explore his perspective on fatherhood, duties of a husband, brother, son, and his progression towards earning a Toeaina (elder) status within their community. Lovers of contemporary theatre will enjoy “Le Mau-Not Stuck” by Jasmine Leota. The Siva Samoa theatre piece was inspired by the Mau Movement that was led by Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III in the 1920’s. The play is accompanied by live musicianship that fuses traditional song with modern Pacifica movement. Le Mau-Not Stuck is a show of resilience and faith that resonates and ties all cultures together. It runs for one night only on Thursday 7th December at 6.15pm, so do not miss out on the opportunity to witness an evolution of Pacific heritage dance. PBA  Event prices range between $0$20. For more information please visit


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Darryl, Juliet and Trudy enjoying the live entertainment

PHOTOS: Dan Taylor

Carnival of Lights By Dan and Michele Taylor

Labour weekend saw the transformation of Riddiford Gardens in Lower Hutt into a wonderland of brilliant light installations and also included live performances. Over four nights people were treated to a range of light displays, live entertainment and interactive features. Kids’ entertainment kicked off each night at 7pm and at 8pm bells at the nearby St James Church signalled the turning on of the lights. The evening culminated in a fireworks display at 9.30pm. The theme of this year’s event was Being Human, with Alzheimers Wellington as the Hutt City Council’s charity partner, along with Ryman Healthcare with the Affinity display, working together to raise awareness of dementia in the community.

William, 10, taking in all the sights and sounds

The Stapp family with the Affinity interactive light display representing interactivity in the human brain

Fireworks finale

Jasmin 8, enjoying the evening

Silhouettes of the Taikoza taiko drummers

Arabella and Juanita waiting patiently for the fireworks

Eli, 2, with a glowstick

Raekatia getting up close with one of the displays

Ian and James Tilley at the Get Lost maze

Adrian and Emily, 7, overwhelmed with the sights and sounds

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Margaret Rowan of Gugu’s Gorgeous Gifts is attending her first ever market, and 11-year-old Bella Freitas is returning for her third Kids’ Market with Christmas decorations. PHOTO: Supplied By Julia Czerwonatis

Ngaio’s Graham Biggs grimaces as Diane Livingston pops a charity balloon they bought at the Life Flight Trust Gala. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

The red carpet was rolled out outside the Air Rescue Centre in Rongotai Thursday, October 19 for the inaugural Life Flight Trust Gala. The black-tie dinner and charity auction was presented in an aircraft hangar by long-time Life Flight supporters Hiremaster to showcase the support of several businesses and individuals who gathered to raise funds for the life-saving organisation. Drummers from Narukami Taiko kicked off proceedings as guests arrived, with ambulance staff selling charity balloons to them as they mingled. While guests were expected to get a glimpse of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter at the event, an emer-

gency callout to Kapiti meant it was absent for most of the evening. MC Mark Sainsbury told the audience that people would not be here today if it wasn’t for Life Flight Trust’s services. “We are all happy to be here to help out.” Life Flight chief executive Ian Pirie praised Hiremaster for putting on an unprecedented celebratory event, along with dedicated sponsor Westpac and staff who did an exceptional job. The sales of balloons and auction items, including a flight in the iconic chopper to deliver the match ball at a Phoenix game, raised more than $70,000. The biggest-selling item was a gold leaf-encrusted painting of Pencarrow Head called Noble Flight by Shelly Bay artist Juliet

Best, which sold for $7000. The night also featured stories from past patients, such as Dan Comeskey, who was rescued by the helicopter team after falling off his roof in Whitby while putting up Christmas lights. Clive Button, the son of Life Flight founder Peter Button, also spoke on stage, along with Hiremaster’s founder Colin Taylor, who was friends with Peter and was a supporter of his vision from day one. There was also an appearance by 15-year-old singer Tiana So’oialao who performed versions of Make You Feel My Love by Adele and At Last by Etta James. Her singing was so good that Mark suggested her famous rugby-playing father Rodney would from now on be known as “Tiana’s dad”.

Churton Parks’ annual Craft Market is back this year with a new venue. Amesbury School will be the new location for the over 20 stall holders and their little treasures that will be up for sale on Friday, November 10, from 5pm to 8pm. “We partnered up with Amesbury School this year because we believe, it’s a more convenient location for the event,” organiser Rowena Chin explains. Previously, the market was held at the Churton Park Community Centre which opened in the same year as the first craft market, five years ago. “Our Kids’ Market will be back by popular demand with Christmas decorations, fridge

magnets, beauty products and much more,” Rowena says. She’s organising the craft market together with Jann Freitas and will sell her handmade beaded jewellery. “There will be stallholders that people will know from previous craft markets but also a couple of new businesses that have started up this year.” Brass band Tawa Learners for musical entertainment, and local schools including Amesbury, Churton Park and Churton Park Little School as well as Churton Park Kindergarten will perform. “There will also be a café, cake stall and sausage sizzle run by the schools. And we have a raffle to support Plunket Johnsonville with the products donated by all the stallholders.”

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Year 12 students Charlotte Barber, Greta Brown, Victoria Hill, Gabriella Turner and Tamsin Cooper from Queen Margaret College designed a wellbeing calendar. PHOTOS: Supplied By Julia Czerwonatis

Wellington’s high school students wreck their brains at the moment in preparation of the end-of-the-year exams. Five students from Queen Margaret College have taken on the challenge to design an aide that will help them studying sustainably. “We have created a wellbeing planner as part of the council Shift Challenge,” Charlotte Barber explains. Shift was launched as a pilot project in March 2016 with funding

from Sport Wellington and the Ministry of Social Development to improve the wellbeing of young women. Wellington City Council aims to increase awareness of wellbeing through education and remodelling, reduce barriers to participation by providing fun, social lowcost physical activity opportunities, and empower young women to create change. Year 12 students Charlotte, Greta Brown, Victoria Hill, Gabriella Turner and Tamsim Cooper made their TogetHER Planner as part of

the programme. “We participated in a workshop in March where we learnt everything about running a social enterprise,” Greta says. “Then we had two months to plan out our business idea until we had to present in front of our peers and council representatives,” Victoria adds. The wellbeing planner is designed for year 11 to 13 students and helps them organise their pre-exam time efficiently. The girls say that for last year’s exam they were using several

planners which left all their notes scattered around and made their tasks overwhelming. “We have included several wellbeing and learning strategy tips in the planner,” Charlotte says. “There is space to set goals, inspirational texts from study and wellbeing experts, and we included a day-by-day planner to make especially study-leave much easier.”  Proceeds from the TogetHER Planner will go towards the Malala Fund. Visit togetherplannernz. com to purchase.

Wellington is enhancing its Cultural Capital status with what is thought to be the world’s first permanent outdoor electronic art gallery on the city’s Golden Mile. “We’re taking the incredible collections hidden in museum and council archives and putting them onto the street where people can see them,” Andrew Hagen, creative director of the Urban Art Foundation, says. Situated on Lambton Quay at the corners of Johnston, Brandon and Panama Streets, three high quality electronic screens have been built by courtesy of Wellington City Council and outdoor advertising company Adshel as part of that company’s Giving Back to the Community initiative. The art screenings titled Hidden Treasures, interspersed with some advertising, will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with new art arriving on a regular basis. The screens will be officially launched by Mayor Justin Lester this Thursday evening. “What most people don’t realise is that due to the lack of gallery space, only about seven percent of the art owned by New Zealand taxpayers and ratepayers is on display,” Andrew says. “This particular Urban Art initiative gives New Zealanders and tourists alike an opportunity to view at least some of this $568 million archive.”

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MID-TERM ELECTION Nominations are invited for the election of 2 parent representatives to the board of trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters. You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself (make sure you sign both parts of the form). Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. Nominations close at noon on Friday, 17th November 2017 and may be accompanied by signed candidates’ statements. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. Voting closes at noon on Friday 1st December 2017. Heather Taylor Returning Officer

Churton Park School Board of Trustees’ Election Nominations are invited for the election of 3 parent representatives to the Board of Trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters. You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate or you can nominate yourself (make sure you sign both parts of the form). Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. Nominations close at noon on 17 November 2017 and may be accompanied by a signed candidates’ statement. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. Voting closes at noon on 1 December 2017. P Bemrose Returning Officer

Parent Election Notice Board of trustees’ election Nominations are invited for the election of 2 parent representatives to the board of trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters. You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself (make sure you sign both parts of the form). Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. Nominations close at noon on Friday 17th November 2017 and may be accompanied by signed candidates’ statements. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. Voting closes at noon on Friday 1st December 2017 Signed Carolyn Hull Returning Officer

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HODDER, Joyce Lorraine: October 23, 2017. COMESKY Ruth Margaret (nee Engel) on 7 October; aged 90 years. Dear sister of Sister Pauline Engel, late John, Marie and Judith. Much loved wife of the late Gerald. Adored mother of Paul, Simon, Barbara and Matthew. Much loved by Miriam, Katie, Geoff, Brendan, Antonia, Ben, Jaimee, Marina and Patrick. A funeral service has been held. Guardian Funeral Home, Locally Owned. HENRY, Gwladys Maisie (nee Morris) - Our much loved and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully on 13th October 2017, at the impressive age of 100 years young. She leaves a legacy of her artistic talent in many of our homes. A funeral service has been held. Guardian Funeral Home, Locally Owned. JONES, Colleen Chaytor: On the 24 October 2017 at Malvina Major Retirement Village aged 90 years. Dearly loved wife of Ralph (deceased), loved mother and mother-in-law of Judith and John Burnett, Janet and Nick Olissoff, Ralph and Fiona, Deborah, Margaret and Neville Davey. Grandmother to nine, great grandmother to five. We wish to acknowledge the staff at Malvina for their wonderful care and support of Colleen. Any tributes to Colleen or messages for the family can be left at Guardian Funeral Home, Locally Owned MEYERS, Betty (Elizabeth) Cicely (nee Aburn): Peacefully at Malvina Major Retirement Village on Sunday 29 October 2017. Messages to the family may be left in Betty’s tribute book at www. or posted c/- 4 Broderick Road, Johnsonville 6037. Betty’s funeral service will be held at St John’s Anglican Church, 18 Bassett Road, Johnsonville this Friday 3 November at 1:00pm followed by private cremation. Guardian Funeral Home, Locally Owned ROBINSON, Heather Margaret: Peacefully at Wellington Hospital on 29 October 2017. Aged 69 years. Much loved mother of Troy and the late Aaron. Friend to many. In accordance with Heather’s wishes a private cremation has taken place. Guardian Funeral Home, Locally Owned TABART, Barry Evans: On 15th October, 2017, peacefully at home in Apia, Samoa, dearly loved husband of Frieda, father of Antony and Anna, loved brother of Suzanne, brother in law John and uncle of Jonathan. Privately cremated in Samoa. Messages to PO Box 11541, Manners Street, Wellington. Guardian Funeral Home, Locally Owned.

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Enrolment at West Park School is now governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the West Park School office and web site. The West Park School Board has determined that 1 place is likely to be available for out of zone students for Terms 1 and 2 of next year. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone. For students seeking enrolment during Terms 1 and 2, the deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is Thursday 14th December 2017. Parents of students who live within the home zone and intend enrolling their child at any time during Terms 1 and 2 should notify the school by the 14th December to assist the school to plan appropriately for these Terms. Pre-enrolment applications can be submitted: 1. in writing to the West Park School office, 2. posted to the Principal, West Park School, 97 Broderick Road, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037, 3. emailed to If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected in a priority order by ballot. If a ballot for out of zone places is required, it will be held on the Friday 15th December 2017. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held. Details relating to the enrolment period are as follows. Length of enrolment period: from 26th October 2017 to 14th December 2017. Deadline for receipt of applications: 14th December 2017 Date of ballot: 15th December 2017

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Athletic multi-talent awarded for rowing and basketball play An athletic international Queen Margaret College (QMC) student is one of 12 students across six categories to be recognised at the Wellington International Student Excellence Awards at the end of October. Year 12 student Amber (Shiyu) Jiang, who has come to New Zealand from China, received

an award in the sports category at the annual event for excelling in both rowing and basketball. Amber plays in the QMC Senior A Basketball team and rowed for the college last year. “I was so excited I got it. I was very pleased,” she says “The other person who won in my category plays for his

country so I was pretty happy I won.” Amber received her prize alongside international students from other schools who received accolades in academics, community engagement, arts and culture, leadership and alumni categories. “The best part of the event was

the kapa haka performance and getting the award,” Amber tells. She says she enjoys being part of the QMC sports community. “We played pretty well in basketball this year; the Senior A team made the regionals for the first time ever.” As well as being part of the Senior A Basketball team, this

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Cricketers launch season with new sponsor

with Jacob Page

By Julia Czerwonatis

Labour weekend was the official kick-off for the cricket season, and with that, the Johnsonville club has secured a new major sponsor to support their teams. Russell Properties, a family-owned business based in Churton Park, has signed up for a three-year sponsorship. “We wouldn’t exist without important sponsors like Russell Properties,” Julian Allen, Johnsonville Cricket Club chairman, says. “We are incredibly grateful for Mike Russell and his commitment to our club.” Established in 1886, Johnsonville Cricket Club is one of the oldest cricket clubs in the Wellington region and is based on Alex Moore Park. Julian says the Johnsonville club was one of the bigger cricket clubs in the Wellington region and its diversity was characteristic for them. “We have about 350 members, and teams throughout the junior age grades from up to seniors. “We’re also reflecting the cultural diversity of the community.” Russell Properties director Mike Russell says their business

year she refereed for and was the assistant coach of the Junior A team. Amber has also played badminton and is now trying her hand at tennis. “Playing sport has helped me to meet new people, make more friends, and improve my English,” she says.

Mo’unga has rugby fans cheering ‘Richie’ yet again

Julian Allen and Mike Russell. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

got involved through a “minor” contribution towards the Johnsonville cricketers last year. “We were impressed with the club and its organisation,” Mike says. “We felt our contribution was really appreciated. “When it was brought to our attention that the club was looking for a new sponsor, we wanted to get on board – we fi-

nally wanted to give back to the community that has supported us since 1994,” Mike explains. He says as a local business they were looking to support a local group that promotes outdoor activities. “So this was a perfect fit.” The money will mainly go towards the junior teams and pay for their coaching, equipment and clothing.

Who would have thought Canterbury would have a new Richie to hail so soon after Richie McCaw. Mo’unga - Richie Mo’unga is now arguably the most trusted and respected man in Canterbury rugby and must be putting pressure on the All Blacks selectors to play more of a role in the black jersey. His record breaking 25 points in the NPC final against Tasman, including two sensational individual tries effectively took the wind out of the sails of the Makos’ fast start. He and he alone was head and shoulders above everyone else on the field and his form, both in general play and with the boot, has been phenomenal since the Super Rugby playoffs. The 23-year-old could have his best years of rugby still ahead of him. Wellington’s return to the top flight of New Zealand rugby is long overdue and while they made hard work of the extra time 59-40

final victory over Bay of Plenty, they may be strong challengers to Canterbury’s decade of dominance. It would be interesting to know if there is a level of regret with the All Blacks’ brains trust over not having Mo’unga on the bench during the loss to Australia last week. Damien McKenzie didn’t cut it at 10 since he hadn’t played there since high school. McKenzie is set to play in that role for the Chiefs in Super Rugby in 2018. Mo’unga has had the breakthrough year that New Zealand rugby fans should be excited about. He can fill the third No 10 spot in the national ranks that was left vacant by the departure of Aaron Cruden. He was the shining light of this year’s NPC and that could mean come 2018 you may see him in more black than red and black.

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Sports Co-ordinator St Catherine’s College has a vacancy for a sports co-ordinator. Knowledge of KAMAR and Microsoft packages is an advantage. Good communication skills, and the ability to relate well to teenage students, are very important. Support of the special character of the College is essential. This is a fixed term part-time position for 2018, commencing 23 January, with the possibility of a permanent position thereafter. The hours of work are 20 hours per week during term time, with a review of those hours at the end of Term 1, 2018. Please note some work is outside normal working hours. Salary is within pay rates of the Support Staff in Schools Collective Agreement. For further information and a job description please contact Chris Perry, PA to Principal on 939-8988 or chris.perry@scc. Please apply in writing, including the names of two referees, to the Principal, St Catherine’s College, PO Box 14-076, Wellington 6241 or email Chris Perry by 5.00 pm, Thursday 16 November 2017.

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