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Thursday November 2, 2017

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Month of DIY fun at Bunnings Lyall Bay It’s all about the great outdoors this November at Bunnings Warehouse Lyall Bay with a series of free home maintenance and outdoor entertainment do-it-yourself workshops every Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 1pm. The workshops will provide

participants with insights and hands-on DIY projects for the home and outdoor space in preparation for the entertaining season. This weekend features kitchen, bathroom and laundry workshops, while November 11-12 features Outdoor Entertaining

workshops. The theme for November 18-19’s workshops is gardening, with generic DIY rounding it off on the 25th and 26th. Children will get their own DIY workshops as well: This weekend is “fun with paint”

while the following weekend focuses on recycling art. November 18-19 features Game Makers workshops, while the theme for November 25-26 is woodwork. Their DIY workshop times vary so visit Bunnings.co.nz/yourstore for times.

War ancestor remembered at massive family reunion By Jamie Adams

Family reunions are usually big occasions, but it is rare for more than 100 people to turn up to them. That is indeed what took place in the cafeteria of the Dominion Museum Building where the Great War Exhibition is currently being held. The reunion carried special signifance as it was dedicated to the life of (Peter) Paul O’Malley, who was one of the many New Zealand soldiers who fought on the battlefields at Passchendaele 100 years ago. One of his many granddaughters, Wellingtonian Emma Bradley, organised the reunion to celebrate Paul’s legacy as well as commemorate his efforts during those grim years of World War One. Born in 1897, the rifleman fought in northen France from October 1916 to early 1917 before being transferred to Messines then Passchendaele where, he was shot in the shoulder and sent to London to convalesce. Remarkably, he continued to serve his country upon recovery, attending bombing and training camps until the war was over. With his wife Dorothy, Paul had 11 children who then gave them 45 grandchildren, who then had 80 children of their own. Emma painstakingly put together a

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Round The Bays Registrations are now open for Wellington’s annual Round the Bays fun run next February. The event - the largest participation sport and recreation event in lower North Island – is sponsored by Achilles NZ, a charity that helps people with disabilities take part in mainstream running events (blind, wheelchair, stroke, prosthetics, Aspergers). Some of these Achilles athletes will be there at the registration helping drive interest and encouraging others to get active too. The event attracts about 14,500 participants and has sold out in the past four years. Go to wellingtonroundthebays.co.nz to register.

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Mike O’Malley, Justine Dougherty, Emma Bradley and Felicity O’Malley at the Paul O’Malley descendents’ reunion dinner at the National War Memorial on Saturday. With them is a signed war photograph donated by Sir Peter Jackson. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

family tree of these descendants, which was on display at Saturday’s reunion. Most of those descendants came from all over New Zealand to attend, and even one from Norway. Emma notes that post-war life was tough for Paul, as it would have for anyone who suffered the psychological, as well as physical, scars of war. “I’m sure he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and I know he had bouts of depression,” she says. “There was a lack of support back in those days. The war affected our family and upbringing.”

Emma’s motivation and choice of venue stemmed from tour of the exhibition with British friends who lived in Walton-on-Thames, near the hospital where Paul had recuperated. “When my dad came through, he cried, seeing what his father had been through. That’s why we’ve come down the Great War route.” A special guest with an extraordinary connection also attended. Opera singer Rebecca Woodmore, who sang E Paira, Jeruslaem and Danny Boy on the night, attended school at the virtually unknown Central Otago settlement of Paerau, where Paul

eventually lived after he had immigrated from Ireland. She went on to live in Belgium and even sang at war commemorations, including at Passchendaele. “New Zealand flags hang out of every house at Ypres [another Belgian battle site]. Even today there are still churches with bullet holes,” Rebecca told the audience. “The gratitude from them for our sacrifice is palpable.” Sir Peter Jackson also paid tribute to the reunion by donating a colourised photograph of Kiwi stretcher-bearers at Passchendaele.

Rebuilding the tertiary education sector into one that benefits us all is an urgent priority for the new government, the Tertiary Education Union says. In a briefing to the new Education Minister Chris Hipkins, the union calls for the minister to reverse years of National’s under funding, ensure communities have access to quality learning opportunities, change the rules so staff and students have a voice in workplace decisions, increase student support and improve pay and conditions. The union has written to the new Minister requesting a meeting at the earliest opportunity to discuss these recommendations in full.

Hybrids revolution Plug-in hybrids are an ideal electric vehicle option for those with one car and a need to regularly travel long distances or tow loads. This is the finding of this month’s survey by ‘Flip the Fleet’, a citizen science collaboration of over 420 electric vehicle owners who have signed up to share data from their cars’ dashboards each month. “Most New Zealand electric vehicle owners see plug-in hybrids as a useful step in the right direction” says Flip the Fleet participant Kathryn Trounson.

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