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Best bookshop by Fars By Jamie Adams

All good things must come to an end, and in Island Bay that’s no exception. Bill and Fay Far will be closing the doors to their shop Island Bay Stationers next month after 47 years in the business of selling books, magazines and writing materials. The couple has occupied the premises for nearly 45 years after originally beginning in a shop next door in 1970. “This shop at the time was a drapery,” Fay says. “A few years later the owner offered to sell it to us so we bought it.” Continued on page 2. Bill and Fay Far outside the shop they have owned for more than four decades. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Iconic Island Bay bookshop set to close its doors Continued from page 1. The couple had to sell their house to buy the shop and move their merchandise into it; a move they welcomed as it had more space for the various books and toys that were popular at the time, along with stationery and Golden Kiwi tickets. Fay says the building that houses the existing shop had changed ownership and function seven times since it was first used for business by Vern Dallow in 1914. “This old building has been a hairdresser’s and a florist,” she says. “It’s served three or four generations.” The couple want to give a big thanks to everybody who has supported them over the decades. “Island Bay is a really familyoriented suburb, we know everybody,” Fay says. “They’ve been really good to us,” Bill adds. “Meeting the children and families has been the highlight throughout.” Fay laments the fact that

Bill and Fay Far are retiring after 47 years of running their book and stationery shop. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

bookshops, like many other retail outlets, are dying in the age of online shopping, and is especially annoyed by the advantage websites have of not charging GST. But she does have some hope for bricks-and-mortar businesses, which still offer the

tactile experience. “People want to touch things which they can’t do online. It’ll take a while but I think the novelty will wear off.” The real reason the Fays are shutting shop is age. Bill is 92 and Fay 84, having been married for an impressive 62 years.

Fay doesn’t have any plans hobby-wise though Bill is keen to spend a lot more time gardening. A short film has been made about the Fars and their bookshop. The trailer of For Children is available for viewing at

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A recently established representative group in Berhampore is holding its first annual general meeting this Saturday. Berhampore Community Association secretary Liz Springford says it’s an exciting time to get involved, connect with neighbours, begin new projects and represent the suburb’s interests to council. “It’s a chance to grow skills, become friends and grow a great lively association - and have fun,” she says. Saturday’s meeting begins with Red Cross community development worker Jamie Shackleton talking about building com-

munity. It will then feature several of the candidates vying for election as southern ward city councillor in the by-election, giving their “vision for supporting Berhampore”. The meeting will finish around 4pm with a chat over afternoon tea. The 70-strong association is keen for more members, especially for its fledgling committee, as there are plenty of issues to cover, one of the biggest being affordable housing. “Two-thirds of us rent our homes in Berhampore and half of those homes are social housing,

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page which is heading towards 900 members. “Our local businesses work well together - including joining with local schools and BCA recently to press for enforcement of our 30kph speed zone, with a new speed monitor installed,” Liz says. The AGM will be held at Berhampore’s Centennial Community Centre, 493 Adelaide Road. Liz says the Berhampore Community Association is open to everyone who lives or works in Berhampore, owns a business here or represents an organisation serving Berhampore.

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Teen actors take on Brecht play Wellington Young Actors, the capital’s youngest theatre company, is to perform Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle next month at the Gryphon Theatre. Wellington Young actors is a company of 13-18 years olds who train in theatre at Island Bay Community Centre. The group has received positive feedback and reviews from audi-

ences and the professional theatre community. Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle was first performed in 1948. It tackles political and social issues which are still scarily relevant in today’s society. The young actors have been using theatrical techniques like Laban and The Rotenburg System to further establish their

given characters and correctly convey them in the genre of Brecht’s Epic Theatre. They give a glimpse into a world of impossible choices, social and political injustices, uprisings and war. The political games, propaganda and looming threat of war of the 1940s felt so familiar to the teenagers that they decided to set

the play in today’s times. As well as acting, the cast have managed all production roles such as designing the set, costumes and posters and handling the marketing and fundraising and production management. The Caucasian Chalk Circle will be held at Gryphon Theatre (22 Ghuznee Street) on December 11-15.

Ward by-election candidates face Newtown crowd

Moderator Patrick Morgan with seven of the eight candidates running in the southern ward by-election, from left: Vicki Greco, Fleur Fitzsimons, Donald McDonald, Mohamud Mohamed, Laurie Foon, Rob Goulden and Thomas Morgan. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

ed to do more to provide healthy houses for their tenants and that sustainability was important. “We need to remember cyclists are also drivers. We should be able to accommodate for everyone.” Donald “Newtown” McDonald” believes the rental warrant of fitnesses should only be for safety as they are for cars. He says Wellington has very moderate climate and that dampness is largely caused by steam from people cooking – “ventilation is the solution.” Thomas Morgan believes Wellington can only remain livable if the population doesn’t grow

beyond what it can hold. “We need to have mechanisms to stop growth otherwise you are not going to cope with it.” Fleur Fitzsimons emphasised her desire to make the city safer. “We need to be earthquake-safe and to ensure our children aren’t being hospitalised. “I want to have a council that listens before it makes decisions.” Vicki Greco says the Island Bay cycleway debacle was an example of how there needed to be more councillors that listened to the communities they represented. “Each suburb has its own

uniqueness. It’s important we maintain that. “It’s up to you to tell me what you need me to do,” she told a cheering crowd. As for the controversial airport runway? Fleur supports it “if the business case stacks up”, Mohamud is for it, Rob believes it should be privately funded if it has to. Donald and Laurie are opposed while Thomas and Vicki are unsure at this time.  Ballots will be delivered to households from November 30 with the voting period finishing on December 22.



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There was a full turnout of listeners – though not candidates – when Newtown hosted a public meeting for the Wellington City Council southern ward by-election on Tuesday evening. Seven of the eight candidates were in attendance, with apologies from absentee Merio Marsters. A wide range of topics were discussed, with each candidate giving their takes on the issues that audience members raised. Former eastern ward councillor Rob Goulden says the loss of the Newtown police station was not good along with too many liquor outlets. “I want a progressive Wellington where art and culture flourish. Laurie Foon was standing to support community groups that do great environmental things for the city, such as one that turns waste into garden compost for residents. “We should start to refuse using plastic bags. Western Australia and Victoria are going to phase out single use bags by mid 2018. We can’t let the Aussies beat us at that!” Speaking to the audience “from the heart” Mohamud Mohamed says the council need-



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inbrief news Police resume search for diver The search for a diver missing off Makara Beach resumed yesterday. Police have deployed the following search teams today in the hunt for the 24-year-old New Plymouth man. The police launch Lady Elizabeth IV, was searching along with the Mana and Kapiti Coastguards and local Surf Life Saving clubs. Land SAR are doing a beach search and police also had assistance from the RCCC and Maritime Radio who have been putting out broadcasts. Police continue to liaise with the diver’s family and update them on the progress of the police-co-ordinated search.

Chance to sample world cuisine at school fair The St Patrick’s Primary School Ethnic Food Fair is back for another year. The annual fair begins at 5.30pm tomorrow and features cuisine from all over the world, including Samoa, Tonga, Iraq, India and several African and South-East Asian countries. There will also be children’s tombola – a type of raffle involving numbered iceblock sticks – games and face painting. School spokesman Julius Johnson says the market is aimed at raising $32,000 to pay for the replacement of playground safety matting, which had been installed last year, as well as some iPads for classrooms. The fair will also help pay for a recently-completed mural that reflects its Catholic heritage. “We raised funds from previous fairs but need some more,” Julius says. “The main thing this year is to finally pay off the matting.” The school hopes for a big turnout to a fair that it says represents the rich diversity of cultures in Wellington.

Candidate’s free work all for public good By Jamie Adams

One of the candidates in the Wellington City Council southern ward by-election enjoys serving people – so much so that he doesn’t ask for payment. Thomas Morgan relies on a benefit as his work as a consultant is done on a “pro-bono” basis. “My background is helping people for free, whether it be in marketing and retail, law, management, politics, central and local government,” he says. “I can’t get a job because I don’t have any work references - there needs to be a solid timeline with someone to get one. “I would be keen for a paid role. I’m looking at self-employment but that gets harder with age.” Thomas, 53, first entered the political foray in 1993 as a local

Thomas Morgan is one of eight candidates running in the southern ward by-election. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

body candidate in Rotorua. “In those days I sent out 1000 business cards and got 1000

votes in return.” He is concerned about the “brands” that some candidates

in the ward identify themselves under, and says he is going into politics independent of party influence. Thomas believes he has developed skills and knowledge that he could use to solve many of problems the city faces. One example of this is a proposal to make landlords licensed, as opposed to a rental warrant of fitness as recently implemented. “If things aren’t working then your licence should be taken away.” He believes the biggest issue for southern Wellington is its risk of devastation from an earthquake and a tsunami in particular. Thomas is under no illusion about what he is getting himself into, should he be elected. “The problems with council are so extreme that anyone taking it on is asking for trouble.”

Art club shows its talent at retirement village It’s an annual spring event which has been held in Rita Angus Retirement Village for the past 10 years, and it’s a date everyone there likes to have marked in their calendars. The Wellington Art Club plans well ahead for the popular Showcase exhibition which had over 200 artworks on display last weekend. It takes two days to set up the works, transforming the atrium into a colourful gallery and residents get great pleasure having it held on their doorstep. This year is special as the club celebrates its 125th anniversary. The club was founded in 1882 by Scottish artist James

McLauchlan Nairn. “We are almost certainly the oldest operating art club in New Zealand,” club president, Judy Laird says. Art Club Patron and Wellington City Councillor Sarah Free officially opened the exhibition at a cocktail evening held in the atrium. The exhibition was then open to the public over the weekend with hundreds of people from throughout Wellington visiting the village. Catherine Corwell from Rita Angus says “it was a fantastic weekend and lots of people loved seeing the village and the gorgeous atrium at the same time.”

Rita Angus sales advisor Catherine Cordwell with immediate past president of the Wellington Art Cub, Olympia Osborne discuss one of the artworks. PHOTO: Supplied

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Ange hereby declared cut above rest after 30 years By Jamie Adams

It’s been more than three decades since Ange Gaeta took up hairdressing as a teenager and even now she still loves doing it. Tomorrow Ange will celebrate 30 of those years as the owner of hair salon Hair By Ange, one of Berhampore’s longest-running businesses. A reflection of her longevity is the fact that she has cut the hair of generations of families, including five generations of an Island Bay clan. “I did the grandmother when she was alive, her son, his children, their children and now even their children,” she says. “I’ve done the hair of so many people who have stayed with me for these 30 years. “I am completely honoured by the loyalty.” Arguably the most loyal of those clients is radio presenter Phil O’Brien who works in Wellington but lives in Greytown, and who therefore potentially travels more than 150 kilometres to get his hair cut. “I used to do his mother’s hair when I was starting out in the ‘80s.” Ange has been busy in more ways than one since starting as a 15-year-old. Initially she worked at a second salon in Island Bay and continued there after purchasing the Berhampore business at just 21. She even juggled work with motherhood, raising three children while also helping at a karate studio next door. “I had fantastic support of family. I couldn’t have done it without them.” As well as working at the salon, Ange has also catered for elderly people at Te Hopai rest home. She remains friends with former employees, some of whom have gone on to start

Pictured from left: Kate Irving, Nadya Nicholson, Claudia Holmstead-Morris, Jean Goodman & Rochelle Rose Ange Gaeta is “honoured” to have served customers at her Berharmpore salon for 30 years. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

their own salons. “A lot of them have made wonderful friendships with other workers who have been here.” Ange employs three people part-time who are especially busy in the lead-up to the festive season. “We can be booking people 18 to 20 weeks before Christmas.” She is unsure about hairdressing for another 30 years but did have this to say: “I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.”  Hair by Ange will offically celebrate 30 years tomorrow with some canapes for customers as well as raffle prizes. The main giveaway is a $355 L’Oreal haircare package.

Gracing the stage While the teachers and students of the Jean Goodman Dance Studios of Kilbirnie ready themselves for their end of year performance ‘Encore’, it comes on the heels of some amazing achievements. Two of the senior students, Kate Irving and Nadya Nicholson achieved their Solo Dancers Diploma in Jazz. This is a professional level examination and is the highest achievement awarded. Following in their footsteps is Claudia Holmstead-Mor-

ris who was nominated for the NZ Scholarship Awards in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. “We are very proud of all the students,” says Principal and Founder of the studio Jean Goodman. “We have all worked very hard this year and it’s a wonderful way to lead up to the performance.” As the studio prepares to wind up for the year, things are just warming up for Senior tutor Rochelle Rose. Currently in rehearsal for the 2018 production of

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Peter Pan and the troublesome Tinkerbell whisk Wendy away to the wondrous world of Neverland for this season’s pantomime production at Circa Theatre. With Peter Pan – The Pantomime, Pinky Agnew and Lorae Parry bring the children’s classic as a musical comedy designed for families on the Wellington stage. Director Susan Wilson and musical director Michael Nicholas Williams combine forces once again to bring you the annual,

eagerly awaited Circa Pantomime. Local actors Ben Emerson and Manuel Solomon will star the Lost Boys, Peter Pan’s companions in Neverland who go on astounding adventures together, fight the cunning crocodile and the crooked Captain Hook, and never grow old. “Our roles are the Lost Boys; the young, exuberant, liberating part of the play – we are larger than life,” Ben says. “We’re heading off to Neverland in a comical foil – the story told through the wacky eyes of the dame played by Gavin Ruther-

ford.” The dame is a traditional role in pantomime. It is a travesty portrayal of female characters by male actors in drag. “The play is full of terms and tunes associated with Wellington; there’s a lot of pop culture, there are the latest developments relevant to Kiwis living in the capital told on stage in a silly and poppy way,” Ben explains. Ben’s fellow Lost Boy Manuel says he loved his role in the Peter Pan play. “Who wouldn’t want to be a lost

boy and never grow up...though I do like having a mum,” he says. The actor from Island Bay was trained as at Toi Whakaari, graduating in 2012. Manuel is already familiar with the Circa stage having performed in the premiere season of The Beautiful Ones. At the start of this year, he staged in The Undertow quartet by Te Rakau theatre company which included The Ragged, Dog & Bone, Public Works and The Landeaters. Manuel enjoys furthering his skills with Peter Pan and its

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hosted by the Whore of Babylon. Rosie says the genre throughout each series is “dark comedy” and done in a style that would resonate with local viewers. “The writers, actors and producers are all Wellingtonians or ex-Wellingtonians,” she says. “It would cater to the local comunities and audiences with family connections. It’s like a localised soap opera.” The web series is a reflection of the do-it-yourself attitude of young filmmakers who are

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Regarding the by-election, what is the biggest issue facing the southern ward?

Hunter Stone, Kingston “I think everything’s running nice and smoothly at the moment. I would vote if I was old enough.”

Jeremy Macey, Vogeltown “I think this is a great chance to get a sense of what’s important. To me it’s waste and sustainability.”

John-Luke Day, Newtown “How we will adapt to climate change.”

Luke Stewart, Berhampore “Cycling, sustainabililty, transport. It matters to me that we are able to live in a more sustainable city.”

Sam Chandler, Newtown “Homelessness is just getting worse and worse. It breaks my heart that they are getting younger.”

Mark Metcalfe, Berhampore “For me, because I’m young, the rental WoFs is my big issue.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Declining postal service no longer does it fast Dear Editor, In a recent letter to you, I alluded to NZ Post as deliberately phasing itself out of business by constantly raising its charges and reducing its services. It announced, not long ago, that Fastpost mail would be discontinued as from New Year 2018; but NZ Post is already doing its utmost not to provide that service before it officially ends. All the street posting-boxes used to be for both Standard Post and Fastpost; but

most of those boxes are suddenly just for Standard Post. The implication is that any Fastpost mail dropped into them will simply be treated as Standard Post already, and won’t be sorted out for Fastpost. It looks suspiciously as though Fastpost, though paid for, is just being ignored, even when posted where there are still separate Fastpost slots. I’ve lately noticed that if I use a Fastpost slot for a Fastpost letter, with more than enough

postage on it, to an Auckland or Christchurch address, that letter takes two or three business days – the same time as Standard Post takes – so that I’ve wasted the extra postage. NZ Post has gone all to hell, in plain words. Yes, we are everywhere being blackmailed and ralroaded into going online for nearly everything; but we meanwhile have a right to get what we pay for in the existing services. [Abridged] Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore

An elder-focused holiday with Kilmarnock Heights Home Wellingtonian elders and their families are being reminded they can take a ‘holiday’ with Enliven this summer. Kilmarnock Heights Home nurse manager Anna Roberts is encouraging carers to take advantage of the respite service offered by the Berhampore rest home. “Most family carers who take care of an elder at home would have it no other way, but it can be difficult at times,” she explains. “Taking a break every now and then is important. It’s not just good for your own health and wellbeing, it can also be great for your relationship with the elder you’re supporting, and nice for them to take a break too.” Anna says respite offers carers peace of mind knowing their loved one will be well supported while they take a break at home or while they go away on holiday. “Kilmarnock Heights Home is safe, warm and welcoming and we look after everything from cooking and laundry to medical appointments and nursing care. Plus, it’s a really fun and social environment for the elder!” Kilmarnock Heights Home, which follows the elder-centred Enliven philosophy, actively supports elders to have companionship, independence, fun and meaningful activity in their lives. “If elders are just left at home by themselves while their carers are away, not only do families stress and worry about how they’re coping, but the elder may also feel isolated, bored and lonely, especially for people who have mobility issues,” says Anna.

Nurse manager Anna Roberts is encouraging carers to take advantage of the respite service at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore.

“While they are here though, they can take part in our recreational activities, take day trips out in the van and socialise with the residents. We treat them like members of our family.”  For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home and its respite service, call the friendly team on 04 380 2034 or visit PBA

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Heart Foundation to host session on atrial fibrillation The Heart Foundation is hosting a special support session for Wellington residents living with atrial fibrillation (AF) like Rodger Ward, on November 20. In 2004, Rodger, an Operations Officer with the Royal New Zealand Navy, was surprised to become one of the more than 80,000 Kiwis diagnosed with the condition, which causes an irregular heart rhythm and increases risk of stroke. “I had a funny sensation, it was like a constant adrenalin buzz or butterflies in the stomach,” Rodger says. “I didn’t think I should be feeling like this and took myself off to the medical centre.” Medical centre staff were worried that Rodger had a heart condition and called an ambulance to take him to hospital. They ran tests and confirmed Rodger had AF. After a few months adjusting his medication until his symptoms were managed effectively, Rodger spent the next 12 years with his condition having little or no impact on his life. However, towards the middle of 2016, he started to experience AF “breakthrough”, where the medication was no longer controlling the AF and it began to affect everything. “I was getting puffed just from walking up a flight of stairs and walking up a hill made me gasp for air, which just didn’t happen normally,” Rodger says. “My father has AF and a friend of mine also has it but our experiences of it are

completely different.” In February this year Rodger, 49, had ablation surgery on his heart and has more recently had a second surgery to manage the symptoms. At the support session, Wellington Regional Hospital cardiologist and electrophysiologist Matthew Webber will discuss living with AF, then there will be an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences.  The support session takes place on Wednesday, November 20 from 5.15 to 7.00pm in the Ngake & Whataitai Rooms, ASB Sports Centre, 72 Kemp St, Kilbirnie. To register go to or contact Annette on 04 472 2780 or

safety separation. Another alternative would be prohibiting pedestrians with self-induced deafness or using cell phones from using public spaces. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

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maturely born babies very shortly,” he says. NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) charge nurse manager Rosemary Escott says she was thrilled to be receiving a second unit from the foundation. Wellington Hospitals Foundation is the official charity for Wellington Regional Hospital, Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital, Kenepuru Hospital and Kapiti Health Centre. SELF SERVICE


Former Navy officer Rodger Ward. PHOTO: Supplied

Solutions to danger of Manners St buses

Dear Editor, Heather Bevan (Letters, November 9) makes very valid points about the council’s obsession with cycleways. This is not a city of wide boulevards! However, they have hit the jackpot now and have found a wide open space for literally a cycleway to nowhere – on the

Wellington Hospitals Foundation is delighted to have arranged for the purchase of another Voyager transport incubator for Wellington Hospital’s neo-natal unit. Chair Bill Day says their appeal to fund one incubator was so successful that the foundation was able to purchase a second incubator costing $180,000. “The order has been placed today and this state-of-the-art incubator will be saving pre-


LETTERS to the editor

Dear Editor, The WCC should pass a by-law prohibiting buses from using the footpath like a bicyclist. Surely if buses were to use the road, and pedestrians the footpath, there would be

Foundation orders another incubator for premature babies

former green space, sometime known as Helicopter Park, just off Monorgan Road behind Scots College I presume the plans will include toilets and changing rooms for the convenience of the Lycra Louts? Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore



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Marching against council’s cycleway plans The Island Bay Residents’ Association is organising a protest for those opposed to the controversial Island Bay Cycleway. The protest will take place on Sunday, December 3, beginning at Shorland Park at 1pm and ending at the Island Bay Shopping Centre. Chair of the Island Bay Residents’ Association, Vicki Greco encourages members of the Island Bay community, and wider Wellington community, to join in the march. Greco says the Residents’ Association has tried to work with the Wellington City Council to find a solution the people of Island Bay could accept. However, as the council has continued to ignore the community’s wishes she says it’s time to take action.

“During the Radio New Zealand mayoral debate last year, Mayor Justin Lester committed to giving the Island Bay community the design they wanted. “Then Paul Eagle, as Deputy Mayor, said in a press release his commitment was that the council would be led by what the community wants to see on The Parade,” Greco says. “We as a community now ask them to honour their commitment. “Over 80 per cent of those who live in Island Bay have told the council time and time again they want to see the cycleway put back to its previous design.”

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SWIS students show off creativity at bus stop By Jamie Adams

A group of art students at South Wellington Intermediate School (SWIS) have demonstrated artistic skill as well as social and environmental awareness in painting two murals for a Newtown bus shelter. The murals were the result of an Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC) project done in conjunction with Greater Wellington Regional Council to bring some colour and intrigue to waiting bus passengers. While many SWIS students spent EOTC week away on science trips to Whanganui River, Marlborough Sounds and Rotorua, some chose to stay in Wellington to focus on street art. Art teacher Karen Shuker, who led the mural project, says there was a philosophy that needed to be taught to those interested in pursuing street art. “We looked at the difference between street art, graffiti and public works of art, and what defined each of them.” Karen consulted with street art duo BMD about what they should do and how to go about it, before getting in touch with Greater Wellington. They ended up making two murals: The first depicts a brick wall with various themes relating to past, present and future running from left to right.


School buzzing after receiving New World cheque New World Wellington City has given cheques to Wellington East Girls College ($1,313.34) and Roseneath School ($1,525.20) as part of its Docket Promotion that benefits local schools. New World compliance manager Sarah Pearce says the supermarket also gave a leafcutter bee house and

a full set of little gardens to each school which are going to be set up by their environmental clubs. The money from the cheques comes from the supermarket’s docket promotion in which customers get their receipts stamped, pick one of our schools, and then it donates a portion back.

South Wellington Intermediate School art teacher Karen Shuker with EOTC pupils in front of the two murals they created at the Rintoul Street bus shelter. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

For example, the top tier of bricks depict a mammoth steak that cavemen ate, fish and chips that people eat today, and the possible food capsules of the future. The second mural shows a kowhai tree, which Karen says is a symbol of activism, surrounded by symbols of social and environmental causes. These include clean waterways, a plastic-free ocean, climate change, anti-bullying and LGBT rights. Raymond Malcolm, Greater Wellington’s fixed asset advisor, says the regional council is thrilled with the student’s efforts. “Public transport is important for us and projects like these

connect it with the community,” he says. As there was not enough room for the more than dozen children at the site, the murals were painted at school then Greater Wellington staff attached them to the back of the shelter. “A lot of credit should go to Dzine Signs who supplied the panels, paint and anti-graffiti film.” Raymond says the council is keen to install more such murals with students’ help, with one at a Brooklyn Road bus shelter in the pipeline. “When schools have got a bus shelter close to them we are open to suggestions.”

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This evening Stroma new music ensemble presents Spectral Electric, a concert of live, exploratory works that celebrate the unusual and bold — including a concerto for a throatsinger, and a work for horn, electronics and hosepipes. The work Respiri by Italian composer Luigi Ceccarelli, is written for French horn and electronics, in which some of the horn’s tubes are replaced by hosepipes. When each hosepipe is amplified by a different microphone, the horn player can send his sound to one of four speakers. And if he does this rapidly, the effect is of the horn’s sound whirling spectacularly around the audience. In addition, a new work, Sygyt by Wellington-based composer Michael Norris, features local throatsinger and improviser Jonny Marks, in one of the few concertos for throatsinger and ensemble in existence. Throatsinging (or “overtone singing”) is a remarkable style of singing which stems from Mongolia. “The vocalist must vibrate their throat as

well as their vocal cords, while simultaneously controlling their tongue, lips and soft palate to focus on individual overtones, therefore creating melodies even though they only singing one fundamental pitch. “Working with Jonny has been an amazing experience,” says Norris. “He trained for a year in Mongolia, learning to open up his voice to this alien but completely entrancing new way of producing sound. What’s amazing is that he’s also an accomplished composer, improviser, metal singer and synth performer, so he isn’t fazed by anything I’ve thrown at him.” The other works on the programme are by composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino and expat New Zealander Annea Lockwood, all of whom have composed immersive soundscapes that will resonate through the gorgeous spaces of City Gallery Wellington.  Tickets $20/$30 are on sale from — note that seating is limited, so bookings are recommend.

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International taekwon-do competitors Jakob Braakhuis, Logan Braakhuis, Kyla Walton and Georgia Vogt show off the moves that got them in the successful national squad. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

The Berhampore Taekwon-Do (BTKD) club is buzzing after four of its young members returned from representing New Zealand at a world championship tournament in Dublin last month. They have more cause to celebrate with two of them winning medals in the 18 and under competition. Kyla Walton, 18, won gold in the girls’ individual powerbreaking event against 49 competitors. She also won bronze in the team event. Logan Braakhuis, 16, won bronze in the boys’ patterns event with brother Jakob, 14, reaching the quarter-final. The fourth member who travelled to Ireland was Georgia Vogt, 15, who competed in the girls’

under 55kg sparring division. She lost her bout against a Dutch competitor who went on to win gold. They were part of a very successful New Zealand team that came away with eight golds, six silvers and 13 bronzes across various cateegories and weight divisions at the October 11-15 event. “Sixty-five countries competed and New Zealand are now ranked second in the world,” BTKD club chief instructor Lina Walton says. The club practises international taekwon-do, a code that is administered by a federation distinct from world taekwon-do, of which its sparring discipline is an Olympic sport. While the various disciplines within each federation’s sport are similar, there are some differenc-

es in rules and points awarded, especially in the sparring competition. “It’s a bit like rugby league as opposed to rugby union,” Lina says. There was a long build-up to the world champs, which saw a total of 60 New Zealand athletes compete. “The New Zealand team was selected in April and we were required to attend huge performance camps in Auckland as well as our weekly training sessions at the club.”  Berhampore is one of eight clubs that make up the Wellington Central branch of the regional division of a sport that has about 3500 members nationwide. For more information go to

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Perfect All Blacks a myth and that’s OK It’s starting to feel like the expectations on the All Blacks are entering the realm of the ridiculous. Steve Hansen’s men beat France in Paris 38-18 but received little praise for outscoring their opposition 2:1. Much attention was focused on another Sonny Bill Williams brain explosion yellow card and the subsequent momentum shift that happened. It appears winning is no longer enough and only a sublime, complete 80 minute demolition performance of all opposition is acceptable. Keep in mind the All Blacks won by 20 points away from home in the driving rain. Sure, the second half was sloppy but the All Blacks weren’t without excuses.

The penalty try was absurd, the referee missed an obvious forward pass in the lead up to the Sonny Bill yellow card that should have halted the movement. Key forwards Dane Coles and captain Kieran Read were on the bench for the second half and the French got their tails up. We, as rugby fans, are becoming too entitled. It’s one thing to expect the men in black to win as they are the most winning professional sports franchise in world sport, but to still find stuff to moan about after a comprehensive win is going too far. This is what happens when a generation of New Zealand rugby supporters can’t fathom “down years”. I remember when a win over the Springboks brought grown men to

tears in the 90s, the 1998 season where the All Blacks couldn’t buy a win lingers in the back of my brain as does all of the World Cup failure between 1991 and 2011. As painful as those experiences are, those who can remember them have a greater appreciation of how dominant the national rugby team has been over the past decade. Granted, the All Blacks aren’t the well-oiled machine they were a few years ago but even with the loss of some of the best players to ever wear the jersey in more than a century retiring after 2015, the team is still the undisputed best in the world. Sometimes, it’s best to just be happy with a win because perfection is never truly attained and that’s the blessing and curse of the black jersey.

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Peru football fans descend on Wellington Wellington was awash with football fever as tens of thousands of All Whites supporters, and up to 2000 Peruvian fans, descended on the city for the FIFA World Cup qualifier on Saturday. The city’s first taste of the football frenzy happened on Civic Square’s artificial turf on Friday when the Inca Warriors, made up of Peruvian supporters, took on a team of former refugees now living in Wellington. T he ref uge e t ea m wa s selected in recognition of Wellington Phoenix’ Football diversity programme. The former refugees were of fere d Pho en i x sea son tickets as recognition of the important role sport plays

in building bridges between individuals and across communities. The five-a-side match was played in two 15-minute halves, refereed by Wellington city councillor and Wellington ambassador Simon Woolf who is a qualified referee. Despite the significant number of Peruvian fans who turned out in Wellington, their team failed to score any goals in the 0-0 draw, a big surprise given Peru are ranked more than 100 places above New Zealand. The Phoenix played in their white kit in their 5-2 win over Perth Glory at Westpac Stadium on Sunday, continuing the whiteout theme for the weekend.


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