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Walking through life with Paddy By Julia Czerwonatis

Labrador Paddy has changed Liz Gasson’s life fundamentally. Paddy is a professional assistance dog who helps Liz to walk through every day – quite literally because Liz’s mobility and sensory perception are impeded by multiple sclerosis (MS). “Thanks to Paddy, I have regained independence and energy,” Liz explains. The Labrador is trained to help Liz walk, especially on difficult terrain, to get up from seated positions or when she loses balance and falls. Paddy picks up her keys when Liz drops them, empties his bladder on command and knows when to press Liz’s emergency buzzer. Continued on page 2. Ngaio local Liz Gasson with her assistance dog Paddy. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Classical concert to help finance assistance dogs training Continued from page 1. If it wasn’t for Paddy, Liz’s disease would be entirely invisible to others. MS is an autoimmune disorder causing damage to nerve cells in the spinal cord and the brain. The disease makes the immune system believe that something is wrong with the nerve cells even if they are perfectly healthy. “My body is practically attacking itself,” Liz explains. It took years for doctors to find out what was wrong with Liz. The Ngaio mother was officially diagnosed in 2005 but doctors believe Liz had her first MS attack in 1992. “MS is a snowflake disease. Everyone shows different symptoms,” Liz says. “That makes it harder to diagnose the MS, and it also means there’s a lot of uncertainty that comes with the disease which can be frightening.” Liz’s symptoms vary with each day; one day she can wake up with numbness in her face or fingers and another she experiences a piercing pain in her legs. To improve her mobility and have support in everyday life tasks, Liz contacted Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust seven years ago. Co-founders Julie and Rick Hancox train dogs to help people with autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other impediments. “People wait seven to 12 years for an assistance dog,” Liz says. “Because Julie and Rick don’t affiliate with a specific organisation like the Blind Foundation but help people on a wider spectrum, they don’t receive government funding.” Training an assistance dog like Paddy costs $48,000 and Assistance Dogs NZ heavily depend on donations. Liz’s father Edward Allen,

Paddy helps Liz back up after she lost her balance and fell. PHOTO: Supplied

former principal French horn in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and other renowned musicians – most of whom have know Liz since she was six years old – will play at a charity concert this Friday to help someone like Liz who needs the extra four legs of an assistance dog to walk through life. Liz has the courageous heart of an adventurer who loves rock climbing, surfing, white water rafting, and skiing, and losing part of her mobility to MS hasn’t always been easy for her. Thanks to Paddy, however, she can preserve energy that she needs to go horseback riding with her son, finishing her PhD or teaching the Ngaio School choir. Liz says there was a bright golden side to every dark thig that has happened to her. “The MS is a weird gift. I met the most amazing people because of the disease,” Liz says. “The community surrounding me – everyone from my son’s school, my pharmacists and our vet, to my neighbours, doctors, nurses, and of course my son Jonathan, my husband, my mum, and my family – all of them have

Two-year-old Paddy at this assistance dog graduation. Photo: Heartstrings Photography

built this beautiful bubble around me and support me where they can.”  Karori Classics will present Horn Central featuring Mozart Horn Quintet KV407 and Brahms Horn Trio, on Friday,

November 24 from 7pm at St Mary’s Anglican Church, 176 Karori Road. Suggested donation $20 (waged). For more information, email karoriklassics@ Or visit givealittle. to support Liz.

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Preparations well underway for Christmas Parade Only 10 days to go until Wellington’s largest Christmas parade hits the roads of Johnsonville will dance, music, colour and more again. Organisers of 13 years, the Johnsonville Lions Club, have been joined this year by volunteers from the northern community to help out with the large workload that comes with planning the event. “This year we have everything from Morris dancers and Steam-

punk, to Star Wars, super heroes and Disney princesses,” Lisa Woodley, event organiser, says. “We’ll have brand-new, amazing new costumes made by the incredibly talented Gael Cherian. “There will be some familiar favourites and a whole lot of new and fun elements to the parade. “As always, there will be entertainment and from local schools and other groups,” Lisa adds. Lisa and her team have re-

ceived more than 40 parade entries from local groups, businesses and organisations. For the first time, this year’s parade is featuring a makeyour-own-flag waving session, sponsored by MBS Digital Print, involving children from local schools and kindergartens who will be able to show off their amazing work on the day. This year’s parade is being generously sponsored by the Johnsonville Charitable Trust,

who are supporting the parade with a significant contribution for the next three years, as well as other local trusts and businesses The parade will be moving along Broderick Road, Johnsonville Road, Moorefield Road and Frankmoore Avenue starting at 11am on Saturday, December 2. Traffic detours will be in place on the day which may delay some drivers’ travels.

Taking the next step

A year in recap The Independent Herald only has a few more issues left of 2017, and the team would love to know what residents of the northern and western suburbs have loved and loathed this year. The final newspaper of the year, our Christmas issue, will go out on December 20. We’re back on January 10 with Independent Herald New Year’s edition which will look back at 2017 and its highlights. What do you think should feature in the recap of 2017? Email with your suggestions.

Khandallah Village Street Fair

By Julia Czerwonatis

It’s going to be Christina Guieb’s last big show together with her fellow dance students before she surges out to explore professional stages in New Zealand and around the world. The Churton Park resident will be graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) this year and be part of their significant 50th anniversary graduation season. “I started dancing at three. I always wanted to be a ballerina,” Christina says. Taking dance lessons, she soon encountered other styles apart from classical dance and learned to enjoy jazz, hip hop and contemporary. “At 12 I joined the Junior Associates – an aspirational programme for the New Zealand School of Dance, and I really concentrated on my contemporary dance,” Christina explains. In 2014, she got accepted at the NZSD, and now, three years later, the younger dancer is set to leave. “At the start of this year, I didn’t feel ready to leave the school. But we had an amazing solo season, and I think I’m ready now. I have to believe in myself.” Christina has already explored international stages; however,

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Rotary Kaukau is excited to bring you the Khandallah Village Street Fair this December. This will be the first fair for Rotary Kaukau, and the club envisage this becoming their annual flagship fundraising event. Proceeds will go to Rotary projects and other local charities. Full details of the fair, becoming a stall holder, road closures, parking, and our road safety management plan can be found on  The street fair is planned for Sunday, December 10, 10am-3pm.

New Zealand School of Dance student Christina Guieb. PHOTO: Stephen A’Court.

she doesn’t know yet where her career might lead her to. “I flew over to Seattle and had the chance to work together with choreographers Christina Chan and Aymeric Bichon at the Chop Shop Contemporary Dance Festival,” she says. “It was a cool experience and showed me what is happening with contemporary dance in other countries than New Zealand. “What is more important to me are the choreographers I work with, though, and not so much

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where I go to. “There are a few great choreographers here, but I will also look at other places.” Christina will join 25 fellow dance graduates for The Bach – a piece by NZSD alumni Michael Parmenter Set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s joyous Cantata No. 66, the dancers beautifully embody the elation expressed in the music at the St James Theatre coming weekend. Christina says alumni were

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Karori dancers present ‘Snow Goose’ at end-of-year production The stor y of the Snow Goose takes place in the marshes of Essex, in southeast England late 1930s. A man named Rhayader, lives a hermit-like existence in an abandoned lighthouse, with nothing for company but flocks of wild birds, paint brushes and his small sailing boat. Then one day a timid young orphan girl named Fritha brings an injured snow goose to him in the hope that he can help it. As the human friendship blossoms, the bird is nursed back to flight, and revisits the lighthouse in its migration for several years. While Fritha grows up, Rhayader and his small sailboat are getting lost in the Dunkirk evacuation of British troops during WW2 after saving several hundred men. The tale ends with the bird’s

brief return to the grown Fritha on the marshes. Young dancers from the Fiona Haines Dance Academy will present the Snow Goose as well as Around the World at their end-of-year production coming Tuesday at the Lower Hutt Little Theatre. Snow Goose, India Shackel, is a third year New Zealand School of Dance Associate and has been chosen to perform in the NZSD 50th Anniversary performance at the St James this weekend.  Fiona Haines Dance Academy is based in Karori and offers classes in jazz, contemporary and Royal Academy of Dance Ballet for girls and boys of all ages, along with ‘Fairy Ballet’ classes for pre-schoolers. Call Fiona Haines on 021721020 for tickets or enrolments.

A new voice for Onslow community By Julia Czerwonatis

A new representative group is set to give Onslow a voice to address local issues and foster community connections. The Onslow Community Residents Association, representing Khandallah, Broadmeadows and Kaiwharawhara, will hold their inaugural meeting tonight to elect a committee and ratify their constitution. “For as long as we know, there hasn’t been an association that represents residents from Khandallah, Broadmeadows or Kaiwharawhara,” Nicola

McFaull, Onslow Residents Association Establishment Committee convenor, says. Last year, Nicola was part of a residents’ group who formed ad hoc to represent their community in the Wellington City Council’s medium-density housing development plan. “We really felt there was a need for a representative group in our community. “After we set up the temporary residents’ group it seemed to be a logical step to establish a proper association,” Nicola explains. An establishment committee has been working hard to set


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The residents association plans to conduct a survey within the next few months to find out more about the residents’ interests and needs.  The Onslow Community Residents Association are actively recruiting. To receive a membership form, send an email to  The inaugural meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 22, at 7pm in the Khandallah Town Hall. For more information, visit Onslow Community Residents Association on Facebook.

Wednesday November 22, 2017


Otari School goes ahead with fair after suspicious fire

By Julia Czerwonatis

“The hall will probably be out of action until next year.” The site as now been fenced off so that pre-schoolers and pupils can use their school yard safely. While the whole extent of the damage still needs to be assessed, the staff has already know that school equipment, including valuable sports gear, have been lost to the fire – which makes for yet another reason to go ahead with the school’s Twilight Fair, planned for this Saturday. Event organiser and teacher aide Joanne Fullelove says staff and

After a suspicious fire at Te Kura O Otari two weeks ago, the Montessori school relies on funds from their biannual fair to partially pay for the damage. Firefighters were called to Te Kura O Otari in Wilton on Saturday afternoon, November 11, after neighbours had noticed smoke coming from the school and extinguished the fire in the school hall and storerooms. “No one was hurt,” Otari School principal Clifford Wicks says in a Facebook statement.





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pupils have invested a lot of time and effort into the preparations and that everyone was excited about the fair. “We have a lot of toys and entertainment for children, hot food and coffee, raffles, white elephant, crafts and much more,” Joanne explains. “Children can get a kids zone pass and then they can enjoy all activities non-stop.” The colourful and community-oriented event will see show acts from pupils including a Bollywood Dance group, rhythmic gymnastics, a kapa haka, drumming and other musical performances. Pupils planned their own stalls and children’s entertainment stops with hand-made slime, sponge throwing, giant soap bubbles, home-made lemonade and lucky dips. “Other local schools and businesses have generously helped us out with equipment and food for the fair,” Joanne says. Principal Clifford appreciated the support the school received since the fire. “Many thanks to the local community members who alerted the fire service “Thanks also to all those who have sent caring messages and offered their support. “We have a wonderful community.”

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Brecht’s Epic in contemporary style By Julia Czerwonatis

Actors of the capital’s youngest theatre company are set to perform Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle coming month. Claudia Petrie from Kelburn and Karori local Sol Maxwell will be two of five actors to star in the Wellington Young Actors production tackling political and social issues which are scarily relevant in today’s society. “The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a relatively old play, so we modernised and linked it to contemporary topics,” Claudia explains. “The play has quite a serious plot, but it’ll also have a lot of smart and humorous moments,” Sol adds. Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle was first performed in 1948. It’s a play-within-a-play, telling the story of two Soviet Union communes which are arguing over who will take over farmland that the Nazis have abandoned in their retreat. One of the communes organises a skit, based on an old folk tale

Wellington Young Actors Alex Dhelps, Sol Maxwell, Claudia Petrie, Gabe Parkin and Maya Symmans de Vere Green. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

to be played to cast light on the situation. “We chose The Caucasian Chalk Circle last year when someone said to us, teenagers would not understand anything

about politics because they were simple-minded folk,” Deborah Rea, drama teacher and Wellington Young Actors manager, says. “Whenever someone says ‘you cannot do this’, we tend to throw

it back at them in proving them wrong. “It was around that time last year when a lot of partially scary, partially comical things happened, including the Trump campaign

and John Key’s resignation. So we were inspired by that.” The young actors have been using theatrical techniques like Laban and the Rotenburg System to establish their given characters and correctly convey them in the genre of Brecht’s Epic Theatre. Through clever chorus work and individual character performance, Wellington Young Actors 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. Not only are they acting in their production but they also manage all production roles such as designing the set, costumes and posters and handling the marketing and fundraising and production management.  Wellington Young Actors will perform from December 11-15 at The Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street. To book tickets, visit

Seeking answers to big questions Forty talented senior secondary school students will be tasked to find answers to challenging questions posed by scientists at Powering Potential coming month. Organised by Royal Society Te Aparangi in partnership with Freemasons New Zealand, Powering Potential will bring many of New Zealand’s most promising science students together to work alongside professionals, who will act as their mentors over three days.

Olivia Paxie from St Mary’s College as well as Isabella O’Meeghan and Anjali Gentejohann from Samuel Marsden Collegiate will represent the northern and western communities. “The students will need to think outside the square and use their creative capabilities to find solutions,” Andrew Cleland, chief executive of Royal Society Te Aparangi, says. “They will also need to work well in a team situation and

will be required to hone their research skills. “At the end of the three days, each team will present its findings at a special presentation.” To be selected for Powering Potential, each student was required to submit an in-depth application and video, which focused on their own science strengths or how they have contributed to an area of science in their school or community. The students have been selected because they are serious

about going on to study science at a tertiary level and have demonstrated a passion for science. “The calibre of the students who applied was excellent and some tough decisions had to be made by the selection panel to get the number down to 40”. This year’s theme, past, present and future science, is inspired by the 150th anniversary celebration of the Royal Society. Following the footsteps of former society members, one team of students will be mentored by

a scientist from the Sleep/Wake Research Centre from Massey University to research the effects of daylight saving on our circadian rhythms. Other institutions that will join the programme include the Plant & Food Research, Institute of Environmental Science and Research, Dunning Thornton, Ferrier Research Institute, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Ministry of Primary Industries and University of Otago.

Rolling up the sleeves to get Makara Beach rubbish free Sustainable Coastlines invites the western community to join them in a coastal clean-up of Ohau Bay and Makara Beach next Saturday. “Although these areas are well looked after by the locals, this spectacular coastline is affected by a regular flow of waste from the South Island aquaculture farms, the Whanganui River and international fishing boats,” Oliver Vetter, Wellington region programmes manager, says. “So we’re going to give it a good pre-summer clean up. Sustainable Coastlines has been working with Meridian Energy to raise awareness and support coastal clean-ups around Wellington since 2012. Next to cleaning coastlines and waterways, the charity delivers educational programmes to people around the country and plant trees. “We’d love for you to join us for a fantastic day of adventure and exploration, all while giving back to the beautiful Makara Beach and the coastline below Meridian’s

West Wind Farm,” Oliver says. “We’re also asking people to bring their own 4WDs, or jump in one that is provided to join the convoy. “This will be a unique opportunity to explore the incredibly beautiful Ohau Bay that has limited public access.”  The community clean-up will go ahead on Saturday, December 2, from 9.30am-2pm. Helpers meet at the Sustainable Coastlines’ “Education Station” (a modified shipping container) at Makara Beach from 9.30am to sign-in and collect equipment. At 10am everyone will split into teams and head out along the coastline on foot and by 4WD vehicle to clean up the coastline. Refreshments and lunch will be available free for registered participants. Register free via or email Oliver on

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Wednesday November 22, 2017

Moving with the times on the fasttrack to success

Swap-and-go baby clothes coming to Wellington By Sapeer Mayron WHITIREIA JOURMALISM STUDENT

Two Wellington women have teamed up to create an elegant solution to a baby’s ever growing wardrobe. Gurgl is a local baby box subscription service which delivers new parents boxes of baby clothes to the door. Co-founders Jess Halley and Beverly Walter believe Gurgl can help end increasing textile waste burdening our landfills. Jess says instead of landfill, old clothing can go to boutique paper makers or companies that repurpose textiles into rags or furniture stuffing. “Fast fashion is an incredible strain on the environment,” she explains. Jess and her team want to stop baby clothes ending up in the rubbish when they could be worn by many more babies. “Baby clothes don’t get worn out, so you can really get a lot more use out of baby clothes.” Gurgl will deliver a box of baby clothes to people’s doors once a month – according to the baby’s age and size –, collect back the clothes the baby grew out of and deliver them on to other families, for $12 a week. An expectant mother herself, Jess knows the value of a service like Gurgl to take away

Bren Murrell, Jess Halley, Beverly Walter and Nick Halley at the Wellington Low Carbon Challenge. PHOTO: Supplied

the stress of shopping for baby clothes, especially as they grow so fast. The pressure of constantly replacing clothes in the first years of a baby’s life could be a burden on already overtired new parents, Jess says. “We’re trying to give consumers an option that’s responsible,” she explains. Gurgl is running a PledgeMe campaign to raise the capital they need to get Gurgl off the

ground, and they have a week left to raise the last $5000. Jess says a similar enterprise in Denmark showed the same items being recycled through the store 150 times before becoming unusable. “Parents want their children to inherit a world that is safe and healthy, and a planet that is thriving, not one devastated by environmental damage.” Jess learned about the true cost of the textile industry in

her undergraduate years at Massey. “A $5 tee-shirt seems like a bargain but if you trace the commodity chain back globally, somebody pays the full price for that cheap tee-shirt. “It’s usually a human capital cost or environmental cost, but often it’s both.”  To support their work, search for “Gurgl” on

Yoobee School of Design is shifting its Wellington headquarters to the city’s Railway Station. It is a significant move into brand new facilities and will see them share the same building as ACG’s Pathways campus, and the Campbell Institute. Yoobee School of Design is the largest specialised design and multimedia college in the country. The new space is purpose built, with five dedicated Mac labs, a state-of-the-art green screen studio, four high spec PC labs and two workshop rooms for off the computer creativity. “We are thrilled with the new space,” Nick Webster, head of school, says “We will be able to cater for more students, more courses and the facilities are top notch. “Our teaching staff are excited to create and develop pathways for our students in these inspiring surrounds.” Film students can get creative in a custom-built sound boot and their new green screen, which has a curved wall to allow for more filming options. To encourage collaboration, the room numbers in the new campus have been designed by one of the current Creative Digital Design students, selected via a wayfinding competition. “We are always keen to have our students as involved as possible and while all of the entries were excellent, Aitken Hawkins entry had fantastic justifcation and thinking behind the design which tied in well with the history of the building,” Nick explains. Yoobee School of Design invites those interested to its annual open day, on Friday, December 1, 10am-3pm.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Question: What kind of Christmas decorations do you have at home?

Miranda Go, Johnsonville “I have a Christmas tree, a wreath for my door and two little reindeers.”

Merna Beaton, Paparangi “I’ll have the normal bits and pieces that I take out each year.”

Sommart Wanwimolruk, Broadmeadows “Nothing this year because I’m going away to Thailand.”

Margorie Lakner, Khandallah “I have a tiny little Christmas tree and some ornaments.”

Maureen Hawkes, Tawa “I only have a Christmas tree.”

Ajith Rajmohan, Churton Park “We have a Christmas tree at home.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a vacant rental property undergoing renovation in Trafalgar Street was broken into via a forced bathroom window. Painting equipment belonging to the renovator was stolen. The owner of a car parked outside the Johnsonville Community Centre left the boot open

while transferring a box from the car to another car parked two spaces away. During the couple of minutes the car was unattended two opportunistic thieves stole a handbag and a laptop computer that had been left in the open boot. The handbag contained a Sam-

sung Galaxy 8 Edge, bank cards, prescription glasses and cash. The laptop bag contained a HP Spectre, a separate hard drive, a pen drive and a diary. Witnesses saw the incident and an unsuccessful attempt was made to follow the culprits. The tray of a black Toyota Hilux utility vehicle, parked during

the day in Disraeli Street, was entered and tradesman’s tools and clothing items were stolen. In Newlands a vehicle parked locked and secure overnight at the rear of a property in Newlands Road was entered and a time trial bike and associated cycling gear were stolen. No sign of force having been

used to gain entry. A white Toyota Hilux utility vehicle parked overnight in Black Rock Road had its antenna stolen. The antenna is used for radio communication purposes and had been bolted to the vehicle. All the bolts and nuts securing the antenna were also taken.

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.

Incident on Karori bound bus Dear Editor, On November 7, an elderly lady was travelling on a Karori bound bus (possibly afternoon). As she stood by the driver waiting to alight, the bus jolted and she was thrown to the ground and injured. She has only a vague recall of events following the incident.

It seems she was taken to A and E where she spent the night having suffered some fractured ribs. We would like to speak with the kind people who helped her or saw the incident in order to know what actually happened. Grateful, Vivienne Gordon Karori

Sunscreens removed from sale Two sunscreens have been withdrawn from sale following a Consumer NZ test that found the products failed to provide the protection claimed. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said the manufacturer of Snowberry Family+ Sunscreen SPF30 has recalled the product after her organisation’s test found it had an SPF of only 20 and failed to meet requirements for

broad-spectrum protection. The maker of Pure Blend Sunscreen SPF15++, marketed as a natural product, will also stop selling its sunscreen. Ms Chetwin said testing found the product had an SPF of just 4. Consumer NZ is testing other sunscreens with results to be published in their next Consumer magazine and on consumer.

Wednesday November 22, 2017

Female alpinists in the spotlight By Julia Czerwonatis

In 1910, Australian mountaineer Freda du Faur reached the peak of Mount Cook in 3724 metres. She was the first women to scale Aoraki, New Zealand’s highest mountain. Years later, in 1988, Kiwi alpinist Lydia Bradey stood on the summit of the highest mountain on earth, Mount Everest. She climbed solo and without oxygen setting a new scale for female mountaineers. Inspired by the women’s achievements, producer and playwright Jan Bolwell brings a new show on the BATS Theatre stage pushing the women together across time to confront each other about their climbing worlds and the challenges they face in both their professional and personal lives. Taking the High Ground is presented in a very physical way as much of the action takes place high up on a scaffolded set. “I am also a dancer and choreographer and I want the audience to experience the sheer physicality of climbing. It’s a great challenge for the actors,” Jan says. Northland local Neal Barber is the stage manager for Taking the High Ground and makes sure, the cast is safe while rehearsing on high grounds. “I look after the health and safety of the actors, I’ll make sure everything is at the right spot at the right time, people get their texts right and that all props are there,” Neal explains. Neal and Jan have already been

Taking the High Ground will portray Kiwi mountaineer Lydia Bradey. PHOTO: Supplied

working together this season producing the hit show Destination Beehive 2017 at Circa Theatre, and Bill Massey’s Tourists about Jan’s grandfather’s WW1 experiences which has just completed a national tour. Neal completed a post graduate programme in theatre at the University of Otago and worked at Dunedin’s Globe Theatre before moving up to Wellington. He says it’s the first time he was stage managing a play with actors performing on different height levels. “There will be quite a bit of action up high which is exciting but it also makes my job challenging.” Taking the High Ground’s protagonist Lydia is still a high profile member of the mountaineering world and gave Jan permission to use her story in this play. A recent book on Lydia’s life Going Up is Easy written with her close

Northland resident Neal Barber is stage manager for the production. PHOTO: Supplied

friend Laurence Fearnley provides much of the background material. “I think it is a tale New Zealanders will relate to,” Jan says. “Climbing is in our blood and we have a fantastic heritage in this sport that goes well beyond the familiar Sir Edmund Hillary story. It’s time we focussed on our outstanding women climbers too.”  Taking the High Ground opens at BATS Theatre for its premiere season from December 5-9. Tickets can be purchased on

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Wednesday November 22, 2017

Car park solutions for Johnsonville As the Johnsonville Community Hub construction will go ahead soon, Wellington City Council consulted with locals about traffic solutions, especially in regards to parking. Car parking is a concern that has been voiced at all stages of the design. Users of the facilities that have become combined (pool, library, community centre and park) want to make it clear that adequate parking is still needed for each facility. Council heard the concern and wanted to work with the community to look at solutions. A recent traffic resolution took on board the comments received from early engagement on

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Wednesday November 22, 2017

Potter, Tigger and Alice gather for St Benedict’s book parade

Joseph Flutey as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Hogwarts wizards Charlie McDougall and T.J. Duggan. By Julia Czerwonatis

A colourful array of Harry Potters, Little Red Riding Hoods, Marvel Avengers and marvelous princesses gathered last Friday for the St Benedict’s School Book Character Parade. It was the highlight of this year’s book week and encouraged pupils from year one to six to dress up in their favourite heroes and heroines of contemporary and classical literature. “We had a lot of great events throughout the book week with storytelling in our library, a bookswap action and a big literature quiz,” Janine O’Styke, St Benedict’s School librarian, says. “Our seniors crafted the costumes for the staff; we’ll be the Very Hungry Caterpillar at the parade. “Pupils’ favourites this year are Alice in Wonderland and Captain Underpants.”

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Community engages with new ideas for historic Halfway House Glenside’s historic Halfway House celebrated its re-opening after a major restoration last month. The open day not only drew many visitors to the homestead located on the Glenside Reserve, but also a wealth of ideas for the house’s future. “The restoration of the Halfway House in Glenside has resulted in more support for the building to be used in full by the community,” Claire Bibby, Glenside Progressive Association president, says. “However, the desire for it to be used for heritage activities and for sharing local history remain as strong as ever. “There is also an emerging thought that people should contribute financially for using the rooms.” During the official opening in late October, the Glenside Progressive Association asked people for their views on how the house and grounds could be used. The association analysed the comments and compared them to visitors’ proposals from an open day held in

2003. Claire says another change had been a drop in the number of people seeing it used as a café. “People are more inclined to see it used for Devonshire teas or High teas, perhaps as part of a community fundraising event. “The use of the house and grounds as a venue for weddings or birthdays remains popular, however if this is a goer, it would require some flexibility as our community want the garden to remain open to the general public,” she explains. The guest book recorded 331 visitors at the October re-opening. A total $595 was raised in door entry donations, which will go toward historic framed pictures for the interior of the house. The Heritage Gardeners raised $152 for garden plants.  The full report on the Open Day is available on glenside.

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Wednesday November 22, 2017

Sean (4), takes the trains for a spin around the track

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OUT& Train show steams about into town By Dan & Michele Taylor

RailEx, the annual model train show which has been operating for 17 years, was held at Walter Nash Stadium in Lower Hutt last weekend. The event is organised by three of the areas model

railway clubs, and featured 35 different track layouts and saw approximately 4000 people visit the event over the two days it was open and organiser Ian Dougherty was thrilled with the turnout. Modellers’ attention to detail was remarkable and

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showed the amount of time and care taken to ensure authenticity. In addition to model railway displays, enthusiasts could peruse a multitude of stalls offering everything from miniature trees to books about every aspect of railway topics.

Little train driver Leuan (4), with dad Andy view the amazing spectacle from up high

Nick (8), watching the trains pass by

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Eli (6) and Noah (8) mesmerised by the detail

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51. J.K. Rowling 7.00pm chose the Monday 30th November unusual At the Clubrooms name ‘Hermione’ Corner of Main Road so young and Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata Karori local Richard Stratton pean and English Basaltes wares many different ways of producgirls has been confirmed as one of c.1769”. ing ceramics. wouldn’t this country’s most interesting In 2013, Richard won the PorHe was recently able to extend be teased artists working with clay, win- tage Ceramic Award’s interna- his practice by travelling to A proposed policy by the Welthat takes into account not only Bringing local news for being ning the 2017 Portage Ceramic tional Guldagergaard residency, Europe, Scandinavia and China. lington City Council aspires “to the way that council approaches nerdy! the public communityAwards Premier Prize for his which he took up in 2015. Richard has exhibited his work ensure that te reo [Maori] is more signage, but alsotoother work Forced Turned Teapot. The Karori resident trained at in various galleries, both public visible in the everyday lives of forms of communication, such This year’s judge, Emma the Otago School of Arts from and private, and has work held Wellingtonians”, deputy mayorSituation as streetVacant art, murals, performing Budgen, presented Richard with 1987 to 1992 and moved to in public collections. Jill Day says. arts and much more. his $15,000 award at a ceremony Wellington in 1992. Te Reo Maori policy will honJill says the council wanted to solid in West Auckland’sATe Uru Since then, Richour Billie Tait-Jones, council’s demonstrate that Te Reo is an ard has Waitakere Contemporary cultural advisor, who passed away integral part of who we are as a Gallery on November 9. earlier this month. country and as a city. Emma says Richards’s “It is my intention that we dedi“We want to lead the way in entry is “a teapot steeped cate this policy to the memory of making this part of the cultural in history, juggling an eclectic Billie Tait-Jones, in celebration of fabric of our city. blend of craft techniques”. her life and what she achieved,” This is a public statement of our “This pot is not just a comJill says. commitment to Te Reo Maori, an pendium of methods; it held “In many ways, she exemplified acknowledgement of the mana my gaze with its sincerity and the spirit of this proposed policy: of Maori culture and values, our vigour, from its brutalist strucDeliverers Required in positivity, inclusiveness and the joint history and the whakapapa ture to the delightful whimsy of desire to make te reo a very of our rohe.” Richard Area 1:ourMomona, - Kaponga. the handle.” visible part of everyday lives.”Mohaka, CouncillorsKawatiri voted unanimously Stratton’s In his artist’s statement, Rich- worke d The proposed policy follows at a City Strategy Committee Forced ard says Forced Turned Teapot a s a c e a commitment made by Mayor meeting to endorse the proposed Turned is “based on [his] research of ramic artist, Justin Lester during Te Wiki o Te policy, which will be subject to Applications are available at our recruitment View the WainuiomataTeapot. News industrialised historical ceramic resea rching Reo Maori earlier this year, and public consultation early next office or at the security gate based in the PHOTO: online practices and formulas of Euroand practicing Ngauranga George in Wellington. is accompanied by an action plan year. Supplied

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St Brigid’s School Board of Trustees Casual Vacancy for an elected trustee A casual vacancy has occurred on the board of trustees for an elected parent representative. The Board has resolved under section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection. If ten percent or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held. Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the board to hold a by-election should write to: Chairperson Board of Trustees St Brigid’s School 9-11 Phillip Street Johnsonville Wellington 6037 by: 20 December 2017

At the close of nominations, as the number of valid nominations was equal to the number of vacancies required to be filled, I hereby declare the following duly elected: Geoff Davenport Fraser Clark Signed, Julia Truesdale Returning Officer

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parent election results At the close of nominations, as the number of valid nominations was fewer than the number of vacancies required to be filled, I hereby declare the following duly elected: Sam Anderson Signed, Kate Koch Returning Officer

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GLEN, Marie Patricia (nee Keating): Nov, 2017. TURNER, James Frederick (Jim): Nov 17, 2017. BROWN, Dorothy May. Passed away on 18th November 2017. Dearly loved daughter of the late Matthew and Jessie Brown. Loved sister of Eleanor (Petone), Elsie and the late Albert Patmore (Palmerston North), The late Charles and May (Auckland), and James and the late Gail (Upper Hutt). Loved aunt of all her nieces and nephews and their families. Please, no flowers by request. Messages for Dorothy’s family may be left in her online memorial book at or may be posted c/- 4 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville. Family and friends are invited to attend a service for Dorothy at The Khandallah Presbyterian Church, Ganges Rd, Khandallah, Wellington, at 12:30pm on Friday 24th November 2017, thereafter private cremation. Guardian Funeral Home, Locally Owned. MACIVER, Elizabeth Jane: A memorial service for Elizabeth will be held at St John’s Church, Johnsonville at 1pm, 30 November 2017. Please bring hand-picked flowers from your garden. A private cremation has already taken place. Harbour City Funeral Home, Locally Owned. NG, Chiu Sheung: Loved wife of the late Ng Ping Young. Loved step mother and motherin-law of Harry and Shirley Moon. Adored grandma of Christine & Rob, Donna & Steven, Rodney & Cheryl, the late Warren and Darren & Karen. Special great grandma to her ten great grandchildren. A private service has been held. Guardian Funeral Home, Locally Owned.

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Wednesday November 22, 2017


Triple win for Queen Margaret girls Three talented Queen Margaret College (QMC) sportswomen came out on top at the College Sport Wellington Awards a fortnight ago. Estelle Macadré and Ivy McLean were named Players of the Year in hockey and tennis respectively, while Bridget Olphert was one of the Cyclists of the Year. Estelle was captain of the QMC 1st XI Hockey team this year. She also plays for the Capital NHL Women’s team and in the New Zealand U19 Squad. She says she was “really excited” to be named the female Player of the Year by College Sport. “It was so amazing to be acknowledged and to have my parents there. Making them proud is really important to me,” Estelle explains. She trains up to eight times a week on the field and says her coach Dane Lett was one of her biggest influences in hockey. “I look up to him a lot and he’s helped me develop into the player I am today. I would have to say he’s one of my sporting heroes.” Award-winner Ivy plays for the QMC Premier 1 Tennis team who came second in this year’s New Zealand Secondary School Tennis Championships. She has also played well in sin-

College Sport Wellington awardees Estelle Macadré, Ivy McLean and Bridget Olphert. PHOTOS: College Sport Wellington

gles and doubles events winning the College Sport Wellington (CSW) Senior Tennis Championship, CSW Open Tennis Championships and National U16 Doubles and Mixed Doubles Championships. Bridget presents QMC in the Wellington Track Cycling Team

and the Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club. This year she has competed in Nationals and North Island champs in both track and road racing. “I really like the social side of cycling because you can do all your hard training and also go out

Karori Golf Club host popular tournament

Peter Spearman-Burn of the Miramar Golf Club took home Prodrive City of Wellington’s prized trophy. PHOTO: David Sercombe

On a sunny Saturday two weeks ago, the Karori Golf Club held its annual Prodrive City of Wellington golf tournament – a popular event with golf clubs from around the region. It was the tournament’s 40th anniversary, which was originally organised to fundraise for the City of Wellington Pipe Band to enable them to attend World Pipe Band Champion-

ships in the UK, and a couple of years later to compete in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Prodrive City of Wellington started with an early 8.30am tee off on November 11 and enabled All White supporters to also attend the NZ v Peru World Cup qualifier at Westpac Stadium that afternoon. The day dawned beautifully fine and the 90 contestants from all round the region en-

joyed excellent golfing conditions on what is fast building a reputation as the best country course in the greater Wellington district. The winner of the prized trophy with a gross score of 72 was Peter Spearman-Burn of the Miramar Golf Club, being presented it by the inaugural winner, Keith Gaskin, one of the life members of the Karori Golf Club.

with a group of friends for a fun ride,” Bridget says. “Also, tinkering with your bike, learning about all the detailed mechanics and seeing all the new technology available is pretty cool because not many sports use such intricate machinery.” Other CSW awardees from St

Mary’s College, Wellington Girls’ College and Onslow College include Renee Savai’inaea, Lachlan McLaren, Zoe Smith, Nixon Penese, Ria Nathu, Crissalina Sak, Grace Hunter, Sarah Tetzlaff, Claire Cooper, Chelsea Empson, Bridget Ireland, Lyric Faleafaga, Hui Ling Vong and Ivana Samani.

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All Whites outdone by every trick in the book Peru’s almost certain qualification for the FIFA World Cup at the expense of the All Whites has brought out the worst in the so-called “beautiful game”. Peru, ranked 10 in the world at football beat New Zealand, ranked 122 globally, 2-0 in Lima last week to advance to the tournament in Russia. While the moves on the field may make football beautiful, the Peruvian supporters seemed determined to disrupt the Kiwi team with pathetic, underhand tactics from the moment the team left New Zealand. The team flight was delayed, their bus to the hotel crawled at less than 35kph once they did land, fireworks lit up the sky over the All Whites’ hotel at 3am the morning of the match and there are photographs that show laser pointers were being shone at players during the game in an effort to distract them. That’s just to name a few unsettling anecdotes that have emerged. From what we are told, Peruvians are generally pleasant, accomodating people. Mess with their first chance

to qualify for one of sports biggest tournaments in 35 years and the mood seems to change. It’s a far cry from the politically correct sporting climate that faces fans on these shores. No longer is booing an opposition team acceptable in rugby, and the value of winning in junior sports is rapidly subsiding to the need to promote participation and having fun. I’ve always had more fun participating in sport when winning and that’s what the people of Peru were trying to help their football team with. It’s a complete culture clash, football is a dirty game in many facets and in some parts of the world it’s bigger than life. More than 750,000 home fans registered for tickets to the match in Lima on Thursday - a number which even the most die-hard All Black fan has to find eye watering in terms of interest. Making a FIFA World Cup means big bucks. Peru used every available asset to make that dream a reality. The age old saying rang true for the All Whites - sometimes nice guys finish last.


Wednesday November 22, 2017

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