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Thursday November 30, 2017

Jackie selling up to go abroad By Jamie Adams

Another Island Bay business owner is selling up. Jackie Rodriguez, proprietor and manager of the Koru Hub, is looking for someone to take it over after five years at the helm. Her announcement comes only weeks after the owners of Island Bay Stationers announced their intention to retire. However Jackie’s reason is different – the Danish-born massage therapist wants to free herself in order to tour New Zealand and the world. “I need to travel. I want to tour New Zealand first. I’ll convert my car into a mini-campervan,” she says. Jackie plans to head away during the height of summer and return to Wellington in April before heading overseas. She has no idea where exactly

she’ll be going. “I just love travelling, it could be anywhere.” Jackie has lived in Island Bay for 12 years and has met “a lot of lovely people” during that time. “I enjoyed working here but sometime I thought I needed to do something else.” The Koru Hub has been situated at 118 The Parade for the past three years after it began 13 years prior further down the road. The business has two parts – the main part of it is a gift shop selling a range of items such as artworks, jewellery, ceramics and cards made by local and national artists and craftspeople. “It was set up for local artists and still the main purpose of the shop for them to have a heartland.” It also houses rooms for 13 health and well-being practitioners, including Jackie, who

provide services such as massage, reflexology, naturopathy and counselling. “Practitioners work here because clients prefer the quiet as opposed to the city,”Jackie says. “People travel from the northern suburbs to come here.” The advantage of having a combined “hub” is that those who use one of their services may then buy a related item at the shop, such as essential oil, she adds. She hopes whoever takes over will continue to honour the practitioners and craftspeople. “It’s important to keep these things I sell to maintain the integrity of it being a health and wellbeing centre.”  Jackie would like to sell her shop by January 1. Interested buyers can contact her on 383 5757 or email com.

Koru Hub owner and operator Jackie Rodriguez is selling her shop after five years in the business. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Parade march to protest cycleway decision Island Bay residents will be marching down The Parade on Sunday to protest the decisions made by the Wellington City Council over the suburb’s controversial cycleway. Organised by Colin Saunders on behalf of the Island Bay Residents Association (IBRA), the march will begin at 1pm at Shorland Park and will run along The Parade to the suburb’s commercial centre

where people will be given the opportunity to speak. Spokesperson Jane Byrne says the protest has come about as a result of submissions to the council over its four proposals known as A – D for a new design, the result of which saw over 80 percent support an unofficial Option E – returning the cycleway to what it was originally with improvements.

Council then voted to implement a “mayoral solution” design involving raised cycleways connected to the footpaths on each side, which Jane says makes it potentially even more dangerous for pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles as driveways and intersections are danger spots and there are many along The Parade. The estimate to implement the mayor’s compromise is $7 million

plus which the IBRA believe will blow out due to the massive work to be done on the drains due to the roads camber. Estimates for construction is one to three years. Jane says the protest is about the mayor, councillors and council officers failing to heed the concerns of local constituents, including those who are not from the southern ward. “The council has not listened

to the majority of the people. It’s a complex issue that needs to be properly addressed,” she says. “The mayor and councillors along with the Minister of Transport have all been invited to address this march.” The march will be conducted off the road with marshals present. Jane says it will be done in an orderly manner with minimal disruption.

Ex-mayor back home after ultimate Kiwi tramp By Jamie Adams

The Island Bay Resident’s Association and business representatives are organising a protest against decisions made surrounding the Island Bay Cycleway. All are invited to take part. When: Sunday, December 3rd from 1pm Where: Shorland Park to the Island Bay Shopping Centre Email:

Former Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has had a lot of time on her hands since quitting politics – enough to enable her to walk the length of the country. Celia and her husband Alastair Nicholson spent more than six months traversing the Te Araroa Trail, a 3000km route from Cape Reinga to Bluff, over the past year. They arrived home in Island Bay on Monday, having reached the North Island terminus in Shorland Park, which is marked by a boulder plaque that Celia unveiled with then GovernorGeneral Sir Jerry Mataparae in December 2011. “We started doing the South Island part from Boxing Day last year,” Celia explains. “We did the South Island in 78 days then flew to Cape Reinga in March and walked to Auckland. That took about 30 days.” Winter was approaching by that stage so they delayed the rest of the North Island leg until September. This journey went slightly quicker for the distance travelled, as 60km of it involves canoeing down the Whanganui River; they arrived in Wellington after 73 days.

Celia Wade-Brown and Alistair Nicholson at the plaque marking the North Island end of Te Araroa Trail at Shorland Park. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

“It’s a wonderful way to see the country. I always had it in mind since opening it. “I set myself the big challenge after the mayoralty.” Despite attracting hundreds of trampers each year, Te Araroa’s route is not for the faint-hearted. While much of the trail involved walking on roads and beaches, it also required traversing several mountain ranges, and

the most challenging part was at Mount Rintoul in Mount Richmond Forest Park. The highest point was at Stag Saddle, some 1925 metres above sea level. “It was snowing in January when we walked through the Takitimu Forest in Southland,” Celia says. “Some of it was really challenging but still doable.” Celia says she has never felt fitter after completing New

Zealand’s longest journey. “I’ve lost over 10kg doing this.” Although she and Alastair will be putting their feet up for the next few months, Celia will soon be preparing for another epic jaunt – the Cancer Society’s Great Wall Challenge in China in September 2018 which she will lead. “At least it won’t be as physically challenging.”

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