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Santa is back in town By Julia Czerwonatis
After nearly eight months of planning the big day had finally come. Santa Claus in his mighty sleigh returned to Johnsonville last Saturday, and he brought a colourful entourage to join him in this year’s Christmas parade. The annual event has grown into the largest suburban Christmas parade and has become a local highlight in the festive season for the past 13 years. ”We were very happy with the parade this year; everything went really smoothly,” says Stephen Cook, president of the Johnsonville Lions Club. Continued on page 2. Romi Tait as Santa’s little helper. PHOTO: Dan Taylor
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Johnsonville celebrates annual Christmas parade Continued from page 1. The Lions have traditionally been the organisers for the past years, however, this year they decided to engage closer with locals and volunteers. “We had a lot of support from other Lions Clubs from as far as Karori and Silverstream who helped with traffic control. “But more than that, we’re glad that we reached out to the community who committed a lot of time and effort to organising the event,” Stephen adds. Ahead of everyone with crying sirens drove the local police, followed by brilliant red fire trucks from the several brigade stations. Greg O’Connor, Ohariu MP, and Justin Lester, Wellington Mayor, cruised along in the iconic Wellington crocodile bike and were guarded by the fabulous three Musketeers, Jill Day, Malcolm Sparrow and Peter Gilberd. Morris dancers and a Rock ’n’ Roll troupe shook their legs as brass and bag pipe players were
setting the tune. Captain Hurricane, Leo the Lion and Pyro proudly represented Wellington’s sports people accompanied by the Newlands Football Club. The Wellington Chinese Sports and Cultural Centre came with gorgeous Chinese dragons, and Capital Steampunkers showed off their best robes. The Challenge 2000 youth sailed along in Noah’s Ark and several scout groups arrived in full gear. And Luke and Leia Skywalker, Wonder Woman and Batman posed bravely while princesses Belle, Elsa and Moana greeted spectators with their stunning smiles. “We were incredibly pleased to see this wide range of community groups participating in the parade,” Stephen says. “That’s what we were aiming for – not only to entertain the community but have the community being a part of the event. “The most important thing
Isaac, Mia and Benjamin join Santa on his sleigh. PHOTO: Dan Taylor
is that the kids have a brilliant time.” Stephen thanked the generous support of the Johnsonville Charitable Trust who will help
to finance the Christmas parade for the next couple of years. “We’re looking forward to next year’s parade already.”
Ngaio Toy Library back on track
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Just a few months ago, the Ngaio Toy Library’s coffers were empty, membership was dropping, and the committee didn’t know whether they should continue with the library. Luckily, the tide has turned and the toy library is back on track now. “We called a special meeting to decide what to do with the toy library,” Rachel Lock, Ngaio Toy Library secretary, says. “We experienced an unexpected level of engagement from the community and to-
gether we tackled the issue. “People were prepared to put their hands up and get involved which was fantastic,” Rachel says. The committee conducted a survey amongst the members to work out what they wanted for the toy library’s future and developed an action plan from there. “We now have several new members and a lot of people renewed their membership,” chairperson Emma Balduzzi says. “Our finances have since stabilised. We’d really like to thank everyone. If it weren’t for
our community, we would have closed by now.” Emma explains that operating costs were the major issue for the committee as they get enough grants to cover costs for new toys. She says the toy library still needed support from the community. “We still need at least four new committee members as some of us are leaving,” Emma says. “If we could find someone with a few hours on their hands each month it would great. “They don’t need to be toy library members; we’re just
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A Consort Christmas promises old and new songs The Tudor Consort conclude their 2017 Subscription Series with a festive concert next Saturday. With A Consort Christmas the choral group will sing Christmas music old and new, well-known classics and new gems to discover. “This will be a wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit,” Tudor Consort music director Michael Stewart says.
A Consort Christmas will be presented with witty readings for the festive season courtesy of Robert Easting and RNZ’s Brian Crump, and sprinkled with some good old fashioned sing-along favourites. The evening is featuring Tallis’ opulent seven-part Missa Puer natus est nobis alongside music by Sweelinck, Poulenc, Howells and Byrd.
“We are really looking forward to ending our year with a more informal concert featuring some beautiful Christmas music,” Michael says. “This will be a great opportunity for you all to lend your voices with us in some favourite Christmas carols, such as God rest ye merry, gentlemen and Good King Wenceslas. “It’ll be worthwhile to come
along and enjoy A Consort Christmas, a fine antidote to Snoopy’s version.” The Tudor Consort will sing on Saturday, December 16, at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. A pre-concert talk will start at 7pm at the concert at7.30pm. Tickets are $25/20. Door sales and online bookings at tudor-consort. org.nz.
‘I’m not a victim, I’m a survivor’ By Julia Czerwonatis
Brenda Ng is one to challenge herself, driven by ambition, courage and with the support of her loved ones. When the Johnsonville athlete suffered a ruptured aneurysm followed by a stroke in 2013, Brenda decided she wouldn’t yield to her impediments she carried away from the stroke. “I’ve decided that nothing is going to stop me from doing things I enjoy,” Brenda explains. Brenda used to be a sports coordinator enjoying the buzz of working with young adults and a true adventurer who hiked in the Himalayas and cycled around Lake Taupo. After spending four months in hospital following her stroke, however, Brenda returned home but with only the use of her left arm and minimal use of her right leg. Brenda explains it was essential to her to set goals and then work as hard as possible to achieve them – and so she did. Only a year later, Brenda climbed Mount Kaukau, and a further six months later she hopped on a UK-bound plane to visit her brother. In September this year, the Johnsonville local joined a special trip with adventure company Outward Bound which
inbrief news Festival Singers The Festival Singers Choir of Wellington will be presenting Come Celebrate Christmas this coming Sunday December, starting 7pm at St Barnabas Anglican Church, 35 Box Hill, Khandallah. It will be a variety of festive music, directed by Jonathan Berkhan. It’s $10 entry, children free. Donations to Downtown Community Ministries would be appreciated.
Karori Campus Sale Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) advises that the open market sale process for the main campus is still underway. “Tenders have now been received and are being considered,” Steph Forrest, associate director for facilities management, says. “These are being assessed against community outcomes as well as commercial arrangements and there will then be a period to complete contracts.” The sale of a parcel of land to the Wellington City Council to provide additional car parking adjacent to the Karori swimming pool is confirmed, after completion of all required legal documentation. Police continue to use two buildings on the campus for training.
Reserve fishing fine Brenda Ng braves the heights on her Outward Bound journey in September. PHOTO: Supplied
“really empowered” Brenda. “I was blown away by the Outward journey,” she says. It was a week full of exciting challenges in Marlborough where Brenda and her Outward Bound fellows sailed and swam through the sounds, rummaged the native bush and faced their fear of heights. “We didn’t know what the Outward Bound had planned for us, so every day was a surprise,” Brenda explains. Despite not always having access to a shower or a toilet
for that matter, Brenda says she “absolutely loved the trip” and recommends it to anyone. “You learn so much about yourself; about your strengths and weaknesses. “I realised how grateful I am for my family and what a tight unit we are. They take up with all the stupid things I do.” For January, Brenda plans to join the Round the Bays run, hopefully with a recumbent bike which she has been fundraising for. The following year, Brenda
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A public tip-off has led to the conviction of a man who illegally fished in Wellington’s Taputeranga Marine Reserve. Xiaobin Sun pleaded guilty to taking 29 fish from the marine reserve while fishing from a small boat in May. He was fined $1000, plus $130 in court costs, when he appeared in the Wellington District Court on Friday. Department of Conservation Kapiti Wellington operations manager Jack Mace says DOC has a “no tolerance” policy for people who break the law by fishing in a marine reserve. The maximum sentence for taking marine life from a reserve is three months in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 or both.
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Driving through town is increasingly becoming a hassle with about 82,000 commuters from the suburbs, Hutt Valley, Kapiti Coast and further clogging up the central business district each day. Looking at population growth predictions, experts believe that in less than 10 years travel times will be 25 per cent longer if infrastructure doesn’t change. To ensure the capital’s transport system doesn’t become an Auckland-esque disaster, Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and New Zealand Transport Agency have joined forces for a new infrastructure strategy. The Let’s Get Wellington Moving committee is now seeking public feedback for four different designs that aim to improve connections between Ngauranga Gorge and the Wellington Airport. The plan is to embrace all ways of travel – driving, cycling, walking and public transport. However, project director Barry Mein says “the key focus for us is to reduce the number of cars
driving in the CBD and improve the public transport system”. “Building more roads is not an option, there’s just not enough space, and it would only be a short-term solution. “We need to find a way to move more people without more vehicles,” Barry explains. Stage one would make bus travel quicker and more attractive for commuters with additional bus lanes in Te Aro. Plans also propose to reduce the speed limit and to build safer facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. Stage two builds upon the previous designs and would see a second Mount Victoria tunnel separating east-west traffic which would relief traffic around the Basin Reserve. Construction time could be up to seven years for both stages combined. For the Basin Reserve, the committee proposes different layout options which could include tunnels and/or bridges to separate conflicting traffic flow. Plans for mass transit is also on the table which could see light rail, a modern generation of electric busses or other newer technology moving passengers efficiently through town.
Commuters stuck on the highway along Aotea. PHOTO: Let’s Get Welly Moving
Stage three offers plans for a tunnel underneath Vivian Street separating inner-city traffic from congestion on the Urban Highway. Te Aro’s walking and cycling facilities would be further improved. Stage four introduces a fourth lane southbound on SH1 going from Ngauranga to Aotea. Plans also pick up on suggestions made by Wellingtonians to reduce traffic along the quays and make the waterfront more accessible to pedestrians. Lastly, a second Terrace tunnel is proposed.
All four stages combined would cost up to $2.3billion and take more than 10 years to construct. “We’d love to get feedback from a large cross-section of people from our region,” says Ian McKinnon, Greater Wellington councillor. “People can give us their views on all of the scenarios or cherrypick certain elements they like or dislike,” he adds. Find more detailed information and give your feedback on getwellymoving.co.nz.
Largest kapa haka festival to be held in Wellington Wellington will be hosting the Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival, a cultural pinnacle event for Maori performing arts, next year. Te Matatini is held every two years and is one of the most highly anticipated events for kapa haka perfomers from around the country. The four-day event will be held at Westpac Stadium from February 20-24. Wellington’s deputy mayor, Jill Day, has welcomed the announcement.
“I’m tremendously excited that Te Matatini is coming to Wellington,” Jill says. “Te Matatini is expected to draw at least 60,000 kapa haka performers, whanau and supporters to Wellington – this is a major event by any estimation and it gets bigger every year. “From personal experience as a performer and through supporting my children in kapa haka, I know the opportunities that come from participating in kapa haka,” she adds.
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True leadership and outstanding contribution to school life of our young citizens were recognised last Wednesday night at the Wellington North Primary Schools’ Citizenship Awards. The third annual award ceremony took place at the Johnsonville Community Centre where northern ward councillors Malcolm Sparrow, Jill Day and Peter Gilberd and the Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester, honoured pupils for their social engagement. “It’s a great occasion and an event to really appreciate the children,” Malcolm says. “We heard stories of students who join the road patrol regularly, who like being on library duty or who are being helpful and thoughtful towards
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Village celebrates new facilities in wake of quake By Jamie Adams
The Malvina Major Retirment Village now has more to offer its residents with the official opening of new facilities at the venue last Tuesday. Ryman Healthcare, which owns the retirement village, has invested in renovating its main front building to now feature a cafe and supply shop, as well as a hair salon and extensions to its Seville lounge and chapel. The village, situated on Burma Road between Johnsonville and Khandallah, also now has a “music appreciation room”, which allows residents to listen to classical music while relaxing. Ryman CEO Gordon McLeod says the day marked an important milestone, given the tribulation the village had gone through in the past year. “When we had an earthquake last year we unfortunately were told that the foundations had been compromised so we had to bring a building down,” he told residents in a speech. Last November’s Kaikoura earthquake led to Malvina Major’s 41-unit Figaro apartment block having to be demolished. Gordon thanked residents for putting up with the disruption during the time. “Your patience and perseverance have been boundless.” He gave special honour to Jason
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Bernie Arimado, Karori “It’s glorious. I’m really enjoying it and could get used to the sun and heat.”
Amanda Dela Cruz, Woodridge “Really, really, really super-duper hot.”
Martin Small, Churton Park “It’s bloody marvelous. Any day that ends with a ‘y’ is a good day!”
Derek Doe, Ohariu Valley “Very hot and dry which is very good.”
Don Baker, Paparangi “It’s something we’ve been waiting for for months. Everyone feels a bit better after this long winter.”
Steve Booth, Newlands “It’s been amazing.”
EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville two vehicles left locked and secure overnight outside a garage in Bassett Road were broken into. The door lock on one of the vehicles had been pulled out and the window of the other was forced open.
An attempt to start one of vehicles by tampering with the ignition was unsuccessful. In Newlands a digger at a building site, parked overnight in Grumman Lane, had its 300mm wide digger trenching bucket stolen.
Equipment at a site further down the road was reportedly damaged. A silver Subaru Impreza saloon car was stolen from Helston Road. In Khandallah a locked garage in Homebush Road was entered through a metal framed window
Kids get rocking during summer By Julia Czerwonatis
Aspiring rock stars will have the chance to prove their skills this summer and record their own songs during a holiday rock camp. Local musician and music producer Jake Stokes will launch the three-day programme at the end of January and invites young musician – individuals or bands – to join him at Onslow College and get rocking. “It’s the first time we’re organising a summer rock camp so we’re quite excited,” Jake says. Growing up in Khandallah and attending Onslow College, Jake always had a knack for music and eventually made it his profession. A few years back, he founded music school Apollo and is now teaching around 50 young music enthusiasts from Johnsonville and Khandallah and surrounding suburbs. For the Apollo Summer Rock Camp Jake will have Wellington musicians Chris Armour, Jordan Ross and Blain Fitzpatrick on board. He says his co-tutors are active musicians in the local scene and really passionate about what they’re doing. “During the programme we want to get together four bands who will then, with the help of the tutors, write their own song, rehearse and then record their own EP,” Jake explains.
that was jemmied open. A vacuum cleaner and a spray painting unit were stolen. In Churton Park an attempt was made to break into a house in Burdendale Grove. Benches in the garden were moved close to the window of
a study which was smashed to gain access. The attempt was abandoned. In Ngaio a silver Toyota hatchback parked during the day in the park and ride Ngaio railway station carpark had its right rear tyre stolen.
Unique find on Karori golf course The Karori Golf Club, located in the scenic South Makara Valley, is renowned for its natural setting and its haven for local wildlife. Somewhat less natural was this egg found in the nest of one of the resident paradise ducks. With some thinking it must be a hoax, a quick Google search proved otherwise, with a similar find in a Canadian goose’s nest next to a golf course in North
Carolina in 199. There, a university expert who examined the egg postulated that it was likely rolled into the nest by the goose, thinking it was an egg that had been displaced from her nest, and then subsequently sucked into the bird’s distended cloacal opening following the laying of another egg. As they say, fact can be stranger than fiction.
Jake Stokes invites young musicians to join him for his Summer Rock Camp. PHOTO: Supplied
Jake operates his recording business from a home studio. He will relocate his equipment to Onslow College for the rock camp. “We’re focussing on rock music with drums, guitar, keyboard and vocals. But there’re no real limits – we’d love to get people with saxophones for example and I guess, we’d even have room for classical instruments.”
The kids will be team up in groups of similar age and skill level and learn covers, stagecraft and some about music technology. “We really hope to record some cool music with the kids,” Jake says. For more details and to sign up for the programme, visit apollomusic.co.nz.
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Break taboos this Christmas with a bloody great gift By Sapeer Mayron WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT
Five Wellington female social enterprises have packaged their wares into a Christmas gift that give back. Led by the Nopesisters, the Bloody Good Christmas Pack supports female-run business across Wellington. Khandallah locals Brittany and Johanna Cosgrove started Nopesisters Clothing last year with their mother Bette to support organisations working on issues they are connected with. “We design a tee that starts a conversation and has an important message,” Johanna says. Their Christmas pack offers a sustainable, personal gift that normalises menstruation by putting it under the Christmas tree. “It’s one of those things often hidden or spoken about only in whispers amongst women, almost a taboo topic in the company of men,” Brittany says. Their recent t-shirt aims to end social taboos around menstruation, and simply says ‘period’ in red embroidery across the chest. Social enterprise, the Wa Collective is their charity partner on the Period-project. Led by Marie Body and Olie Larking, Wa Collective sells menstrual cups at the discounted rate of $15 to university students. The women have packaged together their t-shirt, medical grade
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silicone Wa Cup, locally made underwear, organic menstrual pads and a handcrafted soap for a Christmas give-away. Nopesisters sourced the cotton from New Zealander Samantha Jones’ company Little Yellow Bird, a uniform company which uses organic cotton and boasts a transparent supply chain. The pack features Oi organic menstrual pads from Dignity, a social enterprise whose corporate “buy one, give one” scheme sends menstrual products to local high schools. The women of CanSurvive, a
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Myrtle rust reaches Wellington The fungal plant disease myrtle rust has been found in Lower Hutt. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says its laboratory confirmed last Thursday, positive infection in three ramarama plants in a Hutt Valley garden. The two-metre-high plants are in a row and are heavily infected, says the myrtle rust response incident controller Catherine Duthie. The disease thrives in a humid and warm environment and MPI say the disease’s spread was a sign that myrtle rust could be here to stay. Myrtle rust is a fungus that attacks – and can potentially seriously affect – myrtle species plants, including natives such as pohutukawa, ramarama, manuka and rata. "This new find, significantly further south of other known infection in the upper North Island, is very disappointing," Catherine says. As with other positive finds, the trees are having their foliage sealed to prevent spore drift and are then
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OUT&about The northern community gathered last Saturday for the annual Johnsonville Christmas Parade. Organisers of 13 years, the Johnsonville Lions Club, have been joined this year by volunteers from the community to help out with the large workload that comes with planning the event. Fabulous new costumes such as the Disney princesses
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and super heroes were made by Gael Cherian and Lisa Woodley managed the parade content. Johnsonville Lions president Stephen Cook says the planning committee was very happy with the outcome. This year’s parade was sponsored by the Johnsonville Charitable Trust, who are supporting the parade with a significant contribution for
the next two years, as well as other local trusts and businesses Local business owner and president of the Johnsonville Rotary Club William Nobelen says it was a fantastic celebration. “Well done to everyone who planned, participated and supported the parade,” he comments on the Christmas Parade Facebook page.
The Wellington Chinese Sports and Cultural Centre with gorgeous Chinese dragons.
Iris (7), Dylan (7), Shannon (4), Abigail (4), and Angela Goodall from the Angela Goodall Dance Academy.
Paparangi School made quite the crafting eﬀort.
Crowds enjoying the parade coming along Johnsonville Road.
The Three Musketeers, Peter, Jill and Malcolm.
Orianna (1) getting a top view on top of Orville.
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Record number of stars line Wellington waterfront A record number of stars have lined Wellington’s waterfront for City Mission’s Christmas Appeal. The Wellington City Mission is excited to display a record number of stars on their Christmas Walk of Fame which began last Friday. Close to 170 pre-ordered stars will line Wellington’s beautiful waterfront as part of the Christmas Star Appeal and officials are confident this number will continue to grow as more people add their name or logo to the Walk of Fame over the coming weeks. This year is the third year the Walk of Fame has run and each year it gets even bigger and better.
Generous local businesses, individuals, families and groups have purchased the naming rights to the Hollywood Walk of Fame-style stars, and each one represents families being supported this Christmas and beyond. The stars will be displayed on the waterfront near Te Papa from December 1 – 26. Wellington City Mission chief executive officer Michelle Branney says: “It has been amazing to see how the Walk of Fame has grown each year and become an established display in Wellington.” “This year we’ve been blown away by the generosity of people
Deaf students visit Great War Exhibition
Back, left to right: Rahui Lee, Nina Suniula, Harley Phillips, Andy Glanville, Tania Tiopira-Waaka (teacher) and Matthew Bain. Front, kneeling: Iopu Stowers. PHOTO: Supplied
When the Newlands College Deaf class got the opportunity to plan a school trip, they were keen to head to The Great War Exhibition. The students have an interest in World War I, having recently completed individual projects about the First and Second World Wars. They felt the exhibition would be well-suited to deaf learners, because it brings the war to life through visual displays such as movie-like war sets, wartime objects and colourised images. The deaf students were guided around the exhibition and neighbouring Pukeahu National War Memorial Park by Andy Glanville, an education facilitator, with the aid of Joy Howard, a New Zealand Sign Language communicator. Joy translated what Andy said into sign language as they went, enabling the students to access information and stories about World War I. “It was a real privilege and pleasure to work with the group,” Andy says.
“All of the students had lots of great questions and you could see everyone engaging with the content and different exhibition spaces. “It was awesome to be able to offer the students such a rich learning experience with the assistance of Joy and the Newlands College team.” Students and staff enjoyed many aspects of the exhibition, with students signing that they liked “learning about how World War One started”, “seeing all the guns” and “seeing what the trenches would have looked like”. They also enjoyed many aspects of Pukeahu, such as the learning about the Unknown Soldier and his tomb, the aboriginal carvings on the red stones and the bells in the Carillion. All the students agreed that it was great having a NZSL communicator with them to interpret Andy’s informative tour, although two hours was not long enough to spend at The Great War Exhibition.
and businesses with a record number of stars. We are so thankful for everyone who gets behind this campaign – they really are making a huge difference,” Michelle says. “We hope people will enjoy visiting their stars, knowing that each one represents families being supported both at Christmas and into the New Year. Of course we’re not done yet, let’s see how far we can make the Walk of Fame stretch this year.” The Mission’s Walk of Fame and Street Day are key parts of their annual Christmas Star Appeal. The generous donations received during this appeal will help the
The Wellington City Mission’s Christmas Walk of Fame. PHOTO: Supplied
mission to make a life-changing difference in the region both now and into the New Year. They will provide families with food parcels and gifts so they
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Young entrepreneurs aspire during three-day challenge By Julia Czerwonatis
A hands-on business programme encourages high school students in Wellington to explore the business world and launch their own hypothetical enterprises. Members of the Young Enterprise charity visited year 10 students at Queen Margaret Col-
lege last week to launch the BP Business Challenge with the girls. “We have 10 different teams and we’re giving them three days to develop a business idea which they present to us on their last day,” Gavin Miller, Wellington coordinator for Young Enterprise, explains. “Through the programme, stu-
Chorus brings Christmas cheer
Sue Lesley (left) and Moira Liddell muck in at the KCA warehouse. PHOTO: Supplied
Volunteers from Chorus donated their time to Kiwi Community Assistance (KCA) to kick off the festive season a fortnight ago. Moira Liddell from Chorus Wellington got a group of her co-workers together for their annual volunteer day, mucking in at KCA’s Tawa warehouse. “It’s been very good out here, makes you feel good to help out,” Moira says. The group spent the day sorting and stacking all the donated clothes, toys, food, and other odds and ends that KCA collects to distribute to charities working with families in need in the community. It was Moira’s first time at KCA, and she enjoyed spending the day helping out before the big Christmas rush. “They do great work here,” she explains. Head of KCA, Tracy Wellington, says it was great to have corporate groups in for the day. “Everything we do is done by
volunteers so corporate groups can make a big difference, especially in the lead up to Christmas.” The festive season is a busy time for Tracy and the volunteers at KCA. “We have all sorts of treats come through around Christmas, and with our KCA Christmas present drive on the go at the moment we’re hoping there will be plenty to distribute come Christmas Eve.” KCA rescues food, clothes, and other household items from around the city, and distributes it out to other local charities so they can get it to people in need. Last year KCA supplied goods to around 50 agencies throughout Wellington and the Hutt Valley. They rescued 125 tonnes of food which was provided to local foodbanks, soup kitchens and other agencies, which adds another dozen organisations to their distribution network.
dents learn skills they’ll need anywhere – being creative and resilient, and being able to collaborate and work in a team. “While we thoroughly assess their ideas and tell them what could theoretically work and what couldn’t, we want them to dream big so they have the selfconfidence to prove themselves in the real world.” After designing business strategy with marketing ideas, predictions for profit margins and logistic plans during the first two days of their challenge, the students pitch their ideas to a judging panel. Student Brooke Raitt and her crew of seven developed an idea
that would improve water supply in developing countries. “Our product is called Filter Fly. It’s a contraption that aides with the distribution of water in lesser developed countries.” With their portable water tank and “state-of-the-art” filter, as Brooke describes it, Filter Fly would help families in need that have to walk miles and miles to access water. The group developed a prototype filter to purify contaminated water and a proper business plan to get their product out on the market. “Presenting our idea to the judges was quite scary, but now it’s a lot of fun,” Brooke says.
She has taken over the role of the CEO. “It’s cool to put myself in the shoes of a business woman.” After each of the 10 groups presented their ideas to the judges, the panel of local business owners and corporate identities chose their favourite business ideas. Kiwi Klean came the top team with their business idea; the girls invented a rubbish bag for trampers to keep their nonbiodegradable waste with built-in anti-smell function. Second place went to a group who developed a navigation app with an emergency function that would send alerts in case of a major disaster.
The Filter Fly crew with Brooke, Nikki, Libby, Ella, Simran, Harriet, Phoebe and Julia. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
Girls of Samuel Marsden Collegiate collected food, toys and other goods for Pack the Bus last week. It’s a charity initiative organised by The Breeze who visit schools with a bus to collect donations for the Wellington City Mission to help children in need. PHOTO: Supplied
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New appointments at Victoria University Council Wellington business executive Neil Paviour-Smith has been elected chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington for 2018, succeeding Sir Neville Jordan, who recently announced his retirement from council. Neil was unanimously elected to lead Victoria’s governing body at a meeting of the council. He is the managing director of sharebroking and investment firm Forsyth Barr, a director of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and a former director of NZX. Neil is currently pro-chancellor, having been a member of the Victoria University Council since mid-2013, and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. Born in Lower Hutt, Neil is a Victoria alumnus, who graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and
Administration, after finishing his schooling at Naenae College. He was an inaugural recipient of a Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Award in 2005. Neville announced in October that he was retiring from council, of which he had been a member for four-and-a-half years, serving as chancellor for three of those years. The chancellor is the chair of the University Council and responsible for providing leadership to the Council in the development and implementation of its governance responsibilities, including in the area of strategic direction. They are also the ceremonial head of the university presiding over occasions such as graduation. Council member Dame Therese Walsh was unanimously elected to the position of pro-chancellor at the same meeting. The pro-chancellor
is the council’s deputy chair. Therese says it was a privilege to assume leadership of Victoria’s council. “I look forward to leading our Council and supporting management to deliver on the University’s aspirational strategic plan. “I am passionate about Wellington and believe Victoria can play a bigger role in, and with, the city. This will help the University continue to grow the quality of the student experience and enhance our reputation for world-class research.” Therese pays tribute to retiring the chancellor. “Sir Neville has been an outstanding chancellor of Victoria. “He has led many successful projects and significant reforms, including a restructuring of the Council two years ago, which has
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Wednesday December 6, 2017
Young fan joins idols at Karori kickers celebrate new turf Blackcaps match A local Karori cricket fan had his dream come true last Friday when he joined captains Kane Williamson and Jason Holder on the pitch for the coin toss before the Blackcaps versus West Indies match to help decide the batting and bowling order. Nine-year-old Jack Mahoney has been playing cricket for six years and plays for the Karori Sharks team. “My favourite part was handing Kane Williamson the coin – that was pretty cool,” Jack says. “The captains were really nice and made me feel less nervous.” Jack explains he spends at least four hours a week playing and training for cricket, and he also likes spending his spare time outside playing cricket with his dad. Head of sponsorship at ANZ, Sue McGre-
gor, says Jack was one of 27 kids being selected to take part in the pivotal pre-match moment during this year’s summer of cricket. “We hope that connecting young players with their heroes will help inspire the next generation of Kiwi cricketers. “There’s a magic that happens when fans take part in the match and meet these great players. We try to get these young cricketers involved as much as we can,” she says. The ANZ coin toss activity is part of its support for cricket at all levels in New Zealand. ANZ is also giving keen cricketers the chance to share what help they need to get on top of their game this summer – from new gear to tips from their sports heroes. Applications are now open at anzcricketworld.co.nz.
City councillor Simon Woolf refereed the first official football game played on Karori’s new turf. PHOTO: Supplied By Julia Czerwonatis
The artificial turf at the former Terawhiti Bowling Club site is finally reality for Karori’s kickers. In 2012, Waterside Karori Association Football Club partnered up with Wellington City Council to get a turf for local players. Last Saturday, five years and over $1million later, the footballers celebrated the completion of the Terawhiti turf. “The turf is a godsend for us,” Louis Schmitt, Waterside Karori AFC treasurer, says. “We used to play all over town; in Wilson, in Nairnville Park, at St Particks College and Kaiwharawhara.” For the 650 juniors and 250 seniors of the club that meant “enormous” travel, Louis says. “Karori Park isn’t suited for training but only for games,” Louis explains. “Grass is unforgiving, and especially during winter the whole patch turns into mud.” With the new turf located right in the heart of the suburb, Karori’s footballers can now easily cycle to their training sessions. With the support of the council, the club had to gather a budget of over
$1million. They got the Lion Foundation, the NZ Racing Board, the NZ Community Trust and the Four Winds Foundation on board as their major sponsors. After the sod was turned in March, the exceptionally wet winter hindered contractors from completing their work for a few months. The football club and their supporters were therefore really excited about their first official game on the turf. “It’s a fantastic effort,” Onslow-western ward councillor Simon Woolf says. “Terawhiti Bowling Club who formally owned the land organised a lovely hand-over.” Simon refereed the first game which consisted of two teams of junior players, with a couple of senior players thrown in for good measure. “There’re some real talents amongst the young players. We saw a sublime goal by one the young fellows. “Football is becoming more popular; there’s more uptake from both boys and girls. “Indeed, one of the best players on the field last Saturday was a girl.” Waterside Karori seniors are one of the top-notch teams in Wellington and are currently playing in the central league.
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Nine-year-old ANZ Coin toss winner Jack Mahoney with captains Kane Williamson, right, and Jason Holder.
Athletes head home from National Summer Games More than 1250 athletes with intellectual disabilities are heading home from their pinnacle sporting event – the Special Olympics National Summer Games 2017, which finished in Wellington last Friday. Over the course of the event athletes competed in 11 sports – swimming, athletics, basketball, bocce, equestrian, football, golf, indoor bowls, powerlifting, table tennis and tenpin bowling, at venues in Wellington and surrounding areas. “This has been the most amazing week in Wellington,” Kathy Gibson, chief executive for Special Olympics New Zealand, says. “Our athletes have achieved some outstanding results and the looks on their faces regarding their experiences in the capital say it all.
“We have been supported by the most incredible sponsors and we cannot thank them enough. “From the Sport NZ, Datacom and FMG corporate volunteers through to the suppliers of our horses, Lions and Rotary members and our wonderful team of volunteer clinicians, the generosity of the support has been so much more than we expected. “They say Wellington is the event capital of New Zealand and this community has turned it on for our Special Olympics community in spades. “While the beautiful weather played a huge part, it has been the warmth and kindness shown that has really made this week special for us.”
Dear Tom - welcome aboard One opportunity, two careers potentially changed. Wellington wicket-keeper Tom Blundell made the most of his test debut with an absorbing unbeaten 107 and a tidy performance behind the stumps that should have regular Black Caps test keeper BJ Watling concerned. While the West Indies are at the weaker end of the test nation spectrum, Blundell ensured that dropping him won’t be an easy decision when Watling returns from a hip injury that had consigned him to just a batsman role in domestic cricket. At 27, Blundell is not a young man but on his home track at Wellington’s Basin Reserve he proved that if you’re given an inch but you take a mile, it can prove to be a life changing moment. Watling, who reinvented himself from top order batsman to test keeper mid career, has been a tremendous
option in the role, proving capable with the gloves and averaging 38 with the bat. However, once past 30, succession plans always come into play. Blundell’s composure at the crease, workman-like effort behind the stumps and willingness to walk home post-match while still in his playing whites will have endeared himself to many fans and undoubtedly the selectors. The Wellingtonian has the ability to hit the long ball and increase the strike rate and was seen as a coloured clothing option before a test player up until this week. It would be a tough call to drop Watling but the Australians would do it given the same opportunity and they’ve been mighty successful for many years. A headache for coach Mike Hesson but one that won’t have him reaching for the paracetamol any time soon.
Wednesday December 6, 2017
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