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Wednesday December 6, 2017

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think about the summer so far?

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

Karori golfers found this in a paradise duck’s nest. PHOTO: Supplied

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