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The word “sustainable” is more than adults’ gibberish for the pupils of Johnsonville School. Creating and nourishing “something that lasts” has become an immanent part of the children’s lives in school and that’s why they were awarded silver from the Enviroschools group last week. Arihia Latha is an Enviroschools facilitator and visits Johnsonville School on a regular basis to talk about what it means to be living in a country where people work with positive energy to connect with each other. They discuss people’s cultural identity and their land, and how we can create a healthier, peaceful, more equitable society. Continued on page 2. Lily Montaperto-Olney, Maddie Wharehinga, Harry Baddington and Oscar Toms from the enviro group at Johnsonville School. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Johnsonville pupils awarded silver for sustainable living Continued from page 1. “Johnsonville joined the Enviroschools programme two years ago,” Arihia says. “And for the past few months, the pupils have been reflecting a lot about these past two years, about what they have learnt and what has changed in the school. “We realised that the pupils have developed a sustainable thinking and that it has spread across the entire school.” Arihia says the pupils have shown their commitment by reducing waste in school, looking after the native bird life with the help of bird feeders and planting native trees. “It’s not only about looking after nature but extending sustainable thinking into the social and cultural life, too,” Arihia explains. She says the children were valuing every pupil as an individual and embracing their identities. “The children have created strong ties connecting each

Arihia Latha from Enviroschools and Wellington Mayor Justin Lester present the Silver award to the Johnsonville School enviro group. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

other. And this is why we want to recognise their efforts.” Pupils from the school’s enviro

group were excited to accept the silver award last Thursday. Wellington Mayor and parent,

Justin Lester, and principal Barry Schon congratulated everyone on their achievement.

Smooth ride along Hutt Road to be extended The new improved walking and biking paths being built along Hutt Road will be extended next year, creating another link in the planned route from the north and Hutt Valley. Wellington City Council has approved a plan to widen and resurface another section of the pathway beside Hutt Road, going as far as the Tinakori Road intersection. Portfolio leader for walking, cycling and public transport, Sarah Free, says Hutt Road is one of the city’s busiest biking routes, so it is great that this extension can be completed in

tandem with the work already under way. “Even with the work partly complete, people are seeing and experiencing the benefits of better surfaces, separate paths for people riding and on foot, fewer lamp-posts and obstacles, and more obvious markings at driveways,” the councillor says. “There will be some work still to do to finish off the section north of Westminster Street when our contractors return after the Christmas break – but they will then move closer to the city and begin upgrading the section south of the Aotea Quay overbridge.”

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With this additional section now approved, work will continue along Hutt Road until about mid-2018. There will about 70 new offpeak car parking spaces north of Westminster Street, and the remaining footpath parking on this stretch of Hutt Road will be phased out from early March. The new on-road parking will be a clearway between 7am and 9.30am, so there will be two lanes for traffic during the busy morning peak, just as there is now. Work will also be done over summer at the major Ngauranga intersection of Hutt

Road, Centennial Highway and Jarden Mile. The road will be resurfaced, bus lay-bys tidied up on both sides, and kerbs and crossings altered to make things easier and safer for people on foot and bikes. This is expected to start in February and will take about three months. No changes will be made in the section between Tinakori Road and Davis Street at this stage. Council is considering possible ways to improve Aotea Quay to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

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Lawyers in concert celebrating musical anniversaries For weeks now, lawyers from all around Wellington have been coming to Crown Law during lunchtime once a week to rehearse for a special performance. Counsel in Concert is an annual performance and highlight for local legal professionals who love to sing and perform. The choir and orchestra are

comprised of lawyers from throughout the Wellington region as well as law staff from Crown Law, augmented by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington. The charity concert has been raising funds for the Child Cancer Foundation since 2009. “I continue to be amazed at

the generosity of the lawyers in the choir who give up their time to come and rehearse,” Merran Cooke from the Crown Counsel, says. This year’s entertaining programme celebrates significant musical anniversaries, and features works by Monteverdi (450 years since his birth), Telemann (250 years since his death),

Gershwin (80 years since his death) and the Beatles (50 years since Sergeant Pepper).  Counsel in Concert: Musical Anniversaries will showcase on Tuesday, December 19, 12.15pm and 5.30pm, at St Andrew’s on the Terrace. Entry by donation, all proceeds to the Child Cancer Foundation.

Karori Campus will become a retirement village By Julia Czerwonatis

Victoria University has sealed the deal and sold the Karori Campus to Ryman Healthcare. Hopes of turning the former Teachers’ College into a community hub come to a close for residents. The Onslow-Western councillors, Diane Calvert, Andy Foster and Simon Woolf respond to yesterday’s announcement: “While we strongly advocated for part if not all of the site to be retained for public use, we still want to ensure that the community’s needs are met as best as possible. “We are keen to establish a good relationship with the new owners and work collaboratively with them on addressing community needs from both an existing and potential use perspective.” Wellington City Council acquired some land for more car parks next to the Karori Pool earlier this year Attempts to purchase more land for an education and tech hub failed after the ministry and university couldn‘t agree on a price. “We know that this decision will be disappointing for some in the Karori community but we have worked hard to secure the land for a technology hub and are obliged to consider value for

When the campus was declared surplus to requirements in last year, Karori residents joined forces with local politicians to safe the site from privatisation and to turn it into a community-led space instead. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

money for the taxpayer,” Iona Holsted, secretary for Education, states “We are now investigating other options to meet technology provision for Wellington schools.” The ministry was, however, satisfied that requirements of the Public Works Act have been met, Iona says, which was why the university was free to progress to an open market sale. Victoria’s vice-chancellor Grant Guilford says the outcome would provide the “most practical,

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beneficial and realisable options” benefiting public, community and private parties involved. Ryman Healthcare will convert the land into a retirement village with independent and serviced apartments and a care centre, but couldn’t confirm whether the existing buildings will be demolished or reused. “Ryman is not a property developer, our villages become an integral part of the local community over the long term, providing a safe living environment for

residents […],” Andrew Mitchell, Ryman Group development manager, explains. He says Ryman would want to work together with the community on the development. Richard Bentley from the Save the Karori Campus Group says residents would welcome the opportunity. “We would very much like Ryman to facilitate access by existing users to the courts, dance studio and the Allen Ward VC Hall over the next couple of months,” Richard adds.

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War in the Holy Lands The Great War Exhibition celebrates the opening of their new temporary exhibition today. War in the Holy Lands, a touring exhibition about New Zealanders’ World War I experiences in the Middle East, opens on December 13. One hundred years ago, our soldiers were part of the army that captured Jerusalem. Their war, fought on horseback across the ancient Holy Lands of Sinai and Palestine, may have sounded romantic, but the reality was often harsh and heart breaking. War in the Holy Lands, an audio-visual touring exhibition, takes you on their journey.

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inbrief news Victoria’s graduates Lambton Quay will be temporarily overtaken by Victoria University of Wellington graduands this Thursday when up to 1364 students parade down the main street to celebrate the successful completion of their university qualifications. The graduands will receive their qualifications across four ceremonies held this week. The Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, will be among those graduating at Wednesday’s ceremony where she will receive an honorary doctorate in acknowledgement of her leadership in her current role and previous career in law and business.

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LEFT: The kakariki population in Wellington is growing. Council also counted more kaka and tui in the region. ABOVE: Olivia Carson from Wilton says cat and dog owners will need to look after their pets so birds aren’t harmed. PHOTOS: Julia Czerwonatis



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Birds are booming with numbers of tui, kaka and kakariki increasing significantly according to Wellington City Council. A report by council reveals that native birds have been breeding successfully in Wellington reserves since 2011, and there has been no decrease detected for any other species. As part of her biology conservation studies, Victoria University student Olivia Carson had a closer look at the local bird life in Trelissick Park to see what lives there and what causes a potential threat to their habitat.

“I set up 12 cameras 10 and 25 metres off the tracks over the period of a month to monitor the bird life in the park,” the student from Wilton explains. Olivia recorded several native birds including fantails, saddlebacks, tui and kaka as well as hedgehogs and rabbits. “I also recorded 30 cats and 337 dogs. They potentially cause a threat to the birds, especially to ground nesters,” Olivia says. “The number of cats shows that there should be a better cat management imposed in the nearby residential areas. Most of them were patrolling from 10pm to 4am.”

Olivia understands the topic has been controversial ever since Gareth Morgan’s public antagonism against cats and while she loves cats she thinks it was necessary for owners to monitor their moggies more closely. “Predator Free 2050 is coming so fast, and local pest control groups are doing an amazing job. “Keeping cats indoors overnight and giving them a collar with a bell so that birds are warned would help to work toward the goal.” Trelissick Park used to be farm land in the 80s and a lot of bird life was lost then. A local restoration group have

been working hard since the early 90s to restore flora and fauna throughout the Ngaio Gorge and several Predator Free groups are trying to keep rodents at bay. Olivia says seeing kaka on the forest floor on two cameras might indicate they are nesting in the park. However, their fledgelings this summer will be vulnerable to a large number of roaming dogs. While Trelissick Park is offleash for dogs, Olivia recommends “keeping dogs on leash until coming to an area which allows owners to observe their pet closely. Wandering off track shouldn’t be okay.”

Wellingtonians asked to flock to the gift of chickens Wellingtonians are being asked to put chickens on their Christmas shopping lists again this year – not to feature on their Christmas day menus, but to help more families in need in the developing world. “We are so grateful to the generous people of Wellington who have given 402 chickens to families in Kenya, Zambia and Timor Leste through

ChildFund’s Gifts that Grow over the last four years,” says ChildFund New Zealand CEO Paul Brown. “However, with so many more families who can benefit from this gift, ChildFund is putting chickens at the top of our Christmas wish list this year.” For $28, a pair of chickens from ChildFund’s Gifts that Grow catalogue will provide a

family with much needed food and nutrition through highprotein eggs and meat, as well as an ongoing source of income as their flock thrives. “Giving chickens is like giving these families a neverending meal ticket and a small business,” Paul says. “Every chicken, with a life span of seven to 10 years and the ability to lay around 1000

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Pupils from Newlands are keen to give back to their community this Christmas. Following a decision by the student council of Newlands Intermediate School, the pupils joined forces to raise funds for the local food bank. “Coming [up to] Christmas people sometimes struggle financially so we decided we wanted to help,” Naomi Ellis, from the student council, says. The student council had decided against collecting old cans from people’s pantries to give those away. “The food cans might be too old or stuff that the food bank doesn’t even need,” Senanya Gamalath explains the council’s decision. “We thought if we gave the food bank money instead, they can choose the right things to buy – stuff that they actually need,” Suizannah Kelekolio adds. With mufti days and selling of Loom Bands (colourful rubber bands that are being woven into fashion accessories) and other goodies, the children raised $1000. Deputy principal Lena Meinders is impressed with the depth of her pupils’ thinking. “The students were really mature in their decision making,” Lena says. “They sat together and discussed amongst themselves who they wanted to support for Christmas







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A local butchery in Greytown has been awarded for their artisan sausages. Owners Gavin Green and Julie Fairbrother of Greytown Butchery are kicking off this year’s barbeque season with three awards from the annual Great NZ Sausage Competition. Entries judged come from all over the country, all shops big and small. Gavin and Julie’s famous beef sausage won gold yet again, taking it to a current tally of 10 awards won over the last decade for the judges’ tasty favourite. This sausage has consistently beaten those of leading



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. We asked children of Johnsonville West Kindergarten what they loved about Christmas.

Sienna Bellamy, Johnsonville “I want a Barbie.”

Jonah Rigg, Johnsonville “I like Christmas and paw patrol and lego.”

Kara Reynish, Johnsonville “I like Christmas.”

Monika Nesic, Johnsonville “I like Christmas and I want everything.”

Xavier Balina, Johnsonville “I want a dinosaur.”

Caius Doe, Johnsonville “Santa is going to get me broccoli, I like broccoli and I like carrots.”

New sensors to make Karori Tunnel safer New sensors installed at each end of Karori Tunnel will detect people on bikes as they approach the tunnel, and flashing signs will let drivers know to slow down and let the bikes go first. Cycle detection loops have been cut into the road on the approaches to the 90m-long tunnel and these will trigger the electronic signs, similar to the one

operating at the Spotlight car park exit on to Hutt Road. Wellington City Council says the new technology will help to make Karori Tunnel a much safer biking route and encourage drivers to share this narrow road. “These improvements are part of the council’s cycling programme to provide safer and easier ways to get places by bike

around Wellington,” councillor Sarah Free, portfolio leader for walking, cycling and public transport, says. “The new system will help to avoid the possibility of a serious crash happening here. Even though there are double yellow lines, some drivers still overtake people riding bikes through the tunnel.”

On average 140 people on bikes use the tunnel between 7-9am on weekdays along with 1800 motor vehicles. Sarah says there have been reports of near-misses in the tunnel, particularly with the bends at each end which make it hard to see oncoming traffic. “We hear from people who cycle through here that riding in the

centre of the lane or staying as far to the left as possible often doesn’t deter people in vehicles from overtaking or tooting their horns. “Wellington’s geography can make it challenging to travel around the city but we’re encouraging everyone to share the road.” The $35,000 cycle detection system will be fully operational this week.

New manager driven by passion for genuine care Johnsonville’s Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home has a new manager. Former Wesleyhaven Village manager Karen Rhind joined the Enliven homes in October, attracted by the organisation’s unique approach to care. Karen Rhind says Enliven shares her belief that great aged care is not just about the clinical side of things. “Enliven has got an excellent reputation for great care and I love that elders are at the heart of the organisation’s philosophy,” she says. “Its focus on supporting older people to make their own decisions and maintain their independence is one which is very close to my heart.” The registered nurse and former educator has worked in aged care for the last 17 years, and says she knew immediately Cashmere was the right fit for her. “For me, a focus on genuine interaction, dedication and sense of purpose is important and I’m happy to say that I’ve found that here.” “There’s a lovely feel to both homes, the staff are extremely welcoming and the residents just seem so content and fulfilled. I was delighted when I found out I’d be working here!” The dedicated woman says she’s enjoying get to know the residents and finding out what makes them tick. “We want to make sure the elders of Cashmere have the opportunity to make the most of every day. “Older adults have contributed hugely to

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society and deserve to feel safe, happy and cared for,” Karen insists. “As we head into Christmas, I’m hoping to have the chance to really find out from residents and their families what’s important to them and use that knowledge to set goals for the new year.”  To find out more about Enliven’s Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home, both on Helston Road in Johnsonville, visit To contact the homes directly call 04 477 7067 for Cashmere Home or 04 478 9051 for Cashmere Heights Home. PBA

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In an effort to make our streets safer and reduce cars killing woodpigeons, Wellington City Council has installed “Slow for kereru” road signs at key locations around Zealandia and Otari-Wilton’s Bush. Both of these natural areas are home to many of these big birds which are now often found feeding and flapping around busy roads. Kereru numbers in Wellington are on the increase across the city, but so is bird mortality. This partnership project between the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), Kereru Discovery NZ and council aims to increase awareness, and encourage drivers to slow down to avoid hitting woodpigeons. “When taking off kereru often take a while to get elevation and so are at risk of being hit by cars, especially where there is vegetation close to the ground that they are feeding on,” Tony Stoddard from Kereru Discovery says. “It is heart breaking to pick up dead birds from the roadside.” The project initiator says he knows of at least 30 birds hit and killed by cars over the last year in the Wellington region. Wellington city councillor Andy Foster, who holds the Predator Free Wellington portfolio, explains that Tony got in touch about the problem in July. “I quickly found there was no officially gazetted kereru road sign in New Zealand,

so the council transport team and NZTA did a fantastic and amazingly quick job designing and then legally gazetting these signs, which can now be officially used across the country. “We just want drivers to be aware and to slow down a bit. Nobody wants to kill one of these wonderful birds, and slowing down in these areas will be good for human safety too.” In September this year, a total of 3804 woodpigeons were counted from 1921 observations in Wellington. “That doesn’t mean 3804 separate birds, but this was the highest level of community involvement in the country, and in doing this Wellingtonians are helping to get a better understanding of kereru numbers and distribution across New Zealand,” Tony says. Habitat for woodpigeons and other native birds in Wellington is improving constantly with land protection, active and passive regeneration, and increasing predator control across the cities reserves and backyards. “It is just fantastic that Wellingtonians care so much about the natural environment and are getting actively involved in restoring it,” Andy says. “In a way these kereru signs are also a little symbol of our collective progress in that restoration journey.”




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Independent police report on Tawa incident Police notes the findings of the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) regarding the arrest of a violent man who assaulted his partner in Tawa last year. The offender, a 36-year-old man of solid build and a Mongrel Mob associate, resisted an arrest, attempted to flee and struggled with the police officer who arrived on the scene. The officer used a carotid hold on the man. “Our staff regularly have to deal with aggressive members of the public and are forced to make split-second decisions under pressure to protect both themselves and the

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Elderly of Newlands were treated to a hearty and merry meal last Friday when Michele Rowe and her team of volunteers served the last Friday lunch for this year in the Newlands Community Centre. About 60 residents enjoyed delicious ham and chicken, with fresh salads and hearty potatoes. While the weekly lunches at the community centre are usually a joyful occasion where elderly have the chance to socialise, Michele says the Christmas luncheon was the highlight of the year. “It’s important that people have some sort of companionship, especially because the elderly who come here often don’t have a family,” she says.

Michele doesn’t only look after Friday lunches. As part of the Newlands Community House programme, she provides support for residents, helps them with their grocery shopping and doctor’s appointments. While Michele position is partly paid, partly voluntary, the Friday lunch helpers fully donate their time for the good cause. Volunteers from the Church of St Michael and All Angels, the Newlands Baptist Church and the local police together with Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor and New World Newlands owner Ross Jordan served the Christmas lunch last Friday. “We get a lot of help from our volunteers. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to serve our lunches,” Michele says.

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Christmas F A C T S • The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers. • In 350 AD Pope Julius I, who was bishop of Rome at the time, announced December 25 as the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ. • The tallest Christmas tree ever cut made it into the book of Guinness

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Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child. Ref:

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Khandallah aloud with the sound of Christmas By Julia Czerwonatis

Khandallah is in the right mood for Christmas after several choirs took the sound of Christmas into the suburb last week. Cashmere Avenue School, Sing for your Life and Khandallah School sang Christmas carols in front of the festive-looking Khandallah Town Hall last week entertaining the passing crowds. “It’s so much fun to sing; especially because you’re getting in the mood for Christmas,” year five pupil Renee from

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Next to all-time classics like Jingle Bells, Rudolph the rednosed Reindeer, and Mary’s Boy Child, the young choristers from Cashmere Avenue School presented with much gusto Kiwi Christmas – their all-time favourite song about “no school, no work, and no worries” during the hot New Zealand Christmas season. The performances, Music in the Village, were organised by the Khandallah Business Association. Sue Clothier of the association thanked the singers for The Cashmere Avenue School choir sings in front of the Khandallah Town Hall. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis “the wonderful carols”.

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Council seek public feedback on dog control in Kapiti The Kapiti Coast District Council is inviting the community to help shape a review of the Council's Dog Control Bylaw and Policy. Council will be running a formal consultation process earlier next year but before it develops the consultation document it wants to hear from the community about what areas of the current Dog Control Bylaw and Policy are working well and what areas

could be improved. Environmental standards manager Jacquie Muir says that with more than 7500 dogs registered in the Kapiti Coast District it is important we have a fit-for-purpose policy and bylaw that meets our community's needs. "We know that people hold strong opinions about dogs in the community and the rules that oversee responsible ownership," Jacquie states.


"We want to hear those opinions, and we're inviting the community to participate in a short survey to help us to make informed and balanced decisions about how we manage dogs in our District.” The current Dog Control Bylaw and Policy provides for the control of dogs by classifying dangerous and menacing dogs, limiting the number of dogs that can be living on a residential property, allocat-

ing areas for dog exercise parks, and specifying on and off leash areas and areas where dogs are not permitted. The bylaw also outlines the expectations of dog owners when their dog poos on public land. "We recognise that dogs are a very important part of many people's families, and we want our community to be a safe, comfortable and inclusive place for both dogs and people," Jacquie says.

"The results from the survey will help inform future policy decisions about dog control on the Kapiti Coast." The council's Animal Management team will be out and about over the next few months encouraging people to complete the survey. Copies of the survey can be picked up from Council libraries and service centres or completed online via the council's website.

Tuatara Brewery’s recent make-over “We are looking pretty flash I have to say”, laughs Tuatara Tasting Room Manager Corey Taylor. Over recent months, the bar and garden space have received a makeover that The Block crew would be proud of. Enlisting the skills of Emma Hercus, local stylist and willow weaver (Ivy & Willow Basketry and Design), the brewery now

has a contained family friendly beer garden complete with a recently retired Tuatara Landrover for kids to climb in. “One of the main goals behind was to make the brewery a place that families could come, parents can relax and kids can have fun. We have a casual menu that caters to both as well as games and art packs”. There’s also a great spot, com-

plete with leather couches, to sit and relax under cover with a tasty brew and a bowl of nachos. Perfect for a pre Xmas bevvy or lazy weekend. As well as exclusive trial brews, they have their latest collaboration with Kiwi band SIX60 and their newest brew Coastin’ Session IPA on tap. There’s also great NZ wine, cider and soda on offer.

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Our traditional festive season trip into the Wairarapa which is always extremely popular and makes an ideal Christmas present! Runs from Paekakariki to

Masterton via the Manawatu. You can select from the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre and Middleton Model railway near Eketahuna, lunch at Eke-

tahuna, an Opaki vineyard or Masterton as your destination. Fares may be less depending on destination station and boarding station. Steam hauled.

night classes for Otaki pottery club. She has won many awards and her work is in collections here and overseas. Jennifer works in a variety of clays from porcelain to earthen-

ware and fires in both electric and gas kilns. Focusing on form –“My aim is to make pieces which are simple in shape and combine beauty and function”

Jennifer Turnbull Jennifer has been a self employed potter for over 25 years. She tutors for Otago School of Fine Art, as a distance tutor/supervisor for Diploma of Ceramic Arts and teaches adult

Ruth Cooper - Landscape artist My paintings are usually NZ mountains, rural and coastal scenes and I’ve enjoyed painting most of my life.

The beauty of our natural surroundings is uplifting and inspires me to express this in my art. I live in Waikanae and I am

able to arrange a private viewing of paintings by appointment as well.

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So much to do in Parker Ferguson Studio now at Lindale, Kapiti Iconic Wellington furniture store, Parker Ferguson Studio, has re-located to the Lindale Centre in Kapiti, where they will continue to offer the same exquisite ranges as ever, and service the entire Wellington Region and beyond. For 40 years, Parker Ferguson has been supplying high-end New Zealand & Italian furniture, tailor made curtaining & soft furnishing, including cushions, bedding & headboards, custom built furniture & accessories. Parker Ferguson are suppliers of New Zealand’s best furniture manufacturers, carefully chosen for exceptional quality, and they offer limitless fabric choices for

furnishings from all the world’s leading fabric houses. They supply the Italian Calligaris Collection, among other European ranges, all renowned for sophisticated, contemporary elegance. From ultra-modern through to timeless and classic, including traditional mahogany, there’s a style to suit your home at Parker Ferguson. They also offer an ‘Interior Design’ Service to help clients achieve a harmonious space that reflects their personal style. The designers are available to visit clients over the entire Wellington Region.


KAPITI Parker Ferguson Studio Now at Lindale Village, Paraparaumu

Our new showroom still features the same beautiful ranges of Furniture, Curtaining, Soft Furnishing, Accessories and Interior Design as ever, including: Montreux, David Shaw, Fitzroy, Davies, Calligaris, Profile, Modern Chair, Exclusive, IMG & more.

Real Estate still hot on the Coast Now that the long-awaited Expressway has been open feedback has been generally positive from locals and visitors alike. Transmission Gully is well underway, with projected completion in 2020 and buyers have seen the bigger picture so are serious about living and purchasing on the Kapiti Coast. The past year has been very active with out of town buyers purchasing coming from all around New Zealand and many Kiwis returning from overseas to settle in “paradise”. These out of town buyers have resulted in a serious shortage of stock, creating the highest increase in sale prices that has been seen for a very long time. Larger numbers are viewing through private appointments and open homes

- and under competition premiums are being achieved. Ceinwen Howard and Marianne Tavenier, Directors of Tavenier Howard Realty, say their company has never sold properties based on Rateable Values and as these are from August 2014 those RVs are not indicative of market value. Quotable Value Limited is assessing the new RVs and these will be available from August 2017. The sales generated through Tavenier Howard and Co Realty over the past 12 months have seen the sale prices achieving between 45-65% over the 2014 RV’s. If you want to achieve a premium on your sale call the Tavenier Howard & Co Realty team today on 0800 684 663.

The Southward Car Museum The Southward Car Museum is a world famous automobile museum housing a collection of over 400 vehicles both old and new, as well as three aircraft. Lots to see and the large outside grounds with a lake behind are ideal for a picnic. Southwards is rated as one of the best and largest car museums in the



southern hemisphere and you can easily spend a fascinating day there by the time you’ve included a coffee or tea at the Southwards coffee shop. Located on Otaihanga Road, Otaihanga, just north of Paraparaumu on the old main road north. To reach it take the Expressway exit at Raumati South to come onto the old state highway route.

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Good companions unite for Christmas

Alma Signal, Genevieve Brandon, Joy Jones, Julie Offord, Irene Foo. The young lad in the background is Lawrence Grainger. PHOTO: Ken Chung

Companions from around Karori met a fortnight ago to herald the festive season, renew old friendships and enjoy each other’s company. It was, indeed, a new experience for the Good Companions Club who usually organise a little day trip for their annual Christmas party. “This year, however, we decided that we’d love to stay in Karori,” Metilda Morais-Snell, treasurer of the Good Companions Club, explains. “So we got the entire community involved.” The Good Companions have been an institution in Karori for 51 years providing support for

the elderly and isolated, and the Christmas party is usually the highlight of the club’s year. With a 15-strong team of volunteers, the club put on a fully catered three course Christmas meal for about 70 elderly at the St Teresa’s Parish Hall. The members include groups from the Huntleigh Home and St John of God Hauora Trust. Pupils from Marsden Primary provide entertainment performing a Nativity play and singing Christmas carols. Metilda says the highlight while organising the event was the response she got from the community when the club asked for support.

“We have been supported by several local businesses, notably Countdown, New World, The Pickle Jar, One Fat Bird and the Gipps Street Butchery. “None of them hesitated for a second when we asked for support. I was simply blown away. “I’d really like to thank everyone.”  The Good Companion Club meets on the fourth Tuesday from February to November. Lunch and entertainment are provided for $5. Transport can be arranged. Conact Ruth Davison via 021 122 4058 or ruthdavisonesol@gmail. com.


Top-ranking med students scoop awards at Roxy Theatre Wellington’s top-ranking medical and radiation therapy students enjoyed their own version of the red carpet at the University of Otago, Wellington 2017 Awards Ceremony at the Roxy Theatre on November17. Those gathered were treated to the highlights of the year – strengthened relationships with local iwi and district health boards, growing Trans-Tasman connection on the radiation therapy front and the debating prowess of students on political issues. The significant numbers of Maori and Pacific students (75 and 41 respectively out of a total of 825 students) was also highlighted, as well as academic and research achievements across the campus. Nearly 50 awards were presented to medical, radiation therapy, and post-graduate students. For many of those gathered, it was the more pragmatic speeches that made an impact – on luck and obligation, on resilience in the face of a demanding career, and on fleeting time. Vice-chancellor Harlene Hayne addressed the students saying that “as young people, living and educated in New Zealand, you don’t know how lucky you are”. She told the students that with all this luck comes a little obligation and the “one thing that we are counting on is that you will

make the world a better place”. Some would do that through their professional health practice, Harlene says, and others through research – helping find solutions to health issues such as malaria and AIDS, injuries caused by violence, disabilities related to alcohol dependence, and depression. Sunny Collings, dean and head of the UOW Campus focused on resilience. She gave the audience of undergraduate and postgraduate students a four-point guide on how to find “joy and meaning in your professional life when significant demands are being made on your energy and time”. It comprised: look after yourself, stay connected, give to others, and celebrate. Meanwhile medical student Daymen Huband from Karori urged his fellow students to treasure the time they had, to stop wasting time “connected to a screen worrying about what others are doing”, and he challenged them to once or twice a week “leave their phones at the front door so they could interact undistracted with their friends, family or partner”. “Through my work in the ambulance service and experiences on wards I have seen too many people wishing that they had more time,” he says. “I have come to realise that time is the one thing we can never have more of.”


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and the school holidays.” The upgrade brings improved access, with the addition of a ramp to the main pool, a more user-friendly reception and entrance, and the removal of fences between Haruatai Park, the pool and the new splash pad. The rebuild also includes separated filtration systems between the toddler and main pools, the installation of acoustic panelling to reduce noise, and an upgrade to the air handling system. While Otaki residents wait for the pool to reopen they can continue to swim for free at the Coastlands Aquatic Centre in Paraparaumu and at Waikanae Pool.


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If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you!

On the stairway to heaven

The Paekakariki Escarpment Track is a true gem amongst the walks in the Wellington region. The track, opened last year, leads from Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay high above State Highway 1 and the railway, reaching 220 metres above sea level. There are spectacular views, and it is one of the highlights of the Te Araroa Trail which runs across the entire country. Be aware that it is steep, narrow and exposed, and crosses private property.

Walkers should keep to the marked track and not enter the rail corridor as you’d risk not only a $20,000 fine but your life, too. There are seats and interesting interpretive signs along the way. There are car parks available at both ends and there are also railway stations in Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay allowing people to park at one end, walk the track and catch the train back. Access with horses, dogs, bikes or motorised vehicles is not permitted.


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SHIELDS, Therese Marjorie (nee Gilhooly): Dec 8, 2017. TORRES, Maria “Cristina” Ramos: Dec 5, 2017.

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Board of Trustees Election Declaration of Parent Election Results Parent representatives votes: Dobson, Phil 31 Dunlop, Mark 58 Ogier, Angela 77 Teal, Richard 64 Young, Warren 44 Invalid Votes 0 I hereby declare the following duly elected: Ogier, Angela Teal, Richard Signed Judy Cosgriff Returning Officer

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Wednesday December 13, 2017


Khandallah’s young athletes excel at regionals

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Up to England to ignite lame duck Ashes series The Ashes series had better find a spark soon or it could be a long summer for cricket fans. The reality is the 2017 versions of Australia and England aren’t that good and the dizzying heights of quality series between the two nations more than a decade back seem a lifetime ago. Each team has its weaknesses - Australia their fragile top and middle order, England their top and middle order and the fact they have a spinner who can’t buy a wicket. Aussie captain Steve Smith has so far outplayed his counterpart Joe Root and the pace bowling has been edged by the Australians in their home conditions. Besides the battle of the captains, the other area Australia are earning the upper hand in is through off spinner Nathan Lyon. Lyon has taken 11 wickets compared to just two for England’s chief spinner Moeen Ali in the first two tests and the Australian cult hero dubbed “Gary” by teammates is a key

Back: Perry Dinnan and Rhiannon Cameron. Middle: Genevra Stephens, Madison Flutey, Jeannie-Mae Dinnan, Natascha Casey, Eamonn Ward, Caleb Byrne and Oliver Florance. Front: Annabel Tuck, Matthew Barber and Troy Edwardson. PHOTO: Supplied By Julia Czerwonatis

About 700 athletes from Wellington regions primary and intermediate schools converged into the Colin Pugh Sports Bowl ground for the Regional Athletics Meet in Masterton last week. With temperatures already at 28 degrees at 9am, the children showed their best efforts in categories running, quoit and discus throwing, high and long jumping, and more. The sports team of St Benedict’s School in Khandallah did exceptionally well with 10 of their

athletes joining the competition. “In order to qualify for regionals the children needed to succeed in their school athletics then northern zones then interzones before getting to the regionals,” Rebecca Tuck, parent and volunteer at the Regional Athletics Meet, explains. “It is rare for our school to have so many athletes who qualify for the regional event. “In recent years we have only had a team of one or two qualify. Runner Annabel Tuck took out fourth place in the year five girls 800metre, while Matthew Barber came second equal in year four

boys high jump. Natascha Casey jumped onto third place in year seven girls high jump, reaching spectacular 1.30m. The year five girls relay team with Annabel, Madison Flutey, Genevra Stephens and Jeannie-Mae Dinnan won in their section, 2.59 seconds ahead of their competitors from Lower Hutt. The year six Boys relay team grabbed second place with runners Caleb Byrne, Troy Edwardson, Eamonn Ward and Oliver Florance only 0.57 seconds behind the winners from South Wairarapa.

reason along with hundreds by Smith and Shaun Marsh as to why the team is up 2-0 in the five year series. England are yet to have a batsman score a century in the series and Root aside, it’s hard to see where one could come from. Veteran Ashes hero Alastair Cook looks like Father Time has passed him by and the new crop of English batsmen seem to go weak in the knees at the pivotal moments. Flashy 50s are never as memorable as gritty tons. Not even a recall for bad boy Ben Stokes would be enough at this point. Stokes hasn’t set the world on fire in New Zealand’s domestic competition with bat or ball in three appearances so far but it is undeniable that on his best day he can give the English team the balance it is currently sorely lacking. Expect a mediocre Aussie whitewash and a forgettable one at that, unless England can play with the passion currently only being displayed by the Barmy Army in the stands.










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