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Wednesday December 20, 2017

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Council calls on public to report myrtle rust sightings

Rubbish collection Rubbish that according to schedule would be collected on Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day), will be collected on Saturday, December 23, instead. Rubbish that according to schedule would be collected on Monday, January 1 (New Year’s Day), will be collected on Saturday, December 30, instead. There are no other changes to rubbish and recycling collections.

New Year’s Eve event Wellington City Council will host a free New Year’s Eve event at the Whairepo Lagoon in Frank Kitts Park. The evening starts at 8pm with a dance to the city’s finest New Orleans swing septet, the Wellington ShakeEm-On-Downers. The Rodger Fox Big Band takes the stage at 10pm, with a set-list of essential New Year’s Eve party hits from the 1980s on. There’ll be fireworks and a special kid’s countdown at 9pm for little ones who can’t make it to midnight.

Wellington City Council is asking the public to report suspected myrtle rust infections in the city, after the tree disease was recently confirmed to have infected a ramarama tree in Lower Hutt suburb Naenae. Council environment partnership leader Tim Park says until recently myrtle rust was only thought to be present in the upper-North Island, making its arrival in Wellington region particularly concerning.

“Myrtle rust is a fungal disease which can seriously affect pohutukawa and rata, which are a significant part of Wellington’s sense of place, particularly around Christmas time.” “We need the public to report any suspected sightings of myrtle rust to MPI [Ministry for Primary Industries] so we can catch it before it spreads. Hopefully, we can keep it out of the city and keep our Christmas crimson. “If you think you have seen

myrtle rust, please take a photo, while taking great care not to touch it, and contact the MPI on 0800 80 99 66.” “Also, please check any plants that you have in your garden or any that you may have planted in your local reserve as a part of our Two Million trees programme,” Tim says. The disease could also affect other native plants which only occur naturally in New Zealand such as Bartlett’s rata and swamp

maire. Other notable plants are known to be susceptible are lilly pilly, gum trees and bottle brushes. Crown Research Institute Scion has developed a smartphone app to help people report myrtle rust and plants in the myrtle family. It can be found by searching “Myrtle Rust Reporter” in Google Play or the app store. The app is bilingual and contributes information to a public database of nature observations.

Christmas tunes into Churton Park Families sat in the late afternoon for the Churton Park Community Association’s Christmas carols celebration at Amesbury School last Friday. The carols were

led by the Salvation Army band and the Capital Harmony Chorus, with star tunes from choirs from the Churton Park and Amesbury Schools.

The Amesbury School choir even had its very own cat fan. Sausages were sizzled by northern ward councillors Malcolm Sparrow and Peter Gilberd, and by CPCA

Committee members John Morrison and John Holloway. These sales and a collection taken raised $485 for Wellington Free Ambulance.

Greg O’Connor

MP for Ōhāriu

Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Authorised by Greg O’Connor, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

Our Ōhāriu Electorate has been one of the most high profile in the country in 2017, and I am extremely honoured that you chose me to be your MP. I will be working hard for all constituents, although the demand from one voter that I pass a law so that the Johnsonville Rugby team’s tries be worth 20 points might prove problematic. I’ll cheer hard though! Being a member of the Coalition Government is an added bonus, as Jacinda and our team set about creating a fairer society. Passing the Families package last week was a great start. We’re not going to be able to fix everything overnight, but starting with kids, families and housing provides a good base. A few more cops won’t go astray either. There is a very good buzz around Parliament and while there is inevitably the odd clanger as we learn the ropes, everyone learns and just gets on with it. I am

Authorised by Greg O’Connor, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

confident that this coalition will work. My new office is now open on the main roundabout in Johnsonville, and I am already enjoying a steady stream of visitors with a variety of issues. It’s nice to be able to help with some pretty complicated and stressful cases. All are welcome. While I am required to spend three days in Parliament most weeks, I can be found all over the electorate from Friday to Monday in places like the Mall, the vegetable market or even up Mt Kaukau. Leanne in the office always knows where to find me. We’ve had a great start to the summer and festive season, and even got some rain this week to keep the dust down and the grass growing. The hills were looking pretty brown. Enjoy the summer break, reconnect with family and friends, and have a great Xmas and Year. I look forward to ing up in 2018. Authorised by Greg O’Connor, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

Sausage sizzle with Dayandra Hettige, Vijay Chandrashekar, John Holloway, John Morrison, Peter Gilberd and Malcolm Sparrow. PHOTO: Brian Sheppard

Amesbury School choir, with its number one cat fan. PHOTO: Brian Sheppard

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