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Former Air Force nurse turns 100 Continued from page 1. “Mum tells us she was a shy child, not liking birthday parties even in her childhood,” Noeline’s daughter, Beverley Jackson, says. “She had a heart condition and was bedridden for some time, missing school until it was realised it made no difference.” Dreaming of becoming a nurse one day, Noeline became a St John’s cadet aged 12. Her parents didn’t approve of their daughter’s ambitions. Despite Jean and Robert’s objection, Noeline joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) when the war broke out. She was assigned to the medical section and stationed in a small hospital in Auckland where she served from 1942-45. “I still remember my service number, 2475. It’s something you’ll never forget,” Noeline says. During her time with the Air Force, Noeline met her husband Keith who also worked in the medical unit and later became a physiotherapist.
Construction of the Johnsonville Community Hub will begin in January 2018. The community hub project will happen in three stages and is scheduled to be complete by December 2019. Wellington City Council deputy mayor Jill Day says she is excited to break ground on this project in January. “The new facilities will sit at the heart of Johnsonville and revitalise the area for youth, families and adults,” Jill says. The tender for the build was won by Southbase Construction Limited, which will do all three stages, including landscaping around the hub.
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Noeline’s youngest daughter, Beverley Jackson, with her mother. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
from my mum, to care for others.” Noeline says she didn’t have a secret for staying young; “It
must be in my genes.” The one thing that she’ll miss turning 100 is her car, as she is giving up driving as of today.
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The family of five moved to Firth Terrace in Karori where Noeline and Keith enjoyed a full social life with neighbours, family friends, lodge members and work colleagues. “We kids loved raiding the fridge the following morning for the leftovers- crayfish and meringues come to mind,” Beverley remembers. “In 1970, dad died at the age of 49, leaving Noeline to forge a life of independence well before women’s liberation.” Today, Noeline has three children, nine grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren – all of whom always receive birthday cards and knitted garments from Noeline. Her garden produce keeps her going, and she has maintained her physical health very well, even dancing the Highland fling in Scottish tradition. “She is always interested in others and lends a hand to those in need – cartons of nourishing soup delivered, and even collecting for RSA at 99,” Beverley says. “That’s what I have learnt
“Johnsonville and the Northern Suburbs are experiencing immense population growth at the moment and we are expecting that to continue. The new hub will ensure these important community facilities are fit-for-purpose for years to come,” she says. The new library will be larger than the existing facility on Broderick Road, offering a flexible, modern space, complemented by an on-site cafe for visitors. It will be an addition to the area and already established facilities – Keith Spry Pool and Johnsonville Community Centre.
Special parking zones will be set up in surrounding streets during the construction period. Response to the announcement on Facebook was positive but still focused on the longawaited development of the Johnsonville Shopping Centre. Local resident Suzanne Carty wrote: “Now’s the time for Stride Property [the current owners of the shopping centre] to sell the air space above Johnsonville mall for apartments — perfectly placed for rail, library, shops...What do you think, Stride? It’s in your court.” Council granted Stride Property Ltd and Diversified NZ
Property Trust a resource consent to redevelop Johnsonville Shopping Centre in January this year. However, nothing has happened as yet. The consent allows for the construction and redevelopment including a 26,000m2 development including retail, cinema and commercial activities as well as the addition of 900 car parking spaces. Do you think the focus should be on the community hub or the shopping centre? What is actually needed in your point of view? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Independent Herald 26-12-17