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By Julia Czerwonatis

Karori RSA’s long-standing president was granted a very special honour last weekend by his fellow RSA members. Bruce Johnston received the Golden Star badge for the “major impact” he has on the local community and his “unselfish devotion”. “Bruce is the heart and the soul of the Karori RSA,” Theo Kuper, Wellington RSA president, says. “While we don’t give out the Golden Star lightly, we all agreed that Bruce was a well-deserving recipient.” Bruce, who had served for 17 years, joined the Karori RSA in 1991 and has been their president for almost 22 years. Continued on page 2. Golden Star recipient Bruce Johnston QSM (left) and RSA Karori member Carey Clements. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Long-standing Karori RSA president receives golden star badge Continued from page 1. “Under Bruce, the membership of the Karori RSA has grown whereas the national trend shows a decreasing number of members,” Theo explains. “Bruce has improved the financial status of the club and worked to improve the club facilities. “He organises the Poppy Appeal each year and makes sure there’s a poppy on every soldiers’ grave at Makara and Karori cemeteries.” Bruce, a cheerful Karori personality who enjoys making people laugh, has lived in the suburb for 56 years and is known for his involvement with local scout groups. He drives the Karori community bus on a regular basis and tries to ensure elders in his community receive the welfare services they need. The Gold Star recipient thanked the 130 guests gathered in the Karori clubrooms for the “marvellous turn-up”.

From left: Wellington RSA president Theo Kuper, Karori RSA president Bruce Johnston QSM, RNZRSA president B J Clark QSM, RNZRSA chief executive Jack Steer, Wellington Westcoast Taranaki district president Dave Brown, and patron of the Wellington RSA Robin Klitscher. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

“Thank you for your support and recognition. “You don’t receive a Gold Star without people who stand behind you, and I have a great family, a great community and a great club.” To mark the occasion, Karori RSA had prepared a presentation about the past presidents since the club was inaugurated

in 1933. After a year worth of research, RSA member Carey Clements was able to track down descendants of almost all presidents. “This project was about bringing people together and learning more about the past,” Carey says. Sons, daughters, and grandchildren from war veterans

and community leaders came from all over the country to hear about their fathers’ and grandfathers’ achievements. Lesley Ferguson, daughter of Fen Hall who was president in 1947/48, had vivid memories of afternoons spent in the Karori clubrooms as a teenager. “It’s beautiful that our history is preserved here,” she says.

Keep cool without blowing your energy bill You can keep your home cool without blowing your energy bill, according to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). Technical expert Allen Davison says more New Zealanders are using their heat pumps as air conditioners in summer and there are tactics to avoid big energy bills. For example using the fan only setting helps you feel cooler by creating a breeze, he says. “This setting uses a lot less electricity than the full cooling mode. Keep your windows open while using the fan only mode.” Selecting the dehumidifying

mode also uses less electricity than the full cooling mode, Allen adds. “This works well if it’s humidity rather than the temperature that’s the problem. Shut your doors and windows in the rooms you’re dehumidifying.” Allen suggests only using cooling mode on really hot days when the other methods aren’t enough. “Shut all your doors and windows in the rooms you’re cooling. “It’s best to cool one room as this is what most heat pumps and air conditioners are sized for.

“Set the thermostat to around 22 degrees. The room won’t cool down any quicker if you set it lower, but you are likely to use more electricity by overcooling.” Avoid using auto settings because if you forget to switch the unit off, it will start heating if the temperature drops below the thermostat setting. “It’s also important to clean the filter of your air conditioner regularly because clogged filters stop the appliance running efficiently.” Floor and desktop fans are relatively cheap to buy and install, and are much cheaper to

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Karori Playcentre open their doors for summer Karori Playcentre will open their doors next week for curious kids and their parents to explore the place and meet new friends. The playcentre is a community of families growing together through the early childhood education of their children. Its facilities include a fabulous sandpit, slide, indoor and outdoor playhouses as well as a huge number of other resources

to entertain and grow little minds in both summer and winter. “We operate as a parent co-operative and are focussed on developing strong reciprocal relationships within and beyond the playcentre,” Katherine Viskovic from the Karori Playcentre explains. “We are a licensed early childhood education provider for children aged 0 to six years and

follow Te Whariki (the early childhood curriculum). “We have a minimum adult to child ratio of one to five and it is usually much higher than this,” Katherine says. “Our children’s curiosity and creativity is nurtured through the fun range of experiences provided – no two days at playcentre are the same.” For older children, the ear-

ly childhood education centre offers outdoor-based sessions for exploring the natural environment at local parks, reserves and beaches.  Karori Playcentre, 64 Campbell Street, will hold two open days on January 30 and 31, between 9–11.30am. Contact karori@playcentre.org.nz for more information or to learn about free sessions.

Charity ride sees cyclist take on Tour de France By Julia Czerwonatis

John Randal battling uphill at Makara Peak as part of a fundraiser for the Mental Health Foundation. PHOTO: Brendan McGrath

A Karori resident is headed to France to ride all 21 stages of the Tour De France one day ahead of the actual race in July. John Randal will join a team of eight Kiwi cyclists who are committed to raising over $25,000 for the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) as part of the race. He says he has been a cyclist since his teens and looks forward to facing this new biking challenge. “I have done races of similar difficulty before. The new experience for me is to cycle together in a team which will be exciting. And in any way, this will be on a scale that’s not quite ordinary,” John explains. He says the physical challenge of cycling was appealing to him and also helped him to manage his own mental health – especially during tough winter months. “Mental health issues are a major problem in our society, and it’s becoming increasingly important to be working on this.” John says in his position as the associate dean at Victoria University’s Business School and senior lecturer at Victoria’s School of Economics and Finance, he often encounters young people who struggle.

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According to MHF, half of all New Zealanders will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and one in five will have suffered a mental illness this year. Depression is set to overcome heart disease as the biggest global health burden by 2020. MHF works towards reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness, and John is glad to be advancing this mission within his university and cycling communities. To meet his fundraising target, John is organising four mountain bike races and invited cycling enthusiasts to come along. “It’s a fun, low-key event and a good to raise awareness for the foundation, and get fit at the same time.” The first race at Makara Peak in mid-January was joined by 52 cyclists and raised $2000, and last night, John organised a race in Karori.  The last two races of the Wellington Off-Road Hill Climb Series will be on January 30 at Te Kopahou and on February 7 at Polhill Reserve, starting at 6.30pm. Entry by minimum donation of $30 to the Mental Health Foundation. Pay cash on the night or visit events.mentalhealth.org.nz/ fundraisers/sifter/tour-de-france.

Report ‘exploiting landlords’ Wellington Central MP, Grant Robertson is asking his constituents to “expose [landlords] who are exploiting you and your friends”. “Everyone knows that the rental housing market in Wellington is tight,” he says in a Facebook post. However, there was no excuse for landlords to exploit the situation, Grant comments. The MP says he heard complaints from tenants after landlords increased rents by $50 per week because student allowances and living cost payments have gone up by that much. “Let me know if this has happened to you. Landlords will increase rents from time to time but it needs to be fair and reasonable.” Send an email to office@grantrobertson.co.nz.

900th kaka banded Zealandia’s volunteers and rangers counted the 900th kaka in Wellington last week. Number 900 is happy and healthy, but this season rangers have discovered more cases of Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) and leg deformities. MBD is a particularly nasty disease, and caused primarily by people feeding kaka. It can lead to deformities in bones and beaks in chicks, and can end in death. Although it’s well-intentioned, feeding wild birds can cause serious harm. To help the Wellington’s cheeky parrots, plant native trees and let kaka forage naturally.

Mural art competition Keep New Zealand Beautiful, in partnership with Resene, are excited to announce the 2018 Nature Murals Competition, open to local artists who are willing to help paint New Zealand beautiful. Submissions open on February 1, with the winning entries receiving a $1000 grant and all the materials to paint the mural. Murals must celebrate some form of the natural environment on or around the wall. For more information visit knzb.org. nz/paint-new-zealand-beautiful.

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Onslow residents association set up and running Khandallah and its neighbouring suburbs Broadmeadows and Kaiwharawhara now have a representative group after the inaugural meeting of the Onslow Residents Community Association in November. “The Onslow Residents Community Association is all set up, and we have over 60

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in our community,” Nicola explains. “After we set up the temporary residents group it seemed to be a logical step to establish a proper association.” Nicola says its purpose would be to bring people together, to address local issues, to grow the community spirit and to work with the council. “This is the first time in many years that Khandallah has had a residents association and the first time ever that Broadmeadows and Kaiwharawhara have had one,” Nicola says. “O u r associat ion gives residents and organisations in these areas a voice. “We will be surveying residents to find out what local issues are in the next couple of months.” The Onslow Residents Community Association meet the second Wednesday of every month at the Khandallah Town Hall. “We aim to build our membership and have a goal of more than 300 members by the end of the year,” Nicola says.  The association welcome local residents to join by emailing them at onslowcommunityassn@gmail.com.

Garage sale to keep bunnies safe A garage sale to benefit Wellington Rabbit Rescue has been planned for this coming Saturday in Khandallah. Judy Whiteside from Khandallah is organising the event after receiving support from the animal welfare charity. After Judy bought a rabbit for her granddaughter, Caitlin, a couple of years ago they soon discovered that their rabbit

Ruby wasn’t doing as well, so Judy contacted Wellington Rabbit Rescue to ask for help. Co-founder Chrissy Joy told Judy that rabbits are social animals and need company which explained why Ruby wasn’t well. “Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom each other as a sign of affection,” Judy explains.

Chrissy helped Judy and Caitlin to find a new companion for Ruby, a white male named Felix Odin who has been living with Ruby for two years now. “Ruby and Felix have been in love ever since and she washes his ears every day,” Judy says. Caring for rabbits, Judy says, has been a huge learning curve. “People do not realise that the cute little creature they buy

from the pet shop requires so much care and attention. “I think they are more work than a cat or a dog if they are cared for properly. But they are very rewarding and therapeutic to be around.”  The garage sale to support Wellington Rabbit Rescue will be held this Saturday at 23 Simla Crescent, Khandallah, from 10am.

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The Wellington branch of the Heart Foundation is offering its local community an opportunity to kick start a happier 2018 by taking part in its Big Heart Appeal street collection. Collectors will not only help stop New Zealanders dying prematurely of heart disease, but research proves volunteering also increases a person’s happiness. “We really need people to hit the streets of the Wellington region to collect life-saving funds, while enjoying the opportunity to be out in their community doing good,” Cath Lyders, Heart Health advocate, says. Khandallah local and heart failure nurse, Janet Dunbar, has been a volunteer for the Heart Foundation’s Big Heart Appeal for the last 18 years. Janet says she loves supporting the life-saving work being done by the charity. “As a cardiac nurse, I see the devastating effect every day of a disease that with education, support and resources could have much less of an impact on people and their families affected by it,” Janet says. “The Heart Foundation does some great work in our communities. “I help with the Big Heart Appeal as it’s something tangible I can do and gives me the feel good factor. I love the camaraderie with the other volunteers at events.” More than 6000 people die from

heart disease every year in New Zealand. “As a charity, we really need the support of New Zealanders in their local communities so we can make more life-saving research into heart disease possible,” Heart Foundation medical director Gerry Devlin says. Since 1970, the foundation has invested almost $60 million in research and specialist training. “We also offer a wide range of activities devoted to help support the 172,000 Kiwis currently living with heart disease, plus educational programmes and campaigns that promote heart attack awareness and hearthealthy living.”  If you are able to help out the Heart Foundation for a couple of hours as a street collector on Friday 23 or Saturday February 24, visit heartfoundation.org.nz/ volunteer or contact Cath Lyders on 04 472 2780 or cathl@heartfoundation.org.nz. Cardiac nurse Janet Dunbar from Khandallah has been a volunteer for the Heart Foundation’s Big Heart Appeal for 18 years. PHOTO:: Supplied

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Wellington SPCA warns dog owners about the karaka berry tree after dogs died eating them. Throughout the warmer months (January-April) the berries ripen, turn orange and fall off the trees. Although these are a staple in the diet of wood pigeons, the kernels in the fruit contain the alkaloid karakin, which is toxic if ingested by other animals. Signs of karaka berry poisoning include weakness, vomiting, confusions and convulsions. These symptoms can be delayed by a day or two, so even if they are not displaying symptoms yet, if you have any concerns that your pet may have eaten any seek veterinary treatment immediately. The berry kernels remain toxic for a long time, so dogs can be poisoned by eating even a previous year’s fruit. The trees themselves are easy to spot; they have thick dark leaves and can grow up to 15 metres with the berries turning a bright orange colour during the fruiting season. If you have spotted any karaka trees in your local area SPCA advise that you keep your dog on the lead when near these trees or take your dog to an alternative location for a walk.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think about our Prime Minister’s pregnancy?

Michelle Perera, Johnsonville “I think it’s great news to be honest. She seems happy.”

Sarah Marshall, Johnsonville “I think it’s cool.”

Lucy Westphall, Churton Park “It might be hard to manage everything with her work, but she can do whatever she wants.”

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Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@ wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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Marianne Bishop, Newlands “It’s great news. I wish people wouldn’t make such a fuss of it.”

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Dear Editor, Many Dunedin buses have in the front [of the vehicle] a cycle rack to

Eleanore Brown, Newlands “I think it’s good; it’s fantastic news.”

carry passenger bikes. Some Newland buses offer the same service. As a pensioner living in Newlands, I am very grateful as my e-bike needs a little assistance going up Ngauranga George. With the proposed restructuring of our public bus service will Bike transport by bus be encouraged? Cecil Duff, Newlands

In Johnsonville a house in Fraser Avenue that is currently vacant and furnished for display purposes was broken into. The lock on the rear door was jemmied and forced open to gain access. An alarm was activated. It is unclear at this stage if anything was stolen. Another house in Fraser Avenue was broken into. Access was through a forced bathroom window and a toilet was damaged during entry. The property was undergoing renovation and some timber was taken. A silver Subaru Forester sta-

tionwagon, parked overnight within the property of a house in Erris Street, was stolen. Multiple cases of shoplifting have been reported involving wide variety of products from numerous stores. In most cases the offenders have been identified either by camera footage or by observation or the registration of the vehicle they drove off in. An audacious attempt to obtain money by deception occurred when a victim responded to a Facebook offer to sell a cellphone for $700. The victim agreed to meet the seller during the early evening in Ironside Road.

During the handover of the cash the victim was knocked over by the seller who grabbed the cash and ran off. The box which was thought to have contained the sale item was found to be full of stones and paper. In Newlands a green Peugeot hatchback parked locked and secure overnight in the driveway of a house in Black Rock Road, was stolen. In Ngaio a silver Honda Civic saloon parked in Perth Street had its rear registration plate stolen. In Ngauranga a silver and blue Foxeng trailer was stolen from a commercial car park.

Strengthening work continues on Ngaio Gorge Major strengthening work will continue on Ngaio Gorge Road next month as part of the long term project to improve resilience on this key transport route. A new 45-metre concrete anchored wall, with a 100-year design life, will be the main feature being built opposite the area of houses numbered around 89-93 Ngaio Gorge Road, as well as new footpaths, hand rails, and landscaped grass areas. The concrete wall was installed after several major slips last July and August. Wellington City Council’s portfolio leader for transport strategy and operations Chris Calvi-Freeman, says this just the latest stage in a progression of works designed to strengthen key transport routes and structures. “We’ve already done major resilience work around the city, including strengthening of tunnels, retaining walls and seawalls, and previous work on Ngaio Gorge Road to secure a viable alternative route out of the city to the north.

“This approximately $1.4 million project is part of our planned work in our Long Term Plan. We are also considering options for how best to permanently secure the slope affected by the landslides last year, but a decision is unlikely to be made on this until later this year,” the councillor adds. The work is programmed to start mid-February, and is estimated to take up to 26 weeks weather permitting. Two traffic lanes will be open as usual at peak times, but traffic will be reduced to one lane around the Ngaio Gorge Road work sites between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays between 8am and 4pm. Temporary traffic lights and traffic management will be in place, so people driving should expect short delays during the day. Safe access for pedestrians will be provided at all times. The earthquake strengthening of the concrete wall is being constructed by Construction Technique to a design by Opus International Consultants.

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Learning centre boosts skills of local maths whizzes Yana Gupta and Jasmine Devery, both 13-years-old, are friends, high-achievers, and math whizzes far ahead of their peers. Yana and Jasmine are students at Kumon Johnsonville and have been classmates there together for a few years improving their math and English skills – now they are ready for high school. Kumon is one of 330 across Australia and New Zealand, with 53,600 students enrolled throughout. They are dedicated to maths and English tutoring, and designed a programme to help students develop self-esteem and the ability to self-learn. “[Kumon] improved my confi-

dence and it’s placed me into maths extension at school,” Yana says. “Sometimes what we learn in school is all revision for me which is good because I can focus on a level I’m meant to be at with Kumon worksheets and practice skills I already know at school.” And Jasmine says Kumon study gave her the basics in mathematics, giving her a strong foundation for advanced learning. “It helped me to learn the basics – like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and it’s helped me to be faster and more accurate,” Jasmine says. “It’s also helped me with discipline and being more

Yana Gupta and Jasmine Devery are ready for their new learning adventure at Newlands College. PHOTO: Supplied

structured.” Jasmine says she is considering becoming a scientist or teacher when she grows up, and Yana is contemplating a career that combines mathematics and music. Yana and Jasmine recently graduated from Newlands Intermediate School and will soon attend Newlands College together. Vinita Gupta, Yana’s mother, says Kumon can help boost the achievement of students who are already excelling. “It’s not only for the kids who might be struggling at maths and English,” Vinita says. “It’s also for the kids whose maths and English is good. It’s helped Yana to stay focussed, to stay on track.” Meanwhile, Grace Gentiles-Devery, Jasmine’s mother, says the challenge that Kumon presents helps keep Jasmine motivated and interested in her advanced study. “The challenge keeps motivating her to get to another level of learning with a new lesson that requires her to understand and learn new concepts,” Grace says. Robyn Purdie, their Kumon Instructor, says Jasmine and Yana are both perfect examples of what the Kumon Programme aims to achieve. “The Kumon goal is that students will study ahead of their age at primary school to prepare for college and not struggle with higher learning,” Robyn says.

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Keeping an open

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How to keep your resolutions New Year’s has been and gone and many of you in a fit of enthusiasm will have made a resolution or two about this year and how it will be different from last year. It may be keeping the house tidy, or reading a book a week and many of you will have set weight loss goals. Many of you will have set to with enthusiasm... for the first week or two but about now reasons are starting to crop up, reasons why ‘this’ week isn’t a ‘good’ week or how things are crazy busy right now. Obviously I’m a hypnotherapist so I’m going to suggest a hypnotherapy solution but just see if any of this sounds familiar: I don’t have time right now, work/school is just about to start again and I have to get ready; I’ll start again once my schedule is settled down; I had a bad day, went back to my old ways and now it’s all turned to custard, I give up! If any of these sound at all familiar I’m going to suggest

that it really doesn’t have to be that way. The problem with many resolutions is that we set ourselves up to fail by pitting our own willpower against our normal inclinations. Battling ourselves is a recipe for losing but a simple reframe can make all the difference. That’s where hypnotherapy can be really handy, reminding you why you want to make a change and more importantly what you are enjoying and looking forward to with that choice. You can start to enjoy the changes you have made in your life and take the battle out of the equation. You’re too busy enjoying the changes to even think about boring words like willpower, effort, grit or determination. Get in touch if any of this sounds like you.

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The research team from the University of Otago, Wellington, from left to right, Rachel Tester, Tony Dowell and Maria Stubbe. PHOTO: Supplied

Primary care physicians can improve their communication to newly-diagnosed diabetes patients by offering more information specific to the patient’s experience, new research from Otago, Auckland and Victoria universities shows. For six months, the researchers tracked and videoed all the interactions between healthcare professionals and 32 patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. “Despite many health professionals having high communication and technical skill levels, our study found that there are many opportunities to communicate and consult more effectively with these patients,” says lead author Professor Tony Dowell from the University of Otago, Wellington. The research team found strengths in primary care interactions including high levels of communication skills, enthusiasm to coordinate services, and significant allocation of time with patients. But for optimal care, better communication is needed.

The study found that initial consultations between primary care clinicians and patients who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are often driven by biomedical explanations which are out of context from patient experience. “Patients who have just been diagnosed with diabetes or other long-term conditions bring their own expertise and experience to the situation and healthcare professionals need to listen to this. We need to re-think our usage of technical biomedical language when talking to these patients,” Tony suggests. “Despite the high levels of generic communication expertise by clinicians, many patients found the style and content of health promotion and lifestyle advice did not apply to their lives.” Patients were also concerned about the overuse of checklists, and suggested a need for more effective methods of sharing patient information. Tony and colleagues note there was also a perception of time pressure but considerable time was spent with patients by health

professionals repeating information that may not be relevant to patient need. “The time that patients spend with health providers could be allocated more effectively and efficiently when patients see multiple clinicians,” he says. “Although there has been a huge amount of research into diabetes, this is the first study to directly observe the patient journey and interactions with different health professionals from the onset of diabetes.” The authors recommend that clinicians employ a framework for communications with diabetes patients that acknowledges the importance of the patient’s own particular situation and social needs. They suggest that time could be allocated more effectively and efficiently when patients see multiple clinicians. “The research makes us appreciate the importance of listening more and possibly talking less in consultations. It helps with understanding and improving health care one sentence at a time,” Tony says.


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Why be vegetarian? Being vegetarian is healthier, kinder, more sustainable and offers a wide variety of tasty food. Vegetarians live longer and have reduced risk of lifestyle diseases, obesity and hypertension. Animal fat and meat has

been linked conclusively with an increase in heart disease, stroke, colon and breast cancer, and more. Another good motivation is to stop the exploitation of animals by intensive breeding and cruelty.

Getting (and staying) fit with Newlands’ Life in Motion Join the Life In Motion community with low intensity workouts, high intensity workouts, circuit training and run training. Life In Motion group fitness classes are designed to introduce you to a variety of exercises in a fun and supportive environment. Suitable for all abilities from high intensity to low intensity. No booking or prepayment required for classes and you

can always come along to FREE Community HIIT, every Saturday at 10am . All classes are held at Newlands Intermediate, rain or shine! For the weekly timetable and information on the upcoming 6 week module of early morning CBD classes visit www.lifeinmotion.co.nz Join the community and set your Life In Motion today!

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Managing summertime sadness We all feel sad or low at times. These are normal human emotions. If you experience a low mood or sadness, it can be reflected in three ways: Mentally You might be self-critical, have negative thoughts, feel hopeless, or feel helpless about yourself or the future. Other symptoms include having difficulty with mental clarity, focus and brain fog. Physically You could feel tired or exhausted, experience changes in sleeping patterns and appetite, have a reduced sexual interest, and walk or move more slowly. Behaviorally Examples may include becoming more irritable and angry, avoiding people and places, avoiding things you used to enjoy doing, and not getting the same pleasure from your usual activities.

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g n i c n Da Fun, Friendship & Exercise Jazz- Tap- Ballet- Hip Hop Contemporary-Pre School Dance A LL CLAS SES H E LD IN N E WLA ND S

Open Day and Enrolment Day Saturday 3rd February 11.00am-12.30pm 3 McMillan Court, Newlands

Scottish Country Dancing JOHNSONVILLE  No partner required  Toe-tapping Celtic music BEGINNERS’ CLASSES Monday 5, 12, 19 & 26 February, 7.30 pm Johnsonville School Hall Morgan Street, Johnsonville Low cost: $4 per class or $12 for all four Monday club nights run from 5 March to end of November

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Tarrant Dance Studio A new year and new Dance experiences are one of the excitements of learning at the Tarrant Dance Studios. Already in action before the term begins are a group of young dancers making Kids Magic - a performance at the Dell in the Rose Gardens on Jan 27 at 11am. Based on a favourite storybook by Giles Andreae ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’, this performance will look at confidence and wonder as Gerald finds he can dance - can somersault in fact! The audience can try their feet at Cha Cha, tango, waltz, rock’ roll and a splendid Scottish reel alongside the Tarrant Dancers who are spending the last week of their holidays devising this ‘magic’ Dance production. Term One Classes start on Sat Feb 10 at the Cuba Street Studios and the following week will see dancers onstage at the MFC for the Chinese New Year Festival. Taniwha Loong is

Getting ready to Rock ‘n Roll for Giraffes Can’t Dance at Kids Magic

a dance interpretation of the Taniwha of Wellington Harbour meeting the traditional Chinese Dragon. Dance is a wonderful way to develop creativity, confidence, physical and rhythmical skills and firm friendships. Syllabi offered are the R.A.D and I.D.T.A with student classes from beginners (5-6 yrs) through Senior Scholars to a wide range of adult classes. Make this the year YOU get active, graceful and challenged DANCE. Enquiries 3847285

Dance Classes in Newlands Angela Goodall Dance Academy offers classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Pre School Dance. All classes are taught in a fun, friendly and positive learning environment and cater for students of all ages. Dancing has a wide range of benefits – coordination, confidence, building self esteem, increased musKHANDALLAH JOHNSONVILLE NGAIO

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cular strength and aerobic fitness. Angela is a registered teacher through the NZ Association of Modern Dance. The Newlands studio is based at 3 MacMillian Court, Newlands. Open Day and Enrollment Day, Saturday 3 February 11am– 12.30pm. Feel free to pop in for a visit, have a look at their Facebook page, or contact Angela for a free trial class – angelagoodalldance@xtra.co.nz.

Looking for a fun evening? Scottish Country Dancing (SCD) is a great way to meet new people, enjoy light exercise, and learn something new. Ngaio Club dances at Khandallah (see advert). We warmly welcome newcomers at all levels. Beginner Classes (Khandallah): March 1,7,14,21 at 7.30pm. Have fun learning, then partner up with friendly club members and dance! Done in groups, the toe-tapping reels, jigs and slower Strathspeys will lift your spirits! Danced worldwide – SCD’s for everyone. See you 1 March!

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By Dan and Michele Taylor

The evening of Friday, January 19 saw the welcome return of food trucks to Karori. The trucks park in front of the soonto-be Karori Event Centre and serve a delicious selection of international

and Kiwi foods on a regular basis. The warm evening brought out a steady stream of diners, and for many it wasn’t their first experience with the cuisine on offer. The food trucks are usually there on the first and third Friday of the month for those keen to sample their wares.

Onebites team Ivan and Intan serving up Indonesian street food

Hungry Monkey crew Lynn and Phillip Wong

Ryan, Amelia and Oscar, 7 weeks, selecting a lamb rendang and pork belly burger

Cait and Deborah Kent ready to tuck in to a curly fried potato stick

Emmett, 7, and Kate, sample banana fritters and ice cream


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Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and Seoul Metropolitan Council chairman Yang Jun Yook signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen ties between the two cities last week. The relationship between both capitals has been enhanced in recent years. Several Wellington business delegations led by the Mayor have visited South Korea, including one last November. Seoul has a particularly buoyant gaming industry, which has attracted the interest of some Wellington businesses. During Yang’s visit, he and Justin THE D AY discussed issues suchOF as transport, safe cities, liveability and resilience. It is hoped that the MoU will be a prelude to Seoul and Wellington 51. J.K. eventually establishing a Sister City Rowling relationship.

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One hundred kilometres to battle poverty Long distance doesn’t scare the athletic team of four Welly Queen. Between the four of them, the team members have walked or run over 290 kilometres last year. Sophie Chen, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Ma and June Cui live in the Wellington area, but they all met at the Great Lake Relay in Taupo last February. They quickly bonded over their passion for trail-running and their desire to contribute to the fight against poverty. Now they have decided to take on the ultimate fitness challenge: Oxfam Trailwalker, held on March 10 and 11 in Whakatane. The event consists of a 50-kilometre course to complete in under 18 hours or 100-kilometre to complete in under 36 hours, to raise funds for Oxfam New Zealand’s work in developing countries in the Pacific. It is one of the charity’s biggest fundraisers, with 176 teams participating this year. “We feel very fortunate to live in New Zealand, a country with a stable economy and fabulous environment. We are also aware that there are still many people around the world living below the poverty line without access to clean water, basic

healthcare and education,”says team leader Sophie Chen from Upper Hutt. Sophie challenged herself to the endurance race Tor des Geants in Italy in September and completed 148 kilometres and 9500 metres of elevation gain in 55 hours. “Running is contagious. So is sharing. It dawned on me that regardless how of little we share, we are elevating vulnerable people’s living conditions”, adds team member Lucy Liu of Grenada, who completed the 80-kilometre Round the Mountain race in Taranaki in 11 hours 30 last year. The Welly Queen team have signed up for the 100-kilometre course. While they all have taken part in long-trail running in the past, they want to make sure they are prepared for such a long distance. Each team member has different levels of experience and fitness, so they are determined to look out for each other to cross the finish line together. With a target time of 24 hours, Sophie, Lucy, Jennifer who lives in Tawa and June from Porirua have been training together since November to make sure they’re physically ready to hit the trail for a full day and night. Welly Queen are determined to reach the

Laykold Cup Track Cycling Carnival wide open

The Welly Queen team with Lucy Liu, June Cui, Jennifer Ma, Sophie Chen. PHOTO: Supplied

fundraising target of $5000 to provide support to people in the Pacific. “None of us have any local fundraising experience in New Zealand, but we believe that our passion, planning and

execution will surely help us beat the target”, says Sophie.  For more information, visit oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz/otw18/teams/wellyqueen.

Free buses to Cigna Round the Bays fun run Participants of the Cigna Round the Bays fun run on February 18 will be able to catch a free bus from the region into the city. Sport Wellington has organised a free bus from Wairarapa, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Johnsonville, Porirua and Kapiti. The buses are scheduled to arrive in

Wellington in time for the start of the 6.5km events; the run/walk, Mitre 10 Buggy Walk, and the Active Families category where children under the age of 12, accompanied by an adult, can ride their scooters. Following the event, buses will depart from Kilbirnie Park (the finish line) at 12.30pm.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Netball’s golden goose flying away Juniors competing at the Laykold Cup last year. PHOTO: Supplied

Ninety years after the Laykold Cup was first presented, the 2018 edition of Wellington’s biggest track cycling race will take place January 28 at the Wellington Velodrome. Now taking the form of a 10km Open Scratch Race, the Laykold Cup is one of the highlights of a full day of racing which also includes the Poneke Plate for women, the Stayers Cup for masters and the Junior Wheelrace Grand Prix. Cash pr izes a re up for g rabs o n eve r y r a c e , fo r eve r y g r a d e. Last year’s Laykold Cup winner Carne Groube, a rising star on road and track, will not be back to defend his title so the trophy is wide open. A Wellington rider has not won it since 2011 when Lee Evans sprinted to victory. The Hataitai local will be taking part and with his focus being on sprinting, he could win it again providing he can get to the finale with some energy left. Newtown’s Pat Crowe-Rishworth leads the other local favourites, and has come close before, preferring long distance breakaways.

Others in the mix will be under 19 road specialist Henry Levett, and experienced riders Matt Sharland of Johnsonville, Grant Perry and Brooklyn’s Gideon Burke. Grace Saywell defends her Poneke Plate but Bridget Olphert and Zoe Perry will be aiming for an upset. Out-of-town riders could also make things hard, especially Sophie-Leigh Bloxham who won in 2015 and 2016. The Junior Handicapped Wheelrace Grand Prix is held over one kilometre (three laps) and is open to all riders under 17. Qualifying heats are run in age groups, with all riders coming together for a final, with younger riders generally given a good headstart. Jackson Moyle won the 2017 race ahead of Millie Donald and Lucy Fulljames.  The event kicks off at midday, January 28 at the Wellington Velodrome in Hataitai, entry is just $5 for juniors, $7 for everyone else. Spectators go free.

The Silver Ferns seem to be missing an opportunity to raise their profile. I pride myself at being aware of a large variety of sport going on in the world but I must confess I had no idea that an international netball series was starting. To be honest, with the exception of Maria Folau, I’m not sure I could name many starting Ferns’ players these days. Ironically, New Zealand lost the international to England, a sign of the times that other nations are catching up in a sport that has, for so long, been dominated by Australia and New Zealand. I was slightly embarrassed that I did not know the game was happening but it’s worth pondering why? We are currently in the midst of a women’s sport evolution. Rugby, cricket, football and mixed martial arts have been instrumental in women having a more visible presence to the public while netball appears to have gone backwards. Player depth seems to be minimal and interest seems to have lagged.

The trans-Tasman netball competition was a flop, largely because New Zealand franchises were not competitive. The new national competition appears like a step backwards when most other sports are rapidly progressing when it comes to the women’s portion of their sport. These are potentially tricky waters to navigate for those within Netball New Zealand. How can the country’s most popular girls sport keep their players going through the age-groups to become competitive on the court and engaging to those watching it? The Laura Langman saga where arguably our best player has been barred from playing in the black bib, has not been a good look and is potentially troublesome. The sport needs an injection of a charismatic, world class player that can be the poster girl for the foreseeable future. Without a turnaround in fortunes, netball may find themselves missing a golden opportunity to cash-in on the mood of the sporting world.


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