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Stone laid for new hub

By Julia Czerwonatis

Construction works for Johnsonville’s new Community Hub started yesterday with a ceremony to bless the grounds. Jane Hill, Wellington City Council’s manager for community networks, was given the honour to lay a Maori stone in what will now become the foundation of the hub. “The Maori stone has taken over the traditional human sacrifice. It is more acceptable today,” Kura Moeahu of the Taranaki Whanui explains. “The stone emits life – life that has turned to stone over thousands of years.” Continued on page 2. Jane Hill, council’s manager community networks, deputy mayor Jill Day, northern ward councillor Peter Gilberd and Kura Moeahu from Taranaki Whanui. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Works for the new Johnsonville Community Hub commences with ceremony Continued from page 1. For Jane, yesterday’s ceremony marked a milestone in the 12-year journey that led from the idea of renewing the Johnsonville Library to building an entire community hub. “It’s tremendous to see this happening after all this time,”

Jane says. She was library manager back when the project started. It has grown into a $22.5 million development and will be an important asset for the northern community. With its main access from Moorefield Road, the com-

munity hub will connect the Memorial Park, Keith Spry Pool, Johnsonville Community Centre and the new library. At approximately 1800 square metres, the new library will be three times larger than the current one, featuring a café and a kindergarten on the top


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floor, and a makerspace on the ground floor. Around 200 new park-andride car parks which will help take the pressure off surrounding car parks. Deputy mayor Jill Day says the hub will be an amazing place for people to gather and enjoy community connectedness. “It’s a massive project and much needed for Johnsonville. It’s great to see this change, especially having grown up here,” Jill says. Construction work will be typically carried out between 7.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. Contractors Southbase Construction Company will monitor noise disruption and dust pollution to ensure both are kept to a minimum. The Keith Spry Pool and Johnsonville Community Centre will be operating as usual through most of the project.  For more information, visit

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conception, get more creative with prevention education, and improve coordination between the agencies and organisations that can disrupt scam and fraud activity.” Newlands resident Russell Robinson received a scam call a couple of weeks ago and warns other locals not to fall for it. “The guy on the phone said he was from the Windows technical department and claimed I would have a problem with my computer,” Russell recalls the incident. Indeed, Russell doesn’t even own a computer and he knew

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Less can be more – revising medication for older people Medical specialists are encouraging older people to talk to their doctor about taking fewer medicines. The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) coordinates the Choosing Wisely campaign, which encourages patients to ask their health professional: Do I really need this test or procedure? What are the risks? Are there simpler, safer options? What happens if I don’t do anything? In the Capital & Coast DHB

region, 29 percent of people aged over 65 are taking five or more long-term medications. The all-of-New Zealand rate is 35 percent. CMC chair Derek Sherwood says it is important older people get their medicines reviewed regularly. “This helps make sure you are receiving the best treatment.” He says some medicines are more likely to cause side effects in older people.

“Side effects include feeling dizzy when standing up, feeling sick, not thinking clearly and having blurred eye sight,” Derek explains. These side effects can also make the person unsteady on their feet, increase the risk of falling, and can affect driving. “It is important that the benefits of taking such medicines outweigh the risks – that’s why it’s so important to review your medicines regularly with your doctor.”

Derek says stopping a medicine can seem daunting, especially if you’ve been taking it for a long time. “But for many older people, stopping a particular medicine may actually benefit their health. “Many older people successfully stop medicines without feeling worse. In fact, you may feel better and improve your quality of life – especially if your symptoms were being caused by your medicines.”

‘I believe Johnsonville will change’ By Julia Czerwonatis

It’s been 33 years since the Independent Herald reported about development plans for Johnsonville that saw a brandnew fast food store and service station being built. ‘Fast food hopes for fast track to Johnsonville’ reads the headline on February 25, 1985, reporting about “a buzz of interest” within the northern community stirred after the plans were confirmed. “I see the development as the future coming of age of Johnsonville as a commercial centre,” local businessman and property owner, Chris Kirk-Burnnand, was quoted back then. Chris acquired the parcel of land on the northern end of Johnsonville’s commercial triangle between Moorefield and Johnsonville Road from the New Zealand Railways in 1984. Next to the new Mobile service station which was badly needed in Johnsonville, Chris says, he built a large 150 seater McDonald’s with play facilities, and several offices – however, some green space had to make way for the new site. Today, looming over the

rooftops of the suburb, Johnsonville’s clock tower which was part of that development has become a landmark for the area. The idea of the clock tower as the dominant feature of the building complex was to bring “something different” into the suburb. “I love Johnsonville but the commercial space here is dated. We need more entertainment and more choices for food,” Chris says today. Consequently, the Kirk-Burnnand family plan to re-develop their entire corner in 2030. “Originally, we proposed the site for the new Johnsonville Library,” Chris says. “Now we’re looking into a design that aligns with the mall with retail stores, entertainment and community services.” Chris and his son Mark, who is also his business partner, are considering building an underground carpark as part of the development project. “I believe Johnsonville will change. It’s the people here who are the driving force behind change. “And I hope, Mark and I will be able to develop a beautiful site here.”

ABOVE: The front page image of the Independent Herald on February 25, 1985, announcing Chris Kirk-Burnnand’s development plans for Johnsonville. PHOTO: Wellington Suburban Newspapers Archives RIGHT: Chris has owned and operated businesses in Johnsonville since 1970, and has since purchased, developed, and maintained ownership of several properties. He is also chairman of the Johnsonville Youth Grants Trust. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Scots College to accept girls Strathmore’s private boys’ high school, Scots College plans to reduce the amount of assessment in Year 11 from next year, headmaster Graeme Yule announced last week. “NCEA Level 1 has been in the spotlight lately – we know our students are spending too much time on assessment and not enough on developing the skills to succeed in life,” Graeme says. The college will accept girls to the Senior School from 2020 starting with 30 girls in year 11 and 30 in year 12. “Co-education at the senior level is an important step in preparing young people for adulthood and life beyond school,” he concludes.

Waitangi Day programme Wellington will celebrate Waitangi Day on Tuesday with friends and whanau. There will be kai and kapa haka with live music at the Te Wharewaka o Poneke on the waterfront starting at 9am. The hangi will be lifted at noon. In the afternoon, head to Waitangi Park for live music including Salmonella Dub Soundsystem. Opening speeches will be given at noon followed by several performances which conclude at 7.30pm. For details, visit events/annual-events/summer-city/ waitangi-day.

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The annual Go By Bike Day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, is set to celebrate people riding their bikes in Wellington. There will be spot prizes, competitions, vendor giveaways, free coffee and breakfast. Come down and enjoy a well-earned bagel and coffee after you ride your bike to Queens Wharf. The event starts 7-9am.

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On March 10, 1941, Eric joined the 27th Squadron of the Royal New Zealand ‘Mr Oz’ is remembered by many as a cheerful man Air Force, with service number 411617. who would genuinely care about others. By Julia Czerwonatis

Eric Osboldstone, a prominent figure of Karori and known by many as ‘Mr Oz’, died peacefully on January 17 at Charles Fleming Rest Home, aged 98. Born Whanganui, Eric was a customs clerk until World War II broke out and he joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Beaufighter pilot, Warrant Officer Osboldstone, was shot down behind the enemy lines in 1944 during an operation in Burma, today known as Myanmar. He remained uninjured but was taken prisoner by the Japanese and was sent to the capital, where he was released when that city was captured shortly afterwards. “Back home, my father was presumed dead,” Ruth Pretty, Eric’s daughter, explains. “Eric had met my mother Betty before the war and kept in touch with her while he was overseas. She too thought he was dead.” Eric and Betty got married soon after he returned home, and they moved to Karori

together. As a returned serviceman, Eric received support from the Government to launch a business. “He considered opening a baby shop because he anticipated a baby boom after the war,” Ruth says. “But he concluded it might be short-lived and decided to open a grocery shop instead.” His first store, Apex Grocery, was situated in Marsden Village on Karori Road and today is a Four Square. “Back then many immigrants from eastern Europe lived in Karori and my father embraced their culture offering rye bread, smoked bacon, gherkin which was a bit peculiar for New Zealanders but popular amongst immigrants.” In the 70s, Eric moved and opened The Big A which was then the biggest privately owned supermarket in the country. Ruth described her father as a cheerful man who remembered everybody’s names. On social media, people who remember Eric from his time as local business owner, paid their

Eric didn’t only own Karori’s largest supermarket The Big A, he also belongs to the inaugural members of the Karori Lions Club. PHOTOS: Supplied

respects: “I remember him well. It was so nice to have a supermarket in Karori in those days and he made shopping a pleasure. Sad to know he has passed. Condolences to his family,” Di Brittain comments on Facebook. “Those were the days – my grandmother organised my first Friday night job in the Big A – had enormous fun there and Mr Oz taught me about customer service. RIP Mr Osboldstone,”

Jo Wypych says. And John Su’a comments: “Saddened to hear of Ozzie’s passing. He was such a Karori Community stalwart and a great supporter of the old Karori Rugby Club. Will miss his smiling face.” Eric retired in the mid-80s and while he moved up the coast to Waikanae he didn’t entirely leave his community. Eric will be missed by his four children and eight grandchildren.

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“After the crafting programme at Amesbury ended, I had emails from several parents asking me whether I would offer any courses during the holidays so I did that,” Mai explains. She says her passion for crafting will also play a role in her position as community centre advocate. “I’d like to bring more activities for kids to Churton Park because they often have to go to Johnsonville or further for after-school

programmes. “And I would like to try and bring the people of different cultures who live here together. Perhaps we will organise a few multi-cultural-events where people will get the chance to share something about their home country.”  The Churton Park Community Centre’s drop-in lounge opens Monday-Friday, from 10am-2pm. Contact Mai via Mai.Mostafa@

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Zealandia announces We’re talking Nunsense – new research centre especially for Wellington Zealandia Ecosanctuary will open a research centre to support its ongoing research and field work. The Zealandia Centre for People and Nature will focus on exploring how nature influences our society, including the economy, people’s health and wellbeing, and conservation outcomes. “Zealandia has driven an incredible transformation in our nation’s capital—not only in our native biodiversity but also in our people,” Zealandia chief executive Paul Atkins says. “People are learning to reconnect with New Zealand’s natural environment. “Our children now have the chance to encounter unique species such as kaka, tieke [saddleback] and toutouwai [North Island robin] in their own local green spaces.” The research centre will be an umbrella for collaborative efforts in research, community outreach, and education. It will bring together more than 40 experts who are already working with the sanctuary, generating knowledge to tackle conservation

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A new theatre co-operative is hoping a local version of comedy play Nunsense will draw the level of laughs that made it such a success overseas. Based on the popular off-Broadway show which originated in New York in 1985, this version sees the story transported to Wellington, where 52 nuns from Crofton Downs die of botulism, and it is up to five of the remaining 19 to raise funds to bury them. “Julia the chef poisons them with vichyssoise soup, except for 19 of them who were out playing bingo,” director Lyndee-Jane Rutherford says. “They are very talented. One is an amazing puppeteer and another one tap dances. The show is a genuinely collaborative effort with some crew members, such as producer Rochelle Rose, starring in it too – even the musical director Michael Nicholas Williams has a few lines on stage. The play is being produced by Wing It Productions, which was

formed by Rochelle and Tania Parker of Crofton Downs from only seven months ago. “This is our first year of operation, so we spend that time getting Nunsense up and running,” Rochelle says. The idea of putting on such a show came about when the pair were singing together in a production of Sister Act in 2016. “A friendship was formed. We had a lot in common,” Rochelle says. The Reverend Mother is played by Jane Keller who was originally an opera and cabaret singer in the United States. She was allowed to retain her accent for a show that will feature humorous references to New Zealand and especially Wellington. Nunsense runs at the Gryphon theatre at 7.30 from January 30 to February 10 with 2pm matinees on each of the Saturdays. Tickets are $39,90 for adults and $25 for seniors and students, with a portion of proceeds going to the Sisters of Compassion soup kitchen.  For bookings, visit



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Historic Nairn Street Cottage opens its doors Located on the hillside of Mt Cook, Nairn Street Cottage sits unsuspectingly, and could easily be mistaken to be just another cottage. But look further. Beautifully presented and rich with history, the cottage was built

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The ride up in Wellington’s Cable Car is now brighter and more colourful thanks to a new mural. Designed and painted by Wellington artist Gina Kiel, the mural’s bright colours link in with the holographic pillars and the tunnel lighting. “It’s about vibrancy, movement, form and colour. We wanted to uplift the area and the experience,” Gina says. The mural is part of a Wellington City Council-supported programme, Tara-toi, to put more art on walls in the city.

“Wellington is home to talented artists working in several creative industries,” Mayor Justin Lester says. “More public art gives them the opportunity to express their work and strengthens the city’s identity as New Zealand’s Capital of Culture. “Gina’s mural has enlivened the terminal space with an abstract and contemporary piece that contributes to the uniqueness of a ride on the Cable Car.” The mural was painted through January and has just been completed.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Do you think we should keep school uniforms even though they are a financial burden for parents?

Andrew Shann, Hutt Valley/ex-Tawa “I’ve always been in favour of uniforms. There’s no distinction between children. Abandoning uniforms would put more peer pressure on them.”

Adam Cruz, Churton Park “My son has no uniform and that’s ok for us.”

Julie Smith, Ngaio “I’d rather have them, it’s just easier.”

Paul Kennedy, visiting Johnsonville “Yeah, they need to drop the price but they should keep them.”

Phil Clark, Karori “Yes, it’s easier for kids.”

Gerda Survillo, Johnsonville “It makes sense for younger students, aged 12 to 14, after that probably not. They should get the chance to embrace their own style.”

Police rescue two kayakers from harbour Two kayakers, a 59 year old and 29 year old father and son, have been rescued from Wellington Harbour after getting into trouble while out fishing last Wednesday. The pair left Petone in the morning, both wearing lifejackets and each had a mobile phone in a waterproof plastic bag.

The weather deteriorated and when they were around 200 metres off shore one of the kayakers became swamped by a wave and overturned. In assisting the first kayaker the second kayaker also overturned and both ended up in the water. They were unable to get back

into their kayaks and called 111. Officers onshore attended and kept an eye on the pair in the water while the Lady Elizabeth IV and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter went to rescue them. One person was winched into the helicopter and the other, along with the two kayaks, was picked up by Lady Liz.

They were assessed by paramedics and were a bit cold after spending 40 minutes in the water but otherwise unharmed. Police Maritime Unit Constable Barry Murfin says they were well prepared and did the right thing when they got into trouble.

“Things can change quickly on the water so wearing a life jacket and having forms of communication are your best chance of keeping yourself safe on the water. “These two made it out of a potentially very dangerous scenario unharmed and have their own preparedness to thank.”

Living life to the fullest Since moving in to Karori’s Huntleigh Home in April last year, Anne McKay has made the most of the many activities on offer at the home.

Perspective and attitude – those are the keys to a happy and fulfilled life, according to Karori’s Anne McKay. “Life is what you make it. If there’s something you don’t like about your life, work towards changing it. It’s all about how you look at the challenges life throws at you,” she says. Anne’s pro-active attitude has served her well since she moved to Enliven’s Huntleigh Home in March following a stint in hospital and ongoing mobility issues. “I used to paint but find that a bit hard now, so I colour in pictures instead. It’s actually very relaxing,” she says. “I also used to play the piano accordion and while I can’t really play anymore, I appreciate the variety of musical activities and entertainments on offer here. I always look forward to the group music therapy sessions with Rani Heath. She’s amazing!” If Anne needs any help, the lively resident

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Waitangi Day at the National Library GET SET AND $AVE If you are looking for something to do on Waitangi Day, why not delve into New Zealand history by taking a look at the constitutional documents that shaped Aotearoa. Waitangi Day at He Tohu gives Wellingtonians the chance to see the original Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi and enjoy a hangi lunch on Tuesday, February 6. He Tohu is a new permanent exhibition that sheds a fresh light on New Zealand’s three iconic constitutional documents: the 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand, 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi, and Te Petihana Whakamana Poti Wahine – the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition Free family friendly tours in te reo Maori or English have been organised for the event and will offer insight into stories behind some of the 540 rangatira who signed the treaty and the thoughts of New Zealanders on the meaning and value of it today. After each guided tour there will be an opportunity to learn about the documents through an illustrated presentation with conservator Vicki-Anne Heikell. Vicki-Anne will talk about the composition and condition of the paper, parchment, inks and how this understanding helps conservators make decisions for the long term preservation of the

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Wellington Ballet begins 2018 with the introduction of a Jazz/Contemporary syllabus with Dance NZ made. We are excited to now be offering lessons in Ngaio, Johnsonville and Khandallah. Monique says that dance is very popular in the local area, and there are many benefits for the children, with it being great physical exercise, helping improve posture and core strength, plus structure and of course it helps children develop friendships. We offer ballet for 2-5 years olds. These classes are designed for young children to capture their imagination and are great for leading into the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.

For the older children over the age of 5 years we offer the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and our new Dance NZ made jazz Syllabus. There is also an ever increasing Adults Ballet class. During the year the older children are prepared for Ballet & Jazz exams, followed by an end of the year production, Monique tries to make this stress free for parents, she organizes all the costumes, so there is just a hire fee. There is always an opening for new students or for those transferring from other Ballet schools, for further information please contact Monique Koorey on Ph 0272145593 or www.

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students to learn to the best of their ability. En Pointe is a modern and forward looking academy. The traditions of the past meet the needs of today, with the aim being to capture the instinctive joy of movement and freedom of expression that everyone possesses, With classes for 3-year-olds through to adults, En Pointe offers something for everyone. To find out more, go to www.enpointe.


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Johnsonville Scottish country dance classes start Monday 5th February Come along and give it a go, get some exercise, and make new friends. You’ll be up and dancing from the first night, with lively music and friendly company.

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Jennifer Evans Dance Academy - Now registering for dance education Jennifer Evans Dance Academy is a boutique dance academy family and community based, promoting productive dance practice and offering top facilities at Marsden which is available to students from all schools and colleges. For some years now we have been supporting ‘The Wellington Free Ambulance’ and committed to continue doing so. Many small donations can make big differences. At the Marsden based Academy there are classes available 7 days a week including before school options. Many performances and charity

performances, examinations both graded and vocational, medal and teachers examinations are available. The I.D.T.A top scholarship has been awarded by visiting UK examiners 9 times to our academy as the result of dancers achieving technical excellence in major examinations. 'My dance academy is well established and I remain a dedicated and passionate teacher. I would like to welcome you to the world of dance and be a member of a dance academy supporting the community'. Contact Jennifer on 04 476 2821 or 027 635 0191

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Local identities receive New Year Honour Several locals have been recognised with the New Year Honours 2018 for their commitment to the community. The Independent Herald introduced Lloyd Scott, MNZM, and Penny Mudford, ONZM, in the January 17 issue. This week, reporter Julia Czerwonatis spoke to another five out of eight local recipients about their honouring.

Mr Channa Ranasinghe, QSM, of Churton Park Mr Channa Ranasinghe dedicates much of his time and work voluntarily to help others here and overseas. The Churton Park resident, who emigrated from Sri Lanka over 20 years ago, received a Queen’s Service Medal for his services to the Sri Lankan community. Under Channa’s leadership, the United Sri Lanka Association

raised more than $250,000 for relief efforts following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Sri Lanka. “What I did in the Sri Lanka Association helped me to be a better member of my community and to be better at my job,” Channa says. “So to show our gratitude towards New Zealand, we started another fundraiser after the earthquake in Christchurch to help people there.”

He says working for the community and helping others was a very satisfying feeling. He appreciates that Wellington, and Churton Park especially, are home to people from various cultures and ethnical origin. “It’s important to organise cultural events and mediate between ethnic communities because they sometimes live in their pockets.

We want to create something for them to feel comfortable to get out and be part of the wider community,” Channa says. In the future, Channa would like to inspire younger generations to be engaged in similar projects as he was to make a difference for their communities. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

The Honourable Sir Douglas White, KNZM QC, of Thorndon In May, the Honourable Douglas White, QC, will become Sir Douglas in recognition services to the judiciary. Douglas says he was “flattered” when being informed about his knighthood. “It came out of the blue for me. My family was very excited,” the Thorndon resident says. After having practised as a

Queen’s Counsel from 1988, Douglas was appointed a High Court judge in 2009. Douglas says highlights of his career are his current position as the president of the Law Commission as well as working as a judge for the Court of Appeal in Auckland. “Working for the Court of Appeal was very stimulating. It

was challenging and extremely interesting at the same time, and I had wonderful colleagues,” Douglas says. The father of four wanted to be a judge ever since he “decided not to be a train driver”. He says skills required to be a good judged include being impartial, involved in your cases and being dispassionate.

“You have to be a good listener and make sure that both sides had a fair hearing.” Douglas’s position is secured until 2021, and he is considering a move to Auckland because part of his family lives there.

they can learn from.” After starting his career in England, David was offered the chance to work in New Zealand in 1989. Initially, David only wanted to stay for a short time but he met his wife here, and job opportunities kept coming for him. “My position at the MBIE has been an incredible chance to make a difference to New Zealand.

“I’ve worked together with great people, and together we achieved a whole lot of important and challenging aspects. “The New Year Honour is a tribute to everyone in the ministry and what we have collectively achieved.”

it harder for younger people to reach their potential. “Leadership is about who you are in your everyday life in ordinary situations: in school, at work, amongst your family. It’s about showing competence and confidence and aspiring in their surroundings. “The wider vision behind it is to mentor an entire generation of community leaders who assume responsibility for their lives, their

children and their futures and not have others decide about their future.” Kabini says after the New Year Honour announcement, he received many messages from young people he had taught and others around the Pacific. “This has meant a lot to them. This goes beyond me,” Kabini says.

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Mr David Smol, QSO, of Kelburn Mr David Smol has dedicated much of his working life in New Zealand to make a difference to the country and has now become a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for his services. The Kelburn resident was the founding chief executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) from 2012 until last year.

He says one of their key targets was to making all MBIE services as accessible as possible for people which meant improving online services. New Zealand is “doing pretty well’ keeping up digitalisation, he says, but there are still areas where we would need improvement. “The beauty is that we can learn from other countries in this just as

PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

Professor Kabini Sanga, MNZM, of Newlands He has been an inspiration for many students, and for his education services to young people from the Pacific region and beyond, Professor Kabini Sanga has become a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. The Newlands resident is a professor at Victoria University and has moved here from the Solomon Islands. Next to his regular classes, Kabini is organising a leadership

programme. He says the idea was born back in 2001 and took off four years later, with Kabini as its driving force. “It’s a deliberate mentoring programme. We have a look at individual experiences and use those as a starting point for development. It’s people-centred,” Kabini explains. He says much of the schooling system diminishes people and makes them smaller which makes

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The Venerable Wiremu (Bill) Tutepuaki Kaua, ONZM JP, of Churton Park The Venerable Wiremu (Bill) Tutepuaki Kaua, JP, has been a public servant his entire career across a variety of sectors, an enduring advocate of Maori cultural education and, more recently, a committed minister of the Anglican Church. In recognition of his dedication to his community, Bill has been named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. “It was quite a shock, I never really expected this.”

The Churton Park resident says that his work over the years was aimed to build bridges between people. As the inaugural Group Manager Maori at the Ministry of Education, he led various initiatives to immerse staff in Maori culture. He took on roles in several ministries including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet before moving to the private sector to be “closer to the action”. “A large project I was involved

in was forming a runanga with 25 tribes in Wellington,” Bill says. “We aimed to create a body of knowledge and connect urban Maori to their tribal roots.” He has since been a cultural advisor to numerous organisations, and notably involved with Waitangi Tribunal hearings as a kaumatua for the lawyers of the Crown Law Office, and as kaumatua for PHARMAC since 2010, a role that he is proud of. “My job is to make sure, Maori

are safe and being treated with respect, and to ensure we’re looking after our people,” Bill says. He hopes that one day, people “put their stupidity behind” and will go beyond the ethnic boundaries to become Kiwis together. “What is good for Maori, is good for everyone, so why not do things together. We need to work together – even more so nowadays.” PHOTO: Supplied

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Work kicked off on Monday to carry out essential drainage work at Otaraua Park, to help sports teams make the most of the fields going forward. Parks and Recreation manager Alison Law says this work will benefit a range of sports clubs, supporters and community groups. “Last year we had limited fields available due to significant flooding and a lot of wet weather. “This work on the main field will improve the surface, increase the number

of hours that the fields are available, and hopefully relieve some of the pressure on field availability in Kapiti,” Alison says. “It’s a start and won’t fix the problem entirely, so we need people to keep in mind that there will be days where there’s just too much water for play to go ahead, on this field and others around the district.” The work will take approximately three weeks and coincide with work at Jim Cooke Park in Waikanae to get those fields ready for the season.

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The sultry late afternoon heat of Days Bay saw Laura Collins and her Back Porch Blues Band take to the stage last Sunday at the Days Bay Pavilion.

Backed by Wayne Mason on keyboards and vocals, John O’Connor on lead guitar, George Barris on upright bass and Peter Cogswell on drums, Laura turned up the heat with her soulful vocals, while the audience grooved to a mixture

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Cleaning up the bays for event day Sport Wellington staff spent an entire afternoon cleaning up the shoreline along Shelley Bay Road and Massey Road last week in the preparation for the 2018 Cigna Round the Bays fun run. Starting at Frank Kitts Park and ending at Kilbirnie Park, Cigna Round the Bays will see thousands of participants take part in the event scheduled for February 18. Cleaning up the beach side course for event day was a high priority for the eco-conscious event team.

Event director Anna Carrington had been for a drive around the course. “Some of the little beaches around Shelly Bay were just litter havens. It was very sad, so we are doing something about it,” Anna says. The cleanup crew worked in groups to pick up rubbish along the coast where the half marathon course takes place. Broken glass and plastic were the main items found but there were a number of spots where people had dumped bag loads of

rubbish. Helpers were treated to afternoon tea compliments of the Chocolate Fish Café as a thank you from the local business for their efforts. Since its inception in 1979 with just under 4000 participants, Cigna Round the Bays has grown from strength to strength over the last 40 years. Last February saw over 14,300 registered participants take part in running or walking around Wellington’s scenic waterfront. Sport Wellington prides itself

on delivering an event that has reduced barriers ensuring a wide range of the community is able to participate. Having a low entry fee, a range of distances, and providing a festival atmosphere at Frank Kitts Park and Kilbirnie Park, Cigna Round the Bays encourages people to take part in active recreation and celebrates their achievement.  Registrations for the event can be made online at with the earlybird rate being available until January 31.

Trophy-Winning Weekend for Wellington Clubs It was a brilliant day at Alex Moore Park on Sunday where a great surface allowed for some fantastic cricket with big scores and a very good attempted run chase. Batting first, Onslow amassed 303 for 8 as their captain, Sean O’Connor, picked the perfect occasion to score his first century. He was well supported by Calvin Harrison (64) and some late hitting from Sam Keegan (36). The ever-present Luke Woodock lead the way with the ball for Johnsonville, taking 3 for 43. In reply, Raki Weerasundara (98) and Hareen Silva (80) led the reply before Johnsonville were bowled out for 240. Johnsonville were worthy hosts, putting on a fantastic event which the big crowd enjoyed. Commiserations to Ivan Tissera and his Johnsonville team on getting so close. After winning the Rothbury Ewen Chatfield Trophy, Onslow will represent Wellington at the National Club Championships in Auckland in April. Onslow 303/8 (O’Connor

107, Harrison 64, Keegan 36, Ringrose 3/63, Woodcock 3/43) beat Johnsonville 240 (Weerasundara 98, Silva 80, Mudgway 31). Another match saw Karori take out the Premier Reser ve O ne -Day Tit le. Karori and Petone Reserve sides were lucky enough to contest their final at Karori Park on the same strip the Wellington Blaze had played on the previous two days. Having the Blaze use the field before the final meant the teams were able to have the sightscreens left up and the use of the boundary rope. In a low scoring game, Simon Baker’s 54 at the top of the Karori innings was the difference as his side won by 4 wickets. And finally, Victoria University became the Second Holders of the Cook Shield on the weekend. The Cook Shield was originally awarded for winning the Wellington Men’s Senior Championship for 70 years through until 1995 but was discontinued when Wellington amalgamated with Hutt Valley.

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Women return serve at Aussie Open The women’s tennis at the Australian Open has been of high quality and may signal a resurgence for the women of the sport. After 15 years of men’s tennis dominating the landscape thanks to such surnames as Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, it seems like that era may be coming to an end. The women’s final between Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki was absorbing tennis across three sets between the

two highest ranked players in the world. Wozniacki prevailed against a tiring top seed Halep who had survived match points and epic three setters earlier in the tournament. Halep’s tenacity had seen her win many admirers over the fortnight and I’m not ashamed to admit she was the reason I tuned into the women’s side of the draw. Wozniacki in her own right finally delivered on years of

being the bridesmaid and never the bride. The duo look set to lead the women’s game into the next chapter while an ageing Serena Williams lurks in the background as she makes her return after becoming a mother late last year. It was refreshing to see compelling tennis that didn’t involve the big four. I’ve long zoned out of women’s matches at grand slams because of the vast number of champions

at the top level over the past decade and the seemingly one-sided shorelines that have become the norm. The men’s is set to have a golden era end very soon and the time is right for the women to take the momentum and go with it. On a side note - Federer at 36-years-old is phenomenal. Goes to show you that Father Time can be slowed if you are smart and manage your playing workload and don’t punish your joints too much on court.

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