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Final spurt for event centre

By Julia Czerwonatis

It’s been a 10-year-journey for the Karori community, and now the Karori Event Centre committee launches the final spurt to finishing the construction. Plunging into the 11th year, all it needs now to complete the project is the interior fitting.

“We’ve raised around $300.000 of the estimated $900.000 needed,” Fleur Nicholas from the Karori Community Hall Trust says. “Once we have the money, it will take four months to complete the fit out. We hope to open the centre by the end of the year.” Continued on page 2.


Fleur Nicholas from the Karori Community Hall Trust, Karori Community Centre administrator Veronica Hennig, and trust chair Wallace Simmers. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Karori Event Centre invites public to Take a Peek day Continued from page 1. The trust is looking to secure significant donations and applying for grants, while they also reach out to the community for support. At the end of the month, the trust invites Karorians to take a peek into the building to see how much has been done and what is still needed for the finish. “The event centre will be a venue that caters for our community,” Wallace Simmers, chair of the Karori Community Hall Trust, says. “While we are driven to create a space for the youth, the hall can be used by anyone and for all kinds of purposes.” Wallace says the hall will accommodate and support a wide range of community groups and activities – from fitness, dance, drama, music, and youth programmes to family celebrations, business meetings and exhibitions. The Karori Event Centre was badly needed in the growing suburb – especially after Karori lost its two St John’s Church halls. “Thanks heavens we decided against re-doing the St John’s hall,” Onslow western ward councillor Andy Foster says. “Building a new hall has been

The Karori Event Centre will be operated by the Karori Community Centre. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

part of the Karori town centre plan since the early 2000s,” Andy says. Yet council didn’t have the budget for a venue like the Karori Event Centre, hence the Karori Community Hall Trust was established. “As the council, we did as much as we could in financing and supporting the trust,” Andy says. “Wally [Wallace Simmers]

Wellingtonians will soon have the chance to get their hands dirty and learn how to grow fruit and veggies with a new project by the Compassion Soup Kitchen. The He Rakau Koikoi project will see a parcel of bare land on Haining Street in Wellington’s CBD being transformed into an urban garden.

The Sisters of Compassion together with the Sustainability Trust will offer the opportunity for whanau to learn new skills, practice old skills, have fun and enjoy being with other people. “If we can build connections for people, we offer them purpose and hope for the future,” Matt Petrie, He Rakau Koikoi manager, says.

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“Community gardens are good on so many levels,” Sustainability Trust EcoEnterprise manager, Nada Piatek, explains. “They are a connection to our food sources, right where we live, and a connection to each other in that space. “Both of these things enhance the resilience of the commu-

nity, so we are ticking boxes all over the place.” The workshops are facilitated by the Sustainability Trust and will take place in February and March. Costs are $10 per person, per workshop with the money going towards the Soup Kitchen. Bookings are available at our-events.

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took up the challenge and embarked on this lengthy journey. It was a hard row to raise money. “We owe the trust gratitude for their work. I think the event centre will have even greater value to the community than the old hall did because there are less and less venues available in Karori.” Andy believes that once the event centre is finished, people

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Seven secret spots for Wellington’s Hidden Gardens Wellingtonians are treated to a treasure hunt giving adventurers the chance to admire seven hidden gardens and play around with augmented reality. Wellington City Council’s horticultural apprentice gardeners have been busy designing a special summer surprise and planted seven gardens hidden in secret locations around Wellington waiting for people to discover them. “At any one time, we have a

number of apprentice gardeners working with us,” Tim Park council’s environment partnership leader, explains. “They receive formal training to become gardeners, and we support them through the process. “A couple of years ago, one apprentice asked to get the chance and try to make their own gardens,” Tim says. “So we gave them $500 each and a supervisor, and that be-

came quite popular with the public, so we brought the idea back.” Little riddles that can be found on the council’s website will help to find the hidden gardens. Council also partnered up with ScimitAR to develop a special augmented reality education game for Hidden Gardens. With augmented reality, phones or tablets can create a computer-generated image on the user’s view of the real world.

Once you find the secret spot, a sign next to the garden will help to launch the game. The app also hints at how far or near you are from the gardens, however, the app is not essential for finding the gardens.  To vote for your favourite garden, download the app and read the riddles, visit enjoy-the-outdoors/gardens/ hidden-gardens.

From the streets to the strings – viola player publishes memoir By Julia Czerwonatis

A Karori resident is sharing stories of his life with music and his love for busses. Peter van Drimmelen has published Driving for Music – a humorous memoir of his time with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Peter’s family and his experiences as a bus driver in Europe. “Every time something funny or weird happened over the last 35 years, I would make a note and store it in my viola case,” Peter says. Born in the Netherlands, Peter started off playing the violin, but since his “sausage fingers couldn’t cope with it”, he switched to viola. In between studying, freelancing, and starting as a full-time musician, Peter drove tour buses through Europe. “I wanted to see Europe, so this was just perfect – I loved it,” he says. In 1975, Peter moved to New Zealand, initially playing for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, he eventually moved to Wellington to join the NZSO in 1987. Peter’s editor Julia Millen worked closely with the retired musician and says she loves how honest Peter speaks

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Karorian Peter van Drimmelen is a retired viola player and shares stories of his life as a musician with his new publication. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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about the orchestra life. “Being a viola player, Peter tells the story from a bit of a different point of view,” Julia says. “The viola usually isn’t the star of the orchestra, so readers get to know a bit of a different perspective.” Julia says Driving for Music is an array of brilliant anecdotes, including stories of a conductor dislocating their arm during a concert or Peter’s sentiments towards a symphony he has played over 780 times, and human interest aspects of his life. “Peter shares some stories about his family – how his parents met in Indonesia during the war. And he describes what it is like to raise three children with two parents playing for the NZSO.”  Driving for Music is available at Marsden Books in Karori, costs $35. You can also contact Peter via



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Wellington’s oldest floral art returns to Johnsonville

Floral Art Club members creating posies which are being sold at the Gardening Club. PHOTO: Supplied

The Floral Art Club returns to Johnsonville after an eightyear-break and is keen to welcome new members to their reign. “Like most other clubs, we were struggling with membership numbers,” Monika Sorensen, the club’s secretary, explains the break. “I’m excited that we’re back.” During the recreational night classes, members learn to create modern floral designs from experts. Monika, who joined the club in the late 90s, says they are the oldest floral art club in Wellington being established in the 50s. For many years members of

the club have created the table designs for the Community Awards Dinner. It is a friendly relaxed environment where people can have fun and foster their creativity “I have learnt so much over the years. I really enjoy working with flowers and, in the end, giving away my little designs to others as a present,” Monika says. The club meets 10 times a year at the Uniting Church, 18 Doctor Taylor Terrace on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30 p.m. The first meeting will be on February 21. If you want further information ring Jill Merrick 2348693 or Monika Sorensen 4785649.




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Being present for the birth of his first child was an unforgettable moment for new dad Kapil Bhatt. It was a joyous occasion he and his wife Preeti shared in the safe surrounds of a hospital birthing unit. But little did they realise that just 18 months later what he witnessed that day would prove crucial when Preeti suddenly went into labour with baby number two. In a late-night drama at the couple’s home in Johnsonville, Kapil ended up delivering their baby daughter himself after an ambulance rushing to get there didn’t make it in time.

The 32-year-old CrestClean franchiser, who had been working in the city, raced home after finding several missed calls on his phone from his wife. He found Preeti on the sofa about to give birth. Kapil waited for the ambulance he had called, all the while getting advice from an operator on the situation unfolding before his eyes. “They were asking me a lot of stuff and whether I could see the baby’s head.” Despite feeling nervous, he was able to reassure his wife. “Just a year before I’d seen my son

Kapil Bhatt with his wife Preeti and new baby girl Yana and son Dev. PHOTO: Supplied

born, but that was in the hospital. I had a basic idea of what to expect.” He says he was running on adrenalin. “I was quite nervous throughout the whole process and feeling a bit angry the ambulance hadn’t yet arrived. “There was no point in panicking, things will only go wrong if you panic. I had my mother-in-law there and that gave me some confidence,” he adds. “Never did I imagine that something like this would happen. For a moment I thought to myself ‘is this a dream or is it real’. The birth happened very quickly though. “She was very eager to come out,” Kapil says. “We wrapped the baby as soon as she was born. I knew the basic stuff and she would get cold. The operator on the phone was telling us what to do.” Kapil is “super excited” to have played a starring role in his daughter’s birth. “All’s well that ends well,” he says. Minutes after the ambulance crew arrived, Preeti and her new baby girl, who weighed in at 3.35kg, were checked over and whisked off to hospital. Relieved to know everything was okay, Kapil turned his mind back to work – remembering he still had an office building to clean before the morning. He worked through the night, eventually finishing at 7am the next day.


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Bill’s family Ding, Dong and Belle played by Liam Young, Eva Gibson and Kirsteen McCalman. PHOTO: Supplied

Lots of laughs and silly gags with latest theatre production Beauty and the Beast is coming to Khandallah Park with the latest production of the Khandallah Arts Theatre (KAT). In the local take-up of Disney’s famous classic, father Bill lives a happy family life with his daughters Ding, Dong and Belle until Belle becomes ensnared by the Beast over the theft of a white rose. Kirsteen McCalman (Belle), Liam Young (Bill) and Sophia Bouliers (Dong) are all living locally and have acted with KAT for the last couple of years. Eva Gibson, starring as Ding, hails from Lyall Bay and has appeared in school and dance productions. They are all enjoying their roles in this new quirky version of Beauty and the Beast, a family pantomime with original music by another KAT member, David Tayler. As well as the family, sweet loving Belle,

her honourable but impoverished father and her two dippy sisters, a narrator has to cope with a fairy godmother who isn’t in the story, a wicked Spanish witch with a lisp, intrusive chickens and their chicken hunters. Outdoor theatre is a format close to director Cathy Leonard’s heart. “I love the concept of interaction with the kids in the audience and this play has those pantomime elements and it has lots of laughs and silly gags,” Cathy says. “It will be great fun for all the family”.  Beauty and the Beast will play on February 17/18/ 24 and 25 at 2.30pm and 4.30pm, at Khandallah Park. Entry is by gold coin donation to help cover costs. The bad weather venue is Cochran Hall at Cashmere Ave School. Ring 499 4444 two hours before to check. Visit kat-theatre. for more information.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: We asked people on Monday what their plans for Waitangi Day were.

Kenihia Rei-Maynard, Karori “I’m working.”

Sheran Ou, CBD “Prepare for my exam.”

Janet Tremewan, Karori “I’m going to the National Library to see the Treaty of Waitangi.”

Will Catton, Northland “We have friends and family in town so we’ll juggle multiple groups. We want to go the Waitangi Park and watch the music.”

Henry Hocking, Karori “Spending the day with friends.”

Rupert Everett, Karori “I’ll probably go to town.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a green Honda Civic Ferio saloon, parked outside shops in Johnsonville Road was broken into. The driver’s window was smashed and a radar detector was snatched. Two generators mounted with wheels were stolen from road works on the JohnsonvillePorirua motorway. The generators were being used as part of the development of Transmission Gully.

A blue Mazda saloon parked briefly in the early afternoon at a service station in Johnsonville Road was broken into. The front driver side door was forced open and a stereo system was stolen. In Newlands a blue Toyota Hilux stationwagon parked locked and secure overnight in Stella Grove was stolen. In Karori a child’s scooter was stolen from outside the front door of a house in Becker Way.

Intruders entered a garage of a house in South Karori Road through an unlocked door. A TV and hand tools were stolen. A group of young males were seen trying the doors of cars parked in Braithwaite Street. A witness challenged them and they took off before police arrived. In Wadestown a black Toyota Hilux utility vehicle parked secure overnight in Wadestown

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Ngaio Gorge Road strengthening work starting Monday T he next st age of major strengthening work on Ngaio Gorge Road starts on Monday, February 12, and will take up to 26 weeks. While work is happening in the area, Wellington City Council will be doing some further investigations, monitoring and scaling operations around some of the top slipped sites to

secure identified risky areas by removing any loose rocks. On Monday, contractors start work on the upper section of the gorge – the latest stage, after a new 42-metre-long retaining wall was built below the road about half way up the gorge last year. The wall is designed to last for 100 years and 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. In the interests of safety, the road will be closed from February 14-16 during off-peak times of 9am-4pm weather permitting.

Drivers are asked to please follow traffic management instructions for alternative routes. Options to more permanently strengthen and protect the slope are being peer-reviewed before decisions are made on how this work will be done. Council says this will be a big job, and planning work will take time.

Strengthening work above the road is unlikely to start until sometime in the second half of 2018. In the meantime, the wall of containers, which are filled with concrete blocks and anchored to the hillside, will remain in place, along with the 30km/h speed limit. The containers are protecting this section of road.

Cigna gains Rainbow Tick

Rainbow Tick director Michael Stevens, Cigna chief executive Lance Walker, and Cigna’s head of Human Resources Mel MacPhee. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

Cigna has joined a growing group of New Zealand businesses offering a safe and welcoming workplace for people of diverse gender and sexual orientation. The Wellington-based insurance company has accredited with Rainbow Tick – a programme designed to educate employers and employees about sexual diversity to create a tolerant and welcoming work environment. Cigna’s head of Human Resources Mel MacPhee says Cigna is really proud to have achieved the accreditation and it’s a great way to start2018. “We continually strive to create the kind of workplace in which our people can flourish both personally and professionally,” Mel says. “Gaining this accreditation

recognises our commitment to fostering a psychologically safe environment where you can be yourself and individual differences are valued.” The Rainbow Tick programme includes an annual audit to evaluate the business’s level of LGBTTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatapui and intersex) inclusion in internal policies, staff training, engagement and organisational support, external engagement and monitoring. “Studies show that about one third of LGBTTI employees hide who they are at work and one in four have heard negative comments such as ‘that’s so gay’ while at work,” Rainbow Tick Director Michael Stevens Says. “We spend a third of our lives

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Wednesday February 7, 2018

Wednesday February 7, 2018


Greg O’Connor

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Welcome to 2018 Authorised by Greg O’Connor, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

Estimated costs for the project are $85 million. IMAGES: Supplied

Town Hall resource consent application lodged A resource consent application has now been lodged as a next step to starting earthquake strengthening work on Wellington’s Town Hall. Mayor Justin Lester says the lodging of the consent application is another exciting milestone for the project. “Once it’s strengthened and refurbished the Town Hall will be a central point for civic functions and will also play an active part

in Wellington’s cultural life as the home of the New Zealand centre for music excellence.” Wellington City Council is collaborating with Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to develop the Town Hall as a centre for musical performance, culture and the arts in Wellington. Council will seek expressions of interest from contractors in

February. Earthquake strengthening work is scheduled to start in late 2018, with completion scheduled for 2021. In June last year, council approved the Town Hall upgrade. The work will include re-piling and ‘base isolation’, meaning the building will rest on flexible pads that lessen shaking during an earthquake, similar to the Te Papa design.

The year is now well underway; the kids are back at school, Waitangi is over for another year, and our summer holiday is becoming a distant memory. I managed a couple of weeks in the beautiful friendly Philippines with my wife and am refreshed and ready to go. The first 100 days of our coalition Government is now complete, we have banned foreign buyers from speculating with Kiwi houses, restarted contributions to the Superfund, passed the families package aimed at making sure all kids get a decent start, as well as plenty of other legislation. Of course news that Jacinda and Clarke are expecting a baby has started the year with a feel

good factor, although Jacinda is adamant that it will not distract from our goal of ensuring all Kiwis get a fair go. My office is now open on the roundabout in Johnsonville, and we are enjoying a steady stream of visitors with a variety of issues I’m enjoying helping to sort out. Although Parliament demands considerable time, I am generally available when we are not sitting. I do prefer to be out and about, so if you spot me in a shop, cafe or walking, I’d welcome hearing from you. I’m feeling particularly privileged to be your MP and the opportunity you’ve given me to use my skills and experience to advocate for the great electorate that is Ōhāriu. You can contact my office on 04 478 3332 or email Authorised by Greg O’Connor, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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Wednesday February 7, 2018


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Top QMC netballers named into national team

Two of Queen Margaret College’s top sportswomen have been selected for the Netball New Zealand Secondary Schools Squad. College head prefect Tiuana-Marie Aiono and year 12 student Paris Lokotui found out they made the prestigious squad at the weekend following an intensive training camp in Cambridge. The pair have both played netball for several years and say it was exciting to have made the team. “It felt amazing to be named in the squad,” Paris says. “It was a real relief that our hard work all paid off,” Tiuana-Marie adds. Queen Margaret House boarder, Paris has played in national tournament teams for water polo, netball and basketball before.

She has also been selected to trial for the New Zealand team playing in the 2018 FIBA Under-17 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Belarus later this year. For Tiuana-Marie, it’s her first national team experience. She has played over 200 games for QMC after being the youngest person to make the school’s Senior A Netball team when she was only in year 8. The pair credit their sporting success to working hard and encourage other young people trying to make a name for themselves to do the same. “If you put in the time and the effort you will be rewarded,” Tiuana-Marie says. “It’s also really important to bounce back if you don’t initially succeed,” Paris adds.

Sports talk

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Lazarus set to smash harness racing records Lazarus is fast becoming arguably New Zealand harness racing’s most dominant horse ever. His feats on the race track are starting to live up to his larger than life biblical name and he’s proven, beyond doubt, he is the best pacer in Australasia at present. Lazarus has 15 group one wins to his name, $3.5million in the bank and the amazing record of never being out of the first three in 43 starts. His co-trainer, New Zealand’s most successful ever, Mark Purdon says he is the best horse he’s been involved with and that’s lofty praise. The champion horse cruised to a Hunter Cup victory in Australia in record time last weekend, smashing Australasia’s best in the process. He has just over $1 million left to become the highest earning Australasian pacer of all time behind Blacks A Fake. Lazarus appears to be a complete horse, one that can lead and win, one

that can sit parked and still have enough petrol to breeze past competitors in the home straight. His ability to back up after tough runs and win at the next start is unparalleled and his reign of dominance doesn’t look like ending any time soon. There is a real prospect Lazarus will go down as the most dominant New Zealand Cup winner ever and a darling of his home track of Addington Raceway. In more than 20 years of following harness racing, I can’t remember a more dominant horse, to the point where opposition trainers and drivers are often hinting at defeat before the race. Only bad luck or injury could prevent this champion from re-writing all sorts of records once his career is through. Sometimes it’s best to acknowledge greatness so it can be enjoyed while it lasts. That is what Lazarus is to harness racing.

ABOVE: Paris Lokotui and Tiuana-Marie Aiono have made the Netball New Zealand Secondary Schools Squad. PHOTO: Supplied

Wednesday February 7, 2018


Andy Hogg Challenge Cup to J’ville bowls player The Andy Hogg Challenge Cup was presented on Sunday to bowls-savvy Allan Brider and his winning team of Nicola Lowe and Kerry Walsh. The cup was first held in the 1940/41 season. From ’41 to ’43, Andy Hogg was a member of the winning team with F

Jacobs, M Steel and W Mills. Andy’s son, Sam, was a winner in 1974/75 with C E Warr, K A Melbourne and W Welch. On Sunday, the Andy Hogg Cup was presented by Andy’s granddaughter, Janette Brider, who had the pleasure of presenting it to her husband, Allan.


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