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New shores of faith By Julia Czerwonatis

The vicar of the Karori Anglican Church will soon follow a new pathway as he is leaving his parish at the end of this week. After serving his community for 19 years, John Hughes will be joining a different parish and becoming vicar of Eastbourne. “Leaving Karori involves a certain degree of grieving,” John explains. “In a sense, I’m leaving part of my family here.” To John, the most enjoyable part of his work was accompanying people on long journeys through their lives. Continued on page 2. After John Hughes leaves the Karori Anglican Church, assistant priest Ian Cook will take over until the church has found a new vicar. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Continued from page 1. “I loved following people through all the ups and downsof their lives, and watch them grow spiritually,” he says. “Another aspect that stands out for me is the number of people who became ordained ministers during my time here. “It has been so rewarding to see these people flourish.” Before John started following his ordain life 34 years ago, the South African-born was a computer scientist and an air force officer. Back then, South Africans had little choice as military service was compulsory and while poli-

cies have long since changed, John’s only alternative back then would have been imprisonment. He found his way to God at university when he was dating a Christian girl. “It took her about a year to spark his passion for the Anglican Church in me.” John says Christianity wasn’t about religion and rules. To him it is about the relationship he has with Jesus Christ. “My faith isn’t tired, but something real, living and very exciting relationship and it helps me to find a connection to other people.” Since John, his wife Janet and

their two children joined the Karori Anglican Church, the parish has seen an increasing number of young families. Part of the process was about re-connecting with the local community, John says. “God calls on us to focus on the world around us. The parish seemed disengaged from what happened around them. We didn’t know how to re-connect, so we had to find out.” Re-engaging with their community, the parish began helping out with garden cleaning at local schools, planting trees in nature reserves and lending a helping hand wherever they

could. John’s biggest legacy project, which he will watch being completed from afar, is the new community building the Anglican Church will construct. The church raised over $2 million to finance the project and are currently finalising plans with the architect. “We want to have a place where people feel like it belongs to them. “Somewhere to go to connect with others – a home away from home.” John’s last service will be this Sunday at 10am at the Karori Anglican Church.


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Ngaio is set to celebrate the end of a stunning summer with a large family event. The Ngaio Crofton Downs Community Residents Association has scheduled their annual community picnic in mid-March and would love to get community groups involved. “Our theme this year is ‘Enhancing a sense of community’,” John White, new chair of the Ngaio Crofton Downs Community Residents Association, explains. “With the event we are trying to build a more cohesive and inclusive community, and therefore a safer suburb. But the main thing is that everyone had fun.”

The association is still looking for community organisations and non-profit groups to contribute with activities, entertainment, food or drinks that they can sell as a fundraiser. Community groups are welcome to have a stall. John says they are planning for some music, games any other community-oriented contribution, particularly for children.  Please contact the Ngaio Crofton Downs Community Residents Association with your ideas as soon as possible by sending them a message via “Contact us” on The picnic will be held at Cummings Park on March 11, from noon.

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Giving Birdwood Reserve ‘the love it deserves’ By Julia Czerwonatis

Karori’s Birdwood Reserve at the entrance of the suburb, right after the Northland tunnel, is a patch of forgotten native bush. Rubbish blown and thrown away litters the hillsides of the gully, and since it’s hardly accessible, it’s been a long while since anyone looked after Birdwood. Community group Friends of Birdwood Reserve and Wellington City Council, however, are determined “to give the reserve the love it deserves”, councillor Andy Foster says. With a community clean-up planned for this coming Saturday, Andy and Hamish Crimp from Friends of Birdwood Reserve, take the next step towards turning the reserve into a community-owned natural asset for Karori. “Birdwood is a beautiful reserve,” Andy says. “The Kaiwharawhara Stream runs through here before it carries on to Otari and Ngaio Gorge. “And there is an increasing amount of birdlife spilling over from Zealandia,” Andy explains. “It deserves to be more than a rubbish tip.”

Hamish Crimp from Friends of Birdwood Reserve and Wellington city councillor Andy Foster invite the Karori community to come along on Saturday to help clean-up the reserve. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Unexplained death in Aro Valley Wellington Police are investigating the unexplained death of 21-year-old Zenith Campbell, preferred to be known as Zena. The man was located in a car in Aro Valley at around midday on Sunday, 11 February 11. Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee says a post mortem will be completed to determine how Zena died. “We’re currently conducting an examination of the car Zena was found in, as well as a scene examination at an address in Aro Valley. “We know that Zena was at a party at a house in Devon Street on Saturday night, and left the house at around 3am with an associate. “We would like to hear from anyone who was at that party prior to that time.” If you can help, contact Wellington Police on 04 381 2000, or provide information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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A late Christmas surprise for lucky competition winner By Julia Czerwonatis

The lucky winners of the Marsden Village Christmas hamper competition were finally able to pick up their prizes last Monday. Barrie Keenan and David Marshall from the Marsden Village Association handed over the basket full of treats to the first winner, Karori resident Carol Stephen who was very surprised when she first heard of her luck. “I didn’t even know I was part of the competition because someone else had entered my name,” Carol says. “When Barrie rang, I first thought it was a hoax.” The Marsden Village Association had launched the competition in the lead-up to Christmas involving all Marsden businesses. “When people made a purchase in one of the stores, they could leave their details on a ticket to enter the competition,” Barrie explains. “After we determined the

Christmas hamper winner Carol Stephen, and Marsden Village Association members David Marshall and Barrie Keenan. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

first winner Carol in January, I phoned her, and she told me she wouldn’t be back in Wellington until early February. This is why we couldn’t give her the hamper any earlier.” Barrie says the competition was well received with over 400 entrants. The second

winner was Annabelle Skinner Evers from Karori who also received her hamper last Monday. The Marsden Village Association was established back in 1998 as the first Business Improvement District within Wellington City Council and

“has operated steadily and smoothly since then’, Barrie says. The association has 51 members – a mixture of retailers, business and property owners – and looks at ways to improve business in Marsden as well as beautifying the village.

New councillor takes lead on sexual harassment Newly-sworn in southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons will start her term mandated to tackle sexual violence in Wellington. Fleur, who was elected late last year, will lead the city safety portfolio and wants to focus on eliminating sexual harassment in the city. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says the move demonstrates that the city is serious about ending sexual harassment and violence in the city

and points to the #metoo movement as being a powerful wakeup call for all communities to take the issue seriously. “I have confidence that councillor Fitzsimons will be able to work with the community, businesses and agencies to get real results,” Justin states. “We want to make Wellington a city where everyone can go out, have a good time and be safe. We have a vibrant night life and we want this

to thrive but creating a safe environment needs to be part of this.” To Fleur the “endemic nature of sexual harassment is no secret”. “The # metoo movement has empowered people everywhere to share their stories and demand better in bars, in workplaces and on sportsfields.” “[The movement] is changing our world and Wellington City Council has a role to

play too.” Fleur will be working with sexual violence prevention agencies, the police, and the hospitality industry “to ensure that [councillors] are all doing their part in changing the culture so that sexual violence does not occur in Wellington”. “It is not enough to deal with sexual violence on a case-by-case basis or to report on it when it occurs, we must focus on ensuring that it does not happen in the first place.”


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With the beginning of the school year, Samuel Marsden Collegiate welcomed a new principal to lead their two campuses in Karori and Whitby. Narelle Umbers is Marsden’s 12th principal and recognises the school as a special place with a strong and rich history. “I have been overwhelmed by the kind and thoughtful way that I’ve been welcomed to the school over the last few weeks,” Narelle says. Marsden’s new principal has come from Melbourne where she worked at a prestigious independent school as deputy principal.

Narelle says moving to New Zealand was a no-brainer: “It’s a great opportunity and privilege to lead this school, and moving to New Zealand was an absolute bonus for me.” Narelle is a mathematics and information technology teacher who worked 15 years in the information technology sector before she returned to education. She says in all her leadership roles, she was able to draw from her corporate experiences, yet her passion was education. “I love developing people. I don’t get a thrill from solving math problems but from working together with students and staff.”

Narelle Umbers is the principal for Samuel Marsden Collegiate. PHOTO: Supplied

For her new role at Marsden, Narelle builds on 140 years of school history. “Marsden has always done a fantastic job in educating young women for their time. “These are interesting times because the world has changed much more than schools have. “I believe an independent, innovative and agile school like this one will have a good chance to adapt fast.” She says a strong point for Marsden was that every student is known and treated as an individual. As Marsden’s principal Narelle wants to focus on equipping students with skills that prepare them for “the real world”. “Rather than discussing grades, I would like to talk about the progress students have made in learning new skills. “Competencies, such as creativity, are hard to measure, so we have to find a way to do that. I believe that will be the future of schools.” When asked about Scots College, Strathmore’s all-boys school, and their plans to take in girls, Narelle answered she strongly supported giving parents a choice where and how they want to educate their children. “Yet I firmly believe many girls do better in a single-girls environment. “They leave school and believe every door is open to them because they have had the opportunity to take on every single leadership role.”



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Colour consultant takes on new challenge By Julia Czerwonatis

For Churton Park resident Kim Nicol colours matter significantly. Kim has been working with paints for years now and is a real expert when it comes to advising others which shades of blue, white, green or red would fit into their homes. After being a colour consultant at Resene for 16 years, Kim has

now dared to take a new step and started her own business, All Colour Matters. “A lot of people kept on suggesting that I should start my own business but I never felt the need until now. “I hit the ground running with All Colour Matters. I helped out at a neighbour’s friend’s house and just picked it up from there,” Kim explains.

She says this new professional challenge was daunting but exciting at the same time. “I look forward to diving into my work with the new business. “In my job, I enjoy that I become friends with the majority of my clients, and I often get to return to them when they renovate other parts of their houses.” She says her role as a colour consultant was important be-

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Churton Park resident Kim Nicol recently launched her own colour consultancy business, All Colour Matters. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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A creative team from different Kiwi organisations has embarked on a new journey in celebration of traditional seafaring waka. The New Zealand Festival partnered up with Te Atiawa/ Taranaki Whanui Iwi and the A Waka Odyssey to bring together Pacific and Maori navigators and the waka community, haka exponents and musicians at the festival’s opening night event, Kupe. Kupe will take place next week on Wellington’s waterfront and is inspired by the arrival of explorer Kupe in Aotearoa. The event will bring together three waka whose crews have embarked on voyages around New Zealand, the Pacific, and the world, and are dedicated to revitalising ancient and contemporary waka knowledge.

“My vision for the festival includes a strong engagement with the community, bringing to the fore the unique cultures of this land and the arts as a unifying force,” NZ Festival director Shelagh Magadza says. “Undoubtedly, this event will leave a remarkable legacy for people across New Zealand and the Pacific as we honour the stories of our ancestors and forge new ways of living together.”  The Festival Opening Night will be held on Friday, February 23, at the Wellington waterfront from 7pm. For further information about the range of A Waka Odyssey events, visit events/a-waka-odyssey/.

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Frances Lamb is New Zealand’s only certified practitioner to use a new technique that helps people with anxieties stress, phobias and trauma. Havening is a method designed to change the brain to de-traumatise the memory and remove its negative effects from both our psyche and body. Frances’ journey to becoming a life coach and havening practitioner started after she broke a leg during a skiing accident in Australia. Being immobile and recovering from her injuries, Frances began to study. “I studied NLP, which is short for neuro-linguistic programming,” the

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Frances Lamb has been a certified havening practitioner since July last year. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you own a bike and if so, how often do you cycle?

Anisiata Latu, Porirua “I don’t own one.”

Rudy Sutjipto, Johnsonville “I don’t have a bike.”

Brendan Clegg, Khandallah “Yes. I cycle once a fortnight.”

Abby Cross, Tawa “We [my partner and I] don’t have one but all our kids do, and they beg us to go cycling every single day.”

Bernadette Pickavance, Johnsonville “I don’t own one, but maybe someday I will.”

Stacee McLellan, Churton Park “I have bike but I never go cycling.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville an apartment in Middleton Road was entered through a ground floor top hinged window which was probably left open. A satchel was stolen from the living room. The satchel contained a large quantity of foreign and New Zealand currency and a New Zealand passport. Personal security items, credit cards and USB sticks were also

among the items stolen. An orange Honda CRV saloon parked locked and secure overnight on the street in Clifford Road was broken into. A rear quarterlight window was smashed to gain entry. A CD player and CDs, a bank debit card and personal items were stolen. The card was used before it could be cancelled. In Northland a house in Glen-

more Street was broken into when offender used tools left around the exterior of the property force open a rear door. A messy search of the interior was made and a New Zealand passport was stolen. In Karori a flat on a property in Makara Road was entered through a bathroom window. A front and side window were also smashed.

The flat was searched but a list of stolen items is not yet available. A red Aprilia moped parked on the road overnight in Woodhouse Avenue was stolen. It was later recovered in Karori Park with the front panel pulled out in an attempt to reach the ignition. A house in Karori Road was burgled during the day with ac-

cess believed to have been gained through a forced French door at the rear of the house. One bedroom appears to have been targeted and was thoroughly searched. Although a full list of stolen items has yet to be completed it is known that a quantity of high value jewellery, two watches and a sum of New Zealand cash were taken.

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Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and deputy mayor Jill Day would like to hear ideas from Wellingtonians how council could enhance the use of the Maori language here. PHOTO: Independent Herald file.

Wellington City Council wants to hear from the public on how it can achieve the goal of making Wellington a te reo Maori city. The public consultation for the draft te reo policy, Te Tauihu – Te Kaupapa Here Hukihuki Te Reo Maori, asks Wellingtonians for ideas on how council can celebrate the language in the city. “It’s about incorporating more te reo into our everyday lives,” deputy mayor Jill Day says. “The Maori language has inherent mana and importance and we need to acknowledge that by making it more visible in our city.” The policy honours a commitment made by Mayor Justin Lester during Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori last year. Its development was led by Jill, who is

the first Maori female in the role as deputy mayor and holds the Maori partnerships portfolio. Submissions received will help create an action plan to inform not only the way council approaches signage, but also other public forms of communication, such as speeches, street art, murals, performing arts and more. “This draft policy is the first step in that process,” Jill says. “We want to gather as many varied ideas as possible on how we can make this policy real - how we can enact it. We want people to be creative and think outside the square.”  For a copy of the draft policy in te reo or English and to make a submission, visit consultations.

Wednesday February 14, 2018

Young men’s experiences of suicide bereavement New research from Victoria University of Wellington reveals that a key aspect of young men’s experiences of suicide bereavement is ubiquitous silence. In his study, Chris Bowden found that young men aged between 17-25 who lost a close male friend to suicide, suffered, grieved and eventually changed in silence. His research found that the men fall into four types of silence following the suicide of a close friend: personal, private, public and analytic silence. “Early on, the men were unable to describe what they were experiencing to others,” Chris says. “They also chose to keep quiet, be stoical, suppress and control their emotions and keep their grief private. “In public and social situations, the words and actions of others and their fear of being judged as weak and vulnerable often silenced them.” Chris says they chose to break their silence only with those they trusted, who understood what they were going through and who “were there for them”. “The men also sought out quiet places to reflect on, analyse and make sense of their experience and how it had transformed them,” he says. Chris conducted in-depth “lived experience” interviews with the young men talking to them in everyday life situations – while working on cars, at barbeques, during events such as burnouts, and while

Researcher Chris Bowden says the studies of men’s experiences of suicide bereavement are largely missing and men have remained silent and silenced. PHOTO: Supplied

playing PlayStation. “To understand their experience as it was lived by them it was important to build trust and rapport, and to understand who they were and the friends they had lost.” Chris recommends that health professionals, families, whanau and friends learn to see, listen to and interpret the silence of men to better understand their experience and need for care and support.

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Hands-on project to inspire young artists Twelve students from the Wellington region will have the chance to look behind the scenes of the country’s most prominent arts festival. The New Zealand Festival has selected 12 motivated secondary school students, each with a keen interest in performing, writing, directing, journalism or sharing their story through social media. Student ambassadors begin their journey with training in mobile journalism, writing, editing and podcasting. “[S]omething I’ve always enjoyed is expressing my feelings through words, and writing and reading in general,” Niruthmie Pallawala, student ambassador from Wellington Girls’ College says. Niruthmie and the other ambassadors will go behind the scenes, conduct interviews with the artists and see open dress rehearsals. “I’m really looking forward to interviewing Dr Selina Marsh because I’ve watched a couple of her poetry recitals and I’m mind blown. “My favourite poem right now of hers is Unity, the one that she performed at the Commonwealth Service with the Queen. She’s just so down

to earth and she seems incredible,” the 15-year-old adds. At the end of their NZ Festival journey, the students will collaborate to create a highlights reel and a recorded podcast. Coralie Tapper, New Zealand Festival’s education and community producer says they’re aiming to give students an inside view of professional theatre, festival-making and a career in the arts. “We want to broaden horizons and provide students with experiences which will inspire them to advocate for the arts in their school and community.” Gabbi Conway from Newlands College is another student ambassador and has been interested in reading and writing from a young age. “I’m going to interview RA Spratt. She writes children’s books like Friday Barnes and Nanny Piggins,” Gabbi says. “I don’t read those books anymore but I did when I was younger. It’s so funny how you read books differently when you’re older because I keep thinking ‘how is she coming up with these mysteries?’.” The NZ Festival will run from Febr ua r y 23 to 18 March.

‘Housing affordability not a single number’ Wellington City councillor Brian Dawson says a single number for housing affordability is not the right approach. “I think the problem is people are confusing affordable with ‘cheaper than average’,” the housing portfolio leader, says. “A $50-steak might be considered cheap if everywhere else is charging $75, but it doesn’t make it any more affordable for someone whose budget is maxed out at $30.” Brian says the council was developing a more nuanced model called Wellington Housing Affordability Measure (WHAM). “It starts with the total household income and looks at what they can actually afford given their earnings. “That number will be different depending on which population group you are looking at. “The pur pose of the WHAM is to understand what housing is affordable to specific population groups,” Brian explains. The model recognises that affordability varies significantly across different house-

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Wellington water attracts over 1000 swimmers for annual ocean swim

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More than 1000 swimmers aged seven to 82 years old gathered to swim in the Interislander Capital Classic at the end of January. Keen swimmers were travelling from around the country to be part of the action. For the eleventh year, Wellington’s iconic harbour was the host to the four course event with distances designed for swimmers of all abilities including children, those looking for a personal challenge and the more competitive long-distance swimmers. Event Director Scott Rice says this event was one of the most popular in the seven-swim series, attracting people from all walks of life. “This year we [had] a huge range of

swimmers, from youngsters who [were] setting their sights on their first big swim, to those smashing a personal goal, and some more seasoned swimmers who do it every year,” Mike says. “That’s the great thing about this type of event; anyone who puts their mind to it can cross that finish line. “It [was] a thrill to see swimmers from as far away as Christchurch, Auckland, and even overseas, taking to the water in Wellington.” The Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series runs from November 2017 to April 2018. Donelley Sawmillers Legend of the Lake will be next event in Rotorua this week, followed by events in Mount Maunganui, Nelson and Auckland.

ABOVE: More than 1000 people swim through the Wellington Harbour INSET: The Interisland Capital Classic ran for the 11th year in a row

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Upgrades to the Rimutaka Cycle Trail include a new bridge on the incline section, upgrading coastal sections and additional toilets and will help make it even more popular than it is now. Running from Petone to the South Coast, the Rimutaka Cycle Trail links with the DOC-managed Incline down to Cross Creek in

Masterton A & P Show Saturday 17 February 2018 The 131st Masterton A & P Show is an annual event designed to bring the best of town and country together for a family friendly day in the beautiful park like surroundings of Solway Park in Masterton. Preparations are almost complete and the recent warm weather, with occasional rain, has been perfect for the lead up to the big event. The grounds are looking good and with plenty of huge oaks and plane trees there will be plenty of shelter on what we expect to be a warm day. This year the show has two new events which are bound to attract attention. A new to New Zealand Swiss breed of sheep will make a cameo appearance – the first time the Valais Black Face breed will have been shown in this country. The sheep have already attracted a huge amount of interest due to their cute factor… check out the images on our FB page to see why.

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with only around 400 purebred females in the world. Then there’s the equestrian competitions …jumping and ring events, sheep, pigs, dairy cattle, Home Industries baking, preserving, knitting and our Terrier Race at noon. Bring your family dog along on a leash and enter him or her in the dog section for just $3.

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Three major events are happening at Stonehenge Aotearoa, on Feb 17, Forge of the Gods, March 17, Celestial Argonauts and March 21, Tales of the Autumn Equinox, presented by Richard Hall. The Forge is the Orion nebula, a cosmic cloud beyond the constellation, the birthplace of hundreds of stars and solar systems. The

constellation Argo Navis, the ship of the Argonauts contains the colossal, unstable Eta Carinae, brightest star in the galaxy. Both presentations will followed by observing (weather permitting). The equinox consists of presentation, sunset over the heelstone and shared meal. Details and booking:

Regent 58 – Carterton’s very own brewery With over 25 years of brewing experience Gary and Brent decided to turn their hobby into a business and Regent 58 Brewery was born in 2009. Specialising in English-style “real” ales Regent 58’s drop is unfiltered, unpasteurised

and naturally conditioned steering clear of the hoppy trend that currently dominates the craft beer market. Regent 58 offers a balanced type of ale where the hops and malts produce a good combination of tastes, aromas and flavours that are crisp and moreish.

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many native birds that frequent the garden and trees year round. Owners Dougal and Denise MacKenzie have identified tui, bellbirds, kereru, fantails, kingfishers, grey warblers, shining cuckoo, grey heron, kahu, karearea,ducks, bitterns, pukeko and dabchicks at various times as well as some common introduced garden birds.



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“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t - you’re right.” Henry Ford

Wellington Sewing Centre Wellington Sewing Centre is airy, attractive and humming with activity – the product of two years’ work by a talented team, led by Jo Morris. Staff members Shirley, Prue and Gemma not only run the shop floor but also

teach many of the classes offered in the spacious classroom upstairs and the “wool room” downstairs - once a separate shop and now home to an extensive collection of yarns and fabrics. Jo’s particularly proud of the

Centre’s customer service: “My staff are very knowledgeable, including about the latest computerised sewing machines, and we’re all energetic and love what we do, so we go the extra mile for our customers.”

in the club house, and then for those interested, a chance to play a few holes on the 18 hole course (same address). No prior experience is required, and there are no dress code requirements, apart from comfortable shoes, although sun protection is also recommended. The first session, on Saturday 17th February, will be for

females only, but the following Saturday partners and children will also be welcome. There is no charge, but a gold coin donation for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter would be appreciated. Each session will be restricted to 30 attendees, so pre-register with the Club by ringing 476-7337 or emailing

We’d like to thank our amazing community – contributing $766,000 towards this project already. To open the doors we need to raise all the funds

to complete the final fit-out. To date we have raised $300,000 towards the fit-out which is around one third of what we need to raise.

She loves golf The Karori Golf Club will be hosting two "She Loves Golf" days over the next 2 weekends. Designed by NZ Golf to encourage females to give golf a go, each of the Karori Golf Club sessions will consist of a friendly coaching introduction on the Club's Pitch and Putt course at 280 South Makara Road, followed by some complimentary socialising back

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Come along to our “Take a Peek” event and check out what the much needed Karori Event Centre will have to offer once completed. 25th February, 11am – 2pm

Wellington Sewing Centre in the Kilbirnie Plaza has been under new management for 2 years. If you haven’t visited lately, you’ll love the shop’s new look and feel! For all your sewing, knitting and craft needs, & machine repairs, we offer: • NZ’s largest selection of domestic sewing machines and overlockers. • A terrific selection of quality yarns (from Alpaca to Zauberball) and knitting and crochet patterns.

• A refreshed selection of 100% craft cottons. • A tasteful selection of new dress fabrics and patterns. • Haberdashery, notions, felt, embroidery threads, looms …and more!

And we’re offering more than 60 adult classes this year, for beginners and beyond, in: • Machine sewing (bags, cushions, vintage lingerie, dresses, skirts), exploring your computerised machine, overlocking, quilting.

• Knitting, crocheting, weaving, macramé, needle felting, • Embroidery, zip art,Victorian workboxes

(Plus we have kids’ machine sewing and other classes in the school holidays!)

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GIVE GOLF A GO 10am Saturday 17 & 24 February Karori Golf Club - 280 South Makara Road, Makara Come give golf a go with a group coaching session followed by a light lunch in the clubhouse. All for just a gold coin donation to support Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Limited to the first 30 registrations. For more info contact Karori Golf Club on (04) 476-7337

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Soup kitchen volunteers create urban garden

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Dreaming of a stress-free 2018? Don’t miss popular international presenter Ashirvad, who is offering a free introductory weekend meditation course over February 24-25. Ashirvad has taught meditation globally for over two decades and will cover many aspects of learning meditation, share personal stories and insights and cover the essentials of developing an effective practice. On the Feb 25th Sunday evening, the “Meetings with Remarkable People” talk series brings two women achievers to the Wharewaka Function Centre on the waterfront. Guest speakers will be Kiwi multi-day runner Harita Davies, who recently finished history’s longest certified footrace, the 3100 mile race and the only NZ women to ever attempt and complete this epic! Accompanying her will be Czech swimmer Abhejali Bernardova, one of only a handful to ever swim the ‘Oceans-7’ great ocean challenges


– including Ireland to Scotland, Robben Island to Capetown, the Gibraltar Strait, the English Channel and Hawaii’s Molokai and Catalina channels. The pair will share their inspirational stories, nutrition and training tips, and insights into our limitless potential when mind/ body/spirit can work together. Admission is free, however registration will ensure seating. Further details: or text to: 0278719690.

A block of vacant land in Te Aro is undergoing a transformation for the benefit of the community. In November 2017, the Sisters of Compassion gifted a section of bare land on Haining Street to its Te Puaroha Soup Kitchen for the purpose of transforming it into an urban garden. The project, known as He Rakau Koikoi, is being undertaken by Soup Kitchen “whanau” and volunteers, with the support of the Sustainability Trust. Educators from the trust held a workshop on Saturday to help volunteers create the 11 garden plots which now lie ready for planting vegetables that will help sustain the soup kitchen. Sutainability Trust’s community engagement manager Laura-Kate Howells says all products used on the day were donated. “We got malt sacks from Garage Project, coffee sacks from Mojo and Havana and pallets from Bunnings,” Laura-Kate says. Staff and whanau at the soup kitchen plan to grow potatoes, silverbeet, beans, carrots, lettuce and herbs in the garden plots. “We’ll never be able to provide enough for everyone but hopefullly be able to provide all the herbs required,” He Rakau Koikoi manager Matt Petrie says. The project will also involve establishing

a beehive and an on-site “wananga” with seating to teach gardening methods to volunteers. Matt anticipates everything will be completed by next summer. He Rakau Koikoi is as much about creating social opportunities for whanau and the wider community, as well as new skills, Matt says. “If we can build connections for people, we offer them purpose and hope for the future.” Sustainability Trust EcoEnterprise manager, Nada Piatek, says she jumped at the opportunity to work with Compassion Soup Kitchen on their garden project. “Community gardens are good on so many levels. They are a connection to our food sources, right where we live, and a connection to each other in that space,” Nada says. Nada believes “equity and inclusion create healthier, strong communities”. The Sustainability Trust workshop was the first of three to be held on the corner of Tory and Haining streets. The trust’s next workshop on February 24 will focus on preparing the gardens for good growing, while the final one on March 10 will cover rat-free composting.  Participation costs $10 per person, per workshop with the money going to the Soup Kitchen. Bookings are available at

Qigong Grandmaster returns to ‘water his plants’ again in Wellington In just two weeks, Grand master Michael Tse (Tse Wei Jing) will be teaching seminars again in Wellington. Qigong and Chun Yuen (North Shaolin) students from Wellington, Kapiti Coast and Hawkes Bay are getting excited to be learning some new forms in both Qigong and Chun Yuen Quan: Plum Blossom Gong and 13 Grab Stick – a weapons form using a short staff. Grandmaster Tse is a highly skilled and respected teacher

and practitioner of Dayan Qigong and of several martial arts. Sifu Cynthia Shaw holds classes in Karori (Tuesday mornings) and Wellington (Tuesday evening) in both these skills. Wild Goose Qigong is particularly good for relaxation, balance, maintaining healthy joints and organs and bringing up vitality. She teaches a wide range of age groups in small, friendly classes. See advertisement for contact details.

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Kim Skelton, of Wilton, and Emma Burge, of Newtown nail sacks to a pallet for creating a vertical herb garden at the Compassion Soup Kitchen’s garden workshop on Saturday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Immersive live performance for upcoming arts festival BodyCartography Project celebrates 20 years of dances and to mark the occasion the group will launch new projects at Te Papa and the Performance Arcade next month. For the past 20 years, BodyCartography Project have created award-winning performances, installations, films, workshops, talks, festivals and curatorial projects around the world. Their mission is to engage with the vital materiality of our bodies to create live performance that facilitates a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence. In March, 1998 they presented 23 projects around the Wellington waterfront,

two decades later they will present a 13-hour performance installation at the Performance Arcade, Wellington’s annual festival of visual arts and performance. The immersive installation called felt room is designed to conjure imagination, speculation and perception, engaging viewers in a practice of vibrant potentiality. In the darkness of felt room viewers are offered an escape from a world of constant illumination. Visit the BodyCartography installations from March 1-4, free. Installations will run 13 hours a day with live performance between 1-4pm, and 7-10pm daily. Visit for more information.


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Jack and Amiri, 5, preferred the ballerina skating

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Max, 5, Gabe and Charlie, 9, marvel at the acrobats

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Cirque contortionists create captivating carnival By Michele and Dan Taylor

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Cirque Grande, presented by Zirka Circus, came to Karori recently as part of its very first tour in New Zealand. Featuring a dazzling array of acrobats, magicians, gymnasts and performers from China who are touring the length of the country for two years. Jocelyn Spicer, spokesperson for the Circus, says they have been travelling New Zealand since April with performers

from Circus school in China, as well as local talent. They bring with them their own cook and a teacher who teaches them both English and Chinese subjects. Also with them are is the four member Kenyan troupe, the Jambo Brothers, who have previously travelled the world with their acrobatic, dance and gymnastic routine. A performance not to be missed. ď Ž Visit

Cirque Grande acrobats stacking high on top of each other

Young women twisting their bodies to a nearly impossible degree

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Darren, Ryan and Mary were amazed at the hoops

Ivy, 5, and Lorena Gibson were mesmerised by the roller skating stunts

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Fast food customers stopped from blocking fire engine access By Julia Czerwonatis

A new set of bollards on a Johnsonville road is to prevent cars from blocking the access way for local firefighters. Wellington City Council installed the bright yellow bollards on Frank Johnson Street between its two lanes to prevent cars queuing for the KDC drive-thru. “Local councillors were approached last year by Warren Field, officer in charge at Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Brigade, who told us that the brigade was being blocked in on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights,” Peter Gilberd, northern ward councillor, explains. The cars queuing in front of the KFC entrance which is right next to the Johnsonville Fire Station didn’t only block the fire engine from exiting the road but also firefighters from accessing the fire station. Warren says sometimes cars wouldn’t move, so they had to wait until the road was cleared again, yet it’s crucial that firefighters work fast as lives could be at stake. KFC management, council officers and fi re brigade met on-site in September to discuss the issue and find a solution suitable for all parties involved. “The entire process was done

Council - installed new bollards in Frank Johnson Street to prevent KFC customers from blocking the road for local firefighters.PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

a friendly manner,” Warren says. “We understand KFC’s business interests and concerns from the community, and they in return listened to our problems.” Ja s o n McMe n a m i n , KFC’s general manager operations, says they have been actively working

with council since being made aware of the concerns, and are still in the process of implying changes to driveways and signage. “The council has consulted with K FC during this process and has appreciated their help in finding a solution,”

councillor Peter says. “The new layout will also help prevent accidents at the roundabout, caused by traffic crossing lanes to enter the Frank Johnson St entrance to KFC,” he says. People wishing to enter KFC by car can do so via Burgess Road.


Young artists break gallery window for new exhibition For their upcoming exhibition at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, two ambitious young artists are only doing one thing to an otherwise empty gallery: breaking a window. The aim of their project is to start a conversation about what art can be. The exhibition, titled Heart of Glass, takes its name from Blondie’s 1979 hit single Heart of Glass. As both artist and musicians, the duo are interested in the idea of nostalgia. By looking back to the 1970s era of disco, new wave and rock n’ roll music, Isabella Dampney and Theo Macdonald hope to connect to a bygone radio era. As part of the project, they’ll be recording their own cover of Heart of Glass they hope will broadcast on local radio stations/ “One of the hardest things about choosing to make contemporary art is the knowledge that your work will never be as widely distributed as Debbie Harry’s,” Isabella says. “Heart of Glass’ ushered in a new era of popularity for Blondie, much as we hope this broken window will usher in a draft,” Theo adds. Curator Sophie Davis thinks the exhibition will raise some interesting questions for the public. “Bella and Theo are playfully thinking about how people relate to and understand contemporary art—which tends to be viewed with a certain kind of humour or even suspicion—compared with, say, pop music. Rather than being confined to a gallery space, their work puts the emphasis on conversation.” Heart of Glass will be displayed from March 15-April 7, at the Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 1/147 Cuba St. Entry free.

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Wellington is getting ready for the big run

Free rugby sessions for girls Wellington Ruby is organising free junior girls rugby sessions in a preseason skills module. The six-week skill session is to build confidence, develop fundamental skills, and to ensure players understand safe practice around the contact. The module will rotate between three venues: in North Park on Wednesday, March 14, 4.30-6pm and on Saturday,

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official charity partner. The organisation provides Kiwis with disabilities the opportunity to participate alongside able-bodied athletes in local mainstream events like Cigna Round the Bays, Taupo Half Marathon, the Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington marathons. “To date we have raised $18.000 for Achilles,” Suzanne says. She says Cigna aims to support the health and well-being of the Wellington community, and to create an inclusive event for everyone. Phil Gibbons, CEO of Sport Wellington who are the event organisers adds: “We are focused, working alongside our principal sponsor Cigna, to deliver an event that provides an opportunity for everyone in the region to come into the city and enjoy a really fantastic experience.” Go Wellington and Valley Flyer bus services are free of charge

Wellington is getting ready for one of its most colourful athletic events of the year as Cigna Round the Bay fun run is finally approaching. For Khandallah woman Suzanne de Geus the annual event is one of her best days at work. Suzanne is head of sales and marketing at Cigna will be behind the scenes this coming Sunday to ensure everything is running smoothly. “It’s an amazing for all of us at Cigna,” Suzanne says. “We have an early start. I will be down at the waterfront at Frank Kitts Park from 5.30am.” After Suzanne and her team have set up everything to start the day, athletes for the Cigna Achilles Half Marathon will be the first to kick-off the event. Achilles International New Zealand is Cigna Round the Bays

for all Cigna Round the Bays participants between 6am-5pm on event day. Participants must show the driver your race bib when boarding to be eligible. Parking at the startline will be available from 6.30am at the Westpac Stadium for gold coin donation. All proceeds will go to the event charity, Achilles. Parking at the finish line will be available at Wellington Indian Association for a $5 donation. Road and lane closure apply to following streets: Customhouse Quay, Jervois Quay, Cable Street, Oriental Parade and all the adjoining roads, Evans Bay Parade and all arterial roads joining the parade, Kilbirnie Crescent/Hamilton Road/Wellington Road intersection, Mount Victoria Tunnel, Wellington Road, Shelly Bay Road and Massey Road.

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Women’s track programme a success The Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club (PNP) have been running women’s only track training sessions for all comers at the Wellington Velodrome since October, with excellent results. Fifteen different women have attended during this period with a core set of regulars, and some choosing to race at the regular Sunday afternoon Speed League meetings. Run on Thursday evenings from 6pm, the sessions have focussed on skills as well as fitness. Coach Rachel Southee, with assistance from Khandallah cyclist Ele Pepperell, is extremely happy with how the programme has progressed. “We have a great bunch of ladies of all ages and abilities where we provide a supportive and fun environment for women to give track cycling a go, or to get a decent training session in,” Rachel says.

“I am looking forward to kicking off our 2018 sessions and building on what we have started. We welcome anyone who wishes to come along and join us.” Track committee member Nick Warren says they are delighted to be able to offer Wellington’s female cyclists dedicated track time and coaching for virtually no cost. “Programmes like this usually take time to develop and grow, but the women’s sessions have exceeded expectations and we look forward to more. “Track cycling is a fantastic way to improve your confidence and bike handling, and should form a part of every cyclist’s training.”  Contact nz to get involved and visit for more information. No previous track cycling experience required.



Let’s talk about life after Hesson started his coaching journey in Otago at the youthful age of 22 will not reach the dizzying heights of Brendon McCullum’s men three years ago. The team is still highly competitive, but my feeling is that we are missing a couple of world-class players to be truly capable of beating the powerhouse teams, especially away from home. The lack of world-class players is nothing new for us Kiwis, but I can’t see a motivating reason why Hesson would stay beyond his current contract. Legacy cemented but with no real way of pushing the national side to its highest peak. Both Hesson and McCullum were two men eager to take the side to new frontiers, without those new frontiers being attainable, why would he stay?

March 17, 9.30-11am; in Prince of Wales Park on Wednesday, March 21, 4.30-6pm, and on Wednesday, April 4, 4.306pm; and in Porirua Park, on Sunday, April 8, 9-10.30am and on Wednesday, April 11, 4.30-6pm The model is designed for girls aged 6 to 13. For more information, contact Ebony Low via ebony.low@wrfu. or 021 357 090.

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With the summer of cricket meandering along the future of Black Caps coach Mike Hesson must be pondered. It’s not a question of whether his job stability is in question, more his own personal reasons for staying. The 43-year-old has helped pilot cricket in this country through one of its most successful eras ever. He’ll likely stick around for a 2019 World Cup campaign to see if the team can go one step further than that glorious run to the final in 2015. It’s hard to see the current side achieving victory in the tournament next year, the team has a few weak links, less experience and will be playing in foreign conditions. It means Hesson, a man who


Hesson could now look at ways to set up himself and his family financially, coaching overseas, potentially in India’s lucrative Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition. Where does cricket go from here in New Zealand? Its core is strong. Kane Williamson will be our best ever batsmen, Trent Boult is one of our finest bowlers ever but there is a missing element; an X factor missing that is stopping the team from being world beaters. Hesson appears to have done all he can, pulled the wagon as far as he could and he has earned the right to have job security in a profession where job security is never truly assured. Succession planning must begin now so that Hesson’s work can be built on in the years to come.




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