Thursday March 22, 2018
Newtown Neighbours Night a knock-out By Gianina Schwanecke
Zach Fitsimmons gets golf pointers from event organiser Ray Tuffin. PHOTO: Gianina Schwanecke
Bicycle rides, cricket games, golf practice, face painting, a BBQ and live music filled Newtown Park at Neighbour’s Night last Friday. Blustery winds and dark clouds did not deter about 160 residents from venturing out for the second annual event, organised by the Newtown Residents’ Association, Wellington City Council and local welfare groups.
Children raced round the track on pre-loved ReBicycle bikes, played cricket and golf with local police, and became tiny super heroes at the face-painting station. Residents queued for a barbeque while enjoying live music from Newtown Festival favourites the Sendam Rawkustra, Rock Academy, and The Mighty Ukes. Newtown Residents’ Association President Rhona Carson was pleased with the turnout.
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“[It was] purely to give something back to neighbours and the community … The weather’s [been] a challenge,” she said. Community liaison advisor Ray Tuffin, who changed the venue from last year’s St Thomas’s church to make it easier for people in the nearby Newtown Park Apartments, was “rapt”. “[It’s] a good mixture of community services and a great facility.”
Phil’s Kingswood a classic worth Holden on to By Jamie Adams
They might be 45 years old and their odometers have gone round the clock more than once, but for Phil Egley his HQ Holden Kingswoods remain his pride and joy. The Brooklyn resident had both of his 1973 models – a sedan and a station wagon – on display at Johnston Ebbett Holden’s Taranaki St showroom on Saturday as part of the car merchant’s celebration of the latest Holden Commodore to hit the market. The dealership played host to a family-orientated event that featured two other classic Holdens from local owners – a 1987 Commodore Berlina and a 1996 Commodore ute. Their owners, along with Phil, are members of Holden Club Central, a nationwide club of about 30 enthusiasts of the iconic Australian carmaker. “We go on club runs and go to car shows,” Phil says. Phil has owned the sedan for nearly 10 years and the wagon
Philip Egley beside his 1973 Holden Kingswood sedan and the 2018 Holden Commodore at its launch day at Johnston Ebbett Holden. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
for five, with the sedan winning second-place at the biennial car show for enthusiasts, the Holden Nationals, in 2013. “These are the cars I had when growing up. I wanted a wagon but couldn’t find one. So I bought the sedan first.” His cars are in restored showroom condition, with new mags, engine and paintwork, though their interiors still boast plenty of originality, an important factor in winning awards.
While Commodores and their Kingswood predecessors had been built in Australia for 50 years, the latest ‘ZB” edition breaks with tradition; it is sourced from Germany as a variant of the Opel Insignia, has a front-wheel-drive engine and has no V8 option. It also has a staggering ninespeed automatic transmission, compared with the three-speed gearboxes of the Kingswood era.
Phil accepts that Holden’s decision – done for economic reasons - would have upset the purists, but he believes the new Commodore still has the “feel” of an Australian-made one. Dealer Principal David Johnston agrees. “I thought I’d take some convincing, but after a few minutes in the car I was a convert. I’m hugely proud to have the new Commodore as part of the Holden new model portfolio.”
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