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A major inspiration for all ages at this year’s Space and Science festival, centred around Onslow College, will be two women visitors from NASA, astronaut Dr Yvonne Cagle and scientist Dr. Jen Blank. They will attend thanks to travel sponsorship from the US Embassy. Dr Cagle is a medical doctor as well as a qualified astronaut, currently working on ways to help astronauts treat injuries in space using 3D printing technology. Continued on page 2. NASA astronaut Dr Yvonne Cagle, who will feature at the Onslow College Space and Science festival in May.

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Space & Science Festival bigger, better Continued from page 1. Dr Blank, an astrobiologist, is working with the Mars Curiosity Robot which is analysing the surface of Mars. The Space & Science Festival, in its fifth year, will have a daytime event on May 19 and a night event on May 26, both at Onslow College. It has become huge, attracting 9000 visitors last year. Its growth means it is now an independent not-for-profit charity, centred around Onslow College. “Our network keeps growing so experts from all over New Zealand have been drawn in and are coming back year after year” says festival chairman Lee Mauger. He adds that this is the first year, thanks to support from lead partner Genesis SchoolGen, that they have been able to pay for flights for all out-of-town experts. “We’re proud to have kept the ticket prices really affordable to make sure as many kids as possible get to come.” he said. Onslow teacher Kent Hogan is a founding member of the Space & Science Festival and says last year the festival attracted some 3000 people to each event at the college alone. With other 2017 events at Te Papa, Taita, Porirua and other schools squeezed in, 9000 visited in person, and around 20,000 more students

NASA astrobiologist Dr. Jen Blank with the twin of the Mars Curiosity Rover. The original is currently working on the Red Planet.

around the country were able to view the live broadcast from Te Papa. The festival is a mix of spectacular science demonstrations (like a liquid nitrogen volcano), science talks and hands-on classroom activities. “This is all about making science accessible, and providing fun experiences that

encourage young minds and nurture their interest to study further,” said Lee. Victoria University Wellington, Wellington Astronomical Society, Otago Museum, Br ig ht En z , MacD ia r m id Institute, Space Place, Maths Craft, Genesis School-Gen and many other organisations and individuals are support-

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Minister praises amazing games athletes Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson says the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team was our biggest ever “and they have delivered an amazing collective performance bringing home 15 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze medals”. Those 46 medals beat Glas-

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inbrief news Local artists exhibit Malvina Major Village, Broadmeadows, is to host a Wellington Art Club exhibition between Friday June 8 and Sunday, June 10. Khandallah artist Roger Buchanan, an Academy exhibitor, will hang paintings, some abstract and some expressionist. Other well-known painters include Judy Langham, Olympia Osborne, John McDonnell, Phil Dickson, Dianne Taylor, Del Te Rito, Helen Wilson, Judith Royal and Annette Straugheir.

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Roy Stansfield, General Manager, Shopping Centres, for Stride Property Group, says the group still cannot give a commencement date for the redevelopment of the Johnsonville Mall. Last October Independent Herald, Oct. 4 p.3 ‘Retailers driving pace of shopping centre plans’ he had said the group was negotiating with major retailers before moving to the next step of further design work and application for building consents. Six months later, that is still the case. “Since receiving resource consent for the proposed re-

development in January 2017 Stride has been working hard to secure pre-commitment from selected retailers,” Roy says. He adds that any commitment to proceed would be subject to commercial feasibility, securing relevant approvals and achieving leasing pre-commitment targets. “This is a complex process that requires extensive often protracted negotiations and we have a team dedicated to the project.” The redevelopment also remains subject to finalising draft agreements with the Council and anchor tenants, before final commercial approvals are sought.

“Stride firmly believes that Johnsonville Shopping Centre has the attributes required to create a contemporary, high-quality retail centre that will be an asset to the community,” said Roy. He adds that the growth projections for the area and its location are among the compelling reasons they have been reviewing redevelopment options. Roy says Stride appointed two new development managers late last year, Mark Luker, General Manager Development, and Jarrod Thompson, Senior Development Manager. They are working on progressing the redevelopment

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he said. He added that they want to create a contemporary, high-quality retail centre that will be an asset to the community. Roy says the Johnsonville Shopping Centre is the only major redevelopment project Stride has in Wellington, though they have been managing the Queensgate Shopping Centre in Lower Hutt since late 2016. The cinema at Queensgate was demolished following the earthquake of November 2016. There was good news there, he says, as the decision to rebuild the cinema had been taken and it is currently in the design phase.

Planning is already under way for this year’s Johnsonville Christmas Parade on Saturday December 1. Organiser Lisa Woodley said last year some people missed out because they felt notifications came a bit late, so they are starting the mailing list now. If you’d like to be involved this year as an entrant please register your interest with Lisa at or contact her on 021 0347712. Lots of volunteers are also needed, so if you have a group/club who’d like to be involved then please get in touch.

125th jubilee for Khandallah Khandallah School is seeking out past pupils and their families as they prepare for their 125th Jubilee on Friday and Saturday October 19–20. Registrations of interest can go 125@

Glow worm tours Each month until September, Friends of the Botanic Gardens are running an outdoor night-time tour in the Botanic Gardens, allowing children to investigate the world of the glow worm. The next is on May 18. It runs for about one hour from 7.30pm and is designed for children seven years and older. Children under 12 are free. Other tickets cost $10 and can be obtained by ringing 0800 289 849 or going to the WellingtonGardens facebook page.



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inbrief news Closing in on feral cats

Young Scout flies high By Glenise Dreaver

Connovation Ltd, manufacturer of PredaSTOP, is proposing that owners and householders should be notified when baits are being laid as part of a cat control operation if their property is within 500 metres of any bait station. Currently, such advice must be given if the baits are within three kilometres of a property. That sometimes requires thousands of households to be notified, imposing significant costs. Connovation says that is unrealistic and that data from several studies suggests a 500 metre notification distance is sufficient to protect domestic cats.

COGS funding now open Applications for the 2018/2019 Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) are open from now until May 23. COGS is a government-funded kaupapa with the aim of building strong sustainable communities. This scheme will fund non-profit groups and organisations delivering community-based social services, projects and events. Last year, over $12 million was granted to voluntary and community groups nationwide.

Festival of Architecture curator The New Zealand Institute of Architects has announced that Jeremy Hansen, former editor of Paperboy and Home New Zealand, will curate the public programme of the 2018 Festival of Architecture. The nationwide festival, which will include presentations, exhibitions, tours and open studios and buildings, will take place from September 14-23. Christina van Bohemen, President of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, said that Hansen, who has 15 years’ experience writing about and commentating on architecture, design and social issues, is an ideal fit for the role of Festival curator.

Kieran Cassidy of the Khandallah Scouts receives his Scout Wings Brevet from Group Captain Tim Evans of the RNZAF. PHOTO: Supplied

Kieran Cassidy of the Khandallah Scouts is only 13 years old, but he has already developed a passion for flight. Last Tuesday evening, in the Khandallah Scout Hall, Group Captain Tim Evans of the RNZAF presented him with his ‘Scout Wings’ Brevet for a solo flight in a glider. Kieran’s Scout Leader Glenn Williams says this is an exceptional achievement, as most Scouts obtain their ‘Scout Wings’ when they are over 16 and in the Venturers. Kieran, who is year 9 at Onslow College, started down the pathway to this badge when he attended the National Scout Aviation School (NSAS) in Palmerston North in April 2017. This introduces scouts aged 12 and above to aviation. The syllabus was comprehensive – he had lessons on the theory of flight, the parts of an aircraft, aviation rules on air fields, fuelling aircraft, electrical, fuel and lubrications systems, navigation and metrological systems. He also had simulator time, being

tutored by a commercial aircraft instructor. Visits to RNZAF Ohakea, Palmerston North airport, Feilding and Wanganui airfield were also included. Kieran then had the experience of flying a Cessna, with additional flights in a helicopter, a glider and a microlight aircraft. The thing that most appealed to him, he says is gliding. “The canopy’s really big and it really gives you the sensation of flying,” So he then took up gliding with the Wellington Gliding Club, His course saw him pass an assessment flight in February, followed by a solo flight in a DG1000 glider, which he also passed. It’s no surprise to hear that his dream is to join the airforce, then retire to commercial flying. And there’s a secret ambition “though I know it’s not really realistic, but I’d like to join the US airforce and fly a fighter jet”. Kieran is one of 10 Khandallah Scouts who have attended flying school over the last five years.

Weather no deterrent for Onslow residents Nearly 50 people braved the rain, cold and thunderstorms to attend the Onslow Residents’ Community Association (ORCA) annual meeting last Wednesday April 11 at the Khandallah Town Hall. ORCA President Nicola McFaull said the big drawcard was Wellington City Chief Planner David Chick. He set out the issues facing Wellington including planning for earthquakes, dealing with population growth and housing choice as well as adapting and mitigating the impact of climate change. David told the audience that he believed the District Plan needed a review and he would like to see it made more accessible so that Wellingtonians

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Wellington City Chief Planner David Chick, who addressed Onslow area residents at their annual meeting. PHOTO: Supplied

along with Ohariu Member of Parliament Greg O’Connor and local National List MP Brett Hudson. Nicola, in her annual report, covered the achievements of

ORCA since it was established in November 2017. “We are fortunate to have an engaged and civic-minded community in Khandallah, Broadmeadows and Kaiwharawhara,” she said. “We now have over 80 members and a committee of 14. “Already the committee is getting up to speed with local issues such as multiple unit housing developments on small pockets of land and the public transport issues such as the impact of the bus route and timetable changes that will occur in July.” Nicola also invited residents and community groups to join ORCA by emailing and to like the group on facebook.

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Successful exhibition extended


Fashion Parade The Johnsonville Lions are organising a fashion parade to be held at Ballantynes Central, Johnsonville on April 20. They are raising funds that will go towards two Life Flight Trust helicopter flights. The event will be held at 7pm, with Lions Club members modelling on the theme of Find Your Beautiful Fashion’.

Leonard Victor Mitchell’s brother, 89-year-old Frank, with Leonard’s self portrait. (This is on show at the “pop up” gallery in Khandallah, but is not for sale.)



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Anna Reed, niece of noted New Zealand painter Leonard Mitchell, is delighted that the family is able to extend the exhibition dates for another fortnight. Leonard Victor Mitchell – A Fine Art Exhibition has been showing at 15 Ganges Road in Khandallah since March 17 and

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Local children financially literate says MP On Thursday, Brett Hudson, National Party List MP and party spokesperson for Commerce and Consumer Affairs, visited Churton Park School. He was impressed to find Churton Park School using an application and learning modules from Banqer, a New Zealand company specialising in financial learning.

Banqer, he says, is an interactive digital application which creates a virtual economy in which students participate. “The financial understanding of the students was impressive,” Brett says. “The Banqer application lets them make their own decisions and to see for themselves the

consequences of their choices. It also creates a healthy competitive environment. “Their entrepreneurial skills were on display too, as they rented out items like fidget-spinners to other students in return for Banqer dollars. “At the session the children were introduced to retirement savings.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: How do you feel about adding a Maori name to each Ward name – e.g. Northern Ward/ Takapu?

Renee Jenkins, Newlands “In theory it’s good, but the cost at this time could be a little bit frivolous – it could end up as millions.”

Phillip Witehira, Broadmeadows “Why not? It’s a good idea that respects the covenant that the treaty is.”

Debbie Avison, Newlands “I don’t have a problem with that.”

Jan Domney, Khandallah “I’ve no objections – it doesn’t worry me at all.”

Diane Johnston, Tawa “It doesn’t worry me – if there isn’t too much cost.”

Heather Bunyan, Paparangi “It needs weighing up – the cultural significance judged against a small difference to the general population and the cost to taxpayers.”

LETTERS to the editor

Deputy Mayor’s motives questioned Dear Editor I’m writing concerning your article in the Independent Herald “Additional te reo names proposed for wards” dated April 11, 2018. I am very concerned that the Deputy Mayor is on a journey to satisfy her own personal wishes at the expense of the ratepayer.

Who says “Wellington is ready to recognise its te reo history” – where does she get her numbers from? Which meetings and where are the minutes? My feeling is that these meetings were not advertised. Of course the Mayor Justin Lester is supportive – look how she was made Deputy Mayor

after a relative short period on Council, over other Council members who may, or may not have been, more suitable and even more politically balanced. (I understand that both are keen Labour supporters – nothing wrong with that, but the council is not elected by political party.) Later in the article Ms Day

goes on about her family ties which again indicates she is on a personal trip and not one that is necessarily what the people of Wellington want, or the best use of Council funds. Has she done any costings? I doubt it. From my own experience of just changing a company logo, it is very expensive. That

is without all the legal costs, signage etc. which will have to be incurred.... I ‘m not particularly active in local politics, but every time Jill Day’s name comes up it appears to be “Jill day for Jill day!” Colin Moore, Ngaio Abridged. Editor

Life is what you make it at Cashmere When Amrika Prasad first moved in to Johnsonville’s Cashmere Home in September, he wasn’t sure what to expect. He’s since discovered that with the right support from dedicated staff, life at Cashmere can be whatever you make it. “I moved in after a stroke left me paralysed on my left side. It’s been difficult to come to terms with my reduced mobility, but I’ve been really surprised at how many different things I’ve been able to get involved in here,” he explains. “I join in with music therapy, as well as card games like bingo and lots of other things whenever I feel like it. The staff are always careful to make sure everyone is able take part in whatever fun is going on.” Amrika’s wife, Kushma, says she’s par-

ticularly enjoyed seeing her husband continue doing the things he loves. “He used to play regular volleyball a lot when he was younger and here, he often plays balloon volleyball with the other staff and residents. I know he appreciates that very much and sometimes I join in too!” She says the staff’s compassion and commitment to residents’ wellbeing have helped the family face their challenges with hope and optimism. “It’s been a very uncertain time for us and there’s been a lot of adjusting, but we couldn’t ask for better support.” “The staff are very approachable and it’s clear they have a passion for what they do. It makes a huge difference.” Manager Karen Rhind says she’s proud of the home’s elder-centred philosophy, which encourages elders to enjoy choice, meaningful activity, companionship and variety. “The Enliven philosophy is about putting residents first and we’re very passionate about that — that means taking the time to get to know residents and their families, and working with them to help them achieve those things. “Our reward is seeing the residents feeling happy, safe and joyful. We believe that with the right support, residents can thrive, whatever their circumstances.”

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Children learning about asthma

St Benedict’s principal Michael Hinds with teachers Anne Minto and Jared Bath, and with children already at work on the national asthma awareness campaign which the school has joined. PHOTO: Supplied

St Benedict’s School in Khandallah is one of 90 New Zealand schools to have signed up for a special school activity pack from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ. The pack is aimed at raising awareness around asthma in schools. On World Asthma Day, Tuesday May 1, St Benedicts will run a range of educational activities using balloons to help raise

awareness of asthma. (Balloons are a simple and effective way to help educate children about breathing.) With one in seven children having asthma in New Zealand it’s estimated that 586,000 school days are lost each year due to asthma-related symptoms in children. Michael Hinds, principal of St Benedict’s, says they will be running lots of activities “by raising

awareness to all our staff and students we’ll all have a better understanding and awareness of asthma”. St Benedict’s School is also going to be part of the foundation’s ‘Asthma Friendly Schools’ programme. To qualify, schools are required to have asthma guidelines, an asthma emergency kit which includes an inhaler, plus identify all students with asthma.



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As students head into the term one school holidays, the Ministry of Health is reminding parents to be aware of the risks of measles. Over the past week, there have been five confirmed cases of measles reported in Queenstown, Wanaka, Canterbury and Nelson-Marlborough. Health officials are now warning parents around the country to be aware of other possible cases. “Measles is a serious and highly infectious disease, and this flurry of new cases shows just how easily it can spread,” says Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health at the Ministry. It also shows the importance of immunisation. People should make sure they are fully immunised against measles and be aware of measles symptoms if they (or their children) are not fully immunised. “Immunisation is the best protection to stop you and your children getting measles. For the best protection, people need to have two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations. The MMR is available from

your family practice and is free to eligible people.” “With the school holidays coming up (from tomorrow), parents should be mindful families and children could be exposed to measles, especially if they are travelling, attending events, holiday programmes, camps, or have friends and family travelling to visit them,” says Dr McElnay. “Anyone who is not immunised and gets exposed to a case of measles will need to stay home for at least 14 days to ensure the virus doesn’t spread.” Anyone who suspects they may have measles should avoid contact with other people, especially those who aren’t fully immunised, and should phone their GP or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice. It is important to call first because measles is highly infectious, and people with measles can infect others in the waiting room. Further information about measles and free immunisation eligibility can be found in the Your Health measles guide or by calling 0800 IMMUNE.

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Karori Campus safe for now By Glenise Dreaver

Despite concerns to the contrary, and their application to demolish some buildings on the Karori Campus site, Ryman Healthcare says the wrecking balls won’t start their work in the near future. However Andrew Mitchell, development manager for Ryman Healthcare, says the company is disappointed that Heritage New Zealand started the listing process without discussion with them. He says that move was also against the requests of council to delay any listing process in favour of a collaborative approach. “You can appreciate that we have only just taken possession of the property and it takes time to understand it.” But, he says, as a result of the Heritage New Zealand strategy, Ryman felt that their hands were tied. That was why they had submitted a certificate of compliance

to demolish some of the buildings, whilst retaining the original buildings. “We have been open about our intentions and I think we have shown genuine intent by only submitting approval that retains the original buildings,” he says. “Clearly there are competing priorities and we have to balance these for a successful outcome.” “We are continuing discussions with Heritage New Zealand and the Wellington City Council and we will be holding open days on the Karori campus in the next few weeks to consult with the community. “We’d like to again stress that nothing is finalised at this point, we are still in the consulting phase with our plans and we have significant work to complete before any final decision is taken. “We recognise that there are a lot of interested people and groups in the local community who have strong views about

ABOVE: Andrew Mitchell, development manager for Ryman Healthcare RIGHT: The Karori Campus: No wrecking balls for now says Ryman Healthcare. PHOTOS: Supplied

Specialist Class Programme enhances learning for Junior School children Junior School students learning a song in French as part of the specialist classes offered at QMC.

Year 1–6 students at Queen Margaret College explore the world of art, music and language through the Specialist Class Programme available in the Junior School. All Junior School students have a specialist lesson in visual arts, music and religious studies once a week. The specialised subjects foster independence, resilience and confidence in Junior School students, Head of Junior School Kathleen McDonnell says. “Children naturally develop skills in collaboration, reasoning and understanding and transfer this to other areas of learning.” From Year 2 students have a weekly French lesson. “As an International Baccalaureate World School, we are committed to offering second language learning in order to promote international mindedness. Every learner benefits from having access to different languages, different cultures and

perspectives,” Kathleen says. Jane Coles has been the specialist Music Teacher at Queen Margaret College since 2014. In Term 1 students in her class have learnt everything from creating music to go with picture books, creating and using Poi and working on song-writing and music notation. “Students learn to play instruments. They learn how to keep a beat, create rhythms, sing musically, work cooperatively in groups and as a class, and work on Units that align with their current classwork,” Jane says. “I love seeing the students engaged in topics that they are interested in and be challenged to think about Music and sound as much as possible.”  To find out more about the Specialist Class Programme at Queen Margaret College go to juniorschool. PBA

the site. “It is important to remember that there is a significant shortage in aged care and retirement in the area,” he adds. He says a purpose-built operated continuum in a care retirement village would be a great community amenity for Karori. The village would provide much-needed rest home, hospital and dementia level care as well as independent living options in an area where there was a shortage of living options for older people, he said.

The proposed village would allow residents who have lived in the Karori community over the last 40-50 years to remain in the community. “After all, these people have helped create that community and we are all obligated to provide a high quality living environment for them. “We’d love to talk to anyone in the Karori community – and the wider community who is interested in our plans for the future of the site.”


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Pantaloons performance promises fun The popular story of Snow White is com ing to Wellington for the school holidays, and with a Johnsonville actor, Tanisha Wardle, starring as Grouchy Gimble Gomblethorpe. Tanisha is one of the original Pantoloons, a Wellington-based theatre group which started five years ago. Writer/director Amanda Stone says Tanisha is a very experienced performer in both musicals and plays. “In Snow White, she puts her comedic physicality and silliness to good use.”

The group’s aim, says Amanda, is to bring “quality and affordable entertainment to the children of Wellington”. “And our shows are always localised and topical so grownups can pick up on a few cheeky jokes about current affairs along the way.” She promises lots of singing, dancing and continuous audience participation in the show which is being performed at the Gryphon Theatre from April 23-27.

Johnsonville’s Tanisha Wardle as Grouchy Gimble Gomblethorpe. PHOTO: Supplied

The Pink Hammer Songs of love from Nota Bene By Glenise Dreaver

Margaret Robertson, secretary of The Khandallah Arts Theatre, says they are preparing for auditions for the New Zealand comedy by Michele Amas they will present in July. “It’s called The Pink Hammer and it’s about four women who come together in a carpentry workshop to learn how to build.” Through unexpected circumstances, they end up with a man trying to wrangle them as they learn to use the tools, says Margaret. “It’s a laugh-aloud comedy, but it’s also very sad,” she says. Their two-week season will open on July 19 in the community theatre group’s “home”, Cochran Hall at Cashmere Avenue school. Auditions for the cast of four women and one man will be held on April 29 and May 2. Enquiries can be made to director Lynn Coory on 027 600 5366 Their next club night is Friday April 20 at 7.30pm and a warm welcome awaits anyone interested in coming. The meeting will be held in the hall, when club members read The Streaker a New Zealand play by Gregory Cooper. If you are interested, call Jillian on 021 630 330

In their concert on Sunday April 22,Wellington chamber choir Nota Bene presents Love’s Illusions, with songs of romance, passion, vanity and loss.

Shawn Condon: directing cathedral concert. PHOTO: Supplied

The concert is to be held at 3pm in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. It is being directed by Shawn Condon, recently appointed as artistic director of the Bach Choir of Wellington. Shawn also sings bass in Nota Bene. A New Jersey native, Shawn now calls Wellington home. His current research interests include improving expressivity in choral singing, teaching expressivity, creativity in the choral rehearsal, and health and wellbeing through choral singing. The programme features works from Hugo Alfvén and Jean Sibelius—representing the staid and steadfast—to C. V. Stanford’s Elizabethan Pastorals, exuding the charm and innocence of young love. Works of lesser-known com-

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Zappo the Clown – entertaining children at the Mall until Friday. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

There’s a full programme on for children during the school holidays at the Johnsonville Mall, regardless of the weather. Each day from Monday April 16 Friday 20 the ever-popular magical friend Zappo the Magician is in the centre performing two shows a day at 11am and 1pm. On Monday April 23 a dough crafts session will run from 11am till 2pm,

with plenty of colourful dough for children to build, shape and create whatever they like. From 11am till 2pm on Tuesday April 24, children will be provided with everything they need to create a painting masterpiece. On Wednesday April 25 there is a mask crafts session, when from 1pm3pm, children can decorate their own mask to take home.

It’s Thursday 26 April and it’s scratch crafts from 11am till 2pm. Children can create colourful pictures, patterns or shapes by scratching into special paper revealing a bright rainbow pattern. On Friday April 27 the activity is diy flower pots. From 11am till 2pm, your children can come down and decorate their own ceramic flower pot to take home and brighten up your garden.

posers like Juha Holma, Mia Makaroff and Jonna Salminen also feature, as well as contemporary choral legends like Eric Whitacre and Morton Lauridsen. In the latter part of the programme the group will sing an arrangement of Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye and a piece by Japanese composer Toru Takamitsu, typically known for his instrumental compositions, with sumptuous and colourful jazz chords And you can’t call a programme Love’s Illusions without showing a little love to Joni Mitchell, so there will be a brilliant transcription of Both Sides Now, as arranged by the Australian vocal ensemble The Idea of North. Tickets are available on Eventfinda

Replacement found for Stage Challenge Hundreds of young musicians and performers will get their first shot at stardom at new school arts events later this year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. Mr Hipkins pledged support for a new event after the organiser of Stage Challenge and J Rock said they could no longer continue. “I am delighted to announce that RockQuest Promotions Ltd (Rockquest) will run the events this year,” Mr Hipkins said. “I couldn’t stand by and let these events disappear. “They are a great opportunity for young people to affirm and celebrate their culture and identity, be creative, and increase their confidence and leadership.” Mr Hipkins said the Ministry of Education ran a tender process and received a range of good proposals. “Rockquest has a great track-record of delivering successful, largescale performance events for all ages and cultures and already has strong relationships with schools.” The events, which have yet to be named, will enable Year 1 to 13 students to engage in music, drama and dance in their local communities. Successful performers will be offered the opportunity to perform in a national show. The contract with Rockquest is for this year, funded by a one-off grant of $800,000 while the Ministry develops a longer term solution.

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Overseas delegation in Johnsonville Flu Immunisations are here! You can now get your 2018 immunisation at the Johnsonville Medical Centre. The flu immunisation is fully funded for those who are pregnant, over 65 or have a qualifying ongoing medical condition. If you’re not funded you can still get immunised for the following prices:





Immunisations can be booked any time during our weekday opening hours. Booked and walk-in appointments are available on Saturday mornings from 21 April.

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From left: Rodney Sipson Osioco, Bougainville, Jon Davies, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Chief Executive, Jilila Nalibu Lal MP Fiji, Greg O’Connor, David Braun Vatavi, Bougainville, Elorm Haligah, Programme Manager CPA UK, and Baroness Redfern, House of Lords.

Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s UK delegation and Pacific members of Parliament who are in New Zealand, visited the constituency offices of three New Zealand MPs on Friday April 13. They spoke to Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor at his office in Johnson-

ville, Paul Eagle in Newtown and Kris Faafoi in Porirua. Greg says they talked about how a typical electorate office in New Zealand operated, and about the role of the electorate MP. “They were pretty interested in that,” he says. They also discussed broader

issues of how local and national issues mirrored each other he said. The UK delegates who visited Greg’s office included Baroness Redfern, a member of the House of Lords and Conservative MP Adam Holloway. From the Pacific the local office hosted representatives from Bougainville, and Fiji.

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville an attempt was made to break into a house in Broderick Road by smashing a window in a ranch slider door at the rear of the house. No entry was gained, but a garden statue was taken from the back step. A silver Toyota Paseo hatchback parked overnight in Sheridan Terrace was found next morning with all four tyres deflated. A black Toyota Rav4 stationwagon parked locked in the Countdown carpark in Johnsonville Road during the early evening was broken into via a smashed front passenger window. A large black bag full of school material was stolen. A white Toyota Toyoace truck parked overnight in the Salvation Army carpark in Johnsonville Road had its rear registration plate stolen and a silver Honda Accord saloon parked overnight in Morgan Street was entered via a smashed left rear quarterlight window. An auxilliary wire was stolen. A red Holden Commodore saloon, parked for two hours at the end of Old Coach Road while the owner took a dog for a walk, was entered. A gym bag containing gym gear and a quantity of jewellery were stolen.

In Newlands a shop in McMillan Court was subject to a ram raid around 1.30 am. A vehicle was deliberately driven through the shop door to gain entry for the intruders. A large quantity of cigarettes valued at several thousand dollars was stolen. A hose and two potted garden plants were stolen from the garden of a house in Dress Circle. A boat trailer was stolen from the driveway of a house in Newlands Road. Entry to a house in Miles Crescent was gained by smashing the wooden back door. Unspecified items belonging to former tenants were stolen. A black Subaru Forester stationwagon was stolen from Black Rock Road. It was later found in Stokes Valley with the ignition pulled out. An unsuccessful attempt was made to steal a grey Mazda MPV stationwagon that had been parked during the night in Batchelor Street. The driver’s door lock had been tampered with to gain entry. Wires under the steering wheel were pulled out in an attempt to start the vehicle. A white Volkswagen Golf stationwagon parked overnight in Black Rock Road had a passenger

window smashed in an attempt to gain entry. The locking system on this vehicle did not allow the doors to be opened in this manner and the offenders abandoned the attempt to steal. A white Toyota Hilux utility vehicle parked overnight in Black Rock Road had its rear registration plate stolen. A grey Mazda Atenza stationwagon parked overnight in Beazley Avenue had its left rear quarterlight window smashed to gain entry. A sum of cash and a quantity of jewellery was stolen. In Churton Park, a red Volkswagen Polo hatchback parked overnight was broken into. The left rear quarterlight window was smashed allowing the intruders to reach through and unlock a door. A large TV set left on the back seats was stolen. In Crofton Downs a white Skoda Octavia stationwagon, parked during the afternoon, had its left front passenger window smashed to gain entry. A wallet and surf board wax was stolen. In Karori a Toyota Swift stolen from outside Onslow College six days earlier was stopped and recovered by Police in Curtis Street.

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OUT&about Johnsonville School Market always popular Parking is always at a premium around the Johnsonville School every Sunday with the produce market opening at 7am and running until 3pm, rain or shine. The school playground is also open for children to enjoy. It was a popular spot on Sunday with glorious weather encouraging locals with an eye for a bargain out to select their fresh produce for the week. With bargains like fresh plums for just $1.49 a kilo, there were plenty of happy shoppers to be seen. PHOTOS: Glenise Dreaver

Emma Dunning from Newlands has been on crutches for a while as she recovers from ligament surgery, so took the opportunity to get out of the house in last Sunday’s great weather.

Shweta and Vishnu Mulinty with three-year-old Manu were selecting some coriander on their regular trip to the Johnsonville market.

Irene Woodhouse with one of her reused plastic bags. She walks down to the market every Sunday from Churton Park. “It’s a great little market. And once we Market regular Jennifer Bunner of Woodridge was waiting get paper bags it’ll be even better.” while her friend finished her shopping.

Joan Jones of Johnsonville enjoys the weekly market. She’s a vegetarian so takes the Ben Parsons of Tawa was kept busy at the market as he served coffee from the Bean chance to select fresh produce, including the herbs. “And everyone’s so helpful. They Here premises – the back of the vehicle he and his boss Sam Somers use as a travelling always help me load the bags on to my wheelchair handles.” coffee shop.

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Brown bugs are kicking up a stink

A brown marmorated stink bug. PHOTO: Google Images

The Ministry of Primary Industries is encouraging all New Zealanders to be on the lookout for brown marmorated stink bugs. While it has not become established here, it has already been caught at the border many times, hitchhiking on passengers and in imported goods. The ministry is asking for public help, saying the bugs are hard to see, hard to kill, travel far and breed fast, so quick action will be needed to get rid of them if they arrive. In the USA and Europe the stink bug has caused severe economic damage to horticultural crops, and has invaded homes during the cold winter months.

The Stink Bug Council says the bug poses one of the highest biosecurity threats to New Zealand. A report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research shows commercial crops at risk have an annual sales value of $4 billion. They include pipfruit and summerfruit. Industry and government agencies are planning a pre-emptive strike. They have applied to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to release an organism new to New Zealand – the Samurai wasp – to combat any invasion. The EPA is seeking public submissions on this application. Biological control by the wasp is said to likely be the most effective

long-term, sustainable and socially acceptable means available, the council says. The alternative, used overseas, is increased use of broad-spectrum insecticides, often at high application rates. The Samurai wasp doesn’t sting and is harmless to humans, but attacks and kills stink bug eggs. The trigger point for releasing the wasp would be detection of a stink bug invasion or an established population. T h e c o u n c i l i s s e e king pre- emptive approva l, so wasps can be launched as soon as the balloon goes up. Public submissions close at 5pm on May 24.

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Wednesday April 18, 2018



Ultra marathon effort pays off

ABOVE: Are You OK? … Really? PADA trust board member and editor of their new book Leigh Breddenkamp with national manager Treena Cooper. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver LEFT: Mason and Jacqui Haggland both successfully completed the Ring of Fire Volcanic Ultramarathon on April 7. PHOTO: Supplied By Glenise Dreaver

The national office of PADA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa), in Broderick Road, is $1350 richer after a massive effort by Jacqui Haggland. She did a sponsored ultramarathon of 72k for them on April 7 – “The Ring of Fire Volcanic Ultra marathon”, says manager Treena Cooper. ”We all smiled when I found it. It seemed very appropriate.” It’s a demanding course, starting and ending at Chateau Ton-

gariro, with rough trails, creek crossings, uneven ground, rock scrambles and some climbing. The gift of Jacqui’s sponsorship money pays a month’s rent, says Treena. She approached Jacqui, from Titahi Bay, after reading her Trail Mum entry in a blog and noting she had already registered. Jacqui had talked about how running helped keep her sane, said Treena, adding that exercise is important in the prevention and treatment of depression. “It helps me retain a bit of me,” says Jacqui. With one child

of four and another just over a year old, a four-day-a week consultancy career in Thorndon, and fitting in four to eight hours a week running (much more as the ultramarathon drew nearer) she well understands the stressors facing mothers of young children. Not least are those surrounding exercising. So Jacqui knew, when approached to fundraise, that she wanted to support PADA. Her husband, Mason, also did his first ultra-marathon with her. “Jacqui suggested they do an ul-

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tramarathon together during her caesarean surgery,” said Treena. PADA staff are passionate about their work, mainly working with and offering training to the professionals who support mothers with depression. It’s a serious issue “The highest cause of death in pregnant women is suicide,” says fundraiser Gillian Ransom. She says the PADA trust, with its four part time workers, operates “without a cent” of government money. Their $100,000 budget comes from organisations like

the Lottery Trust Board, other grant organisations and fundraising initiatives like Jacqui’s, So the launching of their first-ever book, sponsored by the Pelorus Trust, with its 300 pages and 21 authors, all experts on the subject, will provide a small income for years to come.  Their next event is their popular ‘Pound the Pathway for PADA’ event in Porirua, on Sunday May 6. If you would like to walk/run and fundraise for PADA, contact them at events@

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Shambolic Ferns deserve hard questions PHOTO: Supplied By Glenise Dreaver

The all-woman Through the Blue rowing team had to postpone last weekend’s attempt at rowing Cook Strait. Rachel Gamble-Flint said on Friday the swell created from last week’s storm was over two meters high, with another weather system moving in on Monday.

“Very frustrating, but also always a possibility with this stretch of sea,” she added. “ Ultimately the conditions need to be safe for both the crew and the safety boats.” “We are going to use this weekend as an opportunity to go for a long training rows in the sheltered Sounds, and hoping that over the next few weeks the weather clears and we get a chance for another attempt as soon as possible.”

LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: • Premier (Swindale Shield)

Marist St Pats beat Johnsonville 31-20 Old Boys Univeristy beat Oriental Rongotai 48-12 Tawa beat Avalon 33-10

• Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield) Marist St Pats beat Johnsonville 81-3 Tawa beat Avalon 82-12 Old Boys University vs Oriental Rongotai 31-17

• Women’s (Rebecca Liua’ana Trophy) – Gala Day Marist St Pats beat Old Boys University 38-17

• First Grade (Thompson Memorial Cup) Old Boys University beat Poneke 127-5

• Les Mills Under 21 (JRD Cup)

Paremata-Plimmerton beat OBU White 80-0 Johnsonville beat Avalon 64-3 OBU Black beat Wainuiomata 27-12

• Les Mills Under 21 (Paris Memorial Trophy) OBU Green beat Tawa 57-0

• 85 kg Restricted (DNU)

OBU Bunnies beat Western Suburbs 41-15

Jenny-May Clarkson asks a question - then outrage ensues. This is why sports interviews are so dull. Clarkson, longtime TVNZ sports journalist, former Silver Fern and current top-level netball coach asked Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant if the players still had pride in the black dress? The question came after a nine-goal defeat to England, the Ferns’ biggest losing margin to the team ever and hot on the heels of their loss to Malawi which will go down as one of the biggest upsets in Commonwealth Games history. Grant’s reaction to the question was tears and a firm stance that there is pride in the dress. Social media erupted calling Clarkson a bully and demanding she be fi red for her insensitive and harsh question. The reality is, that the question was fair, well-timed and came from someone with more credentials than most to ask it. Ultimately, the Ferns finished fourth, missing a medal for the first time in five efforts at the Commonwealth Games. Playing for New Zealand means you are accountable for your performance

to the nation, the fans and the media. Clarkson should be applauded for doing her job and asking the question on everyone’s lips whose head wasn’t being overruled by their heart. Netball is New Zealand’s largest female participation sport and for our top side to be flopping so horrifically on a stage they are normally highly competitive in is totally unacceptable. Fans have already called for coach Janine Southby’s resignation - and that of those who employed her at Netball New Zealand. Southby refuses to bow to that pressure in the immediate aftermath of the bronze medal match loss. Clarkson made a post-match interview meaningful. So often those interviews, regardless of the sport, are full of cliched answers and offer no genuine insight into the game for the viewer. Perhaps Grant’s tears prove this team does care. In all fairness, much of the blame must go to the coaching staff and the administrators who appointed them. This Ferns side is a rabble, playing a sport with no real global reach and failing spectacularly. Good on you, Jenny-May, the silent minority salutes you.


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