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Wednesday April 18, 2018

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.

It’s true! Christmas is coming Concept drawings of the proposed Johnsonville Mall redevelopment. PHOTOS: Supplied

No date still for Johnsonville Mall redevelopment By Glenise Dreaver

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

Canine Corner

A dog matters blog from Canine Behavioural Trainer Jan Voss

Thunderstorms and dogs Did your pup suffer when the thunderstorm rolled through last week? A sudden change in air pressure and the long, low rumble of thunder is hard for some dogs to handle, but we can reduce their stress. Let them retreat well inside the house – perhaps in the bathroom, or hallway, where there are no windows. Nominate a “den” to curl up in - a covered dogcrate, under furniture, or a cosy box. Sit with them and calmly stroke. Add a wrap garment like a Thundershirt,

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or improvise with a T-shirt and stretchy bandages. Mask the noise with a radio or music– as long as they are used to this and don’t find the volume as scary as the storm outside. Severe cases should work on de-stressing skills between storms and might also see a vet for medications to help. Now is an excellent time to think about the right solution for your dog.

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.


Independent Herald 18-04-18  

Independent Herald 18-04-18

Independent Herald 18-04-18  

Independent Herald 18-04-18