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Isobel Jaspers of Kelburn, a Year 13 Wellington Girls’ College student, is one of 30 students newly returned from the school’s biennial history trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. A memorable stopover was to the headquarters of the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Hanoi. The charity works throughout Vietnam, rescuing children from the streets, from child traffickers and forced labour in factories. It provides education, food and care, sometimes reuniting them with their families. Some live in, some come in for meals, said Isobel. Continued on page 2. One of the Blue Dragon girls shows Isobel Jaspers of Kelburn some of the gym equipment they use. PHOTO: Supplied.

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Child rescue work revealed to Wellington Girls’ College Continued from page 1. The students met the founder, Australian Michael Brosowski, who impressed them very much. “Absolutely lovely” said Isobel. He had set up Blue Dragon in 2003, having arrived to teach at Hanoi University and to “chill out”. Within six months he found himself teaching English to some shoeshine boys on the street. Friends started to help as the programme expanded and the charity was formed. Isobel said they met two boys aged 16 and 18 who were very proud and excited to show them around, but for all the children, telling their stories is just too difficult. “The children are very vulnerable and they didn’t want to force us on to them.” Nonetheless, for the college girls it was a very emotional experience. Isobel had done some research and also worked at fundraising for them in her role as a president of Rotary’s Port Nicholson Interact youth branch last year. “But the visit was quite a

The charismatic founder of the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Vietnam, Michael Brosowski, talking to the Wellington Girls’ College history group. PHOTO supplied.

shock for some.” The thirty students and four teachers did not take a monetary donation but each took a box of supplies selected from a list provided. “I chose stationery, paper, crayons and pencils,’ said Isobel. Others took vital toiletries. The visit has provided impetus for their support for the Blue

Dragon book fair being held at the Ngaio Town Hall on Saturday May 26. The annual event is organised by the Blue Dragon Children’s Tr ust NZ, set up by a group of Wellington women. It raises close to $9000 every year, enabling at least 20 Vi-

etnamese children to go to school for a year, and buys them school uniforms, equipment and school lunches.  To donate books, DVDs CDs or puzzles/board game please contact Iona McNaughton on 021 799 059 or evenings only.

$34m earmarked for more bus priority lanes In its draft 10-Year Plan, Wellington City Council has earmarked $34m to help improve Wellington bus services, with bus-priority lanes and new shelters, and Johnsonville and Karori have been identified as two areas to benefit. They have also been identified as places where changes are needed to ensure bus interchanges are more effective. Potential bus-priority lanes have also been identified for the Golden Mile (between the Railway Station and Cambridge Terrace), Victoria Street, Willis Street, Taranaki Street, Kent

and Cambridge terraces, and Adelaide Road. Work on bus interchanges is also planned for Kilbirnie, Miramar, Brooklyn, Newtown and Island Bay. Councillor Sarah Free, the public transport portfolio holder, says Wellington’s population is expected to grow by up to 80,000 people in the next 25 years so it’s important the city has an efficient and user friendly public transport system. “A reliable and affordable bus service is vitally important if we don’t want to end up with gridlock as the city grows,” she says.

“While the regional council is responsible for bus routes and timetables, Wellington City Council can help ensure the service is more reliable by putting in more bus-lanes and bus-only lanes and by giving buses priority at controlled intersections. “This project will reduce pressure on private transport and help make bus travel times quicker and more reliable. This’ll help more people, whether using public or private transport, to commute more quickly and comfortably. “We’re also going to roll out 70-80 new bus shelters over the next decade to help ensure public

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Ryman Healthcare pleased by open day discussions The Karori Campus seen from Campbell Street. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

By Glenise Dreaver

A Ryman Healthcare spokesperson reports that over 350 visitors attended the two open days they held last week at the former Karori teachers’ college site in Donald Street. Most were older local people interested in hearing about what facilities would be available, though a smaller number of members of the dissenting group which has opposed the sale to Ryman were also there. That group also supports Heritage New Zealand’s consideration of the college buildings as Category 1. Should that happen, and WCC agreed, a resource consent is needed for demolition or alteration. Company management talked both to visitors and the scheme’s opponents to explain the diagrams and information sheets mounted on screens. A video also ran through the day. Chief development officer Andrew Mitchell said they had a great couple of days talking to the community groups who use the site. “We were expecting a lot of interest and it lived up to expectations. There were lots of different views.” He said they would continue to consult closely with community groups to find out what they need in the future and how they could realistically accommodate them. However, he said, there were

clearly competing priorities and they had to balance these for a successful outcome. Mr Mitchell said Karori had an ageing population and the proposed village would provide much-needed care. It will include independent living apartments as well as resthome, hospital and dementia care. However, he said, the overwhelming number of visitors were supportive with the most common question being ‘How fast could we get on and build?’.’’ “A lot of the people who came along were long-term Karori residents who have lived in the community for 50 years or more. “We think they deserve to be able to stay in the place they love to get the care they need. There is no doubt this village is needed in Karori – the response we’ve had has confirmed that.’’ He says Ryman has not started design work yet, but is looking to retain what he said were the most important architecturally significant buildings on the site where appropriate. This includes those on the Donald Street frontage, though those fronting on to Campbell Street are planned to go, including the tower block. Ryman already has a certificate of compliance to demolish the less significant buildings, including workshops and ancillary buildings at the back of the site.

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WCC Councillors Andy Foster, left, and Diane Calvert discuss preliminary thinking with Ryman Healthcare’s Chief development officer Andrew Mitchell. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

Following a meeting between Ryman, WCC and Heritage New Zealand, councillor Andy Foster said it would be important that ways were found to ensure the residents in the

complex were retained as a genuine members of Karori. Ryman has undertaken to continue to consult with the local community, Heritage New Zealand and WCC.

Brutalist architecture The old teachers’ college buildings on the Karori campus, designed by the late Bill Toomath, have been described as one of the finest examples of brutalist architecture in New Zealand. Brutalist architecture uses raw concrete and unornamented design and it flourished from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. Items with a classification of Category I are of

special or outstanding historical, and/or cultural heritage significance or value. If WCC then accepted this classification, a resource consent process would be required before any demolition or removal took place. Buildings specifically excluded from Heritage discussions include the marae, sports courts, car park, prefabricated buildings near the Gray Block, and the stores and services workshop.

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FixIt App reports tags Wellington City Council’s FixIt app is being used in Karori to log any tags and graffiti and it is reported the area’s problems are being solved quickly. Eight jobs have been completed so far this year, which involved removing 35 tags. These were mainly found by Karori Park or Karori Skate Park. The FixIt app can be downloaded from the Apple AppStore (iPhone) or via Google Play (Android).  You can also phone 24 hours a day on (04) 499 4444 or email to report graffiti and tagging.

Bus woes at Broadmeadows By Glenise Dreaver

Trish McBride of Broadmeadows realised something was up when she noticed some 15 men working by the side of Kanpur Road in early March. They were there, for about three weeks. “So I started to ask questions.” The project was a new bus stop. She then found that the Broadmeadows bus routes – which follow a winding and often steep 11-stop loop, one to Johnsonville and one through Wellington, were being altered. This is part of the greater Wellington Regional Council’s redesign of Wellington’s transport services. Until then, she said, no one in Broadmeadows knew about it as there had been no community consultation on route direction. The route, with new stops under construction, will see bus stops on both sides of the road instead of one. “I think the Wellington bus will go up one side and the Johnsonville bus on the other.” Given the poor visibility on many curves, the heavy mist that regularly occurs in the hillier levels and the number of parked cars, Trish sees this two-way system as dangerous, especially so as there will be more buses. This is especially so as there will be more buses, with peak-hour services moving to

ABOVE: Broadmeadows resident Trish McBride at the Kanpur Road bus stop that started everything. The site of the planned bus shelter is seen at left. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver LEFT: Winter mists at the top of Broadmeadows already makes winter a driving challenge on the area’s steep and winding roads. Residents feel that with cars parked and two-way bus routes, there is real potential for accidents. PHOTO supplied.

fifteen minute intervals in each direction, instead of the current five over two hours. While Trish says the residents are grateful for the improved frequency, especially at evenings and weekends, some are unhappy to lose parking and have buses stopping and starting outside their homes. The reason she was given for the change she describes in two words.

“Frivolous. Farcical. And it verges on the patronising.” An e-mail from Dr Wayne Hastie at GWRC, on March 2, says the system is planned to “improve legibility of the service and to avoid confusion on whether the bus is going to the (sic) Wellington City or Johnsonville.” It also helps, he says, with providing information at the stop. “Those of us from Broadmead-

ows are able to decipher our own destination from eight options on Lambton Quay,” Trish observes. “So it’s perfectly possible for us to do that from two options here.” One new stop has already been axed at Jaunpur Crescent at the top of the loop as no agreement was reached on where it should go. “So some residents will have to walk about a kilometre uphill from the nearest stop.” She is worried other stops could follow.

Community focus for Karori Lions

It was a busy scene at the Karori Community Centre on ERecycling day, May 5 and Karori Lions (left to right) Trevor Anders, Arnold Hart and Beth Anders, are seen with Z Station attendant. PHOTO: Supplied

Trevor Anders, projects director for Karori Lions, says: “There’s never a dull moment in Karori Lions. We are always aiming to have a bit of fun while doing good in our community.” Last week was no exception. As finalists for Z Energy’s “Good in the Hood” programme at Z Crofton Downs, they were promoting their sponsoring of a new research facility at Otari-Wilton’s Bush. The facility is to be named the Lions

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Otari Plant Conservation Laboratory. Then on Saturday, they were nearly overwhelmed by the response to their collection of unwanted electronic equipment. Three trailers and a number of vehicles conveyed huge numbers of computers, printers, batteries, cameras and other equipment to ITRecycla in Seaview, Lower Hutt. One customer said: “Thank you Karori Lions. It is such a relief to get rid of this stuff at last and know that

it will be professionally recycled.” Lions also supported the Life Flight Trust collection at Karori Mall, and continue to collect and recycle many thousands of pairs of spectacles. This week, members will be cooking a meal at Ronald McDonald House for families of patients at Wellington Hospital, and on Saturday there will be a sausage sizzle at the Wellington West Netball competition at Samuel Marsden School.



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Working to Save the Children Two local women, Lynne Hardy of Johnsonville and Norma Bryant of Khandallah, have been recognised for their long-standing work in support of Save the Children NZ (SCNZ). Both women were presented with their awards by SCNZ board president Clare Dorking at Save the Children’s annual generalmeeting in Wellington on Saturday May 5. Lynne became involved with the Wellington branch of Save the Children in 1995 and for many years assisted with the Save the Children shop in Ngaio, working in the shop, doing the weekly banking and maintaining the accounts.

She has been convenor of the Northern Suburbs Group for over nine years. Members of the Wellington branch nominated her, saying “She does a wonderful job of encouraging participation when new members join the group, explaining the values of Save the Children, detailing achievements and projects, not only in New Zealand but around the world. She has been a loyal supporter for over 23 years.” Norma Bryant, who lives in Khandallah, joined the Northern Suburbs Group in 1990 and later joined the Wellington branch. The nomination from Wellington

branch states: “Over the years Norma has contributed enormously to both Northern Suburbs Group and Wellington branch, organising fundraising events. One of the most popular events is her fashion parades involving several Wellington designers and boutique owners. They attract over 200 guests and raise around $6000, which is the biggest fundraiser for Northern Suburbs Group. “Homewood Christmas Fair sees Norma organising the Devonshire Teas which raised around $3000 each year, and is one of the most popular areas of the fair. “With both fundraising events, there is an enormous amount of

time spent on details and background work to make them the successful fundraisers they have become. “Norma has been a loyal supporter of Save the Children for over 28 years and continues to be actively involved.” Save the Children works in 120 countries across the world. The organisation responds to emergencies and works with

children and their communities to ensure they survive, learn and are protected. Save the Children NZ currently supports international programmes in Fiji, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Laos, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, and Mozambique. Areas of work include education and literacy, disaster risk reduction, and alleviating child poverty.



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The Johnsonville Combined Churches Op Shop in Moorefield Road is finding things hard going. That’s down to the construction site next door, and the consequent lack of parking. The problems began in January, with the necessary demolition of the Community Centre’s Youth Room at the southern end, a first step towards the $22m Johnsonville Community Hub and library construction project next door. The big drop off in Op Shop business means less to donate to the four local churches who co-ordinate their venture. The same applies to the long-standing craft collective next door, the Spot shop, which pays their crafters but also makes charitable donations from profits. The Op Shop’s four co-ordinating churches are St Brigid’s Catholic School, St John’s Anglican Church, the Brethren’s Broderick Road Chapel and the Johnsonville Uniting Church. All distribute the profits to local charities. After expenses, the shop also makes $100 donations twice yearly to a couple of local charities of their choice, and always to the Foodbank. While that will continue, returns to the churches in June and December will be down considerably says chairperson Yvette Elliston. Traditionally, it’s been $1000-$1500 each, but this year it may be about $700. “And once the bus interchange is put in outside, parking will just be horrendous,” she says.


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Op Shop volunteer Margaret Clark says that people now don’t know they’re open. “And even if they do, they can’t find parking,” That is especially true for the elderly, many who had been regulars. Margaret needs a disability car park herself, but finding one nearby is virtually impossible. If one is free, it is too far for her to walk and it’s the same for customers. The site has been the charity shop’s home since 1995 and she says, they

are all grateful for the reasonable rent. That sentiment was echoed by Wendy Pellett on duty in The Spot shop when we visited. Construction will continue until December 2019 and as well the bus interchange will be built outside. Asked where else the two shops could go, she says: “There’s nowhere. And we want to stay.” She wonders however, if they can last until the construction hassles end.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you actually use your mobile phone for?

James Vernon, Thorndon “Playing music, making bookings for flights, e mails and contacting family.”

Toni Mitchell, Churton Park “Texting, e mail, music and medical fitness – it measures steps.”

Ben Jones, Pukerua Bay “Mainly for work: e mails, internet access, sending/ receiving documents and at the gym for music.”

Plastic bags out at mall Countdown Johnsonville Mall’s Countdown supermarket is one of the chain’s first ten stores in the country to remove single-use plastic carrier bags from May 21. Kiri Hannifin, Countdown’s general manager of corporate affairs, says while change is never easy, there’s no question that getting rid of 350 million

plastic bags every year is the right thing to do. “We’ve all seen the pictures of our environment and marine life suffering because of plastic pollution, and the impact on our ecosystems is unacceptable. “The debate is over on why we are doing this and now it’s time to get moving,” he said.

Robyn Worthington, Johnsonvillle “Contacting my husband. And calling taxis.”

Ann Watt, Khandallah “I do very little phoning. Mainly texts, letting people know if I’m late...”

Justin Hurst, Johnsonville “Ringing my partner. Organising. Communicating with my closest friends. Banking.”

Local man a national winner Peter McDermott of Wadestown Toastmasters’ is off to Chicago as the winner of the New Zealand Toastmasters’ International Speech Competition. It was held on Sunday May 6 at the Waipuna Hotel in Auckland.. Peter had already featured twice in the Independent

Herald, most recently in our edition of April 25 (p.9) as he moved through the ranks of his club, then district competition. He will be in Chicago to compete on August 22 with his speech which describes the challenges of his life following an horrific aircraft accident.

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Tribute to mall staff Dear Editor In reply to the letter from Valerie Truman in the May 2 issue of the Independent Herald, while it is nice that she is grateful for the lovely service she receives from the Ammi Florist staff in Johnsonville Mall, it seems a bit rude to staff working in the other shops to imply that Ammi is the only shop that gives good service.

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EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a locked and secure vacant rental property in Woodland Road was broken into via a forced back door. The burglars must have had a large transport vehicle because they dismantled and took nine of the interior doors from the property.

They also disconnected and took a stainless steel dishwasher, plus fabric curtains and white Venetian blinds. In Elliott Street an attempt was made to break into a house. A glass panel in the front door, near the lock, was smashed with the object of

reaching through to unlock the door. The attempt was frustrated as there were dogs present inside the house and their barking would have caused the intruders to abandon the attempt. In Newlands a residential building site was entered through

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Winning the fight against predators By Glenise Dreaver

In the last two years, Jocelyn Hoskin, the Treasurer of the Otari Wilton’s Bush Trust and a member of Jim Tait’s Otari Predatorfree group, has so far caught three rats and a mouse in the trap at the bottom of her garden. “That’s not much. But I’m keep-

ing going.” That means she checks her trap, kept where she can see it, every day. Because those rats and the mouse, left to breed, would produce staggering numbers of offspring to prey on our native birds. Figures suggest one female rat alone, producing litters of six to twelve four to six times a year, could produce

ABOVE: Jocelyn Hoskin, ready to tuck her predator trap back into the vegetation at the bottom of her garden. By Sunday, she’d added a third rat (right) to her previous total. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver RIGHT. Just one rat – but so easily the start of a plague. PHOTO supplied.

2000 offspring annually. With the young soon reproducing at the same rate, the figures become staggering. Jocelyn baits her trap with peanut butter. “It’s the best.” She also includes a mousetrap in her rat trap, because she has discovered that mice can nibble away at the peanut butter without getting caught.

In Ngaio a black Mercedes Benz Avantgarde saloon parked locked overnight in Waikowhai Street had its front passenger side window smashed which allowed the intruder to reach in and take a radar detector from inside the vehicle.


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Sam and Nicola Howard from Karori took advantage of Zealandia’s $2 Open Day to show five-year old Matthew and two year old Sophie some of the native birds in the sanctuary.

Zealandia Open Days set a new record By Glenise Dreaver

Parking in the area around Zealandia was at a premium from the moment the sanctuary opened its doors for its annual open weekend at 10am on Saturday. The $2 entry fee meant many families took advantage of an affordable day out while learning more about the significant role the sanctuary plays in preserving New Zealand’s native wildlife.


On Saturday, 2160 visitors were recorded in, with 4028 on Sunday, “The biggest visitation day we’ve ever had,” said spokesperson Cameron Hayes. The result was a new record for the open weekend, far surpassing last year’s 4000–plus. He said there was “loads” of wildlife to be seen, including normally reclusive tuatara and morepork, who seemed undeterred by the large numbers of visitors.

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Extension of Makara mountain bike tracks

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Councillor Andy Foster (left) and Makara Peak Supporters spokesperson Iain Feist inspecting the Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park’s tracks. PHOTO supplied

Wellington City Council, in partnership with the Makara Peak Supporters group, will help fund and build some 16km of new tracks at what is Wellington’s premier mountain biking destination. That will be added to the park’s current 40km of tracks over the next decade. Because of the park’s growing popularity for mountain biking, jogging and walking, the council also plans to fund an extensive upgrade to the park’s main entrance and parking options on South Karori Road. Makara Peak Park is now the region’s most significant mountain bike destination and attracts 100,000 visits a year. Councillor Andy Foster, himself a foundation member of the supporters’ group, says the park’s success is a testament to the value of council and community’s constructive working relationship. “Makara Peak Supporters are a trusted and skilled partner who are leaders in their field. Since it was created in 1998, the group has, he said, worked with council support, to create an internationally-recognised MTB destination hugely popular with Wellingtonians. Over 3500 volunteer hours are spent

developing and maintaining the park each year and Andy says the work has involved countless of those hours with picks and shovels. “It’s also involved helping regeneration of forest with at least one tree planted for every metre of new track. “The supporters are also actively involved in pest control under the title of Katch 22, and do trapping in all the reserves surrounding Karori. “Now the supporter’s involvement in the park’s future design and decision making means we’ve ended up with a really solid user-focused plan.” Makara Peak Supporters spokesperson Iain Feist says this level of investment will help keep Wellington on a par with centres like Nelson, Rotorua, Taupo and Otago who are investing heavily in mountain biking facilities. In its draft 10-Year Plan, WCC is proposing $1m be spent on the new tracks, and on safety and entrance developments. It also proposes to increase parking for up to 36 cars as well as space for overflow parking. It is hoped the new entrance may include larger toilet and bike wash facilities.

JRC supporters energised The Johnsonville Rugby Club (JRC) reports that the extraordinary meeting held at their clubrooms last Thursday had a very good outcome. They report good numbers, demonstrating the club really does have some” hearty and resilient” supporters. The attendance of some players, who offered feedback, also proved constructive. The club’s initial brief report to supporters said it was clear all those involved were

very keen to ensure that Johnsonville remained as a Premier Rugby Club. Positive discussion followed the presentation by chairman Kerry Walsh and the committee is undertaking to ensure a clear action plan gets put in place with initiatives put forward. Supporters are being reminded: “Ideas are only good ideas when adequate resource and people power are behind them. This is an action for all of us!”

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OBU Green beat Oriental Rongotai 27-14

Western Suburbs beat Tawa 24 v 17 Avalon beat Johnsonville 39-13

Upper Hutt beat OBU 69ers 41-19 OBU Righteous Bros beat Marist St Pats 28- 24 Paremata-Plimmerton beat OBU Pink Ginners 21-17 Johnsonville beat OBU Teddy Bears 60-0 Poneke beat Western Suburbs 43-21

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Hard to punt against Purdon The dominance of Mark Purdon on Canterbury’s harness racing scene is a turn off to casual racegoers. I took my partner to her first ever harness racing meeting at Addington on Friday night. She didn’t know how to read the form guide in the race book and called the drivers ‘riders’ in the first two races. I explained the basics of how to gauge form, barrier draws, drivers, trainers and she picked it up very quickly. Come race three I explained the impor ta nce of back ing horses trained by the All Stars barn of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. My Grandad always told me on the eve of Cup Week each year that you don’t back against Mark Purdon because he’s the best trainer, racing for the biggest prize money of the year. Purdon had five runners competing on Friday night. Those runners quinellaed two races

together, finishing first and second, including the $200,000 feature race of the night while the fifth won the last race on the programme. That’s training perfection but I can’t believe such dominance, while admirable, is good for the industry. How can other trainers make a decent living? Why would potential owners want to have their horses trained by anyone other than the All Stars team? While an argument can be made that Purdon’s dominance is admirable, it must have its negative outcomes for the industry. It surely makes life much harder for trainers, harder for them to entice potential owners to let them train their horses. I spoke to an owner on the eve of one of the races and she agreed the dominance made the industry less appealing on a number of fronts. Purdon deserves respect for his accomplishments but at what cost are those achievements being made?


Wednesday May 9, 2018

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