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Literacy Award By Glenise Dreaver

“We are very, very proud of her,” says Sally Barrett, Principal of Wadestown School. “She is such a positive role model for us all.” Sally is talking about Nicki Greer, one of the school’s classroom teachers who earlier this month, was awarded the prestigious Marie Clay Early Careers Literacy Trust Award. The late Marie Clay was a New Zealand psychologist who developed the Reading Recovery intervention programme in this country and expanded it worldwide. Continued on page 2. Nicki Greer from Wadestown School, winner of the Marie Clay Early Careers Literacy Trust Award. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver


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Local teacher wins national award Continued from page 1. The award Nicki has won is part of Marie Clay’s personal bequest that enables teachers like her to travel and learn more about the specialist field of literacy. Nicki is in her fifth year of teaching and brings a personal love of reading to her work. “I was a Harry Potter geek as a child. I’ve read every one of those books about seven times.”

As she moved into teaching, she found some inspiration from others, especially Robyn Thomson in the graduate teaching programme she attended in Christchurch. “I try to get kids passionate about reading,” says Nicki. “I want to focus on the enjoyment of it for this age group, over the mechanics of it.” It means she tries many different activities, and online

resources are an important source of ideas for them. It was Sally who drew her attention to the award and Nicki needed to describe the work she does. One important part of that was last year’s school-wide literacy intervention work on grammar. “I felt their enthusiasm for writing increased a lot.” Her award provides the funds for her to attend the New


Zealand Literacy Association Conference in Palmerston North in October. “I’ll be able to take what I learn back to my colleagues at Wadestown School to share my professional development with them.” With the conference being so close to Wellington, there are funds left over. One fairly safe bet is that some of that money will be spent on books.

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Home of Compassion urban garden A miracle of community, generosity and ‘greenness’ has unfolded with the work done on a garden in the heart of Wellington city. Well ington’s homeless are gaining a sense of belonging as, thanks to the generosity of the Sisters of Compassion at the Soup

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Peter Dunne honoured with NZ Order of Merit

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ABOVE: The CNZM insignia Peter now wears. LEFT: The Honourable Peter Dunne, CNZM, with the Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy. PHOTO: Supplied By Glenise Dreaver

The former MP for Ohariu, Peter Dunne, has formally received the high honour of Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, following the announcement in the New Year’s Honours List on December 30. His insignia of office was presented by the Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy in a ceremony held at Government House on Tuesday May 15. For Peter it was a special family occasion, with his wife Jennifer, one of their two sons, their daughter-in-law and grandchild and his sister

all able to attend the newer, smaller investiture, now part of a four-day programme. The former United Future leader, Peter retired from politics ahead of the September election and holds the record for the longest-serving continuous MP. His service to the Ohariu electorate covers 33 years, over 11 consecutive terms. He was first elected to Parliament as the Labour Party candidate in 1984 and served in multiple ministerial portfolio roles during his 14 years in the fourth and fifth Labour governments, and also in coalition with the fourth and fifth National governments.

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Another notable success was, he said, as Associate Minister of Health, when he played a significant role in delivering the 2015-2020 National Drug Policy. There were other notable achievements, one in treaty settlements, with a 25-year agreement with iwi leaders being achieved, and in tax reforms as Minister of Revenue. The introduction of Kiwi Saver was also a high point he says. Now he’s watching progress of the new government “from a distance”. What does he think? “It’s about what I expected.”

The Onslow College environmental group is organising their third annual Vegetarian and Vegan food fair. Fifty per cent of their profits will go to Generation Zero, Forest and Bird and the SPCA charities, with the students voting for how much goes to what charity on the day. The rest of the profits are put towards their next environmental project. It will be held on Friday May 25 at lunch time (1.15 pm to 2.10pm) in the school hall.

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inbrief news Matariki moon on way This year, the Matariki new moon is seen on June 13, when a supermoon will be visible. Matariki, the Maori name for a group of seven stars known as the Pleiades star cluster, begins to rise in the last few days of May, symbolising the coming of the Maori New Year, celebrated on the first new moon after that. It appears in the eastern sky sometime around the shortest day of the year, and is thought to determine how successful the harvest crop will be in the coming season. The brighter the stars, the more productive the crop will be. Some celebrate the New Year on the day the new moon rises, others on the day after the new moon. Celebrations can last up to three days.

Pet day at St Teresa’s By Glenise Dreaver

St Teresa’s primary school in Karori was last week supporting Bullying-Free New Zealand Week. One of the ways they celebrated that was to hold a pet day. “We can show caring, by caring for pets,” says principal Mary-Angela Tombs. It ties in well with the school’s values of being caring, respectful, safe and to be the best you can be, she says. This year, in Kahikatea room, some of the year two and three students shared a pet cat called Napoleon, some chickens, dogs, other cats and a rabbit – and the prize exhibit, some snails in a bowl. In the afternoon, a pet nurse visited to reinforce the message about how to care for your pet well. ABOVE: from left, Gina Toma and her daughter Valentina Toma with her pet cat Napoleon.

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A reminder that the launch of a new children’s book by local author Chia Rubio Little Dragon Learns How To Breathe Fire will be held in the Johnsonville Library on Friday May 25 between 4.30-6pm. There will be nibbles like chips, dips and drinks, along with activities for children like “Make your own dragon spikes”. There will also be photo booths to record pictures of the children with the props if they want to.

2066 responses to Long-Term Plan The final number of responses on Wellington City Council’s 10-yearplan was 2066, with 72 percent in favour of more spending in the priority areas identified. These were 24 per cent placing resilience and environment as the top priority, transport 22 per cent, housing 21 per cent, arts and culture 17 per cent and sustainable growth 17 per cent.

‘Boobs & Bubbles’ breakfast sold out There has been such interest in the annual Pink Ribbon breakfast, known to locals as ‘Boobs & Bubbles’, to be held this year at the Leonard Mitchell Gallery in Khandallah, that organiser Kate Twigg says it is already fully subscribed, with some 90 tickets sold. An 11-metre-long pink hummer limousine will be located

outside the venue on Tuesday May 29 and people will be dressed head to toe in pink, says Kate. “There are many incredible prizes to be auctioned off , all donated from generous sponsors,” says Kate. Kate says that with the entrance fee, raffles and auction items both before and on the day, she hopes to raise over

$7000. While that seems ambitious, Kate says: “I like to do this properly. My mother had breast cancer and it’s important to get it right.” Kate has been blown away by the generosity of many local businesses and says without them, this annual fundraiser would not be where it is today She says local cafe Automat alongside Gilmours Food and

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Ration challenge for Newlands woman By Glenise Dreaver Nick y Sub ono by the quiet waters of Wellington’s waterfront, which provide a dramatic contrast to the horrific sea journeys made by Syrian refugees fleeing to freedom. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

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Crofton Downs bursts with birdlife

ABOVE: Kelvin Hastie checks out the flourishing birdlife in Crofton Downs. PHOTOS: Supplied. LEFT: Gotcha! This child triumphantly displays a rat that has fallen foul of the predator trap

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Kelvin Hastie has become one of Crofton Downs better-known residents since instigating ‘Predator Free Crofton Downs’, now New Zealand’s first predator-free suburb. Around 140 households there now have a trap in their backyard and locals are noticing a huge difference in birdlife. He sees that in his own backyard. “Every year tui nest there and often kereru as

well. The first known successful kaka nests outside the Zealandia Sanctuary occurred four breeding seasons ago in Crofton Downs. “In reserves, but only about 20 metres from people’s backyards,” he says. Crofton Downs even has a local native falcon or karearea. “The suburb is surrounded by reserves,” Kelvin explains. For the last two years, he has also been helping other suburbs and

there are now about 40 groups across Wellington. The Crofton Downs trapping community also continues to grow. “New people move into the suburb and more join up. They email asking for a trap.” Once predator numbers get really low, Kelvin reckons other aspects recorrect themselves very quickly. Nature finds its balance again. “There’s been an explosion of butterflies this year – monarchs and admirals. I don’t know if butterflies (or caterpillars) are predated or if it’s a response to the weather.” Once people start to get involved and enjoy the increased birdlife, Kelvin finds they often want to do more without any prompting. “The birds belong to us all – they’re there for all to see. It’s a natural progression. A lot of people are sugar-feeding birds and lizards in their gardens. I’m now planting a lot more kowhai, for example.” The group also continues to expand well into the rural zone, in part to create a barrier to reinvasion. Kelvin reckons keeping things simple is key.

“The idea was simply for people to have a rat trap in their backyard. It’s not a big tax on your life – not life-changing.” “We gave everyone a mousetrap at Christmas to put in the tunnel behind the rat trap, because once the rats are gone, people start noticing mice more.” Kelvin and the team will be monitoring for predators again soon. May is the “rattiest” month, he said. Last year they had “chew” over the 130-hectare core area. “I got three rats and nothing since then.” Now Kelvin is working with the Predator Free Wellington project group comprised of the Next Foundation, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council. Their project is in Wellington’s longterm plan, now under consultation. “Mayor Justin Lester and Andy Foster, who holds the Predator Free Wellington portfolio, have shown a lot of support.” “We currently have 5000 households trapping in Wellington and another 1000 in Porirua.” They aim to have 12,000 households in the scheme.  (Kate Guthrie writes for the Predator Free NZ Trust.)

Younger people engage with council planning Wellington City Council says its focus on digital engagement has paid off, with younger residents making up the biggest cohort of submitters to its 10-Year Plan consultation. “Whilst 19-30 year olds make up 19 percent of Wellington’s population, they accounted for a very healthy 25 percent of submissions,” Mayor Justin Lester says. By the closing date for consultation on Tuesday May 15, more than 2060 submissions were received. That is up significantly from the 1017 submissions on the previous plan in 2015. The number will rise after all posted hard copy submissions have been counted. Over 90 percent of submissions were

online, compared to 23 percent in 2015, an indication of the digital campaign’s success. Submitters were asked to rank the council’s priority area in order. Resilience and environment were rated as the most important area to focus on at 24 per cent; transport (22 percent), housing (21 percent), arts and culture (17 percent), and sustainable growth (17 percent). Three quarters (74 percent) of people who made submissions also said they were in favour of spending more on these five priority areas. Submitters can speak to their submission between Tuesday May 22 and Thursday May 24 in forums open to the public.

Wednesday May 23, 2018

Support for sufferers of rare disease By Glenise Dreaver

Marilyn Cryer of Tawa is the newly-elected president of the Acoustic Neuroma Association of New Zealand. You can be excused for wondering what that is. Probably only one person in 100,000 people will be diagnosed on reaching the stage of hearing loss in one ear only, the first symptom. An acoustic neuroma is a slow-growing benign brain tumour. Marilyn says the relatively rare condition often goes undiagnosed, the deafness, along with balance and clumsiness problems, even mental confusion, sometimes put down to age-related issues, though most sufferers are between 30-60. “But it can kill you if it is left,” says Marilyn. The advent of MRIs, which see through bone, provides better diagnosis and earlier treatment with fewer side effects like facial paralysis. That is, less common now, due to improved treatment options. Marilyn had surgery to remove her own tumour in 1993 after years of hearing trouble. Her only side effect is total deafness in the affected ear. Ray treatment is now an option for some people instead of sur-

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though she’s working on updating the list. They have luncheons twice a year, nowadays usually in 1841 in Johnsonville. “It’s nice and quiet upstairs and that’s important for us, that we can have a place where we can sit and talk.”



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Is there a best age to retire? Do you have plans?

Haydn DavenportBrown, Newlands “ I haven’t thought about it yet – I’m only 18.”

Catherine William, Johnsonville “As soon as you can afford it!”

Fernando Jaya, Newlands “I don’t want to think about it! I want to stay young!”

Carol Rawson, Johnsonville “I retired last August and I love it. But you need to have savings.”

Nikki Le Quesne, Khandallah “Sixty five is a good age. Keep it as it is!”

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LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Gap in bus consultation Dear Editor Morris Robertson is right. It would have been very appropriate to acknowledge the time and energy so many people put into the consultation and planning which has resulted in a much better Broadmeadows bus service. However there was a significant gap in the consultation: about running buses in both directions round the Broadmeadows loop. There is no record of GWRC asking those specific residents that specific ques-

tion. It was a unilateral decision. The present consequences are that instead of the current 11 stops for passengers travelling in both directions, there are now only six stops for people coming back from the city and those going to Johnsonville. Some will have to walk a great deal further from July 15 than they have to at the moment. Re visibility - dense fog is not a ‘low light condition’. On a couple of recent days it has meant 3-10 metres visibility and

caused bus drivers and passengers some interesting moments. All that needs to happen to restore peace, happiness and safety on our hill is for GWRC to decide to continue the present clockwise-only service, whichever direction the buses head when they exit Broadmeadows onto Burma Road. Trish McBride Broadmeadows

Praise for museums and galleries The Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni has praised the museum and gallery sector for its dedication to conserving, documenting and sharing Aotearoa’s diverse arts, cultural and heritage treasures. Carmel Sepuloni yesteday addressed more than 200 delegates at The Museums Aotearoa annual conference, held in Christchurch. “For a relatively small country,

New Zealand’s museum and gallery sector punches well above its weight, with an impressive number of innovative places, people and ideas,” Carmel said. “There are more than 470 museums and galleries spread throughout the country, with collections that collectively tell the stories of our peoples and environment for the benefit of present and future generations. “The Government recognises

Trying to Lose Weight? The New Zealand Health Survey 2016/17 found that: around 1 in 3 adults (aged 15 years and over) were obese (32%) a further 34% of adults were overweight but not obese. 50% of Māori adults were obese. For all those striving to lose weight, Wellington clinical hypnotherapist, Daniel Steadman has one simple and clear message: STOP dieting. His experience with such clients has shown dieting to be pointless, until they can tackle the root cause of their problematic relationship with food. “There’s a reason that the pleth-

ora of fad diets that are available these days don’t work longterm,” he said. “Overcoming bad eating habits is a decision of the mind, not of the tummy. What people actually need is a mental reboot.” Very often, the ‘triggers’ of dietary problems go as far back as childhood experiences, according to Daniel. “When we’re born, our bodies are kitted out with everything they need to sense when we are hungry. Babies cry because they need nutrition, not because they want to over-indulge.”

the valuable role museums and galleries play in relation to regional and national economic growth. Supporting Maori and Pacific peoples’ cultural objectives, as well as those of other cultures, is hugely important. “Museums and galleries also play a key role in promoting a sense of community inclusion and participation. Success in this area is demonstrated by the fact the sector collectively

attracts over 12 million visitors each year. The Minister spoke ahead of a panel session considering issues around repatriation and the ongoing care of human remains held in museums and other institutions in New Zealand. “Museum practice is constantly evolving, and one development I welcome is the increasing number of ancestral or human remains in institutions around the

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Local woman immersed in theatre world For ten of Stagecraft Theatre’s now 60 years, Joy Hellyer has donated countless volunteer hours to the drama society and was recognised as a life member in 2017. Joy’s first roles included stage managing and prompting. But she soon joined the committee, taking on much day-to-day running of the Gryphon as well as other myriad activities. Joy also co-directs along with Paul Kay and their productions have included The Three Musketeers, Pride and Prejudice, both co-written by Joy, and

Enron, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. They are currently producing King Lear. Members of Stagecraft will be making a bit of a scene at the Gryphon on Queen’s Birthday Weekend, celebrating their diamond anniversary. Stagecraft was founded in 1958 by Keith M. Bennett, who was also heavily involved in the fledgling New Zealand Ballet and Opera companies in the 1950s. Its goal was to provide training in all aspects of theatre and some Stagecraft’s venue manager and director Joy Hellyer. This photo, taken in 2010, sees her notable members have become well surrounded by her four Musketeers, from left, Mark Da Vanzo, Allan Henry, Benjamin known in professional theatre and film. Haddock and Andrew Goddard . PHOTO SUPPLIED.

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The life of a volunteer: Sam Perry stuffing envelopes for the invitations to Stagecraft’s diamond jubilee at Queen’s Birthday Weekend, along with committee members Amy Whiterod at left, and Joy Hellyer.

There is a strong northern suburbs representation in the ranks of the Stagecraft Theatre group, whose home is the Gryphon Theatre. President Sam Perry from Kelburn is one and he has been with the society for 22 years. On joining, Sam, a lawyer, quickly became Honorary Solicitor. Then, after their Tonks Avenue premises were ruled unsafe, Sam cemented the role of his life as the group’s super-hero when he found a patron to buy a building and lease it back to them. For free. He then checked out about 40 properties, eventually finding The Gryphon. Sam took on the legal work, negotiated parking, and the council consents. The vice president of Stagecraft, Shannon

Tubman, says Sam has a network, almost a village, of amazing people around him. “This is one of the ways he manages to source miracles for the theatre group, like finding a patron when we needed one, a new venue when Tonks Avenue had to be vacated and ongoing support from local businesses” “Sam mucks in and gives everything a go. His set building and furniture making skills are sublime. “It was only after four years of knowing him that I realised he was a lawyer, not a builder” “Every society, club and charity needs a Sam. “We would share ours, but he already volunteers with at least two other organisations that I know of.”

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On Thursday June 21, the Karori Community Centre will be holding its annual general meeting, followed by the annual report to the public from the Karori Community Hall Trust to the public Refreshments will be available from 7pm and the meeting at the Karori Community Centre, 7 Beauchamp Street, will start at 7.30pm.

Mary Taylor from Karori working on her wall hanging Coastal, a concept bringing the sea to the shore. This design is to be demonstrated at the Karori Floral Art Club’s next meeting on Wednesday June 13. PHOTOS: Supplied By Glenise Dreaver

In April two members of the Karori Floral Art Club went to Floral Art Society New Zealand workshops in Auckland. They were working on designs which reflect new trends in f loral art. Nowadays, not everyone has access to flowers from their own gardens. “And buying them can be very expensive,” says club president Cheryl Harrison. “So often, there are not a lot of flowers in designs. Flower

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Mayor Justin Lester is celebrating his own local supermarket becoming one of the first in the country to go single-use plastic bag free on Monday. Johnsonville Mall Countdown was among the 10 Countdowns around the country no longer offering single-use plastic bags at the checkout. Consumers on site when the Independent Herald visited on

Monday morning were all well prepared with their own bags, or were happy to buy the Countdown’s newly-introduced reusable $1 bags, or pay 15c for a shiny reusable plastic bag with handles. Operations manager for the Lower North Island, Gordon Adams, said the special deal on the $1 bags was that the firm would replace them when they wore out. “For free. Forever.” A number of other supermarkets and retailers will follow from this

pilot, and will phase out single-use plastic bags towards the end of 2018. Justin said that last year the country’s mayors had led a call for the Government to do something. “But for supermarkets to take the initiative themselves means we are closer to eliminating their usage. It’s also good to see Johnsonville and Wellington among those leading the country with this environmental issue.” Every day around 365,000 plas-

tic bags are sent to Wellington’s Southern Landfill alone and New Zealanders use about 1.6 billion single-use plastic bags a year. On average, they are used for approximately 12 minutes before entering the waste stream. Students from Wellington’s Samuel Marsden College were also at the Mall on Monday to mark the event. They had preciously collected nearly 18,000 signatures for a petition to Parliament calling for

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OUT&about Onslow@Night – Space and Science Festival By Brian Sheppard

The first night of this year’s fifth Space and Science Festival at Onslow College, was held at night on Saturday May 19. The daytime event will be held on May 26. An impressive team of volunteer parents, teachers, scientists, engineers and technologists showed youngsters and adults of all ages exciting ways to rekindle the thrill of discovery. In the quad, crowds viewed the moon through the Wellington Astronomical Society’s telescopes, and watched a spectacular demonstration of electrical discharge from a Tesla coil. An added attraction was that foil-wrapped choco-

late bars received the discharge, and were given away afterwards. Despite the ‘lightning’ hits, the young experts found that the bars had not melted and still tasted as chocolate should. Indoors, sounds of discharges from a Tesla coil were programmed to create music, almost as if Dr Who was visiting. In the classrooms there were opportunities to build, programme and operate small robots, while the Brightenz team showed the beauty of bio-luminescent bacteria, and how they can be used to test which common household products can kill harmful bacteria. Talks by leaders in science education also drew large crowds.

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by a staff member, and carried out by that same staff member plus Dr Danielle Shanahan, Manager volunteers. A solid of Conservation and Research at In nearby Otari Native Botanic Zealandia, says that despite an oc- Garden and Wilton’s Bush Reserve, currence of the windborne disease the only public botanic garden myrtle rust reported recently in in New Zealand dedicated solely nearby Highbury, they have not de- to native plants, staff have been tected the disease in the sanctuary. checking weekly for the last year, “We have surveillance through the says manager Rewi Elliot. valley and around the perimeter in “We know it’s very, very close areas where incursion seems most though and it is only a matter of she says. time until it reaches us,” he said. Deliverers Required in likely,” “The surveillance focuses on “It could even be here. There are specific plants of species and an very tall trees like the native rata Area 1: Momona, Mohaka, Kawatiri - Kaponga. age that are likely to be affected, that’s it’s just impossible to check and involves walking to the plant, in.” visually inspecting leaflets and He is relieved that the ministry has results. are available at our recruitment lifted its attempts to eradicate the Raised yellow pustules of myrtle rust and the older red/brown branches, and recording theApplications office or at the security gate based in the “We avoid touching the plants.” disease by culling infected plants. lesions on bottle leaves and stem. PHOTO: Biosecurity New Ngauranga George in Wellington. The surveillance is coordinated “Thank goodness!” Zealand Contact Barry 472 7987 or 021 276 6654.

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Some myrtle plants are more susceptible than others, he says. Myrtle rust is a bright yellow fungal disease from central and northern South America, but over the past two decades has moved through the Pacific, destroying plants as it goes. Pohutukawa, manuka, rata, and ramarama are all native myrtles, as are introduced feijoas and eucalypts. Anyone finding the distinctive yellow fungus should avoid touching the plant, but if possible take a photo and contact the Ministry of Primary Industries on 0800 80 99 66.  More information can be found at the Wainuiomata News tion-and-response/responding/ online alerts/myrtle-rust/

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Wednesday May 23, 2018


Pink Shirt Day By Glenise Dreaver

Friday, 18 was Pink Shirt Day, a day dedicated around the globe to stopping bullying and spreading kindness. Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, mobilising their whole school, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In New Zealand, Pink Shirt Day aims to create schools, workplaces and communities where all people feel safe, valued and respected. Both Countdown shops in Johnsonville, and the Crofton Downs store, went pink on the day. Pink balloons, pink shirts and even pink snacks signalled the chain’s commitment to antibullying day. “It’s about one of our values,” said Tahira Widlof, Wellington group manager, who was on site supporting staff . “We have an anti-family violence policy in our stores and Pink Shirt Day is just a natural progression from that.”

Staff at the Countdown shop in Johnsonville Road really got into the spirit of things on Pink Shirt Day. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

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MacLEOD, Alister Mair: May 10, 2018. MAHONEY, Susan Margaret (Sue) (nee Reynolds): May 17, 2018 WILSON, Joyce Mary: May 18, 2018. BOYLE, Helen Susan (nee Gower) – On 17 May 2018 peacefully at Mary Potter Hospice surrounded by her family. A service to celebrate Helen’s life was held at Karori Main Crematorium Chapel, on Tuesday 22 May, 2018. The Wilson Funeral Home, Newtown & Karori - Locally Owned. GOODALL, Patricia Catherine (nee White) passed away peacefully at Wellington Hospital on Monday 14 May 2018, aged 83 years. ‘Forever in our hearts’. Messages to the ‘Goodall’ family may be posted c/- PO Box 7123, Wellington, 6242. Patricia’s funeral service was held at The Wilson Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday 17 May. The Wilson Funeral Home, Newtown & Karori - Locally Owned.

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Winning hip hop crews off to Worlds Locking in world competition qualifying spots at New Zealand’s premier national hip hop event in Auckland, Wellington based dance studio The Company NZ (TCNZ) will send two crews to the World Hip Hop Dance Championship (WHHDC) in Phoenix, Arizona in August 2018. Te Aomihia Brown Tautari, of Samuel Marsden Collegiate is a member of Recruits, which along with TCNZ’s The Capital came in the top three in the national HHI competition in Auckland in April. That saw them secure highly- coveted placings for a run at the world championship in Arizona in August 2018. Staged at Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, on April 16-20, and with over 100 teams competing across four categories, The Capital and Recruits beat New Zealand’s toughest competition in three brutal and tightly contested knockout rounds. “The amount of hard work and commitment that went into winning at the national competition is what every artistic director hopes to see, and has really paid off,” TCNZ artistic director and former world champion hip hop dancer, Ben Uili, says. Competing at Worlds is a rare chance for any hip hop dancer – and in New Zealand rarer because the standard is so high. I’m really proud of them.” The World Hip Hop Dance Championship 2018 will be staged in Phoenix, Arizona from August 5-11. It will play host to 45 countries and more than 5000 competitors.

Samuel Marsden Collegiate year 4 student Te Aomihia Brown Tautari, of Thorndon, is off to the Hip Hop World Championships in August with her crew, Recruits. PHOTO: Supplied

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LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: • Premier (Swindale Shield) Upper Hutt beat Johnsonville 40-29 Old Boys University beat ParemataPlimmerton 31-20 • Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield) Johnsonville drew with Upper Hutt 22-22 Old Boys University beat ParemataPlimmerton 57-10 • Women’s (Rebecca Liua’ana Trophy Old Boys University beat Avalon by default • Les Mills Under 21 (JRD Cup) Poneke beat Johnsonville 17-10 Paremata-Plimmerton beat Old Boys University 28-7 Old Boys University drew with Wellington 24-24 • First Grade (Thomposon Memorial Cup)

Old Boys University beat Marist St Pats 42-41 • 85kg Restricted (JC Bowl) Tawa beat Old Boys Unviersity 26-7 Western Suburbs beat Eastbourne 20-13 Johnsonville Bye • Reserve Grade (JDR Cup) Johnsonville beat Avalon by default • Reserve Grade (Mike Copeland Trophy) OBU Teddy Bears beat OBU Righteous Brothers 33-31 Upper Hutt beat OBU 69ers 38-14 Paremata-Plimmerton beat Western Suburbs 43-33 OBU Pink Ginners beat Marist St Pats 26-24 • Presidents Avalon beat Western Suburbs by default


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Wednesday May 23, 2018



Reprieve for Alex Moore Park project By Glenise Dreaver

The Wellington City Council has voted to continue with the Alex Moore Park project. The vote to proceed was contingent on the basis that five clubs agreed to be part of the sports hub - any five clubs. This provision is not limited to those in the project from the start. These were The North Wellington junior and senior association football clubs, Olympic Harriers, Johnsonville Cricket Club and Johnsonville Softball Club. The latter club is, however, known to have pulled out. Mayor Justin Lester has been a strong supporter of a new sports hub since representing the area as a councillor, and says he continues that support as Mayor. Peter Gilberd, one of the three Northern Ward councillors who also include Malcolm Sparrow and deputy mayor Jill Day says they are also supportive.

Northern ward councillor Peter Gilberd: Mayor and northern ward councillors supportive

“So we are delighted that the City Strategy Committee, which is made up of all councillors, supported the sports hub at Alex Moore Park,” he says. “The local community has been working hard on this for a decade but fundraising for a project that looked to be costing $7m-$8m was proving to be difficult. “And geotechnical investigations to examine ground conditions showed up that soil of proposed site was contaminated.” The contamination was nearly four metres below the surface, so of no danger to users of the Park, but shallow enough to require expensive precautions to be taken with the foundations of the new building, he says. “The contamination was a surprise, and may have come from dumping when the park was used as a campsite during the Second World War, or from earlier dumping. Council has no record of the site as an official tip site. However, he says, the scale of the proposed new building is likely to be more modest at about half the original proposed cost, with the community and council contributing about a half each. “Annual operational costs will be about $300,000.” “If local sports clubs and other interested community groups can come to agreement with council on the conditions on the sports hub project, with a deadline for this on June 30 2019, and a suitable position can be found on Alex Moore Park with sound ground conditions, then nothing stands in the way of a long-awaited sports hub for Alex Moore Park,” he says.

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No bolters for ABs Apparently gone are the days of the great All Black bolter. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that the All Blacks first squad of 2018 was as predictable as a Blues defeat. Whether that’s good or bad, is always subjective but when potential new selections are mooted prior to the announcement and then proven to be accurate, it does kill the emotion of the event. Still, there are key talking points to come from this squad to face France in June. Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock could not be ignored as the obvious choice of captain. Even with vice captain Sam Cane in the squad, the rugged Cantab was a popular choice. Steve Hansen and his wise men of selectors have gone with just two hookers. With Dane Coles out, they continued with Codie Taylor and the skittish Nathan Harris and avoided naming a third. Jordan Taufua gets rewarded for three seasons of knocking on the selection door. While his place looks to have come at the expense of the reliable Matt Todd, it appears Taufua could be groomed as the next enforcer of the

All Blacks loose forwards, much like Jerome Kaino was during his tenure. With the overseas departure of Tawera Kerr-Barlow, selectors have picked fellow Waikato scrum half Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi. That’s largely the only surprise in the backline with perhaps one Canes back Ben Lam a touch unlucky to miss selection given his Super Rugby form. But therein lies the evolution of selection. No longer does one stellar Super Rugby campaign make you an All Black that year. Hansen, like Graham Henry before him, has his trusted players, regardless of form. It’s now, more than ever, about fitting into the All Black environment and less about stellar on field performance. To be an All Black requires longevity and solid, reliable performance. If you’re flaky, then you’re out or not even let in at all. Hard to argue with that logical given the decade ranked No 1 on the planet and back-to-back World Championships. Here’s to more success, it’s what we expect and demand after all.


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