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October opening By Glenise Dreaver

“It’s a wonderful building,” says Louise Green as she looks at the construction taking place for the new $6m Khandallah School complex, due to open on October 20. Louise, the school’s principal, says the staff had input at the planning stage to ensure that what they got would meet the learning needs of their children for in the 21st century. The architects, the ministry and the construction team had worked with them to ensure that happened she says. Continued on page 2. Khandallah School principal Louise Green on the site of the new school, due to open in October. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

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$6m investment in Khandallah’s future Continued from page 1. The $6m cost includes not only three learning hubs of three learning spaces each, but the reconstruction of the playgrounds and the demolition of the three storey old block school in early 2019, as well as improved parking areas. The new learning hubs are she said, flooded with light and with “amazing” acous-

tics. There is lots of room for collaborative learning and places where students can make things in technology and cooking. Then there are breakout spaces and withdrawal rooms for small groups. “You can see what all this will look like on the website.” The furniture in that virtual set up looks a bit funny she

says, but what the children and teachers actually get will support learning. Louise is confident that the deadline for completion, October 20 - planned to coincide with the school’s 125th anniversary - will be reached. There are already 65 registrations for that event, including eight pupils from before 1952. More are expected.

While access to the school on its lofty hillside site has always been difficult, she is confident that ways will be found to accommodate older ex-pupils. “And they will remember those hills and stairs!” Their 420 children are, she says, very excited about their new school, especially the year 6 pupils who will have a term to enjoy it before they leave.

Colourful event at Malvina Major complex On Friday Malvina Major Retirement Village held a cultural day for residents and staff. The staff dressed in traditional costumes from their countries of origin and choreographed singing, dancing and theatre in a spectacular event. The fabrics worn were exquisite and as well as being entertained, the residents learned how to make fresh coconut milk as well as having

a micro-lesson in the Samoan language. Village manager Lynne Pierse said she was so proud of the staff who went to so much effort to share their culture with the residents; planning and organising the show themselves. They even cooked meals from their homelands and the event culminated in a shared lunch.


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ABOVE: Resident Norrie Lewis with staff member Tyrah Aspinall in her Samoan costume. PHOTO supplied. LEFT: Most staff members were in the dress of their homelands: Sala Manase, Samoa, Pam Houghton, New Zealand, Ruben Kumar Fijian Indian, Noema Leota, Samoa, Jima Naikatini, Fiji, and Toto Ajawas, Samoa. PHOTO supplied.

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inbrief news Youth awards On August 6, nominations will open for the Karori Youth Awards, for young people living or serving in Karori and aged from 11 to 25 years, or organisations supporting youth. Forms on the criteria for each section, and nomination forms, can be obtained from the office ar, or by phoning 04 476 4968. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday September 5 at 7pm in the Marsden College auditorium.

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Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters cuts the ribbon, alongside politicians, at the official launch of Metlink’s new electric double decker buses at Parliament on July 12. PHOTO: Wellington Suburban News File By Glenise Dreaver

Wellington has two electric double deckers in service, but they are not yet able to use the fast-charging gantry in Reef Street, Island Bay. The Greater Wellington Regional Council, under fire for its management of the new Tranzit bus fleet and timetables, has yet to commission the $1.5m station. St e ph en He a t h , m e d ia spokesperson with the Greater Wellington Regional Council, says they are working with Tranzit to bring the station on stream, adding that two electric double deckers were in service, with a third to come and they will “gradually” phase in more The station can, when work-

ing, charge an electric bus in eight minutes. Stephen however, says that the two buses in service are currently charging overnight at Rongotai. “We acknowledge the fleet is limited at the moment but changes will come.” In a letter to the editor last week (“Bland assurances” Independent Herald July 25, p.17) an anonymous writer claimed there were no electric double decker buses running on day one and that he had seen an issue at the fast-charging gantry. He said a double decker was parked with all equipment access doors open and two technicians anxiously scanning drawings.


Daron Ponter, GWRC deputy chair of the Sustainable Transport Committee, says however, they have always been aware that the station would not be available for a few months during the building and testing processes. Some of the delay has also been caused by the need to gain resource consent from WCC, he added. The letter writer had also made criticisms of timetable omissions on outbound buses from Johnsonville to Grenada and Churton Park, but Stephen said they were not aware of many timetable errors, “though where they are found we correct them”. The main issue, he says, has been ensuring services reflect

timetables. “This is happening more and more each day as the services settle – which is what you would expect.” The letter writer had referred to this, with lack of spacing of buses and long waits followed by consecutive buses. Stephen says they have been analysing routes where bunching has been an issue. “We believe we know what the likely cause is.” He also says they believe they are getting on top of this problem, taking a systematic approach and reviewing performance against timetables. “But real-world issues of traffic congestion will inevitably challenge our ability to be on time all the time,” he says.

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New war exhibition The End of the War a new audio-visual exhibition highlighting the effect of the First World War on New Zealand families has just opened in Wellington at the Great War Exhibition. It looks at the war-time experiences of nine people — men and women, Māori and Pākehā, Pasifika and Asian — and explores the impact of their experiences through generations, 100 years on. The feelings engendered by the war and the experiences of those who lived it — nurses, ambulance drivers, patriotic supporters, conscientious objectors, wounded soldiers and those killed in action – are explored.

Accessibility efforts rewarded WCC’s inaugural Accessibility Awards, recognising efforts to help make Wellington more accessible for everyone. were announced on July 26. The four category winners were Arts Access Aotearoa (Accessible Initiative), Everybody Cool Lives Here (Accessibility Champion), The Wellington Museum (Innovative Design in Accessibility Award), and Desman Tekira from Air New Zealand (Customer Service). Wellington Mayor Justin Lester presented the awards, saying that almost a quarter of New Zealanders have a disability. “And with an ageing population, this number will increase … we need to become more accessible to allow everyone to participate equally and with dignity. “We are hoping this is the beginning of an ongoing award scheme.”

Lions gift of new research lab By Jo Lucre

A new plant research facility chosen as a centennial legacy project by Karori Lions to mark the Lions Clubs International centenary year is set to be a project of national significance. Karori Lions, assisted by Johnsonville Lions, raised $72,000 for the new laboratory and equipment at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, with the site and associated infrastructure upgrade provided by Wellington City Council. Trevor Anders, projects director for Karori Lions, says the The Lions Otari Plant Conservation Laboratory has its current emphasis on seed preservation. The facility will enable existing research to be consolidated and new research to be initiated. This includes long-term seed storage and seed germination testing. The laboratory behind the nursery at Otari Wilton’s Bush has a new Portacom office unit and a small refurbished auxiliary building. Trevor says the laboratory project has been strongly endorsed by Victoria University, Te Papa

and Plant and Food Research. It will be used by WCC staff, university students, botanists from Te Papa and trained volunteers. “The laboratory will contribute to the ecological management and restoration of threatened species in Wellington, the region, and nationally,” says Trevor, adding that a lot of good work is going to flow from this and Karori Lions will stay in touch with the Otari team. Otari team manager Rewi Elliot says they already have agreements with Victoria University and the lab behind the nursery would allow them to extend this, with the potential to host a range of students. He says the lab is also supporting other work across WCC, including the council’s nursery in Berhampore. Wellington Gardens Conservation and Science Advisor Karin Van der Walt says the laboratory is already functional, though some equipment is outstanding. She adds that public access is restricted due to minor construction work, but once completed, they will have limited, guided visits.

This small building, tucked away on site at Otari Wiltons Bush, will be the centre of significant seed preservation projects. PHOTOS: Supplied

The interior of the new laboratory at Otari-Wilton’s Bush.

Matariki at Churton Park School By Brian Sheppard

Painting the playground benches in pastel colours was a popular activity. PHOTO: Brian Sheppard

Excited children, their fam ilies and teachers arrived at Churton Park School on the sunny Saturday morning of July 28. They had come to put some of their Enviroschool lessons into practice. Churton Park School is part of the programme that encourages care for each other and the environment. The day’s tasks involved planting trees in the school grounds, making bird seed feeders and painting the

playground benches. It was also an opportunity to link these activities with Matariki (the Maori New Year), which is a time for celebrating the past year and preparing for the year ahead. Kelly Cooper, the teacher who organised the event, explained that the school enjoys working with the local community. She says that events like this that follow the Enviroschools approach result in great benefits to the students, the school and the wider community.


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From corporate law to ministry Ngaio Union church threw wide its doors last week as parishoners celebrated the induction of new lay minister Sue Brown. Sue, previously a commercial lawyer in the corporate sector, knows Ngaio Union and Ngaio well, having been there for nearly 20 years. “Following the recent retirement of my predecessor Lionel Minister Sue Brown guarantees a welcome at Ngaio Union Church. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver.

Nunns. I felt ‘called’ to become the minister,” she says. “I saw a Sue-shaped gap to step into.” Church member Kate Spencer calls her Sunday morning services “creative, challenging and inclusive”. “And during office hours her hospitality shines. She loves people dropping in for a chat, and the kettle is always on.” “Throwing our doors wide-

open for the induction was just the start” says Sue. ‘”We have big plans to make sure those doors stay wide open to our community. “We want Ngaio Union Church to be a place where all the people of Ngaio feel welcome and can find a place to belong.” “And after the August 6 launch of Ngaio Agile (Independent Herald, July 25 p 3) we’ll be launching programmes for all

ages and stages.” Tiny Tots, a group for babies, toddlers and their carers, will kick off in the spring and groups for home office workers and others will follow. “And there’ll be a Celidh for the whole community in Ngaio Town Hall on September 1.”. Sue says she’s looking for-

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Sharing of talents begins By Brian Sheppard

Parishioners of the Khandallah Presbyterian Church have organised a series of events after their Sunday morning church services in which they can share their talents with the community. One parishioner, Judy Whiteside, has recently retired from a career of teaching English as a second language (ESOL), so she contributes free monthly lessons for people whose first language is not English. Her class on July 29 attracted people from China, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia and Myanmar, and other countries. Those who attended had a good grasp of English, but wanted to develop their language skills to help their transition to their lives as new Kiwis. The class is cheerfully taking on the challenge of communicating in a new language. Not only that, sometimes the other person is also learning the language and both come from other parts of the world. It is a great credit to these new Kiwis that they cheerfully take on the challenge and to Judy for giving her time to help them.

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Compassion Soup Kitchen honoured At the 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards on Thursday July 26, long-running community care providers Compassion Soup Kitchen were declared Supreme Winner for their commitment

to helping vulnerable people. The Kitchen, based in Haining Street, provides breakfast and dinner to those in need, alongside access to computers, gardening, fishing and other purposeful

activities that help create connection to the community. Mayor Justin Lester, who presented the award at The Michael Fowler Centre function, says Compassion Soup Kitchen and its volunteers are

On Thursday July 26, the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards were presented. Here, Wellington City’s Supreme Winners, the Compassion Soup Kitchen are seen with, from left, Mayor Justin Lester, Karen Holland and Francis Fanning from the Soup Kitchen, Liz Kelly of the Wellington Community Trust and Leanne Gibson, Wellington Airport. PHOTO supplied.

the lifeblood of our city. “For more than 100 years Compassion Soup Kitchen has been supporting people to live with dignity in the community. This amazing group of people engage with some of our most vulnerable residents and give them a warm meal and a safe place to be. “They embody the best of the volunteer ethos and I am pleased we can recognise and shine a light on their efforts. Without volunteers, Wellington and New Zealand would be much poorer places.” Compassion Soup Kitchen will go on to represent Wellington City at the regional awards later this year, the winner of which will go on to the national Trustpower Awards in early 2019. Wellington volunteer organisations also recognised for their invaluable contribution to the community include last night’s category winners: The Performance Arcade, Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, Ghost Fishing, Coastguard Wellington, and rising star group Quick Kai.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Are the government’s plans for 1800 more Police by 2020 necessary?

Glenn Mouat, Johnsonville “We need more traffic police like they used to have so police can concentrate on the real stuff.”

Trish McCarthy, Johnsonville “Yes we need more. I don’t know about 1800 though. Maybe….”

Srey Bowron-Mutu, Broadmeadows “We probably do. But can they recruit them in time?”

Kasmara Maslin, Johnsonville “I don’t want more police. There’s already plenty of them.”

Diane Keeble, Whitby “I’ll believe that when I see it. They promise the earth and give us nothing”

Carolyn Lutter, Churton Park “There’s not many around and crime’s going up and the prisons are getting fuller.”

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.

Gratitude for government assistance Dear Editor Like many other folk, I have started receiving an extra $20 per week to help pay for winter power bills. While it won’t make me wealthy (and that is not what it is intended for) I am very grateful for the current (Labour-led) government for this

assistance. National List MP Brett Hudson may rave on about the current government with his Brett’s Brief column [but] the National Party did nothing to help out in this regard. Labour – for all its perceived faults, did this within its first year in power.

(National was in power for nine years.) So I am no longer reading Brett’s views in his column, but I am very grateful to Labour for helping out in a very practical way. Nigel Foster, Johnsonville

Cashmere elders become models for a day A group of Johnsonville elders had a chance to embrace the limelight recently as models for Enliven’s latest photoshoot at Cashmere and Cashmere Heights Homes. The shoot, run by photographer Mike Heydon from Jet Productions, captured residents enjoying a typical day at the two homes, including meals with friends and family, cuddles with pets, gardening, reading, and arts and crafts. The resulting images will enable Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, to feature real residents in its marketing materials. “The photoshoot was something different and new for the residents here, and many of them were very excited about it,” says Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home manager Karen Rhind. “It’s great for the organisation too, as it means the marketing reflects the actual lives of the people who live here.” At all Enliven homes, residents are encouraged to get involved in decisions and activities which involve them. Karen says the photoshoot provided a golden opportunity for Cashmere residents to contribute to the running of the home and the organisation at large. “We do our very best to empower residents to make their own decisions and get involved in the running of the home, whether that’s through deciding which vegetables should be planted in the garden or whether they want to take part in activities like the photoshoot. “For many residents and staff here, the fact that we were chosen for the photoshoot felt like a real acknowledgement of the

Photographer Mike Heydon shows two residents at Johnsonville’s Cashmere Home a picture he has taken of them at Enliven’s latest photoshoot.

home’s efforts to put the Enliven philosophy into practice,” she says. The Enliven philosophy, which is based on the internationally-recognised Eden Alternative care model, encourages elders to maintain their sense of independence and have fun, spontaneity, companionship, contact with animals and nature, and meaningful activity in their lives. To learn more about the elder-centred Enliven philosophy, go to Enliven’s Cashmere Home on 51 Helston Rd, Johnsonville offers rest home and hospital care, as well as short-term respite and health recovery care. For more information, call 04 477 7067.  Sister site Cashmere Heights Home on 16 Helston Rd offers rest home and short-term respite care – to learn more, call 04 478 9051. PBA

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Healthy Heroes programme for children

A clear sign of community support for these aspiring Healthy Heroes was the number of special guests who attended their assembly. From left are WCC councillor Peter Gilberd, Deputy Mayor Jill Day, role model Milly Mackey, Rewa Rewa school principal Jan Otene, Wellington North Rotary’s Laury Sinclair, MP Greg O’Connor, and William Nobelen and Ross Jordan of Johnsonville Rotary. PHOTO supplied.

On Wednesday July 25 a special assembly was held at Rewa Rewa School, Newlands to launch the Healthy Heroes project. For nine weeks of this school term, the school’s students will participate in the project to improve their health and well-being by their participation in five challenges. Year 12 Newlands College student Milly Mackey, a Wellington rugby age group representative who plays in the sevens, touch, 15s and flag teams, was there as a role model, inspiring the chil-

dren with a talk about healthy living. The children responded to her with great enthusiasm. “They wouldn’t leave her alone,” says Johnsonville Rotary’s immediate past president William Nobelen. Healthy Heroes is managed at the school by the local Rotarians and William said that in week three, they had organised that the children will receive a reward for their healthy living efforts, with fresh fruit donated by Newlands New World.

In week six, the prize will be a swim pass to Keith Spry pool in Johnsonville, donated by the council, and in the fi nal week, week nine, there will be an age-appropriate book donated by Johnsonville Rotary. As well “and this is the hardest thing for the teachers” says William, will be a prize of a voucher for free swimming lessons given to a single stand-out student. “This will be presented by an Olympic Ambassador who has competed internationally,” he says.

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An enjoyable aspect of being your MP is visiting the large variety of clubs in the electorate. In contrast to the booze barns I policed as a young police officer, these clubs are the sedate safe self-policing environments where alcohol should be enjoyed. Poor communication from local police around licensing hours caused unnecessary consternation recently and I have been in contact with the authorities on behalf of the clubs. It is important we get this right and politicising it will not help. The Ohariu Electorate has the most so-called Greenfield housing development opportunities in the Wellington region, especially in the Woodridge and Churton Park areas. The amount of new housing and potential for many more is keeping everyone, tradies, designers, suppliers and inspectors run off their feet. The challenge for local bodies and government is to ensure the infrastructure keeps pace. In the case of

central government, we make sure the rules and regulations necessary to prevent more disasters like leaky buildings and ecological damage are effective, while not making responsible development too onerous at a time when we are determined to get families onto the housing ladder. We need to get that balance right and I believe we are. KiwiBuild is about making sure a proportion of those houses are affordable, so our Government is very determined to work closely with the industry, watch this space. On a brighter note, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returns next week. A sign of true leadership is that the ship continues to sail well in your absence and our ship of government certainly did. Ministers stepped up and the coalition continues to strengthen as we all settle into our roles. MMP was designed to make sure all groups in society get a voice, and that’s is occurring.

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EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a house in Trafalgar Street, shared by several joint tenants, was entered during the day and a number of items stolen from their individual rooms. They included a PS4 and controllers, a hard drive, an Apple Macbook, a laptop computer and headphones, an Ipad and a jacket. A house on a lifestyle block in Rifle Range Road was entered during the day, possible through unlocked French doors at the rear of the house. It is not yet known if anything was stolen. A bicycle left secure outside Keith Spry Pool in Frankmoore Avenue du r i ng t he late after noon was stolen.

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rangeMonday of tourist, working and historical 30th November sites around Wellington. At the Clubrooms They also spoke to a club meeting about their exchange experience - a very of about Main their Roadhome cities positiveCorner one – and and Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata in Italy. On one outing the three exchangees assisted with a Wairarapa Lions Club project to improve the local Anzacnews Bridge reserve Bringing north of Mt Bruce. Each planted a native the community tree as ato permanent legacy of their visit.

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OUT&about PHOTOS: Brian Sheppard

Tai Chi: A graceful form of exercise By Brian Sheppard

Professor Wu Dong from Beijing University visited Wellington on July 24 to give a workshop on tai chi at the Karori Recreation Centre. That was followed by an evening lecture on Chinese martial arts at Victoria University. Tai chi is growing in popularity in Wellington and so the Karori workshop

attracted practitioners city-wide. Interpreters from the China Cultural Centre were on hand but Master Wu’s grasp of English, his sheer enthusiasm and great sense of fun allowed him to deliver his messages without their help. The aim of the workshop was to promote a better understanding of tai chi, showing that it is more than just a martial art and exercise form. Master Wu showed how the basic tai

chi movements are both mental and physical exercises, drawing on smooth and continuous movement of the body and limbs, supported by controlled breathing and contributions from the body’s other internal organs. The result is that it is a graceful form of exercise that improves health, balance and a general sense of wellbeing. His workshop students couldn’t wait to apply his teachings to their tai chi.

LEFT: Master Wu prepares to be threatened by attacker Wendell Cook. Janet Chew looks on. PHOTOS: Brian Sheppard

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Sensational Saturday for NWFC By Grant Stephen

Three games, nine points, 17 goals and two trophies summed up a vintage Saturday afternoon for the North Wellington Football Club’s top three men’s sides last weekend. The Just Paterson Real Estate men’s reserve side opened proceedings with a clinical 7-0 demolition of second placed Victoria University in the Division 2 grade. The goals were shared around amongst the North Wellington side who were placed fourth in the competition prior to the match starting. When the dust had settled North Wellington finished the weekend in second place in the league with just two games to play. With two teams being promoted and two to be relegated the scene is set for a dramatic finish in a fortnight’s time. The New World Newlands Men’s Premier team had a hard act to

follow when they took to the pitch at Alex Moore Park. The top-placed side made no race of it against relegation threatened Lower Hutt and chalked up six goals before Lower Hutt got one back with just five minutes remaining in the match. North Wellington had the final say barely a minute later to make the final score 7-1 to the home side. Immediately after the game the team was presented with the Venus Shield for winning the Premier League for 2018. Not to be outdone, the Just Paterson Real Estate Men’s third team closed proceedings for the day with a 3-1 win over Victoria University. The win cemented an unassailable lead to take the Division 4 trophy with two games to go. And to cap it all, the New World Newlands Women’s first team maintained their lead in Division 1 with a 4-1 win over Wellington United.

Ashley McCutcheon heads towards the Wellington United goal in Sunday’s victory in the Women’s Division 1 competition. PHOTO Glyn Badcock A picture is worth a thousand words: delight is written on the faces of these NWFC team members. PHOTO: Glyn Badcock.

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LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: Premier (Jubilee Cup) Old Boys University beat Oriental Rongotai 34-19 Premier (Hardham Cup) Wainuiomata beat Johnsonville 27-19 Premier Reserve (HD Morgan Memorial Trophy) Johnsonville beat Upper Hutt 24-7 Women’s (Tia Paasi Memorial Cup) Oriental Rongotai beat

Paremata-Plimmerton 106-0 Women’s (Izzy Ford Cup) Old Boys University beat Avalon 34-12 Under 21 (John E Kelly Memorial Cup) Oriental Rongotai beat Old Boys University 35-28 First Grade (Johnsonville Centennium Cup) Old Boys University beat Stokes Valley 39-38

85 kg Restricted (Paul Potiki Memorial Shield) Avalon beat Old Boys University by defualt Reserve Grade (John Davies Cup) OBU 69ers beat OBU Teddy Bears 40-5 Marist St Pats beat OBU Righteous Bros 69-0 OBU Pink Ginners beat Paremata-Plimmerton 29-24 Upper Hutt J8s beat Western Suburbs 38-21

LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS: Men’s CENTRAL LEAGUE Miramar Rangers v Western Suburbs 2-8 Wellington Olympic v Wellington Utd 2-3 CAPITAL PREMIER Island Bay Utd v Wellington Olympic 0-2 CAPITAL 1 Brooklyn Nthen Utd v Wainuiomata 2-3 CAPITAL 2 Seatoun AFC v Upper Hutt 3-0

COLLEGE PREMIER St Pats v Silverstream 2-0 Scots College v Wellington College WBD Rongotai College v Hutt International 1-2 Women’s W LEAGUE Wellington Utd v Seatoun AFC 2-1 PREMIER LEAGUE Island Bay Utd v Kapiti Coast Utd 1-12

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The rise of Richie must see him in black regularly If Richie Mo’unga isn’t picked in the All Blacks squad for every Rugby Championship game over the next six weeks, it will be a travesty. The Crusaders’ No 10 completely outplayed his opposite and incumbent All Black No 10 Beauden Barrett in the Crusaders’ 30-12 Super Rugby semifinal demolition of the Hurricanes in Christchurch on Saturday night. Sorry to say ‘Canes fans, it wasn’t for the first time. The Crusaders’ forward pack is easily the best in the competition and playing behind a pack which is always going forward can only help Mo’unga’s game. The Hurricanes, by contrast, are all sizzle and no substance and they were found out again in a big match

situation. All Black coach Steve Hansen will not change his tried and tested formula and it’s expected Barrett will remain the first choice 10. However, Mo’unga deserves his spot on the bench. The quest to mould Damian McKenzie into the next national No 10 is a work in progress. The Chiefs’ pivot still seems best suited to fullback where he has more time and space to use his footwork and speed. Mo’unga has been the most consistent first-five in New Zealand rugby over the last 12 months and if the All Black selectors continue to undervalue that fact, then he may join the mass departures from the Kiwi game.


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atmosphere. The Activities Staff ensure the residents are always happy and entertained with activities running six days a week. Johnsonvale Home hosts themed nights on special occasions including Easter, Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and birthdays. The residents also go out on regular trips to farms, museums

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and the movies as well as having regular entertainers coming to the home. The Home has a fantastic Chef on hand who changes the menu on a regular basis and caters for all residents nutritional needs. The Home provides Rest Home beds as well as Hospital beds for residents who may need extra care and a Registered Nurse is on-

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