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She’s only 10 but Lyall Bay’s Maia Brown is aiming to achieve greatness, and not just because she’s written a book destined for public sale. Maia’s 128-page children’s novel Young Elements Academy is being sold to raise money for UNICEF. “We have self-published the book through The Copy Press in Nelson and Maia is hoping to sell 100 copies, at $25 each, to try and raise $2500 for UNICEF,” father Giles says. Giles says his daughter has been a very keen writer for a long time. Continued on page 2. Lyall Bay author Maia Brown with her novel Young Elements Academy. With her are UNICEF representatives Aaron Martin and Shelley Knowles. PHOTO: Supplied

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Author, 10, targets charity with children’s book launch Continued from page 1. “Maia wrote the book earlier this year, most of it before her 10th birthday. She has finished other books since. “She was so excited to finish Young Elements Academy that her Mum and I said maybe we could get a few printed for friends and family – she was writing a lot but always said, ‘I can never finish these stories’, so finishing this one was really satisfying.” When it was done, she sug-

gested they sell it as a fundraiser for UNICEF, having done a bake sale for them last year outside their house. “I contacted UNICEF and they were keen, so it sort of snowballed from there,” Giles says. “Maia just loves to write and is writing or reading almost any chance she gets.” Indeed, Maia finished another book that was twice as long which is a sequel to Young Elements Academy a few months ago and even has a third story

on the go. “I haven’t read either of these yet. I struggle to keep up to be honest.” The story is about 15-year-old Heidi Euphemia Witcher, who is more than excited to get away from her mother, the Great Queen Witcher. Meanwhile Alison Gayle White is just as thrilled to return to boarding school as Heidi, but now, she is not so certain, as something terrible happened and Alison’s sister, Ivory Gayle

White, is in risky danger. Heidi and her friends must journey across Elementia and beyond to discover the truth about the Gayle Whites. Maia’s interest in helping UNICEF was sparked last year by news reports of the conflict in Syria and the humanitarian work UNICEF is doing around this conflict. She plans to officially launch the book at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie on Saturday October 27 at 4.30pm.

Rongotai College student selected for next year’s Youth Parliament Jamal Fiso of Rongotai College will represent Rongotai in the ninth New Zealand Youth Parliament in 2019. The six-month Youth Parliament programme provides an opportunity for young New Zealanders to discuss what is important to them as Youth MPs, and to actively work on topics and issues they are passionate about. Youth MPs will deliver projects, engage with the Members of Parliament (MPs) who selected them, and connect with their peers to understand their views on topics to be discussed at the two-day Youth Parliament event. At the Youth Parliament event in July 2019, young people will learn about parliamentary and government decision-making processes through participating in general and mock legislative debates, sitting on mock select committees and asking parliamentary questions of ministers. Youth Parliament is overseen by a Multi-Party Steering Committee (MPSC), made up of MPs from each political party elected to Parliament and a representative from the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Rongotai MP Paul Eagle received a high volume of applications via the colleges within his electorate. A final selection process was held at Parliament this week where four finalists produced a speech from their selected subject and completed a question and answer session. Jamal’s subject was Mental Health – Youth. Paul says the selection process was difficult due to the high calibre from each participant.

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Check before you buy, warns conned couple Richard Wilman and his partner Michelle by their 1982 Chevrolet Camaro, which had been taken from them for six weeks. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

inbrief news Railways investment welcomed Greater Wellington Regional Council welcomes the announcement of government funding to improve the region’s rail network infrastructure. Transport Minister Phil Twyford on Tuesday announced that New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) would be investing $193 million in funding to improve the infrastructure and capacity on the region’s rail-lines. The funding includes $96 million in track renewals, largely on the Wairarapa Line. A further $97 million will be spent improving the infrastructure and capacity on the Hutt and Kapiti lines, which will allow more trains to be run more frequently, including $42 million to double track the lines between Upper Hutt and Trentham.

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everything for it. “He’s a known mechanic, so we had a bit of confidence that he put it all together and was selling it, and that’s why we bought it. “We paid the money to him and there were no problems for three months. Then at the end of June I get this knock at the door.” Michelle’s heart sank at the realisation that a repo man had turned up announcing the car still had a huge debt owing on it. “We went to the finance company to get the information and it turned out he owed $26,000. We were basically losing 22 grand if we couldn’t get the car back.” They contacted MTF Lower Hutt, which loaned the seller the money, and were told they would get the car back once the outstanding debt was paid, which included the option of them paying it.

A Strathmore Park couple wants to remind anyone thinking of buying a car privately to always be cautious, no matter who is selling it. Richard Wilman and his partner Michelle were faced with being more than $20,000 worse off after buying an American muscle car that had that amount of money owing on it. The seller, who the Cook Strait News has agreed not to name, had listed the 1982 Chevrolet Camaro on Trade Me in March. The couple made contact and after initially turning down the price he asked for, they later settled for $22,000. “When we looked at it he had indicated he had owned it for a number of years,” Michelle says. “He said there was no money owing, he’d built the motor and

They ruled that out and went to the police to file a report. “They said it’s intentional fraud because we found out he had taken a loan on it about three days before he listed it on Trade Me,” Michelle says. MTF were required by law to hold the vehicle for 15 days. To the couple’s relief, the company extended the hold, ensuring their pride and joy wouldn’t end up permanently in someone else’s hands, until the issue could be resolved. “Meanwhile over the next six weeks the matter dragged on as the seller wouldn’t answer our calls, texts or messages on Facebook,” Michelle says. Eventually good news arrived – MTF contacted them to say the Camaro was theirs again as the seller had paid the money. Michelle is warning anyone else who plans to buy a car privately to purchase a Vehicle History report, which can be

done through the AA. “We are just damn lucky. The cops could have said ‘This is a civil case. You take it to a civil lawyer and get them to fight it for you’.” Geoff Kenny, franchise owner of MTF Lower Hutt, says they chose to put an extended hold on the sale of the car despite not having been informed by police beforehand. “We told them we wouldn’t be selling it because we felt we had a reasonable chance of getting the money back from the client.” Geoff says his company has been in these situations many times and laments that buyers still aren’t taking basic precautions. “This is not a rare occurrence, but it is rare for someone to get their car back. “The government needs another campaign to remind people to check before they buy.”

To celebrate Get Ready Week, the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management is teaming up with Bunnings to raise awareness of how to prepare for emergencies in the community.    Bunnings stores across the country, including Lyall Bay, will be promoting emergency preparedness through a range of initiatives, from information tables to educational Kids Workshops with helpful resources available for customers to take home. Residents are invited to head into their local Bunnings store to check out the free Kids D.I.Y. Workshops on October 13 and 14.

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inbrief news Regional parks prove popular The love affair with Greater Wellington region’s parks and forests just keeps growing, with them recording more local visitors than ever before. The survey reveals that people from throughout the region made a total of more than 1.7 million visits to our regional parks in the last 12 months – up 4 per cent from 2017. “Better tracks, signposting and interpretation have combined to deliver a better experience,” says Parks Portfolio Leader Cr Prue Lamason.. “The survey shows that 95 per cent of people surveyed expressed a high level of satisfaction.”

Homeless Day fun day This Saturday, nine local Wellington community organisations are hosting a community fun day at the Compassion Soup Kitchen, alongside those they assist. The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness. The garden will be open and has space for activities to be run. There will be activities for all ages and an open mic space will be available for people to perform music, poetry or to speak. The community market will be at 132 Tory Street, Te Aro, from 10am-3pm.

Study could yield benefits for chronic pain sufferers Acknowledging that people are experiencing persistent and chronic pain can significantly improve their outlook and ability to manage their condition. “While chronic pain is now recognised as a long term condition – rather than just a symptom – it still needs more visibility,” says Dr Hemakumar Devan from the University of Otago Wellington School of Physiotherapy. “This review reinforces what many of us in the pain sector already know – it’s time clinicians and the community were aware of the role they can play in helping enable people with chronic pain and their whānau to live fulfilling lives.”

Actor turned photographer shows his passion for Passchendaele By Jamie Adams

He’s well known for playing a dwarf in The Hobbit and even once played Kirk Douglas in a Hollywood movie, but actor Dean O’Gorman has been showing off another of his talents in recent times. Passchendaele – The Elusive Familiarity of War has seen Dean utilise the skills of New Zealand actors, including Jed Brophy and Darren Young, who were keen to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on the battle fields in Belgium. His latest work, to be released tomorrow on the 101st anniversary of what has been dubbed ‘New Zealand’s Blackest Day’, captures the role of First World War nurses at the Western Front. Both shoots were done at a farm in Mangere, thanks to a good relationship Dean has with the farm manager. Dean

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40 inches in diameter, to the Dominion Museum. Passchendaele – The Elusive Familiarity of War, is the last special exhibition on display at the Great War Exhibition until it closes on December 2, following the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

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transformed green pastures into the muddy quagmire that symbolises Passchendaele. His sets were as much an artistic creation as the final photos for the exhibition. “People don’t always associate nurses in a rugged environment but some of them were there on the front line,” Dean says. “They were basically the first port of call and the front line was where they looked after the soldiers while they died. “There were tents but because of the amount of casualties they spent time outside as well.” Dean aimed for a melancholy tone rather than images that were overly graphic and disturbing. “The photos are quite sombre. Each one needs to have its own narrative.” A number of established actresses played the nurses,

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Diversity key to solving world’s problems, says science graduate By Jamie Adams

A Wellington-bred chemistry graduate is about to go out of the comfort zone after being selected to join five other New Zealand science graduates for nearly a month in the depths of Antarctica. But Lilly Taylor will have plenty of time to prepare. The journey will be the last aspect of a 12-month global leadership initiative that aims to get more women involved in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine). Lilly was born and grew up in Wellington, though describes herself as a “metaphorical suitcase” having lived all over the region for the first 17 years of her life. Lilly has been selected to represent Team Kiwi aka The Frozen Ferns in Homeward Bound, which aims to increase the influence of under represented groups in STEMM, including building a network of 1000 women over the next 10 years. “As part of the programme, we will be travelling to Antarctica on a three-week journey along with 90 other women from around the world to complete our Homeward Bound leadership training. “Here, we will work together to develop individual strategies for scientific outreach, using the amazing backdrop of Antarctica to engage our communities, empower women and other minority groups in STEMM.

“We will visit scientific research stations and talk to the people that work there about what they do, the isolation, do some team building and connect to each other and our environment.” Lilly, who is of Ngai Tahu and Taranaki Tuturu descent, says the trip will also be culturally

significant to her as Ngai Tahu is the closest geographical iwi to Antarctica. She believes the initiative would influence global scientific policy to make a difference, “especially around climate change and emphasis our connection to earth and role as kaitiaki”.

The trip doesn’t happen until November 2019, with the first 11 months dedicated to leadership development, strategic capability, the fundamentals of visibility and communication and science collaboration. Lilly believes the world’s problems could be solved by al-

lowing those with different ideas to approach these problems from alternative perspectives. “Women, men, people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures and sexuality need to be given the same chances to excel, so that together as a people we can all thrive.”

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OUT&about Compassion Fest delivers message of kindness By Jamie Adams

Island Bay churches joined forces to celebrate the life of one of Wellington’s – and indeed New Zealand’s – most venerable religious pioneers over the weekend. Compassion Fest saw members of Island Bay’s Anglican, Presbyterian, Baptist and Catholic churches gather to hold a number of events in honour of Suzanne Aubert, who died on October 1, 1926. Mother Aubert, as she was known, was a nun, social worker and herbalist who founded New Zealand’s only indigenous order, the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion, more commonly known as Sisters of Compassion. The biggest event was KidFest, held at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday, where children took part in fun activities as well as demonstrating kindness, as per the message of Compassion Fest. That included making soup for lunch and bringing cans of food to load a trolley bound for the Sisters Home of Compassion, another institution founded by Mother Aubert. Families took the trolley to the nearby Home later that afternoon where the children then transferred the cans to a pram similar to the one Mother Aubert and her Sisters used to collect items around Wellington. The cans were to be sent to its Te Aro soup kitchen. The grateful Sisters then took some of the young visitors on a tour of their new Heritage Area which had only been opened two weeks before.

Sister Rachel Moreno looks on as children transfer donated cans of food into a pram during their visit to Our Lady’s Home Jo White of St Hilda’s Anglican Church tells the story of Compassion on Saturday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams of Suzanne Aubert. PHOTO: Supplied.

Participants of Saturday’s KidsFest at Island Bay Presbyterian Church surround a trolley to be filled with donated cans. Children decorated the trolley with paper “footprints” stating what kindness means to them. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Mother Aubert plaque unveiled at crèche she founded In another act to honour one of New Zealand’s most remarkable women Mother Suzanne Auber t, a plaque was unveiled at the Home of Compassion crèche on Friday, the 92nd anniversary of her

funeral. The unveiling was part of Wellington City Council’s Heritage Plaques scheme. Its launch coincided with the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand, so

it was decided three women would initially be honoured. The first Heritage Plaque, honouring radio personality Maud Basham (Aunt Daisy), was unveiled last month and another, in memory of writer

Iris Wilkinson (Robin Hyde) is planned for later this month. The scheme has been led by Councillor Nicola Young, who is responsible for the Central City Projects portfolio. Mother Aubert, who was born

City councillor Nicola Young, Sister Margaret Anne and Archbishop of Wellington John Dew. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

in France in 1835, is sometimes referred to as New Zealand’s Mother Teresa. After moving to New Zealand in 1860, she worked tirelessly with those who were struggling in life, including widows, Maori, unmarried elderly men, deserted wives, single mothers, and the physically and intellectually handicapped. She established the day-care nurser y where the plaque is located, in 1914, a revolutionary concept when there were no kindergartens at the time. She later opened a larger institution for children, the Home of Compassion in Island Bay. “Mother Aubert carried out her work without regard to religious or political affiliations, which certainly upset the establishment at times,” Nicola says. “She was determined, energetic and had great vision.” “By the time she died in 1926 she had become a much-loved national figure and her funeral at St Mary of the Angels may still be the largest held for a woman in New Zealand, with thousands of mourners lining the streets. “It is no wonder she is well on the road to canonisation.” The unveiling preceded a festival that celebrated her life at Island Bay Presbyterian Church over the weekend.


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‘Old town’ Newtown to showcase Wellington’s heritage By Jamie Adams

Those interested in seeing what a slice of Wellington looked like over the past 100 years have two opportunities later this month when Wellington Heritage Week arrives in the capital. Newtown on Film will see Nga Taonga Sound and Vision unveil some of its archival footage of the suburb going back as far as 1900 when New Zealand’s Second Contingent departed for the Boer War from Newtown Park on horseback. Made by A H Whitehouse, the clip is the oldest surviving piece of motion picture in New Zealand. Other clips, taken from home movies as well as newsreels and TV items, include 4000 children making a “living flag” of the Union Jack during the Duke of York’s 1927 visit, trams crammed with people on Rintoul Street following a rugby match in the 1940s, a visit to Karitane Hospital by the Queen Mother in 1956 and children riding on the back of an elephant at Wellington Zoo circa 1960. Nga Taonga’s senior outreach co-ordinator Diane McAllen says the event gives locals another chance to witness Newtown from a bygone era. “We did this five or six years

Meeting to discuss tenancy laws Rongotai MP Paul Eagle is hosting a public meeting to discuss what he says is a need to update tenancy laws that are “handicapping” families who rent. “My public meeting is the perfect opportunity for the people of Rongotai to have their say on making life better for millions of Kiwis,” Paul says. He hopes landlords, tenants and families turn up to the meeting to discuss how they can best make that happen. The meeting will be held at 3pm on Sunday, October 14 at the Salvation Army centre on Riddiford Street, Newtown.

A still from New Zealan’s oldest surviving film, Newtown on Film, part of the programme that will screen as part of Heritage Week. PHOTO: Supplied

ago with Jane Paul as the original curator. People really responded well to it.,” she says. “The films up to 1964 are silent with accompanying music.” Diane says many films had been held for a long time before Nga Taonga acquired them. Some were made from nitrate and were in a poor, tangled state that required

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Are higher petrol prices forcing you to drive less?

Allan Street, Kingston I have to drive a car to get from Kingston to Ngauranga where I work. The whole economy is based around oil. The price will reach $3 a litre before Christmas.

Nataasha Fordyce, Newtown I don’t drive. Hopefully it means more people will take a bus. I wouldn’t be surprised if it reaches $3 a litre.

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Raymond MacMahon, Newtown I don’t drive, but I know a lot of friends who do and find it hard just to get coffee and milk because of the prices going up, which are connected to petrol prices.

Mark Hill, Owhiro Bay I’m a motorcyclist, so my mileage is equivalent to a small car. It’s my only transport and it beats public transport. If I had a car it would be different.

Donna Akersten, Southgate Probably. I’d like to have enough money to buy an electric car. I need to drive as I work part-time away from where I live. It’s too difficult to get a bus

John Porter, Island Bay I have to drive a van every day as a contractor. If prices keep going up then I’ll put my prices up.

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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 news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Lack of understanding issue also sign of arrogance Dear Editor, Martin Beck appears to share the arrogant attitude he proclaims Chris Laidlaw and President Trump to possess. How arrogant of a person to accuse another of incompetence when he himself has made no effort to understand the scope of the problem. Mr Beck your naive view limited by what you know about your Kingston bus

schedule is bemusing, not to mention infantile. I now myself am showing a level of immaturity for calling you infantile. Perhaps we are all immature, naive, arrogant fools who believe we are better than those tasked with the job, whilst we sit back and nit-pick their flaws. Perhaps if we had an ounce of President Trump’s balls, we would run for office to try and do a better job - AKA ‘put up

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or shut up’. So perhaps President Trump is brave in his attempt to do a better job than his predecessor even though he may fail, the same with Chris Laidlaw, rather than join us in a level of arrogance where we say others are incompetent, yet unwilling to take the job on ourselves. S Jansen, Miramar

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LETTERS to the editor

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Thank you, bus driver Dear Editor, Yesterday when I went for a bike ride around the peninsula, a sharp piece of pauashell punctured my back tyre ate Karaka Bay. I walked my bike to Seatoun but the No 2 bus did not have a bike-rack. The driver allowed my bike on the bus and dropped me in Kilbirnie for repairs. Thank you, driver.

Also thank you for the No 12 drivers who stop for me at Leveson Street, even though the promised bus stop there was not put in. We may have our gripes for the bosses and planners, but the drivers are great! Thank you, faafetai lava. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Vogeltown goat track made worse by new bus service Dear Editor, The GWRC got rid of our good ole electric trolley buses, replaced with Transit’s dirty diesels. Metlink designed the bad bus routes and system. While apologies are plentiful nothing will change - the hostage bus commuters are subject to a Stockholm syndrome, forced to get used to the new captive system. Last Saturday morning a car crashed into a No 23 bus on a sharp bend along the narrow McColl / Balfour goat track [in Vogeltown]. This stretch of road has deteriorated badly since the introduction of the No 23 service - the road is in disrepair and needs an urgent upgrade.

The bus scrapes on the road on several parts and some drivers go over the footpath. Also there is a danger of a large heavy pine tree overhanging the Balfour road with recent undermining slippage under its roots. It is just waiting for a gale and No 23 to fall on. Additionally, why do the few McColl/ Balfour bus commuters get priority street service when other street bus commuters to walk up and down WCC steps to get their stops? There are steps down to Liardet St where the No 23 route should be going. [abridged] Martin Beck, Mornington

More culture, less religion? Dear Editor A Richard Noble (CSN September 27) writes that Islam is not a culture but a religion but the two are inter-related. This confuses us and clarification is needed. Catholicism is an awful religion but clearly a culture in some parts of the world. Mr Noble is Anglican but look at the historical mess of the religions in Ireland. We taxpayers in the new world fork out $200 to help rebuild

the Christchurch Cathedral yet they were told not to build it in stone, with now only 250 churchgoers in their clan. All wars start with religion so maybe more culture and less religion? Matthew 18.15 springs to mind: “If your brother sins against you, go show him his fault.” Perhaps H. Westfold could have an opinion. Anita Vogt Newtown

Len Lye sculpture vandal a case study in idiocy It seems that Hunter Macdonald, rather than being an object of ridicule, or court procedures leading to sympathies and slapping with a bus ticket or cracked Snapper card could be an ideal case study. To make up for some of the damage he caused we should concentrate on the long-term harm if my grandchildren have to face precautions to access to joy and art for “security” reasons. How can any product of our education system, youth culture or “typical NZ

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culture” be so ignorant and stupid? By lending his body and mind to science, Hunter could contribute to society rather than a cost he is shaping up to be. If he was bored we should ask him how many bags of plastic he picked up from the beaches or pieces of litter he voluntary picked up in the past weeks. He is, or is he, part of us? [abridged] Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Prediction on 24-hour parking has been realised Dear Editor, Miriama Williams (CSN September 27) is correct in stating that the current 24-hour parking restriction in Miramar South has merely pushed the problem further down (east!). I wrote to the council when this ill-founded scheme was introduced pointing out that this would happen. Children from local primary schools could have come up with a better idea. I got no reply from the council. WCC are good at revenue collection and attending meetings, but when it comes to actually doing something they are not there, not in touch.

Chris Calvi-Freeman is delusional in thinking the scheme is a success. He and colleague Simon Marsh both advocate a review – what men of action! I have regular bludgers parking where I usually park in The Quadrant. We need Miriama’s idea, or resident-only parking. The current council seem quite oblivious to the day-to-day issues of the people. “The great illusion of leadership is to think that man can be lead out of the desert by someone who has never been there.” (Henry Nouwen) Dr Stuart Slater Miramar

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Welcome to Cook Strait News’ - Women in Business Feature where we shine the light on local women in business

Katie Underwood

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What does your role entail?

What does your role entail?

Real Estate is about more than just selling. It involves marketing, script writing, interior design, problem solving, targeting the right buyers for a property, negotiating between parties and managing situations that can arise during the marketing period. The most difficult situation I’ve had is when a ceiling started to leak during an open home – made worse by the fact it was a house with cladding prone to being troublesome.

I create, write and host bespoke quiz events in local bars and for office get-togethers and fundraisers. My married surname is Taylor, so our events are Taylor-Made! For one-off quizzes, I meet with the customer beforehand to discuss details and to agree on their preferred format and subject rounds.

What has been your biggest achievement?

What has been your biggest achievement?

Helping to raise money for local charities at fundraisers. We also donate to Duffy Books in Homes which gives new books to NZ children – they will be the next generation of quizzers.

At work it would have to be repeat business. It’s a real compliment to be asked to sell a property by a past client. Making sure all parties involved in a deal are thrilled is also important to me.

What do you love about what you do? It’s a whole lot of fun! Plus there’s a sense of community about the regular pub quizzes. The teams get to know me and I get to know what they are good at, and not so good at.

How do you define success? The best quiz for a team is one that they can win, so our quizzes are not full of difficult questions. Success is seeing smiles on faces and hearing people say that they enjoyed the evening.

What do you do in your downtime? I host the quizzes in the evenings – my day job is in the accounting field – and custom-writing quiz rounds takes up a fair amount of what would normally be downtime.

What do you love about what you do? Every day, every house, every vendor and buyer is different. The variety and flexibility is great. Though Sunday is a big work day, there is often the chance to take time out during the week when others are at work.

What is your unique selling point that sets you apart from the rest? I go the extra mile. And my vendors get to choose the charity I donate to upon the successful sale of their property.

How do you define success?

What is your unique selling point that sets you apart from the rest?

I love getting 10/10 for customer service from a vendor and a buyer for the same transaction. As a commission only job, it’s pretty cool being successful enough to get paid every month!

All our quizzes are custom-written; that’s format, length and subjects. People love our pub quizzes because they are short and they can get home at a reasonable hour. Our winning pub quiz teams also get to choose a subject title for next time, which makes it more special for them.

I’m known to do a bit of quilting when I’m not mountain biking or going to the movies, orchestra, theatre, reading, travelling or guiding tourists around Zealandia at night.

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Administrative and financial support What does your role entail?

Biggest achievement: What does your role entail? I am a sole trader so I do compliance and management accounting, all forms of tax return, cashflows and budgets.

What has been your biggest achievement? Going out on my own with no support.

What do you love about what you do? I enjoy helping people who are in business achieve their goals and at the same time ensure they do not get into strife with any government agencies.

What is your unique selling point that sets you apart from the rest? I work the hours my clients need me to not 9-5 Monday to Friday.

How do you define success? Being able to do something you love and enjoy without stress.

What do you do in your downtime? Take my grandson to soccer training, read and walk.

Founded in 2017, Gruvie Girl Friday (www.gruvie.biz) provides an on-demand business assistance service. Working with small to medium businesses, non-profits or other self-employed individuals; I help them save money by streamlining their administration. I also work with the general public to help them create CVs, type letters, organise tradespeople and plan events.

My company is just on a year old and I believe that having nearly crossed that threshold and still being in business is a testament to my hard work, passion and dedication.

What do you love about what you do?

I enjoy being able to work with other businesses to help them grow, by giving them the flexibility of not having to employ a full-time administrative person. I relish the fact that I can work with my local football club (Wellington United AFC), as football is a big passion of mine.

How do you define success?

For me success is achieved by helping other business succeed. For example I have a client who runs a public speaking business. He is is away overseas on holiday for three months. His business is still functioning because I am handling the coordination of his course materials for his facilitators while he relaxes and has fun in the sun.

What do you do in your downtime?

I am an avid Wellington Phoenix FC and Liverpool FC supporter. My winter weekends are spent volunteering for Wellington United AFC being “Camp Mum”. I enjoy Toastmasters and am a member of our local club Cook Strait. I love to walk or bike around our gorgeous bays on my bright yellow bike “Daffy”, and if I have anytime left after that then I love to just put my feet up and read.

What is your unique selling point that sets you apart from the rest?

I have two that are intermingled. The first is that I will work in house as well as virtually. Sometimes the needs of a business may require working on-site; which leads me into the second point – I am happy to do all the mediocre and monotonous tasks that other Virtual Assistance businesses may turn down.


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Advertising Feature

Women in

Welcome to Cook Strait News’ - Women in Business Feature where we shine the light on local women in business

Ramona Rasch

Sheryl Dench

Lawyer

Business Owner

What does your role entail?

Being a small business owner offers a lot of diversity in my day. I am required to wear a lot of different hats from accounting to marketing to staff management and most importantly actual beauty therapy.

What does your role entail? I am the CEO of a wee law firm nestled in the seaside village of Kilbirnie.

What has been your biggest achievement? My law firm officially opened for business on the 10th of July 1985. My biggest achievement has been the journey over the past 33 years to today.

What do you love about what you do? Each day I am challenged by unique human questions which are often from a place of stress, fear and anxiety. Being able to respond, because of my knowledge of the law, in a way that can actually help someone is much better than a poke in the eye with a stick.

What is your unique selling point that sets you apart from the rest? Although Rasch Leong Lawyers provide only a limited range of legal services, we are entirely focused on the heart of our clients own stories, not ours.

How do you define success? A thank you.

What do you do in your downtime? I sing, I laugh, I love my family and my friends and I make sure my pets are fed. http://raschleong.co.nz

What has been your biggest achievement?

My biggest achievement in my career is building a business which has been going strong for 18 years and has allowed me the flexibility to keep working whilst raising two children. I’m proud that I’ve created a friendly relaxed and inviting environment for my staff and clients to enjoy.

What do you love about what you do?

I love the many and varied people I meet every day. I love making people feel more confident about their appearance. I believe in order to look good on the outside you have to feel great on the inside and it is a philosophy I live by and actively encourage.

How do you define success?

Success to me is about creating time. Time is a rare commodity and the older I get the more I realise taking time out for myself allows me to give more to my family, friends and clients.

What do you do in your downtime?

I spend time with my husband and children. I love to cook and run my dog in the hills around Karori where we live.

What is your unique selling point that sets you apart from the rest?

My industry is ever evolving and I love that. I am researching all the time to find the latest technologies on offer. This keeps my passion for my business alive and stops complacency from creeping in. I want our clients to be confident we are always striving to offer the very best experience and results the beauty industry has to offer. 32 Bay Rd, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022 • 04-939 6766

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What was your inspiration for this business?

What does your role entail?

Owner at Absolute BodySculpt

I have always been very sceptical of any weight loss methods that don’t involve your typical diet and exercise, so when I discovered Cavi-Lipo, which uses ultrasonic sound waves, I was very excited and - IT WORKS.

How does Cavi-Lipo work? The Cavi-Lipo machine uses ultrasonic sound waves to disrupt the fat cell walls which causes the fat cells to ‘leak’ their contents into the fluid spaces of the body. From there, the lymph system picks up this waste material (the loose fat) and carries it to the liver and then it is eliminated with sweat and through the kidneys and bowels. The results are visibly noticeable immediately, and will continue to work over the next 2-3 days as the body processes and removes the fat cells.

Who can have this treatment? Any healthy adult can have this treatment. During treatment, you can expect 40 minutes to relax, read or do absolutely nothing. The Cavi-Lipo treatment is completely painless, non-invasive and totally safe.

How do I define success? I love helping people and all my life I have heard people say they wish they could lose the stubborn fat that accumulates on the hips, thighs, tummy, buttocks and upper arms which no amount of dieting will get rid of completely. The people I have treated so far are very pleased with the results and I wish to spread the joy to everyone.

My favourite inspirational quote? Look good, feel good, love yourself. Contact me today for the special introductory price: Phone: 022047 7897 • Email: absolutebodysculpt@gmail.com

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My role encompasses all aspects of successfully selling properties for the maximum price possible.

What has been your biggest achievement?

Happy clients every time and the continued relationships I have with all my clients. I offer the same level of commitment, service and hard work to everyone I work with, which results in constant referrals and repeat business.

What do you love about what you do?

I love working with people and the role I play in helping them achieve what is such an important part of their lives – buying and selling homes. This is a commitment I take very seriously and I leave no stone unturned to ensure the best result for everyone involved.

What is your unique selling point that sets you apart from the rest?

I work tirelessly to ensure the process of buying and selling a property is as stress free as possible for everyone I deal with. I offer advice and guidance to ensure a home is properly prepared for sale to achieve maximum results, and give buyers the time and guidance they need to confidently purchase the home of their dreams.

How do you define success?

Good health, and being surrounded by my family and friends – and loving what I do every day.

What do you do in your downtime?

Spending time with my wonderful family and walking my dog on the beach every morning which starts my day with a smile. I love cooking, gardening, renovating, building projects, skiing, walking the hills of Wellington and enjoying all that this amazing city has to offer us. http://www.loweandco.nz/our-people/annie-newell


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swallowed whole, whether it has to be usedup by a certain date. Pharmacists can also advise you if you miss a dose and when to take the next one. Sometimes medication may be large and difficult to swallow. Not all tablets and capsules can be halved or crushed and your pharmacist can help you with this. Talk to your pharmacist if you develop any unusual symptoms after you start taking a medicine. It is best to get this checked out as it may be an allergic reaction or an unwanted side effect of the medicine. Always measure liquid medicines accurately, using proper measures, to make sure you get the correct dose. A range of reusable measuring devices are available from pharmacies and your pharmacist can advise you on the one most suitable for you and your family. Drink a large glass of water as you swallow tablets or capsules. This will stop the medicine becoming stuck in your throat and help it get down to your stomach quickly to start working as soon as possible. It helps to lean forward as you swallow. Only take medicines that have been prescribed for you, and those recommended for you by your pharmacist. Do not use other people’s medicines because they may not be suitable for your

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Berhampore Taekwon-Do Club brings home swag of medals By Jamie Adams

The Berhampore Taekwon-Do Club had eight of their Black Belts compete at the recent International Taekwon-Do World Cup tournament in Sydney Australia. The competition, held over September 26-29, saw Berhampore return with an impressive haul of 15 medals - seven gold, five silver and three bronze. Berhampore was ranked 10th of 93 clubs who were represented at the World Cup. Co-Head Instructor of the club, fifth Dan Ian Walton, who travelled as one of the Wellington coaches, says these results are “outstanding”. Ian and Lena Walton have been the Head Instructors of the club for the last 20 years. “Both Lena and I are very proud of them all,” he says. Berhampore athletes have had international success before, with two athletes bringing home four medals in representing New Zealand at the world championships last year. This time their Black Belts represented the club in competing against 1000 individuals from 35 countries. Berhampore’s individual gold medallists were Chris Morton, who won the second-level dan patterns and power breaking, Louie Vogt in the sparring and Rob Braakhuis in the patterns. The club also won gold in team patterns and silver in team sparring, as well as gold, silver and bronze in pre-arranged pairs events. New Zealand’s contingent included over 220 iTKD competitors. With a final medal count of 175, NZ was ranked best overall country.

Berhampore medallists from the recent International Taekwon-Do World Cup meet in Sydney: From left: Louie Vogt, Georgia Vogt, Anita Broczek, Chris Morton, John Raptis, Rob Braakhuis and Kyla Walton. PHOTO: Supplied

NZ junior floorball boys off to World Cup

NZ U19 captain Josh Campbell of Island Bay leads his team on a victory lap around ASB Centre after qualifying for the World Cup. PHOTO: Masanori Udagawa. By Jamie Adams

It was a case of third time lucky – and luck certainly was a factor – when the New Zealand under-19 floorball team created history by qualifying for the World Cup at a tri-series at ASB Sports Centre last month. Never has the scoring of points mattered more than in the September 29-30 tournament after all three games involving Australia, New Zealand and Japan ended in draws in front of crowds of up to 600 people. The top two teams from the tournament qualified and New Zealand was one of them by virtue of finishing with a higher points tally after their two matches – 11 compared to Australia’s seven, and Japan’s 12. The result means New Zealand will be

off to Halifax, Canada in May to compete against even tougher teams from Canada and Europe in a sport that’s similar to ice hockey. Coach Christian Bertschinger says qualifying is a huge achievement for his young side, after two failed attempts. “It’s unfortunate on both occasions we didn’t win. The other teams equalised just before fulltime so we were very close to winning both. A more experienced team potentially would have kept the lead.” The squad and the families will now be focused on fundraising for the transPacific journey as, like any minority sport, floorball gets very little public funding. “They’ll be paying for all their costs themselves.”

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Wrestling with the chance of history missed I sat in Melbourne over the weekend realising I’d flown over for the wrong event. I was in the sporting capital of the world to attend a WWE wrestling show along with 70,000 other people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday night. If I’d done my due diligence before my flight took off I would have realised I’d lucked into the best opportunity to see wonder mare Winx race in the flesh at Flemington. Had I not been staying with my cousin, I wouldn’t have even known Winx was going for win No 28 in a row in the Turnbull Stakes. As I sat on the couch in our accommodation, mentally kicking myself for letting a golden opportunity disappear, I watched through the television in amazement as racing purists and casual fans alike soaked up the atmosphere. Children were dressed in the silks of Winx’s jockey Hugh Bowman and seasoned race analysts simply stopped pondering who might win and became cheerleaders for the mare pre-race. She was an unbackable $1.14 on the fixed odds to win the race. In fact, analysts were telling people to back Winx and frame the ticket, as merely living in the age of the mare and seeing her race was victory in itself. With the stage set, the champion settled in her customary back of the pack position. Her booming speed in the home straight had been her calling card for years. She often streaked away from her opponents with utter arrogance as race callers battled to find superlatives to match what they had seen.

Saturday did not go to script. With 500m to go, Winx was second last on the rails. With 300m to go, her position had improved to the point where she was looking for a gap to stick her naturally big nose through and surge past but she was still a long way off the leaders in a quality field. With many acknowledging after the race that they thought she had no chance at that stage, Winx found some clear running room and Bowman set her alight. She stormed home and won by a length. It may not have been the most commanding performance of her career but few could argue it wasn’t one of her absolute best. I’m not sure if any other horse could have won from such an apparently hopeless position. My cousin, a casual racing fan, sat in amazement. I sat there, still kicking myself I wasn’t at the track, but thankful I’d seen a slice of history. If you only watch horse racing once this year, go out of your way to watch Winx race. The wonder mare will try and make further history when she races in the Cox Plate at Flemington on October 27. Winx will try and notch her fourth successive win in the Cox Plate. A race won previously by greats including; Phar Lap, Tulloch, Makybe Diva, Gunsynd, Kingston Town, Sunline and who can forget Bonecrusher’s win over Waverley Star, title “The race of the century”. Winx’s not just a sporting star, she is one for the history books.


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