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Musical protest

By Glenise Dreaver

John Maynard of Johnsonville spent 20 years of his life as a former postie. A long-standing band member, he is now a trumpet player in the Brass Razoo Solidarity Band which on

Saturday morning drew attention to the newly-announced closure of the PostShop-Kiwibank premises in Johnsonville Road. The band, he says, plays at community and union events and leads protest rallies and street marches. Continued on page 2.

Wellington’s Razoo Solidarity Brass Band on Saturday, staging a musical protest against the closure of the local NZ Post and Kiwibank branch. PHOTO: Supplied

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Continued from page 1. Why the Razoo band? “Well you’ve heard about the old saying ‘Haven’t got a brass rozoo’ and those are the people we play for,” he says, adding that at full strength there are some ten to twelve members, but at short notice, there were fewer than that for the Saturday morning protest. The members assembled outside the shop to draw attention to the closure of Kiwibank and NZ Post here. They drew a good audience and John took the opportunity to hand out information leaflets explaining the significance of the closure to the community. He had a hundred leaflets, handing them out, first to the crowd and then moving on to shops and businesses.

“I didn’t realise there were so many businesses here,” he says, adding that he ran out and had to prepare more to distribute later. He had earlier made a fiery contribution to the December 6 protest meeting called by Labour MP for Ohariu Greg O’Oonnor, reading out the legal requirements for a stateowned enterprise (SOE). These are, he says, to be as profitable and efficient as comparable businesses that are not owned by the Crown, to be a good employer and the final one, to exhibit a sense of social responsibility. He asked how NZ Post could prove that the removal of its services would meet that final requirement. And he’s promising that the question won’t go away.

John Maynard explains the requirements of the SOE Act to last Thursday’s Kiwbank/NZPostShop meeting. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

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Kiwibank, NZ Post face the music

The number of signatures on the petition to retain Kiwibank and PostShop in Johnsonville was, at the time of going to print, sitting at 732. This petition was started following a public meeting on Thursday December 6, called by Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor, about the closure of the two local amenities. At least 150 people attended. There were angry murmurs at the refusal of Kiwibank to send representatives, and Greg said that was now policy, because of the level of abuse levelled at previous meetings. No members of the NZ Post executive board attended either but Anna Hughes and Peter Moore, despite having no board responsibilities, were sent to explain and



clarify the decision to close the NZ PostShop. There was clear discontent about that, though the crowd responded to Greg’s request to afford them courtesy in the role in which they came. Because they were the only representatives present, they attracted a large percentage of questions, meaning that Kiwibank issues went on the back burner for much of the meeting. Anna and Peter explains that NZ Post and Kiwibank have separate boards, strategies and leadership teams. They also revealed that NZ Post owns the building from which they and Kiwibank operated, and that it is for sale. It was made clear that NZ Post is staying in Johnsonville, but operating an agency model in association with another business partner. The

crowd was told firmly that with rapidly falling levels of letters and mail, the Johnsonville shop, along with others throughout the country, was operating at a loss. The queries about the agency model included recurring worries about the security of the postal service in agencies whose other areas of business is not solely post-related, along with training for agency staff. There was anger and frustration expressed about the huge inefficiencies of letters getting sorted in Palmerston North. Kiwibank closure issues included recurring concerns about the needs of vulnerable people who require both postal and banking services, and the more than 200 businesses in Johnsonville who use the postal and bank services. There was also anger that

neither NZ Post or Kiwibank had talked to the community before they made the decision to close, and concerns that if other banks are staying here, Australian banks are more dominant. The government model under which the bank operates also came in for fire. “The Government should take less and provide more service,” said one speaker to applause. Greg reminded the meeting that there was a need for solutions to come from the meeting that he could take back to his colleagues in Parliament, and asked for a mandate on that. He put a notice of motion and with amendments it was agreed that he should do so. The petition can be signed at some Johnsonville shops, or on Greg’s Facebook page.

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The Spot needs new home The Spot spokespersons Wendy Pellett and MaryAnn Lindsay are just two of the volunteers at The Spot Craft Co-operative who have come out fightin. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

inbrief news Marsden anniversary Samuel Marsden Collegiate School has celebrated its 140th birthday in 2018. It began with a service at Wellington’s Cathedral of St Paul when the school waiata Hamuera Matene, composed by Year 10 student Araraina Takuira-Mita, was sung. The Marsden korowai (cloak) was worn by Principal Narelle Umbers at her commissioning, 2018 Head Girl Bella O’Meeghan at the Year 13 Induction Service and last week by Anjali Gentejohann, school Dux 2018. Established in 1878 by Mary Ann Swainson for girls from Wellington and the surrounding country areas, it was first known as the Fitzherbert Terrace School. In 1920, it was purchased by the Anglican Diocese of Wellington, moved to Karori and given its present name.

Wellington ‘one of top destinations’

By Glenise Dreaver

Members of Johnsonville’s long-standing Arts and Craft Co-operative group, The Spot, are in despair for their future. They have looked in vain for alternative premises since they were given one year’s notice in June. That came in a letter from the community centre’s management board. The Spot spokespersons Wendy Pellett and Mary-Ann Lindsay are disappointed that there were no meetings with their committee before the letter was sent because the assumption was made that they were a profit-making group. That was, they were told, why they were selected as the tenants to be displaced to put in a covered walkway connecting the centre and hub, with the remaining space to be used as

a storeroom. “A meeting would have cleared up those early misunderstandings, “ Mary-Ann says. Local crafters sell their wares through The Spot, usually just recouping costs and The Spot has, for 50 years, provided volunteer sales and administrative staff. From The Spot’s percentage, which only covers costs, funds have always been distributed to local charities. However since construction began, first on the bridge, then on the new hub, sales have been well down due to the lack of nearby carparks and accessibility for customers. “We’re still viable though,” says Mary-Ann. Council has unwittingly become embroiled in the dispute because there was an error in the letter, which said council

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had “advised” the Johnsonville Community Centre that the space would be needed to improve the flow and connectivity with Waitohi. In fact, councillor Peter Gilberd said in an email after The Spot contacted him, council officers had indeed been briefed about the centre committee’s intentions to improve access. While they supported the intent, the means of implementing it was an internal matter for the centre’s committee, he said. “However, council has met with members of The Spot and the centre’s management committee, to see how the needs of the Spot might be met in the future. Discussion is ongoing between the committee and The Spot.” The Spot team met the Mayor Justin Lester, the three North-

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ern Ward councillors and also Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor. (They have also talked to a lawyer but say under the terms of their contract, which dates from June 1995 there was little joy.) A petition, being run in their own rooms and in the Op Shop next door, has already gained 255 signatures. The Spot members are also encouraged that the centre committee this week requested their audited accounts, which they believe will tell the story of what they do really clearly. “They will show we’re not a business,” says Wendy. “We have spent the few months trying to beat this but without a miracle we will be homeless at the end of June 2019 as we cannot afford market rent in the area,” adds Mary-Ann.

A panel consisting of five of the world’s top travel influencers and bloggers has chosen Wellington, New Zealand as one of the six top emerging travel destinations in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific for 2019. The annual awards honouring up-andcoming destinations were published last night on the site, which covers emerging and under-toured destinations around the world. Winning destinations were determined by a panel consisting of five of the top travel bloggers, vloggers, and influencers in the world, with a combined following on social media of over 1.2 million. Wellington was nominated for the award by the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency.

ACC move disappoints The NZ Automobile Association is disappointed with the announcement by the Government to end ACC’s Vehicle Risk Rating scheme. “Scrapping Vehicle Risk Rating is a backward step at a time when a rising road toll is demanding more actions to improve road safety,” says AA spokesperson Mark Stockdale “Improving the safety of the vehicle fleet is acknowledged as a key action to improve New Zealand’s road safety, and much more needs to be done, he added.

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Kind-hearted Kiwis pick up tab “Charitable dollars should not be used to subsidise under-funded Government services,” says CCS Disability Action Chief Executive David Matthews. He was responding to the New Zealand Disability Support Network’s report identifing historic under-funding in the sector. It also follows the CCS AGM, which reports a nearly $3m operating deficit for this year, continuing a history of deficits. David says this is a direct reflection of what Government provides and what it actually costs to deliver services through 29 locations across New Zealand. They are being kept going by the generosity of New Zealanders he says, adding that donations and legacies help to bridge that gap.

Author looks at a scary perfect world By Glenise Dreaver

LJ Ritchie of Karori has just published his second book for young adults. His first, Like Nobody’s Watching, was shortlisted in the Young Adult Fiction and Best First Book categories at the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It’s already sold close to 1000 copies and is held in libraries and such bookstores as Unity Books and The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie. His second book, Monsters of Virtue, is already being acclaimed. It’s a cautionary tale about eugenics, or selection of the fittest. And that, he discovered in his clearly meticulous and wide-ranging research, was very nearly a reality in New Zealand in 1928. Then, Parliament bitterly debated whether they should devolve the power to sterilise the “feeble-minded” and those with mental defects – perhaps

even “social defectives” — to a committee. The clause was removed from the Mental Defectives Amendment Act only after nationwide debate. LJ’s novel is set in 1932 and is written about an isolated community in the Otaki River gorge, set up to breed future leaders from our brightest and best. “Based on the principles of Plato’s republic.” The growing awareness of some who saw the gap between what the leaders claimed and their actions creates tensions that the title hints at. LJ has had some false starts in life, including a degree in media studies and teacher training (“no-one was taking on teachers at that stage”). So started 10 years of “endless” jobs, never getting anywhere. That included work as a secondary school performance arts co-ordinator, cleaning, gardening, as a lighting and sound technician, a web designer, even

Maxine Hartley of Karori Library was delighted to be introduced to local author LJ Ritchie and his second novel Monsters of Virtue. LJ is the author of one of the library’s popular “reads” for young people Like Nobody’s Watching. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver.

data-entry – and others. Nothing satisfying. “So I decided to try the silly option.” In 2013, he enrolled in the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme and by 2016 his first book was out.

LJ aims to earn his living as a full-time writer, a challenge in New Zealand but, he says, with editing and other publishingrelated work, and his third book already brewing, he is on the way.

Community papers lead the way Despite fierce competition from digital and social media, community papers and magazines remain the leading source of local news for Kiwis, according to a nationwide survey by 2degrees. Commissioned as part of 2degrees’ #GoodChat research project, the survey asked more than 2000 New Zealanders how they are communicating in their communities and the role technology plays in the way they connect. The results revealed that around a third of Kiwis rate local papers and magazines the best source of local news, while online sources like community

social media pages/chat groups (23 per cent) and Neighbourly (12 per cent) trail behind. Your neighbour also gets a look-in: nine per cent of Kiwis say they get their local intel from a neighbour who knows everything that’s going on in their ‘hood. The survey’s findings around community newspapers struck a chord with former Waitakere Mayor Sir Bob Harvey who, after more than 27 years in local government, has witnessed first-hand the important role of community press in setting the local agenda. “These findings are really

heartening, especially right now as the commercial viability of print media is increasingly being calling into question. I can’t overstate the importance of community papers and community journalism in ensuring the health and wellbeing of communities in Aotearoa,” says Sir Bob. “Community papers provide channelled advocacy of important local issues in a way that isn’t mirrored simply by residents chatting on a community Facebook page. “They also champion issues and stories that would escape the attention of the mainstream media.

“dangerous walkway in Wainuiomata might not be important to the 6pm news but it’s incredibly important to the people who use it every day, and community newspapers get that.” 2degrees Chief Executive Officer Stewart Sherriff says the research has provided interesting reading. “As a telco we’re deeply interested in how Kiwis communicate, and where they get their information from. The role of the community paper in informing, supporting and championing our communities is obviously something many Kiwis still hold dear.”


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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What’s top of your favourite Christmas dinner menu?

Chelsea Laing, Paparangi “Roast chicken. And waffles!”

Alex Foden, Johnsonville “We always have pavlova and Christmas pudding. And I love them both.”

Marie Pert, Grenada Village “We have a Christmas ham, bread and cheese, and leche flan. That’s milk and eggs baked with a caramel sugar topping.”

Maraiza Arugay, Johnsonville “Baked macaroni and hot chocolate. With bread and butter.”

Marivic Sinio, Newlands “Filipino dishes. Karekare. It’s a special Filipino dish with beef and peanut sauce. Spaghetti for the kids.”

Dion Laird, Whitby “Christmas ham. And trifle loaded with cream and custard. A big fat plateful.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a man wearing a hard hat and hi-vis jacket approached a construction worker at the site of the new building construction at the Malvina Major retirement Village on the Burma Road and asked for the loan of a Dyna drill. Assuming that the man was a fellow worker he was allowed into the shipping container storage where he took the Dyna drill and also a concrete cutter. Two other construction workers tried to stop him but he ran and

drove off in a car. Details including the registration of the vehicle are with Police. An attempt was made to break into a flat in Macaulay Street. The locks were broken but no access gained. A white Mazda Familia saloon drove onto the forecourt of a petrol station in Johnsonville Road and pumped $49 worth of petrol and drove off without offering payment. Full details of the vehicle are with Police.

In Newlands a unit in Black Rock Road was broken into by forcing an aluminium window on the lower level. The residents were away for a week and the intruders had time to ransack the property and steal items worth several thousand dollars. A blue Mazda Verisa hatchback parked during the morning in Kenmore Street was entered via a smashed driver’s side window. A wallet containing a driver’s licence and a bank card, left beside the hand-

brake, was stolen. The bank card had been fraudulently used twice before it could be cancelled. A white Subaru Impreza saloon parked overnight in Salford Street was stolen. It was later recovered in Avalon with a cracked windscreen and a damaged ignition while a white Toyota Corolla saloon drove into a Newlands Road petrol station and pumped $40 worth of petrol and drove off without offering payment. Camera footage showing full details

of the vehicle are with Police. A shipping container located within the grounds of a school in Bancroft Terrace was sprayed with black paint graffiti. The culprit had earlier sprayed similar words on the glass panel of a bus shelter in Newlands Road and also a telephone booth. He was later apprehended by Police and while in custody scratched the same words on the wall of a cell. His excuse was that he did not think he was doing anything wrong.

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Voices raised in song

ABOVE: Carols from the Amesbury School choir LEFT: Ross McMillan guides the families’ singing, supported by The Capital Harmony Chorus and The Salvation Army Band PHOTOS: Brian Sheppard By Brian Sheppard

Churton Park families always look forward to their community carols at Amesbury School. It’s a true community event, organised by the Churton Park Community Association and supported by Amesbury and Churton Park schools, local businesses and the Wellington City Council.

It was a wa r m and sunny evening on December 7 as families gathered to sing some popular Christmas carols, led by Ross McMillan and the band of the Salvation Army, accompanied by the voices of the Capital Harmony Chorus. The Amesbury School choir and the Encore School of Music also took a lead in the perfor-

mances. A sausage sizzle and a bucket collection raised almost $600 for Wellington Free Ambulance. The spirit of Christmas is all about showing thanks, giving, sharing and enjoying the company of family and friends. This evening brought out all of those things for the families of Churton Park.



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Old, but wise and strong By Glenise Dreaver

“You are old, but you are very wise and very strong.” That sincere appreciation of Kerry Ansell’s role was just one of the touching tributes paid to Wellington North Rotary members at the special “thank you” assembly at Ngaio School last Wednesday.

At their final session for the year, four Rotarians were inundated with tributes and cards from the Ngaio schoolchildren they have helped during 2018. Here, Kerry Ansell is loaded down with cards from the children who clustered about him.




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For several years, members of the Rotary Club of Wellington North have been assisting at Wellington schools including Ngaio Primary, Wainuiomata Intermediate, Arakura Primary, and others. Member Pat Helm, one of those who attended the special assembly, says their club provides about 15 volunteers, either members or friends. “They sit in the classes with individual pupils in one-on-one sessions for a morning each week. “In some cases we provide a bit of assistance that helps students to catch up; in others we aim to extend the bright students with more personal time than teachers are able to give. “It’s also a way of pupils having regular discussions with ‘older’ people over the year. “In the course of a year we work typically with 200 - 300 pupils,” he says. The programme has, says Pat, a proven track record and is highly valued by the schools that participate. “It’s also a way in which Rotarians can contribute to their communities; so it works nicely for all involved. Last Wednesday, at the Rotarians’ final session at Ngaio Primary for 2018, the Wellington North club also gave out 120 colourful atlases to the students in the classes in which they assist. “The same process is also under way at other schools this week,” says Pat. “For many of the children, the book they received might be the first that they actually own themselves. “The excitement as the books were handed out underscored the point that they were well received. “Atlases were chosen by Rotary because they are the sort of reference book that kids can use for many years,” he says.

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Decision on Convention and Exhibition Centre tomorrow

An artist’s impression of the proposed new Convention and Exhibition Centre opposite Te Papa. Graphic Supplied

Wellington City Counci’s city strategy committee will tomorrow, vote on whether to proceed with a new Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is proposed the $154.3 million centre be developed on land the Council owns on Cable Street, opposite Te Papa. The building, with 18,000 square metres of floor space, will cater for conventions of up to 2200 people and the 1651 square metre exhibition area will attract global exhibitions. “I’m strongly in favour of the centre and throwing my full support behind it,” says mayor Justin Lester. “What is proposed is a state-ofthe-art convention centre comple-

mented by an exhibition space that will attract touring exhibitions such as Harry Potter, Marvel, World of Wearable Arts, Ballet Russe and Star Wars. “Our council has an ambitious social programme to make Wellington a fairer place to live, but we also need a strong economic platform upon which we can base it,” says the Mayor. “We need to encourage tourists and conference visitors to our city and will benefit from the jobs it will create. “Wellington’s convention industry is worth $240m a year. The Australasian and Asian convention market is growing and we are missing out on big conventions because we don’t have the appro-

priate space. “This project has been more than five years in the making and what it now needs is a favourable decision from the council.” Council chief executive Kevin Lavery says the project is ready to go and, once resource consent is granted, construction could begin in August 2019. It could be completed by 2022. “The project will also be the spark for a lot of development in the surrounding area, which now is basically dedicated to cars and carparks. “This is a major win for the city and continues to build momentum behind the council’s vision for Wellington: working together for Wellington’s future.”


Work on contaminated site continues Since April 9, in the area bounded by Old Karori Road, Curtis Street, and Whitehead Road, Karori, there has been ongoing work on the former council works depot, known to be a contaminated site. Councillor Diane Calvert says that they are expecting, “based on current progress and barring any unforeseen contingencies”, that the work will be done within the 50-week window the consent allowed. She says comprehensive consent conditions were approved by the Environment Court in September 2015, following an earlier approved council decision issued on December 2014, to undertake earthworks and vegetation clearance and to import approximately 40,000 metre cubed of clean fill material from a site in Spenmoor Street, Newlands. “The imported fill is to be levelled and compacted closer to the height, but still below, the roads around it, in advance of future long-term development,” she says. The consent holder has a 50-week window within which to complete the works, and consistent with works of this scale, a number or methodologies, earthworks, contamination, silt and sediment/dust, revegetation protection, traffic, and noise management plans were approved.

On approval of those plans, works commenced late May/ early June 2018 and has been on-going since. “The works have been actively monitored, and, consistent with consent conditions, three noise surveys have been undertaken (the last on November 21),” she says, “Those surveys showed that the works, whilst noisy, were within the permitted noise criteria. Those findings, with the consent holder’s permission, have been shared with the Creswick Valley Residents Association (CVRA), which, in turn, has published them on its website widely available to residents. She says there have been occasional other compliance interventions mainly to do with noise, mud on roads, and vibration-related complaints and they have been investigated when received. “There was also the need for close monitoring (and airborne particulate reports were provided which found air borne contaminates to be at acceptable levels for health over a 3-4 week period when an amount of contaminated material was found and had to be removed. “We have liaised, as necessary, with the CVRA to inform it of the activities on site, and for it to communicate those to the wider community.”

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He ‘lives behind the shop,” but from this week, proprietor of Karori Auto Services Craig Fair has a slightly longer commute to work. The business, where he began his automotive apprenticeship in 1980 (and has owned for 34 years) has moved just two doors down to brand new purpose-built premises at 333 Karori Road. This Saturday’s ‘Open Day’ will start with a short ceremony at 10am to open the new premises, after which the workshop and customer area will be open for public inspection for three hours until one o’clock. To celebrate the opening, there will be several classic vehicles on display, including a Ford Mustang, Morris Eight Sports, E-Type Jaguar, Triumph GT-6, Ford Galaxie and GT-40 replica race car. Craig has also asked the Karori Lions to be on site to run a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation to support the new Karori Community Centre. The new 350 square metre vehicle facility comprises four working bays with hoists in each, with mezzanine floor and parts storage plus offices and customer waiting area. Now in his 39th year at Karori Auto Services, Craig says he has had the move to larger premises ‘on

his radar’ for at least 25 years. In 2010 he moved a house off the new workshop site and he began evaluating other suburban repair facilities for what would be practical for his site and appropriate for the types of customers and vehicles he and his team cater for. Main contractors are Maycroft Construction, who specialise in this size and scale of building project. Craig has been impressed at how the Maycroft team have worked alongside himself and architects McKenzie Higham, taking some basic concepts and an inevitable ‘wish list’ and turning it into the impressive workshop facility that opens this weekend. “I must give a huge thank you to the guys from Maycroft, who along with their many suppliers and sub-contractors have battled the elements at times through the winter months to get these premises completed and open”, Craig says.

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Electric cars are here to stay : Craig Fair with motoring enthusiast and long-time customer John McCrystal (right) who loves driving his Nissan Leaf EV. engines in those times before second hand imported cars. Coming forward to 2018, automatic is the most common transmission type and electronic fuel injection is now the norm. Engine analysing scan tools have become the ‘goto’ equipment for an automotive technician. Karori Auto Services always prides itself on on-going technical training as an essential component for Craig and technicians Chris Casey and Jesse (Tajinder) Singh. Pat Lynch is Office Manager and looks after the phone,

invoicing and parts ordering. The business is moving with the times. “We have been servicing some electric vehicles for several months now” says Craig whilst acknowledging the niche his business has developed in vintage and classic vehicles. Preferring to give good, memorable service that creates positive word-of-mouth street talk, the business has never really had to advertise – “we support schools and local organisations, such as the checking of the Karori Lions BBQ trailer for warrants of

fitness (and which we will have the use of this Saturday)”. Craig and his family are putting everything into the new facility for this car repair business which is well-known and is highly respected not only in the suburb of Karori, but also throughout Greater Wellington as well. With much more operating space, off-street parking and customer waiting area, the successful future of Karori Auto Services as a suburban repair workshop looks assured for many years to come.

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Gifts for prisoner’s children on Angel Tree By Brian Sheppard

Life can be hard for a fami ly wit h a pa rent i n pr ison. The children may not understand why Mum or Dad is no longer with them. They may be bullied when others see them as different and the reduced income may make life very difficult. When these hardships are combined, life is tough, particularly so at Christmas. The BizConnect group of small business people meets at the Churton Park Community Centre. While their primary aim is to share their experience and support each other’s business, they also engage in community projects. This Christmas, they chose to support Prison Fellowship NZ’s Angel Tree project, which provides gifts to be sent to children on behalf of a parent in prison. This helps to remind them that they are still loved by their missing parent. It also aims for this to be a start to meeting three larger goals, to reduce the rate of these children later ending up in prison themselves, to support wh nau/families to increase their resilience to facing hardship and to increase community wellbeing, participation, inclusion and identity, with the help of the Prison Fellowship’s volunteers. Lady Talaepa and Mary-Clare McCarthy, from the NZ Angel Tree

Quintus De Wet (BizConnect Chair) hands over the presents to Lady Talaepa and Mary-Clare McCarthy from the Angel Tree Project. PHOTOS: Brian Sheppard

Project, joined the BizConnect team for a shared Christmas barbecue 10 December 10, where they received the team’s gifts for the children. The BizConnect team had agreed to provide gifts, wrapped and labelled

just as for a ‘boy’ or ‘girl’, suitable for teenagers. The donors will never find out who received the gifts but will know that, for many, these will be the only gifts they may receive this Christmas.

The BizConnect presents await collection from the Angel Tree Project

ORCA celebrates first triumphant year The Onslow Residents Community Association (ORCA), had a big weekend, first with the community group celebrating its first year of operation with a Christmas party at the Khandallah Town Hall on Friday December 7. Members, committee members and politicians enjoyed the evening, which finished with the reveal of the new Onslow Residents Community Association’s flag by the association’s president Nicola McFaull. This was put to good use at the Khandallah Fair which was held on Sunday in the village. All ORCA committee members were on hand at their stall to tell the fairgoers about the association with nearly

50 people signing up to join on the day. New members names were put in the hat to win the Christmas hamper with long-time resident, Dianne Small, winning the prize. ORCA is now preparing for next year. Nicola said that the committee is embarking on an ambitious programme to make Khandallah, Broadmeadows and Kaiwharawhara an even better place to live. “Watch this space as we announce a range of projects with lots of opportunity for community-minded people to get involved,” she said. To join ORCA you can download a membership form at

ABOVE: Onslow-Western ward WCC councillors Diane Calvert and Simon Wolf met up at the residents’ Christmas Party. RIGHT: New member of ORCA, Dianne Small, who won the residents’ association hamper at the Khandallah Fair. PHOTOS: Supplied

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From Russia with love Wadestown library users of all ages relished the opportunity to enjoy a different take on “the most important meal of the day” on Monday this week when Wadestown librarian Marina Babitcheva, who originally hails from Moscow, introduced them to a typical Russian breakfast (zavtrak in Russian). It was served up in the community space at Wadestown Libra r y. Marina prepared and served a variety of delectable dishes including bowls of fresh mixed berries with Kefir, cream or yoghurt, two types of kasha (a type of porridge made from different grains), butterbrots (open- face sandwiches made with triangles of bread with toppings such as cheese, salami or sausage) as well as

special delicacies of orange caviar and smoked krill spread. R u s s i a n t e a , c o f fe e a n d h o t cho colat e were a lso ser ve d. Wadestown community centre advocate, Louise Davies, also based at Wadestown library, commented: “We were delighted with the community’s response to Marina’s incredibly generous initiative which offered locals such a unique cultural experience right in their own suburb.” Louise welcomes suggestions from locals about other activities, events or talks which can be held for free in the community space during the library’s opening hours.  She can be contacted at Wadestown library on 04 473 5211

Labour quick off the mark with 2019 WCC candidates Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, who stands on the Labour Party ticket, is seeking a second term, with the party recently having announced its candidates for the 2019 election. Justin and the existing Labour councillors Brian Dawson, Peter Gilberd and Fleur Fitzsimons will all be seeking re-election. They will be joined by new candidates Rebecca Matthews for the Onslow-Western Wharangi Ward and Teri O’Neill for the Eastern Motukairangi Ward. This is the first time in many years that Labour has run candidates in every ward. “I love Wellington and with our Labour team on council over the last few years we have been making the city even better,” says Justin. “We’ve achieved so much already: major investments in social housing, a rates rebate for first home buyers, becoming the first accredited Living Wage council in the country, and starting the new tradition of Matariki fireworks.” He says that the local economy is growing strongly, with record numbers of new housing consents, and he also cites progress on plans for new transport infrastructure. “I’m also very proud of the way that we’ve come together as a council, making decisions in the best interest of the city, and worked as a team to get things done. “I’m seeking another term as mayor to continue that work. I’ll be asking Wellingtonians to keep a good thing going, deliver more Labour councillors to support our agenda, and keep our city moving in the right direction.” N ew O n s low-We s t e r n Ward, Wharangi, candidate Rebecca Matthews from Ngaio works as a community

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OUT&about Sun shines on Khandallah Fair Brian Sheppard

Crowds strolled in the sun, chatted and enjoyed the delights of the Khandallah Street Fair on December 9. This was the second year that it has been organised by the Rotary Club of Kaukau. As organiser and club president Prue Harrison explained, everything was better this second time around after the wintry conditions experienced last year. There were more stalls and activities and bigger crowds. In order words – a great success. Wellington City Councillor Diane Calvert cut the ribbon to open the street and open the fair. Commercial and community stallholders all expe-

rienced a lively trade, especially the one selling the magazine ‘Spots, Stripes and Paws’, encouraging youngsters to get to know New Zealand’s wildlife. Its enthusiastic creator and author Raya Tietjens explained that it is made by kids, for kids, with proceeds going to WWF New Zealand. There was also a full day of music and dance inside the Khandallah Town Hall, where families could take the weight off their feet, and enjoy the performances while eating a Devonshire tea. The event was clearly organised by the community, for the community and there was an air of enjoyment throughout the day.

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It was with some pride that I saw the citizens of the northern suburbs turn out in large numbers to protest the closure of the Kiwibank and New Zealand Post office last week. What really impressed me was that many of those who signed our petition and attended the meeting were more concerned about others, particularly the elderly and others who rely on face-to-face transactions, than themselves. The community spirit lives large here, and our challenge is to get our corporates to recognise it and show some of their own. The battle will continue. On the national front, the achievements of our Coalition Government continue to stack up; many more families will go into Christmas better off in so many ways, and the reductions in crime and the prison population are reflecting the fact people have better options, especially with unem-

ployment at its lowest for many years. We will be attacked by some for everything we do, and there will be the odd hiccup, but the very strong message is that we can’t let these things distract us from our goal of ensuring everyone gets a fair go. This ranges from the biggest employers to those who struggle to fully participate in ‘normal’ society for a variety of reasons, be it for intellectual or medical reasons, or lack of decent role models. As I participate in Yuletide events like the Santa Parade, once again magnificently organised by the Johnsonville Lions and others, carols, school breakups and other celebrations, I have cause to reflect on what a very good part of the world we live in, and how important it is to keep it that way and improve where we can. I’ll be doing my best to do just that.

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Wellington North Lions celebrate 50 golden years This year, the Wellington North Lions club celebrated their golden jubilee at The Pines in Houghton Bay on June 10. The club was originally formed in May 1968 and the anniversary attracted over 70 members, present and past, and their partners. There were also two founding club members there. Some previous members had travelled from throughout the country to attend. “It was if they’d never left,” says committee member Peter Dunshea. Membership of the original club grew so fast that in 1969, the Johnsonville Lions Club was chartered as a separate group, with Ngaio-Wadestown following in 1971 and the remainder being renamed as the Khandallah Lions Club in 1971. But times change and though Johnsonville has retained its own club in 2000, due to falling numbers, Ngaio and Wadestown amalgamated, recreating the Wellington North Lions Club. And they have moved with the times, in 2015 becoming a club for both men and women. Peter says the club has been involved in some milestone projects including spearheading the purchase of a $125,000 Cavitron Ultrasonic Surgical Aspirator (CUSA) for Wellington’ Hospital’s neurological unit. That purchase, 34 years ago, gave the hospital the first CUSA in New Zealand. It is, says Peter, still vital equipment to remove what would be otherwise inaccessible tumours, especially from the brain and liver.

The history of the Wellington North Lions was demonstrated in the cutting of its fiftieth birthday cake. It was cut by David Donald of the former Ngaio-Wadestown club, Peter Saunders, a founding member from the original Wellington North club and Bruce Beveridge from Khandallah. PHOTO supplied.

“We are also still very active in fundraising for the Mary Potter Hospice, the Blind Foundation, the Wellington Free Ambulance, the Diabetes Association and numerous other organisations,” he says.

This is despite having a membership that has now dropped to thirteen. “We welcome enquiries from people who would like to join. Just ring us on 479 5671,” he says.

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The appeal also included the officers, dress up in uniform private company donations. and check out the inside of the of Main Police cars linedCorner up outside the Road police cars and mobile police unit. Moohan Streets, entrance and to the Wellington Chil-Wainuiomata The appeal was coordinated by dren’s Hospital, and members police officer Daniel Ralph, who of the New Zealand Police and says he wanted to make a real and Armed OffendersBringing Squad delivered positive difference to children and local news the gifts throughout the children’s families who will be spending hospital wards. to the community Christmas in hospital.

“We see huge amounts of deprivation and negativity in our roles as police officers. So it means a lot to us to be able put a smile on a child’s face who’s unwell and away from home,” Daniel says. Wellington Hospital Foundation chairman, Bill Day, says patients, families and staff at Wellington’s children’s hospital were over-

whelmed by the gifts and the visit from New Zealand Police. “A big part of what we do is focused around creating moments of happiness for kids in hospital – thing that allow them to just be kids. “We’re very grateful to Daniel and NZ Police for bringing so much joy to children and their parents today,” Bill says.

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The story of the first Christmas Opening of new told through annual production chimp habitat On December 17, Wellington Zoo will be holding the official opening of its new chimpanzee habitat from 3.30pm. That will be preceded by a grand opening weekend on December 15 and 16. The zoo is to provide fun activities for children, including a new playground inspired by chimps and how they play, as well as games and face painting. A zoo spokesperson r e p o r t s t h a t fo r t h e new chimp habitat they worked closely with habiWellingtonian Jonathan Latto playing Zachariah in Noël. PHOTO: ARISE Church

‘Tis (almost) the season and ARISE Church is gearing up to host its annual Christmas production – and everyone is invited! Noël is an original production written by Wellingtonians Stephen and Suzy Tye, telling the story of the first Christmas. In this humorous and heartfelt tale, the angel Gabriel delivers messages from God to a diverse group of people, old and young, rich and poor, inviting them to be part of God’s great plan.

However, the lives of those who take up the invitation – Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph, Anna and Simeon, and the shepherds – will never be the same. “The nativity story is so vast, so wide reaching, that it’s nearly impossible to tell the full story in one production. So we’ve placed our magnifying glass over a few aspects; three generations, two gardens and one man,” Suzy says. Based on the Gospel of Luke, this dynamic production is packed

tat design experts, and incorporated more climbing structures, hammocks and ropes than ever. These features aim to improve the chimps’ wellbeing and encourage natural behaviours through environmental complexity. It’s also environmentally friendly, being made from recycled fire hoses, poles from old trolley buses and ropes from the port. And there’s a new immersive glass viewing area to help people connect with the chimps.

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with Christmas carols as well as multimedia, dance, music, drama, and performances from children at the church. ARISE has invited the community to join and celebrate Christmas at one of its seven locations across New Zealand.  In Wellington, the production will be held at the Michael Fowler Centre on Sunday, December 16. Services will be at 10am and 5pm. Entry is free.

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Hurricanes’ link a huge boost for Challenge 2000

Hurricanes’ team members and representatives, and members of Challenge 2000, met on Monday to launch their team’s charity partnership. PHOTO: John Murphy By Glenise Dreaver

Monday was a yellow and black letter day (Hurricanes colours!) for the Challenge 2000 team from 1 Wanaka Street, Johnsonville. The youth development and social work agency took twenty of its young people to the

official launch of their two-year-long charity partnership with the Hurricanes. Challenge 2000 is one of two organisations which will be supported by the team, the other being the New Zealand Red Cross. That support will see some of the Hurricanes visiting Challenge 2000 and also some of the

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schools and sites in which they work. support organisation works within the Challenge spokesperson Megan Ratuki Hutt and Porirua. says Challenge 2000 believe that the Challenge 2000 met the Hurricanes friendships and mentoring that will result management at Rugby League Park Architectural will have a profound effectWCC on the lives of inServices Newtown, the Hurricanes training their young people, both girls and boys. ground. There they were introduced “Sam Lousi was one of eight players to some of the players and were given that spent time with a few of them a guided tour of the facilities, including on the day and you could already see the gym and locker room. Players and Challenge 2000 young that relationship starting up,” she said. “Some of the team come from back- people participated in some training grounds like their own and it’s good skills and a friendly game of touch. As well as the personal contacts, for them to see that if you try hard, you Challenge 2000 will attend home can succeed.” The twenty young people who at- games and during the season have tended the launch included some a game dedicated to collecting for from Challenge 2000 in Johnsonville, Challenge 2000 and the work they do and some from the schools the social in the community and in local schools.

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That schoolboy rugby debate blow up An artist’s impression of the new hub at Alex Moore Park. Graphic: Supplied

A sports and community hub for Johnsonville’s Alex Moore Park is one step closer after Wellington City councillors gave the green light to $2.2 million in funding. The funding was approved unanimously by the City Strategy Committee on Thursday. Six organisations (Johnsonville Cricket Club, Johnsonville Rugby Club, North Wellington Senior Football Club, North Wellington Junior Football Club, Olympic Harrier and Athletic Club and the Wellington Deaf Society) have joined forces and will raise at least $2m for the building, which is estimated to cost $4.2m. The Johnsonville Cricket Club building, in poor condition, will be demolished and the new building connected to the existing Olympic Harrier and Athletic Club building. Council will design the new building and project-manage the construction. “This has been 11 years in the genesis and the closest we have been to doing it,” says Wellington mayor Justin Lester. “This will be a massive improvement for the six clubs involved and it is wonderful to see them come together with a common purpose.

“We have a ‘sportsville’ model. We want to see a consolidation of buildings, not an ad hoc approach and this is a great example of how it should be done. “I look forward to making progress on the whole project.” Councillors paid tribute to the Alex Moore Park Sport and Community Incorporated Board members, council staff and facilitator Karen Wallace for their work in getting the six clubs on board. Construction is expected to start in 2020/21 and take six to nine months. “There is a national trend towards shared facilities for sport and recreation clubs, known as ‘sportsville’ or sporting hubs,” says councillor Fleur Fitzsimons, who holds the community facilities and recreation portfolio. “This is mainly due to the value clubs see in working together. “Well done to the sports clubs and the Wellington Deaf Society for seeing the value of being involved in this. This is the sort of project where the council can help and assist more people in the community to play sport and look after their members.”

The high school rugby player poach- national provincial competition which ing scenario has been a powder keg is unparalleled globally and the high waiting to explode for a long time. standard of First XV rugby. Auckland’s St Kentigern College will Whatever happens with this saga now be the scapegoats for this. going forward could potentially hurt If you watched any First XV rugby the professional game in this country. Project Number 18-2615 game anywhere in the country, rest Top players in all sports have gone to Only to further their sporting assured there were playersPreliminary there playingDrawings bigger schools purely for their on-field abilities. futures. October 2018 Whether it’s players changing schools I’ve seen it in basketball, tennis, hockin their own regions or players coming ey, cricket and rowing to name a few from overseas, nearly every school I can over my decade as a sports journalist. think of has enticed schoolboy prosIt’s simply families doing what’s best pects to play for their school, usually for their talented kids. under the guise of a scholarship. But for every 10 of those instances I’m I attended Marlborough Boys’ Col- sure there’s cases of player poaching. lege during 2003 - 2007 and it was It just happens that rugby is this abundantly clear as a student, a lot of country’s most popular sport. the school’s public persona and success The past week will have a number of was wrapped up around how the first high profile rugby schools on edge that XV was going in the Crusaders’ region they could be next in the firing line of secondary school competition. accusations. Secondary schoolboy rugby is a That worst-kept secret in secondary business. school sport, that constantly whispered Success and failure really matters and issue of schools loading up their rugby the player poaching and the faux rugby teams, has now become a public topic scholarships has been part of the cycle. of debate. The dominance of New Zealand rugby Watch this space. It has only just comes down to two things, the strong begun.


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