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A few days ago, our Herald journalist Glenise Dreaver had some quiet pre-Christmas words with Santa Claus. “Merry Christmas Santa. Thank you for agreeing to talk to us. What do we need to tell the people?” “Good question. First of all, they need to know that every year, helped by the Independent Herald of course, I make up Naughty and Nice lists. “Fortunately, almost every child in Wellington is on the Nice list. Most adults make it there too, even the odd councillor and MP. (Don’t tell them that though.) Continued on page 2. Santa Claus has a soft spot in his heart for Wellingtonians. Most of us are on his Nice list. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


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Find out who’s on Santa’s naughty list Continued from page 1. “There’s a long Naughty list, but very few children are on it.

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swede turnip, by the way. “Delivery’s a worry this year – making space on the sleigh for the wonderful gifts (and some turnips) isn’t easy, but I’ll do my best. My sleigh’s heavy. “The reindeer have to work very hard to get it in the air, and these days, I have to watch out for low-flying drones! “So I’d be grateful if you can put out a carrot or a bit of lettuce and a bowl of water for Ruldolph, Blitzen and the rest. “Sadly, I probably should make do with a carrot or lettuce snack too. And water. Slabs of Christmas cake or mince pies, and the odd whisky or beer are forbidden in 2018. Ms Claus says she won’t repair my trousers if they rip again. “Now what the grown-ups have been waiting for. Wellington’s Naughty List. Ho Ho Ho. “I came across GWRC chair Chris Laidlaw the other day. He tried to run past me, saying he had a bus to catch. “Really? Just one? “So I put my gumboot out. He tried a jinking move but seems to have slowed down over the years. Then I let him know he was on the swede turnip list. “Chris has led a protected life – he seemed not to know what a swede was. I had to explain how to cook them. The secrets are lots of butter and pepper.

“Next came a call from the Mayor, letting me know that the reindeer team would be unwelcome. Something to do with methane emissions and clean green Wellington. Swede time! “I said buses weren’t an option. He could hardly disagree. So Lester suggested bikes and offered his councillors’ help on the night. “Well. Can you see me on a bike with a large sack? It fair makes your eyes water. And as for the councillors – maybe Andy Foster …and MP Brett Hudson might want to give it a go despite his tendency to fall off. The rest? Never! “I’ve also got some swedes for phone scammers, ticket scalpers and internet trolls - and a big one for that fellow who destroyed the water sculpture recently. Hopefully, he doesn’t try to climb any chimneys. That’s my job. There’s also a big bag of swedes for the boards of Kiwibank and Postshop of course. And who’s trying to rid the community centre of the Spot Shop? “But on the whole, Wellingtonians have been pretty good this year. They usually are. “Just as long as people wear sunscreen, don’t litter – and are halfway polite — they should stay off the Naughty list. “Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a sleigh to prepare.”

Karori Crèche to remain open In what is a win for Karori Crèche parents, who earlier this year protested over the Plunket closure of their creche, spokesperson Rachael Bowie is now able to announce: “We are thrilled our much-loved and needed community crèche will remain open. “We’d like to thank the Karori community for its strong support. “It’s been an uncertain year

for creche families, but with its new parent-led management team, the crèche has a bright and certain future.” Operation of the Karori Plunket Crèche will be transferred to the Karori community in the New Year, following successful negotiations between Plunket and crèche parents. The negotiations began following the Karori Under Fives community consulta-

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tion held in June and July this year, when almost 450 people provided feedback to Plunket about the priority needs of young Karori families. Plunket’s chief commercial officer Duncan Scott said the completion of negotiations was the fi rst step in implementing the consultation results. “T he consultation confirmed the crèche is a valued service for the Karori com-


munity and now that we have finished the negotiations with the parent representatives, we are pleased to be able to begin planning for the transfer of the crèche operations.” Plunket will continue to operate the crèche service until the end of term one, 2019, and will complete the necessary arrangements for transfer over the next few months to enable a smooth transition for crèche families.

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Last Herald for 2018 This is the last regular edition of the Independent Herald for 2018. Our next edition is Wellington Suburban Newspapers’ annual bumper version, with the Cook Strait News and Independent Herald combined, to be delivered on Boxing Day December 26. The first Independent Herald of the New Year will be delivered on Wednesday January 9 2019.

No online voting in 2019 Wellington City Council is one of the nine councils who have made the reluctant decision to halt the trial of online voting in next year’s local body elections. While the joint working party had recently selected a provider that satisfied all of the security and delivery requirements, the cost burden for the councils involved ultimately forced the decision. Work with central government and the wider local government sector will however, continue with the aim of delivering online voting for the 2022 local body elections.

Outside the NZ Post- Kiwibank shop on Saturday morning to protest its closure are from left: Angela Coleman, who was dealing with a steady stream of people wanting to sign the petition, MP Greg O’Connor, John Maynard and Mary-Lynne and Jonathan Boyes, with Marilyn Young at front. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver By Glenise Dreaver

“It’s not over until the bulldozers move in!” So says Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor who, with local man John Maynard, has been leading moves to retain Kiwibank and NZ Post services in Johnsonville. Greg’s public meeting on Thursday December 6 was attended by 150 people and he has also started a petition, which at the time of printing yesterday, had over 800 signatures. He says both these moves should have been done before NZ Post decided to close and sell the shop, triggering the Kiwibank decision. “Public meetings provide the consultation these companies refused to do,” he says. “The ever -present queue at Johnsonville for banking, postal, electoral enrolment and other transactions are evidence of the demand.”

“We are growing, the shopping centre will eventually develop and this closure will create a massive hole.” NZ Post will find an agency in Johnsonville, while Kiwibank is to amalgamate their Johnsonville and Petone businesses with what they described as the close” Lower Hutt branch. Greg says it has become clear that NZ Post’s decision to sell triggered the Kiwibank decision. However, unlike the bank, NZ Post is a State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) so has to retain 880 branch outlets. “They can’t close here until they have one.” Neither business will move until that’s done. However, Kiwibank has not been an SOE since 2016, so the organisations are on separate paths, says Greg. Now they must compete with other banks. While he concedes that only about 2 percent of local Kiwibank customers, “about

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Angela Coleman found Heather Guitry of Newlands a very willing “signee” for the petition to save Johnsonville’s NZ Post and Kiwbank branches. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

400-500 people” use faceto-face bank ing services here, being unable to access the internet, he says they are the vulnerable: “The elderly, the disabled, those with English as a second language. “I’ve asked the bank to identify

them and ensure they aren’t lumped in with the same letter as everyone else.” Meantime, he says, life has taught him there is always room for the unexpected and he’s not giving up until he sees those bulldozers.



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Correction In last week’s Independent Herald, on page 16, a photograph taken at the Onslow Residents’ Community Association Christmas party wrongly identified WCC councillor Simon Woolf with Diane Calvert. The name in the caption should have read Martin Jenkins.

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‘Please explain’ for Kiwibank, NZ Post By Glenise Dreaver

On Thursday morning, Jackie Lloyd, the acting chair of NZ Post and CEO David Walsh met members of the Parliamentary select committee on transport and infrastructure to clarify matters relating to NZ PostShop and Kiwibank closures. Mark Stephen, chief customer officer of Kiwibank, also attended. The two organisations had, the previous week, presented their annual reports and were back for a separately-requested briefing. Brett Hudson, the National List MP based in Ohariu, substituted as a committee member on both occasions. Johnsonville resident John Maynard, who attended, says Brett vigorously and repeatedly questioned Kiwibank on the reasons for not retaining a physical branch in Johnsonville. One of Brett’s questions for Mark Stephen was whether he was aware that the owners of the Johnsonville mall “… hold that the mall location… is probably the single most

valuable suburban mall site in all of New Zealand?”. “The response was that they did not know the answer to that question,” says Brett. “Remarkably, Kiwibank appears not to have factored this into their decision making.” “Mr Stephen claimed that the voice of the customer, along with other data, was used by Kiwibank in their decision making, but also said that community consultation doesn’t form part of that process,” Brett adds. “Kiwibank still considers themselves to be a ‘challenger’ against the large incumbent banks, yet remarkably they are closing their physical presence in Johnsonville when most of those bigger branches remain,” he adds. Brett further questioned whether the closures of the Johnsonville branch would harm their ability to compete with the bigger banks and risk their customer retention and growth prospects, particularly given the large residential development going on in the neighbouring areas. The MP is encouraging people to make submissions

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Unanimous vote on convention centre Wellington City Council’s City Strategy Committee on Thursday unanimously voted to proceed with a Five Greenstar Convention and Exhibition Centre (CEC). T he th ree-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too

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The charter ceremony of the new Altrusa International of Ohariu club was held on December 13. Standing from left are Altrusa District Fifteen governor Christine Melville and Altrusa international president Leanne Milligan. PHOTO supplied.

Women making a difference Since their launch in June, Altrusa International of Ohariu has grown rapidly. On Thursday December 13, they officially chartered with 16 women who are eager to make a difference in the local community. The Altrusa International President, Leanne Milligan, and the Altrusa District Fifteen Governor, Christine Melville, conducted the charter ceremony that explained a brief history of Altrusa and the significance of the Altrusa logo. The new president of the Ohariu club, Katrina Clokie, then presented $1500 from their Charter Kickstarter fundraising campaign that was split among 15 local charities. Local MP Greg O’Connor spoke briefly and praised the “relatively young membership” of the new organisation. Altrusa Ohariu will continue to welcome those who are interested in joining a service organisation. Please contact to arrange a visit.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Are you sending Christmas cards in the post this year?

Marilyn Dobson, Khandallah “Just two. To Australia.”

Shiovaun Oloapu-Va, Porirua “No. I’ve never done that. Our family is all together at Christmas anyway.”

Petrina Fogese, Johnsonville “No. I’ve never done it. I use social media.”

Christina Calcinai, Newlands “I’ve already done it. I sent about 12.”

Terina Wairau, Woodridge “My mum sends a few. I never have.”

Ruth Harper, Newlands “Probably no. I have good intentions every year, but for several years I haven’t got round to it.”

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brought their own jack which was left behind. In Khandallah intruder(s) entered an unlocked washhouse at a house in Simla Crescent and stole frozen meat from the freezer. In Ngaio a Mazda CX-7 parked

overnight in the carport of a house in Mysore Street was entered and a GPS unit, sunglasses and some emergency equipment were stolen. A Holden Colorado utility vehicle parked overnight in Colway Street was entered, possibly

through the rear tray door, and a number of items were stolen. An alert neighbour witnessed the theft and called police. Some stolen items were found nearby. In Wadestown a Honda Accord Eurol saloon was found ablaze in Leslie Street during the early

hours of the morning. In Wilton a red Honda Civic saloon parked overnight in Gloucester Street was stolen. In Ngauranga a storage unit in Lower Tyers Road was broken into and furniture items were stolen.

Cats help Cashmere elders feel at home Pet cats Pippa and Bella are known for their love of lounging around, but the residents of Enliven’s Cashmere Home in Johnsonville don’t seem to mind. Together, the mother-daughter feline pair help ensure the home’s residents enjoy the unconditional love that only animals can offer. “Bella and Pippa love to just sit in the common areas where the residents can shower them with cuddles!” says Cashmere recreation officer, Liz Rivadelo. “You can just see the residents’ eyes light up whenever they see the ‘girls’ around, as they often call them.” Karen Rhind, who manages the Johnsonville home and nearby sister site, Cashmere Heights Home, says regular contact with animals is vital to elders’ wellbeing. “Many of the residents here have lived with pets all their lives and so having animals around is part of what helps them feel truly at home. “For the residents who choose to help look after them, the cats also provide incentives to stay active and healthy.” Cashmere resident Bill Bambery, whose own pet cat passed away just prior to his move to the Enliven home last year, says Bella and Pippa’s regular presence has helped him settle in to life at the home. “The ‘girls’ give me and my wife, Sue, a lot of pleasure. They recognise Sue’s voice and often follow her in to my room when she visits, which is lovely.” Both Cashmere Home and nearby sister site, Cashmere Heights Home follow

Pet cats Bella and Pippa (pictured) help ensure the residents of Enliven’s Cashmere Home in Johnsonville enjoy the unconditional love that only animals can offer.

Enliven’s pet-friendly philosophy, which encourages elders to enjoy meaningful activity, choice and companionship, including contact with animals. Apart from Bella and Pippa, other pets often seen around Cashmere Home include Liz’s pet dog Twix, and K9 Friends companions Juanita and Tuppence. Residents are also encouraged to discuss the possibility of moving in with their own pets provided they get along with the home’s other animals.  To learn more about the Enliven philosophy or about either one of the Cashmere homes located on Helston Road, Johnsonville, visit You can also call the homes on 04 477 7067 (Cashmere) or 04 478 9051 (Cashmere Heights). PBA

Wednesday December 19, 2018

Raroa students make special donations

These Bodyshop elective students from Raroa Normal Intermediate School brought Christmas cheer to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau last Thursday. From left back, they are Ruby Schroder, Charlotte Martin and Sophie Hince. Front from left, Mila Copic, Olivia Kusabs holding soaps and Savanah Bridgman. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver. By Glenise Dreaver

At Raroa Normal Intermediate School, students have one week of the year called Electives Week. T he st udents choose a class t h at t hey wou ld l i ke t o do a l l d ay, eve r y d ay, fo r t h a t we ek . This year, one of those courses was ‘Bodyshop’ where students hand-made natural products for the body, including soaps, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, oils, suncream and lip gloss, with a focus on the science behind the products. As part of this elective, the group also wanted to make a contribution to the Johnsonville community. The Raroa School project director was

Lynne Dunn and last Thursday morning she brought the group with their natural products, and additional donations to the Foodbank, to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) in the Johnsonville Community Centre. So an attractively presented big basket of handmade natural soaps and other products was on Tuesday donated to the CAB to share with any clients, with the promise of more to come by the end of the week. Ken Gurney, CAB service manager, and Debbie Avison, the community centre manager, say they are both overwhelmed by this community project. They thanked the Raroa students most sincerely for their contributions.

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May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill, And may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy.

Johnsonville Community Centre Management and Staff would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy festive season. The Centre will be closed from midday on Friday 21st December and re-opens at 8.30am on Monday 14 January 2019. The Citizens Advice Bureau re-opens at 9.00am on Monday 7th January.

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Christmas Church Services 2018

Christmas Eve Celebration At St Andrew’s Church Newlands Special Service Children and Family Carol Singing - Start at 7.30pm Christmas Mass - Start at 8.00pm Followed with shared refreshments Disabled access Ample car parking available!

All Welcome!

Christmas Mass Times St Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church

37 Dr Taylor Tce, Johnsonville 24 December - 7pm and Midnight Mass 25 December - 9am and 10.30am Mass

St Benedict’s Catholic Church

3 Everest St, Khandallah 24 December - 6pm Family Mass 25 December - 9am Mass

St Andrew’s Catholic Church

27 Trebann St, Newlands 24 December - 8pm Family Mass

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CHRISTMAS @ ST. ANSELM’S Christmas Carol Singing in Karori Mall 10:45-11:45am Saturday 22nd December (busking for Karori Food Bank) Service of Carols and Verse at St Anselm’s Union Church 10am, Sunday 23rd December Family Christmas Eve Nativity Play at Karori Park 6pm, Monday 24th December Christmas Day Service @ St Anselm’s Union Church 10am St. Anselm’s Union Church: 30 Makara Rd. Karori

Christmas FACTS • The reason we give gifts at Christmas time is to symbolize the gifts given to baby Jesus by the three wise men. • In 350 AD Pope Julius I, who was bishop of Rome at the time, announced December 25 as the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ. • The tallest Christmas tree ever cut made it into the book of Guinness World Records. It was more than 67 metres tall and was displayed in the Northgate Shopping Centre in Seattle, Washington.

Methodist Christmas Services in Wellington Sunday 24 December 2018 (Christmas Eve Service) 7:30pm – Parish Family Carol Service: Rev Utumau’u Pupulu Monday 25 December 2018 (Christmas Day Service) 9:30am – Parish Family Service: Rev Sikeli Cawanikawai

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Her art’s all rubbish… By Glenise Dreaver

“My art is very different to what everyone else is doing,” says Karori artist Cheryl Corrado. “I call it contemporary folk art and it’s all created from rubbish. Except the glue!” she adds. “Oh, and the varnish can’t be recycled.” But even the nails and screws she uses have been thrown away. Cheryl’s work features in the Solo 45 exhibition which opened in the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts last week, one of eight artists invited. The exhibition runs until January 13. Until a few years ago, Cheryl, originally from Georgia in America, was a teacher. Then, as she reached a Significant Birthday, she decided it was time to study something she really wanted to do. What had been a hobby became a full-time job. First though she prepared, enrolling for a post-graduate degree in art history. It was a crucial step. “I learnt about the vocabulary of art and how to talk about my own work.” She also found there were lots

of respected inter nationa l a r tists creating from “found objects”. “And that affirmed that I wasn’t so crazy.” Cheryl creates from discarded objects given to her and objects found at places like the beach, or poking out of skips. “I’m a bit of a skip diver! And I love the Tip Shop!” She says it was in the 90’s when she began promoting herself and the enviro message of zero waste. Her Kiwi husband, Paul Crowe, also gets roped into her projects. “He has a wealth of knowledge with the building side of things. I would be lost without him.” Cheryl says that giving something a second life is an inspiration. “In some ways I feel like I have been given a second life because I survived cancer 20 years ago. “I strive to make a minimal impact on the planet which makes working with rubbish wonderfully liberating. “If it doesn’t work out, nothing is really wasted because it was going to be thrown out anyway.”

“Look what street sweepers leave behind!” says Cheryl Corrado, adding that the wire bristles have all sorts of uses for an artist. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

OK for Wadestown to Ngaio Gorge track A proposed new walking track linking Oban Street in Wadestown with Trelissick Park in the Ngaio Gorge has been given the go-ahead by Wellington City Council’s city strategy committee. Mayor Justin Lester says work on the construction of the track, and a bridge across the Kai-

wharawhara Stream, is scheduled to start next summer, at the end of 2019. Last week’s vote is the culmination of a 30-year campaign to open a second accessway from Wadestown into Trelissick Park. At the moment the only access is from Hanover Street, further up the gorge.

Justin said a number of community groups and local volunteers have worked hard and raised funds over the years to make the Oban Street track a reality. Trelissick Park is a beautiful area of regenerating bush and it’s already a popular recreation spot. The new track will help create a walking loop for people

heading into the park from the Wadestown side of the gorge. The Council will spend about $20,000 on the zig-zag track, including a fenced accessway between two houses in Oban Street, while the Trelissick Park Group will contribute about $50,000 for the construction of the bridge.

Police station closure The Johnsonville Police Station will be closed from Friday December 21 until Tuesday January 22, 2019. For urgent calls, you will need to ring 111 and for non-urgent calls, 381 2000. The Crime Stoppers number is 0800 555 111 and is open 24/7.


Wednesday December 19, 2018


Mayor Justin Lester Merry Christmas, Meri Kirihimete, to everyone. 2018 has been a year of many firsts where Wellington continued its journey towards being an even better place to live. We adopted our teo reo Maori policy, Te Tauihu, with an ambition for the language to thrive, we became the first Living Wage-accredited Council in New Zealand and our first Sky Show as part of Matariki was a huge success. We even managed to get Matariki, the southern right whale, to visit us in the harbour. In Johnsonville, our local Countdown was the first in Wellington to stop using single-use plastic bags as we continue to improve our environmental practices. And 2019 is going to be a huge year for the northern suburbs. Work is progressing really well on the new Johnsonville Library and Community Hub, Waitohi, and it should be finished by December. There’ll be a destination café, a new kindergarten and it’s going to be a great community asset. I’m also doing everything I can to get progress on a Johnsonville Mall. Hopefully 2019 is the year we’ll see real progress.

Nga mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hau ki a koutou. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. This year has been one of change in the northern part of Wellington. Construction on the new Johnsonville community hub, Waitohi, is going well and the Tawa Plaza is getting a spruce up. I would like to thank you all for your patience while these projects and others have been carried out. I would also like to thank all of the volunteers who have tirelessly supported our communities this year. I wish you all a wonderful summer break and hope you take advantage of some of the great events in 2019. Noho ora mai ra, na.

Tawa’s centre upgrade will be completed this year and Karori’s is well under way. We’re also starting to plan for the future of housing in the Upper Stebbings Valley and Glenside West - the largest green space development in recent Wellington history. I hope everyone gets to spend some quality time with their families and enjoy our wonderful New Zealand summer with plenty of sun, surf and celebration.

Diane Calvert, Onslow-Western Wharangi Ward As the year draws to a close, I would like to say a special thanks to everyone who volunteers their time to make our local community and city so much better. I meet many of you in my role as a city councillor and am inspired by your commitment, local knowledge and just wanting to make a positive difference (no matter how big or small). All the best to everyone for a safe and happy festive season.

Andy Foster, Onslow-Western Wharangi Ward I wish all readers a safe, happy and memorable Christmas and New Year and time spent with people you care most about. I hope it’s also a time to think about how you can make our world that little bit better in 2019. For me a few 2018 Council highlights included an addition to our Outer Green Belt, progress on Miramar peninsula, founding Karori’s new environmental association (KAKA), amazing progress for Predator Free Wellington, and improving Council risk management systems. Challenges included Council finances, ongoing dialogue over Karori Teachers’ College, and Karori Town Centre improvements. I am reminded time and again of the many wonderful communities we have in Wellington. Just this month that’s included Christmas parties for ORCA and our marvellous reserves and Zealandia volunteer groups, Khandallah Fair and Karori Normal School leavers’ dinner. Enjoy a well-deserved break. See you all in 2019!

Malcolm Sparrow Northern Ward, Takapu Christmas is a special time of the year. I hope it is for you too. As local councillors Peter, Jill and I work with the many wonderful communities which make up the Northern Ward of Wellington. Thank you to all those individuals and groups whose tireless efforts continue to make this a great place in which to live. I wish every one “who is privileged to call Wellington home” a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year. Remember, “Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.”

Peter Gilberd Nothern Ward Takapu Christmas is special — a Christian festival, an opportunity to see family and to visit new places, and a time to be especially generous to others. As a councillor, I see just how hard our community works to improve our society in so many ways. Thank you for all your efforts over the year, and enjoy your break. If you are staying in Wellington, make the most of our natural environment – our tracks, beaches, and attractions such as Wellington Zoo, the Botanic Garden, Zealandia, and Otari-Wilton’s Bush. Have a happy and safe holiday, and Merry Christmas.

Simon Woolf Onslow-Western, Wharangi Ward Wishing one and all a great Christmas and festive season. It has been such an interesting and diverse year. I have been so privileged and honoured to have met so many great people in Onslow-Western in the past year. I wish to thank, and pay tribute to all our volunteers, our community, charitable, sporting, arts and cultural groups. I also wish to thank our Community Centre, Recreation Centre, Library, and Citizens Advice Bureau, teams. They have all contributed so much to the vibrancy and wonderful atmosphere our area has. Wishing one and all a happy healthy and successful 2019.

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Politicians happy to make the cut When Karori Auto Services’ brand new workshop at 333 Karori Road was officially opened on Saturday December 15, National List MP based in Wellington Central, Nicola Willis (left) joined Finance Minister and Wellington Central Labour MP Grant Robertson in cutting the ribbon and declaring the 350sq metre facility open for business. Owner-operator Craig Fair (centre) thanked both parliamentarians for their encouraging words, saying: “It is good to see politicians from both sides working together!” MC for the brief ceremony, Rob Webb

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OUT&about Special Fun Day celebrated Glenise Dreaver

When the Independent Herald’s Brian Sheppard attended the Al-Ameen Fun Day at Alex Moore Park on Sunday, he also wore one of his other hats, as president of the Churton Park Community Association. One of the day’s organisers is Mai Mostafa, Churton Park community advocate. When she told him about the event, he soon saw its scale so they invited local representatives to join in. MP Greg O’Connor and WCC Northern Ward Councillor Peter Gilberd both attended and were made very welcome. To the Moslem community, it was a huge honour to be recognised in this way, so Brother Agam Syam, chairperson of Al-

Ameen, presented Greg, Peter and Brian himself with medallions to mark the occasion. For Brian, the presentation was almost overwhelming. “When I got home, I had to sit down for a few minutes to absorb what had happened,” he said. “We are proud of our diverse cultural mix in Churton Park and so enjoy the opportunities to celebrate our different ancestral roots. There have been few opportunities to bring the Muslim community together with other Wellingtonians so this was a significant step in extending the feelings of neighbourliness. It’s only by meeting people from other cultures that we can appreciate what they have to offer to enrich our lives.”

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BUXTON, Beverley Ann: Dec 9, 2018 SUTTON, Christopher Mannings (Chris): Dec 13, 2018 FAINITSKI Bronislav (Slava) passed away peacefully at Wellington Hospital on Sunday 16th December 2018, aged 55 years. Beloved husband of Natasha. Messages to the ‘Fainitski’ family may be posted to PO Box 7123, Wellington, 6242. Slava’s funeral service will be held at The Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, 375 Adelaide Road, Newtown on Wednesday 19th December at 2pm. Thereafter burial at Makara. The Wilson Funeral Home, Newtown & Karori - Locally Owned. WILSON, Janet Alice (nee Paterson) – Peacefully on 17 December 2018 at Sprott House, Karori. Beloved wife of the late Stewart. Loved mother of John and Jane; William and Hannah. Grandmother of Jack, Keely, Leo and Hugo. Messages to the Wilson family may be left in Janet’s tribute book at or posted c/- PO Box 7123 Newtown 6242. A service to celebrate Janet’s life will be held at St Mary’s Anglican Church, 170 Karori Road, Karori on Friday 21 December 2018 at 10am, followed by burial at Makara Cemetery. The Wilson Funeral Home, Newtown & Karori - Locally Owned.

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Paparangi School congratulates our school leavers and wishes them well for their adventures at Intermediate.

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My favourite memory was when we did the production. Ko taku mahara nui i te wa i mahi ai matou. Joell My last year was my most memorable, just because I had the most things happen and I got involved in more things than all my other years at Paparangi ever. Thanks for giving me the best last year Paparangi… Xavier

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I enjoyed my time at Paparangi School and will miss it a lot. I still remember when I used to play with my friends on the playground after school every day. Bailey I remember the sensational time at Dance Splash when I went on stage, doing my flips and people were cheering. Zahra

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Talented brothers make another bowls final Logan and Brady Amer, brothers from the Johnsonville Bowling Club, recently just missed out on taking their second successive Wellington Open Pairs Title. The two youngsters, who won last season’s championship, came within a whisker of a repeat performance. In another outstanding display they won six successive games to reach another final. However, the final was one game too many and they eventually fell to the Naenae pair of Sar Alefosio and Robbie Yemm. Despite the usual brotherly rivalry, Logan and Brady always display an uncanny chem-

istry when they join up for the pairs. And despite the last-minute loss, they again showed their immense talent and potential. They have proven to be the most consistent pairing in Wellington over the last few seasons. The Wellington Men’s Open Pairs is one of the major events on the bowls calendar and this season attracted 100 entries. With only a few rounds of the Interclub season remaining, the Johnsonville team is currently leading the Women’s Premier Competition. The Men’s Premier team are also performing well and should join the Women in the Top Four play-offs scheduled for early February.

Multi-million centre opens Sports leaders and sportspeople from the wider Wellington region gathered on Monday morning to mark the ceremonial opening of the $12.5m RICOH Sports Centre in Lower Hutt. The venue is being touted to attract millions of visitors in the coming years after it opens to the public early in 2019. Squash courts, softball, football, hockey, rugby, cricket and other multi-sport facilities are available. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace officially

opened the centre at an event marking the handover from Hutt City Council, and its sports and community facility development arm The Hutt City Community Facilities Trust (CFT), to Fraser Park Sportsville who will govern and manage the centre. Ray said the new facility followed nine years of collaboration between Council, The Community Facilities Trust and Fraser Park Sportsville, which comprises nine Lower Hutt based sports clubs and organisations.

Rifle club celebrates 40 years

Bowling brothers Logan (left) and Brady Amer have again showed their immense talent and potential with a fine showing in the Wellington Open Pairs. PHOTO supplied.

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Wellington Central Smallbore Rifle club captain Ravi de Silva cut the club’s 40th birthday cake along with past club captains John Brown, middle, and Neil Kinsey. PHOTO: Zac Chinna

Wellington Central Smallbore Rifle Club, Wellington’s youngest smallbore target shooting club, turned 40 on December 1. To mark this milestone, the club invited past members to join them in celebrating its birthday during the club’s year-end prize giving, with a two-course dinner. “It was great to catch up with a number of ex-target shooters” said one of the founding club members, Neil Kinsey. Starting a sports club from scratch with no equipment or money had been no easy task. Forty years ago, the members put in many hours of fundraising to get the club started with bottle drives, socials and raffles,” says Neil. He says the same enthusiasm for the sport

back in 1978 is still very much alive today with the club’s focus on promoting the sport and its shooters. The club has a good range of members in age, gender and ability. “We are about promoting both novice and experienced shooters in a safe and controlled environment with members able to compete in open and graded competitions” says Neil. The club shoots on Monday evenings at the Royal Tiger Range in Berhampore from 7pm. It welcomes all new shooters from age 12. Neil says shooting is a great sport the whole family can participate in together and the club has had many family combinations.  For more information visit

On the surface, Scott Robertson is the front runner to be the next All Blacks coach - however I hope the NZRU dig a little deeper. The two time Super Rugby winning coach with the Crusaders has not put a foot wrong over the past two years but is lacking experience. The All Blacks coaches of the modern, professional era (1995) who have had the most success have coached extensively both provincially and internationally overseas before landing the role of All Blacks mentor. Both Graham Henry and Hansen, who have each directed the men in black to back-to-back World Cup crowns in 2011 and 2015, had long stints coaching Wales. No doubt that time helped mould both of them into better coaches. Wales, while not a rugby powerhouse, is a place just as passionate about the sport as New Zealand is. There’s a level of scrutiny and accountability that would have served both men well when they came home to be part of the All Blacks set up. My pick would be Ireland coach Joe Schmidt but if he intends to stay true to his word of a coaching sabbatical after next year’s World Cup to focus on family, then the field seems wide open. When coaches with limited experience have been picked, it has not gone well. John Mitchell comes racing to mind when he was thrown in the deep end

and his team floundered at the 2003 World Cup in Australia. Sure, Henry failed at the same tournament four years later but the team had been dominant for his tenure up until then. Robertson has been like a shooting star, taking every opportunity available to him over the past two years. Success at age-group level and the Crusaders can’t be ignored. There’s just no substitute for experience and success and Schmidt, who has taken Ireland from a team considered handy on their day to a genuine threat to become world champions in Japan. If Robertson misses out this time, it will not be a fatal blow to his aspirations. Perhaps he will have to coach another international team first. Ireland would be keen for sure. Former Chiefs coach and current All Blacks assistant, Ian Foster is also a likely contender having done a similar apprenticeship as Hansen did under Henry. However, as head coach of the Chiefs, Foster never got to the heights he could have with the squad at his disposal and that’s always been my hang-up. One major focus of the next coach will be player retention. The black jersey is proving not as alluring as European money for players who are getting younger and younger.


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