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Motocross star takes top honour at Sportsperson of the Year By DALE WICKEN Motocross rider Levi Sherwood was the supreme winner at the Central Energy Trust Manawatu Sportsperson of the Year awards on Friday night, heading off high-performing athletic competition. While Sherwood wasn’t able to be at the awards, he left a video message thanking the Manawatu community for their support. His win recognised his stellar 2012 and 2013 seasons, where he won the Red Bull X-Fighters World Championship, followed by a win at Sydney’s Red Bull X-Fighters event. He also had several topfive placings, including events in Mexico and Dubai. A proud aunt and uncle were present to accept the award on his behalf. The awards ceremony also recognised the achievements of sportspeople of all codes and ages, with the youngest nominee being 12 years old. Estelle Speirs scooped the coveted Sportswoman of the Year award for her achievements in taekwondo and was there to accept it, despite having arrived back from the world champs in Spain less than 24 hours prior. ‘‘It’s an occasion to recognise the workouts, the sweat, the tears; it doesn’t just happen by accident,’’ said Sport Manawatu chief executive Mike Daisley. The Legends of Sport award acknowledges someone in the Palmerston North community who has vastly contributed to sporting endeavours and went to Esmee Rowden for her long-time service to hockey. ‘‘The awards are about acknowledging the achievements, not just the winners,’’ said Central Energy Trust chairman Sir Brian Elwood. An extra $126,000 in Central Energy Trust funding was also announced for Netball Manawatu with the aim of improving lighting at Vautier Park.

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Crisis house for women opens doors By ALECIA ROUSSEAU Women are more vulnerable to the effects of abusive relationships and life on the streets, according to a local trust who recently established a new safe house for those in crisis. Shepherds Rest opened a seven-bedroom home in the city last week and already have four women and a young baby making use of the facilities. House supervisor Alvina Ryder says the aim of the house is to offer support and aid to women who have nowhere else to go. ‘‘When society doesn’t care about what happens to them, we do. They have no-one else to go to — some of them have very little self-esteem and were not taught those basic life skills.’’ Many of them have been affected by mental health and some form of abuse, she added. ‘‘They are in need of someone who will offer them opportunities so we see what each of the women

excels in and then we make use of those skills. One lady had three children and could barely change a nappy but, we have volunteers who come in and teach those kinds of skills.’’ House co-ordinator Sheree Gilsenan said one particular lady had been living on the streets for a significant part of her life and had suffered years of physical abuse. ‘‘She has finally got the help she needs and we are just so excited to see these people get a second chance — they deserve a good life. The women actually thrive being in this homely environment.’’ Ms Ryder said many women who came through the trust had lost custody of their children and, with accommodation now available, they were able to receive visits. ‘‘This home creates a safe environment, not only for the women but also for their children. This enables mothers to build those important relationships.’’

A supervisor is always on site but little conflict occurs, she said. ‘‘The women are grateful to be there and this shows; it’s a real calm, peaceful environment.’’ Ms Gilsenan said the trust had been working with other local agencies, including Camelia House, to establish a collaborative approach between the organisations. ‘‘We need to make sure all of these women have somewhere to go — if we are full, then we can reach out to others for help.’’ The Salvation Army recently closed it’s only four-bedroom hostel in Palmerston North for women and children due to ‘‘insufficient funding’’. ■ Shepherds Rest is a nonprofitable trust, relying on community funding and donations. The tenants are required to pay board but this does not cover their outgoing costs. If you are interested in helping, please contact Sheree Gilsenan on (06) 356-3337.

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Those wanting the sale of legal highs banned should blame central government for not consulting with their local counterparts, according to Palmerston North mayor Jono Naylor. He announced to more than 150 concerned protesters outside Ucol last week, that the Palmerston North City Council was working on a Local Approved Products Policy (LAPP) to restrict where these substances can be sold. Consultation was due to begin in February next year but, after hearing public concerns, he vowed to work with councillors to ‘‘try and bring it forward’’. He said the Psychoactive Substances Act allowed local government to restrict where legal high outlets were located but could not eliminate the sale altogether. ‘‘All we can do is, through consultation with our community, determine where they can be sold.’’ Police were also unable to enforce all the provisions of the Act because the Ministry of Health had not yet developed the required restrictions, he added. ‘‘I, like everyone else, want answers but at this stage they just aren’t there. ‘‘We’re now reaping the consequences


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Mayor supports white ribbon campaign By ALECIA ROUSSEAU


OBLIGATION: Mayor Jono Naylor is encouraging men around the region to take the White Ribbon Pledge to help make New Zealand a ‘‘violence free’’ country. PICTURE: ALECIA ROUSSEAU

Palmerston North’s mayor Jono Naylor is joining in the largest ever male-led anti-violence campaign launching on Monday. The White Ribbon Pledge initiative focuses on tackling the country’s 3500 family violence incidents recorded each year by asking men to ‘‘never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women’’. Mr Naylor said the promise demonstrated a national commitment to stopping physical abuse. ‘‘Violence must be eliminated; it destroys lives and prevents the most vulnerable in our society from participating in our communities.’’ Judge Peter Boshier, who chairs the White Ribbon Committee, says while most men are not violent, many of the incidents were perpetrated by males. ‘‘We know that one of the best ways to change behaviour is to change social norms. Right now, far too many people still think that violence is acceptable and in too many cases their friends and colleagues don’t speak up. ‘‘It is that silence that leads men to believe violence is okay’’. He said the time for looking the other way was over, and society needed to take responsibility as a whole. ‘‘For too long I’ve seen the results of family violence in the courts, for our mothers, our daughters, our colleagues, our friends and our partners. We need to take a stand and it starts with The Pledge.’’ The campaign runs for the month of November, with White Ribbon day falling on the 25th. Those who have taken the pledge will be encouraged to wear their white ribbons on this day to show their intolerance for violence against women. ‘‘I urge everyone to take The Pledge. If we all take responsibility to reduce the

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Service held to commemorate war’s end By DALE WICKEN Veterans, city officials and members of the public gathered to commemorate the end of World War I on Monday. This year marked the 95th anniversary of the Armistice, when Germany and the Allies signed a document bringing the war to an end. A quiet service was held at the Cenotaph in The Square at 11am where wreaths were laid in remembrance of those who fought for New Zealand. ‘‘The impact on this nation was huge, and it continues to be important for us to remember this occasion. It’s important that we don’t forget their bravery, their sacrifice, the price they paid for this country,’’ said mayor Jono Naylor. Past and present members of the Defence Force were in attendance at the service adorned with various medals they have received. Ten per cent of New Zealand’s population at the time was sent to fight in the war, and one in five didn’t return. ‘‘For me it’s always a question of those who lost their lives, and their sweethearts and wives who were left behind. I don’t think people realise how much of an effect it had on their lives as well,’’ said 95-year-old Royal New Zealand Air Force veteran Jim Pollok. Corporal Tim Cook of the New Zealand Air Force played the Last Post and Reveille on the bugle, and the ode and prayer for the fallen were also recited. More than 18,000 New Zealanders lost their lives in the war and over 40,000 were injured — a higher per capita casualty rate than any other country involved. GDN141113Armistice

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Women of Palmerston North are being encouraged to kick the festive season off with a great night out for a good cause. Following their very successful inaugural event last year, the Hot Lips women’s social group has again organised a night of fun and entertainment for Thursday, November 28. Palmerston North artist Vicki Lee will be providing the musical entertainment. Vicki has been entertaining New Zealand audiences for over 25 years with a variety of genre styles from the 50s era to current day, including pop classics and Rock & Roll — perfect to ensure everyone will be able to take to the dance floor during the evening. There will be presentations by Lauren Parsons (pictured), a well-being specialist,

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Fostering excellence By DALE WICKEN A Palmerston North couple have received an award for Excellence in Foster Care as recognition of their efforts over the past 13 years. Jack Zwart and Terri Standish were presented with the award by Governor-General Jerry Mateparae at a ceremony in Wellington’s Government House, along with 10 other families from around the country. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett was on hand to present the awards. ‘‘These awards recognise the selfless commitment foster carers make to children who desperately need a stable home,’’ she said. Mr Zwart and Ms Standish began their fostering journey with a two-year-old and have recently taken on teenagers through The Open Home foundation. They said getting involved with fostering was a decision they made when they saw a need they were capable of filling. ‘‘It’s being part of something bigger. Seeing the children develop and grow and motivating them to become a happy, confident adult is what it’s all about,’’ Mr Zwart said. The couple has two children of their own who have embraced the situation. ‘‘They just see the children as more people to play with,’’ Ms Standish said. The award recipients were nominated by people in their community who knew of their work. The awards are a joint initiative between Fostering Kids and Child, Youth and Family. If you are interested in fostering, phone (06) 358-4024 or visit

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Plenty to entertain with JULIE BOWE ■ Show Me Shorts is New Zealand’s annual national film festival showcasing the best new short films from New Zealand and around the world. Cinema Gold today at noon. ■ Returning to New Zealand, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company’s A Festival of Russian Ballet. A stunning programme of three aweinspiring acts — The Nutcracker, Bolero Bolero, and highlights from the world’s great ballets including Giselle, Carmen, The Dying Swan and Le Corsaire. Regent on Broadway 8pm today. ■ Do your Christmas shopping among the gift stalls and stroll through our 18 acre garden bursting with flowering rhododendrons and azaleas at the Cross Hills Gardens Country Fair. Saturday 16th from 9am-4pm. ■ With Christmas just around the corner, come and select a unique gift from our Christmas Crafts stall or stock up the pantry with homemade jams or preserves at the St Peter’s Christmas Fair. Held at St Peter’s Anglican Church on Saturday 16th from 9.30am to 12.30pm. ■ The Manawatu Man Show is a car show, hot rod show, bike show, food show, beverage show, hunting and fishing show, men’s


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Manfeild celebrates 40 years Don’t ask me to cite the highlight of our November 9 celebration dinner for Manfeild circuit’s 40th year of operation — there were just too many great moments to single one out for special attention. All I can say is that an event that began at 6pm and went on until well, just leave it at ‘‘late’’, was every bit as fantastic as we’d hoped it be; a true night of reminiscing which left every one of the 328 guests in an ebullient mood. Like all good celebrations, this one was all the better for the time and effort put into its preparation. The planning began early in the year after a visit from one of the circuit’s true stalwarts, Feilding identity Terry Rush, who is well-known as one of those who brought the circuit into being in 1973 and now keeps that memory alive with his brilliant private motorsport museum. Having reminded us that 2013 was a landmark year, Terry then fine-tuned our thinking by reminding us that the circuit had staged three increasingly important meetings in that first year that all could be considered debut events in their own right. The first, in October, was a club ‘‘breaking in’’ event; the second in November of 1973 was the first national gathering and then, in December, there was the first international race. The November date became the obvious choice as it enabled us to

be part of a great annual event that seemed especially suitable in theme, the Wellington MG Car Club’s wonderful historic car meeting. The club was pleased to tie in with this plan and, from there on, we had a party date. What we didn’t have then were guests and display memorabilia but both came in fast. We found that people associated with the circuit were calling up to reserve a seat well before the tickets were printed or, in fact, the dinner was planned. We were also fortunate to find rich sources of photographs, many previously unseen, most notably from the collection of motorsport photographer Robin Curtis. We also amassed video of many events and, through Terry Rush, brought in some amazing old cars of special significance as well. All this came together on Saturday night over four and a half hours that ran at the sort of all-out pace you’d expect in our annual circuit feature, the New Zealand Grand Prix. A video montage which began, so appropriately, with the sound of a Formula 5000 racing at full noise caught everyone’s attention and the guests were fully immersed as our emcee, the unsurpassable Russell Harris at his best, took us on a rich history tour with quips, recollections and interviews. We were delighted that Sir Patrick Higgins, Rob Lester, Chris Amon, Graeme Lawrence, Ken Smith, Fred Merkel, John Fowke, Shayne Harris and Roger Oppatt were happy to share their special memories.

Everyone had a gem of a story to tell: Lester, Manfeild’s promoter for so long, spoke about how the circuit was literally drawn up on a kitchen table; Amon on how a circuit on which he has never raced is nonetheless a ‘‘true home’’ and his personal pick among New Zealand circuits; double world superbike champion ‘‘flying Fred’’ Merkel about being perplexed by black blobs on the track during his first laps then discovering these were sheep droppings (back then the place was grazed); and Oppatt, the track marshall, who still downplays his heroism in rescuing a driver from a blazing car. Coming through loud and clear from this night was the incredible strength of positive emotion so many people attach to Manfeild. It was especially fantastic to hear from Toyota New Zealand, Amon and Smith, the thoughts that Manfeild was not just their favourite place but also the venue most suited to New Zealand’s most prestigious international circuit race, the New Zealand Grand Prix. That sentiment strengthens our resolve to keep this event in the Manawatu; our full pitch is made to MotorSport NZ in December. Everyone is already talking about a 50th celebration but, in the meantime, we have switched focus to something just as big, only a few weeks away: the Royal A&P Show New Zealand at Manfeild on December 6-8. ■ To keep up with the latest news check out the Manfeild website,, and our Facebook page www.facebook .com/pages/Manfeild


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Chris Amon (left), Graeme Lawrence and Ken Smith at Manfeild’s 40th birthday celebration.


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New owner enjoying Kip McGrath Centre The Palmerston North Kip McGrath Education Centre was recently bought by Minke Franz, who is delighted to have such a wonderful opportunity to support local students and help them achieve well academically. Minke (pictured) has 20 years’ teaching experience across a range of ages and ability levels. She has taught for long periods at both Freyberg High School and St Peter’s College, where she has served as both a teacher and manager. She is a wellqualified english and literacy teacher with a passion for student success, no matter what level they’re at. The local Kip McGrath franchise has been a successful business for 20 years and is well-trusted by the community. It offers specialised, individual tuition for primary and high school students in core learning areas (numeracy, literacy, English, maths and sciences). While maintaining the excellent standards already set by staff, Minke is also introducing ESOL classes, extension opportunities for gifted students, and NCEA exam revision classes. Kip McGrath offers services to a range of students: remedial, gifted, those who are bored or disillusioned with school, homeschooled students, those who need advice on exam techniques, and students whose first language is not English. Our tutors are all fully qualified teachers with specialised knowledge and a wealth of experience. Kip McGrath supports students with 21st century learning opportunities. Educational software has been newly developed to align with the New Zealand curriculum and the expectations and experiences of the modern student. However, computers are not replacements for tutors nor do they replace traditional writing. Activities are carefully chosen by the tutor based on the students’ learning needs, and are backed up with positive relationships with tutors who explain, encourage and understand.

Accelerate your automotive career with Mara Providing a pathway to a career in the automotive industry is the goal at Mara Automotive Training. Mara Marketing has two free courses — one for over18s and one for under-18s. The over-18 course is the SAC National Certificate in Motor Industry course. ‘‘Although it’s centred in the automotive industry, it has a broad base,’’ says head tutor Bruce Fergusson. ‘‘It includes computing basics and a

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Making it easier for volunteers Over the past few months Ariunaa Mendtsoo from the VRC has been working on our Community Outreach programme, focusing particularly on Awapuni and Roslyn to begin with before potentially extending outside the Palmerston North City Council boundaries. As part of our Community Outreach project, we have begun satellite services in the city suburbs. We are now at Roslyn and Awapuni library each week (check our website or in the library for details). We welcome you to meet with us at the library and talk about your volunteering interests or needs. We are also continuing to meet with local groups and organisations, starting in Awapuni and Roslyn. We wish to understand more about what you do, how you operate, what activities you undertake and how you engage with volunteers, as well as who you collaborate with and, of course, how we could offer more support. The aim of the project is to increase the number of local volunteers who can contribute to their local organisations, creating more connected neighbourhoods. This will also mean that volunteers will have reduced travel costs and be more connected to their community. We hope one of the outcomes of this project will be to develop a database which will be available from VRC for local people and organisations to access about the services and support each

A piece of inspiration ess Curves Hokowhitu owner Curves members have a success Sue Close isn’t a stranger to the constant struggle between work, family and taking time out for yourself. Years of balancing high pressure jobs and family life meant Sue put her personal health and wellbeing on the back-burner. She was over 100kg and had a screed of health conditions, all of which came to a head when she suffered from a Stroke at the age of 44. Knowing a change was needed, Sue entered a Curves gym, found out it was on the market, and bought it, something she never would have seen herself doing. “If you’d told me I would have owned a gym – I’d have said ‘yeah, right’!” she laughs.

We hope one of the outcomes of this project will be to develop a database which will be available from VRC for local people and organisations to access about the services and support each group we speak to provides.

group we speak to provides. We invite you to be part of this research project by meeting with us and sharing information about your group and its services, seeing if there is a way we can help to increase awareness, capacity and capability for all. ■ Please contact us at or to arrange a meeting time or to find out more about our outreach services.

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Gearing up for a spectacle By DALE WICKEN The gears are in motion for the next spectacle from Palmerston North Boys’ High and Palmerston North Girls’ High Schools. They’re bringing the classic Frank Loesser musical Guys and Dolls to life, a show that hasn’t been performed in Palmerston North for 12 years. The musical follows two 1930s couples who live amidst a life of gambling, gangsters and macho culture. The fiercely contested auditions have been completed and a cast of 61 assembled. ‘‘We have some very talented people in lead roles,’’ said PNBHS head of drama and show director Chris Burton. ‘‘Aside from a few exceptions, the show is very much a student-based production.’’ Performance excellence is being aimed for and the students have continually raised the bar in previous productions. ‘‘We have high expectations for those

involved. If they miss a rehearsal they’re out,’’ Mr Burton said. The production will feature a strong dance component and a few special ‘‘tweaks’’. The music will be reflective of the jazz era, presented by a 16-piece jazz band including local jazz trumpeter and old boy Graeme Parker. While it takes a great deal of commitment from the students, it’s all worthwhile in the end, and the shows attract a large audience, usually with a 90-95 per cent audience capacity. ■ Guys and Dolls will be in the Speirs Centre from March 13 to 22. Bookings can be made from December 1 from the PNBHS finance office. Tickets are $26 for adults, $12 for school age children, or a fourseat family pass is $67. GDN141113PNBHSproduction

VOCAL OLYMPICS: The lead actors for Guys and Dolls get in some early practice for their upcoming musical. PICTURE: DALE WICKEN

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String quartet brings music from three continents The Aroha String Quartet will perform a sparkling and entertaining concert of pieces from home and away at their concert next Wednesday, November 20, in St Andrews on Church Street. Their Near & Far(r) programme contains Mozart’s String Quartet No 1, the colourful Eight Chinese Folk Songs by Zhou Long, Elegy & Polka by Shostakovich, Debussy’s passionate String Quartet and the fun and funky Mondo Rondo by New Zealander Gareth Farr. The Aroha Quartet have become regular visitors to Palmerston North in recent years. Cellist Robert Ibell is well known to audiences in the city as he grew up there. ‘‘We’re really pleased to be coming back to Palmerston North with a programme we think will be as exciting to listen to as it is to play,’’ he said. Ibell and first violinist Haihong Liu are also members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The concert starts at 7pm. Tickets ($25/$15/$50) are available in advance from Eventfinda or at the door.


Jam-packed weekend at the Bent Horseshoe Tomorrow night sees radio and television personality Gary McCormick perform his comedy show Mad as a Snake at Tokomaru’s Bent Horseshoe cafe. McCormick says the act, which favours the ‘‘steam of consciousness’’, allows him to rap with an audience. ‘‘I like to coil myself up before a show, so that I come out hissing and spitting. The fangs do draw blood occasionally, but mostly my own.’’ McCormick also believes that comedy serves as a chance to highlight personal, political and religious issues. ‘‘I am seriously considering ordaining myself as the Bishop of the Destination Church. The

money is good — probably even better than it is for Brian, because my followers have actually already made it to their destination!’’ A published poet, McCormick will also throw in a few poems and anecdotes to provide light and shade. Tickets cost $25. For further information on this tour, email, or phone 021 999-617. Saturday night goes back to its musical roots, featuring musicians Peter Hovell, Chris Gain, Gary Lucre and Dean Rauhihi. Peter, Gary and Dean have all toured the country extensively with the likes of the Coasters, Prince Tui Teka and Sir Howard Morrison.

They have more than 150 years of playing in bands between them, playing any style including jazz, blues, country and pop. Chris Gain is the lead guitarist with Dirt Box Charlie and is one of the hottest

guitarists in the area — it will be great to see him with some different musicians. There may be other musicians that just call in so it will be a great night. $10 on the door and no bookings required.

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Integrated transport strategy . . . yawn? Talk of plans and strategies is a turn-off for most people, let’s be honest. But before you turn off, pause for a moment and think about how important it is to all of us to be able to move around the city, easily and safely. Roads and traffic have an impact on our city and our daily lives — they can make a place better or worse to live in. That’s where transport plans and strategies become important. Recently, the Palmerston North City Council started the process of developing an Integrated Transport Strategy. This particular strategy is intended to provide a framework for making decisions on key transport and land use priorities. Hopefully, it will be a big improvement on the last transport plan for the city; the Transportation Management plan 2002. Over the coming months there will be opportunities for people to have an input into the strategy which is expected to be finalised by the end of 2014. Cycle Aware is hoping to see improved support for active transport making it easier for people of all ages to get around on foot, by bike or, as many younger residents of the city like to do, with a scooter and skateboard. Our city’s leaders have said they want Palmerston North to be the best place in New Zealand to ride a bike. We fully support this but we also know we have a long way to go, especially when there are many other places getting ahead with safe and pleasant routes for biking in their towns. The new strategy needs to put


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this goal upfront. Over 10 years ago — perhaps last century — Cycle Aware Manawatu wrote submissions when earlier plans and strategies were being developed, calling for

a cycle path to Ashhurst. We congratulate PNCC and others for the work that has been done to finally make this recommendation a reality. We hope to eventually have a shared

walking/cycling bridge between the city and the southern side of the river, which has long been recommended by our group. If you have ideas on how Palmerston North can be the best

place to ride a bike, now is the time to come forward. You can find out more about Cycle Aware Manawatu by going to our Facebook page or emailing

Make an Enliven Retirement Village your new home… Are you looking for an independent lifestyle, with access to support as you need it? We now have one bedroom villas available at Coombrae Villas, in Feilding, and 2 bedroom villas available at Brightwater Villas in Palmerston North. In S S S

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Next open home: Friday 22nd November 2013 Coombrae Villas: 10am - 11.30am, Brightwater Villas: 2pm – 3.30pm We look forward to seeing you there! If you need transport to the open home, call us on (06) 366 0444 to arrange you free door-to-door pick up and drop off.

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BY TOD PALENSKI Awapuni Nurseries We’re at the tail end of spring and the weather is warming up which means now’s the time to get busy planting capsicums. Jalapeno, bell peppers (otherwise known as capsicum in New Zealand) and chilli are all part of the capsicum genus and can be planted now. The great thing about capsicum plants is they don’t need a lot of attention. They grow well in confined spaces and thrive with little watering. Just look for a well-drained, sheltered and sunny spot in your garden — the same type of place you’d grow tomatoes (that’s a reminder for those who haven’t got their tomatoes in the ground yet). Other plants you could grow your capsicums with are basil and parsley; the three are good companions because they like the same conditions. If you don’t have acres of space try growing these colourful fruit in pots. Awapuni has a great mixed colour capsicum bundle, which includes red, green, yellow and purple seedlings. Speaking of colours, if you’ve never grown capsicum before, you may not be aware that green, yellow and red capsicum are usually the same fruit left to ripen. Some seedlings and varieties will grow to be specific coloured capsicum, but most red and yellow ones will start off green and ripen into yellow and then into red. The taste of the fruit will also change as it ripens. Typically a red pepper will have



a slightly sweeter taste than green and a green chilli will have a hotter taste than red. There are loads of different varieties within the capsicum genus so don’t take my word for it; plant your own and experiment with the taste and colour. If your kids are fond of picking out the capsicum from salads and even pizzas, get some

friendly competition going and see who can withstand eating the hottest chilli in the garden. That will get them looking at a bit of bell pepper in their meals in a more innocuous light. Encourage smaller children to check the plants daily to watch the fruit transform from green, through yellow and into red. Grab your Awapuni

Nurseries capsicum, chilli or jalapeno seedlings from our online shop at or from your local supermarket, Bunnings or The Warehouse. Improve the quality of your soil by mixing in some compost and a good general fertiliser such as nitrophoska blue. If you’re growing your fruit in

pots, simply use a good potting mix. Capsicums take around 12 weeks to cultivate. They’re a bit like tomatoes and will spend most of that time growing the plant before you see any fruit appear. Lastly, watch out for slugs, which are quite partial to capsicum.

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SERVICES DIRECTORY Does your car need a wheel alignment? Call into the Tyre Warehouse today for your wheel alignment and save. Nathan White, our wheel alignment technician, will be happy to assist you. ■ Brand new state of the Art Hunter machine. ■ The best for normally $65 but for the month of November only $50. A wheel alignment can save

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Gordon’s got the gas on regulator repairs Is it time to get your regulators serviced or repaired? Gordon Crozier at Torch and Regulator Services in Terrace End is the man to see for all your torch and regulator repairs. For 35 years, Gordon has been servicing and repairing regulators from his Terrace End workshop. Gordon is a specialist in repairing all industrial welding equipment, such as cutting and welding torches, regulators, and even lamb-tailing equipment. He also specialises in servicing and repairing hospital and ambulance r e g u l at o r s , i n c l u di n g p u r i t y g a s regulators, resuscitation equipment and flow meters.


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Thor ready to rumble MOVIE REVIEW Thor 2: The Dark World Downtown Cinemas Running time 112 minutes (M) Reviewed by Craig Nicholson The Marvel comics production line rolls on with Thor back protecting the world from powerful forces from another world. With his trusty hammer at his side, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is forced to use all his powers and bravery to keep Earth and the other eight realms free from tyranny. Thor is a particularly likeable action man who is more superhero and defender of his people than heir to the throne of Asgard. Thor 2: The Dark World brings him

back into the world of his one love, human Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). When Jane accidentally becomes the vessel transporting a powerful force, The Aether, Thor must save her from danger. The Aether is an energy that could bring darkness to the Nine Realms if it is released. The evil Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) has made it his life’s mission to capture The Aether and destroy Asgard and the rest of the worlds. When he reappears on the scene after centuries of dormancy, Thor knows it will take more than his super powers to defeat this enemy. A—23102013splthor2

HANDY WITH A HAMMER: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is back to help Earth in The Dark World.

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THE Renaissance Singers is an auditioned choir of 35-40 singers which performs music from the 16th century to the present day. The choir is beginning work on the programme for a concert in early May 2014, featuring the Bach Magnificat and Brahms Requiem, to be perform with the Manawatu Sinfonia. Experienced singers who are interested in auditioning for membership of the choir are invited to contact the musical director, Guy Donaldson 06 357 5932 or SUPPORT group for people bereaved by suicide. This support group, facilitated by a counsellor from ACROSS Social Services, meets once a fortnight in Palmerston North. This group is for people affected by the loss of someone through suicide. People have found a real benefit in being in a group with others who can share their experience. Enquiries can be made by contacting Rose Allan or Graeme Munford on (06) 356 7486. COLOUR Workshop - How to enrich and strengthen your aura and energy field using Aura-Soma Essences and Colour. Discover your unique gifts and talents and future possibilities. Sunday 24th November 10am to 4pm. Bookings essential. For enquiries/registration contact Janice Hill on 357 9318, email or phone Jenny Mathews on 355 8281. MANAWATU Supporting Families In Mental Illness, we provide support, advocacy and education to families affected by mental illness. Just as other forms of illness affect other members of a family, so to does schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, clinical depression and anxiety/phobias. This is a free confidential service to families and the community please Phone 3558561. TE WHARE AKONGA OPEN LEARNING CENTRE in collaboration with Literacy Aotearoa are now offering Open Wananga programmes - Papa Ako: Learn to Learn, Papa Whairawa: Financial Literacy and Mahi Toa: National Certificate in Employment Skills. Visit 120 The Square, ANZ building, Palmerston North. Phone 06 357 7882 or email

Heather went into a spin when she found her new washing machine in Local Classifieds

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Your Midweek Community Connection delivered to 38,000 Manawatu Letterboxes every Thursday. Contact Details Manager: Shona Lingham Reporters:, Classifieds: Dale Wicken For Advertising: Address Guardian Corner Princess Street and Broadway Palmerston North P.O.Box 1863, Palmerston North, 4440. Phone: 06 357 5053 Fax: 06 356 5058

WOMEN’S HEALTH COLLECTIVE: BY WOMEN FOR WOMEN - FREE health information, pregnancy testing, cervical smears(limited access), support, referral, advocacy. LOWER COST: Counsellors, complementary health practitioners for women and children. Open Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm, 53 Waldegrave Street, phone 357 0314,, HOKOWHITU Village Centre presents "Christmas in the Village", November 29th from 5pm to 7pm. Join us for family fun and entertainment. Father Christmas and carol singing. Decorate the Christmas tree. White Elephant, Book stalls and Christmas gifts for sale. Free candyfloss. 358 Albert Street, Hokowhitu. LEARNING FOR LIFE - learn to live, live to learn. Fully subsidised, individually tailored learning programmes for adult learners: reading, writing, math, driver licence theory, design and art and more. Contact Te Whare Akonga, 120 The Square, back of ANZ on Broadway Ave, Palmerston North. Phone 06 357 7882 PILATES Beginning Pilates lunchtime course starts Wednesday November 20, 12.10pm to 12.55pm, Manawatu Dance Academy. Improve strength, tone, flexibility and body awareness. $100 for 10 weeks (restarts February), limited numbers for personal attention. Contact Paula 06 356 3462 or PILATES for Pregnancy - feel strong, toned and flexible throughout your entire pregnancy. Experienced instructor guides you through a safe and fun class. Saturdays 11.05am, Square Edge Dance Studio. Cost $18. Spaces limited, please register to attend. or contact - 021 041 2469. RECOVERY-CHURCH at The Salvation Army, Church Street Palmerston North. Every Tuesday night For all those who need encouragement, help in getting their lives together in situations of recovering from alcohol, gambling, broken relationships etc. For more information phone 358 7455. ALL WELCOME! TEENAGE Mums - This group is for you. Meet other teenage Mums, receive support, learn parenting skills, discover what your community has to offer and share and learn from each other. Tuesday 1.15pm at The Pregnancy Centre, 3 Amesbury Street, Palmerston North. No cost. Phone Sally on 354 2273 for details. AROHANUI Hospice Hearts and Homes charity home and garden tour 22nd and 23rd November. Visit 11 amazing homes and gardens plus stalls 9.30am-6pm. Order tickets online at or pick up a ticket order from Arohanui Hospice Ph 356 6606 FRENCH for children and adults, all levels. Group classes and individual lessons. Holiday programmes and workshops. Preparation to DELF/DALF exams. Special courses on demand. Classes held at Square Edge and in schools. Visit or call 06 560 0749 LITERACY AND NUMERACY - 100 hours fully subsidised includes learning assessment and individual learning plan. Reading, writing, maths, CV, IT, driver licence and much more. Contact Te Whare Akonga, 120 The Square, back of ANZ on Broadway Ave, Palmerston North. Phone 06 357 7882 LITERACY FOR WORKERS - fully subsidised literacy and numeracy programme for people in paid work, includes learning assessment and individual learning plans. Contact Te Whare Akonga, 120 The Square, back of ANZ on Broadway Ave, Palmerston North. Phone 06 357 7882

t to h g B r o u u by yo MANAWATU Striders OPEN DAY, Sunday 24th November, 2013. United Cricket Centre (near esplanade cafe) Manawaroa Park, from 9.30am. Go for a walk/run. All catered for. Morning Tea and talk to the experts after. For full details go to: PARENTING through separation course helps parents to understand what effect separation has on their children and how to help them through it. It also covers how to communicate with ex-partners and how the family court works. Phone 350 1461 or email



SPELLING Problems? Don’t laugh, (laf)! People and businesses around the world can use the simple Kiwi spelling system - written like they talk (toc) - it is the way of the future! Get the simple single-page guide (free) from PALMY CRAFT MARKET Calling for vendors. Market to be held on Saturday the 16th of November. Please email for more info, or call/text 027 7122 553.

STRUGGLING with Debt? Do you need hope and a solution? Christians Against Poverty offer free debt counselling and support. Call freephone 0508 227 111. BAHAI Faith: devotional meeting every third Sunday Based at All Saint’s Anglican Church, phone 358 2203 of the month at 3pm, Theosophical Hall, Church Street. This Sunday November 17th. The theme of our prayers and readings will be unity in diversity. All welcome, afternoon tea to follow. CARBOOT Sale fundraiser for West End Kindergarten, 16th November from 9am to 2pm. Book your spot now. $15 per space at Cloverlea Tavern carpark, 301 Tremaine Ave. Contact for more information. IMAGINE, DESIGN and CREATE - through wood burning, tukutuku, one stroke painting, korowai: some resources provided. Contact Te Whare Akonga, 120 The Square, back of ANZ on Broadway Ave, Palmerston North. Phone 06 357 7882

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CLAIRVOYANT Demonstration this Sunday at 10.30am. Healing with Neryl and Sue from Foxton. At the Caledonian Hall, Weld Street, Feilding. ROAD SAFETY - practice the theory tests, learn the road code, find a factsheet and everything to do with being safe on the roads. Contact Te Whare Akonga, 120 The Square, back of ANZ on Broadway Ave, Palmerston North. Phone 06 357 7882

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What’s On In Friendly Feilding

Friday Nov 15 Feilding Farmers Market 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Manchester Square Manchester St. Feilding Saleyards Tours 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Feilding Saleyards Saturday Nov 16 Classic Motorcycles Manfeild Spring Classic 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Manfeild Cross Hills Gardens Country Fair 2013 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Cross Hills Gardens Feilding Rose & Garden Show 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Feilding Bible Chapel Sunday Nov 17 Manawatu Saddle Up Club Anniversary Show 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Manfeild Coming Events

Thursday 28 November NZ Army Band Home Town Heros Concert 07:30pm, Feilding Civic Centre 84 Aorangi St. Adult - $20.00, Child - $10.00, Family - $50.00 Tickets Feilding Info Centre For further details or to register your event, contact the Feilding & District Information Centre at 10 Manchester Square, Feilding, Ph 323 3318 or email Deadline 12 noon Friday





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Contact Dale on 06 357 5053 Employment Vacancies

Reporter The Wanganui Chronicle needs an enthusiastic and energetic reporter to join the team producing the city’s must read daily newspaper. We are looking for a qualified journalist who is keen to make their mark on both print and digital platforms and who will thrive on a variety of news assignments. The Chronicle is New Zealand’s oldest daily newspaper, based in the historic river city noted for its outdoor lifestyle, great climate, affordable housing, sporting activities, excellent educational facilities and lively arts community. Email or post a cover letter and CV to: Mark Dawson - Editor Wanganui Chronicle, PO Box 433, Wanganui email: or phone the Editor on 06 349 0717 if you want to discuss this opportunity Closing date: 15th November, 2013

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A Christchurch Psychic Detailed readings into the past, present, future & beyond. References available $50.00 Phone Carolyn 323 0655.

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ST Peters Christmas Fair Saturday 16th November 9.30-12.30pm, St Peters Community Hall, terrace End. Plants, cakes and more....

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Surprising Singapore MUCH TO OFFER: After four stopovers, David Smith is not finished with Singapore.

After two stopover visits, I knew Singapore had more to offer — I’m just surprised how much more. Short stays to and from Europe in 2009 made me realise that Singapore deserved to be considered a destination in its own right. However, even I was staggered that another four nights this year, two nights at each end of our holiday, wasn’t enough to get through all the major attractions. In fact, our family came home with a list of things we still want to do in Singapore. That’s despite six busy days, which were full of fun experiences. We had hoped that the Breakfast with the Orangutans at Singapore Zoo would be part of our latest visit, but unfortunately a tropical storm ruled that out. We had already decided that the zoo’s acclaimed new River Safari would have to wait for another trip, along with the Marina Bay Garden Walk, the ArtScience Museum, Chinatown and the new SEA Aquarium, the largest in the world. A return to Universal Studios is also on the list, having had an absolute ball there on our outgoing stay in September. The decision to visit the theme park was spurof-the-moment, as it was just a short shuttle ride from our accommodation on Sentosa Island. What we thought would be a few hours’ fun turned into a whole afternoon at what is one of Singapore’s premier attractions at the huge Resorts World complex. One-day passes were $S74 each, and we got our money’s worth. The theme park is split into seven zones — New York, Hollywood, Sci-Fi City, Far Far Away, Ancient Egypt, Lost World and Madagascar — all with movie-themed rides, shows and places to eat. The Transformers ride was a unanimous favourite — it’s an absolute blast, and well worth the long wait in line. My eyes and 3D don’t normally go well together but this was done well enough that my 3D aversion wasn’t an issue. We had plenty of other fun rides, including the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, and enjoyed our experience at one of the dining places in the New York section. It’s all great family fun, and I would rate it better than any of the Gold Coast theme parks. We finished our day with dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in the Resorts World complex, where we enjoyed good food and service. Finding reasonably-priced casual restaurants can be a challenge in Singapore, where the major tourist hotels put a lot of emphasis on large, and expensive, buffets and the shopping complexes are dominated by food hall-type eateries. There are alternatives to be found, one of which we discovered at Singapore’s biggest shopping complex, VivoCity. Jamie’s Italian, one of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s network of restaurants, opened in July and we were lucky enough to stroll up for a lunchtime sitting. The attractively designed eatery has seating for 210, both indoor and outdoor, and has obviously already gained a following given the packed house when we were there. We ate inside, to enjoy the airconditioned relief from Singapore’s humidity, and all enjoyed our Italian offerings. The service was a little hit and miss, but you could forgive that given how busy the place was. Singapore is a shopper’s paradise and wandering around VivoCity, with more than 300 stores, a 15-theatre multiplex and children’s play park, can easily chew up many of your holiday hours, and dollars! We found the clothes to be similar in price


If you go

NIGHT VIEW: The view of the Marina Bay Sands complex from the Singapore Flyer.

FUN TIMES: Universal Studios is a great place to take the family.

HANGING OUT: Swimming with a view from the 57th floor.

to here, but with endless variety. Near VivoCity is the Harbourfront Station from where you can catch the cable car to Mount Fabre, which has lovely walking tracks, or in the other direction across the water to Sentosa. Unfortunately, the night we went to take the cable car we had left it too late (last boarding at 9.45pm) so we had to take a taxi back to our hotel at Sentosa. That wasn’t a problem as taxis are reasonably priced in Singapore. For instance, a taxi for three and a swag of luggage from Sentosa to Changi Airport was about $25 — very good value given the distance. The taxi drivers we encountered were all happy to talk about Singapore and offer sightseeing suggestions — and they seemed to love Tony Williams, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby. We enjoyed Sentosa, staying at the lovely Shangri La Rasa, as our base on the outward journey. The beach is nothing flash by Kiwi standards, but there is a nice relaxed atmosphere, great views of the myriad ships waiting to use the port; some fun attractions and a selection of reasonably priced places to eat. And our hotel had beautiful pools and lounging areas which more than made up for the beach’s shortcomings. One of the attractions is the Songs of the Sea, which was about 15 minutes’ walk along the beach from the Rasa hotel. There are two shows each evening, with the seats priced at $15 for a premium position and $12 for a slightly less favourable spot. The show didn’t start very promisingly, with some young Singaporean performers

looking and sounding like Wiggles impersonators, but then the high-tech lights and sounds came into play, working magic with the water to deliver something very special. A guaranteed hit with kids. We were able to fit in a trip to the Songs of the Sea before heading to the airport for a late-night departure. It seemed no time before we were back in Singapore, having enjoyed a month in Europe, but this time based in Marina Bay at the grand Ritz-Carlton. Our hotel room, on the 22nd floor, offered amazing views over Marina Bay and out to the new garden walk area. Our intention was to do the garden walk that day but we only got as far as the Marina Bay Sands complex, which is an attraction in its own right with a hotel, casino, shopping and entertainment in three massive towers. The hotel has become widely known for its unique design, with a curved ship-shaped structure at the top sitting across the three A-shaped towers. You can pay to go up to a viewing area, but a better option is to get a free pass to go up to the bar/restaurant level — where you can get a drink (expensive as in all Singapore hotels) and enjoy the view looking back across the bay and over the city. You also get to see the Marina Bay Sands’ infinity pool in which swimmers can rest their arms over the edge and soak up the sights from 57 floors off the ground. Singapore seems to have a thing about getting people high off the ground, with another popular attraction being the Flyer — the biggest Ferris wheel in the world at 165m high. For $29 per person we hopped

■ Getting there: Singapore Airlines has daily flights between Auckland and Singapore. The flights are full service, with meals and entertainment systems. ■ Staying there: There is a huge variety of options for accommodation. Orchard Road is the traditional retail hub, while Marina Bay is also a great place to be based — with a huge range of shops and a number of attractions, including the Singapore Flyer and the Marina Bay Garden Walk. Sentosa Island, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge, monorail and cable car, is a great option for families, having a more relaxed atmosphere. Make sure you book somewhere with an inviting pool area — it is great to escape Singapore’s humidity with a cool dip rather than relying on airconditioning. If you have evening flights, check whether the hotel offers complimentary late checkouts or a hospitality room to freshen up in before heading to the airport. ■ Getting around: There is no shortage of transport options, with buses, underground rail (MRT), monorail, cable car and taxis. All are reasonably priced. ■ Eating and refreshments: The main hotels are expensive for food and drinks (it’s common to pay more than $15 for a beer) and many make lavish buffets their main evening dining choice. The shopping malls have more reasonably priced options. Sentosa has a good range of places to eat. If you enjoy an evening drink, make the most of the duty-free alcohol at the airport so you can have that in your room during your stay. Even Elton John would wince at the hotel bar prices.

in one of the Flyer’s airconditioned cabins and enjoyed a 40-minute ride taking in the gradually changing night vistas. Again, the Marina Bay Sands featured prominently in the view from the Flyer but it’s not only Singapore’s new buildings that are worth checking out. There are some wonderful old landmarks well worth a visit, including the famous Raffles Hotel. Built in 1887, Raffles retains its colonial character. Walking around the grounds, you get a feeling for a bygone era with the lush tropical gardens and peaceful courtyards. The hotel has a colourful history. It was occupied by the Japanese in World War 2 after their invasion and at the end of the war it was used as a transit camp for prisoners of war. And Raffles is also where the country’s trademark cocktail, the Singapore Sling, was invented. The constant humidity in Singapore means it’s always a good time for a cocktail, and I would suggest making an attractive pool area a priority when choosing where you will stay. Both of the hotels we stayed in had inviting pools, which we made the most of to escape the heat and to sit by with a cold drink. I would happily recommend either the Rasa Sentosa or Ritz-Carlton, with the former better suited to families and the latter definitely worth considering for those who like being pampered. Both our departure flights from Singapore were late at night and the Rasa and Ritz went out of their way to accommodate this. The Rasa made a room available to freshen up in, and the Ritz gave us a 3pm checkout and then made the pool/gym facilities available to us until we were ready to leave. Although, we weren’t really ready to leave Singapore — there was still so much left to do.


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