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In any race, there’s one to watch. With the international Empire State Building Challenge in New York on May 14, it might be our own Melissa Moon. Even if she turns 50 in September. She’s a local, born and brought up in Karori and now of Kelburn, an athlete of international stature. Twice World Mountain running champion and New Zealand’s 2001 Sportswoman of the Year, she’s won 21 national running titles. There was also the 2007 round-the world Blue Planet Run. “Sixteen countries, 95 days, two deserts…” she says. Continued on page 2. Melissa Moon on step 635 of Wellington’s Majestic Tower. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

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Melissa Moon out of retirement Continued from page 1. And she’s already won the stair challenge twice, in 2010 and 2012, her second time of 12m 39s being 34s faster than her first. In 2014 she retired. “After thrashing this poor old body for twenty odd years.” The comeback decision was made last year while walking out of the Burwood spinal unit. It’s an “inspirational” place and she knows it well. In 2006 then, unbelievably again in 2018, she spent time there supporting two good friends, one a top athlete left wheelchair-bound after an accident. (Paul Crake won the Empire State Building Race five times and still has the record.) “I needed to set a goal to help them.” Melissa is grateful she is allowed to train on the 641 steps and 28 floors of Wellington’s highest building, the Majestic Tower. That’s only permitted before and after work but it is, she says, “a godsend”. By the tenth floor her heart rate is up to 180, then she maintains that to the top. “That’s not a pretty sight.” Back down in the lift gives two minutes for recovery, then she’s

In 2018, Melissa Moon of Kelburn was was inducted into the Sports Legends of Wellington Hall of Fame. PHOTO: Supplied

off again. Each of the 1576 art deco Empire State steps over 86 floors are a big higher than those in the Majestic and to compensate she will soon be adding ankle weights. She’s grateful to John Miller

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Her Wahine ticket was all that was left of the contents of Kath Henderson’s handbag after three hours in the water. The “useless” whistle was cut off her lifejacket by her rescuer. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver. By Glenise Dreaver

Johnsonville resident Kath Henderson spent Wednesday April 10 very quietly. It was the 51st anniversary of the sinking of the interisland ferry Wahine in Wellington harbour. Kath, 19, and on the way to a friend’s 21st party, was the last survivor plucked from the water more than three hours after falling down a steep, wet deck, through metal railings into the water. She was one of 100 or so passengers handed up to the high (port) side of the ship, far above waiting lifeboats, led there by well-meaning crew. Her miracle survival included, she says, “Forty foot waves breaking over us. Sheeting rain. People dying.”

“But I was one of the lucky ones.” Days later, on her father’s advice, she wrote it all up and put it away, to forget and move on. Kath retrieved her account forty years later, and again before the 50th anniversary. It is still very emotional reading. Last year’s 50th reunion of rescuers, survivors and families brought home to her just how many lives were affected, beyond those who died or were injured that day. “Chance had prevailed,” she says, adding there were no drills or safety information in the six and a half hours between grounding on Barretts Reef about 6.40 am and the “Abandon ship”. “But no one checked on older or disabled people, women

A few weeks after the Wahine rescue, the 19-year-old Kath was taken to Mount Hutt on a skiing holiday, a gift from friends wanting to support her after her traumatic experiences. PHOTO: Supplied

with little children or other vulnerable people, to plan for them.” Passengers received repeated messages that everything was ‘under control’, she says. “When the time unexpectedly came, everyone scrambled off as best they could. “The heartening thing is that society has learned so much. Today safety procedures would be very different.” Last year, meeting so many whose stories touched hers allowed her, at last, to share with their families precious memories of time spent with some who died. She was one of three passengers, two teenagers and an older man, who clung for hours to a lifebuoy. They were finally found near Pencarrow among mountain-

ous waves. Three determined heroes, a man, woman and child on the Nereides, took an hour and a half to rescue them. As rocks loomed, she was one of the two who had to be towed to save Nereides. Amidst the huge seas, twelveyear-old Peter Ward climbed down a ladder to tie ropes under their shoulders. After being dragged to deeper water Kath was pulled out, then her older companion. He was laid on the deck beside the two teenagers but died five minutes later. (To protect Kath’s privacy, there is no recent photograph. We ask readers to respect that, and to understand the huge emotional toll that relating these memories still takes.)

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Mall delays showing “no respect” By Glenise Dreaver

Johnsonville Community Association president Simon Pleasants is calling the lack of action on the future development of the Johnsonville mall both “shocking and hugely disappointing”. He also says the delays by, and lack of information from Stride Property, “the single company which owns much of the central business district of Johnsonville” show the community “no respect at all”. “It’s insulting.” He was reacting to the Independent Herald’s story “Mall still at investigation stage” (April 10, 2019 p.2) where Stride Property spokesperson Roy Stansfield said they were waiting for geotech testing results as part of pre-development investigations. “I think it’s almost beyond belief that, after owning virtually all the area from the station to the motorway for thirty years, including carparks, they don’t know enough about the geology of the area to go ahead.” Johnsonville is already he says, almost a city in its own right, a “sub-regional centre”. With Council currently consulting on the development of greenfield areas in Takapu and Ohariu vallies, as well as for more intensive housing developments in already builtup areas, he points out that the population is expected to rise from 27,000 to 40,000 in the foreseeable future. “Two out of the three major

Simon Pleasants, president of the Johnsonville Community Association, is dismissive of what he says are unnecessary delays with the redevelopment of the Johnsonville Mall by Stride Property. PHOTOs: Glenise Dreaver

town centre would have to be massively redeveloped to provide hundreds, even thousands more jobs than just retail can provide,” he says. He speculates that in this election year, delays by Stride could be a way of forcing concessions from the council. “Otherwise, why the prolonged delay in making an announcement? Why?”

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Planning for Growth Consultation on scenarios underpinning the WCC’s Urban Growth Plan is open and will run until May 10. Here Kate Pascall, Principal Advisor, Planning, Wellington City Council, discusses the consultation document with WCC councillor Andy Foster. PHOTO: Supplied

“More town houses in the suburbs, or high rise apartments in the city?” That’s just one of the questions Andy Foster, Urban Development portfolio leader and Wellington City Councillor, is asking. “Should we open up more greenfields to build in places like Ohariu Valley, or say no to carbon emissions by keeping all new development close to public transport routes?” he continues. Andy adds that 30 years from now, Wellington will be home to 50,000 to 80,000 more people and this week WCC began consultation to get people thinking about the challenges and choices. “Councils are now required by law to show they can accommodate 30 years expected growth,” he says. “The challenge for us is about how we best accommodate that while protecting the things we value most about our city. “There will be trade-offs,” he adds. The Council has developed four scenarios to present the pros and cons of four options. For example, one focuses on suburban development, more townhouses and low

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Make time for Dreams Lynn Coory is especially busy in the lead up to Dreams, Khandallah Arts Theatre’s short season of short plays, which is on for three performances on May 3 to 5. “The three plays all have some aspect of dreaming in their themes,” she says, “so the other two directors and I agreed on that as their collective name.” Lynn is not only directing the longest play, which is just under an hour, but she also has a part in one of the others, ‘At the Bay’. “The two couldn’t be more different,” she says. “At the Bay is a fairly faithful dramatisation of Katherine Mansfield’s short story of the same name. “It’s languid and subtle, with the tensions within the family and those between them and their neighbours quite understated. “The play I’m directing, Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die, is full of over-dramatised emotions, as three Kiwi Cumberbatch fans spiral out of control in their dreams of how they could meet their idol. “It’s very funny, and we’re having a ball

rehearsing it.” The third play is different again. It’s a short surrealist piece with two characters in a featureless room trying to work out where they are and why, and, Lynn says, it also is very amusing. Some of the actors in this season haven’t been in a Khandallah Arts Theatre production before. “Putting on a short season of short plays brings in people whose lives are too busy to commit to the number of rehearsals and performances a full-length play requires,” Lynn says. “So it’s a great thing for actors. “It’s also great for audiences, because they get to see three plays for the price of one. “Of course there is the disadvantage that with only three performances, you have to be quick to get a ticket.” Tickets for the two evening performances on May 3 and 4 and one matinee on May 5 can be bought through www.kat-theatre. and at the Village Pharmacy in Khandallah.

Ngaio resident Lynn Coory and eight-year old Rafaella Doube of Khandallah rehearsing for their roles in Khandallah Arts Theatres play At the Bay. PHOTO: Supplied

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Army outreach for dentist New Zealand Army Lieutenant Ray Lin of Karori enlisted last year. From March 11-22 he was part of Exercise Wisdom Tooth, which has provided essential dental care to people in Hawke’s Bay with high oral health needs. And, says Ray, it was that kind of experience that made him enlist. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board had teamed up to conduct the dental outreach, which also ran sessions at a number of schools. That work highlighted the importance of good oral health and healthy lifestyle choices – and also provided defence career information. “Because of the costs involved many individuals do not seek regular dental treatment, unless it becomes a big problem or an emergency,” says Ray, who before enlisting and had worked for two years in Whangarei as a junior dentist for the Northland District Health Board. He is now one of two dentists at Burnham Military Camp. He had emigrated to New Zealand from China with his family when he was four and grew up in Karori, attending Scots College before obtaining his dental degree at the University of Otago. “Working in the military was something I wanted to try while I had the opportunity,” he says “The Hawke’s Bay exercise was my first dental exercise since joining the NZDF and I had been looking forward to working as part of a big team. “Where else would I have the opportunity to keep fit, travel overseas and provide humanitarian dental care as part of my job? “I did not want any regrets later in my career for not taking the opportunity to join.”

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you do anything special to mark Anzac Day?

Beverley Telfar, Ngaio “I have sometimes gone to the Ataturk Memorial on the south coast.”

Irene Woodhouse, Churton Park “Probably not - but it’s sad to see services cancelled. It’s giving in to terrorism.”

Jacob Coombs, Johnsonville “We sometimes go into the city and probably will again.”

Jenny Greenslade, Khandallah “I support the day, but I no longer attend the big services.”

Sarah Jennings, Ngaio “We sometimes go, but we’ll be away this year.”

Vincent Cornell, Bassett Road “I’m supportive, but it depends on work.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a f lat i n Hindmarsh Street was broken into and all rooms searched. Initially it was reported that only costume jewellery was stolen but a bank card must also have been taken as an attempt was made to fraudulently obtain money from the victim’s account at an ATM in Johnsonville Road. A white Suzuki Swift hatchback parked outside the victims’ flat in Dr Taylor Terrace was reported stolen. The vehicle was later found returned to the parking space undamaged. CCTV footage is being examined to identify the offender. A smashed window in a front door of a house in Bould Street allowed

the offender to reach through and unlock the door. Other rooms in the property that were locked were forced open. A cash box containing a substantial amount of money was stolen. A red Nissan Skyline saloon parked in a carport in front of the house in Prospect Terrace had its passenger side window smashed. The offender reached through and took a radar detector from the windscreen. In Newlands a jemmied back door gave access to a house in Warren Street which was given a messy search. A TV and a duvet were stolen. In Khandallah the carport and

the internal garage of a house in Onslow Road were entered, possibly through the use of an electronic key left in a car in the carport. Bottles of wine, a motorbike helmet and mats from other cars parked there were taken. A silver Volvo stationwagon parked during the morning at the Khandallah Swimming Pool in Woodmancote Road was broken into via a smashed left rear window. A backpack and a raincoat were stolen. In Ngaio a blue Mazda CX5 stationwagon parked on the road in Abbott Street had its front left window smashed to gain access. The vehicle manual was stolen from the glove box. A white Subaru

Impreza saloon parked at the Ngaio Gorge entrance to Trelissick Park had its rear passenger window smashed. A canvas bag containing clothing items was stolen. While preparing for a child’s birthday party the victim left the front door open at their house in Gaya Grove. An opportunistic thief entered and stole the presents laid out in a room set up for the birthday party. The gifts stolen include a laptop computer, gift “pressie” cards valued at $150, a Macpac coat, a torch and a game. In Karori a green Jaguar Sovereign saloon left unlocked and parked between the house and the garage in Hatton Street was entered and a

purse containing a driver’s licence and some US currency was stolen. A forced bedroom window gave access to a house in Victory Avenue. Jewellery items, alcohol and headphones are reported to have been stolen. In Ngauranga a black Suzuki Swift hatchback parked overnight in Malvern Road was broken into via a smashed rear right quarterlight window. A pair of sunglasses was stolen. A red Honda CRV stationwagon parked overnight at the corner of Malvern Road and Fort Street had its right rear quarterlight window smashed to gain entry. Articles of clothing and a drone were stolen.

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A basketball half-court should be built on the car park at Alex Moore Park says the Johnsonville Community Association. President Simon Pleasants made this suggestion in a letter to Wellington City Council highlighting the urgent need for youth recreational facilities here. He also met recently with Northern Ward Takapu Councillors Jill Day, Peter Gilberd and Malcom Sparrow and discussed a plan of action last Wednesday but, he says, it did not come to any definite conclusions. Simon recommends the council take two immediate actions: replace the half-court and reprioritise the construction of the Johnsonville West playground. JCA first asked councillors to replace the half-court in 2014. “Years passed, still we have no half-court, no acceptable plan to replace it, and no budget” he says. They recommended it be put in part of the Alex Moore Park car park. “The site is ideal for a half-court; it is accessible, safe, well-lit and co-located with other recreational facilities.” In his letter, Simon said St Brigid’s School was considered the back-up plan, “in the absence of any budget or site”. In February, it was announced the council planned to pursue the site at St Brigid’s School. The playground would be open to the community out of school hours. Simon said: “Frustratingly, with no announcement from WCC, the ‘fall-back’ became the policy. This must be reversed. “The plan may work in many cases for children, but not for youth.”


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The new autumn moon marks the end of harvest in Sri Lanka and, in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, the time for celebrating another New Year. This is a national holiday and a time of peace. Houses are thoroughly cleaned, and an oil lamp is lit to symbolise bringing

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Heritage Lifecare, a nationwide aged care provider, has outgrown their two Johnsonville offices and are coming together in a fresh modern space further up the road. Their Support Office has been part of the Johnsonville landscape for 5 years now. When they first set up their home base they were a small team of 6, with only a couple of rest home and village sites under their belt. They have grown rapidly since then and now have a portfolio of 36 Care Homes and 24 Villages across New Zealand. With Heritage’s growth, it has meant the expansion of the Support Office. To promote a successful journey ahead, they wanted to bring their whole team together under one roof.

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Take that! National List MP Brett Hudson took one for the team, with this wet sponge hitting the mark at St John’s Fair on Saturday.

Henk and Elka with Lucas and Maia choose their cakes.

The sun shone, though a cruel southerly made it feel like a winter’s day, but Johnsonville people at the St John’s Church Fair and Fun Day on Saturday found plenty to do. With indoor and outdoor activities, there was something for everyone. A bouncy castle in the church grounds was a magnet for the younger children, who burned their boundless energy to keep warm while their parents and organisers braved the elements. Coffees and spicy foods were popular while the stallholders endured the cold, but people still found room for a gelato to cleanse their palates afterwards. A memory of days gone by was provided by village stocks, which held naughty celebrities while they were pelted with wet sponges. Vicar Ben Johnson and MP Brett Hudson took their ‘punishment’ with good humour and when they had done their time and were suitably soaked, they were released on parole. Inside the church and hall, people got warm again while visiting stalls selling plants, cakes, books, crafts and toys. It takes more than a chilly winter wind to beat the people of Johnsonville.

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Wednesday April 17, 2019

It’s a boy!

Diversity of dance

The male five-month old takahe chick at ZEALANDIA has been sexed and named. The chick has been given the name Te Awhiorangi which means ‘the encircler of heaven’. It references a sacred pounamu adze (cutting tool) that is said to be used by the atua (god) Tane to cut the sinews that bound Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatuanuku (the earth mother). The name has been agreed by ZEALANDIA, Taranaki Whanui te Upoko o te Ika and the Department of Conservation’s Takahe Recovery Programme. “This very special name reflects the chick’s whakapapa to ZEALANDIA —Te Mara a Tane — and to Taranaki Whanui te Upoko o te Ika, the mana whenua for this region,” says Aaria Dobson-Waitere, Kaitaki Ranger at ZEALANDIA. “Te Awhiorangi will carry the mana of this name when it returns to Ngai Tahu lands down south. “Takahe chicks are so vulnerable in their early days, and we

are thrilled that Te Awhiorangi has grown up healthy and well. “We hope he makes an incredible contribution to the conservation of this taonga species with chicks of his own,” Aaria says. Volunteers and staff spent many hours preparing and providing a special blend of food that helped takahe parents Nio and Orbell raise Te Awhiorangi. Te Awhiorangi is shortly to be transferred to the Burwood Takahe Centre, Fiordland, to be fostered onto another pair of takahe as it continues to learn about how to thrive in the wild. Later in the year he will be released out at Te Puhi-a-Noa, more commonly known as the Murchison Mountains. Takahe Recovery makes the decisions about where birds are transferred to as part of the national breeding programme. “April is Takahe Awareness Month and as Te Awhiorangi will only be at ZEALANDIA for a little while longer, we encourage visitors to come and see him soon,” Aaria says.

The beauty and colour of Indian dance, one of the cultural delights to be on display at the International Dance Festival in Wellington on April 28. From left are local dance students Jyoti Gosavi, Nitya Chandrasekaran, Vinita Gupta and Disha Jangid. PHOTO: Supplied

Students Pump Dance Studio dancers, which include some students from their Khandallah studio, as well as those from Shut Up and Dance, which includes Johnsonville and Crofton Downs, are to be part of the capital’s celebrations of International Dance Day. Mayur Dance Academy students, some from Johnsonville, will also be amongst those performing in the YouthDance Education Trust’s free programme of dance activities at Te Papa on Sunday April 28. The Mayur dancers will demonstrate two Indian classical

dance forms, Kathak and Bharatanatyam. Kathak originated with the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as kathakars and Bharatanatayam originated from the temples of South India. Ten performance groups will be represented in the concert, which is part of UNESCO’s global celebrations of International Dance Day. Other cultural performances will include Samoan, Israeli, Polish, Middle Eastern and African dances. The day kicks off with a range of

‘have-a-go’ workshops, with nine to choose from. There is something for all ages and abilities, from African dance to Hip Hop, Scottish Ceilidh to Samoan Sasa. There are also workshops just for kids including Hawaiian dance, ballet, Capoeira and jazz dance. The day closes with a performance on the Te Papa marae showcasing the diversity of dance in Wellington.  You can find out more about the event at:

Dad Orbell grooms his takahe chick Te Āwhiorangi at ZEALANDIA. PHOTO: Karen Rankin-Neal

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Winx the wonder mare a winner to the end “She’s just a horse.” That may be true, according to jockey Hugh Bowman but Winx is a once-in-a-lifetime mare. That’s a big, and often overused plaudit but the mighty mare has transcended racing and did it one more time to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse, on Saturday. Her record warrants the lofty

praise as she won her 33rd consecutive race and 25th Group One. The best bit of the story is, unlike many champions, she went out a winner and retired in style. For me, it won’t be the victories I’ll remember. Instead it will be the nature of Winx herself. You’d swear she knew what

she was there for, that she knew 42,000 people came just to see her run. Despite the crowd, she never got worked up, didn’t care for the flashes of cameras, the roar of a massive crowd - she was utterly unfazed. She behaves like a professional athlete doing her job. So massive are her achievements, people dress in the

colours of her silks, people bet on her, not to make money (she paid $1 to win on Saturday at the TAB) but merely to have proof they were alive and saw her run. Winx is right up there with Black Caviar, Phar Lap and Makybe Diva in terms of the greatest Australasian thoroughbreds of the last 100 years and an argument could be made

she’s the best ever. Such was Winx’s greatness, I’m sure connections of horses racing against her on Saturday in their heart of hearts did not want to be the one to ruin the fairytale. Winx’s owners, her trainer, Chris Waller, were all in tears post-race. That’s what being part of history can do.

North Wellington routs United By Brent Stephen

With twelve goals recorded, the referee was at the point of calling for a new pencil at the conclusion of Saturday’s Men’s Central League match between Wellington United and New World Newlands North Wellington. Even the person running the Twitter account at Wellington United said they would never have taken the job on had they known they would be so busy. North Wellington completed a comprehensive rout, winning by 10 goals to two. The match was far from certain at half time with the Johnsonville-based team leading by two goals to one, thanks to a quickly taken free kick

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