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A dubious discovery By Gerald Rillstone

Johnsonville Scouts took to the streets of Johnsonville last weekend in a bid to clean up and raise funds. Among the detritus found on the day was an air pistol, discovered under some bushes near the supermarket. Continued on page 2. Johnsonville Scout James Lawson with the air pistol he discovered during the fundraising clean up. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone

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Trailers of trash brings in cash Continued from page 1. Wit h sponsorsh ip f rom Johnsonville MacDonalds to the tune of $1,000 Johnsonville Scouts and supporters scoured the streets for rubbish in a bid to clean up the suburb and finance their up and

coming trip to the Scouting movement jamboree. One of the most prolific finds on the day were unused drinking straws with more unusual items being a toaster, socks, Tee shirts, plastic spoons and nappies.

Scout leader Johann Weich says “it was pretty mind numbing picking up the rubbish but was well worth it.” He says the money they have earned will go a long way to helping with costs for the next Jamboree.

Rob Cla rke operations manager for Johnsonville Macdonalds says they were more than happy to help out the Scouts and it is one of the 40 to 50 local groups the business supports financially.


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A few hours of clean up for the Johnsonville Scouts and supporters filled their trailers to the top. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone

Karori’s new community environmental group takes flight Karori’s new environmental group is to be called KAKA which is short for Karori Kaitiaki. “Kaitiaki” means ‘Guardian’ which fits perfectly with the ethos of the new Society”, says newly elected President Shireen Maindonald. “We have wonderful groups looking after Zealandia and Makara Peak but there are a lot of reserves between them which KAKA wants to help look after much better. We’ll also focus on improving the health of the Karori stream and the upper Kaiwharawhara stream. We enjoy a wonderful natural environment but it could be so much better without rubbish

and pollution and we’ll work to replace noxious weeds in bush areas with native plants and on general beautification of our community.” “KAKA will work closely with the City Council and with any group with complementary environmental and community objectives,” says Shireen. “We want to make a real difference. There will be some advocacy and encouraging greater understanding of and respect for our reserves and streams, but most of what we do will be getting hands dirty work on improving our local reserves. We also intend that KAKA is fun and brings our community together.”

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At its inaugural meeting last Thursday, Shireen was joined on the committee by Carly Harrison (Secretary), Andy Foster (Treasurer), and Mike Pratt, Florence Reynolds, Leith Wallace, Andrew Bell and Jo Goudie. We adopted our new constitution and agreed a plan of work.” Local Councillor and KAKA treasurer Andy Foster says “We want some early runs on the board. The work programme is designed to tackle areas where we can make the most difference, by finishing tasks such as removing all the weeds and rubbish and planting in smaller and often more visible areas. “The bigger reserves will come

later. Wellingtonians are hugely enthusiastic about improving the environment we live in and we have over 100 community groups already helping look after many Wellington reserves. KAKA will bring that love to a lot of reserves and streams that haven’t had that care until now.” “We are getting straight to work,” Shireen says. “This coming Saturday generally from 9.30 am we are teaming up with some 320 local Scouts plus many parents to work across 22 reserves and streamside areas, 18 of them in Karori. We would love as many people to join us as possible.” The website for volunteering is



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Churton Park bus users have their say Constant improvements are underway across the bus network and at a meeting held in Churton Park recently some of those improvements were outlined while residents highlighted their concerns. Greater Regional Council’s sustainable transport committee deputy chairman, Daran

Ponter, told residents the council has staff standing over operators to make sure the right size buses are going to places where they are needed the most. But even with the most recent tweaks to the system there are still major problems for Churton Park residents.

Some have taken to driving into the city because either the new system is making trips to the city twice as long as it used to or transfer times are too short and it is costing more. To get home at a reasonable time dry and warm is all some are asking for. “ I would far sooner use a bus

Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Daran Ponter and Chairman Chris Laidlaw at the Churton Park meeting. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone

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Everyday superheroes of Wellington rise for climate action Local climate action group, 350 Wellington, have took action last week to call for bold and ambitious climate leadership in the run-up to the Global Climate Action Summit hosted in California this week. 350 Wellington led a superhero march from Te Papa to Civic Square. They were joined by members of the public, fellow climate groups, and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw, to participate in an international day of climate action, Rise for Climate. This worldwide day of action sees thousands of people participating in actions across 95 countries.

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inbrief news Testing native plants to improve lake quality A new field trial is underway in Wairarapa using native plants to clean up farm runoff going into Lake Wairarapa. Scientists from ESR, (Institute of Environmental Science and Research), are looking at the potential of mānuka and of other native trees to reduce the leaching of nitrate and other pathogens from farm run-off. Dr Maria Gutierrez-Gines, a scientist at ESR, says laboratory work has already demonstrated that mānuka and kānuka enhance the die off of E.coli in the soil and reduce nitrate leaching more effectively than pasture or pine trees. Recent research also suggests that other plants such as rata and horopito may have similar properties. Dr Gutierrez-Gines says the trial is an opportunity to test those findings in a real farm setting.

$34m for tomorrow’s computers and other research Priority next-generation computers that use superconductor technology to make a quantum leap in operating speed and data storage came a step closer today after a Victoria University of Wellington research team received nearly $6 million as part of funding announced by Research, Science and Innovation Minister the Hon Dr Megan Woods. The researchers, led by Associate Professor Ben Ruck in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, are one of 11 Victoria University of Wellington-led teams to receive more than $34 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Endeavour Fund, New Zealand’s largest contestable research fund.

Wellington’s first Park and Stride launches at Ngaio School O n Mond ay Nga io School opened the first Park and Stride drop-off areas in Wellington to make getting tamariki to school safer and easier for everyone. Two drop-off areas on C olway a nd Bombay streets will be monitored by senior students from Ngaio School who will be stamping passport cards for the first few weeks and giving out prizes. Deputy Principal Kirsten Reid has worked with a similar initiative at Hutt Central School, where they use Walking Pou, and was keen to try it at Ngaio School. “The senior students have been so excited to get this off the ground. They’ve been promoting it with posters and a fabulous video. And they’re out there every morning helping younger kids get to school,” Kirsten says. Park and Stride signs provided by Wellington City Council will be accompanied by a map and safety information which each

student can take home. Ngaio School has also taken part in cycle skills, scooter skills and the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme run by New Zealand Police, so their students are well equipped to walk to school. New Z ea la nd Police School Community Officer Tayla Giles was at the launch helping stencil kiwi footprints in chalk along the footpath. “Ngaio School is doing all the right things to get their kids to school safely. We’re very excited to launch Park and Stride and we hope to see more of these popping up at other Wellington schools in future.” For the rest of term Ngaio School will be celebrating ‘Spring into Spring’ with Milo Mondays and Walk’n’Wheel Wednesdays to help promote active travel to and from school. These programmes are supported by Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and the NZ Police.

At the Park and Stride drop-off Hilleke Townsend (WCC), Tayla Giles (NZ Police) Mia Collow, Tyler Keith, James Catherwood Ngā mihi nui Kirsten Reid Associate Principal.

Scouting Movement initiative Scouts’ “Messengers of Peace” comes to improve Wellington reserves this weekend. Messengers of Peace is a Worldwide Scouting Movement initiative which started in 2008 and since then has seen over a billion hours of voluntary work done around the world. Organiser and long-time Scout leader Mary Bluck says, “this coming Saturday, 22nd of September will be


the first Messengers of Peace work day in New Zealand, and we intend there will be many more to come. Messengers of Peace is all about making a difference, and making the world a better place. We are focusing on improving local reserves in Wellington.” “320 Scouts of all ages from 5 to 25 and Scout leaders have signed up to work. The Scouts come from Scout troops all




around Wellington City. There will be plenty of parents there helping too,” she says. “We’ll be working mostly in Karori alongside Karori’s new KAKA group, including in Zealandia. We’re also working in Northland, and with the Trelissick Park Working Group, Polhill Protectors and Southern Environmental Association in other parts of Wellington,” she says. “I’ve been around all the

reserves and worked with Councillor Andy Foster and Ranger Tim Harkness to plan out exactly what needs to be done where, the gear we need, leaders required and the appropriate ages for the Scouts on each site. We are really looking forward to it.” “In the evening the public are very welcome to join us at a traditional Scout campfire at Waitangi Park from 7pm.” Mary says.

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Khandallah sparky Zealand’s top tutor Wellington’s David Barnes’ career in the electrical industry has taken him from “messing round, getting a few shocks” in his father’s garage to being named as New Zealand’s top independent tertiary education tutor. David, from Khandallah, the Electrical Training Company’s (Etco) National Learning Support Manager, scooped both the Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ) 2018 Tutor of the Year and the overall Supreme title at the ITENZ awards event in Hamilton. The awards are organised by the Quality Commission to recognise excellence across the entire independent tertiary sector. Since 2005, David has overseen training across the Wellington region for Etco, New Zealand’s leading provider of electrical apprenticeships. He is known throughout the industry for his dedication and his region has been the top exam performer for all New Zealand’s electricity industry training providers for the past seven years. The awards citation described him as: “An exceptional tutor, incredibly committed and able to identify the different ways in which individuals learn.” The judging panel was unanimous in its decision to present him with the Supreme award. “The only thing I’d previously won in my life was a trip to Auckland in a competition run by my bank in the 1970s,” said David. “So it was a great surprise and honour

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to be announced as winner of both the awards, especially across such a diverse range of educational disciplines.” David’s passion for electrical work began as a schoolboy “messing around in his father’s garage”. After “a few shocks” he decided he should “learn how to do it properly” and in 1970 took up a four-year apprenticeship in the

Wairarapa. He began combining his electrical career with teaching in 1977 and joined Etco as a fulltime tutor in 2002. A keen railway enthusiast, he is planning to spend his $2,500 winnings on a trip around Otago’s famous railway routes – combining that, of course, with a spot of work, dropping in to see his colleagues at Etco’s Dunedin centre.

There are two sides to politics. There’s the hype and the comments and the personalities. It’s life in a goldfish bowl where there’s nowhere to hide if anything goes astray. It’s called political noise and keeps an army of commentators, opposition politicians, and political staff employed and excited. The other side is the business of government, the daily grind if you like, of getting on with running the country. That’s ensuring our infrastructure is maintained and enhanced, schools, hospitals and roads are built and maintained, we’re all kept safe, and generally the population gets on with their lives. In local council they call it rates, rubbish and roads. And so I encourage you to look at the recent announcements from our Prime Minister and our coalition partners, outlining how we’re going to make all this happen. It’s not spectacular headline grabbing stuff; it’s the very real plan for making sure our grandkids get to continue enjoying the great country this generation and those who came before did. It needs a plan; unfortunately relying on market forces alone, as we have seen in housing in particular, won’t deliver a fair society. And fair means understanding and appreciating how others live and their history. That’s why the St Brigid’s School kapa haka festival held over the

weekend, organised this year by Ngaio School and held at Onslow College, and competed in by virtually every school in the electorate is such an important forum for mixing around one common theme celebrating our point of difference with the world. Local Wayne Firmann, an old rugby teammate of mine, initiated the festival 21 years ago and it’s just grown and grown; that only happens if there’s a need to be met, and there was. Hard work, hard yards, and inspiration are the key mix, and I’m pleased to be part of a government that’s got all that. One other lesson I got in politics this week that everyone has a right to ask Parliament to consider any idea through the petition process A local constituent asked me to present a petition asking that Julian Assange be offered asylum in NZ, having gathered over 2000 signatures. I don’t agree with it, don’t think it should or will happen, but nevertheless I was prepared to accept it and let parliament make that decision. A famous philosopher Voltaire once said ‘I don’t agree with you but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ That’s my view on free speech, so that’s why I received it. The Clerk of the House will refer it to a select committee for eration.

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Lab conserves endangered species Nationally significant research work is underway at the recently opened Lions Otari Plant Conservation Laboratory. Funded by the Karori Lions Club to the tune of $72,000 and a further investment of more than $50,000 of work from the Wellington City Council, the lab is the first of its kind in New Zealand. In a bid to combat climate change the current focus of the lab is on seed germination and long term storage, including how seeds can be stored at -196degC in liquid nitrogen and then germinated into normal plants. Once the process has been perfected, more native species can then be stored safe in the knowledge it can be germinated when needed for restoration or research. “Otari is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants. Now it is entering the field of laboratory seed research – a massive step,” says Mayor Justin Lester. The lab will collaborate with Plant and Food Research, Kew Millennium Seed Bank, Te Papa, Victoria and Massey Universities. Councillor Peter Gilberd, who holds the city’s science portfolio, says Otari is a national taonga. “The commissioning of the new lab could not be more timely as we confront climate change, and diseases such as sudden decline, myrtle rust and kauri dieback,” he says. Conservation and Science Advisor Karin Van Der Walt says: “There are endangered species in New Zealand that will benefit

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All abuzz for Bee Aware Month September is Bee Aware Month and there’s a hive of activity around the capital for raising awareness of the crucial role bees play in all of our lives. The focus of this year’s Bee Aware Month is bee health, and what communities can do to help keep our bees healthy so they’ll be better able to fight disease and thrive. This is important as the bee population in New Zealand contributes about $5 billion to our economy annually and supports about one third of everything we eat, says Mayor Justin Lester. “We are focused on being a resilient and sustainable city, and bees are a critical component of that vision and the future of our urban ecology,” says Justin. “Being a bee-friendly capital is something we can all contribute to – and will all benefit from,” adds the mayor. Wellington City Council and Apiculture NZ (ApiNZ) are partnering up and inviting the public to events and activities around the city, designed to raise awareness and provide tips about how to be bee-friendly. Take the opportunity to ask a beekeeper a question, learn how to make beeswax wraps, hear about bee mythology, or do a honey tasting. The start of spring also means some honey bees are on the move, and a swarm of bees could be unexpected visitors in your back yard. Bees can swarm in response to overcrowding in hives when the queen lays more eggs in response to a greater abundance of food - flowers and pollen - in the warmer weather. When bees swarm, a queen and up to 20,000 worker bees leave the hive and land in gardens or structures. Bees gather in a dark mass around the queen to keep her warm and safe. Beekeeper John Burnet, member of Wellington Beekeepers Association who also

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manages hives at the Wellington Botanic Garden, reassures the public to not be afraid of swarms, but to also avoid them. “If you find a swarm, your best approach is to not disturb the bees, and contact a beekeeper to safely collect it. Swarming bees are not aggressive and will not sting unless they feel threatened,” he says. Council Animal Liaison Officer Meggyn Lorimer is happy to take calls from the public in relation to bees. “I am here to provide advice or refer people to someone who can help. The Council’s Customer Service Centre has a list of local beekeepers that are available to remove swarms that are causing concern or nuisance to the public,” she says. The public can come along and meet John and other guest beekeepers from the Wellington Beekeepers Association at two special events for Bee Aware Month hosted by the Council.

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Papararangi kindergarten entertains C a s h m e r e H o m e i n N ewl a n d s played host to tamariki form Papararangi Kindergarten who performed some of the waiata they have been practicing. Head teacher Isabel Boyd says they performed a number of waiata they did at their recent whanau concert for the residents. The entertainment was put on for residents at the home and is part of a number of regular trips the kindergarten makes out into the community, so the children can connect with the elderly in their local area.

Papararangi Kindergarten tamariki entertainers from left, Jamie Wong, Jasper Waugh, Caccidi Poutu, Jade Tulikifanga, Nia Tulikifanga and Ella Anderson.

Fixing a high-risk bus network By Gerald Rillstone

Changing the entire bus network in one go was always going to be a high-risk endeavour, former Wellington transport assistant manager Michael Flinn who lives in Northland. “The first three weeks were what I might have expected with such a big change in a general sense, a shortage of drivers, drivers getting lost, buses bunching, all that kind of thing. In the third and fourth week I would have expected it to settle down.” “They took a high risk in getting it all done and they have been caught out and it has backfired a bit.” “There are a lot of route issues that are probably only becoming more apparent

now,” Michael says. He says to get a real idea of what is happening on the bus routes you have to get out and physically look at what is happening, trying to plan routes theoretically won’t give a real time view of what is happening. “The new drivers, lack of knowledge on the road, the lack of training time, all that sort of thing was part of the risk. Even with new vehicles you can never be sure everyone will work right out of the box.” Buses have been an interest of Michaels, since he was a young lad living in the United Kingdom and he is still as keen as ever. So keen in fact, he has been out and physically counted and calculated what is happening on some of Karori’s troublesome

bus routes. “In 2016, I recorded 400 passengers on board trips to Karori South and West (and Wrights Hill on Route 21) and Mairangi arriving at Lambton Quay/Brandon Street between 4pm and 6pm, most of which now only have the options of either the Route 2 buses or of boarding other buses to get to Brandon Street or the Railway Station before changing to another bus to get home. “Karori area services were changed by the unnecessary Karori Tunnel ‘hub’ and these

were also criticised at the Karori meeting. “These routes do need to be reviewed with any necessary time changes made immediately but Greater Wellington Regional Council need to have a rethink and return to the Karori community, probably in November, with more practical proposals of new route and time proposals to start in early 2019. “It can’t be changed overnight there needs to be patience and identify clearly what you want to change and then reschedule the drivers accordingly,” Michael says.


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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Have the changes to the new bus network made a difference?

Dale Hendry, Karori No they haven’t, there are still buses that don’t turn up.

Shirley Wilson, Karori No, the changes haven’t made a difference.

Donna Bradley, Karori One word: No.

Jack Maloney, Karori No, nothing has improved

Mark Lea, Karori In the first three to four weeks it was poor but it has improved on the peak times for me.

Kay Kiltscher, Karori I have not noticed any improvement, I don’t know how they got it so wrong.

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Bus timetable terror Dear Editor, When the capital city’s fathers and mothers, (seen by many to be wicked step-fathers and wicked step-mothers) decided to improve public transport within the greater Wellington region, they failed to consider those of us who are totally dependent upon userfriendly bus and train timetables. I do not drive and have become

one of the new Karori bus timetable victims. Changing buses in mid city when travelling alone across town at night is not fun, especially during the winter months when isolated bus stops can be damp, dark, and the wait for the connecting bus can be up to half an hour. Bring back the trusty old bus timetables so our lives can return to normal,

kids can confidently bus to school and workers can once again hop on a bus close to home confident that they will get to work on time, unless of course, their bus stop was closed by the public transport improvement team during their disastrous 2018 reign of bus timetable terror. Rose Hudson, Karori

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What is the secret to ageing well? If you ask Johnsonville’s Moira Koorey, it’s the ability to have a laugh. “It’s good to be a woman in my family, they’ve all lived good long lives,” the 83-year-old chuckles. “Three of my relatives in particular, who were all career women with no children, they had great senses of humour and ended up living into their nineties!” Since moving to Enliven’s Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville earlier this year, Moira says she’s had plenty of opportunities to enjoy a laugh with fellow residents and staff. “The residents here are very nice and the staff are lovely, they really notice how you’re feeling and ask questions if they see something’s changed with you. “There are plenty of jokes between people and lots of little interactions, which is great.” The cheerful woman insists she knew Cashmere Heights was the right home for her after visiting with her daughter. “I really like the gardens and there’s a nice homely feel here. My daughter was also really happy because it was very close to where she lives,” Moira explains. “I’m knitting something for my granddaughter at the moment. I hadn’t knitted in ages until I moved here, so it’s been nice to be able to pick up the hobby again.” Cashmere Home, like all Enliven homes, follows the elder-centred Enliven philosophy, which encourages elders to enjoy spontaneity, variety, and meaningful activity. Home manager Karen Rhind says a

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passion for helping elders like Moira maintain their zest for life is what drives the Cashmere Heights team. “We firmly believe in putting the residents at the heart of everything we do. This is, after all, the residents’ home—our job is simply to do our very best to help them enjoy life and stay connected to the things they love.” When she’s not knitting, Moira finds joy in reading a good book or trying out one of the many activities on offer as part of the home’s tailored recreation programme. “I like going out on van tours around town and I’ve also tried some of the home-based group activities like playing bowls. “Of course, I’ve played bingo with the others, that’s seems to be the universal game here!” Moira laughs.  To learn more about Johnsonville’s Cashmere Heights Home, visit or call 04 478 9051. PBA

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New start-up flexible employment site When career diplomat Amy Prebble decided to have a family, a whole new awareness of work life balance kicked in and she decided to create a business specialising in flexible employment for professionals. It’s an online job platform specialising in professional flexible work and the point of difference with Getaflex is that professionals such as accountants and lawyers or a government official can work in a flexible environment. Started earlier this year Getaflex is currently free for job searchers and employers. “The idea is to build up the brand and get everyone aware of what we are doing,” Amy says. She says the new platform has also come about because today’s workforce looks very different than 30 years ago. “We have an ageing workforce, more people are working later in life but they don’t necessarily want to be doing a traditional fulltime role and because we have an aging workforce we need to keep these people employed in our workforce,” Amy says. “A career with flexible hours is most likely the key to retaining these people, their skill sets and networks,” she says. Our younger workforce is becoming a scarcer resource, Amy says, because women are having fewer children and are having them later. This is happening on a global

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When the Government’s actions don’t live up to its rhetoric, it’s a clear signal it has lost its way. This Government came into office claiming a focus on women and equality. So what is it doing? It’s canning funding support for TechWomen’s ShadowTech Day. ShadowTech provides girls in years 9-11 with an opportunity to experience working in the tech sector. That experience encourages them to continue in education that can lead to tech sector roles.

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level. The key issue for working women is how you balance family and a career and modern technology means you have to be sitting in an office to do a lot of jobs. Traditionally flexible work has been thought of as part time for working mums or as low-skilled and low paid.

“The key message from Getaflex is flexible work is for everyone, it’s not just a working mums issue, it’s a critical issue for parents, mums and dads, and a key issue for senior workers, people with disabilities and commuters,” she says. “Flexible working is for a lot of people so I’m trying to change the fulltime mindset.”

This year more than 600 girls, 100 companies, and 250 industry mentors participated in the programme and, at the 2018 New Zealand CIO awards, ShadowTech won the award for Engaging Youth in

Information Communications and Technology (ICT). TechWomen wants to expand the programme to more regions next year and to encourage greater Maori and Pasifika participation. That is now in jeopardy as the Government has refused to continue funding to support the programme. Despite the Government’s supposed focus on success for women and despite its stated goal for ICT to be the second-largest contributor to the economy by 2025, it’s dropping support for a programme that has proven successful in encouraging young women in ICT. Just as with their claims of openness and transparency, this is yet another example where delivery isn’t matching what “it says on the tin”.

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Environmental childcare in Johnsonville It’s all about engaging with the environment at Johnsonville Childcare, Centre Manager, Nikki Millar says the big focus over the last year has been about passing on sustainable practices. “It’s something that’s done throughout daily practice with the children so they now know all about recycling or reusing things and they can tell you what it means.” Over the last year they have created worm farms, compost bins and have found joy in it. “They like to take scraps out to the recycling bin at the end of the day and they are very proud of what they do,” Nikki says “All the art activities that they do is recycling and reusing things they have bought from home. Another big thing we do here that they enjoy is planting, mainly vegeta-

bles, flowers, and they like taking care of them and watching the whole cycle. “Then there is the joy of being able to harvest their vegies and take them to the kitchen for our Cook to cook them as part of their lunch,” Nikki says. “We have apple trees as well and they get to enjoy watching them grow and picking the apples and eating them as well as having them in apple muffins.” At the centre they are also phasing out the use of plastic bags so when they have a new enrolment the child is given a wet bag for their daily washing which has saved on using a lot of plastic bags. “We also give their carer a reusable coffee cup for their morning coffee,” she says. We aim to help create a great environmental awareness for the next generation. PBA

Making plant pots from recycled newspaper Geetha de-Silva shows four-year-old Isabelle and her mum Shelie how it’s done.

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A healthy body makes weight-loss easier

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Despite having gyms, fitness apps and too many diets to count, the modern-day population is continuing to gain weight. Understanding this requires a systems biology approach, looking at people’s entire body systems and how they interplay to learn what may be contributing to health and weight. Many different areas of your life and body impact your weight including stress, hormonal imbalances, toxins, lack of nutrition

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Air ambulance - key announcements start September The first in a series of substantive announcements about the current tender for national air ambulance services is expected to be in late September. The Ministry of Health and ACC’s tender process, currently underway, is a first step towards a 10 year modernisation programme for air ambulances. The tender process has now moved into

formal negotiations with three preferred tenderers across three regions: Northern, Central and Southern. The negotiations remain confidential until they are concluded and the results of the tender announced – to ensure the process remains fair to all the parties involved and to fit with the Government’s rules of a formal procurement process.

647,000+ people have arthritis in New Zealand There are more than 140 arthritis conditions that affect the joints. Pain and stiffness are the most common symptoms. It can involve almost any part of the body, including the knee, hip, spine and other weight-bearing joints, and smaller joints like fingers and toes. Some types affect the skin and internal organs as well.

People of all ages can get arthritis, including infants and children. It is a chronic condition with no cure but can be treated and managed effectively. For more information on support, services and what we offer, visit nz. Call 0800 663 463 to chat to an arthritis educator.

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ASTHMA NZ Many of our top sports achievers have asthma. Asthma should not be a factor in holding you back from reaching your goals in life. When Scott Donaldson left Coffs Harbour to kayak across the Tasman Sea he was well prepared for every eventuality, including Asthma. Being an asthmatic Scott has never allowed this to stop him from pursuing his sporting goals. Ironically not long

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Ngaio School plays Kapa Haka festival host The annual St Brigids Kapa Haka Festival attracted Ropou from throughout the region to Johnsonville’s Onslow College. This year Ngaio School played host with food and other stalls running throughout the day. The performers ranging from from pre-schoolers to college students performed throughout the day with some groups having 100 performers. Hosting rights for 2019, along with the ceremonial mauri, have

been passed to Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi who will be hosting the festival in Newlands. The mauri was carved by Maori advocate Eugene Ryder, and is in the shape of a bible to represent the St Brigid’s Kapa Haka Festival. Schools have a plaque added to the inside of the mauri after hosting the festival each year. The founder Wayne Firmin says he set the festival up to showcase the kids in the area and to bring all cultures together.

Ngaio School Kapa Haka with their poi.

(centre) Pomare Dickson (far left) Brayden Rutene and (right) Joseph Pickavance. Papararangi Kapa Haka take to the stage at this year’s festival. West Park School Kapa Haka perform in their second year participating in the festival. Ngaio School host of this year’s festival put on a great performance.

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Sailor the Puffer Fish mascot from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, Nixie mascot for the Wellington Phoenix with Vicky Jones at the 12 hour Bike Challenge on Cuba Street. PHOTO: Supplied

Ngaio resident, Vicky Jones was one of the many supporters who headed down to Cuba Street last week to take part in the Bike for Better Breathing fundraising and awareness event for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ. The event celebrated the launch of the Breathe Better September 2018 campaign and saw lots of supporters from across Wellington, including Wellington Phoenix mascot Nixie and Academy players, take part in a 12 hour continuous exercise bike relay challenge raising funds and awareness for the 700,000 kiwis who live with a respiratory condition. Vicky’s decision to participate in Bike for Better Breathing was a personal one after having lost her father to lung disease. Vicky, who also now works at The Foundation, says, “this campaign is very close to my heart, so I was keen to get on

board and raise awareness and really make a difference for those who are affected by asthma and respiratory conditions.” In addition to participating in the launch event, Vicky is also one of the campaign’s many Everyday Heroes across New Zealand who have signed up to take part in the Breathe Better September challenge to raise funds for the campaign. Vicky has pledged to ride her bike every day for the month of September as part of the Breathe Better September challenge. The national campaign encourages participants to sign up and challenge themselves with anything active, such as a daily walk around the block, a cycle ride every day or five minutes of mediation or yoga a day. The challenge runs for the duration of September with registrations still open and people across the country are still signing up.


Wednesday September 19, 2018

School Holidays Mars Rover Race

YMCA Holiday Camps

As our closest planet we have always had a fascination with Mars. Some people train to live on Mars and worldwide technology is made to allow us to see and experience the Martian landscape. These holidays children are given the opportunity to experience one of the many parts of ‘going to Mars’ by building versions of the NASA Mars Rover and race them over a Martian landscape. So for those parents looking for another planet to send your children to over the school holidays, this may be just the thing. The Spring School Holidays: Mars Rovers programme is on the 9 and 10 October (same activity is delivered each day) at Space Place at Carter Observatory, and runs from 9am to 12:30pm. $30 per child. Bookings are essential. To book, visit

We have five exciting programmes on offer for kids and youth these holidays. Pioneers Day Camp for 5-7 year olds, Explorers Day Camp & Residential Camp for 8-9 year olds

plus Discoverers Residential Camp for 10-12 year olds. Activities include Canoeing, High Ropes, Archery & more!

YMCA Dance Camp This programme is aimed at beginner dancers and children who love dance and would like to develop their basic skill set whilst having a ton of FUN! This 5-day programme involves

hip hop, jazz and more. With our amazing instructor Tarsh now facilitating our Dance Camp programme bringing her extensive experience and expertise.

Robyn Hood and her Merry Gals! Grab your bow and arrows and come and join us in the forest these school holidays! Robyn is the best archer in the land and always gets her target. She is on a mission to right the wrong and help those in need. Robyn Hood is a new take on an old tale, with the added bonus of girls can do anything!

So aim your arrows and shoot down to the Tararua Tramping Club to follow Robyn and Her Merry Gals with KidzStuff this October. Tickets $10.50 pp, Children under 2 Free $7 Special Opening Preview, Saturday 29th September 2018! Bookings:

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Karori Youth Awards It was a night to celebrate the leadership, service and perseverance that young people demonstrate in the community at the 20th Karori Youth Awards. About 24 youth from Karori were awarded for their outstanding contributions to the community at the 20th annual Karori Youth Awards Karori West Kapa Haka Group opened the event followed by the awards. To be eligible for an award nominee’s must be serving, leading and supporting others, and or overcome adversity in a significant way. The awards given were for, service to the community, service to the arts, service to sport, for overcoming adversity, contribution to young people, team or group providing service and the supreme award. OF THE D AY A fine example of this is Libby Leikis who overcame adversity as a junior elite para athlete. Libby, who 51. J.K. Rowling chose the unusual name ‘Hermione’ so young girls wouldn’t be teased for being nerdy!


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WILLIAMS, Dorothy Joan: Sep 13, 2018 CHATER, Mere Vaughan died peacefully at Wellington Hospital on Saturday 15th September with family at her side, aged 72 years (but don’t tell anyone). Messages to the Chater family may be left in Mere’s tribute book at or posted PO Box 7123, Wellington, 6242. A funeral service to celebrate Mere’s life will be held at The Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, 375 Adelaide Road, Newtown on Thursday 20th September at 2pm. Thereafter private cremation. The Wilson Funeral Home, Newtown & Karori - Locally Owned. FENTON, James Wissett (Jim) passed away peacefully at Wellington Hospital surrounded by his loving friends and family on Friday 14th September, aged 86 years. Messages to ‘the Fenton family’ may be left in Jim’s tribute book at or posted to PO Box 7123, Wellington, 6242. A funeral service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held at The Wilson Funeral Home, 375 Adelaide Road, on Wednesday 19th September at 11am. Thereafter private cremation. The Wilson Funeral Home, Newtown & Karori - Locally Owned.


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Casual Vacancy for an elected trustee A casual vacancy has occurred on the board of trustees for an elected parent representative. The board has resolved under section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection. If ten percent or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held. Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the board to hold a by-election should write to: Chairperson Newlands School Board of Trustees PO Box 26-068 Newlands, Wellington 6442 by: Wednesday 17 October 2018

 OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR 2019 Newlands School is seeking a permanent Office Administrator to work in the school office, starting in late January 2019. The hours are 8.30am to 3 pm during school term time. This position requires a person who is comfortable working in a busy school environment. The successful candidate will be a logical thinker with a strong understanding of systems and processes, a flexible worker who can prioritise tasks and work independently, a person who has initiative, and someone who is friendly and enjoys working with others. The work would include management of the school finances, uniform and stationery management, maintaining health records and medical oversight in the school, and administering the school’s property maintenance requirements, along with general school office duties. There may also be some library management work. Remuneration will be determined under the terms of the NZEI Support Staff Collective Agreement. Please send your CV and covering letter applying for this position to or drop your application into Newlands School at 200 Newlands Road. Please include 2 relevant referree contacts with your application. Applications for this position close at 5 pm on Wednesday 26 September 2018.

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Wednesday September 19, 2018



Top 3 result for Croquet gets Marsden swim team underway in Marsden Swim Team had an enthralling performance at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Swimming Championships held in Wellington 13-16 September finishing third out of 62 girls schools from around the country. The Marsden swim team at the Championships was small with only seven junior swimmers but they punched above their weight racking up points with medal placings and top 10 performances throughout the four day event. The team achieved seven national titles, 14 medal finishes and 36 top ten placings. The relay performances set the stage for the weekend’s success with a 2nd in 4 x 100m freestyle 15 and under girls relay in a smoking fast time of 4:04.57. The team also placed 3rd in 4 x 50m freestyle 15 and under girls relay in a time of 1:50.77 and 3rd in 4 x 50m medley 15 & under girls relay with a time of 2:02.77. The individual team performances include; Lea Muellner breaking her own Wellington 200m breaststroke record in a time of 2:34.38 and winning this event. Lea also won the 100m and 200m individual medley and the 50m and 100m breaststroke. Samantha Fowler placed 1st in the 200m individual medley

and Estee Jacobs took out the 50m freestyle. Lea Muellner was the team’s top point scorer at the event; in addition to her five national titles she picked up 2nd in the 100m fly and 3rd in 200m medley and 200m backstroke. Molly Player picked up six top 10 placings in breaststroke, backstroke and individual medley events. Laura Jones demonstrated her current backstroke form with three top 10 placings. Gabriella Jacobs’ results included strong fly swims with three top ten finishes. Estee Jacobs added to her win in the 50 free, finishing 2nd in the 50m fly and racking up seven top 10 finishes. Samantha Fowler added to her 1st place individual medley with a 2nd in the 200m butterfly and finished with eight top 10 placings. Tilly Dassanayake had solid personal best performances throughout her nine events. The stunning team performance saw the girls quickly claim third spot in the team rankings. The swimming power houses of Diocesan School for Girls and Waikako Diocesan School finished first and second, with Marsden beating out Epsom Girls, Mount Albert Grammar, Kapiti College and Napier Girls High School amongst 62 girls teams from around the country.

Khandallah By Gerald Rillstone

For more than 100 years croquet has been played in Khandallah and last Sundays fine weather heralded the start to a new season. Tucked out of the wind in an idyllic sheltered setting o n Wo o d m a n c o t e Ro a d Khandallah the club provides plenty of opportunity for new comers with coaching sessions available. Wit h a memb er sh ip of around 45 croquet is as popular as ever and club president Sandra Gaelic says the club is unique as it owns the land, the lawn and the rustic 1930s clubhouse it is located on. This year’s season got off to a fine start with a shared lunch and a few rounds of the lawn. The playing season is Spring to Autumn (September to April) each year, with a weekly playing schedule for both association and golf croquet. Golf croquet is the fastest-growing version of the game, owing largely to its simplicity and competitiveness. In golf croquet, a hoop is won by the first ball to go through each hoop. Unlike association croquet, there are no additional turns for hitting other balls. The club has a selection of Khandallah croquet club member Pru Melmallets, which are available drum, 84, proves she’s still got what it takes for use by new members, to beat the opposition. guests and visitors.

Sports talk

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Marsden swimming team (front) Lea Muellner, Estee Jacobs (back) Samantha Fowler, Molly Player, Gabriella Jacobs, Laura Jones, Tilly Dassanayake. PHOTO: Supplied

Junior surfing champs pinnacle The National Scholastic Surfing Championships are the pinnacle of junior surfing in New Zealand. The annual event is held at a different location each year. Unique to the event is the fact that surfers have to qualify to compete as part of twelve regional teams. The event is held over five days and crowns an overall team winner plus individual winners in each of the following age groups: Under 18 Boys and Girls divisions, Under 16 Boys and Girls divisions, Under 14 Boys and Girls divisions, Under 18 Longboard division. Regional events are held throughout the country in the lead-up to the national event. These events are used for selection purposes. Dates for these events vary from region to region. Get in touch with your local coordinator, boardriders club or PE Teacher for more information. Regional teams comprise up to twelve team

members. Teams must comprise a surfer in each division with the remaining places in the team determined by each region’s strengths. The 2018 National Scholastic Surfing Championships will be held this year in Gisborne October 8 - 12. The championship is open to twelve of the top regional junior teams from around the New Zealand coastline. Participants must qualify via regional events/selection and enter the national event regionally. Selection criteria for each region vary so check the selection criteria for regional scholastic teams that have been submitted from each region. There are scholastics coordinators in each of the 12 regions who help run the regional events and select the teams to travel to the finals.

Beauden’s boot finally costs All Blacks It’s time Beauden Barrett’s goal kicking came under the scrutiny it needs. For a long time, his general play around the field has got him through but in Saturday’s 36-34 loss to the Springboks it was a glaring problem. I grew up watching rugby with my Granddad and he always said you pick your captain first and then your goal kicker. This loss proved how important that simple formula can be in the outcome of games. Yes, the All Blacks gifted them two intercept tries but had Barrett kicked his goals to an All Black standard, New Zealand would have escaped. Barrett kicked just two of six conversions and at least two of them were makeable by a goal kicker worth his salt. To heap more misery on the Wellington playmaker, both he and Damian McKenzie were on the park

and no one went for a drop goal in the last minute. Rugby has become a game of tries, not goal kicks and drop goals, but when a penalty goal or drop goal is enough to win a game, someone needs to have that skill and execute it under pressure similar to Saturday’s game. The All Blacks did enough to win the test match. Ta ke not h i ng away f rom t he Springboks who deservedly won the contest through taking their chances, producing relentless defensive pressure and rattling the usually unflappable men in black into poor mistakes. This has to be a wake-up call that points can’t go begging no matter how much of a genius Barrett is in general play. Credit to South Africa - an absorbing test match which the All Blacks, to a man, must learn from.


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