Independent Herald 14-11-18

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Wednesday November 14, 2018

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New-look Karori

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By Glenise Dreaver

Some 35 people attended last Wednesday night’s presentation on options for improving Karori’s town centre and public spaces. The meeting in the Karori Community Centre saw three of Wellington City Council’s design team and consultant Chris Wilkinson of First Retail front up with four proposals, each within the given $1m limit. Continued on page 2. The team working on design options for the Karori town centre, from left: Claire Cedretto WCC senior urban designer, Chris Wilkinson, managing director of First Retail Group Ltd, Bernarr Alexander WCC senior engagement officer and Gerald Blunt, WCC design manager, and presenter at Wednesday night’s public meeting. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver


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Presenter Gerald Blunt, design manager for WCC, detailed the options which were fired by the four alreadyidentified shifts for Karori: from having green to living green, from split to connected, from outpost to magnet, and from dormitory suburb to a daytime economy of its own. Earlier community meetings, during work on the 2017 Karori Plan, had identified the need for a town centre that was buzzing in the daytime, with shops restaurants and businesses. As well, attractive and welcoming public spaces had been identified as key, as was the need to help people connect with each other, and living and leading a low carbon future. Option D, temporary traffic calming in Karori Road, was quickly dismissed, drawing a muted reaction. There was agreement it should be the role of the New Zealand Land Transport Agency. Gerald also agreed it was the team’s least-favoured option. Option A includes planning for a shared space with improved pedestrian connection to support the Community Centre, and the arts and crafts, recreation and events centres. Option B includes upgrading Library Square and reducing the slope of the ramp into the three Beauchamp Street centres.


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One of the Karori Town Centre display boards. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

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When happiness is a flatbed trailer “Success! We have floats!” The organisers of the Johnsonville Lions’ Christmas parade are elated that one of the small obstacles to success has been overcome. They report that the provider of the float trailers, including the Santa Float, went out of business so the parade committee had to do a bit of work to arrange to hire the Santa float from the new owner.

“We were lucky however,” says Lisa Woodley, committee member and parade designer. “The new owner was happy to hire the Santa float to us. “ U n f o r t u n a t e l y, t h e trailer bases were unavailable however, so we had to source them elsewhere.” After ringing nearly every trailer hire place in Wellington, the team was fortunate to find some flatbed trailers for hire.

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Option C creates a pedestrian priority area for Parkvale Road with wider footpaths, new planting, paving, street furniture and lighting. Frustration about the site of the Mobil service station, at the centre of the area slated for improvement, was expressed. Councillor Simon Woolf and others described the difficulties and dead ends encountered in their negotiations. There was speculation over Foodstuffs plan following its 2016 purchase of the mall, and what would happen when the rival Countdown lease on its site there expired. There was also talk about the need for action on the former St John Church site, now owned by the WCC. Some disappointment at the realities of a $1m budget surfaced and Gerald clarified for more than one questioner that the four plans were separate options, though they could if the opportunity arose, later be integrated into a bigger plan. Display boards showing the options can be viewed in the Karori library and community centre until feedback closes on Wednesday November 28. Fo r m s fo r p o st i ng a r e ava i lable at those sites. Or go online at ‘haveyoursay’ / karori town centre, or send emails to

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These will become the ‘Under the Sea’ and the ‘Disney Princesses’ floats. “We are thrilled,” says Lisa. “We knew we’d find a solution but it’s great to know we have the floats now.” Another recent challenge has been sourcing a local build space to decorate the floats the night before the parade. It had to be somewhere close and also somewhere big enough

to house two flatbed trailers. Luckily, after posting an SOS on the local community page, the team has found the perfect build space nearby. The Johnsonville Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday December 1, departing Dr Taylor Terrace at 11am. This year, a ‘meet the characters’ event will be held after the parade at Memorial Park in Johnsonville.

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Wednesday November 14, 2018

inbrief news

Student app wins regional award

Quiet Guy Fawkes for brigades Newlands Fire chief Ralph France s re p or t s a quie t G u y Faw ke s night, with only one call to some bush “probably fireworks related”. And Dave Knubley, of the Johnsonville Fire Brigade, also reports a very quiet night. “Not a single call”. He adds it might have been a different story if there had been a few weeks of dry weather, but the rain in previous days and a cooler night made for safer conditions.

By Glenise Dreaver

Two teams from St Mary’s College were first and second placegetters in Wellington’s inaugural Tahi Rua Tor u Tech’s Regional Championships. At the ceremony on November 1, the teams, each consisting of four year 10 girls were announced as first and second at Bronze level. The winning team was taught by Genevieve Herder and second placegettters by Jocelyn Syme. (There were three age group levels, Silver, Bronze and Primary.) First-placed ‘Team Brogrammers’ created an app called ‘Encourage Mint’. It add resses a com mon mental health issue, aiming to make young people feel better about themselves w h i l e m o t iva t i n g t h e m away f rom spending too much time on their mobiles, thus affecting their health. The app is described as “fun, interactive and innovative”. The teams had been given the brief of using technology to solve a problem for their community or at school using digital technology. Team Brogrammers quickly agreed their first idea was a really big issue, said Catherine Connolly, team organiser. Chloe Tinney was the administration person, Maddie Heffernan the designer and Anne van Kampen the researcher. “It was pleasing to see the way they respected each other’s strengths and worked as a team,” said Genevieve. The second placegetters, Quatre Amigos, created an app to make exercising more fun. It includes a pedometer and combines that with

Sandwich Day local success While the Johnsonville Subway Restaurant this year sold 875 subs on World Sandwich Day on Friday November 2, the figure was down from 925 in 2017. However, Karori Subway, owned by local Des Ding, sold 740 subs, a b i g i n c r e a s e o n 5 0 0 i n 2 017. Des says the day was one of the busiest he has ever experienced. “We had to keep focussed to make sure the line kept moving, no mistakes were made and guests had a good experience and minimal wait time. “It was a hard day, but we put our heads down and kept on going, and it was worth it for the good cause – looking forward to next year” The nationwide deal was buy a sub, salad or wrap, get one free and Subway also donated a meal to KiwiHarvest, which delivers surplus fresh food to over 150 New Zealand charities.

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Two Team Brogrammers representatives, organiser Catherine Connolly at left, and administrator Chloe Tinney, proudly display their winning digital technology award to teacher Genevieve Herder. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

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inbrief news Independent review of buses An independent review of the implementation of the new bus network is under way. Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZLTA) have jointly commissioned Australian-based company L.E.K. Consulting to undertake the review. The first stage will focus on the implementation of the new network, consultation and communication. Greg Campbell, GWRC chief executive, says the aim is for this stage of the review to be completed and reported back to council and the public by mid-December.

Broadcasting complaints grow There was a 54 per cent increase in complaints to the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) last year. In its 2018 annual report, the BSA records that it received 174 complaints, 1303 enquiries and issued 103 decisions in the last financial year. Only 14 decisions upheld complaints that television or radio programmes breached broadcasting standards. Most complaints related to news and current affairs programmes, raising issues of fairness, accuracy and balance. Only a small number were upheld. Good taste and decency, with 73 complaints, was the most complained about standard. As well, there were six decisions issued about the 2017 election programmes , none of which were upheld)

Native bird numbers boom Wellington is now a prime place to see threatened native bird species and hear a dawn chorus according to a five-yearly survey commissioned through Wellington City Council’s Urban Ecology programme. It shows native bird numbers are booming. Kakariki (the New Zealand parakeet) have increased about 700 percent since 2011, kereru (the new Zealand pigeons) 350 percent and kaka at least 250 percent. All native bird species are on the increase in the city’s reserves, and tui and silvereye are the two most abundant. You are twice as likely to see a tui in a council reserve than you were in 2011.

Students changing fabric of college life Uniform standards aren’t slacking; they’re just adding slacks to the uniform. Pupils at Queen Margaret College can now choose shorts or trousers or continue to wear the traditional skirt. The Thorndon-based college made the change after LGBTQ and other students approached Principal Jayne-Ann Young asking for a uniform that they felt comfortable in. “We have students who are questioning their gender identity and trying to see where they fit,” Ms Young says. “We consider ourselves to be inclusive and diverse and it seemed that to live that truth, we had to do right by our students. “ After discussing the proposal with students, parents and the school board, Queen Margaret College ratified the decision. The change was studentdriven. “They did all the work,” Ms Young says. For parents considering uniform costs, the shorts and trousers are cheaper than the traditional skirt. Queen Margaret’s uniform provider, New Zealand Uniforms, prices the skirt at $95 and the shorts and trousers at $48 and $55 respectively. Ms Young says seeing the

Queen Margaret College students in their new uniform: Zamantha Robinson and Zara Kant, with principal Jayne-Ann Young and student Maya Elmes. PHOTO supplied

first student wearing shorts was a pleasant surprise. “I noticed something while walking through the halls and said ‘Oh my goodness, she’s wearing the shorts’,” Ms Young says. Zamantha Robinson is one of the first students to wear the shorts to school, and she

says others will come around shortly. “Lots of girls think it looks convenient to run around in,” Zamantha says. “It’s good. It’s a massive change to wear shorts.” Zamantha also praises the changes because skirts aren’t always favorable in Welling-

ton’s wind. Zara Kant, a year 10 student, prefers the trousers. “I quite like the pants because I’m a little less feminine than the others, but it still looks like formal uniform,” Zara says. “It allows students to choose what they want to wear.”

New bus services, timetables begun On Sunday November 1, changes were implemented on 12 bus routes, described as “key” by Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC). These changes will see more services on weekdays, particularly during peak times. There will also be more bus services on Saturday eve-

nings. The routes concerned are 1, 7, 17, 17e, 19, 19e, 23, 23e, 24, 29, 29e and 32x. Greg Campbell, chief executive, GWRC says the number of buses being cancelled has returned to pre-strike levels of about 1 percent, while patronage remains steady at about 90,000 daily


during the working week. “We aim for this stage of the review to be completed and reported back to Council and the public by mid-December,” he says, adding that GWRC has also launched a publicity campaign to inform customers about what Metlink is doing

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Event centre completion vital to Karori As keen and long-standing community advocates, Wallace Simmers and Heather Baldwin say they totally support revitalising Karori, and would love to see the Event Centre included in the current Karori Public Spaces Improvement Project. “Being able to use the Event Centre would be a magnet for the community. Three of the four current $1m proposals for revitalising Karori would happen around the

completed building shell,” Heather said after the public meeting. “But until the hall is fitted out the community can’t use it. “We would like the fitting out of Karori Events Centre to have been one of the options. Completed, the Event Centre will be a vibrant, modern attractive addition to the Town Centre. “The vision guiding the Karori Public Spaces Improvement Pro-

Wallace Simmers, left, chair of the Karori Event Centre Trust, and Heather Baldwin, chair of the Karori Community Centre, who are working hard to raise the final sum needed for Karori’s Event Centre. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

ject includes enabling locals to contribute to the social wellbeing and economic success of the community. A completed Event Centre will support this vision, bringing people together and attracting more people to our suburb to support local businesses,” she says. “We have strong community support and raised $2.4m so far. Our community has already donated $800,000. “But we need a final $830,000 for interior fitout of the centre so it can be opened,” Wallace adds. “It is clear we have community support, but we are looking for more community financial support, now.” Speaking at the WCC consultation that was launched on Wednesday November 7, Wallace says that further support of the Karori Event Centre, so that it can open, makes sense. “This will make the town centre a much more vibrant and attractive place – and that has to be an improvement for the community and businesses.” “We just need to get the building open,” Heather adds. Submissions on the Karori Town Centre Improvement consultation close on November 28 and information about the consultation can be found at the council’s webpage: < open/karori-town-centre-public-space-improvement-project>.

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List MP names her Youth MP colleague List MP Nicola Willis has selected Clement Kong from Wellington College to be the Youth MP representing her in 2019. Clement, deputy head of his school, is the first generation of his family to be born in New Zealand, his family originally from Malaysia. He says that during his time in high school, he has represented the college in China and the United States through choir and commerce respectively. “I am very proud to be the winner of the senior public speaking championship and for being part of the winning team in the Premier debating B competition,” he says. He has also directed and participated in school productions and Stage Challenge, and was elected into the Executive Student Council Committee as a representative of his year group. That he says, gave him a firsthand experience with democracy. “And it allowed me to develop as a leader. “This year I’ve also started my own YES business with other

students called Eco Bee which has been quite successful. Its focus is on supporting the bee population and environment. “We have sold Eco Boxes across the country and featured on the radio and at various garden expos,” he says. “I believe that hard work leads to opportunity and without hard work, goals are just wishes that are unlikely to happen.” He says his family are strong supporters of the National Party and have placed upon him values that he believes the National Party stand for: “Fiscal responsibility, providing equal opportunity, ensuring the ease of business a nd l i m ited gover n ment. “I also stay up to date with political news and read about it multiple times a day,” he says. Clement is clear that he wants to graduate in either law or com merce and gain work experience before eventually becoming an MP, “hopefully with the National Party, because I believe their method of progressing New Zealand is the best for the country”.

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From left, Maureen Toms, Beryl Buchanan; and behind them, Bill Lowe and Ross Fletcher, just a few of the 32 members of the Friendship Club of Johnsonville on their annual bus excursion, this time to Foxton. PHOTO Patrick Flanagan

Last week members of the Friendship Club of Johnsonville escaped the inclement Wellington weather and headed off on their annual bus excursion, this time to Foxton. The trip was sponsored by Pub Charity. After a morning tea stop at Te Horo, the members enjoyed looking around Foxton’s new museum that includes exhibitions on local Maori and Dutch settlers from the late 1800 and, of course, Foxton’s famous windmill.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should we be worrying about Trump’s America?

Lennex Drummond, Churton Park “I wonder if some really racist incidents I’ve just seen are related to it.”

Hayley Furneaux, Newlands “Yes! It’s making things OK that are not OK!

Lorraine Weaver, Grenada Village “Yes. He’s just so distasteful.”

Ron Henderson, Newlands “ Yes. But the key thing is that we keep our strength in who we are.”

Sam Jenssen, Ngaio “We should be worrying about America in general. He’s only a front man. There’s deeper issues with corporate America. Corporate everywhere.”

Rob Ashton, Johnsonville “I reckon we should worry. He’s just a front man though.”

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College art students support kindy

A fragment of one of the murals being prepared by year 10 art students at Wellington College, ready for final selection by Campbell Kindergarten. PHOTO supplied

Jenny Caldwell, Head of the Department of Visual Arts at Wellington College, says their Year 10 art students have been involved in for the past 12 weeks in what she describes as a “fantastic collaborative project”. The aim, she says, is to help the community at Campbell Kindergarten. It was Jenny who responded to a call out from kindergarten on The “I love Karori site” on Facebook. “I contacted Gina at the kindergarten to see what they would require.

“We designed a Toi Maori Mural unit of work around the brief from the kindy and created resources for the students to interpret. “This was a 12-week unit focused on Kaikiakitanga - Conservation and Preservation of the environment, with a context around the Maori creation myth the kindy teachers read to the kids.” The project was designed for students to work in groups of four and each student painted a quarter of it. The boys designed the compositions and text around images of native birds, trees and landmarks

in Karori so the kindy had murals which represented their place. “We are now at the stage where t he K i ndy wi l l se lect four of the best murals to be hung at the kindergarten. “This will happen at our annual Volunteer Day on November 21. The boys will also be going in and painting the fence and doing other jobs for the kindy.” She says the project has provided the college students with an authentic learning experience “and they have given back to the community”.

Hospice festival provides the taste of summer How many strawberries can 8000 people eat? After 13 years of running the Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival we know the answer - 3,500 punnets of strawberries, served with 700 litres of icecream, 20 litres of gelato and 40 bottles of strawberry sauce. Thanks to generous supporters, everything is donated, and it is served by more than 150 amazing volunteers. One of those volunteers is Wellington’s deputy mayor Jill Day, who had a sneak pre-taste in preparation for the event on Wednesday 21 November at Midland

Park, Lambton Quay. “The Strawberry Festival is an amazing event that celebrates everything good about summer – sunshine, music, community, and of course, strawberries,” she said. “I’m so pleased to be able to help out the Hospice on the day. They are such a great organisation and most Wellingtonians have had a connection with them. I know from experience that Mary Potter Hospice offers the most incredible, compassionate service to people at a very stressful time and I’m so pleased I can do my bit to help them out.”

Strawberry sundae sales begin at about 8am and musicians begin at 10am and run through until 4pm – or until the last strawberry is hulled, sliced, served and savoured. This year a Mary Potter Hospice pop-up op shop will be set up at Midland Park. 100% of the proceeds go towards helping Mary Potter Hospice provide its free-of-charge service to people in Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti to patients with a terminal illness and their family and whanau.  The 14th Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival is on Wednesday 21

Deputy Mayor Jill Day having a sneaky strawberry pre-taste. November, at Midland Park, Lambton Quay, from 9.30 to 4pm. For more information or to place an online order for free delivery in the Wellington CBD or pick up at the Park go to marypotter. PBA

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Wednesday November 14, 2018

Support for young families in local area By Glenise Dreaver

On November 7, Bellyful Wellington North became New Zealand’s 22nd branch of the charity, formed to support families with newborn babies and families with young children who are struggling with illness, particularly those without a good support network. Wellington North spokesperson Sarah Urquhart said Wellington Mayor Justin Lester launched the branch at a ceremony held at Newlands Intermediate School, and his passion for helping families in the northern suburbs was very clear. Sarah said that along with Newlands Intermediate, where volunteers cook and store meals in a freezer, their main sponsors are William YIP Harcourts and Newlands New World. “We also got a start-up grant from Wellington Community Trust and the Freemasons of Johnsonville purchased two freezers for us to use.” When they put out the call for volunteers they had, she said, been “flooded” though they were now working with the support of some 20 local people. “Our organisation is totally run by volunteers. Only our CEO and one other person at head office are paid, and that is part-time,” she says. She said figures she had been given showed some 50 newborns in this area in the months of June-July alone, and that figure was increasing all the time. “A lot of people are moving to Wellington, away from their

Bellyful Wellington North volunteers and supporters at the branch launch on November 7. From left are Rachel Dudfield, recipient coordinator, Charlotte Delahunty, CEO Bellyful NZ, Justin Lester Wellington Mayor, Sarah Urquhart, branch coordinator, William YIP major sponsor, Mel Bradley, branch coordinator and Sarah Mataira, recipient coordinator. PHOTOS: Supplied

traditional support networks. They are effectively raising their children in isolation.” Post-natal depression can also be an issue in that situation, she said. The meals that are brought to families at what could be a stressful time helped them become connected to their com-

munities, and relieved some of the stress she said.  You can find more information and contact Bellyful Wellington North via the Bellyful website, the branch Facebook page or by emailing wellingtonnorth@

Mayor Justin Lester and Sarah Urqhart cut the cake.

Into the Heart Of The City By Glenise Dreaver

Leanne Havill of Johnsonville: fundraising for Wellington Hospital’s Heart and Lung Unit. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver


After a two-year impasse, the Wellington Hospital’s Foundation is again organising its popular Walk Through the Heart of the City. Organiser Leanne Havill of Johnsonville, nurse educator with the Heart and Lung Unit, says the fundraiser is being held to refurbish their patient lounge. She says the Wellington Regional Heart and Lung Unit cares for people having heart attacks, pacemakers and other heart procedures, along with heart bypass and valve operations, and lung surgery. Patients travel regionally from Nelson and Marlborough, Wanganui and Napier, and all

the places in between, arriving in planes, helicopters and ambulances almost every day. “We are grateful to Coq Au Vin, Zany Zeus, Chungking Fruit Company and Quality Bakers for helping sponsor the Walk,” she says. At 2pm on Saturday November 17, walkers will start at Waitangi Park, moving on to Wellington Hospital where a healthy barbecue snack will be provided.  The cost is $20 for a single ticket or $30 for the whole whanau. They can be obtained from the Hospital Gift Shop, the Wellington Hospital’s Foundation website at or at the startline, opposite the Fire Station.



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ing academic information, scientific research and materials (seeds, seedlings, plants and specimens). the institutions have agreed to key strategies, including staff training and education, joint research projects, academic exchanges for researchers and staff and joint conferences, workshops, research visits and field work programmes. The MoU is valid for five years with plans to review annually.

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Park still open for all Cummings Park is still open for dogs to stretch their legs during the summer afternoons. The Ngaio recreation space has been the center of debate as some residents were unhappy with the park being used to as a dog exercise area. The Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association collected 504 valid responses to an online Wellington City Council survey over dog use of the park. Eighty one per cent of users from across the Wellington area responded positively to the survey, and any changes will be considered for the new financial year in 2019. John White, spokesperson for the association, says the result is positive for canines and humans. “It’s a really nice piece of park,” John says. While responses were largely positive about the area remaining, residents had suggestions over improvements that could be made. Comments highlight a need for more bins, fencing and extra lighting.

John says the Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents’ Association will continue to work with the community and the Wellington City Council to build a solution early next year. “The council has said a little money can be set aside when the community has decided what to do after consultation.” Diane Calvert, Onslow-Western Ward councillor, says the council is looking to the community to lead any changes in 2019. “This project has been driven by local community and it’s important to continue working with what the community wants.” Diane says the park should be drier and better lit over the summer months, which should temporarily assuage some of residents’ concerns. “If we’re going to make changes, we want to do it right,” she says. Until any changes are considered in the new year, dog owners can continue to enjoy the park with their furry friends.


R a g s P a r k e r, off the lead, appreciates the freedom of Cummings Park’s dog exercise area

Armistice Day commemoration At 11am on Sunday November 11, New Zealand marked the centenary of the armistice that ended the World War I in 1918.

In Wellington, the centenary was marked in many events and activities across the city.

At the tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Photos: James Sheppard, Creative Images Photography

Johnsonville Charitable Trust

Grenada, Paparangi, Newlands, Johnsonville, Churton Park and Broadmeadows suburbs.

Purple and green commitment

Sue Parrott.

Johnsonville woman Sue Parrott has gone all out with her effort for the Stadium Climb on Friday, November 16 and she will certainly stand out from the crowd with her green and purple hairstyle. The money raised from this event funds Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand’s (LBC) work, including research and support of the Kiwis and their families who live with a blood cancer or related. “Donations to support me can be made by going to wellington/ “Click the Find a participant on the bottom right on the front page and search for Sue Parrott.” She says she chose the red and green hairstyle as they are the LBC colours. “Most people think I’m mad, and it’s true,” she says, adding that Monique from Salon LA Vie did a “fabulous” job with her hair colour which will last for about 10-12 washes. “Please donate. Each $1, $5, helps to help the Leukaemia team reach their goal,” she adds.

Christmas Party

for senior citizens aged 65 & over A cordial invitation is extended to the citizens of the above suburbs to attend our annual Christmas Luncheon:

5th, Wednesday Wednesday5th 6th,and Thursday 7th6th December 2017 Dates: Tuesday 4th, Thursday December, 2018. Times: 12.00 noon till 2.00pm Place: The Innkeeper Johnsonville, 11 Broderick Road, Johnsonville fill in the coupon below indicating your preferred date If you would like to attend please fill in the tickbox provided and return by post to: Johnsonville Charitable Trust, Senior Citizens Luncheon, PO Box 13-072, Johnsonville 6440 or email:

Name:……………………………….......................................................… Address:…………………………………………………………………… Phone:.……………………...................Email:.............................…………… Function Date (Tick one circle only) 5th Dec Dec Tuesday 4th

Wednesday Wednesday6th 5th Dec

Thursday Thursday7th 6th Dec

final date for registration is Tuesday Wednesday November. The final 27th22nd November. We will post or email your invitation prior to the function. Book early as numbers are limited and restricted to residents that live in the Trust area. Vegetarian option available: (Tick if required) Additional details… Please provide all details requested on this form in your email. party Email to: Subject – Senior citizens Christmas party.


Here, at the event held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, her husband Sir David Gascoigne, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern make a formal entry to the ceremony.


Wednesday November 14, 2018

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Wednesday November 14, 2018


Small symbols of enormous loss

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Buttons collected from across the world are representing lost innocence in a new art exhibition at the National Library in Molesworth Street The Children’s Holocaust Memorial installation, made of 1.5 million buttons, is launching on November 16. The memorial honors the 1.5m children killed during the Holocaust, including those related to New Zealand’s own Holocaust refugees and survivors. Project director Dianne Davis says the exhibition is the culmination of a project that has taken close to a decade. “It’s extraordinary to bring to fruition and activate the project. It’s an enormous achievement.” The enormous collection began when Justine Hitchcock, then principal of Wellington’s Moriah Jewish Day School, set out to educate her students about the deaths of the Holocaust in a way the children could comprehend. Her class began gathering buttons, one for every child who died in the Holocaust. Moriah Jewish Day School closed in 2012, but the collection continued to grow. The exhibited collection includes buttons donated by former Prime Ministers John Key and Helen Clark. The memorial displays records and photos of some of those who

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They are celebrating their 40th along with a blessing of the new entrance way on Saturday 24 November 2018 at 2 pm. The kindergarten will be open for current families, ex students, whanau, teachers, committee members and any other interested people to come along and join in the celebrations and have a look through the kindergarten and the grounds. Light refreshments and anniversary cake will be available.

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Dianne Davis, left, project director of the Children’s Holocaust Memorial installation, and Chris Harris, national director of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, hope students can learn from this dark history. PHOTO: Nico Hendricks

were lost to the atrocities of the World War II The exhibition includes an educational module for visiting teachers and their classes developed by Chris Harris, the Holocaust Centre of New

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Zealand’s National Director of Education. “The lessons from the Holocaust are enduring,” Dianne says. “The exhibition is historically interesting, but also provides a strong contemporary message

for the children of New Zealand. “It’s to stand up to discrimination and prejudice.” The exhibition begins on November 16 at the National Library and runs until March 29 2019.

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Wednesday November 14, 2018

Preserving the art of crafts By Glenise Dreaver

Karori Art and Crafts (KAC) is moving its emphasis towards preserving the skills and knowledge of a wide range of textile crafts, says centre manager Margaret Taylor. Their “Learn to Sew” class by Brenda Turner, where parents and children learn together, is one example. “ Parents who missed learning such crafts value the skills, wisdom and enthusiasm of our members in passing on their knowledge in classes and groups” says Margaret. The high level of demand for courses – and room space - has, she says, resulted in a shorter threeday format for the Craft and Quilt Sale being held over the weekend. “We have a great range of quilts, knitwear, clothing, jewellery, plants, jams, pickles and cards for sale and they make great Christmas gifts. “We will also host free public demonstrations and talks about rare crafts on Saturday November 17. There is lace making from 2-3pm and spinning and weaving from 3-4pm.” It was in 1993 that they were able to move to the centre, thanks to a generous bequest from Dorothy Newman. “She has provided this wonder-

Karori Art and Crafts centre manager Margaret Taylor, with a small sample of the crafts for display and sale at their annual fair which starts on Friday November 16. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

ful building for our members to enjoy,” she says. Now, to ensure its long-term future, the centre is working to appeal to younger people and

Greg O’Connor

MP for Ōhāriu Authorised by Greg O’Connor, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

I’m confident the trepidation some naturally feel when a new Government is elected as New Zealanders are seeing that this Coalition Government is addressing many long standing issues, while at the same time ensuring the economy and jobs grow. The news keeps getting better with unemployment at record lows while the economy grows, while at the same time we attempt to address the wage issue which has seen large numbers of people struggling to make ends meet. There’s no point having a wealthy country if it’s full of poor people and so it is the role of government to make sure everyone gets to share the good economy. I have visited most schools in the Ōhāriu electorate this year and one common issue has been the lack of resources for pupils with special needs, both educational and behavioural. Not only are these pupils missing out, but so are the rest of the class whose ed-

ucation can be affected if teachers’ time is disproportionately spent on those with special needs. Our announcement that we will provide 600 more staff in this area has been welcomed by schools who have had to find resources from within existing funds for this service. Better education, housing and health are the main goals of our government, and these positions will help considerably. The recent fluctuations in petrol prices have put some pressure on budgets so it was nice to see local prices down over 20 cents a litre in the last couple of weeks. We are at the mercy of the overseas markets with petrol prices, but we are determined to make sure the big companies are not gouging New Zealand consumers. It’s great to see constituents starting to enjoy improvements, and watching our PM Jacinda Ardern grow as a leader determined to bring a kinder approach to government.

You can contact my office on 04 3332 or email Authorised by Greg O’Connor, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

Authorised by Greg O’Connor, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

families who are crucial to its long-term future. Saturday will be a family day, says Margaret, with a variety of special activities for children with

including face painting, fun with dress ups in a photo booth, lucky dips and making of lolly and fruit kebabs.  The Quilt and Craft Fair will

run from 10am-4pm daily at the KACCC premises at 7 Beauchamp Street Karori, from Friday November 16 - Sunday November 18.

Karori cemetery centre of city’s worst natural disaster The influenza pandemic that started in 1918 killed 50 million people internationally, around 9000 nationwide. There were 757 in Wellington and the majority of them were buried in Karori Cemetery. The main breakout occurred between October and December, with New Zealand losing half as many people to the flu in two months as it did during the whole of WWI. The flu, thought to have originated on the Western Front, hit Auckland in mid-October, followed quickly by Wellington and Christchurch. In the Pacific, Samoa was one of the worst hit with 8500 deaths, approximately 22 percent of the population. The Armistice on November 11 contributed to the contagion spreading, as everyone gathered together to celebrate the end of a long war.

The Wellington City Council, led by Mayor John Luke, was integral to the relief efforts, especially as top medical personnel became incapacitated with the flu themselves. The Town Hall became the headquarters for the voluntary relief effort – and was the distribution point for food and medicine, including prescribed quantities of spirits which were considered to be a remedy by many local doctors. Seats were also removed from the Town Hall to make room for beds as it got turned into a temporary hospital. Deaths happened so rapidly that local mail trucks, and even the mayoral car, were used to transport the bodies to Karori Cemetery, where staff needed help digging graves to keep up with the constant flow of corpses.

Trams, ferries, and ships stopped operating, as did hotels, shops, bars, and clubs, and most communal areas were closed – with the city being divided into blocks managed by appointed captains. To acknowledge the centenary of this momentous event in Wellington’s history, Mayor Justin Lester and MP Grant Robertson will do an opening presentation and launch of the commemoration on Sunday November 18 at Karori Cemetery. This will be followed by a public presentation by Professor Geoffrey Rice, author of two major publications about the epidemic in New Zealand. Project volunteers will be running tours at Karori Cemetery tailormade for the commemoration. There will be an information kiosk located in the Mortuary Chapel.

Wellington teachers to strike on Friday Primary teachers began a week of one-day rolling nationwide strikes on Monday, with the Wellington region’s teachers set to have their turn on Friday. Facilitation under the Employment Relations Authority has concluded and the strike meetings will consider new offers from the Ministry and recommendations from the facilitator. Striking primary principals and teachers rallied in Auckland on Monday, the rest of the North Island except Wellington on Tuesday, greater Christchurch today and will

strike in the rest of the South Island on Thursday. The Ministry has made a new offer to teachers, which leaves percentage increases of three percent a year over three years unchanged from the previous offer. However, it now includes a new top step and the partial removal of a cap on qualifications for some teachers from 2020. The offers do not address class sizes or professional time claims from NZEI Te Riu Roa. “The question is: will this address the crisis in education and the

teacher shortage? What we asked for had children at the heart - for example more time to teach and smaller class sizes. This is something that our members now need to decide,” says NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart. Lynda says members would carefully consider both the offer and any recommendations made by the facilitator at mass meetings being held during the strikes. “Teachers and principals do not take strike action lightly. This second strike is unprecedented for primary schools in recent years.”

Wednesday November 14, 2018

What’s hot in the

Wairarapa Dining ambience inside or al fresco

New night thrills at Wings 2019

The Farriers Bar & Eatery is Masterton’s all-occasion pub, passionate about great food, looking after people and daring to be a little different. We cater for all tastes - from hearty meat-loving hunger busters to gluten-free and vegetarian options our staff have created a menu that will have you coming back again and again. Come and indulge with us either with our indoor ambience or outside in the courtyard next to the public gardens. We’re at 4 Queen Street and just a couple of blocks from Aratoi Art Museum and the famous Wool Shed, the national museum of sheep and shearing.

In 2019 Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival celebrate their 20th year with an extravaganza of aerial action over three days, 22, 23, 24 February 2019. WWI, WWII aircraft, modern military, agricultural, helicopters, gliders and civil aircraft will be on display and in the skies. For the first time, a stunning Saturday Night Show will see the sky lit with night flying from various aircraft including the Airborne Pyrotechnics glider team from the UK. Wings over Wairarapa 2019 has huge appeal with dedicated zones for technology, space, rocketry, drones, family entertainment, food and beverage and retail. Tickets are on sale now for this Wairarapa event

Museum of Sheep and Shearing – and retail for your woollies, etc Welcome to The Wool Shed Museum. Located just one and a half hours from Wellington, we’re a hands-on heritage museum in Masterton close to Aratoi Museum of Arts and Queen Elizabeth Park. At the Museum you’ll find so much more to stimulate your knowledge of history and actual activities on sheep farms. We are a visitor attraction of international quality and we welcome visitors from all over New Zealand as well as thousands of visitors from around the world. Top off your visit to The Wool Shed by browsing among the many wool products and souvenir items in our shop. Lots of wonderful ideas for Christmas gifts at very competitive prices. Open 7 days/week 10am – 4pm.

• Craft and tap beers • Woodfired pizza • Gluten-free & vegetarian • Courtyard dining • Park-like setting

Welsh hospitality in Featherston Having lived in the Wellington region for the last 30 years Jo Howard and her husband, Mike, have established themselves as a true part of the Wellington culinary and hospitality scene. This follows their successful first restaurant Scorpio’s in Island Bay, then their iconic Welsh Dragon Bar In Cambridge Terrace. In Featherston now for 13 years they decided Featherston needed a good ‘local’ pub so in 2017 opened Dragon Inn on State Highway 2. This is actually more of a wine bar than a pub/café so why not join us for a memorable glass or two?

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OUT&about Crofton Downs Matsuri Gala Fun Day By Brian Sheppard

Konnichiwa, kia ora, hi, g’dday. The sun shone and the crowds came out for Crofton Downs Primary School’s fun day gala on Sunday. The school uses the Japanese term ‘Matsuri’, meaning festival, and it truly was a festive occasion for families from and beyond the school, which has a long-standing relationship with the Japanese community. The extensive school grounds provided space for a huge range of attractions, including a bouncy castle, watery slip-and-slide, archery contests and even an air canon that fired its missiles at a distant pirate ship. Three police cars were a magnet for the children, especially when they found that they could climb in to operate the sirens and loud hailer. The surprise came when the dog handler, Luke Dunstan, gave his Police pup-in-training (Ice) a break from his cage in the dog wagon. Ice was only too pleased to join in the fun, and to meet his adoring fans. There was also entertainment on stage, from Erin Street and Tania Dreaver, and her Crofton Downs students from Invivo Studio, entertaining those who just wanted to sit down and catch their breath or eat their lunch. Food stalls and bargain sales tables completed the offering and ensured there was something for everyone. The chairperson of the PTA, Wendy Anscombe, said there was an excellent turn-out and they were optimistic of improving on last year’s $21,500.

Mila and Cora Stanley-Porritt with their mum at the balloon fishing.

Crofton Downs Principal Toby Stokes welcomed the crowd to the Crofton Downs School’s Matsuri Fair on Sunday. PHOTO Glenise Dreaver

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This band of helpers found their “spiders” (fizzy drinks with a large dollop of ice cream in the bottom) were much in demand in Sundays hot weather. From left they are Nathan Parker. Ben Gowans (4) meets Police dog Ice and his Louise Gusterson and Pam Stainton. PHOTO Glenise Dreaver handler Luke Dunstan.

These Crofton Downs children from the Invivo Music Studio helped to entertain the crowd. PHOTO Glenise Dreaver.

The grounds of the Crofton Downs School were crowded for Sunday’s Matsuri gala.

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Performance art festival promises interaction Performance Art Week Aotearoa (PAWA) was launched yesterday with an evening of performances at Playstation Gallery. The Wellington-based performance art festival runs until November 18 and brings together a wide variety of artists from New Zealand and around the world. The 17 attention-grabbing, con-

fronting performances will explore the topics of consumerism, colonisation, music, and communication and will be held daily at Play Station gallery and Thistle Hall in Te Aro. PAWA founder and curator Sara Cowdell says there is a really exciting line-up this year. “I am super happy to have two public performance works taking

place this year. We have the seasoned performer Mark Harvey and the playful Binge Culture Collective,” Sara says. “Both of their works involve audience participation, so viewers will get a chance to have a unique experience and be a part of an artwork.” Thistle Hall will also host an exhibition curated by Istanbul Performance

Art running from November 15-18. The exhibition will include videos, photographs and interesting information related to performance art. Sara says a festival such as this is important, as the art form isn’t as acknowledged or celebrated in New Zealand compared to other art forms, despite its massive scope and potential.

“At PAWA we aim to share with people an art form that is incredibly powerful with a fascinating history rooted in politics, protest and the human condition. It opens you up to a whole other realm of understanding.” To view the full programme and purchase tickets go to program.

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Softball pitching machines prove their mettle

Top Green ready This year’s renovation of the Johnsonville Bowling Club’s top green has progressed well, with the first cut having recently been done. In October greenkeeper Brendon Gibson with Brian Cleaver and Dave Carr still had work to do. PHOTO: Supplied

On October 27, the Newlands Stormers beat the Johnsonville Tigers 8-1 in an under-11 softball game at Helston Park using the pitching machines. PHOTO supplied.

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Wellington Softball has invested some $4000 in eight blue pitching machines says Kylie Summers, the association’s games development officer. The machines are pitching devices which are being used in their under-11 programme. “It means there is no pitcher,” says Kylie. And that means all the youngsters are dealing with the same pitch, as the machines are set to deliver at one speed and height. “It’s the same for all games.” The young players are then able to hit the ball a lot more, in turn meaning the fielders are getting more experience. And it’s giving coaches time to develop their pitchers. “We will revert to using team

pitchers after Christmas.” In another move to make the game more child-friendly, they have modified the rules, so that teams bat right through the order, instead of being ruled out once three players are out. “It gives the teams more opportunities. Everyone gets a bat,” says Kylie. “It is all very new though,” she says. “And coaches can find it challenging because they’ve had to do things the same way for a very long time.” But the 18 teams of approximately 10 players have been working with the machines for two weeks now and the new scheme is working very well indeed says Kylie. There are safety rules though - only adults are allowed to place the balls and operate the machines.

Big success for bridge players

These bridge players will represent New Zealand in 2019, in Wuhan China. From left they are John Patterson, formerly of Wilton, Kate Davies, and his real life and bridge partner Kate Davies, Jane Lennon Christchurch and Alan Grant of Northland . PHOTO supplied.

Wellington bridge players have much to celebrate after four of their representatives won through in the New Zealand Mixed Teams International trials held in Orewa this weekend. One of the representatives, Alan Grant, is from Northland. John Patterson was brought up in Wilton and attended Wilton Primary School. His mum, Claire Leyland,

who got him into bridge, still lives in Wilton. N ow i n h e r 8 0 s , s h e i s r e p o r t ed as being “very proud” of her son for mak ing the New Zealand team. They Wellington players are part of the 2019 squad taking part in the World Bridge Team Championships in Wuhan, China, along with Jane Lennon from Christchurch.

There was disappointment for the Johnsonville Bowling Club members at the weekend. The eagerly-anticipated Wellington Open Singles Championships had to be cancelled due to Saturday’s torrential rain. Johnsonville club spokesperson Lock Chin said the event, to be held at 15 venues throughout Wellington,

could not be rescheduled until Sunday, as one of the venues was not available that day. The disappointment was made the greater as this year had been a record one for entries in the men’s section. “It will be rescheduled until later in the year,” he said. The next big event club members are looking forward to is the Wellington men’s and women’s pairs, to be held in two weeks’ time.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

The beauty of the All Blacks winning ugly It would have been a perfect Sunday morning for English rugby fans. Sure, their team lost 16-15 to the All Blacks at Twickenham but they played well and have something to moan about all week. A late TMO decision ruling out a late try from a charge down thanks to a tight offside decision. The call was right but that won’t stop the English from bemoaning it for days to come. The reality is, the hosts had every advantage. A stirring 82,000 strong crowd, watched the English roar to a 15-0 lead inside the first 25 minutes. However they were unable to score again for the final 55 minutes and to beat the two-time defending world champions, that simply isn’t good enough. The All Blacks got the rub of the green with a late call and English fans would do well to remember the British Lions got the benefit of a contentious call last year when their clear offside was wrongly adjudicated which allowed them to hold on to a 1-1 draw in New

Zealand. The ugly win provided many talking points for the men in black. It was pleasing to see Steve Hansen’s men win ugly. Often known for blowing teams off the park, they faced adversity and overcame it. Beauden Barrett can kick drop goals - handy to know with a World Cup 12 months away. Sonny Bill Williams will be lucky to keep his spot in the midfield. The polarising Centre was injured early and Ryan Crotty came on and made a big impression. Williams has been under the spotlight for most of the season and hasn’t responded. Eddie Jones should get some respite from the ferocious English Media. The under-siege coach has earned a one point win over the Springboks and had a narrow loss to the All Blacks over the past fortnight - any English fan would have taken that before the games. The All Blacks won ugly and that’s the most pleasing thing. They won a true test match.


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