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Paws for excitement
By EMMA BEER
Jumping for joy: Emma, left, and
Kahlua may soon have a safe dog
exercise area to play in.
Hataitai dog owners would have
to be barking mad not to be
excited about a proposed new dog
Miramar veterinarian Allan
Probert has plans under way to
create a safe off-leash area for
dogs and owners in Evans Bay
The area will be located next to
Cog Park on Evans Bay Pde.
It is already deemed a dog exer-
cise area by Wellington City
Council, and dogs are allowed off-
leash. However, the area is fenced
on only two sides, so there is still
a chance of a dog running on the
We re planning a fully fenced
area, with a double gate entry so
no dogs can escape when people
are entering, Mr Probert said.
It would be a place where dogs
could be let off their leashes to
play with each other in a safe
environment, he said.
Having a fully enclosed dog
exercise area was similar to the
need for artificial turfs, he said.
We all know they are necess-
ary, but the council can t afford it
on its own.
To solve this, Mr Probert has
offered a public-private partner-
ship option to the council.
Sponsorship of about $20,000
had already been secured, and
many local businesses had shown
an interest in helping to establish
The Hataitai Residents Associ-
ation has offered money to install
two seats in the area, and agreed
to help keep an eye on things.
Residents association member
Jane Scoular said the committee
was keen to be part of the project.
A lot of us [in the committee]
are dog walkers. The problem
[with the area now] is it s really
close to the main road.
A lot of people walk across it,
but you need to really trust your
dog not to run on to the road.
Having the area fully fenced
would make a huge difference to
people with dogs, she said.
The idea had been put to council
and been received well.
The council is drawing up plans
to make the dog park a reality,
and Mr Probert hoped it would be
open for use early next year.
Mr Probert said it was import-
ant to have safe places for people
to exercise their dogs and hoped
the idea could be replicated in
[Cog Park] is an appropriate
place. There s very good parking,
there s a cafe nearby. I want
people to say, Wow, amazing, why
can t we have one in our area?
Dog owners spent a lot of money
on dog fees, Mr Probert said. A
lot of it is siphoned off into general
funds. I would like to see more
actually spent on dog owners.
One per cent to create a future
Travelling man: Pat Shepherd has taught
photography to children in Asia.
Photo: SARAH BURTON
By SARAH BURTON
Freelance photographer and designer Pat
Shepherd has found an innovative way to
blend his enthusiasm for creativity and
charity, and will share what he knows at
the inaugural Festival for the Future this
The festival is a new event for creative
people and entrepreneurs. It was created
by two 25-year-olds and will feature
workshops and guest speakers.
Mr Shepherd said the festival was a
good way of getting like-minded people
It will be great to be able to meet some
of these people and I m sure there will be
some collaborations out of it, he said.
Mr Shepherd and fellow photographer
Brady Dyer will run a workshop about
how photography can influence change.
Mr Shepherd spends half his week
being creative, and half running the
SpinningTop children s charity.
Working with the charity, he has trav-
elled to the border of Thailand and
Burma three times to teach photography
and art to children, many of whom live in
desperate situations after escaping the
oppressive military regime.
Our main aims are that the kids are
having an amazing time and get to
experience art and creativity, some of
them for the first time in their lives.
Mr Shepherd said the volunteers had
been blown away by how much a cre-
ative outlet could benefit the children.
The people side of photography is the
most important part to me, he said.
It turns from an art form into a social
adventure. You get to learn people s
Originally from Aberdeen, Mr Shep-
herd moved to New Zealand 10 years ago
for the skiing. He became heavily
involved in the Wellington music pho-
tography scene, photographing bands
such as Shapeshifter, The Black Seeds
and Trinity Roots.
He will call on some of those bands for
support for his next project, The One Per
Cent Collective. Based on the premise
that everyone gives a per cent , it will
encourage people to donate one per cent
of their income to help small to medium-
sized charities in New Zealand.
The One Per Cent Collective has been
planned for nearly two years.
Mr Shepherd s main aims were to cre-
ate a community feel to charity, making
generosity a part of everyone s day.
He hoped the young people he talked to
at the festival understood their art and
creativity could be used to have a positive
impact on society.
Festival for the Future, the Film Archive,
November 4 to 6.
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