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THE WELLINGTONIAN, MARCH 22, 2012
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Meetings Schedule for April
Strategy and Policy Committee
9.15am, Thursday 5 April
9.15am, Thursday 12 April
9.15am, Thursday 19 April
Committee Room 1, ground floor, Council offices
Regulatory Processes Subcommittee
9.15am, Wednesday 4 April
Committee room 1, ground floor, Council offices
Council Controlled Organisation Performance Subcommittee
1pm, Monday 23 April
Committee room 1, ground floor, Council offices
Tawa Community Board
7pm, Thursday 12 April
The Boardroom, Tawa Community Centre, 5 Cambridge Street
Makara/Ohariu Community Board
7.30pm, Thursday 19 April
Ohariu Valley Hall, 550 Ohariu Valley Road
9.15am, Tuesday 3 April (rescheduled from 28 March)
5.30pm, Thursday 19 April
Council Chamber, first floor, Wellington Town Hall
The agendas are available two days before the meeting at:
• Council reception, ground floor, 101 Wakefield Street
• City libraries
Pre-meeting sessions for the above Strategy and Policy Committee meetings are
open to the public (unless an item is public-excluded) and are ordinarily held
two days before the meeting.
All Council, committee and community board meetings are open to the public.
There may be some public-excluded agenda items.
You can make a short presentation to elected members at these meetings.
Simply let us know by 12 noon the working day before the meeting.
You can do this either by phoning 803 8334, faxing 801 3020, emailing:
firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Democratic Services,
Wellington City Council, PO Box 2199, Wellington, stating your name,
telephone number and the issue you would like to talk about.
Island Bay Roadworks
Contractors will be doing road repairs outside property 1 The Parade from
Monday 26 to Tuesday 27 March.
Work will take place between 9am and 4pm.
The project may cause some disruption to traffic.
For more information please contact Frank Binks at Transfield Services
on 387 4236 or mobile 027 284 2008.
Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street,
PO Box 2199, Wellington 6140 • Wellington.govt.nz
151 Cuba st, Wellington Ph: 04 385 8418
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Brewing up a storm
By HAMISH CARDWELL
Caffeine hit: Mike Strachan conjures up another masterpiece at Elements Cafe.
Photo: HAMISH CARDWELL
A first-time entrant in this weekend's
national barista championship hopes his
ability to stay calm under pressure will
give him an edge.
Island Bay resident Mike Strachan, 32,
is competing against 34 other baristas for
the chance to represent New Zealand at
the world barista championship in
Vienna in June.
Mr Strachan, who works at Elements
Cafe in Lyall Bay, will have 15 minutes
to prepare four espressos, four cappuc-
cinos, and four specialty drinks.
While assembling the drinks, contest-
ants must explain their choice of coffee,
where it comes from, why they chose it,
and the kinds of flavours the judges
should expect it to produce.
Mr Strachan said he would be using a
blend from Coffee Supreme that is two
parts Ethiopian, one part Nicaraguan''.
A blend is the best of what [coffee]
roasters do,'' he said.
He would not divulge the makeup of his
specialty drink, though he said: It's
Mr Strachan faces some stiff compe-
tition, with Hideyuki Kono, who won in
2011 and Nick Clark, who was third, in
the same pool.
This year, because it is my first year
[it's about getting] experience. Next year
I am going to go to win,'' he said.
Mr Strachan has been planning for the
competition since he started at Elements
Cafe three months ago. It would be a
great opportunity to learn.
Rubbing shoulders with people who
are more experienced than me and get-
ting ideas. The way they tamp, the way
they extract their coffee, the different
systems that they use, and fit all that
into my one to make me a better barista.''
Charming the judges should be no
problem. I am such a big people person,''
I'm pretty laid back. I'm pretty goofy.
Nothing really riles me too much.''
After 10 years in the hospitality indus-
try, Mr Strachan has experience on his
The barista championship will be held
at Michael Fowler Centre, heats March
23 and 24, 8am till 5pm; semi-finals and
final, March 25, 8am till 5pm. Entry free.
Tres bien, Monsieur Lacoua
By EMMA BEER
Olivier Lacoua has been honoured for his services
to the French community in New Zealand.
Mr Lacoua received a Chevalier Ordre National
du Merite, the French equivalent of a New Zea-
land Member of the Order of Merit. It was pres-
ented to him by French ambassador Francis
Etienne last month.
Mr Lacoua is the general manager of CQ Hotels.
He is also a French foreign trade adviser and has
been heavily involved in fundraising efforts for
those effected by the Christchurch earthquakes
and other New Zealand charities.
He was humbled by the award and said it was
a very nice'' honour.
I'm French, you would do the same for New
Zealanders if you were in France,'' he said.
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