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It was a case of a “kayak in the room” not being addressed. Wellington City Council’s chamber was on Tuesday morning invaded by a group of young activists kitted out in a yellow cardboard “kayak” representing a Go Wellington bus. The group, who called themselves Wellingtonians for Non-Ridiculous Transport, were intending to speak directly to Wellington Mayor Justin Lester over their dismay that overhead wires in the city’s streets were being dismantled as the electric trolley buses are no longer in service. Continued on page 2. Protestors at the Wellington City Council chambers in their cardboard “kayak bus”, from left, Kate Day, Samuel Way and Elise Ranck. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Activists show displeasure over diesel bus plan Continued from page 1. Greater Wellington Regional Council voted to abolish all of the city’s trolley buses in 2015 as it moves to introduce a fleet of battery-powered electric vehicles from next year. In the interim however, trolley buses have been replaced by a mix of low-emission doubledecker diesel buses, including 10 hybrids. While the protesters also planned to target the regional council’s offices, they first wanted to speak to Justin, as the overhead wires had been controlled by the city council. His no-show meant there was the farcical situation of members of the City Strategy Committee pre-meeting discussing other matters as the protesters patiently stood in silence in front of media for more than an hour. Eventually they got to speak to the committee. “We quite frankly can’t believe Greater Wellington is scrapping our trolley network and replacing them with hundreds of diesel buses,” spokesperson Kate Day told them. “As Wellington City Council owns our network we would like to know why did you not

Protestors patiently wait for mayor Justin Lester to arrive to express their concern over the loss of Wellington’s trolley buses as councillors go about normal business. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

intervene so we can preserve it for the future?” Kate points out that introducing more diesels contradicts the commitment council has made to reduce carbon pollution, as agreed in the Paris Accord. However they did later get to speak to the mayor in his office, where he assured them council was committed to a carbonneutral Wellington by 2050. The protesters then “paddled” their way down the Golden Mile to continue their protest. Their plan to visit Greater Wellington

was scrapped due to the time they had been kept waiting at the chamber. Council spokesperson, Chamanthie Sinhalage says the reason the mayor did not initially turn up was because his diary was full and the protest had not been placed on the agenda. “It’s not unusual for the mayor to not attend pre-committee meetings,” she says. In a statement, Justin says Greater Wellington made their decision three years ago and the contracts are now signed.

“By July 1 next year, GWRC will be moving from Eurostar 2 to Eurostar 5 and 6, which produces far less emissions.” While the wires were managed by the city council, it was the regional council’s job to decommission them, he adds. “Had they not done so, the [city] ratepayer would have had to foot the bill.” Greater Wellington chair, Chris Laidlaw, agreed with Justin’s sentiments, saying the substations had not been maintained to make the infrastructure viable.

Launch of grief-themed book attracts charity’s support A newly published children’s book dealing with issues of grief, loss and bereavement was launched on Tuesday at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie. The launch of the The Gift Horse, published by Millwood Press, was hosted by the shop’s owner Ruth McIntyre, the event attracted an interested audience. Author Sophie Siers spoke of the origin of the story – a conversation with another bookseller in her hometown of Hastings, who

Author Sophie Siers holds a copy of her book The Gift Horse. PHOTO: Supplied

spoke of the lack of a suitable book for “children who’ve lost something dear to them”. This lead to her collaboration with local artist Katharine White who also spoke at the event. Guest speaker on the night was Heather Henare, CEO of Skylight Trust, a national organisation that supports all who are suffering from trauma, grief and loss. Heather spoke of the effective-

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Cycling in Wilson St? No way, say residents

Correction Last week’s letter to the editor “Declining postal service no longer does it fast” was in fact written by H Westfold of Miramar, not Tony Sutcliffe of Strathmore.

By Jamie Adams

A group of residents are up in arms over a Wellington City Council proposal to install a cycleway through one of the streets in their suburb. Sounds familiar? No, it’s not Island Bay - this time it’s Newtown. On Wednesday evening last week, the Newtown Residents Association held an emergency meeting with council portfolio leader for public transport, cycling and walking Sarah Free over a proposal to install a two-way cycleway in Wilson Street, which is partially oneway running east. The eastern ward councillor was surrounded by angry residents who expressed dismay that a planned cycling network in the eastern suburbs included extending one of the paths to Newtown via Constable St. The plan would see the cycleway veer into Wilson St via Coromandel St and would ultimately finish at its intersection with Riddiford St. In Wilson St, west of Daniel St, the vehicle lane would be narrowed with painted cycling sharrows, while a west-running bike lane would extend from a footpath. Driveways, the residents say, would also create danger to cyclists as motorists backing out of those driveways might not see them; and that the loss of spaces would make Newtown’s “chaotic” parking situation even worse. There was also the issue of practicality – Wilson St does not allow right-turning entry and exit due to a traffic island. “You can’t just come along and take away car parks,” Stephen Pritchard says. “The building of the children’s hospital has caused more staff to park in the

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Newtown residents Evelyn Hopkins, Russell Taylor and Stephen Pritchard are deeply concerned about the council’s proposal for a cycleway on Wilson Street. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

What the Wilson Street cycleway could look like. IMAGE: Supplied

side streets and this will make it worse.” Evelyn Hopk ins says a west-running bike lane will create confusion and could lead to motorists driving the wrong way down Wilson St, something that was already happening. Russell Taylor says he is not anti-cycleway but believes this proposal is completely impractical. “This affects our livelihoods, businesses, everything. It would end in chaos.” They were also livid that there had been no proper announcement from the council, with two

drop-in sessions on the proposal to be held at the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie and none in Newtown. Sarah apologised for not making it clear that Newtown figured in the eastern suburbs plans. “Newtown will have its own meeting. We will also do a leaflet drop,” she told residents last Wednesday. When spoken to this week, Sarah could not promise a local meeting specifically on this issue due to the unsuitability of any venue relative to the ASB Centre, but she says there will be one to discuss Newtown’s role in the city-wide network.

She could not confirm a date but it will be some time early next year. She insists council would listen and get it right this time. The second Kilbirnie drop-in session will be at 10am-4pm this Saturday and feedback can be posted online at transportprojects.org.nz. Submissions must be made by 5pm on Monday, December 11.  A disabled woman has also pointed out that the construction work in Newtown has led to motorists illegally parking in disabled parking spaces. (See Letters, page 6)

Improvements are being made to the management of mental health clients requiring community respite care following the review of a serious incident at a Whitby respite service. In March, a resident who was a client at the respite service tried to abduct a child from her father. Several neighbours restrained the client. Capital & Coast DHB commissioned a review of the circumstances surrounding the incident, which was carried out by independent experts who made recommendations. Improvements already made include improved information-sharing and having Crisis Resolution Service staff in Wellington Regional Hospital to provide faster assessment for people in mental health distress.

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inbrief news Sunscreens removed from sale Two sunscreens have been withdrawn from sale following a Consumer NZ test that found the products failed to provide the protection claimed. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says the manufacturer of Snowberry Family+ Sunscreen SPF30 had recalled the product after her organisation’s test found it had an SPF of only 20 and failed to meet requirements for broad-spectrum protection. The maker of Pure Blend Sunscreen SPF15++, marketed as a natural product, will also stop selling its sunscreen. Sue says testing found the product had an SPF of just four. Consumer NZ is testing other sunscreens with results to be published in their next Consumer magazine and on consumer.org.nz.

Busy community stalwart taking the next step By Jamie Adams

City council southern ward by-election candidate Merio Marster could be forgiven for failing to front up at the first two candidates meetings in recent weeks. The Newtown resident has a busy life, co-ordinating services at the Berhampore Community Centre while juggling her main occupation at the Miramar Golf Club as well as raising seven of her own children and five foster children. She is also the Wellington City Council Pacific Island advisor for the Cook Island community, a job that involves giving advice on benefit entitlements, budgeting and employment. “I had to tie up some loose ends, but I will definitely be at the Island Bay meeting,” she says. Merio believes she has a good awareness of the local issues, having lived in the southern

Berhampore Community Centre co-ordinator Merio Marsters is standing in the southern ward by-election. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

ward suburbs of Newtown, Berhampore and Island Bay for more than 20 years. It’s the first time Merio will be running for council, the result of

encouragement from Newtown business owners. Merio insists she is not seeking to become a career politician. “I have no aspirations to further

myself in politics if it’s not about community. “This role is about social outcomes for all,” she says. “I would like to focus on enhancing communities like having neighbours knocking on doors, helping physically challenged individuals, staying connected and having a visible police presence.” She believes to achieve the latter means reopening a police station in the southern ward – the closest one currently is in Kilbirnie. A way to have better connections would be for those living in social housing complexes to create community gardens for growing vegetables. “It’s just a matter of supporting them as a community. It can’t work if people stay as individuals.” Regardless of the election outcome, Merio hopes she can make a difference in people’s lives. “You do what you’ve got to do.”

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New World jumps on board eco-conscious bag-wagon By Jamie Adams

A community-driven initiative to get shoppers ditching plastic bags in favour of reusable cloth ones has spread to New World Miramar. Miramar residents Melanie Haycock and Stephanie Kuttner launched a Boomerang Bags stall at the supermarket on Saturday. The stall was built by Wibke Kreft, another Miramar local. Boomerang Bags is a project founded by two Australian women that involves volunteers recycling materials to create sacks that can be used to replace the plastic bags provided at checkouts. Volunteers have already made and distributed Boomerang Bags to shops and centres in Newtown, Island Bay and Mt Victoria within Wellington, but Miramar is only the third New World in the city to adopt the initiative. “It had been around for about six months when we started,” Melanie says. “The idea is people can take a bag and if

At New World Miramar’s new Boomerang Bags stall are store manager Milan Vegar and stall designer Wibke Kreft, flanked by volunteers Stephanie Kuttner, left, and Melanie Haycock. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

they’re not using them anymore they can give them back to the supermarket. Bags have been donated by the Salvation Army which, along

with Shop 89 and the Curtain Bank, have also provided fabric to create them. Even Weta Workshop has donated material they discarded after the filming

of Mortal Engines. “We have been running sewing bees at the community centre. We managed to sew 600 bags,” Melanie says. “Not only is it a

way for us to reduce plastic bag use but all of the fabric would have gone to landfill otherwise.” “It would not be possible without volunteers,” Stephanie says. “Predominantly mums have made them and we have also had support of Miramar Community Centre, free of charge.” New World Miramar store manager Milan Vegar says it is a “fantastic idea” as the supermarket chain was already environmentally conscious. “There’s a charge to be introduced for using plastic bags and the long-term plan is to pull them out completely,” he says. “We are also the biggest collector of soft plastic bags for recycling,” Milan adds, with the supermarket offering a bin at the entrance for that sole purpose. A 5c rebate is offered for each reusable bag a customer uses at the checkout – up to 50c per visit. “It’s well worth putting it into other supermarkets. We are keen to spread the word,” Milan says.

Safety makeover has students swinging back for challenges By Jamie Adams

Evans Bay Intermediate School students will be able to challenge themselves physically with less fear of injury thanks to a playground makeover. The school’s “Interchallenge Playscape” was officially reopened on Monday with a new synthetic mat laid underneath its various swings and bridges. Deput y pr i ncipa l Wi k us Swanepoel says prior to its makeover the playground had a floor of “weeds, bark and dirt” which would have made the consequence of a child falling messy as well as possibly painful. A total of $80,000 was raised for the project, which Wikus says will benefit the wider community. As well as the school’s 440

children, the playground here is used extensively on the weekend by younger children, visiting netballers and other local families. Wikus says it took two years to raise the necessary funds, with the bulk of it achieved in the second year. “We created a Friends of EBIS group who helped with the fundraising projects we did, including a fun run, sausage sizzles and car washes.” The mat was necessary to comply with health and safety requirements which the school always takes seriously, he says. As for the apparatus offered in the playground, Wikus promises that the Interchallenge lives up to its name. “Different levels from beginners to really advanced.”

Evans Bay Intermediate students (from left) Jack-Su Harris, Molly Player, Ruby Douglas and Kianu Fiamatai enjoy returning to the swing bridges of the school’s renovated Interchallenge Playscape. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Council te reo policy to honour late cultural advisor Wellington City Council’s proposed Te Reo Maori policy will honour Billie Tait-Jones, the organisation’s cultural advisor, who died earlier this month. “The proposed policy, Te Tauihu – Te Kaupapa Here Reo Maori o te Kaunihera o Poneke, is the first step in the council’s aspiration to ensure that te reo is more visible in the everyday lives of Wellingtonians,” says deputy mayor Jill Day, who has

been leading the development of the policy. “In many ways, she exemplified the spirit of this proposed policy: positivity, inclusiveness and the desire to make te reo a very visible part of our everyday lives.” The proposed policy honours a commitment made by Mayor Justin Lester during Maori Language Week earlier this year, and is accompanied by an action plan that takes into account not only

the way the council approaches signage, but also other public forms of communication, such as street art, murals, performing arts and much more. Jill says the council wants to demonstrate that te reo is an integral part of New Zealand and Wellington. “We want to lead the way in making this part of the cultural fabric of our city.” Jill says the policy has been

developed in recognition that Te Reo Maori is an official language of New Zealand. “Te Tauihu supports the principles set out in Te Ture mo Te Reo Maori 2016 - the Maori Language Act 2016 - and also recognises the partnership principle of Te Tiriti. “As the capital city we are showing leadership in recognising the proper status of Te Reo Maori by incorporating it into in our everyday life.”

Acting council chief executive Kane Patena says councillors voted unanimously at a City Strategy Committee meeting to endorse the proposal, which will be subject to public consultation early next year. “The vote was a fitting tribute to Billie Tait-Jones and her unstinting work to incorporate Te Reo Maori and tikanga Maori into the lives of the people of Te Whanganui-a-Tara.”


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The Attitude of ‘Living Well’ The new co-owner of Village at the Park, Arvida, promises to capitalise on the great service that prompted its acquisition. The Newtown retirement village underwent a change of ownership in October, with Arvida Group purchasing the 50 percent stake that previously belonged to Hurst Lifecare. The Wellington Tenths Trust will continue to retain the other 50 percent shareholding Arvida Group is a New Zealand Stock Exchange-listed company that own 29 villages nationwide. Marketing and sales manager Tristan Saunders says Arvida is pleased to finally have a presence in Wellington. “In terms of strategic value, Village at the Park is an absolutely perfect fit,” he says. “It has fantastic facilities, residents and staff and is one of the highest-quality villages in the Wellington area. “We are also delighted to have retained the partnership with the Wellington Tenths Trust and delighted with the management.” Village at the Park general manager Mary Leighton says management is planning a couple of changes to enhance the lifestyle experience for its residential customers. “We are adopting the latest advancements in technology to ensure we provide an effective and efficient work environment

Village at the Park general manager Mary Leighton and nurses Claudette Dayon, Joie Te and Jewel Joson with one of their facility residents, Roy Vigar. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

for our staff to provide them with the opportunity to spend time with Residents.” “We are rolling out a new clinical software programme called E-Case that will enhance the management of clinical care at

Village at the Park,” Mary says. The other focus is for our residents making the move to Village at the Park, a change of address, rather than the loss of home, purpose and identity.

The “household model” will integrate Wellness through the ‘Wellness’ Pillars: Eating Well, Moving Well, Thinking Well, Resting Well and engaging Well Mary says. “It's allowing people to have

normality of daily life – choosing when they get up in the morning, what time they have breakfast and so on.” “We are about transforming the ageing experience.” PBA

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think of the Let’s Get Welly Moving proposal to create a tunnel or underpasses by the Basin Reserve as a solution to our traffic woes?

Bruce Hamill, Vogeltown “I don’t find it difficult to get around. I don’t usually go that way and I bike to most places.”

Geoff Richards, Berhampore “We certainly need a second Mt Vic tunnel. There’s no point moving more traffic past the Basin until we have it. And we absolutely need a light rail.”

Miriam Zeier, Berhampore “We need to find out ways to move apart from cars. I don’t think a tunnel is a good idea as we live in an earthquakeprone area.”

Heather Matthews, Lyall Bay “I think we should go with a light rail. More cars and roads will make more congestion. I’m dismayed at what they’re doing.”

Richard Roberts, Miramar “I do support it; I think the Arras Tunnel should have been longer. I think it would be worth it, as it would cater for public and private transport.”

Baredu Adem, Mt Cook “I would support a flyover as better than a tunnel. I don’t know how they could build a tunnel without it affecting the cricket field.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Stating value of drugs inappropriate Dear Editor, Why, oh why, are the reports on finding a big cache of drugs usually stated in “Street value”? What on Earth for? One day politicians will notice that and see a solution to balancing the books. Surely the finds can and should

be quoted as numbers of deaths prevented, or something realistic like that. I have looked at the market and stock exchange reports, none lists the street market values of drugs like the TV and news reports do. I suppose there is a worth to the

dealers but the only details worth reporting are the cost to society, or damage prevented. (The only purpose I can see is when the ‘traders’ can claim a loss in their IRD returns) Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Using post-war European model for cycleways doesn’t work here Dear Editor, One great obvious factor Wellington councillors have failed to consider in the big push by the previous cyclemad mayor to introduce her deficient cycleways to Island Bay, is that they simply appropriated the old European versions to be adapted to our narrow Wellington streets. The European cycleway systems were well-established many decades ago on proposed public accessways while the post-WW2 European cities grew up around them, whereas although the southern Island Bay Parade is wide,

most of Wellington’s continuing streets to the city centre are just old narrow horse tracks. The Wellington councillors did not consider purchasing necessary housing properties along the routes for such a safe cycle accessway – instead they just squeezed it in on existing roads where they thought they could get away with it and they failed miserably, yet are still determined to spend millions more of ratepayers money to make themselves look good! Martin Beck, Mornington

Building work causing parking chaos in Newtown Dear Editor, There are two new builds in Newtown both in areas where public parking is at a minimal. Outside Newtown School where there is a 30-minute time limit, and is parking for the bank, and WINZ across the road. The other is further up Riddiford Street and near the shopping mall, and has a 60-minute time limit. Both of these parks are being taken up with vehicles belonging to the workers on these building sites, and WCC Parking Enforcement seems to be making sure they stay well away from these areas. I have been advised they can have a

permit allowing them to park, I have seen no sign of these permits on all of the vehicles, and in Normanby Street they even park their vehicles, without shame, in the disability park. Even if they do have a permit they should be restricted from using them in vital areas. I am disabled and I have been trying to get a disability park near WINZ and the Bank, but there were objections by parents for picking up and dropping off. I did ask why could not the disabled park be 9am-2.30pm; that was ignored by WCC. Heather Bevan Island Bay


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LETTERS to the editor

No more booze sponsorship in sport? Yeah right! Dear Editor, Just after we have got rid of the old ‘Tui’ flags gracing our children’s sportsgrounds as corner and side-line markers reminding spectators and

players that we would be nothing without beer, we now have the wonder ful selfless support of specialist brews as the way to get our All Whites to the World Cup

finals! What about getting there with sportsmanship and the occasional win? Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Insight into the candidates Dear Editor, Not knowing much about the new candidates for the Southern Ward, I had decided to go along to the Newtown Residents Association Meet the Candidates meeting held last week. Noticeably, I couldn’t see any Polynesians in the audience. Few Chinese, and were there any Indians?

I tried to form an impression of the candidates’ personality, rather than the text of their speeches. Interesting to take note of here is the demeanour of candidates who are sitting listening to their competitors. Do they look engaged? Or do they look bored or inattentive towards the candidate who is speaking?

It was disappointing at question time to find that the questions asked were generic and not much different in kind from other suburbs. Nothing stood out as unique to Newtown. But I certainly left the meeting with some insight into the candidates themselves. Christine Swift Island Bay

Has NZ Post purposely gone slow with Fastpost? Dear Editor, Further to my November 16 letter, here are some other suspicions on Fastpost policies by NZ Post. I’ve no doubt that some will say I didn’t allow for there now being only three delivery days each week, and for some towns not having the same three days as others, for urban mail delivery. No, that arrangement has now been in force for many months;

but only in the last few months has it been evident that Fastpost mail no longer gets quicker delivery than Standard Post for either street deliveries or PO Boxes. And on top of that, although Fastpost mail was/is supposed to continue with six street-delivery days per week, it has simply been delivered with the Standard Post mail three days a week, regardless of when posted.

And we now know why, when the postage for Fastpost last July rose from $2.20 to $2.30, no new stamps of the latter value had been printed, or will be. Has NZ Post purposely gone slow with Fastpost, so that its users, realising that it’s a complete waste of the extra postage, cease using it? [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar

TV ads reason CEO is overpaid Dear Editor, Why be surprised at the rich rewards for the TV head? Of course it must be warranted and worth it; for anyone heading an organisation and motivating it to inflict the overburdening amount of advertising.

Among the repeats and mediocre programmes it must be the ultimate of ‘enhancing’ a product. The only reason so few have complained of the excessive advertising time is the little ‘off’ button. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Very trendy left-wing causes Dear Editor, You highlighted the art efforts of South Wellington Intermediate School (SWIS) pupils. In fact, in league with the Wellington Regional Council, it seems little more than “art as indoctrination”. We are told that the student art efforts, now displayed on a Newtown bus shelter, highlight “social and environmental causes...these include a plastic-free ocean, climate change, anti-bullying and

LGBT rights”. All very trendy left-wing causes no doubt. But who supposes the school and the regional council would have been happy to promote “art” that illustrated the virtues of, say. chastity, liberalised land-use laws, the rights of the unborn, or the social benefits of a market economy? SWIS, in my experience, is more about indoctrination along Green Party lines than about education. Michael Reddell Island Bay

Allowance boost ‘does nothing’ The Labour-led government’s new $50 boost to student allowances and living costs does not go far enough, a student welfare pressure group says. “Give it 10 years and we’ll be back to square one. A $50 boost now does nothing for those students in the future who face higher costs through rent price

inflation,” Aotearoa Students’ Alliance spokesperson Jack Close says. “If Labour had any sense, they’d index this increase to the biggest cost students face - rent prices. Instead, they’re promising free tertiary education - a handout for graduates - and a pittance to future generations of students.”

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Miramar Central School says goodbye to long serving Principal John Taylor-Smith came to Miramar Central School from New Plymouth in 2000. He has served at Miramar Central School

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a fresh coat of paint, new furniture and clothing areas, plus a new doorway to allow easier access for furniture. It is hoped in the New Year that there will be new carpet tiles through the whole shop, thanks to the generosity of a donor which will complete the new look.

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for 17 years and at the end of this year he will retire from MCS - moving onto new pastures. Miramar Central School Board of Trustees appreciates his great commitment and we wish to acknowledge his retirement as Principal. His teaching history is vast and he has spent a substantial number of years - 35 in total - as a Principal. This is no easy feat and a remarkable achievement. From John’s own words ‘Being a Principal is allencompassing’. In 2003 John completed his book The Anger Toolbox - tools for parents and carers to help children and young people through angry times (skylight: 2003). This book was a labour of love for John as one of his passions has always been boys issues. Another passion of John’s is Special Education and many times he was seconded from Miramar Central School by The Ministry to perform audits of schools around New Zealand and their Special Education programmes. John served as the National Vice President of NZ Education & Leadership Society between 2006 and 2010. As a Ministry of Education Primary Award

recipient in 2015, John took a sabbatical from Miramar Central School to research successful models of performance management in primary schools in Auckland and Wellington. John has many other interests - gardening, walking, reading, family/friends and sports which he enjoys. He is a football mad and this is evident in the team he supports Tottenham Hotspur, nobody is perfect! This isn’t the end of his teaching career, education is very much part of him and in time he intends to pursue other avenues in the education sector. As John looks back on his career at Miramar Central School he reflects that “MCS is a great school community. The kids are delightful and the teachers and parents are very supportive.” When asked what his legacy was - John said “ The important thing in Education is that you make a difference - if kids remember you fondly then you feel that you have made a positive difference in their lives”. On behalf of the children, staff and community at Miramar Central School we heartily thank you John Taylor-Smith for your endless passion and duty.


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Countdown’s top manager reflects on decades of dedication By Jamie Adams

Almost three decades of loyalty to a national supermarket brand has paid off for Paul Berney, who has been named Countdown Store Manager for 2017. Paul, 48, was named winner against managers from 183 other stores nationwide. He was recently promoted to manage Countdown Newtown after more than a year running the Cable Car Lane store, for which he won his award. Born in Porirua and bred in Lower Hutt, Paul’s love for Wellington has seen him work in nearly every Countdown in the region over the past 30 years. Paul was not even 16 when he left school in the late 1980s to start a butchery apprenticeship at Wainuiomata Woolworths, as it was then known as. After a stint playing rugby over-

Paul Berney has been named Countdown Store Manager of the Year for his role in the Cable Car Lane outlet. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

seas, Paul resumed his butchery role upon return but was soon encouraged to take on a managing role. “I did a deputy manager development course for four months then did a deputy role in Tawa and was only there for three months before moving to Upper Hutt.” He had also managed Lower Hutt and Johnsonville Countdowns before hitting the big time at the new store in central Wellington. “The [Cable Car Lane] store is doing extremely well. The foot traffic is huge - 3500 people walk past that store every hour,” he says. “It’s only 800 square metres in size but it’s popular with people wanting to get lunch or snacks.” Having already been named best manager in the lower North Island, Paul won his award after facing off against the winners of the three other zones through a

Student gets big grant for research into Pacific remedies A PhD student from Victoria University of Wellington has been awarded $345,156 to research the chemical and biological properties of plants found in the Pacific that are traditionally used for medicinal purposes. Helen Woolner, who will graduate with a PhD in Chemistry next month, received the funding through the Health Research Council’s Pacific Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship programme. She will undertake the research over the next three years at the university’s Chemical Genetics Laboratory and with Dr Rob Keyzers and Dr Andrew Munkacsi as her supervisors. Helen hopes her research will help Maori and Pasifika people harness the full potential of their long-held natural health practices. Helen, who is of Cook Island Maori descent, remembers her

mother and grandmother using traditional plant-based medicines to treat minor ailments when she was a child. “But only when I started studying science 12 years ago, did I gain an understanding and an appreciation for my mum and grandma’s use of medicinal plants.” As a starting point, she will draw on research by 2016 Victoria PhD graduate Dr Seeseei Molimau-Samasoni, who used biological and chemical tools to identify the iron-chelator compound in a Samoan plant that is traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory activity— like a natural ibuprofen. Helen will then look for novel compounds that may produce healing properties in other selected plants from Samoa, the Cook Islands and New Zealand. “These results will provide insight into the chemistry and biology of traditional medicine in the Pacific,” she says.

series of interviews with Countdown’s various general managers at its Auckland head office. Apart from a five-year period in which he worked at Mitre 10 in New Plymouth, Paul has dedicated most of his career to Countdown and is unfazed about the potential ridicule of being known as a “supermarket worker” when introducing himself. “I’d probably be the highest-paid member of the group.” He puts his success down to working hard, taking any opportunity thrown his way and always aiming to be the best he can be – something he believes no qualification can substitute. “Our managing director Dave Chambers started off as a trolley boy. He’s a living example of what’s possible.” Paul is hosting a meet and greet with customers at Countdown Newtown today at 11am.

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Victoria University PhD chemistry student Helen Woolner. PHOTO: Supplied

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feeds into the growing need for new medicines, “We need to recognise that 80 percent of the world’s population rely on herbal [traditional] medicines. So understanding how these work, how efficacious the treatments are, and what unforeseen effects they may have, is of great importance.”

The budding Berhampore Community Association marked its first annual general meeting on Saturday with the formation of a new committee. New members were voted in at the Berhampore Community Centre, following a public meeting with candidates for the southern ward city council by-election. One of those new members is also a candidate - Berhampore resident Thomas Morgan. Fellow committee member Liz Springford says it’s an exciting time to get involved in the association, with all the by-election candidates promising to listen to the concerns raised by the Berhampore community, among others. Yesterday marked one year since the association formed, comprising of six members and a dog. It has grown to about 70 members and Liz is keen for more people who live or work in the area to attend its monthly meetings. Type its name in Facebook to find out more information.


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From Africa with love: Award winner shares her story Rita Angus Retirement Village caregiver Meserat Cherente has come a long way, and caring for others has always been an integral part of her life. Quietly spoken and humble, Meserat doesn’t easily accept praise but it’s not hard to see how much she is respected by her colleagues. In October, she was nominated by the village and her workmates for the Wellington South Rotary Pride of Workmanship Award. She was successful in gaining the award, which was recently presented to her by New Zealand Productivity Commission chairman Murray Sherwin of at a special ceremony in Kilbirnie. Born in Ethiopia, Meserat grew up in the politically unstable country torn apart by wars and ravaged by drought and famine. After finishing school, Meserat made plans to leave for Kenya, where there was freedom. “I had to leave secretly all by myself. I told my mum. It was hard

to leave them,” she says. “You have to make a choice - the situation was unstable. Even at home you might die.” Kenya offered her more opportunities. Meserat worked in a private hospital for an English woman who had lived in New Zealand. She helped Meserat find a sponsor in Christchurch and she set off for a new life. Meserat has worked for Ryman Healthcare since 2000, beginning at Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village in Christchurch. Her colleagues at Rita Angus have nominated her many times within the village for recognition of her work ethic. Meserat is surprised but delighted. “I just do my job, have a smile on my face and always try to be professional.” Meserat’s core principles in caregiving are summed up with: “Respect and dignity”. “Everyone is equal to me. They

Meserat Cherente with Rita Angus Retirement Village colleagues Krystyna Bostrovas, Fara Kiriau, Sunita Govind and Sue Coventry. PHOTO: Supplied

are just like my family.” The Rotary Pride of Workmanship award was launched as a

Rotary project in 1975. Its objective is to encourage pride in employees’ personal

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Graduation season to mark NZ Dance’s 50th anniversary

Wellington College appoints new principal

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) has played a significant role in shaping this country’s dance culture for half a century and its ambitious 50th Anniversary Graduation programme fittingly reflects its achievements and strong links to the Royal New Zealand Ballet. The season is an opportunity to witness the high calibre of students and the results of working with inspirational world-class tutors. Audiences at Wellington’s St James Theatre will be treated to an eclectic mix of visionary contemporary dance and classical ballet featuring outstanding choreography from NZSD alumni and teachers alongside international choreographic icons. “When the New Zealand School of Dance was founded in 1967, the driving force behind its creation was to provide well-trained dancers for the New Zealand Ballet which was to become the Royal New Zealand Ballet we know today,” NZSD director Garry Trinder says. “These anniversary performances bring full circle the hopes and wishes of our founders. The two institutions – although legally, organisationally and financially independent – will share the stage together continuing tradition into the future.” The programme’s classical works include George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Aria by American Val Caniparoli and Sir Kenneth

Wellington College will be getting a new principal as of next year. Gregor Fountain, currently principal of Paraparaumu College, takes over the role at the beginning of Term 2, 2018. Gregor has strong ties to Wellington College, as both an Old Boy and a former teacher at the school. He was head of the history department from 2003-2008 and deputy principal (responsible for learning and curriculum) from 2009-2013. Since 2013 he has led Paraparaumu College. Gregor is regarded as an inspiring, inclusive and forward-thinking educational leader, Wellington College board chair Peter Schuyt says. Since he became principal at Paraparaumu College, the school has made significant gains in achievement in both NCEA and scholarship pass rates. Its NCEA Level 2 pass rates in 2016 were the best in the college’s history. This year, Wellington College celebrated its 150th anniversary. The school has an outstanding reputation for its academic achievement and its strong cultural and sporting life. The role of principal, formerly headmaster, at Wellington College is one of the most prestigious appointments in New Zealand education and attracted very high quality candidates from across New Zealand and overseas, Peter says. “With the resignation of long-standing and popular headmaster Roger Moses, the board was looking for a combination of educational excellence, proven leadership, connection with boys and boys’ education and a modern and future focused vision of Wellington College and how it can best prepare boys for our rapidly changing world.” He says the board is confident Gregor has both the personal and professional skills to lead the college into its next “exciting” era.

New Zealand School of Dance students Hosanna Ball and Saul Newport. PHOTO: Stephen A’Court.

MacMillan’s Pas de Deux from Concerto, which will be performed by NZSD students alongside the virtuosic pas de deux from Don Quixote and William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. The school has played a central role in commissioning works by New Zealand

choreographers, a significant example being The Bach by Arts Laureate Michael Parmenter, first performed at NZSD’s Graduation Season 2006. The talent of the school’s alumni is evident throughout the programme with commissioned works by graduates including Sarah Foster-Sproull, Victoria Columbus and current

RNZB dancer Loughlan Prior. Garry says the eclectic programme is a way of sharing NZ Dance’s special birthday, while congratulating their faculty, alumni and talented young dancers on 50 years of excellence and accomplishment.  The New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season in on November 24-25.


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51. J.K. Wellington playwright Pinky Agnew is proud of the pantomime she and co-writer Rowling 7.00pm Lorae Parry have created. PHOTO: Jamie Adams chose the Monday 30th November unusual By Jamie Adams charactersAt such “Winston Tweeters” and theasClubrooms name the “Lost Boys” - Peter and Hone. For Pinky Agnew, the success of the plays ‘Hermione’ “The cast bring their ideas to it too. All Corner of Main Road sheyoung has written can only succeed with the ideas feed into the humour of the play.” so and Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata collaboration of very talented people. Pinky praises director Susan Wilson as girls Her latest play, Peter Pan The Pantoabsolutely brilliant, musical director Miwouldn’t mime, co-written with Lorae Parry, is chael Williams has been wonderful the way be teased certainly he’s made music work, giving it energy. Bringing local news for beingno exception. While the pair have written six shows, this “She’s directed all the pantos. nerdy! to the communityHow she is their first pantomime, which proved to be transformed the set from a pirate ship to a something they weren’t used to. Wendy House was amazing.” “Our speciality is political satire and so Pinky is also impressed by the physicality Situation Vacant for us, writing for a mixed audience and of the actors. having to have those layers of humour for “The dancing, jumping - their stamina everyone was a real challenge,” Pinky says. is amazing. The play features New Zealand and “What has impressed me the most is the Wellington political references and puns dedication and commitment and work ethic that would have audiences laughing as well of people involved in theatre. as groaning. “There’s never a problem they can’t solve, There is also innuendo, which Pinky they work so hard, learn all their lines, acknowledges can be fraught in a show that dances, they make it appear effortless.” caters to young children. While Pinky is used to theatre critics, “It always has to be a little risqué but it she believes the most important ones in a goes over their heads.” show like this are the children who sit in Deliverers She says Gavin Rutherford, who playsRequired the first row. in the dame Katie Pie, does “really well” “There were some hyperactive children 1: Momona, Mohaka, Kaponga. in Area his the ability to generate audience andKawatiri I didn’t know if- they would sit through participation. it. I watched these kids throughout and they “You have got the cast of Peter Pan char- just loved it.” acters but we take them to another level.” That includes having “Xena-Lily” as Tiger  Peter Pan the Pantommine continues its accounts@wsn.co.nz Lily and introducing politically-inspired run at Circa Theatre until December 23.

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Thursday November 23, 2017

Top musos band together for homelessness More than 20 of the capital’s top musicians are coming together this Sunday for the fourth annual benefit concert for DCM (formerly known as Downtown Community Ministry). This year the concert format has been expanded into a daylong festival, taking place at San Fran, Cuba Street. The event gathers together some of the region’s best musicians to raise funds for, and awareness of the DCM and the fine people who work there. Event organiser Rob Joass, who is also performing with the Small Mercies, says Christmas is a hard time for many in the city. “This is an excellent way to not only raise money to help the DCM through this period, but to also show our appreciation to the staff at DCM for all that they do for those who need a helping hand.” Musicians coming out to support DCM this year include Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band, Kim and

Dusty, The Rag Poets, The Rumble and Darren Watson. The big drawcard will be an all-star party set featuring performances by local Barnaby Weir as well as The Tempests and guests from earlier in the day. It will be the third time Barnaby, famous for singing in the Black Seeds and Fly My Pretties, will participate in the concert. “Rob got in touch with me and I thought it was a great cause,” he says. “I was impressed with what [DCM] did. I wasn’t aware of the work they were doing at the time, but I was aware of homelessness, especially in Wellington.” Barnaby says next to raising funds, the concert was more about how people talk about homelessness, an issue that’s more complex than just beggars. “It’s bigger than most people would think. We want to use music to bring awareness of the stigma of being homeless.” The songs he will bring to the

DCM Fest musicians for 2017 from left, Miles Calder, Kim Bonnington, Alan Norman, Lynley Christoffersen, Darren Watson, Rob Joass and Barnaby Weir. PHOTO: Dave Lintott

concert will be a mix of solo and collaborations with Fly My Pretties but as to what exactly he’ll play “you’ll have to come

along to find out” . The event promises to be a long one, with doors opening at 2pm and not closing until 9.30pm.

 Entry is by koha with a suggested minimum donation of $20. Under 18s are welcome with a parent or guardian.

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Thursday November 23, 2017

SPORT

Judy bowls over the rest in pairs tournament

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Sports talk

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All Whites outdone by every trick in the book

Lyall Bay bowler Judy Howat jumps for joy after realising she has won the mixed pairs event. PHOTO: Supplied

Local bowls legend Judy Howat has proven to be as good as ever even in her ninth decade. Judy, 82, took out the Bowls Specialists Mixed Pairs, the first Bowls Wellington Centre title up for grabs this season, on Labour weekend last month. The tournament attracted 106 teams from the Wellington region and beyond with the finals held at Johnsonville Bowling Club. Judy, who plays at the Lyall Bay club, took out the title with Brent Stubbins, a Johnsonville

bowler. In the final Judy and Brent met the talented pair of Tanya Wheeler and Scott Roddick (Eastbourne) in a tense match that went to the wire. Judy and Brent managed a two on the last end to overtake Tanya and Scott’s one-point lead, winning the match 19-18. The final lived up to all expectations and was played in front of an appreciative crowd of bowling enthusiasts. This was Judy’s third win of this event, and adds to a stellar career that includes six New Zealand titles and 38

Centre titles, making her the most prolific bowls player in Wellington. Judy also represented New Zealand in the 1990 Commonwealth Games, winning gold in the Pairs. Judy and Brent went through the tournament unbeaten with a remarkable nine straight wins. Judy showed determination as she played through the post section play despite suffering from a bad virus. They now go on to represent Wellington in the Mixed Pairs Regional tournament held later in the year.

Peru’s almost certain qualification for the FIFA World Cup at the expense of the All Whites has brought out the worst in the so-called “beautiful game”. Peru, ranked 10 in the world at football beat New Zealand, ranked 122 globally, 2-0 in Lima last week to advance to the tournament in Russia. While the moves on the field may make football beautiful, the Peruvian supporters seemed determined to disrupt the Kiwi team with pathetic, underhand tactics from the moment the team left New Zealand. The team flight was delayed, their bus to the hotel crawled at less than 35kph once they did land, fireworks lit up the sky over the All Whites’ hotel at 3am the morning of the match and there are photographs that show laser pointers were being shone at players during the game in an effort to distract them. That’s just to name a few unsettling anecdotes that have emerged. From what we are told, Peruvians are generally pleasant, accomodating people. Mess with their first chance to qualify for one of sports biggest

tournaments in 35 years and the mood seems to change. It’s a far cry from the politically correct sporting climate that faces fans on these shores. No longer is booing an opposition team acceptable in rugby, and the value of winning in junior sports is rapidly subsiding to the need to promote participation and having fun. I’ve always had more fun participating in sport when winning and that’s what the people of Peru were trying to help their football team with. It’s a complete culture clash, football is a dirty game in many facets and in some parts of the world it’s bigger than life. More than 750,000 home fans registered for tickets to the match in Lima on Thursday - a number which even the most die-hard All Black fan has to find eye watering in terms of interest. Making a FIFA World Cup means big bucks. Peru used every available asset to make that dream a reality. The age old saying rang true for the All Whites - sometimes nice guys finish last.

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