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Community and helping others are a driving force for 93 year old Karori resident Garth England who has been delivering for Meals on Wheels for almost 30 years. Still fully independent and able to drive Garth is a quietly determined man who will carry on as long as he can serving the community. After three decades of delivering for Meals on Wheels he still feels there is a bit of mileage in him yet. Garth was a familiar face for the nation back in the 80’s as the weather man on TV 2 and has lived in the same house in Karori for 41 years. Continued on page 2. Garth England still dedicated to helping with Meals on Wheels in Karori at 93 years old. Photo Gerald Rillstone.

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Garth still going strong at 93 Continued from page 1. During his long career in the Meteorological Service he spent 11 years in Fiji and 16 years in Auckland before eventually settling in Karori. “I was the first one from the Met Service to go on to television. That was way back in 1981 to 1986. We did it for five years and then Jim Hickey and Penelope replaced us,” Garth says. He had had no training prior to going on television and found it a bit worrying to start with. “When we were in Auckland on TV they gave us two minutes initially and then whittled it down to 90 seconds to present the weather for the whole country so it was very frustrating.” Garth and his wife Angela, who passed away in 2016, had three children and since living in Karori has been involved with the Karori Lions club and is now an honorary member. He also dedicates a lot of his time to Karori’s Saint Mary’s Anglican Church and was the Bishop’s Medal of service through the church 2020 for a wide range of activities, as a member of the choir, to delivering food, to cleaning the church before Christmas and Easter

Garth England remains committed to doing his bit for his community at 93-years-old and enjoys every second of it.

services. He also received one of the top Lions Club awards, the Melvin Jones Fellow award for dedication to humanitarian services. “Giving of course is not everything. We must care too and as an emergency driver for meals on wheels I noticed how impor-

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“I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow-creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

Its COVID vaccine crunch-time. I recently hosted meeting which included Getting back ato normal and not local property developers and having to constantly be looking over representatives from the City and Regional our shoulders for theforvirus means Councils. The background the meeting was the us need ensure all people in getting alltovaccinated, endinvolved of story. providing more housing in our electorate, This weekend is Super Saturday whether it be those building them or those where all the focus goes on getting regulating and permitting that building, the population vaccinated over understand the issues which govern the the 90% mark at the least, theeveryone lowest number ability to build houses agrees we wecan need.realistically be at to feel like we can reopen without the fear our There are essentially of health system will two be types overwhelmed. development; greenfields and brownfields. This week I spoke with all of the Greenfields means building on currently Medical andland, Vaccination Centres undeveloped typically ex farmland on in the to understand the best theelectorate edges of current urban areas, where infrastructure sewers,vaccinated. water supply andAll options for like getting other essential services exist are their Medical Centres are don’t vaccinating usually built by the developer. own patients and will arrange a time if Brownfields you call. There are two Vaccinating development means rebuilding Centres insites, the and Johnsonville Mall and on existing there has been considerable in recent times one at the discussion Khandallah Presbyterian around how should be Church in much theintensification Khandallah Shops allowed in existing suburbs, especially who will take walk-ins, but would changing of height limits to allow for more prefer you book a time through the apartments. ‘Book my Vaccine’ website, or ring Both have their advantages andwill be able 0800282926 where you the Regional Council in are todisadvantages; choose a time and venue. They particular see their role to prevent more open every day. Newlands Medical Centre can take walk-ins, depending

on demand, and other Medical runoff and other ending up in our Centres like material Wadestown and Ngaio harbours, especially the Porirua harbour in will fit in people who call ahead. For the case of development north of those in Tawa, there will a walk in Johnsonville and Newlands. Thebe Wellington City Council are concerned that the existing centre at the Linden Surgery in Hinau infrastructure cannot handle the pressure it Street on Saturday. comes under when new housing areas are If you read this and think it doesn’t developed. Existing infrastructure is aging apply to you because you and and needs upgrading across our city, as your family are double-vaxed, can I ask evidenced by recent pipe failures. An you to take on a task of finding advantage of intensification of existing areas meanspeople more people, more or know two whotherefore you know ratepayers to paynot for those upgrades. for any of, who are vaccinated reason and pass this information Developers of course need to make a profit, on to them. What seemscosts to ashelp and wish to keep their compliance to people is the pointing low persuade as possible. Many believe Resourceout Management Acttravel, is too cumbersome. We as there will be employment, and government for our part have undertaken to entertainment restrictions in future rewrite that act. for those who can’t prove they are The feedback was good, but the success will vaccinated. Atsufficient the moment be when there are affordable there are notoconsequences, thanmy the houses meet demand. Thatother is certainly goal as your MP. increased risk of becoming seriously affected by the virus of course, That, and of course having a vibrant and but that will change. For accurate functioning Johnsonville Shopping Centre we information can all be proudof of. all COVID vaccination related issues, go to the Covid19. website. There’s plenty to be getting on with. This is a job for the team of five million, of which we are all members. Thank you for your help.

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Great Kereru Count only the start of bigger things While the decade-long Great Kereru Count may have come to an end, Predator Free Karori’s Kate Fitzgerald knows it will continue to have an impact for years to come. “One of the major impacts of this citizen science project has been getting the understanding and knowledge out there to New Zealanders how crucial this beautiful big bird is to our native forests. “They are the only bird species left in New Zealand that can disperse the large seeds of native trees such as karaka, miro, tawa and taraire. “Without them it would have a disastrous impact on the regeneration of our native forests and of course how tragic for us as a country to lose these precious taonga of the skies.” Kate says The Great Kereru Count has clearly increased numbers of the bird over the years. “I started doing the Great Kereru Count (GKC) in 2016 and got a grand total of three over a 10 days period. “Fast forward to 2021 and I only managed to get one dedicated GKC walk around Karori during the GKC and I counted 70

kereru over 70 minutes. “This just shows how the results of backyard trapping groups, reserve trapping groups, Zealandia and Predator Free Wellington combining is having a huge impact, eliminating the threat of the kereru predators.” Kate says the importance of increasing the number of birds is getting through to North Wellingtonians. “Yes, there is so much positivity and excitement that we see/hear from our community about the return of our native birds. “You only have to look at social media posts about karearea’s feasting on rock pigeons down on Lambton Quay, and the excitement that generates with the Wellington community of a natural predator returning to our urban areas. “Trapping communities in North Wellington are starting to see results and there is no doubt that as native trees get planted, trapping is widespread. “Our native birds will move up these corridors from our suburbs and populate new areas. She says her efforts will continue with gusto. “We keep asking ourselves if


inbrief news Free entry to Te Papa exhibition Wellington City residents are eligible for free entry into the Surrealist Art exhibition at Te Papa on October 18 and 19. Tickets are available on Ticketek. For more information visit the Wellington City Council’s Our Wellington website.

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Predator Free Karori’s Kate Fitzgerald says the Great Kereru Count has been a huge success over the past decade and she hoped it was only the beginning of better things.

there continues to be momentum within our own community, as a contributor to Predator Free Wellington. “So, (partner) Jamie and I will likely continue our own counting of kereru in the years to come, even if only for our own inspiration.

“We’d also get in behind other species-specific initiatives. “For example, tracking-tunnels and we’ve also started making a few weta hotels (from money raised by Karori West Brownies - thank you!) and will help our community get into this stuff as well.”

Wellington’s historic Wrights Hill Fortress is cancelling this year’s Open Day on Labour Day, October 25th because of the current COVID- Level 2 restrictions. Society Chairman Mike Lee says it’s regrettable, but the group wants to make sure everyone is kept safe and well. Level two restrictions mean that social distancing would be necessary, and the Society is unable to control or manage this. However, the Society plans another Open Day on Tuesday, December 28th, between 10am and 4pm, only if Wellington is at Level 1 again. Admission fees are $20 for a family, $10 for an adult, and $5 for a child under 15. Bookings are not necessary and self-guided tours take about one hour. Cash only please. Mr Lee says unfortunately this is the third cancellation, over two years, caused by COVID 19 restrictions. Please refer to our website for further information. or 04 4768.593.


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Cr Sparrow announces resignation from City Council Councillor Malcolm Sparrow has announced his resignation from Wellington City Council, Mayor Andy Foster has confirmed. Cr Sparrow is a third-term city councillor representing the Takapu/Northern ward. He is Chair of the Council’s Regulatory Processes Committee. Mayor Foster says he has accepted Cr Sparrow’s resignation

Councillor Malcolm Sparrow.

with a “great deal of regret. “Malcolm has been an excellent councillor and has ably represented the city’s northern suburbs, especially Tawa. We will miss his calm and measured input, especially around the Council table.” Mayor Foster says the date of Cr Sparrow’s resignation is within 12 months of the next triennial local election – which means, under the Local Electoral Act 2001, that the

Council is not required to hold a by-election. The Mayor and Councillors will, however, have to decide whether or not to appoint a person to fill the vacancy. Mayor Foster says this decision has to be made at the 28 October Council meeting. The Council will also have to consider the impact on the Tawa Community Board where Cr Sparrow is a member appointed by Council. Phone (04) 477 6911 2 Centennial Highway, Ngauranga

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country, the difficult decision to cancel the live event and go online was made so it could still be celebrated in a safe and responsible way. In its 20th year, Wellington’s annual local Indian and South East Asian communities’ most vibrant cultural celebration will be sharing performances and messages online. Mayor Andy Foster says difficult decisions need to be made during these challenging times for the well-being of the whole community. “Obviously this is hugely disappointing for all of us, the organisers, the stallholders and performers, and the thousands of Wellingtonians who flock to this event every year. “But we commend the organisers for taking this approach, adapting quickly and providing an alternative to ensure the community can still celebrate this annual festival in a safe way.” Further details about the online Diwali celebrations will be announced in mid-October, and while regrettable, the

decision was one that had to be made says event producer Murali Kumar “For this year, we will still keep the spirit of the festival alive, working towards creating an online celebration showcasing some of our diaspora communities’ cultural repertoire.” The current uncertainty around the COVID situation has led to the announcement to cancel this years’ event on the waterfront, says Council’s City Events Manager, Suzanne Tamaki. “Diwali is all about communities coming together, so we’d like to encourage everyone to still get involved by tuning into the online performances once details have been confirmed. “We look forward to this vibrant, social and culturally connecting event returning to the capital next year.” Diwali festivals are known as the Festival of Lights. This ancient Hindu festival symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and the renewal of life.






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Police investigate suspicious fire Police investigating a suspicious fire at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington are seeking help from the public. The fire was reported around 3am on Friday 1 October at the rear of 18 Kelburn Parade, following three minor explosions being heard. The fire spread from the ground floor to the second floor, leaving the building significantly damaged. This building had been the target of some graffiti damage in the weeks leading up to the fire, and Police are following




“If schools in New Zealand can screen for twice-exceptionality, these students can be identified for extra support, ensuring they have the opportunity to realise their superpowers instead of underachieving or becoming mental health statistics. By definition, these students are out-of-the-box thinkers, with a lot to offer our creative economy, and they’re well placed to tackle challenges like climate change and pandemics,” says Holly. Holly will begin a PhD in Education next year to develop an online group programme for these teens, which will “empower and equip them with the skills to be able to take the lead in creating better learning and work environments for themselves, wherever they are”. The Emerging Innovator Programme provides $10,000 in funding to help Holly develop her idea into a business. Over the next 12 months, Holly will gain commercial mentoring, build industry


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Local arts scene gets boost from creative scheme The South Coast Arts Trail, the Glamaphones Matariki show, StarJam’s end of year concert, and PARK(ing) Day 2022 are just a selection of the wide range of projects to receive funding from the recent round of the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS). The biannual funding scheme, a partner-

ship between Wellington City Council and Creative New Zealand, supports projects that reflect the diversity of the capital’s culture and traditions, gets young people participating, have broad appeal and community involvement, and encourages engagement in the arts. The CCS panel allocated $65,854 in this

round, which was awarded to 20 recipients that met the grant criteria (see full list of recipients here). The wide range, variety and diversity of this round’s recipients shows how the capital is a hub for culture, creativity and talent says Mayor Andy Foster. “Our partnership with Creative New Zealand, reflects both our commitments to supporting arts and culture from grassroots to professional levels – especially during these challenging times for the community. “It also compliments our Aho Tini strategy focusing on supporting the access, inclusion, visibility, and success of the city’s artists and arts organisations. “All our research and feedback demonstrates the high value Wellingtonians put on the arts and culture community and activities. We will continue to invest and advocate for it for that reason, but also to maintain the appeal, vibrancy and diversity of the capital for locals, businesses, and visitors alike.”

The CCS panel is made up of individuals working in the cultural and arts sectors in the city, and have knowledge and expertise in music, ng toi ori, Pacific arts, theatre, visual arts, and/or craft/object art. Team Leader Funding Mark Farrar says there are numerous ways the creative community can receive funding for their projects. “The next CCS funding will open next year, in the meantime there are a lot of Council funding opportunities available for all sorts of projects, organisations, and initiatives that add to the cultural fabric of Wellington. “We encourage anyone who may not have applied before to visit our funding section and see what’s available and whether they fit the criteria for a grant.” The Arts and Culture, Social and Recreation, and Waste Minimisation Seed Funds are all open for applications until 20 October 2021.

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With a top Newlands location, an easy care section and more space than you might imagine, 75 Dress Circle is a home that deserves your attention. Built over two levels with a garage and study/4th bedroom on the ground floor, the main accommodation is on a single, elevated level where there are fine views of Wellington Harbour. The entranceway stairwell opens up to a large, open-plan space with soft, freshly laid carpeting and a galley-style kitchen which, like the living space, benefits from the views. Great design allows entertaining


whilst preparing delicious meals and there is excellent indoor-outdoor flow to the north-facing patio area - for summer BBQs and parties. This area is the beating heart and soul of this this attractive family home. Tender 3:00pm Thursday 28th October 2021

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Superb opportunity in sought-after Paparangi location - a beautiful 1950s weatherboard family home that has been modernised to cater for contemporary living. All it needs now is a lucky new owner. Single level living at it best! This classic home is perfect on those rainy Wellington days when you want to come home to a stylish and relaxing home.

Here's a great opportunity to enter the sought-after Newlands property market and get some assistance with paying the mortgage. An official home and income - 89 Black Rock Road is conveniently located for all the schools and amenities of Newlands and Johnsonville and is handy to the State Highway - just perfect for commuters to the CBD.

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Thursday October 14, 2021

Next Generation Real Estate.

Lovely Leona? YIP! 14 Leona Way, Paparangi 3



Tucked away and private yet close to the schools, shops and amenities of Paparangi, Newlands and Johnsonville, this is a beautifully modernized 1960s 'Beazley' home, set within a generous, west facing section with fabulous gardens and its own chicken coop! Inside it is warm and welcoming with open plan design and superb wooden floors, whilst large windows let the light flood in. The modernized kitchen is perfect for entertaining and the bright, modern decor gives the property a fresh and young appeal. The 'Beazley'


design provides excellent separation between living and sleeping areas and a garage below has plenty of storage space. Superb for young families, the garden is both private and secure - perfect for kids and pets. Tender 3:00pm Thursday 28th October 2021

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Plastic in waterways criticised by regional council With the clean-up of plastic found in the Tauherenikau River in August nearing the halfway mark, the focus for Greater Wellington now turns to stopping rubbish being dumped in waterways across the region. Greater Wellington deputy chair and Wairarapa Councillor, Adrienne Staples says while the dumping occurred on private property, its consequences affect the wider community and highlight the need for greater community awareness about the problem. “I appreciate that this rubbish was not dumped deliberately along the river but rather as a result of high rainfall, however the outcome is the same. The Tauherenikau is a real taonga (treasure) for the Wairarapa so I’m calling on everyone in the community to take care of their rivers, routinely advocate for the sustainable and environmentally conscious disposal of waste, and hold each other to account when people mistreat our waterways and wildlife,” says Cr Staples. In the Wellington region the responsibility for the management of waste is shared between city and district councils. Greater Wellington always encourages the environmentally sound disposal of waste, which is crucial to supporting regional sustainability. The plastic found floating in the water and entangled in driftwood needed an excavator and a dump truck to pick up the larger pieces of plastic, followed by an expensive, time consuming, manual clean-up of the remaining

The focus for Greater Wellington now turns to stopping rubbish being dumped in waterways across the region.

smaller pieces. “The real cost is on the environment and our communities. To add insult to injury these clean ups take away valuable time from our flood protection teams who have more important tasks in protecting our communities and businesses from future flood events,” says Cr Staples. Caring local community members offered to help with the clean-up but had to be turned away due to the specialist training and numerous risks involved with water based work. Despite the good work so far, the erosion of the river berm, where plastic had been dumped and buried, needs more attention. Significant flood protection work is underway on the private land, alongside work to protect the affected berm to ensure no further rubbish enters the river.

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House Price Changes? YIP! Hey everyone! Hope you are feeling ok after that earthquake we had, scary stuff! It is a literal reminder to have everything organised and prepared should the ‘big quake’ hit. This week I want to discuss the potential market impact of the interest rate increases from the perspective of first home buyers, sellers, and investors. s&IRST(OME"UYERS: I’m constantly hearing buyers wishing for the market to drop / crash to make things easier. But the reality is, if the market was to follow a downward trend, then banks will not be as keen on giving out mortgages or will tighten deposits / income requirements. So, it will actually make it harder for buyers. In my opinion, the best situation first home buyers can hope for, would be a flattening out of prices, which will give them time for their deposit savings to catch-up. s3ELLERS:If you are selling, you will mostly likely be buying something else. So, from a seller’s perspective, the market will forever stay relative. If the market goes up for your current home, so will the next house you are buying. Yes, there are some market differences between areas, but the impact of this will stay relative regardless of the market. s)NVESTORS: If the market was to flatten out or drop (ie; no big capital gains), then you will need to focus on positive cash flow (where your rent more than covers all costs associated with owning the property). Else there would be no point owning a property that isn’t going up in value and you are losing money every week. It is time to review your calculations and see if you need to increase rent or sell (to reinvest in better opportunities)

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Celebrating Matariki at Stonehenge Aotearoa Matariki, the most famous cluster of stars in the sky, is associated with legends and important meanings that go back thousands of years around the world. Here are those legends and meanings with special emphasis on the Maori traditions. In addition, we explore the physical nature of these stars and, weather permitting, observe them in our night sky. This presentation is hosted by Kay Leather

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Museum of Sheep and Shearing is a must-see! If you want to know what’s made New Zealand a great agricultural country you can learn so much about by visiting the National Museum of Sheep and Shearing in Masterton. The complex is housed in two authentic old wool sheds trucked in from local farms, plus a newly constructed gallery building – full of sheep farm gear, including shearing and wool handling equipment. X   4      "    < tory of sheep farming and its importance to

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Top karter switches to Best Bars Karting top gun Rianna O’MearaHunt will make the switch to circuit racing this season when she joins the most competitive field ever in the Best Bars Toyota 86 2021-2022 Championship. The 20-year-old Wellington racer will join The Heart of Racing as part of its three car team run by International Motorsport. O’Meara-Hunt is one of the country’s top karters and has raced with distinction in the class for 12 years. She represented New Zealand in 2019 at the ROK World Finals in Italy and has a history of impressive achievements on her karting CV. She was the first junior woman to win a Rotax Max Pro Tour state title in Australia and the first junior woman to win Rotax Max Challenge events in New Zealand. Last season she took victory in the Senior ROK class of the North Island Championship. She was selected as New Zealand’s representative again in 2020 for the ROK finals in Italy, but was unable to attend due to the pandemic. The young racing star is looking forward to traveling for competition again once it is safe to do so. "With my plans to race karts in Europe being postponed due to COVID-19, I am looking for a fresh and exciting challenge. The TR86 championship looks to be a super-competitive series this year and it has become a proven pathway for racers to learn great race craft while providing a solid

foundation to start any race car journey. “I love travelling to warm locations where I can mix motorsport and the opportunity to water ski, snorkel and swim, so it’s never good to miss out!” she said. “While motorsports takes up most of my time, I am really passionate about health and fitness in my free time.” Off track, Rianna has completed her diploma in the industry gold standard NZ Institute of Health and Fitness Personal Training course. Her high level of fitness will certainly aid in her transition from karting to race cars in the upcoming championship. We got a glimpse of her potential at Hampton Downs during her only test day thus far, where she laid down some very promising lap times in her Toyota 86. “I have only driven one day at Hampton Downs so I am really just starting to understand the basics of car handling and control,” she added. “Coming straight out of kart racing without ever competing in a race car event, or even seeing most of the tracks, the learning curve is massive - I’ll be a rookie in the field for sure! Luckily, the experience of racing with IMS has been amazing. They are very patient and went through a lot of data and video with me to get me as comfortable as possible in the car. That being said, I hope I can get a few more days training with them before the season starts. “I am determined to maximise

Wellington’s Rianna O'MearaHunt is one of the country's top karters and has raced with distinction in the class for 12 years.

this opportunity, to learn as fast as I can, to absorb as much from the team as possible and most importantly, to improve in a race car every time I go out on track. With IMS and The Heart of Racing behind me I know I am in great hands. “Every driver wants to get out there and win no matter their experience level. For me it’s no different but I need to accept that this is just the start of my race car journey so this will be a massive year of learning, absorbing and

soaking up as much knowledge and wisdom as I can from the talented and experienced people around me so I can build a solid foundation. “I would love to be racing at the pointy end of the rookie field as soon as possible through the season. I am really looking forward to working hard behind the scenes with such an amazing group of people and I am proud to race in support of the Starship Foundation.” Once the big debut weekend at Hampton Downs is complete, the

championship moves to Pukekohe three weeks later over the weekend of December 3-5. The series pauses for its Christmas break before heading south to Cromwell for the Highlands weekend on January 1416 and then move to Christchurch for the Ruapuna weekend on January 21-23. Three weekends later it’s back to Hampton Downs on February 11-13 for the New Zealand Grand Prix meeting before the season finale at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo on March 25-27.

GARDENING THIS WEEK Going to seed: By Wally Richards Plants have one objective in life and that is to reproduce. Reproduction is mostly done by seeding but can be also achieved through division, suckering, cloning, producing bulblets or pups. The desire to reproduce is their strongest attribute which can make gardening very difficult at times. There are two basic forms of plants. One is called annuals because they germinate, grow, flower, seed and then die. The other type are perennials which live for a number of seasons or in the case of some trees thousands of years. There are some in between such as bi-annuals which for our purpose here we will not worry about. Perennials are fairly straight forward, they live, they flower, they produce seeds, they may produce offsets, suckers (new plants from their root system). All while they live for more than one season. They can have their foliage removed and survive to generate more foliage, unlike an annual plant which if their foliage is removed the root system dies. It is the annuals that we are going to talk about because as far as I am aware they only reproduce naturally by seeding. They can in some cases be grown from cuttings. Nature if a bit of

their foliage falls onto a suitable bit of dirt they could produce roots and become a clone of their parent plant. Seeds will not germinate in nature till the conditions are right which means temperatures in both soil and air along with adequate moisture. If the temperatures are right in summer but it’s too dry to germinate nothing happens till the soil moistens up sufficiently. A day of rain changes the moisture level and the seeds lying dormant germinate, which includes weeds). Two possible events may occur then; one is that further rain or your watering follows and the plants/ weeds grow up tall and strong and when maturity is reached they produce flowers and seeds. The other possibility is there is no more rain and the soil dries, the plant/weed has only grown a few inches and it will realise that it is becoming too dry and immediately mature, flower and set seed before it dies. This is where you will see lots of baby weeds in dry areas flowering their hearts out to seed before they wither in the dry conditions. Their seed falls on to the dry dusty soil to wait for the next moist time to germinate and start the cycle all over again.

From this we learn that annual plants, or ones we call weeds, when they encounter stress or checks in their growing they will feel that their lives are threatened and go to seed. We call this ‘bolting’ and you will see the term bolt resistant, which means the particular species will tolerate a bit of stress before going to seed. When it comes to non fruiting vegetable plants we want them to reach maturity without going to seed prematurely. So our cabbages, lettuce, silverbeet, celery etc will produce good plants to harvest and eat. If left after maturity they will eventually go to seed. What we don’t want is the same plants to go to seed before they reach maturity. Some vegetables are very prone to bolting unless the growing conditions are perfect from the time they germinate to the point of maturity. If we are growing our own seedlings for planting out and we nurture the plants from germination to planting out by giving them adequate direct sun light, sufficient moisture for sustained growth and we prick them out without damaging the roots after ‘hardening off’ and provide the young plants with good growing conditions we have great success.

If we fall down and the plants get into stress then later on they will likely go to seed. We call this a ‘check’ in their growth. It could have been caused by becoming too dry, too hot, too cold, too soft and insufficient direct sun light. Hardening off is very important; when grown in a glasshouse where everything is controlled the foliage of the seedlings is soft and if shoved straight out into the real world they are likely to die or suffer stress. To overcome this, spray them with Vaporgard to protect the soft foliage and they can then be hardened up quickly. A day before planting out spray

the seedlings with Vaporgard over and under foliage. This acts as a stress guard and reduces transplant shock, protects the plants from the elements and reduces moisture loss through foliage. Instead of lying down, your plants will sit up and start growing much quicker in their new situation. If you place Crop Cover over them with hoops you will protect the plants from birds, cats, insects and the elements. They will grow just about twice as fast which means you will be enjoying your own home grown vegetables much sooner. This allows you to re-plant and have more harvests during the growing season.

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to the Clubs this evening were an NPC style Premiership/Championship format (supported by one club) and a Premier 1-4 format (with the Premier 1 grade comprising 10 Clubs only, supported by seven clubs). “We went through a comprehensive review process seeking participant, Club and affiliated body feedback. We ran a survey with over 500 participant responses, multiple questionnaires with Club committees, one on one Club meetings, and forums post-publication of both the draft and final recommendations,” said Surujpal.

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amongst players, coaches and administrators and as such a unanimous outcome was always unlikely. Tonight’s vote of 10-1-7 in favour of retaining this year’s competition format illustrates this.” “We know the rugby club is at the heart of our communities and I’m pleased there remains an inclusive competition format that allows all Clubs to participate in Premier Men’s rugby,” said Surujpal. Over 15 competition formats were assessed by the working group, the majority of which was supplied by the Clubs themselves. The other two format options proposed

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SPORTS TALK With Jacob Page

Women’s rugby hurt by Black Fern-less final The New Zealand Rugby Union did the womens game no favours by not allowing the Black Ferns to play in the showpiece of the sport in the country. Canterbury had six players missing for the decider while eventual winners, Waikato were without nine Black Ferns. The Black Ferns head for a tour of Europe next week and therefore were held out of the game.

New Zealand’s best female player, Kendra Cocksedge was reduced to running the kicking tee on and off for the game at Christchurch’s Rugby Park. Essentially you had Canterbury B versus Waikato B and it showed on the field. Yes, the final had excellent defence and the 22-20 finish suggested a close game but the skill level was not up to the surging

standards of the women’s game in this country. If efforts are still being made to convert people into watching the game, and I’m sure it is, few new eyeballs would have been thrilled with what they watched. That does not mean there was not a star or two that impressed. Canterbury flanker Jorja Miller was phenomenal. Long touted as a gifted player

on the rise when I used to work at the Timaru Herald as a sports reporter, South Canterbury’s Jorja was the best on ground by a country mile. Yes, you can blame Covid-19 for disrupting the domestic rugby schedule but the Farah Palmer Cup final deserved more respect than what it got on Saturday. If the NZRU wants the rugby public to take the women’s game

with the same seriousness as the men’s game in the coming years then outcomes like this need to be avoided in the future. I’m sure the 15 Black Ferns would have rather played than sat on the sidelines. Finals must be against the best players, that’s the whole point, New Zealand Rugby dropped the ball and the game suffered as a result.

Johnsonville aim to add more silverware this season

The Johnsonville premier cricket team are aiming for more success this coming season.

The Johnsonville premier cricket team will be in unfamiliar territory this year as they become the measuring stick in club cricket this season. Johnsonville won the coveted two-day Pearce Cup competition last year and made the final of the 50-over competiton. Captain Raki Weerasundara says the team has a settled feel to it with the vast majority of players returning. Johnsonville has signed former Otago Volts contracted player Nathan Smith for the season. The 23-year-old quick bowler is a former New Zealand A player and his availability for Johnsonville looks set to be limited as his Wellington duties take priority but Weerasundara is thrilled to have him around the team. “It’s great for the club as a

whole and he will be someone for the juniors to look up to. “He’s young but mature and he’ll pass on any tips and tricks.” “It’s good to have him for when he is available but not much has changed from last season. Middle-order batsman Hareen Silva is moving to Australia but that is on hold due to the pandemic so he is available until the move can happen. Veteran Hayden Smith is taking time away from the game. Rising star Devan Vishvaka is based in Wellington this summer after studying in Auckland last summer and flying to Wellington each weekend. Raki says the team is aware they can no longer fly under the radar.

“We’ve talked about it and people will come at us pretty hard so we just need to focus on what we can control come game-time.” He says having a settled squad was the key to the success last season and he hoped it would continue this year. The season starts with the twenty20 competition on artificial pitches on October 23. The squad has already had a preseason tournament in Napier. “We lacked a bit of consistency because we have the guys who can really perform so if we can perform as a unit, particularly with the batting then we will be in good shape. “The T20 competition is a good way to blow out the rust and will hopefully help us when we get onto the grass pitches for the start of the one-day competition.

James Preston backs Athletics NZ campaign National senior men’s 800m champion James Preston insists the rich variety of events in track and field is a major reason why tamariki should join their local athletics club this summer. Speaking as part of the Athletics NZ Athletics for Every Body campaign, the 24-year-old Wellington Scottish athlete says he would not hesitate in recommending athletics as a sporting option. The Athletics for Every Body campaign is encouraging Kiwi kids to give athletics a go – a sport which can be embraced by everyone regardless of their ability, size, shape or height. “There are many reasons why youngsters should join their local club from the wide range

of different event groups on offer combined with the competitive head-to-head nature of the sport,” explains James. “For me personally, I always liked the shorter events as a youngster and I was not a fan of the distance events. But because of the variety of disciplines within the sport I was able to change and try different events as I got older.” James first started athletics at the age of eight with Karori Amateur Athletics Club. It was here he was given an opportunity to try a wide range of events before later committing to athletics as a middle-distance runner from the age of 18. He quickly excelled, winning national U20 titles and in 2016

set a national U20 record at the World U20 Championships in Poland. This season the tall middle-distance runner has enjoyed his best year to date, claiming a maiden national senior 800m title and posting an 800m PB of 1:46.52 on the Gold Coast to climb into the all-time New Zealand top ten. In the future, James hopes to achieve even more in his career and he fully acknowledges what the sport has given him. “Competition has enabled me to travel and see the world. “Meanwhile, besides studying towards a career in construction project management, my athletics career has allowed me to develop a different set of skills.”

James Preston competing at the 2021 Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships in Hastings. Photo: Alisha Lovrich.


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