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Record smashed By Laura Kavanagh One of Karori Mudcycle’s finest mountain bike racers has beaten her previous 2013 record at the Karapoti Classic, and has also smashed the fastest women’s record time. Mountain biking fanatic Kim Hurst was the fastest woman in the 2014 Karapoti Classic on March 1. The 36-year-old broke the women’s course record finishing the course in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 29 seconds. Kim says it was a very emotional event, having promised herself last year she would beat her time. “I stuck a little note of my previous time of 2:46 on my bike to keep myself focussed and on track – to keep me motivated. “I had this vision of breaking the record from the start.” Continued on page 2 Pictured: Kim Hurst battling up Devil’s staircase during the Karapoti Classic, 2014. PHOTO CREDIT: Marathon-photos.com
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Local riders tackle Karapoti Continued from page 1 By Laura Kavanagh Kim, originally from Wales, was the surprise Karapoti winner in 2013, when she defeated London Olympian Karen Hanlen. That win gave the local Upper Hutt doctor a new-found confidence, and she went on the finish runner-up at the World 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike Championships, before returning to Karapoti in hunt of the race record. Kim, who moved to New Zealand in 2008, says Karori Mudcycles has been instrumental in her success. “Ricky and Dave (from Mudcycles) have been helping me for the last two years. “They have built me the most amazing custom made bikes.” Kim is a big fan of the Karapoti and says it is a “true kiwi iconic mountain bike race. “It is a challenging course – if you fall behind, it can be hard
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category. Martine’s time was 3 hours, 51 minutes and 34 seconds. She says she slipped on a rock and fell into the river near the beginning, but pushed herself to keep going. “I was really nervous, but it was the best moment of my life.” Established in 1986, the Scott Karapoti Classic is the longest
running mountain bike race in the Southern Hemisphere. It is based in Upper Hutt’s rugged Akatarawa Ranges near Wellington, This year more than 700 riders from ten countries and all ends of New Zealand, took advantage of a dry track and perfect weather conditions that made 2014 the fastest Karapoti ever.
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to make up the time.” She trains about five days a week, and has a strong passion for it. “The thing I absolutely love about it is being able to get out and explore – there is something massively satisfying about getting outdoors and riding at high speeds.” In July, she will be competing in Canada, and in October she is hoping to win the World 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike Championships in Scotland. “Ricky has built me a special bike, and I am looking forward to riding it.” Kim sponsored another local rider, Karori student Martine Barnes, her entry fee this year and has promised to do so, until Martine beats her. “Which won’t be too far away at this rate.” 14-year-old Martine was riding the Karapoti on a bike she borrowed from coach Lisa Morgan, and came 9th in the Pro-Elite/Expert woman
Two local schools were targets of arson over the weekend, with one school saved from being destroyed because of a neighbour’s quick response. Early on Sunday morning, rubbish bins were set alight at Cashmere Avenue School on Cashmere Avenue, and Saint
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School leads the way By Dave Crampton Churton Park School is leading the way in technology, being one of the first state schools in the country to launch a cutting-edge app. The app’s launch comes four months after Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye launched a nationwide broadband managed network at the school, meaning it is among the first to benefit from free broadband. The app was suggested and created for free, by Alan Potts, an Apple and Facebook developer at Jumping Frog Media. Alan’s two children attend the school. The app includes information such as newsletters, contact details and weekly quizzes. Parents can even text absence to the school office through the app. Principal Anne Lye was just getting used to navigating the app when the Independent Herald called. “I think it’s wonderful, it’s a good initiative for the school. “Yesterday we had our first text absence,” she says.
The app has been popular; a week after the launch, more than half the school’s parents have the app on their phones. “It was the 6th most popular IT app two days after its release,” Mr Potts says. “I reckon there'll be more over the weekend. “About 250 installs should mean everyone has it, I think.” While Mr Potts cannot recall another school with an app, he is aware of a private school, which has an app. “It is the best school app in the country,” he says. “Well we think it is – we are delighted with it,” Mrs Lye adds “At Churton Park School, we are certainly not operating an outdated system.” The free app is available from iTunes for the Apple Version and Google Play for the Android version.
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Marieka Shrader after presenting her oral submission and petition for the skatepark in Johnsonville.
Local Johnsonville business wom a n Ma r iek a Schrader presented her petition for a Johnsonville skate park at a Community, Sport and Recreation Committee meeting last Thursday. Marieka presented her petition to the committee after making an oral submission. She talked about why she had started the petition in the first place, and her concerns for young skateboarders, who use the Johnsonville Mall car park as a skate park. “My shop is located outside the mall area and I see a lot of skateboarders flying off the end of the steps onto ongoing traffic, without even
looking. “I’ve had broken windows, which indicate a skateboard has gone through them, but the worst moment was when I found a window broken at head height and blood.” She felt she could not stand by and let something worse happen. Marieka says she has had a wonderful response from the local community, who have supported her petition. “I have children coming into the shop asking about how the petition is going.” She says building the skate park would benefit the community greatly. “It would be good for the safety of the children, but it would also be good for fami-
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The Independent Herald would like to apologise for errors made in an article last week entitled Diamond Anniversary. The couple in question were Eddie and Janet Clark, not Stark as reported.
‘Have a go’ morning Khandallah Tennis and Squash Club are holding a “HAVE A GO” morning on March 18 from 9:30am to 12noon. The Khandallah Midweek Tennis Club invite adults of all levels to the event. There will be no charge and some tennis racquets available. People are invited to join in the midweek social tennis followed by morning tea. If the weather is doubtful, check out the website www.ktsc.org.nz.
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lies in the local area, and the growth of the Johnsonville community as a whole.” After the oral submission, the committee moved a motion to receive the petition, which has over 300 signatures, to receive the petition formally. Councillor Helene Ritchie seconded the motion and it was carried. Wellington City Officers will consider the petition and report back to the committee. Marieka has her fingers crossed that she is successful because she does not want to disappoint the young skateboarders.
Music lovers are invited to celebrate the start of Autumn with violinist Yid-Ed-Goh and friends. They will be performing Vivaldi's Autumn from The Four Seasons and two of Bach's most popular violin concertos, the concerto for two violins and his cheerful E major violin concerto. The concert will be on March 14 at St Ninians Church in Karori at 7pm. Entry is by donation.
Meridian Grants Meridian Energy has made $75,000 available to local community projects over the next three years through a new Mill Creek Community Fund. The first round of applications for the Mill Creek Community Fund are now open and will close on 21 April 2014 and will be assessed by a Mill Creek community panel and Meridian representatives. They are looking for projects that generate direct benefits for the local community, and welcome applications from the communities of the wider Ohariu Valley and North Makara. To find out more about the Mill Creek Community Fund, including how and when to apply, visit www.meridianenergy.co.nz/communityfunds.
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‘Poster girl’ hangs up her polishing cloth By Laura Kavanagh Kelburn Fair’s silver lady and ‘poster girl’ Kate Church is hanging up her polishing cloth, after years of putting a shine on donated treasures. The 85-year-old has been making the annual trip from her Auckland home to Kelburn for more than a decade, especially to help with the St Michael’s & Kelburn Village Fair. She has become a familiar face gracing the promotional posters for the event, holding a large Victorian vase donated to the china stall run by her daughter Denise. “My job has always been to clean all the silver and other metal items
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and any delicate china before it goes out on the stalls,” says Kate. “I’ve had the most wonderful times, met lots of interesting people, and cleaned up lots of beautiful items. “But it’s getting harder to make a special trip for the fair, so I think this will have to be the last one, and so they’ll need to find a new poster person.” Vicar of St Michael’s, Rev David Newton, says helpers were looking forward to working with Mrs Church next week as they sort goods being donated for the fair on March 15. “No-one can wield a silver cloth with the expertise that Mrs Church can,” he says. “She’s
transformed many a tarnished teapot and vintage vase over the years and has become rather an iconic figure as our poster girl.” Denise Church says she wasn’t convinced her mum would be able to keep away. Funds raised through the fair help maintain St Michael’s Church hall for continued community use, as well as supporting the church’s global initiatives including work with HIV/AIDS orphans in Tanzania, and with Sudanese refugees in Egypt. This year’s St Micheal’s and Kelburn Village Fair will be held on March 15.
New vice chancellor for Victoria By Dave Crampton Victoria University has welcomed a new vice chancellor. Professor Grant Guilford, former dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Auckland, started at Victoria on March 1, replacing professor Pat Walsh. The welcome for professor Guilford and his family was hosted by Victoria’s chancellor, Ian McKinnon, and led by professor Piri Sciascia, pro-vice chancellor (Maori) at Victoria. It was attended by over 100 dignitaries, including members of parliament, Wellington local government, school, business and sporting leaders, student representatives and academic colleagues from both Victoria and Auckland universities. Mr McKinnon says the role attracted high-calibre candidates from New Zealand and overseas and extends his appreciation to professor Walsh for his exceptional leadership over the past nine years. “Professor Guilford’s passion and drive for excellence make him
an excellent choice to follow the current vice chancellor, professor Pat Walsh, under whose leadership Victoria University has gone from strength to strength,” Mr McKinnon says. Professor Guilford, a former vet, has a Bachelor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University, and completed a PhD in Nutrition at the University of California. He later worked at Massey, leading the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences before he was 40, and then Massey's Institute of Natural Sciences. He says he is delighted by the opportunity to lead such an outstanding university. “Victoria University is a capital city university of global standing, with a clear commitment to excellence in research, teaching and public service, and a well-deserved reputation for leading thinking on major issues. “It will be a privilege to contribute to Victoria’s continued national and international success.”
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An environmentally conscious project to install solar panels on the Aro Valley Community Centre has had strong support from the local community. The project, which costs $8,000, is to be half funded by the local Aro Valley community, with those funds to be matched by the Wellington City Council. The solar panels will also power Aro Valley Preschool. Louise Sherrell of Generation Zero struck upon the idea last year. “I wanted to do something really tangible, and this seemed to be the perfect place. “Aro Valley is one of Wellington’s most vibrant communities.” Louise had been talking with Aro Valley Community Centre Co-ordinater Kelvin Aris about doing something sustainable that brought people together. “I knew this was where I wanted to do it,” says Louise. Kelvin says the project is perfect for Aro Valley because it is a very active and progressive community. Louise says they pitched the solar panel idea to the Aro Valley Com-
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Alex Moore Park concerns By Dave Crampton A new pavilion for Alex Moore Park, to be used by all major Northern Suburbs sports clubs, may never be built unless the Wellington City Council provides further funding, claims the Johnsonville Community Association (JCA). “It’s a fabulous project that will benefit all of North Wellington, but without serious WCC investment, there is significant doubt as to whether this project can be completed at all,” JCA president Graeme Sawyer says. The new pavilion is estimated to cost $5 million. Mr Sawyer says the council should provide $3m to fund the park’s pavil-
ion, with the balance to be paid by the Johnsonville sporting community. However Alex Moore Park Development Board chairman, Hadyn Smith, says $50,000 of basic infrastructure was paid for by the council. Although the sale of clubrooms on Phillips Street could net $1m, if North Wellington sports clubs cannot come up with the $4m balance through fundraising and community grants, the project will be a longer term programme. The Wellington City Council (WCC) has also allocated $1.9 million for the artificial sports field currently being laid at the park, with the Plimmer Trust funding $380,000 to develop a community walkway
and associated landscaping. Mr Sawyer notes that in 2011, the Council spent $55m on what he calls “a gold –plated behemoth” - an indoor sports complex - in the Southern Suburbs, and questions why a much smaller sum cannot likewise be put into a very modest shared community facility in the Northern Suburbs. Mr Smith says the council has been one of the Alex Moore Development Board’s biggest allies in supporting the development of the project. “It’s one of the few programmes that involve those in the community, from schools to community groups, and is seen as a community asset.”
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Scooter competition ramps up By Laura Kavanagh
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Newland’s first ever scooter competition is to take place this month at Newlands skate park. FITE Youth, a youth group run by the Rock Church, is hosting the event on March 28, and is inviting young people from all over the Wellington area to get involved. The competition will have three divisions – under 12s, under 15s and under 18s, and the judges will be three New Zealand pro scooter riders; Bradley Goudie, Brad Cossar and Josh Sellers. Kirk Beyer of FITE Youth says they have had lots of support from local businesses, who are sponsoring the event and provid-
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ing great prizes. “The purpose of the competition is to provide an opportunity for young people in the Johnsonville/Newlands area to compete. “There has never been a scooter competition at Newlands before, and this is a sport that is really popular among young people in this area.” He says FITE Youth want to serve the community, and hosting the competition is one of the ways it can do that. “We want to give young people opportunities to do things that they love.” Kirk says there are local kids who are looking for things to do in the area, and although the skatepark is well used, the lack
of floodlights means it cannot be used once it gets dark. He says FITE Youth will be bringing in floodlights, especially for the competition. Scooter enthusiast Kyle Martin, aged 11 is excited about the competition, especially as it will be in his local area. His friend Francis BeswickHoen, 14, says he likes using his scooter because it keeps him out of trouble and it is fun hanging out with his friends. The competition will be at Newlands skate park on March 28. Registration will be at 6pm and the competition will run from 6:30pm to 9pm. The cost is $5 per entry into a division.
Plunket Bear Hug Appeal By Laura Kavanagh Plunket collectors have been out in force this week collecting for their annual Bear Hug Appeal. From March 3 to March 9, volunteers have been hitting the pavements collecting funds to support the work Plunket does for its communities. Vice president of Johnsonville Plunket Sandra Yeldon says the campaign has gone well despite bad weather hampering efforts. “We have 75 volunteers covering the Johnsonville and Churton Park area. “It is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and it’s about reminding people we are here to serve the community.” Sandra says Plunket cannot fund its services without the proceeds
from this appeal, which include the family centre in Johnsonville. President of Johnsonville Plunket Jodine Lee says a third of Plunket’s operating costs a re funded by this appeal. “We also rely heavily on our volunteer base, and we always need more. “A lot of us are working mums, juggling volunteering with work.” This year, Plunket is also promoting its online collector, which will run until the end of this week. “People don’t often carry cash on them these days,” Jodine says. BNZ will be counting the money for Johnsonville Plunket. Jodine says Plunket is invaluable for many people in the community and having received such great support from
Churton Park Collectors for Plunket Margaret Davidson and her daughter Emily.
the Family Centre herself, she wanted to give back to Plunket. “It turned life around for me,” Jodine says. Plunket offers a number of services for young families in the community, including a car seat service, where people can buy or hire a car seat. Sandra says Plunket has had great support from local businesses in Johnsonville and Churton Park, and it is grateful for the support received.
Is that headache a pain in the neck? How many people do you know that have headaches regularly? Headaches are one of the most common problems affecting workplace concentration and are one of the major reasons why people consume painkillers. Headaches and neck pain often present together. The reason, in many cases, is because the cause of the neck pain is the cause of the headache. Most people with headaches treat themselves with over-the-counter pain medications such as panadol or paracetemol. If these fail to provide more than short-term relief, people start looking for stronger drugs. It is important to remember that medications may have side effects and potential interactions with prescription medications. It is amazing how much muscle spasm and tension can be caused by fixated bones. When bones are even slightly ‘subluxated’, the muscles attached to them become stressed, so they become tight. This can restrict the flow of information through the nerves and
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Going behind the mask for the healing clowns By Rachel Binning St Andrew’s on The Terrace is to host a group of New Zealand’s rising singing talents. The charity concert, “Opera Friends Go Behind the Mask” will showcase opera and jazz, and promises some light humour and surprise guests for its audience on March 14. The group of well-known singers are donating their accomplished talents for the Clown Doctors New Zealand Charitable Trust. Wellington sopranos Tania DreaverParker and Hannah Catrin Jones, tenor Chris Berentsen and mezzo Ruth Armishaw will be supported by baritone Howard McGuire and accompanist Susan Melville. “The $15-a-head tickets will provide a night of quality music along with complimentary bubbles and a chance to meet the artists afterwards over canapés”, event organiser Tania says. Along with jazz, the repertoire will
include arias from Don Giovanni, Carmen, and operettas like Die Fledermaus and musicals including South Pacific. Tania, an avid supporter of the Clown Doctors, revealed the concert mask theme came about because clowns wear a red nose to bring happiness, and it is often called ‘the world’s smallest mask’. Conversely, “opera uses masks to explore the different facets of what it means to be human, and usually the motives are not so innocent or altruistic!” laughs Tania. The Clown Doctors, who are based in Auckland, Wellington and
Christchurch, work with those battling serious or terminal illnesses, especially children. “It is well recognised that laughter has a significant effect on pain control and recovery from severe illness,” Tania explains. The concert will be held at 7:30pm on March 14. Advance bookings can be made by calling Tania: 0220 239 404 or can be bought at the door on the night of the concert. To support the work of Clown Doctors New Zealand Charitable Trust visit www.clowndoctors. org.nz.
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NHEWOP Co-Chairs, Jason Moses (right) and Bill Rawiri, with NCG President Charmaine Meyers, along with committee members of the two organisations, at the signing of the MOU at the marae in Newlands.
Memorandum of understanding By Laura Kavanagh Two local community groups have signed an important document, promising to care for the environment. Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi (NHEWOP) and Northern Community Gardens (NCG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding over their shared use of the Community Garden and Nursery at Jay St Reserve in Paparangi. NCG manages the lease of the Reserve with Wellington City Council, and also the garden, while NEWHOP has funded and manages the native plant nursery. NCG President, Charmaine Meyers, says that, "There is a common interest in growing and preparing food, and we are delighted to be working so closely with the marae." NHEWOP Co-Chair, Jason Moses, says that, "Growing vegetables and native shrubs and trees underpins our marae programme in weaving, traditional Maori cuisine, medicinal plants and forest restoration. “The MOU is not just about how the garden and nursery co-exist but about the two organisations supporting each other."
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Prime Minister John Key announced this year’s election will be held on September 20.
Question: Will you be voting and why?
Kenneth Rooney, Newlands “Yes, it is tradition. It is up to every New Zealander to make their vote, otherwise you can’t complain afterwards.”
Steve Withers, Auckland “Yes, because I want to express my preferences for the party whose policies I agree with, and who I think will do the best for New Zealand.”
Arthur Smith, Newlands “Yes, I usually vote because I am strongly onesided.”
Sandra Malone, Johnsonville
Stuart Walker, Stokes Valley
“No, I am not registered, but I would if I could. If you don’t have your say, you can’t moan.”
Nikki Matautia, Johnsonville
“Yes, I’ve always voted. It is important to vote otherwise you can’t criticise.”
“Yes, although I have not voted since moving to Wellington. I think it’s important to have the right people running the country.”
Making time for those in need By Laura Kavanagh Donating her time to help others is something Lidiya Melnyk is happy to do. Volunteer Lidiya has been volunteering at Enliven’s Huntleigh Home in Karori for about six months and has become an important member of the team. Lidiya does a number of jobs, including helping the residents at meal times and on trips out into Lidiya Melnyk hard at work in the the community, and providing administrative support in the office. Enliven Huntleigh Home office.
She also spends time chatting with the homes only Russian resident, who cannot speak English. Lidiya came to New Zealand four years ago from the Ukraine to be closer to her daughter and son in law. She says it is very good to be living in New Zealand. Volunteering at Huntleigh Home has been as beneficial for Lidiya as it has been for the residents. She says she could not understand and speak English, when she arrived in New Zealand.
“Not the words, not the alphabet, nothing. “I couldn’t understand a thing.” Now, her English has dramatically improved because of her interactions with the residents. Lidiya initially decided to try her hand at volunteering after her daughter moved to Costa Rica. “I decided to need to do something. “Volunteering is great, because I love meeting with people.” Lidiya volunteers at Enliven’s Huntleigh Home three days a
week and walks there and back from her home in Wilton. Enliven’s Huntleigh Home follows the Eden Philosophy of care, which encourages residents to maintain their links with the wider community. Volunteers from the local community are a lifeline for the home, and provide more than just a service to the residents. To find out more about volunteering at Huntleigh Home, call them now on (04) 464 2020.
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Festival in the sun Catherine Gaffaney Massey Journalism Student The weather gods granted Churton Park a brilliant day for its annual festival on Saturday. Commencing at 4pm, the festival featured over 60 stalls with everything from coffee and ice-cream to "funclay" and homemade science kits. Churton Park School kicked off the live entertainment with a performance by its Kapa Haka group. Dance groups, musicians and various demonstrations followed, including a crowd-pleasing pilates demonstration by Churton Park Physiotherapy which saw Northern Ward coun-
cillor and Deputy Mayor Justin Lester showing off his moves. For the kids, there was face painting, bouncy castles, games and the highly anticipated scavenger hunt, which saw participants using a smartphone app created by the Churton Park business Little Monkey to follow clues held at 20 different stalls around the festival. A concert including performances from the Capital Harmony Choir, Violinists Yid-ee Goh and Ace Van Noort, and Phil Hope finished up the live entertainment. The festival ended with a Films by Starlight screening of Despicable Me. Pictured: Dancer Arushi Bhatnagar, 5 performing on stage. Photo credit: Marc Cramer www.facebook.com/ AboutLightPhotography.
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Amesbury School Recapitation Consultation Invitation to a Public Meeting Tuesday, 18 March 2014, 7 – 8pm, Amesbury Hall
Meeting Chair: The Hon. Peter Dunne Programme: Short presentations by Amesbury School, Ministry of Education, Newlands Intermediate School and Raroa Intermediate School, question time.
Otis Williams and Felix Williams.
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Amesbury School opened in 2012 as a contributing school – year 1 – 6. In response to a high level of parental demand, the Amesbury School Board of Trustees is considering applying for recapitation – that is, seeking the Minister of Education’s approval to become a year 1 – 8 full primary school. The Board of Trustees acknowledges that recapitation may have some impact on the local network of schools in the area. In particular, Raroa and Newlands Intermediates are likely to be affected. The Amesbury School Board of Trustees is not looking for Amesbury School to become the only year 7/8 choice for students in its zone, but is looking to expand schooling options available to its community by providing another educational year 7/8 option. Many parents and the Amesbury School Board of Trustees see significant advantages in their children staying within the suburb for their year 7/8 schooling in a community school.
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Prizes will be given for the race winners, and for the “King of Kaukau” and “Queen of Kaukau” for the fastest climb times. There will also be spot prizes. Event director Steve Bligh says although top runners will be aiming to beat the 34:01 best time for the event, all are welcome to have a go. If the killer hill climb sounds daunting, there is a solution: have a rest or slow down. “If you can’t run it you just walk up it and then carry on running,” he says. “We had all sorts do it last year. “We even had 12-year-olds do it, and some do it quite well.” The cost is $20 and registrations for the event can be taken on the day at the Olympic Harriers clubrooms on Bannister Avenue.
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By Dave Crampton About 200 runners and walkers will be heading for the Johnsonville hills on Sunday to participate in an event that is billed as a “killer hill climb for the toughest runners.” The 8.3km event, starting at 8.30am for walkers and 9am for runners, will start and finish at the entrance to Johnsonville Park at the top of Truscott Avenue, taking in a loop around Old Coach Road. Those who wish to exercise at a leisurely pace can also participate, whether they choose to run or walk. The course also includes Wellington’s longest and steepest hill climb: the 280m climb up the 2.5km access road up Mt Kaukau. There is also another 1.3km climb up 80m at the start.
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Fairy ballet in Khandallah By Laura Kavanagh A Khandallah ballet teacher is teaching some of the youngest ballet dancers in the local community. Royal Academy of Dance trained ballet teacher Monique Koorey teaches adults and students, but she also runs a special ballet class for those only just finding their feet. She runs a class called Khandallah Fairy Ballet for three to five year olds. The class is very structured, and is great for leading the ballet dancers into the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, says Monique. She says ballet is popular
in the local area, and there are many benefits for the children. “It is great physical exercise, it helps improve posture and core strength, and it also teaches children structure.” Monique says it is also great to help children develop friendships. Although the class is primarily popular with girls, she has a couple of boys keen to give it a shot. She says the key to keeping young children interested in ballet is to capture their imagination, and to use that imagination to keep them interested. Monique was involved with the New Zealand
School of Dance for four years, and taught in the UK for seven and a half years. She came back to New Zealand with her family. Monique says having a strong dance background is important for a teacher, because teachers need to be able to get up and show their students. “This is my gift, and I love to pass on my gift.” “It’s not about me, but it’s about how well I can teach them.” If you are interested in any of Monique’s classes, you can email her on khandallahfairyballet@ gmail.com Bridget and Caitlyn Murray, Freya Mauger, and Emilia Durnbill
Successful bowls duo By Laura Kavanagh
Seamus Curtain and Lachlan Gordan make a great team.
A talented bowls duo were successful at the recent Wellington Centre Open Pairs lawn bowls competition at the Naenae greens. Lachlan Gordon, 19, of the Johnsonville Bowling Club, and Seamus Curtain, 13, of the Plimmerton Bowling Club won the competition on March 2. Lachlan is a second year student at Massey University, and Seamus is in his first year of secondary school. To reach the quarter final stage, the boys faced experienced pair combinations
“With it being the birth of the championship obviously there are going to be issues but, the cars have been great throughout each race,” McNee says. The next race for the Wellington driver will be the final of the series. It will be and on May 3-4 at the north-Waikato circuit Hampton Downs. May’s final round will be slightly different with drivers racing four races instead of three. “It’s going to be a bit different but hopefully we will get a podium finish and win the championship,” McNee says. Richards says McNee is the only driver to consistently place on the podium every race and hopefully next year the series will see a few more drivers enter the line up and even things up a little, he says. The 2014 86 championship has 18 drivers.
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Wellingtonian Jamie McNee is showing he has what it takes to win the very first Toyota Finance 86 Championship after blitzing his opposing counterparts over the weekend once again. McNee, who races for the Tony Richards Toyota team, is currently ranked first in the competition with 125 points, and managed to finish the weekend’s three races of round five on the podium. Right from the start, the young racer was dubbed a driver to watch out for in the inaugural championship, coming to the new one-make series with a racing resume that includes the Toyota Racing Series – where he finished third in the 2011 championship. The weekend’s fifth round was held at Taupo Motorsport Park and
McNee’s team manager, Steve Richards, says he qualified well completing the round with a first, second and third podium finish over three races. “The last time I raced at Taupo was about three years ago in the Toyota Racing Series, so it has been a while...Overall it was a good weekend and we got the results we wanted,” McNee says. “The car handled really well even though there were some tough parts of the track. But again, overall it was a good race for me,” he says. T he New Zea la nd motorsport championship kicked off over the weekend of January 9-12 at Invercargill’s Teretonga Park Raceway. So far the competitors have experienced some of New Zealand’s best racing circuits adding to and improving their racing skills.
As a general rule, teams must come from the same club, but Lachlan and Seamus played together under the auspices of a nominal club “Jacgals”, which was created by Bowls Wellington to allow promising young players from different clubs to enter such events as a recognised team. In winning this event, both boys have earned their first Centre title and probably not their last. Lachlan and Seamus will be joined next weekend by 14-year-old Brady Amer to compete in the Open Triples.
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over several days play. As well as Lachlan and Seamus, the quarter finals featured two top class Johnsonville teams – Rob Ashton and Rob Veale, and Robbie Bennett and Bruce Henderson. A draw meant that Lachlan and Seamus had to play both Johnsonville teams to reach the final. They won both games narrowly – each going to the last bowl before being decided. The boys faced an experienced Upper Hutt team of Jim Bullen and Maurice Picard in the final, which they won convincingly.
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