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By Nikki Papatsoumas Scots College students are busy preparing for their upcoming production, and are now excited to share their hard work with the local community. Students will present two shows this year, the prep school will perform The Jungle Book and then after an intermission Aladdin will be performed by year 7 to 13 students, alongside students from Queen Margaret’s College. Continued on page 2 OPEN SESAME: Students from Scots College, who are the lead actors for the upcoming production of Aladdin.

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A whole new world Continued from page 1 By Nikki Papatsoumas This year is the first time a production has included the entire Prep School, and each of the 120 students has, role and is on stage, in costume. Parents, staff, and students have been working hard making costumes, fundraising and rehearsing for this year’s show. Teacher in charge of production Claire Hall says it is great to see all the students all working hard and supporting

each other. “The little boys see the older boys involved but on the other hand the older boys support

and see both shows. “I think often there is a perception that school shows are just for the immediate

it is a really entertaining show - there is singing, dancing, acting and live musicians. the little ones as well, it’s great.” Ms Hall says she hopes the community will come along

school community, but we are big on the fact that we are a part of the eastern peninsula, and we would love for people

to come along and see what’s going on here. “It is a really entertaining show – there is singing, dancing, acting and live musicians.” The Jungle Book and Aladdin will run from June 25 to June 28 from 7pm.  Tickets are $12 for students and $20 for adults and bookings can be made through the Scots College website,

New solar panels for Ridgway School By Nikki Papatsoumas Ridgway School were one of 10 schools who were lucky enough to be selected for Genesis Energy’s Schoolgen programme. They celebrated the installation of a new 4kW solar PV system last week, with a special school assembly attended by members of the community, and Wellington City Councillors David Lee, Paul Eagle and Nicola Young. School principal Kathryn Smith says they are thrilled to see the panels installed, as it fits in well with their whole school ideals. “We are already an environmental school so this is a great next step,” she says. She says it not only helps to save the environment but also brings their power bills down. T he Schoolgen pro gramme is a joint venture between Wellington City

HERE COMES THE SUN: Ridgway School Children take part in a special school assembly, after being selected for Genesis Energy’s Schoolgen programme.

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Island Bay searches for its voice By Nikki Papatsoumas The largest public meeting to be held in Island Bay in decades shows the community is looking to move forward and progress. Around 200 people attended the meeting which was held last Monday at The Baptist Church, and was chaired by southern ward councillor Paul Eagle. Items on the agenda included the Island Bay sea wall, Erskine College, cycle ways and formation of both a residents association and retailers association. The meeting was organised by Jane Byrne and Francesca De Gregorio, who have spent the last few weeks collecting signatures for a petition that would see all work on the Island Bay section of a planned cycleway halted, until a plan for the entire route is completed. The cycleway would eventually run all the way into Wellington’s CBD. They say this issue has made it very clear that Island Bay residents need a stronger voice,

PUBLIC MEETING: Around 200 Island Bay residents gather for a public meeting that was held last Monday.

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and say they arranged this meeting to allow them to make decisions and move forward as a community. The idea of a residents association was among the discussion, and it has been decided the community will now review the best structure for a residents association, before forming one in the near future. Issues surrounding the Island Bay sea wall, which came down in last year’s storm, were also discussed.

Council officers were on hand to answer questions and clarify what was going on. There are now plans to form a working group that can liaise with council and ensure the community’s voice is heard in the future. The Island Bay section of the planned cycleway was also discussed as well as the future of Erskine College, with a public meeting organised to discuss this in more depth later this month.

Mr Eagle says the meeting highlighted a need for better and genuine consultation with the community. “The positive thing to come from the debate is that the people from Island Bay are now standing up. This is the first step in the process that will see some great things happening in Island Bay. “These issues have polarised the Island Bay Community, but it is important to make sure it doesn’t divide our community.”

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inbriefnews Social Wool Fair The Social Wool Fair is to be held on Saturday and knitters, dyers, weavers, and spinners are all invited. The community event invites people to recycle their unwanted stash and replace it with more. They also hope to raise funds for the hospice, and showcases indy sellers. New and second hand equipment will be on sale, as well as new fibre and yarn, buttons, threads, patterns, and books. There will be trade stalls selling non-mainstream yarns, individuals selling their stash, fibre groups and a hospice stall. The fair will be held on Saturday June 21, at St Anne’s Hall in Newtown, from 10am to 4pm.

Chamber Choir to perform for shortest day To mark the shortest day of the year, Wellington's chamber choir Note Bene has assembled a programme of pieces evoking snow-clad fields, naked trees, bitter winds and treacherous ice. The choir invites you to stay on after our concert to enjoy some mulled wine and winter cheer. To be held on Saturday June 21, from 7.30pm to 9pm at Old St Paul's in Thorndon. Tickets to Winter and Rough Weather are $25 each.

Matariki celebration There will be a special children’s celebration of Matariki, the Maori New Year, at Island Bay Presbyterian Church on Saturday June 21. The evening starts with BYO takeaways at 5pm, followed by a Matariki story, favourite songs about the stars, and then some fireworks. All welcome, 88 the Parade Island Bay. For more information, phone 383 869.


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On the lookout for talented young musicians By Nikki Papatsoumas

TALENTED MUSICIANS: Joan Prior, who was an important part of the Wellington folk music scene.

Well ing ton Fol k Club Acoustic Routes has just set up a new award for talented young musicians. The Joan Pr ior Awa rd will see a young musician between the ages of 15 to 25 receive a $500 cash prize. This is the fi rst year the award has been run.

M e m b e r o f Ac o u s t i c Routes Tony Ricketts says they are looking to encourage more young people to get involved. “We are hoping to encourage younger performers into the ‘Folk World’, where the lines between performer a nd aud ience a re ver y blurred, where support and collaboration count.”

He says often people are put off by the idea of folk music, but says there are many definitions of folk music and it covers a very wide range. The award is being organized in memory of Joan Prior, who was an important part of the folk music scene.

For more information on how to enter the competition head to Joan-Prior-Award-How-itWorks. Entries close in August and the finals will be held at the Wellington Folk Festival in October.

Hataitai playcentre thriving By Sai Raje Massey Journalism Student Persistence and manageable risk taking might seem like buzzwords you would hear at a corporate training workshop than on a children’s playground. But Hataitai resident and architect Amanda Bulman gained these traits as she hopped, skipped and swung her way through the Playcentre in Masterton, where she grew up. “No one at Playcentre ever told me off for trying to climb a tree,” Bulman says. “Or interrupted me as I tried to get a task done. “I now see my children develop those very traits in different ways at our local Playcentre.” Bulman, who has been a regular at the Hataitai Playcentre with her children for more than nine years, is among 30 families (including 41 children) that keep this Playcentre thriving. No other country raises their kids as a cooperative, Bulman says. “It’s the best thing to raise

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South Wellington Seido Karate gives back The Neonatal Unit at Wellington Children’s Hospital were the lucky recipients of a generous donation, thanks to South Wellington Seido Karate. Non-profit organisation South Wellington Seido Karate has given away over $50,000 to those less fortunate through their annual charity fundraiser over the last few years. The annual fundraiser includes raffles, auctions, and finishes with a quiz night which is hosted by Grant Nisbett. This year the popular event was sold out three

months prior. Through fundraising South Wellington Seido Karate were able to donate $12,500 in the form of two pieces of medical equipment. This comes after it was requested by the unit as items of need. South Wellington Seido Karate is a traditional form of Karate under the guidance of its Grandmaster Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura who is located in New York. Branch Chief of South Wel-

lington Seido Karate Kyoshi Tony Gaeta says they like to think they are not all about kicks and punches. “We like to focus on support for one another, especially those less fortunate. “Giving encouragement to all by showing each other respect is the most important thing.” South Wellington Seido Karate is located at 469 Adelaide Road in Berhampore and welcomes all adults and kids to come and try a class for free.

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All about bees Want to know about bees? Did you know that the pollination carried out by bees is ultimately responsible for 40% of food we eat? Come and hear Mark and Belinda Hodson, beekeepers of Tawa, talk about these creatures and why they’re so important to your life. You’ll learn about beekeeping the production of honey, and what you can do to support bees. Tuesday, June 24 at 6.30pm, Newtown Community Centre, $10/$5. Proceeds go to The Wellington Timebank.

CHILDS PLAY: Volunteer for Island Bay Playcentre Kirsten Gibb says she finds her volunteer work at the centre extremely rewarding.

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parent run cooperative, which means parents of the children the centre volunteer their time to oversee the running of the playcentre. Volu nt e e r a t I sla nd Bay Playcentre Kirsten Gibb says the skills she has learned through her time at the centre are extremely beneficial. “I am a stay at home mum, and by the time I get back to work, it would have been potentially

nine years out of the workforce.” She says the volunteer work she does at the playcentre allows her to continue to build on her skills – which she can then carry with her when she chooses to go back into the workforce. “I am maintaining my skills, and that is important if I am looking at being employable in the future. “All the skills I am gaining here are transferable.”

Matariki Celebrations Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay invites you to join whanau and family of the marae in celebrating the end of the old and the beginning of the new during Matariki

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New Mural for Newtown Kindergarten Visitors to Newtown Kindergarten are now greeted by an explosion of colour thanks to a new mural painted by the mother of a child at the centre. The mural depicts children looking upward and seeing fireworks shooting across the sky. Artist Caitlin Devoy says the mural illustrates the energy of children engaging with the experiences of learning and

making new friends. Caitlin says she was asked by another parent if she could do a design as the wall outside the kindergarten was getting shabby and there was nothing which reflected the unique character of Newtown Kindergarten. Caitlin says she chose not to focus on any specific faces for the children in the mural because she wanted it to be an artwork where “any of the kids could see themselves”. Head teacher at the kinder-

garten Fiona Twaddle says children’s reactions on seeing the mural are varied but while many express surprise and ask who painted it most are pretty happy with the end result. Caitlin says her son who attends Newtown Kindergarten is very proud and likes to point it out to the other children. Fiona suggested that the mural could spark a future artistic collaboration with the COLOURFUL EXPLOSION: Head teacher Fiona Twaddle and artist Caitlin Devoy with children. Newtown Kindergarten’s new mural.

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Toy tester would have to rank pretty highly on the list of every kid’s dream job. For most kids the job of toy tester will, like ice cream or chocolate taster, remain a fantasy. But for four lucky children this dream is about to become a reality. The Warehouse will soon undertake a nationwide search for four children to take up the responsibility of serving as the company's official toy testers. The current toy testers, who have fulfilled their duties over the past year, will soon complete their stint and a new group of testers will begin. For the lucky testers, aged between six and 10, it is not all fun and games. Besides playing with the toys, their responsibilities include assessing and rating the new toys which will be distributed to them every month. The search gets underway during the Warehouse's annual toy sale from 28 June to 15 July.  For full competition details visit

High quality, kerbside cycle lanes are planned along The Parade between Shorland Park and Wakefield Park to make it safer and easier to get about by bike. Drop in, have a close look at the draft plans and share your thoughts as we work through the detailed design of these kerbside lanes. Wellington South Baptist Church hall, 284 The Parade: • 6 –8pm, Wednesday 18 June • 2–5.30pm, Sunday 22 June You can also see the plans at the community centre, 137 The Parade, from tomorrow. There’ll be another opportunity to provide feedback in a few months’ time when traffic changes related to this project are advertised for consultation. For more information email, phone 499 4444 or go to

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Question: How do you get about every day?

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“I catch the bus or walk, I don’t have a driver’s license or a car.”

“I catch the bus, I don’t drive and my son hates the car.”

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Gill Pauton Lyall Bay “I bus or walk I don’t drive.”

Grateful for campaign against fare increase Dear Ed, It was really good to see the campaign against further bus fare increases being recognised and the key role that submissions from two city councils to an out-of-touch regional council must have

played in this success. It is just a pity that three green councillors claim it was them that have been calling for cheaper fares when it was the leadership of Councillor Nicola Young (supported by Councillor Free) who debated,

cajoled and guided her fellow councillors into even having a Wellington City Council submission. The Hutt City Council, led by Councillor Max Shierlaw, also must also be recognised for submitting to against these fare increases.

This was a team effort but credit should go to those who did the work. Tony Randle Johnsonville Letters to the editor continued on page 14...

Evans Bay Intermediate School....

SCHOOL LEADERS REFLECT ON BEING IN LEADERSHIP ROLES! As the term comes to an end, it is time for the Term 1 and 2 School Leaders to make way for the new ones. Evans Bay Intermediate School promotes the opportunity for students to be leaders. “This is their School and they need to be involved in the day to day running of the place.” Principal Wendy Esera said. Leaders are selected from every class to make up the various Student Leader groups: School Reps, Enviro Leaders, Sports Leaders and IT Leaders. Some of the current leaders about to leave their positions had comments to make about what the experience had meant to them. It has been really good having extra responsibility. I was a Tech Leader and it was neat being able to help other people with their computer problems. (Finnley Pike)

Refereeing lunchtime sports has been great. I liked looking after the PE shed and I got to know a lot of other people. I did a report on assembly too and I was really nervous at first then by the end of it I was fine. (Sam Marsters) Being part of the Jubilee was great. I really enjoyed presenting a report to the Board. Having responsibility has been really good. (Anneke Hutt) I think that your confidence really grows. I am far more confident now to speak infront of everyone. The Camp was really a highlight for me too. (Mia Solomon) It has been really good to get to have a leadership role at this young age. I enjoyed being involved in arranging the inter-class games and it was good seeing my own class making it through to the final. (Liam Iggo )

School Leaders Anneke, Mia, Ruby and Bella, enjoy the end of term disco.

“The last day for these School Leaders is Friday 4th July. Each leader has contributed to making the School a great place for everyone! We appreciate all that they have done.” Wendy Esera concluded.

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Kilmarnock looking for more helping hands By Nikki Papatsoumas On the heels of volunteer week, which began today, Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore are on the lookout for more volunteers. Although they already have a number of people helping out, manager Bronwyn Drennan says they can always use the extra help. She says they are looking for people to help out, whether it is taking residents on shopping trips, helping

them with hobbies, with outings or bringing their children or pets in to spend time with residents. “It is great for residents to have connections with someone. It is about having a companion they can share with and it helps alleviate loneliness.” She says volunteers often form “lovely friendships” with residents, and even half an hour of their time can make all the difference. She says it is also a fantastic way

to ensure residents remain part of the community. As part of volunteers week, residents will be making gifts for their current volunteers to thank them for all their hard work. If you would like to offer to volunteer at Kilmarnock Heights Home call 04 380 2034 or email kilmarnock.heights@psc

VOLUNTEERING: Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Val Hearn, and longstanding volunteer Bev Simonsen.

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with $1000 worth of OfficeMax arts and crafts, stationery and office supplies for their classroom. Nominations close on July 4, and recipients will be thanked with a surprise celebration in September. Winners will be selected by an esteemed judging panel which again includes members from the New Zealand Principals’ Federation. OfficeMax New Zealand’s Gen-

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established by David Day in Cuba St, who six years ago retired and sold the business due to serious health issues. New owner and operator’s Chris and Anita Broczek have continued to keep the heart of the well-respected business alive and say “one of the real advantages of being independent and in the suburbs is that we have lower over heads, which means customers benefit from lower prices.” While using Wellington’s best installers, they maintain the highest standards of service and installation, that’s how they have been turning houses into homes for over 30 years. For more information head to

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RPM owner, Paul Huggins, has had plenty of experience within the music business and has been working on the way his music store operates. After the earthquakes put his Real Groovy Christchurch store in the red zone and eventually out of business, he knew he wanted to carry on in the industry. After relocating to Wellington he got Rough Peel Music open in Vivian St in September 2011. Emphasis was put into vinyl and having a good selection of new release CDs. Back catalogue and sale CDs were still significant. The most important thing was to have staff with a passion for and

knowledge of music, this is paramount to giving the best customer service possible. A record label was also set up, Rough Peel Records. The label has released music by The Eastern, The Mantarays, Beastwars, Cakekitchen and will soon be releasing the Ladi6 alum, Automatic, on vinyl. A new chapter in RPM’s history is developing now with a shift to new premises on Cuba St. The new shop is at 173 Cuba St directly underneath the venue, San Fran. It is an exciting move for RPM and you can expect this boutique record store to be around for many years to come.

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MINUTES WITH: James Coyle programme coordinator for the Newtown Festival and entertainment coordinator for Meow. What’s next on your wish list?

I’m a real fan of BBQ’s, on coals if possible.

I would love to go on tour with a band to South America.

What is your pet hate?

Your favourite holiday destination?

I’m not into heaps of packaging, and bank statements sent to me in the post.

What’s your favourite music? This is quite a revolving thing for me, but right now I’m listening to Leonard Cohen, Connan Mockasin and The Bats on high rotate.

My thing with travelling and holidays, is to go on quite big journeys, like crossing a continent. I have had great trips across Australia and across the Andes.

What makes you smile? My nieces and nephews, and my partner Vanessa.

Who would you invite to dinner?

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Anyone who can tell a great anecdote, luckily I have some talented friends in this area.. but I’m sure Bill Murray would have a few stories.

What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you? I am actually a Cantabrian.

Newtown village project underway By Nikki Papatsoumas

CONSTRUCTION: Village at the Park is in the middle of building three new apartment blocks.

The $30 million dollar project is in full swing at Newtown’s Village at the Park with the retirement village in the process of adding three more apartment blocks, plus 23 villas to their site. These apartment blocks will offer retirement aged people a chance to live independently with likeminded people. Village manager Brian Leighton says the build shows how far they have come and how much the place is growing. Village at the Park is on the former

site of Athletic Park, and after it closed in 1999 building began on the village in the early 2000’s. Village at the park now has 100 residents in care facilities, 125 residents living independently looked after by about a 100 fully trained staff. Mr Leighton says work is right on track, and existing residents are enjoying seeing the new building evolve slowly. “The residents get a real buzz out of the fact they can see what’s going on and it’s not run of the mill stuff. For them it is quite an invigorating process, getting to see all that’s going on.”

The first of the three apartment buildings is set to be open by next July, and all other work will be completed within the next six years. Mr Leighton says he believes there are many reasons as to why Village at the Park is so popular. “Our location is so handy to the city, a lot of residents can’t drive anymore so they can just walk and get a bus outside. “We also have modern facilities, you can sell your lawn mower and we can provide a continuum of care as people age.”

Living in comfort co mfort Village at the Park is retirement living that is ready when you are. At Village at the Park Retirement Village on Rintoul Street in Newtown they offer a range of options to suit anyone of any age or situation, like their variety of spacious and modern apartments and villas. Village Manager Brian Leighton says the apartments are perfect for anyone who wants the freedom of independence. “These apartments are aimed at anyone over the age of 65 who is interested in independent living, however care packages can be put in place.

“It is ideal for those who want to live around like minded people.” He says many people know the site as its former self - Athletic Park, but not many people know what is beyond the gate. “It used to be known as Athletic Park and is now Village at the Park Retirement Village. It has been home to the All Blacks and hosted visits from the Queen, and now it can be your home too.”

Don’t forget that on the first Saturday of every month we hold our Open Days from 12.00 to 4.00. Appointments can be made on 0508village or 04)380 1361.

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Miramar Natural Health Centre is offering an affordable new way to treat your pain, stress or illness through weekly acupuncture community clinics run by experienced practitioners in our quiet relaxing rooms. Director and acupuncturist Gill Burdett says, "By treating several people at once we can offer reduced treatment rates, costing between $15 and $30 each, on a pay what you can afford basis. Our aim is to make a full course of treatment more affordable so you can get well and stay well.” Community Acupuncture clinics run every from 3 to 6pm. Acupuncture clinics start on Wednesday 28Wednesday May from 3-6pm. To book contact Gill on 0274 435 425, or book online at Lalita Kasanji also a director of the health centre will be available to discuss your homeopathy needs and can be contacted on 02102340383. For more information see our web site

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Notice is hereby given that Strathmore Park Community Base Inc. will hold its Annual General Meeting on 26 June 2014 Venue: 108 Strathmore Ave, Strathmore Park Time: Refreshments at 6:30pm meeting starts at 7:00pm • Constitutional Amendments • Board Elections • Other business Election Nominations close on 19 June. For meeting details or Nomination forms, visit Strathmore Park Community Centre or email

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Slower speed needed Dear Ed, I would like to commend and encourage Willemijn Vermaat for her timely call to lower the vehicle speed limit in Berhampore “Slow Down signalled for Berhampore, Cook Strait News, May 19, 2014”. It is time that Council picks up from where they left off with the

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Newtown and Berhampore SaferRoads Project of some years back and complete the traffic calming and introduce a lower speed limit throughout Berhampore that they promised then. Peter Frater Berhampore

Dear Ed, I noticed with interest the article (June 9th) on the Mornington Golf Club and the Coaching Academy. Having recently spent a lovely family evening in the Golf Club Premises which are let out to the Community free of charge, and as a child in the

Course. A lot of money is being spent on people who do not pay road tax, and would be safe if they did not break so many of the road rules. Heather Bevan Island Bay



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1930/40s spending many happy hours running over the Golf Course hills looking for Golf Balls, and playing in the stream which was then on Wakefield Park. This could all go if the Council has its way with the cycle track which will cut through the Golf




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A new creative campus for over 1000 students is planned for the heart of Wellington. To be located on the corner of Cuba and Dixon Streets, the project planned for Whitireia and the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) will provide for students of film, theatre, digtial media, visual arts, and other creative arts and technologies. Council Chair Roger Sowry says the campus will cost approximately $80 million and will bring together a wide range of courses currently offered by Whitireia and WelTec. When it opens in 2018 it will make Wellington the destination of choice for domestic and international stu-

dents seeking a comprehensive education in this sector. Whitireia Chief Executive Don Campbell said it was exciting for the two organisations to combine on the one campus, consolidating teaching and resources in a state-of-the-art facility. “The co-location will allow students to learn across disciplines in a lively, creative environment, providing richer and broader education in industry-relevant skills,” he says. The campus has had a significant amount of support, and Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says it will be great to see the heritage building become a state-of-the-art facility.

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Fisher collects multiple awards at Wellington sports awards Wellington swimmer Mary Fisher came away with two awards at this year’s Wellington Sportsperson of the year awards at the ASB stadium on June 12. Seven finalists were from the sport of swimming, including administrator Mark Berge and coach Gary Hurring, who won the award in 2012. Samantha Lee was a finalist for sportswoman of the year, after winning emerging sportswoman of the year in 2011. Paralympic swimmer Mary Fisher, who has lived in Newtown for more than two years, and swims at the Capital swimming club, was the sole person to be nominated for two category awards, and won them both. She collected the Sportswom-

an of the Year award against last year’s winner, hockey player Anita Punt and Samantha Lee, and was awarded the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year for the second successive year over Santana Chapman, the country’s top-ranked deaf swimmer. “I really did enjoy the awards night - it was a great atmosphere to be in. It was very cool to get the Sportswoman of the Year award after also being a finalist last year.” Fisher set four world records and two Oceania records and broke 33 seconds in the 50m butterfly at the Swimming New Zealand 2013 short course championships. But her highlight was assisting New Zealand to finish fourth

in the medal table at the IPC championships in Montreal last year, ahead of the United States and Australia. She won give gold medals – 200m Individual medley, 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle - and was awarded the Prime Minister’s scholarship for her success in Montreal. She swims in the AWD (athletes with disability) class. “Winning five events at worlds was just amazing.” Fisher has a condition called Aniridia, which means she has no irises. She competes with blacked out goggles and is coached by New Zealand’s head para coach Jon Shaw.

Kids track officially opened The South Coast Kids Track in Island Bay was opened last Saturday, after planning began a year ago. The track was officially opened by Deputy Mayor Justin Lester, with members of the community coming down to get involved in celebrations. Since being put in place last year, the track has now been resurfaced to enable greater usage through the wetter seasons. The first native planting ses-

sion has also taken place, and there will be more to follow. Member of the organising committee Kether Gati says their aim has always been to provide an off road cycling loop with ups, downs and fun features, that children (and adults) could use to gain skills and confidence. “It's been a wonderful example of community spirit and action with countless volunteer hours powering the project.” The completion of the track

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was made possible thanks to funding from the Wellington City Council and Trail Fund, and generous support from Revolve and the Wellington Mountain Bike Club. “It's been fantastic to see the bike track used so well from day one, and it provides a stepping stone for skill development so kids (and adults) can gain riding expertise and confidence and then enjoy the wonderful range of mountain bike trails that Wellington has to offer."

CHAMPION: Mary Fisher came away with two awards at this year’s Wellington Sportsperson of the year award ceremony last Thursday.

Traditional First XV Fixtures Last Wednesday saw Wellington College and St Patrick’s town play in two traditional fixtures. In a tense contest, Wellington College went down 24-12 to St Patrick’s Silverstream after Silverstream centre Losi Filipo scored a late try. In securing their win, St Patrick’s Silverstream retained

the Ken Gray memorial trophy named after the late All Black prop who played 12 tests from 1963-1969. Meanwhile, through the other end of the Mount Victoria tunnel, St Patrick ’s town comfortably beat Hato Paora College from Fielding 60-0 in their annual fixture for the Tyrconnell shield.


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New speed cameras in the area A new speed camera is to be installed for testing this week in the Ngauranga Gorge, as part of a national rollout of cameras in sites with the highest risk of speed-related crashes. Wellington and Auckland will be the first to receive a new generation of fixed speed cameras. The $10m project will see 56 new digital cameras in place across the country by the end of next year. Wellington cameras will be the first to be installed at crash hot spots in Ngauranga, Thorndon, Aotea, Wanuiomata and two Lower Hutt sites. The new cameras use the latest radar-based digital technology to detect speeding vehicles, and will be rolled out gradually across the country over the next 18 months. NZ Transport Agency Road Safety Director Ernst Zollner says the rollout of the new speed cameras will be welcomed by most New Zealanders. “We know that a clear ma-

jority of Kiwis support the efforts of Police to save lives and prevent serious injuries by enforcing speed limits. “We are aiming to bring the road toll down by making every part of our transport system safer – vehicles, roads and roadsides, speeds and road users.” He says effective speed management is an essential part of creating a safer transport system, because the speed a vehicle is travelling at directly affects both crash probability and crash severity. “In other words, the higher a vehicle’s speed the more likely it is to crash and the more likely people are to be killed or injured when it does crash.” ACC Chief Executive Scott Pickering says around 30,000 people are injured on our roads every year, many of them seriously. Funding for the speed camera upgrade project is being provided by the New Zealand Transport Agency through its Road Policing Programme, with Police and the agency to share ongoing operating costs.

Electric buses tested The future of Wellington’s public transportation system is up for debate as the Greater Wellington Regional Council decides to retire the trolley bus fleet. The council’s plan is to phase out the trolley buses in 2017 due to their high cost, lack of reliability and flexibility, and replace them with the latest hybrid technology available at the time. It will work towards a zero emissions future with a long term goal of running a fully electric bus fleet through the region, a recommendation of the Council’s Annual Plan hearings committee. Paul Swain, the Regional Council’s public transport portfolio leader, says the Public Transport Plan is a step change for the region. “It will prepare us for a new era aimed at getting more people out of cars and onto public transport.” A Wellington business delegation to China led by Mayor Celia WadeBrown met with representatives from the BYD Company to investigate electric bus opportunities for Wellington City. Mayor Wade-Brown says the visit confirmed her view that fully electric buses are a viable form of transport for Wellington. “Many Wellingtonians are committed to reducing transport emissions - both greenhouse gases and particulates. “I’d like to see 100 percent of our

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown tests an electric bus in China.

public transport become electric,” she says. “The Regional Council’s timetable must be flexible enough so we can go forward with low emission, quiet buses on all our routes. “The buses we saw could either be charged on their journey or have the batteries swapped in and out and charged at night.” BYD Company was established in 1995, and specialises in automobiles, new energy and IT. Mayor Wade Brown is encouraging the regional council to keep

their options open. “There is rapidly developing technology in the Zero Emissions area and many cities are picking up on the opportunities for cleaner fleets, for example BYD has more than 700 electric buses worldwide from New York to Canada, and Hangzhou has just ordered 2000 of these Iron-Phosphate batterypowered buses. “I’ll suggest to Councillor Paul Swain and Chair Fran Wilde that we work together to trial these and other electric buses this year.”

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