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65 km for 65 years By Sam Duff Running 65 kilometres for charity is all in a day’s work for keen Miramar runner Bernie Portenski. The world record holder will run from Miramar to Eastbourne on August 26, as she turns 65, to raise money for Parkinson’s Wellington. Bernie says Parkinson’s Wellington is a charity close to her heart. Continued on page 2 STILL RACING: Runner Bernie Portenski will run 65 kilometres from Miramar to Eastbourne to raise money for Parkinson’s Wellington. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Continued from page 1 “My brother just a year ago was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and my partner’s father had it for 14 years,” she says. “They supported my partner’s mother through the whole 14 years and we just thought they were great. “They do end up being quite disabled so any sort of support helps.” She says a group of supporters from her swimming group and running club will run with her on the day. Bernie, who is a hairdresser, ran 60 km when she turned 60 and

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RAISING MONEY: Bernie Portenski says she is combining her passion for running with wanting to raise money for Parkinson’s Wellington.

appeared on television show Close Up and the front page of the Dominion Post. “I have never done 65 km before but I thought if I could do 60 km five years ago I could do 65 now. “Anyone can get out there and do it.” “I did it for my 60th to inspire older women. A lot of them think they can’t do it.” She started running when she was 30 to lose weight and give up smoking, Bernie says. She has since completed 112 marathons. Bernie holds the world record in the 60 to 64 age group for the marathon, half marathon, 10 km and 3 km. “I love my running but even more than that I am very passionate about supporting Parkinson’s.”  Bernie says she would love to raise $10,000 for the run. She will carry a bucket on the day and people can donate at bportenski65

Tracy hoping for top prize By Sam Duff Stone the flamin’ crows – A Strathmore based author has been shortlisted for a top Australian book award. Tracy Farr’s first novel the Life and Times of Lena Gaunt has been shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. “It feels really exciting,” Tracy says. “It’s also a great acknowledgement that I have done something right.” “It puts the book in front of other people and for my first book it helps me keep going.” The former research scientist, who moved to New Zealand from Perth in 1996, is unsure whether she will travel to Australia for the awards ceremony in September. “I don’t expect to win the award but it’s great to be nominated.” Tracy says the fictional book tells the story of an elderly musician who was once

well known for playing the theremin, an electronic instrument controlled without physical contact. “We meet her when she’s an older woman and she’s invited to play at an electronic music festival.” Losing herself in the words is what Tracy says she enjoys about writing. “It’s a bit like being a puppet master I suppose,” she says. “You’re making up things that haven’t happened.” She was long listed for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and has written a number of short stories for anthologies. In April, Tracy spent the month in the Wairarapa at a writer’s retreat. She says she is currently trying to work on her second novel about a family who come together for a holiday weekend and various dramas ensue. SHORT LISTED: Strathmore author with her novel that has been shortlisted for an Australian book award. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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ON TARGET: Lightning destroyed the Wellington wind needle last week. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

By Sam Duff Finding the needle in the haystack was not very difficult when lightning hit Wellington’s wind needle on Thursday afternoon. The Evan’s Bay zephyrometer, which was constructed in 2003, was destroyed when a southerly blasted the capital, bringing thunder, lightning and hale. Local Kilbirnie business owner Andrew Henderson says the lightning hitting the needle sounded like a bomb being detonated. “It was a serious bang,” he says. “I knew it was a lightning strike but I didn’t realise just how close it was.”

“There’s nothing more impressive than a good storm.” Richard MacLean from Wellington City Council said it was too early to know whether the sculpture would be repaired. Artist Phil Price worked on the 33 meter sculpture which is made of concrete, fibreglass and steal. When constructed the wind needle was sponsored by Meridian Energy with assistance from Wellington City Council.  Should Wellington City Council pay for the wind needle to be fixed or is it a waste of time and money? Let us know by emailing

New generation learn about war By Sam Duff As New Zealand marks 100 years since its entry into World War One, a class of local children have been commemorating the war in their own way. Class S2 at Lyall Bay School have spent the past term learning about what it would have been like to go to war. Rochelle Todd says her class have created dioramas, written their own letters from the front line and will make a video performing a song which will be uploaded to the official WW1 centenary website. Rochelle says the class became interested in the war after watching a war in colour television series. “After that the children really ran with it and I’m just a bit of a history buff,” she says. understand that we live in a free “It will be forgotten unless country because of that war.” we study it. Learning about Jack Murray, 9, says his ficGallipoli really moved them.” tional letter from the front line Rochelle says learning about is written to his Mum. the war makes them empathetic Hearty,“It’s about how the war has human beings. been lately,” he says. “I have just wholesome “They need to know where gotten over there and I have just we have been. They need to had one or two battles.” & just around

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Wellington has won six out of ten awards at the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals Awards. This is proof that Wellington is the events capital of the country, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says. “We are proud to host and support an impressive variety of innovative, exciting and quintessentially-Wellington events that help to make this the coolest little Capital,” she says “I congratulate all the winners on their thoroughly deserved achievement.” Visa Wellington on a Plate won the prize for best established regional event, World of Wearable Art founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff won a lifetime achievement awards and the premiere of the Hobbit an Unexpected Journey won an award for best one off event.

LOOKING BACK: Lyall Bay School students Asha Pulepule, and Jack Murray, have spent a term learning about World War One. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Jack says his Mum told him three of his relatives fought in World War One and two died. “I learn a bit about one that was going to go to war but he couldn’t go because he had flat feet.” Asha Pulepule, 9, says she enjoyed learning about the dif-

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MAGIC SNIPPERS: Award winning hairdressing apprentice Amber Beardslee. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Perm, colour and rinse with the clippers at the ready, a Hataitai hairdresser has been named the best new stylist in the region. A mber Bea rdslee, 18, from Forever Young Hairdressing in Kilbirnie, won three awards at the recent New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers competition. In the newcomer section, Amber beat off 28 other entrants to be awarded the newcomer stylist, top styling and urban night hair trophies. Despite getting halfway through her design and realising she had done it wrong, Amber finished early and completed a braid design on her model. “You fill up with adrenalin as you’re competing,” Amber says. The contact with people is what makes the job enjoyable, she says. “A lot of the clients I have known since I was 16, so

they’re always interested in me and ask me how I’m going,” she says. “They’re always keen to help me with my training.” The former Wellington High student started her apprenticeship with the salon in December last year and spends one day a week at Weltec. “I have always loved being around people and I have always done my dolls hair and my Mum’s hair,” Amber says. “I thought I would give it a go one day and I really enjoyed it.” Forever Young Hairdressing owner Pene Burns says competitions give young hairdressers the chance to bring out their creative side. Pene says Amber was up against hairdressers who have been in the industry for three years so did extremely well. “She’s hit the ball out of the park after eight months in the industry,” Pene says. “She’s got a bit of raw talent that girl.”

‘No perfect cycle route’ - Wade-Brown By Sam Duff There is no perfect cycle route that will please everybody and if there were it would have been built by now, according to Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. A citizens’ panel recently reported back to Wellington City Council recommending two cycle routes through Berhampore and Newtown as a part of the council’s on going cycleway project. “If there was a solution which suited absolutely every individual then it would have been built by now,” Mayor Wade-Brown says. The Wellington City Council Transport and Urban Develop-

ment Committee will vote on the citizens’ report on August 21. “Improving cycling in existing cities is very complex,” she says. Mayor Wade-Brown says on a recent trip to Europe she noted there was much less ‘agro’ between drivers and cyclists. “We can learn from other cities in how we do it.” “This is about getting more people cycling,” she says. “It’s a daily activity that’s so important.” “If we look at the childhood obesity statistics we need to do something.” Mayor Wade-Brown says the final design is still being worked on and feedback is being taken

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Life of service for Ken By Sam Duff

Children and their families will have a tale of a time on Sunday, August 24, when author Joy Cowley starts the day off as one of 15 authors, illustrators, and storytellers who will read, perform and dress up with children at the Storylines Free Family Day. Held in the Michael Fowler Centre, children will meet John McCrystal's Shackleton Bear, see marine and wildflie in the Antartic Zone, and create their own snow globe. They can also visit the Monster Fun Zone, Bugs ‘N Bees Zone and get their faces painted. Philippa Werry will be in a War Zone with her books Anzac Day and Best Mates, helping kids to sample hard tack and make poppies and medals. Soldiers will be on site for kids to meet. Kilbirnie's Children's Bookshop will guide reading adventures as children discover New Zealand books, and enter writing and drawing competitions.  Visit for more information.

A Queen’s Service Medal, Senior New Zealander of the Year and an Indian Gold Award are just a few of the many accolades given to a Maupuia local for his years of volunteer work. Ken Patel has spent years involved in the Wellington Indian community as well as taking part in many other organisations – from district health boards to community patrols. “We must try to help each other,” he says. “That is the most important thing in the whole world.” “I met a saint in India and his story touched my heart. He said ‘tell the people be friendly, be peaceful and help each other’.” Travelling to New Zealand in 1961, Ken says the country he moved to was a beautiful place. “You hardly heard of murder in the country at that time and nobody had to lock their doors,” he says. “It was very nice.” “This country has given me so much so I wanted to pay back the community.” For a day job, Ken worked in the accounts department at New Zealand Post until being made redundant in 1997.

Ken proudly keeps photos and clippings of the many dignitaries he has met during his career – from Prime Ministers and Governor Generals to the Dalai Lama and everyday men and women. Ken says his family have always been happy to share him with the community. “You can’t clap with one hand,” he says. “You always clap with two hands.” The Justice of the Peace says he enjoys making time to be a marriage celebrant when he can. “One day a girl rang me, she was crying and I asked why,” Ken says. “She said she rang many marriage celebrants and they all charged too much. “I did it for free and she was very happy.” Ken says despite having osteo arthritis and the beginnings of diabetes, his health is going well. He says everybody should take the time to do some volunteer work. “They can go and pass some time,” Ken says. “When you work with those people you learn respect, manners and discipline instead of arguing with each other.”

PROUD LOCAL: Maupuia resident Ken Patel has spent years volunteering in the community. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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HALF SISTERS: Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown enjoys meeting her half-sister Brigette Ruppe for the first time.

Sisters meet for first time By Sam Duff Being the mayor of a capital city is helpful when on the other side of the world your half-sister is trying to find you. The last name Wade-Brown was all Austrian Brigette Ruppe had when she started a Google search for her long lost half-sister. Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, who was born in London, recently made a personally funded trip to Europe to meet her half-sister for the first time. Her father was a member of the British military when he was sta-

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Milk, yea right!

Dear Ed, I hear on this morning’s news that the price of milk has reduced by 45 per cent. I better rush off to the supermarket or dairy! Yea right! Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

Driving laws changed for cycle lanes?

Dear Ed, how did the mayor get away with changing the left hand drive laws in New

Zealand? There is no passing on the inside of any moving traffic. Again the elderly are left out of the whole dangerous equation, for example they cannot get out of taxis and buses safely for fear of being run down by a cyclist. Also regarding the left hand rule, bus drivers have many blind spots being a huge vehicle so I imagine the accident/death toll to cyclists will rise as passengers don’t look when opening doors. More important, cyclists also don’t seem

continued on pg 9 to know the road rules, have no insurance, this is not going to make it safe for cyclists and it’s very dangerous. B. Patterson, Island Bay

Cycleways ill conceived

Dear Ed, I’m very much of the mind that it (cycleways) is ill conceived and the view of a small minority. I listened to a spokesman for the Wellington City Council state that shops will benefit from

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Dear Ed, I write to you in the hope that this email might help inform Wellingtonians who have not engaged with the council about the proposed Island Bay cycle lanes. In general, most people in Island Bay have no objection to cycle lanes and support cycling as a means of transport. What they do object to is the council’s crazy proposal to split car parks and the footpath with the cycle lanes in between and spend over $4 million of ratepayer’s money in doing so. Imagine your children, the elderly and disabled losing the safety of getting into their cars or catching a taxi on the passenger side because they now have a two meter cycle lane to transition across before getting in the car with cyclists flying down at 30km and cars on the drivers’ side. My advice is let’s look at all the options and get the right solution for Island Bay, rather than railroading this proposal in and regretting it for years to come. Kendall Akhurst, Island Bay (abridged)

Marriage is one man and one woman

Dear Ed, going by your August 11 Word on the Street, there are still a few people, among those people, who know what real marriage is, even though the law of the land has made it meaningless. It means one man with one woman, as long as both are alive together. Another of your interviewees seems to have been tardy, by living in sin for 33 years before making an honest woman of his present wife; but better late than never! Another of them thinks marriage means a lot; but doesn’t say whether he was a widower, or else a divorcee, before marrying his present wife. But taking those six people all round, they seemed to think marriage is a lot better than

cycle traffic to Newtown shops etc. If you get rid of parking, etc, people will drive to another suburb therefore revenue will decrease, not increase. Cyclists will not use the slow lanes for bike commuters or pedestrians as it will mean that it will prolong their commute. The person went on to add that they would continue to use the roads that we have narrowed by creating these cycle laneways. So what a waste of money and time. Anonymous

just shacking up together; so we should be thankful for that much. Not long ago, I was chuffed to see that a Presbyterian parish in Southland had very rightly excommunicated an elderly woman who was openly cohabiting with a man who didn’t even pretend to be a Christian, but is a heathen. Even to marry him would have been morally wrong if she is a believing Christian; but another local church was quite happy to have her in her cohabiting state, so seems to be yet another apostate church as bad as some Presbyterian parishes not far from where I write this! H Westfold, Miramar

Less talk more building

Dear Ed, Jocelyn Wilson (Aug 11) is assuming the Island Bay to city cycle route will only benefit commuter cyclists. In fact, it will also enable much more local community cycling, recreational cycling and cycling by children. At a time when issues like obesity and SCFE (Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis) are on the rise amongst our kids surely we must do everything we can to get them outside and active. There are no concerns in Island Bay about unsuitable terrain or space for a cycle way, the parade has enough space. It’s time to stop talking about the Island Bay Cycle Way and start building it. Fiona Gibb, Island Bay

Wellington deserves cycle lanes

Dear Ed, rise up Wellingtonians! We can do it! We have proven to an independent board that the 1960s based Basin Reserve Flyover was a bad idea. Other aspects of our city transport can also be dragged into the modern world. Key to that is to provide safe cycle paths, so Jocelyn Wilson (Aug 11) and others can safely cycle to work. There are options that cater for narrow streets and hills. Steve Cosgrove, Newtown

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Award all sewn up By Sam Duff A local Newtown student has used more than 100 plastic shopping bags to create an award winning dress. Amy Lauridsen, 16, from Wellington East Girls’ College, says she is stoked to have won the recycled section at Gore’s well known Hokonui Fashion Awards last month. Amy says she had seen similar shopping bags designs on website Pinterest. “I saw a lot of wedding dresses and every time I saw them I thought it would be cool to make a wedding dress out


of something unconventional.” While the winning dress did not turn out to be a wedding dress, Amy says she was pleased when she found out she had won. “I was on my way to work and a girl texted me saying ‘congratulations’,” Amy says. “I was like ‘What for?’.” “So I celebrated by being very happy during my entire shift at work.” Amy says the garment, which took about ten weeks to make, was made from New World shopping bags. “There was a big cupboard in the food technology room

at school filled with them,” she says. “But now I feel a little bit guilty because it’s empty.” The year 12 student, who would like to be a police officer, says her fashion teacher had heard about the awards and encouraged the class to enter. Amy says she enjoys sewing and would like to keep doing it as a hobby after leaving school. “It’s like a stress release for me,” she says. “It’s a way to escape and get into my own little world.” The prize for the award is $500 cash.

ALL SMILES: Amy Lauridsen took home the top prize in the recycled section at the Hokonui Fashion Awards last WINNING DESIGN: Amy Lauridsen’s award month. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff winning plastic bag design.

to the editor

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

Newtown’s many great characters Dear Ed, it was great to read Christine Swift’s letter (Aug 11) and to hear the appreciation of being able to offer a well presented and highly visible meeting place at the gateway to Newtown and the eastern suburbs. Not only does the café offer a spontaneous coffee for weary shoppers it also caters for the many local businesses and acts as a sanctuary for hospital visitors, patients and employees. Quite often I end up not wishing to see my customers again as I

know it means another dreaded appointment to the hospital. ‘What is a Paleo breakfast’ Christine asks, this would be a Crossfit fanatic’s version of a big breakfast, salmon, mushrooms, poached eggs, avocado, tomatoes and finished off with a bunch of cress – not a hash brown in sight! Our fi rst two months have been great and the highlight for me has been getting to the locals of Newtown and the many great characters it has. Sam Allison, Owner Columbus Coffee Newtown

Endless moaning pathetic Dear Ed, the things that make Wellington a challenging city to cycle in also make it challenging to drive in, a fact that seems to shape the attitude of many drivers. Having a job that requires a lot of driving on Wellington’s narrow winding roads, I’ve noticed that drivers here lack the aggressive ‘get out of my way’ attitude that is common in much of New Zealand. Nothing brings out the selfish spoiled child aspect in New Zealand drivers more than having to deal with other traffic. It’s as

if some people can’t understand the fact that the car is probably the only modern invention that reduces in usefulness when more people own and use one. Just as rural areas have non-car traffic like agricultural machinery and horses, urban areas have traffic such as motor-scooters, bikes and yes, even skateboards sometimes. It’s about time some of the recent correspondents to Cook Strait News realised that they do not own the roads and learned to deal with other traffic. The endless moaning about cycle lanes is pathetic. Ross Gardiner, Newtown



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There are lots of good reasons to keep active – especially if you already have a medical condition, or you’re getting older. Top ten reasons to stay active: • You’ll have more energy. • You’ll have better posture and balance. • You’ll have stronger muscles and bones. • It’s fun. • It raises your self-esteem. • It helps you manage your weight. • It improves your fitness. • It can improve your sleep. • You’ll feel more relaxed, and less stressed! Stay fighting fit: Regular physical activity: helps reduce the risk of conditions like heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Balance: Activities that focus on muscle strength and flexibility can improve your balance – helping you avoid falls. Brainpower: Physical activity can improve cognitive function, and help you manage conditions like depression and anxiety.

Monday August 18, 2014


Hoping for a hot Spring BEACH SMILES: Pip Barr and Zach Power enjoy a stroll along Lyall Bay beach. PHOTO

By Sam Duff Surfing the waves at Lyall Bay, taking a dip at Oriental Parade or going for a stroll around the coast – spring is on its way and locals are getting into the swing of the season. According to NIWA, Spring could deliver the Eastern coast of the North Island above average temperatures for September and October. That could mean an early entry into the surf for keen water lovers this year. NIWA meteorologist Chris Brandolino says lower than normal pressures coming from the north east and higher than normal from the south east means air flows will not be coming from Antarctica. “It’s like two clogs working together,” he says. “It doesn’t mean there won’t be a bad week and it doesn’t mean there won’t be southerlies.” NIWA releases regular three monthly long-term forecasts. With a warm spring on its way the Cook Strait News headed to Lyall Bay beach to see how locals were enjoying the sunshine last week.

CREDIT: Sam Duff

SUNSHINE: Michelle Lander shows little Raphael Lander Bell, 1, what spring looks like.

GO FETCH: Poi is a good boy as he takes IN THE SUN: Newtown local Sam Tang soaks up the sun at Lyall a dip to retrieve his owner’s tennis ball. Bay beach with Sosi.

Bronze gong for orator By Sam Duff An up and coming speaker from St Catherine’s College has come third in the Samoan national speech competition. Year 13 student Stacia Paletasala-Savali, 18, from Miramar, says she is pleased to have taken home the bronze trophy. “I was really nervous but then I thought about how it’s important to speak in front of people,” she says. “I don’t like doing speeches in front of people,” Stacia says. “I get nervous and scared but it’s exciting.

CHILLING OUT: Sarah Seal, from Mount Victoria, with her dog Toby at the Lyall Bay doggy beach. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

“I thought about how I had to do it for my school, my family and myself.” Stacia, who is also in the school multi-cultural club, says her speech was to encourage New Zealanders to treasure Samoan language, culture and heritage. “It’s important to treasure our language because it’s the core of our culture. “It needs to be passed down to new generations.” A family party was on the cards when Stacia came third. “When we celebrate something we celebrate by having a get together and praise the Lord.”

Stacia says she is thinking about studying tourism once she leaves school.  SPEECH WINNER: St Catherine’s College student Stacia Paletasala-Savali has come third in the Samoan national speech competition. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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All smiles hard to maintain

Sunsets last two weeks in the South Pole. RANDOM


Because the Earth's axis is tilted, the South Pole gets six months of sunlight followed by six months of darkness. From the time the sun first touches the horizon until the sun disappears is two weeks at the Earth's true south pole. Normally, a sun sets in two to four minutes, depending on your latitude.




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IT’S COMPLICATED: The Family Space Trust chairman Phil Coates with speakers Adele and Mike Cornish.

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When stepdad has had too much to drink, Mum is on a work trip and the new in-laws are popping in every five minutes, step-families can be hard to deal with. The Family Space Miramar is hosting a seminar on parenting in a step family, with guest speakers on August 21. Chairman of the Family Space Trust Phil Coates says there are many families in the community who face issues that do not occur in first time relationships. “We wanted to provide something that will support and strengthen stepfamilies to succeed,” he says. Parenting styles, divided loyalties and trying to keep everybody happy

are just some of the issues step families face, Phil says. Adele Cornish, who is an author and public speaker, and her husband Mike Cornish will speak at the seminar. Adele has been a stepmother for 21 years and has a blended family of five children with current husband Mike. Parenting tips, insights and support will be in hot demand at Parenting Successfully in a Step Family on August 21 at the Family Space Miramar from 7pm - 9pm.  Register by contracting Phil on 021 236 8139, emailing him on or visiting



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Saphire Moffatt enjoyed sitting in a quiet corner watching life pass her by, observing the family dog with a judgemental expression. When the Mann family moved with Saphire Moffatt from the United Kingdom to Wellington the airline lost her. With her tail between her legs Saphire Moffatt travelled the world twice before being safely returned to her loving family.

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TEAM TALK: The team discuss tactics during a half time team huddle in a match against Kapiti. PHOTO CREDIT: Digital Ninja Design

SHOT FOR GOAL: Andrew Parata makes a play with the ball.

New youth team on track By Sam Duff



A new local youth football side has finished their season on a high after a rocky start. Double Chatham Cup winner Wellington Marist Football was the only side in Welling-

ton not to have a youth set up - until this season. The club’s new under-17 team are celebrating after their first win against Upper Hutt last week in Kilbirnie. Head coach Adam Hayman says the team struggled for

the first half of the season but then started to do better. “They didn’t give up. It was quite remarkable seeing them improve,” Adam says. “We were up against teams who were together half their lives.”

“It’s now going really well,” he says. “The players are quite excited about it.” Adam says in the last month eight of the u17's have represented the top three Wellington Marist FC senior sides. The boys’ attendance and

attitude at training twice a week impressed him, Adam says. He says the boys are eager to win next season and want to be promoted to division a. “They will be a lot more competitive next year.”

Hitting the roads on their bikes Local kids will be zooming round their schools on brand new bikes. Wellington City Council has launched the Bikes in Schools programme to provide three schools with bikes and tracks for students to use.

Holy Cross School in Miramar have been selected to pilot the programme. The council launched the programme to improve physical and mental health. Chair of the Transport and Urban Development Committee Council-

lor Andy Foster says providing bikes and tracks will provide a valuable opportunity for students to master their cycle. “Over the last 20 years there has been a dramatic reduction in biking by New Zealand primary school children while the number

of adults riding bikes has risen significantly,” he says. “The result is that many children do not have the confidence or skills to ride on Wellington streets, and are not able to experience the social and health benefits from cycling regularly.”

Golden splash for Fisher

GOLDEN GLOW: Mary Fisher has done Wellington proud at the Pan Pacific ParaSwimming Championships in California.

Like a gold fish in the swimming pool, local swimmer Mary Fisher, 21, is gold plated after winning six gold medals at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Champion-

ships in California. Mary, who trains at the Capital Swim Club in Kilbirnie, kicked off a good first day winning gold in both the 50m freestyle S11 and 100m butterfly S11. The Massey University psychology student won the 50m Freestyle S11 with a personal best time of 30.96 seconds, just 0.02 seconds under the world record. Nine gold, two silver and two bronze medals made up the haul by the New Zealand team. In 2013 Mary was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to swimming. Mary was born blind without irises in both eyes and has limited light perception. Swimmers from 19 countries competed at the 2014 Pan-Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, California.

CYCLE FUN: A crowd of Island Bay locals showed up to a fun ride last week in support of a proposed local cycleway.

Support for Island Bay cycleways Island Bay locals strapped on their fluorescent bike shorts, belted on their helmets and took to the streets on their bikes last week to support the cycleways. Red, blue and orange were just a few of the colours on display as about 150 people took part in the ride on August 10 from the South Coast Kid’s Track to Shorland Park.

Organise Regan Dooley says it was great to see how many people showed up. "It shows the amount of support that exists for the Island Bay Cycleway,” he says. Ride marshall Kether Gati says the turn-out was a statement from the community. "From toddlers on kick bikes to grandparents who don't even ride,

and every age in-between, all were out to support safer biking in Island Bay,” Kether says.  Are the cycleways a much needed transport up-grade or are they going to tear up the suburbs? What do you think? Email samduff@wsn. co.nx and let us know.

16 Monday August 18, 2014 SONG TIME: Youngsters Ava Doderidge, Tahlia Doig and Eva-Louise Baker get their groove on.

ARMS UP: Layla Perry and George Matsis enjoy having a dance.

Singing and dancing for charity Lyall Bay School students have been dancing, prancing, singing and hopping to raise money for charity. More than 25,000 children from across the country took part in Jump Jam to raise money for

charity StarJam last week. StarJam provides musical opportunities and workshops for young New Zealander’s with disabilities. Students were encouraged to take along a gold coin at more

than 100 schools around the country and could win prizes for their school as they jumped about. The Cook Strait News headed to Lyall Bay School to see how the junior students were getting on for Jump Jam.

SING JUMP: Lyall Bay School juniors take part in Jump Jam for charity. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

OH JOY: Lara Barrow puts her energy into dancing for Jump Jam.








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