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By Georgia Forrester Glitter pens, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and the creative talents of Edison Robinson are raising money for orphaned children overseas. The four year old Newtown resident is selling her artwork to raise funds for orphans on the border between Thailand and Burma. “The children didn’t have any mummies and daddies, so I help them,” (04) 387 7160

Edison says. Dr Edison Super-Girl Robinson, as she likes to be called, is uniquely creative in her drawings, toilet paper sculptures, and stirring up a delicious flower soup. Edison’s mother, Shelly Robinson, says her daughter loves to build things, make things and glue things, but most of all draw pictures. Continued on page 2

SOLD FOR $50: Four year old Edison Robinson’s drawing has been sold to raise money for charity. PHOTO CREDIT: Georgia Forrester.

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A sore shoulder early last year led to Anna Williams being told something she knew would change her life. Surgery to remove a tumour and 30 treatments of radio therapy later Anna, who is in remission, says having cancer has made her want to live her life to the full. “You have just got to live for today and tell people you care about them,” she says. “I live as fully as I can now.” Anna says it took a while to be diagnosed last year. “I had such a long wait to find out what it was,” she says. “By then I was weighing up ‘was it cancer? Was it not cancer?’” “There was a message on my answering phone from my GP asking me to come in the next day with a support person. I

knew then.” “When I shut my front door that morning I knew my life would never be the same again.” Anna, whose brother died two years ago from cancer, says her niece that lives in Newtown was a huge help while she went through treatment. “You are aware of the impact it has on the people around you,” she says. “I would picture my family in there with me (during treatment)” Anna says the Cancer Society offer great support to people with cancer throughout their treatment from free parking to holding meetings for patients to meet each other. “In terms of what they offer it’s absolutely fantastic,” she says.

“Meeting other people with cancer has been great. “When I came out of the first (radio therapy) session I said ‘I can’t do this again’. There was a man who put his arm out and said ‘you can’ and he supported me.” Anna says her shoulder still does not function properly and she is on the waiting list for a new one. “I can’t hug people,” she says. “It’s quite frustrating.” Anna will travel to Berlin this week for a trip and she spent several weeks in Iran in May. “I have resolved to live life to the full.” Collectors were out in force on Friday for the Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day fundraiser.  Visit nz to find out how you can donate.

Little helper makes big difference Continued from page 1 By Georgia Forrester Shelly says Edison wanted to help children in need and decided to sell her drawings to family members for a gold coin donation. “Once she ran out of family she went to the neighbours, and now we’re taking orders from strangers,” she says. The young artist has been busy over the last three months, selling 65 drawings for people in New Zealand, Australia, America and England. Edison’s charity effort has raised $430 so far, which Shelly says will provide around 3,300 meals for children in Thailand and Burma. Edison says she wants the money raised to go towards buying pillows, blankets and food for orphaned children. The money raised has the potential to buy a water purifier. “It will get the bad water and turn it into good water,” Edison


LITTLE HELPER: Edison Robinson shows off her creative talent which is helping to raise funds for orphans in Thailand and Burma. PHOTO CREDIT: Georgia Forrester.

says. Edison Peacefully Robinson, who is named after a refugee from Thailand, is committed to helping others and says she will

continue to sell art in the future. “They don’t know I’m going to help them,” she says. “When I’m an adult, I’m going to still do it.”

When she grows up, Edison says she wants to be a doctor and will continue to give all her money away to children in need.




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By Sam Duff Windows boarded up, cracked façade and rusty roof - local residents are concerned about the future of an iconic building which has been red stickered and not been used for many years. With the Memorial Park motorway project on its footsteps, questions are being asked about what will happen to the General Headquarters Building, on the corner of Taranaki and Buckle Streets in Mount Cook. The Edwardian style building, constructed in 1912, is owned by the New Zealand Defence Force, and a decision is yet to be made on what to do with it. Newtown resident Sheena Hudson, a member of independent group Historic Places Wellington, says the building would be beautiful if it were done up. Vice-chairperson of Historic Places Wellington Priscilla Williams says the category two listed building is an important part of Wellington’s military history in Mount Cook. “It is a part of our heritage,” she says. It should be strengthened and returned to use for use in time


Footpath freedom A member of the public has complained about the limited walking space on footpaths in Miramar. Members of the public have reportedly had to walk onto the road due to parked cars limiting footpath space. Is this an issue affecting you? Email and let us know.

Tunnel lights up The lights have been turned on in the National War Memorial underpass as NZTA continues construction on the project. Sensors will control the lights so they change to the conditions. At the eastern end of the site the old Compassion Crèche building has moved to its final home within the park grounds.

IN DECAY: Sheena Hudson says the General Headquarters Building in Mount Cook would be beautiful if it were given some love. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

for the opening of the Memorial Park in 2015, Priscilla says. “It looks absolutely terrible at the moment,” she says. “This ugly duckling could once more become a swan.” “We’re not in the business of saving old buildings just for the sake of it. You have to be selective.” Lieutenant Commander Ian Wells from the New Zealand Defence Force says a decision is

yet to be made on the building’s future by Defence Force bosses. “I’m not sure what sort of time frame they are looking at for making the decision,” he says. Lieutenant Commander Wells says there are probably three options for the red stickered building’s future. “There could be just a general tidy up, or there could be a full upgrade so that it is actually usable or the other option could

be to knock it down completely.” The Memorial Park project does not affect the General Headquarters Building, according to NZTA. Should Wellington knock down historic buildings and save money or should we pay to save these precious gems?

Positions available for council advisory group If you care about Wellington’s accessibility or its environment, you may want to think about being a member of the council’s advisory groups. The Council’s Accessibility Advisory Group, and the Environmental Reference Group are seeking new members who will be free to meet monthly, with additional work between meetings. Email for more information.

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On the soapbox for candidates The hoardings are up, the opening broadcasts have been made and now it is time for locals to test out those brave enough to run for election, at local candidate meetings. There are ten Rongotai candidates chasing your vote on September 20. There will be a further five candidate meetings for which the details can be found below. The Rongotai electorate was TICK TICK: Newtown resident Hearty, Veronica Waddy will cast her established in 1996 to replace first vote on September 20. the old Miramar and Island wholesome Bay electorates when MMP PHOTO CREDIT: Georgia Forrester

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Residents move back to Berkeley Tenants have moved back into the Berkeley Dallard Apartments in Nairn Street after work started on the quakeprone building in February last year. A few tears of happiness were recorded, and new tenant Maria Coll says she was impressed with the modern finishing and warmth of her apartment. There is a new community room which tenants can use, as well as landscaped grassy areas and a shared playground. Another lift was added to the apartment block, as well as extra insulation, new plumbing and fire protection, and new bathrooms and kitchens. The redevelopment was part of the Council's $420 million social housing upgrade to make apartments warm, dry, safe and secure, and up to modern standards for tenants who are people with low incomes or special housing needs.

New autism group A new autism support group has started up at the Island Bay Community Centre. The South Wellington ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Support group is parent-run and members will meet on the third Monday of each month.

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STUDENT SUCCESS: Glenn Catchpole is chuffed as his environment-friendly chair design has been recognised in the New Zealand Student Craft and Design Awards. PHOTO CREDIT: Georgia Forrester

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Government fails parenting test In New Zealand when parents fail to provide for their children, physically abuse them or leave them unattended we would expect CYFS to step in and remove these children from the parents care. As a country we have 200,000 + children living in poverty, frequent cases of child abuse with 10 children per year being killed by their caregivers. It's time to bring in CYFS. It's time to change those in charge and bring in a government that will care for our youth and their future.

A local design student has earned a highly commended prize in the ECC New Zealand Student Craft and Design Awards. Glenn Catchpole, an industrial design student at Massey University, has been highly commended for his environment-friendly chair design. The Newtown resident’s design is one of 13 of 99 national entries that were awarded prizes at an award ceremony in Lower Hutt last week. Glenn says his tinkering with sustainable materials was to explore and challenge his own creativity. “I was interested in challenging my skills and the way I design,” he says. His chair is made using untreated wood and tie-down straps, which hold it all together. It’s finished with natural stain and

beeswax, nothing that is harmful to the environment, Glenn says. That’s it, no glue, no nails, no nuts or bolts. Glenn says it is made of raw materials and a lot of hard work. “Trying new things gives you the opportunity to find who you are as a designer,” Glenn says. He says the inspiration behind his designs stems from his childhood spent playing outdoors. “As a kid you learn by having fun, by experimenting and playing. “I loved to just play with things. My mum would always complain about how I’d always disassemble everything and not put it back together right. “I just wanted to become a modern day inventor.” Glenn’s chair is currently on display at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt.

Home baked short bread was in hot demand at the Cancer Society in Newtown last week when residents from Kilmarnock Heights Home popped in. Residents from the home wanted to do their bit for the many volunteers helping out with the Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day fundraiser. Jacquie Brooky, from Kilmarnock, was one resident eager to show her appreciation to the volunteers by helping to bake and deliver a batch of short bread biscuits. Jacquie is a breast cancer

survivor herself and says the Cancer Society do an amazing job in helping patients and families. She recently found out she is in the clear and will not have to go back to hospital for a year. Fellow resident Kevin Garrett tagged along and also visited last year when the home dropped off home-made cupcakes. Kevin is a survivor of prostate cancer. Tracey Harris from the Cancer Society says the charity has a regular base of about 450 volunteers who help out with everything from driving to administration.

GOODIES: Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Jacquie Brooky, Cancer Society Manager of Volunteering Tracey Harris and Kilmarnock resident Kevin Garrett. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff


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Week of fun for children This week starts on a high note as one of Wellington's annual events fills the Michael Fowler Centre and the Opera House with sounds from children’s' school choirs, pieces of their artwork, and Wearable Art. Artsplash involves the coming together of over 8,000 children from the Wellington region, to celebrate and perform in all of the Arts over six days, with four dance shows, two drama shows, six music and Wearable Art shows and up to 1000 works of visual art exhibited in the Renouf Foyer. The Wellington Youth Sin-

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SPELLING BOYS: Scots College pupil’s Andrew Tang and Jackson Lacy will take part in the National Spelling Bee next month. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Supreme spellers create a buzz By Sam Duff Can you spell schadenfreude, propinquity or chlorophyll? Those were just a few of the tricky words faced by two Scots College pupils who were finalists in the Lower North Island Regional Spelling Bee recently. Jackson Lacy, 13, and Andrew Tang, 14, will now face off against 48 other students from around the country at the National Spelling Bee in October. Jackson, who comes from Tawa,

says he had never done a spelling bee on stage before so it was a good chance to test his skills. “I have always been pretty good at English,” he says. An English teacher at the school, who made his students write their own books, has done a lot to inspire the boys, Jackson says. “He instilled in us a love of using creative words.” Jackson says as practice for the competition he would record himself spelling words from a list the com-

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What would your last meal on earth be?

Who are you inspired by?

Probably spaghetti with a rich tomato sauce  - for me it’s comfort food and since it’d be my last meal on earth, I’d probably need the comfort factor.

What is your guilty TV pleasure?

I’ve recently discovered Heather Nova.  Her album Wonderlust is great! Guaguin, Monet and Hopper inspire me to paint.

What’s next on your wish list? To pay off our mortgage. Although I don’t think that will be anytime soon.

I enjoy watching Resurrection - it’s about dead people coming back to life and confounding the locals.

What would you spend your last $100 on?

What was your best ever holiday? Backpacking trip to India in 1998 - It was a culture shock but very memorable.

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My last $100 ever? Really good spaghetti!

Who would you love to have a meal with? My family back in Ireland.

What’s one thing that you’ll never throw away?

My music - but I’m delighted to find records or cds  that other people have thrown away.

What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you? I play games on the computer when I should be painting.


Sun's rays to power centre The Aro Valley Community Centre will want more of the Wellington sun now that it has made the switch to solar power. Local start-up Aro Solar is the team behind making the community

centre the first in New Zealand to be fully powered by the sun's energy. Any power not used goes back into the grid and and savings will go to the playcentre next door. Aro Solar took part in the Wel-

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challenge and complete their first project.” Mirdana Voke, one the Aro Solar team, says that the next step will be to work out how to expand the project to other suburbs.

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What the Education Review Office (ERO) said in their latest report: “Student’s demonstrate a strong sense of belonging and their well-being is a priority for the board and staff.” “Teachers and students work closely together in ways that are mutually respectful.” “Students are active and willing participants in leadership opportunities.” “Students actively engage in purposeful learning. A high level of interest and motivation is apparent school wide.” “Students are open, confident and respectful in their interactions with each otherand staff. They demonstrate a sense of pride in themselves, their cultural identity and the school.” “Students who are at risk of underachieving are identified and participate in planned interventions to support their learning.” “The school provides a rich curriculum that reflects students’ diverse backgrounds and interests.” “Collaboratively developed school expectations guide planning, teaching and learning.”

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“Songs of a Wayfarer” Sunday September 7 The Opera House 4pm Orchestra Wellington conducted by Marc Taddei Featuring: Kieran Rayner, baritone Haydn:Symphony No.85, Bb major “The Queen” Schnittke: Moz-Art à la Haydn Mahler arr Schoenberg: Songs of a Wayfarer Haydn: Symphony No 86, D major Free pre-concert talk with Music Director, Marc Taddei, and guest(s) at 3pm Kieran Rayner is a versatile young baritone who has impressed Wellington audiences in roles ranging from Handel’s Alcina to Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins. His appearances with Orchestra Wellington embrace the same diversity: Bernstein’s Candide and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Now Kieran takes a solo spot singing Mahler’s bittersweet tribute to the young and lovelorn, “Songs of a Wayfarer”. This song cycle is one of Mahler’s most popular works, setting the energy of a young and volatile heart against music that paints the beauty of nature. Haydn’s Paris symphonies are a feature of Orchestra Wellington’s 2014 season, and this concert features two of them: Symphony No 86, and number 85, called

“La Reine” because Marie Antoinette herself expressed her pleasure in it. Haydn’s personal style had free rein in these works, written for a wealthy and cultured Paris audience who could appreciate his genius. For the final symphony in this series, Haydn created a richly-scored work to showcase the large and skilful Paris orchestra that commissioned him. In 1783, Mozart wrote music for a pantomime based on commedia dell’arte figures, for friends and family to perform. Most of the music has vanished, but Russian composer Alfred Schnittke fashioned a witty tribute out of what remains. Tickets from Ticketek 0800 842 538 Service fee will apply $16.50 student to $56.50 A Reserve Adult  For more information or images, contact: Adán E. Tijerina, General Manager. DDI: +64 4 801 3956     Mob: +64 21 967 396 E: P.B.A

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Trimming up a storm By Sam Duff Frizz, curl, straighten or dye – a local clipper will travel to Australia after being awarded a new hairdressing prize. Kiri Roberts, 24, from Mane Salon in Mount Cook says she was very excited to win the Global Synergy New Zealand 2014 hairdressing award. “It’s super exciting,” she says. “When I started hairdressing this is the kind of thing I wanted to be doing.” “I’m overwhelmed by it really.” Winning the prize in its first year was good timing, Kiri says. “We had to submit a two minute video to introduce ourselves and say why we love hairdressing,” she says.

“I love the diversity of what you can achieve. You can be in the salon working with clients being creative.” She says four hairdressers from throughout the country, including an apprentice from her own work, were finalists in the competition and spent two days in Auckland being mentored by experts. “It has just been awesome. I couldn’t believe it really.” Kiri, who has been a hairdresser for more than five years, started her career in New Plymouth before moving to Wellington more than a year ago. Kiri, who lives in Wilton, will travel to Sydney in November where she will spend several days assisting the creative teams for a show called Ssshhh.

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The detailed plans and information are on our website shorland2wakefield. You can also see the plans at the Wellington South Baptist Church, 284 The Parade, and the community centre, 137 The Parade. There’s also another drop-in session:

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. We’re putting a spring in our step this week as we chat to the public about the changing season.

Question: What is your favourite thing about spring and why?

Carl Flavell, Berhampore

Lisa Alo, Newtown

Cameron Holder, Mount Cook

John Batstone, Mount Victoria

Amanda Pride, Mount Cook

“I feel like the weather starts to get better in spring.”

“I like seeing all the different coloured flowers when it’s coming into spring.”

“The first thing that springs to mind would be spring skiing on Mount Ruapehu. The snow is much softer.”

“The spring bulbs and the weather.”

“Better weather, better energy.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show

good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication.

Ken Jaro, Mount Victoria “Spring flowers brighten up your day. Flowers are a great gift to give someone.”

Continued on page 9 Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@wsn. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Cycleways tearing community apart Dear Ed, I have no problem with cycleways but they should not be at the expense of the travelling convenience/ time of all other commuters. Nor should the safety of others be compromised by having to cross the cycle lane to enter or exit, buses, cars and taxis, as

I believe will be the case if the proposed curb side cycling lane goes ahead as planned without raised curb separation. They may not tear up the suburb but they certainly are tearing the community in Island bay apart. S Hall

Drivers need to slow down Dear Ed, I see they are going to crackdown on the 30kmh speed limit in the Wellington CBD. Well how about policing some of the 30kmh limits in the suburbs? I live in the Island bay area and the 30kmh speed limit in the shopping centre is an absolute Joke. I see it nearly every day from 4pm onwards after picking my wife up from work. I would say between 80 to 90% of vehicles ignore the speed limit. This includes buses, trucks and cars, even ambulances. Many times when I have crossed the road

I have waved to these idiots to slow down, all i got was abuse. I have even had horns tooted at me because i was travelling at the 30kmh limit through the shopping centre. I would like to see one of the Island Bay council representatives come and see how chronic it is with these moron drivers. Also, the disabled park in front of the shops might as well not be there. I thought once they painted it blue that it would make a difference, but sadly no. Once i counted from 10 to 15 cars parking there in the space in an hour. Michael Smith, Island Bay (abridged)

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Dear Ed, Apart from the current petition for a safe pedestrian crossing at the top of Britomart Street - I would like to suggest that a new winter

dry pedestrian pathway be established across MacAlister Park to connect the existing pathway to Adelaide Road. Martin Beck, Mornington (abridged)

Doom and gloom merchants Dear Ed, if the vociferous doom and gloom merchants opposed to the construction of the first section of the Island Bay to Waitangi Park cycleway along the Parade are to believed, actual construction of the cycleway will result in the end of the world and civilisation as we know it. For example, there will be hundreds or maybe thousands of elderly bodies strewn along the Parade, (mown down by neophyte junior cyclists), as they struggle in vain to cross the cycleway to board or disembark from taxis and buses. Will this sad state of affairs actually

come to pass? One sure way to find out is to follow the famous splitter of the atom Lord Ernest Rutherford's scientific advice: The ultimate test of any theory is experiment! So build the cycleway I say and see what happens! If in the (unlikely) event that the world does actually end as prophesied by the doom-sayers and opponents of the cycleway and they confront me afterwards and chant accusingly: we told you so! then all I can reply is oops! R McGann, Vogeltown

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There was peace Dear Ed, the most interesting place I have been to was in South America (Word on the street, Aug 4). It was in November 2002 in Almolonga of Guatemala. We were there to celebrate the opening of the temple in the city. This church had been built on the head of a seven mile long painted snake. The population of the city was huge.

Initially there was much trouble with mountain people, broken marriage, upheaval, alcohol and drug addiction, violence and full prisons. The woman prayed and interceded to our God Jesus Christ, with a tenacity travail and unity and perseverance. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked way God

will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal the land.” Suddenly huge water holes appeared in the fields in the mountains to irrigate the plants. There was healing of marriages, community were restored, no violence or drug use and the prison was empty. There was peace. R. Teutscher, Hataitai (abridged)

Consider other cycle routes Dear Ed, In yesterday’s Cook Strait News (Aug 25) there was an interesting letter written by Hinrich Schaefer of Owhiro Bay. This has inspired me to come up with alternative suggestions to the controversial Island Bay cycle route. Has any serious thought been given to a city to sea cycle way using Owhiro Bay instead? If you could cycle from Owhiro Bay to the city you would not need to worry about the Basin Reserve. You would approach the city from Brooklyn and have a great time hoon-

ing down the Brooklyn hill past the Renouf Centre then enter the city at Willis Street. Island Bay cyclists could cycle round the coast to Owhiro Bay and use this route also. One other possibility is a cycle route starting at Lyall Bay. Onepu Road is just as wide as Island Bay Parade and cyclists could pedal along Onepu Road into Evans Bay Parade then into the city round the bays. There are fewer sets of traffic lights in Onepu Road than there are in the

Berhampore/Newtown area. To make the round -the- bays route more cycle friendly you could make the area from Evans Bay Parade to Oriental Parade a toll road for motorists during commuting hours. This would encourage them to use other routes. It seems the cycleway planners haven't considered any other options than that of the Island Bay to city cycle route and perhaps it is time for the good people of Wellington to do this. Christine Swift, Island Bay

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Nelson plays a tune By Georgia Forrester Nelson Crisp’s big smile and cheery tune is what greets patients, staff, volunteers, and visitors at Wellington Hospital when he volunteers to play piano. As a child Nelson dabbled in piano but was not allowed to learn a brass instrument like his father. But now, at the ripe age of 75, the retired Miramar pharmacist fills the hospital foyer with tunes - from Elton John and Josh Groban to Frank Sinatra and Susan Boyle. Nelson, who has arthritis in his left hand from an old hockey injury, says he rekindled his passion for playing piano three years ago. “I’ve only just started playing again since I retired,” he says. Nelson is a hospital volunteer and says music is a fun way to help cheer up others. “By playing music, I try to make people feel better,” he says. While Nelson says he is no pro-

fessional, he enjoys playing songs people know and can relate to. His music teacher Nigel Patterson says Nelson has an unfailing sense of enthusiasm and zest for music. “He’s very generous in the fact that he goes and plays for people. People appreciate that,” Nigel says. Trish Lee, manager of the Hospitals Volunteer Service says patients are often facing difficult situations and Nelson has the ability to lift sprits and bring a smile to people’s faces. Nelson is one of the 550 Wellington Hospitals Foundation volunteers who give their time to help others. Trish says around 40 of these volunteers play the piano for hospital patients. Whether Nelson’s catching up with old customers, playing for the public or teeing off on the golf course, he says he won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

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YOUNG STARS: Youngsters George Baker, Sasha Crane, Zoe Crane and Hannah Hodson take part in the Wellington Young Voices Choir. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Wellingtonians are being urged to put their hands up for the New Zealander of the Year Award. With nominations closing on September 30, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says it would be great if the 2015 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year were a local. “Let's show New Zealand how absolutely, positively marvellous Wellingtonians are,” she says.

Children’s choir hits a high note By Sam Duff Youngsters from throughout the Eastern and Southern Suburbs are striking the right note as they take part in a Wellington-wide youth choir. The Wellington Young Voices Choir meet at the Central Baptist Church on Boulcott Street twice a week, according to musical director Christine Argyle. “They really enjoy the opportunity to be challenged,” Christine says. “They really like meeting new friends, so that’s kind of nice for them.” Christine, who co-directs the group with Nicola Hoult, says the children benefit greatly from working as a team in the choir. “They have all got to do the same thing at the same time,” she says “It’s very much a team activity

and everyone has to pull their own weight.” She says the choir formed in 2012 as a holiday programme and in 2013 they started holding weekly practices. There are about 47 kids, aged between 8 and 14, from throughout Wellington who participate each week. So far this year the children have performed in the New Zealand Festival, sung with the Orpheus Choir and worked with Dave Dobbyn on song This Love about the Pike River miners. “It was really exciting for them to sing with Dave Dobbyn,” Christine says. “They get a real buzz out of performing.” Last weekend the Wellington Young Voices Choir performed a show, At the Movies, at Paramount cinema.

Songs from classics such as Annie and the Sound of Music to modern hits from Despicable Me Two and Frozen were performed. Christine says in November the Wellington Young Voices Choir will again sing with the Orpheus choir in Carmina Burana.

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CLEANED UP: Wellington City Council have agreed to strengthen the Hataitai bus tunnel. PHOTO CREDIT: Georgia Forrester

Hataitai tunnel spruce up Plans for strengthening the Hataitai Bus Tunnel were confirmed last week. Wellington City Council agreed to its 2013 to 2014 annual report which also included a 2.5 per cent rates increase for ratepayers. The report outlines plans to build retaining walls and strengthen bridges and tunnels as part of future developments across Wellington. The final annual report will be available online and in print on September 26.

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Lothario swoops onto stage OUT FOR A STROLL: The excitement of Lyall Bay beach was not enough to keep Robbie English Junior awake as he goes for a walk with parents Caroline Atkins and Robbie English. Flowers begin to bloom, the lawns need a mow more often and long hot days are in sight – today marks the beginning of Spring. Bang a few beers in the chilly bin and clean the dust off of the sunglasses, summer is around the corner. To celebrate the beginning of our favourite season the Cook BEACH FUN: Nanny Lisa Kelly, from Mount Strait News headed out of the office to see how locals are Victoria, searches for shells at the beach with enjoying the sun. Luisa Bale, who shies away from the camera.

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YOUNG SINGER: Miramar teen Beth Angus will perform with the Tudor Consort this week. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

To celebrate the arrival of legendary seducerer Don Giovanni to the St James Theatre next month the Cook Strait News had two tickets to the show to give away. Readers were asked to email in and tell us how their partner swept them off their feet with a romantic gesture. The winner was Melissa Reeve whose partner stole her heart, and ours, with his romantic ways, and his accent. She wrote the following:

“In all honesty my partner, or ally in crime, bought me my very first whiskey at the Library Bar and then proceeded to send me beautiful music from YouTube every day after that. “This happened to be the final week of my father's life so I was emotionally raw. “But the notes coupled with the sultry music and I was quite softly struck. “Or was it just his French accent? “He also took me to the last Opera so I kind of owe him.”

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In between practising the cello and the piano and taking her school mock exams a Wellington East Girls’ pupil is fitting in a spot of operatic singing. Beth Angus, 15, from Miramar, will star in a performance of Handel: Israel in Egypt with the Tudor Consort this week as a soprano one. “It’s quite a lot of high stuff so it does get a bit tiring after a while, but it’s good fun,” Beth says. “I’m quite interested in early music so it’s great to be in a group that specialises in it.” Year 11 Beth, whose father plays the contra bassoon in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, says she joined a kid’s choir when she was 11 or 12 and has been singing ever since. “I enjoy meeting new people and singing good music,” she says. The youngster, who enjoys listening to 20th century Bartok music that is loud and crashy, says she does not get nervous performing as she will be part of a large group and has been part of many performances before. While Beth loves music she does not knowhow far if she will take it past college. “Music will always be a part of my life but I haven’t decided I want to do it at university yet.” The Tudor Consort presents Handel: Israel in Egypt on September 6 at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.

A Mount Cook man shouted his mates a few beers and put on the nibbles for Saturday’s test match after he won a $1000 grocery voucher last week. Karl and Kathleen Nadin will be shopping up large at Pak ‘n Save after they won the voucher from Mr Rental on Vivian Street as part of a giveaway. “I thought I was dreaming,” Karl says. “I had to pinch myself.” “It was the first time I had won a prize.” Karl says the voucher will come

in handy during the next few months to pay for the couples weekly food shops. “It will help us especially with Christmas coming up,” he says. Kathleen says her daughter Crystal, who is training to become a McDonalds Manager, will be visiting from Whangarei soon so they will have a full cupbard when she stays. “She’s my pride and joy my daughter,” Kathleen says. “I think the world of her.” Kathleen says the prize is like another birthday present as she celebrated her birthday last week.

WINNING COUPLE: Karl and Kathleen Nadin from Mount Cook are presented with a $1000 grocery voucher by Mr Rental Vivian Street owner Karen Ryan. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Monday September 1, 2014


VICTORS: The Poneke under 21s side celebrate after a 13-10 win against Wainuiomata to win the Vic Calcnai Trophy. PHOTO CREDIT: Dan Whitfield


IN PLAY: Poneke player Siaosi Lavea makes a play with the ball.

Poneke bring trophy home By Dan Whitfield Two amazing seasons of professional under 21 rugby came to a close over the weekend, seeing Wainuiomata and Poneke fight with determination for the Vic Calcnai Trophy. Both teams came out wanting to win, but the game came down to a difference of three points; and Poneke claiming a final victory. Wainuiomata’s Saita Lasini opened the scoring with a stunning run-away try down the wing.

This allowed Wainuiomata to have an early 7-nil lead, at around the 16 minute mark. The try was converted by Jalan Farris. This sparked Wainuiomata’s fire to continue attacking aggressively, with supporters cheering them on in hopes of a win away from home. Despite this, Poneke got a lucky break in the 31st minute of the game, which saw Conor Strang cross the line for his first try of the match. At half-time, the score was

locked at 7-all. Poneke and Wainuiomata coaches decided to have a rather in-depth and stern word with their teams, focusing on how to play better in the half to come. Dismal conditions continued in the second half, which meant handling errors were ripe, and some poor calls from the referee saw plays continue when they should not have. Wainuiomata looked like it would command the next round of play, nearly scoring with a strong forward movement that moved

close to the try line; however a player knocked the ball on causing a turnover. Poneke did not get far, with Wainuiomata gaining an attempt at the posts through a penalty. Kicking from around the 20 metre line, Jalan secured three points for his team and put Wainuiomata in front. At this stage of the game the score was 10-7 to Wainuiomata. Play went back and forth, with Wainuiomata and Poneke trading possession. This was until Poneke

Club growing with new turf By Sam Duff

GLOWING GOLD: Young divers Anton Jenkins and Yu Qian Goh showcase their bling earned at the National Diving Championships.

Students dive to Russia By Laura Kavanagh A group of young Wellington divers have brought back a host of medals from the Diving New Zealand Nationals. The Wellington Diving Club sent eight divers between the ages of 12 to 24 to Auckland this month to compete in the national competition. To compete in this national event, divers have to achieve qualifying scores in regional and national events during the competition season. The Wellington Diving Club squad brought home a total of 18 medals (nine Gold, seven Silver and two Bronze). Head Coach of the Wellington Diving Club James Hardaker says the divers put in some great performances at nationals, winning medals, titles, breaking records and bringing home many trophies. “It was great to see Wellington back up there and hopefully this is just the first of many successful events for these divers,” James says. After the Diving New Zealand Autumn Championships, Wellington Diving Club divers Anton Jenkins and Yu Qian Goh won places in the Diving New Zealand National Squad to attend the Junior World Championships in Penza, Russia this September. The nationals strengthened their position in the team with Anton Jenkins, making a new New Zealand record, in points scored, for one metre springboard, along with winning three golds and one silver, and Yu Qian Goh winning two gold, two silver and one bronze. Anton is excited to be going to the Junior World Championships. “I dived to the best of my ability and it payed off,” Anton says.

The number of members smashing balls out of an Island Bay tennis club has exploded since a new turf was installed last year. The Island Bay Tennis and Squash Club, which was recently named the central region club of the year, has seen a 41% increase in members during the past year. More than $135,000 was raised to refurbish the club’s three courts in May 2013. Member and Coach Makere Bradnam says the club is stoked with the increase in numbers and how well some players have been doing. “We have been working pretty hard with the new courts,” she says. “They were a bit of a mess before,” she says. “We have a really good group of volunteers, a great committee and our membership has grown. “It’s growing each year this club.” Makere says she has played tennis since the age of five and loves the game. “I love hard work, training and competing. “I like passing on what I learned over the years of being a junior professional tennis player. “I love watching the kids get better.” Some of the club’s junior male players take part in high performance training at the Renouf tennis centre and a number of teams did well last season, Makere says.

TAKING TO THE COURT: Island Bay Tennis and Squash Club member Henry Lyons, 10, is one of the club’s up and comers. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

The Boys D2 team won their competition while the Girls regional 2, C and D3 teams took home the runner-up spots in their leagues. “It’s awesome,” Makere says. “Lots of the kids that come here are friends and it’s good to see them compete together and challenge each other.” The club will celebrate its 100th year in October. Island Bay Tennis and Squash Club will hold an open day on September 7 from 2pm.

were given a penalty also. The dying minutes of the game saw both teams desperate to regain the lead, with a drop goal attempt slightly to the left of the uprights. A penalty to Poneke in the last five minutes put the home side ahead by three. The referee then blew his whistle for full time and a triumphant Poneke side roared into celebration, with a close 13-10 win to claim the championship at Kilbirnie Park.



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