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Annette retains seat

RAISE A GLASS: Labour’s Annette King has been reelected to another term as the local MP for Rongotai. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Hon. Christopher Finlayson is in order. most important issues for locals during the “I will be quietly celebrating with my next three years, Mrs King says. long-suffering and long-serving husband Preliminary results released on Saturday who has been doing all the cooking, the gave Mrs King, a Hataitai resident, a majorSOUTHERN & EASTERN cleaning and the washing for the past few ity of 8,300 votes, slightly down on her 2011 SUBURBS majority of 9,047. months,” she says. The Rongotai electorate is almost perfect Mrs King’s vote count on the night was and everybody knows their neighbours, Mrs 16,395, while Attorney General Christopher King says. Finlayson, who is related to her because their “This electorate40isKilbirnie madeCrescent, up of aKilbirnie, series Wellington of grandparents were siblings, was on 8,095. 50 Metres from Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre villages and you have everything close Available by.” “We bicker and fight politically, but I Easy Access with Parking Housing, jobs and transport will be the definitely don’t dislike my cousin,” she says.




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Greens co-leader Russel Norman, who lives in Hataitai, won 6,353 votes. Kilbirnie Business Network chair and Conservative candidate Bruce Welsh will not be giving up his day job as an architect with 515 votes. Despite their candidate winning the electorate, Labour have lost the party vote with 10,031, while National are on 10,923. Mrs King, who has been the Rongotai MP since 1996, says it is too early to know if she will contest the seat again in 2017.


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An extension to the Wellington Airport runway would turn Wellington into a first-rate city, according to Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. A year after being commissioned, a report by accounting company EY has been released looking at a proposed 300 metre extension to the runway into Lyall Bay. According to the report the $350 million project would bring an additional 16 to 33

flights to the capital each week by the year 2060. Mayor Wade-Brown says the EY report looks at the economic benefit over a 40 year period, which she says will be $1.75 billion for New Zealand and $684 million for Wellington. The tourism industry and business experts will benefit from a greater number of flights, she says. “While our exports will be largely based on ideas you still have to get people face to face,” she says.

Mayor Wade-Brown says it will not be a huge number of flights but it would create a positive return on investment for the region and for the nation over time. Even families would benefit from the convenience of quicker travel, she says. “Anyone who has family in Asia or Europe knows when there’s a family emergency that time is critical. “If you’re going direct you could conceivably have fewer emissions as well.” She says an environmental

impact assessment will be made and residents will be able to have their input before resource consent is granted. “They will definitely have the opportunity to have their say.” Airport chief executive Steve Sanderson says a resource consent application will be made next year for the project.  Does Wellington need a runway extension or is it a waste of money? Email and let us know what you think.


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BURNT DOWN: Houghton Valley School students Jelle Keizer, 9, and Niamh Fy fe, 8, raised the alarm on a fire on their way to school. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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COOKING UP A STORM: Aleisha Findlay, Jessica Fuimaono, Soren Jackson, Jessie Boston and Alice Moynihan are making baking easy with their Jars of Joy. PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Bradley-Smith

By Anna Bradley-Smith A scoop of flour, a sprinkle of sugar and a handful of chocolate buttons is proving a recipe for success for a group of entrepreneurial Massey University students. The group of five final year design students have started a small business called Jars of Joy, selling glass jars layered with dry ingredients for quick and tasty home baking. Jessie Boston, 22, Alice Moynihan, 24, Jessica Fuimaono, 22, Soren Jackson, 22,

and Aleisha Findlay, 22, say that although the idea has been done before, their business is going down a treat in the capital. “There’s not this kind of thing in the Wellington market,” Jessie says. “Your other alternatives are Betty Crocker and other box stuff from the supermarket.” Initially aimed at students without the time or funds to bake, the venture quickly expanded. Boston says it is now targeted at anyone who wants to enjoy the delights of home cooking

without having to load up the trolley and spend hours in the kitchen. “We branded them as being the ideal gift to give to people, for people to give to their family and friends.” Jars of Joy started as a university project but due to its popularity the group are now planning to continue their business. Jessie says a key idea behind the business is reducing waste. To help this, the jars are recyclable and have been labelled with the ingredient levels if

people want to refill them. There are four flavours available – chocolate brownie, gluten free chocolate brownie, white chocolate, cranberry and oat slice, and jersey caramel chocolate slice. At the moment the group are selling the jars for $10 each with any profit going into the business to fund aprons, business cards and future sales.  The groups are selling their Jars of Joy through the Facebook page jarsofjoy2014.

Europe comes to Miramar There was a European buzz around Miramar Central School last week as they celebrated European Cultural Week. Principal John Taylor-Smith says the school want all students to feel proud of their cultural background. Each year a new culture is focused on and the kids learn, watch and taste throughout the week, he says. A group of Greek students danced to the music of Zorba and another performed a Polish dance. The Scots College pipe band made a special appearance and showed off their

marching and musical skills. A school shared lunch let the students get a taste of Europe with beftekei, tzatziki, Polish sausage and Greek and Hungarian biscuits on the menu. There was also a cultural dress day where kids dressed up representing their own culture or wore clothing representing a European country. John says everyone involved had an amazing week. FUN WEEK: Students from Miramar Central School perform a dance for the European Cultural Week.

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NZ Bus supports the project providing discounted transport for the schools to get to the Zoo. All transport and learning costs are covered by The Warehouse Wellington Zoofari. Amy Hughes, Wellington Zoo’s General Manager Community Engagement, says “The Warehouse partnership is a By Sam Duff A newly proposed set of traffic lights for Island Bay are upsetting some local residents. Changes to the plans for the safer cycle lanes between Shorland Park and Wakefield Park now include traffic lights at the Dee Street rounda-bout after feedback was sought. Simon Coffey, a Jackson Street resident, says he supports the cycle lanes but not the traffic lights. It is quite a significant change to the proposal, he says. “There are a couple of issues,” Simon says. “There’s the cost, but primarily it’s the delays.” “That’s a major intersection. Introducing delays to that amount of traffic is the wrong thing to do.” Simon says there has not been enough information for locals about what traffic lights could mean for them. “Island Bay has a nice community feel but I feel the traffic loads will take away from that.” Simon says reverting to a simple give-way intersection would save

wonderful project. It has been wonderful to see so many local kids coming in – and for many of the students it is their first time visiting the Zoo. You can spot the excitement and wonder on the faces of the students participating in a Zoofari session as soon as they walk through the doors.” rate payer’s $230,000 and strengthen local’s support for the cycle lanes. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the council cannot see another way of combining cycle lanes with being able to keep traffic flowing out of Dee Street. One man spoken to by the Cook Strait News, who wanted to stay anonymous, says he has lived on the Parade for 40 years and the traffic lights will hold up traffic outside his house. The cycle lanes will be a five minute wonder, he says. Addressing concerns that car parks will be lost, Mayor WadeBrown says once people realise it is only 29 car parks throughout the three kilometre route they will feel better. Two additional pedestrian crossings are also being proposed by Humber and Mersey Streets as part of the cycle lane plan. The public can currently make submissions on the cycle lane plan and councillors will make a final call in December with construction beginning next year.

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Thanking the brave hero By Sam Duff Hearing the story of how a Strathmore teenager tried to save his Uncle’s life will bring closure for the family, Russell Wadsworth says. In March, Kone Aperila, 19, was fishing with his father at the Miramar wharf when he heard a splash. He spent the following 45 minutes in the cold water holding onto the body of a man until emergency services could retrieve the corpse. Russel l Wa dswor t h, f rom Strathmore Park, says the body was that of his uncle, Selwyn Sklaners, a man in his late 50s who lived a transient lifestyle and was dying of cancer. Selwyn’s family did not know who the teenager was that tried to save his life until reading last week’s Cook Strait News. “Nobody knew who tried to save his life until I read the story,” Russell says. “When I started reading it I said ‘I need to find out who this guy is’.” Originally from Hawera, Selwyn struggled with an alcohol addiction throughout his life, Russell says. “He travelled up and down the country all his life and kept to himself,” Russell says. “Selwyn was a pretty good guy and if you needed help he would always help you out. “He just sort of did his own

Rates could be on the rise By Sam Duff Get your chequebook ready – Wellingtonians may need to prepare themselves for rates increases. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the council are certainly not looking to propose cuts to services as part of the long term plan. “We’re very keen to be able to afford better services and to be able to do that we need to able to grow the rating base.” She says the city would risk stagnation if it failed to invest in key projects such as a possible film museum, airport runway extension, indoor concert venue and tech precinct.  Are you prepared to spend more of your cash to invest in Wellington? Or are rates increases unaffordable for your family? Let us know what you think by emailing

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FINDING CLOSURE: Russell Wadsworth says he did not know who tried to save his uncle’s life until he read last week’s Cook Strait News. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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for students in the years ahead. “For many students at the School, they did not realise how easy it was to gain membership to the local library. The competitions around reading of books also encouraged students to read more. The dress up in book characters day, was also a lot of fun with the staff getting right behind it. The term has been an incredibly busy one with the whole school learning volleyball skills through professional coaches. In the last few weeks students have enjoyed the Life Education programme.” Principal Wendy Esera concluded. Term 3 ends this Friday and Term 4 gets underway on Monday 13th of October.



Monday September 22, 2014

Kilmarnock Heights Home celebrates cleanliness Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home by Careerforce teamed with Enliven is celebrating a new level of qualified Positive Ageing Services, part of Prescleanliness this week. Cleaner and byterian Support Central. caretaker Junel Amor is one of the first Enliven General Manager Nicola people in New Zealand to graduate with Turner says the course was offered the new national certificate in cleaning. because Enliven wanted all staff workAfter his graduation ceremony on ing in their aged care facilities to have Tuesday, Kilmarnock at least a level two Home in Berhampore qualification. "It's a very threw Junel his own “We've had posiimportant skill celebration, where tive feedback from that no one residents presented the managers and him with a certificate families about the can just know, and poem. cleaning standards and it's vital to Kilmarnock Heights after the training.” keeping people residents are proud of Careerforce Chief safe and well in Junel’s achievement, Executive Ray Lind and the poem expresssays the graduates their community.” es their appreciation are key participants for the work he does at the home. in developing a qualification in cleaning “It’s a most important chore, to keep which is now being used around New us healthy – and what’s more, we need Zealand. your smile and willing hand. When our “It's a very important skill that no one TV’s and things won’t go. There’s only can just know, and it's vital to keeping you who has the ‘know!’ So, thank you, people safe and well in their commusincere and true, that’s the way we think nity. I am grateful to Presbyterian Supof you,” the poem says. port Central for their huge contribution Junel is one of 12 cleaners from to making this possible.” Enliven homes around Wellington who graduated with a National Certificate  To find out more about Kilmarnock in Cleaning and Caretaking Level 2, a Heights Home in Berhampore, call newly developed qualification offered (04) 380 2034.

MEET THE LOCALS: LOCAL SITTER: Breaker Bay resident Celeste Berdinner has started up her own babysitting business, Urban Babysitter. PHOTO CREDIT: Georgia Forrester

Celeste in charge By Georgia Forrester Have no fear, a babysitter is near – Celeste Berdinner is the local sitter allowing parents to take a break from their little ones. At only 17, the Breaker Bay resident and local entrepreneur has started up her own childcare business, Urban Babysitter. Celeste says growing up in a diverse family with younger siblings inspired her to take babysitting and turn it into a business idea. “I’m very family orientated. I like being around family and I love kids,” she says. “I’ve cared for my younger stepbrothers since I was ten.” Celeste says she realised there was potential for a babysitting business with all the work she was doing for family friends and neighbours. “That’s where it started really, being the local babysitter,” she says. Celeste now babysits for around 35 families in the Seatoun area. But it is not just her doing the child

minding. Celeste organises a babysitter, usually one of her school friends for the family in need, as well as all the transport. She says her aim is to provide an online platform where people can easily book babysitting services. “I also want to be able to pair the right sitter up with the right family,” she says. “Babysitting is great for students as you can do your homework and look after the kids.” Celeste was recently sponsored to attend Festival of the Future, a three day Auckland conference encouraging the innovative ideas of Kiwi youths. Next year Celeste hopes to study a conjoint degree in commerce and law at Auckland University and says she has big plans to expand her business. She is on Facebook and is also hoping to develop a website for Urban Babysitter. “I would like to collaborate with people in developing a phone app for next year,” she says. “I want to definitely expand over the 35 families I’m already at.”


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Hospi pitches in for street appeal By Laura Kavanagh and Sam Duff Born three months premature twins Richard and Khan Mika have spent the first part of their short lives in and out of hospital. Their mother Katheryn Akanoa, from Titahi Bay, says the boys were at just 25 weeks when they were born and a standard cold went straight to their lungs. “We’re in for a week this time round,” she says. “They have been in and out of hospital a lot this year which [doctors] say is expected.” Katheryn says the boys’ trips to hospital are quite a disruption to family life as they also have a three year old son. Richard and Khan are on oxygen and Katheryn says this is the first time the boys are in hospital at the same time. The Wellington Hospital Foundation is holding its first Street Appeal for Wellington Children’s Hospital on Thursday, September 25. Funds raised by the appeal will go towards much needed items of medical equipment and comfort items to help improve young patient’s time in hospital, according to clinical nurse specialist Sinead McCarthy. Each year Wellington Children’s

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Question: What is your dream job and why?

Elena Rowe, Miramar

Beverley Cook, Miramar

Julia Robb, Lyall Bay

Rhonda Izett, Turangi

Justin Calcott, Turangi

“Probably owning my own business. Maybe something to do with kid’s crafts.”

“Well I don’t work. I’m retired. I like garden work.”

“Running a business from under a palm tree with a pina colada.”

“If I was rich I would be an artist. You should do what you love.”

“Working in the outdoor pursuits industry because that’s something I really enjoy.”

George Gallagher, Lyall Bay “My dream job would be a pool attendant on a cruise ship. I have always been into swimming.”

LETTERS to the editor Decision should be made by church

HERITAGE STATUS: The future of St Christopher’s Church in Seatoun has been in question since it was yellow stickered in November 2012. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Save the church Dear Ed, as a member of St Christopher's Fellowship Group, I would like to add my support to the save St Christopher's Church complex campaign. Although I do not have such a long time connection with this church, I believe the lovely heritage Church and its adjoining hall should be preserved for all the citizens of Seatoun and Strathmore area, and beyond. For over 100 years this hall,

formerly the Church, has been the centre of worship for Presbyterian families. The church, built in 1932 at the time of the great depression, a small group of dedicated believers gave their financial support, time, and hard work to erect this church and have maintained it ever since. It would be a great shame for this complex to be sold and lost forever. D.J Glen, Seatoun

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Dear Ed, St Christopher’s is one of the most picturesque little churches in the Rongotai electorate. But, have any of the conservationists considered the bigger picture? I refer to the financial circumstances of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. Ultimately they have financial responsibility for the land the church is built on and if they wish to sell off the land and put the profits into another project in a more needy part of New Zealand, then surely that decision is theirs to make. The conservationists need to realise that this may be a more complex issue than just keeping a quaint little church in Seatoun. They may have to also consider being willing to pay market rates for the land the church sits on as well as strengthening the little church itself. I would like to think that someone within the Presbyterian Church at a national level will write to your newspaper and clarify the issues behind any future plans for this church, because I am only speculating. Christine Swift, Island Bay

Kiaora Ed, thanks very much for publishing articles on the candidates for Tai Tai Tonga – the Southern Maori electorate. Information about these candidates is hard to come across and I don’t blame them – they have to cover all the South Island as well as Wellington city. I would be interested in how many other Tai Tonga voters have found the Electorate Office very

Electoral Commission responds Dear Ed, the Commission’s role is to make it as easy as possible for all New Zealanders to enrol and vote, regardless of whether they are on the Maori roll or the general roll. While most details can be updated at any time, moving between the Maori roll and general roll, or vice versa, is by law only allowed during the five-yearly Maori Electoral Option. The last Maori Electoral Option took place in 2013, during which all enrolled voters of Maori de-

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Young designer goes to India By Sam Duff Spending five weeks in India studying fashion is the chance of a lifetime for a Mount Cook designer. Taylor Jarden-Lambert, 22, is one of fifteen students from New Zealand Fashion Tech to win a Prime Ministers Scholarship for Asia to visit India in November. “I have always wanted to travel,” Taylor says. “It will really open my eyes up to the world.” The five week programme will include a mixture of practical assignments and lectures, Taylor says. “I will gain more of a knowledge about textiles and it’s the best place to go for that,” he says. “We will experience it first hand, like watching them fabric weave for example.”

The former Wellington College student says he enjoys fashion and eventually might look to start his own clothing label. “I like the fact you can start with a piece of fabric and finish with something people will feel good about wearing.” Taylor, who is in his second and final year of his fashion diploma, says once he finishes he would like a job in the industry to be able to get more experience. He says he looks up to New Zealand label I Love Ugly. “I like New Zealand designers because it’s hard to make it in the industry,” Taylor says. TRAVEL READY: Mount Cook resident Taylor JardenLambert, 22, will spend five weeks studying fashion at the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology in Sathyamangalam, India. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

ALL SMILES: Rose Garland, 2, enjoys playing on the new Island Bay Playcentre fort. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff GOOD FUN: Felix Pecher, 3, and Anika Pecher, 1, check out their new play space.

Kids grinning with new set-up By Sam Duff A fireman’s pole, a cool new tunnel, and a water feature are just a few of the new gadgets that the kids of the Island Bay Playcentre will be testing out. After years spent fundraising the $42,000 needed to spruce-up the playground, the playcentre showed off their new set-up recently. Co-president Kirstin Gibb says the new equipment tests the kids’ confidence and builds their big muscle skills. Movie nights, raffles, food stalls and hours of volunteer work went into fixing


up the outside area, Kirstin says. “Sports equipment and playground equipment is incredibly expensive but we tried to recycle where we could.” Recycled bamboo from Wellington Zoo’s Asia precinct makes up part of the new fort area, Kirstin says. The new playground was opened by life member Susan Smith. A water feature has been constructed in the backyard which Kirstin says will help with the children’s learning. Kirstin says the playcentre are still looking for some cheap ready - lawn for one part of the playground.


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School Holiday Through their eyes Young people are being encouraged to take an interest and participate in their city by the Wellington City Youth Council. Deputy chair Sean Johnson says a video competition has been launched for young-

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A novel experience at Capital E’s Book Bazaar this school holiday Three renowned New Zealand authors will make special guest appearances at Capital E over the holidays as part of a two-week celebration of the written word. Called Book Bazaar, a highlight of the celebrations will be authors Paul Beavis, Mary McCallum and Barbara Else leading workshops for young people on writing, creating and illustrating stories. “Taking inspiration from the published works of McCallum, Else and Beavis, workshop participants will be given invaluable tips and methods on how to get their own ideas and creations down on paper,” says Capital E event organiser Leanne Parsons. As well as writing workshops, E Central will be packed with book-themed family fun every day. “Book Bazaar will transform E Central into a storytelling extravaganza,” says Leanne. “Visitors can look forward to a beautiful exhibition from Puke Ariki, Engineering

Paper: the Art of the Pop-Up Book, evolving fairy tales, fancy dress, and, of course… comic-strip creation.” In a full day’s tiki-tour to the Hutt Valley, participants will make and star in a comic-strip adventure using mobile digital technology in a new offering from OnTV and the Museum of Wellington City & Sea. The love of books continues at the Hannah Playhouse from September 27 with Mr McGee & the Biting Flea back by popular demand for a final Wellington season. For something completely different, MediaLab is delving into the world of cuttingedge technology with a new programme, A Slice of Raspberry Pi.  Book Bazaar is free and runs from September 29-October 11, from 9am-3pm ($2 charge for some activities). For workshop and performance prices and venues, visit or phone 04 913 3740.

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Monday September 22, 2014

School Holiday

Whanau tupu ngatahiFamilies growing together Playcentre is for families and for children. With local parents you help educate your community’s birth to school-age children and Playcentre educates you via free NZQAapproved courses. You are then part of the education team one morning a week. As a Playcentre member you will also help run the centre. This will give you new skills and confidence. For some Playcentre parents this experience has changed their career direction often into early-childhood teaching!

Once your child is two-and-a-half they can attend Playcentre without you. Playcentre children are confident learners who build strong relationships with children and adults. Playcentre parents/caregivers gain a community network that will support them long after their Playcentre time has finished.  Haitaitai Playcentre open morning September 29: 9.30-11.30: 72A Hamilton Rd. To find your local Playcentre check out: or phone: 2377827


What can Minecraft offer to children as an educational platform and tool? Computer games have been a part of many children’s lives for well over a decade. Minecraft, has taken the world by storm. It’s used in schools around the world to teach spatial learning and help bolster creativity. Children attending school holiday classes run by Grand Training learn to build contraptions, solve problems, program and think outside the box. Students aged 6-16 create logic circuits (like those in electronics), making controllable flashing lights and moving doors similar to electricity and wiring. Working together promotes effective teamwork and problem solving. Other classes include Programming, Building Computers, Web Design, Animations, Graphics and creating 3D Video Games - a labyrinth of rooms with water or lava below, sky above, add doors, elevators and teleporters then program them to work. They build 3D models to add into the game. Lenna, whose son Zenan, 9, and friend Tony, 10, attended said “They enjoyed the relaxed learning atmosphere and were keen to show their school friends what they had discovered. I want them to reattend to build on their skills!” Director Ed Brown has taught learners to better understand, manage and manipulate computers since the early 80’s. After working in Perth and Auckland with psychologist Glyn Hurley delivering personal development programs he set up his first Computer Learning Centre for children and adults. He was a regular reviewer of software for the computer pages of “The Dominion” newspaper and contributor to “Management Magazine”.

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12 Monday September 22, 2014

MINUTES WITH: Claire Pettigrew

President of the Newtown Resident’s Association

What would your last meal on earth be? Curry from Spice Planet in Newtown.

Who are you inspired by? My grandmother, she is constantly striving to learn new things. Taking up wood carving in your 70s is an impressive feat!

What’s next on your wish list?

What is your guilty TV pleasure?

Who would you love to have a meal with? Ban Ki-moon.

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

Finishing my Masters.

Project Runway. There is a New Zealander competing this year so I’m particularly hooked!

What makes you smile?

Reading the achievements of young people in the Cook Strait News.

What was your best ever holiday? When you get to my age, every day is a holiday. How can being surrounded by books and interesting people not be a holiday?

What would you spend your last $100 on? A plane ticket to see my family in my hometown.

School books with my stories and drawings from when I was a child.

What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you? I speak Spanish and German and like to pretend I can comprehend French.

Oldest cemetery gets name change We llin g to n's o l d e s t cemetery will soon be getting a new name Bolton Street Memorial Park will be reverting to its original name, Bolton Street Cemetery, to avoid confusion with

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and prominent historical figures are among the 8769 people buried there, and its 1334 memorials and headstones commemorate the city’s colonial history.

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The Scots are in town By Sam Duff

The Scots College pipe band are warming up their bagpipes and drums for an upcoming concert fundraiser. Pipe band tutor Marion Horsburgh says the boys are really looking forward to performing with the Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band. “It will be a real lift in experience for them being among those levels of experience,” she says. Pipe bands are usually evenly made up of bagpipe players and those on drums, Marion says. The Scots College pipe band often play at capping ceremonies, community events and even played at former Parliamentary speaker Sir Lockwood Smith’s wedding, she says. Marion says there is camaraderie between the almost 60 boys that get involved in the pipe band. “For younger boys they get to mix with the older boys.”

Scots College have two pipe bands, a development band and a competition band. In 2016, when Scots College celebrate their centenary, Marion says she would like to lead another trip to Scotland for the band players. Marion, who grew up in Oamaru and has works at Scots for 15 years, says the pipe band was a big part of the community when she was growing up. “It made you part of the community. “You got to know a lot of people so there’s a great social aspect to it. “It’s great for the boys because if you’re a bagpiper you will find a friend wherever you go.” The concert, Gaelforce, will raise money for new uniforms, Marion says. “Boys just keep growing so you just need a stock of kilts because you don’t want to put somebody out in a mini skirt.”  Gaelforce is on September 28 at the Scots College hall. More information can be found at


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Every day our roving reporter Sam Duff breaks news and meets locals throughout the Eastern and Southern suburbs, from Lyall Bay beach to the cafes of Newtown. Each week he shares a few tales from his travels.








Biochemistry at Cambridge. Sir Woolf Fisher was the co-founder of Fisher and Paykel and set up his Trust in 1960 to recognise and reward excellence in education. Chairman of the trust Sir Noel Robinson, who is Sir Woolf’s nephew says the scholarship winners been selected for their outstanding academic ability and leadership potential as well as their integrity. “We are investing in these young New Zealanders who aspire to return to New Zealand and have the potential to become leaders in their field.”




A former Rongotai College student has won a prestigious scholarship to study at Cambridge University for up to four years. Rory Little, 22, is one of three students from throughout the country to be awarded a Woolf Fisher Trust Scholarship, which are worth about $300,000 each. He is currently studying towards his Masters of Science in Biotechnology at Victoria University of Wellington. Rory will study the development of novel clathiromycin structural analogues through polyketide synthase engineering with the Department of




SMART THINKER: Chairman of the Woolf Fisher Trust Sir Noel Robinson with scholarship winner Rory Little.





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There are few things more nerve wracking than watching a duck try to lead its newly born and very cute little ducklings across a busy motorway in search of water or food. It was a beautiful day and I was in a cheery mood, brought on by the prospect of brunch at Maranui café. That quickly changed. I was driving down the motorway when in the corner of my eye I spotted a duck with two ducklings edging onto the road. My heart skipped a beat but it was not safe to stop. As I continued driving I made the mistake of looking in my rear view mirror just in time to see the wee ducklings and their mother get crushed under the wheels of a large truck. Feathers flew and suddenly the prospect of brunch was not quite so mouth-watering.

In this case the truck could not swerve; it would have been too dangerous. At this time of year the days are getting longer, flowers are springing up and ducklings are opening their eyes to the world. When was the last time you saw a wee duckling and did not smile? Ducklings make the world a better place with their cute waddles and petite size as they struggle to keep up with their mother. If we all just take a little care and look out for the wee fellas then maybe we can stop a few from getting run down.  Will you be slowing down to save the ducklings or is it unsafe to try and avoid them? Let us know what you think by emailing news@wsn.


Monday September 22, 2014


Getting kids on their bikes By Sam Duff A Roseneath IT contractor is trying to raise funds to support kids in a South African township to get on their bikes. Carrie Buckmaster says she rode the length of Africa in 2011 for the Tour d’Afrique and says she decided she was not ready to come back to New Zealand while on the tour. “The level of inequality there is crazy,” she says. “You have a huge number of people who have generational poverty. “Coming from New Zealand you kind of just expect everybody to get a fair go but that’s not the case.” Carrie says she became involved in a group called Peace and Love International and has been working on encouraging kids in a township called Fisantekraal to take up cycling. The township, on the outskirts of Cape Town, has a population of 12,000. Just one in five adults have completed high school, and 50 per cent of houses are shacks. “Not all of these houses or shacks have

electricity.” Carrie says the Fisantekraal Bike Club involves tutoring and the kids end up with a bike if they successfully complete the programme. “It gives these kids a useful skill and it gives them a lot of confidence,” she says. “It’s also a safe place for these kids to be a couple of nights a week as well.” Being able to cycle and having a bike in South Africa can make a huge difference to someone’s life, Carrie says. “It’s pretty huge.” It is a means of transport to get to jobs and have the freedom to move about, Carrie says. She says they are trying to fundraise $10,000 by crowd-funding to keep the programme running for another year. Carrie, who has recently returned from South Africa, says she is hoping in work for a year or so to be able to pay her own way for another visit.  For more information about the Fisantekraal Bike Club visit indiegogo. com/projects/fisantekraal-bike-club

TWO WHEELS: Carrie Buckmaster from Roseneath is fundraising to support cycling initiatives in South Africa. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Fun run returns

TOP PLAYERS: Young baseball up and comers Haven Dixon and Jackson Taurarii have returned from a trip to the United States with the New Zealand under 12s team. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Baseball pair return from USA A pa i r of up -a nd- com i ng young baseball players have returned from a trip to the United States with the New Zealand under 12s team. Jackson Taurarii, 12, from Miramar, and Haven Dixon, 12, from Kilbirnie, say they had a great time playing their beloved game during the trip. The boys travelled to Honolulu, New York, Washington and Maryland for the Cal Ripken World Series baseball classic. After a 38 hour flight, Regan

Taouma, from Wellington Baseball, says the 12 year olds were tired but excited to take part. T he tea m t ravelled to t he Under Armour head office in Baltimore where they had a sneak-peak at unreleased 2015 baseball gear and were given uniforms, cleats and other goodies. Regan says locals flocked to see Team New Zealand as they were debuting and performed the haka before each game. New Zealand was in the tough-

est draw with Korea, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Australia and unfortunately came home without a win, he says. The side has been invited back to the series again next year for which the trials will begin in January. Regan says the boys would not have been able to go to America without the help from the Eastern Suburbs Sports Trust.  Island Bay Baseball Club have an open day on the October 4 at Wakefield Park from 1pm.

Details of the 2015 annual Round the Bays fun-run have been released by Sport Wellington. In 2014 almost 14,000 people took part in the event which kicked off at Frank Kitts Park and ended at Kilbirnie Park. Round the Bays raised $50,000 for the Malaghan Institute, also included a 6.5 km fun-run and a 10 km half marathon. The fun-run began in 1978 but it was not until 1999 that Sport Wellington took over the event. It is now New Zealand’s third largest sport and recreation event. In July it was announced that AMI Insurance would no longer sponsor Round the Bays. Sport Wellington says it is still in discussions to find a new sponsor and hopes to make an announcement soon.  The 2015 Round the Bays will be held on Sunday February 22 with registrations opening on November 3, 2014.

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Claire represents at UN By Sai Raje As a school girl growing up in Christchurch, Claire Pettigrew was an eager participant in the universal school activity known as the Model United Nations. The idea of each student representing a country and discussing serious world issues had always been exciting, Claire says. The 25 year old Newtown resident and management student has just returned from her first trip as a delegate to the United Nations Conference for Small Island Developing States held in Samoa. “The UN conference is held every 10 years, and discusses sustainable development issues with regard to small island states, as their problems are quite unique,” Claire says. “Climate change and economic growth were some of the issues discussed this year, with a large focus on disaster risk reduction and the role of youth in doing that.” Disaster rescue is an oftendiscussed issue but not disaster risk reduction, she adds. Everyone is geared up about disaster rescue. “So it was great to be able to listen to discussions at the conference about making ourselves resilient enough to prevent the damage caused by disasters in the first place.” Claire, who has just been elected president of the Newtown Residents Association, is also a civil defence volunteer with the

“We still have a long way to go in involving more young people in disaster reduction programmes.”

YOUTH MOBILITY: As one of the youngest delegates at a UN Conference held in Samoa Claire Pettigrew, from Newtown, was thrilled to participate in debates about young people. PHOTO CREDIT: SAI RAJE.

Wellington Region Emergency Management office. She says she has a strong interest in working for disaster risk reduction, which made her keen to submit an application to attend the UN conference this year.

Claire is currently combining her work at the WREMO and the Newtown Residents Association to develop a community response plan for the suburb in case of a disaster such as a flood, an earthquake or even a

pandemic. “We still have a long way to go in involving more young people in disaster reduction programmes.” As a delegate of the conference, Claire is also expected

to submit a 5000 word report based on some key issues that were discussed at the conference. “I want to focus my report on youth projects in the Pacific around disaster risk reduction.”








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