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Kiwi way of life By Sam Duff Bungy jumping, trekking the great walks and canyon swinging – Canadian couple Jordan Poste and Jenna Cock are making the most of their new home country, New Zealand. The qualified engineers, who moved to Lyall Bay late last year, have a passion for the outdoors and spend their weekend’s blogging and vlogging their way around New Zealand. “We love it here,” Jordan says. He says his desire to move to New Zealand goes back to his childhood when he had a poster of the Milford Sounds on his wall. Continued on page 2 FAR AND WIDE: Canadian expats Jordan Poste and Jenna Cock are making the most of living in Lyall Bay. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Wind needle a fixer-upper The Evan’s Bay wind needle will cost about half a million dollars to repair, according to Wellington City Council.

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SCULPTURE DECISION: Wellington’s wind needle in Evan’s Bay was struck by lightning in August. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff


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Greener on the other side Continued from page 1 By Sam Duff “We finished our degrees and I had always wanted to go there.” Jenna says she likes Wellington because it is nice and small but with plenty of culture. Surfing, Maranui café and being able to do plenty of walking are the best things about Lyall bay, Jenna says. Jordan says a key criteria when picking a spot in New Zealand to live was to be near a beach for surfing “The only thing we do miss is our friends and family back home,” he says. The couple enjoy travelling throughout the country at weekends, when they have time off work, and writing on their blog about their experi-

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Solution sought for seawall

IN QUESTION: The future of the Island Bay seawall has been in question since last year’s storm that caused major damage throughout the south coast. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

By Sam Duff As residents bunkered down in their homes during a large storm last year major damage was caused throughout the South Coast. This included a section of the 350 metre long Island Bay seawall, opposite Shorland Park, collapsing due to the huge swells from the sea. A temporary rock barrier was installed at the broken section of the wall to protect the nearby footpath and road. Wellington City Council is now looking for a permanent solution and are organising a public consultation process. Councillor Paul Eagle says he would like to encourage all residents to have their say on this emotional issue.

“It’s something that gets people very emotional and lots of people have got lots of ideas,” he says. “We need to tread carefully and we need to take our time with these things.” The council have identified five options for the seawall which range from the status quo to closing the Esplanade and connecting the beach to Shorland Park. In December the Council Environment Committee will make a decision on what options will be investigated further. Three public meetings have been planned to discuss the future of the seawall. The first of these will be held at the Island Bay Baptist Church on Thursday October 9 from 6.30pm.

No – that is the answer Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian award winner Jacinta Krefft gives when asked if she will ever retire after spending years working with Wellington’s youth. The Rongotai resident, who is the driving force behind the Wellington Boys’ and Girls’ Institute Challenge for Change programme, was last week presented with a council award for her contribution to the city. “It’s my life so I can’t imagine giving it up,” she says. Jacinta says she is grateful for receiving the award but does not feel like she is getting it as an individual. “I like to think I’m receiving it as a representative of the hundreds of mentors I’ve worked with and the guys here at BGI.” The challenge for change programme pairs an adult volunteer with a young teen whom they can mentor and spend time with. “I love working with the mentors,” she says. “I love the young people, I love their courage and their openness

and their uniqueness.” Jacinta says the kids, aged between 9 and 13, have loads of potential and just need someone who believes in them. “They’re the kind of kids who walk to the sound of a different drum.” “We’re now at the point where we have kids who were on the programme 12 years ago who are coming back to be mentors. That’s inspirational; it’s really exciting for me.” Jacinta says the programme also changes the lives of the mentors involved, who often ask to take part again. “There’s a tremendous ripple effect. “Community is not as strong as it used to be so in a way it’s helping to create a community.” Jacinta says she sometimes works 14 hour days and does not see what she does as a job. “I see it as my life. “It’s always been a desire to make a difference and I love people and I think one of my strengths is I believe in people.”

inbriefnews Subsidy for rider training With more than 7,500 motorbikes, scooters and mopeds registered in Wellington the council says two-wheel transport is becoming increasingly popular. The city council is offering subsidised skills training for riders which will cost just $20. The project is in collaboration with the NZTA. To find out more visit wellington.govt. nz/motorcycles.

Exceeding expectations The Wellington City Council chief executive has exceeded expectations during his first year on the job, according to the council’s performance review committee. Kevin Lavery stepped into the job in March 2013 after moving from Cornwall.

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MAYOR’S AWARD: Rongotai resident Jacinta Krefft has spent 12 years organising volunteers for the Wellington Boys and Girls Institute Challenge for Change Programme. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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A band made-up of local youngsters from Wellington High school has won the top spot at the New Zealand Smokefree Rockquest.

HeadChef consists of Ted Bartley from Strathmore, Dylan Quinn from Rongotai, Leon van Dijk from Karori and Carlos McQuillan from Lower Hutt. Ted, who plays the bass and does backup vocals, says win-

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TOP PRIZE: Winning Wellington High school band HeadChef is made-up of Carlos McQuillan, Ted Bartley, Dylan Quinn and Leon van Dijk. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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HeadChef won $10,000 worth of music gear, a $10,000 song and video package and a seven day all expenses paid tour of Fiji. Dylan, the drummer, says the band’s style of original music can be described as Wellington skank rock. HeadChef performed two songs at the finals of the competition in Auckland, Think of Me and Ruby (Slim Shadbolt). Leon, the lead guitarist, says Ruby (Slim Shadbolt) came about from him taking a trip to a park in Seatoun. “I was up there one day and I was like ‘this place is really cool’ so I went home and sang about it,” he says. The band say in the future they hope to secure a few more gigs and get more recording time in the studio. Smokefree Rockquest attracted 700 entries from around the country which was reduced down to 23 regional finalists who had to submit a music video. Six bands played at the Smokefree Rockquest finals in Auckland on Saturday September 27.

Tunnel vision for motorists With wind in their hair and the smell of fresh asphalt flowing throw their nostrils the first group of Wellingtonians zoomed through the new Arras tunnel last week. The tunnel replaces the old Buckle Street bypass road and takes westbound traffic underground following the Basin Reserve and before the top of Taranaki Street. Above the tunnel will be the new National War Memorial Park which is expected to open on Anzac day 2015. The new road is named after the small French town of Arras where a New Zealand army company were stationed during World War One to dig tunnels towards German trenches. On Saturday September 27 thousands of Wellingtonians had the chance to walk through the new tunnel. Motorists will notice poppies adorning the walls of the tunnel which were at the suggestion of Sir Peter Jackson.

WEST BOUND: Motorists drive through the new Arras tunnel as the head west towards Taranaki Street. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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MEET THE LOCALS: MOTLEY CREW: Pasi Tunupopo with his son Mark Daniells and close friends Cliff and Betty Condren. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Visique wants to hear all stories and see how the notion of friendship is being demonstrated throughout the country, whether the nominee has been a supportive comrade through a difficult phase of life, served as a helpful ‘taxi service’ by taking others’ kids to extra-curricular activities, or never failed to provide dinner for a family of six every

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By Sam Duff A former whaler turned champion wrestler, night club owner and car park mogul along with a strip tease club owner who lived in Las Vegas for 20 years held a joint 80th birthday at the Pines recently. Pasi Tunupopo, from Kingston, says he was Wellington’s club scene in the 1960s when he owned strip tease club the Purple Onion, on Vivian Street. “Anybody who was anybody came to my place,” Pasi says. “We had a ball. “Vivian Street was the sin city of Wellington.” Pasi says he worked on the trams in Wellington in his early days before moving to Sydney where he

started doing drag work. “I thought the drag shows would go well in New Zealand,” he says. He soon travelled back to Wellington to start his own club. When the drag queens were not making enough money he started running strip tease shows, Pasi says. “Going out in the clubs was big in those days.” Betty Condren from Strathmore says she and husband Cliff met Pasi and his wife Anita through the club scene many years ago and have been friends ever since. “They became like an extended family to us,” says Betty, a former Nurse. Cliff, who had an accident seven years ago and is paralysed, says

he used to be a champion wrestler before he and Betty bought club Uncle Albert’s Attic. Cliff says he had been nominated to go the Commonwealth Games when he wrestled with a professional and was banned from competing. Betty says Uncle Albert’s Attic was a teenage club and she and Cliff always made an effort to look after the kids. “At one point I thought the drug problem was getting pretty bad so I got somebody from the drug squad to come up to the club and talk to the kids,” she says. Pasi and Cliff celebrated their 80th birthdays together with friends from their old club days at the Pines on September 27.

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Family Works Guardian Angels Each hour of each day about seven New Zealand children are caught up in family violence. Family Works, part of Presbyterian Support Central, is calling for new Guardian Angels to help children and families experiencing family violence in our community. The vision is to make Aotearoa New Zealand the best place in the world to grow up. Yet current statistics paint a different picture. According to data summaries provided by New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse 2014, last year there were 95,080 family violence investigations by NZ Police. More than 60 per cent of these investigations involved at least one child under 16 years old. In 2013, 10 children and young people were killed by a family member. Many more were hospitalised after being assaulted by a member of their family. Family Works Central provides a range of social services to support children, young people and their families who are experiencing poverty, violence and grief. Wellington Family Works services include social work, counselling for individuals including children, young people, adults and families, parenting programmes, and an emergency food bank. Family Works regional manager Nici Nixon says Family Works counsellors and social workers specialise in anger management, supporting and empower-

ing partners, and working with children to ensure they are as safe as possible. “Family violence impacts on the lives of too many New Zealanders. It’s a huge part of the work we do, which shows how much it actually goes on.” She says perpetrators can change if they are given the opportunity, and their partners and children can be supported to feel strong and safe, but they need to have access to the right help and support. “People are getting a lot better at coming forward and asking for help. Thank goodness there are services like Family Works that people can come to, but we need the funds to be able to keep providing our services.” People can become a Guardian Angel by signing up to make a monthly donation of $30 to help families experiencing poverty or violence to access Family Works services. One-off donations are also appreciated. Anne Manchester, who has been a Guardian Angel since the campaign originally started, says becoming a Guardian Angel was an easy decision. “It makes me feel like at least I am contributing a little bit. It’s easy to think, ‘oh, it’s too big a problem, someone else will have to solve it,’ but we can all do something, we can all play a part.”  If you know someone experiencing family violence call Family Works on 04 439 4900, or It’s not OK on 0800 456 450. For more information about Guardian Angels visit

ALL SMILES: Miramar Unichem pharmacy co-owners Raj Nagar and Ann Privett are pleased with their win. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

White jackets reign supreme By Sam Duff Little round pills, a mixture of medicines and long white coats – a Miramar pharmacy has won a top pharmacy prize. Ann Privett from Unichem Mirmar says the pharmacy, which she has co-owned since 1998, has won the award for an outstanding contribution to professional services at the Green Cross Health Pharmacy of the Year Awards. Winning the award was humbling, she says. Ann puts the win down to the pharmacy endeavouring to share knowledge and teach other pharmacists new skills. “Our doors are always open to other pharmacists,” she says “This is not stuff that should be kept to

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GO SOLO: Toi Whakaari acting student Johanna Cosgrove, from Newtown, takes a break from practicing her solo performance. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Local resident Sir Peter Jackson has become one of the first members of a new national association launched by the Returned Services Association on Friday. RSA national president Don McIver says research has shown the RSA that members of the public are under the impression you have to be a returned soldier to join the organisation. “People want to be able to engage with their peers online, and that is what prompted us to set-up a national association,” he says. “Kiwis from around the world will be able to join the new national association via our website and connect with our cause on an international scale.” The new national association will provide many benefits to members, Don says.

Acting students step onto stage person to get on board,” she says. While giving little away about her own performance Johanna says she is slightly nervous. “I always get nervous before a show,” she says. “It’s scarier because it’s my show and I care about it so much and I want it to be as successful as possible.” “At the beginning of the process I had a clear idea of what I wanted to make. “It’s been a really rewarding process.” Johanna says she decided she loved acting when she gave it a go as a teenager. “I did it outside of school and

By Sam Duff Lights, camera, and action – a group of third year acting students from Toi Whakaari in Newtown are stepping onto the stage to perform by themselves. Fifteen students will spend 20 minutes each treading the boards in the annual Go Solo show in which the students do everything themselves. Johanna Cosgrove from Newtown says the show is really exciting because the audience will see a number of really different performances. “You don’t have to be a theatre


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AIRPORT PLAN: A 300 metre extension to the Wellington Airport runway has been proposed. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Dear Ed, The Mayor may support the proposal to extend the existing runway by some 300 metres into the Cook Strait, claiming that this will bring larger aircrafts into the Airport and boost Wellington’s economy, but the reasoning ignores the fact that Airlines are concerned with bums-on-seats, not long runways. A longer runway may be built to meet demand; it will not of itself create a demand. This is another project which suffers from the

Dear Ed, I advised WCC many years ago that the disability park in Herald Street was no longer being used by a disabled person, just the locals. Another is in Rintoul St, at the southern end near the council flats. It is a large park and every night is occupied by cars not displaying a permit. There needs to be more disability parks and safer parks in Newtown. The parks in Normanby St and Newtown Ave are very dangerous. I have advised there is a safer option, which they choose to ignore. There’s a park outside the library, another in the Wilson St car park without any signage to help a disabled person

basic problem – lack of population. New Zealand’s entire population would equate to that of Melbourne’s CBD. With a population of less than half a million, Wellington is a small city by world standards and should not try to live by large city standards. Wellington will need to provide more than a couple of major events a year, to attract airborne tourists. Dick Mulholland, Seatoun (abridged)

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know it is there, then one outside the community centre off Rintoul St. That is the full extent of disability parks in Newtown. None in the area of WINZ, or the post office, the laboratory or the hospital. The pa rks on the Northern Side of Dixon St need to be shifted across the road to where the cycle park is and the cycle park moved across the road. It is very dangerous for a disabled passenger to exit a car with the traffic flow. You just have to hope the passenger is quicker than the light change. Heather Bevan, Island Bay (abridged)

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MINUTES WITH: John Taylor-Smith

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What would your last meal on earth be? If you had asked me ten years ago I would have said roast lamb but I have recently discovered orange beef.

Who are you inspired by?

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

What would you spend your last $100 on?

Being able to go for a long walk wherever it takes me.

If it really was my last $100 maybe a ‘posh’ meal out with all the trimmings.

Who would you love to have a meal with? Barack Obama at the White House.

Nelson Mandela – How he overcame adversity and his incredible insight into the real meaning of freedom and democracy.

I would like to travel to Europe.

What is your guilty TV pleasure?

What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you?

Getting up early and watching golf.

What was your best ever holiday?

What makes you smile?

In 2009 I went to Melbourne to watch Tiger Woods at the Australian Masters.

What’s next on your wish list?

Seeing the joy and how silly people act when a baby is around.

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Wellington Zoo staff were abuzz with excitement when the Cook Strait News arrived on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. It could be because of the arrival of a new Sumatran tiger swelling the number of the rare creatures at the Zoo to three; two males and a female. This reporter wanted to talk with Bashii, the new Sumatran tiger, for comment on his new home but unfortunately he was unavailable for comment. Paul Horton, from the zoo, explains Bashii has recently arrived in Wellington as the result of a Zoo and

Aquarium Association initiative. ZAA is an international organisation aimed at boosting the population of critically endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger, of which there may be less than 400 left worldwide. Bashii has joined Senja, a breeding female, who also arrived at the Zoo as part of the same ZAA initiative. “Bashii and Senja have been seen checking each other out” Paul says. But what of the dating habits of Sumatran tigers? Bashii has been observing Senja and getting to know her and Paul says “Bashii is something of a gentleman but he is much more interested in Senja than me”.

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The courtship may be a longer one for another reason, Paul has noticed a distinct difference in personality between Senja and Bashii. Whilst Senja was more confident and outgoing and Paul found it easy to build a relationship with her, Paul has had to work harder to earn Bashii’s trust. This does not phase Paul as he notes different animals have different personalities. “What motivates and makes Bashii comfortable is different to what makes Tunde (a recently arrived serval) comfortable. “It is much easier to have a more hands-on relationship with a serval than a tiger”.

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FLASHBACK the year


Locals quizzed on National Front This time ten years ago the National Front’s proposal to run its own community patrols was the hot topic in the Cook Strait News. Local residents were quizzed on what they thought of the idea with some in favour and others against. Victoria Warban from Churton Park was not sure how safe our city was. “Absolutely I would like to see this community safer,” she said.

Celebrating experience Sweet treats, tasty savouries and good conversation – an afternoon tea was held at the Island Bay Community Centre last week to celebrate international day of the older person. Residents from Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore popped in for a visit while other locals came from throughout the eastern and southern suburbs. The annual day is set aside to show appreciation older people throughout the community. Marion Kitchenman, from Newtown, came for a cake, a cup of tea and a chat to old friends, mainly about her recent trip back to Ireland.

 EAT UP: Marion Kitchenman from Newtown has a bite to eat.

 ALL SMILES: John Meredith and Molly Morrison enjoy a slice of short bread. PHOTOS: Sam Duff

 GOOD TIME: Noeline Arnold and Ruth Murray smile for the Cook Strait News camera.

“I work with children and I see a lot of extremely young children who are not under much supervision.” Thais Nutter from Newlands was firmly against the idea. “I think it’s rank. I don’t like racists.” Wikipedia describes the National Front as a “small white nationalist political party.”

LOOKING OUT: Photographer John Shorland sits on the beach at Island Bay looking at Tapu Te Ranga Island.

Exploring old stomping grounds A group of Island Bay artists have turned a mid-winter trip to Tapu Te Ranga Island into an exhibition of the tiny slice of land. Photographer John Shorland and painters Rahul Gopinathan and Ian Logan made the trip across to bring back photos and sketches. Not having their own boats and waiting for the right weather did not stop John from taking a special panorama photo of the bay While it was Rahul’s first

trip to the Island it was a chance for John and Ian to revisit somewhere they explored as youngsters as they grew up in the bay. Often known locally as Rat Island, John says he noticed a tremendous growth in the number of trees and vegetation on the island. Tapu Te Ranga Island used to be infested with rats, John says. “We often saw them swimming one way or the other when we were rowing across,”

he says. “A good whack with the oars didn’t put them off either” Rahul says he was impressed by the size of the island and the views down the Wellington coastline. “I got a sense of what an important lookout it must have been throughout Maori and European history,” he says. The photos and sketches of the group’s trip are on display at the Tapu Te Ranga Gallery in Island Bay until October 30.

Finlayson eyes 2038 Rongotai National candidate and Attorney General Christopher Finlayson has joked he should be able to unseat incumbent Labour MP Annette King by 2038. In a piece UK magazine the Spectator Mr Finlayson has given his take on the

2014 general election. “For the first time in my three campaigns we have taken the most party votes in Rongotai booths, although Annette retains the electorate by a comfortable margin,” he says. “I tell my volunteers that,

on this trend, I should be able to unseat her by 2038.” Mr Finlayson explains in the story that as Rongotai is a safe Labour seat it is his job to maximise National’s party vote in the area.


Monday October 6, 2014


 LEARNING FUN: Scout Cadwald lader, 8, an r e th ro b r e h ig d , Jet, 10 for fake worms.

 EAGER LEARNERS learn about the Ha : Alex Barnes, 7, and Samuel Webb, 7, ast’s eagle and the PHOTOS: Sam Duff giant Moa.

 FUN AND GAMES: Eva Hargreaves, 4, and Sophia Hargreaves, 6, learn about native New Zealand animals.

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 LIBRARY FUN: Teresa Young and Lucas Webb,4, chill out with a book at the

Young scientists got their hands dirty at Kilbirnie last week when they took part in a mad science mystery holiday programme. Florence Laigle from Kilbirnie Library says the programme was about kids hands-on learning about

nature. One activity involved the youngsters digging for fake worms with tweezers so they could learn about kiwi’s beaks. “It’s really fun,” she says. “It’s their local environment so that’s something they’re in direct contact with.”

THANK YOU: Paula Winiata from Seatoun says she is grateful to her neighbour for looking after her cat Bella before she died. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

“It’s a nice way to make them environmentally conscious.” The holiday programme was held in conjunction with the Department of Conservation who are releasing a new cell phone application, Habitat the Game, about native New Zealand birds.

St Christopher’s Correction In last week’s Cook Strait News it was mentioned that there would be a public meeting to discuss the future of St Christopher’s Church in Seatoun. Unfortunately the date was wrong and the correct details are as follows. The meeting will be held on Sunday October 12 from 3 pm at the St Christopher's Hall in Seatoun.


Neighbours look out for each other By Sam Duff When her cat Bella started staying out late into the night Paula Winiata says she had feeling something was wrong. The Seatoun resident says Bella, 12, had been missing for a week and she did not know where she was until she spoke to a friendly neighbour. “Bella showed up in her back-

yard and she looked after Bella,” Paula says. “I was out there night and day calling out for her. I didn’t think she would stray that far. Paula says she is extremely thankful to her neighbour down the road, whose name she still does not know, for looking after Bella. The neighbour noticed Bella was sick and took her to the

SPCA where she was put down, Paula says. “For a family like that to take their time to give my cat that love and attention. I am just so thankful to them. “I’m grieving but at the same time I’m so happy that somebody did that.” Paula says Bella may have had to be put down because of a stroke.






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Floorball a hit F lo orba l l player s f rom throughout Australasia headed to Kilbirnie last week for the seventh annual Wellington Floorball Open. Floorball is a style of hockey that involves carbon fibre and plastic sticks and a light-weight plastic ball. The game originated in Sweden in the 1970s and is now estimated to be played by more than two million people throughout the world. The Christchurch Floorball Club defeated the Pakenham Floorball Club from Melbourne 4-1 to win the Wellington Floorball Open 2014. Shaun Jones from Wellington Floorball says the final was very exciting with Pakenham trying their best to beat Christchurch.

“They couldn’t keep up with the fast and sharp shooting Christchurch team,” he says. Wellington also had a good showing in the competition with Wellington South Yellow coming third and Wellington South White coming fourth. Sven-Erik Sundin, a Wellington Storm Floorball Club player, says the future of the sport is bright with the growing number of people getting involved. “Each quarter we’re seeing more and more young players and new teams join our competitions and take part in coaching and training sessions run by the club,” he says. Sven-Erik says at the start of 2013 they had 55 junior school teams and now there are more than 90.

STICK PLAY: Players descended on Kilbirnie for the seventh Wellington Floorball Open Tournament last week. PHOTO: Carl Shann

CHUFFED: Brooklyn School floorball team members, back, Maxim, Shivaan, Jonathan, Michael and Arnan, front, Dhilan, Scott, George, Theo and William.

Boccia players battled it out

Nail-biter for Brooklyn Whack that ball – a group of floorball players from Brooklyn have come third in the Wellington U15 tournament. Ranjan Jeram from Brooklyn School says the year eight team did extremely well considering half of the players had never played the game before nor had they heard of it. He says the 12 year olds were very pleased after a nail-biting play-off for third place.

The Brooklyn side was down 2 nil to Evans Bay Intermediate School when they came from behind and started leading 5-2. EBIS fought back slightly but not enough to take the win from Brooklyn who were chuffed with a final score of 5-4 with just 25 seconds left on the clock. Ranjan says Brooklyn had a large rowdy group of supporters cheering

the side on. “It was great to take the win,” he says. “The delight on the faces of the boys from Brooklyn School pretty much said it all. “It was a fantastic tournament.” The Wellington Open Floorball Tournament has been held annually since 2008 and is the biggest and longest running Floorball Tournament in New Zealand.

Boccia players from across the country battled it out when the 2014 New Zealand National Boccia Championships were held in Wellington last week. The sport of boccia tests each competitor’s degree of muscle control and accuracy. Seated, athletes throw, kick or use a ramp to propel six leather balls as close as possible to a white ball which serves as the jack or target. Competitors generally have a high level of physical impairment and it is particularly beneficial for people with severe cerebral palsy, post polio syndrome, locomotor disabilities such as muscular dystrophy, quadriplegia or multiple sclerosis and those with limited movement. "This highly skilled and strategic game was originally developed from bowls and bocce as a sport suitable for people with the highest level of physical impairment but has grown to be more than just a pastime," says Luke Morriss, Boccia New Zealand Director. “For many athletes with physical impairments, their sporting pathways can be limited. Boccia is a sport that can be played and enjoyed by anyone, whether it is at a local club level or at an international level,” he says.

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