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Monday October 13, 2014

Wayne ditches the car

TRANSPORT GALORE: Jenna Snelgrove from Tranzit Tours and Island Bay resident Wayne Buck.

Buses, bicycles and trains – an Island Bay resident has won an award for ditching his car and using more sustainable forms of transport. Wayne Buck usually drives to work in the CBD but decided to take part in the three week Spring to the Street competition. Wayne won the newbie prize in the competition for getting out of his car and using buses, cycling and walking instead. “When I heard about it I felt compelled to join up,” he says. “I agree with the idea of

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more sustainable transport for the people of our fine city and decided to challenge myself to be a part of it." During the competition, participants earned points for travels made using sustainable forms of transport. After years of driving Wayne rediscovered his love of cycling. “This was the first time I'd cycled to work in about 10 years, it was very enjoyable,” he says. “Walking was a challenge as I have a sore foot but I decided not to allow my injury to define what I do.”

“I also wanted to do more to get a bit fitter, lose weight and be happier, so it becomes a part of my decision to self-improve.” Spring to the Street is organised by Greater Wellington Regional Council. Wayne and his wife will enjoy a Martinborough wine tour from Tranzit Tours thanks to his efforts. He says he will continue walking, cycling and bussing to work in future. “I intend to keep it up – this is part of a lifestyle choice and a decision to be a better citizen.”


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ART FOR ART SAKE: Kilbirnie artist Peter Zlatkoff says he has a passion for abstract painting. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

No holding Peter back By Sam Duff and Paris Hunt

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A brain haemorrhage at the age of 16 changed the life of Kilbirnie artist Peter Zlatkoff forever. Peter, a former active sportsman, says he was in his classroom when he collapsed and spent the following month in a coma and the following ten years was spent getting his speech back. Peter, who does all his painting at Vincent’s Art Workshop, says his passion for painting came later when he had a go at painting at community college. During the years Peter, who moved from Hastings to Wellington in 1993, has gone from painting mainly scenery and landscapes to focussing on abstract pieces. “I have a passion for abstracts and for squares,” Peter says. “It’s my life.” His love of squares came about after a holiday to Greece in 2000 where he saw the squares on the apartment floor where he was staying. Peter says he came home and got to

work experimenting with squares. In 1998 Peter won the Telecom art award and a piece of his work was published on the front cover of the regions telephone books. His father Jim says Peter has given away many paintings throughout the years and has sold more than 60. Jim says when Peter, who is a selftaught artist, first started painting abstract drawings he did not understand what he was doing. “Those are something different,” he says. Jim says over time he came to appreciate Peter’s abstracts and says he likes how he balances all the various aspects of the paintings. “He is a passionate and very determined artist.” Jim says Peter has not yet been truly discovered as an artist and is looking for somebody to show off his art to the world.  To learn more about Peter’s art visit

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