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House of horrors By Sam Duff Bloody walls, dead bodies around every corner and a Chucky doll for extra scares – a Rongotai father and daughter duo are going all-out on the gore for a few screams and shrieks this Halloween. Richard and Michelle Donnelly have gone to extreme lengths to

decorate their home for the past five years for Halloween. “We go for the gory scary stuff,” Michelle says. Michelle, a hairdresser, says she loves horror and being scared which is why sheSOUTHERN gets so into Halloween. & EASTERN

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“People hear about the house and they just have to come and see it for themselves.”

Decorating the house started out small for a Halloween party, Michelle says. “All of a sudden it got really big. “They always say ‘this is the best house ever’.”

While the pair did not decorate the house last year, Michelle estimates they had about 600 visitors in 2012. With all of the time and effort involved in putting the house together this will

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WOWING THE CROWD: The latest version of the Wellington sign was installed on Wexford Hill to celebrate WOW in the capital. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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be the last year they do the house up for Halloween, Michelle says. Each year there is a theme but because it will the final year Michelle and Richard say they will be getting out all the old favourites from the past five years. A highlight will be the Texas Chainsaw Massacre room, Richard says. “The kids quite like it and get a good scare,” he says. “I normally get into it as well and scare the mothers. It’s a bit of fun.” Michelle says she normally starts working on the house four months before Halloween. While she lives elsewhere she says her parents do not mind their home being filled with fake blood and decapitated body parts. Fog, scary music and plenty of screams will fill the Salek Street house in Rongotai on Friday, October 31 for Halloween and the next night.

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Fundraising for the littlies By Sam Duff

ALL SMILES: Lachie Tassicker, 4, enjoys playing on the Greta Point Childcare Centre slide. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Movie nights, a kids’ photo exhibition and now online auctions are how an Evan’s Bay childcare centre are fundraising the cash to replace their playground matting. Centre assistant manager Courtney Sherman says 20 different items, donated by businesses, will be on TradeMe from today and available for the public to bid on. “We need our outdoor matting to be replaced which will cost about $7,000” she says. “It was last replaced eight years ago.” The kids have fewer restrictions on their play when they are on the playground, Courtney says.

By Sam Duff The future of the old Wellington Prison and surrounding Mount Crawford land is in question and activist John Overton wants to have his say. John is the coordinator of the Save Mount Crawford campaign and the Miramar Heights Community Gardens, which are based near the old Wellington Prison. “We don’t want to see any part of this land fall into private hands,” John says. “We want it to be kept for the benefit of all Wellingtonians.” Wellington Prison was closed in 2012 and the land is now owned by Land Information New Zealand with Wellington City Council and Ministry of Defence also owning other

productive and it had gone to ers at a time. parts of the area. The area should be made part wrack and ruin so a few of us thought it would be good to  What would you like to of the green belt, John says. see Mount Crawford used “There’s lots of potential here regenerate it.” Wellington prison was built for? Email for people to develop it for the benefit of the wider community in 1927 and usually housed and let us know what you between 120 and 200 prison- think. and not for corporations.” He says the Ministry of Culture and Heritage are beginning a process to decide the future of the area. In September the Crown, Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust and Wellington City Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure the heritage of Watts Peninsula, on the Miramar Peninsula, is protected. John says the Miramar Heights Community Gardens lease the land from the council. LAND LOCKED: Spokesman for the Save Mount Crawford “The idea was that this was a campaign John Overton is concerned about the future of the prison garden and it was very area. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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“They don’t have to worry about r unning about and noise.” Courtney says the centre is hoping to raise between $500 and $1000 from the auctions. Children’s book shop vouchers, toys, kids furniture and computer and electronic knickknacks are just a few of the items up for grabs, she says. The children enjoyed taking part in a photo exhibition with some of the photos taken by them, Courtney says. “They love taking photos,” she says. “They see it as a real treat so it’s a good way of getting them involved.” The Greta Point Childcare Centre auctions will be uploaded onto TradeMe under the username GretaPoint.

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St Mark’s kids have the smarts By Sam Duff Sandy and Danny from Grease, Goldilocks, the Pied Piper, and cowboys from the West seem like an unusual bunch but that is how a Mount Cook school earned themselves some decent test results.

St Mark’s Church School principal Kent Favel says this is the third year in a row the school achieved a 100 per cent distinction mark in their trinity exams. “It’s simply outstanding,” Kent says. “It’s a team effort.” The exams involve an assessor visiting the

Save the Children relay Friday marked the date of the Save the Children global relay, with more children taking part than ever before. Over 700 children in New Zealand from a total of 14 schools took part in the “race for survival”, which highlighted the plight of child deaths in some of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged countries.

BRIGHT SPARKS: St Marks Church School principal Kent Favel with students Eve na Nagara, 11, Paris Povey, 12, Kate Parker, 11, and Marcus Johnson, 12. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Newtown to discuss plans The next Newtown Residents Association meeting will be held this evening at 7:30pm. On the agenda is the Basin Reserve, a cycleway update, Newtown parking issues, as well as Wellington City Council Consultations, including the draft suburban reserves management plan, the urban growth plan, and the long term plan. All are welcome to attend and express their views and opinions at the Newtown Community Hall.




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SHORT-LISTED: Strathmore-based author Tracy Farr has been short-listed for a top Australian book award. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Sudesh makes his father proud Russian, Hindi, Urdu, English, Kashmiri and Panjabi – those are the six languages written and spoken by a Kilbirnie man who was born in Kashmir, studied and started a business in Moscow and now runs an export and import business from Wellington. Sudesh Wasoori has recently become a justice of the peace and has spent the past four years volunteering as a budget advisor for the Wellington Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Being involved in the community is in the blood for Sudesh, whose father was the general secretary and official spokesperson of the congress party for the state the family lived in. During a trip to Russia and Germany as an official delegate Sudesh’s father visited Moscow and was impressed enough that he soon sent his son there to study engineering. Sudesh says he was always fascinated by law, but pursued his career in engineering and earned a doctorate degree.

“It was good,” Sudesh says. “I have still got a great feeling towards Russians for the reason that they are very intellectual people.” During his time in Moscow he recalls being impressed when seeing most people carrying books while travelling on public transport. While in Moscow Sudesh says he started an importing and exporting business In 1996 Sudesh got engaged to his now-wife Veena and once they got married a trip to New Zealand for their honeymoon would lead to a more permanent move in 1997. “We came here and my wife liked the place,” he says. “Initially it was hard for me to come from one part of the world to another but finally I adopted the country.” Sudesh says while he likes his work his real enjoyment in life is helping people as a qualified budget advisor for the Citizens Advice Bureau. “In the last few years I have seen so many vulnerable clients,” he says. “Twenty to 30 per cent of the people who

COMMUNITY MAN: Sudesh Wasoori was born in Kashmir, studied in Moscow and now lives in Kilbirnie. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

come to me are in tears.” The biggest problem he sees while volunteering is the harm done by finance companies, he says. “Finance companies are completely ripping people off,” Sudesh says. “People don’t have a basic idea of what they’re signing.” Sudesh says he wanted to become a justice of the peace to help people. “There’re a lot of things I have

seen, especially in the ethnic communities with what they don’t understand.” “I can explain to people what things mean.” The work the local Indian community, in particular Wellington Indian Sports Club, do to help people inspired him to get involved and do his part, Sudesh says. He says his wife Veena has been a great support in helping him to do his community work.

Step this way freedom campers environment committee want is prohibited. to allow freedom camping in At a meeting last week Welpublic spaces except where it lington City Council’s environment committee agreed to welcome and allow campers in parts of the city. Councillor Helene Ritchie says visitors and campers to Wellington will be able to enjoy the city and the natural environment. “However, camping will be prohibited in central city parks such as Frank Kitts or Waitangi Park; campervans will eventually have a new site on Port land, and camping on reserve land or inner city parks will still not be allowed,” she says. STUNNING VIEW: One of the views freedom campers to Wel- Freedom camping will be encouraged at the Te Kopahou Relington enjoy at Houghton Bay. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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SGCNZ Primarily Dreaming of Shakespeare

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s inaugural performance of its Primarily Playing with Shakespeare (SGCNZ PPWS) programme will comprise scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by students from five primary schools around the Wellington district and a group of Home Schoolers in one hour-long performance in Queen Margaret College Hall on Tuesday 4 November at 1.00pm, mentored by Ania Upstill for SGCNZ . Schools: Queen Margaret College Junior School, Karori West Normal School, Otari School, Te Aro School, St Peter & St Paul School. With each school setting its scenes in their own style, it will be an innovative thematic collage of the play, linked by Puck and the Fairies! Celebrating the 450th birthday of the Bard’s birth, come and see how much fun they’re having with Shakespeare!

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Who would you like to see as the next leader of the Labour party and why?

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“I don’t really know them. The only one that I know is the current one. He seems a bit of a clown.”

“I don’t even know any of them. I should be following this and I’m not.”

“I kind of like them all. I prefer Labour policies and the Green’s policies full stop. So for me it’s not so much about the candidate. I think David Cunliffe did alright.”

“I guess Grant Robertson would be the best option at this stage. He has the support that he needs and he is a fresh young face.”

“David Cunliffe. I think the Labour party needs somebody smart as their leader.”

Vincent Verberkt, Maupuia “They’re all squabbling amongst themselves. They don’t know where they are.”

LETTERS to the editor Reflecting fondly

Happy to see old friends Dear Ed, It was lovely to see Pasi (Partying like they used to, October 6). When we were younger we followed the dance culture here in Wellington and Pasi was a fabulous dancer, and I was lucky enough for him to choose me as his partner on occasions. I had not heard about him and often wondered whether he was still in Wellington.

My eldest son and Pasi were class mates at Wellington Boys. It was great to see Cliff and Betty also, as Betty and I were Wellington technical College (Wellington High) pupils together and we both have an interest in horse racing. Happy Birthday to Pasi and Cliff. Heather Bevan, Island Bay

Dear Ed, I can’t help feeling intrigued about the work going on at the corner of Coutts Street and Onepu Road (Kilbirnie). Currently there is a van parked half in and out of the ‘shop’. Is that for a garage, or for easy access to building tools? That site has had many re-brandings but the one I remember fondly is when it was the Rendez Vous Café. It felt like going into someone’s home – there was a piano along one wall and a feeling that it may have become quite a lively place to be in the evenings. It is a strange phenomenon, but it sometimes seems that whenever a long-running business shuts up shop, that its successors never last very long. I certainly hope this won’t happen with the High Tea Café opposite, which was for years a kind of antique shop before becoming a kind of op shop. I am sure other readers would remember what these premises were used for long

WHAT’S A HAPPENING: The building on the corner of Coutts Street and Onepu Road in Kilbirnie is being strengthened and will be available to lease. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

before I would. The High Tea Café there now certainly looks charming – as yet to be tried by myself. Christine Swift, Island Bay (abridged)

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It should be quite simple to widen this tunnel to two lanes and open it up to all traffic. This would not only ease the congestion at the tunnel but would bring more traffic through Hataitai which would enliven this suburb. Skye Anderson, Mount Victoria

Cycleway a waste of time Dear Ed, I am against the cycleway. Island Bay already has a cycleway which works perfectly well. It is outrageous that WCC plan to spend $2,900,000 of Ratepayers money on a cycleway to go from Shorland Park to Wakefield Park. The one section of The Parade that could be considered unsafe for cyclists is the shopping centre but that section is to be excluded from the cycleway. Every job has cost over runs so we can expect the cost to escalate. No one would object to spending the money on creating a cycleway around the bays or to make Adelaide Rd or the city safer for cyclists but this is just wasteful

use of rates. As a recreational cyclist, I have cycled down The Parade countless times and never once felt unsafe. The intention of WCC to narrow the width of The Parade to the same width as Adelaide Rd is appalling. This iconic road, which is probably the safest road in Wellington for cyclists, will be ruined, pedestrians will be put at risk with the cycleway crossing the footpath to go behind bus stops and passengers will risk being hit by cyclists when they open car doors. It’s poorly considered, poorly consulted and a waste of money. Lorraine Edwards

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Racing towards Wellington’s history By Dan Whitfield Despite living in Mount Cook, Graeme Davidson is focused on getting everyone living in the Wellington region involved in his new race – The Great Wellington Hunt. He hopes that through being part of the Amazing Race-styled event, people will be able to better answer the question, how well do you know Wellington? “I was born and raised in Wellington, [but] a friend visiting from abroad was asking me about the city’s history and I didn’t have the answers. I did some research and it has evolved to become The Great Wellington Hunt,” says Graeme.

The event is set to run on November 2 and will involve teams solving clues and racing to reach various locations over the course of the afternoon. Each of the 14 locations, one of which is the statue of John Plimmer and his dog Fritz in central Wellington, will have a clue that people will have to solve before moving on. Something that was a must for Graeme was having clues or questions that would not be able to be answered by simply typing it into Google. He says people taking part will have to put their knowledge to the test no matter what. “It’s something that Wellington doesn’t have and from

talking to people that want to do it, it’s something they are interested in,” Graeme says. “It’s going to be great educating people,” he says. While the event has an entry fee of $25 per adult and $15 for children under 15, all proceeds will be going towards Make A Wish New Zealand – an organisation that grants special wishes of children with life-threatening medical To register, contact Graeme Davidson via email: graeme. or go to the event’s Facebook page: Entries close on October 30.

READY FOR THE RACE: Organiser Graeme Davidson beside the statue of John Plimmer and his dog Fritz on Plimmer Steps. PHOTO CREDIT: Dan Whitfield

Busy café celebrates birthday By Sam Duff If popular Newtown cafe Baobab were a human being, the busy business would be celebrating its sixth birthday with cake, balloons and party poppers. Instead Baobab owners Rachel and Gabe Johnston celebrated six years in business with a backyard garden bash on Sunday for Newtown locals. Gabe says the couple had both been chefs throughout the world for years and wanted to open their own place where they could envisage themselves wanting to hang-out. “We felt that we had the skills and we felt that we could create a place that would be really good,” he says. “We didn’t know what to expect. There was zero expectation for us. We started fresh. “It is beyond what we ever expected really.” Gabe, who has worked in Australia, Canada, and Scotland, says running the café is hard-work and can be stressful at times. The pair had a six month old son when the café was opened so Gabe says they have always tried to have one person at home and the other

Seawall rebuild options Council is still looking to hear from Island Bay residents and locals to the area about their opinions and thoughts for the future of the Island Bay Seawall. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on November 10. The small meeting room at Island Bay Baptist Church will also be open Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am till 5pm, and Thursdays 12 noon till 5pm.

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: Owners of Newtown café Baobab, Gabe and Rachel Johnston, are celebrating six years of being in business. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

running Baobab. Six months after opening the café Gabe and Rachel, who is from Canada, got married and closed up shop for two weeks. One of the hardest times during the past six years was when Baobab expanded three years ago, Gabe says. “We had a reputation so there was a lot of expectation,” he says. “The first day that we expanded was our busiest day ever. That was the hardest part.”

One of the most enjoyable parts of owning Baobab is the social aspect, Gabe says. “I enjoy meeting people and making friends in the community.” The name Baobab comes from an African tree, he says. “It’s known as the tree of life and it’s a very significant tree. “In Africa people built their villages around them and they’re meeting places. We like to think of ourselves like that.”

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As the spring flowers begin to blossom in Kilbirnie a new florist is making her mark. Philippa Anderson, the new owner of Scheherazade, says she loves everything about floristry from the flowers to designing pretty things. Originally from Lower Hutt, Philippa says she has been a florist for about 12 years. “I started off at a little shop on Lambton Quay,” she says. “I love working with customers. Everyone is so friendly and lovely.” The Maupuia resident says her favourite flower is the peony rose. “I would say that but then the new season comes and I would say all the lilies,” she says. “I don’t think there is a flower I don’t like.” Philippa purchased the business from Cheryl Williams who owned Scheherazade for 27 years. “She was awesome,” Philippa says.


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Fair fun for Island Bay By Sam Duff Silent auctions, grocery grabs and fun games – the youngsters of Island Bay School have been busy preparing for their annual school fair. Chair of the Home and School committee Sally Garrity says the fair has become well known in the area having been held annually for about 40 years. Highlights of this year’s fair will be a New World grocery grab, a silent auction, crafts and preserves, Sally says. “We do everything ourselves,” she says. “There’re lots of great

DUCKING ABOUT: Island Bay School students, back left, Georgia Thirkell, 11, Claire Lynch, 10, Caleb Fenton, 10 and May Simpson, 11, with, front left, Roma Kerr, 9, and Perran Coppard, 11. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

things.” Deputy Principal Deborah Fenton says it is a great fundraiser and this year some of the money raised will go towards renovating the top block playground and increasing the amount of technology in classrooms. Students get quite involved in the fair by running various activities such as the duck hunt, Deborah says. “It teaches them that they’re part of a bigger picture,” she says.  The Island Bay School fair is on Saturday November 1 from 11am till 2pm at Island Bay School.

Saving the kids from lunch wrap found there were a lot of products on the market that were through away products.” Anna says her and her network of mothers that work for Munch part-time make about 200 reusable lunch wraps a week. “I don’t think there’s anyone else out there doing this.” What started out as a blog two years ago has turned into an online store and now Anna is preparing to hold the second annual Munch awards. The awards are to raise awareness of the good and the bad of the kid’s food industry, she says. Anna says she does get quite busy between raising her three kids and running Munch.

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MUM’S THE WORD: Island Bay resident Anna Bordignon, pictured with son Eddie, is the director of Munch. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

An Island Bay woman and a group of fellow mothers have banded together to spread the message about eco-friendly products for kids. Anna Bordignon, a former commercial lawyer and mother of three youngsters, started Munch Cooking two years ago. “I wanted to do something that would contribute towards the community,” Anna says. From cook books to reusable lunch wrap, Anna says Munch is all about making and marketing eco-friendly products for kids. “We’re trying to move people away from plastic,” she says. “I


“It’s a good busy,” she says. “When you’re doing something you’re passionate about it doesn’t feel like work.” In the future Anna says she would like Munch to expand. “I would like to see it as something similar to the Body Shop but for products around families. “But we’re a long way away from that. I want it to have a strong social focus.”  To find out more about the Munch awards go to www. Voting will be open from October 27 till November 17. The results will be released on November 25.


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

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organising school fundraisers and decorate their houses for Halloween to entertain kids for no personal gain. We have a lot of talented people that live throughout the Eastern and Southern suburbs, not to mention those who work hard for the community. I say we should keep celebrating them and be proud of what they have achieved. 1027

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Snowy Hey my name is Snowy and I am a west highland terrier – affectionately known as Westies. My breed originated in Scotland and was used to hunt foxes and rodents. My favourite pastimes could not be much different, at the weekend I can be found walking in the green belt or frolicking on the beach at Lyall Bay. During the week I am hanging out at Nose2tail Doggy Daycare, where I love nothing more than digging in the sandpit and basking in the sun. It is not all play though, as I have a very important role as head meeter




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Focus on Latin American indigenous people kill on resistance for justice. At Hall of St Joseph’s Church, Sat 1st Nov. Face painting from 1.00 - 5.45pm & refreshments. Powhiri from 5.45-6pm. Memorial Mass at St Joseph’s Church from 6 - 7pm. Bike trip from St Joseph’s Church to Frank Kitts Park & at Trade Aid in Victoria St.


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and greeter – it does not matter if it is two leggeds or four leggeds visiting Nose2tail, I have to sniff them all. After a hard day playing I love snuggling up with my owner and having lots of tummy rubs. There are four words that sum up my personality – cheerful, stubborn, loving and tenacious.  Do you think your pet is super cute and needs to be shared with Cook Strait News readers? Email your pet’s name, what it enjoys doing along with a picture to news@ and your little-one may be the next pet of the week.

Saturday October 25, 10am - 2.00pm. Ethnic foods, craft, bric-a-brac, clothes & plants and a FREE Zumba class included! St Anne’s Church Hall, Emmett St, Newtown. For stall enquiries call: Suzy 027-201 6493.

Monday October 20, 2014



Diving into the world By Sam Duff

SCRUM HOLD: Scots College 1st XV and New Zealand Schools side players Alex Fidow, TJ Va’a and Malo Tuitama. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Players make their mark By Sam Duff When the New Zealand 1st XV rugby schools side beat Australia and Fiji recently three boys from Scots College were there to tackle, convert and penalty kick their way to victory. Alex Fidow, 17, from the Hutt, Malo Tuitama, 18, from Porirua and school captain TJ Va’a, 18, from Wainuiomata, made up Scots College’s best ever representation on the team. TJ says there is a lot of history wearing the black jersey for the New Zealand schools side. “There’re a couple of All Blacks at the moment who wore this jersey so it’s pretty cool,” he says. New Zealand Schools is made up of up and coming players from around the country and is viewed as the first rung on the high performance ladder of New Zealand rugby. The schools side competed in the International Schools Rugby series at the start of the month against Australia

and Fiji at Porirua Park. The New Zealand side beat-off the visiting teams and took out the competition. TJ says the match against Australia was harder but despite torrential rain at the start eventually New Zealand won 34 to 24. The three youngsters say they were all brought up on rugby so the game is in their blood. “Living in Wainuiomata everyone plays rugby,” TJ says. As they hold the national 1st XV title the Scots side will head to Fukuoka in Japan early next year for the Sanix Secondary Schools Rugby World Cup. TJ says the school team has had a pretty successful season and has worked well together. “It’s just a really good group of guys this year because we’ve played together for a few years,” he says. The next time the young men will play will be at Labour weekend in the Wellington regional sevens competition.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are in the sights of a Rongotai College diver who has recently returned from Russia. The Cook Strait News last week caught up with Anton Jenkins, 15, who recently competed in the Junior World Diving Championships in Penza, Russia. “It was pretty mind blowing,” says Anton, who competed in both the one metre and three metre springboard events. The year 10 student says a preliminary round was held from which the top 12 went on to compete in the finals. In the finals Anton says he came ninth in the one metre and eighth in the three metre. “I was really pleased,” he says. “I wasn’t even expecting to make the top 12 so that’s pretty amazing.” The 18 day trip included a few days in London where Anton had the chance to train in the Olympic pool with top diving countries such as China, Great Britain and Mexico. Anton says he started diving at the age of nine when his Mum saw an advertisement at the local pool. “We didn’t realise it was talent spotting thing for a diving squad,” he says. “Me and my sister started going and she stopped but I kept going because I liked it. “I had always done water sports and it was just something different which I hadn’t done before.” Anton says diving tends to rule his life as

UP AND COMING: Rongotai College diver Anton Jenkins has recently returned from the Junior World Diving Championships in Penza, Russia. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

he trains seven times a week, about 20 hours all up. In the future Anton says he would really like to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.








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