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Little ray of sunshine By Sam Duff Liliana Mather, 9, enjoys dancing, singing and having fun in the backyard of her Strathmore family home; at school she likes reading and maths. On occasion she even gets treated to having her nails done. The Seatoun School student is just like any other nine year old girl – cheerful, playful and funny – except when she was born her parents discovered Liliana has Treacher Collins syndrome. TCS, a rare condition that affects the development of bones and other tissues of the face, is found in about 1 in every 50,000 births. Liliana’s mum Kim Mather says TCS prevents the skull, cheek and jawbones from developing properly, causing facial defects, breathing, eating issues and hearing loss. “Kids are great because kids will ask questions,” Kim says. “It’s adults we actually have to educate.” Continued on page 2

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Fundraising to meet others with TCS Continued from page 1 By Sam Duff “They think their kids are being rude. I would rather they did ask questions and try to understand.” Kim says TCS is just part of who Liliana is. “She has taught us about how we look at people and not judging people before you know them.” Because the condition is so rare Kim says it has been difficult to find other families throughout New Zealand effected by TCS. Just a few days after Liliana’s birth Kim says a nurse approached her and said she had seen TCS before. Kim was soon in touch with families from Taranaki and Stokes Valley and now a week-long retreat is being planned in Auckland at the end of November for eight families

with TCS. “We thought it would be really cool to have a retreat,” Kim says. “It’s the first time families with TCS are coming together because we have never had anything like it before.” Liliana was fascinated the first time she made a friend with TCS, Kim says. “They just sat there and chatted for ages and Liliana said ‘wow you look just like me’,” Kim says. While Liliana says she is looking forward to seeing the other families effected by TCS she thinks the highlight of the trip will be a visit to Rainbows End. Kim and the other families going to Auckland are fundraising for their trip.  Visit givealittle.co.nz/cause/ TCSretreat for more information.

Council to review housing With the government discussing its policy towards state houses and social housing it is the perfect time for the council to undergo a review of its own housing

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IN REVIEW: Wellington City Council is going to undertake a five yearly review of its social housing policy. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

needy,” he says. “We need to do what’s best for them.” “It’s vital that we get this right.” Councillor Eagle says occupants of council owned accommodation pay 70 per cent of the market rate and the rest is subsidised. Wellington City Council is currently going through a $400 million upgrade to its housing stock. A discussion paper calling for public submissions will probably be released by the end of the year, Councillor Eagle says.  Is it the place of Wellington City Council to own social housing for those in need or should it all be sold off? Email news@ wsn.co.nz and let us know what you think.

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The review was going to happen anyway but is also timely because of government social housing being a hot topic of late, councillor Eagle says. “Every three to five years we review every policy that we have got,” he says. “We want to maintain control of our housing business.” The review reinforces the council’s interest in ensuring there is good quality social housing in Wellington, he says. The involvement of the third sector, such as non-profit organisations, and income related rents are just a few of the things that will be up for discussion, councillor Eagle says. “We’re dealing with Wellington’s most vulnerable and

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No better place to live Jumping on a bike for a ride round the coast, fish and chips on the beach at Island Bay and trekking up Mount Victoria – those may be some of the reasons why Wellingtonians have reported a higher quality of life than Auckland and Christchurch. The 2014 quality of life survey was released last week and showed 89 percent of those residing in the capital reporting a good or better quality of life. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown was pleased with her cities results. “Wellington’s positive results were seen across a wide range of areas – from pride in the city’s look and feel,

to acceptance of diversity, and use of public transport,” she says. The survey, conducted by market research company Nielsen, measures the perceptions of over 5000 New Zealanders living in six of the largest urban areas. Housing, safety, sense of community and the sense of pride residents have are all part of the survey. 33 per cent of Wellingtonians said their quality of life had increased in the past year, 92 per cent say the area is a great place to live and 87 per cent report the capital has a culturally rich and diverse arts scene. However it was not all

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GLORIOUS: Island Bay beach, pictured here during a fine day last week, is one place that cheers up locals. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff good news with 74 per cent Is there no better place seeing alcohol and drugs than Wellington on a good as a problem and 75 per day or could we improve cent seeing begging as a as a city? Email news@wsn. co.nz and let us know what problem. you think.

Taking away the magic - resident By Sam Duff The sound of children playing in a Berhampore street may come to an end if Wellington City

Council get their way and close down a local playground. A group of Jeypore Street neighbours came together in the rain on Friday to voice their

FROWNS: A group of Berhampore residents are angry that Wellington City Council is proposing to close down the Jeypore Street playground. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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concerns about their playground closing. Councillor Paul Eagle says he was reading through the draft Suburban Reserves Management Plan when he read the Jeypore Street playground would be decommissioned. Looking further into the closure he says he was told council policy states there must be a certain distance between playgrounds and as there is one at Wakefield Park then the Jeypore Street playground will be closed. Resident Wilhelmina van der Aa says the playground may not be very big but it is a crucial part of the community. “Let’s keep what we already have,” she says. “Taking things just for the sake of taking it is just pointless.” “This has become a community hub. We as a community need this.” Neighbourhood days and street parties are often held around the

playground, Wilhelmina says. One man who attended the meeting says he works from home and because of the location of the playground he is able to send his kids off to play and still keep an eye on them from home. Others attending the meeting expressed concern over having to travel to get to the next closest playground at Wakefield Park. Councillor Eagle says he cannot bear to see unfairness. “It shows a real breakdown in understanding of neighbourhoods,” he says. The playground will probably be replaced by car parks if it is removed, Councillor Eagle says. Submissions to the draft Suburban Reserves Management Plan close on December 5.  Should Wellington City Council follow their policy and close the playground or do the children need somewhere to play? Email news@wsn. co.nz and let us know what

Cigna Round the Bays have announced a charity partner for next year’s run. Sport Wellington says Achilles International New Zealand is the new official charity partner for 2015 and beyond. Registrations open for Cigna Round the Bays on Thursday November 3 and the event takes place on February 22 2015.

Honouring the dead Grieving a loved one who has died can be a challenging and painful time. All Saints Anglican-Methodist Church in Hataitai is holding a short service and afternoon tea to remember and honour those who have died. Reverend Simon Winn says all are welcome to attend on Sunday November 9 at 3pm. For more information phone 971 2140 or email admin@allsaints.org.nz

Almost a lifetime ago This month marks 70 years since 733 Polish refugee children travelled to New Zealand in the dying days of World War Two. The children, mainly orphans, docked in Wellington Harbour and stayed in the rural township of Pahiatua. During the weekend the Museum of Wellington City and Sea celebrated everything Polish with a festival.

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Anniversary cash for playcentre By Sam Duff Miramar Playcentre is looking forward to celebrating their 30th anniversary in style after being awarded a $3,000 grant by Wellington City Council. President of the playcentre Amanda Bell says a potluck dinner is being planned to celebrate the centre’s three decades in operation. “We have lots of ex-members coming and adults who came to playcentre as children,” she says. Now that the playcentre has secured a grant from the council they will also hold a family day with a barbeque on November 2, Amanda says. “It will be awesome,” she says. “It’s a really good chance for a social occasion for the community and will be nice to see people we haven’t seen for ages.” “We’re really grateful that we have that funding so we can do a few more activities that we would like to do.”

Creating a buzz A Seatoun author is creating a buzz in her suburb with the release of her novel, a psychological thriller. Janet Colson is launching her book on November 11 at the Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University. It is set within the corrupt world of art sponsorship in the United States.

Parking discontent There was much talking about parking issues in Newtown at a recent meeting of the Newtown Residents Association. The association says they would now like to hear from the public about experiences of parking in the suburb.

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BIG GRINS: Oliver Holmes, 2, enjoys eating his morning tea at Miramar Play centre. PHOTOS: Sam Duff

Newtown Plunket Nurse Katrina Coleman, 27, has been named the young Nurse of the year by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. Katrina works with a large number of new migrant families and helps to improve their health outcomes.

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The event, organised by the Asia New Zealand Foundation, included the TSB Bank Arena's stage being filled with traditional and contemporary Indian music and dance. The rear section of the arena was lined with stalls selling all things Indian. Festival goers could buy a traditional Indian dress known as a sari, cool down by drinking a mango lassi or get their hands painted with henna paste. Next door Shed 6 had a huge selection of Indian

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foods for sale, and appropriately for a country with very low meat consumption, most of it was vegetarian. While the event was held on the Sunday, the official Diwali holiday was celebrated last Thursday. Newtown resident Pavan Gendur, who originally hails from South India, says for his family Diwali is about Lord Rama overcoming darkness. “We will celebrate by lighting oil lamps,” he says. “The children like to set off crackers and then after we will

eat sweets to celebrate evil being beaten.” Diwali is also acknowledged by many countries surrounding India and some in South East Asia and the Pacfic and means different things for many people. Another Newtown local, Kamal Kaur, says that all people bring a different meaning to Diwali and there is a religious one and a secular one. The event ended with a spectacular bang as a firework display lit up Wellington’s Harbour.

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Christina docks the frocks By Sam Duff

CYCLE SMILES: Frocks on Bikes coordinator Christina Bellis lives in Lyall Bay. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Cycling ever since she was six years old in Toronto, Frocks on Bikes coordinator and Lyall Bay resident Christina Bellis says she loves cycling. “I had bikes throughout my childhood,” she says. “There are so many reasons that cycling is great.” “It keeps you fit and healthy, it’s sustainable, it’s safe and convenient. “I don’t have to worry about getting a park.” Once she moved to Vancouver in her mid-20s Christina says she would zoom around the city on her bike. “It was a great city to bike in,”

she says. Christina says Frocks on Bikes, which is targeted at women, works to normalise cycling as an everyday activity. “It’s about showing people how great a bicycle can be,” she says. “You don’t need special cycling equipment or gear.” Frocks on Bikes, a charitable trust, holds road rights and responsibilities evenings and special rides, Christina says. She moved to New Zealand eight years ago and has since become a permanent resident. “My brother lives in Sydney and he was bothering me to come and visit but I didn’t really want to go to Australia so I came here.”

Christina says there can be confusion about the Frock on Bike’s name. “We get people coming to our events who don’t normally wear a frock but come in a frock because that is what they think it’s about.” Christina says flocks of the group have formed throughout New Zealand and in parts of Australia. It is international best practice to install cycle lanes like the one proposed through Island Bay to Newtown, Christina says.  Christina says Frocks on Bikes will be holding a Need for Tweed ride on November 8. For more information go to bicyclejunction. co.nz

Planting trees on a mass scale By Jack Fletcher The slopes of Mount Victoria are looking greener than ever, thanks to the tree planting efforts of the Rotary club of Wellington. Since the 1960s, Rotary has been planting trees throughout Wellington to improve the look and feel of the city. A stroll down Lambton Quay shows what a difference this effort has made over the years. Rotary club member Ian Prisk, who has been involved in tree-planting since 2005,

says it is the local spirit that makes it such a success. “Many of our members consider Mount Vic their backyard,” he says. Criss-crossed with numerous paths and walking tracks, Mount Vic is a popular spot of tranquillity for many Wellingtonians, and Rotary’s impact is clear to see. Matai, Koekoe, Lemonwood and other native varieties can be seen dotted up and down the hillside, lining paths and filling gaps. Native reforestation by Rotary ties in with plans the

Council have of removing foreign plants from Mount Vic, including the numerous large pine trees that scatter the area. The trees are provided by Wellington City Council, as well as Forest and Bird. Rotary have received further support from the Paparangi nursery, which aims to source and provide native plants to a range of groups. This has meant they are now able to grow their own trees from seed, the next step in the project. “Some of our members can’t

make it to the planting,” Ian says. “They contribute by growing trees.” Producing their own trees from seed is crucial in meeting their goal. With the club’s centenary only six years away, they have set themselves an ambitious target, 100,000 trees planted by 2021. It seems Mount Victoria and its surrounds maybe set for a green future.  For more information or to get involved email treeplanting@rcw.co.nz.

HARD AT WORK: Wellington Rotary club member Ian Prisk plats trees on the slopes of Mount Victoria. PHOTO CREDIT: Jack Fletcher

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Samuel Davis, Newtown

Naomi Taoipu, Kilbirnie

Patrick Joseph O’Neill, Strathmore

Clara Richards, Island Bay

Laura Philipsen, Kilbirnie

“Probably a postie. They work hard and they’re always out there on the street.”

“To be honest I can’t try any job for the day because I have my little one at home that I look after.”

“Probably a bus driver because I’m a former tram driver. You get to meet the public and do a service to a big section of the population.”

“I really don’t know, it must be because I love my job.”

“A zoo keeper, because they have a lot of variety in their jobs and they deal with the public and work up close with some unique animals.”

Michaela Jensen, Miramar “I would want to be a pilot, it would be cool flying around the place.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Barking dogs in Seatoun Dear Ed, this Sunday I spent one hour in contemplation and meditation in Seatoun. For 45 Minutes it was punctuated by the incessant barking of a dog up the hill. If you are the owner of a lovely property overlooking the suburb and harbour and came home at 7.15 p.m. do not be deluded that your dog barked at you in happiness to see you

and to welcome you home. No, it had been deserted by you. You polluted, in your absence, the whole lovely village with unwanted noise. I love dogs; I had 5 at one stage. I hate dog owners who can’t look after them properly but selfishly expect the whole district to bear the brunt of ignorant dog ownership. Paul Franken, Strathmore Park WOOF WOOF: A reader has complained of noisy pooches in Seatoun. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Parking chaos in Miramar Dear Ed, I feel for David H of Miramar (October 13) re: Weta parking, but at least he can park in the evenings and weekends. Weta Digital staff on Wexford Road appear to work 24/7! One car will leave and there’s another to take its place. When my husband and son come home from work they have to park on the berm which has made a mess of the grass.

At other times the staff, or friends, park across driveways, especially at lunchtime, and, as my neighbour has found, look very affronted when she asks them to move so she can enter her own drive! I agree with David, perhaps the residential side of Wexford Road could be for our parking only but somehow I doubt that would stop them. Helen Jefferiss, Miramar

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Dear Ed, of course Wellington needs to continue to invest in services and infrastructure. However, it needs to be done for the benefit of all citizens. Not put into feel good niche projects, pandering to a politician’s support base. Wellington is a small city with an equally small ratepayer base. Central Government usually ends up footing the bill for infrastructure projects. Wellington needs a strong advocate to

ensure we don't get marginalized by the current focus on the Christchurch rebuild and Auckland’s housing shortage and transport improvements. I have doubts the current Mayor is up to this. Her track record of dealing with central Government and national agencies leaves a lot to be desired. Do they even take her seriously? Alistair McInnes

Are letters fact checked? Dear Ed, just saw the 'cycleway waste of money' (Letters, October 20) letter to the Editor. I'm not sure if any fact checking is done on letters to the editor but there are a few points that Lorraine appears to be mistaken about. One, cost, two, footpath crossing cycleway, three, cycleway right beside car doors, and four, The Parade being the safest road to cycle on in Wellington.

I imagine its only opinion reflected in letters to Editor, in which case I see very little need to point these things out publicly, the information is all on the WCC website and in cycleway information sources. It is a shame however that these misconceptions are able to be so easily distributed in the public domain without some level of accuracy. Kether Gati, Newtown


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LETTERS to the editor Island Bay will be the envy of Wellington Dear Ed, the new cycleway is good news for Island Bay residents, whether they ride a bike or not. Experience elsewhere shows it will make driving easier, reduce demand for car parks, accelerate bus trips, and provide a safer option for those who cycle. Perhaps those with the most to

gain are homeowners along The Parade, who will receive a valuable asset which will increase property values by as much as $10,000. This happened recently in Melbourne, Vancouver and Atlanta. There’s an iron law of real estate: land is more valuable if more people can get to it easily.

Whenever cycleways are built there's a period of uncertainty. This is rapidly followed by enthusiasm and pride. I predict Island Bay will be the envy of other suburbs. Patrick Morgan, Newtown

working man (or woman). How can a party claim to represent the ‘working man’ in an era of widespread unemployment? Much lip service is paid to the commendable aim of eliminating child poverty. The most effective way to achieve this would be to provide employment for as many people as possible. Instead, the Labour Party seems

to be in the invidious position of being an apologist for the unemployed, requesting the raising of state funded benefits. It seems to have no relevance these days. Becoming the leader of this party is something akin to being appointed captain of the Titanic! Christine Swift, Island Bay

Worthwhile read Dear Ed, I refer to the ‘word on the street’ feature in your current edition (October 20). I always find your random surveys of people in the street a worthwhile read. I have been thinking about the Labour party quite a lot myself recently. What does it stand for in this day and age? Traditionally it represented the

Spend money on parking in Newtown Dear Ed, It seems as if shopping complexes hate to give space for disabled parking, yet they are only too happy to take our money. Johnsonville shopping centre has the most amount of disability spaces in the Wellington area. Shopping at Countdown John Street, they have 3 narrows parks. Today there were trolleys parked beside the park I was in, and if I had had my disabled friend with me she would have been unable to

fully open the door to exit the car. As it happened it was only me and the space between my door and the car next to me meant I could barely open the door wide enough to get out. I usually have to open the widely with my foot then exit the car. Today exiting was not easy. None of the shopping areas monitor their parks, and often the lazy use the parks. We still have the two very danger-

ous parks in Normanby Street and Newtown Ave. Instead of spending big money on a cycleway, for those who do not pay any road tax, not sure how many would be rate payers. We need safer and more parking in Newtown to spend our money not drive through as cyclists would, so WCC should spend money to look into this area. Heather Bevan, Island Bay

Housing at prison makes sense Dear Ed, regarding the story about Mt Crawford (October 20). I worked and lived at the prison from 1983 until its final closure in 2012. When it was decided by Judith Collins and then Anne Tolley that the prison should close it was, we were told that the prison was unfit and unsafe for human habitation or use. Therefore it should follow that the prison and surrounding buildings including the garden buildings should be demolished as soon as possible as they pose a significant safety risk.

There was also significant staff housing around the prison on the Prison Road and Nevay Rd side of the hill which still has all the utilities underground and would not take too much effort to re instate. Therefore it makes sense to re-establish properties around the area. If anyone was interested there is a time capsule buried under the flag pole at the front of the prison which will no doubt have some significant information within that may be of some use to interested parties. Ken Paterson, Maupuia

Less than half of cycling budget Dear Ed, Lorraine Edwards (October 20) incorrectly states that the cost of the cycleway from Shorland Park to Wakefield Park will be $2.9m. The actual estimated cost is $1.9m. $1.9m is less than half of the council's $4.3m cycling budget for 2014/15. It is 5% of the transport capital budget ($37.7m) and only 1% of the total capital budget ($152m).

The $1.9m estimate includes a provision of $230,000 for traffic lights at Dee Street. Whether or not that money is spent will be guided by feedback from the community. The council received over 500 responses during the consultation on the final design, which it is currently evaluating. Regan Dooley, Island Bay

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MINUTES WITH: Katherine Barraclough

Newtown early childhood teacher

What would your last meal on earth be?

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What would you spend your last $100 on?

Savoured, some sort of chewy toffee thing I guess.

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What makes you smile? Going to work. Plus listening to rain on tin roofs.

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Limited options for same-sex couples By Jonathan Edwards For same sex couples in Wellington wanting to get married in a Presbyterian Church there is still only one option. On October 7 the Presbyterian Church St Andrew's on the Terrace announced that they would be defying a recent ban on gay marriage by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. However, no other ministries in Wellington have followed suit. The Cook Strait News has approached the five Presbyterian ministries in the South Wellington area, none have ever conducted same-sex marriages, or have any immediate plans to do so. Reverend Nathan Parry of the Island Bay Presbyterian Church says this is something Wellington's Presbyterian communities are still discussing and working through. “Our congregations are still very divided on the issue,” Reverend Parry says. For the mean time it looks as though no other Presbyterian churches in Wellington will defy the ban, but the issue of same-sex marriage is still being discussed. Reverend Parry says that the ministers are still working these things out. He says that attitudes towards marriage are changing, with less people wanting the service to be held in a church. “We are rarely approached by people outside of the

congregation and I have never been approached by a same sex couple asking me to marry them.” While same-sex marriage was legalised in New Zealand last year, New Zealand's three largest Christian denominations have bans on conducting these unions.  Should local churches be obliged to conduct same-sex marriages or should they be able to turn down whomever they want? Email news@wsn.co.nz and let us know what you think.

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 RHYTHM AND BLUES: Bianca Evet t, 11, and Rebecca Siarling, 11, enjoy lear ning about music at lunch time.

Hot cross buns – that was the beat of the day when Cook Strait News visited a Sonia’s Musikgarten lesson at Kahurangi School last week. Sonia Markholm started lessons at the school at the end of last year through her foundation, Sonia’s Musikgarten, which registered as a charity in February and aims to teach music to children at low decile schools. “The best thing about making music with children is hearing them sing,” Sonia says. “The children have so much fun that they don’t even realise they’re learning.” Sonia runs several classes at Kahurangi each week which are completely free for the 101 children taking part. “I’m doing it because my parents gave me the chance to learn music and they nurtured it,” she says. “I was given that opportunity so I want to nurture it.” A fashion parade will be held at Ballentynes Kilbirnie for Sonia’s Musikgarten on October 29 from 7pm. Email Sonia@ musikgarten.co.nz for more information.

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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 from 1.00 - 5.45pm & refreshments. Powhiri from 5.45 6.00 pm. Memorial Mass at St Joseph’s Church from 6.00 - 7.00pm. Bick Trip from St Joseph’s Church to Frank Kitts Park & at Trade Aid in Victoria St.

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As I waited at a busy intersection last week, with traffic slowly drifting past, I wondered which polite driver would be courteous enough to let me in. A few minutes passed and as each car rolled past I focussed my attention on the drivers, trying to communicate with my eyes that they should make my day by letting me go in front of them. As one car approached I looked in at the driver only to recognise a senior politician who will remain unnamed. We will call him Wayne. Wayne is often on TV and always seems polite and friendly, not so community-minded when he is stuck in peak-hour traffic is he? Eventually I snuck through a gap in the traffic and went along my merry way, but the bitter taste of rudeness stuck in my mouth.

Often it seems people are too busy or just do not care enough for a smile or a wave or holding a door open a second longer. I am as guilty as the next person of getting too caught up with my everyday life and letting my manners slip a bit. The kids from the schools and colleges in the area could teach us all a thing or two on manners. I am always impressed by how polite and courteous they are to me as a visitor to their schools – may be they could show the rest of us how it’s done. In this day and age of iPhones and Snapchat, constant traffic and constant stress are people too busy to have manners? Email news@ wsn.co.nz and let us know what you think.

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MANNERS: Are the days of being polite and having manners long behind us? PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Hi my name is Bhindi and I am a greyhound cross so I can run pretty fast. My mum rescued me from the SPCA when I was six months old as no one else had seen my star qualities. I love cuddles so at the SPCA as a pup I went to all the hospices and children centres and received so many cuddles I was in heaven. Now I have a big sister, Coco, that bosses me around and tells me off when I am naughty. I am a bit cross-eyed but I still manage to catch the ball, sometimes. During the day my favourite time is running around the dog park with my big sister. Sometimes we go to the beach but I hate getting my feet wet. Mum gets mad when I go into the wandering dew, but she has cream for that, it smells yum and I want to lick it off but I am not allowed. When I go to doggy daycare I run and run with all the other dogs, when

I come home I am so tired I do not even have energy for cuddles, that night. I am affectionate and loving. Mum says my ears are painted on, but I do not know what that means.


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Floorballers return from Sydney By Sam Duff If the sport of floorball, a type of indoor floor hockey from Sweden, ever makes it into the Olympics then seven boys from Rongotai College might be the ones stepping-up to represent New Zealand. Seven players from the college recently travelled to Sydney to represent New Zealand in a qualifier for the under 19 floorball world champs. “It was an awesome experience,” says player Tom Kibblewhite, 16. “We had a lot of kiwis supporting us there because they were there for another competition.” Floorball players from Scots College, Onslow College, Wel-

lington High School and Wellington College were also on the Under New Zealand floorball side to travel to Sydney. The New Zealand team had two matches against the U19 Australia side, drawing one and losing the second 8-2, meaning Australia will head to Sweden next year for the world champs, Tom says. The game is like ice hockey without the skates and the ice, he says. Tom says he really enjoys playing floorball, which originated in Sweden in the 1970s. “I just enjoy that it’s quite fast paced. A lot can happen in a short space of time.” He got into the game when a friend started playing and told

STOKED: Floorball players, from back left, Oli McLaren, 15, Jared Solomon, 14, Ben McKibbin, 16, Oscar McLaren, 16, Alexander Pride, 15, with, front, Tom Kibblewhite, 16. Oliver Scott, 16, was absent. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

him to sign up, that was three years ago. “That’s how it spreads, friends getting other friends to join up.” If floorball were ever to make

it into the Olympics having a New Zealand team qualify to complete would be amazing, Tom says. “Even if we came last, just

getting there would be cool.” Rongotai College have six floorball teams and the school recently won the national secondary school’s competition.

Yachting to victory By Sam Duff Jumping into a yacht and going for a sail is in the blood for a young Worser Bay man. Bryn Bennett, 17, says both of his parents were sailors when he was younger and that is how he got into the sport. “I started sailing an optimist sail boat at Worser Bay Yacht Club,” he says. Bryn says he enjoys yachting because it is so different from other sports. The year 12 Rongotai College student was part of the Wellington under 21 Match Racing Squad which recently won the New Zealand Youth Match Racing National Championships at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. Bryn says the championships were decided by a round robin with each squad racing every other side. The winner of the round robin, Bryn’s squad which included two Victoria University students and a Hutt Valley High School pupil, then chose which other side to race, one from Auckland, and a best of three show-down took place. “We won the first two so we won that part,” Bryn says. “We were confident about winning both of those ones.” The leading team then went on to face the side which came second from the original round robin and a best of five race took place, Bryn says. “We versed the other Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club team,” he says. “It was best of five and we won three in a row. “When we won one of the people in the boat tackled the skipper out of the boat.” While Bryn says he enjoyed the win that is not the main reason he takes part. “For me it’s being at the regattas I’m able

CUTTING THE CAKE: Island Bay Tennis and Squash Club members, from left, Noah Culver, Eva Galvin, Grace Crysell, Ruby Medlicott and Ursula Crawford.

Celebrating a century on court SCHOOL PRIDE: Worser Bay local Bryn Bennett, 17, is part of the winning Wellington under 21 Match Racing Squad. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

to be at rather than how we’re doing.” Bryn says he wants to keep yachting as a hobby and when he leaves school will probably get into the IT industry. At the end of November Bryn will take part in the Laser North Island competition in Napier. Last year Bryn says he came 16th in the youth category. “Quite a few people have aged out now so I’m expecting to be in the top ten.”

“The Mayor spoke and wished the club every success. After the formal opening, those present partook of afternoon tea provided by the club members.” Those words were used in the Evening Post newspaper one hundred years ago on the opening of the Island Bay Tennis and Squash Club. 100 years later and John Luke may no longer be the Mayor of Wellington but the Island Bay Tennis and Squash Club is still going strong. Last week the club celebrated a century of existence with past

and current members getting together. An afternoon barbeque, a fun tournament and a dinner were held, according to member Helen Scobie. The Island Bay Lawn Tennis Club was formed at a meeting on October 5 1914, with an opening ceremony on October 17 that year at the Victory Park courts, located at Island Bay School. By the 1920s the club’s membership reached 40 and today the club has 220 playing members with a very active junior programme, Helen says.


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Big numbers for seawall meetings

By Sam Duff If the number of people attending public meetings on the Island Bay seawall is anything to go by then there appears to be a strong interest in the sight’s future. Councillor Paul Eagle, who chaired the three meetings on the seawall’s future, says on average about 150 locals attended each meeting. “At the first meeting the winning option by a show of hands was the status quo,” he says. Councillor Eagle says at the second meeting option three, of the five options in total, was favoured, which means increasing the size of the beach by relocating the road inland slightly. By the last meeting option four was the favourite, he says. Option four would involve closing part of the Esplanade and connecting Shorland Park

to the beach. “We had tonnes of good ideas for the park.” Heritage, traffic, sand dunes and climate change were all hot topics at the meetings, Councillor Eagle says. “People started to learn more about sea level rises and the impact on it.” He says he believes a compromise can be found between the different options which keeps everybody happy.  Submissions on the Island Bay seawall close on November 10 and can be submitted to islandbayseawall@wcc.govt.nz or at the Island Bay Community Centre and Library.  Is it time for a change in Island Bay or does it work fine as it is? Let us know what you think about the future of the Island Bay seawall by emailing news@ wsn.co.nz

What are the options?  Option one: The status quo, rebuild the wall where it currently is.  Option two: Fix the wall and add sand to the beach which will act as a buffer from storms and large waves.  Option three: Make the beach bigger by relocating the wall and road slightly further inland.  Option four: Close part of the Esplanade and connect Shorland Park to the beach. 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

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