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Top prize for reserve Oku Reserve leader wins conservation award By Sam Duff From gorse and blackberry bushes to the return of native tress and birds – a former top cop has won a conservation award for the years he has put into restoring the Oku Reserve in Island Bay to its former glory. Ted Lines, from Island Bay, leads the Oku Reserve Group which has gathered every six weeks since 2003 to work on the eight hectare council owned reserve. “I think it’s a great way of putting something back into the community,” he says. “Hopefully in 50 or 100 years it is still being enjoyed.” The group recently nominated Ted for the individual category in the annual national awards held by the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. Ted says winning the award was a complete surprise. Continued on page 2 LOOKING SOUTH: Former top cop Ted Lines has won a conservation award for his work on the Oku Reserve in Island Bay. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff


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Retailers Association and the Property Council support the Convention Centre and recognised the benefits to the city and the wider economy,” says Mayor Wade-Brown. “It’s a great endorsement of the city’s plan for economic growth and development, and shows people support the Council’s approach of investing in the city’s economic development. “The biggest risk to our capital’s jobs and economy would be to do nothing. We are a council of action,” she says. The Council’s Economic Growth Committee Chair, Councillor Jo Coughlan, says the convention centre is a great investment in Wellington that will keep Wellington at the forefront of a competitive national

conference market. Jo believes a new purposebuilt centre would grow the overall business in Wellington by about 10 per cent – about 60 new events delivering more than 60,000 delegate days each year. The consultation process also shows some people need more detail about the financing of the proposal which is what the Council will focus on over the next week.” City Councillors will be briefed on the details of the proposal on Monday and the proposal will go before the full Council meeting on Wednesday November 5 for a decision.  Does Wellington need a convention centre or is it a waste of money? Email and let us know what you think.

Oku Reserve leader wins conservation award Continued from page 1 By Sam Duff “I consider it a group award because over many years there’s been great support from many individuals,” he says. Twenty years ago the reserve was covered in gorse, says Ted, whose property backs onto the reserve. Ted says developers were eyeing the site for houses but consent was declined in the Environment Court and the Wellington City Council bought the area and turned it into a reserve in 1998. Oku Reserve group member Peter Duncan says Ted has been the glue keeping the group together. “The wonderful results now evident at the Oku Reserve

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AWARD WINNER: Island Bay resident Ted Lines says the conservation award he has won for his work on the Oku Reserve is a credit to the whole group.

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Anger at church sale By Sam Duff A Berhampore woman is upset with the sale of a local church which she says is a big part of the local community. Pepe Robertson says St Cuthberts Anglican Church on Luxford Street was where her children were baptised, her eldest daughter got married and where she has spent many years as a parishioner. The Reverend Jayson Rhodes from the Anglican Church of Aotearoa says the

Wellington South Parish last week voted to sell the Berhampore property. The funds from the sale will go towards furthering the mission in Newtown and developing St Thomas’ on Riddiford Street, he says. Pepe, who spoke against the sale at the meeting, says the building is beautiful on the inside and should not be sold. “There’s nothing in Berhampore like it,” she says “The church has been there for years.” “You can’t just throw it away. It really

hurts me.” Pepe says she also felt betrayed at the process of the vote on the sale, saying most of those at the meeting were from Newtown. “We should have had enough time to have a good discussion about it instead of just going there to vote,” she says. “It’s so unfair.” Mr Rhodes says St Cuthberts is a concrete structure and is earthquake prone. “The Ministry in the Parish has changed over the last several years, and it has therefore been decided to concentrate resources at the second Church in the Parish, St Thomas, Newtown which is close by and where the St Cuthberts family moved some twelve months ago,” he says. Pepe says she wants to know why insurance money is not being used to fix the church buildings.  Will you be sad to see St Cuthberts Church close down in Berhampore? Email us at and let us know what you think.

Park up and watch Roseneath School are fundraising to send their year seven and eight students to the Abel Tasman Track for a tramp. The school will be open for parking on November 8 for Wellingtonians to watch the sky show from the hillside. Parks cost $10 and a barbeque will be running with refreshments available.

Brooklyn Primary School winner of grant Brooklyn Primary School has been announced as a winner of this year’s Bayer Primary School Science Fund. The fund offers up to $2000 per school to assist with a variety of environmental science projects. Every year, Year 7 and 8 students from the school plant hundreds of native trees as part of learning about kaitiakitanga and sustainability. The school is extending this topic so that it includes plant biology. Currently the school only has one working microscope. The Bayer funding will allow them to purchase six more, enabling students to learn about the structural features of plants, photosynthesis, common plant diseases and insects.

CONCERNED: Berhampore resident Pepe Robertson is upset about the sale of St Cuthberts Anglican Church on Luxford Street. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Council bring home gongs Rates, councillors a nd footpaths – Wellington City Council has picked-up several awards for their efforts at engaging with the community. The council’s City Housing unit and Town Belt Planning team received highly commended places at the International Association of Public Participation awards in Sydney. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says including residents in decisions being made is part of what makes Wellington the coolest little capital. “It was especially pleasing to have had two finalists this year in these prestigious awards,” she says. The Council Resea rch,

Consultation and Planning manager Martin Rodgers says public participation is about engaging with those affected by council projects. “It’s something the City Council is really committed to and it’s already great to be recognised by our international peers for doing it well,” he says. Manager of City Housing Vicki McLaren says tenant engagement is an important part of delivering social housing services. “It’s really encouraging to have what we’re doing validated at this level,” she says. Involving tenants in the Housing Upgrade Programme has been a priority, Vicki says.

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Civic Square gets work Civic Square views are set to open up as work begins on removing the Portico building above the entrance into the square from Victoria Street this week. The structure, which forms a bridge between Wellington City Council’s Civic Administration Building and the Central Library will be completely gone by Christmas. Civic Square will remain open and pedestrian access to the square from Victoria Street will be through two ‘tunnels’ formed from steel shipping containers. Other entrances into Civic Square and surrounding buildings will remain open.

AMONGST THE BEST: The Wellington City Council Housing unit received a highly commended at the International Association of Public Participation awards. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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inbriefnews Young leader aims high Go Green Expo in town Wellington will be hosting the Go Green Expo this weekend – New Zealand’s largest organics, sustainability, and green living show. Running on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm in the TSB Arena, the show will feature healthy, sustainable and practical living options.

Historic house and garden open The historic home of Plunket founders Sir Truby and Isabella King will be open to the public on Sunday, November 9. Featuring Wellington’s least-known public garden and the Kings’ 1923 bungalow complete with its own mausoleum. The garden, a legacy of Truby King’s imagination, boasts pathways, brick arches, and lookouts to explore, including a rhododendron dell that was once considered the finest in the southern hemisphere. Entry is free, open from 1-3pm.

By Sam Duff Wellington East Girls College student Madeleine Bell, 17, is certainly no lazy teenager – from a term on the Wellington Youth Council to helping set-up a school counselling service. Madeleine is one of four local youngsters to have won a Wellington Pride Award which are aimed at encouraging young people to do the best they can in life. Ahmad Alshaabni, 11, from Berhampore School, Kate Pickard, 12, from Evans Bay Intermediate and Paris Lokotui, 12, from Queen Margaret College also picked up awards for their efforts. Madeleine, who won her award for youth leadership and teamwork, says she was pretty excited when she heard about the gong. “It’s really nice to have that recognition and feel like what you’re doing matters and is making a difference,” she says. The year 13 student is a manaaki leader at the college where she and friends have helped set up SupSis, a counselling service for younger students. “It’s kind of like an agony aunt system,” Madeleine says. “Younger students write in to

older students with their problems.” “It is quite difficult for students to approach adults about their problems. “We can relate a bit more.” Friendship problems, stress and family issues are the main things that SupSis hear about, Madeleine says. “We have also been prepared for the quite heavy stuff and work alongside a social worker and counsellor.” The next project in the pipeline is a Queer

CHUFFED: Wellington East Girls student Madeleine Bell picked up a youth leadership and teamwork award at the recent Wellington Pride awards. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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By Sam Duff A vasectomy is not something you normally associate with a playcentre but that is exactly what the Island Bay Playcentre will be auctioning-off at their annual gala. Alice Dommett Doyle from the centre says the vasectomy, worth $400, is just one of the 67 items up for grabs in the centre’s silent auction. “It’s so ironic,” she says. “Everyone was asked to contribute something and one of the parents is a doctor.” New Zealand’s only copy of U2’s latest album signed by Bono will also be available to bid on, Alice says. The gala day, which will include food and other bits and bobs for sale, is being held to fundraise more money for the centre’s playground. “It’s always a vibrant day,” she says. “It’s good fun.” Alice says that Island Bay Playcentre’s iconic tshirts will also be available for purchase on the day. The Island Bay Playcentre Gala and Ethnic Food Fair is on November 15 from 11am till 2pm at 156 The Parade, Island Bay.

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Community teams together to advise Council A group of Brooklyn residents have partnered with Wellington City Council to pilot a community consultation on the future of social infrastructure and services in the area. Dubbed the Kaka Project, the citizenled public consultation for Wellington City is asking Brooklyn residents to describe the best aspects of their inner city suburb and what they think is required to ‘make it hum.’ A group of people representing schools,

sports clubs, arts groups and some selftermed ‘keen sticky beaks’ have come together to form the steering group. Residents have until Monday, October 27 to submit their ideas to the Kaka Project at Coffee sessions are being held at local cafes on October 14 and 16.  More details can be found on the Kaka Project Facebook page www.facebook. com/kakaproject.





PARTY READY: The Clyde Quay School student council representatives show their support for the annual Fawkes Food Fair. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Foodies flock to Clyde Quay Chinese dumplings, French crepes and Thai prawns – just a few of the delicious yummies being prepared by Clyde Quay School for their annual food fair. Cilla Bennett from the Parent Teacher Association says this will be the second year the Fawkes Food Fair has been held at the Mount Victoria school at the same time as the Wellington fireworks. “The idea is to come down and have some nice cultural food,” she says. “It has been very successful in the past.” “The fair really celebrates the different


cultures we have at Clyde Quay.” The kids love getting involved in putting on the fair, including the school band performing, Cilla says. “We have asked some of the senior students to get involved with the food stalls,” she says. “It’s a great way for them to put what they learn into practice.” Money raised from the fair will go towards updating technology, a playground upgrade and additional teaching space, she says.  The Fawkes Food Fair is on Saturday November 8 at Clyde Quay School in Mount Victoria from 5pm till 8.

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Neal’s art on display ART FOR ART SAKE: Island Bay artist Neal Palmer’s work is currently on display at the Tapu Te Ranga gallery. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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By Sam Duff As London was bombed during World War Two a young Neal Palmer was evacuated to Wales with his mother. Neal, who has lived in Island Bay for 23 years, attributes his love of painting to this time, when his Mother would give him pencils and crayons to play with. “I was always sort of interested in drawing and painting,” says Neal, whose work is currently on display at Tapu Te Ranga gallery in Island Bay. “It’s a bit live driving really,” he says. “When I’m driving I’m doing one thing and am not thinking about anything else. “So when I’m drawing and painting I’m totally focussed on that one thing. “I’m not trying to paint for other people I’m just trying to paint for myself.” Neal left school early to contribute to the family income and worked in offices and in

painting and decorating until he was in his 40s when he became a school art teacher. After moving to New Zealand in 1989 Neal went to work for the Community Arts Centre and helped to establish Artsplash, the Cuba Street Carnival and the Jazz Festival. The retired Wellington City Council community arts officer says Tapu Te Ranga gallery have been incredibly supportive of him in wanting to display his work. “They have enormous faith in me,” Neal says. “ Neal says much of his work is of flowers which stems from his enjoyment of British painters from the 1930s and 1940s. “That’s much of what they did.” The next project for Neal will be two large canvasses which he wants to put together for one huge drawing, he says. Neal’s exhibition will be on display at Tapu Te Ranga gallery until December 4.

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Clean as a whistle An Island Bay resident snapped this picture of the beach when it was clear of seaweed and stones. Margaret Davis says she was actually able to sit on the beach without being bitten by all the bugs in the seaweed. “Looks great and enticing doesn’t it?” Margaret says.  Have you taken any interesting photos around the Eastern and Southern suburbs that you would like to share with our readers? Email them to news@wsn. with a brief description.

SUNNY DAY: Reader Margaret Davis has sent the Cook Strait News this picture she took of Island Bay when it was clear of seaweed and stones. PHOTO CREDIT: Margaret Davis

GOT THE SMARTS: St Catherines College students Julia Ryan, 18, Ella Jansen, 17, Hannah King, 17, Rebecca Moriarty, 18, and Nera Tautau, 17. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Making their mark in the world By Sam Duff A group of local students are gearing up for their first year at university next year after winning scholarships for everything from leadership to academic success. Students from St Catherines College in Kilbirnie have so far this year been awarded seven scholarships. Hannah King, 17, is the winner of an Otago University Leaders of Tomorrow scholarship and says she is involved in youth work through a couple of different churches. Ella Jansen, 17, also a winner of the leader’s award, says getting involved in the community is fulfilling and is part of what the girls at St Catherines are taught.

Debating, church choir and being a co-leader of the school’s Mercy Crew are just a few of the extra curricular activities Ella gets involved in. Julia Ryan, 18, picked up a $5,000 Victoria Excellence Scholarship and says she celebrated with a visit to Martha’s Pantry. She says she is considering studying a bachelor of science next year. Nera Tautau, 17, says she is really looking forward to her studies next year after being awarded an Otago University Pasifika Scholarship worth $10,000. “I’m all for new experiences and meeting new people,” says Nera, who wants to do a double degree in law and the arts. “The dream is to work in diplo-

macy or journalism.” Rebecca Moriarty, 18, chose a $10,000 Otago University Maori Scholarship after being offered two initially. She says she was really happy when she found out. “I’m going to study health science,” she says. “It’s really exciting.” The girl’s year 12 results were considered when scholarships were offered. Other students at St Catherines College to win scholarships were Caitlin de Reeper with a Victoria Excellence Scholarship, Joanna Rubi with a Victoria International Excellence Scholarship and Kuini Vidal with a First Foundation Scholarship.

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Fiona Roberts, Breaker Bay

Andrew Louie, Miramar

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Judith Ellis, Hataitai

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“A rat. They’re intelligent, inquisitive and easy to maintain.”

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Where will campers waste go? Dear Ed, the Wellington City Council environment committee is to be congratulated for addressing the issue of freedom campers and to make them welcome by providing suitable places to stop and camp. However, chances are most

campers won't take away their waste if the current trend around the country is anything to go by. Already there is a problem on the Miramar Peninsula in areas we walk our dogs also favoured by freedom campers that are frequently used as toilets and

worse than any dog mess is the toilet paper they leave behind. And in case you are reading this over your breakfast I won't go into any details as what the dogs do with these finds. I suggest they look at sorting out the dog exercise areas which

are big on notices regarding the disposal of dog faeces but don't provide bins, before they invite additional potential problems with waste. Currently some dog owners take it home, some don't bother and the rest bag it up only to

leave it behind for want of a bin, including a walkway in Maupuia that is littered with full plastic bags tossed down the bank sometimes hooking up on trees and bushes. Irene Rudolph, Miramar (abridged)

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Dear Ed, in her October 20 letter Christine Swift was right. I usually consider her a right-thinking woman. I, at 79, estimate her to be about a decade younger, so I've probably seen a lot more shops, CBD or suburban, close down since my June 1960 arrival in the Wellington where I've lived thereafter. Nowadays it's usually not the fault of the entrepreneurs that their businesses are so short-lived. It's simply our whole economy, plus rapidly changing technology and popular ideas of what is trendy and cool. Typically, such retailers are young, full of initiative and energy, when they launch a

new shop with fanfare and confidence, so it's often sad to see such a shop close down after only about 12 or 18 months in business. It's also possible that they have overestimated the potential custom they'll attract in the locality: there might be insufficient local demand for whatever they are selling. Well, as I'll soon kick the bucket, I'm not sorry to depart from a world where things will grow worse and worse. The only advice I can give to traders is that the safest trade is in everyday foods and drinks. In hard times, buying most things can be given up or postponed; but people still must eat and drink to live! H. Westfold, Miramar

Future of seawall exciting Dear Ed, as a resident, property owner and parent living in Island Bay, I think it's exciting that we're being asked for input into two proposals – the cycle way and options for the seawall replacement – that represent a paradigm shift in thinking about our local environment and planning for its future. It's not surprising that the ‘big idea’ behind both – climate change and the fact that we and our kids are the generations having to really start to grapple with its impact on our environment – is pretty challenging to many of us. 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

So I'm glad that there is a debate, but I'd urge everyone to think about the benefits of a cycle-friendly suburb that embraces the wilderness that is our South Coast, rather than fights it with concrete and steel. I've been very impressed by the way Council and councillors have tried to ensure all voices are heard and that we are well informed about the options available. I'm sure that our kids will thank us if we manage to see the big picture and support decisions that help future-proof our community. Stephanie Mills, Island Bay letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to samduff@wsn. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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to the editor

Social housing does a good job

Save the Jeypore St playground

Dear Ed, Wellington City Council's social housing should be kept in public ownership to provide shelter for lowincome people and others with special needs, for instance the elderly. Wellington City has substantial assets and its population has a high average income. How can anyone say that Wellington cannot afford to provide social housing? Selling off Wellington City's housing stock would inevitably result in substantial rent increases, which at least half the present tenants could not pay. Where else could they go, then, except on to the streets? Public opinion surveys have shown that already people are disturbed at the sight of beggars and the homeless sleeping rough. Imagine how disturbed they would be at the sight of some thousands of former

Dear Ed, keep the playground (October 27). It is probably another cost cutting exercise.

City Council tenants begging and sleeping in the streets of the central city. Far from selling off its social housing the WCC should be increasing its housing stock. But the National Party government has to provide the resources which the WCC, other local authorities and community organisations such as the Dwell Housing Trust, need to carry out this vital work, and so far the government has steadfastly pursued its policy of downsizing Housing New Zealand, transferring the state's housing responsibilities to the under-resourced community sector which is already struggling to cope with its present workload. We should all demand that the government front up to its responsibilities and provide the necessary money. Mike Scott, Berhampore

Another three years of Key Dear Ed, so we have another three years of the misery makers - Key wants to spend millions on a flag referendum in the face of high child poverty and inadequate housing. Key justifies it as the cost of democracy, but we already have democracy dear. It's more like the cost of dictatorship. But no one knows what labour is all about let alone the Labour Party. Just more misery makers fighting for the middle ground! Martin Beck, Mornington

Is it too expensive to upgrade? Does it need an upg rade? Has someone

asked for more car parking? David Fowler, Mornington

Keep the playground Dear Ed, of course the playground must remain. Even if there is not great new playground equipment it should still be kept as a public space for children to kick a ball around. There are too few playgrounds as it is. There is no sense in removing one. Anonymous

GETTING THE CHOP: (Letters Pic here) Wellington City Council is planning to close the Jeypore Street playground in Berhampore. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Put a roof over their heads Dear Ed, Ken Paterson’s letter in Cook Strait News (October 27) certainly confirms something I have wondered about myself. I have travelled occasionally on the Number 24 bus and noticed the disused staff accommodation at the Nevay Road end of the Crawford Prison land. I had wondered myself if the little free standing houses could be requisitioned to assist with Wellington’s housing shortage. I had never dared to formulate

this idea in writing, thinking it would be classified as the naïve suggestion of an outsider with no expertise on the subject. However, here you have an exemployee of 20 years plus making this kind of suggestion. There must be some validity in it. As for the prison itself, I wouldn't know. One thing I do know though is that an old prison in Napier was converted into a tourist backpacker accommodation.

Rather than having buildings standing idle, it would make sense to use them even if only for a temporary form of accommodation, especially the free standing self-contained staff housing units near Nevay Road, which would be snapped up by people desperate for a roof over their heads. I am glad Ken Paterson has brought this idea to the table and I hope it won’t just be swept under the carpet. Christine Swift, Island Bay






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Gearing-up for the fair

 HAVING A GO: Maya Restieaux, 11, and Tam rah Titcombe, 10, create a sig n to promote the fair.

By Sam Duff

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 JOY OH JOY: Harry Cregeen, 8, works on his piece of art.

 GOOD FUN: Davie Graham, 11, gets to work on a sign for the fair.

 ALL SMILES: Hazel PerigoBlackburn, 10, enjoys craft time.

Wind wheels, big colourful posters and other crafty bits and bobs were being created by the students of Houghton Valley School when the Cook Strait News went for a visit last week. The students have been busily preparing for their annual school fair which is being held on

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November 8. Karen Parr, who is coorganising the school fair with Katy MacLeod, says the whole community have pitched in for the day. “It’s going to be bigger than ever this year,” she says. “We’re really pushing the rural aspect of this school.” Gumboot throwing, tractor

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 SCHOOL FUN: Lucy Downes, 7, Izzy Penfold, 8, and Maaike Day, 7, are ready for the school fair.

rides, bouncy castles and live entertainment are just a few of the things locals can get involved in on the day, Karen says. Proceeds from the school fair will go towards buying new computers for classrooms, she says. The Houghton Valley School Fair is on Saturday, November 8, from 10 am till 2 pm.

 GETTING CREATIVE: Ava-May Richardson Lane, 11, has the scissors at the ready.

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Local writers raise cash for charity

LOVE OF WRITING: Berhampore resident Blair Polly and his writing group have put together a book of contemporary New Zealand short stories. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

By Sam Duff A love of writing has led to a local group of word-smiths putting together a book of short stories to raise money for charity. Berhampore resident Blair Polly says Sweet As, a book of contemporary New Zealand short stories, came about after talking to the members of a writing group he is part of. “We had a great response,” he says. “The whole writing community is very inclusive.” “It’s all about everybody helping everybody else do things. I don’t think anybody that we approached said no.” Proceeds from the sale of Sweet As will go towards IHC, Blair says. “They do a huge amount of work in helping people with intellectual disabilities live as normal a life as they can,” he says. “If we can raise a few thousand dollars to help that would be great.” Asked which story in the book he likes the most Blair

says he could not pick a favourite. “One day you will read one story and you will be in the mood for something dark. Another day you will be in the mood for something else.” Blair, who has already selfpublished three novels, says there are 29 stories in the book so there is something for everybody. “My story is about a man who goes sailing down to Nelson and has an altercation with a guy he meets in a bar and only later he realises they have an unexpected connection.” Blair says he enjoys writing because he loves it. “If you want to earn a lot of money become a dentist,” he says. “If you’re interested in writing you do it for the love of it.”  Sweet As will be launched to the public on November 4 at The Grand on Courtenay Place from 5.30pm. For more information about Sweet As email SweetAsShortStories@

Traffic signs for schools Active traffic signs are being installed at ten more schools around Wellington, aiming to alert motorists that there are children around. The signs are installed in pairs, and have lights that can be activated when school children arrive and when they head home. They can also be operated when classes depart for school trips during the day.

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Carnage, catastrophe and the end of humanity – just three things that come to mind when I am out and about and spot a terribly parked car. What on earth crosses somebody’s mind when they park outside of the lines, half-way across the footpath or nowhere near where they are intending to park? Nothing in my life gives me more pleasure or makes me laugh more than seeing a terribly parked car. Often this ends in me collapsing to the ground as I fall to pieces laughing, usually when I am over-tired. It seems that so many people get it oh so very wrong as they pop-out for their

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bottle of milk or loaf of bread. At what point did it become acceptable to park with a front wheel on the footpath and the back end of your car sticking out onto the road? Over the years I have actually developed a sad little pass-time, putting together a collection of photos of badly parked cars. Just last week I had two new additions to this folder when friends spotted cars on their travels and flicked me a photo.  So this week I urge any readers who also find badly parked cars hysterically funny to email me their snaps for my album. It would make my day:


Lupin - the lion heart My name is Lupin ‘Lion-Heart’ Teabag Wakatipu Jansen – Lupin for short. Boss says I got all these names because of something I did when I was a puppy, for example stealing soggy teabags from the scrap bucket. Boss also says I have the heart of a lion inside a tiny body – good things come in small packages, he says. Boss says my name comes from the Latin word, lupus, meaning ‘wolf’, which he says is ‘ironic’ because I’m more teddy bear than wolf. I’m a Jack Russell Terrier but Boss says he’s sure I am part sheep because I am so fluffy. I consider myself passionate about food and eating – Boss says

I’m a ‘guts’. Though he sounded angry at the time, I think he was more impressed when I ate that pound of butter. I grew up with my buddy Rosie, but she was older than me and went to ‘eternal hunting ground’ a while ago. Boss and I miss her – especially Big Boss. Boss says I’m a ‘loud-mouth’. I think of it as security. Though I am slowing down in my old age, I still love running on the beach with clumps of seaweed in my mouth, harassing Boss for nibbles of his food, barking at everything and snoozing by the fire. Boss says I’m his baby. I love Boss too.

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Young guns make top cycle team By Sam Duff The Commonwealth Games and Olympics are in sight for two local cyclists who have been selected for the under-17 New Zealand development squad. For Sam Wilkinson, 14, from Scots College and George Jackson, 14, from Rongotai College, joining the 13 member team means this is the first time Wellington has had two cyclists on the squad.

Sam says he was happy to make it into the team as he did not expect to get in. “It’s good for my development as a rider,” he says. It is pretty cool to be in a New Zealand development squad, George says. Sam says he has been cycling for three years and does it because it is fun. “I like it because it’s hard and there’s lots of competition,” he says. Both boys, who are members

of the Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club, say they particularly enjoy cycling throughout the South Coast seeing the amazing views as they ride. George has been cycling for two years and says he enjoys the speeds he can get up to while cycling. “It’s just really fun racing down hills and racing round the bays,” George says. 2014 is a training year for the development squad which means George and Sam will

have the chance to be trained by some of New Zealand’s top coaches. They will also take part in training races with other members of the squad. The boys recently topped the Wellington Championships competition where George took out first place and Sam came second. If George and Sam are selected for the squad again RIDING HIGH: Sam Wilkinson, 14, and George Jackson, next year they will travel to 14, have been selected for the New Zealand under-17 Canberra for a competition. cycling development squad. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff



Gold medal for fencer

LOOKING UP: Maria Tutaia with Rama La at New World Island Bay last week.

SAY CHEESE: Silver Fern Maria Tutaia with girls from St Francis de Sales Catholic School in Island Bay.

FUN TIMES: Silver Fern Maria Tutaia shows the kids of Island Bay a few ball skills.

Netball star comes to town Island Bay residents had a chance to work on their ball skills last week when Silver Fern Maria Tutaia visited New World. Owner of Island Bay New World Amanda Elliot says the injured national player spent four hours hanging-out, giving tips

BIG GRINS: Local lad Daniel Chadwick with Maria Tutaia.

to aspiring players, playing some netball and signing everything from t-shirts to arms and legs. “I managed to get hold of her and get her down for the day,” Amanda says. “A lot of our customers have a strong affiliation with netball.”

Wellington fencing club member Ping Yuan won a gold medal at a recent competition. The local attended the 71st New Zealand National Fencing Championships last week in Christchurch and bought home the Women’s foil gold medal for the fifth time. She also won the Goodman of the competition, the second time she won this title.

Hospi in New York New World has been sponsoring the Silver Ferns for a number of years and each year the Island Bay store go head-to-head in a game against other stores. Amanda says Island Bay store had a good little team but she joked that next year they would put more effort into practicing.


The operations manager for Capital Coast DHB is running the New York Marathon with a toy version of Hospi the bear in tow. Mal Joyce has been training for the 52 kilometre marathon for several months and will carry Hospi, the mascot for Wellington Children’s Hospital, for goodluck.


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