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BEHIND HISTORY: A number of Wellington’s streets are named after World War One soldiers and battles. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
those lost in World War One or one of its battles. Councillor Andy Foster, a self-confessed history buff, kicked-off the project when he began researching the number of streets named after war heroes and battles. “We’re recognising these people and events with new street signs that will inform and add a new layer of meaning,” he says. “It is about our sense of place, where we have come from and where we are now.” Paul Glennie, from Wellington City Council says new signs will be installed just below the current street signs and include a little bit of our history. The officer’s title, position and where they fought will
be recognised in the streets named after killed soldiers. Streets named after battles will include the occupying force and possibly when the area was liberated. Councillor Foster says there is history behind the names which locals are the more richer for knowing. “It is worth remembering that of a population of just over one million, 120,000 enlisted and 103,000 served overseas, 40,0 0 0 were wounded and over 18,000 died. “It is an extraordinary level of commitment and sacrifice that changed our country. These signs are a small recognition of that.” Street signs started being installed from November 11.
Historic wall under threat Continued from page 1 Heritage research consultant and brickologist Gary Tonks says the only remaining visible history of the Miramar brick works is this wall. “As a boy I used to run through and look at all the dangerous machinery,” he says. “The council have no appreciation for what this wall means to us.” Gary says the heritage department at the council have made a bad error in judgement in granting resource consent. “In my opinion the heritage department at the council have been delinquent. “They said the cut is necessary to get access to the site. That’s rubbish. Gary says there are dozens of properties throughout Wellington where residents have to park nearby and walk to their houses. Richard MacLean from Wellington City Council says
when the decision was made to cut into the wall the council balanced the level of heritage importance of the wall against the need of the property owner to access their site. “The cut into the wall is relatively small compared with the size of the wall,” he says. “We’re sorry that some people are upset about this.” Installing a road for home owners behind the wall could have been unnecessarily expensive, Richard says. Gary, who worked at the brick works for several weeks in 1957, says there is already damage to the wall from heavy machinery. “Its significance is being damaged.” Chairwoman of the Miramar-Maupuia Progressive Association Robin Boldarin says the wall is part of the history of the area. “This is one of a few things in Miramar which are historical,” she says. “We weren’t
HOLE IN THE WALL: Robin Boldarin and Gary Tonks inspect the hole created in the Ira Street wall, the last remaining remnant of the Gasco brickworks.
consulted about it at all, we saw it.” Robin says she would like to stop further cuts being made in the wall. A road could be constructed above the wall, as it is designated as road reserve, for
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Children ask MP the hard questions By Sam Duff Local MP Annette King was grilled about her career in politics and quizzed on her background in an interview with a local school radio station last week. Ms King was a special guest on Maranui FM, Lyall Bay School’s very own radio station, as part of a study on politics by class S2. Students Daniel Gibbs and Nikita Richs asked Ms King about everything from why she is not running to be Labour’s new leader to what she did before being elected to Parliament in 1984. Teacher Rochelle Todd says her class have spent the term learning about New Zealand politics. “They learnt that politics is not just for adults,” she says. “Now they’re aware of school issues.” The students learnt about various things from the countries voting system to not judging politicians on the way the way they look but on their policies, Rochelle says. While the Cook Strait News was visiting the school, much chatter and excitement went through the class room about Ms King’s arrival. “They have a lot to say about politics,” Rochelle says. “They just love the idea that they’re being listened to.” “They understand that they have a voice.”
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: Year six students Daniel Gibbs and Nikita Richs went head to head with local MP Annette King last week. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
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election, while the Greens came second and even the Conservatives got a vote. Rochelle says she believes it is important to teach children about the political system. “If we don’t make our kids aware of what’s going on we’re going to lose these young voters already.”
Images from yesteryear of Erskine College, the Blue Platter Tea Rooms, and Island Bay’s old assembly hall are helping to put money into a local kindergarten. Island Bay Kindergarten has put together a calendar of photos, sourced from the Alexander Turnbull Library, of some of Island Bay’s more iconic attractions. Parents Charlotte Hema, Amanda Rowe and Jayne Mason are the brains behind the idea and say this is the first year they have made a calendar as a fundraiser. Jayne says the parents were looking at fundraising ideas and wanted to try something new.
The kindergarten will put any of the funds raised towards the outdoor area, particularly AstroTurf and soft fall matting. Amanda says she enjoys looking at old photographs of Island Bay. “Island Bay is such an amazing place and it’s got so much history,” she says. The photos, dating from 1900 to 1950, show how much Island Bay has changed during the years, Charlotte says. The calendars cost $20 each and are available for purchase at Island Bay Kindergarten, by emailing email@example.com, phoning 3837136 or at a number of local shops.
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Second playground threatened The play equipment at Seatoun Park may be gradually decommissioned if the draft Suburban Reserves Management Plan is adopted by council. The draft plan, which suggests decommissioning the Jeypore Street playground in Berhampore, says there is an over-provision of playgrounds in Seatoun. The Seatoun Park gear could slowly be decommissioned as Churchill Park is improved, according to the report.
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YOUNG AND OLD: Island Bay Kindergarten pupil Meg Edwards shows off a copy of the calendar. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
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New boss for Te Papa Te Papa has a new big cheese after former TVNZ CEO Rick Ellis was named as the new boss at the museum last week. “I am delighted to be joining an iconic organisation with such an important role to play as New Zealand’s national museum,” he says. “I’m looking forward to working with the Te Papa team to help strengthen a national treasure that Kiwis can be proud of.”
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Victor looks out to sea By Sam Duff Come rain or shine Miramar man Victor Young spends time each day photographing ships coming into Wellington harbour from one of his various vantage points. Victor, who has recently released his fourth book, says he has more than 200,000 negatives from the photos he has taken during the years. When asked why he does it he says he has a life-long passion for ships and they are in the blood. “My father was at sea during World War Two,” Victor says. “After the war he started taking photos of ships and selling them to the ship’s crew.” “When I grew up there were always piles of photographs in the basement and rolls of film hanging everywhere.” Victor, who works part-time for Wellington Harbour Radio, says he started taking photographs as a teenager and followed on from his father. “You’re recording history,” he says. “You’re creating an
RAIN OR SHINE: Miramar photographer Victor Young has released his fourth book of ship photographs. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
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Michaela says the helicopter also helps with one of the most popular parts of the fair. Herself and Santa will fly-in on the helicopter and distribute presents to all the kids, she says. The Balkanistas, a 20-piece band who have previously performed at Womad, will also perform at the fair, Michaela says. “It’s a great day.” A spooky maze, a show called Owhiro Bay’s Got Talent and other fun activities will all make the fair a great day, Michaela says. She says the money raised from the fair will go towards upgrading the school hall. The Owhiro Bay Country Fair is on Sunday, November 23 from 10.30am at Owhiro Bay School.
The children of Owhiro Bay School are jumping for joy that helicopter rides at their fair will go ahead despite helicopter company Helipro going into receivership. Fair coordinator Michaela Paul says all the posters had been printed up and everything was ready to go when the news came through that Helipro would be unavailable. “We thought, ‘Oh no, what are we going to do now?’” she says. “We gave Heliworks in Kapiti a ring and they were amazing.” “They have really saved us because we had all our fliers printed.”
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GOOD FUN: Kilbirnie School pupils Georgia Yee, 11, and Ullrich Von Reiche, 11, have a go at making ginger beer. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
Kids pitch-in for market By Sam Duff The kids of Kilbirnie School in Hataitai have been busy getting their hands dirty in preparation for their upcoming market night. When the Cook Strait News visited last week students Georgia Yee, 11, and Ullrich Von Reiche, 11, were busy preparing ginger beer for the market. Larissa Mano says many kids from the school have been involved in preparing for the big night. “Each class does their own stall,” she says. “They do ginger beer, soaps and even paint little rocks.” “The kids come up with their own ideas. It gives them a sense of ownership and they
TAP AND JAZZ: Dancers, Esther Welsh, Kassie Sydow and Susan Welsh with, Kate Irving are watched by young fairies Nikhita Richs and Kate Irving. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
Taking to the dance floor Veteran dance teacher Jean Goodman is bringing her latest dance show to the local stage. Jean says her new show A Class Act is a variety show which includes a number of dance styles and plenty of singing.
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More than a school fair By Maxence Jaillet The beat of the south coast community could be sensed at the Houghton Valley School fair last Saturday. Hundreds of relaxed and enthusiastic visitors came down to the school field to enjoy games and activities such as pony
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GONE FISHING: Children at the Houghton Valley School fair have a go at fishing. PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Taylor
the fair with Katy Macleod, thinks that with the support of more than 90 sponsors; the contribution of the community garden; and lots of families involved, the fair was a real success. “The spirit of the fair just enhanced the fact that is a special school in a special environment,” she says. “I think that the community, the parents and the children could feel it.” Karen Leeman had been at the fair a couple of times before her child entered school and this year she got involved with selling cakes. “Everybody must have baked something, the room was full of cake, and everything sold out,” she says. For principal Raewyn Watson, pupils’ involvement was important. She says that after making all sort of crafts like wind mills or necklaces, kids feel that they belong to this event, that it is their fair. This year, funds were raised towards the purchase of new computers and other classroom equipment to support the school curriculum.
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GOOD FUN: A live band perform on Crawford Green to celebrate Miramar Playcentre’s 30th anniversary.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What causes you the most stress and why?
Jessica Murray, Newtown
Phillipa Clark, Newtown
Fathin Doray, Newtown
“I would say my 18-month- old daughter because of a lack of sleep.”
“I would have to say the 40 hour a week job.”
“Over the last three months it was uni and work, juggling them both.”
Josh Barton, Newtown “I have just lost my USB stick with a lot of important information on it and I’m trying to find it. I’m going to the police station now.”
Vikki Carter, Newtown “This week it’s because I’m on jury service.”
Setaysha Waatea, Newtown “Graduating. I just graduated and now I have to get a real job. Your whole family thinks you’re going to be something awesome but what if you’re not?”
LETTERS to the editor
Keep housing it as it is
BRICKS AND MORTAR: Wellington City Council is going to undertake a five yearly review of its social housing policy. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
Dear Ed, thanks for the chance to comment (October 27). I am strongly of the view that the Council should be providing social housing and would be strongly opposed to it being sold off. Housing is a basic need and the need for social housing in cities is high. In my opinion, the City Council is the most appropriate and effective body to provide and administer social housing in Wellington City. Elaine Lian, Miramar
Car parks not replacing playground Dear Ed, I write to clarify a few issues stemming from recent coverage of the Jeypore Street playground in Berhampore – particularly claims the City Council wishes to remove the playground and replace it with car parks. I stress there have never been plans to replace the site with car parks. The Council is, however, seeking public comments on a draft suburban reserves management plan which covers almost 170 parks, reserves and playgrounds in the southern, eastern and western parts of the city. In terms of Jeypore Street, the draft plan proposes the play area be decommissioned once a big new playground is opened opposite Wakefield Park. The plan also recommends that alternative uses, complementing the amenity values of
the street and the small size of the site, be considered. It’s important to note that planning for the Wakefield Park play area has not started. At this stage funding is proposed in 2016/17. There is clearly considerable community interest in the Jeypore Street playground – and we urge people to make their views known as part of the consultation. Anyone interested in the future of the city’s parks and playgrounds – especially those in their neighbourhood– should read the draft plan on the ‘Have your say’ section of the Council’s website. We also urge people to make submissions – you can do it online – by December 5. Paul Andrews, WCC Parks, Sport and Recreation Manager
Concerned about church sale Dear Ed, I read your piece in the Cook Strait News (November 3) and I am concerned at the sale of St Cuthbert's too, and the loss of an under-valued local asset in Berhampore. Although the Anglican Church intends to develop St Thomas’ in Newtown that centre is very busy already, while Berhampore
will lose the opportunities that St Cuthbert's gives to develop a strong local community. It is such a beautiful building, with a great hall, and it is a real shame to sell it off to developers. One less space for the Berhampore community! Mary McTavish
Convention centre a waste Dear Ed, Wellington does not need a new convention centre in the city. If Celia Wade-Brown thinks that the orchestrated campaign in support for the convention centre is anything but real, then she is in for a rude awakening as that overwhelming support is not from the voters who actually elected her. As most voting citizens know - it is far easier to write a letter against the convention centre and have that pub-
lished than to send in a submission to the council that simply gets lost in the myriad of the so-called overwhelming support based upon exaggerated economic growth and development predictions. The devil is in the proposal details. Get on yah bike Celia! We won’t be voting for you again if you support this unnecessary white elephant! Martin Beck, Mornington
Playground needs makeover Dear Ed, I have been following news items on the progress toward saving the Jeypore Street playground. For what it’s worth, my impression of it when I popped in a couple of weeks ago was that it didn't look like a little playground that is loved. It looked shabby and there were twigs and leaves lying round on the floor. To enhance its chances of rescue, the residents close by need to join forces and see that it always looks tidy and cared for. Maybe a little bit of whimsical painting could be made of some of the fence palings to brighten it up. Maybe also a couple of little planter
boxes of bright little flowers in a corner. All that is required are a couple of minor touches to convey that, yes; here is a little playground that is cherished and valued. I was interested to note also that there is a playground in Seatoun under threat, so all interested parties will no doubt have to get hold of the reserves submission form and make their feelings known on these playgrounds and the importance they have within their neighbourhoods. It is probably a case of use it or lose it. Christine Swift, Island Bay (abridged)
Keep the playground Dear Ed, I strongly support retaining the playground in Jeypore Street (November 10).
It is and has been an important public space for young families in the area. Yvonne Curtis
Monday November 17, 2014
LETTERS to the editor
Marriage between a man and a woman Dear Ed, about the scarcity of churches for those same-sex ‘marriages’ (October 27). I'm unsurprised that, in defiance of the Presbyterian Church's ban on these in its parish churches, that church on The Terrace is celebrating those blasphemous rites. That parish church has long been overdue for demolition by a thunderbolt or a meteorite, after all the wicked nonsense preached and practised there
Cook Strait News doing well Dear Ed, I write in response to Christine Swift's letter (November 10) complaining about a couple of spelling mistakes. Ms Swift may be unaware that these are straitened times in journalism, and numbers in newsrooms a re m ightily depleted. Proof-readers and subeditors, who would once
for 40-plus years now. Pending that righteous Divine visitation, isn't the denomination doing anything to discipline that parish's incumbent and session? But perhaps they'll be forestalled by that visitation during one of those so-called weddings, just to make plain why, at long last! H Westfold, Miramar (abridged)
have caught these mistakes, have gone from smaller newspapers, so the reporter often has to check his or her own work against an unforgiving deadline. All this considered, I think the lively Cook Strait News does very well for a small outfit. Susan Belt, Berhampore
GAY TIME: New Zealand's three largest Christian denominations have bans on conducting same-sex unions. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
Theory on social housing Dear Ed, I am beginning to think there is a change in how public funded social housing is provided (November 3). Mike Scott may not yet have picked up on this but I think the future policy will be to pay tenants accommodation supplements to live in privately owned housing. T h is mea ns t hat G over nment agencies won’t be sad-
dled with huge maintenance bills, throwing good money after bad improving rental properties their tenants are unable or unwilling to look after. I think this is why councils and government look as if they are not taking direct action by building more rental accommodation. It is quite cunning, really. All they have to do is provide
allowances to people to live in more expensive privately owned housing. They are something like sleeping partners, in a way. My rationale is not based on any expertise but from what I have gleaned from radio talkback shows and news bulletins. Christine Swift, Island Bay (abridged)
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What would your last meal on earth be? Depending on the circumstances - peanut butter on wholemeal toast. I don’t think I would like to face death with a stomach full of rich food. It could be messy.
Who are you inspired by? Gandhi – everyone should watch the movie.
Who would you love to have a meal with? Helen Mirren – I did once in a dream and she was good company.
What’s one thing that you’ll never throw away?
What would you spend your last $100 on?
My Harris Tweed jacket.
A nice picnic by the sea – all baked by me and with good budgeting I could make it last for several more meals.
What is your guilty TV pleasure? Dexter – the bad guys always get their just desserts.
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What makes you smile?
A longer holiday in San Francisco and also New York.
My partner’s attempts to amuse me.
What was your best ever holiday? Three days in San Francisco.
What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you? I live in the 1930’s when I go home to my Art Deco inspired home.
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Life really is too short for a bad pie Pies are a wonderful thing, from steak and kidney through to a good quality mince. With a quick search of the internet I discover that pie originates from medieval times, when to prevent dried out meat it was wrapped in dough – I like their thinking. If I could give any advice to a younger version of myself it would be to skip those years of eating cheap and nasty pies and spend an extra few dollars on a decent pie. If ever I am in a bad mood a decent pie quickly turns that around.
One day last week it was a beautiful hot day and a friend and I started getting a bit peckish for lunch. A quick walk to pick up a pie from round the corner and lunch in the sun was exactly what we needed to transform another day at the office into a fun-tastic pie-day. So this week if you are looking for a great lunch that is nice and fattening but full of yummy bad things then grab a pie. This is not a paid advertisement – I just love pie.
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The year 1989 maybe a Taylor Swift album but it is also the year that a Newtown childcare centre opened its doors for the very first time. Kidzone childcare centre in Newtown will throw a family party later this month to celebrate being open for 25 years. Centre manager Karen Speirs says they want anybody who has been involved in the centre to come along and enjoy themselves. “I know a 22 year old who I used to pick up from here when I was at school,” she says. “In 2007 we did huge renovations to the centre so there will be a huge number of families who don’t recognise it.” Karen says the day, which will include a barbeque, music and home baking, will also be a small fundraiser for the centre. Throughout the years Kidzone has become a home away from home for littlies, Karen says. “We have a nice family feel,” she says. “Everybody seems to know everybody.”
PLAYGROUND FUN: Betsy Ussher, 4, and Eva FryHall, 4, enjoy themselves on the playground.
A day of fishing for Kone By Sam Duff When a Miramar resident read about how Kone Aperila had tried to save a man’s life in the cold waters of the Miramar wharf she told her husband she wanted to do something. The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, organised for Kone and his father to spend a day on a fishing boat with Pete Lamb Fishing last week. In March Kone, 19, and his father were fishing at the Miramar Wharf when he spotted a body in the water and spent 45 minutes keeping the body afloat in the water until emergency services arrived. In September the Strathmore local was one of a number of Wellingtonians who won Safety in the City awards for their efforts at keeping the city safe. The former Rongotai College pupil, who now works at an After School Care, says he had a great day fishing last week and wanted to sincerely thank the anonymous woman. He says he managed to catch quite a few fish and took some home for dinner. In September, Kone’s story featured
BRAVE HERO: An anonymous local sent Kone Aperila on a days fishing trip last week with Pete Lamb Fishing. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
in the Cook Strait News and later that month Russell Wadsworth, from Strathmore Park, came forward and said the body in the water was that of his uncle, Selwyn Sklaners. Selwyn was in his late 50s, lived a transient lifestyle and was dying of cancer, Russell said at the time.
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During the restoration process, Tara and a team of help shaved the doors, door trims, and petrol flap. They also shaved the roof, removed the gutters, and had aftermarket eyelids moulded into the bonnet. Tara says the project has been fun and easy just changing little things. “The hardest part would have been trying to find Ej door cards as they are rare. My main goal was to make it different from all the rest,” she says. Other modifications that have been made include changing the alloy radiator and to a Type R intake manifold, replacing the standard seats with blue and black Recaros, installing hardrace camber arms in the rear, and adding flared guards all round to fit the wider rims. The car also has an aftermarket sound system.
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A project that has spanned most of this year is slowly coming to an end for Tara Blake – with her custom yet fairly standard-looking Honda Civic Eg6 about 90 per cent finished. “I bought the car in late January this year and it has been my project car since. It came with a standard interior and an aftermarket kit which I didn’t like so I replaced this all back to factory bonnet and bumpers,” Tara says. The car has b16a Honda engine under the bonnet, with a three layered custom pearl Blue with purple tint paint job to make it look the part. A half roll cage has also been installed as well as aftermarket 15x8 mag wheels and a custom painted under bonnet with DOMO and the rising sun behind.
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Cycle shop lends a hand By Sam Duff A Newtown cycle shop closed their doors for a day last week to help a school assemble their new bikes. Holy Cross School in Miramar are part of Wellington City Council’s Bikes in Schools programme, making them the recipients of brand new bikes and purpose-built tracks. Dan Mikkelsen from Bicycle Junction says students asked him if they could help put the school’s new bikes together. “It’s a great initiative, Bikes in Schools, and we want to support that,” he says. “We’re honoured to be involved.” The guys from Bicycle Junction worked with the children to assemble their new bikes.
AWARD ACCEPTED: Trevor Rigby’s sons Mark and Paul accepted an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian award on his behalf last week.
“It’s good for them to have a bit of insight into how to put a bike together,” Dan says. “Part of what we’re about is getting people to ride for transport and getting them onto bikes.” Holy Cross School principal Celeste Hastings says seeing the bikes being put together was far better than she could have imagined. “They had planned so well before they came here so it was like a production line,” she says. The kids loved working hard and putting the bikes together with the guys from Bicycle Junction, Celeste says. “Those guys shut their shop down for the day. I can’t speak highly enough of them. “It’s true community spirit.”
FIXED UP: Isabel Jose, 11, and Sio Telefoni, 8, get a lesson in putting together a bike from Pete McNeil. PHOTOS: Sam Duff
LOCAL LEGEND: Miramar man Trevor Rigby has devoted his life to local sport.
Local legend presented with award By Emily Elliott A life lived to the fullest is one that Miramar man Trevor Rigby knew how to do well. The local legend was presented with an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian award last week for his contribution to sporting communities in Wellington, a timely present for his 83rd birthday celebrations last weekend. A figure in soccer and cricket, Trevor dedicated his time outside of working for Customs to youth sport, refereeing, and volunteering as a coach and mentor, until his health required he take a step back. Due to Trevor's health, his sons Mark and Paul accepted the award
presented by Mayor Celia WadeBrown on his behalf. Mark says it was great that his father was recognised for his efforts, although Trevor never did anything to be recognised. “Dad did it all because he wanted to and thought it was the right thing to do. “I think back now – crickey, how did he fit it all in!” Mark says he remembered when Trevor showed up to a soccer game at Rongotai college many years ago, and there was no referee. “Dad wasn't in good health to run up and down the field, so he refereed the whole game standing on a step ladder. He was always prepared to go the extra mile.”
On Rongotai College's Board of Trustees for many years, Mark says Trevor felt strongly about being generous with his time. “He was a big advocate of Mr Average. It wasn't about being the best, but having a go," says Mark. “He has taught me to treat people with respect and try your hardest in everything. “He is a very caring man, always interested in doing the right thing.” A well respected man, Mark says this is not the first award that Trevor has won, listing an accolade of recognitions his father has been presented with as well as life memberships for a range of teams and committees. “On top of everything he did, he had three boys!”
SPORTS TRUST SPONSORED BY MIRAMAR & KILBIRNIE THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED $4,500 IN OCTOBER 2014 TO EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS, KINDERGARTENS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND SPORTS CLUBS ETC.
DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH ZION SIOU – BASKETBALL TRAVEL TO DUNEDIN
BRIAN GALT (ESST) WITH MARK – MARANUI SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB
DEAN GALT(ESST) WITH NATALIE OLSON – FOOTBALL TRAINING CAMP
THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED TO THE FOLLOWING EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS. LYALL BAY BOWLING CLUB N YEAR WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT • SEATOUN BOWLING CLUB - GALA TOURNAMENT • NZ HANDBALL FEDERATION INTERNATIONAL TOURN WGTN SCOG NETBALL CLUB - NEW UNIFORMS • VOLLEYBALL NZ TOURNAMENT ASB WELLINGTON • ST PATRICKS COLLEGE WATERPOLO TEAM EQUIPMENT
THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GIVEN AWAY TO DATE $1,234,930
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