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Three decades on the zigzag By Sam Duff After 30 years of hard-graft a Houghton Bay man has been recognised for the hours and hours that he has spent sprucing-up a local pathway. Don King has his own Garden of Eden in his backyard where he has spent years growing and nurturing various plants, but the idea of looking next door every day to see an unkempt pathway was too much to handle. “If I didn’t do it then I would have to go past it every day,” Don says. Continued on page 1 GREEN THUMBS: Houghton Bay man Don King has spent the past 30 years turning a path next to his house into a Garden of Eden. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
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Creating a Garden of Eden Continued from page 1 By Sam Duff
Last week the long-time View Road resident was recognised for the work he has put in during the years to caring for the Houghton Terrace Pathway, which is affectionately known as the zig-zag for its interesting shape. Rongotai MP Annette King and southern ward councillor Paul Eagle were part of a small gathering to unveil a plaque on the pathway to honour Don’s hard work. The pair became aware of Don’s years of service after being contacted by Justin Meade,
who has lived in a flat below Don’s house for the past seven years. Justin says he has seen Don work ten hour days on the pathway and he has paid for many of the plants himself. “He never seeks compensation, recognition or reward,” Justin says. Mr Eagle says the plaque was a small way of recognising hard work in the community. “I would say he has put in millions of hours’ worth of hard work,” Mr Eagle says. Don says he has not cared for the pathway completely on his own; the council gave him some plants when he first
started and more recently replaced some of the concrete pathway. About six hours a week is how much Don, a former chief research engineer for the dairy industry, says he spends work-
ing on the zigzag. Don, who was born in Levin, says he has always had an interest in gardening and his extensive travels throughout China have inspired some of his plant choices for the zigzag.
Super-city proposed for Wellington Wellington’s local government set-up could look a lot more like Auckland’s if the Local Government Commission has its way. Last week the commission released a draft report into the future of local government in the wider Wellington region and proposed the biggest reforms in a generation.
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KEEN GARDENER: Rongotai MP Annette King congratulates Don King on spending 30 years sprucing-up the Houghton Terrace Pathway.
BIG CHANGE: The biggest reforms in a generation have been proposed for local government in the Wellington region.
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Malaysian, Chinese, Kiwi, Londoner ripe for cultural adventure By Jonty Dine Matthew Lau is Malaysian Chinese, born in Auckland, raised in London, is a specialist Japanese teppanyaki chef, and now he knows how to do the haka. His latest cultural adventure came courtesy of being an embedded multimedia journalism student with a Wellington group at an international folk festival. Matthew recently attended the Nan Ying International Folklore Festival with the Whitireia Performing Arts Wananga, which travels overseas to a festival each year. Taiwan proved a significant culture shock however for Matthew, who by his own
admission did not realise how ‘westernised’ he really was. “The local people dressed really plainly so we definitely stood out,” Matthew says. “When they saw my tattoos and spikey hair the high school locals wanted to take photos. They must have thought I looked like someone famous”. Matthew says he was faced with a number of challenges during his first stint as an embedded journalist. He had to deal with the dayto-day dramas of close-quarter living all the while meeting deadlines with as little as four hours sleep a night. Despite the hurdles, Matthew says he has grown as a journalist and a person, making lifelong friendships
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Roxy lights up Middle Earth has been bought to life on the front of Miramar’s iconic Roxy cinema. A free light projection show, created by Weta, is currently playing twice a night after sunset on the front of the theatre until December 13. Roxy are counting down until the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Thursday December 11.
King keeps deputy job Rongotai MP Annette King has been selected as deputy leader of the Labour Party by new leader Andrew Little. Mrs King was deputy leader during Phil Goff’s time as leader and was the acting leader following the 2014 election. Mr Little says the deputy’s job will change after a formal review of roles in a years’ time.
Merry Christmas from Staff at Kilbirnie Dentists along the way. He edited videos, maintained a blog, engaged in social media and wrote stories on a daily basis for Whitireia Journalism’s NewsWire website. Matthew travelled across Tainan City’s 36 different districts during his two weeks stay. He had little exposure to Maori culture before travelling with the Whitireia group. The group performed predominantly Maori, but also Samoan, and Cook Island and contemporary dance numbers. “They had such unique and eye-catching performances. Not just the box standard. They really knew their craft,” Matthew says. Matthew says he found it dif-
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Food and art blends for exhibition Elbowroom, a moving gallery, presents their second exhibition, Concotion. An experimental collaboration between food and art, the exhibition brings together merging and established artists, designers and chefs to deliver contemporary artworks, furniture design and food. Elbowroom has partnered with Urban Dream Brokerage to present Concoction in an unused space of Wellington - open to the public from December 7th-14th. Opening hours are Wednesday – Friday from 12-5pm and weekends from 11am-4pm.
Thistle Hall reopens After nine months of earthquake strengthening and repair work, the Thistle Hall is back in action. Located on the corner of Cuba Street and Karo Drive, work began in April, and then paused when sheep bones and artefacts were found. Archaeologists concluded they were from meals prepared at the house that pre-dated the hall. Some parts of the building were in bad condition, such as rotten window frames, floor joist ends and rusted steel beams. Window frames were replaced with brand new ones designed and built to match to old ones, affected floor joists were replaced, and the rusting steel was removed.
Architects fundraise to fight flyover By Sam Duff A group which advocate for good urban design is fundraising to be able to fight the Basin Reserve flyover plan. Earlier in the year a board of inquiry
put a stop to the New Zealand Transport Agencies plan to build a $90 million flyover motorway over the Basin Reserve cricket ground in Mount Cook. The NZTA later made a decision to contest the board of inquiry decision in court.
MOTORWAY FIGHT: Hannah Bridger from the Architectural Centre says Basin Reserve flyover is unnecessary. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
Keriann loves working with kids By Sam Duff A St Catherine’s College student has been busy getting hands-on work experience with littlies in Kilbirnie. Year 11 student Keriann Makita, 16, has spent the past 15 weeks working a day a week at the Kilbirnie Community Creche as part of her school’s Gateway programme. The Gateway programme is run by schools throughout New Zealand and offers students the chance to work in an industry they may want to pursue a career in while earning NCEA credits. Keriann says she has had an interest in early child care since doing a Whitireia course earlier in the year.
“I love little kids and watching them grow and play,” she says. “It’s a great experience.” “One thing I have learnt working here is every child has their own personality and you don’t pick it up until you sit down with them and get to know them.” Studying early childcare maybe the next step after she leaves school, Keriann says. St Catherine’s College Gateway programme coordinator Ellen Castles says having handson work experience makes Keriann’s learning more relevant. “The Gateway system gives the opportunity to our students to help them with their career decisions,” Ellen says. Jannie Nehemia from Kilbirnie Community Creche says
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Now the Architectural Centre says they plan on fighting the NZTA, but for to do that they need Lawyers and Lawyers cost money. Board member Hannah Bridger, an architecture student and Newtown resident, says the organisation held a charity auction of works from the Wellington arts community recently. Hannah says she is opposed to the flyover being built. “It’s not necessary,” she says. “It doesn’t consider what people really need long term.” The flyover design is also not considerate of the urban environment, Hannah says. “More roading is not exactly pleasant to look at. It’s terrible for the environment and it blocks views.” The increase in people using cars when they are the only passenger might be because the infrastructure is there, she says. Hannah says it is important that the board represent what a portion of Wellington thinks about the flyover. “It would be a huge shame so somebody has to fight back.”
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CHRISTMAS CHEER: The St Pat’s Barbershop Quartet perform at the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre Christmas party.
Festive cheer hits Kilbirnie Rudolph is waking up after a long sleep, Santa Claus is pulling on his long-johns and the kids are busy writing their wishlists - Christmas is round the corner and locals are starting to celebrate the silly season. Around 70 locals piled into the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre last week for the annual Christmas party.
Father Christmas was on-hand to distribute gifts and discuss Christmas wish-lists with local children. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and several local councillors attended the festivities, which included entertainment, afternoon tea and Christmas carols with an accordion for good measure.
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Most likely perfumes, but just because you can’t really buy watches or shoes with $100!
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Warren Buffet, to ask everything about his acquisitions model (if he has one).
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Sallies support families in need By Sam Duff With the festive season just around the corner the Salvation Army are stepping up their efforts to support families in need. Captain Joe Serevi from the Kilbirnie Salvation Army says locals are welcome to donate non-perishable food items that will then be put into hampers for families in the community. Countdown Kilbirnie is supporting the cause by donating $500 worth of groceries and a trolley has been set up to accept
donations in store. “When people donate items they really help others,” Joe says. Solo mums, beneficiaries and those who struggle during the Christmas period are the sorts of people who will get the hampers, he says. “For those who got parcels last year it was a very humbling experience for them,” he says. “They were struggling financially and emotionally.” Supporting people in the community is what the season is all about, Joe says. “It’s all about whanau and family.”
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CELEBRATES SUCCESS! The hall was packed as parents and caregivers joined EBIS staff and the Board to celebrate the end of another great year. The “Night of Speaking with the Arts” was again a wonderful evening of watching students showcase their many talents. “The cultural groups were outstanding. The year has ended with Tanemahuta Gray leading the Kapa Haka and the group is certainly the greatest they have ever been. The polyclub led by Nima Pemerika and Peme Leiataua, did the school proud. The huge number of musical groups led by Sam Marsh and Chris van der Zee were quite simply, incredible.
The School is extremely lucky to have someone with Chris’s talent. The 6 finalists in the Speech Contest all showed their high level of skills in public speaking. This year’s winner Lufi Lene chose to speak about uniform. His rap was just outstanding.” Principal Wendy Esera says. Millennium Cup winner Anneke Hutt also took out the Excellence in English Cup and was runnerup to the Amanda Crook-Barker Memorial Cup for Citizenship, too. “Anneke is a star in every way! Not only is she an academic but she is very well loved by her peer group and staff. She has a maturity beyond her years.” Wendy added.
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Tom Sharp, Te Aro
Kat Scott, Newtown
Tiernay Colquhoun, Newtown
“A good Christmas dinner with family. I don’t really need anything else.”
“I get to hang out with my boyfriend for Christmas. That’s all I want”
“Money, because I want to travel more around New Zealand and you need money to do that unfortunately.”
Colin Holloway, Brooklyn
Leon Sparks, Perth
“I’m terrible because I’m not a really big present person.”
“Family to be together.”
Ricky Stringer, Newtown “John Key to be out of parliament because he is really not helping New Zealand.”
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Should we expect wall to be carved-up? Dear Ed, before the Association is accused of being anti-development on this particular issue, or anti-home buyers, I would like it to be noted that the Miramar/ Maupuia Progressive Association’s sole aim is to
preserve an historical wall. Those who read the article might note that a ‘win-win’ solution was promoted i.e. an entry parallel to the wall for vehicles (and perhaps also for pedestrians for there isn’t any walkway after the intersection
Sad to see beloved op-shop close Dear Ed, I am writing in response to the article in the Cook Strait News (November 24) regarding the Strathmore Park Community op-shop closure. We too as a single income family of five are very sad to see our beloved op-shop close down. We were weekly visitors to the op-shop, both to donate and to buy. What a great outlet for the community, especially for those who couldn’t always afford to buy new goods. The staff were fantastic, so
friendly, helpful and welcoming. It is such a shame to pass by now and see it gone. We agree that there is already a range of advice available at the Strathmore Community Centre, so it seems unusual to be opening a similar service so close by. It was really good to read your article and get a little insight as to what has happened - hopefully the Cook Strait News will be able to keep the community informed of any further news regarding this. D Johnson
from Otaki Street to the substation verging on Strathmore Park, on the eastern side) to access. The issue, as was explained, was with the process. We believe that Council officers chose/did not consult with their
own heritage listing prior to granting consent. We would also wonder about land stability given that it was not thoroughly combusted before the upper area was built upon however that is not our issue or
Op-shop offered so much to the community Dear Ed, I agree wholeheartedly with the comments made by the four residents (Anger surrounds op-shop closure, November 24). The op-shop offered much to the community, their prices were a fraction of all the other so-called charity op-shops. As I see it the shop could have remained open until Christmas eve, this would have helped the less fortunate patrons with Christmas gifts for example. But no, on the whim of a
person with big ideas that could be attributed to herself, managed to persuade the committee to close the shop early. It could have remained open making money instead of using council funding to support an empty shop to duplicate what is already functioning at the base (budgeting, kai bosh, some other courses). I truly believe that there is more to this than meets the eye. Name withheld
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Dear Ed, In reply to Susan Belt’s comments (November 17) on my recent letter, I would like to comment that I was NOT trying to correct Sam Duff’s spelling mistakes in the Cook Strait News. I was trying to point out uses of a word in the wrong context. That is another matter. If a local journalist did not have English as his first language I would cut him some slack. This is not the case here. I was very surprised that a local journalist who (reputedly) won the top award for his year and who has a university degree could show such deficiencies in his grasp of the English language as to write pass-time for
Dear Ed, I am saddened by the arbitrary manner in which the opshop in Strathmore has been axed. I think any decisions made re this decision should have been open to public discussion, so that WCC and community workers could appreciate the feeling of the locals. This shop has had real value to the community, and I think it’s naive to say it has just provided a service to those who need cheap clothes and utensils. It also allowed people to meet, and may have been better placed for people to meet than the Strathmore community hall. In a world where recycling is now the only solution to ever increasing landfills, it’s environ-
pastime (e.g.). There WAS a time when newspapers were a showcase for the exemplary use of the English language. Alas no longer. Nowadays newspapers seem keen to demonstrate the decline in writing skills of today’s professionals. Of course the CONTENT of the news is always interesting and long may that aspect of local newspapers continue! And if anyone DID want to have a field day hunting out bad grammar and spelling mistakes they would need to look no further than the advertisements of real estate agents! Christine Swift, Island Bay
Op-shop closure makes for miserable Christmas Dear Ed, I strongly feel that they (The Strathmore Park Community Board) should have kept the op-shop (November 24) open and not open up a satellite centre, as they are already providing services at the community centre. Why can’t the board apply for or source some funding to keep the op-shop open? So many community members at large are absolutely doing it hard. Won’t be a very happy Christmas this year. Name withheld
mentally crucial that we recycle or up-cycle every item we can. With New Zealand groaning under loads of cheap imported non-biodegradable items, we should be opening more op shops, not only to help those who have needs, but to allow us to try and keep as much stuff out of the landfills which I am sure cost a lot more to run annually than the small amounts needed to subsidise an op-shop. If it’s not too late I would like to have a discussion with locals, our Mayor and councillors on why we are closing the very sort of operations that we so desperately need. Allan Jenkins, Seatoun (abridged)
responsibility. There are another two empty sites on the land. Should we expect a further carving up of the wall? Robin Boldarin Chairperson, Miramar Maupuia Progressive Association
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Monday December 8, 2014 Every day our roving reporter Sam Duff breaks news and meets locals throughout the Eastern and Southern suburbs, from Lyall Bay beach to the cafes of Newtown. Each week he shares a few tales from his travels.
Some of you may not know that the Cook Strait News has an office in the Kilbirnie Plaza. One part of my job I particularly enjoy is having members of the public pop-in and tell me exactly what they think about the issue of the day. Whether it is a brick wall, an op-shop, a playground or even a swing – having a healthy robust
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I should be in a dole queue. I thought this was hilarious; at least he has an opinion! So please do not stop telling us what you think. Whether it is good or bad, sad or mad, every opinion counts. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you think.
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Lyall Bay beach gets a clean-up Plastic wrap, chippie packets and other bits and bobs of rubbish filled up ten bags of rubbish at the Nose2tail Doggy Daycare Lyall Bay beach clean-up last week. Owner Hazel Harrison says ten bags of rubbish was a great outcome from the businesses customers and staff, most of whom are regular visitors to Lyall Bay beach. “We all enjoy the beach and the opportunity to exercise and play with our dogs in such a lovely place, and we wanted to do something extra to keep it looking great,” Hazel says. About 20 people and 10 dogs helped with the clean-up.
Hazel says the dogs proved especially good at finding food wrappers and smelly things, in between chasing balls and swimming for sticks. Plastic drink bottles and small bits of plastic were the most common rubbish items found on the beach. Hazel says the beach clean-up was a great way to spend a few hours on a sunny Sunday morning. The team finished off the morning with a sausage sizzle in Nose2tail's outdoor area. Hazel says if a couple of sausages fell off the barbeque and into the dogs' mouths then no-one is telling.
Meet Dusty Hey guys my name is Dusty and I am a bitsa. A bit Huntaway, bit German Shepherd and a bit Labrador. All the superior breeds, obviously. My owners were pretty easy to train; they know how to throw a ball and a stick, again and again… and again. I believe it is good exercise for them after a long day at work, so really I am doing them a favour. I am pretty busy these days with all the demands of modern life but In my spare time I write a blog for Nose2tail Doggy Daycare’s newsletter.
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Young ones celebrate international day The children of Montessori at Rongotai celebrated International Children’s Day recently with fun songs and yummy food. During the past few weeks the children spent time practicing and discussing different cultures and finding objects and photos that represent them. German, Serbian, Greek, Indian, American, British, Maori, Philippino and Sri Lankan are just some of the nationalities celebrated on the day. A good sing-song was also in order and the children enjoyed singing London Bridge is Falling Down, Yankee Doodle and Bruder Jacob. A Karakia was a salute to Maori culture before the shared dinner with cuisine from many different cultures. KIAORA: Luis Ehrmann, 3, enjoys the flavors of the world at Montessori at Rongotai’s International Children’s Day celebrations.
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Another playground faces the chop By Sarah Wilson More than 30 angry residents attended a public meeting at Seatoun Park Playground last week in a final push to save their local treasure. With the public submission period now over, the decision to lose or save the park is in the hands of the Wellington City Council. Carol McKee says people do not need a lot, they are quite happy with just a few items on the playground. “If the council goes through with this, it makes them look stupid. There’s just no common sense.” Julie Marshall says it is shocking to talk about obesity, kids running on streets with nothing to do and older kids contemplating suicide, and then taking away natural play spaces. “We are passionate about our people and we want our kids to grow up healthy. Don’t take our playground away, give us more,” she says. Seatoun Park Playground is the latest space facing closure following council policy to keep playgrounds at least 600 metres away from each other. Instead of maintaining the space, they have budgeted $125,000 to upgrade the nearby Churchill Park Playground
on Seatoun Beach. Susan Stanford says council need to put their black and white rules aside and show a sense of grey. Mike Jones says Seatoun Park was gifted to the people of the community. “If council thinks this park isn’t well used, they’re in another world.” Mike McKee says since a consultation on the playground eight years ago, he has been looking out his window and watching the policy of ‘benign neglect’ already take place. Local MP, Annette King, says the playground is the worst equipped playground she has seen in a long time. “I’m keen on having as many parks as possible because a report came out two days ago that says our children are getting fatter,” she says. Eastern Ward councillor Simon Marsh urged residents to set aside emotion and prove the use of the playground to save it. City councillor Paul Eagle says the whole situation could have been avoided if council communicated better with the community. The environment committee will decide the future of the playground in April 2015.
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Monday December 8, 2014 TWO WHEELS: Alice and Pete McNeil from the United Kingdom spent two years cycling across the world to Wellington. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
Phoenix deliver teddies to sick kids By Sam Duff Players from the Wellington Phoenix Football side visited Wellington Children’s Hospital in Newtown last week to support sick children. R icco Henderson, 10 months, was one of the lucky recipients of a teddy bear together with its adoption certificate. The little-one had been in hospital for a day when the Cook Strait News snapped a photo of him with Phoenix striker Kenny Cunningham. Ricco had been suffering from dehydration. Kenny says the team, who played the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium during the weekend, enjoy supporting children. “It’s difficult for them being
in hospital so we wanted them to enjoy something,” Kenny says. “We try to make children really happy at a difficult time.” The teddies were donated by stroller manufacturer Phil and Teds in association with The Surgical Research Trust, based in Kilbirnie. The two organisations together run a programme which sees every child facing surgery being given a cuddly teddy bear to help them understand what will happen to them. Surgeons use the bears as a prop to explain to the child what will happen. Every child in the hospital was given a bear by the Phoenix as a special gift before the festive season.
Pete and Alice cycle across the globe
Pete jokes that the couple cycled Johnsonville. through all the ‘stans.’ “I’m still excited about bikes Packing up his possessions and The big hiccup of the trip was on and cycling,” Pete says. “It’s a cycling across the world had been the Afghan border when Alice’s wonderful way to travel for so a dream of Pete McNeil’s since a back gave out on her and she spent many reasons.” speaker visited his school when 18 days recovering. Alice says the trip was great for he was 13. “He showed that he was a good giving the pair the time to really “I kind of had this idea for ages husband by giving me lots of think about what they want from of doing a big cycle trip,” Pete says. massages and looking after me,” life. After running it past his girlfriend Alice says. The couple travelled back to the Alice, who is now his wife, she said Following her recovery the pair UK last week where Alice says ‘let’s go for it’, Pete says. spent the rest of the trip on a she will study to become a physiThe couple, who are from the tandem bike. otherapist. United Kingdom but had been Talk of the Taliban and typhus in Pete says he would like to take living in Spain, have spent the past the area meant the pair wanted to the experiences they have had two years cycling across the world. move on quickly, Alice says. during the past two years and use The plan for the trip started com2014 began in Thailand for Pete them to encourage others to go on ing together when Pete and Alice and Alice who headed through adventures. say they decided to get married. South East Asia, through Australia “Adventures are great because So two weeks after their wedding and then to New Zealand where you get to do things you would it was off to Amsterdam for a short they say they always wanted to not have otherwise done and honeymoon and then the cycling end the trip. meet people you would not have began. They met a Wellingtonian while otherwise met.” ALL SMILES: Ricco Henderson, 10 months, is gifted a teddy R Germany, Austria, Italy came in they were in the and W Himalayas ANSWERS - DECEM bear by Phoenix striker Kenny Cunningham. To read more about Pete and quick procession and then it was soon enough theyOwere D staying PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff through Greece, Turkey, Georgia at his home and Pete worked in Alice’s adventure visit www.mcNATIVE: 31 words. Across: 1 Doubt, 4 Quick off the m and central Asia. cycle shops in Newtown and then neilsonwheels.com Ani, ant, ante, anti, ate, ave, eat, eta, etna, naive, NATIVE, 16 Negotiator, 17 Elfin, 19 Bar, 20 P nave, neat, net, nit, tai, tan, tea, ten, tin, tine, vain, van, 22 Levels, 25 Parachute, 27 Ferric vane, vat, vein, vent, vet, via, vie, vine. song, 35 Tic, 36 Tendon, 37 Spot, 3 WORD Hairdo, 43 Stability, 44 Ruins, 45 Thi 55 Torso, 58 Dignitary, 59 Thwart, 6 Soot, 64 Antics, 65 Lee, 66 Theatrica 71 Assistant, 76 Rotund, 77 Hesitat By Sam Duff 84 Elite, 85 Definition, 86 Nylon, Romans do, 89 Pries. Keen Irish men were out in force Down: 2 Outlaw, 3 Blunt, 5 Used recently to play Gaelic football on Fetch, 9 Hurdler, 10 Meek, 11 Reflex, Oriental Bay beach. NATIVE: words. Ani, Kneecap,31 18 Ornamental, 23 Throb, The Wellington Gaelic AssoFactory, 29ate, Paprika, ant,27ante, anti, ave,30 eat,Breech, ciation held a tournament, which 36 Topic, 38 Thyme, eta,Gear, etna, naive, NATIVE,40 Mini attracted 12 teams made up of 5 47 Thin, 48 Elaine, 49 Areas, players, last week. nave, neat, net, nit, tai, tan, 50 B 53 Version, 54 Toucan, 55 Typical, Conor O’Grady from the Gaelic tea,Merit, ten,67 tin,Flutter, tine, vain, van, 68 Appease, 70 B association says the game is similar vane, vat,74 vein, vent, vet, 76 R Indigo, Magnum, 75 Ignore, to Aussie Rules with a mix of via, vie, vine. 82 Less, 83 Hold. Football and Rugby League. “We had a really good day,” he Across: 1 Doubt, 4 Quick off the mark, 14 Khaki, 15 Strut, 16 Negotiator, 17 Elfin, 19 says. “People were really interested Bar, 20 Pattern, 21 Meanwhile, 22 Levels, 25 Parachute, 27 Ferric, 28 Sample, 33 Cradle in what it’s all about.” song, 35 Tic, 36 Tendon, 37 Spot, 39 Two, 41 Memento, 42 Hairdo, 43 Stability, 44 Wellington will be hosting the Ruins, 45 Thistles, 50 By, 51 Activate, 55 Torso, 58 Dignitary, 59 Thwart, 60 Amorous, New Zealand Gaelic Football 61 Apt, 63 Soot, 64 Antics, 65 Lee, 66 Theatrical, 68 Annals, 69 Jabbed, 71 Assistant, 76 championships in March 2015. Rotund, 77 Hesitated, 79 Zoology, 81 Ego, 84 Elite, 85 Definition, 86 Nylon, 87 Scour, LUCK OF THE IRISH: Cian McGorven and JP Costelloe have a go at Gaelic Conor says once the Wellington Football at Oriental Bay. 88 Do as the Romans do, 89 Pries. side do a bit of training he expects Down: 2 Outlaw, 3 Blunt, 5 Used, 6 Closest, 7 Onions, 8 Fetch, 9 Hurdler, 10 Meek, the side to have as good a chance tended the tournament last week capital gives expatriates a sense 11 Reflex, 12 Barbs, 13 Disrobe, 14 Kneecap, 18 Ornamental, 23 Throb, 24 Lioness, 26 of community, Conor says. as any at winning the tournament. grew up playing the game. Address, 27 Factory, 29 Paprika, 30 Breech, 31 Stare, 32 Mosaic, 34 Gear, 36 Topic, 38 “It’s part of our identity,” he A proper game of Gaelic FootThen in October Wellington Thyme, 40 Mini, 45 Tides, 46 Ingrown, 47 Thin, 48 Elaine, 49 Areas, 50 Bottled, 52 will host the Australasian Gaelic says. “We’re all proud Irish peo- ball involves 15 players and a Temptation, 53 Version, 54 Toucan, 55 Typical, 56 Tweed, 57 Brat, 62 Merit, 67 Flutter, ple who love playing the sport.” player can only take four steps Football Games. 68 Appease, 70 Breadth, 72 Sweeten, 73 Indigo, 74 Magnum, 75 Ignore, 76 Robot, 78 Playing Gaelic football in the with the ball at any one time. Conor says many people that atInfer, 80 Layer, 82 Less, 83 Hold. By Sam Duff
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