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Door shut on littlies By Sam Duff The fun and laughter at a Kilbirnie council-run crèche has turned to sadness and tears after the council made the decision to close the early childhood centre’s doors for the final time. Staff were informed a week ago that the crèche at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre would close forever on December 19 – just six days before Christmas. A meeting was held last week between parents of children who attend the crèche and local councillors Paul Eagle and Sarah Free in which parents voiced their disappointment at the closure. MP Annette King was also in attendance. Continued on page 2 SADNESS AT CRECHE: Riley McLeod and Otto Richardson will spend less time together now that the crèche at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre is closing. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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The London wedding of a British MP was celebrated on the other side of the world by the Wellington Greek community recently. Stella Haralambos, a resident of Rita Angus Retirement Village in Kilbirnie, was joined by her friends in the local Greek community to celebrate the wedding of her grandson John Samiotis. John, a lawyer in London, married Jane Ellison, the MP for Battersea and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health. John grew up in Wellington and went to Scots College. Stella was invited to the wedding at the Houses of

Council closes crèche in Kilbirnie Continued from page 1 In a statement Wellington City Council says it recently conducted a review that found high compliance costs and duty of care concerns meant it was untenable to keep the facility open. Attendance at the crèche has fallen to 30 per cent occupancy despite efforts to boost numbers, council says. The crèche, which opened in the 1990s, was originally opened as a service for parents using the aquatic centre and gym. Parent Melinda Gamlen, one of the almost 20 adults and 20 children who were at the meeting, says she is concerned by the lack of council consultation on the closure. “Many of us feel like their minds were already made up,” she says. “They had already decided they wanted to close us down.” Mrs King says she would like to see a stay of execution

on the crèche so it stays open until a proper discussion is had with the community. “It’s a terrible time to close it over Christmas,” she says. “This is seen to be a real loss to families in our area.” Mrs King says while it is good Wellington will have big-ticket expensive items such as the cycle-ways and convention centre she hopes they are not at the cost of small community facilities. Mr Eagle says the crèche closure is the latest in a number of children’s facilities being under threat– from playgrounds being canned to the council’s School Pool Partnership Fund being axed. “I want to stop the slippery slope of these things being slowly but surely eroded,” he says. Mrs Free, the council’s Community Facilities Portfolio Leader, says the decision to close the crèche was a management decision and not made by the councillors

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SMILES TURN UPSIDE DOWN: The parents and children of the crèche at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre are devastated by its closure.

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A life time in the classroom By Sam Duff After 40 years as a teacher at Roseneath School, John Forgie says he has no plans to give up the job just yet. John, who works part-time these days, last week celebrated 40 years at the same school. “It’s a wonderful school,” he says. “I’ve always called it the country school in the middle of town. “Every teacher and every student knows each other, which is unusual in most schools.” John started his teaching career in Christchurch where he says every teacher’s college graduate was given a job for their first year in work. “We were learning on the job,” he says. “These days teachers get advice and mentoring from a

senior teacher. Not in those days. “You learned or you failed.” After working for a year John found himself without a job so he says he moved to Wellington in 1966 at the age of 21. After a few years at Russell School in Porirua John moved to Lyall Bay School “You taught basically what you wanted,” John says. “None of those national standards in those days.” John says he was given the job of teaching the new entrant children and he has done so ever since. “I loved it.” Then when he saw a job come up at Roseneath it was time for John to move on to the school he would stay at for the next 40 years. “Even though I lived in Hataitai I didn’t even know where it was.

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COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Chairman of the Kilbirnie Business Network Bruce Welsh is ready to party at the Kilbirnie Festival in March. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Get ready for a party – the Kilbirnie community is busy planning their 20th local street festival, this time with a local sporty twist. The Kilbirnie Festival will be held on Sunday, March 1 2015, according to Kilbirnie Business Network chairman Bruce Welsh. The running of the festival has been transferred from event management company Capital Productions to the Kilbirnie Business Network alongside the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre. “We’re trying to change it to more of a local focus to support local businesses,” Bruce says. “People can come along and show off what they do.”

Bruce says the festival will showcase many of Kilbirnie’s best bits, many of which are sport related. Poneke rugby club, Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre and the ASB Sports Centre are a few of the sport related gems in Kilbirnie, Bruce says. “There’re a whole lot of sports facilities around so part of the idea with the festival is to promote those.” Food and retail stalls, crafts and even a music stage will also play a big part in the festival, Bruce says. “It won’t just be a generic festival,” he says. “It will be unique.”  Anybody interested in being part of the Kilbirnie Festival should contact bruce@welsh.co.nz

As the kids of Evans Bay Intermediate pack away their books at the end of the term, their principal of eight years will be saying her final goodbyes. Wendy Esera says she is leaving Wellington after 25 years and will be moving to Auckland to become the principal of Henderson Intermediate. “I’m going to become a westie,” she says. “It’s been a privilege to come to a work place where you really love being every day.” Wendy says Henderson Intermediate is a significantly bigger school, something she had been on the hunt for. Wendy’s husband was the principal of Petone Central School and has recently

moved to Auckland to take up a job as principal of Sutton Park School. The staff, students, parents and board of trustees at EBIS are what make the school such a special place, Wendy says. “It’s only when you talk to other principals that you realise how lucky we are here,” she says. “The kids are really neat, they have great families, there is great parent support and it’s a neat community.” W h i l e We n d y o n l y became the principal at EBIS eight years ago, her connection to the school goes back to when her 34 year old son Mario was a student there and Wendy herself sat on the board. There has not been one particular highlight from

her time at the school, Wendy says. “One of the things that I have personally really loved was last year I did the school production.” Another highlight has been seeing a rise in the achievements of the children, she says. “That has come about from the national standards that helped us recognise where we weren’t achieving. “We’re more effective now than we have even been. I feel excited about that, I really do.” END OF AN ERA: Evans Bay Intermediate School principal Wendy Esera is leaving the school she has led for the past eight years. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Doctor Diane’s love of pathology By Sam Duff Pathology is the hidden science behind medicine, according to pathologist, senior lecturer, Girl Guide leader and Island Bay resident Dr Diane Kenwright. “Every time somebody goes for a blood test a pathologist is involved,” says Dr Diane, who works part-time as a lecturer at the University of Otago, Wellington and part time in the hospital. “Every day I come to work and there’s something really really interesting and meaningful.” The number of discoveries made in the pathology field during the past ten years is amazing, she says. “I think If I did it all again I would still pick pathology.” Her students know her by her rather unique sets of spectacles, Dr Diane says. “They’re so out there that students can’t help but be engaged,” she says. “They’re never going to forget the lecturer who wears the crazy glasses.” Originally from the United Kingdom, Dr Diane says her parents bought her to New Zealand when she was ten years old. Dr Diane says she has lived in Island Bay with her optometrist husband Andrew since 1993. “We lived in Newtown for a couple of years,” she says. “We found that we would always buy fish and chips in Island Bay, so we moved.” “I love the beach and the com-

MEDICAL DOCTOR: Island Bay resident Dr Diane Kenwright examines a preserved lung and a leg bone at the University of Otago, Wellington. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

munity.” In her spare time, when she manages to escape from the hospital or the medical school, Dr Diane says she is a Girl Guide Teacher for the mainly five and six year old pippins. “Girl Guiding is really strong in Island Bay,” she says. “We’re the

biggest Girl Guide district in the country.” “The thing I really love about Girl Guides is that it’s developing capability in every girl. “We’re still building the confidence in young women in society. Leadership skills allow you to contribute positively to society.”

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Merry Christmas from Kilmarnock Heights Home Residents at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home are getting into the Christmas spirit making cards and gifts for friends, family and the community. Kilmarnock Heights Home was selling the resident and family-made cards, decorations, teddies, marmalade, raffle tickets, Christmas cake and crafts at the Berhampore School Kristmas Knack Market recently. Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation team leader Annelize Steyn says all the residents were involved with the planning, making, packing and pricing of the items. “Everyone was involved with the preparation in some way and many relatives got involved by donating items and baking for us.” Annelize says the support didn’t stop there, with members of the local community helping as well. “It was a great community project. People who had no tie to the residents here went to the effort of making things to help us. We’re so thankful

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to the people who donated their time and made things for us to sell at the market.” This is the first time Kilmarnock Heights Home has had a stall at the Khristmas Knack Market and residents are keen to do it again next year. Resident Johnnie Wood, who was busy making cards and knitted teddies for the stall, says preparing for the market gave her and the other residents something meaningful and fun to do. “It gave everyone something to do with a purpose in mind. I enjoyed going along to the market to help with the stall.”  People looking for home-made Christmas gifts can still purchase them by visiting the Christmas shop trolley at Kilmarnock Heights Home at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore. Call 04 380 2034, email kilmarnockheights@psc.org.nz or visit www. enlivencentral.org.nz to find out more.

of the surrounding bays. “Island Bay is an old suburb by Wellington standards and there’s a lot of old history here,” Marion says. “We try to get it because to put it bluntly older people are dying off and then it’s lost.” “There are a lot of people that have lived in the bay for a long time and there are new people moving in that are quite interested in the history of the area. A lot of people are surprised to learn there was a

racecourse in Island Bay and The Parade was once a swamp, Marion says. She says the WSBHS will take part in the Island Bay Festival in February including dressing up in historical clothes for the parade and having a display at the surf club. Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society will be back at the Island Bay Community Centre every Friday from January 30 between 10am and 2pm.

A visit to the Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society has led to a long-term Island Bay family discovering a piece of their history. Natasha Taliauli, now a resident of Johnsonville, and her son Marlee Congdon last week paid a visit to the historical society, which operates from the Island Bay Community Centre every Friday. Natasha says she had been tipped-off by her sister that there was an old family photo amongst the society’s archive. “We have always had this family portrait in our lounge,” she says. “We didn’t know that it was here. My sister told me to come down.” The photo was taken of the family because they were one of the first Pacific Island families to settle in Island Bay in 1974, Natasha says. The historical society keeps a range of archived material at the community centre from news reports to council plans, according to member Marion Findlay. She says the group has been running since 2003 and col- MEMORY LANE: Marlee Congdon and his mum Natasha lects information about Island Taliauli discovered some family history in Island Bay Bay, Berhampore and several recently. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Communities prepare for ‘the big one’ By Matthew Lau Residents of Newtown and Berhampore have had their say on the Community-Driven Emergency Response Plan. More than 50 people attended a meeting last week at the Newtown Park Function Rooms, where feedback was sought on the first draft of the plan. President of Newtown Residents Association Claire Pettigrew was impressed with the turnout, especially at this time of the year. “A connected community is a resilient community,” she says. “The final plan will be a link on our website, as we’re going to be constantly updating it because we

want it to be a living document.” Jason Paul from the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) says they are encouraging residents to be responsible for themselves. “Where we’re moving to is more of a partnership model we’re working with communities before an event and trying to build on their social and physical resources to ultimately build stronger more connected prepared communities,” he says. Senior Station officer at the Newtown fire station, Craig Campbell, says the fire service has learned a number of lessons from Christchurch in both the response to and preplanning for a major emergency.

The general vibe among those at the meeting was positive. Some are more ready than others, like psychologist Quentin Abraham. “We have a very well stocked earthquake kit with water, food, all of that. So much so that most of our neighbours know to come to our house because we have more than enough,” he says Robyn Jones, 13, says her school has prepared pupils of what to do should a major disaster occur. “Drop, cover, and hold in an earthquake. In a fire, stay low and get out. “We have special bells at school so we know when there is a lockdown or an evacuation.” she says.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should Wellington become a super city? Why or why not?

Braxton Northcroft, Kilbirnie “No, because I just don’t think one person can do it (be a super Mayor). It’s so big and there are separate places.”

Emm Ngatai, Rotorua “No, because I don’t live here and I don’t really care.”

Breanna Ward, Miramar “I don’t think so because it’s fewer groups represented. There is more of a chance for people’s needs to be overlooked.”

April Brimer, Melrose “That person (Super Mayor) would have so much power they could over-take the city (laughs). I haven’t really heard much about it.”

Christine, Newtown “No, it is fine as it is.”

Jimmy Terlesk, Houghton Bay “Yip, because it seems to make sense. It would make everything work a bit better.”

LETTERS to the editor Gutted by op-shop closure

Really sad to see op shop close

Dear Ed, I was really gutted to see the Strathmore community op shop close down. We moved into the area recently particularly because of that op shop – the only Op-shop left in Wellington

Dear Ed, I grew up in Strathmore and was really sad to see the closure of the op shop (November 24). I was even more upset to hear how the manager was treated. She did an amazing job there and even went beyond her job title, she was able to do such good for the community. There is no point in the

that actually tried to help people instead of making lots of money. Really gutted it’s gone. My family want it back! The volunteers were awesome. Daisy Howes

 OPSHOP ANGER: Strathmore Park residents Sue MacKay, Rochelle Smith, Lance Young and Ray Cook are upset about their community op-shop closing down. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

satellite services being run from the op shop as they were running fine from up at the base. I think the community should of had a say in the closure of the op shop. It was a surprise to everyone. Just one day it had a sign up ‘closed until further notice’. Anonymous


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LETTERS to the editor

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Warm soft fuzzies for wall Dear Ed, every time I go via Ira Street I get warm soft fuzzies as I see the remaining brick wall (November 17). That was the Miramar peninsula before plastic was invented. It makes me proud of the place. Anyone wanting to breach it for convenience is like buying a property in central Christchurch and wanting to dam the Avon to water their garden. It is like buying a house in Oriental Parade and wanting to switch the fountain off as it

Cuts into wall should discontinue forthwith

makes you want to go for a pee. Why can’t we cut a tree down without WCC permission but destroy a part of our past like the neat brick wall? Paul Franken, Strathmore Park CONCERNED: Chair of the Miramar Maupuia Progressive Association Robin Boldarin and heritage research consultant Gary Tonks are concerned about the council allowing developers to cut into the old Gasco Brick Works wall. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Save the Mt Vic swing Dear Ed, I have recently moved to Wellington from Brisbane and was absolutely delighted when I found the rope swing on Mt Victoria. My boyfriend and I loved it and really enjoyed ourselves. As we left, I said to him ‘this is why New Zealand is so cool – Australia would never allow this sort of stuff because they are such a nanny state!’ Then I returned two weeks later with some friends visiting I was dismayed to find no rope swing! A quick Google found the article

in which the tourist was injured falling off the swing. Although I feel terrible about this accident and hope the girl makes a full recovery, I note that it was not a case of 'the swing broke', or the branch broke etc. I understand that she slipped and fell (ie – her own fault unfortunately). The nature of this rope swing (in full view etc), is such that anyone can see and appreciate the risks – the risks are not hidden or require special training to identify. They are immediately apparent.

Therefore if you are going to use the rope swing you take full responsibility for your own actions. I don't think that the residents and future visitors to Wellington should be denied the pure joy of this rope swing because of an accident, especially one which was the result of a person misusing the swing (slipped off). I would have a different opinion if the rope/branch had broken.

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Packing away the stethoscope By Sam Duff It is off to Sydney for two local Miramar doctors who are married and job-share at the Peninsula Medical Centre. Dr Jon Adams and his wife Dr Sami Spence have been at the centre for the past four years and

say it is time to make the move for family reasons. “It’s a family decision to be nearer to my wife’s parents who live in Sydney,” he says. “It’s a new exciting chapter for us.” “It’s mixed emotions for us because we’re so happy in our work.

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“The timing is right for us and our family to make the move.” Job sharing the position has meant the two can alternate who cares for their two young children, Dr Jon says. He says he grew up in Wellington, studied in Otago and then spent time studying and working in Sydney. The day to day contact with patients is what Dr Jon says he particularly enjoys about working as a general practitioner. “There’s also the cumulative knowledge that you build up so you get to know your patients really well.” Wellington will also be hard to leave behind, Dr Jon says. “It’s such a fantastic city to live in,” he says. “We haven’t ruled out coming back.” Dr Jon and Dr Sami, who currently live in Hataitai, will be living in Northern Sydney, close to Manly Beach. Two new doctors will be starting at the Peninsula Medical Centre.

Residents may have gotten a surprise recently if they had spotted the abseilers working on the Hataitai bus tunnel. The abseilers, who will be on site until Christmas, have become somewhat of a spectacle to bus patrons as they work to strengthen the tunnel. Earthquake strengthening began on the 100 year old tunnel in early November and will last about six months. Structural assessments done by council earlier in the year showed that while the tunnel itself would probably withstand a large earthquake, the adjacent

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My Dad – he is an outgoing, outdoorsy, opinionated, upfront man and he knows how to have fun. Great role model as a kid!

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Probably pad Thai.

What is your favourite thing on telly? Game of Throne, Vikings, The 100, Outlander, depends what’s on at the time.

What gives you a cheeky grin? Great banter over a wine with my friends.

What tops your Christmas wish list A money tree.

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Last weekend I went for a car trip up the road. It was a few days away for a friend’s 21st birthday. During the celebrations I went for a wee walk and stood outside somewhere I had been almost a year ago. Without being too soppy it was funny thinking back over the past 12 months and reflecting on how much has changed in my life. I guess this time of year always brings about those feelings and questions – What have I achieved?

Where is my life going? When I think about the past year I am quite astounded by how much has changed in my life. Jobs have come and gone, new relationships have started, graduations, deaths, holidays – it has been a pretty busy year. It fills me with excitement when I think about the past and look to 2015 and wonder what will change again. Life really is quite fun.

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Taking on the world By Sam Duff St Catherine’s College student Ella Jansen says she will be sad to leave the school that has become like a second home to her during the past five years. Last week Ella, 18, was named the 2014 dux of St Catherine’s, a prize she has worked towards ever since seeing her sister get it five years ago. “It’s been something I have been thinking about all year,” she says. “It felt like all my hard work has paid off. “It’s a big thing for our family; my sister was dux and my

mother and my cousin.” Ella, who lives in Seatoun, has been awarded an Otago University Academic Excellence Scholarship which will pay for her course fees to study in Dunedin next year. “I feel I have worked especially hard this year and I do think it will be a really good thing for my career. While at St Catherine’s Ella says she has enjoyed taking part in debating, being one of the deputy head girls and being a co-leader of the Mercy Crew. Ella says she will be studying physics next year and is excited to move to Otago.

“I’m pretty excited,” she says. “I’m quite sad to be leaving St Catherine’s. It’s just been so amazing here. “It’s been the best five years of my life by far. I will miss everyone. “All the teachers have been so amazing. St Catherine’s have the best teachers in New Zealand. Everything I have done at this school has been because of them.” Fellow St Catherine’s year 13 student Joanna Rubi was also recently awarded a Victoria International Excellence Scholarship and an ASEAN Undergraduate Tertiary Fees Scholarship.

LETTERS to the editor Background to community park Dear Ed, further to your article Community Comes Together (November 24). Rangitatau Park eventuated from a $1.25 million environmental enhancement fund set aside by the Wellington City Council in 1996 as a result of the Moa Point Sewage Plant being constructed in the eastern suburbs. The park was designed for youth to participate in

outdoor activities such as kicking a football and taking shots at a basketball hoop. The function was made possible by the combined efforts of some enthusiastic people from the council, youth leaders, local police and most of all those from corrections. The gun turrets were painted and the entire area cleaned up of rubbish and overgrown shrubs. It was the first spruce-

up the park has received. On behalf of the Strathmore Park Progressive Association I would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who volunteered their time and effort in making the occasion such a great day out for the community. Stan Andis, Strathmore Park Progressive Association president

Council need to protect heritage Dear Ed, I would like to support those who wish to see Wellington City Council protect what is left of our Wellington heritage. On the face of it, a brick wall seems to be of little importance, but the red brick structures, once the building material of choice in Wellington, are fast disappearing after successive earthquakes over the last 200 odd years. On my walks around the

Miramar Peninnsula, the sight of red brick structures poking up through the scrub so often leads me to the discovery of hitherto undiscovered military or settler remains. In 50 years red brick will be an iconic reminder of the past. Overseas, local councils utilise these remains in creative ways and make agreements with developers that these relics remain on show. I would like to commend

the efforts of Gary Tonks, who along with another great historian, Major Wally Fraser, have worked for years, often at no cost, to promote and protect the historic Taonga of Wellington. So come on WCC front up and prove to us that you actually give a damn. Allan Jenkins, Seatoun (abridged)


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Media personality Keith Quinn has been elected president of Wellington’s oldest rugby club. The former TVNZ sport’s commentator will be in the role at the Wellington Football Club for three years. Keith, who has also published several books, has been a member of the club since 1964 and has covered nine Olympic Games from Munich in 1972 to London in 2012. The 68 year old was made redundant from the state broadcaster in 2007 when a number of staff cuts were made.

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Newtown’s own wins national award Newtown swimmer Mary Fisher took away two awards at the national Attitude Awards recently. The female sportswoman of the year and Para-Swimmer won the Attitude ACC Supreme Award, as well as the Youth Award. The awards celebrate the excellence and achievements of Kiwis living with a disability. Born without irises in both eyes, 21-year-old Mary is blind and can only see shapes, colours and has limited light perception. Yet the young woman's undeniable talent, coupled with her positivity and determination,

have seen her shine in and out of the pool. Mary brought home a gold medal, two silvers and a bronze at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, five gold medals and a silver at the IPC World Championships in Montreal last year and six gold medals at this year's Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in California (setting four Oceania records in the process). She was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and named Wellington Sportsperson of the Year 2013 – huge honours at such a young age.

But it's Mary's accomplishments outside of the pool which have contributed to her success. In between her gruelling training programme and competitive events, Mary supports other young developing para-swimmers and has been a youth mentor at the Blind Foundation since 2007. She works with vision-impaired teenagers and their families – even giving them an insight into the possibilities of independent living by inviting them to visit her Newtown student flat.

From the classroom to the bike track By Sarah Wilson St udents at Rongota i College swapped a day in the classroom for an action filled day of mountain biking on the Centennial Reserve last week. The sporting initiative was designed to get students outside into the natural spaces Wellington has to offer and away from their electronic devices. Adrian Armstrong, teacher and organiser of the activity, says it is a great way to get students out into the environment to do something good for their health. “If you’re looking at stats at the moment, New Zealand has got a really horrific teenage obesity rate,” Adrian says. He said the statistics are appalling considering how much access we have to nature. “This activity was to help the students get active, to promote a local cycling business and to show that we have a really great environment for students to have a good time outdoors.” Bryn Dickerson, a professional downhill rider, went biking with the students and talked about equipment and what it takes to make it in the sport. “It’s good to be a real example for the kids, and to show them the possibilities and places you can go with a sport if you work hard enough.” Bryn says going down hills, in between trees and rocks, over jumps and through obstacles at speed is an

A Rongotai 12 year old has been given his black-belt in Kyokoshin Karate, the youngest Wellingtonian to do so. Darcy Boardman went through the gruelling grading process, a rare feat for someone so young in Kyokoshin, which is full contact karate.

Kid’s track opens in Miramar

After five years of hard work by local volunteers the new kid’s cycle track in Miramar has been officially opened. The opening was a celebration of five years of volunteer lead trail development and ecological restoration in the Centennial Reserve.

Kids get running

Local youngsters will be strapping on their running boots this week for a fun waterfront run. Athletics Wellington will host the Cigna Kids Waterfront Fun Run, in conjunction with Cigna and Sport Wellington, on Tuesday December 16. A number of distances will be on offer to primary and secondary aged children. Kick-off will be at Frank Kitts Park where there will also be food and entertainment  To register visit athleticshub.co.nz

Round the Bays ready to roll With the annual Round the Bays just around the corner Sport Wellington are on the hunt for volunteers to help out on the day. The event relies on more than 200 volunteers per year and each person gets a free t-shirt and a packed lunch. In 2014 almost 14,000 people took part in the event which kicks off at Frank Kitts Park and ends at Kilbirnie Park. The 2015 Round the Bays will be held on Sunday, February 22. Registrations opened on November 3, 2014.  To find out more about being a volunteer for Round the Bays then email rtbvolunteers@ sportwellington.org.nz

TWO WHEELS: Rongotai College students, Aman Daji, Linford Rota and Liam Cooper jump on their bikes. PHOTO CREDIT: Charles Wilson

amazing feeling. ‘It’s not something that I’ve managed to find anywhere else.” The experience was supported by local business, Burkes Cycles. Burkes Cycles manager, Peter Burke, who is also former Rongotai student, says it was not a big deal to help the students out, as it was a real community experience. “We had a local school supported

by a local business and a local rider using local tracks provided by the council, it was a real community affair,” he says. Councilor Paul Eagle, chair of the Council committee responsible for recreation, says getting Wellington's young people active is crucial considering the city currently rates slightly below the national average for active young people.


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Supermarket gives back to schools A local supermarket has stepped up to the plate to donate cash to support several schools. Wellington City New World has donated funds to a number of local schools such as Clyde Quay School, St Marks Church School, Roseneath School and several others. Manager Brent Doile says to date a total of $19,736 has been given to five schools and two clubs in the community. The programme works by schools and clubs encouraging the parents, caregivers, uncles and aunties of students to shop with New World to ensure support goes back to the school, Brent says. “Stamped dockets are put in the individual collection box in the foyer, these are added up weekly and three times a year the total is calculated and a set per cent of the total spend is given back,” he says. “It is stressed that the funds given back must go to the school or club and be spent on something the children can benefit from and results can be seen.”  CHRISTMAS GOODWILL: Clyde Quay School in Mount Victoria is given a cheque by Wellington City New World as part of their scheme to donate to local schools.

Twisty Christmas for muscular dystrophy Local book shops are stocking a collection of Christmas stories, the funds from which are going towards supporting those with muscular dystrophy. The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales is available for purchase at The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie. Former NZ Post Book Awards judge and owner of the shop John McIntyre says the book is a classy piece of publishing.

Council plan music hub A national music hub in the Wellington Town Hall is being planned by the City Council in conjunction with Victoria University and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The $100 million dollar project is

part of the councils Long Term Plan and much of which would be spent on strengthening buildings surrounding Civic Square. Council says the estimated $96 million cost of work to strengthen the

Town Hall, Central Library, the Civic Administration Building (CAB) and, possibly, the former Capital E site would be offset by the proceeds from proposed ground-leases and development of three other buildings.

EASTERN SUBURBS

SPORTS TRUST SPONSORED BY MIRAMAR & KILBIRNIE THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED $6,500 IN NOVEMBER 2014 TO EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS, KINDERGARTENS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND SPORTS CLUBS ETC.

BRIAN GALT (ESST) WITH MARIST AFC - SHIRTS

REPRESENTATIVE OF

STUDENTS FROM EVANS BAY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL WITH NEW SPORTS TOPS

BRIAN GALT (ESST) WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF ST PATS COLLEGE WATERPOLO - TRAVEL

THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED TO THE FOLLOWING EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS. WORD – WELLINGTON OFF ROAD RIDING NEW BIKE TRAILER • SPORT WELLINGTON THE PARK BOWLING CLUB

ROUND THE BAYS • KILBIRNIE TENNIS CLUB TENNIS BALLS AND COACHIN

GALA TOURNAMENT • NZ WOMENS FLOORBALL TEAM 3 TEAM MEMBERS EXPENSES

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GIVEN AWAY TO DATE $1,242,130

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