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By Sam Duff The sleigh is packed, Rudolph has been fed and watered and the route has been entered into the GPS. The festive season is upon us and it is just three sleeps until the big man himself, Santa Claus, pops down your chimney and decides whether your littlies have been naughty or nice. Continued on page 2 MERI KIRIHIMETE: Santa Claus took a quick break for a swim at Lyall Bay beach last week, before he began his annual deliveries. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff


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According to MetService, weather on Christmas Day will be partly cloudy with a southeast wind for Wellington and a high of 17 degrees. However, a nicer Christmas Eve is expected with a high of 17 degrees and light winds. Wellingtonians, young and old, have been getting into the Christmas spirit. Thousands gathered in the central business district last weekend for the annual Christmas parade that ran along Lambton Quay and into Manners Street. Brass bands entertained the crowds, while Santa also made an appearance. This is the final edition of the Cook Strait News for 2014 as we will be hitting the beach with a glass of wine and a book in hand. From the whole Cook Strait News team have a happy and safe holiday season and we will be back in your letter box from January 12.

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Peggy writes for her cousin By Sam Duff An Island Bay woman has put pen to paper to write a children’s book in honour of her cousin, who died of cancer. Peggy Liolis-Bruce says her cousin Alexandra HandrasKothroulas, a Newtown School teacher, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer five years ago and died within three months. Peggy, herself a teacher at St Anne’s School, says she told Alexandra before she died that she would write a book in her memory. “We were very close and when I came to New Zealand (from Greece as a child) we lived with her,” Peggy says. “She was only 40 when she died. I thought it would be a

lovely way for her family to remember her.” Ten per cent of the profits from the book, Angeline’s Star, will be donated to the Cancer Society, Peggy says. “The book is about a little girl called Angeline and her little brother falls asleep and doesn’t wake up, he falls into a coma,” Peggy says. “She asks her Mum ‘will he be okay?’ and she says it will take a miracle so she goes out to find a miracle.” Peggy says family and friends gathered in Island Bay to launch the book on Saturday, including her daughter who is visiting from London. Angeline’s Star is Peggy’s fourth book as she has previously written three teacher resource books.

A MIRACLE: Island Bay resident Peggy Liolis-Bruce has written a children’s book in honour of her cousin that died of cancer.

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Push play this summer Wellington City Council’s Push Play team will be out and about this summer promoting fitness and exercise. T-ball, soccer and badminton are just a few of the games that will be played. The first event will be at Berhampore School on January 7 from 2pm till 4pm. For more information visit www.

From time at the beach to a good old family get-together the Cook Strait News checked in with a few locals, who have featured in our pages throughout the year, to ask what they are up to on Christmas day. “We'll be at home in Newtown, hosting family for lunch with all the trimmings. My speciality is home-made Christmas crackers with bad jokes. Sample: What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney? Claustrophobia!

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“I will be spending time on Christmas Day with family and friends, and will no doubt eat far too much. Hopefully the weather will be fine and hot, and I will be able to get a walk in before lunch and a swim in the late afternoon.” Kevin Carter, Rongotai College principal

Construction has begun on a memorial pathway for deceased long serving local councillor Leonie Gill. Ms Gill, a councillor since 1998, died in November last year, just a month after losing her seat at the election. $600,000 will be spent on a reinvigorated Kilbirnie Drainage Reserve, which runs from Cockburn Street in Kilbirnie to Tirangi Road in Rongotai, and goes behind Bunnings and Rongotai College.

“I’m still a kid at heart at Christmas! I like to be with as many family members as possible. This year we are all gathering in Gerringong, New South Wales, for a beach and barbie Christmas!”

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“I will be spending Christmas day with my beautiful fiancée and lovely family at my grandmother’s place at Waikawa Beach. Good food, good people, a glass of wine or two and a trip to the beach. Perfect.” “I plan to have a quiet day with my husband, walking the dog, eating strawberries and cream, reading books and ringing family overseas. I’ll be enjoying Orchestra Wellington, kiwi film clips and fireworks on the harbour for New Year’s Eve. Celia Wade-Brown, Mayor


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“I always celebrate Christmas in Island Bay with family, and the same goes this year. I’m looking forward to having a relaxing break – and am hoping for lots of lovely sunny weather!” Nikki Papatsoumas, former Cook Strait News reporter

“Christmas Day will be with family in Whakatane enjoying a barbeque and sun. Hopefully doing very little and some reading.” Bruce Welsh, Kilbirnie Business Network Chairperson


“On Christmas Eve I will be at church performing some items with my youth group Lupe O le Alofa. Then on Christmas Day we will probably head out to Seatoun beach and have a barbeque or a Samoan umu with my family, but most importantly we will spend time together.”

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inbriefnews Seawall stays… for now The historic Island Bay seawall, which partially collapsed in last year’s storm on the south coast, has been saved. Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee voted 7-1 last week in favour of strengthening the wall and keeping it in its usual location.

Churches prepare for festive season By Sam Duff As Santa Claus prepares to visit children throughout the Eastern and Southern suburbs,

churches in the area are getting ready for the silly season. The Reverend Nathan Parry from the Island Bay Presbyterian Church says he will be

More money for runway Wellington City Council last week voted to contribute $1.95 million to start the formal consenting process associated with the proposal to extend Wellington Airport’s runway by 350 metres. Deputy Mayor Justin Lester says the contribution – to be matched by Wellington International Airport – will fund the estimated $5.9 million cost of a resource consent application to an Environmental Protection Agency board of inquiry.

Hospitals integrate lab services Capital Coast District Health Board have voted to integrate their laboratory services with the Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs. Board chair of Capital Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs Dr Virginia Hope says the decision means there will be one management structure and process across the region. “The three boards believe there are significant benefits to integrating laboratory services across the three DHBs,” she says.

Rongotai student awarded The last of this year’s Absolutely Positively Wellington Student awards has been given to a Rongotai College student by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Raj Patel was given the award at Rongotai College’s 87th annual prize giving. Wellington’s secondary schools were invited to recognise a student in year 10 – 12 that made an outstanding contribution to their community.

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HO HO HO: Island Bay Presbyterian Church reverend Nathan Parry is geared-up for his Christmas services. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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these days so we try to remind people of that.” Christmas carols, from the traditional to the more modern, were held last week at the church. There was lots of noise and lots of food afterwards, he says. Island Bay Presbyterian Church will be running a school holiday programme between January 20 and 30, Nathan says. “We were approached by parents saying there wasn’t much for older kids,” he says. “They were concerned their kids were wandering around and spending too much time on the Xbox.”  For more information about the holiday programme email or phone 3838699.

Night before Christmas tops competition By Sam Duff A detailed scene of the night before Christmas has come out on top of the Cook Strait News’ Christmas window display competition. Owner of Cartridge World in Kilbirnie, Carolyn Henderson, says she was excited when her window display was last week announced as the winner. “I never did it to win,” she says. “The display was something I would have wanted to have seen when I was a little girl.” “The idea was meant to be children excited the night before Christmas.” The window scene gives a sneak-peak inside a family home as they prepare for Christmas, from Dad cooking

in the kitchen to stockings. A Christmas tree and a working fire place top off the display. “I had good fun making all the little cakes and things,” Carolyn says. The window display has previously been displayed at Carolyn and her husband Andrew’s other Cartridge World store in Upper Hutt, Carolyn says. Each year she says she adds to it but it still takes a lot of time. “I enjoy doing it but we have decided that it took so much time out of our lives that I won’t change it next year.” Carolyn says she and Andrew will be having family round to their place on Christmas for a big breakfast before spending the afternoon at her cousin’s house in Seatoun.




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holding a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day service. “The churches in Island Bay like to time their services so there’s a bit of variety,” he says. “A lot of people are away at this time of year but the Christmas services are normally pretty full.” The Christmas Eve service will run from 1115pm and include candles, quiet and traditional carols, Nathan says. Meanwhile the Christmas Day service will be slightly shorter and aimed towards children. It will start at 930am. “We try to provide spaces for quiet and stillness.” Nathan says family, hospitality and gift giving are good parts of Christmas but it is important to remember the true meaning of the holiday. “You don’t find the Christmas story much outside of churches

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Pou show-off school’s diversity By Sam Duff Irish, American, Tongan and Norwegian – a Miramar school is celebrating the many different cultures of its students with parts of its recycled playground. Holy Cross School is part of Wellington City Council’s Bikes in Schools programme, which will see it have a bike track built during the Christmas holidays – but to make space an old playground has had to be torn down. Principal Celeste Hastings says the students were determined that parts of the playground should not just be thrown away. “They wanted to preserve the history of it,” she says. Celeste says the idea came about

that Maori cultural pou could be created, to show-off the school’s 27 different cultures, from the old playground’s wooden beams. “The guys who took it down were so careful,” she says. “They took all the old posts away, water blasted them and cleaned them up.” The beams were blessed and then each class was given a pou onto which they needed to represent three cultures. “Each class researched the cultures to find out significant symbols and patterns. Families also contributed ideas.” Celeste says teacher Nik Solia and his brother Darcy worked incredibly hard on the project. Nik says they really enjoyed

being part of the project and learning about all the student’s different cultures. Ella Crayford, 11, says her class learnt about Angola, Scotland and Tonga. Meanwhile Molly Leota, 10, says the pou are linked to the school’s theme of turangawaewae. “It means anybody who walks into the school feels welcome,” she says. The most interesting thing that Caitlyn Mills, 9, learnt while creating the pou was that the bald eagle is the national symbol of America. Luke Morimoto, 11, says his class drew a long boat to represent Norway because that is where the vikings came from.

CULTURAL POU: Holy Cross school students Ella Crayford, 11, Luke Morimoto, 11, Molly Leota, 10, and Caitlyn Mills, 9. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Historian makes Kilmarnock her new home Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Alison Fraser, 75, says moving into a rest home has given her time to take care of unfinished business. “After my husband died I used to lie in bed in the evenings thinking about the things I had to do and wondering how I would get the time. Now I’m in a position in my life where I can sit back and relax because things are taken care of.” Alison says her life became simpler after moving to Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore six months ago. “I’m a little shocked that I like it

here, I was never looking forward to living in a rest home. I never planned this. I thought I could survive on my own, but then I suddenly started realising that I was missing out on so much because I was trying so hard to do it all myself.” Now Alison is using her time to relax, enjoy life and tie-up loose ends. Her biggest endeavour is to honour her late husband’s wishes by getting his book published. Alison’s husband Walter Fraser was a Major in the New Zealand Army. They met in Waiouru when she was 19 years old, and had been

together for 56 years before he died in 2012. The book, which took 30 years to complete, is about the history of Wellington from a military viewpoint. It has 283 carefully researched pages that cover the history and significance of war memorabilia in Wellington. The Frasers’ knowledge and interest in war history is wellknown. In 2000 the couple was asked by the Wellington City Council to research the significance of people buried at the Karori cemetery with a military background.

In fact, it was this research that led to the development of the Karori Cemetery Heritage Trail. Alison came up with the name ‘Warriors Walk’ for the trail, which is a self-guided tour that covers the lives of men and women who fought in the Boer War, both World Wars, the Korean, Malayan and Vietnam wars, as well as in United Nations peacekeeping operations. “I came up with the name Warriors Walk because that’s exactly what it is. They are ex-servicemen who have fought for our country.” Alison says she is proud of what

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Question: What do you enjoy about Christmas and why?

Adrian Lust, Kilbirnie

Keri Styles, Kilbirnie

Matilda Thomas, Hataitai

“It’s a time for joy, happiness and holidays.”

“Probably getting together with family.”

“I just like the family aspect. It’s the only time I see my full family.”


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L Fiu, Strathmore

Sacha Anderson, Wellington

“The main thing is we have survived for another Christmas. Christmas is too commercialised now to take it too seriously. It is about family and church.”

“I’m looking forward to presents, being with my family and celebrating.”

Strathmore Park cyclist apologises

CYCLING ON: A cyclist stays safe next to a car on the busy roads of Kilbirnie. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Dear Ed, I apologise to the driver of the light blue car travelling along Broadway towards Seatoun at the Monorgan Road intersection at about 7pm yesterday. The driver may have had very strong principles on passing on the right and getting to his loving family; I was on my bike in the turning lane to Scots College. I had clearly indicated direction and the poor driver was forced to swerve on to the right side of the road to get past in his hurry.

I fortunately was able to swerve left and stop to prevent the beautiful car being splattered with my blood. I hope that the driver got home safe but will be caught before someone else dies on his bonnet. Remember even if you did not really intend to kill the charge will not automatically be downgraded from murder to manslaughter. Have a happy Christmas. (Almost sorry to be a cyclist) Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

Willow Forgeson, Melrose “I’ve got a five year old so she’s really excited to see Santa for the first time.”

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

Remembering the brick works Dear Ed, how I remember the Miramar Gas works (November 17). We always called the tall chimney of the works Mr Piggy’s Chimney. We drove past every day along Ira Street to and from Seatoun. We were sad to see it pulled down as it had an air of incred-

ible mystery and excitement to us young kids. What went on within those brick walls? Was it really Mr Piggy’s Chimney where the pig tried to huff and puff and blow it down? There are everywhere people in places of authority often younger, who exercise power in

their jobs, ignorant of the rights and wrongs, and of the consequences, often giving consent in situations from a piece of paper or a map without the depth of knowledge so necessary to do a job worthy of the citizens of the area. And do they care? In their ignorance, probably not. It’s done

chooses to work, has had a baby, she must return to the workforce. This means she must either pay a nanny for weekdays, or else leave her baby in a creche for those days. This is the idea that was sold to normal straight women, most of whom now realise they were deceived, but from fear of a slashed family income, don't drop out of the rat-race. At least 80% of working mothers would much rather stay at home with their babies and pre-schoolers, but think it no longer feasible.

Thank goodness for the amazing Gary Tonks whose family have been residents in the area for many years who has some guts to stand up and tell Cook Strait News how offensive is this permission that has been wrongly but freely given. Mrs G.C. Standage, Miramar (abridged)

Mrs Swift causes a stir

Women should refuse to work Dear Ed, re your December 15 pp. 1-2 article on the closing of the City Council's Kilbirnie creche, it was a reminder of how the lesbian feminists have wrecked the whole of the Western world. If it had not been for socalled Women's Liberation (really women's enslavement) from 1970 onwards, very few creches would be needed. We are now told it's axiomatic that every fit woman, if not on the DPB, must have a lifetime career in the paid workforce; so soon after a married/cohabiting woman, or an unmarried mother who

by the new age of balancing. Council and planning employees work from a plan and they very likely have no knowledge of the street or the former edifice there. You would think they would have the nous to say what is this wall? I must find out the background to it.

They secretly envy their ‘poor downtrodden, mandominated’ mothers and grandmothers who happily did just that! Well, if they all just refused to go out to work, labour would rapidly become scarcer, and much better paid; so that men immediately step into the vacant jobs. Men would be able to support themselves, a wife/defacto, and their children, all on one income, which is just what men mostly did before about 1975. H. Westfold, Miramar (abridged)

Dear Ed, in response to Christine Swift’s latest ‘shower of praise’ for local journalist, Sam Duff (December 8), and his use of the English language, might I remind her that there is no professional sub-editor for this publication. Considering this, since there are only so many hours in Mr Duff’s working week, I, as an avid reader of the Cook Strait News, would much rather him continue to bring us interesting content and good community coverage rather than bleeding away his limited time combing through and correcting the odd spelling or grammatical error. Considering the endless assaults committed on the English language, whether that be in the bright and

colourful world of advertising or simply within the modern world of instant messaging, I hardly think Mr Duff’s infrequent mistakes to rank him number one on your hit list. Additionally, I am absolutely positive that Mr Duff was well deserving of his prize as top journalist of his year. Having read your flippant remarks on the subject of Mr Duff’s worthiness for that prize and holistically, his professional capacity as a journalist, as a Cook Strait News enthusiast, I was offended on his behalf. Perhaps you could spare us your unrelenting criticisms and turn them to your own manners - an area I think you could improve on. Name withheld

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw him, you would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say: "Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" Then all the reindeer loved him as they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, you'll go down in history!

The Kiwi Christmas Christmas in New Zealand is not about snowmen and sleigh bells, its more about sun burn, over cooked sausages and family you haven’t seen in a year, by choice. Most Kiwi Christmas days involve families getting together, sharing presents, and catching up with relatives that live in another part of the country. At the end of the day, us kiwi’s wouldn’t

change a thing about our Christmas day. Wouldn’t you rather be able to go outside and relax by the beach then by stuck inside after the biggest snowfall in history. People will always dream of a white Christmas, but personally a Christmas with family and friends sounds much more enjoyable.

History of Christmas Christmas day is celebrated all round the world. The reason is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ although many religions and church leaders cannot agree on the date of his actual birth. Ultimately the date of December 25 was chosen, the Roman Catholic Church definitively records a nativity celebration by western Christians on this date. T he f i rst recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on what we now know as Christmas day is way back in 336AD. A few years after this, Pope Julius I officially declared the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on this day. There are many different traditions and theories as to why Christmas is celebrated on December 25. A very early Christian tradition said that the day Mary was told that she would have a very special baby was March 25,

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nine months after that day is December 25. December 25 may have also been chosen because the winter solstice and the ancient pagan roman midwinter festivals took place around this time. The Jewish holiday of Hannukah also falls around this time, and as Jesus was a Jew, this could be a reason why the day was chosen. St Augustine was the man that introduced Christmas to the United Kingdom by introducing Christianity on the sixth century. After this Britain and most of Western Europe adopted the date of December 25 as the date of Christmas. These days Christmas is celebrated around the world on this day, and is not always considered a religious holiday. It is also a day when families and friends get together to celebrate time together and celebrate the year that has been.

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Santa Claus Mysterious gift-bringer from the North Pole Who inspired you growing up?

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What would your dream getaway be?

Golly gosh that would have to be my Great-Uncle Steve, he was a good laugh.

Ho-ho-ho I don’t have time for television! Though Mrs Claus was always a Desperate Housewives fan.

Where I live is freezing cold so I like going anywhere sizzling hot!

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What would your last meal on earth be?

Mrs Claus has a rather silly sense of humour after a few glasses of chardonnay.

Jolly ho, I always enjoy milk and a cookie but sometimes a change is good. Probably a few nice venison sausages.

I won’t say his name but he is green. We do not get on. I don’t want to talk about it.

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What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you?

By crumb I don’t expect presents! I just enjoy spending Christmas Day giving to others.

Last Christmas I got lost in Brooklyn, it slowed me down by half an hour so this year I have a GPS.

Woofing up a storm in Newtown By Sam Duff After seven years overseas Donna Jackson has returned to New Zealand to open-up a new kennels and cattery in the old SPCA building in Newtown. The SPCA left their building in Mansfield Street last year when their new premises, at the old Fever Hospital, were ready to move into. Donna, a former New Plymouth school principal, says extensive building work has been done to upgrade the site and an apartment has been built where she will live with her family.

“It’s in our interests to have tired dogs at night,” Donna says. “There was a lot of work that had to be done.” Donna says she decided a long time ago that before she retired she wanted to open a nice kennels and cattery. An opening was held recently at the kennels and cattery which was attended by MP Annette King. Donna says she has been working long days, but she loves spending as much time as possible with all the animals. “We like to have them outside as much as we can do,” she says.

“It’s really hard not to fall in love with them all. They all have little stories and they all just want love.” Having been travelling and working overseas for the past seven years, Donna says she could not have pets. “Now they’re all my pets,” she says. Wellington Kennels and Cattery: Inner City Boutique is located at 305 Mansfield Street and can accommodate up to 20 dogs and 30 cats. Donna says the kennels have proved so popular that they are booked-out for the next three weeks.

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Legal highs debate hits the council By Sam Duff A Newtown-based community organisation is urging Wellington City Council to control the sale of psychoactive substances, otherwise known as legal highs. The central government’s temporary ban on psychoactive substances will expire next year and by that time Wellington City Council hope to have a by-law in place to control their sale. Cherida Fraser from CART, an organisation that encourages Maori to engage in social services, says legal highs would ideally be banned completely. “We don’t want them available but legally the legal highs that pass safety standards will be available,” Cherida says. “We want to keep them out of the suburbs.” Wellington City Council has put forth four options for the controlled sale of the substances. The first three would restrict their sale to parts of the CBD and the fourth option is to have no policy.

On behalf of CART Cherida says she has been tasked with making a submission to the council on their legal highs policy and for that she has been surveying the public. “They are very anti legal highs,” she says. “People really don’t want them around. People are actually surprised that the ban will be lifted.” Cherida says she has heard stories of the harm done by legal highs and of how they had been on-sold to school age children. Submissions closed last week for the public to have their say on psychoactive substances. Cherida says CART’s preferred policy was option three which would restrict their sale to parts of Cuba Street, Dixon St, Manners St and Courtenay Place. Retailers would have to be more than 60 metres apart.  Should psychoactive substances be readily available throughout Wellington or are they harming our city? Email news@ and let us know what you think.

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As the final Cook Strait News for the year goes to print it is a nice time to sit back with a wine and start thinking about the year gone by and what will be coming up in 2015. As usual, we have enjoyed bringing you the stories that locals care about, from heartwarming tales and successful locals to sad endings and new beginnings. As you have already read this is the final Cook Strait News for 2014, but we will back


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Karate kids on top By Sam Duff The eye of the tiger was in sight for three Brooklyntrained karate kids recently as they came out on top of several competitions. Emily O’Connor, 10, Joseph Donnelly, 9, and Zoe Ashton-Lawes, 10, all train at Brooklyn Rembuden under Patricia Reilly. The three recently headed to the Manawatu Championships where about 120 competitors went head to head. Emily, who goes to Island Bay School, says Manawatu was her first ever championship and she was nervous but excited. She got herself into the final of the 10 to 12–year–old development carter, which is a series of self-defence and attack moves, where she took home the silver medal. “I was surprised to do that well,” Emily says. “It felt pretty good.” Zoe, from Wadestown Primary School, took out first in her carter round and went on to pick-up a gold medal in the kumite, fighting.

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“I was actually pretty surprised by that because I prefer carter,” Zoe says. She says the funny part of the kumite final was being in a fight against Emily, who took out the silver. “It was kind of funny because we kept saying sorry to each other,” Emily says. Patricia says that Joseph, from

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New roof for Cycle Newtown track wins stadium award ROOF REVEAL: President of the Kiwi Athletic Club Peter Jack under the new roof at Newtown Stadium. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

By Sam Duff The scaffolding is gone and the calm has been restored at Newtown Stadium as the grandstand’s new roof has been unveiled. Peter Jack, president of the Kiwi Athletic Club, says Newtown Stadium opened for the first time in 1881. “To me it has got real character,” he says. “It is the first official sports ground in Wellington.” The old roof of the grandstand, constructed in 1969, was made of asbestos and was leaking, Peter says. The council stumped-up with the cash and the roof was finished two weeks ago, he says. In 1882, New South Wales played Wellington at rugby on the ground and about 5,000 people attended, Peter says. “The estimated population of Wellington at the time was 21,000.” Peter says in 1884 the first official

All Blacks game played in New Zealand was at the stadium but when Athletic Park opened in 1896 there was no more rugby at the park. In the mid-90s, the ground, which is now used by the Phoenix for training and for athletics, was where Gavin Lovegrove beat the world javelin record. More recently the ground has been spruced-up with a brand new running surface, unveiled last year. Peter says when the Under 20 Fifa World Cup is held in New Zealand next year some games will be played in Wellington and Newtown Stadium may be used as a training area. From January 9 to 11 the North Island Colgate Games will be held at the stadium and on January 23, the Capital Classic athletic meet will be there. “We have actually been told that we have the best track in the country at the moment,” Peter says.

An Island Bay kid’s mountain bike track has won a top recreation award. The South Coast Kids’ Track is the first cycle track in Wellington for the capital’s youngsters and last week won the New Zealand Recreation Association award for an outstanding recreation project. The track was opened by Wellington City Council in June after a committee of local parents wanted somewhere close by and easily accessible for their kids to ride off-road. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says she is delighted by the award. “Junior off-road facilities inspire an early love of cycling,” she says. “Getting kids active is important for our city.” Chair of the Sport and Recreation committee councillor Paul Eagle says because of the track more kids are jumping on their bikes in a safe environment. “The track is key to getting young people active outdoors, which means they’re more likely to be active when they’re adults,” he says. “It’s all part of the vision to make Wellington New Zealand’s mountain biking capital.”

CYCLE FUN: A local boy enjoys mountain biking at the South Coast Kids’ Track.

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The Skipper is in charge of the boat Check the weather forecast and tides before leaving. Never overload the boat Ensure each passenger has a correctly fitted and ap proved life-jacket. Check the boat, engine and equipment before leaving. Know the rules: see section on Rules of the Road. Guard against fire. Avoid consuming alcohol when boating don’t drink and drive Carry spare fuel, anchor, bailer, torch and warm gear. Tell someone where you are going, and when you’ll return Take two means of communication:- VHF, flares, EPIRB, cellphone (in a plastic bag) Brief passengers on the location and use of all safety equipment. Respect other water users. Do not anchor or fish in shipping routes, or near a marked power cable. Give way to all commercial vessels over 500 gross ton.

(Personal Floatation Device) You must carry a life-jacket or buoyancy aid for each person on board. It is the skipper’s responsibility to ensure that life-jackets are worn in situation such as in rough water, dangerous sea conditions and during an emergency. It is strongly recommended that you wear a life-jacket at all times when boating.

Voyage Plan Before you go on the water you should leave a voyage plan with a VHF radio station or a reliable friend or relative. They can contact Coastguard and the police if your do not return as planned. The plan should include the following information:  Your name and address  Who is with you;  Your intended trip and the stops you plan to make, including when you expect to return;  And a description of your boat and the safety gear you have on board.

The best general purpose life-jacket for everyday use has a buoyant collar which will keep your head out of the water, even if your are unconscious. Small children’s life-jackets should be fitted with a crotch strap to prevent the wearer from slipping out the bottom. There are approved life-jackets for all types of boating activities and it is essential that the correct type is used. See you boating retailer for the most suitable option. Only use life-jackets which are in good condition. Exposure to sunlight can cause the colour to fade, making it more difficult to spot in the sea, and can cause the material to weaken very quickly. The most important thing is to have a life-jacket that fits you correctly and is suitable for your boating activity.

Don’t forget to let the VHF radio station or person you left your voyage with know when you arrive home safely. Just by letting others know your voyage plans, you greatly increase your chances of help arriving quickly when something goes wrong. The information you leave behind will be vital in the event of a search and rescue emergency.

Essential Equipment Life-jackets Anchor First aid kit Navigation equipment Bailing system (bucket/bilge pump)  Fire extinguisher  Rope  Torch     

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Spare fuel Warm clothing Alternative power Knife Boat hook Communication equipment/radio/ distress flares

Boating Education The Coastguard Boating Education Service provides a variety of courses throughout the country for all levels of knowledge and ability. The Day Skipper and Boatmaster courses are two of the core courses offered.

Keeping a Good Look-out Every person in charge of any type of vessel underway is required to keep a proper look-out at all times. This really means that you must concentrate on what is going on around you on all sides, not just in front of you. Note: When travelling at 20 knots you are covering a distance of about 10 metres per second!

 The Day Skipper (15hrs) is an introductory course for all members of the family and crew, including those new to boating, and provides essential boating knowledge and safety.  The Boatmaster (30 hrs) is a comprehensive course for boaties with some exiting knowledge and experience. Both courses apply to a range of vessels including yachts, launches and powerboats. The Day Skipper also applies to jet skis, sea kayaks and waka. For more information including venues and dates visit or call 0800 40 80 90.

Ensure that you can communicate with somebody ashore. We recommend a VHF as the best option. All accidents must be reported to the HARBOUR MASTER PH: (03) 520 7400

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