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Continued from page 1 “It felt good afterwards (having completed a rescue),” Eva says. “She was quite quiet about the whole thing.” Eva and Alex, who are also close friends, were only on their fourth beach patrol on Saturday, a fter becom ing lifeguards as soon as they could at the age of 14. Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club patrol captain Troy Greenem says during summer there is an average of one rescue a week at the swimming hotspot. “On average we don’t do that many rescues a season,” Troy says. “We’re still here in

case stuff does happen.” The beach is patrolled during summer at the weekend from 12pm till 5pm and on weekdays during the school holidays from 11.30am till 6.30pm. Troy says the main hazard for swimmers at Lyall Bay is wind gusts that push people out to sea. While his main advice to swimmers is to stick between the flags, he says often people come ill equipped for a trip to the beach. Recently he had to speak with two young children who were on a rubber dinghy as a strong easterly was rippling through the bay. Children going to the beach unaccompanied is also an issue, Troy says. He says Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club has about 60 to 70 volunteers who patrol the waters during the summer months. “If you watch out for yourself and stay between the flags then it’s pretty simple.”  For more information about Lyall Bay Surf and Life Saving Club then visit

Not just a day off work It was January 22, 1840 as the first organised European settlers to Wellington set foot on their new home land for the very first time. The New Zealand Company ship Aurora brought about the 150 settlers to the other side of the world on a four month journey.

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Nurse Nicky all grown up By Sam Duff Born premature and struggling to survive, it is a wonder that Brooklyn mother of two and newly qualified nurse,

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hold his newly born daughter in the palm of one hand. For the next five months Nicky stayed in hospital fighting necrotizing enterocolitis, a common condition in premature babies where part of the bowel dies. Surgeon doctor John McIlwaine, who died in 2013, was hesitant to perform major surgery on the newly born baby. Nicky says in the end he performed the risky surgery due to her Grandmother, a nurse at Wellington Hospital for 38 years, being one of his colleagues. “It was a big risk back in those days,” says Nicky, who has suffered from kidney issues throughout her life. A permanent scar on her tummy has been a reminder to Nicky, throughout her life, of the battle she faced at birth. As a teenager, in March 2000, curiosity got the better of Nicky. “One day I went up to Grand-

ma and told her I wanted to meet the man who saved my life,” Nicky says. “He [Dr McIlwaine] couldn’t believe it because he said that never happened. He was blown away. “I just wanted to see who this guy was that did the operation that saved my life.” The surprise catch-up between teenage Nicky and Dr McIlwaine was plastered across the Cook Strait News at the time. Now, almost 15 years later, with two children of her own, Nicky has recently finished her studies to become a registered nurse, following in her grandmother’s footsteps. “She’s a big inspiration and she was so excited when I told her,” Nicky says. She says her dream is to work in surgical nursing one day so she can have close interaction with patients. “I really enjoy it and felt that was where I want to be.”

Wharf site a ‘red herring’ – Lee By Sam Duff The newly proposed site for the $125 million Wellington Convention Centre and Hilton Hotel is a red herring, according to southern ward councillor David Lee. In the days before Christmas last year the Wellington City Council announced the proposed convention centre site, on Cable Street opposite Te Papa, would not be used. Instead council said they wanted to use a site, owned by CentrePort, closer to the Railway Station. Councillor Lee says the new

site is in the wrong part of town. “It’s nowhere near anything,” he says. “It won’t get resource consent.” The new site is a red herring, a distraction, because something bigger is going on, Councillor Lee says. “It’s the developer and the land owner taking the opportunity to squeeze even more money out of a not very business savvy council. “It sends out a signal that we’re quite foolish with money.” The change of location is believed to have come from a disagreement between local developer Mark Dunajtschik

inbriefnews Owhiro Bay on stage The year is 1840 and newly arrived settler Samuel Kenning arrives at his plot in Owhiro Bay to start a new life but instead finds Chief Te Waipōuri and his people who show no intention of leaving the land. The Ragged, performed by Māori theatre company Te Rākau, explores early relationships between settlers and the Tangata Whenua. The play is being performed to celebrate Te Rākau’s residency at Te Papa and during the next three years they will present their work.

Acting student wins big A Newtown woman, who is in her second year at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, has won the Museum Art Hotel Scholarship for 2014. Olivia Mahood, 23, says the scholarship, worth $5,800 in tuition costs and $500 a month for living expenses, will help her focus on what she loves doing. The scholarship has been funded by Museum Art Hotel owner Chris Parkin for 14 years.

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and the owner of the Cable Street site, property investor Andrew Wall. Councillor Lee says he voted in favour of the convention centre and says he believes it will go ahead eventually, but

on the original Cable Street site.  Does Wellington need a convention centre or is it a waste of cash? Email news@ and let us know what you think.

Wellington being held back by decades of old-fashioned transport planning, according to a new transport action group. Fair, Intelligent Transport Wellington, otherwise known at FIT Wellington, is being convened by Karaka Bays resident Michael Barnett. He says transport systems in Wellington need a total rethink if the city is to fulfill its promise and become a world leader in sustainable living and people-centered urban planning. The group says it already has the support of 20 organisations and more than 100 individuals. Michael says FIT Wellington will actively oppose the plans by NZTA, GWRC and WCC to build more motorways and road tunnels in the city.

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Stitched for good SEWING A GOOD SEED: Newtown designer Ashleigh Lloyd is excited to be working with ReCreate Store to fairly employ women in Cambodia. PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Elliott

Wellingtonians are being called upon to share their views on the possibility of Wellington becoming a super city. In December the Local Government Commission released a draft report into the future of local government in the wider Wellington region and proposed the biggest reforms in a generation. Locals have until March 2, 2015 to make a submission.

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By Emily Elliott A busy yet rewarding month is in store for Newtown local Ashleigh Lloyd, who has been selected as the clothing designer for ReCreate Store – a non-profit organisation which provides employment and income for the disadvantaged community of Dey Tmey in Cambodia. ReCreate Store set up a sewing training and production centre for women where the ReCreate clothing is made, using products sourced from suppliers with ethical values of fair trade and partnership. Twenty-three-year-old Ashleigh had only dreamed of helping people in such a way when she graduated with a degree in fashion design and communication managment two years ago. With a passion for fabrics, design, and helping women, the budding designer and seamstress has designed the Menswear Winter 2015 collection, and will be designing the Womenswear Spring/ Summer 2015 collection. “The fabric is beautiful – it's all hand woven with no dyes

or chemicals, and there are loads of soft silks and cottons,” says Ashleigh, excited about the venture. “A lot of the women have worked in sweatshops before, but only know how to sew two little seams. The first six months for them is training.” She says the skills they learn are something they can pass on to their own children. “It's a great opportunity. It's a lot of work and it’s voluntary, but it goes back into the community and keeps women off the streets.” She says that people can purchase clothing items online, with the knowledge that it is all made in Cambodia by women in fair employment. “I love that I can be part of something bigger than myself, and knowing that I am helping others with my skills,” Ashleigh says. Production for the collections will be starting in a few months, and ReCreate store plan to showcase the designs for Eco Fashion Week in both Wellington and Auckland.  The website can be found at

COMPETITION: Another day in fairyland Newtown actors Shannon Tubman and Jeff Bell will take to the stage this week for a production of Mirror Mirror at the Gryphon Theatre. Another day dawns in Fairyland but some serious badness is going on in the kingdom. The nasty Queen turns her son into a goblin and wants to banish Snow White. There are poisoned apples, dwarves and even cute little cottages.

The Cook Strait News has a family pass to Mirror Mirror to give away. To go in the draw email your name, address and phone number to  Mirror Mirror will be on at the Gryphon Theatre from January 20 till 23. Tickets are $10, ring 0273282997 for more information.

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‘Kilbirne festival is mine’ – former organiser By Sarah Wilson Confusion about the ownership of the Kilbirnie Festival has arisen following a decision by the community centre to change the organiser. This year, the centre is working in partnership with the Kilbirnie Business Network to rebrand the festival. Martin Wilson, who has organised the festival for the past 19 years, says he was shocked to learn it had been given away to new organisers. “It’s a surprise to me,” Martin says. “There was no consultation at all about this which is just very poor practice after 19 years.” Martin says the event belongs to him, and is not the

community centre’s to give away. “Why fix it if it isn’t broke, they should just bugger off and have their own event, on their own day with their own name,” he says. Martin says the commercial goals of the business network do not align with a community event. “It’s not intended to provide commercial gain for retailers, it’s intended to promote how wonderful the area is.” Martin says he had hoped his investment of time and money into the event would eventually pay off. “I don’t really like having someone come along and say they’re having my investment for themselves,” he says.

Martin also claims a conflict of interest as the chair of the business network, Bruce Welsh, is married to the treasurer of the community centre. Bruce says he is not fazed by Martin’s claim to the name ‘Kilbirnie Festival’. “The name is so generic and only used because it’s in the Kilbirnie area,” he says. Bruce says as far as he knows, the festival is owned by the community centre and then they contract it out to whomever. “We want to change the focus of the festival, because previously it hasn’t related to Kilbirnie, it just happens to be where it is held,” Bruce says he is aware of the

conflict of interest. “My wife has not been present during the parts of meetings where the Business Network proposal was discussed,” he says. A spokesperson for the Wellington City Council says in their eyes, ownership of the festival has always been with the community centre. “In the past they have employed a contractor to do the work, although we are aware of some changes the organisation wants to make to this year’s festival,” a spokesperson says.  Who should be running the Kilbirnie Festival? Does it really matter? Email news@ and let us know what you think.

BATTLE LINES: Event organiser Martin Wilson is claiming the Kilbirnie Festival belongs to him, not the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre. PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Wilson

A life devoted to sport

LOCAL LEGEND: Miramar man Trevor Rigby devoted his life to local sport.

Former legendary sports broadcaster and long-time Miramar resident Trevor Rigby died on Christmas Eve at the age of 83. A figure in soccer and cricket, Trevor dedicated his time outside of working for the customs service to youth sport, refereeing, and volunteering as a coach and mentor, until his health required he take a step back. Trevor was involved in many local clubs, including

the Miramar Rangers, before becoming a respected radio sports commentator. The local legend was awarded with an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian award last year for his contribution to sporting communities in Wellington. Speaking to the Cook Strait News at the time, Trevor’s son Mark said his father never did anything for the recognition. “Dad did it all because he

wanted to and thought it was the right thing to do,” Mark said. “I think back now – crickey, how did he fit it all in!” Mark recalled when Trevor showed up to a soccer game at Rongotai College many years ago and there was no referee. “Dad wasn't i n good health to run up and down the field, so he refereed the whole game standing on a step ladder. He was always

prepared to go the extra mile.” Involved on Rongotai College's Board of Trustees for many years, Mark said Trevor felt strongly about being generous with his time. “He was a big advocate of Mr Average. It wasn't about being the best, but having a go,” Mark said. “He has taught me to treat people with respect and try your hardest in everything.”

Visitors welcome at Kilmarnock Heights Home With so many residential care options to choose from it’s hard to decide which one is the right fit. Enliven regional manager Terry Moore says visiting the home can help you get a better understanding of life there. Enliven’s Wellington homes include Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore and Huntleigh Home in Karori. Both homes are encouraging all people interested in residential care to visit. “There are three main things to look for; the environment, the quality of care, and the model of care,” says Terry. He says visiting the homes is vital when looking at residential care options. “It’s the vibe you get at the home. Many people have told me that as soon as they walk into a home they can tell whether or not it’s a place where they feel their mum or dad could live.” Terry says not to judge a book by its cover either. “Don’t focus on how glossy and new a place is. Most of us don’t want to live in a hotel, we want to live in a home and it’s the standard of care that’s important,” Terry explains. “A good indication of the standard of care is how staff respond to you when you walk in and how genuine and welcoming they are. You can also see the facility’s audit reports on the Ministry of Health website.” Another important aspect is to ask about is the home’s model of care. “A home’s model of care represents the type of living environment you can expect. For example, Enliven homes such as Kilmarnock Heights Home and Huntleigh Home use the Eden Alternative, a model of care that is focused on the resident.”

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The Eden Alternative is a philosophy of person-centred care that empowers and supports people to have meaning, purpose, companionship and activity in their lives. Terry says the Eden model of care means residents are in control of their lives and help to make decisions about the running of the home. “Eden makes a difference because we’re creating an environment that is a place not just to survive, but to truly thrive. It’s about encouraging and motivating people to enjoy a full and happy life. It’s about taking care of their entire wellbeing, not just the clinical part.”  To find out more about the Enliven’s Eden Alternative or to arrange to visit one of Enliven’s Homes, call 0800 36 54 83 or visit PBA

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Jothika Islam, Newtown

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“Just going for a holiday anywhere and having time out for myself.”

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“Holbox Island, Mexico. I have friends there that own a hostel. It’s a cool little island with a small little community.”

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“It would definitely be an island somewhere in the pacific.”

Zarina Ahmed, Aro Valley “New York. I love city life so it would be really awesome to be amongst the people there. And there is the shopping.”

LETTERS to the editor Newtown cleaning standards slipping Dear Ed, the article in the recent CSN (January 12) has brought to my attention the response from Council, ie: Richard Maclean, regarding complaints from Evelyn Hopkins about the general maintenance in Newtown. Evelyn is an active Newtown resident who previously worked for parliament and is no stranger to achieving results. Evelyn is actively involved with Keep Newtown Clean which meets once a month to help maintain the standards in Newtown with the support of council. Keep Newtown Clean came about because Council had made cleaning staff redundant and subcontracted the cleaning to contractors.

The result was a drop in the service and Newtown was looking a mess. I had a recent conversation with Peta King from Council who asked me about the level of service the cleaning contractors had been supplying. I confirmed that I had personally made calls to council regarding the level of service dropping, ie Milward Lane not regularly cleaned and not to a satisfactory standard. This had not only been my own observation but also feedback from businesses and customers. David Wilcock, Newtown Business Network (abridged)

DIRTY STREETS: Newtown resident Evelyn Hopkins has complained that the council are not doing a good enough job at maintaining the cleanliness of Wellington’s suburbs. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Upset by the state of Newtown’s streets Dear Ed, I totally agree with Evelyn Hopkins in the article about Newtown’s streets (CSN, January 12). I've lived in Hiropi Street for five years and have, what I describe as, a love/hate relationship with Newtown. What upsets me is the state of the streets and I disagree with Richard Ma-

cLean of the Wellington City Council. Streets here are not cleaned regularly. The graffiti clean-up he mentioned does occur every month but, it is done with volunteers from our area. Not by the Council! Most of the streets here have so much build-up of trash and leaves etc that

weeds are growing in the gutters. When it rains, the gutters over-flow and a lot of the debris goes into the storm water system and into the sea. Perhaps a few more litter bins would help, but the streets definitely need cleaning! Linda Fraser, Newtown

Lucky bell finds a home By Sarah Wilson It was 1878 and the iron barque, Ann Gambles, was enduring a long journey from England when it was lost to a fierce hurricane in Bluff. Over 130 years on, the ship’s bell has found refuge in a quaint Miramar home where it is treasured by ex-Royal Navy Diver, author and maritime collector, Roger Meecham. The bell was the only thing salvaged from the Ann Gambles, and it later became the bell for the SS Progress, before that too was wrecked against the rocks in Owhiro Bay. The bell was again recovered and became the lucky talisman of an elderly seafarer before his death condemned it to a local

landfill. Roger says the legendary luck and mystery of the bell is what drew him to find it. “I’ve been a diver for many years and I had heard of the Progress and the bell before I came to New Zealand.” Roger says he encountered some mystery in trying to locate the bell. “I looked for years and years before I found another diver in Auckland had already recovered it from the tip.” Since acquiring the bell, through a trade of whale’s teeth and other maritime treasures, Roger has made contact with a descendant of the original owners of the Ann Gambles ship. He says the contact has provided details and pictures of John and Ann Gambles,

their family and their ship in its original form. “For me, this has completed the story of what must surely be, the luckiest ship’s bell in the history of seafaring.” Roger says a bell like this, which has had such an interesting life, is important for maritime history. The wreck of the Progress, and other sunken ships, can still be found in Owhiro Bay, Wellington. Local divers who venture into the underwater wrecks might even get lucky and find other undiscovered treasures below the sea, Roger says. LADY LUCK: The ship bell, named after Ann Gambles of England, has more than a century of luck behind it. PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Wilson

Cycleway winners and losers Dear Ed, in the article titled ‘Seawall a Stayer’ (CSN, January 12) Councillor Paul Eagle comments on the success of the community engagement on the seawall and states that “the key to the engagement was to ensure that we don’t get winners and losers like the cycleway”. If the cycleway does not go ahead the losers will be local businesses, young people and other members of the community who would cycle if safe facilities were provided. Perhaps Councillor Paul Eagle may be able to advise us who the winners might be. S. Coppard, Island Bay 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 samduff@wsn. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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Meet the locals: Dean and his little buddy By Sam Duff Many men would avoid at all costs discussing their own genitals, unless it was with a healthcare professional, but not Berhampore resident Dean Hewison. The writer and director, who has previously worked on Live at Six and How to Meet Girls from a Distance, says he was in bed with his wife one night when he had the idea of a stage show that explores the friendship between a man and his penis. “We were cuddling and for some reason it just popped into my head and I started laughing,” he says. “She asked what I was laughing about and I told her. She laughed too and then the moment was dead.” Dean says Conversations with my Penis, which premiered at the Comedy Festival last year, follows a man between the ages of 15 to 55 and the many adventures he has with his own manhood,

represented on stage by a six foot phallus. “They basically talk to each other and have fights and arguments over the course of their life time.” In one scene of the play the main character Tom, played by Aidan Grealish, cheats on his fiancée. Dean says Tom and his penis, played by Carrie Green, are dancing in a night club when the penis faints to the ground – he has contracted gonorrhea. In another scene a 17-year-old Tom is getting a massage in Bali when a friend decides to pay him a visit at the wrong time. When he was writing the play Dean says he had a group of male friends round to his house for a few beers. “We spent four hours sharing stories about us and our penises. I had a bunch of emails the next day about how cathartic it was.” Asked if he had faced any

DING DONG: Writer and director Dean Hewison, from Berhampore, is not ashamed to talk about the thing that has more synonyms than any other word in the English language. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

backlash due to the nature of the show Dean says it is hard to please everybody. “You get enough penis jokes from stand-up comedians already

so we didn’t set out to do that.” Dean says his next project is a short film called Judgment Tavern about a girl who carries around her dead father’s head while

people hunt for his body. Conversations with my Penis returns to the BATS theatre for a full season from February 3 till 14.

From the Council chamber - Looking back at 2014


After a year of seawalls, cycleways, playgrounds and rate hikes we decided to check-in with the Mayor and our five eastern and southern ward councillors on their highs and lows of 2014 and what they are looking forward to in 2015. Councillors Ray Ahipene-Mercer, Sarah Free and Simon ‘Swampy’ Marsh featured in last week’s edition.

Newtonian honoured with Queen’s award

Paul Eagle, Southern Ward Highlight of 2014: Putting more Wellingtonians into dry, warm and newly refurbished homes in Newtown through the council housing upgrade programme. That’s made a huge positive impact for our most needy families.

Lowlight of 2014: The ongoing problem of inequality in our society and lack of progress in closing the gap, despite living in the most prosperous era in human history. I’m also disappointed in the number of council decisions that get made without proper engagement with communities, leading to poor or rushed decision-making to serve nar-

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown Highlight of 2014: Christmas trees, New Year’s Eve celebration, eight ideas package, welcoming Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince George, and President Xi Jinping to the capital. According to Infometrics 8000 net new jobs in the last year, reopening Berkeley Dallard. Personal highlights included meeting my long-lost sister and kayaking the Cook Strait.

David Lee, Southern Ward Highlight of 2014: Working with Wellington’s social enterprise and start-up community, it was great to see refreshing and innovative approaches to business and social issues. Winning the 2014 Sustainable Business Network Renewable Innovation Award for the Smart Energy Challenge.

Lowlight of 2014: The missed opportunity of having a people friendly CBD, when the safer speed limits (30km/h) proposal was voted down. The frustration and delays around the Island Bay to City Cycleway. The additional $2.95m (total $3.95m) of public money given to Wellington International Airport Ltd (a private company), to pursue a resource consent application for

row interests. Looking forward to in 2015: A more thoughtful and people-focussed Council that takes a long-term and inclusive approach to decisions that contribute to a more equal and equitable society. And the Black Caps and All Blacks winning their respective World Cup campaigns!

Lowlight of 2014: Having to rethink the Convention Centre location - but we will succeed! Also, sad at the final Tolkien film being finished - although there is plenty more film and TVNZ work happening in Wellington. Looking forward to in 2015: Agreeing to an ambitious investment plan for Wellington in the Long Term Plan with community, Council and Government support. Economic success and diversification, completion of the

the runway extension. Looking forward to in 2015: Advancing our infrastructure by leveraging the knowledge of our sister cities - in particular San Francisco for its leadership in ICT and multimodal transport system. Smart Energy Challenge 2015. Investigating the installation of solar photovoltaic panels at Wellington Zoo and Te Whaea. And making Wellington a mountain bike capital.

Victoria Street upgrade, more cycle infrastructure, lodging the consent for the Airport extension, employing the Rockefeller Chief Resilience officer, starting the Town Hall refurbishment process with strong city support, opening Te Pukeahu the new Memorial Park, reopening refurbished Keith Spry Pool, progressing Watts peninsula plan, new walkways, ICC Cricket World Cup and the capital’s 150th birthday. And much more!

Newtown resident, Tabby Besley, has been honoured as one of 60 inspiring young Commonwealth citizens in the inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Awards. The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional young individuals from across the Commonwealth who prove to be inspiring leaders in their communities. Tabby, the only New Zealander named in the 2015 list of winners, is being recognised for her work in advocating for LGBTI rights. Tabby is the National Coordinator of InsideOUT, formerly the Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) Network Aotearoa, and as co-chairperson of LegaliseLove, she was instrumental in lobbying for the marriage equality law change in New Zealand in 2013. She has also been instrumental in setting up queer support groups in schools around the country. Tabby used to work as a coordinator at the Newtown Community Centre.

The car park takeover Wellington Sculpture Trust, with the Wellington City Council, is seeking submissions from people or groups who want to take over an inner city car park for a day in March. Usually held in September, Park(ing) Day is an annual global event where individuals, artists and designers collaborate to transform parking spaces into public spaces for a day. The Wellington version of Park(ing) Day will coincide with Wellington Parks Week and the National Walk to Work Day on March 11.  Submissions are due by Wednesday January 28 and you can find more information by visiting


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Dangerous Dave from The Hits, Miramar resident Who inspired you growing up?

My mother, because she does everything and doesn’t complain.

What would your dream getaway be? Samoa, because most of my friends are from there and apparently Samoa is the most beautiful place in the world.

What is your favourite thing on telly?

What would your last meal on earth be?

Shortland Street, so much drama and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like drama?

What gives you a cheeky grin? When little kids swear at their parents! I think it is soooo funny.

What is your New Year’s resolution? To find love in 2015.

KFC wicked wings! Ohhmygoooosh!

Who would you least like to have a meal with? Kanye West, because he is married to my future wife Kim Kardashian.

What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you? I used to walk a deaf, blind cat when I was at high school. It was my first part time job.

Runway too high a risk – Lee By Sam Duff The $300 million proposal to extend the Wellington Airport runway by 300 metres into Lyall Bay is too risky, according to southern ward councillor David Lee. A report released last year, by accounting company EY, looked at the proposed extension and said project would bring an additional

16 to 33 flights to the capital each week by the year 2060. In December Wellington City Council, which owns 34 per cent of the airport, announced it would contribute a further $1.95 million – to be matched by the airport – towards the resource consent application to be lodged with the Environmental Protection Agency. However Cr Lee says council

had already made a contribution towards consenting costs and at that time it was agreed they would not contribute any further funds towards the process. “We [Wellington City Council] are seen as very easy soft targets that are not business savvy,” he says. “Council have dropped the ball. “They see us as easy targets so why would they not come back

to the council for more money?” The whole project is far too high a risk for the capital city and for rate payers, he says. “I’m very much in the camp of yes it’s nice to have, if somebody else pays for it. Cr Lee says it is interesting to compare the cost of the airport extension with that of the Island Bay Cycleway. “It actually has a benefit to the

community,” he says. “It’s only half a per cent of our annual operating budget yet people are up in arms against it.” It has not yet been decided how the proposed runway extension would be funded.  Does Wellington need to extend its runway or is it a waste of money? Email and let us know what you think.

Pilates: Toned body, strong back Do your New Year’s resolutions include improving your health? Then why not try the mat courses or private classes at Pilates Synergy? The boutique studio at Lyall Bay offers stunning views over the ocean and the opportunity to achieve a stronger core, a more flexible spine, better alignment and the connection between body and mind so often lost somewhere in our busy lives. The owner, Sabine Tuohy

says all the teachers at Pilates Synergy are passionate about Pilates and love to help their clients achieve their goals. Sabine is trained in Classical and Polestar Pilates, she has a degree in physical education and over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. The Pilates Synergy team is looking forward to meeting and supporting you to make your 2015 fit and healthy.

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Young talent shakes up Fringe Festival By Sarah Wilson New Zealand Fringe Festival’s youngest performers are promising Wellington a unique theatre experience when they take to the stage in March. Wellington Young Actors have produced an original work, which exposes ten teenagers in a dystopian drama with more questions than answers. Aged between 12 and 17, the students are working hard to devise, fundraise, design and market their show, To Sunder. Zara Crisford, 14, says it is amazing to get the chance to take on different roles like production, sound, publicity, fundraising and more. “It’s a big responsibility, but we’re doing all right,” Zara says. “We want to show everyone that young people can do just as well as everyone else.”

Hannah Durojaiye, 16, says she is both excited and nervous to perform at the festival. “It’s exciting because we’re so young but we also want to do a good job because we’re competing with all these companies that are more experienced than us.” To Sunder takes place in a doomsday bunker built for a family of three but instead is inhabited by ten teenagers. Sol Maxwell, 14, says they all wanted to portray a world that is dark, mysterious and chaotic. “The setting is really mysterious and you don’t know how long they’ve been in the bunker or how they got there,” he says. Local actor Deborah Eve Rea is mentoring the students in the process of running a theatre company and says they are training to be future movers and shakers in the theatre scene.

UP AND COMING: The students of Wellington Young Actors are determined to be the future movers and shakers of the New Zealand theatre scene. PHOTO CREDIT: Deborah Eve Rea  They are currently fundraising through a raffle and a PledgeMe campaign which can be found at:

to-sunder-the-wellington-young-actors To Sunder will be showing at the Hataitai Bowling Club from March 11 to 15.

FRESH IS BEST: Lady Luck Café owner, Gemma Noys, is excited about the fresh paint, fresh pies and fresh start in Miramar. PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Wilson

Miramar gets a taste of Lady Luck By Sarah Wilson

Taking care of a one year old baby is no easy feat, and neither is opening a new café and bakery. But that’s exactly what Lady Luck owners Sean Black and Gemma Noys have done. For the past few months, the duo has been working hard to bring the aroma of rich Havana coffee, sweet muffins and freshly baked pies to Miramar’s Devonshire Road. Operational Director, Gemma Noys, says although it’s a small café, it has taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears. “We have learnt that painting takes up a lot of time, and running around finding equipment with a one year old is very hard,” she says. With the freshly painted blue and red walls now dry and the café open for business, Gemma says Miramar has a lot to look forward to. “We have good sized and quality products and we don’t make much of a profit with our affordable prices,” she says. Gemma says it is good to have quality food made with love and care instead of the mass produced bakery alternatives in the area. “We love food and it’s always fun to be creative with food by creating and changing recipes.” The business gained a lot of traction at their caravan site in Kaiwharawhara as their fresh pies and coffee became favorites for Wellington tradesmen. “There was quite a buzz about our new café opening from existing loyal customers who are very happy for us and excited for our family and Lady Luck.”


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From the Reporter’s desk 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.

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Greetings com moners, my name is Princess Polly Powlenflyer of Kilbirnie. I rule over my flat in Kilbirnie, which I share with a man who thinks he is my owner. I actually just allow him to live in my kingdom as long as he feeds me, brushes me and doesn’t get too bossy. I exceed at many things, like looking beautiful and bathing in the sun with my feet in the air. I don’t do mice or birds, not when my boarder feeds me, and I definitely don’t do soppy things like hugging or cuddling. If you should visit my kingdom, please remember that my thrown is the settee in the sun.

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Houghton Bay, it makes my day. I have been trying to make more of an effort to spend time outdoors during the Summer months. Having a picnic around by Red Rocks, swimming at Lyall Bay or going for a walk around MacAlister Park always seem to take a pretty average day and turn it into something a bit more special.

Reclaiming the streets Miramar Peninsula’s popular Ciclovía event is returning for three Sundays in a row as the streets heat up again for summer. Saturday will be the day to drive your car; Sunday will be the day to get out your bike, walking shoes, or skateboard, and enjoy a motor-free Miramar experience.


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look past how beautiful of an area we are lucky enough to live in. If you are anything like me, you wake up in the morning and drive directly to the office thinking about how awful the radio DJs are that are making obnoxious fart jokes through your car speakers. But when I actually take the opportunity to look up from the staring wheel, at Tapu te Ranga Island, or at the crashing waves in

In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.


Double gold for Seatoun teen

Monday January 19, 2015


Water safety initiative kicks off

ATHLETIC GLORY: Seatoun athlete Tessa Hunt, from the Wellington Harrier Athletic Club, won two gold medals and a silver at the recent North Island Colgate Games, held at Newtown Stadium. PHOTO CREDIT: Jo Murray

As grown-ups around the country put away the party lights and usher in a new year, the nation’s 50,000 babies born last year get set to enjoy their first summer, first swim and possibly their first-ever swimming lesson. Not wanting to spoil the party, but understanding the significant risk that comes with this line-up of firsts, Plunket New Zealand is issuing a reminder to parents. Plunket are urging parents to stay close and actively supervise children, keeping them within reach at all times when they are in and around water. To support Plunket’s message, Huggies is leading a new safe water initiative to help keep pool water clean while also giving parents an incentive to enroll their toddlers in swimming lessons. Huggies is offering a free first-pair of swim pants for every child younger than 18 months old that enroll in baby and toddler swim lessons at participating swim schools during term one. Local pool, Kilbirnie Regional Aquatic Centre, is one of many centres around New Zealand now offering the free swim pants to pupils for their first lesson. The initiative follows news of a one year old child who died in Auckland on Christmas Day in a drowning accident. The child was the eighth pre-school drowning of 2014.

Youngsters from throughout Wellington have made their city proud after picking up 125 medals at the annual North Island Colgate Games, held recently at Newtown Stadium. About 1500 young athletes, aged between 7 and 14, competed in the games from Friday January 9 through till Sunday January 11. Seatoun athlete Tessa Hunt, who was taking part in her final Colgate Games, picked up first place in the Grade 14 1500m and 800m and second place in the 400m. She was also awarded one of the four Colgate Palmolive scholarships, which are given to outstanding young athletes from the games. The Olympic Harrier Club blitzed their Wellington competition as its members picked-up 36 medals, 13 of which were gold. The Wellington Harrier Athletic Club won 15 medals at the Colgate Games, which has been held for the past 37 years.

Ultimate summer fun at Lyall Bay By Sarah Wilson The sun was shining, wind was whistling, and frisbees were flying at Lyall Bay Beach as a one day Ultimate Frisbee tournament kicked off. Four teams from throughout the region gathered to take part in the Wellington Wild Wind Beach Ultimate Tournament last weekend. Martin Wilson, who organised the event, says Ultimate as a sport is growing rapidly in Wellington. “It’s really easy to play,” he says. “At a basic level, all you need is a flat service, some shoes to mark the corners and one Frisbee.” Martin says the tournament was reasonably competitive, and everyone ran themselves ragged on the unyielding sand. There could only be one winner on the day, and Wellington team, The Crew, played hard to snag the sandy victory and title of Wellington Beach Champions. Crew team captain, Jonathon Aumonier-Ward, says the team has been playing together in Wellington and nationally for many years. “We also took in a bunch of high school students on the day, and by the end they were the stars of the show.” Jonathon says because it was a smaller tournament, it provided the perfect opportunity for new players

to give Ultimate ago in a supportive and social environment. He says the team also had to contend with wild wind in typical Wellington fashion. “The wind made it a bit challenging but it also made it more exciting and interesting to play, so there was a lot more athletic play and skill,” he says. Jonathon says the thing he loves most about Ultimate is the welcoming nature of the sport, partly because there are no referees.

In Ultimate, all the disputes are adjudicated by the players quickly on the field, which means everyone has to take responsibility for the enforcement of the rules. “If you cheat, you don’t get invited back. Because of this, is the people who play have a great attitude and understanding of fair play,” Jonathon says. “It’s a great combination of competitive athleticism and supportive teamwork.”

ULTIMATE COMPETITION: Players Matt Dol, left, and Rhys Hearne get competitive in the sand. PHOTO CREDIT: Alister Lang

CHALLENGE ON: One of the 26 juniors from the Lyall Bay Surf Lufe Saving Club taking on the challenge of paddling across Lake Taupo on a surf rescue board.

Paddling the lake In the early hours of the morning last month, 26 surf athletes from the Lyall Bay Junior Surf Life Saving Club took on the challenge of a non-stop board paddle across Lake Taupo. The youngsters, aged between 9 to 14, paddled 46kms on their surf rescue boards across New Zealand’s largest lake. They have been training for the crossing since August 2014 under the guidance of Lyall Bay Junior Surf coaches Walter Maxwell and Darren Kingi. The athletes left Pukawa, on the southernmost end of Lake Taupo, in the early hours and their progress was closely followed by a crew of support boats. The crossing took seven hours to reach their final landing place at the foreshore in the centre of Taupo Township near the Taupo Yacht Club. Coach Walter Maxwell says the children had a great time. “In competition there can only be one winner, this event gave these athletes a huge sense of personal achievement and that cannot be taken away from them.”

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