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Angry bird a runaway By Sam Duff Just like every other youngster during the festive season, six year old Lachlan Horton from Newtown could not wait to unwrap his Christmas presents. When he found himself the lucky recipient of a remote control flying bird from his Uncle, Lachlan says he was very excited. But on just the second outing for his prized new possession, Lachlan’s brand spanking new toy flew away from him – literally. Continued page 2 UNDER INVESTIGATION: Newtown six year old Lachlan Horton is determined to find his missing remote control flying bird. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Over the trees and gone Continued from page 1 Lachlan’s new gadget was a remote control angry bird – a toy spin-off of the addictive video game of the same name. The Newtown School pupil says it was just the second time he had played with the toy when things went wrong.

“We were trying to get it to work but it just had its own mind,” he says. As little Lachlan stood watching-on helplessly from the ground his Christmas present flew higher and higher, over some nearby trees before disappearing out of sight. WHERE OH WHERE: Lachlan Horton, 6, and his mother Bonnie Horton want to track down Lachlan’s flyaway toy. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff


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“It just decided to fly all by itself,” Lachlan says. “It didn’t have a come-back button.” Before it disappeared completely Lachlan says he had a plan for making it work properly the next time round. “I was going to try and have another go and try to have its mind attached to my mind so I could control it.” After the disappearance Lachlan says he spent hours trying to find his runaway present. Lachlan’s mother Bonnie says the family had been excited to play with the present. “I felt a bit gutted for him,” she says. Bonnie says she was proud of Lachlan when he came out of his room one night having made his own posters to track down the toy. “He didn’t tell us he was making them until he asked us for our phone number.” Lachlan has posted up his posters at the Wellington Zoo end of Newtown and hopes a member of the public will come across his missing toy and contact the Cook Strait News.

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Bond Street brightens up From this week Bond Street will be transformed to draw in visitors and add more life to the central city location. Visitors will be able to kick back and relax in new outdoor lounge spaces and enjoy a range of performances and events from the shipping container stage. The road will be painted with a red polka dot pattern to create a temporary shared space for pedestrians and vehicles.

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I have spent 25 years in local and central government. I was an urban transport planner. I spent ten years working for the Defence Force in airport planning. That’s why I have such an interest in the airport extension. Why did you want to be on council? The main reason was I could not believe how dysfunctional our elected officials were around the council table. I kept complaining to people around me and they said ‘put up or shut up.’ What is the most frustrating thing about the job? It’s a strength and a weakness – the council is made up of 14 plus one very different people. There isn’t enough strategic vision around the council. A lot of people are more concerned about trying to please the very

vocal few. What is the best part? If you want to you can get a lot of stuff done. The real plus side is people finally listen. Will you run again? Yes, I will run again. I think two terms is about right. I’m a fan of fixed terms. Three could be the absolute max. You start to lose your effectiveness. Have some councillors been around too long? I think so. There’re some that have been there for a long time that are very good. But there’re some that have been there too long and are more concerned about job security. Do your political ambitions end here? Someone told me ‘once you get into politics there’s no turning back’. My fall back is property. What about the mayoralty?

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From soap operas to vajazzling By Sam Duff Searching the term vajazzle on the internet brings up much more than just the new short film made by a Miramar actress and director. Nathalie Boltt, who moved to Wellington from South Africa in 2006, once starred in a South African soap opera and has more recently been in movie District 9 and TVNZ show Step Dave. Vajazzle, which Nathalie has written, directed and stars in, is about a woman who goes to extreme lengths to tidy her nether regions for a night with her husband. When she discovers he is drinking heavily with his mates at the pub she sets her mind on revenge. WHAT A RIDE: Miramar actress and director Nathalie Boltt has worked Nathalie says Vajazzle is a very on everything from a South African soap opera to The Wotwots. cheeky short film which has been PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff made through crowd funding from all the left over wax and hair people’s projects Nathalie says she website PledgeMe. “We did a teaser video and we in the cold water,” she says. “We wanted more control, somebody had so much fun,” she says. “The thought it was fantastic for our told her to stop moaning and do more we showed it to people the entertainment.” something about it. So she started Nathalie was a regular character making her own films. more they got excited.” Nathalie says the idea for the on South Africa’s soap opera She now makes up one quarter of film goes back to her childhood Isidingo for four years in which Wellington production company and watching her own mother go she played a journalist. Rodrigo Films, alongside her husThe show is known in South band and another couple. through the pain of keeping her Africa for covering controversial body hair maintained. “As a kid I would see the pain issues such as Aids and the first  For more information about and ask ‘why would she put herself interracial kiss seen on television Vajazzle, which is released online on Valentine’s Day, go to www. there, Nathalie says. through that?’ After a career of starring in other “We used to make little animals

Renowned architect dies Wellington bid farewell to well-known architect Sir Ian Athfield recently when he died at the age of 74. Sir Ian, who was knighted in the 2015 New Year Honours list, spent most of his life and career in Wellington, where he designed some of the most prominent buildings. His Khandallah cliff-top home is one of his quirky designs, with his style described as distinctive, innovative, and eclectic by many. The Nikau Palms are a city icon, and the Wellingtonian’s designs also included the

Wellington Central Public Library, the Telecom Building on Manners St, Civic Square, Chews Lane, Pukehinau and Arlington council flats, and the Adam Art Gallery at Victoria University. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says he was a man who was always keen to support his city, and offered her sympathy to Sir Ian's family, friends and colleagues. “Sir Ian has changed the face of our city, designing some of our most prominent buildings and contributing to the vitality of our city,” she says.

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Monday, January 26, 2015 TOP HONOUR: Brooklyn scout Josh Stewart celebrates with his troop after being named a chief scout.

Hub relocates By Sam Duff An Island Bay gift shop, which is also a health and wellbeing centre, has upped sticks and moved down the road. Willemijn Vermaat from KoruHub says the shop and wellbeing centre has been in Island Bay since it was started by artists from the Learning Connexion 12 years ago. These days she says KoruHub is a bit less about the art and more about the health and wellbeing side of things. Just before Christmas there was a change in circumstances for KoruHub, which is also run by Jackie and Alex Rodriguez, as they were forced to move from their former premises and set-up a new store.

“It came as a bit of a shock but has been a blessing in disguise,” Alex says. Willemijn says they are still located on The Parade in Island Bay but are now closer to Avon Street. Jackie says KoruHub is now more of a hub, with about nine health and wellbeing practitioners, which included massage therapists and reflexologists, renting rooms on a regular basis to see clients. Willemijn says KoruHub now have a room which will be used by the community for various groups, including a mother’s group. In the future KoruHub will hopefully be run by a community trust, Alex says.

NEW DIGS: Jackie Rodriguez, Willemjn Vermaat and Alex Rodriguez from KoruHub in Island Bay. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Chief scouts named in Brooklyn A couple of local lads, Josh Stewart and Liam Simes, were both awarded the Chief Scout award recently. The boys were presented with the awards, which are given to scouts who have made an outstanding achievement in their Scouting lives, by Councillor David Lee. On ly fou r Ch ief Scout’s Awards have been achieved by Brooklyn Scouts in the last 30 years – there were two awards

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Does the Wellington City Council do a good job at keeping our streets clean and tidy?

Bernadette Takacs, Strathmore Park

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“Compared with other places in the world our streets are very clean and tidy.”

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continued on page 9 Runway not advancing towards sustainable culture

LOWLIGHT: The area in Lyall Bay where the proposed 300 metre Wellington Airport runway extension would be located. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Dear Ed, Councillor Simon Marsh says he had no ‘lowlights’ as councillor in 2014 (CSN, Jan 12) but at the same time wants to progress the airport extension in 2015. Given that the airport extension probably contains the heaviest assumptions favouring the status quo in Wellington local body politics, as a focus of the so-called ‘Airport Master Plan’, I’d recommend Mr Marsh get more serious

about that one. To advance toward a more sustainable culture there will need to be less air transport not more, and the Airport Master Plan can be seen as an attempt to avoid that reality. This issue must become central to the discussion of Wellington’s future. And that discussion is part of a national and global discussion. Richard Keller, Kilbirnie

A critique from Mr Westfold Dear Ed, might I comment on a few items of your January 12 issue? Yes, the consensus seems always to have been that New Year good resolutions are futile, and soon broken. However, it might be more feasible to make bad resolutions: they are easy to keep; and one would feel virtuous when breaking them! About the photo of the wee boy inspecting his recorder, yes, it's a charming picture; but I can't

stand that instrument. About 1952, our Education Department got the hare-brained notion of reviving it as an inexpensive one for school kids. (It's mentioned in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and other English literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries.) Well, it sounds bloody awful, which is probably why it had, for about 200 years, mostly been relegated to museums, and ought to have mouldered there for all time!

Yes, it's sad that the Strathmore op shop is being closed down; but our nearby Miramar has a few very good op shops. I've bought some very fine used things from the two in Miramar Avenue, and have donated some good-quality "white elephants" of mine to both of them, over the eight years I've lived in Miramar. I think most of us thank God for op-shops and the kind donors who supply the stock they sell at reasonable prices. H Westfold, Miramar

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Newtown the grubbiest Dear Ed, the recent article by Mr Duff (CSN, January 12) about litter in Newtown has prompted me to write to you. I have lived in Newtown now for many years. The amount of litter and graffiti has definitely increased over the past few years. I used to email the Council, but have now given up, as they do nothing about it. I have lived in many places in NZ over the years, and Newtown has definitely become the grubbiest. Russell Taylor, Newtown

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Dear Ed, if the Kilbirnie Business Network want to be involved with the planning for the Kilbirnie Festival (CSN, January 19) this year for a change, then that seems okay, but why are they being so underhanded about it? They say they want the festival be related to the Kilbirnie community, and Martin Wilson, organizer for the last 19 years, says the festival is about promoting how wonder-

ful the area is. Those seem quite similar and indicate, there should be room for discussion about the format of the festival. But the Kilbirnie Business Network has apparently not made any effort to contact Mr Wilson. This has the look of a hidden agenda by the Network. What's going on here KBN? Richard Keller, Lyall Bay

Seatoun Heights messier than Newtown Dear Ed, if you think Newtown is a mess you should see the streets in Seatoun Heights! As you come up the hill from Seatoun the weeds are so high you can’t see small cars coming down the hill. When you turn around 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

into Fettes Crescent the gutters are running red and all the sumps are completely blocked with leaves and Pohutakawa flowers. It isn’t just our area it is everywhere you go. We have just about given up ringing about it as all 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.

the Council are interested in is the big jobs costing millions. We haven’t had a tidy suburb since we lost Leonie Gill. Neil and Betty Johnstone, Seatoun

Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to samduf f@wsn. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Wellington funky, creative - BBC Wellington has been labelled one of the world’s hottest cities for 2015 by the United Kingdom’s national broadcaster. The BBC says Wellington attracts more than its fair share of visitors and that it has a funky, creative vibe. Published on the broadcaster’s website last week the article says both outdoors enthusiasts and movie buffs flock to spots featured in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

LETTERS to the editor

“Not only does Wellington have a bustling café and craft beer scene, but in 2015 the city of 200,000 people is celebrating its 150th year as New Zealand’s capital.” The article notes that the central business district is seriously cool and there are more than a dozen independent coffee roasters. There is a strong community vibe can be felt throughout Wellington’s nearby suburbs, the story says.

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God defend New Zealand Dear Ed, I try to follow good advice. When I retired I got rid of the car to save the $10,000 per year. I now rely on my pension and money I carefully saved in the bank over 40 years. Now I am told that the drop in the price of petrol (which I no longer use) may negate any CPI increase of my pension. I am sure that the low bank rate is good for the country, but the bank never asked my opinion nor permission to lower the interest rate. The boss in the Reserve Bank, whose possibly low wages I pay, apparently has the authority to tell the bank what to do with my money. W hat I t hought was a contractual agreement, has

decimated my monthly bank interest income. Do you have any more advice Mr Key? I am interested to hear that you will save money to house buyers by ripping up the RMA. Did you know that ripping up the Crimes Act will statistically greatly reduce the crime rate in the country? Any politician would like to take credit for this in his pre-election propaganda. May the Queen or her representative refuse consent for an unreasonable, nondemocratic law proposal. God defend, no save, New Zealand Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

Cemetery Bus Service Karori & Makara Cemeteries This bus service is sponsored by the Lychgate Funeral Home. It operates on the first Tuesday of each month. (If the first Tuesday is a Public Holiday then the bus trip will take place on the following Tuesday). The cost of the return trip is $5.00 per person.

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Visitors, who are film buffs, are advised to check-out Miramar where Weta film studios and Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson call home. Other cities that made the list include Nizwa in Oman, Chennei in India, Salta in Argentina and Johannesburg in South Africa.  Is Wellington one of the world’s hottest cities? What makes the capital a cool place to live? Email and let us know what you think.

HOTTEST CITY: The BBC says Wellington attracts more than its fair share of visitors. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff




Monday, January 26, 2015


Express yourself with Tarrant Dance

Amit Noy (Mt Victoria) and Lara Strong (Island Bay) as Fritz and Clara in the Nutcracker. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Dance is a great way to exercise and to make friends and one of the wonderful and special things about dance at Tarrant Dance Studios is that you can dance from five years to fifty five and beyond! Home to national contemporary company and New Zealand treasure Footnote New Zealand Dance, daily classes are held in the Cuba Street Studios where there is always a real buzz of creative dance activity! 2015 will start with ChoreoLab and ChoreoCo, both initiatives for contemporary dancers and the professional Footnote company. Chinese New Year, Feb 14/15, will open with a special collaborative work "Sharing" directed by Deirdre Tarrant for dancers from the Deirdre Tarrant Dance Theatre youth project and two dancers travelling here especially from Xiamen, China. A project that explores young ideas and experiences in two very different cultures "Sharing" will feature music by Eden Mulholland and Craig Denham and Design by Stan Chan and Jane Ferguson. The City to Sea Museum celebrates Anna Pavlova and her

dance dance dance at

Tarrant Dance Studios

visit to Wellington in 1926 on Feb 19th and Tarrant dancers will feature in this event. In March 28/29 comes Cuba Kaleidoscope – a big weekend and a celebration of the studio building with performances and installations that will be generated from the amazing people that make dance happen there. Syllabi of the Royal Academy of Dance and IDTA are taught in children's and senior classes and a wide range of dance styles, recreation adult classes and rehearsals happen up these stairs as well. The Projekt Team will bring a new street /hip hop energy and style to the weekly class timetable alongside BellyDance with Traysi, Salsa with Roderigo, Folk Dance with Sonja Petrie and Adult Ballet with Kathiy Watson. The dancing day is full at the city studios at 125 Cuba Street! The end of the dancing year for 2014 was a real highlight – not only with a lot of wonderful examination results for students but also with Nutcracker – onstage at the Opera House and a lovely Christmas ballet to end the year. Everyone had their time centre stage and everyone was a

real star. Professional lighting by Douglas Bonnalack, Professional technicians, Peter Gare and Neil Bensaman, fabulous costuming by Jane Ferguson and her band of wardrobe helpers and a magical staging by Deirdre Tarrant, Amanda Miles, Anita Hunziker and Gina Reid made it a production to remember. There are plans to restage the Nutcracker in July this year as part of the celebration of 'Wellington 150 years' so these talented dancers will have a chance to revisit the most special party of all and the touchstone ballet moments in the Snow Scene and Kingdom of Sweets. Creativity and lateral thinking are life skills and confidence and curiosity are really practical assets gained from dance and the friendships last forever. The motto of the studio and aim of every class taught by experienced and energised teachers is - Love Dancing! Come dance with us!  Student classes will start from Mon February 9. Enquiries ph. 3847 285. Please leave a message and we will ring you back. PBA

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Geoff Croft with dog Molly, who spent an hour digging herself a hole.


Friends Daniella Elwood, Josh Lopdell, Niven Patel and Gemma Cornish hang out at Lyall Bay beach.

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Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club Head Instructor Who inspired you growing up? My Father, he’s never had a holiday, always provided for my family and has taught me how to be a leader.

Who would you least like to have a meal with? Well if they’re paying for said dinner, I wouldn’t really mind to be honest. Free meal – who’s going to turn that down?

What is your favourite thing on telly? Top Gear, never go wrong with watching Jeremy Clarkson making an outrageous comment or two.

What gives you a cheeky grin? The quality banter that goes on at my flat. Great chat floats around that place.

What would your last meal on earth be? Medium rare steak, Mac and Cheese and onions…

What would your dream getaway be? Backpacking through the south of Spain and learning español.

What is your New Year’s resolution?

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

Appreciate the precious moments in life.

Massive Taylor Swift fan, Blank Space is my jam.

LETTERS to the editor


House Painters

Eagle best councillor in decades Dear Ed, How childish! I refer to S Coppard’s letter (CSN, January 19). When some people don’t get their way, they throw their toys out of the cot and then seek to blame someone. Coppard needs to learn that life is not just about winning and losing, it’s about compromise. Eagle is the best Councillor we’ve had in the south for decades – replacing the Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown

in 2010. She could actually learn a thing or two from his authentic community engagement approach. We and hundreds of others in south Wellington certainly appreciate the work Paul Eagle does because we know he’s there for everyone, not just winners. R and A Brown, Berhampore

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Footpath and road markings in Newtown and Berhampore are ugly and should be removed after construction work has been done, according to an angry Berhampore resident. The resident, who wants to stay anonymous, spoke to the Cook Strait News last week about what he calls ugly road markings. “If you walk anywhere in Newtown, you see them everywhere,” he says. “We can do better.” The man says one of the worst spots for the road markings is where Dawson Street meets Adelaide Road. The markings are used by construction contractors to map where work needs to


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WordBuilder 6


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.




From the Reporter’s desk

How many words of three or more letters, including plurals, can you make from the six letters, using each letter only once? No foreign words or words beginning with a capital are allowed. There's at least one six-letter word. TODAY Good 17 Very Good 22 Excellent 27 Solution 339: Add, adder, and, are, dad, dan, DANDER, dare, dared, darn, DARNED, dead, dean, dear, den, dread, ear, earn, end, era, nard, near, nerd, rad, ran, rand, read, red, rend. ACROSS 47 Due after (anag) (8) 1 4 9 14 15

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Like many young New Zealanders I was raised watching Coronation Street with my grandparents. Every Tuesday and Thursday night at 8.30pm, just as the credits started to role the phone would ring. My Nana and I would then spend the following hour chatting on the phone about Ken Barlow’s latest affair, Mike Baldwin’s dirty dealings and which characters we couldn’t stand. So last week as the news broke that Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow for more than 40 years, had died, it felt like the death of somebody we all know rather well. While many friends come and go

the fact that we have known what Deirdre has been doing week in week out for the past 44 years is quite remarkable. Remember when Deirdre was arrested? Remember when Deirdre slept with Dev? Remember when Deirdre remarried Ken? While Coronation Street is certainly not as enthralling as it used to be, and I have since stopped trying to keep up with who owns the Rovers, there is still something special about Coro. As we change jobs, houses and friends it is comforting to think that those big characters, such as Ken, Sally Gail and Rita, are still out there living their lives and we can catch up with them anytime.

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fact of the week: The "lady" in ladybug refers to the Virgin Mary. Legend has it that crops in Europe during the Middle Ages were plagued by pests, so the farmers began praying to the Blessed Lady, the Virgin Mary. Soon, the farmers started seeing ladybugs in their fields, and the crops were miraculously saved from the pests.

Meet... Judith


Greetings, my name is Judith and I live with my comrades Lloyd, Rocket and Susie in what appears to be a large hollow glass cube. It is unbearable. I have appointed myself the leader of our small mission to escape, once and for all, from this uninhabitable world that we have found ourselves in. Having been here the longest I have felt the need to take the others under my wing and give them moral guidance. We live a half-life, miserable, trapped and alone. Our days are spent waiting. We wait for the man in the big red jersey to


feed us food. He sneaks it to us as the other captors are distracted. We like him. The woman with the brown hair keeps guard, monitoring our movements. She frightens us the most. Her eyes are devoid of any human emotion. One day she will snap. To keep the comrades from going mad in captivity I have implemented a strict regime. We begin the morning with laps before spending time cleaning the living quarters. It is a grim existence. We know this will not last forever. We continue to plot our escape. Waiting for the perfect time. We will enact our revenge.

Wellington musicians Estere – Watangi Day

Kahurangi School, Strathmore Avenue. KOTAHI, featuring Wellington musicians Estere with Disasteradio and Edie. Watangi Day, Feb 6th, 3.30pm till 7pm. Family friendly. Entry by koha.


Monday January 26, 2015


SPORTS INBRIEF National sailing and boating day

It is time to hit the water – Worser Bay Boating Club will take part in the Volvo National Sailing and Boating Day in February. The club, based in Marine Parade, Seatoun, is taking part in the nationwide initiative from Yachting New Zealand to celebrate the sport. The public will have the chance to check-out a few boats, talk with club members and even have a go themselves. The Volvo National Sailing and Boating day will be held at the Worser Bay Boating Club from 10am till 3pm on Sunday February 1.

Floorball qualifiers for local

JUMPING HIGH: Phoebe Edwards, from Island Bay, has done a personal best 1.77 metre high jump at the Cooks Classic in Wanganui.

Edwards jumps to personal best Young Island Bay athlete Phoebe Edwards has jumped herself to a personal best high jump record, which has also seen her qualify for the World Youths High Jump Competition in Colombia. The 16 year old Wellington East Girls’ student went to Wanganui last week to attend the Cooks Classic, part of the Athletics New Zealand Grand Prix 2015 series. At the Cooks Classic Phoebe also took part in the shot put competition

in which she got as far as 10.55m. Phoebe is already the top U18 high jumper in New Zealand and she is the second ranked woman in New Zealand behind Keeley O’Hagen. In March Phoebe will head to Sydney where she will compete in the Australian Junior Championships. Last year she won the U17 high jump at the Australian Juniors. On Friday Phoebe took part in Wellington’s own Capital Classic competition where she took part

in the women’s high jump, 100m hurdles and the women’s 200m. The results were not yet available when the Cook Strait News went to print. In December Edwards took part in the National Secondary Schools championships where she picked up titles in the 100m hurdles, high jump and long jump. Speaking to the Cook Strait News last year Phoebe said she had her heart set on going to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

A young Wellington local is in Melbourne with the New Zealand Women’s Floorball team. New Zealand has sent a 14 player strong Women’s Floorball team to Melbourne to compete in the World Floorball Championships Qualification for the first time. The top three teams will go on to play in the World Cup Finals in Tampere, Finland. Sophie Scott, 19, is travelling with the team and says she started playing the game about four years ago. Floorball is a type of hockey played indoors with plastic sticks and a light weight plastic ball with holes.

Tafua takes part in fun run

Paralysed local rugby player Seti Tafua is planning on taking part in the Cigna Round the Bays. The former Poneke Football Club player was left paralysed in 2012 after a rugby injury but has since taught himself to walk with one crutch. The 26 year old says he will take to his wheelchair to take part in the 6.5km run on February 22.

Hitting the track

Athletes from around the region gathered at Newtown Park on Friday for the Capital Classic Track and Field Meeting. The results were not available to the Cook Strait News before this edition went to print. At least six Commonwealth games athletes were confirmed to compete at the event.

Bocce players head to LA By Sam Duff A pair of Miramar residents will head to Los Angeles in July where they will compete in the Special Olympics World Games 2015. Trevor Hetherington says he has been playing the sport of bocce, a similar game to petanque, for the past four or five years. “I decided to come along and have a go,” he says. “I enjoyed it.” Ann Lilley, who is not special needs, will travel with Trevor and also compete at the games as his unified partner. The concept of unified partners is a recent development for the Special Olympics in which teams are made-up of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities. Ann, who has been involved in the Special Olympics for 30 years, says bocce was introduced to New Zealand about 20 years ago “Anybody can have a go,” she says. “It’s not very physical and the games are only about 20 minutes long.” Bocce can be played in singles, pairs and fours.

Ann says the highlight of the trip for her will just to be with the New Zealand group overseas. Initially Ann’s involvement with the Special Olympics was through bowls but that later changed to bocce. Ann and Trevor both play bocce at the Mornington Golf Club. Aside from competing Trevor says he is looking forward to spending time in Los Angeles. “I want to have a look at the museums over there and go to Disney Land,” he says. “I’m quite excited.” New Zealand is sending 36 athletes to the games, four of which are competing in bocce. The other two bocce players are from the Manawatu. The Special Olympics were founded in 1968 and first held at Soldier Field in Chicago where 1500 athletes competed. In 2015 more than 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries will compete in Los Angeles.  To learn more about Trevor and Ann’s trip to the Special Olympics and to donate then go to www.

GAME FACES: Bocce players Ann Lilley and Trevor Hetherington are heading to Los Angeles in July to compete in their sport. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Fundraising campaign kick starts Museum of Wellington City & Sea is selling each of the 150 years that Wellington has been a capital city through the What Year Are You? campaign. The campaign has been set up to raise money for the development of the Museum’s Attic space. The project is being funded by the Ministry for Arts, Culture & Heritage, Wellington City Council and the Lottery Grants Board, but the Museum, named

one of the Top 50 in the world by The Times of London, is now looking for support from the people of the Wellington region. People will be able to ‘buy’ one of the 150 years that Wellington has been capital city (from 1865) via TradeMe. The names of everyone who buys a year will be displayed in The Attic when it opens later this year. Throughout the five-week

campaign, a series of events on Throwback Thursday will pay homage to the people and stories that make our region unique. This week, Throwback Thursday will travel back to the 1930s and the opening by Tip Top of the capital’s first milk bar. For just $2 - or more, if people are feeling generous - Wellingtonians will be able to enjoy a Tip Top ice cream, with all proceeds going to the project.

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Cooking lessons with a difference By Sam Duff Paella and arepas from such places as Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Cuba will be top of the menu when an Oriental Bay chef takes a Spanish cooking night class next month. Evelyn Vidal, who lives in Kilbirnie but works at Beach Babylon in Oriental Bay, will be the tutor for Cooking: Spanish with a Difference at Wellington High School’s Community Education Centre. The course is a new one but Evelyn says she took a course last year on Latin American cooking and used to go to people’s home to teach them her style of cooking. She says she has been cooking and baking for the past 12 years and wants to pass on some of what she has learnt. “I want to teach people a different type of cooking,” says Evelyn who moved to New Zealand from Chile six years ago. “They’re not just learning how to cook but they will learn how people live in these countries. “The food is very simple and

easy to follow. You don’t have to be a master chef to do it.” Evelyn says Chile is a very difficult place to work and get a job as a chef so she came to New Zealand for a year on a working holiday and never left again. She says her main goal with the course for people to have a good time and to then have a desire to visit South America one day. Wellington High School Community Education Centre acting director Robyn Hambleton says there is a move back to community education and people learning together. “We often get feedback that people have tried to learn something on their own but then decide that they really prefer to work with a tutor and with other students,” Robyn says. There are over 350 different courses of offer, including more than 60 new ones, this term, she says.  For more information ab o ut We lling ton H igh School’s Community Education Centre go to www. ce c we l l i n g t o n . a c . n z o r phone 385 8919.

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