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Miramar cat slaughtering native birds in bush killed by a cat, says Joakim, who discovered paw prints near the crime scene. Since the discovery, motion detection cameras have been installed to try and find the four-legged criminal. Joakim says they do not yet know if the white cat, which has a black tip on its tail, is a feral or domestic cat, as they cannot tell whether it is wearing a collar. Cats pose a real risk to not just native birds but also to other species such as skinks and weta, says Joakim, who also works at Wellington Zoo. Continued on page 2

By Sam Duff The movements of a sneaky moggy, with a taste for killing, are being tracked as it slinks, creeps and skulks its way throughout the bush in Miramar. Joakim Liman, project coordinator of the Te Motu Kairangi – Miramar Ecological Restoration group, says that several weeks ago the group’s volunteers went into the bush at Centennial Park and found 18 tui dead and scattered. “It’s now awfully quiet in here,” he says. The tui were a mixture of adults and chicks and had been

CAT HUNT: Miramar resident Joakim Liman says a local cat has been killing native tui in the Maupuia Reserve and Centennial Park. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Miramar cat slaughtering native birds Continued from page 1 He says that each year in New Zealand about 12 million native birds are killed by cats. “A really easy thing (for owners) to do would just be to close the door and keep them inside,” he says. “If they’re really stubborn and don’t want to stay inside then owners could attach a multitude of bells to their collars. “The problem is cats can learn how to stalk without making the bells go off.” Joakim says people should at least keep their cats inside during the day because that is when tui and

other natives are out and about. The Te Motu Kairangi – Miramar Ecological Restoration group was set-up in 2010 by Joakim and consists of eight key volunteers and an email list of 75. Joakim, who moved from Sweden to Wellington in 2009, says he would often walk through the Maupuia Reserve, Centennial Park and Overton Park and thought to himself that 100 years ago the bush must have looked amazing. “You don’t want it just to survive but you want it to thrive so in 100 years there’s heaps of forest for native birds.”

Wellingtonians have been sent a warning from their Aussie mates about the potential downsides to amalgamating councils. Last year 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. The commission proposed one unitary authority, the Greater Wellington Council, which would replace the current nine councils. The Queensland Local Government Reform Alliance, a resident’s group, says Wellington should fight amalgamation as Queensland has been through seven years of amalgamation and now de-amalgamation which has proved to be expensive and ineffective. Alliance chairman Bob Johnson says amalgamation of local government has become a ‘disease’ in Australia. “The effect on local democracy is devastating wherever amalgamation has been put into place,” he says. “The bureaucracy and politicians were convinced that larger local government would be more efficient economically, as well as being easier to control and administer – they were beyond wrong and significantly under-researched. “While amalgamation might have looked like a 'bigger is better' option, I warn New Zealanders from falling into the same trap.” In 2007 a commission in Queensland recommended the amalgamation of 157 councils to 73. Certain areas, such as Noosa, are now going through a process of de-amalgamation. The QLGRA says that in 2008 the Queensland Government budgeted A$28 million assistance for councils to amalgamate but says actual costs were more than A$200 million. Public submissions are now being sought on the draft plan by the Local Government Commission and will close on March 2, 2015.

Norman stands down from leadership Green party co-leader and Hataitai resident Russel Norman last week announced he would step down from his co-leader position at the party’s annual general meeting in May. In an email to supporters Mr Norman says it has been an amazing privilege and a great pleasure to be in the position for the past nine years.

“The Green Party is in great shape. We have an amazing caucus and our party flaxroots are stronger than ever, and I’m proud to have been able to play my role, alongside you, in making this happen.” Mr Norman says he has been thinking about stepping down for some time and believes it is time for the party to have fresh leadership.

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DOUBLE FESTIVAL: Kilbirnie Business Network chair Bruce Welsh says it is rather cheeky of an event organiser to hold a Kilbirnie Festival on the same day as the one he is putting together. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

There will be two Kilbirnie Festivals held on the same day in separate parts of the suburb due to a war of words between the local Business Association chair and an event organiser. Last month it was reported that event organiser Martin Wilson, from Capital Productions, was shocked to hear he was no longer contracted to run the Kilbirnie Festival, after doing so for 19 years. Instead the running of the event, which was started by the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre, has this year been delegated to the Kilbirnie Business Network. Bruce Welsh, chair of the Kil-

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is trying to organise at St Pats will be an old style travelling show, while his festival on Bay Road will be a chance for locals to stand-up and show-off the suburb.

“’s bad form to do it on the same day on purpose.” “It’s rather cheeky,” Bruce says. “He can have another one, we can’t stop him from doing that. “But, it’s bad form to do it on the same day on purpose. From that point of view it’s obviously a bit vindictive.” Bruce says the festival Martin

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HAND OVER: New Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre coordinator Liz WilloughbyRyan with former acting coordinator Roz Jackson. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Centre handed back to community By Sam Duff The Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre is back in business with plenty of activities coming up to entertain locals, according to the new coordinator. The centre, on Chelsea Street in Miramar, used to be run in conjunction with the Strathmore Park Community Base Inc until the two separated and Wellington City Council took over the running of the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre. Wellington City Council had employed Roz Jackson,

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The parents, teachers and students of Kahurangi School in Strathmore Park are busy preparing the final touches for a community concert. Parent Amanda Hereaka is the main organiser of the Kotahi Festival, being held on Friday, and says money raised will go towards reopening the school pool. The pool has not been used since the early 1990s and will cost between $500,000 and $1 million to expand facilities, construct a cover and install heating, she says. Wellington City Council is contributing $500,000 towards the

project, but the school needs to fundraise the remainder. Amanda says it is important for the school’s students to have learning experiences in a convenient location outside of the class room. Kotahi will include Kapa Haka performances, a hangi, coffee cart, photo booth and multiinstrumentalist Estere Dalton, Amanda says. A family movie night, with help from Miramar’s Roxy Cinema, will also be held to fundraise for the pool on March 14. Gates open for the Kotahi Festival from 3.30pm on Friday at Kahurangi School in Strathmore Park.

CELEBRATION: From back left, Karl and Riley Frost and Amanda Hereaka along with, front left, Sasha Peterson and Molly, Finn and Sophie Bowden. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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What is your background? “I originally trained as an electric engineer and then I spent 20 years as a secondary school teacher. More recently I completed a master’s in public health and worked for the Sustainability Trust before getting interested in standing for council.” Why did you want to be on council? “I had done a lot of work at the grass roots level with families and I realised a lot of the big things were decided at a political level so that’s where I decided to put my focus.” What do you like about the job? “I like engaging with people and I do like the feeling that we can make a difference


and I know we can.” What is the most frustrating thing about the job? “Everything takes a long time to achieve, longer than you might think. It requires intense engagement. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but it does mean you have to balance what everybody wants.” What issue are you keeping the closest eye on? “For me it’s still about transport and in particular getting better cycling and walking infrastructure a long with better public transport services.” Will you run again? “I will stand again and I just hope people

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Dear Ed, what sort of person uses disability car parks illegally? I can describe some but not what sort of person they are, whether they are cheats, or lazy or disrespectful. The young girl who uses her father’s permit and parks in the Taranaki Street parks, the young man who parks in Allen St with an orange permit and runs across the road, with his mates laughing, to get his takeaway. The dry cleaning van again on Taranaki St, the person who hides the registration number and expiry date to get a park at

Dear Ed, I write in support of Martin Wilson (CSN, January 19). Our group has had a stall at Kilbirnie Festival since its beginning. The festival has grown from a few stalls in the car park to a full scale festival on Bay Road and the areas behind Bay Road. Martin offers local community groups and registered charities half price stalls. Community information stalls not selling products are free. He states that he cares about this planet

Pak ‘n Save. The courier vans who park on the Bay Road parks, the Middle Eastern girls who are using a permit of a deceased person to go shopping in the city, then there is the bus driver, again on the Bay Road park, who has a son in his car with a sore leg, but no permit. I can describe their gender in most cases but not what makes them the sort of person who uses disability parks when they are not entitled to. Cheats, lazy, disrespectful. Heather Bevan, Island Bay

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LETTERS to the editor Island Bay



DEFENDED: Readers have leapt to the defence of Southern Ward Councillor Paul Eagle after a letter criticising him.

Eagle our local champion Dear Ed, thankfully, one of our city councillors actually listens to the wants and needs of residents and business they were voted in by to represent their views. S Coppard’s letter (CSN, January 19) unfairly attacks Councillor Paul Eagle for championing an engagement approach that initially sought a compromise on the proposed

cycleway imposed on Island Bay. The result of relaying the clear views of the community has seen him being continually criticised by a vocal minority who have now divided our wonderful seaside neighbourhood. A December 2014 Wellington City Council survey on the Island Bay Cycleway overwhelmingly stated

that the majority of Wellingtonians, Island Bay residents, those living on The Parade and various organisations do not support the cycleway. Perhaps Coppard might want to consider moving to a suburb in Wellington that actually wants a cycleway to nowhere. Patsy Morgan, Island Bay


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From the Reporter’s desk Flicking through the pages of this week’s paper you might notice more ‘serious’ news than we are used to. Last week you would have noticed more ‘light’ news. First off I would like to say that this is not a decision made by this newspaper – the contents of this paper are determined by the happenings throughout the suburbs we cover. Sometimes it happens to be happy, sometimes it is sad, sometimes it is obscure and sometimes funny – it just depends on what is going on from week to week.

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.

I get many comments from readers saying how much they enjoy our newspaper because of the ‘happy’ news that we cover – that is great. There is nothing we enjoy more than covering positive news stories throughout the eastern and southern suburbs. But it is also important that we do not shy away from other stories – from local issues, conflicts and controversy. Because if we do not cover them – if we are too afraid to offend or disrupt the community – then nobody else will talk about them.


It is essential that we understand why decisions are made, how they impact the community and what is next. That is news, that is what we do.

ARTISTIC FLARE: Artist Emma Steer has discovered she can use her art to make a living. PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Elliott

Steering in the right direction By Emily Elliott You can usually spot born and bred Wellingtonian Emma Steer hanging around the south coast’s many bays – which is just one place from where she draws inspiration. She may have been the last person to turn up to her maths and science classes at Queen Margaret College, but her punctuality for art class has sent her career rolling. “I’ve always had artistic flare. I was always picked for doing the wall murals and displays. Art was the area I always got flying colours in.” Although it was not until recently she realised she could do art as a job. The 22-yearold started doing custom designs and prints as presents for friends, and soon found herself in demand, including completing illustrations for Capital Magazine and FishHead Magazine. Currently spilt between working at Paperbag Princess and Ico Ico, Emma says she loves the escape that a blank sheet of paper brings her. Emma quickly made a logo using the first design she came up with, and then thought of a name “out of nowhere.” From there, Steer Illustrations grew, and people started

getting in touch with her for custom prints. “I ask them to give me a quote or saying, or some favourite colours, or an image they like, or something so I know where to start,” Emma says. Each piece can take between an hour and up to three, and Emma says she usually works on them in the peace of night with a Pixar movie going. “But it can’t be a new movie – it has to be one I’ve seen over and over again!, like Monsters Inc or Harry Potter.” The quirkiness produces quality work though, even though she never documents every image she makes – Emma loves that there is only ever one print. “It makes it personal. I love the idea of it being just for them.” Now her goal is to set up a studio for herself so she can do the artwork full-time. “It will mean I can make bigger pieces. With a studio I could knock out as many prints as I want – I would have a constant space.” Bustling with ideas, her next venture is to expand into doing prints on t-shirts and teatowels. “Once you do something, it makes it easy to convince yourself that it’s easy to do.”

Monday, February 2, 2015



Liz Willoughby-Martin Miramar & Maupuia Community Centre Coordinator What gives you a cheeky grin?

Who inspired you growing up?

Hilarious memories. Like the time my sister convinced my mother that someone had secretly snuck into her house and shaved her cat.

Aslan, The Three Musketeers, my older sister Kate, (Jem and the Holograms).

What is your New Year’s resolution?

What would your last meal on earth be? Laksa at Aunty Mena’s Vegetarian Cafe with my best friends.

Work hard and be kind.

Who would you least like to have a meal with? Someone who can only do small-talk.

What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you? Once, I dressed up as a lobster, sat on a piano in front of 100 people, and sang a song about crustacean mating rituals.

What is your favourite thing on telly? I am currently deep into Mad Men. I have just finished season one – only seven years late on this one. But my one true television-love? Definitely Sherlock.



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DANCE Feature

DANCE IS FUN! And it's not too late to enrol! Ballet & jazz dance for preschoolers and beginners from 21/2 - 6 years.

Wellington dance expands to welcome more little dancers New preschool and beginner dance classes have been added at Wellington Dance, so more children can enjoy the fun, friendship and benefits of joining a dance class. Stories, creative movement, props, and costumes are used by experienced teachers to gently develop children’s coordination and imaginations. A variety of new daytime, after-school and Saturday classes have been added at Thorndon, Seatoun and City locations,

including brand new Seatoun Saturday classes, and new studio built at Thorndon. Wellington Dance has Wellington’s largest selection of preschool and beginner classes and offers a welcoming and magical place to start dance.  Class enrolments are now open. Parents can get more information by visiting or calling 04 2108642 (office hours are Mon-Thursday 12-6pm)

Families at the heart of Playcentre community CLASS SPACES AVAILABLE in Thorndon, City & Seatoun Saturday mornings, daytime and after school class times.

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Playcentre is the best early childhood education option for people wanting to raise their children within a local community of families. Working collectively, local families run 20 Playcentres in the Wellington region. Each Playcentre reflects its own community, but all offer part-day sessions where children 0-6 years learn through independent and group play. Because sessions are mixed age, siblings can enjoy Playcentre together and all children benefit from interactions with older and younger children. Parents or caregivers attend Playcentre at least one day a week with their child/ren, working as part of a team of parents and

caregivers to deliver early childhood education following New Zealand’s curriculum Te Whariki. Children over 2.5 years can also attend some sessions independently. To support members to run sessions and in their parenting, Playcentre provides free NZQA recognised training. This includes workshops on child development and positive guidance. Members also bring their own skills with them, there could be a scientist, abseiler, engineer or musician supporting your child/ren’s play and learning.  Visit nz or phone 237 7827 to find your local centre and enjoy three free visits with your pre-schooler/s.

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Whanau Tapu ngatahi - families growing together

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Meet Kiki... Across: 1 Tissues, 4 Exhalation, 9 Offence, 13 Plum, 14 Beaten, 15 Guilty, 16 Central, 19 Cogitating, 20 Abhorred, 21 Tacks, 24 Groups, 25 Pursue, 27 Parachute, 32 High wire, 33 Appeal, 34 Caution, 38 Offshore, 39 Adagio, 40 Yell, 41 Minus, 42 Terms, 45 Bread and butter, 52 Clods, 55 Ticks, 56 Roll, 57 Inside, 58 Incubate, 61 Glaring, 62 Remits, 63 Let loose, 66 Animosity, 68 Suture, 69 Injury, 73 Spout, 74 Airforce, 76 Oppression, 81 Regrets, 82 Truant, 83 Reside, 84 Filo, 85 Opulent, 86 Impeccable, 87 Strange. Down: 1 Topic, 2 Sturgeon, 3 Siesta, 4 Eaten, 5 Hone, 6 Luggage, 7 Thighs, 8 Otter, 10 Feel, 11 Entrant, 12 Chalks, 17 Stoplights, 18 Renal, 22 Ascended, 23 Shoal, 24 Give out, 26 Unit, 28 Analyst, 29 Cherub, 30 Aplomb, 31 Rotund, 33 Argon, 35 Twirl, 36 Afar, 37 Flee, 43 Edible, 44 Maker, 46 Riot, 47 Ailment, 48 Acidic, 49 Desks, 50 Undulate, 51 Random, 52 Clumsiness, 53 Oval, 54 Scenery, 59 Gnome, 60 Stir, 64 Aspic, 65 Audition, 67 Neutral, 68 Sceptic, 70 Upkeep, 71 Crease, 72 Erodes, 75 Forum, 77 Piste, 78 Noose, 79 Stan, 80 Crab.

Hello! My name is Kiki and I am a 14 month old Brussels Griffon crossed with a Maltese and originally come from Gisborne. I love tearing around the house and garden, long walks on the beach (Lyall Bay is my favourite!), swimming at the local stream, barking at the cats next door, defending my house from the evil vacuum-monster and destroying every squeaky toy I have ever had. They sometimes call me Velcro Dog – I love people and cuddles. After a day spent running around and playing, there is nothing better than a warm bath followed by a good snooze on the couch. And treats. Treats are always good! Do you think your pet is super cute and needs to be shared with Cook Strait News readers? Email your pet’s name, what it enjoys doing along with a picture to and your little-one may be the next pet of the week.


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Waitangi Day hits capital Celebrate Waitangi Day with music, kai, Maori crafts and art, and kappa haka at Wellington’s waterfront on Friday. Waitangi Park will feature a mix of traditional and contemporary dance and

music acts, while waka demonstrations will take place from 10am on Whai Repo Lagoon, before making their way around to Waitangi Park. From 12 noon until 6pm.


New reservoir in Melrose Work began last week on a new reservoir in Mt Albert Park, on the ridge above the National Hockey Stadium. The new water storage facility is part of an on-going Wellington City Council programme to make Capital’s water

storage facilities and supply network stronger, safer and better able to meet the needs of a growing population. The new will provide three times more water storage for the Melrose area.


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Monday, February 2, 2015


Punching success By Emily Elliott A ‘rags to riches’ story has a new meaning for Wellingtonian Luis Rojas, who recently started his own boot camp programme at Waitangi Park in an effort to give others the confidence that he never had. The 22-year-old grew up in Columbia and then New Zealand with his solo mother and his brother, and says when money was tight poor decisions were made with food. Now, Luis recently completed his certificate in personal training and has since started a circuit training “boot camp”, which he says are each constructed of seven weighted exercises and last for 45 minutes. The first session was launched three months ago when Luis wanted a way to raise money for his local church’s Christmas charity drive. “I decided to run a one-off charity boot camp for donations. People started showing more interest and coming.” From there it never ceased, and he decided he “shouldn’t think, but just do.”

“I have a 50-year-old woman who comes to my boot camps and loves them – she’s at every one!” “Fitness has changed my life. I have confidence out of being fit, and I want to give that to others,” Luis says. “Health is the biggest wealth,” he says, sharing that the boot camps are also a great way to socialise. Luis is passionate about eating right, and says that a healthy life stems from 70 per cent nutrition, 30 per cent exercise, and 100 per cent attitude and commitment. He created a Facebook page so that people could see what he is posting about food and nutrition. “You’re not fast, cheap, or easy, so don’t feed your body this way,” he says cunningly. “We ate heaps of carbs, sugar, and fast food growing up as it was cheap and easy for my Mum. I have had to go through my own weight loss journey.” Luis says the boot camps have been a huge success for him, not only by giving him confidence in his ability as a trainer, but also by developing his skills. Luis is planning on continuing the Saturday morning boot camps for a while and says he is hoping for more growth, but understands he won’t be doing it forever. He balances the boot camps with a full-time job at Les Mills on Lambton Quay as a personal trainer. “Down the track I’d love to get into coaching sports teams – strength and conditioning training.”  For information about Luis and his boot camps, view www.facebook. com/luisrojaspt.

TRAINING SUCCESS: Personal trainer Luis Rojas never thought his boot camps would be so successful. PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Elliott


RUNNING WITH ASTHMA: Phoebe Smith is part of the Malaghan Institute’s Run for Research. PHOTO: supplied

Running for a cure By Emily Elliott Completing one’s first half marathon is a feat on its own – but for Phoebe Smith, completing the Cigna Round the Bays half marathon with asthma is another achievement altogether. The Victoria University commerce student is just one of many joining the Malaghan Institute’s Run for Research team around the south coast, and Phoebe says its team of scientists looking to cure asthma is just one reason why she started training. Never that fit throughout school, Phoebe says she only started jogging when she started university. “I’m the kind of person who has to set goals for myself. I decided, ‘This summer, why not do a half marathon?’ “You only do your first half marathon once – why not raise money while doing it?” The Malaghan Institute caught the 20-year-old’s attention for the team of scientists doing “breathtaking things”. “I care a lot about scientists finding a

cure. I’ve had asthma as long as I can remember,” says Phoebe. Although it’s not out of control, Phoebe says it impacts her on a dayto-day basis. As long as she takes her medication, she believes it won’t impact her efforts at the half marathon, although says her goal this year is “just to finish it!” “Next year I’ll aim for a decent time,” she mulls. Phoebe has an online fundraising page set up via the Run for Research website, and is excited to contribute to the institute’s research. She encourages others to get out there and support a charity while competing in the run, and says there’s nothing wrong with doing the 6.5km fun run that she completed two years ago. Phoebe is planning on doing more half marathons after her stint around the bays, and says she will continue supporting the Malaghan Institute. “There are endless things they can discover. It’s the type of thing you can keep supporting over and over again.”

Ethan helps with decider A Newtown youngster with a passion for cricket accompanied the captains of the Blackcaps and Sri Lankan teams for the pre-match coin toss last week. Ethan Stowers, 11, a pupil of St Anne’s in Newtown, won the chance to accompany the two captains after entering a competition run by ANZ. “I wasn’t nervous at all. I got to take a photo with Kane and I even saw Ross Taylor. He’s my favourite player.” The match was an ANZ one day international held at Westpac Stadium.

Ethan says he fell in love with the game at age five after his cousins introduced him to beach cricket. Sue McGregor from ANZ says Ethan is one of 14 kids being selected to take part in the moment that decides which team bats and which bowls during the ANZ International Series this summer. “It’s going to be the most thrilling season for cricket New Zealand has experienced in years,” she says. “The ANZ International Series will see the country hosting three of the world’s

finest cricket teams ahead of the most prestigious cricket tournament, jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia in February. “To stand alongside some of the world’s greatest cricketers at such an important moment of the match is a dream come true for young fans. It’s great to be able to give young players the opportunity to get close to their heroes.” Sri Lanka won the match on Thursday with a margin of 32 runs, however the Blackcaps have won the ANZ ODI series.

COIN TOSS: Newtown boy Ethan Stowers accompanied Sri Lankan captain Lahiru Thirimanne and Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson for the coin toss at last week’s one day international match.

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