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By Sam Duff If you were a child of the 1960s or 70s then you may have relished in the disco era, donning leg warmers, bell bottoms and colourful knit dresses as you headed to town for a boogie. An Island Bay artist is embracing her inner 60s child and is on the hunt for retro garments from the 50s, 60s and 70s to turn into tiles for an Auckland public toilet. About 15 years ago Cathryn Monro was selected as the artist to work alongside Auckland city architects on a redesign of the city’s High Street public toilets. Cathryn says at the time the area was becoming known as Auckland’s fashion district, so the council directed them to work on a fashion theme for the public loos. Continued on page 2 DISCO DIVA: Island Bay artist Cathryn Monro is on the hunt for retro garments for a quirky art project. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff



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asked Cathryn to spruce-up the loos with new bespoke tiles from retro clothing ‘moments’. She is intending on making 20 tiles but is looking for between 30 and 40 garments for composition and colour options. While it will be sad to cut into retro garments, Cathryn says the retro outfits will be preserved within the resin tiles. She says many of the outfits

from the 60s, 70s and 80s were well made New Zealand products that have stood the test of time. “There’s something to be said for the craftsmanship,” Cathryn says. “There’s an historic aspect to this project in that we’re preserving New Zealand fashion history.” Cathryn says she wants to show the seams, stitching and detail of the garments within the small resin tiles.

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“As part of the design I made feature tiles from retro clothing fashion ‘moments’ from New Zealand’s fashion history embedded in resin and backlit inside the toilets,” she says. However, throughout the past 15 years, Cathryn says the toilets have been degraded and are in need of much more than just a good clean. The Auckland council have


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A Mount Cook fashion student says he wanted to showcase Wellington black on the catwalk in India. Taylor Jarden-Lambert, 22, was one of fifteen students from New Zealand Fashion Tech to win a Prime Ministers Scholarship for Asia to visit India. The trip to India was a lifechanging and mind blowing experience, Taylor says. “The people were so welcoming and hospitable. The strongest memory for me is how lovely they were,” he says. “And the learning that I think will have the most positive impact for me in my career in fashion, was seeing large scale manufacturing in practice. We now have a unique, first-hand view of manufacturing fashion

garments off-shore.” At the glittering finale of the year-long fashion education programme linking New Zealand with India, Taylor says he wanted to fondly salute both cultures in one stunning black dress, edged in gold. In response, Indian fashion students from Bannari Amman Institute of Technology combined geometric pattern inspired by woven bodices of Maori piupiu in their own collection. The former Wellington College student says he enjoys fashion and eventually might look to start his own clothing label. “I like the fact you can start with a piece of fabric and finish with something people will feel good about wearing.”

If outfits have stains or burns then Cathryn says she may still be able to use them. “Public toilets don’t need to be awful places, and these ones were designed to be pleasant places to spend a minute in, a moment to appreciate moments from New Zealand’s fashion past.”  If you would like to donate retro garments to Cathryn for the project then contact her on 0212567760.

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By Sam Duff The future of the controversial Island Bay cycleway is in question after the Wellington City Council last week voted to shift decision making powers from a committee to the full council. On Tuesday an extraordinary meeting of the full council was held after eight councillors voiced concerns about how the Transport and Urban Development Committee, chaired by councillor Andy Foster, had been dealing with the project. There is division within the council about the move. Some councillors say it will slow down the building of the cycleways and others say a cycling master plan, which does

not currently exist, is needed before anything is built. A cycling master plan is required by April if the city is to be given any of the $100 million that central Government has set aside for urban cycleways. Council last week committed to producing a draft cycling master plan which will identify proposed routes and the impacts and effects of said routes. Southern ward councillor Paul Eagle has described the situation as a shambles that has lacked political management and has been completely mismanaged. Cr Eagle noted the process used for developing the cycleway in Island Bay was a

painful experience for all involved. He says he will support a cycleway in Island Bay under two conditions, that it is reconsidered as part of a cycling master plan and that it is deemed to be safe. At last week’s meeting he made three suggestions to his colleagues about the future of the process, including himself being given the job of politically managing the cycleways. Also last week a ride by about 50 locals covered in body paint was organised from Island Bay to the city in support of the cycleways. Ride spokesperson and Island Bay resident Alice Coppard says the suburb needs separated cycleways and the

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The doors have opened at a new Oriental Bay café. Former property investor and distribution company owner Jack Khoo has opened the Black Fern Café. “We need something like this in the bay,” Jack says. “It’s quite a handy location for people. “People come in from their cars, grab some chips and a drink and go back to their cars or go to the beach.” The Black Fern Café will be selling ice cream, coffee and a range of food items, he says. “I’m creating something special here in the bay,” the Khandallah resident says. “I felt that tourism in Wellington was lacking and there’s potential here in the market for a new café.” Locals love to head to Oriental Bay and enjoy the beach but the cost of dining in the area stops many people from spending money, he says. “I want to make it more fun as well,” Jack says. “This café is about fun.” The Black Fern Café displays images from a local photographer and has a free space for public notices and advertising, he says.

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The former manager of the Strathmore Community Store is planning to launch a new local op shop with the same ‘vibe’ in the suburb. Susan Andreassend-Vekula says she has found new premises and has been flooded with offers of support from the Strathmore Community. In October 2014 the Strathmore Community Store, which had been operating for about 20 years, was abruptly closed by the Strathmore Park Community Board so a new satellite community centre could be opened on site. Susan, who worked at the store for almost five years, says she was left speechless by the closure “With the abrupt closure of our 20 year old op shop, or Strathmore Community Store, on October 1, 2014, I, as the store manager standing behind the counter for four years and 10 months was left speechless and deeply con-

cerned for the opportunities of giving and receiving,” Susan says. The 54-year-old mother of six who has grandchildren says she will open a new store, called Mi Op Shop. “I have an extreme amount of support to open this shop,” she says. “It is just a matter of turning the lock and we will be away.” Susan says she is excited to once again stand behind the counter of a local op shop and support the community. “I have a passion for old school op shops and this is a dream that I want to turn into reality,” she says. The new store will have the same vibe as the old store and have many of the same faces involved, Susan says. Last week the Strathmore Park Community Board circulated a letter asking for locals to sponsor the new satellite community base, which is meant to open where the Strathmore Park Community Store was.

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MEET THE LOCALS : By Sam Duff A well-known Lyall Bay novelist, screenwriter, playwright and short story writer is currently performing readings of his novel at Circa Theatre. Duncan Sarkies, who co-wrote the screenplay for the film Scarfies, wrote his second novel, The Demolition of the Century, in 2013. The book follows insurance investigator Tom Spotswood who


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spires part of the story, the Century, was a real Dunedin theatre which was demolished in the early 1990s and replaced with a car park. Duncan will take the play on tour in March when he heads to London. “I just love doing it [performing],” he says. “I get a real thrill and a buzz and of course we get to travel.” In 2012 another of Duncan’s novels, Two Little Boys, was

“It’s a cabaret like experience,” has lost basically everything and is being followed, while at the same time the town’s most beautiful movie theatre is about to be demolished. Duncan, who moved from Dunedin to Wellington about 20 years ago, says the play is made up of readings from the book interspersed with music played by his friend. “It’s a cabaret like experience,” he says. The movie theatre which in-

turned into a feature length movie by his brother Robert. The movie starred actors and comedians Hamish Blake and Bret McKenzie. While he has been busy working on other projects, Duncan also made time in his schedule to write several episodes of The Flight of the Conchords.  The Demolition of the Century will be at Circa Theatre until February 21.

WRECKING BALL: Actor, writer and director Duncan Sarkies, from Lyall Bay, is taking to the stage with his show The Demolition of the Century. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

New acupuncture clinic opened A new Chinese medicine acupuncture clinic has been opened in Newtown opposite Wellington Hospital. The Newtown Acupuncture Centre has been opened by acupuncturists Laura Callaghan, Scott Pearson and Xiao Meng Scott says the three are trying to make acupuncture more affordable for the public by treating people at the same time with a multi room set-up. There are also private rooms on site, says Scott who trained to be an acupuncturist several years ago. “I really enjoy it,” he says. “It’s great because you get instant feedback. I’m not a very patient person so you get a lot of satisfaction from somebody’s pain going.” Prior to training to be an acupuncturist Scott says he owned an animation company which was nominated for an Emmy award.

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By Emily Elliott Being able to perform in front of a crowd is something that the youth of JDK Dance Crew love to do, and they spend a day a week practicing to make sure they can wow the crowd. This is the dance crew’s fourth time showcasing their talents at the Chinese New Year Festival, and the team of 13–22-year-olds are excited. Founder of the dance crew, Lisa Joe, says the group of intellectually disabled youth has grown rapidly to 10 members, meaning the youth have had a chance to build relationships. “Chinese New Year celebrates diversity. We love taking the opportunity to be involved.” Lisa says the dance crew thrive on being able to share their hip hop dance

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We don’t really watch telly as such, we watch on-demand and at the moment I am really enjoying watching The 100. I have even named some garments from next season after some characters, the Clarke trouser and Raven jersey.

Vietnamese Beef Pho (my hubby makes an amazing Pho) followed up with cheesecake and crème brûlée because I have a bit of a sweet tooth.

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New York during Fashion Week and then a stop off somewhere tropical to relax afterwards, maybe Bali or Rarotonga.

Shayna. We’ve been friends since we were six years old, been through lots of things together and even though she lives in Auckland we are still besties.

What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you? I started studying Fashion Design at Massey University when I was 16 and graduated at 18. My tutors didn’t actually believe me when I told them my age, they thought I was joking.

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Police estimated losses from the fire equalled about $9 million and there were more than 300 personal victims from the incident. Bitossi’s lawyer requested the judge base his sentence more on the intent of the fire lighting rather than on the actual damage caused. Bitossi will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least half of his sentence.



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to the editor Avid Cook Strait News readers Dear Ed, let me introduce myself, I’m Brittney. My fellow Canadian roommate and I are among Wellington’s newest residents and probably the most avid and dedicated readers of the Cook Strait News. Seeing the paper poking out of our mailbox is often the brightest part of our week, not in a depressing way, but because it means that our roommates will gather to discuss the headlines of the week. One time the newspaper never came on Monday, ‘Black

BIG FANS: The day these readers did not receive a copy of the CSN they called it ‘Black Monday’.

Blaming the winner for losing Dear Ed, I refer to S Coppard’s letter (CSN, January 19). So if Island Bay doesn’t get the cycleway, you’ll blame local councillor, Paul Eagle? Really? For starters, he’s the only one of our two Southern Ward Councillors who actually lives in the Ward; David Lee lives in Brooklyn, part of the Lambton Ward. Paul Eagle actually lives in Island Bay too, is highly visible and therefore knows the Island Bay community well. David Lee on the other hand has

been invisible since getting on the council. Paul Eagle doesn’t even sit on the council committee who makes the decision on cycleways. David Lee does! However, it was Paul Eagle who respectfully and neutrally chaired the only public meeting held in Island Bay last year to discuss a number of local issues. The turnout was the biggest I can recall in the last 30 years. David Lee was again absent. It has to be noted that David Lee

only ever seems to be present in Island Bay when there is a Cycleway rally. This included the rather embarrassing cycle rally (which was highly publicised) organised by the Island Bay Cycleway Facebook page; Just fourteen people were counted on this rally up The Parade, despite the Mayor and Green Party Co-Leader Russel Norman leading the charge. S Coppard, there’s only one winner here! Jenny Burgess, Island Bay

Monday’ we call it. Luckily we ‘found’ one floating around the neighbourhood so we still got our fix. As it turns out the newspaper was just delivered at the end of the day, so in hindsight we really just stole a newspaper. We often play a game where we look at a picture of the interviewee, examine their features (in an attempt to get a sense of their personality) and we predict their answers to the interview questions. My previously mentioned Canadian roommate, BobbiJo, is really good at it, like

Rude cyclists in Kilbirnie Dear Ed, I was walking through the Bay Road shopping centre (Kilbirnie Plaza) in Kilbirnie on a busy week day last week around 11.30am, when an adult woman and her child on their bikes tried to push their way through all the pedestrians using the pavement! Is this right? No, it is

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Dear Ed, Regan Dooley (CSN, January 22) claims that the Island Bay cycleway is a good project and will bring benefit to the community! It would be of interest to know where Dooley gets his facts and how he can genuinely compare the suburb of Island Bay with New York, Copenhagen and Amster-

Dear Ed, I have found it quite concerning reading all the letters bewailing the amount of litter on the streets of Newtown. Emailing the council is probably a recipe for frustration. If you walk into Newtown Mall, there are usually photos and information there publicising a group of volunteers who get together once a month specifically to clean up Newtown. Perhaps over the summer break the group has been in recess. (If they are, it is well deserved.)

dam etc. I suggest that Dooley gets a serious reality check and attitude adjustment. Good on him for being so passionate and vocal but really his opinion is boring and embarrassing – in my opinion. Patsy Morgan, Island Bay

No to planned Convention Centre Dear Ed, I think we should not waste money on a convention centre for Wellington.

There are plenty of hotels and venues for hire that will suffice. Helena Hutchinson, Berhampore

quite good. If you ever run a segment on psychics in Wellington it may be worth asking her a few questions. Well, I just wanted to voice my appreciation for your craft. Keep your pen a-stroking, keep your typewriter well inked… although I guess those references may be a little out-dated. ‘Keep your wireless keyboard well powered’ is probably more appropriate for this era. Brittney, Newtown

Sometimes Wellington’s strong nor’westerly winds seem to take hold of litter and redistribute it around the streets – very discouraging no doubt for any civic minded residents willing to clean up their own street. As we know too well there is a widely publicised Newtown Residents Association which holds meetings to discuss Newtown issues. Have any of these letterwriters poked their noses out the door and turned up to their local residents association

incredibly wrong given the number of elderly people who frequent this shopping area! How about some common courtesy here? What is wrong with these people attitudes and what are they teaching their children? Eleanor Beach, Happy Valley

meetings? There are of course also the local councillors, Messrs Eagle and Lee to approach. Sometimes I think that constant complaining about things like street litter is an expression of a deeper level of anxiety older people begin to feel when they start to think they are no longer in control of what is going on around them. Litter anxiety is only a symptom. Christine Swift, Island Bay

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What is going on with festival? Dear Ed, any non-aligned observer reading the Kilbirnie Fair saga in recent editions of Cook Strait News must be quite mystified as to what it’s all about. On a positive note, a lot of visitors will think – ‘Awesome’ – two fairs in one day and blithely go and visit them both. No probs. The other question which came to my mind was – How come we never hear of Miramar or Seatoun having a Festival day? Island Bay has its Day in the Bay festival, and of course Newtown has its enormous fair day too, which has grown like Topsy. It is probably safe to assume that no-one from the Kilbirnie Business Network will ever

be seconded for employment within New Zealand’s Diplomatic Service! From what I have gleaned from previous issues of Cook Strait News, the Kilbirnie Business Network is very much the new-kid-on-theblock, and as such it may have been ignorant of the protocol involved in organising a local fair. Me being me, I also wonder whether the very generous grant the Wellington City Council makes to suburban fairs (e.g. Newtown Fair) was shared between both providers of Kilbirnie’s 2015 Fair and Festival ie did the Kilbirnie Community Centre ‘play nice’? Christine Swift, Island Bay

Call that a ‘rescue’? Dear Ed, with all due respect for the abilities of the two 14-year-old girls (CSN, January 19) who are among the lifeguards at Lyall Bay, surely it's an exaggeration to call ‘rescue’ their helping a girl of their own age out of the surf. She seems to have been in no serious danger when they, at her mother's request, went to help her on to the beach. As they had been watching her ‘paddling and not getting anywhere’ before her mother spoke to them, surely they themselves would have taken the initiative if they'd judged her to be in real difficulties and

danger, or if she had called for help. As she was so quiet about being ‘rescued’, perhaps she felt no gratitude for her mother's and their intervention that she herself had thought unnecessary, for all we know! The episode was doubtless an opportunity for the sensible advice given by a senior lifeguard; but it otherwise looks like yet another minor happening blown up during the Summer ‘Silly Season’ when, if no spectacular crimes or disasters occur, the media are desperate for news to publish. H Westfold, Miramar

Motion detecting cameras are being used to find a cat with a taste for killing native birds.

Cannot see solution to cat problem Dear Ed, I felt a bit torn by reading the front-page item (CSN, February 2) about a Miramar cat which kills a lot of tui. I mean that I'm very fond of those pretty, friendly little birds; and one of my earliest memories of sounds is their call when I was a wee boy aged three in North Taranaki, during the summer of 1938-39. So I've been glad to witness tui's recent proliferation in Wellington. For all that, I've also, since then, been a great ailurophile very fond of pussycats! Cats are simply obeying their own feline nature when they

kill birds; so even well-fed pet cats often do this. I cannot see any solution to the problem in general, even if somebody kills that predator in Miramar. Cats have a useful function in keeping the balance of nature: they kill rodent pests like mice, rats, and young rabbits. Even the presence of cats contributes toward scaring such pests away from people's homes. We just have to live with the instincts of the brute creation, to control them as best we can, and to accept them as part of our life for all time. H Westfold, Miramar

Learning to ride at age 42 Miramar woman Aditi Cook has taken a lot from life, having immigrated to new countries twice and balancing a demanding career with being a mother and wife, however the 42-year-old never learned to ride a bike. It wasn’t until she recently spotted a poster for Ciclovia that she was inspired to learn how to ride a bike for the first time – in time for the first event. Aditi says she was horrified when she traded the training wheels for a support crew consisting of her

husband and young cheering children, and quickly discovered she needed more momentum. “Flinging yourself off the bike to stop looks and feels harder than it needs to be,” she says. Although her competitive spirit did not jive with the necessary skills required for hitting the Wellington roads, Aditi says she is looking forward to Ciclovia being a positive opportunity for her and her family. “We will be able to get more confident riding on the roads

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One man’s error another’s notebook By Emily Elliott A university project has turned into a successful potential business for a group of four south Wellington ladies, who came up with the idea of creating notebooks from scrap paper lying around the campus. Now dubbed The Paper Project, design students Jenny Buckler, Kareena Harris, Priscilla Loong, and Sneha Mishra were given the task of creating a mock start-up business in which a problem or issue had to be solved as part of the last semester of their studies. “We found an issue with paper wastage at Massey – we recycle 26,000 tonnes of paper each years, at a cost of $25,000,” says one of the designers, Jenny Buckler. “We thought, ‘This is heaps!’, as so much of the paper is hardly used. It’s good on one side, or sometimes both.” The group set about repurposing paper around the university – whether it was lying by the printer, or in the bins throughout the campus. “We went diving through the bins at Massey!” Jenny laughs. “We got our hands dirty. It was good to get off the computer too, and get back to pen and paper.” They then set about research and branding, and came up with the catch phrase, “One man’s error is another man’s notebook.” Every cover has a design that the students created and manipulated again and again to make sure each notebook is slightly different. Jenny says that she, Kareena, Priscilla, and Sneha wanted to find a more exciting way to utilise paper: “As students we go through a lot of paper writing notes in lectures or studios.” The notebooks cost almost nothing to make, says Jenny. “It is mostly all reused materials, aside from manual labour.” The process is not quick though, and Jenny says they have to sort through all the paper they find to discover what can be reused. However, over 50 per cent of what they find is able to be repurposed into the notebooks. It then takes between 10 and 15 minutes to create a notebook. Filled with paper stock of different textures, and some pages with a few marks already inked into the grain, Jenny says the notebooks are a more casual and fun version of the moleskin. The group took 150 of their notebooks – from square pads to A4 size – to markets around Wellington over the summer, where they have been well received. They were also invited to have a stall at the sustainable product market. “Mums were buying them for their handbags. Kids loved them. They’re novel,” says Jenny. Now, the group are looking at how to continue the venture – starting with a three month trial of selling them out of Massey’s Wellington Campus. “It’s a fun hobby and a good brand image. We are all keen to keep it going.”


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occupations get on a day to day basis. Debt collectors, call centre workers and club bouncers I imagine cop a fair amount of flak for doing their jobs. I am lucky in that I do not come across unpleasant people all that often. The happy, lovely, friendly locals that I meet on a day to day basis by far have a greater impact on me that anybody ringing me up and shouting down the phone. So this week I just wanted to say a quick thank you to the people I get to meet every day who say hi, the ones who give me a smile and those that stop for a quick chat.







From politicians and business people to random people on the street and people who invite me into their homes to interview them. All of these people have stories to tell and interesting tales to share. A downside of course is trying to commit all these new names to memory, but I try my best and usually remember a face at the least. Sometimes the people I meet are not quite so pleasant, though I suppose that comes with every job. I dread to think of the abuse that some people in certain














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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. One of my favourite parts of this job is meeting new and interesting people each week.


Hi there, my name is Millie and I’m a two-year-old Siberian husky. I’m originally from Invercargill but now live in Wellington with my mummy, daddy, gramps, nana and my little but big brother Kingsley, who is a black Labrador. I love getting up to heaps of trouble with my brother, he is my best friend. He and I do everything together; i even use him as a pillow sometimes. I recently won dog X Factor for Eukanuba and even modelled in

MiNDFOOD magazine. I like to think I’m the boss all the time because I like to boss everyone around, that way I always trick people into giving me lots of treats. I’m one very smart doggy.  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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Improved season for sevens side After a rocky first few years a college-age sevens team has achieved their best result yet in a local tournament. The Wellington Maroons, formed in 2010 by Galo Alofaifo, recently took part in the Ulalei Pacific Sevens Tournament in Wellington. The tournament, which includes a cup, plate and bowl prize, was started about 20 years ago and this year 16 teams from throughout New Zealand took part. Galo, the team’s manager, says each year since 2011 the Maroons have taken part but this year was their best result by far. Unfortunately they lost to the Auckland Maroons in the quarter final of the cup but got into the semi-final for the plate. The Auckland Maroons went on to win the tournament 45-5 against Wainuiomata. Galo says he formed the team having played for a Samoan sevens squad before moving to New Zealand. “I love this game,” he says. “I just wanted to bring all the young ones together in a team.” After a much improved performance at this year’s tournament, Galo says the Wellington Maroons, whose players are all from the eastern suburbs, will be back for another go at winning.

SQUASH READY: Tracey MacKay gets a squash lesson from coach Willie Bicknell. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Taking to the court By Sam Duff Move over Dame Susan Devoy – there is a group of up and coming squash ladies in Island Bay who have picked up a racket with their kids in tow. Willie Bicknell from Squash Wellington says Mums’ Squash has been set-up to run each week at the Island Bay Tennis and Squash Club. The sessions will be a mix of training by a coach, playing, taking turns watching the kids and finally

having a bit of fun with the kids on court, Willie says. “The idea is to open the closed door to squash and to get the young ones in,” he says. “In the long term hopefully they will have an affinity with the squash club as well.” Houghton Bay parent Tracey MacKay says Mum’s Squash is great because the players can bring their children along. “It’s also a great release as a sport,” she says. “I came along just for the fun and now I’m addicted

to it. “It’s a great way for me to be involved in a competitive club. “A lot of Mums don’t get that for the first few years because you’re stuck at home looking after the kids so this is a beautiful release.” The social aspect is also a big benefit to young mothers, Tracey says.  For more information about Mums’ Squash at the Island Bay Tennis and Squash Club then email

Ditching the car Wellingtonians are being encouraged to ditch their normal modes of transport and jump on a bike to explore the areas outdoor spaces. February is Bike Wise Month throughout the country which is a national cycling programme run by the New Zealand Transport Agency to promote cycling. Last year about 80,000 Kiwis took part in Bike Wise Month in around 850 events in New Zealand. There will be a number of events held in Wellington to celebrate Bike Wise Month, from free bike maintenance to a national Go By Bike Day on February 11. Dougal List, from NZTA, says he is excited to see more people give cycling a go throughout the month of February. “The Bike Wise programme for 2015 features plenty of great events up and down the country, providing some wonderful opportunities for people to get involved,” he says. “Cycling is a great way to bring families together, socialise with friends, and meet like-minded enthusiasts,” he says.

SPORTS INBRIEF Spots fill up for run The number of Wellingtonians registered for the annual Round the Bays event has surpassed the half way mark for capacity. Team registrations are now closed with more than 500 corporate and social teams taking on the challenge. Cigna Round the Bays includes the 6.5km Fun Run/ Walk, Snapper 10km and Cigna Achilles Half Marathon. The 2015 event will be held on Sunday February 22.

Crowds pack stadium The alcohol flowed, costumes were paraded and every now and again somebody watched the rugby at the Wellington Sevens during the weekend. The annual event was held on Friday and Saturday at Westpac Stadium. The usual array of colourful, weird and out-there costumes littered the streets of Wellington, particularly on Saturday when Courtenay Place turned into a party zone following the final game.

Doors opened at Port Nic The doors of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club were open to the public last week. The club took part in the Volvo National Sailing and Boating Day, a nationwide initiative from Yachting New Zealand to celebrate the sport. “We have one of the finest harbours in the world, and we love to help people get out and enjoy it,” says Commodore Geoff Herd.

Got sports news? BIKE WISE: February is the annual Bike Wise month throughout New Zealand. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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