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When Seatoun teenager Ollie Malthus was given the challenge by his school to work on a project he is passionate about he did something he had always wanted to do – he built himself a 1940s model hydroplane boat. The Scots College year 11 student spent 228 hours during a ten month period building his boat, named Mrs Robinson, after school and at weekends before at last getting the chance to take it onto the waters off Worser Bay. Continued on page 2 SPEED READY: Scots College student Ollie Malthus has built his very own hydroplane boat for a school project. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Crowds gathered in Island Bay last week to watch the annual blessing of the boats. The blessing of the boats is an Italian tradition in which boats are decorated and blessed by a priest to give them good luck. The tradition began in Island Bay in 1933, when the fishing boat Santina sunk in the Cook Strait, killing four crew members. In 2011 a chair was unveiled by the family and friends of those who died. The blessing of the boats was

postponed this year and was held a week after the Island Bay Festival’s A Day in the Bay due to bad weather. Piper Andrew Donelly, of the City of Wellington Pipe Band, played his original tune 'Blessing on the Bay' for the very first time aboard the boat San Antonio. The ship doubled as a floating alter for Fathers Jeff Drane and David Dowling and the Port Chaplain Bob Peters. The song reflects on the fishermen from Island Bay who have perished at sea.

Seatoun teen builds a boat

Continued from page 2 “I always wanted to build a boat,” Ollie says. “My Dad built a boat and my sister built a dinghy. I knew it would be a massive undertaking but I wanted to do it. “I’ve never committed to something as much as this.” Initially Ollie says he considered just doing something simple and easy for the school project but then decided it would be a good opportunity to fulfil his boat making dream. “My parents have a bach at Nelson Lakes and I thought ‘what would be the coolest toy to have down at the lake?’” After hours of varnishing, sanding and focusing on the small details of the hydroplane, Ollie was ready for Mrs Robinson’s first time on the water. After a few hiccups on the first attempt it was second time lucky for Ollie and Mrs Robinson at Worser Bay. “It was exactly what I hoped for,” he says. “It was really nice.” Ollie says he and his family took Mrs Robinson out on the water five or six times during the summer holidays. Asked where he got the name Mrs Robinson from, Ollie says it was from the Simon and Garfunkel song rather than from the movie The Graduate. Every Scots College year 10 student is given the task of working on a personal project during a ten month period, accord-

SCHOOL PROJECT: Ollie Malthus says he has taken his hydroplane boat out onto the waters of Seatoun.

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As submissions come to a close on the Local Government Commission’s proposal to create one Wellington ‘super city’, a survey has found weak support for the current plan. In December the 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 in the region, including Wellington City Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Wellington City Council commissioned a Nielsen survey of 1000 people, which was conducted earlier this month, to guide them through their own submission to the LGC. Across the region the survey shows that support for the LGC’s proposal, to create a two-tier governing structure for the region, is at 26 percent. Within the region, support for change is the highest within Wellington City with 30 percent supporting amalgamation. Meanwhile support is lowest in the Wairarapa, on 17 percent, and the Hutt Valley, on 18 percent.

In last week’s edition of the Cook Strait News in the front page ‘Rockers reunited’ story it was noted that donations would go to Epilepsy New Zealand. Donations will actually go towards the Epilepsy Foundation, a different organisation. Cook Strait News apologises for any confusion.

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SUPPORT LOW: A new survey has shown weak support for the idea of a Wellington super city. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

In Porirua and Kapiti 29 percent of respondents support the proposal. However, the survey shows that an alternative model, which had a separate Wairarapa council and one or more metro councils, would have the support of 50 percent of respondents. The Nielsen survey commissioned by Wellington City Council has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent Rongotai MP Annette Kings

their support for a super city was narrowly defeated. Wellington City Council met for two hours on Wednesday evening to discuss the wording of its submission to the LGC. It has called for the LGC to reconsider its recommendation.  Do you support having one Greater Wellington Council instead of the current nine in the region? Email news@wsn. co.nz and let us know what you think.

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Hire car company apologises By Sam Duff

A Wellington rental car company has apologised for parking cars on the streets of Lyall Bay. A number of Lyall Bay residents recently raised concerns that hire car companies had been parking large numbers of hire cars in their suburb.

Cars had been parked bumper to bumper on the corner of Lyall Bay Parade and Kingsford Smith Street. In photos provided to the Cook Strait News cars can be seen parked closely together and hire car company stickers are visible. Spokesperson for hire car company Europcar says the

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Pamper time for selfless locals By Sam Duff

While the rest of us were relaxing on Saturday afternoon, the staff of a Kilbirnie hairdressing salon worked for free to make 15 hardworking locals feel pampered. Headstart Hair Design in Kilbirnie recently called for friends and clients of the salon to nominate locals who could do with some pampering. Salon coordinator Taryn Penfold says

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Taryn says she particularly enjoyed contacting the women who attended on Saturday to let them know they had been nominated. Those who attended were given a conditioning treatment, haircut and a blow wave while they enjoyed catering from Gypsy Kitchen. As they left the salon they were sent away with a goodie bag, which included free samples, magazines and vouchers donated by local businesses.

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Cycleway vote deferred

Time to exercise, says Janeen By Sam Duff

A well-known local exercise instructor with a vivacious personality is on a mission to boost the number of people attending her discounted classes at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre. Janeen Nowicki says she has lost track of the number of years she has been taking Monday morning exercise classes at the centre, estimating it is somewhere between 15 and 20 years. “I have seen about five different community centre coordinators come and go,” she says. When she first trained to be an exercise instructor, Janeen says nobody would hire her because she was a big girl, so she started her own business – Big, Bold and Beautiful. “Big personality, bold classes and beautiful people,” she says. “I never judge in my classes. “It’s great for people just getting out of bed and getting to the class, even if they only stay for five minutes. “These community classes are just about getting people out there and getting them started. “After coming for a while then people might move on and that’s okay.” Community centre coordinator Anna Porter says numbers in one of the Monday morning classes, which are at

EXERCISE TIME: Janeen Nowicki says she has been taking exercise classes at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre for more than 15 years. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

a discounted community rate of $2, have decreased slightly recently and if they do not increase again the class may need to be cancelled. Asked what she enjoys about taking the classes, Janeen says it is the people. “I get to do what I love and it keeps me fit,” she says. Robyn Atkinson says she has been going to Janeen’s Newtown classes for

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The full council vote on the Island Bay cycleway was last week deferred by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown until a cycling master plan is developed in further detail. A full programme and strategy for cycling projects is in development for April, Mayor Wade-Brown says. “This allows for a decision making process where councillors can make judgements according to the cycling master plan.” Last month Wellington City Council voted to move decision making powers from the Transport and Urban Development Committee and in the control of the full council. Access to central government funds for urban cycleways requires council to have a master plan for cycling and specific routes. Lambton ward councillor Nicola Young says the deferred vote is a victory for common sense. “I've been campaigning since last June for the Council to draw up a master plan before spending millions of ratepayer's money; I want safer segregated cycleways, but ratepayers expect a properly costed plan based on hard data,” she says. “The Island Bay cycleway was putting the cart before the horse, and Wellington's lack of a master plan also meant we missed out on the first round of central government/ NZTA funding.”

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. During the weekend there were two Kilbirnie Festivals. Event organiser Martin Wilson held one at St Pat’s and the Kilbirnie Business Association held the one on Bay Road. Last week we asked locals....

Tali Vaigafa, Tessa Miller, Miramar Strathmore “The one at St Pat’s because “I’ve no idea. I might go there’re more facilities there. to one.” I’d probably come to Bay Road afterwards to have a feed.”

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“The one on Bay Road. It’s got more stuff.”

“Both of them probably. You get more stuff.”

“I’m going to be watching the cricket, Black Caps versus Australia.”

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FIRST LOOK: An artist’s impression of what the first house in a proposed development at 215 Houghton Bay Road would look like.

Allow Greenfield sprawl Dear Ed, I want to commend Christine Swift’s common sense (CSN, February 16). “Let other people have the chance for a home that you yourselves were once given” needs to be flashed on the nation’s TV screens for five seconds every hour, until the point has sunk in and enough housing has been built that it is affordable again. For a start, we used to make sure housing was affordable by building whole subdivisions in a few years flat. Now apparently the powers that be have decided that this is “sprawl” and was a mistake. Yet the Kiwi fair go of home ownership at a fair cost absolutely depended on it. A referendum should be

done regarding whether developers should be allowed to do new Greenfield developments like Newlands. I k now nothing about whether the Happy Valley mob would be caught out under this approach. However, in the many US cities where sprawl is freely allowed and housing is systemically affordable as a result, the people generally have been intelligent enough to make the connection that if they want their own neighbourhood preserved, and they want the next generation to “have the chance for a home that they themselves were once given”, that means ‘allowing greenfield sprawl’. For some reason, it is not rocket science to them, but it is to us. Philip G. Hayward, Naenae

Dear Ed, here is some info about our development at 215 Houghton Bay Rd (CSN, February 16) that may be of public interest: Our houses are part of the Homestar programme and are registered with the Green Building Council. This means they will be more sustainable than most new houses. An ecologist has designed extensive native planting which will recreate what once was on the coast. The development won’t just look green it will be an ecological improvement. The houses are architecturally

designed to sit down into this planting so that they are less visually dominant than many others in the area. It is not ‘too intense’. The houses average 28 percent site cover, which is less than the 35 percent that is allowed in the neighbourhood. The water main for the area has just been upgraded and we don’t contribute to the 60 year old leachate issue as is some people’s concern. We think this is a great development and exactly what New Zealand needs more of. Smith Geursen, Melrose

Rock ‘n’ roll is hideous, deafening, tuneless noise Dear Ed, your Feb. 23 front-page item mentions a rock-band member who had a fatal epileptic fit some years ago at a concert. This doesn't surprise me at all, since I've read of audience members, though not of band-members, who've had non-fatal epileptic fits at rock concerts, festivals, etc., ever since the 1970s. I've nothing against the proto-rock 'n' roll that I remember from the period 1956-59; but after that, rock 'n' roll incrementally degenerated into hideous, deafening, tuneless noise with a beat which is mind-deadening and hypnotic – just as for the former heathen orgies in Darkest Africa! It is not what civilised peo-

ple can call music; and the term "Christian Rock" or "Gospel Rock" is as oxymoronic as ‘Satanist Psalmody’ would be. I used to have a very godly Christian friend, an epileptic, who died in a fit several years ago. I don't know whether, now Tony's in Heaven, he will know about this free concert soliciting $10 donations to Epilepsy New Zealand; but if so, he'll probably deem it analogous to a beer-swilling festival where the boozers are approached for donations to the National Society on Alcoholism, if it still exists! H Westfold, Miramar

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Council vote will delay safe cycling

Dear Ed, I’m in favour of free bus services (CSN, February 23) at all times for many reasons – it would be used more often by more people reducing the need for cars. As a beginning, yes, a free bus trial on Saturdays is a

Dear Ed, on February 5, Wellington City Councillors passed a motion which I believe will delay any safer cycling for at least a year, contribute to a few hundred more health-related early deaths, and cost Wellington tens of millions of dollars of Government subsidy dollars.

great step. Students need to have discounted travel along with beneficiaries hence those paying full fare are those employed. This puts pressure on low wage earners, hence free service for all. Faye

This vote suggests a cycling obsession, alluded to by Ron Rodgers (CSN, February 23), is an obsession with discouraging cycling, and promoting obesity and diabetes throughout our community. Steve Cosgrove, Newtown

Gina Edney, Kilbirnie “The one that’s on Bay Road. That’s where it’s always been.”

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

Maori scholarships racist Dear Ed, your 'inbrief news' (CSN, February 23) reports that Capital Coast District Health Board, our cash-strapped health provider, has gifted nursing scholarships to 27 young Maori students. Surely such racist preferment is neither appropriate nor legal? There is no great shortage of nurses and it is patronising to think that Maori cannot identify and achieve their career goals in the same way as any other racial group. However if a few Maori students need supplementary funding for their studies then the correct supplier of money should be the iwi organisations that have received lavish settlements intended to advance Maori. We are now one people, Island Bay

Rental cars parked on other side of airport Dear Ed, I have noticed that rental cars (CSN, February 23) are being parked in residential areas on the other side of the airport as well. There are frequently cars parked both in Strathmore Avenue and along the Broadway outside Scot's College. I'm not sure how often they occupy parks on residential streets. I think this is an issue in areas where people require parking spaces throughout the day to use the local shops etc. Marie (abridged)


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LETTERS to the editor Aircraft noise has increased Dear Ed, the Brooklyn resident is correct (CSN, February 2). Over the past three to five months when there is a southerly wind, there has been a marked and very noticeable increase in the number of low flying aircraft, climbing out of Wellington airport, flying a

line from Island Bay/Owhiro Bay towards Brooklyn. And while the Airways Corporation spokesman is also correct in that this particular flight line has been used for many years (under visual flight rules), in the past the jet aircraft have been at a much higher level and not as notice-

able under normal weather conditions. In recent months there has been a clear and obvious change in the height of the jet aircraft (particularly Air NZ aircraft), to the point that it is possible in some cases to read their registration numbers over Island Bay/Owhiro Bay.

The change is no doubt driven by the endeavour to reduce fuel costs by shorting the flight time between Wellington and Auckland. Recent flight path changes over Auckland have also given rise to complaints from central Auckland residents! Scottie (abridged)

Planes screaming in over Owhiro Bay Dear Ed, Catherine Underwood is right about the planes (CSN, February 16). I’m an Owhiro Bay resident and have noticed the planes screaming in over us. The plane engines wind up as they drop down and

pass overhead before levelling out. They make an horrendous noise, sounds like they are screaming into a crash. Enough to make you jump out of your seat and run to the window to check. Sometimes quite scary, as

some of them appear to be too low and powering up to get some altitude, especially in foggy conditions. The planes used to always come in over South Karori. Now they come directly into Owhiro Bay and fly up Happy Valley Road. Airways Cor poration

Loud plane noise in Kingston Dear Ed, I’m writing in response to the article in this week’s Cook Strait News about flight paths. It appears it is a very timely article as it has been noticed by a few residents on our street in Kingston. The planes seem to be flying more often and lower than ever before. We have a constant stream of planes flying overhead

and enough noise to drive you outside to see them as the sound can at times be quite overwhelming. It’s is becoming more of a noticeable annoyance than ever before. It is not just smaller planes but larger jets flying over, it’s noise pollution. I fi nd it hard to believe that there has not been a change in flight paths as it

says in your article that these planes are flying visibly without radar. This statement terrifies me as these planes are coming in out of the fog into hills lined with houses with no radar guidance? Malcolm Packer, Owhiro Bay (abridged)

FLYING LOW: Brooklyn resident Catharine Underwood says she has noticed increased flights crossing over the suburb in recent months. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Bigger things to worry about has never been this bad in the five years we have lived in the area and I would definitely propose a no fly zone! I appreciate that planes need to get from A to B but we live in an area that is not even at the right angle to be landing planes into the airport. Claire McCann, Kingston

Dear Ed, while the noise may be upsetting to Catharine Underwood (CSN, February 16), I think the reason no-one seems interested in her problem is there are more important things to worry about within Wellington. As a Wellingtonian born here nearly 80 years ago, and a former resident of Brooklyn for 38 years, the more important issue regarding the planes and the Airport, is that

we can be thankful that the Airport is in Wellington and we do not have to travel to Paraparaumu for our early morning flights to other destinations. In time Catherine will not be awoken with the early flights, as she will get used to the noise and sleep through it, as most people in Miramar and Rongotai do. Heather Bevan, Island Bay

Houghton Valley a visually key headland Dear Ed, Wellington City Council went through a rigorous and lengthy process not that long ago in which the high values of the coastal environment, surrounding this proposed development, were significant enough for the Environment Court to decline the application to build an Aquarium nearby. This new proposal is proposing to create a block of visually prominent, high density housing in the same area, on the side of a visually key headland

designated as a reserve for its amenity and environmental values. It would seem the current council officers are unaware of the complicated and extensive examination of issues relating to protecting our outstanding coastal environment that have already been thrashed out and supported by judicial examination. Your re-examination, in light of this, would help confirm these boundaries for future ventures of this kind. Sunita Singh

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Once houses built they will forget why they objected Dear Ed, I attended the public meeting last year during which the developer of the proposed housing development on Houghton Bay Road (CSN, February 16) was accused by one or two local residents of trying to make money out of the project. Some of them became abusive when developer Smith Guersen tried to explain that is how a capitalist system works; people provide services (like building houses) and make a profit to continue their business. These people have now apparently formed an official opposition group. Perhaps they would rather live in some

other suburb where there is no investment in new houses, so their precious lives are not disrupted by a short construction period. Once the houses are built, they will have forgotten why they objected in the first place. I agree with Christine Swift (CSN, February 16). Let other people have a chance for a home you yourselves were once given! And if you don't agree, perhaps the naysayers should move to Transmission Gully. No new houses there, only an expressway! Roger Watkin, Melrose

Thirteen houses too many for valley Dear Ed, I live on Buckley Road overlooking this area and I agree with the local residents that 13 houses is too many for that space. It is completely out of character with the area, eight houses would be the right amount. I’d also like to say that when the council asked for feedback, I called the supplied number and stated the same thing to the

council officer I spoke to. He implied that it was already a done deal, which made me wonder why the WCC asked for comments at all, except to give the appearance of consultation. Impacted residents should have definitely been notified as the development is certainly “more than minor” for those affected. Gary McGivney, Houghton Valley

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MINUTES WITH: Maya Symmans de Vere Green Actress with Wellington Young Actors, Island Bay resident What would your dream getaway be? Either England or Hong Kong. I absolutely love England and I would happily live there. But I also love Hong Kong as my family have made a point to stop off there whenever we go travelling, so it’s really a toss-up between the two.

What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you? I lived in France for two years when I was younger. All of my Mum’s family lives on the other side of the world, so when I was four we moved to France to be closer to them.

What would your last meal on earth be? My Dad’s self-saucing choccy puddy with lashings of whipped cream. It’s pretty unhealthy but I feel like if it’s my last meal I should treat myself.

Water worries as rivers run low Heavier water restrictions may have be put in place if Wellingtonians do not make an effort to start conserving water now, council has warned. There was no significant rain at all during January and Wellington's water supply rivers are flowing at roughly a quarter of normal February levels. The rain showers Wellington has had have been too light to improve the situation and the Wainuiomata Water Treatment Plant, one of three serving the region's four cities, may have to be closed within a week due to a shortage of water. Wellington Water's operations manager Noel Roberts says water sources are already stressed. "If we are down a water treatment plant as well, we would struggle to cope with high demand. We'd like to see water use below 150 million litres per day now." Everyone in the region is being encouraged to ease back on their water use by about 15 litres a day. "For a three-person home that can be achieved if each person spends one or two minutes less in the shower, or three to four minutes less hosing the garden." Simple things like turning the tap off while cleaning your teeth, and washing only full loads of dishes all help to reduce water use. At this stage residents can still use a hand-held hose at any time but watering when it’s cooler helps reduce evaporation and protect your plants. For water saving tips, visit www. smarterhomes.org.nz.

What is your favourite thing on telly? Coronation Street, it seems weird but I just love the never-ending drama. My friends don’t understand why I love it so much but there’s nothing I enjoy more than to sit down with my Mum and a cup of tea to watch Coronation Street.

What are you looking forward to right now? To Sunder! And being part of the Fringe Festival! My drama group was offered the amazing opportunity to participate in the NZ Fringe Festival. I’ve never done anything like it and I’m just looking forward to getting up in front of around 50 people and performing.

Who is your best friend and why? This will sound silly but I don’t really like the idea of having a best friend. To me choosing a friend that you’re supposed to be closest to is weird. Why limit yourself to one friend? I love all my friends and I consider all of them my best friends.

Who would you least like to have a meal with? I think Voldemort. The fact that he’s a bad guy and killed George Weasley leads me to believe that we wouldn’t get on. That and he probably has terrible table manners.

Who inspired you growing up? Emma Watson, not only because I’m a major Harry Potter fan but also because I love her as an actress. She’s determined and smart. She was, and still is, my inspiration.

Susan back behind the counter By Sam Duff

A new op shop has risen from the heartbreak and anger that followed the closure of the Strathmore Community Store last year. I n O c t o b e r 2 0 14 t h e 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 Andreassend Vekula celebrated the opening of Miopshop on Caledonia Street in Miramar yesterday with balloons, cake and lemonade. “It’s just brilliant,” says Susan, who was the former manager of the Strathmore Community Store.

“I feel like I’m where I’m always meant to be. I’m excited about Miopshop and looking forward to this year.” Susan says she has been stopped in the street by many excited locals after featuring in a Cook Strait News story last month announcing she would be opening a new store. The idea came about when she was passing the new store on

BACK IN BUSINESS: Former Strathmore Community Store manager Susan Andreassend Vekula opened her own op shop yesterday. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

the bus and the idea of opening her own op shop suddenly came to her. “I made one phone call and it all came together from there.” After three weeks of busily getting the new shop ready to open, Susan says she is very happy. She says she could not have done it without the help of many people, including her son, his partner and a friend who spent many late nights doing up the new premises. Many others helped her along the way with their time and knowledge, from the real estate agent and electrician to building recyclers and community workers. “The support has been breath taking, totally breath taking.” Susan says her good friend Sue Mackay was a major support following the closure of the old store. Locals have already started dropping off their odds and ends for Susan to sell-on. “The amount of stock I’m getting will help us help the less fortunate and also cover the rent and expenses.” Miopshop will sell clothes, books, electircals, jewellery and other odds and ends, Susan says. “It’s going to be great to see familiar faces that loved the old store. It’s going to be a buzz for them and for me.”


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ART READY: Miranda Munro is holding art classes at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre starting on March 11. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Move over van Gogh By Sam Duff

Newtown residents are being given the opportunity to pick-up a paint brush and test out their art skills. Teacher Miranda Munro, from Melrose, will be holding art classes for locals at the centre starting on March 11. “I like to work in a holistic way,” she says. “I’m not just teaching people art techniques. “It’s sort of a journey of selfdiscovery.”

Miranda says those taking part do not have to be amazing artists, just willing to give it a go. “Holding classes in a relaxed space like the community centre is very informal and fun.” She held classes at the centre last year and one woman enjoyed them so much she now feels the urge to paint every day, Miranda says. “In this modern society we all live fragmented lives and I feel like creative pursuits bring us back to our true selves. “It’s about giving people the space

Wellington City Council has joined a chorus of other councils throughout the country to urge the government to ensure the Trans-Pacific Partnership does not jeopardise New Zealand’s sovereignty. Councillor Sarah Free last week bought a motion to council to calling for the TPPA to protect New Zealand’s interests and to ensure it does not damage the country’s sovereign rights. T he mot ion pa sse d eight votes to seven. The TPPA is a proposed regional free trade agreement currently being negotiated between

twelve nations in the Asia-Pacific area. Councillor Free told the meeting that while such agreements have bought benefits to New Zealand there is concern in the community about aspects of the TPPA. “The concerns include the size and scope of the agreement, the privacy with which it has been conducted, the possible inclusion of dispute settlement clauses that could put our sovereign status at risk, and the potential implications for items such as medicines, the internet and the Resource Management Act.”

to think about things.” Newtown Community and Cultural Centre coordinator Anna Porter says the classes will be very affordable. “We want to make it as inclusive as possible.” Miranda says there will be a different theme every week and a number of techniques will be taught – including printing and acrylics. Anna says anybody taking part in the art classes, which will be on Wednesday’s at 7pm, should contact the community centre.

inbriefnews Dead birds on track About 18 dead birds were found on the Barking Emu mountain bike track near the Brooklyn wind turbine last week. Wellington City Council says they understand humans were responsible and they had their suspicions about who had done it.

GOOD TIMES: The students, parents and teachers of Houghton Valley School had fun on their annual beach trip.

Fun beach days By Maxence Jaillet

Houghton Valley School made the most of a sunny day recently for its annual beach trip to Lyall Bay. After a 10 minute walk from their classrooms, pupils from year one to six had a new playground for the day. Supervised by parents and teachers, children took to the water with their classes and after lunch a sand sculpture contest was held. The day ended with the postponed picnic at the school’s bottom field, organized by the Home and School Association.

Green wall for city Civic Square has been touched by green fingers with the installation of a 24sqm living green wall. Wellington City Council says the living wall has been put together to show how these walls can be used in the city and inspire building owners and developers to install more.

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Track and field champs The New Zealand Track and Field Championships take place at Newtown Stadium this weekend from March 6 till 8. Peter Jack from the Kiwi Athletic Club says the highlights will be in the shotput circle with Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill up against top overseas competitors. A Super Sunday of 13 senior finals in three hours is programmed. Island Bay local Phoebe Edwards will be favoured to win medals in the women’s 20 grade and Hamish Carson in the men’s 1500m.

Dead end for number 18 The Greater Wellington Regional Council has put the final nail in the coffin for the number 18 bus between Karori and Miramar. The Campus Connection bus would travel via Victoria University in Kelburn and Massey University in Mount Cook. Getting rid of the bus route is part of several changes made to Wellington region’s bus services last week.

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From the reporter’s desk Every day our roving reporter Sam Duff breaks news and meets locals throughout the Eastern and Southern suburbs, from Lyall Bay beach to the cafes of Newtown. Each week he shares a few tales from his travels.

With submissions closing today on the Local Government Commission’s report into whether Wellington will become a super city, one would think there would have been more of a public debate into the pros and cons for the region. Instead it has been rather quiet. Some would say dead. Aside from the odd newspaper article or media release from a politician (probably worried about the future of their own position) nobody seems to be very interested, or care about the amalgamation debate. In approaching the average person on the street they probably wouldn’t even have a clue that the biggest reforms in a generation (or at least until the next fad in local government structures comes our way) have been proposed. While the discussion on whether Island Bay needs cycleways has been vicious and personal at times, at least there has been a

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OUT & ABOUT

Actors prepare to take to the stage Last week the Cook Strait News paid a visit to the Wellington Young Actors who were rehearsing at the Hataitai Bowling Club for their Fringe Festival production, To Sunder. PHOTOS: Sam Duff

YOUNG ACTORS: Zara Crisford and Maya Symmans de Vere Green are ready to perform in the Fringe Festival.

IN CHARACTER: Gabe Parkin gets into character.

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Cash grant for cricket club After losing all their cricket gear in the Kiwi-Storage arson attack, Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club finally has enough equipment to kit out its members again, thanks to a grant from ANZ. The club, which was uninsured, needed $30,000 to replace all the gear they lost in the April 2014 storage unit fire. Junior club captain Marty Brooky, who applied for the ANZ grant, says the gear has provided a much-needed boost for the players. “It was pretty heart breaking to be honest when all the players and their families found out that the equipment had been burnt,” Marty says. “We’ve been fundraising hard to replace it and it’s just awesome to receive so much all in one go. “We’re going to split it across all the teams so everyone has the same amount of new stuff –

having decent gear to practise with does a lot for the players’ confidence on the pitch.” The $5,000 Field Your Dream grant, which includes bats, balls, pads, wickets, cups, gloves and wheel-bags, was awarded to top up the gear needed to train the association’s 30 teams. ANZ branch manager Clint Johanson says it is a pleasure for the bank to be able to give the Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club a helping hand in replacing their equipment. “Hopefully it’ll be used and loved by the club’s members for years to come,” he says. In December 2014 Angelo Bitossi was found guilty of setting the Kiwi Self Storage fire. In February he was jailed to eight and a half years in prison.  For more information about the ANZ Field Your Dream programme go to anzcricketworld. co.nz/fieldyourdream

KITTED OUT: Batsman Conrad Pender, 12, and wicket keeper Lucas Joyce, 9, test out their cricket skills.

Going off-road in Mount Vic A youth mountain biking organisation will be encouraging youngsters to take to the hills with their bikes in May for something more challenging. The Wellington Off-Road Riding Department is a charitable organisation, funded by Sport Wellington, which was formed in 2013 to develop children and youth into lifelong mountain bikers. WORD will be holding a Super D and Mini D event on May 10 in Mount Victoria, with more than 150 people expected to attend. A Super D race is a type of

downhill cross-country race that will feature short technical elements and small jumps. The Mini D race is aimed at those aged between seven and 12. The two races will be held in conjunction with the Wellington Mountain Bike Club. Founder Ash Burgess says WORD runs programmes for youngsters aged from seven to 17 throughout Wellington. “We started with 10 kids early 2013, and now it’s grown to 140 children,” she says. Ash says groups focus on skill, ability and fitness.

“While most membership is through word of mouth, WORD links in with the Wellington Mountain Bike Club and local cycling clubs to get the word out,” Ash says. “Parents often also turn up and many go on bike rides with other parents while their children are riding,” she says. Wellington’s first children’s mountain bike track, the South Coast Kids’ Track near Island Bay, was built in June 2014 with assistance from WORD.  To find out more about WORD go to www.word.org.nz

REPRESENTATIVES: Eimear O'Donnell and Etaoin Friel are looking forward to the World Gaelic Games, representing not just their club but their nation as well.

Duo to represent Australasia at Gaelic games By Dan Whitfield

CYCLE READY: Local lads prepare to take to the hills of Mount Victoria for some off-road biking. PHOTO CREDIT: Ash Burgess

Despite being the only New Zealand representatives in an Australian team heading to the World Gaelic Games, Etaoin Friel and Eimear O'Donnell will be wearing their true colours on their hearts. The duo will hold positions on a Gaelic football team attending the games this week – following a selection on the back of a performance for Wellington last October. Etaoin and Eimear both say it is an honour to be the only New Zealand representatives on the side and say they are ready for the challenge. “It’s a lot about the celebration of all the people who have left Ireland and how the sport has grown…I’ve played for my county back home but never for anything international. It’s a real honour to be selected,” Eimear says. Etaoin and Eimear, residents of Berhampore and Mt Cook respectively, both work as engineers.

Etaoin has lived in New Zealand for the past three years, while Eimear has been in the country for a year and a half. During that time they have been growing and running the Gaelic club in Wellington. Eimear says that Gaelic football is a mix of a lot of sporting skills but is similar to Australian Rules. Selected as all-stars, Etaoin and Eimear were informed in December that they had made the cut for duty. “To represent our country at such a level is great. It’s a great opportunity,” Eimear says. While they will be part of a 12-strong team, the duo has a personal goal to make their home club proud – and to hopefully return as champions. “We wouldn’t have made it if it wasn’t for some of the others,” Eimear says. The club will be having a big send off for the two locals on February 28. The World Gaelic Games will be held in Abu Dhabi from March 5 to 7.


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Meet the locals: By Sam Duff

Born and raised in a small village in Ghana and now the owner of Mount Cook-based child care company Pride Lands, Moses Ariama has come a long way. Speaking of his upbringing in Ghana, Moses says it was completely different from what New Zealand children

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experience. He says he always had an interest in education despite himself going without a formal education until the age of about 11. “I was taught the tribe’s way of life,” says Moses, “I had a lot of freedom really, it was peaceful.” At the age of 16 Moses says he was given several options for his future,

including learn the family business or leave home. He chose to leave his family with little more than the clothes on his back and a golden ring, gifted to him by his Grandfather. Travelling to the United Kingdom, he got quite a shock when he arrived at the airport. “I arrived in shorts and a t-shirt and that

AT HOME: Moses Ariama was born in a village in Ghana and now runs a successful business in Wellington. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

was the biggest mistake of my life,” he says. “It was freezing.” Moses was soon given a place at Leeds City College where he began studying towards his GCSEs and A levels. After college Moses says he decided to study medicine and he made a deal with the university to pay his fees. He would study during the year and work in the holidays to pay them at the end of each year. Medicine is a respected profession which is what interested Moses but after four and a half years of hard study he decided it was all too similar so he ditched his plan of becoming a cardiologist. Soon enough Moses says he was working as an extreme sports coordinator in Australia and then it was time to cross the ditch to New Zealand. When he saw an advertisement for an after school care supervisor he decided to do something different and go to the interview with a business plan. The panel were taken aback but a week later he had a phone call and was offered a six month contract to run the Cardinal McKeefry after school care in Wilton – Pride Lands was born. Nine years later Pride Lands run two before school cares, six after school cares and a number of holiday programmes. Pride Lands has grown to include a clothing label and the Pride Awards Trust, a charity to make young people proud of their achievements. In 2010 Moses says he visited his family in Ghana and took a number of newspaper articles on himself to show the village. “They couldn’t believe their eyes.”

Berhampore’s Kilmarnock Heights Home heads to Wairarapa

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Kilmarnock Heights Home Kilmarnock Heights Home is vibrant, welcoming and inviting from the moment you walk through the door. Here, you’ll be supported to maintain your independence and continue with your hobbies, interests and passions. A highlight for many residents is the social life - as well as enjoying the company of others at a similar stage of life, residents get involved in organising daily happenings and special events. At Kilmarnock Heights Home we can offer rest home care and short term respite, as well as a day guest programme for people living in the community. Call Kilmarnock Heights Home on (04) 380 2034 to find out more.

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Residents of Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home have been spending the summer taking trips near and far. A recent outing included the day in the Wairarapa after a resident invited his home mates to visit his daughter’s restaurant, the Gladstone Inn. Bob Burch, along with other residents, staff and one of his daughters left Kilmarnock Heights Home early in the morning to make their way to Carterton. Kilmarnock recreation officer Annelize Steyn says they planned the trip especially for Bob after he said he wanted to visit his daughter’s restaurant in the Wairarapa. “We went to the Gladstone Inn, which is owned by Bob’s daughter and her partner. It was really great, not only for Bob but for the other residents as well. We saw beautiful countryside and it was a lovely sunny day.” After a few cold ones followed by lunch and light dessert, it was time to say goodbye with a promise to visit again. “Bob felt so proud to take his friends to meet his daughter and share the beautiful setting with them. You could tell by how his face lit up with a big smile on his face that the outing meant a lot to him.” Organising the outing meant Bob was able to travel to Carterton safely. “Because of his health it would be difficult for him to go on long trips like that without a carer and a suitable vehicle, so it was really good for the daughters to have the opportunity to take him there again,” explains Annelize. “Supporting the residents to do the things they want to do is a huge part of our work.

HOME CARTERTON TRIP: Bob and daughters Pippa and Lisa

This is their home, we’re just here to support them.” Kilmarnock Heights Home, along with other Enliven homes, use the elder-direct model of care, called the Eden Alternative. Annelize explains Eden focuses on providing opportunities for variety and spontaneity, companionship, contact with children and animals, continuing hobbies and meaningful activity. “The residents tell us what they would like to do and we do our best to find a way to make it happen for them. Instead of focusing on what people can’t do, we support them to continue doing the things they’ve always done.” PBA  To find out more about Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call 04 380 2034, email kilmarnockheights@psc.org.nz, or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.

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