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Bus stop makeover By Sam Duff

A dark and drab Berhampore bus stop was given a speedy spruce-up recently thanks to a Massey University design student and graffiti artist. Ash Sisson, 18, says it took him just a day to turn a Luxford Street eyesore into a mural featuring a large tui, pink foliage and plenty of colour. The Eastbourne resident, who uses the alias Chimp, says he first approached the Wellington City Council last year about being an artist interested in taking part in such projects. Six months later the council’s art team gave him a call and in midFebruary this year Ash and his girlfriend spent a day at the Luxford Street stop turning his idea into reality. Continued on page 2 NEW LIFE: Artist Ash Sisson has given a derelict Berhampore bus stop a new lease on life. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Not just a lick of paint Continued from page 1 “They [WCC] were quite keen on a native bird scene and that’s a lot of what I do with my personal art anyway,” he says. The former Hutt Valley High School student has previously been commissioned to create several murals, including for Punch coffee bar on Manners Street and the Vibe Youth Centre in Lower Hutt. Ash, a keen skateboarder, says

he has been painting for a long time but first picked up an aerosol can of paint about three years ago. “I never really got into brush painting and I didn’t have the patience for it,” Ash says. “There’s a big difference when you pick up a can. “It feels quite powerful the utensil itself. You feel like you can create or destroy something in a matter of seconds.” After finishing the Luxford

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Street mural, Ash says he was quite proud of himself and he has had good feedback, mainly about the large native tui. Ash is Wellington Zoo’s artist in residence for 2015. Ash headed to the Getup Festival in New Plymouth during the weekend where he had a wall mural space to complete. A bus stop in Khandallah, at the corner of Mandalay and Cashmere Streets, was recently

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Relief for landlords Wellington landlords will be breathing a sigh of relief after amendments to Wellington City Council’s long term plan were passed recently. Councillor Iona Pannett brought forth amendments to make it easier for property owners of stage one historic buildings to strengthen quake prone buildings. Owners will be given rates relief and ten years, increased from five years, to fix their buildings.

New chief for SWIS NEW KID IN TOWN: Traci Liddall has stepped into the principal’s job at South Wellington Intermediate School. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff By Sam Duff

As the bell rang for the first time this year at South Wellington Intermediate School, Traci Liddall was taking a seat in the principal’s chair. Traci, who has worked in education for 18 years, says she is very excited to be taking charge at the school of approximately 300 year seven and eight students. “Intermediate schools offer a really good opportunity to make or break a kid,” she says. “If you get it wrong you can set them back but if you get it right

you set them up really well for a pivotal couple of years. “I like the challenge.” Traci says she trained in Dunedin before taking her first position in the far north, where she has stayed for the majority of her career, teaching in mainly decile one and two Maori schools. For the past three years, Traci says she worked on the North Shore as a cluster manager for the Ministry of Education’s Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour unit. Traci replaces long-term principal Mike Debney, who left at

the end of last year. There are three things that Traci says she wants to enhance within SWIS. “We can be a leading light in inclusive education, we need to be more community minded and really need to be much more open and also we need to have a much bigger focus on student voice,” she says. Traci has made the move to Wellington especially for her new job and says she is living in Island Bay. “I’m loving Wellington,” she says. “The fabulous weather is certainly helping.”

One big project Traci says is exciting is keeping an eye on the new hall and gym being built at SWIS. Several years ago all the buildings at the school were earthquake strengthened except for the old hall which could not be brought up to code, so it was demolished. The new facility should be open at the end of April and the school are looking for anybody who would like to advertise on the side, Traci says. She also intends to establish a parent teacher association.

Parks Week kick starts with pop-up forest A pop up forest with over 2000 native plants kick started Parks Week on Wednesday, transforming Bond St into a bush land. As part of the Council’s two million trees project staff were giving away trees at the pop-up forest in the late afternoon. The giveaway goes towards

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Television show The West Wing may have made the ‘walk and talk’ famous but now Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is embracing the idea. The Mayor will be holding a walk and talk this Wednesday, including a free breakfast, as part of Walk2Work day for Parks Week. The walk will start from 7.45am at Salamanca Road Cable Car stop through Kelburn to Frank Kitts Park.

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A New Zealand Film School graduate is taking the world by storm, having recently received a scholarship to intern for six months at Film Wellington. Ex-St Pat’s College student Alex McKenna is the second person to be awarded the new internship scheme, and says he was “absolutely stoked” when he found out. “I was working really hard for it. For three months I was at school every single day, pushing really hard. I wanted the scholarship, and I wanted a foothold into the industry.” Alex is almost two months through his full-time internship, where he sources permits and locations for upcoming productions and shoots. A self-confessed storyteller, Alex says as a child he used to come up with scenes with his stuffed-toys, and has always

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Bidding farewell to St Cuthbert’s An historic Berhampore church, deemed to be earthquake prone, will be used for the final time this week as it is de-consecrated. St Cuthber t’s A nglica n Church on Luxford Street was controversially put on the market last year and was successfully sold in February. The funds from the sale

went towards furthering the mission in Newtown and developing St Thomas’ on Riddiford Street, according to the Reverend Jayson Rhodes from the Anglican Church of Aotearoa. Mr Rhodes says St Cuthbert’s is a concrete structure and is earthquake prone. “The Ministry in the Par-

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It has been a long journey for Strathmore resident Abdurahman Barkhad, who lived in a Somali refugee camp from the age of four until he was nineteen. “The war started when I was really young,” says Abdurahman, who grew up in the Dhagaago Refugee Camp in Somalia – a country which is still in civil war. He says while growing up in a refugee camp was not easy, it was the only life that he had known. “We didn’t complain,” Abdurahman says. “It was just normal for us. We tried to turn the negatives into positives” Much of the families’ food was supplied by the United Nations and Abdurahman did not have the opportunity of an education. In 2004, at the age of 19, Abdurahman’s aunty sponsored the family to move to New Zealand as refugees. He says that at last his immediate family were reunited with many of their estranged relatives in their new country. Asked what his first thoughts were of New Zealand, Abdurahman says he remembers the greenery most clearly. “I love soccer so when I saw the beautiful green land I thought ‘this is where soccer players play’. “It was green and beautiful.” Soon after moving to his new suburb of Strathmore, where he has lived ever since, Abdurahman says he signed up for an adult education class to learn English. “Within six months I got a job at Pak ‘n Save in Kilbirnie. My goal at that time was just to learn English.” After a stint working for Coca Cola as a merchandiser he signed up for what he calls the first proper education of his life.



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NATURAL PERFORMER: Thomas Monckton says he enjoys staying in Island Bay when he is performing in Wellington. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff By Sam Duff

A love of the circus and of performing came about after learning how to juggle at the age of eight, according to performer Thomas Monckton. Thomas is back in town for his show The Pianist, a solo comic contemporary circus piece. Premiering in Finland in 2013 the show has already had one run in Wellington last year and has since been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the London Mime Festival. Born in Patea, on the west coast of the North Island, Thomas says he loves the physical aspect to

performing. “I enjoy training to be good at something by doing it over and over again,” says Thomas, who went to theatre school in Paris. The Pianist is about a concert pianist who is trying to be part of a high-art world in which he does not really belong. Thomas, who calls Island Bay home while working in Wellington, says inspiration for The Pianist partly came from his own childhood. “We had this old rackety piano when I was growing up and I always played it. I always dreamed of playing piano in front of an audience but then I got into the circus side



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should New Zealand be sending military personnel to train Iraqi soldiers for their fight against ISIS?

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“I’m not very up to date on the matter. I don’t see why not. ISIS is not a very beneficial organisation.”

“Yes, they’re only sending them in for training.”

“No, there’re probably more useful other things that we could be doing.”

“No, but I don’t like ISIS, it’s totally criminal times.”

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David Reed, Wanganui “Yes, for humanity, but the repercussions could be bad.”

LETTERS to the editor Two Kilbirnie Festivals Dear Ed, the people have spoken: one Kilbirnie Festival was the event we know and enjoy; the other, a pale imitation. I had a partnership with the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre. Partnerships do not entitle one party to attempt to take

everything for themselves. Mr Welsh is attempting to consume the un-earned fruits of another’s labour. At first, I offered to work with Mr Welsh for one last season and hand the whole event over. That offer was declined.

There have been many acts of poor faith: not consulting with me, launching the coup, refusing to work together, criticising my “travelling stalls” and then recruiting the same himself, phoning stallholders attempting to convert them, a big sign on the day outside

my venue. This behaviour is unhealthy for all of us. This is community, and goodwill is important. I thank the Bay Road shops for their support and cooperation over the years; and my stallholders for keeping faith with me.

Plea se, K LBCC a nd M r Welsh, don’t let this absurd situation re-occur next season. Let us all get back to our one enjoyable Kilbirnie Festival. Martin Wilson, Manager, Kilbirnie Festival (the real one)

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LETTERS to the editor Great event with a wonderful atmosphere Dear Ed, thanks to everyone who turned out for the Kilbirnie Community Festival on Bay Road on Sunday, both stall holders and spectators. You all helped make this a great event with a wonderful atmosphere. I would welcome any comments on

your experience of the festival or on how we could make it better next year. Well done Kilbirnie. Bruce Welsh, Kilbirnie Community Festival organiser

Development not small Dear Ed, in response to Christine Swift’s letter (CSN, February 16), the housing development at the lower end of Houghton Bay is not “small” and that is why there is so much opposition to it. This development would be appropriate in a ‘growth zone’ where the infrastructure is adequate to provide for the needs of its 69 or more residents; maybe Kilbirnie, Berhampore or Newtown. Houghton Valley sections that were developed mindful of the neighbouring scenic and marine reserves have been available for sale over the last three to four years; and development

is sure to happen on the proposed site but needs to be in keeping with its surroundings. Ten years ago, it was suggested to the folk at Haewai Meadery that they would increase profits by supporting the proposed aquarium on Te Raekaihau Point. We didn't support that either. We prefer developments that are sensitive to the character of the wild south coast and surrounding open bush spaces, which is now protected scenic reserve. Visitors to the meadery love the unique local character. Coral Hyam, Houghton Valley

PROPOSED: The Friends of Houghton Valley Incorporated Society was recently formed to discuss the building of 13 new homes on Houghton Bay Road.

Houghton Valley development unsustainable Dear Ed, calling Smith Guersen’s crowded 13 house development at the bottom of Houghton Bay Rd a ‘sustainable development’ (CSN, February 23) is incorrect. I think Oliver Townsend should understand that this development is totally unsustainable being completely dependent on all town supply services. The development will also hinder those who use this route as a short cut to Lyall and Island Bays. If it was a sustainable development

it would treat its own grey water, have composting toilets for sewage, have solar or wind energy, work with the land and you wouldn't have to hop into your car every time you want to go shopping. Possibly 69 people could live here in 13 three and four bedroom houses, with their cars etc. Friends of Houghton Bay seek only to reduce the number of houses so that it fits into the landscape character of the area which borders onto a scenic reserve. Jacob De Ruiter, Houghton Valley

Wind maybe behind increase in aircraft noise Dear Ed, I read the interesting article (CSN, February 16) regarding the reader’s concerns about the increased number of flights seemingly more regularly overhead in the Brooklyn suburb. I have lived in Kingston for many years and have always noticed aircrafts do come more directly over the Southern suburbs on the days Wellington experiences southerly winds. We have had winds predominantly from the south during the past weeks of summer and I wonder if perhaps that is the reason, as to why your reader, may be noticing their increase? Otherwise I am not personally aware of an increase of aircraft numbers or a change to their direct path at any other time. Philippa Boardman, Kingston

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Houghton Bay Homes This subdivision is a little different from the norm. Most of the open space on each section is devoted to self-sufficient native planting rather than grass or concrete. The planting has been specified by an ecologist to recreate what was once on the site. This means that the development won’t just look green, it’s an ecological improvement. The houses are architecturally designed to be cut back into the hill so that they sit down amongst the native planting. The growth of the vegetation has been computer modelled (not just artistically drawn) so that people can see what the houses will look like when the planting has grown in. The houses themselves are registered with the Green Building Council’s ‘Homestar’ programme. This means that people can choose to have a house that is more sustainable than other new houses. Each section will be sold with concept plans for the house that is to go on that site. This means the owner can confirm details to their taste, while everyone can remain confident of what will be built nearby. The sections are 100m from the surf beach on the sunny side of the residential area. It’s a five minute walk to

Subdivision location shown in yellow the scenic headland and Princess Bay swimming beach. The houses cover less than 1/3 of their section which means they are low density, brand new homes only 15 minutes from the city. If needed, council infrastructure will be upgraded which is a bonus to existing residents. A new water main has already been installed for the street. This smart green subdivision is a great addition to one of Wellington’s hidden gems; Houghton Bay.  Visit the website for more information and contact details.

It is our turn now to sustain civic processes Dear Ed, Smith Guersen (CSN, March 2) only engaged with us after he realised the widespread concern arising from the lack of communication on both their part and the Wellington City Council. There was also understandable anger at their perceived greed and deceit. So organisers of the public meeting carefully designed it so that all statements were reframed as questions, all present could ask a question (most did) and then the questions were prioritized by a voting system. Smith was the only one allowed to make statements, he was permitted to answer every question uninterrupted and nearly all the time of the meeting was given to ensuring he enjoyed a civic platform.

The argument for eternal expansion of humans espoused by WCC and some of your correspondents is fatally flawed- it is a reason why much of the planet is now becoming a toxic dump like Houghton Valley. As soon as the HV dump closed in 1970 WC Councillors began agitating to turn the valley into a Light Industrial Zone like Maupuia. This expensive folly was prevented by local residents insisting the WCC honour its 1940s deal to transform the valley into a recreational zone for the city after the dump closure. It is our turn now to sustain civic processes. Dave McArthur, Houghton Valley (abridged)

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Festival double-up in Kilbirnie The Cook Strait News was on double festival duty last weekend when we attended the Kilbirnie Community Festival on Bay Road before taking a short walk down to the Kilbirnie Festival at St Pat’s.

VOLUNTEERS: Sisters Susan and Esther Welsh volunteer on the First Aid desk.

BIG GRINS: Santana and Amiria Ngaheu stop for a photo.

FESTIVAL FEVER: Motu Bradshaw with Wade Foster, Felix Bradshaw and Ashleigh Foster.

CELEBRATION SEASON: Suzie Muirhead with her daughters Bella, Samantha and Millie.

JOYFUL SHENANIGANS: Desiree and Jeff Parker stop for a coffee.

FAIR FUN: Allen and Rory Liu with Stella Zhang enjoy the festival on Bay Road.

JOY OH JOY: Leon Khader with mum Noura at St Pat’s.

KILBIRNIE KICKS: Van Hillock eyes-up a few fun activities.

PHOTOS: Sam Duff

Capital E National Arts Festival Wellington city welcomes back the biggest arts festival in New Zealand for young people. Eleven New Zealand and international productions, one mini Film Festival, five world premieres, 169 performances, over 18,000 students anticipated to attend the Festival through their schools, and 4,000 young people and family members expected to attend public performances; now in its seventh outing, the Capital E National Arts Festival makes a much-anticipated return to the Wellington cultural calendar. Showcasing productions from all over the globe, the Festival


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opens on Saturday 7 March with the New Zealand premiere of Caterpillars, by Paris-based Kiwi Thomas Monckton and Finland’s Kallo Collective, and begins three weekends of fantastic productions for Wellington audiences. Following a hugely successful season at the 2014 New Zealand Festival, Australia’s seminal circus ensemble, Circa, presents the New Zealand premiere of Carnival of the Animals, the first of three Australian companies taking part in this year’s Festival. Including six New Zealand companies, this coming Festival is

certainly a celebration of homegrown talent. Following an award-winning season of Duck, Death & the Tulip at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Little Dog Barking Theatre returns in 2015 with a new adaptation of the children’s book, Guji Guji. Other Festival favourites like Java Dance, explore the magic beneath our feet in Dirt & Other Delicious Ingredients. Especially for education audiences, Java Dance presents its second world premiere of the Festival with the exhilarating and interactive Streets of Gold, while the mini Film Festival, Young & Cinematic, is brought to you by Capital E Digital and Square Eyes - New Zealand Children’s Film Foundation. Also from Capital E, the National Theatre for Children brings the much-celebrated An Awfully Big Adventure back to the Wellington stage, transporting audiences to WWI, where we learn of two young men and how their very different stories collide on Flanders Fields. PBA

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What would your dream getaway be? The Greek Islands! Sun, sailing and sexy men.

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

GOT (Game of Thrones). Khaleesi and I have very similar lives. I too have three dragons.

Who inspired you growing up? My mother inspired me. She’s a fantastic woman.

I have a unicorn named Unity.

What would your last meal on earth be? Pizza, with a side of pizza.

Who would you least like to have a meal with? John Key, he would put me off my pizza.

Who is your best friend and why? Russell Brand, he doesn’t know it yet but we are destined to marry.

What are you looking forward to right now? My good friend Erika’s wedding, I have the honour of being a bridesmaid.

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Young leaders take charge By Sam Duff

A new group of young leaders has emerged at St Catherine’s College in Kilbirnie after the school unveiled their year 13 leadership team for 2015. Principal Mary Curran says the girls who have been selected to hold leadership positions set the tone at the school and are role models to younger students. Leadership positions also benefit those who hold them, she says. “It helps them grow and by the time they leave us they’re ready for the big wide world,” Mary says. Heading-up the leadership team is head girl Anna Cacace who says finding out about her new


role was quite overwhelming. “I was in a room with the principal and she told me,” Anna says. “The first thing that really got me thinking was ‘wow, I’m the face of this school and it’s my job now to be a role model for these girls’.” Being a leader is in the family for Anna as her brother was the head boy at St Patrick’s College last year. “It’s a privilege and it’s an honour.” Anna, who wants to study drama in Melbourne next year, says all the girls who were selected for the top jobs went for lunch at Subway to celebrate their new positions. Community captain Rachel Allen says she was really happy and proud of her achievement

when she was selected. In December Rachel was one of the winners of the Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian student awards for her work in the special needs community. Eva Malthus had an interesting reaction when she was told she would be one of the deputy head girls. “I was so scared and when it happened I just jumped up and ran around,” she says. “It was the best feeling of my life. “I thought I had had a heart attack when it actually happened.” Mary says the NCEA results at St Catherine’s, which has about 260 students, were above average last year in their decile ranking and for the number of excellences obtained.

Sonia’s Musikgarten is holding a fashion parade to fundraise for the free music lessons it gives at low decile local schools. Sonia Markholm started lessons at Kahurangi School in Strathmore at the end of 2013 and last year registered as a charity. The Autumn Fashion Parade will be held on Tuesday March 24 from 7pm at Ballentynes in Kilbirnie. Tickets are $15.

Seeking adventurers The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is on the hunt for adventurous New Zealanders looking to take go on a 40,000 mile ocean odyssey. Unlike the Volvo Ocean Race, which is only for professional sailors, the Clipper Race is open to anyone regardless of experience. A crew recruitment talk will be held at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Oriental Bay on March 10 from 6.30pm.

Transport talks An informal fun panel discussion will be held in Mount Victoria on Thursday to discuss the future of roading around the Basin Reserve and local transport options. Several speakers will take part in the discussion, moderated by former city councillor Mary Varnham. There is a door charge for the event, which will include pizza, and be held at New Crossways in Mount Victoria from 6pm.

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Are your ears ringing? Tinnitus is a physical condition, experienced as noises or ringing in the ears or head when no such external physical noise is present. It may be an intermittent sound or an annoying continuous sound in one or both ears. Its pitch can go from a low roar to a high squeal or whine. Prior to any treatment, it is important to undergo a thorough examination and evaluation by your audiologist. One of the preventable causes of inner ear tinnitus is excessive noise exposure. In some instances of noise exposure, tinnitus is the first symptom before hearing loss develops, so it should be considered a warning sign and an indication of the need for hearing protection in noisy environments. For more information about Tinnitus contact your doctor or audiologist today.

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people have both internal and external haemorrhoids. Haemorrhoids form because of increased pressure in the rectum, often due to straining when passing a bowel motion. This puts pressure on the blood vessels in the area, causing them to swell. They can become detached from the muscle wall, which is when they can move down the anal canal and eventually prolapse. The tissue of internal haemorrhoids is easily injured – which is why they can bleed, especially during a bowel motion. External ones tend not to bleed, unless a clot forms in the blood vessels. A number of factors lead to the development of haemorrhoids. A diet low in fibre can cause constipation, which in turn leads to straining to pass a bowel motion. Other causes of haemorrhoids include strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, being overweight, severe liver disease, pregnancy and straining at childbirth. Certain medicines that cause constipation also can cause haemorrhoids as a result of the pressure in the rectal area. People often ignore haemorrhoids, and leave them untreated, because of the embarrassment factor. “That is not something you need to worry

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Celebrating Plunket By Sam Duff

YOUNG ONES: Nate Young, 4, poses for a photo with a smaller version of Big Blue.

BEAR HUGS: Youngsters Leonie Zhettl, 4, Sam Diston, 3, Imogen McLean, 4, and Shaina Prasad, 4, snuggle-up to Big Blue, the Plunket bear. PHOTOS: Sam Duff



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Several local early child care centres threw their support in behind Plunket last week for the charities annual appeal week. Montessori @ Rongotai, owned by Kidicorp, opened their doors to local centres Montessori @ Kilbirnie and Early Years Rongotai to celebrate the work of Plunket. The kids at Montessori @ Rongo-

tai got their hands dirty by baking cookies to sell and raise money for Plunket. Meanwhile Big Blue, the Plunket bear, paid the youngsters a visit and dished out plenty of very welcome hugs. Teacher Manisha Bhovan said they also wanted to teach the children about the importance of Plunket as many have younger siblings.

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WINNERS: Maranui Surf Life Saving Club champions, Bailey Reddish, 11, Hugo Blackwood, 11, Logan Philp, 11, Sam Brown, 11, Tamrah Titcombe, 10, and Sophie Irving, 12. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Top weekend for Maranui juniors By Sam Duff

The Maranui Surf Lifesaving Club juniors had a successful weekend in the water at the National under 14 Surf Life Saving Championships in Mount Maunganui recently. The championships, also known as Oceans’15, were held from February 26 till March 1 at Main Beach in Mount Maunganui. Maranui Surf Life Saving Club head coach Chris Mark says the club’s juniors placed 9th out of a total of 42 clubs. “It’s a pretty great effort really,” Chris says. A number of the club’s juniors had stand-out weekends, with the club making a total of 41 national finals. Sophie Irving, 12, came first in her surf race competition and second in the run swim run. Meanwhile in the team competitions, Maranui came second in the U12 mixed


grand cameron relay, third in the U12 girl’s board relay and third in the U12 men’s tube rescue. The juniors have been training since September for the national champs, Chris says “The kids have put a huge amount of work into it and obviously their hard work has paid off,” he says “We’re lucky to have a group of such hard working kids.” Chris says 2015 is also the third year in a row in which Maranui has won the regional surf life saving competition in the junior grade with a total of 1,618 points. Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club came in second with 960 points and Worser Bay third with 497 points. While the surf life saving season has now ended the juniors will start training again in September. Chris says next year they will do even bigger and better things.


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Sam brings home the medals Miramar local Sam Brown, 11, is weighed down by the number of medals he won at the National under 14 Surf Life Saving Championships. The Evans Bay Intermediate School student picked up five medals in the competition, including firsts in the surf race, run swim run and diamond. Sam, who has previously won the Capital Coast Junior Championships several times, says he did not expect to do so well and was a little overwhelmed by his success. He says he just loves getting into the water and taking part in surf life saving and one day would love to do an iron man competition. Head coach Chris Mark says Sam is an outstanding young athlete. “People were quite blown away

SUCCESS: Sam Brown, 11, won five medals for the Maranui Surf Life Saving Club recently. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

by how much he actually won,” Chris says. “In his age group there were over 100 kids he had to compete against.”

Tennis tournament rallies junior talent Keen tennis youngsters headed to Brooklyn’s Renouf Tennis Centre yesterday for the ActivePost Tennis Hot Shots Tournament. The tournament, for juniors aged from five to 12, was part of New Zealand Post’s ActivePost Tennis Hot Shots programme. More than 30 juniors competed against each other on smaller courts with lighter racquets and low compression balls. Tennis central regional development manager Reilly Logue says Sunday’s tournament was the first opportunity for children and coaches from Wellington, the Hutt Valley and the Kapiti Coast to

come together in a formal tournament. “For many children this was their first time competing and the first chance for coaches at this level to get together as well,” she says. “The ActivePost Tennis Hot Shots Tournament is an opportunity for new players to pick a club, and to find a coach and continue playing.”

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