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The hard hats and hammers will be out at Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore as the rest home gets ready for a large redevelopment project. Last week Enliven Positive Aging Services, which is operated by Presbyterian Support New Zealand, applied for resource consent to construct a new 72-bed rest home and hospital with up to 58 retirement apartments. Currently Kilmarnock Heights Home, which occupies a large area of land off Morton Street, has a 37-bed capacity. The development is estimated to cost somewhere between $20 million and $30m. CEO of Presbyterian Support Central, Chris Graham, says the project would begin with the construction of a new rest home building in front of the current home so that the residents’ living arrangements will not be disrupted. Following that they will look to construct the 58 retirement apartments, Chris says. “The focus is on developing a facility that is more than bricks and mortar,” he says. “Instead Enliven wants to develop a truly person-centred community.” Continued on page 2 CONSTRUCTION READY: Former Porirua local Kevin Garrett is one of the current 37 residents at Kilmarnock Heights Home. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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was no longer effective. Chief executive Karen Fifield says Amy was old for a red panda and her health was deteriorating quickly. “These decisions are always hard, and it comes down to the animal’s welfare and ensuring that we do what is in their best interests,” Karen says. “After careful consideration of whether we could provide treatment to manage her pain and health issues, it was agreed that euthanising her was the most humane and respectful thing to do.” Amy, who was part of the international breeding programme for red pandas, was 15 years old and had mothered two offspring during her time at the zoo. Red Pandas in the wild have an average life span of eight years. Karen says Amy was popular with visitors to the zoo.

Big development for Kilmarnock Continued from page 1 “This is a really exciting development for the area.” Dependent on the resource consent process, Chris says he hopes construction will begin in early 2016 and last for about two years. The development means Enliven can provide a full continuum of care to the community, he says. “It gives people more options to stay in a place they love as their needs change.” Chris says Enliven has been mindful of fitting the plans in with the surrounding residential environment. Enliven has been in contact with surrounding neighbours and feedback has been positive thus far, Chris says. Things such as traffic plans have been looked at to ensure

the development can go ahead with little disruption to the local community, he says. “We’ll be landscaping the site with some beautiful gardens and links into the southern walkway which runs along the edge of the site. “There is even the possibility of establishing a small community café.” Kilmarnock is directly below the site of a large landslip which impacted upon several Priscilla Crescent houses in 2013. In recent weeks a large native planting project has started below where the slip occurred. The home has adopted the Eden Alternative, a model of care which means Kilmarnock strives to create vibrant living and work environments for residents and staff. “We have a really exciting

DEVELOPMENT: An artist’s impression of what the redeveloped Kilmarnock Heights Home would look like.

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New music block for Rongotai By Sam Duff

The rock ‘n’ roll will be continuing for a long time to come at Rongotai College after the school opened their new music

block. Head of the music department Greg Crayford, who has been at the school for 11 years, says they moved into the spruced-up facilities at the beginning of

the term. “It’s a lovely block and it will make a big difference to students having their own space,” Greg says. “They will be able to improve as young musicians.”

AMPED UP: Luke Honiss and Kiran Richards test out the music department’s new computer suite. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

The new music block is in a block of classrooms at the school which were previously used as the art classrooms. Greg says prior to the new rooms opening the department had great equipment but pretty substandard facilities. The old music block consisted of two prefabricated buildings pushed together with one used as a classroom and the other divided into practice rooms, he says. “Now we have lots of different space,” says Greg, who has spent the past month with a builder’s apron on. The new sound proof music block includes ten Apple macs in a computer suite, a series of practice rooms, a band room and a large classroom. Year 13 Kiran Richards says the students love the new rooms. “We now have one of the best music departments in the region,” Kiran says. Year 12 student Luke Honiss says the new music block is far better than the old one. Last week the music department played host to well-known New Zealand musician and Shihad frontman Jon Toogood. He spoke about his music career before taking a number of students for music lessons.

New waste campaign kicks off A new campaign, ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’, kicked off around Wellington last week after research showed food waste coasts New Zealanders $872 million each year. With Wellington totalling almost $106 million in food waste per year, the organisers say everyone has a part to play in reducing the financial and environmental toll. K iwis th row away over

122,547 tonnes of food a year – enough to feed around 262,917 people, or half the population of the Wellington region for 12 months. The average household sends around 79 kg of edible food to landfills every year, which is around $600. The campaign is being run by Councils nationwide, and Wellington’s Love Food, Hate Waste movement is overseen

by the region’s nine councils through the Waste Steering Committee. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the amount of wastage is a concern for both households and for the environment. “Wasting food drains family budgets and creates an unnecessary environmental burden,” says the Mayor. “There are big implications for greenhouse gas emissions,

eliminating this wastage would have the same effect as taking over 118,107 cars off the road.” “This programme builds on Wellington’s investment in strategies to reduce food waste in the Capital, including Wellingtonbased initiative Kaibosh, who aim for zero food waste, zero food poverty.”  See lovefoodhatewastenz for more information.

inbriefnews Rockers raise cash More than $1200 was raised for the New Zealand Epilepsy Foundation recently when band Blackmoon reunited for a one-off gig. About 150 people attended the gig at The Pines, which was put on by the group of self-proclaimed aging rockers, who met at Naenae College in the 1970s.

Prizes for Oli A Seatoun teenager that built himself a boat for a school project has won several boat show awards. Scots College student Oli Malthus picked-up the best new craft and people’s choice awards at the Antique and Classic Boat Show at Lake Rotoiti recently. Oli built his craft, Mrs Robinson, a smart red and white 9’10” hydroplane to the Jupiter design last year as a year-10 school project.

Computer time SeniorNet, a computer and technology education group for seniors, will be holding an evening class at the Miramar and Maupuia community Centre this month. The evening session will be to gauge whether there is any interest in permanent SeniorNet classes being held in the Eastern Suburbs and will be held on Tuesday March 31 from 6pm.

Flag raised Last week Councillor Mark Peck joined with local Scouts, including four Brooklyn boys, to raise a flag in Frank Kitts Park for Commonwealth Day. “Flying a flag for Commonwealth Day is a great way to celebrate the friendship and cooperation between Commonwealth member countries,” Cr Peck says. Brooklyn Scouts Nicky Heitger, Alexa Lee, Frankie Zelas and Mathieu Ewers joined Cr Peck.

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Mosque plays part to save water By Sam Duff

The month of March marks two decades of pioneering graduate mental health nursing, according to Capital and Coast District Health Board. The Certificate of Entry to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice was the first of its kind in New Zealand when it commenced 20 years ago with 30 new graduates. CCDHB says since then more than 700 new graduates have completed the programme.

The Kilbirnie Mosque is doing its part to conserve water in Wellington after becoming the first mosque in New Zealand to have taps on timers installed within the facility. President of the International Muslim Association, Asif Koya, says the new taps, costing about $240 each, have been installed in both the male and female rooms

WAT E R SAV E R S: Vice president of the International Muslim Association of New Zealand Mohamed Abdulaziz Mohamed and president Asif Koya test out the new water-saving taps. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Lucky to be alive A Miramar resident is lucky to be alive after having a cardiac arrest in central Wellington. Luckily for Ian ‘Gibby’ Gibson, 61, four medical professionals were nearby to perform CPR and Wellington Free Ambulance just happened to drive round the corner. Gibby’s wife, Raewyn, says his heart stopped and he was in and out of consciousness. “Those bystanders, and Wellington Free Ambulance, are absolute angels – they’re invaluable people to have on your side.”

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that are used prior to prayer to wash ones hands and feet. “It’s saving us a lot of water,” he says. “We pay for our water so it will save us a lot of money.” Asif says the mosque’s quarterly water bill is about $350 and he hopes they will now save about $100 a quarter. “For a non-profit organisation that’s quite a bit.”

When used the taps run for long enough for one to clean their feet or hands and then they turn themselves off again. “We’ve a lot of kids here and with the older system they used to leave the taps on and run away.” There are about 4,000 Muslims in Wellington and the mosque’s busiest days, usually Friday and Sunday, see about 500 people visit the facility, Asif says. The money for the new taps was given to the mosque thanks to a Wellington City Council grant. “Every time we request something they have listened and they try their best to help us,” Asif says. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the council’s modest grant will help save water in the mosque and in the community that it serves. “Water conservation is probably quite handy at this time of year!” she says. “Wellington City Council have partnered with the Wellington Islamic Centre for the first mosque in New Zealand to lead the way with this Smart Capital water saving strategy.” Asif says the mosque would like to install solar panels in the future but that could cost about $50,000. “That’s quite an expensive exercise,” he says. “But, it would give us sustainable energy and reduce our power bill.”

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The boxes have been unpacked and signs put up in the windows – MP for Rongotai Annette King has opened her new office in Newtown. The long serving member of parliament had to leave her office in Kilbirnie last year when the new owner of the building moved their own shop into the premises. Mrs King says she has had her eye on the new office, at 172 Riddiford Street, for years. “I used to drive up Constable Street and say ‘that would be the perfect office’,” she says. “I’m very excited by it.”

The office was too big as it was so the landlord divided it into two, Mrs King says. “We have a long term lease and we’re here for the duration. We really are in the heart of the electorate. “I’m a constituency MP and that’s really important to me. I’m here to be amongst the people.” Mrs King says long time staff members Lloyd Falck and Robin Boldarin are still on the team and will be joined by Sophia Shanks as the new electorate secretary. Local Labour councillor Paul Eagle will also be a common feature at tahe office as he says he plans to use the site to meet with locals.

DOORS OPEN: Long term staff member Lloyd Falck, MP Annette King, new electorate secretary Sophia Shanks and southern ward councillor Paul Eagle. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Second body found in flat The same unit in a Berhampore block of council flats has been the scene of two natural deaths in which the occupant’s bodies have been found months later. Last week it emerged that the body of Dean Richard Stewart, 63, was found on January 27 at his Granville Flats apartment on Adelaide Road. Police said the body had been in the unit for ‘some time’ before a neighbour, who noticed a putrid smell in the vicinity, raised the alarm. In the same apartment in 2010, the body of Wiremu Whakaue, 68, was discovered. He had been dead for a number of months. There have been three cases in recent years of a body being discovered in a

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BREWING DUO: Kerry Gray and Mike Pullin have gained a fan base for their craft beers.

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A Brooklyn man and his business partner are taking on the world – one beer at a time. Their beer has been in the pipeline for a few years, and now the craft brewers have started releasing their creative brews to Wellingtonians around the region. The crafty pair started off with a Hand Pulled Pork English Ale for International Bacon Day last year, but has been on the go since – with their beverages selling out after Brewday two weeks ago. Mike Pullin and Kerry Gray are the creative minds behind Choice Bros Brewery – makers of beers that a lot of people call “gimmicky”, but they describe as fun. They have three core brews – one is an English Ale with peanut butter and raspberries, and the rest are one-off creations. Mike are Kerry are self-described ‘gypsy brewers’ at the moment, meaning they brew where they are able however, they have plans for their own place.

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Balinese Gamelan comes to Seatoun By Sam Duff

A Seatoun man, who has lived in Bali for the past 17 years, has returned to Wellington with nine of his new family members in toe to spread his love of Balinese Gamelan music. Balinese Gamelan is a traditional ensemble style of music predominantly played with percussive instruments. There are more than 40 different types of Gamelan music in Bali. Vaughan Hatch says he first moved to Bali in 1997 after he graduated from Otago University having studied archaeology. The trip was funded by a scholarship from the Indonesian government and a two year stay turned into a new home. Vaughan says after arriving in

Bali he quickly fell in love with the Balinese style of music that he was there to study. “I’ve always been into any sorts of sounds,” he says. “I hardly turned up to classes and went to hang out with older guys and learn off them. “The older the music the more interested I was in it. “I wanted to help these older people get their music more wellknown and to have the younger people think it was of more value.” After several trips back to New Zealand, Vaughan met his future wife, Evie, and the couple now have two sons. They have since started Mekar Bhuana, which the couple says is an organisation designed to foster and rediscover cultural styles of music. Mekar Bhuana also holds workshops and host school groups at

their centre in Bali, Vaughan says. He says Evie has brought a big dance component to the group as that is an important part of Balinese Gamelan. Vaughan, Evie and their group of eight others, including their two children are spending three weeks in New Zealand. Evie says one aim of the trip, aside from showing their family New Zealand, was to ensure Indonesian students studying in New Zealand do not forget their culture at home. Last week they performed at Victoria University, the South East Asian Night Market and a number of local schools.  To find out more about Vaughan, Evie and Mekar Bhuana go to www.balimusicanddance. com

WWI light and sound show Pukeahu National War Memorial Park will light up in April in remembrance of New Zealand’s role in World War One. Wellington City Council has partnered with local archives to present WWI Remembered: A Light and Sound Show. Imagery from New Zealand’s military history will be projected onto the facades of the former Dominion Museum and the Carillon. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the light and sound show will be one of the highlights of the week-long Anzac commemorations. “Bringing together New Zealand’s history and diverse creative talents provides a fascinating true story,” she says.  WWI Remembered: A Light and Sound Show runs for about 15-minute. A loop will run from 7pm to 10pm each night from April 18 to 25.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: If you only had a day to live what would you do and why?

Preecy Edmonds-Love, Strathmore “Live the YOLO, because you’ve only got one day to live so live it up while you can.”

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Eli Taafuli, Newtown “Sit down, relax and say a prayer to my heavenly God to see if he would give me a second chance.”

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Fine Wellingtonians Dear Ed, I was most interested in your March 2 back-page’s two news items. I recognised Bob Burch among the pictured Kilmarnock residents moving to Carterton. I have fond memories of Mr Burch as founder of Arty Bee’s Books (a pun on his initials RTB). He began it in Cuba Street; the moved to Courtenay Place and Manners Street; and he survived a foot amputation. I surmise this business must be the biggest

in the Wellington region, of its kind; and it sells some new books too. It had begun as a retirement interest; Mr Burch had been a chartered accountant, so had a good heed for business; but he was knowledgeable about the cultural world as well. Mr Moses Ariama, a Ghanaian, has evidently done a fine job in the world of afterschool childcare for the people of Wellington. Strangely, kiwis seem rarely to have named

their sons with that great bible first name; but perhaps they are at last beginning to do so. Several months ago, at our Reformed Church of Wellington, a young pakeha couple added a boy-girl set of twins to their family; so we witnessed their baptism. The boy was christened Moses, so I hope he grows to be, as a white man, just as useful and as nice as his local namesake is, as a black man. H Westfold, Miramar

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Life at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore is an eventful one for Johnnie Wood, who says during her 92 years she has never been so busy. “Here [at Kilmarnock Heights Home] I’ve never been so busy in my life. There’s always something for me to do,” Johnnie explains. “The staff makes sure we’re kept occupied.” Johnnie enjoys writing cards and personalised poetry for residents, volunteers, staff, friends and family on special occa-

sions. “I’ve always had an interest in writing. The poems reflect the person’s characteristics – they’re just a bit of fun.” That comes as no surprise after working as a teacher for most of her life. “I loved teaching. Children I taught in England have become my pen pals and six have even come to visit me after so many years. A girl I taught in my twenties, who was 11 at the time, is coming to visit me here in a couple of weeks and she’s just had her 80th birthday!” Johnnie moved to Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in July last year after time in hospital and says Kilmarnock’s model of care, the Eden Alternative, made her want to stay. “My daughter in law is an Eden associate at Kilmarnock Heights Home and told me all about the Eden Alternative. I thought it was wonderful.” Johnnie says some people see rest homes as places where people sit and do

nothing day after day, but Eden doesn’t allow that to happen. T h at’s b e cause t he Eden Alternative uses 10 principles to encourage variety and spontaneity, companionship, contact with children and animals, continuing hobbies and meaningful activity. Johnnie says she’s glad she chose to make Kilmarnock Heights her home. “I feel I was meant to be here. The staff is absolutely wonderful - the aim is to keep everybody happy.” K ilmarnock Heights Home is owned by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, provides rest home, respite and convalescent care as well as a social club. PBA  To find out more about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call 04 380 2034, email or visit www.enlivencentral.

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LETTERS to the editor

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In honour of common sense Dear Ed, all Wellington residents and ratepayers must applaud the eight Councillors (Coughlan, Woolf, Young, Eagle, AhipeneMercer, Ritchie, Marsh and Peck) in getting all cycleway related matters back to the full Council and in front of the public eye! Something very wrong has been going on in chambers the WCC for quite some time now.

Nicola Young’s article in the Dom Post (Feb 17) is a crystal clear and rational voice in the current Island Bay cycleway debate. Focus on the danger zones in the city before you move out to a safe suburb. Do some test trials and do some genuine, transparent and unbiased research! Steven Cooper, Island Bay

Massive set of investments is absurd Dear Ed, rates are high now and there are many essential services to provide. The idea of a massive set of investments is absurd; please keep us informed of any Councillor (and the mayor) who support such additional costs so we will know who to vote out at the next elections. The article is unclear about the cost, which appears at first to be 3.9 percent a year for this plan alone. Later we learn of a 3.1 percent a year increase

without the set of new projects, so their cost would seem to be the difference between the two estimates. You should point this out to the reader, and that this increase per year is compounded, to become an increase by 47 percent after ten years with the plan, 36 percent without. The expected increase is considerable, and another 11 percent additional to a huge basic increase is unacceptable. John Robinson, Island Bay

Festival organisers should pull their heads in Dear Ed, I suggest Martin Wilson and Bruce Welsh both pull their heads in and remember that it is the public who are more important than their egos! I went to both festival venues on Bay Road and St Pat's, and I came away wondering why I bothered.

Both should take notice how real festivals are run, namely The Newton Festival. If you cannot settle your arguments then do not bother Eastern Suburbs residents with your embarrassing festivals next year! Dave Share, Miramar

Festival a stunning day

Let there be equality

Dear Ed, well, you have to give it to them – it was a stunning fair. There were lots of ‘wish I had a camera’ moments: The bemused looks on the faces of some locals (particularly those of varying ethnicities) as they walked circumspectly through their own neighbourhood only to see it overrun with an outlandish collection of day-tripping invaders. The impromptu (?) solo performer in black with horns in Wilson Street singing some kind of heavy metal music who meekly stopped performing when approached by a middle aged woman in sensible blouse and skirt… The ‘hoons’ sitting on the planter boxes one floor up on the edge of the Newtown New World car park in Newtown Avenue loudly enjoying the music on the stage below them. (Fortunately there were no begonias in those planter boxes!) The spirited street performers with spectators spontaneously joining in and dancing. It will be interesting to see what photographic moments are captured by the appointed photographers. Just one curious feature. Obviously, hundreds of people who opt to go to Newtown Fair think that they will be the ONLY ones wanting to queue up at the ATMs! Christine Swift, Island Bay

Dear Ed, the present exhibition in the Wellington City Art Gallery has a plethora of female portraits, the nearest to a male member is a photo of some plumbing fixtures. How many of the, over a hundred, personnel John Key (without a parliamentary vote) is sending to Iraq are women? This Sunday (March 8) was international women’s day, let there be equality - both ways. Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

Road rules and regulations Dear Ed, when it comes to cyclists, no road rules or even road courtesy seems to apply for many. I refer not to the men and woman cyclists who are respectful to all road users, but to the others who appear to believe they are above the rest of us all. You can almost smell the scent of entitlement and virtuosity as they sail by on their bikes, ignoring all the road rules and needlessly endangering their lives for their cause! These anti-car campaigners are simply dreaming if they think the motor vehicle is a thing of the past. Motor vehicles will mutate and adapt – they will never disappear. Please show some respect to all road users cyclists – nobody wants to hurt you, but you need to take responsibility as we all do when travelling on a public road or footpath. Isabella Wishart, Island Bay


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The sun shone on Newtown recently for the suburb’s annual festival. Tens of thousands packed the streets for food, entertainment and to check out the bits and bobs for sale. PHOTOS: Sam Duff

FAIR FUN: Tom Rouse and Becky Norrish HAPPY DAYS: Zeta Ford and Jack Parker JOINING IN: Logan Mead takes Huxley and ALL SMILES: Guy and Letitia Bachler have enjoy the Newtown Festival. pose for a photo with the Cook Strait News. Alexa Burton for a fun day out. scored themselves a free balloon.

BIG GRINS: Ron, Georgia and Oscar Cherian FUN TIMES: Steph Ray and Emma Prestidge FESTIVAL DAY: Mike, Nina and Yesim Maurer FUN GALORE: Katie Dowthwaite and Edhave a fun family day out. stop for a photo. take a quick coffee break at the Newtown die Jackson spend the day wandering the streets of Newtown. Festival.

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Camping rules to be reviewed By Amber-Leigh Woolf

Freedom campers are leaving large amounts of litter at Princess Bay, which became a designated camping area in December. Despite Wellington City Council measures to protect the area, a large amount of litter was photographed at the point between Lyall Bay and Island Bay on Sunday, March 8. The council immediately sent a clean-up crew and the quick response has been praised by residents. Council spokesperson Clayton Anderson says all measures are taken to keep Princess Bay clean. “Park rangers visit at least once a day and the bins are emptied around four times a day,” he says. “Park rangers can also give out fines for up to $200 if campers are caught littering.” Clayton says changes to the Public Places bylaw of the Freedom Camping Act 2011 came into effect in December 2014, allowing free camping at

Princess Bay. “We’re about to do a review of our first summer of freedom camping to see what has and hasn’t worked.” Lyall Bay resident James Grigg says there are no safeguards in relation to the rubbish they leave and the length of the stay. “There needs to be oversight by the council to ensure they remove their rubbish.” Nearby, Owhiro Bay’s Te Kopahou Reserve attracts 40 to 50 camping vehicles at a time. The smaller Princess Bay is an attractive and less-crowded site for campers. Princess Bay campers Violaine Blondel and Remy Zanchetta, both 22 from France, found it on a phone application called Campermate. “Compared to Owhiro Bay, this one is better because there is less rubbish,” Violaine says.  Are the current council bylaws for freedom camping working or do they need a change? Email news@wsn. and let us know what you think.

DIRE STRAITS: Princess Bay campers Violaine Blondel and Remy Zanchetta, both 22 from France, with their litter-free site. PHOTO CREDIT: Amber-Leigh Woolf.

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Hi guys, my name is Jazz! I’m ten years old and as you can see from my photo I love to lie in the sun and eat. I also enjoy curling up on the bed so there is no leg room for my owner at night time. A cat’s life is hard but I get through it. My favour ite hobby is catching mice and rats in a big lane way beside our house. I always like leave a little surprise for my owners afterwards. Like the time I ate a mouse, well most of it, by the back door and my owner stepped on it. You should have seen my owner’s face! My worst enemy is dogs, all dogs.

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Forget the possible amalgamation of nine local councils, the thing to watch at the moment on the Wellington local body politics scene is the city council’s long term plan. Last Thursday Wellington City Council launched the consultation process for the long term plan, which includes $700 million worth of spending to invest in the city. The long term plan looks ten years into the future to anticipate the cities needs and is reviewed every three years. The amount of money this council wants to spend on Wellington is quite simply huge. The plan includes funding for a film museum, war and peace museum, an indoor music arena, airport

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Monday March 16, 2015


Golf in the blood By Sam Duff

Three times a week young golfer Sam Marsters can be found practicing his game at the Miramar Golf Club. The Rongotai College student started playing the game at the age of two and a half, following in the footsteps of his Grandfather and Father, who were both keen golfers. Sam, 12, now has a handicap of 11, down from 36 last year, and plays games every week on a Saturday and a Sunday. He is the youngest men’s interclub player at the Miramar Golf Club. Speaking of when he

first started playing golf, Sam says he absolutely loved it from the off. “I thought it was amazing,” he says. “I just loved smashing the balls.” Sam, a former Evans Bay Intermediate School student, says he took a break from the game between the ages of 7 and 11 as his mum got sick. His father also took a break from golf so they could both care for her. Sam says she is doing better these days. After his Grandfather passed away Sam decided to get back into the game they both loved. When he steps onto the golf course, Sam says it feels really cool. “It feels like I’m out here doing what I love.” Last week Sam came third in the 12 to 14 age group at the Junior Tiger Golf Tournament held in Lower Hutt. He says he has his eye on a win in the competition next year, which would qualify him for a national competition. Sam is a member of both the elite Miramar Golf Club Rico Academy but also the Wellington Academy, for up and coming young players. His golf idols include world male number one Rory McIlroy and New Zealander and female world number one Lydia Ko. Asked what he wants to do when he leaves school, Sam says he wants to be a builder. “But, if I have the chance then I would like to turn pro in golf,” says Sam, who also has a passion for football. EYE ON THE BALL: Young Miramar golfer has his eyes on big things in the world of golf. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

National diving event kicks off The first national diving event of the year was held in Kilbirnie at the weekend, the North Island Championships. Hosted by the Wellington Diving Club, the results of the championships are qualifiers for the Australian Opens, Australian Junior Elites, World University Games, Pacific School Games and New Zealand Nationals. Wellington Diving Club entered a 13 strong team, which was the largest at the event, held at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre. St Catherines College student YQ Goh, year 12, and Rongotai College’s Anton Jenkins, year 11,

were members of the club’s team. YQ and Anton both attended the World Junior Diving Championships in Russia in 2014. Also in attendance was Ollie Armstrong-Scott, a previous New Zealand representative at World Juniors. Results from the weekend’s diving were not available when the Cook Strait News went to print. The competitive squad of the Wellington Diving Club have been using their new gym facilities which are in a rented space at the Poneke Rugby Club. The space is convenient to their home pool, the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre.

Track and field champs The New Zealand track and field champs were held at Newtown Park from March 6 till 8. Island Bay resident Phoebe Edwards made her suburb proud with a successful effort during the weekend.

She placed first in the junior women’s high jump, the youth women’s 100 metre hurdles, the youth women’s 4x100 meter relay, the youth women’s high jump and the youth women’s long jump.

Mountain bike race More than 800 riders from 10 countries took the Karapoti Classic last weekend in Upper Hutt’s Akatarawa Ranges. Established in 1986, the Karapoti Classic is thought to be the Southern Hemisphere’s longest running mountain bike race.

Wellington resident Tom Bradshaw came second in the event with a time of 2hrs 28min 46secs. Porirua local Eden Cruise won the day with a time of 2hrs 28min 01secs.









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