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Coming soon Doors set to reopen at Empire Cinema
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The date has been set and the final touches are being made – Island Bay’s Empire Cinema will reopen next month after being closed for almost two years. Owner Pat Vinaccia says he is really excited to be opening the doors on the newly renovated cinema, which he purchased early last year for a reported $580,000. “We’re pretty pumped,” says Pat, a property developer. “It’s been a long time coming.” Continued on page 2 THE TALKIES: Pat Vinaccia says the doors at Island Bay’s Empire Cinema will be open again from May 14. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
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Date set for cinema reopening Empire Cinema first opened in Island Bay in 1925 and lasted until 1964 when its doors were closed for 38 years. In 2006 the cinema was reopened and lasted for seven years, before being closed by owners Ian and Angela Hay. They cited low audience numbers and increased competition.
In September 2014 Ian Hay was declared bankrupt. Pat says there has been a lot of interest from locals about when the cinema would reopen. “Whenever I go to the local supermarket someone asks what is happening,” says Pat, an Island Bay resident.
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Several structural things had to be done to the building, which includes three theatres that seat between 48 and 69 moviegoers, he says. Asked why he wants to own a cinema, Pat says he thought to himself when he purchased the complex, ‘why not?’ “I’m passionate about Island Bay and this cinema is an asset to the community,” he says. “I want to open something special in Island Bay.” A café and eatery will be located in the lobby of the cinema and will serve People’s Coffee, Pat says. The movies that will be screened will include a mixture of mainstream blockbusters and art-house showings. “The crowds will tell us what they want.” While Pat could not name his own favourite movie he says he enjoys a good storyline and the experience of visiting the cinema. Empire Cinema in Island Bay will be open from May 14, 8am till late.
Sustainable living is being embraced by the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre as the centre gears-up for a series of workshops. Community centre coordinator Renee Rushton says it is important for everybody in the community to embrace a sustainable lifestyle. “We have only got one planet and if we don’t look after it there will be nowhere for our grandchildren to live,” she says. “I believe in leaving the planet in a better place than when we inherited it.” Renee says the world’s population needs to start taking a lot more action to look after the planet than we have been. Newtown Community and Cultural Centre has teamed up with the Sustainable Living Trust and the Sustainability Trust to hold the Sustainable Living Workshop Series. Renee says the workshop series, which will be held on Thursday evenings at the
centre, will introduce participants to starting their own garden, what to do with waste, sustainable transport and much more. The Sustainable Living Workshop Series begins on May 14. In April the centre will host a one off workshop on how to make your own skin care products, run by two members of the Wellington Timebank. Timebank coordinator Hannah Mackintosh says the skin products workshop will be held on April 21 at 6pm and is a fundraiser for the Timebank. “There are a lot of unknowns that are in skin care products that people don’t know about,” Hannah says. She says participants will learn more about what is in various products and learn how to make their own. To celebrate Earth Day on April 22 the centre will hold another workshop, Conscious Consuming. Also a fundraiser for the Timebank, Hannah says Conscious Consuming will provide tips for shopping sustainably.
WORKSHOPS: Wellington Timebank coordinator Hannah Mackintosh with Newtown Community and Cultural Centre coordinator Renee Rushton. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
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Marching to honour their sacrifice By Sam Duff
Preparing to take part in Wellington’s Anzac Eve Street Parade has made a young Hataitai man think about what it would have been like to go to war 100 years ago. Actor Erroll Anderson, 22, will be dressing in an original World War One uniform and marching alongside 100 other extras for the lunchtime parade planned for April 24. The Whitireia stage and screen acting student says taking part in the parade is the least he can do to honour the men who lost their lives fighting for New Zealand. “When I first thought about taking part I thought perhaps I could be a small window for the people of Wellington to get a feel for what these men were going through in WWI,” Erroll says. He says he is older than many men who signed-up to fight in WWI as many boys lied about their age to take part. “They thought it would be an adventure and that it would be fun,” he says. “That’s what they were led to believe.” More than one per cent of the
Joint ticket They may be political opposites but councillors Nicola Young and Paul Eagle are planning a joint ticket tilt at the Mayoralty next year. Cr Young, who failed in her 2013 bid, told Cook Strait News in February that she was keen to take the place of incumbent Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Cr Eagle has previously been rumoured to be interested in Annette King’s electorate of Rongotai if she were to retire.
ANZAC EVE: Hataitai resident Erroll Anderson will be marching alongside 100 other extras in Wellington’s Anzac Eve Street Parade. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
New Zealand population was killed as a result of WWI. In the parade, which has been organised by Wellington City Council, Erroll will be one of 15 actors representing the Maori Battalion. Asked what it will be like working as an actor in a parade compared to on stage or on screen, Erroll says it is just a different type of stage. The third year student says he
has always had an interest in war and is also working on an EP of war journey songs. “As a kid I always thought I wanted to be a soldier,” Erroll says. “I always had a love and a passion for war films. “I wanted to be a soldier but didn’t think I would have to hurt anybody.” As well as the actors portraying aspects of WWI, the parade will include military personnel
and veterans and their descendants. Marching bands and military and school pipe bands will join the procession alongside 16 vintage WWI vehicles. The Spectacular Anzac Eve Street Parade will start at Parliament and finish at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on April 24 from 12.30pm till 2pm.
New company to fly from waterfront Manager of the Council’s City Shaper unit, Ian Pike, says Garden City Helicopters is a reputable and highly experienced aviation company with facilities in Christchurch, Greymouth and Nelson. Among other services, it operates the Canterbury-West Coast, Nelson and Marlborough region's air rescue and air ambulance services. Ian says as part of the Water-
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Vicar farewelled Parishioners at All Saints Church in Hataitai said farewell to their vicar, the Rev Simon Winn, recently. The vicar is moving to Wellington's Cathedral of St Paul and the search for a replacement for All Saints is underway. Bishop Justin Duckworth has appointed Nigel Dixon as interim minister for six months at the Anglican-Methodist Church.
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Erskine College and Shelly Bay are now special housing areas, following a Wellington City Council meeting last week. The historic Island Bay site, along with Shelly Bay, and 11 other residentially zoned locations throughout Wellington have now been reserved for housing. Last year Wellington City Council and central government signed the Wellington Housing Accord which aimed to see 7,000 new houses built in Wellington within five years. Part of the accord included provision for the council to select special housing areas, where houses can be constructed with limited public consultation and a sped-up consent process. Last year eight special housing areas were approved throughout Wellington. At last week’s meeting it was proposed that 16 new special housing areas join the initial eight, however three locations were voted against. That included Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay. Other approved Special Housing Areas include 135 Britomart St in Berhampore, 175 Owen St in Newtown, 289-293 Mansfield St and Princess St in Newtown and 383-387 Adelaide Rd in Newtown.
John and the Love Bug
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When John Wheatley takes to the streets of Wellington, in his very recognisable car, locals flock to greet him. John’s car, loaded up with stuffed toys and serving tea and coffee, has become somewhat of an icon throughout the eastern and southern suburbs. The former joiner along with
his wife Dawn started their mobile charity store, The Love Bug, about five years ago following the closure of their op-shop in Miramar. John says he is out of the house from 8am until 8pm every day doing the rounds in the car, selling locals soft toys for $1. The money John makes from selling the toys is donated to children in Myanmar and the
Philippines via the Salvation Army and Tear Fund. “If you, through love, give people things like that I guarantee you will be rewarded a hundred fold,” John says. “That’s how it works.” John says he does not even count the money that is raised, he just takes it straight to the bank to deposit it. By his side in the Love Bug
CHARITY RUN: As well as spending years raising funds for charity John Wheatley is a ventriloquist, singer and a joiner. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
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The ban on using sprinklers and irrigation systems throughout Wellington was lifted last week. Wellington Water recommended to local councils that the band should be lifted. Operations Manager, Noel Roberts, says that due to a bit more rain, cooler weather, and the great public response to the water shortage, demand has dropped significantly.
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until about nine months ago was John’s wife Dawn. The couple still have lunch together every day but after 40 years of marriage Dawn sometimes struggles to recognise her husband – she has dementia and now lives in a rest home. John says he was 34 when he met the love of his life, Dawn. “We were made for each other,” he says. “We had such a good marriage. “We both wanted to help other people.” The couple owned a joinery business for about 40 years but on the side would travel the country working as entertainers. John says he loved working with kids as he entertained with his ventriloquist and singing talents. “When I was born I kept singing Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head because the roof kept leaking,” John jokes. For 12 years Dawn and John ran an op-shop in Miramar which also operated as a drop-in centre. John says the thing he loves about driving the car throughout the suburbs is meeting people who are keen to donate money. “People who want to help have got a kind heart.”
Parkers Italy bound A local family will be heading off to Italy for ten days after winning a competition held by Island Bay New World. Lucy and Matt Parker, along with their kids Imogen and Archie, will travel from Rome through southern Italy. The family won the food lovers tour and will head to Italy in October this year. They have also been invited to the wedding of their tour guide, Virginia Cucina. Island Bay New World manager Amanda Elliott says the eight week competition was open to customers who spent more than $50 and bought a participating product. FOOD LOVERS: Lucy and Matt Parker, along with their kids Imogen and Archie, have won a ten day tour of Italy thanks to Island Bay New World.
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Kilmarnock Heights Home volunteer inspires others SAVED? Jeypore Street playground in Berhampore looks set to be saved by Wellington City Council. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
Parks to be retained? Council are likely to save three local parks which were threatened with closure, according to Northern Ward Councillor Helene Ritchie. In October last year it emerged that the draft Suburban Reserves Management Plan going through council would lead to a number of small local play areas being decommissioned. The residents of Jeypore Street in Berhampore were the first to raise concerns about their playground being decommissioned, closely followed by Seatoun locals. The Environment Committee will meet on April 23 and the committee chair, Cr Ritchie, says she will be recommending that Jeypore Street, Seatoun Park and Alexander Road Park now be retained. “We listened to particularly impassioned pleas and submissions from the communities local to these parks,” she says. “Some other parks were also to be decommissioned but the majority are likely to now
be retained in the management plan; a few new areas and tracks added.” The Suburban Reserves Management Plan is about ensuring that there are adequate, local green spaces, protected under the Reserves Management Act 1977, Cr Ritchie says. In February a 532 signature petition was presented to the Environment Committee concerning the proposed decommissioning of the Seatoun Park playground. A 246 signature petition was presented to save the Jeypore Street playground. Cr Ritchie says green open space, close to where people live is important for healthy living and a healthy City. “As the City becomes more densely populated especially but not only in the Central Business District - local green common open spaces, not necessarily large, become even more necessary.” Cr Ritchie says her recommendation is likely to be supported by the full Council.
KILMARNOCK HEIGHTS: Home volunteer Bev Simonsen
When Bev Simonsen had a stroke 15 years ago it taught her the importance of having a positive attitude. Today, Bev volunteers at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore to remind people that there’s still life after illness or an accident. Bev was 61 when she learned first-hand what it’s like to suddenly lose her independence when a stroke turned her life upside down. “Before the stroke I had been a busy person who was in charge of my life
and could walk and talk and come and go as I wanted – I had independence,” Bev explains. “Then I went to being someone who was totally dependent on others and I had to reconnect my brain again; it was like starting right back at square one.” Bev’s positive outlook on life is what gave her the strength and will-power to focus on her rehabilitation. Now she helps to inspire others who aren’t as independent as they once were to do the same. “I like to focus on the positives and find things that people can do and things they enjoy. No matter how bad it is, there’s always a glimmer of hope and happiness.” After answering a call for volunteers by Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home 10 years ago, Bev has spent one day a week at the home ever since. “I went along to an educational evening at the home and they needed more volunteers because they wanted to introduce the Eden Alternative. I quite liked the Eden idea
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New acupuncturist in the bay By Sam Duff
A bad car accident at the age of 18 is what led an Island Bay woman to the world of acupuncture. Kate Roberts, originally from Australia, last week opened her new acupuncture clinic, Bendy Buddha, in Island Bay. After the accident Kate says she spent a good amount of time in hospital and was eventually physically cured. “In the western medical model I was cured,” she says. “But I felt a bit lost and started looking at other treatments and then I came across acupuncture. “I have been in love with it ever
since.” Kate says what she likes about it is that patients are not reliant on anything other than themselves to get better. “It doesn’t separate the body from the mind,” she says. “It’s all intrinsically linked. ‘Basically every patient you meet is a problem to solve and I enjoy that.” For the past 13 years Kate has called Island Bay and New Zealand home after stopping off to visit her Mum. “I fell in love with Wellington straight away,” she says. “I have done quite a bit of travel and there’s nowhere quite like Wellington.”
Kate first started studying acupuncture in Australia in 1999, before spending time in China. On arriving in New Zealand she started her own clinic in the CBD, which is still operating, and also began working for the New Zealand School of Acupuncture. Kate juggles life with two young children, her clinic in town, working for the school, studying towards a PHD and now the new clinic in Island Bay. Kate is working alongside two fellow practitioners at the new clinic, which will include massage sessions and yoga classes.
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PINS AND NEEDLES: Acupuncturist Kate Roberts has opened a new clinic in Island Bay. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
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The Wellington Cambodian community gathered for a night of traditional dance, songs and delicacies recently in celebration of the Khmer New Year. It was a festive evening on Sunday April 5 at St Patrick’s College hall, which organiser Sunny Kong says was especially focused on entertaining the younger generation and teaching them about Cambodian traditions. The evening’s celebrations were particularly special for three government officials visiting from Phnom Penh. Pin Sek, Channthea Lay and Rachna Net are among 10 Cambodians selected to take part in an English course, sponsored by the New Zealand Aid Programme. The ELTO (English Language Training for Officials) is designed to improve the English of South-East Asian officials. The three were excited to be able to celebrate Khmer New Year in Wellington. “We’re very happy to be here. We’re looking forward to dancing and singing. It is a part of our culture,” Pin says. Channthea says the New Year is a very special time for Cambodian people. “In Cambodia, we always go back to
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CELEBRATIONS: Channthea Lay, Rachna Net and Pin Sek, visiting from Phnom Penh, celebrate Khmer New Year with the Wellington Cambodian community. PHOTO CREDIT: Esther Zweifel
our villages to celebrate Khmer New Year. People miss their families most during this time.” The students are spending 13 weeks studying at Victoria University, having already spent seven weeks in either Nelson or Napier. Rachna says the celebrations were a good opportunity for them to meet members of the community. “We are looking forward to meeting other Cambodians in Wellington. This is our first chance to meet them.” Organiser Sunny Kong says while the Khmer New Year falls on April
14, the Wellington Cambodian community extends the celebration period, to make sure even those working on the day can still attend at some point. The New Year celebrations began on Sunday morning with a prayer service at the Wellington Cambodian Buddhist Temple in Island Bay, where families welcomed a new angel to protect the year ahead. Celebrations will continue from April 14 till 16 at the Buddhist Temple, with a final ceremony on April 19, likely to be attended by Rongotai MP Annette King.
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Pupils prepared for ‘jobs of the future’ By Jade Maisey
FORWARD THINKING: Kilbirnie School Principal Mike McGimpsey says he hopes to use Ministry of Education funding to create a modern learning environment. PHOTO CREDIT: Jade Maisey
Kilbirnie School has received funding of $200,000 and half of it will be spent on preparing pupils for jobs that have not been invented yet. School principal Mike McGimpsey says the funding will help create a Modern Learning Environment (MLE). The school has already undergone structural changes because children are wired differently today than what they used to be, Mike says. “They require something different, they need something different and they expect something differ-
ent,” he says. The Ministry of Education’s funding agreement introduced in 2010 allows schools to improve health and safety, essential infrastructure and MLEs. Kilbirnie School’s first priority is to improve the toilet facilities which have not been looked at for years and is expected to cost $100,000. “It’s not a very exciting spend but it’s an important spend,” Mike says. He hopes to use the remaining $100,000 to enhance the schools learning environment to accommodate a changing curriculum and new technologies.
MLEs are learning spaces with less-conventional tools for learning and teaching such as bean-bags, high-tables and stools, iPads and laptops to support different new ways of learning. “Who knows what the current generations of 5-year-olds at Kilbirnie School are going to be doing.” “It’s no use teaching them the knowledge for their job, what we’ve got to do is teach them how to learn.” The school has just purchased 30 Surface Pro laptops for the senior students to share.
They will work as a tool for the students, not a teacher and will allow students to Google questions on the spot. “You have an inquiry method of learning so part of that is using these electronic gizmos.” Kilbirnie School will use a leaseto-buy plan, leasing the laptops for $12,000 a year instead of paying one lump sum of $36,000. Mike says he reminds his staff to get over the fact that a six-yearold can use technology that they cannot and plans to keep adapting the school to an MLE with limited resources.
LETTERS to the editor Alcohol and drug use impacting on community
Interesting contrast in area’s use
Dear Ed, the problem of alcohol and drug abuse on Bay Road in Kilbirnie is real and is adversely impacting the community (CSN, April 6). There has been a noticeable increase in abusers and beggars on the street in the last 18 months. It has got to a level where people are not walking down the street because of fear of being accosted for money, verbally abused or worse. The situation next to the Community Centre is a focal point for these abusers. Not only are they abusing alcohol/drugs in broad daylight but they are also urinating, fighting and using abusive language in full view of all including children. Something, including a liquor ban, needs to be done. I applaud those who commented in your article. The fact that one of them sought anonymity shows the level of fear. CK, Kilbirnie
Dear Ed, It is interesting that in the same issue of Cook Strait News there is a feature on a successful Defibrillator and CPR demonstration being held on the lawn between the Kilbirnie Community Centre and the post shop, while elsewhere there is also a comment that the same area is being used for less desirable reasons during the night (CSN, March 30). Looking at the photo accompanying the nocturnal feature, it does look like rather an unloved area. You could envisage maybe hanging baskets along the post shop side, the picnic table getting a vivid makeover in multi-hued stripes, borders of flowers etc. But, would that have the effect of making this area even more
PROBLEM AREA: Kilbirnie police are organising a public meeting to discuss the possibility of a liquor ban being introduced to the suburb. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff
Stick to the basics
Young people drunk in the afternoon
Dear Ed, I do not think Wellington is a dying city (CSN, March 30) and that we do not need to grow by spending money we don't have on luxuries. Celia Wade Brown is out of control and needs to stick to the basics. Gloria Varga
Dear Ed, I think there should be a liquor ban for the shopping area in Kilbirnie (CSN, March 30). I was at the community centre recently and was appalled to see such young people so drunk in the afternoon. Barbara
inviting during nocturnal hours than it already is? I happened to be posting a letter on Good Friday morning. The Bay Road area as a whole was looking singularly deserted and the area in question looked dismal. However, the door of the Community Centre was open and coming out from it was the most harmonious sound of a Pacific Island congregation singing. A thought came to mind “where sin doth abound, there does grace even more abound” (that would be the authorised version of the verse). Maybe there is an angel watching over this area. Let’s hope so. Christine Swift, Island Bay
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Young musicians make a buck busking From left: RHYTHM: Francis Elworthy, 10, has a strum on his guitar. VOCAL CORDS: Alexa Greer, 11, Kira Youngs, 12, and Anabel Jamieson, 11, test their singing skills. STRUMMING: Daniel Hodge, 12, takes his guitar to the streets of Kilbirnie. SMOOTH BEAT: Kaden Hallett, 8, knows his cords. MUSICAL FLARE: Leo Greer, 13, headed to Bay Road with his keyboard. PHOTOS: Sam Duff
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The smooth tunes of Lorde, One Republic and Sam Smith were heard on the streets of Kilbirnie last week as a group of local youngsters had a go at
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Geoff says during the holiday programme the participants learn about song writing, take part in singing tuition and often spend some time busking. “It’s amazing to see some of their confidence levels chang-
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Geoff says the group made $45.50 for one hour of busking in Kilbirnie last week. For more information about the Singing Academy go to therockacademey.co.nz
LETTERS to the editor Thank you for the disability parks Dear Ed, thank you Wellington Airport for listening. I had rung a second time regarding the car parks on the eastern side of The Warehouse, and how dangerous they were when gale force winds swept through that area. The young man listened and asked questions, even allowing me to give suggestions as to where the parks should be, and how many. Today on visiting The Warehouse, the disability parks were no longer in the wind tunnel and four spacious parks were beside the ramp outside The Warehouse entrance. Thank you for listening, thank you for the generous amount of parking, Heather Bevan, Island Bay
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ism, but all these letters are ignored and subjugated by the large public relations article with a photo in your latest issue (CSN, March 30) espousing Ms WadeBrown’s comments to hoodwink the citizens and ratepayers with artificially inflated debt, necessity and gain amidst all the self-serving councillors. It seems our so-called green Mayor is heading down the same arrogant path as her red Labour predecessor Fran Wilde - where Ms Wade-Brown sees a nice secure end-job with Wellington’s big-business roundtable. Martin Beck, Mornington
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Who is your best friend and why? That’s my partner Chrissie, but she’s also more than my best friend and I won’t go into that any more. Why? she keeps my feet on the ground when I start to think I’m superman.
What meal do you never get sick of eating? I can eat roast lamb every day
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The bibs will be on and balls ready to go when local netballers start to hit the courts as the 2015 season comes into sight. As the netball season gets underway, Wellington teams and players from all levels are being invited to apply for funding from the ANZ Netball Grant Scheme. $100,000 worth of grants are up for
grabs and can be used to pay for everything from new gear, uniforms and coaching support to repairs to hoops and courts, or even a training session with the ANZ Championship pros. Susan McGregor from ANZ says all Wellington netballers should have the opportunity to play their best. “For many, it can be a real struggle to keep up with all the gear required to train
well and compete,” she says. “From netball lovers who are consistently supporting teams at the side lines, to those playing hard with dreams to reach the top, we’re looking to reward players in need to get to the next level or those who simply have a passion for the game.” Applications close on June 7. For more information go to anzcourtside.co.nz.
Nominations open for sport’s awards Taking a dive, tackling an opponent or winning a match – nominations are currently open for the 2015 Sport Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards. The annual awards, which are now in their 46th year, aim to celebrate sporting excellence throughout the Wellington region. From sportspeople and coaches to teams and officials - all are welcome to be nominated before the closing date of Friday April 24. Event director James King says Sport Wellington cannot nominate people so are reliant on the general public, media, sports organisations and clubs to recognise their champions. “If you know of someone deserving, get your nominations in now and make sure they don’t miss out,” James says. All nominees must live in the Welling-
ton region and represent a regional-based sports team. At the ceremony, held at the TSB Bank Arena in June, will see four new legends of Wellington sport be inducted. The supreme award of Wellington Sportsperson of the Year is chosen from all category winners, apart from Personality of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. Basketballer Steven Adams took the top honours last year for his successful year with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Paralympic swimmer Mary Fisher was named Sportswoman and Disabled Sportsperson of the Year for 2014. For more information about nominating a sports person for the awards go to www.wellingtonsportsawards.co.nz.
PREVIOUS WINNER: Basketballer Steven Adams took the top honours at the 2014 Sport Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards.
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Evans made a life member The founder of the Wellington Rugby Supporters Club has been made a life member of the Wellington Rugby Football Union. Lyall Bay-born Dick Evans, QSM,
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