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School holds shield for third consecutive year By Dave Crampton

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“Being able to help Scots College to epuip a new exercise facility is the most wonderful gift and we are hoping to get a big crowd to support them and learn more about what eating and feeling great really looks like,” Among topics covered are what to eat, how to eat correctly to look and feel your best, and what foods that are making us tired, unhealthy and overweight. “You don’t have to go vegan or eat sprouts to be eating well,” Ben says.  Warren will be speaking at Scots College at 7pm on Monday the 18th of May. Tickets are $20 from BePure.co.nz or on the door on the night.

School holds shield for third consecutive year Continued from page 1 It was a closely fought contest. Just one point separated the two schools, and two other teams tied for second with St Pat’s, who hosted this year’s event on May 2-3. Seventeen Catholic colleges from the Palmerston North Diocese and the Wellington Archdiocese compete annually for the coveted shield, in eight public speaking events: debating, religious questions, religious drama, Scripture readings, impromptu speech, oratory and junior prepared speech. Maori scripture was added as a new category this year. St Catherine’s is one of the smallest colleges in the competition but has always managed to field a team for the annual competition since its inception in 1946. Impromptu speech and

debating coach Kathy Ryan, who has been with the school since 1999, says St Catherine’s has been in the top three most years, also winning in 1998 and 1999. Debater C la r e L ew is was in no doubt as to the importance of the schools coaches. “Wit hout t hem we wouldn’t be getting the shield,” she says. The St Catherine’s College team was the sole school to get top points in the debating competition, winning the St Catherine's Cup for Best Negative Debat-

ing Team. The school’s Religious Questions team also won their section and were presented with the Hibernian C u p. K a i r a Sche ck wa s placed second i n t he Jun ior Prepared Speech competition. Co-ordinator of the O’Shea Shield organising committee, Andrew Brennan, says teams are graded on a six point scale for each of the various categories, with six being the highest, and most teams getting four points or higher for each event. You have to do a really poor job to get a three,”

he says. Andrew, who coached the St Pat’s drama team last year, said the St Catherine’s win is a big deal for the school. “They have dedicated coaches - it means a lot to them,” he says He said the highlight was the drama category before a full hall of nearly 700 people. “The kids were hyped up – but we never know what the students come up with.” Entrants spent weeks preparing and have to be familiar with Scripture and Church readings, but after their efforts over the weekend the St Catherine’s students didn’t Monday off school. “St Pats did – but we didn’t,” Clare says. The O’Shea Shield will be hosted by Sacred Heart College in New Plymouth next year.

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Cycleway gets approval By Jeremy Wilkinson

Island Bay’s $1.5m cycleway is one step closer to being built following a full Wellington City Council meeting on April 30. Councillor Mark Peck moved an amendment to the Wellington Cycling Framework (WCF) to prioritise planning and work in Island Bay over other areas of Wellington before the framework had been decided. Councillors voted 9-6 in support of the cycleway, which will run from Shortland Park on the South coast to Wakefield Park. Plans were delayed in February as a full cycle plan, to determine how all cycleways across wellington will be designed - had not been set for all of Wellington. Peck said the way the cycleway framework has been handled is a shambles and has caused angst and anger Island Bay. “I’ve listened to the voice of Wellingtonians and it’s clear that they want us to get on with it. “It is time to just get it done. “I have had grandfathers asking me to give their grandchildren the ability to cycle safely around our city.” Mayor Celia Wade-Brown supported the amendment, saying that 76 per cent of Wellingtonians would cycle if they thought it was safe, “however there has to be room for flex-

inbriefnews Council’s plans must stack up The Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce have submitted to the Council’s 10-year plan and says the council must ensure each of its big projects stack up before it proceeds with them. The Chamber said the big projects were important in lifting Wellington’s growth rate, which it was concerned about. Annual economic growth to December 2014 was just 2.7 per cent compared with the national average of 3.3 per cent. It made it clear that it does not support the council’s introduction of a living wage nor plans to expand it.

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ibility.” “In some areas protected bike lanes just won’t fit.” Andy Foster seconded the Mayor’s opinion, saying “the Prime Minister wants us to do this”. Councillor David Lee says that contention over the cycleway in Island Bay was a “political football”. “If certain councillors can

undermine the Mayor, who is clearly in support of the cycleway, then it portrays the council as doing nothing.” Lee says that the Regional Land Transport Programme and the Urban Cycleway Fund will match every dollar that Wellington City Council puts toward the southern route through Island Bay. “It’s free money. Auckland,

Christchurch and Dunedin have all had cycle strategies approved and have received allocations of funding.” Once the council has decided upon the WCF for the implementation of a citywide cycle network, then the decision will be open to public submission until May 29, and the working party’s recommendation will be submitted by June 24.

Bunnings holds ladies night Local Lyall Bay ladies can increase their DIY skills in an interactive Bunnings Warehouse Lyall Bay Ladies Night, on May 7, from 7pm-9pm. Ladies will be able to make their own planter boxes and tool boxes, and watch demonstrations from Ryobi. The

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Fire trucks and police attended Wellington Hospital last Thursday as people poured in with burns, bleeds and broken bones. Many students arrived with gruesome injuries. But it was a drill for a chemical explosion, and the students were Whitireia paramedic students, with fake blood, life like burns and gruesome injuries that look like they needed urgent treatment. The Drill started at 9am in Thursday in the Riddiford Building. But all staff were told to treat the incidents as though it were real. Whitireia Polytechnic paramedic students – with fake blood and gruesome injuries, acted as victims. The drill was organised so emergency staff would be better prepared for an emergency. It involved 300 staff, three fire trucks and tree ambulances and took several hours.

May music month It’s May, which means it is New Zealnd Music Month. In Wellington local musicians are converging upon Museum of Wellington City & Sea. On Sunday at 2pm Dirty Mike and the Boiz , an established jazz band for the past six years, will perform and on Sunday May 24 at 2pm the venue hosts All Jazzed Up, a performance devised especially for NZ Music Month by critically acclaimed drummer, Myele Manzanza and fellow Wellington musicians Scott Maynard (double bass) and Dan Hayles (keys). All shows are in the Test studio and entry is by koha.

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inbriefnews Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Award Pauline Swann will have her diverse services to Wellington recognised this Wednesday by Wellington City Council when she is given an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Award. Pauline joined Save the Children New Zealand in 1967 and has been a member of the Wadestown Group of the Wellington Branch ever since.  She also ran the Brandon Street shop from 1995 – 2011.  In 1999 Pauline joined Waterfront Watch and served as President from 2004 until 2014.  During that time she devoted considerable time and energy to the role and has been instrumental in guiding the organisation. 

Arts Foundation Icon Award Composer Jack Body, a long-time Victoria lecturer, was awarded a prestigious Arts Foundation Icon Award last week. The award is the ultimate accolade, recognising Jack Body’s extraordinary contribution to the arts in New Zealand. Jack is the first New Zealand composer and the first Victoria University staff member to receive the Award, which honours senior New Zealand artists who have had a significant impact on their chosen art form. The Icon Award was officially announced at Victoria University last night at the launch of the book Jack! Celebrating Jack Body, Composer, published by Steele Roberts, a presentation of Jack’s life, work and influence. Jack, who has terminal cancer, was presented his award in hospice on Tuesday May 5. Jack received an Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2004 and is the first Laureate to go on to receive an Icon Award. 

KIND DONATION: Island Bay Marine Education Centre representatives holding up donation from Veolia.

Marine education funded By Dave Crampton

The Island Bay Marine Education Centre joined local operator’s Veolia at the Moa Point Wastewater Treatment Plant near Wellington to get a bigger picture of how important water quality is throughout the water cycle on May 1. The centre also received a $3833.33 donation from Veo-

lia, to support their educational work such as inspiring people, especially children, to learn about Wellington's marine environments. A crucial part of the marine ecosystem is water quality. Dr Victor Anderlini, representative from Island Bay Marine Education Centre, said the partnership has given the centre a greater understanding

of how each stage of water treatment is carefully considered to keep the environment pristine. “ We found out what happens to everything when you flush the toilet. Despite what you might think, there was virtually no bad smell involved.” Veolia has been developing and implementing the environmentally responsible

wastewater system for Wellington for more than 20 years. “They obviously know what they’re doing because the end result of the treatment process is water that is (almost) fit to drink,” Dr Anderlin says. “We’re both interested in the same goal – helping people to learn about how to look after our oceans and the creatures that call the sea their home.”

Residents receive cheaper phone rates By Dave Crampton

Residents of Marshall Court Apartments in Miramar have cheaper phone bills after Consumer NZ negotiated a deal with Slingshot Residents, who are largely elderly or disabled, were faced with stiff charges because the 27 flats have been fitted with fibre-optic cabling. They cannot opt

for a landline-only service, which means their bills have risen by at least $20 a month. Slingshot has now offered $300 credit upfront to residents which will reduce their bills by about $20 a month. Consumer chief executive Sue Chetwin said it was a fantastic outcome. “Within an hour of getting on the blower, Slingshot had come to the party,” Ms

Chetwin said. “It feels like a good day at the office when we can use our reputation and standing with businesses and the community to help people who can’t always help themselves.” Slingshot general manager Taryn Hamilton said it was a tricky situation, because fibre broadband was a brilliant technology but not one that everyone wanted.

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Children’s stories come to life through dance By Dave Crampton

If you want to twist, turn and dance; and you are a pre-schooler, then Capital E is the place to be every Tuesday until 30 June. From giraffes that can’t dance, to rhinos that rock & roll and lions who tango, tiny dancers will explore a magical world of movement. Kids will dance all their favourite stories to life in a series of workshops. It’s called Java Dance, a series of dance workshops for children aged 3-5 years who will churn out a tale

in Dance A Story. Capital E Events Coordinator Karen Carey says last time Java Dance performed at Capital E it was inspiring. “We’re thrilled to welcome them back to Capital E Central to inspire children in telling stories through physical movement and dance.”  Dance A Story runs every Tuesday til 30 June at 10am at Capital E Central, 4 Queens Wharf. Workshops are $5 per session and can be booked at E Central or on 04 913 3740.

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FishHead editor steps down By Dave Crampton

STEPPING DOWN: Dan Slevin steps down from FishHead

After 15 months, Dan Slevin has decided to step down as editor of FishHead Magazine at a time when advertising revenue and circulation are at its peak. “I feel the business is in the strongest position that it has ever been in, and that I’ve…given the magazine a strong platform for the next editor to build on,” Dan says. FishHead is a Wellington magazine with features on “issues that matter, interviews with the region's most fascinating people, stunning photo essays, provocative columns, and reviews that pull no punches”. It also features fashion, health and beauty, food and wine, and

politics. Dan, from Newtown, will step down after the June issue and Jack Martin, FishHead publisher - as well as editor and publisher of WildTomato in Nelson will take the reins from the July issue. “[FishHead] has always been Jack’s baby and I know…he has strong opinions and fi rm plans about how to take FishHead to the next level.” Dan says. I have enjoyed every moment of my time working with the staff, designers, advertisers and contributors to the magazine and will always be grateful for the opportunity I was given to tell great Wellington stories to Wellingtonians.”

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community were invited to nominate their canine friends, clearly stating why their dog should be gifted the coveted title of NZ’s inaugural Top Office Dog. So Humphrey’s workmates at Contact Energy decided to enter Whisky into the competition. “He’s pretty much a permanent fixture around the office, and people here at work love him – of course I do too, but I’m biased,” Humphrey says. The competition was organised by Frog Recruitment. Director Jane Kennelly said Whisky was a clear winner. “He received almost a quarter of all votes cast and for very good reason! As a medical service dog, Whisky looks after his owner, Humphrey, with the utmost care and expert attention.” Whisky now has a year's supply of Revolution Dog Flea Treatment, a pair of ‘doggles’ - to be worn when he has his head out of the car window, and some dog shampoo to go along with a very big cup.


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Former Scots student Matt Gauldie returns as Artist in Residence By Dave Crampton

Matt Gauldie, a Scots College Old Boy, is the 2015 Museum Art Hotel Artist in Residence at his old school until May 22. Students will have the rare opportunity to watch and learn first-hand from Gauldie as he produces his own artworks, as well as teaching art classes and mentoring students while based at the College’s state-of-the-art Creative & Performing Arts Centre. Scots headmaster Graeme Yule says the school is fortunate Matt has accepted the residency after serving as a soldier and painter in Afghanistan, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Antarctica and

northern France as a Defence Force artist. “Matt’s work outside of service is equally fascinating, and on top of that he’s a very professional and personable young man whom I know will relate well to our students. “Matt is an Old Boy we are very proud of.” Matt says while art wasn’t a huge focus at his time at Scots, but the values intilled in him have remained and he is lookingforward to workingwith students and staff. “My philosophy has always been ‘paint what you know’. My art is, and has always been, my own interpretation of the people I've met and the places I've been;

my life and experiences along the way,” he says. “It’s about being honest and sincere in your work, and I guess that’s one of the things I’ll be encouraging students to really think about when they are creating,” he said. Key sponsor and arts patron Chris Parkin of the Museum Art Hotel is excited about Gauldie’s residency. “We are delighted to partner with Scots to host Matt as their 2015 Artist in Residence,” said Parkin. “I have followed Matt’s CUSTOMER MOMENTUM LIFE COACHING career path with interest, and we SALES REP S.TAYLOR ADVERTISING are very much looking forward DESIGNER A.hunter to hosting Matt’s public flPROOF oor talk PROOFED 1/05/2015 5:39:16 p.m. event at our hotel following the AD ID 6674158AA residency.” Matt Gauldie is back at his old school.

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Lack of maintenance a concern By Jonathon Edwards

The Wellington City Council is failing to properly clean and maintain Newtown streets, residents say. “A lack of regular maintenance led to drains overflowing last week causing damage to people’s homes,” says Newtown Residents Association President Claire Pettigrew.

“Weeds aren’t being removed thoroughly and r ubbish is everywhere. I feel like the suburbs get neglected in favour of bigger projects.” Claire says the subcontracting of maintenance work by the council has led to a lack of proactivity, making residents responsible for reporting on what needs to be fixed. In an oral submission to the

council’s 2015-2025 long-term plan she said council services have been slipping for a while but have now reached “boiling point”. Newtown resident Evelyn Hopkins says it has been a constant battle to get the council to upkeep the streets. “There was an old couch on the street last week and after I complained it took another

week for it to be picked up,” she says. Council spokesperson Richard MacLean says it still does weekly audits in the suburbs and outlines what needs to be dealt to. Richard says the council responds to all complaints as soon as it can but sometimes this does not satisfy the resident. “Sometimes the

Dance students perform in public The NZ School of Dance in Newtown is showcasing the choreographic talents of its students this week. Stepping out of the theatre, eleven final year contemporary dance students have created dance pieces to be performed in an immense public space. Third year dance student Felix Sampson, from Lyall Bay, is looking forward to it. “I think it’s going to be a really good show. We have been working on it since the start of the year. “It’s coming together really well – but it’s coming down to the wire a bit.” The architectural environment is changed in atmosphere and perspective by theatrical multimedia components as the show progresses. Production, lighting and costumes by students from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School add intensity to an inventive collection of new dance works. With impressive athleticism and agility, the NZSD dancers present contemporary dance at its freshest and most creative. Felix says there’s nothing he would enjoy better than dancing every day. “I love it”. Students show choreographic talents

 Performances are from May 15-21 at 7pm, and two performances on May 23 at 7pm and 9pm.

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Question: Do you read the Cook Strait News?

Daisy Howse, Wellington

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LETTERS to the editor

Paul Eagle – face of the community Dear Ed, Thank you for the article “Camping Restrictions” (CSN May 4) capturing a physical sighting of the rarely seen Councillor David Lee actually in the Ward that he is meant to be representing! As usual “the man of the people”

Councillor Paul Eagle is in attendance. That man works so hard for the community he represents. Well done Paul Eagle you should be proud of the positive public image you have in Wellington. Thank you, Patsy Morgan FILMING GENEROSITY: Filmmakers Nicolas Brikke and Chloe Ledoux from France joined the Lyall Bay coast care clean-up to make a film about volunteer culture in New Zealand. PHOTO CREDIT: Amber-Leigh Woolf

Clerical etiquette Dear Ed, Re your April 20 issue, I must again point out somebody's seeming ignorance of clerical etiquette; and I write as an informed ex-Anglican. Re St Hilda's, Island Bay, a parish incumbent in NZ is styled a Vicar, not a "parish priest", though he is in Anglican priest's Orders. The may still be a few rural "Parochial Districts" whose incumbent is called a Priest-in-Charge; but that is all. Unfortunately there has been, from 1833 onwards, an obnoxious perversion of Anglicanism finally styling itself "Anglo-Catholicism", which claims all Anglican/Episcopalian priests to be sacrificers in the same sense as Popish priests claim to be. As for the term, "parish priest" before the Reformation, it never

meant a parish incumbent, who was called the Parson. No, it refereed to an itinerant and not very reputable class of priests who acted as locum while a parish was vacant of a parson, or when the parson was sick or absent. That wasn't an enviable title, was it? And the honorific "Father" was never used for any priest other than one who belonged to a religious order. In the Church of Rome, before about 1870, a secular priest was simply known or addressed as "Mr Jones" like a Protestant clergyman; and there are similar analogies in Roman Catholic countries, to this day; I refuse to address any church leader as "Father": this is by the instruction of Christ Himself. H Westfold Hataitai

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to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to samduff@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Filmmakers document how people spend their leisure time By Amber-Leigh Woolf

French filmmakers Chloe Ledoux and Nicolas Brikke documented the Lyall Bay coast care clean-up as part of an international film project. The Lyall Bay clean-up occurs on the first Sunday of every month, and was an ideal subject. Their project, “A Sunday In”, documents how people spend their leisure. Wellington is the fifth city for the self-funded filmmakers. So far they have filmed “A Sunday in Sydney” and “A Sunday in Stockholm”, Chloe says. “It’s always about what brings people here on a Sunday.” The project is also about what is unique to each city Nicholas says. “Here in Wellington we

decided to focus on volunteering, as it’s such a communitysized city.” Chloe says New Zealand has an outstanding volunteer culture, ranking fifth in the OECD, which is “amazing”. They additionally focused on the volunteer work by the Civil Defence in New Zealand, Chloe says: “One thing they do here is to be behind your neighbours. At the end, it will help you if something happens.” Nicolas says their work took them to the Cuba Dupa festival, the Pacific Islanders Presbyterian Church in Newtown, the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard, and a rugby game in Johnsonville. “There was a project in Berhampore where volunteers

painted the artistic representation of statistics and what communities do. The aim of what we film is what people do in their spare time.” Chloe: “Without the ‘can do’ attitude of the Kiwis, nothing would happen. We are focused on volunteering and just meet with people who are so passionate. It’s always with good people.” They will now travel to Takaka but will be back to Wellington for a free screening at 6pm on May 22 at the Wellington Central Library.  Follow Chloe and Nicolas’s progress at https://www.facebook.com/undimanchea. A free-entry film screening will be from 6pm May 22, at the Wellington Central Library.


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Community art groups receive funding

Above: Carl Johnston and Nathan Smith fight to the end. Left: Georgina Leslie and Talei Adiss in combat.

Locals go head to head Wellington’s premier corporate boxing event hit town last weekend, with 16 fights at the Wellington Indian Cultural Centre in Kilbirnie. Participants included people from all over Wellington, who had been in intense training for the past three months. IT Heavy Hitters is not for the faint-hearted. Around 1200 people watched fighters get knocked out, their eye sockets fractured and shoulders dislocated. They did not

appear to be disappointed about a lack of action. After losing trainer and boxing mentor Doug McLay to suicide, event creator Mike Dawes started the fight night. Of 100 people training, 36 were chosen to fight, including Alesana Pereira from Island Bay and Lyall Bay’s Bret Hawthorn. “The dedication that they have put towards their learning and fundraising has been enormous and really helped

this event lift off the ground,” Mike says. Alesana, who lost a friend to suicide 10 years ago, went all the way on the first bout, but lost narrowly on points. “It was my first time, I was a little bit gutted, but it was an interesting experience,” he says. A high-energy fight between Mt Victoria’s Bridget Smith and Maree Wong was another great fight with both ladies coming out of

the corner strong for all three rounds. It was tough to decide a winner, but Bridget prevailed. “I knew the fight was going to be one of the biggest challenges I have ever experienced,” says Bridget. “Never before have I been tested so physically, mentally and emotionally. The end result has made me want to get straight back into training to get fitter, stronger and smarter.”

Souther n a nd Wester n suburbs groups took a share of $100,239 after distributions from the Arts and Culture Fund at the Wellington City Council’s Economic Growth and Arts Committee. A broad range of projects from writing events, exhibitions and galleries, performance, and choirs were selected and include the Miramar and Maupuia Community Trust, who were granted $579 for Matariki at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre, the Berhampore School History Project ($5000), and the Strathmore Park Summer events ($2300). Thirty groups were recipients of grants in this latest round. Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer, who sits on the Economic Growth and Arts Committee, says it is great to see so many organisations applying for funding to make their projects happen. “There are significant funding issues emerging across the arts sector. There is strong support amongst Councillors for us to consider increasing funding and we will be making decisions on this during May deliberations.” The closing date for the next Arts and Culture fund is July 7 2015 for projects starting four weeks later. The next Creative Communities Funding scheme round closes at the end of August.


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WOMEN OF THE MONTH

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Sue Deveruex

Jim’s Mowing Regional Franchisor What does your role entail?

As with most women in business I have several different roles however the 2 main ones are providing suport, assistance, training and advice to existing Jim’s Franchise owners as well as offering the opportunity to others who would like to own their own business.

What has been your biggest achievement?

Increasing the number of successful Jim’s businesses in the greater Wellington area and therefor increasing the number of satisfied Jim’s clients.

What do you love about what you do?

Ngaire Mansfield

Straight Flush Plumbing Owner What does your role entail?

Financial management in preparing budgets, cash flow and profit/loss forecasts, strategy, role sizing and career plans, incentive programmes, process development, recruitment, customer modelling....generally developing the business to where it can operate independently of daily involvement from me.

What has been your biggest achievement? For the business it was winning Master Plumber of the Year in 2014. For me professionally it was winning a scholarship to attend the Icehouse Owner Manager Programme starting in July

What do you love about what you do?

Definitely the variety of people I meet and hearing all the positive feed back about the awesome work that our Mowing franchisees do.

Taking a different approach to business in a very traditional industry. Enabling staff to succeed and showing them their contribution to the business. I love seeing staff get satisfaction out of their work.

How do you define success?

How do you define success?

Satisfied customers (both clients and franchisees) who are “raving fans”.

What do you do in your downtime?

As a Cub Leader at Brooklyn Scout Group, and a mother who has 3 children who are all still involved in scouting, I like to go on scout camps and activities. I like staying in touch with local community events, groups and activities as well as quiet walks with my dog at the dog parks around the Southern end of the city.

Favourite inspirational quote?

“There are no problems only solutions that haven’t been found yet.”

Having a happy, motivated and cohesive crew to work with, who don’t mind a woman steering the ship in the background. If I look after them, they will look after our customers, which means a lot to me.

What do you do in your downtime? Jeremy and I have three beautiful kids who are our life outside work. Austin (6), Baxter (5) and daughter Jamie (3). When Baxter receives his assistance dog we will be able to go out a lot more as family, so we do lots of things at home in the mean time. His dog is currently in training and we have fundraised over $15,000 so far on givealittle to contribute to the cost, (up to $48000).

Favourite inspirational quote? If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough - Richard Branson

Nicola Adams Cook Strait News Sales Manager

What does your role entail?

Selling advertising for the Cook Strait News, the fabulous local paper for this area, and working with my team of two sales people and one journalist making sure we put out a top quality product every week.

What has been your biggest achievement?

Helen Neonakis A Taste Of Greece Owner - Chef

What does your role entail?

I manage every aspect of the business, from cleaning, merchandising, customer service, cooking, kitchen management, creation and design plus more.

What has been your biggest achievement?

Seeing our clients get great results for their advertising, and watching some smaller businesses grow into bigger businesses has been wonderful. Personally, after selling advertising in one of our other publications it was a great vote of confidence being put in place as Manager of the Cook Strait News.

Having the courage, drive and determination of taking my dreams of opening my business and bringing them to reality, all on my own.

What do you love about what you do?

Cooking, creating wonderful greek dishes and watching my customers enjoy every mouthful.

I love that we get to put out a new product every single week! I love that our publication brings local stories to local people, and that we are so highly regarded in the communities we serve. I love that as a sales team we get to help people get the best out of their advertising, and that we have a fabulous creative team who design ads that truly work for our clients.

How do you define success?

What do you love about what you do?

How do you define success? Working through fear, keeping determined and driving through all adversity to achieve the success of becoming an independent woman owing a wonderful business.

Being happy in all aspects of life - having a great balance between work and home and enjoying every moment.

What do you do in your downtime?

What do you do in your downtime?

Favourite inspirational quote?

I spend time relaxing with my wonderful family, I run (not as often as I should!), and I do karate with my children.

Spend time with my wonderful family and cook. “Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” - Audrey Hepburn

Favourite inspirational quote?

“Whether you think you can or you can’t ... you’re right” - Henry Ford.

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Amanda Elliot

Hannah Ross

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What does your role entail?

What does your role entail?

I’m a Jack of all trades... the administrator, communicator, the marketing department, sole ballet teacher, choreographer and Director!

Managing around 110 employees to order around 23,000 of the right products and the right time and get those on the shelves on a daily basis. Then do it all again the next day.

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What has been your biggest achievement?

What has been your biggest achievement?

Being accepted to being a New World Owner and being successful in my application to purchase New World Island Bay.

My passion for dance taking me all the way to dancing in the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and taking the leap of faith in myself to start Wellington Ballet Studio in a competitive market. In life it’s watching my children grow, achieve and become well rounded, vibrant, caring individuals.

What do you love about what you do?

What do you love about what you do?

I love that every day is different, that there is always something new to explore or do better than how you did it yesterday. I also love how my job connects me to the awesome people in the local community we are in.

Working with children, they always make me smile regardless of how the rest of my day might have been, and say such magical things which reminded me why I love teaching dance. If they don’t want to leave their class and talk about it all week then I know I’m doing well. I’m so lucky my job involves being musical, creative and I keep fit at the same time.

How do you define success?

How do you define success?

Getting up every day and looking forward to going to what it is going to bring.

What do you do in your downtime? I have 3 children and a husband to spend time with, I also play tennis and basketball occasionally and have recently signed up for sailing lessons with my husband.

Favourite inspirational quote? “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly” Langston Hughes

Patricia Reilly

Director of Patricia Reilly Rembuden Ltd Karate & Fitness School

Good health, family and friends. Being paid well to do what you love.

What do you do in your downtime?

I enjoy spending time with my children, walking my adorable puppy Molly, op-shopping, gardening, listening to music and I have a burgeoning orchid collection.

Favourite inspirational quote? Nike ‘Just do it’

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Rosie Proops

The Gasworks General Manager What does your role entail?

What does your role entail?

I own and operate my karate and fitness school designed to fit in with people’s busy lives with a variety of days and times for classes and all in local halls, so close to home.

What has been your biggest achievement?

It has been achieving as a national and international athlete and as a national coach for Karate NZ while raising my family and working full-time. So always living at optimal health and being a modelled example to others. Just this month being invited to grade for my 5th Dan Black Belt.

What do you love about what you do?

I love seeing my clients progress in their health, confidence, coordination and all areas of fitness, whether they are a shy 5 year old at karate or 65 and looking to improve their well-being. Anyone can improve their health and fitness at any age, with small changes made daily.

How do you define success?

Success is doing it, whatever the task happens to be. In karate learning a new kata, in Get Fit Fast classes being able to do a full press-up, or learning how to eat for optimal health so you are empowered. Taking that first step, no matter what.

What do you do in your downtime?

Having fun with my partner, our family and friends is number one. As is my time on the couch with a good glass of wine, preferably champagne, and an occasional dose of “Gilmore Girls” on DVD.

Favourite inspirational quote?

“It is, what it is”, by Nancy Dornan which aligns with Buddha’s observation that life is suffering. These are not negative statements, they are an acknowledgement of the facts of a situation. How we choose to react to that situation, whatever it is, is our choice and defines us as a person.

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I am responsible for the overall growth and operation of an efficient, profitable, customer and community centric bar. I am required to provide quality leadership skills with one of my central focuses being, creating successful community support. I am also required to ensure that a high level of customer satisfaction is maintained whilst consistently managing financials. I am also in charge of ensuring a safe and supportive working environment is provided for all employees.

What has been your biggest achievement?

My biggest achievement in my eyes is that I am currently the General Manager of busy and successful bar and restaurant known as Gasworks Miramar. I take great pride in knowing that I worked incredibly hard to get to where I am.

What do you love about what you do?

Hospitality can be a tough industry to work in, you meet people from all walks of life and you really have to genuinely care about people, both their needs and wants in order to succeed. Every person that comes through the door of Gasworks has a different story, and I enjoy listening and learning about individuals in order to build a relationship with them and gain an understanding of who they are as a person and why they have chosen to come to Gasworks. Every day I am given the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, I get to smile and laugh with a huge variety of people, something I wouldn’t get to do in any other profession. I enjoy meeting new employees and watching them grow into hospitality superstars working as a team to find their niche within the Gasworks family. Hospitality is in my blood, it’s a part of who I am and I love it.

How do you define success?

Success, for me is when I can look at my life and know I am making a positive change, for myself, my family, my friends and my community. I think success is having a balance in your life, enjoying your job and spending time with the people you care about. I don’t think that success is ever fully achieved; it is a never ending cycle, every day there are new challenges to face, new goals to be made and new lives to influence. If you simply ‘achieved’ success and that was it, then life would be boring. True success is when you can look back on your life and be proud of what you have achieved knowing that you didn’t give up.

What do you do in your downtime?

My spare time is spent relaxing with good friends and family, eating well, reading and spending time in the sun.

Favourite inspirational quote?

There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can’t, what you’ve got to know is turn around and say “Watch me”


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usually at night when you are asleep. The irritating itch is caused by the ‘glue’ the worms use to stick their eggs to the anus. Threadworm eggs are colourless, sticky spheres that are extremely resilient and can survive for up to three weeks in a cool, moist environment. These eggs can re-enter the body by being inhaled or swallowed. Threadworms are passed easily from person to person by sharing things such as food, clothes and utensils. Infection tends to occur more commonly in children because they play and come in contact with each other more often. Threadworms can be picked up from other people in the home, at school or at kindergarten. A child simply needs to scratch his or her bottom, which has been irritated by threadworms, for eggs to be trapped under the fingernails. Then when the child touches his or her mouth or food, threadworms get re-introduced to the body and the life cycle continues. Touching other surfaces leaves behind eggs for other people to ‘catch’. The best preventative measure to take in these circumstances is always to wash hands after going to the toilet, after touching objects that others have touched, and before preparing and eating food. Threadworms are not spread from animals to humans,

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14 Monday May 11, 2015 Every day our roving reporter Dave Crampton breaks news and meets locals throughout the Western and Southern suburbs, from Lyall Bay beach to the cafes of Newtown. Each week he shares a few tales from his travels.

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After 23 years, St Mark’s caretaker retires By Dave Crampton

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It’s been a good but busy week this week with lots going on. Once again, two Catholic schools in the region topped the O’Shea Shield, a remarkable achievement for St Catherine’s in particular, being one of the smaller schools in the competition, and to do it for the third consecutive year. I also attended the Athletics awards last Friday and locals were the main winners – I then also attended a gay wedding of some friends and former neighbours; the couple was 75 and 85, the oldest people there. A week later I was a pall bearer at the funeral of my father –in-law. The cycleway was on the agenda at the April 30 Wellington City Council meeting – it’s going ahead, which will please some and anger

others. But it has been a long process and there’s more to come. The Wellington Regional Aquatics Centre was packed to the rafters most of last week as the National Age group swimming champs were held at the venue, with New Zealand records broken and World Championship qualifying times achieved. Newtown also has the country’s top office dog – did you know there was such a thing? Local cafes have been making some pretty good coffee out her in the suburbs – the stronger the better, and there’s plenty of artists and creatives doing their thing quietly.

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After 23 years, Ron Such is retiring as the caretaker of St Marks Church School. He is the fourth longest serving staff member the school has had. He was farewelled on Friday at morning tea, and presented with a ‘Ronaldo’ football jersey – after all he is football fanatic and his name is Ron. As well as the school caretaker, he was a renowned football player in the National Football League, and even played in the staff football team when he was in his mid-sixties. However he had three weeks of work as a result. “I played for the staff team and did my cartilage in,” he says. Principal Kent Favel says Ron will be a hard act to follow and will be missed by the students.

“They love him. He’s a father and grandfather figure – jack of all trades and a master of none. There’s not much he can’t do.” Ron has seen “at least” three generations of students pass through the school – well over 8000 students -and has fetched many balls off the school roof. In recent years, though, he has been warned from climbing on the roof lest he falls. “I’ve been banned from the roof,” he says. “I got told off for going on the roof too much, but if the kids are happy, I am happy.” For now, he is looking forward to going to Brisbane to live, and to see more of his grandchildren. Never again will he hear, ‘Mr Sutch, the ball is on the roof’. “But I`ll really miss the kids,” he says.


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local swimmers aim for national titles By Dave Crampton

The New Zealand Age Group swimming championships were held in Wellington at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie Pool last week. Swimmers aged 12-18 were competing for national titles and aiming to swim personal best times. But it has been a tough competition for those in the greater Wellington region, with just two swimmers getting National titles as at Friday afternoon, although some were seeded first in the final two days of competition. Josie Kozyniak was one of Capital Swimming club’s top swimmers, with a silver and an eight second personal best in the 400m Individual medley. She is trying to qualify for the World Juniors, and this is a qualifying meet for those championships. Also getting a silver was Jess Iggo, in the 200m Individual Medley. Lewis Clareburt got close to a six-second personal best time, picking up a bronze medal in the 200m Individual Medley, as did Hamish Trlin, in his last age-group long course nationals, in the 200m breaststroke event. Maggie Burns was 4th equal in the 50m butterfly, clocking 29.20. Capital Swimming Club director of coaching, Craig Albery, says the standard of swimming has been quite low for the region – as well as his club, with ,many swimming under their personal bests. We’ve had a lot of personal bests, but It’s not been a really good meet for us – we haven’t swum as well as we can swim.” Craig is hoping the standard lifts during the final two days of competition. The champs finished on Saturday.

MAKING A SPLASH: Capital Swimming Club’s Lewis Clareburt in action in the 200m Individual Medley. PHOTO CREDIT :BW Media

Sportsperson Finalists The 2015 Sport Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards finalists have been announced. 2015. Newtown Swimmer Mary Fisher was named Disabled Sportsperson and Sportswoman of the Year last year and will once again compete in the Sportswoman of the Year category, alongside Julianne Alvarez, Samantha Lee and Erin-Monique O’Brien. Dane Coles, Grant Elliott, James Hunter and Nick Willis are contenders for the Sportsman of the Year title. Six judges, experts in their sporting and sports media fields, deliberated over 200 nominations across 12 categories. The 2015 winners will be announced at the awards ceremony held Thursday 4 June at TSB Bank Arena. Of these category winners will come the supreme winner; the 2015 Sport Wellington Sportsperson of the Year. The awards dinner will include the 2015 induction of the Sports Legends of Wellington. Once inducted the Legends will have plaques unveiled in their honour at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie. Sport Wellington has also announced that after a successful event last year, New Zealand television broadcaster and TVNZ sports icon Geoff Bryan will act as host for the evening.

ON YER BIKE: It’s all down hill for the young cyclists.

Downhill cycling’s the ‘WORD’ By Dave Crampton

A big downhill cycling event was held at Mt Victoria on May 10. Organised the Wellington OffRoad Riding Department (WORD), the ‘Super D’ and the ‘Mini D’ events are expected to draw 150 cyclists. It was held in conjunction with the Wellington Mountain Bike Club. A Super D race is best described as a downhill cross-country race. It features a track that includes short technical elements and small jumps from downhill and has some pedalling to ensure that fitness and pedalling speed are rewarded. WORD, which is funded by KiwiSport through Sport Wellington, runs programmes for those aged 7 -17 in various Wellington locations.

WORD saw a gap in encouraging cycling, particularly cycling that is instructor-based, and is running after school and community holiday programmes for children and youth who can then bike with confidence on and off the road – including to school. “We started with 10 kids early 2013, and now it’s grown to 140 children,” says WORD coordinator and founder Ash Burgess. She says groups focus on both skill ability, and fitness. Instructor-based group levels range from a newbie, to those who want to do big, faster and “styley” jumps, so cyclists can “ride with mates of similar radness”. While most membership is through word of mouth, WORD links in with the Wellington Mountain Bike Club and local cycling

clubs to get the word out. Parents also turn up and many go on bike rides with other parents while their children are riding. Parents see how much fun it is and they want to join in,” Ash says. “The childcare is all sorted.” Wellington’s first children’s mountain bike track – the South Coast Kids’ Track near Island Bay –was built in June 2014 with assistance from WORD. Six months later the 500m track won a New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) award for an outstanding recreation project. Mayor Celia Wade Brown – herself a keen cyclist - is delighted with the track and its award. “Junior off-road facilities inspire an early love of cycling. “Getting kids active is important for our city.”

Supporters name to appear on Super Rugby jersey By Amber-Leigh Woolf

Young Kaea Tibble, who supports the Hurricanes from Bangkok, is looking forward to seeing his own name emblazoned on Super Rugby player Adam Hill’s jersey. Kaea, 13, formerly of Lyall Bay, is a winner of the Bank of New Zealand Future Stars fundraiser for Plunket, in which the Hurricanes exchange the BNZ logo on each jersey for a fan’s name. Kaea’s name was chosen from 24,000 rugby fans nationwide, and he will be sent the jersey

to keep. Adam wore the jersey for the game against the Warratahs, but did not take the field. Kaea says the win is an incredible surprise. “My Dad did it for me. We were on holiday in Bali for my mum’s birthday, and I was asleep. “It was about 8am when he told me he had entered me in a contest and that my name had been picked. “I’ll probably either frame it, or wear it every day,” Kaea says. Kaea, who now lives in Bangkok, supports the Hurricanes from abroad.

“I always watch the Hurricanes, even if we were losing or winning. Always be cheering them on and backing them.” Kaea went to Lyall Bay School and played for Poneke. “We moved to Thailand, and the day after, we began looking for a club. We have a very low amount of rugby in my school.” Kaea has words of support for Adam Hill. “I’d tell him, good job on you and the Hurricanes for giving it everything you had. “Just keep giving it 110 per cent every game, and you’ll have a lot of very happy fans, like me. Go Hurricanes, from Bangkok.”


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