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Brushing up Creative juices flow at Worser Bay School By Sam Duff

Colourful canvasses along with many other imaginative images and decorative designs graced the grounds and classrooms of Worser Bay School last week in an art exhibition for friends and family. The school’s pupils have spent the past few months busily preparing for the exhibition, which had the theme ‘what is in your backyard?’ Everything from animals made out of recycled odds and ends to a creative display warning against the danger of possums to native wildlife were on display. Continued on page 2 ROCKET MAN: Zach, 7, worked on a rocket ship with his art group for the exhibition.

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Look out ladies – five young otter brothers have become Wellington Zoo’s newest residents. Bay, Eko, Si, Bhutan and Jambi arrived at the Zoo last week and are described as a cheeky, clever and gregarious group who love getting up to mischief. The five male Asian SmallClawed Otters came to Wellington Zoo from Perth Zoo on Tuesday. After a day in quarantine undergoing health checks the group of two-year-olds was meeting and greeting the public in the Zoo’s otter exhibit. Life sciences manager, Paul Horton, says the handsome broth-

ers are settling in well to life in Wellington. “They’re very curious and are enjoying investigating their new surroundings together,” he says. Perth Zoo supervisor, Holly Thompson, says she is excited that the bachelor group of otters is finding a new home in Wellington. “They're a very cheeky, clever and gregarious group who love getting up to mischief, so I am sure they'll delight visitors as much as they have done at Perth Zoo,” she says. Asian Small-Clawed Otters are classified as vulnerable, with habitat loss the biggest threat they face in the wild.

Painting outside the box Continued from page 1 Teacher, Chrissy Turnbull, who also coordinates the arts programme at the school, says pupils started off by discovering the different things that they have in their own backyards. A big part of the project was exploring what part humans play in the wider community, she says. Chrissy says it is important for primary school pupils to get involved in art and not just learn to read, write and do maths when they are in the

class room. “We need to make sure that the whole curriculum is covered,” she says. “If a student’s strengths lie in the arts then we need to make sure we explore that.” Chrissy says the exhibition was made up of many different types of art, including a clay bird bath made by Peter, 7. “We have had a lot of perseverance in making our art,” Peter says. “More than you would think.” Zoe, 5, worked on a life print and says working on her

piece for the exhibition was lots of fun. Brightly coloured rocks, used CDs and plenty of sparkles came together when Pippa, 6, made her paper mache owl. She says her favourite part about doing her work of art was helping her classmates with their projects after she had finished. Marnie, 5, says she would quite like to be an artist after working on the exhibition. A teacher’s second-hand discovery and a bunch of tinfoil led to Zach, 7, and his

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art group making their own rocket ship. It was a more serious environmental message from Asha, 10, and Gretel, 10, who created a display to spread the word about possums killing native wildlife. Asha says New Zealand needs to reduce its possum population because they are killing our native birds. Gretel made a bird’s nest as part of the display and says we need to stop possums from eating bird’s eggs and from climbing trees.

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inbriefnews Association reactivated A meeting will be held tomorrow to reactivate the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Rongotai Residents Association. Resident Grant Jones says the meeting will be a good opportunity for those present to discuss relevant community issues. The meeting will be held on Tuesday June 2, 7.30pm at the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre on Bay Road, Kilbirnie.

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Rumour has it a late night romantic tryst between two local lovers and a disengaged handbrake are what led to a Morris Minor convertible taking a swim off the Shelly Bay pier. After the car was winched out of the harbour a snap was taken of it sitting on the pier – that photograph has been turned into one of the 16 historic transport moments which are now on display at the entrance to Miramar. The mural was launched by Miramar BID (Business Improvement District) last week and is designed to make the suburb a more interesting place to live, visit and work. BID chair, Thomas Wutzler, says the BID had the idea of creating a mural for the area below the windy Wellington sign and called for ideas from local artists. Miramar artist, John Fuller, who has a background in transport and aviation, proposed a large mural representing 100 years of local transport history. “Miramar has a rich history when it comes to transport,” he says. “From trams to trolley buses and horses with carts. We even had a train over here at one stage.” After researching the subject

Bus damaged Police are seeking information about an incidence of wilful damage against a parked Go Wellington bus in Strathmore. At about 7.10pm on Monday May 11 the bus had two objects fired at it whilst parked at the bus stop on Kekerenga Street. The objects shattered the glass on the passenger side of the bus. No one was hurt in the incident. Any information can be provided to Detective Olivia Gibson on 043812000.

HISTORY: Miramar BID chair Thomas Wutzler and artist John Fuller unveil one of the suburb’s new transport images. PHOTO: Sam Duff

John started looking for images that could be used for the mural, many of which he found in the archives of the Alexander Turnbull Library. John says transport has played a huge role in the development of Wellington as a city. “Without these transport systems Wellington would not have grown the way it has.” He says losing the trams from

the city, one of which used to go along Coutts Street in Kilbirnie and under the airport runway to Seatoun, was a big loss. However, the trolley buses will not be such a loss from the city’s streets when they are phased out in 2017, John says. “They have done their time,” he says. “They did make Wellington unique though.” The murals were created to be

seen at a distance of about 20 metres and will be permanently on display. John says to create the murals he and his team removed any colour from the images and painted them onto large wooden canvasses.  To learn more about the new Miramar transport mural and the story behind each image go to www.miramar.nz

Upgrade gets go-ahead strengthening in 2013 but work quickly stopped when the estimated cost of repairs spiralled. In partnership with Victoria University and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra the town hall will now be strengthened and turn into a music hub at a cost of $73.2m. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the Civic Precinct proposal will bring life and vibrancy to this important part of the city.

“We expect a mix of attractive and lively public space and topquality buildings,” she says. $10m will be spent on an upgrade of the public areas of the Civic Square precinct. Also included in the $100m is a plan to quake strengthen the Central Library and the Civic Administration Building. Wellington City Council will consider the sale or long term lease of the Municipal Office

Building, Jack Ilott Green and part of the Michael Fowler Centre car park. Mayor Wade-Brown says the revamp of the Town Hall will ensure the building’s auditorium will again be available to music students and the general public.  Should Wellington City Council be spending $100m on these projects? Email news@wsn.co.nz and let us know what you think.

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Turning over a new leaf By Amber-Leigh Woolf

Houghton Valley’s ecosystem is “out of balance” and requires extra care if it is to remain its purpose as a loved coastal walkway, according to local resident Jenny Rattenbury. On Saturday May 23 volunteers gathered to plant 300 native plants in the Te Raekaihau

headland and restore greenery to the walking area. “It’s about restoring the ecosystem, because in Houghton Valley it’s all out of balance.” Jenny says. “It’s about restoring the damage that’s been done.” “This particular planting is to make this track a really beautiful place to come so that people when they come enjoy it.”

Jenny says the headland is overcome with karo plants. “It’s an excellent coastal plant but it spread very rapidly.” Certain techniques trap water and hydrate the plants, Jenny says. “We use the branches to lay across the slopes so that catches leaves and stops the water running down. “We’re planting these seed

Apartments reopened The freshly rebuilt Marshall Court Apartments, in Miramar, were officially opened last week. Upgrading of the apartments began in September 2013 and was completed in January at a cost $8.7 million. The original building was constructed in the 1950s but was not fit for upgrading so was demolished.

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GREEN FINGERS: Willemijn Vermaat and Jenny Rattenbury planted 300 native plants to restore the Te Raekaihau headland to its former glory. PHOTO: Amber-Leigh Woolf

plants so that the forest will keep developing.” It’s important to connect with the local environment, Jenny says. “It makes me feel good.” Volunteers meet every two weeks to plant new trees or tend to old projects. The native plants are provided by the Wellington City Council and Forest and Bird. Robyn Pearce says the plantings are essential to maintain an area of significance to Wellington families. “There’re peaceful places up here, and you can tell they’re special to them, their dogs are buried with little headstones and plaques from people’s family on top of the hill.” She says the plantings are a chance to enjoy the south coast. “You can be out here in a roaring southerly and it’s just in your face, and quite a challenging environment that’s just so beautiful. “I live in the city but I love the coast. I live in an apartment so I love to come out here. There’s no limit to what you can do.”  For more information about regular tree plantings contact trigactivity@gmail.com

Patients out the door faster Sick patients are spending less time in the emergency department of Wellington Hospital, according to recently released data from Capital and Coast District Health Board. Last week the DHB released its health target results which showed almost 500 more patients left the emergency department within six hours between January and March, compared with the three months prior to that. Patients who leave the emer-

gency department are either admitted, discharged or transferred elsewhere. The health target results also showed that in the first quarter of 2015 there was another record increase in the number of presentations to the emergency department, according to the health governance body. Shorter stays in emergency departments is one of the six targets that CCDHB must reach. Chief operating officer, Chris

Lowry, says CCDHB has improved its performance in four of the six targets. “These results reflect the improvements we’ve made to change how we care for people in hospital and the community, and the tremendous efforts made by our staff to provide high-quality healthcare for our patients,” Chris says. “Elective surgery performance has improved and we are on track to meet the target this year as we have done in

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Council sign-off $90m for runway Wellington airport runway looks set to be extended after Council approved a proposal to commit $90 million to the plan last week. A majority of Councillors approved putting the cash towards the project if the business case for the extension stacks up. If built, the runway extension would enable long-haul international flights to access Wellington. Deput y Mayor, Justin Lester, says the decision is a vote of confidence in the runway proposal. “Council will want to see that the business case is compelling, the resource consent has been approved and we have a satisfactory airline commitment,” he says. “We will not be spending ratepayer dollars on an extension until these issues have been resolved. Cr Lester says Council’s support is a potent symbol that they are serious about investigating the opportunity. “We have the support of the entire Wellington region and strong indications of support

inbriefnews Winter festival Miramar residents are being invited to celebrate their suburb’s local film, arts and café culture. Miramarvellous Winter Festival, organised by Miramar Events Trust, is on from June 2 till 14 and includes free talks, festival specials and promotions at local eateries.  For more information go to www.miramarvellous.nz

from the North Island and upper South Island councils. “Middle New Zealand recognises the significant potential benefits to their economies and would like to see direct international flights into the city.” Cr Jo Coughlan, Chair of the Council’s Economic Growth Committee, told a Council meeting last week that a recent Nielsen survey of Wellington businesses showed strong support for the City Council’s ‘Invest to Grow’ strategy – particularly the proposal for an extension of the runway. “There is a lot of water to go under the bridge however as the biggest stakeholder we need to show some strong leadership in this space,” she says. “Strengthening long haul connections is essential to the growth of the regional economy.”  Are you happy for Wellington City Council to spend $90 million extending the runway at Wellington Airport? What would you spend the money on? Email news@ wsn.co.nz and let us know what you think.

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Logo competition Have you got what it takes to design a great logo? The Miramar Maupuia Community Centre is holding a competition to design the centre’s new logo. Entries are currently on display at the centre and anybody still wishing to enter has until Sunday June 7.  For more information go to www.facebook.com/events/368607386661791

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CASH COMMITTED: Wellington City Council last week committed $90 million to a possible extension of the Wellington Regional Airport runway. PHOTO: Sam Duff

An $11 million revamp of the waterfront has been approved by Wellington City Council as part of its 10-year-plan. The spruce-up will include a transformation of Frank Kitts Park, new Chinese Garden, new children’s play area, new helicopter facility on Queens Wharf, upgraded public space in the North Kumutoto area and extensive wharf repiling.  Does the Wellington Waterfront need a tidy-up? Email news@wsn. co.nz and let us know what you think.

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Fighting to protect endangered species

LENDING A HAND: Wellington Zoo visitor experience coordinator, Alison Mulford, has recently returned home after spending two weeks in Colombia working for Proyecto Titi.

After two weeks spent helping to protect one of the world’s most endangered primates in Colombia, Wellington Zoo visitor experience coordinator, Alison Mulford, has recently returned home. Alison spent her two weeks working for Proyecto Titi helping to protect the Cotton-Top Tamarin. The organisation advocates for the long-term conservation of Cotton-Top Tamarins and their tropical forest habitat in northern Colombia. Wellington Zoo works in partnership with Proyecto Titi by supporting their education programmes and on occasion sends staff members to lend their skills where they are most needed. Alison is the first Wellington Zoo staff member to travel to Proyecto Titi, supported by the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund. “I have a passion for Latin American culture and all things primate, so this is a project that is near and dear to my heart,” she says. “I’m thrilled that the Zoo

has supported me to travel to Colombia and to work with such an important project. “The future of conservation lies in programmes that are multi-faceted. Proyecto Titi helps wildlife, and they also empower local communities to protect the biodiversity of Colombia. “I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned about these critically endangered primates, and the communities that share their space, with both staff and visitors at Wellington Zoo.” During her time at Proyecto Titi, Alison assisted biologists as they monitored groups of Cotton-Top Tamarins in the forest of El Ceibal. “The field team works every day to collect data and monitor Cotton-Tops, in stifling heat and high humidity. They’re all so passionate about the conservation of these vulnerable animals.” For more information about Alison and her trip to Colombia go to wellingtonzoo.tumblr. com.

Kilbirnie cycle decision deferred By Joshua Riddiford

A proposal for cycle lanes in Kilbirnie was vehemently opposed by the public at a Wellington City Council transport and urban development committee meeting recently. The council had proposed the introduction of four cycle lanes between Coutts and Salek Streets, but members of the local community said it was unnecessary and would have a detrimental impact on property values. Rongotai College principal,

Kevin Carter, says he does not believe there is a need for the new cycle lanes. He describes the council’s approach as “a bit of a field of dreams - build it and they will come.” Kevin says the council should get network planning right for the existing Leonie Gill pathway before deciding one way or the other on the new proposal. Having two cycle ways would create real issues for local residents, for the school and the nearby early childhood education

centre, he says. Long time real estate agent in the area, Steve Fejos, says there would be “a massive impact on buyers (from the) loss of car parks.” If the proposal did go ahead, the council would need to address the concerns of property owners, he says. “The only way to offset (the impact on property owners) would be to create additional car parking for residents.” Councillor Andy Foster, however, said at the meeting that it is

unreasonable for property owners to expect the council to provide off-street car parking as a right to property owners. Asked to clarify his position, he says, property owners had “no right to public space”. Local resident, Peter Cooper, who describes himself as a cyclist and property owner, agrees the loss of car parks would have an impact on property owners. The council had not considered this impact, he says. “Council denies (an) impact on property values of the proposed

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Coast blasted Wind and waves blasted the South Coast last week as roads were closed and footpaths were destroyed. Council workers were out in force cleaning up after the exceptionally high waves which pounded the capital. Moa Point Road was closed between Cochrane St and Stewart

Duff Dr on Wednesday and Thursday as debris made it appear like a storm had swept through the area. Owhiro Bay was hit hard by the waves and Owhiro Bay Parade was closed for a time. Metservice says a low to the east of New Zealand caused the turbulent weather throughout the east coast of the country.

SOUL SISTERS: Grace Andrew, Moana Leota, Ina Sola and Toa Fifita will head to Hamilton in September for the secondary schools national barbershop competition. PHOTO: Sam Duff

CLEAN UP: A Wellington City Council worker cleans-up the road outside the Island Bay Surf Club following last week’s weather. PHOTOS: Sam Duff

CLOSED: Moa Point Road was closed between Cochrane St and Stewart Duff Dr last week.

Singing their way to nationals By Sam Duff

Move over Glee, take a ride Grease, skedaddle High School Musical – there is a new teenage singing team in town and they have their eyes on the top prize. St Catherine’s College barbershop group, Soul Sisters, have been together just a month and have already come third at the Wellington Secondary Schools Regional Competition. Moana Leota, Toa Fifita, Ina Sola and Grace Andrew will hit the road in September and head to Hamilton for the secondary schools national competition. Year 12 Moana says the quartet was surprised by their

quick success at the regionals but felt rewarded for their hard work. All four Soul Sisters had already been involved in barbershop at St Catherines but they had not performed together as a quartet previously. For the regional competition the girls had to sing two songs, the challenge was that Grace had to learn a new part for the first song and only Moana knew the second song. Music teacher, Emma Lewis, says while the girls have only practiced together about five times at school they have been getting together in their own time. “I am very proud of how well the girls have done,” Emma says. “They have done an

amazing job.” Emma will head to Hamilton with the girls along with barbershop tutor, Bernadette Takacs. Moana says the four girls have been doing barbershop since they started at St Catherines in year nine and have always wanted to form a group together. “Something always got in the way of us forming our own quartet,” she says. “We said ‘this year we have to do it’.” The winners of the national competition have the chance to attend the international competition which is normally held in Las Vegas. Next year the international competition will be held in New Zealand.

First of Wellington’s newest trains arrive The first pair of two-car units from Wellington’s new batch of Matangi trains arrived on Sunday by boat from Korea. The two-car units are the first of 35 pairs made by Hyundai that will arrive in stages by the middle of next year.

Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair Fran Wilde says Wellingtonians have overwhelmingly showed they prefer the new units to the old Ganz Mavag units; rail patronage has steadily increased since the first batch began arriving

in 2010. “This is the final step on the way to having the single, modern, electric train fleet the region’s commuters deserve,” she says. “And it can’t come soon enough. If you stand on a platform today you can still

hear a collective groan when the old units come into view instead of one of our new Matangi. “It will be a good day for Wellington commuters when we’ve got the new fleet fully in place. From that day on every

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History in pavers The early history of Te Aro is set to be remembered on Victoria Street as concrete pavers are laid which will give people a feel for how things used to be. The pavers will roughly show where early cottages and outbuildings once stood. Original city maps, created by surveyor Thomas Ward in the late 1880s, have been used to help devise the paving pattern, using darker pavers to show the building footprints. The patterns will depict the locations of eight houses and adjacent outbuildings – some in and around the new triangular park adjacent to Tommy’s and others at Volunteer Corner. Like much of the city centre, the area was originally sub-divided and sold off in acre lots from 1839. There was lots of open space at first but as the population grew, so did demand for Te Aro’s highly prized flat land close to the harbour. More and more cottages were built on the acre lots, along with numerous little tracks and lane ways to get to them. So many in fact, that parts of the densely populated area and its labyrinth of little streets eventually became a slum. Victoria Street as we know it today did not exist. It was created in sections in the 1970s and 1980s following a clearance and redevelopment programme that began after World War II. The new alignment involved the amalgamation of several streets and lane ways, including Cumberland Place, which was originally named Victoria Place. The part of Victoria Street that is being transformed now – Dixon to Abel Smith streets – passes through seven of the city’s original one-acre lots.

CONNECTED: This map shows the progress Chorus has made in getting Wellingtonians connected to UFB.

Ultra-fast broadband rollout continues Get ready to upload your Facebook pics in a jiffy and stream your YouTube clips in no time – lines company Chorus says it is now 33 percent of the way through rolling out ultra-fast broadband to Wellingtonians. According to figures from Chorus, about 58,000 households, businesses, schools and health facilities are now able to access UFB in Wellington. But while they have access to the service, only around 7000 of those have actually signed-up to UFB deals with their internet providers and

are taking advantage of ultra-fast internet. But Ed Beattie, from Chorus, says it is great to see so many people in Wellington enjoying the benefits of UFB. “UFB has the potential to transform Wellington’s economy and the way it connects to the rest of the world,” he says. “The benefits of a UFBconnected business are widespread. “There is growth from improved productivity, lower travel costs, greater flexibility for people to work from

home, lower network and ICT expenses, and savings from moving applications into the cloud. “Another bonus is the ability to communicate more easily and efficiently with suppliers, customers and business partners on a global scale.” Ed says that Wellington is already starting to see some of these benefits. “Businesses already connected to fibre are experiencing seamless cloud computing, they’re sending large images and files, conducting meetings over smooth HD

video conferencing and hosting multiple users and devices, all on the same Internet connection.” Chorus is building about 70 percent of the UFB network throughout New Zealand in a public-private partnership with the Government. When complete, in 2019. Chorus’ UFB network will run past more than 830,000 homes, businesses, schools and health facilities throughout the country. To date, Chorus has completed the UFB build work in Oamaru, Ashburton Blenheim and Taupo.

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Energy saving spirit The Kids DIY workshops will focus on reducing energy, reducing water and waste through decorating a door snake, watering can or canvas bag. The Adult DIY workshops will focus on simple and effective ways to save energy around the home. Both workshops will be held this Saturday and Sunday at all Bunnings stores throughout the Wellington region between 11am and 1pm.

Tips on how to save energy throughout the home will be up for discussion when Bunnings Warehouse get into the spirit of World Envi ron ment Day t h is weekend. Bunnings Lyall Bay will be in on the action as they host a free DIY energy saving workshop. Both kids and adults DIY workshops will be held to celebrate World Environment Day, which is on June 5.

Going smokefree To mark World Smokefree Day, and in response to tenant requests, Wellington City Council has declared all communal areas in its housing complexes smokefree. World Smokefree Day was on Sunday May 31. The policy means all entranceways, hallways, stairways, mailrooms, service areas, laundry rooms, stairways, gardens, playgrounds and car parks are now smokefree. Councillor, Paul Eagle, says Council has received many complaints from tenants about smoking in communal areas “The negative effects of smoking on people are well

known and we can’t argue with science,” he says. “We realise that it might take a while to become fully smokefree, but we are pleased to advise our tenants that we are on our way to healthier living spaces.” Wellington City Council has a long term goal of its housing becoming smokefree by 2025.

SPRUCE UP: The recently refurbished Centennial Flats complex on Adelaide Road. PHOTO: Jeremy Wilkinson

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charge of the refurbishments, says his team worked closely with Wellington City Council and the Historic Places Trust to retain the art-deco style of the exterior. “The buildings were seismically strengthened from the inside out. The interior has no historic value whatsoever”, Giles says. External construction involved applying high build acrylic paint which is a thicker layer than usually applied in order to prevent the concrete structure from absorbing too much moisture. Interior work included earthquake strengthening, new roofing and revamped interiors such as new kitchens and bathrooms. Centennial tenant MacMillan Tollo says his unit is “like a brand

Renovation work has been approved for the remaining half of the historic Centennial Flats in Berhampore. Housing New Zealand recently completed refurbishment and earthquake strengthening on 24 units at the complex and the remaining 22 units were approved on Wednesday last week. The Centennial flats have a category-one heritage status and were first completed in 1939 under the first Labour Government’s housing scheme. The units sport an art-deco style of architecture reminiscent of the time period in which they were built. Giles Allington, architect in

new house”. “I love having my own garden.” Another resident, Carolyn Morgan, says overall she was happy with her new apartment, but was waiting on a few alterations such as a shower handrail to aid her mobility. Housing New Zealand have assessed all their two-storey multi-unit properties built before 1976 following the Canterbury earthquakes and carried out strengthening and refurbishment where necessary. Should Council be spending ratepayers money on social housing? Are the spruced-up flats looking fab? Email news@ wsn.co.nz and let us know what you think.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Question: How will you get through the cold winter months?

Martin Crequer, Christchurch

Anna Davies, Newtown

Jess Read, Newtown

Sean McMahon, Mornington

Marama Te Kira, Mount Cook

“I will be trying to get my son out of an induced coma. He has been in an induced coma at Ronald McDonald House for 48 days.”

“Our heat pump and cups of tea.”

“My electric blanket, though my flat this year is much warmer than last year.”

“Good heating and nice fine days like this.”

“Music, I sing and I play guitar.”

Campbell Lurch, Newtown “Jesus, because that’s the only answer I have for everything.”

LETTERS to the editor Simply maaaarvellous telly presenter Dear Ed, Good bye John Campbell. If you are replaced by a couple of giggling, pre-adolescent acting, self-important figures like TV One, radio will gain popularity again. Paul Franken, Strathmore Park AXED: TV3 current affairs host John Campbell has quit the station after it was revealed his show Campbell Live would face the axe.

‘Feminazi mob’ and the ‘PC shebang’ Dear Ed, after you printed your interview of me in “Five Minutes with…” (CSN, May 18), I was eagerly awaiting that sort of letter from Ms Agnew (CSN, May 25). Quite likely the malicious hangup phone call I got during the Tuesday evening of May 19 was from a like-minded mob; so would they please note that I monitor such calls, and if necessary will have them tracked for action against the callers. The feminazi mob, like the whole PC shebang, don't believe in either democracy or in the free expression for any views opposed to theirs: they desire the same setup as in

Nazi Germany or in any communist regime, and would just love Cuba since 1959! Male priority (“patriarchy”) is decreed by God and by nature itself; so any society which abandons it in favour of either slavishly equalsexes rule or of matriarchy cannot long survive. It will collapse into anarchy and chaos, and/or be conquered by invaders from “patriarchal” regimes. Unless the men of the western world overthrow feminism by a revolution, this will soon happen to New Zealand and the rest. Modern feminism is really just lesbianism, in that it is man-hating

and nihilistic. Normal women were fooled by lesbians into believing “women's liberation” would be fulfilling and empowering for all women. Yes, a present-day woman, who must stay in the workforce till she drops, feels so sorry for her unhappy, enslaved, stay-at-home mother or grandmother - yeah, right! Straight men would never allow gay men to pose as leaders of all men. Women were silly enough to accept lesbians as their mentors and leaders, but are now suspecting they swallowed a lie. H Westfold, Miramar (abridged)

To the detriment of the majority Dear Ed, the Mayor states (CSN, May 4) “it’s clear that all Wellingtonians really do want a better, safer cycling network and it seems inconceivable that a cycling network won’t appear in the long-term plan with a very high priority”.

What planet is this woman on? ALL Wellingtonians? The feeling is certainly not shared by the large group of residents and business owners I talk to! I think the Mayor has lost touch with her constituents in her insa-

tiable desire to ram her cycleways through before her demise. Just look at what’s happening in the divided community of Island Bay. This is not right! Pieter Gerber, Kilbirnie

silent majority. What a rollercoaster ride it’s been in her blatant attempt to destroy one of the safest roads in Wellington for cyclists.

Let’s not talk about drains or the airport runway and the airlines lack of support! Bring on the election please. Steven Cooper, Island Bay

What a farce Dear Ed, I was really shocked to read (CSN, May 11) that the Mayor is still hell bent to ram through the Island Bay cycleway, despite clear public opposition and the rage of the

Maintenance of seawall ‘lacking’ Dear Ed, the two years since the collapse of a section of seawall in Island Bay is a long time to leave a damaged community facility without proper maintenance. It is now more than six months since public outcry forced a rebuilding – although we understood that the job would be done poorly so that the wall will fail. Inaction in repairing the seawall can be recognised as deliberate policy. Once it has been left to be further damaged the way will be open to

pull it down and destroy roads, replaced by an inadequate sand dune. All this has been clearly visible. The wall has done its job for more than 70 years. We watched with bemusement a few years ago when useless cosmetic patches were put in place while structural weakness of corroded metal rods was ignored. Roads and footpaths have been repaired many times but maintenance of the wall has been lacking. John Robinson

The God conversation Dear Ed, naturally I was very interested in the May 25 ‘Word on the Street’ answers from seven people asked whether they believed in God. This time, only three of them were agnostics or pantheists. Of the other four, two seemed to be keen Christians. Of course there are many non-Christians who somehow believe in God; but I like to think that the young guy who did, though not knowing why, could also be a Christian. He didn't say whether or not he is a Christian. At any rate, it looks as though some of the heathen Darwinist/neo-Marxist/ nihilist brainwashing that people have had from teachers, the media, apostate clergy, and so forth has not been accepted by some

people. That doesn't surprise us Calvinists: we know that no amount of conditioning can change God's decrees of either election (for a small minority) or reprobation for the majority. At some stage, the elect will believe and be saved; but the reprobate will never believe, so will be lost. Don't be shocked at that: the wonder is that God saves any at all! Further, his election is unconditional, and simply his will. Yes, many saved people don't know they were elected, and may even flatly deny they were; but when they get to Heaven, they'll realise we Calvinists were quite right, and election is the ultimate reason they have got there! H Westfold, Miramar


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Public support for plan – Wade-Brown Wellington’s 10-year plan is a step closer to coming into existence after Council deliberations wrapped-up last week. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says Wellington City Council’s ‘Invest to Grow’ theme for the Long Term Plan has been given strong public support. She says 71 percent of people who used the Council’s consultation website support the

overall 10-Year Plan. “Wellingtonians have told us that they like the idea of big proposals at the centre of our plan to stimulate growth in the city’s and region’s economy - like an airport runway extension, convention centre, museums and other initiatives,” Mayor Wade-Brown says. “Wellingtonians appreciate the strategic direction and our

commitment to ‘no cuts to services’.” The Mayor and Councillors spent several days last week debating the details of the 10Year Plan and considering the initiatives raised by submitters. The number of people who visited the website for the new LTP has more than doubled compared with 2012, she says. “On the whole, the feedback

we received is very supportive of the direction we are heading and our economic growth agenda.” Council had about 170 people speak at the Long Term Plan’s oral hearings. In total there were 1017 submissions received, including 597 emails, 232 online submissions and 188 written submissions in the post.

Sight impairment no barrier

ARTIST: Wellington artist Lauren Wepa has been left with lifelong sight impairment following treatment for cancer.

The after-effects of cancer treatment have left a Wellington designer with lifelong sight impairment, but that has not stopped her using her design skills to help charity CanTeen. Lauren Wepa, who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, is one of a number of designers who have created pieces for CanTeen’s 2015 greeting card range. As an after-effect of her cancer treatment, Lauren’s vision is impacted by light sensitivity, which means she must wear sunglasses permanently. She says this potential barrier to her design passion is a challenge CanTeen has helped her overcome. “CanTeen has been a huge support in my journey, helping me to defeat new-found obstacles, understand my emotions and grow from this experience,” Lauren says. “Being chosen as a designer for the 2015 greeting cards is a huge honour and I’m so happy to be able to help CanTeen fundraise to continue supporting Kiwis like me.” CanTeen’s 2015 greeting card range has been released and features designers from across New Zealand, all of whom are young people directly impacted by cancer. Lauren says CanTeen wanted to create a set of cards which would suit any occasion and which anyone would be excited to receive. The CanTeen greeting cards, which are sold as a fundraiser for the charity, are available to purchase from canteen.org. nz/shop for $16.

According to a Wellington City Council questionnaire 70 percent of respondents said they supported the Council’s broad approach to invest for growth. The research also found 75 percent supported an average rates increase of 3.9% over 10 years. Wellington City Council received 500 submissions on its plan for a cycling path network.

What the? Sculpture appears A mysterious sculpture has baffled Wellington City Council after it appeared in Oriental Bay last week. The Council posted a photo of the sculpture on Facebook and called for information on where it had come from. It appeared on the small grass area on Oriental Bay, at the bottom of Carlton Gore Road, on Monday or Tuesday last week.  Do you know where the sculpture came from? If you have any information about it please email news@wsn.co.nz.

PERPLEXED: This sculpture appeared in Oriental Bay last week and Wellington City Council wants to know where it has come from.

Get a glimpse behind the scenes Government House is normally restricted to pre-arranged tours, but if you have a buggy, you are invited inside the gates to stroll through the grounds that play host to a number of Wellington's exclusive visitors. The venue is the location for the next monthly Sport Wel-

lington Buggy Walk on June 4. The walks, which attract up to 300 participants - take place at a different location every month and aim to provide parents and caregivers with the opportunity to discover some of the many buggy friendly walking tracks throughout the Wellington region.

Rich with history and several heritage features, the grounds of Government House cover a total of 12 hectares and are endorsed as a ‘Garden of National Significance.’ Some of the walk will take place on the flat gardens before venturing up the picturesque, shrubbery lined hillside.

The track will cover a mixture of sealed walkways and grass, with slight inclines in some areas. The monthly Buggy Walks vary in length and difficulty but will usually take 45 – 60 minutes to complete. With no registration necessary, participants are encour-

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MINUTES WITH: Ange Halim Berhampore resident and medical student

If you could be somebody for a day who would it be?

Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with?

The female version of Louis Theroux. He is a fantastic documentary film maker. He covers really interesting groups of people and makes a documentary about his experience with them. Out of interest, I want to see who/what he covers next!

My friend Jochen who lives in Germany. He has done lots of things in life. He is a scientist, journalist, author and an intrepid traveller. He is so interesting and has so many incredible stories.

What would Cook Strait News readers be shocked to know about you? I have an obsession with pet names and yet I don’t have pets! I would love to name three black fish Hermann, Henry and Hank Halim, they could be the Halim Brothers. I would love to name two turtles Gerald and Nancy.

What meal do you never get sick of eating? Oats, banana, a sprinkling of cinnamon, a dash of honey and soy milk. I eat this (or a variation of this every day, sometimes three times a day) because I love it that much! Ask my flatmates!

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Who is your best friend and why? Jacky Chan! That is literally his name!

What would your super power be and why? Can I have two super powers? Med students have so many things to remember and sometimes you can’t remember them all. So I would love to have the ability to remember facts the same way computers remember facts, by pressing the save button. Secondly, I would love to be able to be at any one place at any time. Save time on walking, traveling and driving.

What is the best thing in your life right now? My hair cut at the moment – a girl’s gotta have a good haircut.

Juchnowicz, Lisa SELFIE TIME: Chris d Jimmy Jansen Duff, Sam Duff an Spain. hangout in Malaga,

COOL DOG: Sam snapped a pic of this fella chilling out on the streets of Barcelona, pet of the week may be?

From the Reporter’s desk Never does a quiet week pass by for Wellington’s Eastern and Southern Suburbs – from the busy bustling streets of Newtown and Kilbirnie to the sandy hotspots of Island Bay and Seatoun.

You know you are suffering from jet lag when you are wide awake at 3am on a Monday morning. That was me last week having spent the previous two days on three flights from London to Wellington. But despite the agony of being awake five and a half hours before starting back at work, I had a fantastic holiday! I spent a month trekking around Europe and having a blast with my trusty travel companion Jimmy. From getting sun burnt in Spain and pub crawls in Berlin to a tulip garden in Amsterdam and having a few pints in Scot-

SNAPPED: Lisa Duff has a go on a Segway in Grenada.

Roving reporter Sam Duff pounds the pavement to give you the lowdown of what is going on throughout your community. This is where he shares a few tales from his adventures.

land – we had a brilliant time. I highly recommend visiting Grenada in Spain which was absolutely stunning. Polishing off a jug of sangria while looking out at the Sierra Nevada mountain range suited me just fine. In Berlin it was fascinating to explore a city which had been torn apart by war and has put itself back together again. Amsterdam is an awesome city and certainly a lot of fun. The spookiest part of the trip was venturing into the vaults of Edinburgh, a series of damp and dark chambers formerly occupied by the city’s poorest residents.

A highlight for me was spending time with my sister and her boyfriend who live in London. We also managed to catch-up with a few old friends and even made some new ones along the way – shout-out to Adrian from Kosovo. But after a month of living out of a backpack it is nice to be home and to hear about what has been going on in the local community these past four weeks. I heard something about a flood?  As usual drop me a line if you have been winning awards, breaking records or just generally being awesome! Email samduff@wsn.co.nz


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baby. 6. Practise hypnobirthing Hypnobirthing classes are designed to help you stay calm and in control during labour and birth. The techniques used can also help you to eliminate distractions and focus on your body and your baby. 7. Keep a scan picture of your baby close by A picture of your baby’s scan on your phone or on your fridge door is a constant reminder that your bump is home to a little person. 8. Help daddy bond too Raising a child takes teamwork, and the sooner you and your partner learn to work together, the better. 9. Go for a walk Try taking some time out to bond with your bump by going for a walk. It’s great exercise and easy to fit into your daily routine, even if your working. 10. Respond to your baby’s kicks Feeling your baby move can be wonderfully reassuring after weeks of having no idea what she’s getting up to in there!

Gemini The Gemini child (born between May 21 to June 21) is very curious. All facets of life fascinate him, and he loves to explore nature. Gemini Baby quickly learns how to talk and walk. His parents must watch him carefully because he often strays from view. He needs to wander, to walk, to know, to communicate. This little genius will have you on your toes!

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1. Massage your bump A soothing way to bond with your baby is to gently massage your belly. This is safe to do after the first three months of pregnancy, and it’s a great way to relax and wind down. 2. Go swimming Swimming is a great way to take the weight off your feet, and it even gives you some idea of what life is like for your baby! Not only is swimming a safe way to exercise but since your baby’s floating in fluid too, it gives you a chance to relate to her. 3. Sing and talk to your baby Your baby’s hearing is developing all the time. From about 23 weeks she can enjoy the daily soundtrack of your heartbeat and the growling of your hungry tummy. 4. Have a bath A nice long soak is the perfect way to get away from it all and enjoy some real “me time”. 5. Try pregnancy yoga Antenatal yoga classes aren’t just a fantastic way to relax. They also help you focus on the amazing work your body is doing and pay closer attention to your growing

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The New Zealand Doll Federation, is having its 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Brentwood Hotel, Kilbirnie on 6th and 7th June. For the first time we are holding a Doll Show in conjunction with our biennial convention and will be proud to display our Competition Dolls alongside Award Winning Dolls our members have submitted to achieve their Gold Seal of Excellence Award. There will be trading

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Successful champs for young swimmers By Dave Crampton

the golds,” he says. “But the (other) times were a bit off.” Thomas also had a better meet this year, given he was one of the older swimmers in his age group. Like most swimmers he peaked for the National Age Grade (NAG) champs two weeks prior, and had not trained much since. He still got three first placings. “I was able to get on the podium – I was expecting to be close to my personal bests, given I’ve come off NAGs,” he says. Wellington College swimming coordinator Martin Vaughan was pleased with his team. “The boys went well, we got what we were capable of getting – a lot of them got personal bests,” he says. Atakura Julian, 14, also headed the field in the 100m freestyle and was runner-up in the 50m freestyle. Scots College’s Sean Aitchison took out the 200m backstroke event.

Wellington College had the goods at the North Island Secondary School’s swimming champs in Palmerston North on May 23. They were one of the country’s top colleges at the event. Six of the school’s nine swimmers got top three placings, with Devlin Forsythe, 17 winning all his events and Thomas Watkins, 14, securing top three placings in all his swims. Entries were limited to four individual events, in two categories, under 15, and 15 and over. Wellington College’s A team also took out one of the two relay events. It was Devlin’s fourth time at these champs, and the first time he has come away with four wins – the 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 200m individual medley, and the 100m butterfly - one in a personal best time just two weeks after nationals. “I was happy with the personal best, and

WINNER: Devlin Forsythe, 17, won all his events at the North Island Secondary School’s swimming champs.

GOOD EFFORT: Thomas Watkins, 14, secured top three placings in all his events.

Top season for Worser Bay By Sam Duff

WINNERS: Jules Appleby, 12, and Ella Court, 10, have had a successful season with the Worser Bay Surf Life Saving Club. PHOTO: Sam Duff

She says that she still cannot believe that she came first in the event. Beach flags is her favourite event to take part in for surf life saving because you have to run fast to win. Meanwhile, Jules Appleby, 12, came first overall in the Capital Coast regional under 12 boy’s competition. Jules says he was surprised to do so well in the competition because he did not do as well last year. “I have gotten a lot better at my swimming,” he says. Jules says he enjoys surf life saving because there are so many different events.

Worser Bay Surf Life Saving Club has been busy celebrating a successful season on and off the water for many of its members. Head coach, Lizzy Bunckenburg, says she is very proud of the club after it came third overall in the Capital Coast Junior Surf Series. “It is great because we are actually quite a small club,” Lizzy says. “Everyone did really, really well. We achieved a lot.” Ella Court, 10, from Seatoun School, picked-up a gold medal in the under-11 girls beach flags event.

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Race winner eyes next comp By Adele Redmond

Mount Victoria’s Matthew McCarty beat his friend and classmate and around 40 other children to win the Mount Victoria Mini D downhill mountain-biking race recently.

Twelve-year-old Matthew, a Year 8 pupil at Clyde Quay School, was first in his age division and had the fastest time of all Mini D contestants, clocking in at 75 minutes. Matthew, a cyclist since age five, has already partici-

pated in “about four or five” races, including the Por t Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club’s spring series last year. He beat classmate Marek Crighton and neighbour Chester Bishop-Brown with whom he

RIDING TO VICTORY: Mini D winner Matthew McCarty and friend Chester Bishop-Brown with their mountain bikes.

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prepared for the race. “We pre-rode the course the day before, but it had changed a bit from last year,” Matthew says. “I think it helped. I found the course quite simple”. Chester, who finished fourth in the ten to 12-year-old boy’s race, says he knew Matthew would win because “he always wins”. The boys completed the trail of Mount Victoria ridgeline and lower walking tracks which Wellington Mountain Biking Club secretary Russel Garlick says is a modification of the adults’ Super D course. “Given the age of the kids it’s still quite a long track,” Russel says. He says the competition, which drew about 170 participants overall, was pushed back from its initial March date due to scheduling conflicts with other biking events. “It was a pretty solid turnout. With the weather on Thursday and Friday we were a wee bit concerned about it being wet and slippery, but it turned out alright.” For Matthew, who has a new medal to display, the day could not have gone better. “It felt good to win. I was excited,” he says. He will consider entering the Super D next year when he becomes too old for the children’s division.

Football kicks-off in capital As international football body FIFA became embroiled in a large-scale corruption crisis last week, teams began arriving in Wellington for the FIFA under-20 World Cup 2015. The competition kicked-off in New Zealand on Saturday. In Wellington Argentina began their campaign by taking on Panama. Ghana and Austria then went headto-head in a match at the Wellington Regional Stadium. Wellington will host four double-headers and a quarter final for the competition. Argentina and Ghana arrived in the capital with an official welcoming ceremony last Tuesday. The cultural welcome from local Iwi included Kapa Haka performances by groups from Wellington Girls' College and Wellington College. Each welcome included a hariru and hongi, waiata and the presentation of a taonga team gift. Argentina's ambassador Fernando Escalona was at the airport to greet his team as were a group of passionate Argentine football fans. Argentina have been the most successful team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, winning the title six times – one more than Brazil. Ghana won the tournament in 2009 and have also been runners-up in 1993 and 2001. They finished third in Turkey in 2013. They are just two of the teams that will play at the Wellington Regional Stadium during the group stage of the competition.

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