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During an exclusive interview with Cook Strait News last week the newly crowned winner of the Wellington Toyworld Lego Competition dropped a bombshell – he mixes his Lego pieces together. Island Bay School pupil, Austin Wilkinson, 7, was recently titled the local Lego champion by Auckland-based Lego bigwigs for his tree house creation, which took two days to construct. Austin, who keeps his Lego in two large boxes at home, says the tree house was inspired by a book he has been reading called the 13-Storey Treehouse by author Andy Griffiths. Continued on page 2 BLOCK BY BLOCK: Austin Wilkinson, 7, won the Wellington Toyworld Lego Competition recently. PHOTO: Sam Duff


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Austin the ‘master builder’ Continued from page 1 “It has got lots and lots of levels,” says Austin, who first started playing with Lego when he was four-years-old. By winning the Wellington store he was one of 28 kids from throughout the country who had the chance of winning a trip for four to Legoland in Los Angeles. Austin missed out on the New Zealand title, and the trip to Legoland, but he says he will be entering again next year. He says it was pretty awesome to win the Lego competition for the Wellington store. When he returned to school and told his friends about the win, Austin says he was titled the ‘master builder’, a reference to the Lego Movie. Austin says on average he spends about a day per week working on his Lego creations. As well as winning the recent competition, for which he won a $100 voucher to put towards the colourful building blocks, Austin also won the 2014 Moore Wilson Lego Competition,

when he was just six-years-old. Austin says the first Lego set that he played with was his father’s from when he was a child. “I like that you can spend a lot of time on it and there’s lots of different types of blocks,” he says. “And you can create what you want with it.” Austin’s father, Dan Wilkinson, says he likes seeing the amount of creativity that his son puts into his Lego creations. Dan says he is constantly amazed by the level of concentration Austin has when he is working on his Lego. Asked how many pieces of Lego he has lost during the years, Austin says only four things have ever gone missing, one of which was rediscovered. Austin’s favourite set of Lego is his Swamp Police Station which he purchased with his $100 voucher. He says that so far he has kept it separate from his other pieces.

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Monday June 8, 2015

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Liquor ban meeting

As Council begins hearing oral submissions on its Gambling Venues Policy, one submitter says the number of pokie machines in Wellington needs to be reduced. Wellington City Council is currently reviewing the policy, which covers non-casino gaming machines – or pokie machines and gambling at TABs. Recommended changes to the policy include lowering the maximum limits so that no more than two additional venues can be established in any zone. Another change would allow venues to relocate and take their existing entitlement of machines with them provided it is within Wellington’s central zone. Problem Gambling Foundation volunteer, Caroline Glaser, says pokie machines are harming the community and there should be fewer of them. “People tell us that they really don’t want them in their local area,” she says. “According to the research pokie machines are the most addictive type of gambling.” Caroline says she first became involved with the Problem Gambling Foundation about two years ago.

Following discussions with the Kilbirnie business community and residents, Councillor Simon Marsh has called a public meeting to gauge community interest and support for a liquor ban in Kilbirnie. Cr Marsh says there is an increasing number of reports from the Kilbirnie community about anti-social behaviour, including public consumption of alcohol. The meeting will be held at the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre on June 16, 7pm till 8.30pm.

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SPEAKING OUT: Caroline Glaser says Wellington City Council needs to reduce the number of pokie machines throughout the city. PHOTO: Sam Duff

“Once I got involved in it I realised it was such a problem. Pokie machines are so accessible and they have become normalised.” She says as a volunteer she often hears stories from people who have been affected by problem gambling. “It is really heart breaking to hear children talk about their parents not being there for them as they are pre-occupied with gambling,” says Caroline, who often works on Problem Gam-

bling Foundation information stalls in the community. Another step Wellington City Council should take is to support our communities to be more aware of the harm of gambling, Caroline says. “It’s an addiction and it needs to be treated like that,” she says. “We get educated about the harm of drugs and alcohol but not gambling.” Having spoken to members of the public there is a huge amount of support to reduce the

number of pokies in Wellington, she says. The Problem Gambling Foundation provides free, professional and confidential counselling services for both gamblers and others affected by gambling. For more information about the Problem Gambling Foundation go to  Should pokie machines be banned completely? Or are they harmless? Email news@ and let us know what you think.

A month off the booze for July Could you go a month without having a few bevvies with the boys at the rugby club? Would a night without a bottle of pinot noir be a scary thought? Many locals from throughout the Eastern and Southern suburbs will be putting down their nightly alcoholic beverage for a good cause in the month of July. Registrations are now open for Dry July, a fundraising

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Blood and Cancer Centre. The money was put towards real cups for patients to use for morning tea, up-to-date magazines and the daily paper to read, an i-pod to play music during radiation therapy, and new gowns for patients to wear for their treatments. This year, six beneficiary services will benefit, with the Cancer Society of New Zealand and Southern Blood

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Two decades of song and dance

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Holes were dug and soil was everywhere on Friday as Wellingtonians celebrated Arbor Day. At Vice Regal Park, behind Wellington College and adjacent to Government House, the Mayor and Governor-General, along with local school students, conservation groups and Council staff planted about 3000 trees and plants. The event kicked-off the start of the annual planting season.

Every Friday at the Island Bay Presbyterian Church, Anne Neal and her puppet Jack, sing, dance and have a great time. This month Anne is celebrating 20 years of holding preschool music and movement classes, through the South Wellington Parents Centre, at the church. The Karori resident says she first got involved with children’s music groups when she and her husband moved to Dunedin with their small children. “I thought ‘what shall I do to meet people’? So, I took my two small children along to a music group,” Anne says. Before long Anne, a former art curator for the National Library, was running the group. On returning to Wellington and moving to the suburb of Island Bay, Anne says she got involved with the South Wellington Parents Centre. “I suggested it might be nice to start up a music group,” she says. “We started with one

It is about us Local resident, Grant Corbishley, will hold a talk about the Houghton Valley environs at the Roxy Theatre this week. For the past five years Grant has been listening to his neighbours, their stories, their knowledge of the local past and their ideas for the future. From these encounters, 30 local projects have been initiated. The talk outlines how these projects have bought about social change and greater cohesiveness amongst locals. Grant’s talk, It’s About Us, is on Thursday June 11 at 7pm.

Goodbye Kirks Famous Wellington department store, Kirkcaldie and Stains, is set to close and is beingturned into a David Jones store. Kirks, as it is affectionately known, has been operating for 152 years. David Jones has pledged to offer employment to the majority of existing Kirk’s staff.  Are you sad to see Kirks go? Email and let us know what you think.

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CELEBRATION: Anne Neal has been taking preschool music and movement classes at the Island Bay Presbyterian Church for 20 years. PHOTO: Sam Duff

class and ended up with four classes.” Anne says these days she also holds similar classes, for zero to four year-olds, at the

Miramar Family Space and the Karori Recreation Centre. “I just see so much benefit for the children,” she says. “They learn skills without

even realising it. Anne says she enjoys incorporating a whole range of different types of music into her classes. “I love exploring music with the children.” The classes include exploring making sounds, the early principles of music and finger play. “Music is very important for brain development.” Asked why she has been taking the classes for so many years, Anne says she loves watching the developmental impact the music can bring to the children. She adds that the classes are also a way for her to let her hair down. “You have to be a bit of a clown to do it really,” she says. A morning tea to celebrate Anne’s two decades of work will be held on Friday June 19 at the Island Bay Presbyterian Church at 11.30am. Everyone who has enjoyed her sessions over the years is invited to attend and share coffee, photos and memories.

Town belt bill one step closer An updated bill to protect Wellington’s Town Belt is set to be introduced to Parliament. Wellington City Council last week formally notified its intention to promote the Wellington Town Belt Bill in Parliament. If passed by members of Parliament, the bill will help to modernise the governance arrangements for the Town Belt under the Town Belt Deed. The bill would allow land to be added and, in some cases,

removed from the Town Belt. The Town Belt is the extensive crescent shaped landscape of trees and tracks that surrounds Wellington City and is the green backdrop to the harbour. The bill will be introduced into Parliament by Wellington Central MP, Grant Robertson. Public comment was sought by Wellington City Council in 2013, before the bill was drafted.

The completed Wellington Town Belt Bill was approved by Council in September 2014 and further changes were made in February 2015. Na t u r a l E nv i r o n m e nt portfolio leader, Councillor Helene Ritchie, says Wellington’s Town Belt is unique. “This local Bill will provide greater protection to the Town Belt, will give far greater say to the community on its management and will guard its special status for

generations to come,” she says. Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Iona Pannett, says it is critical to protect the Town Belt. “It’s the lungs of our city and fosters health, public recreation and the City’s natural heritage,” she says. Copies of the Bill are available for public inspection until June 22, during opening hours at the Wellington Central Library.

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Monday June 8, 2015

Creating a strong community By Emma Taylor

LEAKY BUILDING: The unused Central Regional Health School Building on Russell Terrace in Berhampore. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Leaky building remains closed The weeds are continuing to grow and the grime is getting darker at an unused building on Berhampore’s Russell Terrace. The former Central Regional Health School building has created challenges for the organisation since 2013 when they had to leave their base. Cook Strait News has been

contacted by readers who are concerned about the waste involved in not using a relatively modern building. According to the CR HS 2013 annual report there were long standing and unresolved leaky building issues with the building which had significant health impacts on staff.

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Developments are taking flight in the wider Brooklyn community, as a group of residents named after the Kaka birds, have decided to take their future into their own hands. Residents from Brooklyn, Kingston, Panorama Heights, Kowhai Park, Mornington and Vogletown are working alongside the Wellington City Council to set up new community spaces in their area. They set up the Kaka Project in order to take their communities’ future into their own hands. Because they wanted to encompass the wider community, they decided on the name Kaka as the bird’s flight path often goes over the valley from the sanctuary. As part of the WCC’s long-term plan, the Kaka Project hopes that they can develop a Hub in Brooklyn and a precinct in Voglemorn, in order to create spaces for the community to come together. They also hope to continue to improve community celebrations and connectedness, as well as change their impact on the environment. The project was set up around the end of May last year, after residents fought to save the Voglemorn Hall. The Kaka Project’s steering group member, Sophie Jerram, says that the project has created a stronger community, which is standing up and making their own decisions.

“It is about us taking control,” she says. Traditionally councils will write up a plan and residents will look over and read it, but the Kaka Project has reversed that, Sophie says. This is evident by the Kaka Project’s long-term plan submission, which was composed by locals through coffee mornings, public meetings and surveys. The Kaka Project has gone out and asked people what they want, and then a plan was written up, she says. The good thing about it is that irrespective of grants or further money the Kaka Project already has the commitment to do more projects, she says. Wellington City Council’s service development and improvement manager, Jamie Dyhrberg, is part of the team at the Council that works alongside the Kaka Project and helps facilitate their goals. “The Kaka Project is good because people that know best about their community are the people that live there,” he says. Jamie says that the Kaka Project changes the relationship between the council and communities. “(There) can be an ‘us and them’ arrangement where people feel we are doing things to the community, and this is not how we want things to be,” he says. The council will sign off their Long Term plan at the end of June.


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What would Cook Strait News readers be shocked to know about you? I went out with a rugby player in my past life and went on the Cavaliers’ tour to South Africa.

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My children, Isabella and Gene.

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I would like to be able to fly, because in my dreams I fly just above the power lines and it’s a great way of getting away from the bad guys.

What would you change about the world? Stop the exploitation of workers in the clothing factories in third world countries.

Street artist donates to school By Jeremy Wilkinson

A mural painted by Wellington street artist “Ghostie” which previously adorned a recently demolished apartment complex is to be gifted to Berhampore School. Ghostie, whose real name is Sean Duffell, was commissioned by Housing New Zealand to paint four plywood fences around the complex. Ghostie has a distinct style and his works are cle a rly r e cog n isable around Wellington for their bright colours and intricate patterns. A l ic e Da n iel-K i rk , Area Manager for HNZ,

says the artworks were done while the complex was vacant and awaiting a decision on the buildings future. Tenants from the complex were re-housed in 2012 after Housing New Zealand were alerted about issues with the weather tightness of the building. The complex was demolished in early 2015 after further testing by HNZ found asbestos in the building. Berha mpore School Principal, Mark Potter, says the school will be installing the mural as soon as they decide on an exact location for it. “The mural relates to

the Britomart complex and we would like them to be on Britomart Street somewhere. “Housing New Zealand was aware they would be doing something in a public place. I think they felt if they were going to put up a fence they should put up something that would add to that space. “When you’ve gone to the extent to hire a professional artist it would be nice to retain it somewhere in the community.” The mural covers four large marine-ply panels and Potter says the school would be happy to take all four if they have enough space.

GIFTED: One of the murals painted by “Ghostie” on the gate of the Britomart apartment complex. PHOTO: Sean Duffell

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The teaching side of dance interested Lorna, who moved to New Zealand in 2006. She came for two years and has lived here ever since. Asked what she enjoys about being a dance teacher and running Leaping Lizards Dance Studio, Lorna says it is everything. “I get to spend my entire day with a lot of crazy kids dancing and having great time.” PBA  For more information about Leaping Lizards dance studio go to

The traditional Chinese form of Qigong uses breath, relaxation and movement to allow chi, or energy, to move freely through the body. Cynthia Shaw is this year celebrating 15 years of being involved in Dayan Qigong, a style of Qigong which is more than 2000 years old. “It is about bringing chi to the organs, the bones and to the muscles,” she says. “It is all about good health.” Cynthia says it came from the tradition of monks living on the Kunlun Mountains, in Western China, watching the geese as they travelled north. They observed their movements and this was the beginning of Dayan Qigong, which translates to Wild Goose Qigong. For the past ten years Cynthia says she has been a Dayan Qigong instructor and each year she travels to England for further instruction. Many who have come to her classes have found they have increased energy levels and focus. Cynthia holds two Wild Goose Qigong classes each week, one at St Marks Community Hall by the Basin Reserve and

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Halting the allergic march Strathmore resident Karmella Naidoo’s fascination with the immune system led her on a path to a PhD on eczema. Karmella, a Malaghan Institute researcher, came to New Zealand after doing an undergraduate degree in South Africa and fell in love with the country. With her degree in bio-medical science she had no trouble getting work in diagnostic laboratories and she then decided to study further at Victoria University. She was hired by the Malaghan Institute as a research officer and was asked if she would like to do her PhD. “I developed a fascination with the immune system and its intricacies,” she says.

Karmella received a grant of $20,000 from the Nikau Foundation in December last year to enable her to do her PhD on eczema. She has just finished her first year of the study with help from the funding. “I am very grateful for the grant. It costs a lot of money to design experiments and perform appropriate tests. The equipment we use too is very expensive. “We rely a lot on funding in science.” The research for her PhD will involve investigating the immune cells that drive allergic skin inflammation and by so doing it is hoped that specific targets for the treatment and prevention of eczema can be identified. Allergic reactions are an over-response of the immune system to a

normally harmless substance. Usually eczema is treated with steroids but this dampens down the entire immune system, she says. One in five children in New Zealand are affected by eczema and it is a disease which compromises the health of these affected children and leads to a poor quality of life for them and their families. A more severe problem, beyond eczema is that many of the children who develop eczema in early life, are at a higher risk to develop some type of food allergy and many go on to develop asthma in later life, Karmella says. This is what is known as the allergic march. By treating the eczema, we could potentially halt the allergic march, she says.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Does New Zealand need a new flag? Why? Why not?

Katie Gibson, Hataitai

Jessica Scott, Melrose

Matthew Earle, Newtown

Anthony Blakemore, Island Bay

Conor O’Donnell, Auckland

“No, we should be focussed on more important things like child poverty.”

“Yes, it looks too much like the Australian flag.”

“I don’t see the point, it is unnecessary. There’re a lot more issues that need to be addressed.”

“I can see why a lot of people say yes. I’m a Brit so it doesn’t really bother me.”

“No, there’s nothing wrong with the flag we’ve got. The money could be better spent elsewhere.”

Jaymien Patel, Newtown “I don’t think so, it’s actually pretty good right now. We should keep it the same.”

LETTERS to the editor Promote love, equality and acceptance Dear Ed, correspondent H. Westfold is nothing but a bully and an instigator (CSN, June 1).

By publishing his archaic and hurtful diatribes, the Cook Strait News is justifying sexism,

PEN TO PAPER: H Williamson says serial letter writer H Westfold should find the strength to open his heart to all people.

homophobia and bullying towards women (and men), taking society backwards over 100 years. He could not be more wrong, and he is putting himself in a very lonely place with his views. Because feminism at its core is about equality, not man-hating, the vast majority of people in this country are feminists in their values, weather they or not subscribe to the label. Comparing feminism to Nazi Germany is the more ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Nazi Germany is probably a better example of when you let patriarchy and religious zealotry go far too far. Mr Westfold is delusional if he thinks that having women in equal leadership to men is going to cause any worse problems than

an entirely male-driven society. Cathy Agnew (CSN, May 25) is correct. When Mr Westfold says that women should not have equal opportunities to men, it is no different than saying nonwhite races should not be equal to whites. How is this a good thing for a young woman 9or man) to read in her community paper? Just because a small minority of the community might agree with him (do they really?), doesn’t mean that it is right. I’m sure Mr Westfold loves the fact that his voice is so strong in our community papers, but it’s time for the rest of us to drown him out, because bullies should not be the loudest among us. Please, women, continue to spread your love, strength, intel-

Pointing out a malapropism

Keep the letters coming

Dear Ed, It was nice to get a mention from your correspondent Jaden Sears (CSN, May 25) who seemed to enjoy your (CSN, May 18) interview of me for “Five Minutes with...”, even if Ms Agnew did not. I agree with him about the performance of our beloved Mayor; but in his context, the word “relinquish” was a malapropism. She could voluntarily relinquish her chain of office, but cannot be “relinquished of” it by us voters: we can divest her of it, though. And again about grammar, Ms Agnew, like countless other people for the last 50-odd years, needs to be told that the word “however” is an adverb and nothing else, so cannot correctly be also used as a

Dear Ed, I never write to editors but thought I would just to express my fascination with H. Westfold. He has a flair of disagreeing with everything that I might value. Things like fairness, equality, cycle lanes – goodness me, the list goes on and Mr. H. Westfold

Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right

conjunction instead of “but”. Such people seem to think a little word like “but” isn't impressive enough! Most such solecisms stem from a wish to use a long word instead of a perfectly correct short one; and sometimes the users have a mistaken idea of what some word means, if it looks/sounds similar to another word whose meaning they do know. Yes, she could correctly have begun a new sentence with “However” separated by a comma, as an adverb modifying a whole sentence that partly contradicted the one just before it - that's the difference. H Westfold, Miramar to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

ligence, and value throughout all areas of life, not just the kitchen. Please, Cook Strait News, rise above the current position of support for a divisive bully in our community, instead support people who promote love, equality, acceptance and connection of all other people in our community, and we will continue to enjoy reading your paper. A final note to Mr Westfold, when you can find the strength to open your heart to all people, all life around you, you may find a sense of peace and happiness you have never known. If not, I suggest you start your very own paper, you seem to have more than enough views to fill one. H Williamson, Island Bay

has a view on it all. It’s wonderfully entertaining. A few weeks ago he answered your questions, Five Minutes with H, and amused me with his views. To my sheer delight, there were two letters from him in this week’s (CSN June 1) episode.

H, this is from me to you, I disagree with most things you say but enjoy you a lot. When you are in heaven, pray for my lost soul. Until then, keep writing letters and I’ll keep reading them. Catchya later. Michael McCormack, Island Bay

the public space? That’s right its property owners! So if you are going to punish the property owners, Andy Foster, then you have to accept that people will have a say on how this public space should be used.

And in a democracy I think it is correct to say that the majority voice wins. So Andy, what do the majority of people say? Jenny Burgess, Island Bay

Majority rules Dear Ed, I refer to your article ‘Kilbirnie cycle decision deferred’ (CSN, June 1) in which Councillor Andy Foster stated that property owners have no right to public space. Who does he think pays for

Look at cycle safety record Dear Ed, with all the talk about the Island Bay cycleway proposal, where is the discussion about the scandalous safety record of cycling in Wellington? The number of deaths and injuries is appalling and must remain

at the top of the discussion about cycleways. How will proposed cycleways improve safety for cyclists? The automobile has been dominant for so long that there seems to be a sense that little must

change for motorists. That would be a desperate nonsense and not a good look for a supposedly forward looking Wellington. Richard Keller, Lyall Bay

Monday June 8, 2015



Arty bees at Miramar Central GOOD TIMES: Carlos Feasey, 9, shows off his volcano.

PHOTOS: Sam Duff

ARTY FUN: Tom Bonert, 9, drew a design of his own shoe.

KIDS IN ACTION: Wilson Li, 8, created his own comic book strip. GETTING CREATIVE: Chasity Kent, 9, proudly stands with her volcano.

ALL SMILES: Krish Malhotra, 8, with his volcano.

JOY OH JOY: Tane Heke, 8, and his class drew Anzac poppies.

MINI MONET: Julian Martin, 10, with his group’s volcano.

By Sam Duff

Everything from dancing giraffes to erupting volcanoes were on display at Miramar

BRUSHES OUT: Pearl Heke, 6, drew a dancing giraffe.

Central School last week. All the pupils from the school contributed a piece of artwork for the annual art exhibition.

Teacher, Rachel Burke, says Miramar Central School has been holding an exhibition each year for the past few years to

show-off student’s work. “The whole school gets involved,” she says. Art has been integrated with

the other subjects pupils have been studying, for example one class has been learning about volcanoes, Rachel says.

friend and follower – the greatest privilege for any woman – then and now. Jesus gave women a place of honour and respect. He did not condemn them for wrong life-style choices, but forgave them and

offered them a better way. He avoided legalism with its deadly demands and offered women life-changing love instead. I know which I would rather have. Judith Baxter, Oriental Bay

LETTERS to the editor A more merciful view than that of Mr Westfold Dear Ed, as a woman and a Christian I’m very grateful that Jesus’ views on women were much more merciful than those of H Westfold (CSN, June 1). While the Old Testament certainly describes Israel as a patri-

archal society, it also highlights many exceptional women who had great influence in the affairs of the nation, as well as in their primary role as wives and mothers. Jesus brought women out of their position as “second-class citizens”

centuries before the feminist movement ever existed. When visiting the home of his friends Mary and Martha, he reminded Martha that there was a greater role for her than being in the kitchen – that of being his close

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Sleeping Well Sleep restores our bodies and minds and allows them to maintain normal function during waking hours. So, it pays to ensure we get enough sleep, and on a regular basis. But how, especially if we have lost the knack for getting off to sleep, or staying asleep, or both? Self Care pharmacists have a few tips to help you develop good sleeping habits. For starters, if sleep does not come then get out of bed and do something else. Don’t lie there tossing and turning, in a panic because you cannot sleep. If your sleep problems are a regular feature, and constantly you are unable to go to sleep or stay asleep (insomnia), then keep the bedroom only for sleeping. Don’t watch TV in bed, or do work in the bedroom, if sleep eludes you. And don’t stay in bed reading or generally lying in. Your mind and body need to know that “bed means sleep”, and nothing else. Keeping to this policy, and being consistent about the time you go to bed and wake up, can bring about improvements in sleep patterns. Sleep problems can be caused by a number of things: • temperature of the room is too hot or too cold, or the room is not well ventilated • too much noise around the bedroom area • certain medicines that can keep you awake if you take them too close to

bedtime • drinking too much coffee, or other beverages containing caffeine (e.g. tea and V) around bedtime • feeling pain due to a chronic illness • if you take work or family/personal pressures and stresses to bed with you. Trying to identify what is causing sleep problems is the first step to overcoming them. Worrying about not sleeping usually makes it worse. But remember, the amount of sleep needed varies from person to person, and generally our requirements decrease with age. Here are some things you can do to help you sleep well: • avoid naps during the day • at night-time avoid taking stimulant medicines (e.g. phenylephrine which is found in most cold preparations) which can keep you awake • ask your pharmacist about other medicines you are taking that might be the cause of your poor sleep • at bed-time avoid drinks that contain caffeine • avoid drinking large quantities of fluids because of the effect on your bladder during the night • before bed-time listen to soft music or read light-hearted books that can help you relax • get some exercise during the day so your body is tired and ready for rest at night

• give yourself time in the evening to wind down before bed – try relaxation breathing exercises, or meditation. “If these self-help suggestions do not work and you continue to have sleep problems, then it may be helpful to take medicines” say Self Care pharmacists, “but only for short periods of time to avoid becoming dependent. While it is important to

allow our bodies to develop their own sleep patterns and routines, medicines can have a place in assisting the long-term insomniac”. Sleep problems also can arise through disturbed sleep caused by heavy snoring and, at the worst end of the snoring spectrum, sleep apnoea (where the snorer stops breathing for short periods and then gasps as breath is restored – which causes sleep

disturbance). Your doctor can help diagnose sleep apnoea and suggest appropriate treatment. Ask about the Pharmacy Self Care fact card on Sleeping Well, and for advice about appropriate medicines, which may require a prescription from your doctor.  Prepared by Pharmacy Self Care, Pharmaceutical Society of NZ Inc, 16-20 Willis St, Wellington

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a gold medal in decathlon. In later years she married famehungry Kardashian family matriarch, Kris Jenner, and became well known as a reality TV star. On April 25, in an interview with Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn told viewers she now identified as female. Last week, in an interview with Vanity Fair, Caitlyn unveiled her new name and images were posted on the internet of her dressed in a white leotard. It can be hard to be yourself if what you are is not generally accepted as ‘normal’. Caitlyn, in a rather significant way, has helped anybody who is struggling to be themselves and has shown all of us we have the power to embrace being a little different. I think that is pretty neat.




As expected there were a range of reactions when former Olympian, turned reality TV star, Bruce Jenner unveiled his new female-self last week. Welcome to the world Caitlyn Jenner - we need more people like you to stand up for what they are and not give a damn. It is easy to use words such as freak, weird and strange when you do not understand something. We are all guilty of criticising anybody who is different, anybody who dares to be courageous enough to be themself. But maybe we should all take a step back and congratulate this incredibly gutsy lady. Caitlyn, who at the time identified as a man, competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and picked-up


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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. 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.

day journey from Landskrona, Sweden. With the Strait Feronia going into service, old ship, the Santa Regina will retire.



‘Chance to stare and digest’ - performer Lipstick lists, invented instruments and selfies are all part of Virginia Kennard’s performance installation, You Occupy My Body by Looking. Wellington-based Virginia delves into how we look at bodies, at women and at ourselves in her ongoing series of performances that use her own body as a surface. The audience is encouraged to sit and draw, as in a life drawing class, and will get the opportunity to look back at themselves, through a fulllength mirror. Virginia says she will be giving solo performances and inviting a variety of artists to perform as well. Having previously spent time as an artist in Glasgow, Virginia says she trained in Wellington and Auckland. She has created choreographies for several festivals and exhibited work at Sound: Gender: Feminism:Activism in London. You Occupy My Body by Look-

ing will include nods to feminist performance artists, with 21stcentury twists, including selfies, investigations of intersectionality, and digitally-inspired musical performances. Aspects of The Lady Garden, a performance installation of live naked women, will also be included. Virginia has presented several editions of The Lady Garden over the last three years, each performance raising questions of why and how we look at women. “We exist in a proto-digital world whereby we filter our reality through cell phones and a camera lens,” Virginia says. “By asking people to renegotiate how they look at bodies I want to offer the opportunity to stare and digest.” You Occupy My body by Looking will be performed daily at Toi Poneke Gallery till June 20.

Monday June 8, 2015


A life time in athletics By Sam Duff

Geoff was awarded his MNZM for services to athletics, having spent the past 40 years involved in the sport in Wellington’s Eastern suburbs. When Cook Strait News spoke with Geoff, a former public servant, early last week he had already received more than 100 emails, phone calls and Facebook messages congratulating him on the honour. “It is really great, it really is” he says. “I had an aunty who was given an MBE for military service and a cousin who was given an MBE for girl guides so it is quite a thrill to be given something that is known in the family.” Growing up in Picton and then

Whanganui, Geoff says he was a runner at school, though not excepAthletics coach Geoff Henry says tionally good in his opinion. he does not yet know what he will Moving to Wellington as a young wear the day he meets the Governor man to study at Victoria University, General and becomes a Member of Geoff became heavily involved in the New Zealand Order of Merit – skin diving. but his wife has told him it will not But it was not until his children be a track suit. started school and he was coaching Several weeks ago the Strathmore an Oriental Rongotai rugby side that Park resident opened his letterbox he got involved in athletics. and discovered he would be one of “After a while we decided the boys the recipients of a Queen’s Birthday weren’t fit enough or fast enough. Honour. At the same time there weren’t any He had to stay quiet, not even sports for girls.” telling friends and family at his For these reasons Geoff, along with grandson’s recent fifth birthday, his wife Phyllis, decided to set-up about the MNZM until they were an athletics club for children in the publicly announced during Queen’s Eastern suburbs. Birthday weekend. They posted a notice for the new club in the local paper and expected about 30 kids to show up to Miramar Central School where the first session was to be held. Arriving slightly late, Geoff and Phyllis were taken aback to find more than 300 kids at the school keen to take part. That was the beginning of the Eastern Suburbs Children’s Athletics Club whicj in time moved to Newtown Stadium and merged with the Wellington Harriers Club. These days Geoff, who was at one time on the boards of Sport Wellington and the Boys and Girls Institute, is still involved in the Wellington Harrier Athletic Club, though he limits his coaching to once a week. Geoff says he could not have done HONOURED: Geoff Henry shows off the letters he got from the Governor what he has done during the years General and Prime Minister telling him he has been awarded an MNZM. without the support of his wife PHOTO: Sam Duff Phyllis.


Ping brings home gold A local fencing coach, who was a professional in the sport in China, has bought home a gold medal from the New Zealand North Island Fencing Championships. Ping Yuan, who lives in Lower Hutt but coaches 50 fencers at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie, won the gold medal for the women's foil. She says her students have also recently competed in both the New Zealand North Island Fencing Championships and New Zealand U23 Foil Fencing Competition, both of which were held from May 30 till June 1. At the North Island competition, Ping says there were many fencers in attendance from throughout the country. Her students Clovis Dyson and Felix Boyce, who is set to compete at the 2015 Commonwealth Junior Fencing Championships in Cape Town, both won bronze medals in the men's foil individual. “It's very obvious that both Clovis and Felix have potential and are outstanding young fencing athletes,” Ping says. Sarah Louis William won fifth place in the women's foil individual. At the New Zealand U23 Foil Fencing Championships, Clovis

GOLDEN SMILE: Top fencer Ping Yuan won a gold medal for the women’s foil at the recent New Zealand North Island Fencing Championships.

Dyson lost to his opponent by just one point in the final of the men’s foil. Felix third in the men's foil and Sarah came third in the women's foil. Ping says she was very pleased with their performance during the two competitions.

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