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Fighting spirit Samrawit to represent New Zealand By Sam Duff

Championships in Brisbane next month. Samrawit, a black-belt, will head to Australia with the Victoria University Taekwondo Club. However, her family could not afford the $2000 expense of the trip, so she has been trying to put together the funds herself. Samrawit’s mother and father both died of malaria, a mosquito-borne infectious disease, when she was just four-years-old. Continued on page 2

Samrawit Abrham’s mother made her learn the martial art of Taekwon-do so that the young girl could protect herself from male assaults in her home country of Ethiopia. She says that in her home country rape is common and many children are kidnapped and abducted. Now in year 12 at St Catherine’s College in Kilbirnie, Samrawit is fundraising to represent New Zealand at the Australasian Taekwon-do

HARD FIGHT: Samrawit Abrham is fundraising to represent New Zealand in the sport of Taekwon-do in Brisbane. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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Super-city plan scrapped With almost 90 percent of submissions opposed, the Local Government Commission has withdrawn its recommendation to turn Wellington into a super-city. The commission, which is tasked with making decisions on the structure of local authorities and their electoral representation, had previously proposed one local authority for the region. The plan would have seen the Greater Wellington Regional Council, along with the Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti, Upper Hutt, Hutt City,

Masterton, South Wairarapa and Ca r ter ton Councils scrapped and replaced with one elected council. Instead of pursuing the super-city plan the Local Government Commission says it will return to the community to work with them to develop other options to address the challenges Wellington faces. Local Government Commission chief executive, Sandra Preston, says there is little support for the major structural option proposed for Wellington but there is a

widespread mood for some form of change. The decision by the commission reflects the views of the vast majority in the community, according to Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. “The decision shows that, for the vast majority of people, Miramar to Masterton was always too far for real local democracy. People don’t want one uber-council.” Rimutaka MP, Chris Hipkins, took to social media website Twitter to slam the idea

“The whole Wellington super-city debate has been a waste of time, energy and money. It was always doomed to fail.” Wellington Deputy Mayor, Justin Lester said if there are any future proposals they would need to have broad community support.  What should local government in the Wellington region look like? Are you disappointed by the commission’s decision? Email news@wsn.co.nz and let us know what you think.

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Fundraising for Taekwon-do champs Her grandmother, who was blind due to distilling alcohol, took on the responsibility of looking after Samrawit and her three siblings. Last year, thanks to money from their aunt, Samrawit and her siblings moved to New Zealand as refugees, under the family reunification category. The Mount Cook resident says she enjoys Taekwon-do because it has taught her how to defend herself. She says she trains three days a week in the sport and is looking forward to showing-off her talents in Brisbane. “I really want to win this competition because it’s a good opportunity for me.” When she leaves school, Samrawit says she would like to exceed her parent’s expecta-

tions by becoming a nurse. She would then like to return to Ethiopia. “I want to help my friends, my family and my country.” Samrawit says life in Ethiopia was not very good when she was younger. Many young girls, aged just 10 or 11, would be forced to marry and children would die of a disease called fistula. When she returns to Ethiopia she says she would like to teach girls Taekwon-do so they too can defend themselves. As of Friday, when Cook Strait News went to print, Samrawit had raised almost $900 on the Givealittle website. “It makes me feel happy,” she says. Samrawit says this is enough

DEFENCE: St Catherine’s College student, Samrawit Abrham, says her mother made her learn Taekwon-do so she could protect herself from male assaults.

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WHAT’S MATARIKI? Matariki is the Maori name for the cluster of stars commonly known as the Pleiades. It rises once a year in mid-winter. It heralds the start of the New Year for many Maori. Matariki means the ‘eyes of god’ or 'little eyes'.

WHAT’S ON FOR MATARIKI? June 16: 8:30 pm, 2080, Bats Theatre, $14 - $20.

June 18: 6 till 9pm, Light Painting, Te Papa

June 17: 7pm and 8.30pm, Space Place at Carter Observatory, $25, to book phone 910 3140

June 18: 8.30pm, An Evening With The Modern M ori Quartet, Hannah Playhouse.

June 18: 6 till 8.30pm, Facing the Light: Writers at Matariki, Museum of Wellington City and Sea, Koha entry. June 18: 7 till 9pm, Ng Whet o Matariki Concert, Te Papa, Free.

STARS: Raffa Salisbury, 3, and Rose Swindells create a model of the solar system in the sandpit of Houghton Valley Playcentre. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Time to celebrate Matariki

By Sam Duff

The youngsters of Houghton Valley Playcentre have been busy learning a special waiata to celebrate Matariki. Once again the playcentre will be heading down to the local beach on Saturday to mark what, for many Maori, is the start of a New Year. Kate Mitcalfe, from Houghton Valley Playcentre, says last year the centre’s theme for Matariki was kaitiakitanga, which means guardianship. They did a successful beach clean-up so Kate says they will be doing the same this year, along

with other celebrations. “We thought it was great for the kids to look after the local environment,” she says. Matariki is a time when extended families and groups come together so Kate says the playcentre will be inviting children and families that used to be involved in the centre, to the event.

“We hold lots of social events but Matariki is always really special.”

June 20: 7 till 10pm, Matariki at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre, free entry, h ngi $5.  For more information about what is going on in your neighbourhood for Matariki go to www.matarikiwellington.org

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150 years of pollie talk in Wellington

Code brown An early morning poo led to the delayed opening of the Mount Victoria tunnel on Thursday. The tunnel had been closed during the night for scheduled maintenance and was due to reopen at 6am, but a clean-up crew had to be sent in when a man did his business on the busy road. Police have spoken with the man who was thought to be intoxicated.

July 26, 1865. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says Wellington is the home of government, our national collections and institutions. “We are celebrating our identity as a Capital city – our place, which is open for all New Zealanders,” she says. Capital 150 is being organised by Wellingtonian, Grant Stevenson, who says it is a chance to showcase the city. “These celebrations are a reminder that we are one of the world‘s most representative democracies,” he says. “We were the first country in the world to give women the vote and our capital is where it all happened.” Speaker of the House of Representatives, David Carter, says people have been drawn to Parliament over the past 150 years to hear the announcements of war and peace, to protest, to celebrate. BIRTHDAY TIME: Government House, where the Beehive now stands, “People come to participate in our democracy, to visit and was the location of Parliament’s first Wellington meeting in 1865.

Wellingtonians are known for their liking of a bit of political chitchat. Next month Wellington will celebrate 150 years of being the capital city of New Zealand. To celebrate, Wellington

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learn, sometimes just to enjoy the grounds. “This accessible precinct has contributed to the development of a vibrant, diverse and culturally rich city.” On July 25 and 26 more than 30 Wellington-based national institutions will be opening their doors free of charge, including the Supreme Court and Reserve Bank of New Zealand. A free hop-on, hop-off bus service, sponsored by Go Wellington, will take visitors to the various institutions. On July 25, between 5pm and 7pm, Dave Dobbyn and the Orpheus Choir will perform in Parliament Grounds. A 3D light show will show case the city’s history, running in 20 minutes loops between 5.30pm and 8pm, on July 26 and 27.  For more information about Capital 150 go to wellington. govt.nz/capital150

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Council refuse to replace sign By Emma Taylor

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In one corner is Kilbirnie Business Network chairman Bruce Welsh and in the other is Capital Productions event organiser Martin Wilson. The prize is the job of managing next year’s Kilbirnie Community Festival. Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre chairman, Michael Taylor, says after the problems surrounding this year’s Kilbirnie Festival, the committee has decided to do things slightly differently next year. The committee has this week asked for expressions of interest in running the 2016 Kilbirnie ROUND TWO: Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre coordinator, Beryl Smyth, Community Festival. with management committee chairman, Michael Taylor. PHOTO: Sam Duff “What we want to avoid next year “The last two contenders will no quite likely he will. is the problems of this year,” he “I’m really pleased that they’re says “This is the fairest way that doubt be contenders but there may well be others interested,” he says. going to go through a much more we can do it.” Bruce says the Kilbirnie Busi- transparent process for appointing After 19 years of organising the annual festival, event organiser, ness Network will be putting a manager,” he says. If he is not given the role then Martin Wilson, was not contracted forward a proposal to run next year’s festival. Martin says he would consider to run the 2015 event. “We felt that a good job was done organising his own event, like he Instead the running of the community fun day, which was started on this year’s festival even though did this year. GB ON THE QUAY TAS done G 23/05/15Festivals that it was our fiLTD rst and in a bit of PUBLISHING “The Kilbirnie by the Kilbirnie CUSTOMER Lyall Bay ComSALES REP LVEKULA PUBLICATION SPECIAL DPT I organised were TAB enormously munity Centre, was delegated to a rush,” he says. DVERTISING DESIGNER Unknown Bruce says about ten years ago successful,” SECTION ROP BILL ONLY he says. “They were the Kilbirnie Business Network. PROOF running for Bay Road and the wider After a war of words erupted in the PROOFED 8/05/2015 4:20:11 p.m. of the Newtown great SIZE 11.95X15.8 local media between AD Bruce and Festival was taken away from suburb.” ID 6684397AA FAX 580 The 2016 Kilbirnie Community Martin, two Kilbirnie festivals event organisers and put into community management and he hopes Festival will be held on Sunday, were held on the same day in APPROVE THIS AD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. NOTE THAT ANY ALTERATIONS the Kilbirnie Community Festival March 13. separate parts of the suburb. MUST FINALISED BY MATERIAL willOUR grow in the same way.DEADLINE. Michael saysBE a sub-committee  Did you go to the two Kilbirnie Martin says he will wait to see festivals this year? Which one has been formed to make a decision on who will manage next details of the role before deciding was better? Email news@wsn. year’s event and they have no whether to put his name forward co.nz and let us know what you to manage the festival, though it is think. preconceived outcome.

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Brooklyn Community Orchard has become hard to find after their sign snapped off thanks to the wind, and the Wellington City Council will not replace it. The Brooklyn Community Orchard has been signposted since 2011, but their much-needed sign is gone and there are no hopes of a new sign unless they fund one themselves. Volunteer for the community orchard and a member of the Brooklyn food group, Mel Beirne, says that the orchard should be sign posted. “The orchard is more worthy than either of those as we not only bring people together to offer a social and learning space like they do … but we are providing food for our community,” she says. The group have had contacted the council because of issues with the sign before, she says. The sign has moved in the wind and ended up pointing in the wrong SIGN-LESS: Wellington City Council will not be replacing the Brooklyn Community Orchard sign which was recently lost in the wind. PHOTO: Emma Taylor

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Mother and daughter volunteer team At 18-months-old, Jeanie Anderson is Kilmarnock Heights Home’s youngest volunteer. Jeanie and her mother Brigid Kean started volunteering at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore a year ago to give back to the community and do something different. “I was wondering what type of volunteer work there could possibly be where you could bring a baby with you, but I saw that Kilmarnock Heights Home was looking for parents to bring in their children – it was perfect.” Brigid says volunteering at Kilmarnock Heights gives Jeanie the chance to build relationships with people she wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to meet. “Living a good life is about connecting with people around you and being part of a community, and Jeanie’s grandparents live out of town so it’s so good for her to come here and have that contact,” Brigid says. “It is really good for me too, because it’s a good opportunity to get out of the house.” Brigid says the relationships they have formed with the home’s staff and residents are what makes volunteer-

ing at Kilmarnock Heights Home so rewarding. “We’ve built up relationships with the residents and many have watched Jeanie growing up. She wasn’t even crawling when we first came in and now she’s walking. We’ve become part of the family.” While Brigid and Jeanie visit when they can, Brigid says Enliven makes sure she doesn’t feel pressured to visit every week. “They said not to worry about how often we come, just to see what we could do and not to feel guilty if we can’t make it for any reason. You don’t feel obliged to come every week and it’s really relaxed.” Brigid says parents at home with their children should consider volunteering at Kilmarnock Heights Home. “You’ll instantly feel at home here. The staff and residents are just lovely and your kids will love the attention they get. You get just as much out of it as anyone one here does.” Recreation officer Annelize Steyn says it’s great to have volunteers of all ages, including young people or parents and their children. “There’s a natural attraction between elderly and children. They don’t have

Kilmarnock Heights Home volunteers Jeanie Anderson and mother Brigid Kean

to say a word and they’re comfortable in each others company. The residents light up when children are in the room.” Annelize says Kilmarnock Heights Home is looking for volunteers that can spare any amount of time to help with the activity programme, share their hobbies or interests, play music,

visit with children, or simply spend oneon-one time with the residents. PBA  To find out more about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz or call 04 380 2034. To express your interest in volunteering, call 0508 TO HELP or email support@psc.org.nz.

We would like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers, and everyone who helped us help people. Last year we helped over 4,000 individuals and families. We would also love to call out to people who are looking for places to volunteer and give back to their community.

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As a volunteer at Kilmarnock Heights Home you can give back to the elders of your community by spending time with them, enjoying favourite hobbies and pastimes, taking trips, or simply chatting over a cuppa. Enliven is looking for volunteers across Wellington. Call us on 0508 TO HELP or email support@psc.org.nz to register your interest. The Enliven difference Enliven offers a range of services for Wellington locals including rest home, hospital and dementia care, as well as respite and convalescent care and day activity programmes.

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Help us run Ronald McDonald House Wellington This is your opportunity to help Kiwi families who have a child admitted to Wellington Hospital! We need dedicated volunteers willing to help run Ronald McDonald House and the Family Room which is located in the Wellington Children’s Hospital. Volunteers are needed to help on any day of the week; any time, day or night. We have a real need for volunteers from 2pm-6pm. If you are a responsible person, with a can-do attitude and can empathise with families going through a difficult time, we would love to hear from you.

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Yoga with a twist By Jonathon Edwards

WINNING DESIGN: The newly rebuilt Marshall Court complex in Miramar picked-up an architectural award last week.

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A newly rebuilt block of Wellington City Council flats, in Miramar, won an architectural award last week. Marshall Courts, designed by architects Designgroup Stapleton Elliot, won the New Zealand Institute of Architect’s Wellington Architecture Award. The complex was rebuilt as part of the Council’s Housing Upgrade Programme, a $400m 20-year partnership with the Crown, commenced in 2008. The new Marshall Court apartment building was constructed on the same footprint as the former complex of

bedsits, which was too expensive to upgrade and was demolished. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says she is immensely proud of the standard of the Council’s upgrades. “We aim to be a peoplecentred city and we are committed to good social housing,” she says. “Recognition by the Institute of Architects is a ringing endorsement. “The location of Marshall Court, close to Miramar’s shops and services, is ideal and the bus, doctors, shops and cinema are only a short walk away.”

The NZIA jury’s citation noted “the use of circulation balcony spaces as private outdoor spaces is a feature indicative of the thought that has gone into the building.” Chair of the Council committee responsible for social housing, councillor Paul Eagle, says Wellington City Council is honoured by the award. “It recognises that good design is an integral part of our commitment to retain and refurbish the social housing we own and manage as part of the $400m 20-year partnership with the Crown that began in 2008,” he says.

The silence of bullying On Friday students throughout the eastern and Southern suburbs, and the rest of New Zealand, taped their mouths shut to draw attention to the silence surrounding homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying in schools. High-school students identifying as LGBTQIA are much more likely to be bullied, feel unsafe, and attempt suicide, according to InsideOUT national coordinator Tabby Besley. “The statistics are horrifying,” she says. “But even more horrifying is that the University of Auckland’s Youth 2000 reports show the amount of bullying these young people experience at school has not changed in over a decade.” InsideOUT organised the Day of Silence campaign for the second

time this year. This week Tabby will head to London as the first and only New Zealander to receive a Queen’s Young Leader Award for her work creating change for LGBTQIA youth. “Day of Silence is a way of raising awareness about the struggles young people of diverse sexualities and genders face,” Tabby says. “It encourages schools and students to work together to break the silence and take actions to make their school a safer place for LGBTQIA youth,” says Besley. Two weeks ago the Ministry of Education released new curriculum guidelines for health and sexuality education, including suggestions that schools move

towards having gender-neutral uniforms, and review options for gender-neutral toilet facilities. Tabby says InsideOUT welcomed the document, and hoped schools would take up these suggestions, but was concerned that the Ministry’s failure to bind schools to those recommendations undermined their effectiveness. “Making schools a safe space for gender diverse youth is incredibly important,” she says. “When a school imposes a uniform that doesn’t fit with a person’s identity, they’re acting like the student doesn’t matter, and silencing them.” Almost 40 schools throughout New Zealand took part in the Day of Silence.

Two Chilean-born Wellingtonians are bringing yoga to the Latin American community with classes in Spanish. Instructor Katia Guiloff, of Newtown says the classes will bring yoga to those in Wellington’s Latin American community who struggle with English. “Yoga is a very intimate activity and you can relax and connect on a much deeper level to your own body if you do it in your own language.” Katia led Spanish-language yoga classes here in 2012 and says they attracted people who would have otherwise been too frightened. Class attendee Gabriella Fini moved to Wellington from Argentina in 2010 and says she tried English courses, but they were too stressful. “I couldn’t keep up. In these classes I will be able to shut my mind off.” Co-instructor Lupe Salinas, from Aro Valley, says the

classes will also be a good way for new Spanish speakers to practise the language through immersion. “It’s not like sitting down and studying. I think it’s much more interesting to learn a language while doing an activity you find exciting.” Katia and Lupe both grew up in Santiago, Chile and studied yoga in Goa, India at the same time in 2013. However, they only met in Wellington last year. “We were taught by some of the same teachers in India and even theorised the other day that we lived in the same neighbourhood in Santiago for a year,” Lupe says. The pair study the physically intense Ashtanga yoga, but their classes will cater to a beginner level. “Our idea is to have that balance of something that is relaxing but challenging too,” Lupe says. Classes are 6pm on Thursdays at the Newtown Hall on Daniel Street. Entry by donation.

FUSION: Instructors Katia Guiloff and Lupe Salinas are mixing Spanish language with ancient Indian tradition. PHOTO: Jonathon Edwards

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A new Brooklyn Hub, Vogelmorn precinct and an upgrade for the Berhampore school pool are in the pipeline. The Wellington City Council’s draft long-term plan has set aside $110,000 in funding for these developments. The Brooklyn hub and Vogelmorn precinct, which are part of the Kaka Village planning project, are set to receive $65,000 for feasibility and concept plans. Wellington City Council’s service development and improvement manager, Jamie Dyhrberg, says that this money is an appropriate amount for the work required. “There is still one more hurdle,” he says. But if that is passed a concept will be developed for the hub and precinct and residents will be able to see what it could look like, he says. The Kaka Project is a group of residents from Brooklyn, Kingston, Panorama Heights, Kowhai Park, Mornington and Vogeltown who have worked alongside the

COMMUNITY: Members of the Kaka Project, from left to right, Beth Beard, Ben Zwartz, Turi Park, Jack Park, Georgia Park, Simon McLellan and Jeremy Macey. PHOTO: Emma Taylor

council to make these plans a reality. The Brooklyn hub and Vogelmorn precinct were suggested in the hope that they would help continue to increase community connectedness and celebrations

within their community. After coffee mornings, public meetings and surveys, members of the Kaka Project’s steering group are pleased to see their hard work has paid off. Kaka Project steering group

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Left: DAMAGE: Glass panes in a Kilbirnie building’s verandah were smashed in last week’s winds.

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Right: GUSTY: Strong winds knocked several shipping containers off the Wellington wharf early on Wednesday morning. PHOTOS: Sam Duff

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Q: Should euthanasia be legal in New Zealand? Why? Why not?

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Anna Mowat, Newtown

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Mark Bancroft, Hawkes Bay

“People should have the choice to do what they want.”

“Yes, based on your religion. It’s not for everyone.”

“No, it cannot be legal. It’s pretty much killing someone. We should leave it to God.”

“No, it would open up the flood gates and MPs would not be able to shut them again.”

“Yes, it should be. Everyone’s got the right to choose whether they live or die.”

Stacey Bancroft, Hawkes Bay “Yes, if you’re in that much pain it’s going to kill you anyway.”

LETTERS to the editor Heartening that Town Hall will again be used Dear Ed, It is heartening to think that the Town Hall will once again be used, and especially as a music hub (CSN, June 1). Just last week I looked in at the Big Sing event during the daytime heats on both Wednesday and Thursday, and believe me, the Michael Fowler Centre is just not the same (Although the event itself was wonderful).

In the old Town Hall the spectators could spread out and sit pretty well anywhere upstairs and wallow in nostalgia, as well as listen to the school choirs taking part. People even used to sit in the same block as the judges! (Further back, of course.) By contrast, in the MFC last week the spectators were corralled cheek by jowl into just two

upstairs sections of the MFC. The rows and rows of seats behind the judges were left empty, as were other blocks of seating. (No spectators allowed in the stalls of course.) It just didn't feel the same somehow. However, the singing was just as good as ever, and possibly the school competitors enjoy the more modern building.

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Then your paper makes mention of a local girls barbershop quartet who are doing really well. Do these type of school competitions ever get publicised for members of the public to attend? Or is the understanding that only immediate families of competitors are expected to attend? Christine Swift, Island Bay

Where possible the Cook Strait News likes to provide performance details for the public to attend. However, on the occasion mentioned the performance was to be held outside of Wellington so details were not given.

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Kia ora Ed, I am the chairman of the Wellington Tenths Trust. The trust owns the land (Maori Reserved Land) on which South Wellington Intermediate School sits. The site, including the site for the now closed Central Regional Health School (CSN, June 8), is leased to the Ministry of Education. We have in recent times attempted to purchase the building to be told it was a leaky building and the Ministry wants to demolish it. I am an engineer and I inspected the building with an architect and we could see it does have a few issues, but none that couldn’t be fixed. However that opinion is subject to a more thorough internal inspection.

Dear Ed, I refer to your recent report on the deferring of any decision on any cycle lane (CSN, June 1). I am an avid cyclist. I ride around the Peninsular several times a week. Hundreds of others do the same. One of its attractions is that it is

Given the building sits on our land and given we have considerable experience with building in the vicinity (we are a 50:50 joint owner of the nearby Village at the Park) I am sure we could safely renovate the building. It seems there is a determination from the Ministry of Education to thwart that ambition – I am left wondering why? We would be happy to resume that part of the lease from the Ministry leaving the entire responsibility with the Wellington Tenths Trust. This would fit our long term strategy to get back control of our lands and manage them ourselves as tangata whenua with a history in the area going back before 1840. Morris Te Whiti Love

Ministry of Education response Dear Ed, the former Central Region Health School is a leaky building which we closed for health and safety reasons. It is on land we are leasing for education purposes and if we demolish the building, the land could be used by South Wellington Intermediate School (SWIS) next door.

SWIS doesn’t currently have a lot of other open space available for its kids. We have advised the Wellington Tenths Trust and the Trust is welcome to discuss the issue further with us directly. Kim Shannon, head of Education Infrastructure Services

safe, for most of the way there is very little traffic. But after coming north past the airport the possible routes back to the city become confused and dangerous, so I am an advocate for anything that improves cycling safety in the Kilbirnie area. Ollie Gilbert, Roseneath

TWO WHEELS: Wellington City Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee recently chose to defer a decision on installing cycle lanes on Coutts and Salek Streets in Kilbirnie. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Dog turd bandit strikes again! Dear Ed, often on my early morning walks along The Parade in Island Bay I have to side-step dog poo on the footpath. In many cases it has already been stepped on and smeared out for metres along the asphalt. It’s nice to see that most dog owners seem to take seriously the responsibility of picking up the offending matter in a plastic bag and disposing of it properly. There is one particular dog owner in my area (the owner of a fairly large dog it would appear) who seems to have taken on

board this responsibility. It would appear however that this eco-warrior person hasn’t turned the page of the instruction book to learn that the plastic bag containing the doggie waste should be carried along to the next litter bin, rather than placed discreetly at the foot of the next lamppost. There the doggie doo bag remains until someone else (rate payer funded doggie-do removal technician?), has to dispose of it, or alternatively until the bag ends up in the gutter, down the storm

water drain to finally end up in the bay where the kid swim at the storm water outlets. These lamppost dog waste drops occur almost weekly on a short stretch between Medway and Humber Streets. Surely someone who goes to the trouble of putting on the appearance of a responsible dog owner by picking up after the dog could walk the extra mile (go the whole hog... reach for the stars!) and dispose of the little doggie bag properly? John, Island Bay

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 to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication.

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LETTERS to the editor Perfect place for unmentionable activities

The rot set in with Darwinism

Dear Ed, how safe is the Tawa Cycleway? There has been much in the papers about cycleways and one particular cycleway that keeps being referred to as a successful example is the Tawa cycleway. So I thought that I would check it out with my children and their bikes over the holiday weekend! Well I was shocked to see that it is set in bush, alongside the railway. It is very quiet and beautiful but I have to say it is not an area that I would get my children to cycle on alone – a woman alone, in fact, would feel very nervous. It is isolated and a perfect place for unmentionable activities to go on. I was also shocked that the cycleway was a share way with a very narrow road to the sports centre.

Dear Ed, I'll here give my rejoinder to one letter from a bleeding-heart liberal, H. Williamson (CSN, June 8). I was amused to note that this correspondent has taken up the trendy new definition of the word “bully” as a noun or verb, so that anyone who simply tells people he doesn't like them, plus their opinions or activities, saying they are wrong or wicked, is "bullying" people! All people's ideas and practices must be valid, regardless of how they seemingly contradict one another; and nobody must be contradicted or hurt - except us old WASP males, of course, who are now fair game for everyone to shoot at! Yes, I would indeed like to go back to the world of a lot more than 100 years ago, in the sense of what the norms were for

Depending on which direction you were coming from you could have your back to cars coming from behind you. The road markings were not clear either. How is this safe for cyclists? If this really is an example that the city should follow I suggest that you go and visit it – I’m not sure many parents would be too happy about sending their kids off into this wilderness alone on their bikes. Actually it would be good to know the numbers of people that use it – anybody know? Fiona Gilbert, Newtown Council response A Wellington City Council spokesperson says no formal counts have been done of the number of people using the Tawa Cycleway.

Judaeo-Christian morality, and Bible-believing Christian faith. The rot set in with Darwinism, which is a lie, and is largely what inspired Nazism, Marxism, and other godless philosophies. My reference to Nazi Germany and to Communist regimes was to their common silencing of opinions opposed to theirs: I didn't say feminists and lesbians ran things in Hitler's Germany. All the same, our own Feminazis, as well as wishing to bind and gag us people who oppose modern feminism, are obviously keen promoters of abortion and euthanasia, so have those ideas in common with such regimes. What these had/have in common is this delusion: “We are so self-evidently good and right, that people who think otherwise are bad and wrong, so must be silenced.”

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By Russell McQuarte 51. Indication (5) ACROSS 52. Bet takers(coll) (7) 1. Trivial (11) 53. Presses (5) 7. Weakly sentimental (7) 54. Ornamental staff (7) 11. Small candle (5) 55. Takes back property 12. & 14 ACROSS Confused (for non–payment)(11) (2,5,3,6) 13. Its capital is Katmandu (5) DOWN 14. SEE 12 ACROSS. 1. Extreme.(5) 15. Spacious (9) 2. Baggage (11) 16. Nearly (6) 18. Animal of the weasel family (7) 3. Obstinately wrong (8) 4. Harvested (6) 21. Small island (4) 5. Donkeys (5) 23. Consume (3) 6. Character (7) 25. Short sleep (3) 7. Band member (8) 27. Colour (4) 8. Sift (6) 28. In sight (7) 9. Hinders (7) 30. Barrel maker (6) 10. Punctured (5) 32. Look (3) 16. Frequents (7) 33. Snow runner (3) 17. Inns (7) 34. Closer (6) 19. Think (5) 35. Some (7) 20. Grapples with (7) 36. Ballad (4) 22. Angers (7) 37. Insect (3) 24. Bind (3) 39. Garland (3) 26. Maori dance prop (3) 41. Whirl (4) 29. Looks slyly at (5) 43. Ungenerous (7) 31. Deed holders (11) 45. Traps (6) 32. Ocean (3) 48. Funds official (9) 33. Large Indian tree (3) 49. Advocate (9)

38. Dreadful (8) 40. Very quickly (2,2,4) 42. Repeat (7) 44. Zeal (7) 46. Rise (6) 47. Wakens (6) 48. Hauls (5) 49. Preen (5) 50. Chores (5)

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14 Monday June 15, 2015

MINUTES WITH: Z Snook & John Heald Adelaide Trading Co, Berhampore If you could be somebody for a day who would it be? Z: Eric Cantona. J: Manchester United Manager, Louis van Gaal.

What would your super power be and why?

What would Cook Strait News readers be shocked to know about you? Z: I’m nice. No, really! J: 25 years in the hospitality industry, no beard and no tattoos...ever! What meal do you never get sick of eating?

Z: North Korea. The USSR is dead, the USA is wrong, but Kim Jong-un is nuts. J: The power to use electronic devices without needing to ask my children for help.

Z: Lamb anything… J: Avocado, tomatoes and mushrooms on toast. What would you change about the world? What is the best thing in your life right now? Z: My new business. Oh, right, my girlfriend. J: Having twin sons who are so much fun and starting up an exciting new business.

THUMBS UP

Z: The people. J: There would be no wars, no starvation and no suffering. Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with? Z: Eric Cantona. J: Eric Cantona, legend.

N THUMBS DOW

From yodelling cats and surfing dogs to collapsing buildings and other outrageously excitable shenanigans – this is where readers share what is going UP and DOWN in the Eastern and Southern suburbs.

Have you got an anonymous THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN to share with Cook Strait News readers? Email news@wsn. co.nz and let us know.

Who is your best friend and why? Z: Anyone who can get me a meal with Eric Cantona. J: My two sons and my partner.

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. 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.

THUMBS UP to the Newtown Commu- THUMBS UP to the new THUMBS UP, THUMBS

nity and Cultural Centre which reached DOWN section in the Cook Strait News! 1000 likes on Facebook last week. Keep spreading the word Anna and Renee! THUMBS DOWN to whoever took charge of the CSN in Sam Duff's absence! I mean, “Comic THUMBS DOWN to Wellington City Comedian to tell jokes” - what a shocker of a Council who is not giving the Brooklyn headline. Community Orchard any cash to replace their sign, which was lost in recent THUMBS DOWN to winds. How much would it really cost? Milo who recently confirmed they have started THUMBS UP to Houghton Valley for using a new recipe for joining the big wide world of Twitter. their well-known drink. Head to @houghtonbaynz and find Not quite the same guys! out what is happening in one of our favourite bays.

THUMBS DOWN to the recent spate of burglaries reported in Berhampore. Contact Police if you have come across anything fishy in your neighbourhood.

THUMBS UP to the pod of Orcas that

chose to pay a visit to the South Coast last week. You are welcome to visit anytime! The Lyall Bay Facebook Page has launched a Twitter hash tag if you see any of these little guys in future. #orcawatchwgtn

 Cook Strait News welcomes the public to submit any THUMBS UP, THUMBS DOWN comments to news@wsn.co.nz. We reserve the right not to publish any malicious or ill-spirited entries. Keep it friendly guys!

You know your job is a little out of the ordinary when you find yourself climbing over a large fence to get out of a locked tennis court on a Monday. Also on my out of the ordinary Monday I got to meet Samrawit Abrham. Exceptionally skilled at Taekwon-Do, Samrawit is fundraising to be able to go to Australia to compete. Tuesday came and so did the never ending drama of who will win the crown of running the Kilbirnie Festival next year. Wednesday took me to the Houghton Valley Playcentre where I got to play with over-sized puzzle pieces. Such fun! On Thursday I attended a morning Professional Service

Manager for the Kilbirnie Community Festival Sunday, 13 March 2016. Expression of interest wanted.

Kilbirnie Library June 18th 2015 at 6.30pm Robin Robilliard will talk about 'Hard Country', her novel.

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tea to celebrate more than 30 years of IHC and St Vincent de Pauls working together. Friday was the usual mad-dash to finish your weekly edition of the Cook Strait News. So here we are again, folded in your letterbox, just waiting. Waiting for you to get home from work, or school, or from your daily walk… And as you sit down to read your paper with a nice cup of English breakfast (or a glass of wine, I’m not judging), in your lovely warm home, it should bring you some comfort to know that out there somewhere I am freezing my butt off with a notepad and a camera. Catch yah next week team.

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Monday June 15, 2015

SPORT

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Tennis jet setters By Sam Duff

A pair of local lads have scored themselves tennis scholarships and will be heading to the States to study. Dominic Miller, 18, and KP Pannu, 18, are both members of the Wellington Tennis Club and thanks to their skills on the court will be having a truly American college experience. Island Bay resident and former Wellington College student, KP, will be studying at Columbus State. Meanwhile, on the west coast, Eastbourne resident and former Scots College pupil, Dominic, will be studying at California State University, Sacramento. Both men started at the Wellington Tennis Club when they were quite young, according to club president Mark Leggett. “They played in our premier two team and then advanced to premier one where they helped us win the premier 1 title,” he says. “We wish them every success in the United States.” KP says he first got into tennis because his Mum used to play and

he had always been around the sport. “It’s cool because you get to travel with it,” he says. “Also, many of my best mates I have made through tennis.” KP says he is excited to be studying at Columbus State but he is also very nervous. “It’s great that tennis gives you the opportunity to do stuff like this.” At this stage he is not sure what he would like to do when he finishes college but his dream is to become a professional tennis player. Dominic is not the first member of his family to be given a tennis scholarship, his brother is currently studying in North Carolina. He says going to America will allow him the opportunity to play tennis competitively while also studying. Dominic says he does not know what he will major in at this stage but is considering accountancy. KP says his major will be business and management. Dominic and KP both went through an application process to win their scholarships, which included sitting American college entrance exams.

ACE: Dominic Miller, 18, and KP Pannu, 18, will head to the United States for college after being chosen for tennis scholarships. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Setting sail

Two Worser Bay sailors have been busy preparing for the 2015 optimist North American championships. Albert Stanley, 13, and Will Wright, 11, are currently raising money for the trip which will take place in early July. Both boys took part in the New Zealand optimist championships at Worser Bay in April.

Good sort of sport

Kiwi kids are being encouraged to nominate a ‘good sort of sport’. The competition, organised by AA Insurance and NRL referee Henry Perenara, invites kids to nominate volunteers who make sport happen. Henry says volunteers are hugely important to sport in New Zealand and credits a lot of his own success to his first coach, John Cargill, from the New Lynn Stags rugby league club. The top prize for the competition is $10,000 towards sports gear for the nominated school or club. Situation Vacant

Interpreters Needed GOING STRONG: Patricia Reilly, from Rembuden Karate in Brooklyn, has been asked to grade for her fifth dan black belt. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Karate master keeps fighting By Sam Duff

When Sensei Patricia Reilly attended her very first karate lesson in 1984 she did not imagine that more than 30 years later she would be asked to grade for her fifth dan black belt. After getting her black belt in 1987, Patricia has reached the level of fourth dan during the years but says she never expected to reach fifth dan. Signing up to learn self-

defence turned into a life time passion for the Island Bay resident, who runs Rembuden Karate in Brooklyn. After watching a class she dragged her brother along to several lessons, he had no interest in the sport but she has been going strong ever since. Patricia says many things have changed in her life during the years but the one thing that has been constant has been her karate.

“It’s a wonderful form of discipline to have in your life,” she says. “I’m naturally undisciplined so karate is great. “This is something I have always done no matter what.” Patricia says as a child she was a very bad asthmatic so for health reasons has always done regular exercise ever since. “I couldn’t run across the playground with the other kids and I decided I didn’t

want it to happen again.” Patricia was invited to grade for her fourth dan in 2007. While she says she is looking forward to the challenge of being graded for her fifth dan she says she is nervous at the same time. Patricia will be graded in July.  For more information about Brooklyn Rembuden go to www.brooklynrembuden.co.nz

Interpreting New Zealand is recruiting now for our next introductory interpreting course in Wellington starting in August 201 5. We need fluent speakers of a wide range of languages (see the list below). We offer: Full training and excellent hourly rate. You should be: 1 . Available during working hours. 2. A NZ citizen or holder of a permanent residence status. 3. Proficient in English and any of the following languages: Languages Required: • Burmese • Chin • Cook Islands Maori • Dari • Farsi • Fijian • Fijian Hindi • Greek

• Karen • Khmer • Kiribati • Lao • Nepali • Punjabi • Oromo • Russian • Samoan

• Sinhalese • Somali • Tamil • Tagalog • Telugu • Thai • Tokelauan • Tuvalu

Successful applicants will be required to complete the introductory interpreting course and pass an assessment before being employed on a casual basis. To find out more and to fill in an application form, visit www.interpret.org.nz/become-an-interpreter/ or call (04) 91 6 2462. Applications close on 03 July 201 5.


16 Monday June 15, 2015

Three decades of alter bread By Sam Duff

For more than 30 years the machines at the St Vincent de Paul Wellington area office in Newtown have been making alter bread which has been sold throughout the country. But from today things will be working a little differently. For the past 30 years IHC

New Zealand has employed a staff member to support the people with intellectual disabilities who work to make the alter bread each and every week. IHC will no longer be employing a support worker, though John Rossbotham, from St Vincent de Paul, says things will stay pretty much the same.

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John says the current eight staff will be staying on board and the machines will still be making the usual supply of alter bread to sell to churches. St Vincent de Paul Wellington will instead employ a support worker directly. Karin Clayden, from Newtown, says she enjoys coming to work each day as she loves working on the big

MOTHER AND SON: Former president of the Wellington IHC branch, June Hayes, with her son Paul. PHOTO: Sam Duff

new machines that make the alter bread. Last week a morning tea was held at the St Vincent de Paul office in Newtown to mark the end of the charities association with IHC. June Hayes attended the morning tea along with her son Paul, who made alter bread at the factory for 26 years until he had a stroke while at work. June was president of the Wellington IHC branch and on the committee for the International Year of the Disabled Persons in 1981 when she came up with the idea for those with intellectual disabilities to make the alter bread. On the committee were two nuns from the Home of Compassion who were at the time responsible for making the alter bread, June says. “I got to know these sisters of compassion and they started to say that they wanted to be out in the community and they were sick of what they were doing,” she says. June says Paul was very capable but nobody would give him a job at the time. June approached IHC and soon enough the sisters were teaching a small group of intellectually disabled people how to use the machines.

Age Concern will be holding a presentation in Kilbirnie on being aware of scams and how to avoid being ‘taken for a ride’. Real-life examples will be shared along with how the scams affected the people involved. The presentation will be held at the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre on Thursday, June 25 from 1pm till 2.30pm.

Hotel sold Well known Wellington hotel owner Chris Parkin has sold the Museum Art Hotel for $28.5 million. The hotel, which was famously moved on train tracks to make way for Te Papa, has been sold to Australian company Amalgamated Holdings. Amalgamated Holdings, which owns Rydges and Event Cinemas, says it will refurbish the 163-room hotel and rebrand it as QT.

World Refugee Day The Wellington region’s former refugees marked World Refugee Week on Sunday with a celebration of communities and cultures. Groups from Porirua, the Hutt and Wellington gathered at Rongotai College to play soccer, eat ethnic food and watch cultural performances.

Funding boost Organisations at the heart of Wellington’s arts sector are in line for a funding boost. Wellington City Council recently agreed to lift its support for the arts in its Long Term Plan with the events fund growing from $3 million to $4.7 m. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the Long Term Plan recognises the importance of the arts sector to Wellington’s economy, culture and identity

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