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From the garden to the table at St Anne’s By Sam Duff

Crunchy broad beans, fresh parsley, delicious celery and healthy kale are just a few of the yummy vegetables being planted and harvested at St Anne’s School in Newtown. The school has been putting together scrumptious meals, including vegetable minestrone soup, made from the freshly picked pro-

duce grown in the school garden. St Anne’s School has recently signed on to the Garden to Table programme, which aims to change the way school children think about food. Acting principal Dee McGill says the school has had a vegetable garden for several years and until & EAST now hasSOUTHERN been gifting the produce to the parishioners ofSUBURBS St Anne’s Church. Continued on page 2

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The Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre has a fresh new image after the winner of its logo competition was unveiled last week. Miramar resident Rebecca Burton pickedup the first place prize and as such her design will be used as the official logo of the community centre. The new design beat-out more than 20 other entries to be chosen by the board as the new design. Rebecca, a former Massey University visual communications student, says she was quite surprised by the win. “There were some great entries and I was quite glad to have won it,” says Rebecca, who works in marketing and design. Arun Ram-Mohan and Emily Grace

Horncastle won the runner-up spots in the competition. Rebecca says the design that she came up with was inspired by the Miramar cutting and reflecting it with the shared letter ‘m’. The colours were influenced by the peninsula and the sea, Rebecca says. “I wanted something that really related to Miramar and Maupuia.” Entering the competition came about when she saw a post on the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre Facebook page. “I saw it as a good opportunity to get involved in the community,” she says. “Design is what I do and it is what I enjoy. “I really enjoy the way good design can enhance a communications message.” For more information about the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre check out their Facebook page.

WINNING DESIGN: Rebecca Burton’s design has won a competition to be the new logo for the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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Garden to Table, says St Anne’s is the fourth school in Wellington to participate in the programme, and the 30th in New Zealand. By taking part in the Garden to Table programme St Anne’s School has committed to hold kitchen and garden classes weekly. Nicky says taking part in the programme gives students great life skills.

“The kids learn about where our foods come from and learn about new foods and flavours,” she says. “Food doesn’t have to come out of a packet or a jar.” The Healthy Future Families Trust, started in 2013 by a group of health professionals, provided funding for St Anne’s to purchase a pantry and garden tools to take part in Garden to Table.

Julie Cederman, from HFF, says the trust supports any initiatives that aim to reduce obesity and type two diabetes in children. Garden to Table also received funding from the One Percent Collective to hold the programme at St Anne’s. Dee says the school has also been supported by The Warehouse and Wellington City Council.

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Continued from page 1 Now with the Garden to Table programme the students will spend time in the garden and time learning what appetising creations can be made with their harvest. “A lot of our kids live in Council flats and don’t have gardens,” Dee says. “It’s great for them to learn about where our vegetables come from.” Nicky Boughtwood, from

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Calls for clarity on dunes plan By Bridget Grace

A local resident is calling for the council to take action and decide the future of the sand dunes in Lyall Bay, after recent storms have reduced their size. Lyall Bay Coastcare member James Griggs says he has seen “a hell of a lot” of change in the dunes. Recent storms have reduced the dunes to just a third of their size in places, he says. “We lost a lot of the dunes, we lost a lot of the sand, and then we had that big swell and high tide a few weeks back… It’s just gone.” The dunes form a natural barrier from the sea, and James is concerned about increased erosion on the road and sea wall if the dunes diminish further. He says he wants the council to let people know what they are prepared to do long-term. Wellington City Council Open Space and Parks Manager Amber Bill says the council is seeking advice from coastal experts. In particular they will examine the eastern end of the beach, which sustained the most damage in recent storms. “Even the car parks been damaged and the dunes down that end have been damaged…so we are taking another look at that.” No time frame has yet been put in

After a drawn out fight that has torn the Island Bay community apart a decision has finally been made by Wellington City Council to construct a cycleway through the suburb. Work should start within months on The Parade after Council last week voted 8-6 to construct the $1.5 million cycleway from Island Bay to the CBD. A complaint concerning the process by which Council have gone about the Island Bay Cycleway decision is currently before the Ombudsmen.

Councillor Mark Peck says the process to come to a decision on the cycleway has been difficult but he is pleased Council has reached this point. “The number of people cycling into and around the city has skyrocketed in recent years,” he says. “The installation of safe cycleways is important to further the development of Wellington and mirrors the work already done by many major cities around the world.” Deputy Mayor Justin Lester says Council listened to all sides of the submissions and

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place. Amber says the occurrence of three really high sea events within six weeks has had an impact, but the council is happy with how the dunes are faring. During high sea events dunes are expected to lose sand and over time waves deposit sand back to shore as part of the natural cycle. The dunes are located in a really modified environment, Amber says. The artificially shaped beach near the airport, the proximity of the road and the car park, the influence of storm-water drainage and the historical removal of sand dunes all pose challenges. An on-going planting program has been in place since 2006, with more than thirteen thousand natives planted. Plants help stabilise dunes and reduce sand loss, and ongoing planting will always be needed, Amber says. NIWA Scientist Richard Gorman says rising sea levels are causing waves to attack dunes higher up the beach. “Even the same storm sitting on a high tide will do more damage, than a storm with equal intensity happening at low tide.” But, the jury’s out on whether storms are becoming more frequent, he says. What should Wellington City Council be doing to save the Lyall Bay sand dunes? Is it time to let nature take its DUNE LOSS: James Griggs sits in front of sand dunes course? Email and let in Lyall Bay that have vastly decreased in size during recent storms. PHOTO: Bridget Grace us know what you think.

Green light for Island Bay cycleway made significant changes to reflect feedback. “We’re all acutely aware that the Island Bay proposal has been controversial,” he says. Wellington City Council also last week adopted its new Long Term Plan which includes an annual rates increase of 3.9 percent and will see a number of large projects given the go ahead. Councillor Helene Ritchie says priorities in the Long Term Plan are skewed in the wrong direction, towards vanity projects for political expediency.

Yay and nay Mayor Celia Wade-Brown along with councillors Andy Foster, Sarah Free, David Lee, Justin Lester, Iona Pannett, Mark Peck and Malcolm Sparrow voted for the Island Bay Cycleway. Meanwhile councillors Ray Ahipene-Mercer, Jo Coughlan, Paul Eagle, Simon Marsh, Simon Woolf and Nicola Young voted against the proposal. Councillor Helene Ritchie was absent from the vote.  Would you have voted for or against the Island Bay Cycleway? Let us know what you think by emailing


Wellington Police have arrested a man who allegedly held-up a Kilbirnie bank at knife point earlier in the month. A man appeared in Wellington District Court on Saturday charged with the robbery of the Kilbirnie ASB branch on June 12 along with the robbery of a BNZ branch in Auckland on April 7. The man has been remanded in custody.

New website The Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre has launched a brand new website to go with their new look logo. Residents can go to to find out the latest on what is going on at the community centre and throughout the suburb.

Consult on camping A bylaw on freedom camping at Owhiro Bay’s Te Kopahou reserve is currently out for public consultation. The bylaw proposes restricting the number of freedom campers to 12 self-contained vehicles, including onboard toilets. While there are two toilets at Te Kopahou, the council has found these are not enough for the campers using the site. Submissions close on July 17 and can be made online at www.wellington.

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inbrief news Learn about arthritis Arthritis New Zealand is set to hold an information session at the Island Bay Community Centre for people living with the joint disorder. Pain management, medications and exercise will be discussed on July 20, starting from 12.30pm.  Register by visiting or phone 0800 663 463.

Bright and bubbly Victoria Street will soon be geometrically startling as local resident David Brown unveils a four-storey artwork. The artwork will be 11 metres high and will feature on the side of the re.SPACE building, an exhibition and event venue. The council says the project is an example of Wellington’s arts strategy, which aims to bring art onto the city’s streets. The mural will be painted from a crane over the next few weeks.

Garage sale Island Bay Presbyterian Church threw open its doors on Saturday for a benefit garage sale for Vanuatu. More than $1300 was raised for the south pacific archipelago which was hit by Cyclone Pam in March. Helen Scobie, from the church, says they would like to say a huge thank you to the local community for their generous contribution of goods for sale.

Tracked to Island Bay A man suspected of assaulting a woman and threatening her with a firearm, was tracked to an address in Island Bay last Friday. Armed police cordoned off the address and three people were taken into custody. Wellington Police says this was an incident between people known to each other and there is no risk to the public.

Stepping away from the chalkboard By Bridget Grace

An Island Bay primary school principal has no regrets as he packs up his books this week after 39 years in teaching. Alan Fleming has been principal of St Francis de Sales Catholic School for 11 years and says he has done his dash. “There might be a few lingering regrets but they won’t be strong and they won’t be long.” Alan has a few possible plans astir to serve the community, and is under strict instructions from his wife to keep working. An unfortunate redundancy at the start of his career was the spur that propelled him to apply for a position in the Catholic school system. He says it was like coming home, and he has not looked back, teaching in Catholic schools for the remainder of his career. “It just seemed the right place to be,” Alan says. “There seemed an opportunity to live out my faith as well as teach, so two wins.” Alan sees a benefit in being able to address the spiritual side of children. “In my experience I’ve noticed that it makes quite a difference…

NO REGRETS: St Francis de Sales Catholic School principal Alan Fleming says he is looking forward to retiring after four decades in teaching. PHOTO: Bridget Grace

it makes them more rounded people.” Over the past 11 years he has seen big changes in the Island Bay school including a larger roll, more teachers, new classrooms and greater pupil diversity. The increasing impact of social media troubles him, and the possibilities it brings of bullying or predation. “It’s a risk,” he says, because

it creates a life that is invisible to the school and often parents as well. St Francis de Sales has had very few instances of cyber bullying, but that itself is a concern. “The fact that we’re not having these issues is beginning to intrigue me too, are we not finding out about them?” Alan says his fondest memory is the community of people,

which gives the school its strength. “When I think of this community, I think of it with warmth, and happiness.” Helping children learn and then watching from a distance as they go to university and achieve their goals is another highlight, he says. Stepping into his shoes will be Steve Douglas, current principal of St Anthony’s in Seatoun.

New World backs down on booze location A Newtown supermarket looks set to change the location in which its liquor is displayed so that its alcohol license can be renewed.

Newtown New World has previ- In 2010 the grocery store was ously come under fire for display- ordered to move its liquor stock ing alcohol for sale at the entrance away from the entrance when Liqto the store. uor Licensing Authority chairman Judge Edward Unwin said there was an overemphasis on alcohol in the shop. At the time he questioned whether New World was a “bottle store which also sells groceries.” Last week the District Licensing Committee asked New World to provide it with details of how quickly the store could move the alcohol away from the entrance. New World owner Donald ON THE MOVE: New World Newtown intends to move its liquor Chung had previously indicated display away from the entrance within three months. PHOTO: it would take about 18 months to put together a business plan Emma Morgan

for moving the booze to an aisle within the store. But Foodstuffs, which owns the New World brand, last week confirmed it would come up with a plan to move the display within the next three months. Opponents to New World being given a renewed liquor license while its alcohol stock remained in the same location claim Newtown has many vulnerable residents and having such accessible and visible alcohol for sale does not help them.  Should New World be allowed to display alcohol near its entrance? Email and let us know what you think.

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Traffic slowed to a crawl on Thursday last week after a taxi crashed into a pole outside a Constable Street dairy. While little damage was visible on the car, the dairy had one less pole than when they opened that morning. Cook Strait News understands a medical situation could have been a factor in the incident. DAMAGE: A taxi crashed into a pole outside the Patel Dairy on Constable Street last week. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Laughing all the way to The Fringe By Bridget Grace

Despite only performing stand-up comedy for the first time last year, a local comedian has masterminded a new show debuting this week. The Dank Comedy Show features six Wellington comedians and is the brainchild of Jundas Capone, real name, Jarden Crafar. September last yea r marked when Jarden first tread the stand-up comedy boards, and he quickly beat his competition. The Brooklyn resident won Wellington’s Last Comic Standing, trumping more than 60 other hopefuls.

Jarden quickly followed up by reaching the finals in the Raw Comedy Quest. A chance stroll one night past Cuba Street’s Scotty & Mal’s Cocktail and Lounge Bar, led him to leap into his first open mic night. “I prepared really quickly, I went through my Facebook and said ‘what stupid stuff have I said?’, and wrote down ten things, and then said those things.” It went “really good” and Jarden then practised at open mic nights twice a week for two months before diving into his first competition. Going to workshops and soaking up other comedians expertise has helped

him craft his own style. Finding inspiration is no problem for Jarden who says he thinks of one funny thing every five seconds. “I’m not skiting at all but I’m really kinda gifted in coming up with stuff.” He says the local scene is starting to bloom, and has recently mushroomed from 30 to 70 comedians. Gigs are popping up everywhere Jarden says and new comedy bar VK’s is a huge aid to the burgeoning scene. The Dank Comedy Show has no theme but backgrounds such as Stalingrad during World War Two and a tropical island will be projected behind the co-

medians during the show. A competition on Facebook invites the public to submit a photo to be projected behind the MC. A photo of a capsicum has already been submitted. Dank is hipster slang for awesome, and Jarden says he wanted to market the show with a unique word. “It’s not going to be that cheesy, professional unfunny comedy that people kind of want to see, but then get disappointed when they see it.”  For more information about Jarden and the The Dank Comedy Show go to www.eventfinder.

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King recognised for years of service

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Rongotai MP Annette King was last week recognised by the Rotary Club of Wellington South for her many years of service to the local community. Ms King, a former minister and a Member of Parliament since 1984, has represented the southern and eastern suburbs of Wellington since the 1993 election. The award was presented to Ms King, the deputy leader of the Labour party, at a function held at The Pines last week. Secretary of the Rotary Club of Wellington South, Peter Denee, says Ms King was presented the Paul Harris Fellowship award to recognise her years of exemplary community service. “It’s the top recognition that a Rotary Club gives to a person,” he says. “She has spent more than two decades as the local MP for the area. “The award is not for her political achievements. Rather it’s to honour her involvement with individuals and community organisations.” Paul says Ms King was delighted to have received the award in front of the more than 60 people present. Bill Boyd, the former president of both the Rotary Club of Wellington South and Rotary International, was in attendance.

Anna Kirtlan says she was the last person anybody would have expected to be on a boat. That was until the Hataitai resident met her current partner, Paddy, the proud owner of a 44 foot yacht. “I thought he was a rich git talking about his yacht,” Anna says. “He told me it was his house as well and I thought ‘maybe I shouldn’t write you off’.” Seven years later and the pair now live between the yacht,

Wildflower, which is docked at Chaffers Marina, and their apartment in Hataitai, where their cat lives. “I had this idea about sailing that it would be quite glamorous,” she says. “I learnt quite quickly that that would not be the case.” On their first voyage together out of Wellington harbour, Anna says she refused to take any anti-nausea pills, which she later regretted. “Paddy washed the vomit off of my sneakers,” she says. “I thought ‘this is love’.”

In 2011 Anna and Paddy both uprooted their lives and took to the seas for an exciting 6,000 nautical mile six month adventure around the South Pacific. Anna says she found the people and the many countries that they visited fascinating. “I started writing a blog and that garnered some interest. Between the blog and my journal I found I had enough for a book.” Anna says she had always wanted to put pen to paper for her own book and once BRAVE SAILOR: Hataitai resident Anna Kirtlan has put pen to paper about her boating adventures for her first book, Which Way is Starboard Again. PHOTO: Sam Duff

she returned from the trip she wrote Which Way is Starboard Again. “I wanted to write the book that I wanted to read before going away.” The book is about an unlikely uncoordinated office person learning about sailing, the culture of the South Pacific and facing fear and anxiety disorder, Anna says. “I wasn’t going to write about my anxiety disorder in the book at all because I thought it would bring the tone down,” she says. However, Anna says she was proud of the fact she had done an open water sailing trip as somebody with an anxiety disorder and wanted to talk about it. Anna says her and Paddy’s next big adventure on the boat will be a trip to Fiji and the surrounding islands. Which Way is Starboard Again was launched at the Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club on April 17.

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HONOURED: The Rotary Club of Wellington South last week presented Rongotai MP Annette King with the Paul Harris Fellowship award for her years of community service. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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PERFORMER: Actress and Seatoun resident Katherine Wyeth was raised in a London pub theatre and is now put ting together her own short film. PH OTO: S am Duff

Brought up treading the boards By Sam Duff

Growing up in a London theatre crossed with a pub, Katherine Wyeth was always destined to spend her life singing, dancing and acting. The Seatoun resident says the Kings Head Theatre Pub, the longest operating pub theatre in the United Kingdom, was founded by her step-father, Dan Crawford. Katherine spent her childhood playing throughout the Victorian building and would excitedly wait for each new show to transform the stage into another world. “I grew up on the stage singing and dancing since I was really small,” Katherine says. “It was great. It was like a little universe in itself.” After studying zoology at university, Katherine says she was drawn back to the world of theatre and performing arts.

Now Katherine, who has lived in Seatoun for the past five years, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowd fund a short film she is preparing called Goblin Market. Composed in 1859, Goblin Market is a narrative poem by Christina Rossetti about two close sisters, Laura and Lizzie, as well as the goblins to which the title refers. Katherine says Goblin Market is about the two girl’s childhood play which has evolved into a game of fantasy and entrapment that has divorced them from reality. Katherine’s mother, Stephanie Sinclaire, who continued to run the Kings Head Pub Theatre until a recent move to Seatoun, co-wrote the screen play with her daughter. Stephanie is a painter and director in both theatre and film, having previously made her own feature film.

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Proud children from Miramar’s Holy Cross School watched on last week as 16 of their parents graduated from the Computers in Homes programme. A Ministry of Education and 2020 Communications Trust initiative, Computers in Homes is for parents to learn about the modern machines. Cook Strait News headed along to watch as the parents at Holy Cross School were congratulated on their hard work. Parents from Newtown and Berhampore Schools also graduated last week. At the end of their 20 hours of training, families were given a computer or laptop so they are able to assist their children with homework and the like.

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GOOD EFFORT: Tutor Patrick Harlow congratulates the Holy Cross School parents that completed the Computers in Homes programme. PHOTOS: Emma Morgan

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Marsden. Year 9 Information Evening For students entering Year 9 in 2016 We’d like to invite you and your daughter to our Year 9 Information Evening. A Marsden education is more than a step up to university and a career, we lay the foundation for lives of meaning, accomplishment and happiness. To understand the Marsden difference join us in the Marsden School Auditorium, on Tuesday 28 July at 7pm. We look forward to meeting you. Enrolments are now open. If you cannot attend please call Fiona Hannaway on 476 8792, Ext.831, and she will be happy to help.

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LETTERS to the editor Leaky building should be rescued Dear Ed, how interesting that Sam Duff’s photograph in an earlier issue of Cook Strait News (June 8) has prompted an explanation from Mr Love in the letters column (CSN, June 15). I had also occasionally walked past the building in Russell Terrace, wondering why such a relatively modern building was sitting idle

and unused. I am afraid I was rather judgmental in my deductions. Because of the Maori inscriptions on the building I had concluded that it belonged to some kind of Maori trust whose funding had lapsed, and who now no longer had the financial resources to keep it up and running.

I had even prowled round the building myself, noting the unswept piles of leaves at the entrance. Now I am ashamed to read that in fact it is a leaky building and because of that it is not being used. It does stick out a bit though, because it looks too modern a facility to lie idle. Let’s hope that the red tape can be cut through

and the building rescued and repaired so that it can once more be used - even if only as a spare classroom for the South Wellington Intermediate School or to house a homeless family! Thank you Mr Love. Obviously many other people must have been wondering about this situation. Christine Swift, Island Bay

All suggested flags look hideous Dear Ed, Re your June 8 “Word on the Street”, I was pleased, in one way, that most of the interviewees seemed satisfied with our present flag. As I prize my British ancestry and heritage, I'm happy with the Union Flag part that refers to the ancestry of most Kiwis. All the same, that part of the flag can still give overseas people the mistaken

notion that we are still a British Colony; and it's true that our present flag looks much the same as the Australian flag. In fact, many Americans think, for various reasons, we are part of Australia! I gather that many Australians aren't too keen on that same Union Flag that is also part of their flag; so it might be changed before long.

Maybe we should just let them change their flag to one that doesn't look like ours, while we continue with the one we have! But nearly all the suggested new flags for NZ look hideous, so far. If we must change, I'd like the same flag as was adopted by the United Tribes of New Zealand in 1835, when they declared their independence from

Baron de Thierry, who'd proclaimed himself Emperor of New Zealand. It is the Royal Navy's White Ensign: a big red St George’s Cross on a white field. The difference is that, in the top left canton, there is a smaller such red cross on a blue field; and in each of its four cantons there is a white star on that blue. H Westfold, Miramar

plan to replace a wall that had done its job well for 70 years despite a lack of maintenance. Now the footpath is breaking up. The public wanted to save the wall, and at the end of last year, six months ago,

council decided to do that. Doing nothing will help them to point to a failing wall, and the on-going damage will increase the cost of repairs, providing support for their plan to pull it down. John Robinson, Island Bay

Fiddling while Rome burns Dear Ed, Councillor Sarah Free describes how Council are fiddling while Rome burns, sitting around pondering while infrastructure falls to bits (CSN, June 22). She says they need a comprehensive plan, which

allows inaction to continue for years to come. This will set the scene for sand dune zealots to get rid of the Island Bay sea wall. After it was damaged two years ago – one year would have been long enough to fix it – they pushed a

SAFETY: Reader Kim Narsi, from Newtown, says she drives her kids to school in Lyall Bay but she would prefer them to walk. PHOTO: Emma Morgan

Increase the number of children walking to school Dear Ed, I am so glad to have read your article in this week’s CSN (June 22) about the safety improvements near schools to increase the number of children walking to school. I really like how CSN keeps on with this issue and I am quickly learning that public ‘noise’ actually makes a difference to how the council responds to concerns. I am a parent at Lyall Bay School and a parent representative of the Friends of Lyall Bay School and I have been actively trying to make some changes for child pedestrians to allow more children to walk to school. The council said that in 2010 that 61 percent of children at LBS travelled to school in the family car, two percent in a friend’s car, one percent bussed, five percent cycled, scootered or skateboarded and 31 percent walked. I live in Newtown and am trying to get my kids to walk to Lyall Bay School and notice the distinct lack of pedestrian crossings or crossings that are located in places where stopping is difficult, such as the one at the bottom of Crawford Road, - as such, we end up driving most of the time. Kim Narsi, Newtown (abridged)

Honour the promise Dear Ed, recently, the “developers” at 215 Houghton Bay Rd have asked Friends of Houghton Valley Inc. to stop proceedings for a judicial review of their consent. We would consider this only if there is a significant reduction in the number of houses that are

built on this site. T he g roup has over 120 members now, who are not all from Houghton Valley, but feel strongly that proposals like this are not how new housing should proceed, anywhere - and especially in an area like Houghton Valley, which has an intimate,

park-like setting. Some of us think it a shame the council allows for any building on that coastal site, given the unstable nature of the land, and the surrounding area of natural significance. However, some members concede that some housing should

be allowed because it is deemed private land. All of us oppose thirteen houses! Our case is primarily with the Wellington City Council. We are surprised and alarmed that such a proposal was given non-notified consent. When the rubbish tip closed

in the '70s, the City Council promised the residents that the valley would become a suburb of recreational significance. We ask that WCC honours this promise. S Brow, Houghton Bay

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LETTERS to the editor Voting against democracy and community Dear Ed, on Wednesday June 24 2015, eight Wellington City Councillors, by voting for the Island Bay Cycleway, voted against: 1. Democracy. 2. Honest unbiased community consultation. 3. The Island Bay community. The vote confirmed they are open to undue influence by minority groups, and biased Council Officers pushing their own agendas. Residents can no longer trust the integrity of the Council. Vicki Greco, Island Bay

Working reactively, not proactively Dear Ed, Wellington City Council is working on a climate change action plan. In my opinion, so far WCC has only acted reactively and not proactively. I would like to know how much money has been spent in removing sand, gravel and rocks off the streets, clearing drains and repairing damaged roads after a storm and how much it has spent in creating new barriers to the rising sea levels.

The ratepayers living by the coast have the right to feel safe from adverse weather than they currently are, because so far the WCC only speaks about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, climate change mitigation etc. What we need is to see some leadership in building adequate seawalls to protect roads and properties. Cristina van Dam, Island Bay

WASHED UP: Blaize Larsen-Beecroft took this picture as she was driving along Moa Point Road during recent flooding. PHOTO: Blaize Larsen-Beecroft

Finding a good balance Dear Ed, regarding your article on deck height (CSN, June 22). Just to clarify, you are permitted to have a deck of up to 1.5 metres in height near the boundary, not two metres as

you have stated. Please refer to the rule on decks in the distr ict plan This rule is useful given Wellington's hilly topography, as often creating usable, flat out-

door areas can be difficult. It also reflects the fact that you can build a deck under 1.5 metres without a building consent as per the building act. Most people would be horrified if they were charged $1500

by the council for resource consent if they wished to build a 1.5 metre high deck. I respect this man’s concern for privacy, however, it is no different than having your home lower down a slope than


Bugger. Blast. Oh noooo! Damn! Correction!

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.

Those are a few of the more tame words that can be heard coming from my corner of the office when somebody points out a mistake has slipped its way into the paper. First off, I can assure you I try my best not to let this happen, but on occasion it unfortunately does. So last week when it became apparent that we had mucked up an answer in the 5 Minutes With segment my head was in my hands for several seconds. I would like to take this opportunity to

clarify that the children of the Reverend Tim McKenzie are called Eliot and Jamie, and not the names we printed. Thankfully the Anglican vicar of both Miramar and Seatoun took the error in good faith and in fact had the following humorous response at the ready: Dear Ed, my parishioners have chortled non-stop at the news that I have two previously unknown children (CSN, June 22). Shocked though they were about my occasional needlework, they were more

your neighbour. In these types of situations good communication between both parties more often than not can find a balance, often with screening, or planting. Dan Eves

shocked that I might have two illegitimate children locked up in a cupboard at the Gypsy Kitchen somewhere. In fairness to my actual children, I would like to point out that their names are Eliot and Jamie. And in case any devoted Cook Strait News readers are wondering, I found it hard to decide whether I would like to be Bono or Brendon McCullum for a day. Yours sincerely, Tim McKenzie Sorry Tim!


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14 Thursday July 2, 2015

MINUTES WITH: Ray Ahipene-Mercer

Wellington City Eastern Ward Councillor Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with?

If you could be somebody for a day who would it be? Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon.

Alistair Cooke of “Voice from America”. He is deceased but was a wonderful raconteur and a wise man.

What would Cook Strait News readers be shocked to know about you?

What meal do you never get sick of eating?

I enjoy smoking a Cohiba cigar with a fat glass of Tequilla on the rocks next to the sea in front of my house.

Roast Lamb of course.

What would you change about the world?

What is the best thing in your life right now?

Try and work towards a more effective forum than the United Nations, to reduce conflict.

Having the most loyal and supportive friends all round planet Earth.



Who is your best friend and why? Herbie, my Jack Russell. He unconditionally loves me and we have no political arguments!

What would your super power be and why? To have the power to try and bring people with irreconcilable differences together to find common ground.


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 and let us know.

THUMBS DOWN to former Conservative party leader Colin Craig who was all over the news last week for all the wrong reasons. Naughty Colin!

THUMBS UP to Aaron of Berhampore for getting Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down into the Cook Strait News! Great stuff. From Peter, Nigel, Jack, Sam, James and the rest of the lads. THUMBS UP to the mother of Isabella and Gene or to Mel McKenzie for a defamation action! THUMBS UP to Nigel of Lyall Bay for getting engaged to Hannah last weekend - congratulations! We're all fizzing for you. From the lads. THUMBS DOWN to Jack's savings account after all those mochas... oh dear...

THUMBS DOWN to the bloody awful subbing of my friend Tim McKenzie's 5 Minutes With interview!

THUMBS UP to Fish Fins in Newtown for outstanding fish and chips and friendly service.

THUMBS DOWN to the Island Bay cycleway. Waste of money. Bad for community. THUMBS UP to Wellington City Council for making a great decision on the Island Bay cycleway! Can’t wait to get riding with the kids in tow! THUMBS UP to three kakas spotted between Moa Point and Tarakena Bay. It’s the first time kaka have been seen on the peninsula since the mid-1800s. THUMBS DOWN to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s marriage which has gone to splitsville. Bring back Bennifer! THUMBS UP to the Wellington Fundamentalist Druids who marked their 30th anniversary with chanting, ritual sacrifice (a can of soup) and a midwinter swim in Lyall Bay recently.

THUMBS UP to the beautiful Wellington weather we have been experiencing during the past few days. Blimin’ lovely!

THUMBS UP to gay marriage in the U.S. of A.

THUMBS DOWN to the possibly nasty weather we may be set to experience this weekend. Keep an eye on the Metservice website for severe weather warnings and updates on weather in your area.

THUMBS DOWN to Australia, still living in the dark ages.

Thursday July 2, 2015



GEARED UP: Joshua Ongun, Finbar Holoborow, Anthony Hunt, Luka Kirk, Henri Bann, Dallas Tamaiva, Stanley Solomon, Marco Muollo, Ned Bacon, Ethan Johnson-Hunt, Sam McKee, Witek Betkier, Thomas Knight and Alex Marshall. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Fight of their rugby lives By Sam Duff

As the Hurricanes prepare to take on the Highlanders this weekend in the Super 15 final, a local side of under 11s is also preparing for a gruelling challenge. The players of the Wellington Wildfish, from the Wellington Football Club, have spent the

past few months fundraising to head to the North Island leg of the New Zealand Junior Rugby Festival in Taupo. From sausage sizzles and raffles to discos and quiz nights the team has been working hard to be able to take on sides from throughout the country and a few from overseas in the September competition.

Coach Nigel Solomon says the Wildfish are a great little team. “They are quite a good little side,” Nigel says of the 24-player side which has gone undefeated in Saturday club rugby games for the past four years. “We have a really good culture in the team.” Parent Dion Muollo says the

players, aged between nine and 11, love their rugby. ‘They can’t wait to turn up for their Saturday morning rugby,” he says. “They take every opportunity to get extra games in. “They are a really stunning bunch of kids and they’re really supportive of each other.” Parent Kim Muollo says the players in the Wellington Wid-

Stopping by for a visit

Cashed up

As the Hurricanes made last minute preparations for their Super 15 semi-final against the Brumbies, three members of the side took time out to visit sick children at Ronald McDonald House in Newtown last week. Warren Owen, from Ronald McDonald House Wellington, says they were delighted to have players from the Hurricanes come and visit the families. “It was clear to see how much enjoyment the team’s visit brought to the House; providing an all-important distraction from the families’ medical journeys,” he says. Wellington Hurricane Willis Halaholo says it was a great honour to see the families at Ronald McDonald House. “I have two children myself and it is heart-breaking to see what some families have to go through,” he says.


BUDDIES: Hurricane James O’Reilly with new mates Nathan and Teina.

fish are the smallest kids with the biggest hearts. When Cook Strait News attended a team training session last week, the Wildfish were eager to win the competition. The Wellington Wildfish will be taking on the other Wellington Football Club under 11 side and Marist St Pats in upcoming games.

Poneke Rugby Club is one of two Wellington clubs to be given a Sport Wellington good practice award. Poneke will receive $1000 worth of ‘Sport Makers’ sporting goods as part of the ‘Thank

a Sport Maker’ campaign. Sport Wellington says both the Poneke and Johnsonville Rugby Clubs have demonstrated outstanding teamwork and companionship, on and off the field.

Stormin’ Norman Wellington-born former All Black, Norman Berryman, died of a heart attack on Tuesday, aged 42. The former Crusaders player also represented the Chiefs and Blues, winning three Super Rugby titles and playing 75 matches for Northland. Before moving to Whanga-

rei, Norman lived in Island Bay for seven years and would go along to his father’s rugby league training at the age of three. He had been living in Australia for the past ten years, recently working as a forklift driver in Perth, and is survived by six children.



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