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Rob says Wellington Free Ambulance is well equipped to deal with the increase in call-outs that are always imminent in winter. “June through to August are typically our busiest months, and we make sure we have the staff numbers to accommodate that. “Things generally get busy from lunch time through to early evening.” However traffic accidents are not the only issue which cause an increased number of call-outs in the winter months. Chest infections, breathing problems and heart attacks are also more common in the cold weather, as do winter sports injuries.

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to start up a food cooperative to provide discounted fruit and vegetables to families in need, Sarah says. Meanwhile there are other organisations, such as Kaibosh, which provides food to community groups and those in need. The Real Food Challenge will include discussions on forming a regional food alliance for these groups so they can better work together. Healthy and locally sourced produce solves many problems, says Sarah who first got involved in a community garden eight years ago. “You know where your food comes from, you get to know the people who supply your food, and it builds community.” The Real Food Challenge, which the public can sign-up to attend, will be held on July 23 and 24. For more information go to

Continued from page 1 “There is a growing need for families to have access to healthy food,” she says. “There is a growing momentum to eat locally grown produce and we want to see this momentum keep going.” Access to fresh and healthy food will be the topic of The Real Food Challenge, hosted by Wellington City Council, Hutt City Council and a number of local food entities, held in Wellington next week. “We’re trying to get communities and businesses in the room to talk about food,” Sarah says. She says there needs to be more coordination between the various organisations that play a role in providing Wellingtonians with fresh produce, such as community gardens and groups that sell cheap fruit and vegetables. Wellington alone has more than 30 community gardens and there is talk of more to come. These are run by schools, churches and community groups. In Miramar an organisation is looking

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Third tilt at Mayoral chains for Yan By Sam Duff

Businessman Jack Yan is hoping he is third time lucky after confi rming last week that he will once again contest Wellington’s mayoralty. The Rongotai resident has run for the top job twice in the past, coming third in both 2010 and 2013. Mr Yan, who describes himself as socially liberal and fiscally conservative, says there is still a glass ceiling to crack in Wellington local body politics and he would like to break it at the election in October 2016. “Wellington has never had a non-white Mayor,” says Mr Yan, who claims the city is racist at a political level. He says at previous elections the media were xenophobic. A newspaper said his accent was hard to understand and a radio station talked to the first, second and fourth candidates and not himself, Mr Yan says. Having already contested the Mayor’s job twice, Mr Yan says he might be ‘third time lucky.’ “My voting base seems to grow by 50 percent each time,” he says. “I also have more name recognition out

Despite a number of objections from Newtown locals the suburb’s New World supermarket has been given a renewed license to sell liquor. The store, owned by Donald Chung, has come under fire for several years for locating its booze section at the entrance to the shop. In 2010 the grocery store was ordered to move its liquor stock away from the entrance

when Liquor Licensing Authority chairman Judge Edward Unwin said there was an over emphasis on alcohol in the shop. At the time he questioned whether New World was a “bottle store which also sells groceries.” Two weeks ago the District Licensing Authority held a hearing to decide whether the store would be given a new

inbrief news Meat lovers The annual judging of the 100% New Zealand Bacon and Ham competition kicked off last week in Wellington. The competition, which sees entries from expert butchers nationwide celebrates the craft involved with turning New Zealand grown pork into mouth-watering bacon and ham products. This year 197 entries from 50 entrants nationwide will be scrutinised by an expert and independent panel of 33 judges.  Winners will be announced in September.

Community garden Wellington City Council is considering granting a community group a license to open a community garden or orchard on Council-owned land in Newtown. The group, WorkerBe Oasis, looks set to be granted a five year license for the town belt land at 5 Hospital Road.

Winners GEARED UP: Two-time Mayoral contender Jack Yan says he will be running for the top job for a third time at next year’s local government elections. PHOTO: Emma Morgan

firmed she will be contesting the job again next year, while Lambton Ward Councillor Nicola Young has also put her name forward.

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New World forced to move liquor location liquor license. Last week it was announced the store’s liquor license would be renewed for one year, despite the District Licensing Authority having the authority to renew it for three years. Under the conditions of the renewal New World must move its liquor section within three months. However all non-chilled liq-

uor was ordered to be moved within ten days of the District Licensing Authorities decision being released. The existing location of the alcohol in the entry way is prohibited under Government legislation introduced in 2012.  Should New World be allowed to display alcohol near its entrance? Email news@wsn. and let us know what you think.

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It is that time of year again to cough-up cash to register your pooch. Wellington City Council requires all puppies to have been registered by the time they are three months old. Dog owners must register their little Fluffy, Buddy or Rover by July 31 or risk a fine.

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Leon leaves The Wellington Night Shelter is on the hunt for a new boss with current manager Mike Leon set to depart next month. Mike has been working at the shelter in various roles for the past 20 years and has been in charge of the centre since 2008. The Wellington Night Shelter is located on Taranaki Street and has been operating in the city for about 50 years.

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Former rugby player, public servant, diplomat and radio host Chris Laidlaw is the new chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Fran Wilde quit the role last month after the Local Government Commission decided to scrap plans for Wellington to become a super-city. Mr Laidlaw was the MP for Wellington Central between 1992 and 1993 and has been on the GRWC since 2007.

OLD HAND: Brett Roberts was recently appointed as the new Long Cloud Youth Theatre Company artistic director. PHOTO: Emma Morgan

As 16 young actors tread the boards for the first performance of Live Acts on Stage their director will be watching on from the audience. Long Cloud Youth Theatre Company artistic director Brett Roberts says he no longer gets nervous watching performers act-out shows he directs. “It’s interesting when you’re a director because in a way your job is done and you’ve handed the show over so in a way you have to let go,” says Brett, a Berhampore resident. “You have done the best that you can do.” Live Acts on Stage, written by Australian playwright Michael Gow, will be the first theatrical production by the Long Cloud Youth Theatre Company. Brett, the former head of directing at Toi Whakaari, says the show is a reimagining of the myth of Orpheus. Live Acts on Stage is a comedy of love and renewal and in this Long Cloud production is fittingly told from the world of a child’s bedroom. Hailing from across the ditch, Brett has experience in youth theatre having previously been the artistic director of Melbourne’s St Martin’s Youth Arts

Centre. “I love it,” he says. “Working with young people you realise that they still have that love and enthusiasm for the industry.” The themes that are present in Live Acts on Stage are particularly relevant to young people, Brett says. “This idea of having a voice that can sometimes but-up against authority and the status quo and the difficulties that encompasses.” Brett, who has lived in Wellington for four years, says his own passion for theatre began when he was studying at the University of Sydney and he did not know what he wanted to do with his life. He says he joined the University of Sydney Dramatic Society and had a go at everything from acting to directing. “I found a real passion,” says Brett, who before long had signed-up to attend the Victorian College of Performing Arts. Asked if he will ever give up working in theatre, Brett says he will not. Live Acts on Stage will be at the Whitireia Performance Centre on Vivian Street from July 15 till 18. For more information go to www.


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Moves by central government to improve New Zealand’s rental housing stock a positive step forward, according to Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Last week government announced plans to strengthen the Residential Tenancies Act to make it compulsory for landlords to insulate their properties and provide smoke alarms. Mayor Wade-Brown says people living in sub-standard houses throughout the city will benefit from the new requirements. “We have long advocated for improvements in the legislation to require landlords to improve rental properties in Wellington and across the country,” Mayor Wade-Brown says. “There are strong links between housing quality and health. “Insulation will improve the health of ten-

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ON SHOW: Third year dancing student Megan Wright is preparing to help show case the New Zealand School of Dance for Capital 150. PHOTO: Emma Morgan

On a recent trip to the Kilbirnie public toilets I discovered a small half-drunken bottle of vodka. With winter well and truly here there is almost nothing I wouldn’t do on many of these freezing cold days to warm myself up. Vodka would certainly warm my blood I thought, as I stood in the small cubicle that stank of urine. For a brief moment I contemplated finishing-off the contents but as it was 11am on a Monday and I dreaded to think of where the bottle had come from, I thought better of my cunning plan. I headed back to the office to sit in front of my small fan heater, still wrapped in a jacket and wearing my scarf and gloves. The most exciting part of my days in winter is getting the opportunity to go for a drive. Not because I get to get out and about and see the wonderful suburbs that we live in, but because my work car has a fantastic heater. After work I drive in the lovely warm car to my freezing cold house. I am pretty sure our house is insulated but until last week we were simply too lazy to buy a heater. Instead we would boil the kettle, turn the oven on and use the dishwasher in the hope that would warm our home. A quick trip to Briscoes and $30 later and our lives have changed forever, that cheap little heater is my soul mate. I love winter for many reasons - good hearty winter meals, using the excuse of being sick for not leaving the house and not having to exercise because you won’t be hitting the beach for a few more months – but I think I am ready for summer again.

Opening the doors to the studio By Sam Duff

As part of a weekend of festivities to celebrate Wellington becoming the capital city of New Zealand a number of national organisations will be throwing open their doors to the public. The New Zealand School of Dance, located on Hutchison Road in Newtown, is one of the organisations preparing to show case their work. Megan Wright, a third year classical dancing student, says she is looking forward to showing the public what goes on behind the scenes at the dancing school. “We’re going to show the nitty gritty of the dance world,” she says. Megan says when audiences watch dance performances they do not see the hard work that is put into preparing for them. “If you see a performance you only see

the pretty costumes on stage. Audiences don’t see the hours and hours of practice that we do. “It’s not actually that easy to be a dancer. It’s quite a high pressure environment.” Asked what does go on behind the scenes, Megan says the hard work that is put into dancing is much like any other sports training. Megan spends up to 40 hours a week in the studio dancing and training. The New Zealand School of Dance is situated in the Te Whaea complex which also houses To Whakaari, another organisation that will be opening its doors. Newtown resident Megan says she started dancing when she was just three and a half. “You’re supposed to start when you are four but my sister was doing beginner classes and the teacher asked if I wanted to join in.”

She says there is a lot she enjoys about dance but one of her favourite moments is when she is waiting to go on stage in her costume. “There is a pause before the music starts,” Megan says. “You have spent three months preparing for this moment. There’s nothing you can do to make this better or worse. “It is down to the pure enjoyment of the dance.” When she graduates from the New Zealand School of Dance, Megan says she would love to be signed to a ballet company. Capital 150 will be held on the weekend of July 25 and 26 with the New Zealand School of Dance being open from 10am till 5pm both days. For more information about the events, celebrations and organisations opening their doors for Capital 150 go to

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It may be a popular favourite in the area but the Strathmore Local is still a hidden gem from many in the eastern and southern suburbs. With good hearty pub/bistro meals and extensive facilities it is no wonder that the Strathmore Local has become a firm choice for regulars. Owner/manager Girish Dayal says the well-liked restaurant and bar is tucked away in its location on Strathmore Avenue. “There’s something for everyone,” Girish says. “We are a great value venue with a good selection of local wine and craft beer.” ”The mouth-watering meals at the Strathmore Local are made using local suppliers, including the famously delicious sausages from the Strathmore Butchery. Girish says there is a lot on offer at the Strathmore Local, including the new func-

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Award winning Rempah Popular Miramar-based Malaysian restaurant Rempah has been named as a finalist in the Mind Food Producers Awards. Owners Caroline and Reuben Danam say they made it into the finals of the awards because of the quality of their Malaysian sauce and roti which they supply to outlets throughout the country. Asked how she would feel to win, Caroline says it would be great. “It would be fantastic but we know we are up against a lot of big producers and we are quite small.”

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LETTERS to the editor Cycleway debate has not torn community apart

Dear Ed, reports in your paper that Island Bay has been “torn apart” by the cycleway decision making process are simply not true. Myself, my friends and my community within Island Bay have not been torn apart, but rather engaged with the process and grappled with an issue in an informed way. We have accessed information from the Council, (via some excellent open days), the information-rich “Island Bay Cycleway” Facebook page, and exchanged comments to probe the merits of the idea. Concerns were voiced and considered to improve the process to support, and now a decision has been made. Although the decision may disappoint some, the Island Bay that I live in has, and continues to have, a robust, connected and caring community - one with many voices, which makes it an excellent TWO WHEELS: This reader says the Island Bay community was engaged place to live. in the Cycleway decision. PHOTO: Emma Morgan Nicci Coffey, Island Bay

Beware the wrath of Westfold’s letters Dear Ed , you don’t have enough space for a proper response to the June 22 letter from E. Thomas, having a general go at me for my letters and opinions. He/she pretends to believe I must be a fictional creation by some Aro Valley resident. Well Mr/Ms Thomas, supposing this correspondent is real, seems living proof that Newtown also harbours would-be wits and satirists of that same sort. Like nearly all the writers of letters attacking me, that

gentleman/lady is unable to disprove what I say, so reacts with ridicule, insults, and defamation. I’m always pleased to see such letters: they expose their writer’s barren mentality. All of them are victims of two fallacies: that what is of later date must be better and truer that everything earlier and that what a majority (real or alleged) opines and desires must be right and true. We’re already seeing and enduring the dire results of

abandoning the legal and moral standards of the Bible’s Decalogue. Worse is to come! When God wishes to punish us, he gives us what we desire. If you read First Samuel, chapter eight, you will see how Israel, though warned against it, demanded a King. They got what they’d insisted on, plus what God had warned them of! H Westfold, Miramar

Vehemently opposed to Island Bay Cycleway Dear Ed, having lived in Island Bay for around 60 years, I vehemently oppose the planned cycleway through the heart of Island Bay. This is a ridiculous waste of

ratepayer’s money, as the only area suitable for a cycleway is already a wide stretch of road with plenty of space for all. This proposal has been described by some as a cycleway

to nowhere which I heartily agree with as the traffic will all converge on the road narrows at Berhampore and beyond. Anonymous

Leaving the dairy products on the shelf Dear Ed, full marks to the efficiency of the oil companies for reflecting the exchange rate so quickly in price increases. If such efficiency is shared with Fonterra I expect a large drop in the price of cheese, milk and milk products. The farmers may suffer a large cut of their income through the market price and exchange rate. Why does this not show in the

milk and milk produce price in the supermarkets? Dairy farmers and the public of NZ should consider re-importing our milk, cheese, ice cream etc. for our domestic consumption. During my last visit to the supermarket I left the dairy products on the shelves for something sweeter on my wallet. Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

An inspiring and amusing story Dear Ed, I was delighted to win Anna Kirtlan's book ‘Which Way is Starboard Again?’ in your recent competition (CSN, June 2).

It is an inspiring and amusing story about her adventures at sea. Sybil Gregson, Kilbirnie

No problem with spotting the liquor on entry Dear Ed, Newtown New World is my local and has been for over 25 years. I have no problem with entering the store via the alcohol display. In truth, it is no different to City (Schaffers) New World where one enters through the fruit and vegetables but then turns left past the liquor specials. Entering Newtown New World through the comparatively small liquor display has no significant effect on my

buying habits of about half a dozen bottles of wine per year. I will pick up a bottle of a favourite wine if it is on special or if the home stock is low but generally I would go to Pak’nSave with bigger stocks and better prices. Even then, Christmas would be the main buying time. My bigger concern is the nonsense of supermarkets having to refrain from sales at certain times, even when the market is open for normal trading. Jim Pearce, Newtown

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LETTERS to the editor Part of the problem, not the solution Dear Ed, in the Cook Strait News (July 2), Kim Narsi makes a plea for safety improvements to encourage children to walk to school. This is admirable, but Ms Narsi may be part of the problem. She says she lives in Newtown but her children attend Lyall Bay

School. Like many families, Ms Narsi may have made the decision to bypass her local school in Newtown, which might have been an easier walk for her children. Parents transporting their children across town to their preferred k indergartens and

schools increase traffic congestion for everyone. If Ms Narsi’s children find the crossings at the bottom of Crawford Road difficult to use, they could perhaps use the crossing further up Crawford Rd by Duncan Terrace. Pamela McKirdy, Hataitai

SAFETY PLEA: Wellington City Council has committed to additional funding for traffic safety near schools in its Long Term Plan. PHOTO: Emma Morgan

Cycleway a waste of ratepayer’s hard earned cash Dear Ed, I would vote NO (to the Island Bay Cycleway). It is unnecessary as we already have a cycle way which just needs to be painted green. The cycleway will not continue through the shopping centre which is the only dangerous part of The Parade. It is dangerous for residents trying to back out of their garages/driveways on The Parade. The traffic lane will be too narrow.

There will be nose to tail accidents as a result of this narrow road. Cyclists do not have to use it. It is a disgraceful waste of ratepayer’s money. Lorraine Edwards, Island Bay A quiet ride… Dear Ed, (Letters pic 3) here’s a pic showing cyclists enjoying the existing Island Bay cycleway on a recent beautiful Sunday morning. John

A look into the future? Dear Ed, front page headline, Cook Strait News, 23 August, 2762: The fossilised skeleton unearthed in Miramar this morning, which tests show to have been fossilised even during its own life, has been confirmed as that of a Hectorsaurus, a genus of the Westfold species. A letter to the editor of the Cook Strait News from July 9, 2015, featuring what palaeontologists

describe as a typically prehistoric argument against the legalisation of euthanasia, places the creature’s existence as recently as 750 years ago. From the skeletal imprint, it can be seen that the Hectorsaurus died a slow and agonising death, after becoming entrapped in the mud of his own narrow-mindedness, while at the same time suffering

asphyxiation from the ash of his own bull-headedness. So unbearable was his demise that he is certain to have seen the error of his ways regarding his inhumane and dogmatic views, and to have cried out desperately to be put out of his misery. His pleas appear to have fallen on disinterested ears. Robert Perry

Not in favour of Island Bay cycleway Dear Ed, I am totally opposed to the ‘cycleway to nowhere’ as are the majority of my neighbours and friends. The mayor and the councillors

who pushed this through should be ashamed of themselves. Disgraceful waste of ratepayer’s money and who will be held accountable for all the accidents if

they insist on creating this looming disaster? Steven Cooper, Island Bay

Not a fan of newspaper segment Dear Ed, I think the thumbs section in your paper is polarising. Life is never so simple, decisions or situations always involve aspects from all sides of society and so there

will be some people who feel let down or misunderstood. These situations are in most cases neither wrong or right. Portraying life as only up and

maybe more importantly down gives the impression of negativity or that it was wrong. Peter

When are the local government elections? Dear Ed, if I had been aware that there was a submission open for the Island Bay cycle lane upgrade I would have voted no! From the very outset this whole catastrophe was deftly and delib-

erately kept under the radar. It’s a public disgrace that the vocal lobbyists have had very closed conversations with the Wellington City Council but not actively consulted with the greater popula-

tion of Wellington in a genuine manner. The sooner the Mayor is gone the better. Rick Toogood, Berhampore

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

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Cycleway will only be used by recreational cyclists Dear Ed, I would have voted against the cycleway. Cycleways through parks and around the foreshore are great but one has only to drive down The Parade, one of Wellington's widest streets to realise that even it is not wide enough for two lanes of traffic, two cycle lanes, car parking and road centre turning bays. Residents have a right to be able to park in front of their homes, businesses rely on customers (who, for a range of reasons) can’t all walk or travel by bus. As I understand, accident statistics don’t flag The Parade as a danger area for cyclists. Somehow or other the cycleway is supposed

to link Island Bay to the city and here is where the real trouble arises - busy narrow streets. The local communities will suffer to support the cyclists who represent only a small proportion of the total road users. There may well be a suitable cycle route from Island Bay to the city but it is not any of the proposed routes. I suspect that if one is found and it is much longer than the direct route through Newtown, it will only be used by recreational cyclists, not by the Mayor and other commuters. Jim Pearce, Newtown

Operating on ideology, not statistics Dear Ed, I sympathise with the resident of Clyde Street who thinks speed humps are unnecessary in his street (CSN, July 9). Here in Hataitai the Council decided to reduce the speed limit at Hataitai Village from 50km/h to 30km/h, in spite of the fact that there was no evidence of speeding in the area. A third of recorded accidents in the previous five years were caused by cars that were already parked or reversing – i.e. very slow or stopped! There are six pedestrian crossings, angle parking and at least 20 buses per hour manoeuvring round the

What a Ridiculous idea Dear Ed, speed bumps in Clyde Street - yet another waste of ratepayer’s money. Where do the council get these ridiculous ideas from? When are they going to start listening to the majority rather than the minority? Steve Kelly

corner of Moxham Ave. Even the police admitted that the defacto speed in the area was already less than 50km/h. None the less, the Council went ahead. A complete waste of money and no effect on traffic, just more visual pollution from the extra road signs required. At the same time nobody will do anything about the intersection of Ruahine St and Taurima St just a few metres away, which is an accident black spot. The Council likes to operate on ideology rather than statistics, observation or common sense. Pamela McKirdy, Hataitai

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MINUTES WITH: Constable Phillip Pithyou Wellington District Ethnic Liaison Coordinator

What would Cook Strait News readers be shocked to know about you? 1) I joined the Police when I was 23, but I never entertained the idea of joining until I was about 20. Prior to this, I wanted to be an actor. 2) I have competed in Muay Thai and boxing.

What would you change about the world? Factory farming and any mass ill treatment of animals. Until we demonstrate the fair treatment of animals, improvement in human to human affairs is wishful thinking.


Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with? Esho Nasraya (Jesus of Nazareth)

What meal do you never get sick of eating? This is a trick question right? You want me to say doughnuts and coffee don’t you? Well the answer is vegan food. (I am not vegan).

If you could be somebody for a day who would it be? A fireman…just kidding! I would be an astronaut.

I know if I have to pick one person then I may cause unnecessary sadness!

What would your super power be and why? An ability to detect crime and apprehend criminals before the damage is done. It would add value to our Police national operating strategy, ‘prevention first’.

What is the best thing in your life right now? My current role within Police. I have a great boss, a great team and a supportive community behind me. 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 UP to the snow in Karori last week. Freezing cold but pretty special. THUMBS UP to Wellington City Council for planting about 1000 new trees in Houghton Bay. THUMBS UP to Mayor Celia Wade-Brown for taking the time to speak with the only other commuter in her train carriage. And for speaking to him in his native tongue, Chinese Mandarin. news/2015/07/bumping-into-the-mayor THUMBS DOWN to Pebbles Hooper and her twitty twitterings. THUMBS DOWN to this blatant disrespect for our favourite community newspaper, Cook Strait News.

Who is your best friend and why?

THUMBS UP to Tim Morgan and the research he has put into his great uncle Ellwood’s war story.

THUMBS DOWN to Wellington City Council wanting to install speed bumps on Clyde Street in Island Bay. Waste of time and money I think. THUMBS UP to the Whitireia 2015 National Diploma in Journalism (Multi-media) students who graduated last week. Well done guys! THUMBS DOWN to the freezing cold weather on the South Coast last week! Time for blankets and electric blankets me thinks! Global warming could be quite handy after all… THUMBS DOWN to the death of Deirdre Barlow on Coronation Street which just took place in the United Kingdom. New Zealand fans will need to wait about two years to see the iconic character’s exit storyline on local screens.



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New digs in sight for Lyall Bay By Bridget Grace

A new clubhouse is one step closer for the Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving club, after receiving $350,000 in funding from council. The funding was confirmed on June 24, as part of Wellington City Council’s Long Term Plan. Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving club chairperson Arie Moore says the money will make a huge difference to how soon they can build.

“Everyone in the surf club is really happy, over the moon at the council providing this funding.” This money tops up the council’s contribution to $1 million, after previously committing $650,000. Arie says the money is in recognition of the valuable service the club provides, as it is the only dedicated facility in Wellington to provide lifeguarding services. The club provides voluntary

lifeguard patrols at Lyall Bay totalling 1400 hours each year. Councillor Sarah Free says a new clubhouse is needed, as the current building is completely outdated. “It’s an old club with a great sense of history but right now the rooms are not fit for purpose,” she says. The current building was constructed in the 1950s when the club only had 30 members, now membership is nudging 300. Storage space is also at a

CLUBHOUSE: Lauralee Dale, Ella Hansen, Alessandra Unsworth, Loredana Unsworth, Cnr Paul Eagle, Arie Moore, Cnr Sarah Free, Kit Jones, and Josh Hansen gather in front of the soon to be replaced clubhouse in Lyall Bay. PHOTO: Bridget Grace

premium with the number of boards housed climbing from 10 to 70. Councillor Paul Eagle says the club provides a vital public service in teaching young people how to contribute to the community. “We live in a coastal city, it’s really important that we train up those people interested in doing something positive in the water.” The club has already raised $1 million from club funds, member contributions and the Lottery Grants Board. With the projected cost of the new clubhouse at $3.1 million, a further $1.1 million is needed to start building. At present the club is looking to building suppliers and other funding sources for support, but will be initiating a public fundraising drive later in the year. It is hoped work on the new clubhouse will start in 2016. The new clubhouse will include separate spaces for members and the community, a patrol room with 180-degree views, a dedicated first aid area, and more gear storage space. The club is over 100 years old and was the first surf lifesaving club to patrol in New Zealand. On average seven rescues and seven first aid incidents are attended each year.

Capital set to hear Lion’s roar Wellington is set to see the return of thousands of rugby fans from the United Kingdom when the British and Irish Lions play two tests in the capital in 2017. It was announced last week that two of the tour’s games would be played at Wellington’s stadium and they would be just a week apart. The British and Irish Lions

last toured New Zealand in 2005 and Mayor Celia WadeBrown says the celebration and festivities lifted the spirits of the city. “Whether we won or lost the rugby it didn’t matter, everyone was having a good time,” she says. The city was ‘jumping’ during the 2005 tour, according to deputy mayor Justin Lester.

“The travelling fans took over Oriental Bay with their camper vans, there were cruise liners full of fans docked in the harbour – it was a huge and memorable event,” he says. The Lions will take on the Hurricanes on June 27 2017 while the All Blacks will get in on the action a week later on Saturday July 1.



Athletes depart A pair of local bocce players is preparing to leave the country to participate in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Anne Lilley and Trevor Hetherington are part of the 36-strong New Zealand team flying across the world to take part in their chosen sport. 17 volunteers, including coaches, managers ans support staff, will travel with the team. The Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015 will see 7000 athletes from 170 countries compete at the event being held from July 25 till August 2.

Stacker selected A Wellington College student has been chosen for the second year in a row to represent New Zealand in the sport of stacking. Nathan Carter, who recently travelled to Montreal to take part in the World Stacking Championship, has been chosen for the New Zealand Black Stacks team for 2016. The team was chosen by the World Sport Stacking Association NZ and will head to the World Sport Stacking Championships in Germany in April 2016.

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Having the two ga mes within the same week means visitors, and their wallets, will stay in the region longer, Councillor Lester says. “We’re already talking to New Zealand Rugby, the local hospo sector and other interested parties to make sure the 2017 tour is just as good, if not better (than 2005).”

Wellington’s first long distance half triathlon for more than 20 years is set to be held in Scorching Bay in January. The Wellington Half, part of the Scorching Event series, will involve participants completing a two km swim, 90km cycle and a 21.1km run. The event is limited to 200 participants and is expected to sell out.  For more information go to











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