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On freezing cold wet days when most people brave the weather wearing large coats, scarves and gloves there are thousands of young children throughout the country walking to child care centres and schools. Many of these youngsters have no shoes on their feet and have little more than an oversized t-shirt to keep themselves warm and dry, according to two Brooklyn teachers that want to make a difference. Continued on page 2 BOOTS AND ALL: Joshua Adams, 4, Harry Burgess, 4, and Innis-Rose Poff, 3, from Brooklyn Kids Childcare Centre are helping to keep youngsters of the same age warm and dry. PHOTO: Sam Duff


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Continued from page 2 Leanne Gehlen and Hailey White, from Brooklyn Kids Childcare Centre, have started Coats of Kindness to get children throughout the Wellington region into gumboots and raincoats during the winter months. Hailey says many New Zealanders are unaware of the number of children who get soaked every day because their families simply cannot afford to buy wet weather gear. She says she has friends who work as teachers in lower decile schools and they share stories of what many children often have to face on the way to the classroom. “I often think ‘is this really happening just down the road from me?’” Hailey says. “It’s pouring down with rain and all they have is an oversized t-shirt and a pair of pants.” About a month ago Hailey and Leanne were talking when they decided to do something. Since then they have encouraged families to trawl through

their cupboards and donate gumboots and raincoats that their children have either grown out of or have never used. “Even if it is just gumboots and raincoats we can help in a little way,” Hailey says. “That little thing just makes the biggest difference in somebody’s life.” Leanne adds. “More than you would ever expect.” Next week the two women will take everything they have collected through Coats of Kindness to a kindergarten in Cannons Creek, Porirua. “They are so grateful,” Leanne says. “They were over the moon when I told them.” Leanne and Hailey say they are surprised by how many raincoats and pairs of gumboots were collected. Because of the positive response they have plans to continue with Coats of Kindness and say they would like to encourage other centres and schools to get involved. “We have a vision of it

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CanTeeners prepare to hit streets By Sam Duff

Every time that Hataitai resident Kristy Fecser looks at her new tattoo she will be reminded of the older brother that she lost to cancer when she was a child. Kristy, 23, is a member of CanTeen Wellington, a charity which supports young people who have or have had cancer and the siblings of those who have been killed by the disease. She says that before she joined CanTeen she felt like her friends never completely understood what it had meant to lose a brother. “CanTeen is an organisation that is really supportive,” Kristy says. “I have met so many amazing and interesting people, people that understand me. “If I’m having a day where I’m feeling a little bit down about what I’ve gone through there is always someone there (to talk to).” CanTeen youth worker, Warrick Sue, says the organisation aims to support and empower its members, whether that is financial support for getting a driver’s license or going to

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RAISING CASH: CanTeen Wellington member, Kristy Fecser, and CanTeen youth worker, Warrick Sue, are preparing for the charities’ annual street appeal.

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some of the many social gettogethers throughout the year. “Our members think of CanTeen as a second family,” Warrick says. “Nobody should go through cancer alone.” Kristy says she recently took part in Canbead, in which people visited CanTeen to teach some of the female members how to make jewellery. Warrick says CanTeen does

not receive any government funding so the national organisation relies on donations and fundraisers. Rongotai College rugby players have been supporting the charity by fundraising at their games, Warrick says. CanTeen are gearing up for two major fundraisers in the next few months, The Crank in August and the charities’

If you did not get a chance to visit Air New Zealand’s 75 Years: Our Nation exhibition at Te Papa, it is now too late. The exhibition, which marks 75 years of our national airline, packed up and left the capital for Auckland last week. Since opening at Te Papa in December 378,031 visitors have been through the free exhibition, making it one of the most popular in Te Papa’s history.

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Walkway launched The first bronze marker was laid on Saturday to celebrate the launch of the Commonwealth Walkway in Wellington. The Commonwealth Walkway is a legacy project for Wellington’s 150 year anniversary as the capital city of New Zealand. The bronze marker, which was imbedded in the pathway at Waititi Landing adjacent to the grounds of Parliament, joins a network of walkways in cities across the countries of the Commonwealth. It is the start of an eight km walking trail around central Wellington, linking many significant and historical sites in the Capital.

A taste of South Korea in Wellington Wellingtonians are set to get a chance to explore South Korean culture this weekend without having to leave the country. Korean food, drums, kitemaking, K-Pop and hip-hop will feature at Wellington’s first K-Culture Festival on Saturday at Shed 6 on Wellington’s waterfront. The Korean festival will feature traditional and contemporary Korean culture including the Korean fan dance, performer Song-yi Kim, and the Zion Dance Crew. Korean Ambassador, Hae-

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Korean Association of Wellington. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the cities relationship with Korea is very strong. “Wellington is the cultural heart of New Zealand and the Korean community is a vital part of our city.” Cha i r of t he E conom ic Growth Committee, Councillor Jo Coughlan, says there have been increased economic opportunities between New Zealand and Korea since the 2014 Free Trade Agreement

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inbrief news Strange visitors A strange group of visitors will arrive in Courtenay Place in August. The Visitors is the latest exhibition to be installed in the Courtenay Place Park light boxes. British artist Des Hughes has created new work especially for the light boxes, transforming quasi-humanoid sculptures into photographic form. Des says he hopes the series of monolithic figures create a feeling of movement or animation along the street.

Grimm tales A solo exhibition featuring largescale painted works inspired by the Brothers Grimm is set to open at Toi Pōneke Gallery. Retold is part of artist Rebecca Holden’s larger artistic undertaking, The Grimm Project. As in the well-known fairy tales, themes of right and wrong, good and tyranny are woven into her artistic practice. Retold opens at Toi Poneke Gallery on Abel Smith Street on August 7.

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During a stay at the Wellington Children’s Hospital a young boy noticed there were not that many toys available for the youngsters to play with. James Broome-Isa, 10, has been a frequent flyer in the children’s hospital, due to psoriasis complications, so when he noticed the lack of toys he decided to act. The Karori school boy approached the St Vincent de Paul Society who managed to collect toys from their eight shops. James says he came up with the idea of tracking down toys for the children’s hospital

after watching a video on YouTube. “A family went to help Children in Need and they donated Lego,” he says. “This really inspired me to make a change in the world.” After being inspected by James the toys were last week presented to the children’s hospital. “I am really flustered by the amount of toys we have received, I wasn’t expecting this amount of toys. “I really hope to extend this idea through New Zealand to other hospitals.” All of the toys that were collected are either wood or plastic so that they can easily be washed and remain safe for use.

KIND HEART: James Broome-Isa, 10, has organised a collection of toys to be donated to the Wellington Children’s Hospital in Newtown. PHOTO: Emma Morgan

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Kayla wows judges once more “I like creating stuff that hasn’t been done before.” By Sam Duff

Despite being just 23-yearsold Kilbirnie resident Kayla Christensen could be considered a veteran of Wellington’s annual World of WearableArt show. The former Paraparaumu College student has entered WOW five times in the past six years, making it to the finals and having her work on stage four of those times. T h i s ye a r K ayla ha s once again made it into the finals of WOW and says she is

excited to see her work on stage once more. “Once you send it away that’s it,” she says. “The next time you see it it’s on stage. It’s quite a surprise.” A highlight of Kayla’s entries into WOW was in 2012 when she was given an honourable mention, she says. Her past entries have included a large waka, a huge transformation piece and a conservation inspired design. “I like creating stuff that hasn’t been done before,” says Kayla, who has completed a design degree at Massey University majoring in fashion. Pushing the bounda-

ries and amazing people have inspired her previous designs, she says. The first time Kayla entered WOW it was in partnership with her best friend and current flatmate Renee Louie who has also made it into the finals this year. Each year the bar is raised by her fellow contenders, Kayla says. “Entering is so addictive. I think I will keep going next year.” 15 designers from the wider Wellington region have been selected to appear on stage in the 2015 World of WearableArt awards show, now in its 28th year.



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BLOCKBUSTER MUSICAL: The cast for Les Miserables take to the stage to rehearse a scene.

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Students from throughout Wellington have been embracing the world of 200 years ago in a production of a well-known blockbuster musical. Wellington East Girls’ College pupils, alongside their cohorts

from Scots College, Rongotai College, St Patrick’s College and Wellington College, will be taking to the stage next week for Les Miserables. Director Margaret MacLeod says the 50 students in the show began rehearsing in February but now that it is closer to open-

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Aid worker returns home By Sam Duff

A former New York theatre producer turned Newtown resident has just returned from Kiribati where she worked as a New Zealand Red Cross delegate. Teresa Bass arrived back in the country on Tuesday having worked on the small pacific island nation since March. In Kiribati, Teresa says she worked alongside the country’s Red Cross secretary general and used her background and expertise to support the organisation. Before she travelled to Kiribati, she says she spoke to many people who had lived and worked there. “They all said the same thing, ‘the people are amazing’,” Teresa says. “I don't think I had any idea how true that would be. “They're so full of laughter, and the Kiribati Red Cross office especially was such a happy office to work in.” Teresa says Kiribati is a stunning place in many ways. “(It is) like you’re at the edge of the world. “I'll never forget being able to look out to the horizon and see all these little patches of rain in the middle of an enormous blue sky.” Earlier this year Cyclone Pam tore through the pacific and at the time Teresa was travelling to her posting in Kiribati. After a brief delay in Fiji she made it to her temporary new home country where she says not all the atolls that make up Kiribati were affected by storm surges associated with Cyclone Pam. Teresa says the atoll of Tamana was the hardest hit. Two of its villages

HOME TURF: On Tuesday Newtown resident Teresa Bass returned from a stint working as a New Zealand Red Cross aid worker in Kiribati.

suffered damage to homes, water wells were contaminated and many toilets were destroyed. “The storm surges definitely left their mark on the island,” says Teresa, who hopes that Kiribati will not only return to the way it was but be better than before. Teresa says there are many challenges facing Kiribati, from the issues with rubbish and sanitation to the environmental challenges. Since 2009 the former New York

Glass art on show During the past year self-taught glass blower and flame worker Eoin Deasy has worked relentlessly from his Wellington studio. Now he has unveiled his exhibition at the Alpha Art gallery on Abel Smith Street and is welcoming the public to check-out his works. Eoin says the exhibition will contain marbles, pendants, sculptural glass art and photos. Eoin’s work will be displayed at Abel Smith Street until August 15.

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DANCE: Residents of Rita Angus Retirement Village in DAT FUNK: Earlier this week residents who take part in the Triple GOT THE MOVES: Eight residents got involved in the Kilbirnie show off their moves. PHOTOS: Sam Duff A exercise programme performed a flash mob dance. flash mob. By Sam Duff

The music began, heads turned, dancers appeared. Residents of Rita Angus Retirement Village in Kilbirnie got their funk on earlier this week

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volved in Ryman Health Care’s Triple A exercise programme, took part in the performance. Margot Boock, from Rita Angus, says the flash mob was part of an open day held at the retirement village in which local

Road patrollers recognised Every school day students give up their time to help more than 30,000 children successfully travel to and from Wellington’s primary schools. On Friday August 7 these volunteer school patrollers will be thanked for keeping the roads around their schools safe for fellow students. Wellington City Council and NZ Police have organised an Orange Day celebration for 1300 children who will march through

the city in the annual street parade. The patrollers will gather outside Parliament, each with their own banner and chants before parading along Lambton Quay and Willis Street to Civic Square. Wellington City Council will host a celebration event at the Michael Fowler Centre and prizes will be awarded for the best road patrol of the year, best school presence, and the best banners in the parade.

businesses were invited along to present their goods and services to residents. “We wanted people to know that in their retirement they can enjoy themselves and focus on things that are fun to do but are

also good for their minds.” Paper Plus Kilbirnie, Commonsense Organics, Kilbirnie Unichem and Harvey World Travel were just a few of the local Kilbirnie businesses that had stalls at the open day.

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Question: If you taught a school subject what would it be and why?

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“English, I loved it at school and I did well in it.”

“English, to encourage reading and go back to old fashioned English.”

“I love both maths and English. But I would teach maths as it is very important, as everything we do today involves math.”

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“History, as it’s really fascinating. I would teach worldwide history, not just history based in New Zealand.”

“Engineering, that’s what I’m currently doing as a job. I would definitely teach others.”

Russell Bill, Island Bay “Philosophy, I’m really keen on the subject and have been doing selfstudy.“

LETTERS to the editor An anti-walking and anti-cycling attitude

MONEY MONEY MONEY: The Reserve Bank last week announced the official cash rate would be dropped to three per cent.

Thank you Reserve Bank Dear Ed, if I were to be a pensioner who saved money all his life and saved my money to have $500,000 in my bank as my mother taught me, and the interest rate reduced by 0.25 per cent, I would lose $24.42 each week in pension income. That was after having paid my tax before depositing my money and paying tax on the bank interest as well. Thanks Reserve Bank for making me help the country, I’ve done it before Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

Dear Ed, I am horrified that a car obsessed person and his associates are opposing speed bumps next to the schools in Island Bay (CSN, July 9). It seems to me that the Island Bay cycleway and now the speed bumps, have introduced an awful anti-walking and anti-cycling attitude by baby boomers to transport in Island Bay. It is tragic that this man

and his associates are against speed bumps, because speed bumps will make the street much safer for kids to walk and cycle to school along. It will link to the Island Bay cycleway to provide an improved cycling link through Island Bay. Unfortunately, New Zealand is one of the most car dominated nations on earth. This has led to baby boomers in particular, trusting in

Dear Ed, it is sad to come back from Europe a nd England where there are cycleways and bikes everywhere, even the police ride bikes, to backward opinions about such a fundamental need as the Island Bay Cycleway.

The council has created confidence in that they have the big picture, are future planning, and have not bent to limited mind-sets. There are many things New Zealand needs to up its game on to create better communities and protect the


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LETTERS to the editor Charged more than eight times more than usual Today I received my vehicle re registration papers and was charged over eight times the registration amount as extra ACC fees. To add insult to injury I was charged GST for and on top of that.

Council have not neglected on basic infrastructure Dear Ed, I am writing to respond to the article about the Rongotai resident claiming the council doesn't have their priorities right (CSN, July 23). I think Margaret Davis needs to look at the big picture here. Completing a separate cycleway is an investment in numerous things: reduction in acute injuries from carcycle accidents which reduces ACC

payments; encourages more people to cycle/exercise which in terms reduces healthcare costs; reduction in our car exhaust emissions etc. to name but a few. Judging from your article, the council have fixed the pot holes numerous times and is due for re-seal in this financial year ie. Council have not neglected on basic infrastructure. Andrew Stone

I feel hurt, but doubt if I can claim ACC - the excessive amount of ACC fees were applied on purpose! Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

Racers relocate Dear Ed, perhaps the council should install their speed bumps on Salek Street in Kilbirnie, and the boy racers could relocate to Clyde Street in Island Bay where speed control measures are so rigorously opposed. Anonymous

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What will New Zealand Post gain from removal? Dear Ed, it was with alarm that I read in your paper (CSN, July 23) about the demise of suburban post boxes. I live on The Esplanade, Island Bay and often take my dog for a walk to post letters in the box at the terminus end of The Parade. This morning (July 27) I discovered it had already disappeared and had to take my car out to post the three letters intended for that post box. It is too far for me to walk and would take up too much time to

walk up to the post shop anyway. I cannot think of words bad enough, other than swear words, to condemn New Zealand Post for this dastardly act. What do they think to gain, as it won’t save much money, and causes distress to a lot of people. On top of that, I had to send the letters fast post if they are to reach their local destination before the end of the week. It was a stupid idea to close the sorting office at Petone. Tanya Ashken, Island Bay

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Dear Ed, when I read some time ago that the Government kindly reduced costs to us by reducing the ACC levies on vehicles I rejoiced and thought how lovely of Mr Key to do that.

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

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Meredith gets into character By Amanda Carrington

TREADING THE BOARDS: Newtown resident Meredith Dooley has been busy preparing to take to the stage in a Wellington production of Little Women. PHOTO: Ross Miller.

Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women has been adapted into a play. Characters from the book will come to life at Wellington’s Repertory Theatre in August and Newtown’s Meredith Dooley will play the role of oldest daughter Meg. Meredith is also involved in creating the costumes for the play, set in 1860 Massachusetts. Directed by Ewen Coleman and adapted by Emma Reeves for the stage, Little Women follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March and Marmee, the girls’ mother. The story shows the passage from childhood to womanhood and how the girls cope

when their father enters the civil war. Meredith says playing a character that is 26 years younger than her is quite challenging. “It’s quite difficult because I’m more than twice Meg’s age but I’ve usually tended to be cast younger than I am so it’s something that I don’t find too hard but this is a bit of a stretch,” she says. Meredith is also responsible for putting the costumes together. The show features 15 people and they average three costumes each. Meredith has been in more than 20 plays in the last 10 years, with Wellington Repertory Theatre, Backyard Theatre and Stage Craft Theatre. She has done costumes once a year and tends to “stick her nose in” and do a little bit here

and there. Meredith says she finds the costume role physically demanding with having to lug all the outfits around in big piles. “When you have 15 costumes it’s quite heavy to carry and they’re all big dresses and heavy fabrics,” she says. Director Ewen Coleman says Little Women is a must see production. “As a period drama, the costuming and styling are a particular challenge, but the result will be great entertainment especially for the many women and girls that know the Louisa May Alcott novels.  Little Women runs from August 12 till August 22 at Wellington Repertory Theatre. To purchase tickets ring 479 3393.

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Rita Angus Retirement Village Sales Advisor What would Cook Strait News readers be shocked to know about you? After leaving New Zealand to avoid the Rugby World Cup, I celebrated NZ winning when I was at the top of Mt Masada in Israel.

What would you change about the world? I would like people to consider themselves caretakers, rather than owners, and cherish the earth for future generations.

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Thursday July 30, 2015



Spruced-up rooms open By Sam Duff

Members of the Poneke Football Club will hardly know themselves following the opening of their refurbished club rooms last week. A new kitchen has been installed, the women’s changing rooms have been done-up and the club rooms have been reconfigured on the inside at the Kilbirnie Park site. The rooms were officially opened by Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle who is chair of the Community, Sport and Recreation Committee. About three years ago the Poneke Football Club board decided to make changes to ensure

the club would be around for a further 130 years, Paul says. He says the refurbished club rooms are beautiful with an open plan feel. “We can’t have a smelly old rugby club,” Cr Eagle says. “They don’t look like rugby club rooms anymore. “It looks like somebody’s’ lounge; it is very clean and modern.” Cr Eagle says the Poneke club rooms are now more like a community centre which can be used by the wider community and other sporting codes. On August 5 Wellington City Council will hold talks between various sports clubs and local businesses to discuss the future

of sports clubs in Kilbirnie. “We are asking the question ‘what facilities do we need in the future for the whole Kilbirnie precinct?’” Cr Eagle says that the Marist St Pats Rugby Club has been looking to leave their home at Hataitai Park and move to Kilbirnie Park. Various options will be discussed for different clubs to share resources and one idea could be for two rugby clubs to share club rooms, he says.  Should the sports clubs surrounding Kilbirnie stay where they are or should they get together and share facilities? Email and let us know what you think.

REFURBISHED: Toitu Poneke Establishment Group project manager Ross Jamieson, Wellington City Councillors Simon ‘Swampy’ Marsh, Nicola Young and Paul Eagle with Poneke board chair Kevin Jenkins. PHOTO: David Hamilton

SPORTS IN BRIEF Top players Three students from Rongotai College have visited Las Vegas in the United States to represent New Zealand in a basketball tournament . Scott Rae is a member of the U15

New Zealand Boys’ team and headed to Las Vegas in July. Meanwhile, Jaylin To’o is the co-captain of the U13 Boys’ and Ezrah Vaigafa is a member of the U13 Boys’ team.

Strong effort An Island Bay teenager achieved a top ten placing in the high jump at the World Youth Championships in Colombia recently. Heptathlete Phoebe Edwards, 17,

got to 1.73m on the high jump, just short of her best ever jump. Phoebe also took part in the heptahlon in which she came 23rd.

Sailing in Antigua BIG SPLASH: Newtown swimmer Mary Fisher was one of the biggest contributors to New Zealand’s medal haul at the recent IPC Swimming World Championships.

Fisher impresses in Glasgow A local swimmer was one of New Zealand’s strongest performers at the recent International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships in

Glasgow. Newtown resident Mary Fisher picked-up three world titles in record times and brought home two silver medals from the com-

petition. Fisher recently transferred to the Tawa Swimming Club and will be moving to Auckland following the nationals in August.

A local lad joined 162 of the best junior sailors from throughout the world during the recent school holidays. Albert Stanley sailed for New Zealand in the North American Optimist Championships in the Caribbean Island of Antigua.

After just missing out on the silver fleet, Albert won his race and came third on the last day. The Rongotai College student managed to finish fourth overall in the bronze fleet and also led the New Zealand sailors in a haka.

Do you have sport’s results to share? Has your team done extraordinarily well at a regional

or national level? Email news@ and share your stories, pictures and information.

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