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The children of Lyall Bay Kindergarten have a new fascination with an unlikely backyard critter - wriggling, creeping and crawling worms. Nick Guyomar, from the kindergarten, says the children love learning about the centre’s worm farm and now they are set to use it for a unique fundraiser. The worm farm produces more worm wees, a handy form of garden fertiliser, that can be used on the centre’s small garden. Nick says the worms produce about three or four litres of fertiliser a week, which is saved and put into containers. Continued on page 2 GARDEN GUNGE: Maiã Hollis, 4, and Harvey Revel, 4, from Lyall Bay Kindergarten hold up bottles of worm wees. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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An unused health building in Berhampore was knocked down last week. The Central Regional Health School building at 46 Russell Terrace has not been used by the organisation since 2013 In recent months Cook Strait News readers had voiced their concerns about a relatively new building not being used. Weeds had started to grow, the building had been tagged and boards covered broken windows. According to the CRHS 2013 annual report there were long standing and unresolved leaky building issues with the building which had significant health

impacts on staff. The land in which the building occupied is owned by the Wellington Tenths Trust. Chairman of the trust, Morris Te Whiti Love, says the trust was prepared to re-purpose the building at their own expense for the trust’s use. The Central Regional Health School, which was established in 2000 to provide education for students with high health needs, is currently based on Thorndon Quay.  Should the building have been demolished? Email and let us know what you think.

Youngsters love their worms Continued from With the Lyall Bay Kindergarten wanting a new $5,000 sun shade the time is right for the excess stock of worm wees to be sold to fundraise for the shade. Nick says anybody after a supply of worm wees can either give the kindergarten a phone call or pay them a visit at their Apu Crescent location. With the bottle of worm wees being sold for a gold coin donation, Nick says it will take a lot of worms to pay for the sun shade. Cook Strait News paid the kindergarten a visit on Monday to learn more about the centre’s thriving worm farm. When asked if they like the worm farm, the children replied with a united ‘yes’. The children know what they can put into the worm farm, such as banana peels and apple cores, and what they cannot, such as orange peels and lolly wrappers. Nick says the children love the fact that the worm farm involves poos and wees at the end of the process. “They’re at that age,” he says. “That’s the most interesting

CREEPY CRAWLIES: Nick Guyomar with, from left to right, Liam Kilner, 4, Disha Patel, 4, Scarlett Morrison, 4, Gagan Dev Yadev, 4, Maddi Hill, 4, and Andi Moore, 4. PHOTO: Sam Duff

aspect for them.” The kindergarten often do cooking and baking and the children then get excited about putting the food scraps into the worm farm, Nick says. The children learn many

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Advocacy service comes to a close By Sam Duff

A Newtown mental health advocacy service, which has been running for the past 15 years, has come to an end. At the end of June Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) brought to a close the Inner City Project, for which the Newtown Union Health Service (NUHS) was the lead organisation. NUHS mental health advocate, Sonia Smith, says the Inner City Project was about helping clients move forward with their lives. Advocacy services provided by the Inner City Project included helping clients connect with social service providers, court appearances, issues with power bills and much more, Sonia says. NUHS manager, Fiona Osten, says the Inner City Project was first established in 2000. “At the end of the 90s there were a group of organisations that were providing mental health support in Wellington,” she says. “They found there was a theme that they were servicing the same group of people.”

The providers put a proposal together which was given to the CCDHB and soon the Inner City Project began. Fiona says mental health consumers have high needs and before the Inner City Project they were not accessing social services like other people do. “Some were homeless, some were just out of prison, some were on their own,” she says. Fiona says that in the past few years there has been a reshuffle in the way mental health services are run. With the contract ending for the Inner City Project the CCDHB is set to contract four organisations to provide advocacy services for mental health consumers. NUHS is one of these organisations and a part of the contract will involve research into the needs of the mental health community. “We’re not sure at this stage if it will leave any gaps or not but we hope it won’t.” Asked why it is so important for the mental health community to be advocated for, Sonia says it is people’s lives. “They don’t know processes,

A temporary camping site for freedom campers could be open within a matter of months, according to Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. The Council Environment Committee has agreed to public consultation on a low cost camping site proposed for Happy Valley. Mayor Wade-Brown says she wants Wellington to be welcoming to visitors of all budget levels and encourage them to enjoy their stay. Changes to the public places bylaw of the Freedom Camping Act 2011 came into effect in

December 2014, allowing free camping at Owhiro Bay’s Te Kopahou Reserve. After a number of complaints from residents about large numbers of campers and their rubbish, Council decided to review the freedom camping bylaw. Council says most submissions on the freedom camping bylaw agreed with council’s proposals to restrict numbers at Te Kopahou. Mayor Wade-Brown says Council staff have worked hard to ensure, if there is public support, that a temporary campsite could be open in Happy Valley by this summer. “I’m positive about the sug-

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Holy Cross School INNER CITY PROJECT: Newtown Union Health Service manager Fiona Osten and mental health advocate Sonia Smith. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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Community spirit is set for a boost in Berhampore thanks to a community space proposed as part of refurbishments at Centennial Flats on Adelaide Road. Housing New Zealand, who own and operate the 46-unit complex, are collaborating with Wellington City Council and Berhampore School to ensure the new space is properly managed. The buildings were built in 1938 as the first multi-unit block of flats in Wellington and it was given a Category One historic place status in 1998 as an example of international style architecture. Following seismic strengthening of the first 24 units, the second stage of an extensive refurbishment is underway, including exterior painting and work to turn the circular hall

at its centre into a community venue. Housing New Zealand’s general manager of property services Marcus Bosh says the hall was always designed as a communal area. “Most recently it has been used as a residential unit, but we will be looking at converting it back to its original state,” he says. A public meeting at Berhampore School on August 5 gave people the chance to have their say about how the community space should be used. Reneé Martin, from Housing New Zealand, hosted the meeting and said the Berhampore community has been great at voicing their opinions. “Some ideas included fitness activities, having the community nurse come down or creating homework centres for kids.” “Part of our plan is to create a

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Fears for the worst in Rongotai Residents of Rongotai are worried there will be a serious injury or worse if the problem of boy racers hooning around the suburb is not curtailed. More than 25 residents attended a special meeting of the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Rongotai Residents Association on July 28 to discuss the issue of boy racers on Coutts and Salek Streets. In media reports residents said they are sick and tired of convoys of up

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Newtown resident and member of the choir, Costa Simpson, says the concert was reflective of the loss Wellington faced. “The songs are all quite different and quite emotional, and have a relevant link to Wellington.” Soprano and great-great-granddaughter of the battalion’s leader, Malone Pierard, sang with the choir. She also read excerpts from her ancestor’s diary. Director of music at the cathedral, Michael Stewart, says the concert highlighted Wellington’s link with


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A time to talk about the old days By Sam Duff

Every Wednesday at the Island Bay Community Centre the tea and coffee is poured and the cake comes out. Fresh flowers are put on the table and about 12 Dutch migrants get together to reminisce about their home country. For almost 25 years the Dutch social club has been meeting at the centre every Wednesday morning. Each member has a story about how they came to call New Zealand home, most have been in the country since the 1950s or 1960s. Theo Kooistra says he came to New Zealand as a young man with just ten pounds in his pocket. He settled in New Zealand and after about six months decided to write a letter to a young lady he had befriended back in Holland to ask her if she would like to join him in Kiwi-land. She agreed and six months later moved to New Zealand. Two months later they were married. Now, 55 years later, Ina and Theo Koo-

istra go together each week to the Dutch social club. Theo says they last visited Holland in 1988. “We didn’t feel at home,” he says. “We feel more at home here now. “I have never regretted coming here, I have been home three times, we’re always pleased to come back here again.” Ina says that Wellington is hard to beat. Karel Driesenaar has been in Wellington for 52 years and says he first came here to get away from Europe. “I wanted to get away from the Dutch lifestyle,” he says. “At the time there was no housing and no jobs.” Karel says he has often felt home sick throughout the years, mainly because he came from a large family in Holland. Ina baked a cake for Northland resident Jan Tuinman on his 60th birthday which was shared with the group. Jan recently celebrated his 80th birthday, also with the group. The Dutch social club meets every Wednesday at the Island Bay Community Centre from 10.30am till midday. PARTNERS IN CRIME: Married for 55 years, Theo and Ina Kooistra go to the Dutch social club at the Island Bay Community Centre together every Wednesday. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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Joanne Smith, Miramar “I don’t think it will be beneficial and it’s not an idea to consider. The majority of us women can park well, there is only the odd few.”

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LETTERS to the editor Baby boomer basher Dear Ed, I read with interest Peter Bellam’s hysterical tirade against the apparent ‘car obsessed’ and ‘awful anti-walking and anti-cycling baby boomers attitude to transport in Island Bay” (CSN, July 30). He claims that these dreadful baby boomers are ‘anticommunity and un-democratic’! Really? Is this true? In my humble opinion Bellam needs to take a few deep breaths and calm himself down. To be frank his comments regarding speed bumps and the

cycleway to nowhere lead me to believe that he is not even familiar with the layout of the area he is so outraged about! Bellam’s letter reads like an ‘angry’, ill-informed young man, with rather a large chip on his shoulder who has issues with authority! The virus commonly known as ‘chronic sense of self entitlement syndrome’ is spreading like wildfire. Beware baby boomers your time is limited! Steven Cooper, Island Bay

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Keen to take to the cycleway this summer Dear Ed, as a long-time local, I’m keen to bike along a real Island Bay cycleway in Island Bay this summer. Safe cycling infrastructure around our city is long overdue and the new Island Bay cycleway is the first chance for Wellingtonians to experience and enjoy safe cycling in action. We all win as safer cycling grows – healthier and cheaper transport choices, reduced road wear and tear, less vehicle fumes, less demand for our taxpayer-funded

health services, safer footpaths, fun for all ages, the list goes on! Most urgently, we protect our climate and economy from damaging carbon pollution caused by fossil fuels. As climate savers (not just KiwiSavers), this is our chance to support the many Wellingtonians who want to bike on safe cycleways - because we care about our future. Liz Springford, Berhampore

TWO WHEELS: Berhampore resident Liz Springford says she is looking forward to jumping on her bike and riding along the Island Bay Cycleway.

Mad concept of the cycleway to nowhere Dear Ed, many of us here in Island Bay who happen to oppose the mad concept of the ‘Cycleway to Nowhere’ on the grounds of common sense, are obviously guilty of being completely and utterly stupid, dreadfully old fashioned, unworldly, unsophisticated and just downright mean and nasty. Aren’t we just so fortunate to have people returning from (or im-

migrating from) Europe, England and the States telling us what is best for us all (CSN, July 30)! Cycleways of course are the answer! Particularly the Island Bay cycleway at that! After all WE haven’t lived elsewhere, travelled extensively, read voraciously etc. have we? No. There is nothing so tedious as a sanctimonious good old Kiwi

knocking machine lecture! As for the claims that ‘Council has created confidence in that they have the big picture and are future planning and have not bent to limited mind-sets’ (Rachel Kiel-Taylor, CSN, July 30) I’m sorry but you must be joking! Looking forward to the elections. Pieter Gerber, Kilbirnie

We need to know Bus Rapid Transit details Dear Ed, if this means taking cars out of the central city then it should not be done lightly. We need to know the objective before action is taken. Moving people a few seconds faster from one end of the city

has no demonstrable economic or practical value. In itself it isn’t an objective. We need to know the costs. We need to know the benefits. And if it goes ahead we need to compare what actually hap-

pens with what was proposed and hold the elected officials accountable if they fall short of their promise. John Gill, Hataitai

Naysayers need to wake up and smell the roses Dear Ed, as a former Island Bay resident and cyclist, I am very heartened by the city Council’s programme to make cycling safer in the city, including the Island Bay cycleway. I’m saddened to read that some people are opposed to this initiative. More people will cycle for short journeys if they feel safe.

Every time someone jumps on their bike instead of taking their car, they leave more room on the road for others who need to use a car for their journey. Parents will be happy to let their children cycle to school if there are safer cycleways. This would cut down on the school-run traffic and ensure that kids get a bit of exercise each day.

In New Zealand a large proportion of our carbon emissions are from transport, so every journey fuelled by a person rather than petrol contributes to our goal of cutting carbon emissions. It’s a win-win situation, so waken up, cycleway naysayers, and smell the roses! Liz Thomas, Takaka

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I know there are loads who will disagree with me and that’s okay. I’d be disappointed if the cycle lane had any major negative consequence for Island Bay residents. Because I cannot see how it could, apart from slight inconvenience, I have to look forward to it being completed so that we will know for sure. Michael McCormack, Island Bay



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ton windblown faces! I observe more rude passengers than drivers Good on you drivers who have to put up with so many split shifts that they continually have to consult their plastic special roster cards. The only complaint to the company is about the dark glass for the passengers, it is hard to recognise where to get off. But thank you drivers! Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

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with the weekly number of hours that suit her. However, get this straight, Ms Rigby: what a person likes and chooses is not necessarily good and wise; and because of our bias to selfishness, we are more likely to choose what is bad and foolish. Further, what is of later date is not necessarily better and more desirable than what was/is older. Of all the factors causing the progressive ruin of our Western society over the last 50 years, permissiveness and feminism have been the chief culprits. Abusing me won’t alter this. H Westfold, Miramar

Passengers ruder than drivers

Dear Ed, I can’t wait for the Island Bay Cycleway to begin so that all the talk about it can stop. A purpose built cycleway makes great sense to me. The world will not end as a result of it – business will not fail, homes will not devalue. I think it is a great use of ratepayer’s money and am delighted to see a project which seems tangible and rewarding on so many levels.

THUMBS UP to Alana’s new brunette locks.


The progressive ruin of our western society…

Dear Ed, almost every day there is reference to a bus passenger complaints. Today’s Dom Post (August 10) adds a summary covering six months. Every day there are thousands of happy passengers. Where in the world have you so many saying a cheerful ‘thank you driver’ as they leave the bus? Full credit to these multitasking drivers who provide so many safe and happy journeys. The cheerful yellow busses put a smile on many Welling-

THUMBS UP to the Cook Strait News. Always the highlight of an otherwise pretty dull week.

THUMBS UP to ‘Ridley’ the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle who has left Wellington Zoo and will be rehabilitating at Kelly Tarltons in Auckland.

LETTERS to the editor

Dear Ed, out of all the hysterical, unreasoned letters attacking my published views over the years, I award the top prize to the reaction of Tracey Rigby (CSN, August 6). My letter of July 16 didn’t apply to her or her own circumstances, but to mothers who unnecessarily drive their children to and from school in 4WD vehicles. About mothers who have a paid job, I have more respect for them than for those who don’t feel like working, so think the taxpayers and ratepayers ought to support them and any children they might have; and I don't deny a woman’s legal right to have a paid job as a choice, or a job

THUMBS DOWN to cycleway naysayers. They need to be less negative. It will be a great community asset.


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MINUTES WITH: Annarose Smith Berhampore resident What would Cook Strait News readers be shocked to know about you? I once had a job which involved walking Sting’s dog.

What would you change about the world? That no child went un-provided for. We don’t choose the lifestyle we’re born into!

What would your super power be and why? The ability to teleport. I’ve been known to spend the majority of my pay on travel so it’d be nice to be able to turn up anywhere in the world I please at the drop of a hat.

What meal do you never get sick of eating? Anything Vietnamese and cooked by my friend Truong’s mum.

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Who is your best friend and why? Georgia. We met at a party when we were 16 and have seen each other through every awkward phase since.

What is the best thing in your life right now? Dumplings. I’ve gone dumpling mad.

Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with? My old boss Anna Gail. Aside from a mutual passion for awesome food, she always reminds me what’s great about the world and helps me to re-focus. She also has the best laugh of anyone I know.

A popular Evans Bay day care centre and kindergarten will mark 15 years in business next month. High Five Early Childhood Education Centre, on Evans Bay Parade, will celebrate with a get-together at The Green Man Pub on September 19. Owner and manager Stacey Clyde says High Five Early Childhood Education Centre has stood the test of time because it is quite unique. “We’ve quite a relaxed family environment,” says Stacey, who has worked in early child care for 23 years. “We just love what we do.” One of the best things about High Five is the natural outdoor space which Stacey says is just like a family backyard. A highlight for Stacey during her long career in the industry is having the opportunity to mentor the teachers at

High Five. “It’s the teachers that make the biggest difference to children,” she says. Some of the teachers have been with High Five for eight years. The fact teachers stay with the centre for a long time means children have great continuity of care, Stacey says. She says at High Five she always endeavours to give children a great child hood. “I want them to be children, to play,” Stacey says. “We can provide the freedom to learn.” Stacey says anybody is welcome to celebrate High Five Early Childhood Education Centre’s 15th birthday with the team on September 19. The event will be held at The Green Man Pub on Victoria Street from 7pm, it is $20 a head. PBA

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To celebrate Maori language week a Berhampore intermediate school last week held a Maori games day. South Wellington Intermediate School principal, Traci Liddall, says the school holds the day every year and it is a good chance to celebrate all things Maori. “We live in Aotearoa so it’s always going to be important (to celebrate Maori language

week),” she says. Teacher Aashif Sacha says the students all took part in a large number of activities, including having a go at traditional Maori game ki o rahi. Pupils had the opportunity to have a go on stilts, play knuckle bones, learn te reo and poi and much more. Traci says the Maori games day will definitely be held again next year.

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Ultimate team places sixth in championships By Amanda Carrington

Playing the sport of ultimate Frisbee is all about having the ability to throw for different situations, says Strathmore player Luke Humphries. Luke is one of 21 men in the New Zealand U23 Men’s Ultimate team, with players from Auckland, Hamilton and Palmerston North. They placed sixth out of 20 teams in the World Championships in London in July. The 20-year-old has only been playing the sport for a little while and got serious when he started at university. Luke says the sport requires a lot of technique to play. “You’ve got to have good spatial

awareness and knowledge of where to be on the field and the ability to get off a range of throws for different situations,” he says. The game is played with two teams of seven on a 64 metre field. They pass the disc to each other with some short and some long distance throws. Luke says he enjoys being able to get out and run around while learning new skills. He found playing at a championship an “amazing experience”. While playing the sport, Luke has dislocated his shoulder three times. He says it usually takes two weeks of rest in a sling to recover. Once it’s healed, he is back out playing again. New Zealand Ultimate executive of-

ficer Iain Stewart says ultimate is a cross between netball and touch rugby. He says the game requires a lot of running so players need to have speed, height and physical attributes. The team even has a player who can throw 46 metres, the distance of the field. New Zealand team’s spirit captain Matthew Richardson dominated the field with 23 assists and 28 goals, the highest stats of the entire tournament. Luke says he has a good time playing competitively and wants to encourage people to give ultimate a shot. “It’s one of the fastest growing sports in New Zealand and it would be great to see new faces and teach them the sport we play.”


A number of members of the Wellington Fencing Club won medals at the recent Wellington Central U20 fencing championships in Upper Hutt. In the U20 women’s individual foil event Michelle Huang and Trista Cao came third equal and Alice Fang came fifth. In the U20 men’s individual foil event Thomas Hoskin came third. Wellington Fencing Club coach, Ping Yuan, says it was pleasing to see the students achieve such great results.

National qualifiers Island Bay Squash Club C grade men’s team have qualified for National Superchamps in Taumarunui after taking out the Wellington District C grade Superchamps in Masterton last month. The team of seven, who have been training together since April, outplayed C grade teams from Masterton, Kapiti, Upper Hutt, Thorndon and Mana to take the title and secure a spot at nationals. The team will be competing against top Cgrade players from around the country from September 16 till 20 to contend for the national championship.


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