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A change of heart Captain Joe ready to serve By Sam Whittle

Joe Serevi spends his days ministering, reaching out to gangs and looking after his wife and children. Gone are the days of cultivating and selling cannabis, abusing women, and sleeping on the streets of Fiji. Joe, 50, has lived in New Zealand for 18 years. He met his kiwi wife at

a Salvation Army camp in Fiji and made the move to New Zealand. The life he leads now is one he never imagined for himself, he says. “I never thought I could be in the position I am in. If I had of kept living the life I was before, I don’t know where I would have ended up, I would probably be dead.” Continued on page 2

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The New Zealand 2016 Fringe Festival has opened for registrations. The festival is set for February 12 to March 5 all across the Wellington region is calling for registrations for shows and events via their website before October 8. For three weeks during February and March, this annual openaccess arts festival features over 1,000 artists from around the country and the world, “including world premieres, new artists and established companies with original, cutting edge art.” Each year the programme carries 100 events staged all over the city from venues, homes, galleries, cafes, bars, street corners, parks and more. The festival is calling for anyone or any group wishing to

present work in any art form to register their interest to be part of this annual celebration of art and culture. Event organisers saying there are no limits, no constraints. They are happy to accept audio, podcast, busking, cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, improvisation, music, physical theatre, poetry, puppetry, spoken word, and storytelling, and theatre, visual and digital art. The Fringe in Wellington open-access non-programmed festival of the arts has been a constant on the arts landscape for 25 years, “This in itself is testament to the fine culture this city supports and to the original and exciting works local artists are continually creating.”  Register your event and join the creative chaos that is the New Zealand Fringe Festival 2016 on

Teachings from the Bible and from life Continued from page 2 Joe left school at the age of 12 to be a farmer. He says despite his parent’s christian teachings, he was the “black sheep” in the family and made the wrong decisions. “I was a violent person. I was an alcoholic and drug addict. I lived that life for 15 years.” He grew cannabis to take to the city to be sold, and there was rarely a moment he was sober. “I would drink and smoke every day. I would wake up and drink. If I finished a bottle. I would go and buy another one.” Even at Sunday morning service, Joe was drunk in the bleachers. “In our culture church is so important. It didn’t matter that I

was hung-over or drunk. It was expected I went.” It took the detachment of his seven siblings, and a brawl induced coma to make Joe wake up. Ironically, he was standing in the middle of one of his cannabis fields when he decided to embrace the christian religion. “I changed my direction. I never believed I could get married because everyone was running away from me. “I have been clean for over 20 years. I tell my story and use it to help. I am not telling what the bible says, I am telling my own story.” He says the Salvation Army is his resource for helping to connect with people and being

NEW LIFE: Joe Serevi was standing in the middle of a cannabis field one day when he decided to turn his life around. PHOTO: Emma Morgan

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Flour, eggs, butter, milk and sugar was all it took to raise more than $4000 for the SPCA last week. More than 200 people in the Greater Wellington Region donned their aprons and baked cupcakes for a cause for the SPCA’s annual cupcake day. The SPCA cares for around 5,000 animals every year and thanks to sweet-toothed locals the charity now has much needed funds to help them do

their work. The Wellington SPCA, located in Newtown, held their cupcake day stall outside Farmers on Lambton Quay, selling more than 1000 cupcakes that were generously donated from various businesses throughout Wellington. SPCA supporter engagement manager Victoria Hale says it was really awesome to see locals buy cupcakes and donate generously on the day. “Seeing and hearing the support from hundreds of Wel-

lingtonians wanting to help the SPCA and do their part for the animals was a highlight,” she says. “We sold out of cupcakes by the end of the day.” Everyone was in the baking spirit on Monday, with some staff members from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment setting up a stall in a meeting room raising a whopping $2,187. 25 volunteer bakers from MBIE put on their aprons and whisked up more than 700

cupcakes. The meeting room was completely packed full of people all morning getting their sugar fix for the day. Project manager at the MBIE Alexa Patterson volunteers at the SPCA and says she and colleague Stef Isaac wanted to help the SPCA because they both love dogs, and also love baking. We thought we would be there all day selling cupcakes, but we were wrong. We had sold 95 per cent of our cupcakes by 11am, Alexa says.

Building homes in Nepal By Fiona Donnellan

If the thoughts of helping to rebuild Nepal home by home sounds like something you’d be interested in read on. Habitat for Humanity New Zealand are offering the “opportunity of a lifetime” for New Zealanders to travel to Nepal and help build 100 homes in November of this year. “The invitation is open to any adults who would like to

make a difference for people who “desperately need a decent place to live,” says Habitat New Zealand chief executive Claire Szabó. The building will take place for just under a week in Pokhara, Nepal. Pokhara is located 200 kilometres north-west of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. Habitat are seeking a total of 200 New Zealanders to help with this particular project, the criteria for individuals isn’t

Shoppers at Island Bay New World will soon be seeing changes at the shop as the car park is expanded. The ‘fish shop’, which is yellowstickered and earthquake-prone, will be demolished to make way for an additional 13 car parks A new retail shop will also be built on The Parade for a future use. Angela Bull, from Foodstuffs, says the construction works at New World will create a bigger car park enabling customers to park easily at the store. Work is expected to be complete by the end of 2015 and New World Island Bay will remain open throughout construction.

Game time To celebrate UNESCO International Literacy Day a giant game of scrabble is set to be held in the foyer of Wellington Railway Station. Literacy Aotearoa Wellington is organising the game which will take place on Tuesday September 8 from 7.30am till 1pm. In previous years the scrabble game has been held at Wellington’s Cuba Mall. This year Literacy Aotearoa Wellington says it hopes to attract the attention of morning commuters on their way into the city.

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be offered full training and supervision will be given by Kiwi team leaders during the trip. The group of volunteers will aim to build more permanent homes using treated bamboo framing and other simple materials. “People who've travelled to previous Habitat builds in Nepal overwhelmingly tell us it was a life-changing experience,” says Claire.  For further information see

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Site blessed Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Wellington, last week led the blessing of the site of a new teaching and administration block for St Catherine’s College in Kilbirnie. The new 1,160 m2 building is expected to be completed by mid-2016. Naylor Love, the main contractor, expects that more than 100 builders and sub-contractors will be involved in the project. St Catherine’s College is one of five integrated girls’ colleges run by the Sisters of Mercy’s Tiaki Manatu Ministries Trust.

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Over 12,800 budding preschool gardeners from around the country will be taking part in the 2015 Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project which launches this month. Now in its third year, the gardening initiative gives kindergarten children the opportunity to develop some basic gardening skills. The scheme also allows kids to begin learning about the lifecycle of plants. They do this by growing their very own sunflower. Last year over 245 kindergartens in nine regions including Wellington took part. This year there are 21 kindergartens taking part in the Wellington region and each has been sent their starter pack. Daltons General Manager, Colin Parker, says, “You are never too young to learn about

Food for thought In a recent survey by food companies, it said that 19 per cent of Wellingtonians have a limited repertoire of fewer than six meals which they repeat each week. 38 per cent of Wellingtonians would like more meal variety but are restricted by tight budgets, while a further 18 per cent of Wellingtonians said they lack the confidence to trial new meals. 21 per cent of Wellingtonians said they almost never sit down with their family for dinner. And interestingly 31 per cent of Wellingtonians said they check their cell phones at least once during dinner.

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Help play your part in keeping New Zealand beautiful is the sentiment behind CleanUp Week this September 14-20. Community groups, businesses, schools, families, friends and individuals are urged to get involved. General Manager of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Heather Saunderson said, “Last year nearly 40,000 volunteers took part in 562 events nationwide but Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week is not just about the cleanups. These events build and strengthen community spirit and allow people to demonstrate their pride in where they live.” The campaign's central aim is to increase community

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Wellington Pink Star Walk is back this year and registration is now open Now in its second year the Estee Lauder Companies Pink Star Walk is happening in October. Like last year thousands of Kiwis are set to walk to support the Breast Cancer Foundation. All the funds raised from the walk from Frank Kitts Park along the waterfront will go towards helping support women with breast cancer. Not only that but the money

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NZ Post launches express courier app By Fiona Donnellan

New Zealand Post has this week launched a new web-based app that lets customers book urgent parcel deliveries from their smartphones. The app which is called At Pace is targeted at tradespeople who may need supplies delivered at short notice. New Zealand Post General Manager for At Pace Michael Stewart says the newest addition to Courier Post’s express courier service is about saving small businesses time and money. “Our At Pace couriers do the legwork so project managers and their teams

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speed and efficiency of the service. I’ve recommended it to other builders and my architect is on board as well.” New Zealand Post say they developed the app with small businesses in mind. “We know that there are around 28,000 trade businesses across the country, more than half of which employ fewer than five staff. These teams don’t always have access to printers and personal assistants so it was about designing a service that delivers supplies urgently, without a ton of administration,” says Mr Stewart.  For more on the app check out www.

Girls to lead the way at GirlGuiding New Zealand GirlGuiding New Zealand is determined to shake-up and transform the organisation into one led by its girl members. National President Sonia Faulkner told the organisation’s annual National Conference that the Board would work with members to transform GirlGuiding into a “girl-led” movement relevant in the lives of modern Kiwi girls. “It’s time we allowed the girls to lead the way. We will move from being a girl-focused organisation to one which is girl-led, where girls confidently and knowledgeably speak out on issues important and relevant to them.”

As is the case with similar movements worldwide, numbers of girls have been on the decline. GirlGuiding New Zealand currently has a national girl membership of approximately 9,000, down from 12,000 in 2008. The ambition is to push membership back up to 15,000 or more by 2020. “Volunteers and management will be there to support and facilitate the things the girls want to do, rather than setting out how everything should be done. This will let the girls get on with experiencing all the great things that GirlGuiding offers - learning, adventures, camaraderie and community spirit.”


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Question: Do you think there are good prospects for students in Wellington once they graduate?

Amina Hassana, Newtown “They should get a job as soon as possible. Studying is not easy so as a society we should try to make them happy as they have studied for a long time at university.”

Adrian Rosales, Kilbirnie “No, the search is difficult. But if they can’t find a job they could do a masters to gain more knowledge.”

Rauben Batibuka, Lyall Bay “It’s hard to get a job as it is really competitive.”

Lesley Johnson, Lyall Bay “I am hoping so as my children are at school. I say that the more education you can get the more opportunities will be available. But students have to plan ahead on what careers they would like, instead of deciding then, as it is about what careers are available.”

Daniel Du Plessis, Miramar “Yes, because there is fairly low employment rates compared to other countries.”

Paula Smith, Kilbirnie “I am thinking that my children will have to be at the top of their class and get top grades to stand a chance. It is difficult to get a job, so if they want one they might have to travel outside of Wellington.”

LETTERS to the editor Cycleway safety questions raised

Bringing seismic engineering into disrepute

Dear Ed, It really concerns me that those who advocate for the kerbside cycleway option assume that these cycle paths will provide “safe passage” for children and those not so experienced in cycling. This is not so and I worry that parents and children alike will believe that it is their right to use these lanes and that they

Dear Ed, the second opinion on St Gerard’s ‘risk’ makes me wonder it the seismic engineer who was responsible for the higher risk assessment should be honoured for his prudence or castrated for his scaremongery. Whichever way it brings seismic engineering into disrepute and civil defence preparation farcical. Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

will be automatically safe. One has to wonder just how safe Liz Springford (August 27) will be once she leaves the relative safety of The Parade and ventures into Berhampore and beyond? The logic just doesn’t stack up Geena Ross Brooklyn

Basin Reserve flyover Dear Ed, You invited feedback on what your readers think about the High Court decision, dismissing an appeal against the decision on the controversial Basin Reserve flyover. At one level we are extremely disappointed. However, we haven't heard all the pros and cons concerning this issue and respect the legal opinion of the High Court. That said, the problem remains, i.e. traffic congestion from the eastern suburbs is increasing and will do for the foreseeable future. As a matter of urgency, the solution is to build the second Terrace Tunnel (which should have been done decades ago) and complete the motorway to the airport. We need a second Mt Victoria tunnel parallel to the existing one. But if a flyover cannot be built past the Basin Reserve, what is the alternative? A longer, deeper tunnel? That doesn't make much sense, as the route would surely be more intrusive to pass by the Basin Reserve. In general, tunnelling is certainly to be preferred over flyovers, wherever possible, but in this instance it appears logistically impossible. It seems to us that the objectors

to the flyover should have been compelled to come up with a workable solution, and not to leave us stuck with the status quo. While we can sympathise with those who keep pushing for better public-transport systems, surely it is not as simple as either/or, but both/and. The fact is, population will increase and personal mobility will always be required and desired. Objectors to the previous plan used emotive language like "ugly flyover", but that is childish and unhelpful. A flyover doesn't have to be ugly. I think of those in Singapore, for example, which look elegant and have become "greened over" by tropical vegetation. It's all in the design. And noise can be controlled as well. So what's going to happen? Why is it that it takes forever to get things done in New Zealand? We take decades to make decisions, and when we finally decide what to do we take double or treble the time it would take in the US or Europe to complete the same job - or we do it on the cheap and end up with a half solution (like the existing Terrace Tunnel with traffic in both directions). Sigh! Dr and Mrs Dennis P Gordon Hataitai

SECOND OPINION: St Gerard’s Church and Monastery in Mount Victoria had been yellow stickered and owners were told it would cost $10 million to quake strengthen, however they are having a second report prepared.

Island Bay cyclist Dear Ed, Liz Springford (Aug.27th) is upset that a car passed her with less than the 1.5m gap. Has she never travelled down between 2 lanes of cars whereby her pedals are almost scratching along the cars to get to the front of the queue. Has she never gone into the incorrect lane marked to go in a different direction than where she wants to go, just to get to the front of the queue. Today on where I had to slow down for traffic entering the roundabout and a cyclist passes me on my left hand side. Cars are not allowed to do that within the city limits, and very dangerous as I am concentrating on cars on the roundabout. C ycl ist s t ravel l i ng t wo

abreast around the bay's or on other narrow roads, where the Road code is "Slow traffic pulls over". Cyclists are traffic, cyclists should therefore pull over and let the faster travelling vehicles pass, instead of staying in the middle of the road. That applies to cyclists, motorcyclists, and those people who drive those putt putt motor mowers, that can barely make it up the Wellington hills. I am fed up with whinging cyclists who daily break the law, going through red lights, never indicating, travelling in the wrong lane, ie passing cars going down Adelaide Rd towards John Street and they are in the right hand lane. I rang the Police about one cyclist who was going to report

me as he pushed in between myself and the car in front of me, and travelling in that lane which is as an example, is against the law. I am on the road very early in the mornings and in the evenings, and the cyclists which are out at that time frequently are dressed in dark clothing, without any form of reflector or light on the cycle. They are of the same mentality of those driving cars who turn their lights off as soon as there is a glimmer of light in the sky. Lights are for vehicles to be seen, not the driver to see. All comes down to common sense. Heather Bevan Island Bay

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Dear Ed, Once again a shortsighted decision by the cities greenies. When are they going to realise that we need the infrastructure to make our city a more green friendly place to live. You need good roads for decent public transport and green initiatives. Mike McFarlane

Dear Ed, I think its sucks because the traffic problems are terrible especially in the weekend. The traffic is like peak hour traffic during the week. From what I saw from the pictures of the plans it didn't look ugly at all I thought the way it was done I thought it look better than what does now. The traffic in wellington is like a nightmare. Diane Cameron

Thursday September 3, 2015


Saluting the war generation By Rachel Binning

Some of the cast and crew: Clockwise Lt to Rt: Samuel Austin (actor), Jack Barry (actor), Tama Smith (director), Ashleigh Moor (stage manager) and Jimmy O'Donovan (actor). Absent: Georgia Pringle (actor). PHOTO: Bella Photography

Newtown Community Centre hosted the play ‘We'll Meet Again' on Sunday. Twenty years ago a young Otago University student interviewed rest home veterans and turned their stories into a play to tour the South Island. Twenty years on, that same student-turned-teacher-turnedMasters-student Tama Smith has, with the rest home’s permission and along with a new set of actors, rekindled the play. The script of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ is based on stories the Montecillo Veterans Home, Dunedin, veterans shared with Tama. The stories the actors performed are a mix from the veterans Tama

met, but “It is not only one person’s story,” says Tama, who is the director of the play. The play shares humour, songs, stories and the lives of those veterans whose common experience was World War II. Tama is driven to share stories from the elderly in a theatrical way and he hopes the audience’s own lives will be enriched through hearing those stories. Sadly none of the veterans Tama interviewed are still alive. However, the veterans’ stories are kept alive in ‘We’ll Meet Again’. Tama would like to collect more stories from the elderly. He would also like the easily transportable play performed in other centres in the future.

The play is a collaboration between Victoria University and Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School. The show, full of humour and song, recounts growing up, schooling, work and war service, friendships, love, grief, and loss, raising families, retirement and being part of an elderly community. Refreshingly and generously, the play was free of charge. The only catch being the actors and students wanted feedback from the audience at the end of the play.  If anyone is interested in community theatre or advocating for stories from the elderly being theatricalised, contact Tama on tel: 021 711 414.

LETTERS to the editor Not looking forward to kerbside Cycleway Dear Ed, That’s great that Liz Springford’s (27 August) looking forward to biking along the proposed kerbside cycleway on The Parade. I’d have to say she’d be one of the vocal few who thinks this is a “good” idea!

She claims that “on just one ride” on the current cycleway “somebody opened their car door in front of her, a bus driver attempted to pass her at a pedestrian pinch point, and another car driver passed her with a lot less than the

recommended 1.5 metre gap”. This sounds like it’s too horrific to be true and just a tad convenient to promote the need for a new cycleway. From what Liz describes the journey must have been a “har-

rowing experience” but having cycled around this very area for years I have seriously never experienced or witnessed anything like the behaviour she describes. The Parade is a known cyclist friendly area so maybe Ms Springford

should review her cycling skills perhaps? I believe this concept to be seriously flawed for safety reasons for all road users including cyclists! Eleanor Beach Owhiro Bay

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Manager REAL SURF Lyall Bay What would Cook Strait News readers be shocked to know about you? Well, maybe people that know me would be surprised that despite all my complaints about Wellington RE Weather wind etc. I do really love it here.

What’s one thing that you’ll never throw away? Ha, there are lots of things I should and too many I won’t to name.

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My lovely girlfriend of course.

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Surfing in Indonesia in 1997.

What would you spend your last $100 on? Food and a beer with family / friends or in reality probably have to pay a bill with it.

What’s next on your wish list? Really would love to have a holiday somewhere very tropical very soon.

Have you got an anonymous THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN to share? email to or Text to 022 322 4811 THUMBS UP to an amazing teacher at South Wellington Intermediate School – I always see bright, happy students, but on Thursday afternoon they were out on the back field playing Quidditch – triple rings at each end and charging up and down on an assortment of brooms with beaters and blockers as per Hogwarts tradition.

THUMBS UP to the Lux Festival in Wellington. A good family night out enjoyed by all. THUMBS UP to Mary, an ex ‘fatso’ for losing 26 kilograms in just six months and keeping it off. Well done, you are an inspiration to many! THUMBS DOWN to negativity! THUMBS UP to my recent holiday to Seatoun to visit family. Had only been to Wellington once before and was delighted to discover this seaside gem. Will definitely be back!


THUMBS DOWN to the main story on Stuff being about David Cameron eating Pringles in cattle class. Seriously??

THUMBS DOWN to wasting $26 million on a vanity project like changing the flag. If it aint broke, don’t fix it.

THUMBS DOWN to Mel Gibson for allegedly pushing and verbally attacking a photographer in Sydney.

THUMBS DOWN to Sam Duff leaving the Cook Strait News

THUMBS UP to Stan Andis from Strathmore who is a true local hero. Was chuffed to read about your award in the Cook Strait News Stan!

THUMBS DOWN to the old white bearded man for leaving his KFC wrappers on Lyall Bay beach. Not to worry though old fella, we cleaned up your litter for you.

 Cook Strait News welcomes the public to submit any THUMBS UP, THUMBS DOWN comments to 022 322 4811 or We reserve the right not to publish any malicious or ill-spirited entries. Keep it friendly guys!

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Thursday September 3, 2015


Making a splash at national comp A group of local divers has brought back a collection of medals from the Diving New Zealand National Championships in Auckland. 11 divers from the Wellington Diving Club, aged between 11 and 22, brought home a total of 28 medals (12 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze) from the competition. The medal total made the Wellington Diving Club the highest achieving club in New Zealand. To compete in the event, divers had to achieve qualifying scores in local, regional and national events dur ing the competition season leading up to the National Championships. Wellington Diving Club head coach James Hardaker also won the prestigious

Diving New Zealand Coach of the Year award. James says that Wellington Diving Club divers put in some great performances at Nationals, winning medals, titles, breaking records and bringing home many trophies. “Wellington Diving Club has been the biggest and most successful team for many years,” he says. “We look forward to our divers continuing to do well in upcoming national and international events.” Rongotai College student Anton Jenkins broke the New Zealand record for the boys 16 to 18 age group in the three metre springboard and was awarded the Benson Cup for Best Male Age Group Diver. Anton was also awarded the Peter Thompson Trophy

for the highest score for his first five dives in three metre. Female diver Yu Qian Goh, was awarded the Waikato Cup for the highest scoring Women’s Open Dive. She also broke two New Zealand records for the Age Group and Women’s Open Synchronised three metre events together with Auckland based diver, Lizzie Cui. Anton and Yu Qian also competed in a Mixed Synchronised three metre event and won gold. They both qualified for the Oceania Championships in December to be held in Melbourne.

SPLASH: Rongotai College student Anton Jenkins competes in the recent Diving New Zealand National Championships in Auckland.

BIG DIVE: Yu Quan Goh was awarded the Waikato Cup for the highest scoring Women’s Open Dive.

SportsFest gets kids moving By Leah Flynn

SEATOUN SCALLY WAGS: The Seatoun team ready for action at the starting line for one of their Dodgeball game.

It’s all about fun on the Dodgeball court By James Baker

There were few rules and loads of fun at the dodgeball in the first Wellington Regional Sportsfest last week. Dodgeball was one of 10 sports at the event staged at venues across the city. While not as well-known as basketball or rugby, dodgeball provides a great introduction to sport, says Caroline Newman, mum and team organiser for the Seatoun Scally Wags . “I don’t think there are any special skills required. If you

can throw a ball that’s great.” She says dodgeball allows kids to play who might not otherwise enjoy sport. “Even the kids who aren’t very good can play.” Dodgeball involves two teams who try to eliminate the other players by hitting them with balls and catching the balls thrown at them. “It’s a sport I really know and like, and the boys can play with the girls,” says Amelia Newman, 9. And did they enjoy the day? “I really liked playing because we won and last time

we didn’t win, says Emma Groombridge, 9. Carolyn Newman likes the Sportsfest idea. “This is their first festival of sports day, and I think it’s fantastic, it’s been a great success” Wellington Regional Sportsfest 2015 is a two day event organised by Wellington city council in partnership with nine regional sports organisations and Primary Sports Wellington. It involves 50 schools, 260, teams and 2200 children from years 5 to 8.

More than 2000 kids, in 263 teams, from 50 schools, across 10 sports converged on sports venues this week for the Wellington Regional SportsFest. The inaugural event was a partnership between Wellington City Council, Primary Sport Wellington and the Health Promotion Agency. The events organisation was driven by the council’s new customer and community partnership team. The unit was formed to help build relationships with communities and to help the council’s sports facilities engage with schools and community groups. Event organiser Elspeth McMillan said that a main focus of the event was getting across the health and wellbeing message. A 2012/13 New Zealand Health Survey found 11% of children were obese and 22% children were

overweight, and there has been a push for councils to do more to fight childhood obesity. ASB Sports Centre in Rongotai hosted most of the sports. Centre manager Mornay Loubser said there was a focus on getting communities to become more active. He said that events like Sportsfest can be the “little spark” that gets children moving again. “It’s about trying to activate our communities to be more active, more often,” Mr Loubser says. “We want to try and get our communities to push play. Certainly we want to get our communities off those couches.” Ms McMillan says the organising team is hoping to run the event again. “All the anecdotal feedback we’ve had is that the kids are loving it. We would like to do it again. That’s the plan, that we would make it an annual event.”


16 Thursday September 3, 2015



GOOD READ: Eilish is on the newspaper run to go grab a copy of the Cook Strait Newspaper.

FLYING HIGH: Cary and Ben are enjoying swinging high to the sky. SQUEAKY CLEAN: Jason is working hard at keeping Kilbirnie clean by removing unwanted graffiti on the wall.

HOME TIME: It’s time for Louise to bike back home to Miramar.

COMFORT: Beverly is having a lovely browse at the colourful mats after a painful visit to the dentist.

PIT STOP: Mark and Silvia are catching the last of the sun whilst munching on some gorgeous food.

SLEEPY: Ahahera is enjoying the sunshine whilst her daughter Marcina is fast asleep.

TOO GOOD TO MISS SOUTH WELLINGTON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL “Challenge, Engage, Inquire, Inspire” Prospective students and their parents are invited to our

Open Evening

Why South Wellington Intermediate School

Tuesday 22nd September 6:00pm Prospective students are invited to attend

Open Days

Wednesday 21 and 28 October 9:30am for entrance testing followed by time spent in a variety of classes.

Contact the School Office for more details. 30 Waripori Street, Newtown | Tel: (04) 939 9872 Email: | Web:

At South Wellington Intermediate we don’t see these two years as solely a time to prepare students for High School, but rather see it as a unique and special time where the journey into adolescence is valued. Students are supported to become independent learners, thinkers and actors, and the apron strings of Primary school are loosened to allow greater autonomy, exploration, inspiration and self management. We can’t wait to share the next two years of your child’s learning journey with you.

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