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Resident’s complaints heard Upgrades to track in capital’s Central Park By James Baker

Upgrades to a Central Park track are to be started next month thanks to complaints by a resident who has been walking it for 30 years. Brooklyn resident Keith Flint (59), pictured, says he is trying to get Central Park tidied up. Mr Flint has been concerned with the muddy areas and logging debris on Moturua Stream Track. “My family would come here when my daughters were little. The stream is quite beautiful if it’s looked after properly,” he says. Continued on page 2 MESS: Brooklyn resident Keith Flint wants to see Central park track tidied up.

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CREATIVE AND COLOURFUL: Tapu Te Ranga Gallery in Island Bay showcases artist Neal Palmer this month. PHOTO: Supplied

A new exhibition of abstract paintings at Tapu Te Ranga Gallery in Island Bay showcases artist Neal Palmer with his own burst of creativity and colour after a long career as an arts administrator. The exhibition is called ‘Neal Palmer’s recent Abstracts’ and runs until September 30. Neal has made a significant contribution to fostering the arts in Wellington. As Wellington City Council arts officer from 1990 to 2002 Neal was instrumental in starting up the Wellington Arts Centre, now Toi Poneke, Artsplash and the jazz festival as well as running the New Moon Gallery. But it seems Neal has always made time for painting and now he’s enjoying the encouragement of others; exhibiting at the Tapu Te Ranga Gallery in Island Bay, where curators Ian Logan and Rahul Gopinathan are dedicated to showing a broad spectrum

of artistry. “Neal’s oeuvre is a meditation on the nature of abstraction and reality. He doesn’t like to get pinned down to one particular style or ‘ism’ but colour is definitely a constant.” Neal says, “Abstract paintings should exist in their own right without reflecting anything outside them.” Adding, “Though that doesn’t stop people reading into them all kinds of meaning or subject matter - that’s fine by me.” Supplementing Neal’s exhibition will be a diverse selection of work by gallery artists as well as paintings and drawings emanating from weekly art sessions held at the gallery.  The exhibition runs for all of September, closing on the 30th. Hours are 12.30 pm to 5.30 pm. For further information go to www.taputerangagallery.co.nz.

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Resident’s complaints lead to upgrades chair access and the appeal of the park. “Essentially we will be directing the water off the track so it doesn’t continue to cause erosion and rutting of the track,” Ms Bill says “We will also be doing some small retaining work around some of the bridge entrances up the Moturua Stream track, as well as some stream-side retaining in one section where there is some erosion to address. “We are happy to work with passionate individuals like Keith who have a very good knowledge of the Park.” Mr Flint says he is happy to play his part. “I’ve been all over the world and New Zealand in my opinion is a marvellous place.” “But we’ve got to really work at it. Particularly the young people, they’ve got to see, I suppose, the beauty of the country.”

Continued from page 1 Mr Flint says he has tried to make sure the Wellington City Council keeps the track up to standard. “I’m not doing it for myself, what I’m doing it for is the younger people.” He is also concerned about wheelchair access for the park. “Wheelchairs don’t come in here, I haven’t seen a wheelchair in 30-odd years.” Moturua Stream Track is designed to be a wheelchair assisted track, however Mr Flint believes that ruts and muddy patches in the park are preventing wheelchairs from using it. “If there was a quality of track they could come in here but this is no good. You’d be bloody stuffed.” In response to Mr Flint’s concerns council open space and parks manager Amber Bill has approved improvements to the track designed to improve wheel-

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VOLUNTEERS: From left: Volunteer Mark Johnston, Councillor Paul Eagle, Volunteer Victoria Crawford, Dave O’Sullivan – SB Maintenance, Volunteers Pauly Pally and Rhona Carson and Council graffiti volunteer co-ordinator, Lola Liava’a-Tonga.

Keep Newtown Clean By Colin Engelbrecht

The inaugural quarterly Keep Newtown Clean event took place on Saturday to tackle litter and graffiti in Newtown. The event was formerly a monthly affair but suffered from dwindling volunteers for both coordination and labour on the day.

On Saturday, September 5 volunteers moved around Newtown picking up litter, removing old posters and painting over graffiti. There was also a free BBQ for all those involved. Tools, paint brushes and rubbish bags were all provided - all that was asked was a pair of work clothes and a smile. Keep Newtown Clean is volun-

teer run and requires members of the community to organise the four events per year. “This is a grassroots event run by the people of Newtown for the people of Newtown,” says Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle. Mr Eagle says they now need a person or group of people to step up and volunteer to coordinate

the events. “I want to put the call out for someone or a group of people to take the reins and help coordinate the four events planned each year. It’s vital it is community owned,” he says.  People who are interested in volunteering should email him at paul.eagle@wcc.govt.nz or Lola.Liavaa.Tonga@wcc.govt.nz

Ready to help Syrian refugees By Virginia Fallon

Wellington has houses ready and waiting for Syrian refugees. Acting Wellington mayor Justin Lester says that the city council has about 2400 units available and there are vacancies. “The accommodation is there already and we will make it available.” He says an increase to take in Syrians was the least that New

Zealanders would want to see. “Pretty much the entire country want to see some action and think we should be a good global citizen.” Lester says that welcoming new refugees wouldn’t see Wellingtonians miss out on housing help and that council would always put Wellingtonians at the forefront, but he was confident we can house them. He says the issue is not just about finding accommoda-

tion but about integrating people into a foreign country and making sure they feel welcome. “We want people to want to stay and feel like they have found a second home.” Lester says Wellington played a leading role in resettling and welcoming refugees into NZ. He urged locals to support their local Red Cross with donations of household goods. He also says Wellingtonians

can donate their time to help refugees settle into the capital. “People are coming to a foreign place a long way from their home country and it’s quite different, they aren’t used to sideways rain in Syria for a start." He says the council’s aim is to ensure that every person who needs a home has a home or can find a home. “The issue is now and if we miss this opportunity we won’t be doing our part.”

Aerobics and Hip Hop Championships The 2015 NZCAF National Schools Aerobics and Hip Hop Championships will see over 300 competitors from around the country compete in Wellington for National titles and prizes. Spread over two days the National Championships will see 130 routines take to the stage at the Wellington High School Riley Centre. Competitors, teams and crews have had to qualify at regional events across the country, with the best being selected to attend.  This is taking place on Saturday September 19 and Sunday September 20, for more information check the website www.nzcaf.org.nz/events/ nationals/

The Air Force in Concert On Sunday September 27 at The Opera House, The Royal New Zealand Air Force Band is playing a concert. This year’s show will feature a variety of music, from military marches, classical masterworks to Jazz. The RNZAF Band’s primary role here in Wellington is supporting the RNZAF and New Zealand Government with its many and varied ceremonial engagements. For more information please look up the bands facebook page www. facebook.com/nzairforceband?ref=hl.

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Shelly Bay revamp tipped A mini San Francisco could be on the cards at Shelly Bay after the area has been called for a major overhaul in the future. Plans, which are in the very early stage, include ferries that run to and from the city centre and a cable car up to new housing above the bay. It is also understood that restaurants, a brewery and shops are also planned for the run down area. Last year Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and the Port Nicholson Block Settlement trust signed a memorandum of understanding, which outlined guiding principles for land on the Miramar Peninsula.

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Dojo recognised at Wellington Airport community awards A local dojo has been recognised for its services at this year’s Wellington Airport Community awards. South Wellington Seido Karate received a highly commended award in sports and leisure at the ceremony held last month at Te Papa. Branch chief Tony Gaeta says since the club opened its doors in November 2007, it has donated just under $100,000 to needy charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, Wellington Free Ambulance and the Mary Potter Hospice. This year the Berhampore club donated $15,000 to Wellington Hospital’s Children’s Hospital. He says winning the award has “blown them away”. “We just did not expect it… I feel really proud and happy for the students, their parents and anyone that has supported us.” The club is non-profit, and does not receive any outside funding. Despite this, the club still manages to “punch above its weight”, he says. The club fundraises through a variety of different events throughout the year – the biggest being their annual quiz night. “It has got nothing to do with kicks or punches, which is what a lot of people would associate with karate. “A lot of things we do outside [the dojo], people don’t get to see it.

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“To get a little bit of recognition, for me it is just over the top. I’m really proud of students… that they are bringing some kind of awareness.” Tony says the club’s generosity is influenced through the Seido system and the money it gives to communities through its foundation. He says students are encouraged to share values they are taught within the dojo to others in the wider community.

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Young inventor creates ultimate tree house By Fiona Donnellan

Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla, Jason Khoo - Jason Khoo has really branched out with this latest invention which won him the James Dyson Award. The 24-year-old graduated from Wellington in industrial design and his tree house platform for kids to build architectural wonders in their backyard has won the Kiwi inventor the top prize in the New Zealand leg of the awards. The global product design competition celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The invention is a pre-built foundation for a tree house that can be easily mounted without going through the difficult labour of traditional building methods. So parents can breathe a collective sigh of relief. “It retains the fun of a DIY project, without causing harm to the tree.” The design also means the tree house doesn’t have to be a permanent fixture and instead can be relocated. “I spent my childhood riding bikes and climbing trees. Now society is too busy and technology is now limiting self-time. I hope Tree Mount will counter this by giving people a purpose for taking time out to enjoy nature, use their creative minds and build something with their hands. The runners up were Philip Leyten from Wellington for his Triple Skin BMX Helmet and Emma Warren for her Bound by 8, which is a sustainable shoe. Five New Zealand entries, including Jason’s design and two runner-up products, will progress to the international James Dyson Award competition in November.

Instant coffee fix In a recent study by Southern Cross despite being a country renowned for our coffee culture, we prefer to drink instant. The survey which was carried out on 1,650 Kiwis showed that 46 percent prefer instant coffee, compared to 34 percent who line up for a barista-made tipple. However, the capital also had the lowest rates of instant coffee consumption at 37 percent. Nearly half of Wellingtonians drink espresso or café coffee regularly. Southern Cross Health Society CEO Peter Tynan said the research provided an interesting insight into the behaviour of New Zealanders. “We know that we’re a nation of coffee

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The power of books and the Housebound Library Service By Fiona Donnellan

READING MADE EASIER: Maria Anselma, Customer Specialist at the Central Library talking about books, books and more books and also gives the lowdown on Housebound Library Service PHOTO: Emma Morgan

The Housebound Library Service is for people who are unable to get to a library themselves, people who may be housebound due to age, illness or impairment. Residents from Newtown, Island Bay and other suburbs have been availing of the friendly and personalised service since 1975. Maria Anselma, Customer Specialist at the Central Library spoke to Cook Strait and said that the great thing about the service is that it’s not limited, the library materials may be borrowed

through the service, including talking books. “It’s for people who find it difficult to get to the library on their own,” says Maria. She further explained that prospective housebound residents are interviewed in their own homes to establish eligibility, and then books and reading materials are delivered by volunteer staff every six weeks, giving you plenty of time to read those books you’ve been meaning to get through. “We profile what they’re interested in, no one is the same and I’ve met some amazing people,” says Maria about her

time with the service. The service is great and even offers lists of new stock and can provide requested items. The service even extends to residents of Wellington retirement villages and best of all the Housebound service is offered free of charge. Currently three people work alongside Maria to get these book parcels out to the 150 people involved in the programme, that means 150 people are benefiting from the service, and Maria describes the Housebound team as a “well-oiled machine.” The Housebound Library

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Faster public transport? By Colin Engelbrecht

Fair, Intelligent Transport says the proposed Bus Rapid Transit scheme will not result in faster transport. The transit plan involves developing dedicated bus lanes, higher priority for buses at traffic lights and larger buses to accommodate more people at peak times and cut down on travel times. Fair Intelligent Transport (FIT) is a group of Wellington professionals dedicated to fighting the plan and pushing light rail. They believe that the council has not properly looked at all the possible solutions to the growing need for a better public transport system. One of the possible solutions is a light rail, or tram, system into Wellington. In an article written by FIT members, they say the council has glossed over the case for light rail and rejected it. “What is being offered is a huge compromise to what we could have for a comparable cost,” says Michael Barnett. Michael has been an engineer for most of his life and in 1989 he joined the Wellington City Council as a roading engineer. He is also the convenor for FIT. “We started FIT to influence public opinion on transport issues,” he says. FIT believes BRT is a solution in many cities, but in Wellington the narrow winding streets and the need for high capacity buses poses an issue, with concerns about the weight of the buses damaging the roads. They believe a light rail system will be a more seamless and less delayed option for Wellington. “We believe a light rail system could be built between the railway station and Kilbirnie for $630 million and an additional

$180 million to extend out to the airport.” says Michael Barnett. The benefits of light rail will include a faster travel time than buses, low to zero emissions, and a smooth ride. “We regard ourselves as light rail advocates,” Mr Barnett says. The council however, does not agree. Luke Troy, general strategy manager at the Greater Wellington Regional Council says the council looked at all the options. He says of 80 possible options, three core options were picked - BRT, light rail and bus priority. Of the three the council has decided that BRT would be the most cost effective option for Wellington. Mr Troy says light rail does not lend itself to Wellington as there is not high enough population density for it. Mr Troy says if heavy buses are a concern for the roads light rail will be worse as the work required to strengthen the roads to accommodate the trams will be much higher than what would be needed for buses. Affordability is also a concern. He says a light rail system would cost between $700 and $800 million to implement and BRT would only cost between $60 to $200 million. “There is an issue of affordability, do we have the resources to do that?” The regional council is looking at two options for BRT - targeted bus lanes where there will be some areas of road set aside for only buses, and continuous bus lanes, where a bus route will have one lane solely for buses. He says there are hundreds of instances of BRT around the world and they are looking for a Wellington specific option. “There is no single definition for BRT, its shades of grey,” Mr Troy says.

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Question: What’s your favourite Wellington event? Why?

Jackie Thrussell, Lyall Bay

Jill Hannay, Miramar

Lynda Coghaln, Strathmore

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Feunai Ioane, Kilbirnie

“My favourite event is Lux. I went last year and it was awesome. It fascinates me how they are all different, some hanging from trees or some on the water.”

“Wellington on a Plate or the film festival are great events. They’re all about seeing something different.”

“Going to the river dancing, it’s all about tapping your feet to the Irish music. I love dancing.”

“I love Wellington in general and going to rugby matches, I haven’t really been to any events in the city.”

“Lux, it has a nice variation of lights, also there was a cool exhibition of lunch boxes. I would definitely recommend it, especially to families.”

Blair Williams, Mount Cook “The film festival and the diversity of different films showing and theatres that are open all over, there isn’t usually an opportunity to see shows.”

LETTERS to the editor Tinted windows outlawed Dear Ed, Quite some number of years ago regulations were passed outlawing tinted windows of vehicles. At the time it was alleged that various illegal activities by gangs and bandits would be hidden by tinted windows. Now tinted windows are more prolific than ever and create a real danger to cyclists who cannot anticipate sudden opening of car doors right in their path. Now even busses are joining the tinted window brigade turning our GO Wellington vehicles into Al Capone lookalikes. Why on earth has Ab-

solutely Positively Wellington not remonstrated against these vehicles which obstruct passengers views of this great city. Both tinted windows and metal mesh coverings treat us like blindfolded zombies, especially during twilight and at night it is difficult to locate where you are and where you want to get off. Whoever instigated and organised these tinted windows should be castrated and held responsible for this great degradation of our quality of life. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Postbox removal inconvenient Dear Ed, In my 60's now, I have been a very frequent user of the postal service in NZ for most of my life! It has been with great dismay that I've found the postal boxes in our suburb - and also along the route to the city - largely removed. In an age which depends on emailing/texting more and more, I can understand there are financial considerations which have driven the choice to remove the boxes. But what a choice! Nothing beats a tangible, handwritten note and card for its

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that no publicity was put out - none that I or my neighbours were able to see (it does look like a lack of courtesy, huh?) and so many of us were left to discover the unfortunate events at the very point of turning up to post our letters. I am not a person who harps on about the 'good old days'! I don't even think I have ever actually used that phrase for real(!) ... but I certainly hope that better days could possibly/ might even/ may be coming again in regards to the NZ postal service, Wendy Vink, Island Bay

Motorists, scooterists and cyclists Dear Ed, I feel that Heather Bevan’s comments on September 3 needs a reply. As a motorist, scooter rider and cyclist for 30 years, I think it’s important to see things from the other road user’s viewpoint too. I may be wrong, but I am guessing that Heather hasn’t ridden a cycle for some time. Bus drivers who were encouraged to try cycling in busy traffic reported being surprised at how dangerous and exposed they felt. A cycle moving slowly at 5 km/hr between parked cars at the lights is completely different to a car squeez-

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closeness and significance in laying out one's heart or thoughts or best wishes or sympathy in so many life circumstances. It is such a pleasure and privilege to receive handwritten pages - and it is such a pleasure to send them. Our society will be the poorer for removing the ease to do it. The action to remove the opportunity to both post mail and lessen the frequency with which 'snail mail' is delivered, is naturally going to discourage the use of the services - the 'ultimate plan' seems obvious. However, it was a shame

ing past a cycle at 50 km/hr, the latter may knock the cyclist off their bike. The former situation is not dangerous. On Wellington’s narrow streets, in the past, motorists would often squeeze past cyclists in, sometimes, dangerous manoeuvres. This practise has thankfully diminished, but safety is the reason why cyclists and scooters don’t move to left to let a motorist past, not because they’re being rude. If they stay in the centre of the lane, the motorist will not be tempted to pass. I agree that cyclists are indeed

Word on the Street Dear Ed, Re "Word on the Street" (CSN Aug. 27), that question is a very old one, regarding what one would do if striking a big lottery prize or somehow gaining a large fortune overnight. My own answer is that I'm now too old, feeble, and near death to get much personal enjoyment from a lot of money, even if I had Bill Gates's enormous wealth. All the same, I'd use some of a big prize to do favours for kind people who've done them for me; and perhaps, just for spite, I'd give some significant sums to my worst enemies, thus "heaping coals of fire on their heads" which the Bible says Christians should, returning good for evil! As well, providing

complete advance payment for my funeral and burial would be a great idea. I already have some money in the trust fund of the Funeral Directors' Association of NZ, but only enough to pay about 45% of the estimated total costs. It would be nice to have a balance that would pay the whole lot, with a surplus that could be refunded to my estate, so that the final beneficiary would get a little more, as he deserves. All of us ought to do all we can, before death, to minimise the work and trouble for everyone concerned, after we've kicked the bucket. H Westfold Miramar

traffic, but as such they have as much right to be on the road as motorists, and may legally occupy all of the lane if they feel they cannot safely move over to the left, that’s what the road code says. Once again we see the actions of a few cyclists spoiling it for the rest, like those who run red lights. But as a law-abiding cyclist I refuse to be lumped in with “whinging cyclists who daily break the law”. Believe it or not, cyclists do not all behave the same way. Jon Terry, Newtown

Shades of grey Dear Ed, This Sunday, while attending church I heard that Parliament was virtually recalled to announce the all black team. I was gobsmacked and could hardly consume communion. Dave Armstrong in this morning’s Dompost clearly exposes for what we are really turning into. On reflection the best flag for us to choose is an all grey flag. All we have to worry about and discuss is what shade of grey?!?!?!?!? Paul Franken, Strathmore Park


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LETTERS to the editor Healthier Climate for Everyone Dear Ed, Thank you for the cycling feedback, Geena, Heather and Eleanor (3 September). I can hear frustration with some cyclists, just as I was concerned by three incidents on my beach bike-ride. Cycling training is valuable, as I’ve experienced, likewise courtesy, whether driving, cycling or walking. On that day I asked my cycling commuter spouse, what am I doing wrong here? We concluded: unaware drivers and no cycling infrastructure. Safety and perceptions of safety matter – especially for many Wellingtonians who have said they’d like to bike but don’t. Parents and children are already out on their bikes. Contrasting a toddler on the back of a bike with a car-seated toddler makes a vivid urgent case for safe city-wide cycling infrastructure. Yet cycling is still much healthier than not cycling, especially reducing climate damage which world-leading medical journal ‘The Lancet’ calls a global medical emergency - and potentially the greatest global health opportu-

nity of our century. The health and climate gains are good for all of us –Dr Alex Macmillan’s 2014 Auckland research shows for every $1 spent on segregated cycleways over 40 years, we gain $10-$25. Missing from last week’s letters on cycleways and flyovers is our dangerously changing climate. We have just years to reverse business-as-usual projections of runaway climate changes. And that one-person or one-country-is-not-enoughto-do-something is not an argument we apply elsewhere, whether teachers or All Black team players! Let’s talk about what to save in Wellington, what matters to us. What about a new Council Climate Plan? With the flyover off the table, how about 100% clean energy transport within 10 years? Light rail at the heart, suburban buses, good cycleways and walkways, car share in every suburb, electric Council cars supplying the local second-hand market…what do readers think? How do we want to future-proof our city? Liz Springford, Berhampore

Have you got an anonymous THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN to share? email to news@wsn.co.nz or Text to 022 322 4811 THUMBS UP to the sweet life on the south coast. I love this place. Let’s protect it and look after it! THUMBS DOWN to Cook Strait News tricking us and not telling us who their new reporter is going to be. The wait is killing me! THUMBS UP to World of Wearable Arts! It is always a stunning show and it is great Cook Strait News has profiled so many finalists this year! THUMBS DOWN to the stock markets getting a bit of a rollicking lately. I have been keeping a close eye on my Kiwisaver, eek.

THUMBS UP to Zac Efron with his shirt off. Check out the movie Bad Neighbours for a bit of nipple action.

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THUMBS UP to Cook Strait News! Awesome team, awesome stories, awesome read!

THUMBS DOWN to the Island Bay Cycleway, I swear somebody will be killed within the first few weeks and the whole thing will have to be converted back to what exists at the moment. We need to stop this Council madness!

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HEAD LICE – Getting rid of the unwelcome ‘lodger’ Being winter and stuck indoors, when young children put their heads together over books and play then outbreaks of head lice are likely. Head scratching is a sign, but some people get a ‘tickling’ feeling of something moving in their hair. There’s no need to be embarrassed – even the cleanest heads get them. But, they are persistent creatures so you need to be persistent to get rid of them. “Come and talk to us”, say Self Care pharmacists, “for advice about treating and controlling head lice.” Head lice are small, flat insects - about 2-3 mm long. “The Head Lice Self Care fact card has a picture so if you are not sure what

they look like, ask us for a copy of the card”, Self Care pharmacists suggest. Head lice live on the human scalp and feed on blood. They crawl through and climb up the hair, clutching tightly with their claw-like legs (they do not jump or fly). When children have their heads touching, lice move easily from head to head. Adult lice move all over the scalp, so to search for them and remove them it is best to wet the hair, apply conditioner, and comb with a finetooth comb. Wipe the comb with tissue to see whether or not lice are present. Continue to do this until you can find no more insects. Repeat this procedure each day for the next 10-14 days. The eggs

(nits) – which are found stuck firmly to the base of the hair, especially the back of the neck and behind the ears - are difficult to remove by comb and need to be pulled out (or killed by squashing between fingernails so they ‘pop’. Leaving them means they hatch (within 7-10 days of being laid) and start the cycle again. That is why each day for 10-14 days you need to repeat the wet combing method - so you get any lice that hatch from eggs you have missed. The alternative to physically removing lice (by fine-tooth combing) and eggs (by pulling out) is to use a special head lice treatment. Your Self Care pharmacist can

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advise you about the different types and suggest one best suited to your child. “It is important to use these treatments correctly so read, and follow, the instructions carefully”, advise Self Care pharmacists. “Treatments need to be repeated in a week’s time because you won’t get all the eggs the first time; you have to get them when they hatch.” Using the ‘condition and comb’ method, check the hair for live lice 24 to 48 hours after treatment. Be sure to follow the product directions and repeat the course as instructed. Do NOT use animal flea or lice treatments on humans! Parents often ask how to prevent their children from getting head lice. Here are some simple steps: Brush their hair thoroughly, every day – this can kill or injure lice and prevent them laying eggs. People should have their own brushes and combs, and not share. Once a week, check your child’s hair for lice - the sooner you detect lice, the sooner you can treat and prevent them from spreading. Tell your child’s teacher if your child gets head lice so other parents can be instructed to check their children, who may be the source of infestation and continue re-infesting others. For more information about head lice treatment and prevention, talk to your Self Care pharmacist and ask for a copy of the Head Lice Self Care fact card.

The alternative to physically removing lice (by fine-tooth combing) and eggs (by pulling out) is to use a special head lice treatment.

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Wellington Scottish Book tells centenary story One of Wellingtons top sports clubs has celebrated its centenary by releasing a 240-page book of its history. The Wellington Scottish Athletics Club, currently known as Wellington Scottish, is one of New Zealand’s prestigious running clubs, and was the first club to integrate track and field with harriers. The story of Wellington Scottish Athletics Club (1915-2015) is edited by current national masters 10k road champion Grant McLean, who last year was named Athletics Wellington Distance Athlete of the Year. The coffee-style book contains more than 500 images, and reflects on the story of athletics in Wellington, and nationally, as well as Wellington Scottish. Scottish has worked hard to be both a strong competitive and forward-thinking club “It’s a story of what clubs do,” McLean says. “We’ve always done innovative things.” Scottish has worked hard to be both a strong competitive and forward-thinking club, including developing an early form of multisport club in the 1970s (including squash courts) and leasing to a karate club. Its story covers the main events, incidents and accidents - and profiles teams and individuals that have made the club what it is today. It also touches on Wellington city as a location. “Wellington is a special running and walking environment – it’s a good place to run and walk, and a great place to be active,” McLean says. Wellington Scottish has had more than 30 0 0 members through its doors over its 100 years, producing Olympians, and national and world champions such as Anne Hare, Melissa

Moon, marathon runner Bernie Portenski, 1960s national cross country representative Grant Wheeler, and four times 1500m national champion Hamish Carson. The club has its own song, its own magazine and has initiated several Wellington athletics events, including Wellington’s first weekly road race, the annual twilight Scottish Night of Miles, and has held the Shaw Baton senior men’s relay title for the past 20 years. Wellington Scottish founding father is Walter ‘Pop’ Ballantyne, who moved to Wellington from Scotland in 1889 and formed Wellington Scottish in 1915 with his son Bob and Sam Hall after a disagreement over a race with a club in Brooklyn. Moon, two-time winner of world mountain running title and the 2001 NZ Sportswoman of the Year, joined Wellington Scottish 29 years ago, 16 years after women were eventually admitted as club members. At 45, she is still running. She recently took blind runner Maria Williams to the London Marathon as a step towards qualifying for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Williams has just joined Scottish and will be wearing the red and yellow singlet for the second time at the Auckland 12km race next month.

LIFEGUARDS AWARDED: Wellington’s Lifeguard Team of the Year 2015 PHOTO: Supplied by New Zealand Recreation Association

New Zealand's aquatic champions Organisers say it was “passion and commitment” that earned Wellington’s Lifeguard Team the National Lifeguard Team of the Year Award. The accomplishment was announced at a presentation in Dunedin lately as part of the New Zealand Recreation Association’s (NZRA) Just Add Water Seminar. The annual Aquatics Industry Awards are organised by NZRA to encourage development and recognition within the industry. Wellington’s squad took the honour, however, it was a closely contested battle against six other teams in the New Zealand National Lifeguard Sports Competition. The competition, which has been won by

the Auckland team for the past four years, is designed to test skills lifeguards have developed in their training as well as how they respond to emergency scenarios they could experience in day to day work. NZRA Chief Executive Andrew Leslie said the Wellington team demonstrated the high quality and expertise of lifeguards in New Zealand. Mr Leslie said, "The awards not only provide an opportunity to recognise outstanding individuals and organisations, they are a great way to encourage continuous improvement in our aquatics industry. All of this year’s winners have made an outstanding contribution, not just at their facility, but to the aquatics industry in New Zealand.”


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