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Community divided Local group seeks action By Nikki Papatsoumas

A group of Island Bay residents are fighting to have their voices heard as the controversial Island Bay cycleway continues to steam roll ahead. The group is now considering taking legal action against the Wellington City Council in an attempt to put the project to bed once and for all. Earlier this month it was announced the council would commence with plans and begin developing the $1.5 million cycleway, which will stretch along the suburb’s main road. Island Bay residents Jane Byrne and Fiona Cockerill-Ghanen are spokeswomen for the Democratic Voice for Island Bay, an incorporated society set up to help locals have their say. At a private meeting held earlier in September, the group asked residents if they were happy to let the proposed cycleway go ahead, or whether they wanted to raise funds and seek legal counsel. Continued on page 2 SPEAKING UP: Island Bay residents Jane Byrne and Fiona Cockerill-Ghanen are fighting to stop the controversial Island Bay cycleway from going ahead.

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Residents are welcoming the chance to have their say on safer speed limits in Berhampore. The Wellington City Council is seeking submissions on the proposed reduction of the speed limit to 30km/h in five suburban shopping areas across Wellington, which includes Berhampore. Between 2007 and 2014, there have been a total of 28 reported injuries on Berhampore roads. Nine of these resulted in injuries to pedestrians. Berhampore resident Curtis Nixon says the speed limit needs to be lowered and knows of people who have been injured while crossing the suburb’s roads. A friend was hit crossing Adelaide Rd at Britomart St while using the crossing and earlier this year a five-year-old boy was hit by a truck crossing near the Granville Flats, he says. “A lot of it is around the

Continued from page 1 Their vote was unanimous for the option to proceed with legal action. Jane says Island Bay has been failed by the council from the get go and in a letter addressed to the council the group has requested mediation. Failing this they have announced they will seek a judicial review. A Givealittle page and private bank account have been set up to help raise money for potential legal costs. Both women say they are disappointed the issue has become complex and political, labelling the proposed route “the hot potato cycleway”. While neither is against cycleways, they say they believe the council has had its own agenda from day one and has not listened

to the overwhelming voice of the community. “There has not been an open conversation,” Jane says. “The most impactful option has been chosen for our area and it is actually going to affect road users. They [the council] haven’t considered the social costs. “Why should the community be punished and basically have a structure imposed on them when they are obviously not happy.” Fiona says her children and her husband cycle along The Parade, a street she considers to already be cycle-friendly. “Put the money into places where there is danger, because the money is going to run out.” Councillor David Lee says the council has gone through a robust and appropriate process. In fact, he says the cycleway is the “most over consulted piece

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A Picture of Diversity “We thought it would be a way for the children to explore the different cultures...” By Sam Whittle

Two days of craft, creativity and celebration was on the agenda for Seatoun primary school pupils last week. The children were given an opportunity to channel their inner artist and at the same time learn about diversity. Head of the art department Rebecca Power said it was a valuable project and the pupils learned a lot - while creating a lot of mess. “We thought it would be a way for the children to explore the different cultures in our school and also the world, but it was also a way for them to explore their own background and where they come from.” The school takes a break from the normal class routine every second year to spend a couple days discovering different forms of art. This year, they decided to link the event with the overall theme the school was celebrating, which is diversity.

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The 31 stations, each offering a different activity for the children to get stuck into, included weaving, painting, origami, digital printing, Chinese calligraphy and more. Ms Power says the “teachers wanted to ensure they were fun entertaining and educative.” The artwork will eventually adorn the walls of the pupil’s homes, which Ms Power says they should be very proud of. The school was transformed into an art gallery to show the pieces created by the pupils. Ms Power says the school pulled out all the stops to make it a great night of show and tell. “It was awesome to see everyone come together, and the artwork was awesome.”

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A love for the ocean inspired Kilbirnie resident Barbara Hickey to create her finalist-placing piece in the World of Wearable Arts competition this year. Barbara’s piece will be shown in the children’s section of the competition and the theme for this year is “imaginary friends.” The dress created for Barbara’s imaginary friend involved thousands of New Zealand seashells and a lot of patience. “I am very keen on the environment. It is where most of my observations come from,” she says. The seamstress says she believes what she created is unique. “Over the years I have got more of an appreciation for how hard it is to get in. But mine is an unusual use of materials, which is my point [of difference]. “The thing is you just do your best.” Barbara entered the competition in 2011 and was selected as a finalist, however, she says she doesn’t enter every year because of timing. “It’s a matter of what else is going on. And for me, having the ideas and time has to come together this year. It just occurred to me that I could make something using the shells I had.” She says creating a piece for WOW is “pretty intense”, but worth it to see it on stage. “If it goes badly wrong its game over. I was doing something from scratch, so there was a lot of experimenting.” .

Donating to animals in need A group of pre-schoolers put their skills to good use in the kitchen and made a generous donation to a deserving charity earlier this week. The kids from South Wellington Montessori School donated $200 to the SPCA after spending a day making and decorating cupcakes for the shelter’s annual Cupcake Day fundraiser last month. They then sold their creations to parents at a pop-up cake shop at the centre. All the hard work paid off on Monday, when the group of 20 pre-schoolers had a visit from some furry friends from the animal shelter. Five-year-old Rory Sengelow, the oldest student at the school, presented the donation to education officer Matthew Mitchell and volunteer Alix Gurau. Children then had the chance to meet and play with Usher the rabbit and Jaden the puppy. Teacher Sandra Aubrey explained that as well as fundraising for a worthwhile cause, the students were taught how to care for animals and about the role the SPCA played in the community.

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Students sparkle in school production After months of hard work Hataitai School students took to the stage and performed their whole school production for family and friends earlier this week. The school organises a production once every two years, and this year’s show, Warped, was written by year 7 and 8 students. Students put on two performances of the play on Tuesday, at the City Church in Mt Victoria. The production is about a group of students who travel back in time guided by Doctor What, who happens to be Doctor Who’s brother.

Teacher Ellie White, who directed the show, says Doctor What then guides the students through the future into 2116 to help them with a school project. The real twist comes when along the way students manage to alter the future. Students not only wrote the show, but were also given the opportunity to help direct and express their ideas, she says. Indio Avanci-Bishop, 12, who lives in Seatoun, had a special role in this year’s production. He helped compose music and

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Local singer says farewell after 20 years A local singer is saying farewell to the singing group he has been a member of for two decades. Hubert Cliff, 84, has been singing with the Kilbirnie Community Singers for the last 20 years. However, he and his wife are now making the move to Titahi Bay and Wednesday was his last time performing with the group. The small group of a dozen or so locals, meets every Wednes-

day afternoon at the Kilbirnie Community Centre, where they practice a mix of songs. They then travel to retirement homes around the Wellington region and perform to residents. The Miramar resident says he is devastated to be leaving the group. “It’s awful, I have loved it. I have really enjoyed it getting the chance to sing new tunes and it has been interesting learning

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LETTERS to the editor In favour of safe cycling Dear Ed, I read with dismay the comment from Councillor Andy Foster in the Cook Strait News of 17 September 2015 (Controversial cycle way given a construction date), where he said the reason the cycle way work was starting in Island Bay was "because it is the easiest option".

If the Wellington City Council really wanted to do something to enhance the safety of cycling commuters from Island Bay, they would be doing something about the narrow stretch of Adelaide Road from Island Bay to the John Street intersection. Cyclists are in peril on that road every day. To create a

cycle way there would provide a tangible improvement in cyclist safety, as well as speeding up traffic flows into and out of the city once motorists and buses no longer had to either travel slowly behind cyclists or perform dangerous passing manoeuvres to overtake them. Council resources are finite.

So let's prioritise sensibly and tackle the problem areas before we spend money on areas where there isn't a problem. To be spending $1.5 million because it is "easy" is a shameful and irresponsible waste of ratepayers' money. Shirley Tarrant, Island Bay

gains are good for all of us – 2014 Auckland research by Dr Macmillan et al shows for every $1 spent on separate cycleways and slower local streets over 40 years, the gains are $10-$25. The missing link from last week's letters on cycleways and flyovers is our dangerously changing climate. We have just a few years to reverse the businessas-usual projection to runaway catastrophic climate changes. And that one-person or onecountry-is-not-enough-to-dosomething is not an argument we apply elsewhere, whether teachers or All Black team players! I'd love to encourage reader

discussion over what we want to save in Wellington, what matters to us, and how we want to futureproof our city. What do we want the new Council Climate Plan to look like? With the flyover off the table, could we have 100 per cent clean energy transport within 10 years? Light rail at the heart, supplemented by feeder buses, safe attractive cycleways and walkways, car share cars in every suburb, every Council car electric as a source of second hand electric cars locally...what do readers think? How do we want to future-proof our beautiful city? Liz Springford, Berhampore

Cycling healthy for our city Dear Ed, Thank you for the cycling feedback, Geena, Heather and Eleanor (September 3). I can hear your frustration with some cyclists, just as I was concerned by the cluster of three incidents on just one bike-ride to the beach. Cycling training is useful, I recommend it from experience. Courtesy and patience is also essential, whether driving, cycling or walking. But on that day I actually asked my cycling commuter spouse, what am I doing wrong here? We had to conclude: unaware drivers and no cycling infrastructure. Safety and perceptions of safety matter – especially for the many

Wellingtonians who have said they'd like to bike but don't. Parents and children are already out on their bikes. The contrast of the toddler on the back of a bike with the car-seated toddler in a metal-encased vehicle is a vivid argument for decent cycling infrastructure urgently needed throughout our city. Yet cycling is still much healthier than not cycling, especially to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which world-leading medical journal 'The Lancet' has called a global medical emergency - and potentially the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. The health and climate

“Division of a community” Dear Ed, I’d like to personally congratulate the mayor and her council for the stupendously brilliant handling of the Island Bay cycleway project. The strategically planned division of a community could not have been better orchestrated if it had been masterminded by Dr Evil himself. What a triumph to all those involved. The “international best practise” adopted (I’m sure) social and political skills, respect and appreciation of how a community works is to be applauded! Well done mayor, councillors, Cycle Aware and Generation Zero you couldn’t have done a better job of introducing your “safer cycling policy” across Wellington. Lance Devlin Te Aro Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to nikki@wsn.co.nz.

Cycleway will have an “emotional cost” Dear Ed, On Monday evening I was present at the Island Bay Bowling Club, to listen to some very concerned residents appealing for assistance in their attempt to delay works on the Island Bay cycleway. I saw a trio of very genuine, concerned local woman leaders, desperate to stop their street and their environment being altered irrevocably by the installation of

a kerbside cycleway. Alarming to see the toll this issue is taking on the health of those people living closest to the innovation. It is hard not to wish them well in their bid to raise the finance for one last ditch to keep their road just the way it is. Also alarming, I felt, was to see aspiring mayoral candidates appearing to fuel the flames by

making disparaging comments about local council representatives who were not there to speak up for themselves. One of the councillors under attack has been a long term stalwart member of the Island Bay Baptist Church, a mere two doors down from the bowling club. Neither of the aspiring mayoral candidates appeared to be aware of this fact, or take into account the possibility

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Come to the community meeting about your Island Bay Festival 2016

Reporter Nikki Papatsoumas spends her weeks out and about amongst the community. Each week she shares her take on the week’s events.

Join the discussion: have you been to the Festival before, did you enjoy it, what would make it even better? And would you like to get involved – …any way...big or small Bring your ideas, enthusiasm and a ‘can do’ attitude. We’ll bring the biscuits and make you a cuppa. See you at Island Bay Community Centre: 137 The Parade – behind the shops on Tuesday 29 September from 7:30pm to 9pm.

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Nominations are now open for new Policy Board Members. You will need to be a member of our community and nominated by another member (community) of the organisation. Nomination forms available at NUHS reception or phone Kareena Bryant 380 2020 Nominations close Tuesday 27th Oct 2015. Elections to occur at the NUHS AGM on 12th November 2015, Trinity Church Hall, Newtown. 412 Broadway, Miramar 388 7071

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Evans Bay Intermediate School Enrolments for 2016 - Reminder All 2016 enrolments for Evans Bay Intermediate School are due into the school office by Friday 16 October. This is the end of the first week of term 4.

It is great to be back at the Cook Strait News after a stint with NZME News Service here in Wellington for the past year-and-a-half. It has been all go since starting back on Monday and I have already had the opportunity to spend time catching up with a handful of fantastic groups around the city. I have always held a soft spot for community news and after spending some time working on national news it feels great to return to my old stomping ground.

My return to the paper has coincided with the close of our office in Kilbirnie. Nicola, Alana and I are now based at the head office back in Johnsonville, but you will no doubt still see us roaming the streets of the eastern and southern suburbs, sniffing out stories and getting to know the community. I can’t wait to start hearing more from our readers, so whether it’s a story idea, a letter to the editor, or just a friendly hello, drop me a line at nikki@ wsn.co.nz or on 04 587 1660.

If you need an enrolment pack or have any questions please contact the school office on 9393247 or visit the website www.ebis.school.nz and download the relevant forms from there.

SCHOOL ENROLMENT SCHEME HOUGHTON VALLEY SCHOOL Enrolment at the school is governed by an Enrolment Scheme, details of which are available from the school website. The enrolment of out of zone pupils is governed by the provision of the Education Act 1989. The Board has the opportunity to approve 1 place across the school for out of zone students who will become eligible for enrolment during the period October 31 to November 30 2015. For students seeking enrolment within this period, who are out of zone, applications are due by 12 noon, Friday 2 October. Please complete form on the school website and send to The Office Manager, Houghton Valley School, 110 Houghton Bay Road, Houghton Bay, Wellington 6023, Tel: 04 939 3318 or email admin@houghton.school.nz. If the number of out of zone applicants exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot for out of zone places is required, it will be held on Tuesday 13 October. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three working days of the ballot being held.

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THUMBS UP to Nikki Papatsoumas returning to Cook Strait News THUMBS DOWN to the Hamilton Zoo tiger taking the life of beloved keeper but... THUMBS UP to it not being put down.

THUMBS UP to me passing an exam and my friend getting a job on the same day! Today was our day! THUMBS UP to H Westfold’s logical letters! Keep them coming. Keep speaking THUMBS UP to the All Blacks winning the logical truth! their first game in the Rugby World Cup Cook Strait News welcomes the public to submit any THUMBS UP, THUMBS DOWN comments to 022 322 4811 or news@wsn.co.nz. We reserve the right not to publish any malicious or ill-spirited entries. Keep it friendly guys!

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SPORTS

Muay Thai kick-boxer enjoys honesty of the fight By Joanna Piatek

CHAMPION: Angus Lindsey says there is “great respect” involved between components in Muay Thai kick-boxing. PHOTO: Joanna Piatek

Muay Thai kick-boxer Angus Lindsey has just been ranked in the top five of his weight group in the country. The 23-year-old Wellingtonian fought Matt Sutherland in the Capital Punishment tournament, which was held in the capital earlier this month. Lindsey beat Sutherland unanimously and is now ranked fourth in his weight group in New Zealand in full Thai rules. Lindsey says he chose to take up the sport five-years-ago. “I was working part time at Countdown and was watching DVD’s on the internet of UFC [mixed martial arts] freestyle fighting. “I was overweight and wanted to tone up with fights to pass time.” Muay Thai, which is sometimes referred to as the “art of eight limbs”, makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes. It uses eight points of contact. In comparison, boxing uses two points – fists. Other combat sports use four points - hands and feet. Lindsey says although the sport involves fighting against other young men there is “great respect” involved. He says he enjoys the honesty of the fight. “I love it, you walk in the ring and you’re scared, but you are prepared. “You can’t just take someone down if you get punched in the face. You have to figure out the problem and solve the problem. “There is no thinking about anything else. There is no thinking about bills, or what your girlfriend said the other day, just in the moment right now.”

inbrief sports Dream continues for last man standing The last man standing in the TAB’s One Punt at a Million competition was eliminated earlier this week, but will still be rewarded for his efforts. Russell Walker was the only Kiwi to correctly predict the results of the first five games in the Rugby World Cup tournament, including Japan’s shocking defeat of South Africa. However, for the 22-year-old to stay in with a shot at the million dollars, Uruguay had to defeat Wales in Cardiff earlier this week. Sadly that was not to be. Despite his elimination the TAB is sending Russell on an all-expenses paid trip to the Rugby World Cup semi finals and final with 2011 Rugby World Cup Hero Stephen Donald.

Floorball tournament hits Wellington Kilbirnie’s ASB Sports Centre will host the 8th annual Wellington Floorball Open tournament this week. Beginning on Friday, floorball players from across the country and Australia will battle for supremacy. President of Floorball NZ, Christian Bertschinger, says he is looking forward to seeing the local talent take on the best players from across the country. “We’ve had a real focus on boosting participation in the sport, particularly at the youth level and we’re seeing some top players coming through with the skills to take on our older, more established players, which bodes well for the on-going growth and development of Floorball in New Zealand.”

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