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When Barry and Phyllis Tingey met on a blind date they had no idea they would one day celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary. However, this has become a reality for the Lyall Bay couple, who celebrated 60 years of marriage last Thursday. The pair met on a blind date in 1951 after one of Barry’s friends organised for them to attend a ball together, Phyllis said. Continued on page 2 SIXTY YEARS: Phyllis and Barry Tingey celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last Thursday.

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Group will not pursue legal action Community group, the Democratic Voice of Island Bay, have announced they will not pursue legal action against the Wellington City Council over the controversial cycleway in Island Bay. The group said their decision came from the desire to build bridges within the community. The group was formed after concerns were raised about the cycleway from residents, retailers and local leaders. They sought legal advice a week ago and requested the council mediate and discuss

a compromise as a first step before considering further action. Group spokesperson Jane Byrne said the council’s ch ief exe cut ive Kev i n Lavery, had acknowledged the processes leading to decisions taken on Island Bay held lessons for both officers and councillors. She thanked the community for their support. “We’ve been overwhelmed with financial contributions of $15,000 and pledges are still coming in from all over Wellington totalling well over $80,000”.

Jane said the funds would cover legal fees to date and the rest would be put towards initiatives in Island Bay. “We found everyone had one thing in common – their love for Island Bay and the things that make the community special. “We can’t do that sitting on opposite sides of the fence – it’s time we came together.” Jane said group representatives had since discussed their ideas with Councillor Paul Eagle. Jane said he encouraged the Group to create an ‘Island Bay plan’ built by the

Continued from page 1 “He introduced us, we went to a ball… and we have been dancing ever since.” The couple became engaged in 1953. In 1955 they were married in Temora, New South Wales, at St Pauls Anglican Church in front of 140 guests. Dancing was a hobby the couple continued to share, until Barry suffered a stroke last year. Up until then they maintained an active interest in ballroom dancing and were also on the committee of the local community dance group for several years. Last Sunday, the happily married couple celebrated the milestone at a surprise high tea at Logan Brown, surrounded by a large group of close friends and family. The couple also received letters from Prime Minister John Key, Governor-General

Sir Jerry Mateparae and Queen Elizabeth. “They were very exciting to open, especially from the Queen, I suppose everyone likes her.” Over their 60 years together, Barry and Phyllis had two children, Scott and Claire, who were brought up in the family’s Lyall Bay home. Barry and Phyllis have also remained active in the community. Barry has been involved with Scouting and was. Group Chairman and District Chairman for a number of years. He also has a keen interest in photography and at one stage was president of the Wellington Photograhic Society. He was later made a life member. Meanwhile, Phyllis spent time helping with the local senior citizens’ club and was also an active member at St Jude’s Church.

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BLESSING: Local lawyer Leah Davidson, Renee Martin of Housing New Zealand, Donna Wilson of Wellington City Council, Alice Daniel-Kirk of Housing New Zealand, Strathmore resident Harold Thompson, Councillor Paul Eagle and Hemi Tito of New Zealand Police all attended a naming ceremony for the Strathmore Community Garden last week.

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Students help to save our streams By Sam Whittle

Saving the environment one stream at a time is the aim of a Wellington East Girls’ College classroom. Thirty girls have been trampling in mud and standing in freezing cold water to determine the health of a few Wellington streams and they plan on letting the public know about their findings. Whitebait Connection, an action based community conservation education programme, equipped the students with everything they needed for the experiments. At the Kaiwharawhara and Owhiro streams they tested the temperature, clarity of water, nutrient density and made other observations such as how much litter was around. Student Bella Sexton, 13, says they were trying to find out whether the streams were “healthy or unhealthy” and raise awareness about the state of the streams. “Our goal is to improve the condition the streams are in, and not

everyone knows how bad some of them are. We want to prevent them from getting any worse.” The plan of action for some students is to conduct fundraisers to raise money for signage or fences at the stream while others are writing letters to the council with suggestions on how to protect the waterways. One student is making signs warning people not to fish in the Owhiro stream, which the class found was “unhealthy.” Bella, who has signed up to be part of an Owhiro stream litter clean up, says it was nice to leave the classroom for a couple of days and do something different. “It was good to do some hands on stuff and not just hear about it. It was freezing though, our feet got pretty numb.” She says she didn’t know anything about the health of streams, and studying it is has sparked an interest. “After school I would like to do something in science and to do with the environment.”

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WARM WELCOME: Construction workers in Island Bay are greeted with home baking.

Have you got an anonymous THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN to share? email to or Text to 022 322 4811 THUMBS UP to the start of construction of the fantastic new Island Bay cycleway. Yay to safer transport options! THUMBS DOWN to the Strathmore “Local” Bar and Restaurant for keeping neighbours awake with ear splitting music for three hours to midnight on Saturday, September 26. THUMBS UP to the mini cacti at New World Thorndon. They made my day!

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A group of friendly Island Bay residents welcomed those working on the Island Bay cycleway with some baking earlier this week. Spokesman for the Cycling Advocates Network Patrick Morgan said construction began on the cycleway on Monday. “I understand that some of the locals decided to come out with a warm welcome for the construction workers with some scones, coffee and ginger crunch. “It’s great they got a warm

Island Bay welcome.” Patrick said while shops in the area would remain open during construction, it was important for people to continue to support local businesses. “It has been a bit of a bumpy process, but I think Island Bay people will be really proud of it once it’s complete.” Construction is expected to be completed by early 2016.  For more information on the cycleway head to the Wellington City Council website.

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THUMBS UP for this week’s beautiful weather. With Daylight Saving it is really starting to feel like summer has begun. THUMBS UP to double cheese sizzlers, they are the perfect summer snack. THUMBS DOWN to the Island Bay community arguing over the cycleway, tired of reading about it week in and week out.

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

What amazing weather it has been this week. After the dismal, wintery and shivering cold weather last week, I think most people would agree it is nice to finally see some sunshine. As the old saying goes – you can’t beat Wellington on a good day! The settled weather seems to have come just in time for the beginning of construction on the Island Bay cycleway, something which has stirred up controversy in the seaside suburb. Every week the Cook Strait News receives a handful of letters to the editor in support of, or against, the 3km cycleway. Last week a small community group announced they would pursue legal action

against the Wellington City Council in a bid to see work on the cycleway come to a grinding halt. This week, the group has said they will not be pursuing legal action and have instead expressed a desire to “build bridges” in the community. The group highlighted a number of important changes on the cards for Island Bay and have asked for everyone to come together to help build a plan for Island Bay, built by the people of Island Bay. I think this is a fantastic idea and as a former Island Bay local myself, I can’t wait to see the community working together!  What do you think? Send me an email at news@wsn.

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School celebrates 90 years By Nikki Papatsoumas

QUEEN’S GUIDE AWARDS: Best friends Priya Clark and Emily Wood were awarded for their services to Girl Guiding last week.

Girl Guides honoured with top awards By Nikki Papatsoumas

Tonnes of hard work and dedication paid off for two young girls who received the top award in Girl Guiding at a special ceremony last week. Priya Clark and Emily Wood received Queen’s Guide Awards for their work with the organisation last Wednesday. The 17-year-olds started as Pippins when they were five-years-old. They are now both Girl Guide rangers and leaders for the Island Bay District. Priya and Emily have been working towards their Queen’s Guide Awards since starting as Pippins. To get the award the girls had to complete leadership programmes, carry out countless hours of service to the community and gain certificates across a variety of activities including contemporary issues, health and faith.

This year Wellington East Girls’ College will celebrate 90 years of educating young women in the capital. The school’s 90th reunion has been organised by the Old Girls Association, who have recently re-named themselves ‘Once Were Easters’. Wellington East Girls’ College first opened its doors to students in 1925. At this time the school was called Mount Victoria Girls’ School, but because of confusion with Victoria University College, the name was soon changed. Margie Wheeler, who helped organise the event and is a former student herself, says there are many reasons to celebrate at the reunion, which will take place over Labour Weekend. Not only have the girls been achieving some great results academically, the school itself is undergoing a huge transformation. The main building of the college was closed down several years ago due to earthquake risk. Although the vestibule of the old building will survive reconstruction, this may be the

last chance for former students to see the old building before work is completed, she says. “They will still be able to see the bones of the old school.” Margie says girls from every decade have registered to be part of the reunion which will begin on Friday, October 22 with a mix and mingle event at the school. The following day more events will be held on school grounds, before a dinner that evening at The Pines near Houghton Bay. Margie says the school’s “spirit” is what makes it so special. “There is something about community, even girls through the years… they may take different subjects and streams but when you get them together there is always some sort of connection, it’s a shared community.” So far more than 200 old girls have signed up to be part of the reunion and Margie is encouraging more former students to get involved.  Wellington East Girls’ College 90th Reunion, October 23 and 24. For more information head to the reunion Facebook page: Wellington East Girls' College - 90th Reunion Weekend

FORMER GLORY: Former students of Wellington East will remember the school’s quad which has been closed down as part of on-going renovations.

The best friends say they are absolutely thrilled to see all their hard work pay off. “It was really exciting and it was a relief as well because all the hard work we put into it paid off,” says Wellington East Girls’ College student Priya. “It has helped me be a better person and prepared me for what is after.” Emily, who goes to Marsden College, says Girl Guiding has taught her lots of life skills. “People tend to lose motivation and interest but I don’t think they realise how much it benefits them in the end,” Emily says. “We both feel much more confident for it.” The girls say it is great to be able to share the journey together. “We were just so happy we got it at the same time and got to share this moment, it made it a lot more special.”


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Question: Have you been following the Rugby World Cup?

Dougal McNeill Newtown “A little bit, but it is too early to get up.”

Luli Pere Newtown ”I only follow when my country’s team plays, which is Samoa. But I also watch the All Blacks and the Wallabies.”

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LETTERS to the editor Wonderful to see Dear Ed, I love the 'break in the weather' photo gallery in Cook Strait News. It's wonderful to see Wellington people out and about enjoying our beautiful beaches.

Bring on spring! How about a gallery of spring blossoms? Patrick Morgan Newtown

Safest design Dear Ed, I use the cycleway round Evans Bay and am grateful for it, on the whole. But cycling with parked cars (driver’s door might open suddenly) on one side and moving traffic (sometimes driving too close) on the other side, make the experience

feel a bit unsafe. I envy the Island Bay-ites who will have a cycle lane between footpath and parked cars — a design that surveys have found to be the safest. Lucky Island Bay-ites. J C Doyle Oriental Bay

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Dear Ed, If I take it at facevalue, I’m grateful for the thumbs up (Cook Strait News, September 24) though it's noticeable that readers who agree with my old-fashioned views are also unwilling to identify themselves. In any case, it's heartening to see we still have citizens who prize logic and common sense, those things being very little exercised nowadays. H Westfold Miramar

Dear Ed, Your front page article on September 24 featured the ‘Democratic Voice for Island Bay’ who, in a private meeting, unanimously opposed the Island Bay cycleway. That seems strange to me, since there are quite a number of Island Bay folks who support the cycleway. I guess they weren’t invited to the meeting. That doesn’t sound like democracy to me. Maybe this group should level with us all and rename

themselves the ‘Island Bay Cycleway Opposers’.The article concludes with Councillor Richard MacLean responding that there had been a robust and appropriate process. I guess everyone has a different definition of robust and appropriate. In the interests of fair reporting, I look forward to a front page featuring some Island Bay residents who support the cycleway. Jon Terry Newtown

Controversial cycle path Dear Ed, Another day and another article about this strange suburb called Island Bay, the suburb with the “controversial cycle path”, and that has had its “community torn apart”. And today we are "community divided" headline but what

doesn’t make good tabloid is, it’s just not true. Island Bay as a suburb has a strong sense of community and has a diverse range of people, we have poets, artists, plumbers, taggers, cyclists and lots of people who don't care either way about the

cycle lane. We also have these people, pictured in your article, who care strongly against it, which is fair enough. We have a councillor, who made a bad judgement by only listening

to the views of residents who live on the parade and misconstruing some figures. If I saw a picture of a whole bunch of my neighbours lining the Parade "community divided" might carry some weight.

However, all I see is the same two or three faces. We are getting a cycle way and Island bay is a great suburb and will be better for it! Simon Edmonds Island Bay

Wider concerns Dear Ed, Thanks to Liz Springford (24 September 24) for raising some important issues. While provision of safe cycling infrastructure can easily be justified on safety grounds alone, it does feed into wider concerns like urban liveability, personal health and climate change. The most important problems facing humankind today relate to competition for and over-use of limited resources. Probably the most high profile of these is climate change due to accumulation of greenhouse gasses. If

the world community fails to confront and address this one issue, which is so clear as to cause and solution, how will we explain this to our children and grandchildren? At present central government shows a complete and embarrassing lack of leadership on the matter. But in the meantime, as in many other communities around the world, we can still achieve significant climate change objectives at local government level. Andrew Carman Brooklyn

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What would you change about the world? No poverty, equal opportunities and also for everyone to have a warm and dry house.

Who is your best friend and why? My husband Richard. This is because he is always there, he almost never complains when I go out the door and come back three days later.

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The Miramar Peninsula Community Trust Board leases and oversees management of the Seatoun Village Hall and St Christopher’s Church in Seatoun. A 6 month contract is offered for part-time day to day administration of the facilities. Responsibilities will include managing bookings and marketing of the facilities, engaging with the community and supervision of the building security and maintenance. The hours are flexible, but some availability will be expected on a daily basis. Approximate involvement will be for 12-15 hours per week. The appointee will report directly to the Chairman of the Trust Board.

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Local referee heads to Japan By Nikki Papatsoumas

A rising star in the Wellington referee community will spend eight days in Japan next month. Strathmore local Daniel Mangin has been selected to take part in the Japan annual interchange. Each year one referee from the Wellington Referee Association heads to Japan, where they spend time with the Japanese East Referees Association. Daniel says two referees from Japan came to New Zealand in May and he will head over to Japan for eight days at the end of October. Daniel referees premier games in the Wellington area for the association and also trains with a premier team at Poneke Rugby Club in Kilbirnie. He says he fell into refereeing in 2004, after one too many concussions ended his career as a rugby player. “It kept me involved in the game,” he says. Since starting over a decade ago,

Daniel has continued to climb the ladder. He was recently recognised as the most promising level 1 referee at the Wellington Referee Association prize giving ceremony. “I was stoked, a lot of hard work goes into it and it was definitely a surprise.” Always humble, Daniel says he is stoked for the exposure and recognition the exchange will bring. “It will be great to experience a different culture which will make me a better person as well. “It’s an honour and it was unexpected. People [I know] have done it in the past and hearing their stories, it was something I always wanted to do.” Meanwhile there is no slowing down in sight for Daniel. He says he wants to keep perfecting his craft, eventually hoping to referee test matches and national squad games. “You’ve got to aim for the highest honour you can get.”

Local referee Daniel Mangin will head to Japan next month. PHOTO CREDIT: Refereeworx

Kids have a ‘wheel-y’ good time The wet weather last week took a break just in time for St Bernards students to enjoy their wheels day - and it was all for a good cause. Students from the small school in Brooklyn were allowed to bring in their bikes or scooters and dress in their favourite fancy dress last Friday to raise money for Wellington Childrens’ Hospital. All children donated a gold coin. School principal Joan Woods said senior students organised the event and chose to raise money for the hospital because a fellow student has been spending time there. She said kids jumped at the opportunity to swap out their school uniforms for bright and colourful costumes. “The kids have been really excited to help support the cause. We try to encourage them to do different social justice things in the community.” Top left: DRESSED UP: Mercy, 10, Marianna, 9 and Carlos 9, rolled around on bikes and scooters last Friday. Bottom left: SCOOTING AROUND: Children from St Bernard’s School at last week’s wheels day. Right: BIG SMILES: Greta, 7, Lucy, 7, Beatrice, 5 and Alexei, 9 all took turns pushing each other around on an old cart.

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active and connected, through weekly multi-sports and activities.  For more information phone 830 0550.

Rangimarie Tennis Club The Rangimarie Tennis club is looking for new members. The club meets every Sunday between 2pm and 5pm, at the Astroturf courts at Martin Luckie Park in Lavaud St, Berhampore. Subs are only $60

a year and members can also purchase a key to the court gates to get in some extra practice.  For more information call Geoff on 383 4946.

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Wellington involved with ‘100 Resilient Cities’ By Fiona Donnellan

Wellington City Council has this week announced its involvement with ‘100 Resilient Cities’ - A project pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation in New York. Dubbed, ‘Resilient Wellington’, the project is dedicated to building urban resilience, and is designed to help cities survive and thrive in the 21st century. Wellington will see a cut of a $230 million plus fund towards the effort, along with 99 other chosen cities, like London, Bangkok and Rio de Janeiro. Wellington was selected from more than 700 applicants from around the world. Wellington Mayor Celia WadeBrown says knowing your neighbours, robust infrastructure and healthy natural systems are all part of the multifaceted nature of resilience. At the first in a series of workshops that took place this week at Te Papa the mayor says, “The ‘Resilient Wellington’ workshop

follows extensive investment by Wellington City Council in making our city more resilient through seismic strengthening, raising community awareness, and reducing climate change emissions. “We will take findings from the workshop and develop a comprehensive resilience strategy that will focus our financial resources as effectively as possible and encourage organisations and citizens to build Wellington's natural, social and economic resilience. Wellington will receive technical support and resources to develop and implement a resilience strategy, like financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government, technical support for development of a robust resilience strategy, and membership in a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other.  For more information see about-us.

TEA AND SCONES: From left, Laurie Penney, Michael Taylor and Colin Cameron enjoy tea and scones a morning tea on Tuesday.

Celebrating Senior Week A handful of people gathered for a special morning tea to celebrate Seniors Week at the Kilbirnie and Lyall Bay Community Centre on Tuesday. The United Nations’ International Day of the Older Person is recognised across the

world as a way to celebrate the contribution of older people. This event, was just one of many organised with older residents in mind. The community centre’s coordinator Beryl Smyth said seniors at Tuesday morning’s

get together enjoyed baking which was homemade by the centre’s management committee.  Seniors Week runs from Monday September 28 to Sunday October 4.









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