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For the birds

By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local boy is asking for support after his love of birds led him to sign up for Forest and Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition. Kingston resident, 12-year-old George Hobson, says he absolutely loves birds and in particular, native New Zealand birds. He says he discovered his passion for the feathered creatures after

taking care of a friend’s cockatiel about a year-and-a-half ago. George’s love of birds is what encouraged him to become involved in Forest and Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicked off on October 5. Now in its eleventh year, the competition raises awareness for New Zealand’s much loved native birds and the threats they face. Continued on page 2

George Hobson is campaigning for the Banded Dotterel to be crowned Bird of the Year. He holds a photo taken by Peter Reese.


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The five flag options in the upcoming referendum are now flying above the Wellington Town Hall. The flags were hoisted on the Civic Square side of the Wellington Town Hall on Monday. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said it allowed the public to view the flags “in action” and helped them make a more informed decision on the merits of each design. “Flying the five alternatives as well as the current New Zealand flag provides an opportunity for Wellingtonians to compare each when they are fluttering in a brisk capital breeze. “We’ll be able to choose which of the designs looks best

in action, instead of just in print, online or on screen. “This will help the public make an informed decision about the choices in November.” The current New Zealand flag will continue to fly atop the Municipal Office Building in Civic Square. Under the process set by the government, New Zealanders can vote in a postal ballot in November to choose their most preferred design. A second referendum in March 2016 will pit the winning design against the current flag.  Do you think New Zealand needs a new flag? Send us an email –

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The five flag options for the upcoming referendum fluttering above Wellington’s Town Hall.


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Continued from page 2 “I found out about it from a friend about a month before the competition started. We had just been out to Eastbourne where there are Banded Dotterels nesting. “I took photos they were really cute and I really liked them.” It was then that George decided to sign up as campaign manager for the Banded Dotterel in this year’s competition. George has since set up a Facebook page, a Twitter page and a website. He is now asking the community to get behind his plight and help see the Banded Dotterel be crowned Bird of the Year. The young boy’s passion for birds has seen him soar to new heights in the Wellington birding community. George is a member of the central passerine banding group and is one of the founders of Young Birders New

Zealand, a club he has started up with three friends. Together the group has created a website and they release an online magazine once every two months. “The club is to get more people involved in birding. Currently we don’t have many young birders in New Zealand and we need more because it will die out otherwise.” George has also landed the job of youth ambassador for Zealandia and he is training to lead tours around the sanctuary. He is also the youngest person to ever lead a night tour at Zealandia. George is asking everyone to jump online and help see the Banded Dotterel be crowned Bird of the Year. He said because they were particularly vulnerable, he hoped winning the competition would help create a strong profile.

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Stalwart recognised for his work in the community By Nikki Papatsoumas

A community stalwart has been recognised for eradicating graffiti and reducing crime in his neighbourhood. Former Mount Victoria resident Grant Burley was the recipient of one of 11 2015 Safety in the City awards. The annual awards are presented by the Wellington City Council. He was presented his award by Wellington City Councillor Justin Lester, and Police Operations Commander, Inspector Terry Van Dillen, at a ceremony earlier this month. Grant said about four years ago he noticed the amount of vandalism and anti-social behaviour there was in Mount Victoria, where up until recently he lived with his family. “Our neighbourhood was a real mix of people, families, elderly folk, students, young professionals. Because of that you attracted a massive range of individuals into the area.” Grants said he decided to do his bit after he got “fed up” with unsightly graffiti and vandalism in the area.

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Quake shakes lower North Island A 5.7 magnitude quake rattled the lower North Island around 9pm on Monday night. GeoNet said the quake was centred 15km east of Pongaroa at a depth of 23km. The quake was described as “severe”. On the GeoNet website, almost 6000 people reported feeling the tremor. Despite this, no damage was reported as a result of the quake.

Grant Burley receives a Safety in the City award from Wellington City Councillor Justin Lester and Police Operations Commander, Inspector Terry Van Dillen.

“Once you have graffiti it attracts other kinds of behaviour whether it’s smashing bottles or breaking into cars.” Through engaging with his community, Grant was able to minimise crime and anti-social behaviour by eradicating graffiti

in the area. “It was about safety and trying to reduce crime, as well as a general feeling of wellbeing in the community. Grant said his story highlighted how easy it was for others to make a difference in their neighbour-

hoods. “It was a self-serving interest because I was fed up with it. I wasn’t doing it for any other person other than I had had enough. “Hopefully it will encourage other people to do something similar.”

Kilbirnie supports BID model Kilbirnie businesses have voted in support of the Business Improvement District model. Business Improvement District (BID) is a policy which allows local businesses to invest in projects and improvements that will support economic development in the area. A poll to gauge support for a new targeted rate to fund a BID closed early this month.


The result returned last week showed 64 per cent of local businesses were in support of a BID proposal. Of the 209 eligible voters, just 34 per cent took part. However, for a BID to be approved under the policy, at least 25 per cent of those eligible to take part need to vote and a majority of those must be in favour. Once a BID is approved, Wellington City Council will

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porting this BID proposal, so it’s good to see it heading in the right direction – and we hope other business communities follow suit. “Suburban centres in Wellington have so much to offer, but sometimes they just need a helping hand, and to recognise that collectively they can achieve so much more.” Miramar and Khandallah have previously adopted the BID framework.

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Basin Reserve Fire Firefighters were called to the scene of a scrub fire at the Basin Reserve on Sunday. Although the fire caused some disruption to traffic, no one was injured and there was no damage to any of the cricket stands. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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An Island Bay student on his way towards becoming a teacher has just been awarded a prestigious scholarship. Tala Moemai was one of eight students in Wellington to receive the inaugural Kupe Scholarship. Thirty high achievers within the Maori and Pasifika student teaching community were awarded with scholarships this year, in the hopes they will make an important contribution to their whanau, hapu, iwi, fanau and communities as future teachers. The scholarships cover course fees, study allowances and will provide professional mentoring and

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Practice Manager at Peninsula Medical Centre What would Cook Strait News readers be shocked to know about you? Over the last six years my husband and I have designed three costumes which have been featured in previous WOW events.

What was your best ever holiday? I’ve had been to some wonderful places, but the best was my honeymoon in Santorini Island, Greece.

Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with? With WOW being such a recent event, top of mind is WOW designer, Susan Holmes.

What makes you smile? People in general, but especially my three children. They are 17, 14 and 12 and the language they use and the way they see the world makes for hilarious mealtimes!

What would your last meal on earth be? Something with sweetcorn and chocolate ... not together though!


Who are you inspired by? Before this role, I was working for 30 years in the mental health sector. I have been inspired by the team who designed and implemented the new Te Ara Pai Mental Health Support Services at Capital and Coast District Health Board. As part of these new modern services is a peer led Personal Connections services with peer educators – people who have experienced their own journey within mental health services and now educate others. The work they do is inspirational.

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What's next on your wishlist? Top of my to-do list is to finish upholstering a sofa at home, but top of my wish list is a family trip overseas.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: We asked Miramar Christian School students what they did over the school holidays.

Ellia Anderson, Year 5

Anokeena Benjamin, Year 7

Benjamin Pearce, Year 8

Joel Coates, Year 8

Phoebe George, Year 1

Pauls Matti, Year 5

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“I went go karting. I also had three friends over at my house. We played basketball and watched a movie and stayed up late.”

“We went up to Mount Ruapehu. I went on a snow camp. We went up the mountain on the first day and got our hire gear. I got lost twice. The first time I was by myself but found a companion. The second time I was lost I had friends with me.”

“I went to the Botanical Gardens and went on the flying fox. I went with my daddy and my two sisters.”

“Me and my family drove up to Tauranga. The worst part was driving up because it was nine hours and the best part was a lot of things. We got to see my grandma and go to a giant swimming pool.”

“My cousins and my family went go karting. We were driving around the indoor track. The fun part was going really fast the worst part was crashing. After that we went to mini golf.”

LETTERS to the editor

“I went to the swimming pools in Kilbirnie with my whole entire family. It was really fun.”

continued on page 14

Cycleways integral to transport system

Community divided

Dear Ed, Cycleways should be an integral part of our transport system for the following reasons; a bigger population means more cars, diminishing fuel stocks will cause price hikes, health consciousness will bring more cyclists, as the population gets older more people will take to jogging and walking and cycleways could also be used by cycle-driven rickshaws. Rather than wreaking havoc by encroaching on existing infrastructure, the council could reconsider

Dear Ed, I write in complete support of Rick Toogood (October 8) as I too (along with so very many others) would like to know just who these “numerous Island Bay residents” are that are in favour of this ‘accident waiting to happen cycleway to nowhere”! The village is a buzz with outrage and it is quite clear to me that the “silent majority” never believed that this madness would ever eventuate. Clearly the mayor and her supportive councillors are com-

another option, which is develop cycleways along the shoreline. The impending climate change will require upgrading our shorelines. No doubt the international community will provide some funding for this activity. So why not include cycleways and upgrading our drainage flaws into such projects or proposals. After all, our beaches could disappear due to rising sea levels. Peter Nand Kilbirnie

pletely out of touch with reality and the fact that they have actively encouraged the division of a community is unforgivable. It is abundantly clear that Island Bay is being used by council as some sort of peculiar social experiment – it’s a pity for council that it’s a suburb full of politically savvy and extremely bright and passionate people. I think they’ve had a gutsful and the seawall still remains unfixed! Looking so forward to the elections! Isabella Wishart, Island Bay

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Miramar woman launches new business By Nikki Papatsoumas

Kaeli Bunt, the mastermind behind Miramar business Gentle PC, has recently launched her second business, Voltz Gaming. The business allows gamers to have their computer rebuilt to suit specific games. This allows them to then play these games at an optimum speed and with optimum graphics. Kaeli says although she is not a gamer herself, her passion has always been building computers. Through Voltz Gaming she is now able to follow this passion and build game specific computers out of her Miramar office.

She says the idea for Voltz Gaming was born after she helped rebuild her sons computer. “Jamie my son was complaining about how his computer was not running the game he wanted to play.” She says after fixing his computer, she approached her colleague about whether they could market the service through Gentle PC. “But we thought why not just set up something new.” The Voltz Gaming website has been live for three months and Kaeli says they have since rebuilt a couple of computers. She says while she expects the business to grow, the real bonus is being able to do what she loves every day.

“I love what I do the workings of a computer have always fascinated me - how to get the best out of your system. “Building for games appeals to me more than anything because I can see the difference in the results. “People are so happy when they get their machine does what they want it to do.” She says she now hopes to see the business, which is in its early stage, take off. “I have not met anyone else who does what we do. We offer a real niche.”  For more information head to

Kaeli Blunt, the mastermind behind Voltz Gaming, in her Miramar office.

Online voting Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has announced that Wellington City Council is in the running to be among the first in the country to offer online voting, should the government agree to a trial during the 2016 local authority elections. The Wellington City Council is one of eight councils which have been selected for the trial. LGNZ President Lawrence Yule it was an important project and a key initiative which would

Director of youth services at Eastern Suburbs Youth Trust Lorna Gray and local artist Kenny-Jean Sidwell.

Helping children in need By Nikki Papatsoumas

A young woman has taken inspiration from her own experiences and is now hoping to raise money for children in need all across the world. Shobita Jones is the organiser of the ‘Through the Eyes of our Children’ event, which will take place this Saturday. Originally from India, Shobita moved to Wellington when she was 14-years-old. She said soon after moving to New Zealand both her parents ended up in hospital. Shobita soon became responsible for getting a job and taking care of her three siblings. Shobita said after struggling to get by for years, she now wants to help other youth who are facing the same struggles she did. This Saturday is International Day of Eradicating Poverty. To raise awareness all money raised at Saturday’s art exhibition and performance will be donated to children in Strathmore and also to orphanages in Tanzania and India.

Four teenagers from Strathmore will share their stories at the event. Children from Karunau Illam, an orphanage in India, will share their stories over Skype. Meanwhile, children from Tanzania have prepared a video which will be shown. As well as this a group of children from the Breakout Dance Club, which is part of the Eastern Southern Youth Trust, will perform a dance they have prepared. “I have put on other fundraisers prior to this but I felt not many people were really connected with what they were coming for,” Shobita said. “I realised how much of an impact it had to hear it straight from the children about their lives. “I really wanted to bring that to people… really inspire them and try to connect them to the kids.” ‘Through the Eyes of Our Children will be held this Saturday, October 17, from 6pm to 9pm at Macs function centre.  For more information and to purchase a ticket, head to

ultimately change the way many people vote in New Zealand. “People are undertaking more and more of their business online and, in my view, it is only a matter of time before the option of voting online is routine. A trial of this kind is beneficial both to local authorities and to New Zealand as a whole. Voters in the trial areas will still be able to cast votes by post if they wish but will also have the option of voting online.”

Mahia ngā mahi a ngā tamariki, hei apōpō ka tū hei Mahia ngā mahi a ngā tamariki, hei apōpō ka tū hei rangatira - Fulfill the needs of our children and rangatira - Fulfill the needs of our children and tomorrow they stand strong tomorrow they stand strong

provides a variety of provides a variety of play opportunities play heopportunities wāhi mō ngā he wāhitākaro mō ngā momo maha momo tākaro maha

builds relationships builds relationships between between local families familiesi ngā helocal tūhonohono he tūhonohono whānau i ngā whānau

promotes promotes family unity family unity he hāpai i te whānau he hāpai i te whānau

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Labour Weekend Launching the Hawkes Bay Famous Five!

Hawkes Bay is New Zealand’s Gold Coast and is fast becoming the place to be. Hawkes Bay has everything you need for a short getaway or family holiday. With its great climate, abundance of outdoor activities and fantastic accommodation options to suit all budgets, Hawkes Bay is New Zealand’s hidden gem. Now a group of five businesses have teamed up to launch the Famous Five in Hawkes Bay and show visitors the best of what the area has to offer, with some fantastic savings along the way.

Mohaka Rafting offers guests an unparalleled North Island day trip rafting experience. The stunning Mohaka River gorge has everything from scenic half-day grade 2 raft and duckie (inflatable kayak) trips, to the best grade 4/5 rafting New Zealand has to offer.

For a unique, stylish and memorable experience join a tour aboard the Hawke’s Bay Express! As the bell rings and the whistle blows you will feel yourself transported back in time to a first class train experience. Excursions, city tours, childrens tours, weddings and private hire.

Any visitors who complete all five of the Famous Five Challenges will be in to win a grand prize. While there will be standard terms and conditions for each operator, participants are asked to ‘pay it forward’. The challenge is transferrable and these businesses are encouraging visitors who can’t complete the challenge to pass their vouchers forward. Ana from Hooters Vintage and Classic Vehicle Hire says, “it’s a fantastic idea, if you can’t complete all five during your stay, or you’re only passing

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Safer Boating Week is to remind and encourage boaties about being safe on the water. Prep your boat – have the engine serviced, remember the battery, give the boat a good all over check Check your gear – make sure your lifejackets are in good condition and children’s lifejackets still fit. If you have inflatables it’s a good time to service them, check expiry dates on fire extinguishers and flares Know the rules – know the give way rules, carry lifejackets on all vessels and wear them on vessels under 6 meter, obey the 5 knot rule and always travel at a safe speed. In Wellington we have rapidly changing weather so checking the forecast and watching for changes while are on the water are also import. There is more information on including links to videos on correctly fitting lifejackets and how to service inflatable jackets.

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Thursday October 15, 2015

Equipment coordinator John Digney kneels beside a few of the pieces of equipment which regularly go missing from Wellington Regional Hospital.

Plea for missing equipment to be returned Every year more than $130,000 of hospital equipment is walked, carried or wheeled from hospitals across Wellington, never to be returned. Equipment supervisor Paul Allen said for every 200 pieces of equipment that leaves Wellington and Kenepuru Hospitals, only 1800 pieces come back. Lost items include wheelchairs, walking frames, cushions, shower stalls and toileting equipment. “When this equipment doesn’t

come back it means another patient is missing out, and can delay them from being able to get back into their own homes. “A new wheelchair costs around $500 – money we would rather spend on new equipment for our patients than replacing stock we already have.” This month Capital and Coast District Health Board is running its equipment amnesty. This means anyone who had anything loaned which they forgot

to return, no matter how long ago, they can bring back – no questions asked. Anyone who has borrowed equipment past its return date but still needs it is asked to call the service so an extension can be arranged.  Equipment can be returned to Wellington and Kenepuru Hospitals, the Kapiti Health Service, or Compass Health GPs. Alternatively call 04 918 6334 for pickup.

Restrictions set for freedom camping By Nikki Papatsoumas

Tighter restrictions are set to be imposed on a freedom camp ground in Owhiro Bay. There are currently two restricted freedom camping sites in Wellington. One of these sites is the car park at the entrance to the Te Kopahou Reserve in Owhiro Bay. Although it is not suitable for tents, the car park has limited room for self-contained and non self-contained campervans. Later this year the council will introduce new restrictions on the campground, after concerns were raised by local residents. Secretary of the Owhiro Bay Residents Association Tracy Street lives near the reserve. She said each morning she easily counts between 40 to 50 campers. She said issues with the camp site included the fact there were not appropriate facilities at the reserve to keep up with demand. She also said camping at the site

prevented Wellingtonians from enjoying the space. “When you walk around people it doesn’t feel like a beautiful public space, it feels like you are encroaching on a camp ground.” Open spaces and parks manager for the Wellington City Council, Amber Bill, said council had agreed to further restrictions on freedom camping at the reserve through the camping bylaw. From later this year, the area available for freedom camping will be reduced and will now fit approximately 12 campervans. “We are working through appropriate signs and identification of the area and once that is resolved will be in a position to enforce it,” she said. “Certainly we will want to take a friendly approach to this and will use appropriate social media channels to make sure the changes are well communicated to visitors.” Meanwhile, nearby Happy Valley Park has been selected by the Wel-

lington City Council as the best option for a low cost camping ground in the city and formal consultation is currently underway. Tracy said while residents were pleased with upcoming restrictions on freedom camping at the reserve, she believed council were now having to rethink how it would accommodate people who were no longer able to utilise the space. Amber said the Happy Valley campground proposal was part of what would be an on-going response to, and management of, ‘self-drive’ tourists and visitors to Wellington. “We have a clear demand for overnight camping accommodation in Wellington city and we expect this to continue to grow. “We are trying to provide solutions to this demand to provide places for visitors to stay which don’t adversely impact our natural environment, are safe, and also enable us to continue to welcome visitors to our city.”


Next step for Shelly Bay Wellington City Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee has recommended Shelly Bay become a special housing area. This means it would be easier for development to go ahead in the area. Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown said Shelly Bay’s owner, the Port Nicholson Trust, is developing proposals and the committee’s decision supports Maori economic development in the capital. “This council is energising appropriate redevelopment of this attractive area. “I envisage more people living, visiting, and enjoying the afternoon sun in Shelly Bay. I encourage developers to include a new ferry service between Queen’s Wharf and Shelly Bay.” The recommendation was in line with the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013 (HASHA). “Any proposals for development of the Shelly Bay site under HASHA will still require a resource consent and assessment against the existing District Plan.” The committee recommendations will go to full council before being put to the Minister of Building and Housing for a final decision. The Wellington City Council has recommended Shelly Bay become a special housing area.

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Dear Ed, Wellington is renowned for its winding narrow roads, so why is it as soon as there is a wide road the council does something to make it narrow. In the city the road in front of the Railway Station is three lanes, but when you turn into it from the western end, because of the islands placed down the middle, and the parking on the left side, you have a traffic build-up of cars trying to get into one lane, before it finally widens into the three lanes at the eastern end. Now we have The Parade, a wide safe street, which is going to be narrowed down very considerably with the mostly unwanted and not needed cycle lane, on the inside of parked cars, which makes the street into another Wellington narrow street. Heather Bevan Island Bay

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.

It has been another busy week of running about and catching up with the community. Once again I was lucky enough this week to talk to some amazing locals who are busy organising events, working hard and campaigning against issues in the community. A couple of people really inspired me this week. In particular I was blown away by young George Hobson. It’s always fantastic to meet people who are so dedicated to what they are passionate about and at just 12-years-old I think we are going to see amazing things from George in the years to come. Speaking to Shobita Jones was another highlight. Shobita is a young woman who despite her own struggles is always thinking of ways she can help other people. I encourage everyone to get behind both Shobita and George and support them with both their causes. In the meantime, please get in touch if you, or someone you know, has an exciting story straight out of the southern and eastern suburbs you would like to share.

Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to nikki@wsn. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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Run for Research this summer Wellingtonians are being encouraged to ‘Run for Research’ this summer. The iconic Cigna Round the Bays event is set to take place next February and registrations open on Monday. For the fifth year, anyone who registers to take part in the event can choose to make their run matter and join the Run for Research, one of the Malaghan Institute’s principal fundraisers. The Malaghan Institute is New Zealand’s leading independent medical research institute, their scientists are working hard to develop more effective immune-based treatments for our generation and the next. Money raised through Run for Research will directly help their dedicated scientists in their quest to find better treat-

ments and cures for diseases such as cancer, asthma and allergies. Shannon Eydt, from the Giving Team at the Malaghan Institute says “everyone is touched by the diseases the Malaghan Institute researches in some way or another and this is an opportunity for people to join together to fight back against diseases. “Every dollar makes a difference”. Anyone who registers for the Cigna Round the Bays event can sign up to Run for Research by creating their very own fundraising page where friends, family and colleagues can sponsor them.  For more information on 2016 Run for Research, head to http://supportourresearch.

A group of people who took part in last year’s Run for Research event.

Mass success for junior tennis players in Newtown Wellington Tennis Club in Newtown will start the junior interclub season on a high this month. Four of the clubs six junior teams have achieved promotion from last season. Wellington Tennis Club junior convenor David Chan said the club was very proud of the players and he was confident they would do well in the higher grades. “Their success reflects positively on their hard work over the year and on the coaching programmes that our coaches from Tennis Incorporated worked on with them.”

Promoted teams: Girls: Hot Shot Aces promoted from D1 to C2 Boys: Kiz Mi Aces promoted from B1 to A2 Ace Kickers promoted from Novice to D1 Ace Breakers promoted from Novice to D1

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