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Thursday, October 22, 2015
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By Nikki Papatsoumas
Magicians from across the world are sure to cast a spell over Wellington as they gather in the capital ahead of this weekend’s magic convention. Nopera Whitley is president of the Wellington Magicians Club and convenor of the upcoming Wellington Magic Convention, which will take place over Labour Weekend. “The Wellington Magic Club is putting on the convention, which will involve three days of lectures and workshops from eight world leading magicians.” SOUTHERN & EAST Those who attend the convention will have the opportunity to learn magic tricks and perfect their performanceSUBURBS and craft. Continued on page 2
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Nopera said this year’s convention was special because it was the first time the capital had played host since 1999. Around 150 magicians were expected to attend this weekend’s convention. “Our club has only been around for three years. Our intention is we want to make it regular in Wellington.” Local performer, Paul Bates, who goes by the stage name Zappo the Magician, is on the organising committee for this year’s convention. He is hosting a one-off family show at the Wellington Opera House, this Saturday afternoon, as part of the convention. Zappo has just been awarded New Zealand’s Best Children’s entertainer by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Incorporated. Saturday’s performance, Pure Magic, was sure to
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Wellington Zoo and Forest and Bird’s Wellington branch have joined forces on a targeted campaign to help protect the Little Blue Penguins. Wellington Zoo conservation manager Daniela Biaggio said hundreds of Little Blue Penguins, or Korora, call Wellington home. She said unfortunately dogs could sniff out the little birds and research had shown that dogs off leash are one of the major threats to their survival. This led the two organisations to start the Take the Lead campaign. “The Take the Lead campaign is about developing community awareness around Korora and the dangers they face, so that we can better protect them. “It’s really easy – all we ask is that people keep their dog on a lead around the coast.” The pilot campaign kicked off in May, ahead of the breeding season,
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Thursday October 22, 2015
Residents Association for Island Bay By Nikki Papatsoumas
The seaside suburb of Island Bay now has its very own residents association and members hope its inception will help unite the community and allow everyone to speak with one voice. President of the Island Bay Residents Association, Vicki Greco, says a small group has been working on establishing the association for the last three months. She says the association has since become an incorporated society and the group is now calling for more locals to get involved. “We look forward to returning Island Bay back to the wonderful friendly place it was, where the community worked together for positive outcomes.” She says she hopes the residents association will allow better communication between the Wellington City Council and the Island Bay community. “The idea is to get out into the community and find out what it is that people want for Island Bay.” The association currently
inbrief news Water Main Burst Disruption was caused to traffic after a water main burst in Kilbirnie, at the intersection of Rongotai Rd and Tacy St on Monday morning. A few nearby properties were also affected.
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has 15 committee members and 10 members. However, anyone who lives in Island Bay is encouraged to join, she says. “It is important the association works as a neutral voice… it is about what we want for Island Bay in the future, whether it is the sea wall or fixing up the park. “We intend to have a stall
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at the Island Bay Festival and we’ll have boxes around the community where people can put forward their ideas and thoughts about what they would like to see.” The association is also working with the team at the Cook Strait News to develop an Island Bay community page. Vicki says the first page,
which will highlight local events, issues and achievements, will run on October 29. Vicki says they already have a number of local businesses on board. “But if any other businesses would like to be part of sponsoring this page they should contact islandbayres@gmail. com.”
Despite the grey, windy weather, Mt Cook residents celebrated the suburb’s annual Spring Fling last Sunday. More than 150 locals showed up for the event at Papawai Reserve, which recently experienced a makeover from a group of residents, turning what was an unsightly waste ground into a green reserve. Coordinator of Mt Cook Mobilised, Carol Comber, thanked everyone who helped to make the event happen. “We hope to see more of you and your neighbours next time.” Carol said one of the most successful activities at this year’s event involved coloured
ribbons. The ribbons, each representing different neighbourhoods, were handed out for locals to wear. She said this helped people to identify and get to know people who lived close by. “It worked… there were plenty of good conversations, ideas and stories shared and new connections made. “It was a highly enjoyable way to spend what could have been a dismal Sunday.” Anyone who wants to be part of Mt Cook Mobilised, a community group for Mt Cook residents, email: email@example.com
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Residents warned “lock it or lose it” Police are warning residents to “lock it or lose it” after a recent spate of thefts from vehicles. Eight incidents of thefts from cars were reported on Friday October 9, 12 on Saturday October 10 and a further four thefts on Sunday October 12. Police said these thefts were largely attributed to one offender. A 25-year-old man was charged in relation to the offences and has now appeared in Wellington District Court. Detective Sergeant Richard Gibson said thefts from vehicles were a “curse on our city”. “People seem to underestimate just how quick and opportunistic thieves are. “You can literally turn your back for a moment and that is enough time for them to smash your window and take whatever you have left in plain view.” Mr Gibson said cameras, sports gear or spare change left in cars was an “open invitation” for thieves. “The inconvenience to you to report it to police, make an insurance claim and eventually replace the item, just isn't worth the risk,” he said. Mr Gibson said police had a strong message for offenders. “Crimes involving theft from cars is a high priority for us. We are committed to investigating every case, identifying every offender and holding them to account.” How to deter would be thieves: • Lock your car. Consider installing an alarm. • Take all valuables with you. If you must leave them in the car, lock them in the boot out of sight. • Park in well-lit areas.
Flamingoes flock to Island Bay By Nikki Papatsoumas
Island Bay residents may have noticed a flock of 20 pink flamingoes perched in their neighbour’s lawn. The hot pink birds have landed in the suburb to help Island Bay Kindergarten with their latest fundraiser. Island Bay mum and fundrais-
ing organiser Kate Scott said the flamingoes had settled into their new home in Island Bay for the kindergarten’s community spirited, fun, family fundraising initiative. “Over the next five weeks, the flamingoes will flock to kindergarten families’ homes and local businesses. “You won’t know when they
are going to arrive at your house, you’ll wake one morning and they’ll be on your front lawn. Kate says the kindergarten is asking families ensure the flamingoes move on from their property by making a ‘flocking donation’. “Families can also pay a premium to choose which family gets flocked next. Or buy insur-
Children from Island Bay Kindergarten with their new pink feathered friends.
ance so that they don’t get flocked at all. “We are also hoping local businesses and Island Bay celebrities will want to be flocked.” As well as this, every $5 donated, puts locals in the draw to win a number of fantastic prizes, Kate says. She says the fundraiser has so far created a “real buzz”. “It’s a nice way to lead into Christmas and get the families to know each other a little better.” All money raised will go towards completing the kindergarten’s outdoor playground project. As well as this, the kindergarten is selling a 2016 calendar, made up of photos of Island Bay, taken by locals. The calendars are being sold at the Koru Hub and the White Room Gallery in Island Bay. They can also be purchased from the kindergarten. For more information and to sign up to join in, go to: www. fundraisingflock.co.nz
Safer alternative this Halloween By Nikki Papatsoumas
The Salvation Army in Kilbirnie will once again host its annual Light Party this Halloween as a positive alternative to trick or treating. The theme of this year’s event is ‘All Star Light Party’ and kids are encouraged to dress up as their favourite sports stars. The event, which is hosted by the Salvation Army in Kilbirnie, will be held at the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre, Major Jeannine Serevi says. “For parents, at any other time of the year you say don’t take lollies from strangers. “Clearly there are people out there in the community that are not safe for kids to be around.
We think providing a safe environment is something that is really good for the community. “This way kids can come and have heaps of fun. They will still get lots of lollies and treats.” There will be a bouncy castle and slide, loads of sweet treats, a sausage sizzle, face painting and prizes for the children to win. Jeannine says thanks to the generosity of the local community the evening is completely free. “It has always been free and our aim is to always keep it free.” She said donations would always be welcomed. All Star Light Party, Saturday October 31 from 5pm to 8pm at the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre.
Jeannine and Joe Serevi with some of the treats children can expect at this year’s Light Party.
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Meet the Locals Wellington Zoo’s newest precinct, Meet the Locals, will open this weekend. Celebrating native wildlife, domesticated locals and New Zealand’s amazing unique environment, Meet the Locals will house a variety of animals including Little Blue Penguins, Sheep, Kunekune pigs, bees, eels, Grand and Otago Skinks, Maud Island Frogs and Kea. The opening of Meet the Locals will be celebrated with a bumper Aotearoa New Zealand themed opening weekend over the three days of Labour Weekend, with a host of talks and activities. For more information head to www.wellingtonzoo.com
Ball therapy at Kilmarnock Heights Home A new informal therapy, introduced by a resident of Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home, is proving popular with residents of the Berhampore rest home. For years Johnnie Wood has experienced the benefits of 'ball therapy', which involves simply bouncing, catching and playing with bouncy balls. “We do it when we have spare time at the home - it’s about improving hand-eye coordination and keeping active,” says Johnnie. “We throw and catch the balls and bounce them in time to music. The balls we use are easy to grip and catch, and they bounce beautifully.” At first some of the residents didn’t think they would be able to grip or catch the balls, but after the first session they were surprised with what they could do, plus they had fun doing it. “People are in fits of laughter
because the balls bounce about unpredictably. It’s a bit of fun,” says Johnnie. Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Annelize Steyn says as a result of the sessions the home has seen improvements in resident's coordination and confidence. “Decreasing hand function is associated with aging and there can be changes in coordination, so the ball therapy is a way of helping to improve this,” explains Annelize. “Residents get huge enjoyment and energy from the sessions – the laughter in the room is infectious. It often sparks memories of childhood too, even amongst those with memory loss.” The spontaneous ball therapy sessions have been so successful that Johnnie received recognition at Enliven’s annual Quality and Innovation Awards. Annelize explains that Johnnie was
Kilmarnock Heights Home residents enjoy ‘ball therapy’.
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Beach wheelchair now available
An all-terrain beach wheel chair is now available for hire at Freyberg Pool, free of charge. The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, in partnership with the Wellington City Council, has purchased a Hippocampe beach wheelchair. The wheelchair was officially
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New mural for school By Nikki Papatsoumas
A mural on the grounds of a local school was designed to represent a little bit of “home”. The mural, at Kahurangi School in Strathmore, was designed and completed by local artist Sheyne Tuffery. Sheyne spent six weeks completing the art work on a sports wall in the school’s field called “Home” throughout July and August. He said he was originally approached by a parent at the school and was more than happy to jump on board. The mural tells the story of the area and is peppered with small icons significant to Strathmore and the school grounds. The mural includes; a kete, to represent knowledge and growth; elements of flight because the school is close to the airport and state houses. Sheyne said the children were “really inquisitive”. “I’m really happy. It’s the first time I have done a double sided one. Because of where it is you can see it from everywhere.”
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He said the mural was “win win”. “It helps get rid of graffiti, brightens up the place and people learn a thing or two usually.” Kahurangi School principal Kyran Smith said it was exciting for students to have the opportunity to watch a real artist at work.
“I think it is really great to have art in our environment. Art can often be internal…but when it is external more people get to appreciate and it gives that vibrancy outside.” She thanked Wellington Methodist Charitable and Educational Endowments, for funding the project.
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Volunteers make historical house home Wellington’s historic Truby King House will be leased to Conservation Volunteers New Zealand. This comes after a recommendation by Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee. The house was built by Truby King, the founder of the Plunket Society, in 1923. The area was acquired by the Wellington City Council in 1990 and includes the house, gardens and mausoleum. Conservation Volunteers recruits volunteers from New Zealand, Australia and around the world to join important environmental and wildlife conservation projects. Andrew Gregg, General Manager for Conservation Volunteers New Zealand, said he was thrilled the council
had allowed the organisation to lease the house. “Truby King House is a historically significant house so we plan to ensure it looked after with the care it deserves. “First thing we will be doing is recruiting a custodian to look after the house and work on the goals set out in the council’s management plan.” Wellington City Councillor Iona Pannet said the organisation’s proposal would ensure there was a sustainable use for the house. She said by appointment the public would still be able visit the house and use the boardroom for community events or seminars. An annual open day would also still be held, allowing public access to the heritage areas of the house.
Edward Tregidga and Andrew Gregg from Conservation Volunteers, Alex Greig, John Warren and Nick Jennings from the Truby King Trust and Wellington City Councillor Helene Ritchie.
Pam Morison and Andrew Black hold one of the re-discovered postcards showing the house where their ancestor William Morison lived in Island Bay, while a painting of him looks on. PHOTO: Bridget Grace
Ninety-year-old Island Bay postcards unearthed By Bridget Grace
A chance rifle through old boxes has unearthed four 90-year-old postcards of Island Bay, which are so unique they will soon to be added to the National Library’s collection. Two of the 1920s postcards show the house where Kilbirnie optometrist Andrew Black’s great great grandparents William and Mary Morison lived. Andrew’s father Brian Black says his brother unexpectedly surprised the family with his discovery. “We were all having dinner together and he produced these and said look what I’ve found.” He believes his brother knew of the postcards, but the box had been sitting around “for a long, long, time”, Brian says. The family believes Andrew’s grandmother Rose was responsible for the historical stash as she was an avid photographer. The family ancestor William Leslie Morison, who lived in the house, was an artist and sculptor who taught both Rita Angus and Francis Hodgkins, says Brian’s cousin Pam Morison. “He must have been quite intelligent and pretty gifted,” Pam says. William, Scots born, was one of the earliest sculptors to live and work in New Zealand, and resided in Wellington until his death in 1935. He was responsible for the plasterwork in the St James Theatre, and crafted the statue of the nude woman and the cherubs adorning the ceiling. A mix of lime plaster reinforced with cow hair was used.
Family provided the inspiration, with Brian’s grandmother Nan modelling as the nude, and Brian’s Uncle Bill as the cherub, who was conveniently in a high-chair at the time. “Uncle Bill with the skinniest legs,” recalls Brian laughing. In 1894, William became the first local artist commissioned to sculpt a public statue in New Zealand. His statue of Presbyterian Minister Dr Donald Stuart still sits in Queens Garden in Dunedin. Due to the absence of foundry facilities in New Zealand, the plaster model had to be shipped to England for casting in bronze. The family is unsure how financially successful William was, but Brian says he created much bronze work. “They must have earnt him a few bob, particularly these big bronzes,” he says. William was also a member of the Pumpkin Cottage Club, a bohemian group of Wellington artists who used to gather at a cottage in Silverstream Upper Hutt and paint. William’s wife Mary was known for her assistance to the local Italian community in Island Bay. As an Italian-speaker, she helped families fill out the immigration forms to bring their relations out from Italy. The other two re-discovered postcards show a general view of Island Bay looking southwest. All the postcards depict black and white photographs as was the style of the time, and were also known as ‘photocards’.
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Welcome Mr Boyce By Nikki Papatsoumas
Miramar Christian School has welcomed a new principal this term. Kevin Boyce has joined the school, which teaches students from year 1 to 8, after leaving Avondale School in Christchurch. He spent much of his career in Christchurch and helped re-build the roll at St Michael’s School following the 2011 earthquake. As part of his role at Miramar Christian School, Kevin will spend time with some of the school’s students in the classroom.
He said his philosophy focused on four aspects – academic, cultural, sport and spiritual. Kevin is not new to the Wellington area. He was the head of Scots College Primary School for seven years earlier in his career. He said he was excited to hit the ground running and settle into his new role. “Systems are well in place. This is a school that’s humming. “The school has a very caring and dedicated staff and you’ve got some lovely students who have been very polite and friendly. Parents too, have been very warm in their welcome.”
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In November last year four of Ireland’s most celebrated musicians travelled to New Zealand to collaborate with Kiwi band Trinity Roots. Together the performers have now come up with the Motu : Oileain project, which explores the parallels in culture, history and tradition. Tomorrow night the two groups will once again collaborate to perform a live show at Old St Paul’s in Wellington as part of a nationwide tour. Translated, Motu : Oileain means ‘islands’ in Te Reo and Irish respectively. Trinity Roots’ Warren Maxwell says when their Irish cousins visited last year they worked on tracks and a concept. “There is always that fear or risk that these sorts of collaborations will be shallow or token. You have to make sure you go deep.”
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Students among those to ‘drop, cover and hold’ By Nikki Papatsoumas
Students at Houghton Valley School were among the 1.4 million Kiwis who signed up to drop, cover and hold last Thursday for ShakeOut. Last Thursday was the international ShakeOut Day of Action
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the kids, it’s a serious issue, but when you are having a bit of fun and getting out in the environment it really helps support their learning.” The whole school also gathered to list items they would expect to see in an emergency back pack. Jason Paul from Wellington
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Cheerleaders set for Auckland competition The new Worser Bay Boating Club clubrooms are expected to be in place by summer of 2017.
Boating club has eyes set on new building By Nikki Papatsoumas
Members of the Worser Bay Boating Club are continuing with plans to see brand new clubrooms completed by the summer of 2017. The shed walls on the existing building in Worser Bay were damaged in the April 2013 storm, the building cladding is deteriorating and the roof is becoming vulnerable in high winds. Commodore for the Worser Bay Boating Club, Dean Stanley, said the plan for the rebuild started two years ago. The club has since created a set of initial designs for a new building on the existing site and has also been granted resource consent for the project from the Wellington City Council. He said the club was now explor-
ing ways to raise the $2 million needed to fund the new building. “As we make progress with the operational plans for the building we are also raising the funds that are needed for construction.” This would include approaching local businesses for support as well as applying for grants from organisations such as Sport NZ, the Wellington City Council and Lion Foundation. Dean said he hoped the new facility would be “more than a yacht club”. He said the vision was for the new building to be used by a broad cross section of the community and the club had completed feasibility investigations to determine what these uses might be. “The building will be a hub
for the community, a centre for competitive and fun club sailing and a place where Worser Bay Boating Club can continue to grow world-class sailors. “We have started conversations with local residents associations… around what we need in the facility for the community to use it. We have started conversation with Miramar BID about what sort of facilities businesses would like.” Dean said the club was aiming for the facility to be built in time for the 2017 summer season. In the meantime the club continued to celebrate its successes. Four of the club’s high performing sailors will be recognised in the New Zealand Yachting Excellence Awards, which will be held later in November.
By Nikki Papatsoumas
The All Star Victory Cheerleaders are busy training hard for an upcoming competition. Julie McLeod was called in to take over the failing Wellington squad of All Star Cheerleading in February. Less than one year later, the squad, which is based in Newtown, has more than 30 members. Julie said the squad has continued to grow. In August, all three teams competed and placed in the Capital Challenge Competition, which was held in Porirua. Now the same three teams from Newtown are gearing up for the Cheerbrandz International Cheer and Dance Competition, which will be held in Auckland on October 31 and November 1.
Teams from all across the country, as well as teams from Australia, will compete at the Auckland competition later this month. Julie said it had been a successful year for the city based squad, which also has a branch in Kapiti. “We have great new families who have really brought into it. They have really taken cheerleading on.” She encouraged more people to try out for the squad and try something new. “It is just a question of people needing to know what we do and where we are. “We are not all about pompoms. We are athletic with tumbling and dance. Only a tiny part of it is actually dance.” For more information go to allstarcheerleaders.co.nz
SPORTS TRUST SPONSORED BY MIRAMAR & KILBIRNIE THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED $10,640 IN SEPTEMBER 2015 TO EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS, KINDERGARTENS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND SPORTS CLUBS ETC.
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Track cycling goes from strength to strength Track cycling in Wellington is going from strength to strength, with more riders confirming they’ll be targeting the coveted Burkes Cycles Speed League titles. The Burkes Cycles Speed League begins on November 1 at the Wellington Velodrome in Hataitai and will take place every Sunday from 4pm to 6pm through to the end of March 2016, with a break over Christmas. Co-organiser Nick Warren says since the league’s inception, participation in track cycling has increased by 23 per cent and the number of prize categories has doubled. As well as this, road cyclists are adding track cycling to their training and racing programmes to finesse their tactics and speed, he says. In 2016, new trophies will be up for grabs for girls and boys in the under 13, 15 and 17 categories, in addition to overall men’s and women’s titles and The Lanes
Sprint Ace. Defending open champion Max Uivel can expect a hefty challenge from Grant Perry who is on the comeback trail after breaking his collarbone in training, as well as local powerhouse Dan Waluszewski and code crossing star, Brendon Sharratt. Meanwhile, in the women’s category, Lisa Hunkin will want to avenge her close 2015 loss to Ele Pepperell, while New Zealand representatives Holly Blakely and Ione Johnson are expected to make regular appearances. Nick says the league focuses on access with cheap entry fees, and grades and handicapped events to suit all abilities. “We pride ourselves on putting on very well organised, fun but competitive racing.” For more information, visit www. pnp.org.nz/track, or head to the Wellington Velodrome Facebook page.
The Burkes Cycles Speed League begins on November 1. PHOTO CREDIT: Rachel Anderson-Smith
Kerrill strikes again By Nikki Papatsoumas
A gifted ten pin bowler has added another two medals to her belt. K ilbir nie resident Ker r ill Harkniss has recently returned from the South Island Masters Games with a bronze and silver medal.
Kerrill has been bowling for nearly two decades and has been competing in the Masters Games for the past five years. “I just love being able to go in and bowl the skittles and play with people.” Kerrill says being able to travel this year was extra special after
Kerrill Harkniss won a gold and bronze medal at the South Island Masters Games.
she fell sick. “I had a critical seizure in which I nearly died so it was amazing to be able to go. It was a little bit scary. I guess I was just lucky to be able to get there when I did.” Kerrill says she puts in practice at Bowlarama in Newtown whenever she can.
However, she has another secret weapon up her sleeve. “I practice on my cellphone. It has helped me bowl amazingly.” Kerrill says she wouldn’t have been able to travel to this year’s games without the support of her family and Pak’n Save Kilbirnie, who sponsor her.
Berhampore Golf Course Turns 100! Try out Golf, Bowls (indoor and outdoor), Bocce, and the First Tee
Mornington Golf Club Multi Sport Complex offers you a vibrant sporting and social atmosphere that exists amongst members and a warm welcome that is extended to visitors. We have a dedicated team to deliver golf and many other sports to the highest level. We offer a high standard training area for golf. We offer a first class recreational facility supported by a strong
social calendar for members and their families. We encourage families to become part of the club, an important community focus and vision. The facility includes an allweather chipping and pitching area, putting, and soon to include four driving nets. Coupled to the all-weather area is a large putting surface surrounded by a pitching zone. In all areas we provide first class facilities for recreational
golf while maintaining a solid competition framework. The course has been developed to provide both a 9 & 18 format to cater for beginners through to the low handicap players. Plus a First Tee Programme for juniors, covering values and life skills. Mornington Golf Club currently has three teams in the Wellington Golf InterClub Competition. Mens, Ladies and Junior members welcome!
31 October 1pm to 4pm All Welcome!
Join in the fun 80 Stanley Street, Berhampore, Wellington I 04 389 6816 email@example.com I www.morningtongolf.co.nz
Published on Oct 21, 2015