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A small community is rallying together after an elderly man lost everything in a ferocious house fire. Peter Blackwood’s Melrose home was gutted by fire on January 4. The 84-year-old said he was “gadding” around town when the fire. “I came back to bring my washing in and arrived home to find what had happened. “It was quite an astonishing sight.” The former postie had lived in his home on Hornsey St since 1969 and although his home was insured, his contents were not. Continued on page 2
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sign and layout of the cycleway. Last week, cycling advocacy group, Cycle Action Network, called on council to assess the bike lane. Patrick Morgan from Cycling Action Network said while the group were “big fans” of the cycleway, community concerns needed to be addressed. “There a re valid concerns about the Island Bay cycleway that need fixing. “These include positioning of parking by the medical centre, difficulty accessing some driveways, poor visibility, and width of the Parade affecting buses and wide vehicles.” Patrick said the council needed to complete a postbuild assessment and talk to Parade residents. He said if concerns were well founded, the council needed to
Cyclists are the latest in a long line of locals urging the Wellington City Council to address the community’s concerns over the Island Bay cycleway. As the cycleway takes shape, commentators continue to express concern over the design of the bike lane which stretches 1.5km along The Parade. Although some think the cycleway should be canned completely others would like to see the council address safety issues with the cycle lane. These issues include car parking in the suburb’s village, the width of the road along The Parade, issues with visibility and a confusing layout. Others have praised the de-
address them. Councillor Sarah Free was among those who voted in favour of the cycleway. However, she also agreed the community had some valid concerns. “My position is that there are definitely some valid concerns and we want to address them, but we will need to finish it and make a considered evaluation. “Because we haven’t got it quite right, there is a lot of negativity about it. Personally I would like to give it more of a chance and see if we can fix some things.” She said the community’s reaction was disappointing as it was reflective of the fact the council hadn’t got some of the design right. Sarah said the council would complete a safety audit of the
cycleway once it was completed. Southern ward councillor Paul Eagle said there was a level of anger in the community he had not seen before. “It clearly demonstrates that this is not the answer for Island Bay.” “People have a right to be angry because getting out of their driveway is a problem, parking at the medical centre is a problem, buying a bottle of milk at the local dairy is a problem.” He said there was no ownership over the cycleway. “At the moment it is the Island Bay cycleway, not Island Bay’s cycleway, which means we need to look at it from a new perspective.” Work on the cycleway is scheduled to be finished next month.
Wellington’s wackiest set to jump The annual Birdman competition will take place over Wellington Anniversary weekend. Birdman Wellington is a competition, which sees Wellingtonians dressed in wacky costumes, jumping off the Taranaki Street wharf. Event organiser Martin Wilson said this year’s prize is $200 to donate to a charity of
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Fog disrupts flights Airlines cancelled 57 flights on Sunday and about seven more flights were diverted as a blanket of fog covered Wellington city. The sea fog rolled in over the South Coast causing flights to be either delayed or cancelled. The fog had settled in by the early evening on Sunday and did not shift until 9am on Monday morning.
Altrusa Christmas Tree a success The Altrusa Club of Wellington presented 396 books to children of women using the services of the Women’s Refuge over Christmas. The books were placed under a Christmas tree at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie over the festive season by generous members of the community. Patricia O’Donnell said the club would like to thank all those who purchased books and placed them under the tree. She also made special thanks to Ruth and John McIntyre and the staff at the Children’s Bookshop, Gecko Press, who donated books and all those who donated money for books. Patricia also thanked the Brownies in the Kelburn pack, who made decorations for the tree.
Boost for bike riders The Communities on Bikes fund allocates up to $50,000 a year to projects that encourage people to ride bikes as an everyday transport choice. Projects can be events, activities, programmes, infrastructure or equipment. Christina Bellis of Frocks on Bikes said that the grants are a welcome boost for the four ‘cruisy rides’ over the summer months, including the annual ‘Love to Roll’ Valentine’s Day celebration. For more information head to wcc.govt.nz
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inbrief news Sight and Scent Artist Lee Jensen’s latest Toi Poneke exhibition ‘Soliflore’ features a series of exquisitely detailed, large scale photographs of white roses and oriental white lilies. With a background in graphic art and design, Soliflore: White Rose/White Lily is somewhat of a departure for Jensen, who has become increasingly fascinated with fragrance. Jensen will also be hosting a perfume workshop to share some of the knowledge he has acquired throughout his research. The exhibition will run from January 15 until February 5.
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Singapore Airlines set to land in Wellington Singapore Airlines is expected to announce their jets will soon be parking up at the Wellington Airport’s international terminal. It is said the airline will have four A330 wide-bodied jets visit Wellington airport each week expanding the new service it is offering from Singapore to Canberra. The service would add around 1000 seats per week to Wellington’s flight schedules. The new route is expected to spark debate on whether Wellington Airports’ runway should be extended by 300 metres. Should the extension go ahead, long haul flights direct from Asia to Wellington could be on the cards. The new jets could also show potential for other international routes to be mapped out.
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After a nail-biting wait, students across the country were able to check their NCEA results online last week. Local teenager Clare Lewis was among the 170,000 students to nervously log-in and check their results last Wednesday. The 18-year-old Brooklyn resident said she was pleased with her results, as they were just what she expected. Clare, who completed classics, history, English, music and religious studies for her final year at St Catherine’s College in Kilbirnie, said she had already passed her courses with an endorsement before heading into exams. An endorsement provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally well in an individual course. This year is the final time Clare will check her NCEA results, an experience she described as both “overwhelming and underwhelming”. “You feel relieved to have everything done. But it leaves you wondering if university will be a similar system to NCEA.” Next month, Clare will leave the nest and head to Otago University in Dunedin, where she will work towards a degree in Law and Performing Arts. “I’m really nervous about moving away from
home, but excited to be able to rely on myself a bit more without my parents. “I really wanted to do teaching for a long time… but I wanted to learn a bit more about other stuff first.” Following the release of NCEA results last week Clare said she was on the phone to friends to check in on how they fared. “There have been highs and lows. Everyone is just really proud of each other which I think is the nicest thing.” Marked NCEA exam papers will be returned to students from late January. After receiving marked papers, students are able to apply for reviews and reconsiderations of their results. Those students who sat New Zealand Scholarship exams will be able to view their results online from Tuesday February 9, and apply for reviews and reconsiderations until early March. National achievement statistics will be made available on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website as soon as they are prepared at the end of March. Do you have a son or daughter, or grandchildren, who were pleased with their 2015 NCEA results? Send us an email – news@ wsn.co.nz
Wellington city proves popular A recent survey shows inner-city living is becoming more popular, and Wellington City Council is on the right track with planning and investment as it focuses on growth in the area. In the council-led survey of central city residents, 85 per cent are happy living in the capital, while 90 per cent would
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Thousands to gather for GIVEAWAY: Wellington Pasifika Festival Wellington provided a snapshot of the cuisine of the Pacific. This Wellington Anniversary weekAkele said a variety of Niuean cuisine end Wellingtonians will have an would be on offer, including chop suey, opportunity to sample the tastes, Takihi (thinly slice taro and pawpaw sounds and sights of the capital’s in coconut cream) and Faikai Ika (fish Pacific community. traditionally cooked inside banana On Monday, thousands will flock leaves). to Waitangi Park for the annual WelOnce again this year, the festival lington Pasifika Festival. will also involve the Pacific Cuisine The Rev Tom Etuata and his wife Cook-Off. Akele moved to New Zealand from This year’s judges include wellNiue in 1968. known foodie, chef and food writer For the past four decades the pair, David Burton, the Laughing Samoans who live in Mount Cook, have conand Councillor Paul Eagle, bringing tinued to be actively involved in the their expertise and love of food to the table. Paul said the festival was one of the many highlights on the summer calendar for Wellingtonians, but judging the Cook-Off is one of his. “Every year the judging gets tougher, with the standard of kai getting better and better, but we’re professionals and we’re fully focused on the task in hand,” he joked. The Wellington Pasifika Festival, which is organised by the Wellington City Council, attracts more than 10,000 people each year. This year’s festival, which falls on Monday January 25, will include food stalls, free family-friendly activities and performances by traditional and contemporary Pacific artists – including headliner Che Fu – led by MCs the Laughing Samoans. The Wellington Pasifika Festival Chef and food writer Dave Burton, Tofiga Fepulea’i from the Laughing takes place on Monday January 25 at Samoans, Akele Etuata and Councillor Paul Eagle. Waitangi Park. Gates open at midday. Niuean community. The pair have also been involved in the Wellington Pasifika Festival since its inception. “We have been either involved or going along every year since it started,” Tom said. “But these days we head along as spectators. “It’s a chance to witness something that is half of New Zealand - we are a multi-cultural society - it’s about celebrating diversity and the Pacific Islands.” Tom and Akele said they believed the biggest draw card at the annual event was the variety of food, which
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Working group to collaborate with council over cycleway A small working group has been set up to collaborate with the Wellington City Council over community concerns with the Island Bay cycleway. At last week’s Island Bay Residents Association meeting, the association resolved to call on the Wellington City Council to immediately halt construction on the cycleway and hold a referendum on whether it should be redesigned. Following the meeting, councillor Paul Eagle met with chief executive of the council, Kevin Lavery. Paul said the resolution was discussed in detail with Mr Lavery and the council’s chief asset officer, Anthony Wilson. He said while construction
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There would also be a stall at the Island Bay Festival ‘Day in the Bay‘ on February 14 for residents to highlight any concerns. Vicki said the deadline for the survey is Monday, February 15 and results will be available from February 19. She said the survey would only be open to residents of Island Bay. Paul said it was an opportunity for residents to have their say. “It is a chance for them to voice their concern and detail and issues they have. I would encourage every resident in Island Bay to join the residents association and get involved.” Vicki agreed, adding, “it’s very very important that people take part in the survey and have their say.”
Thursday January 21, 2016
Albatross released back into the wild A nationally vulnerable Northern Royal Albatross, or Toroa, that was receiving care at Wellington Zoo has been released back to the wild with help from the Maritime Unit of the Wellington District Police. After arriving with a very low body condition and a deep injury to its
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Capital E will celebrate Wellington Anniversary Weekend with a detective themed scavenger hunt along the capital’s waterfront. This Sunday, along Queens Wharf, children aged four and up will be invited to solve riddles, find clues and dress up as their favourite detective in hopes of winning spot prizes at Capital E’s Great Scavenger Hunt. Capital E spokesperson Pippa Drakeford says the annual event is perfect for children of all ages. She says for the first time this year the event will have a detective theme, which will require children to problem solve and investigate to find hidden treasures. “We’re expecting 1200 to 1300 people to attend. We think that the great detective theme will help spice up the much-loved event.” This will be the sixth year Capital E has run its scavenger hunt. The non-profit
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Big changes for Newtown food warehouse By Nikki Papatsoumas
Many locals may be curious about the fate of the Mediterranean Food Warehouse, after it closed its doors to customers earlier this month. Owners of the Newtown store have revealed the shop is closed for renovations before it will reopen next month with a new look, new food, and more. The Mediterranean Food Warehouse was established in 1999 by brothers Joe and Gino Cuccurullo. The site has undergone many changes over the last 16 years. The warehouse initially began as an industrial building before it was converted into a shop, which now boasts a broad selection of diverse foodstuffs used in Mediterranean cooking. The brothers also introduced a cafe to the Newtown store, which has pumped out pizza to the masses over the last decade. Marketing co-ordinator Mikey Cody said the new-look Mediterranean Food Warehouse was set to open late February, early March. “Nothing is changing we are just doing a really big re-vamp of the store layout. The kitchen has been totally ripped out and the shop layout is getting re-done,” he said. Store owner, Gino Cuccurullo said he was excited to open up the store’s
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LETTERS to the editor Concerned reader Dear Ed, I always read the Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down column to see what is making readers happy (or otherwise). I was a little concerned to read the comments made in this week’s Cook Strait News by the 78- year old council flat tenant about the frequency of
inspections made of his/her flat by council representatives. I hope this tenant would be aware of those living-alone flat dwellers in the past who have died in their homes and not been discovered for some time. It should be reassuring for older people to know people
spect my flat to give a critique on my housekeeping skills - for example, imagine if photos were taken of dirty dishes and unmade beds and uploaded onto a ‘name-and-shame’ Facebook page - it was actually very reassuring to be made aware that such checks are being made on
Wellington’s vulnerable tenants on a regular basis. Better by far than reading of yet another unexpected dead body discovered in a Berhampore or Newtown council flat. Christine Swift Island Bay
Cycleway makes commute pleasant Dear Ed, I've been riding my bike on the completed sections of the Island Bay cycleway most days since they opened. It's made the southern section of my daily commute so much more pleasant – it's a relief to feel protected from the buses and dump-trucks. And I no longer have to play 'leapfrog' with the buses as they stop to pick up or drop off passengers. Thanks so much to everyone for adapting to the new road layout. I've been impressed with how quickly everyone's learnt to park in the new spaces and merge with people on bikes at the shops.
are coming to check on their welfare. Perhaps this tenant is under the impression that his/ her housekeeping standards are coming under intense scrutiny, and that this is the real reason for these visits. Although I personally wouldn't be overly keen on people coming to in-
People driving and passengers getting out of cars have all been really courteous so far. Thank you. I look forward to seeing the cycleway extended all the way to the CBD at some stage, so that the rest of my commute is as stress-free as the Island Bay section, and so that more people feel safe enough to bike to work if they want to. Eleanor Meecham Wellington
Dear Ed, I've been commuting from Island Bay to the city for work by bike for over five years. The new cycle way is fantastic. I feel much safer - no more car doors opening suddenly or impatient
and dangerous drivers to deal with. I am out of the way of the traffic which is good for me and them. Lesley Hanes Wellington
Cycleway means better health Dear Ed, It might comfort Heather Bevan (letter January 14) to know that the successful implementation of the Urban Cycleway Programme for Wellington will mean that today's children (her grandchildren
perhaps?) are likely to have better health. Many people have had the 'nimble' abilities stolen from them, by society's growing dependence on cars. As the Kiwi found millions of years ago, limbs not used tend to
stop working. Perhaps in 2066, fewer people will need to use an accessible car park, as they have taken advantage of active transport - walking and cycling. Steve Cosgrove Newtown
I will never know. I have even heard complaints from cyclists saying they feel they are unsafe on the cycleway. What a mess they
have made of our Parade. Denyse Cortes Island Bay
Cycleway a mess Dear Ed, Any resident in Island Bay other than cyclists will tell you they are unhappy with the cycleway. How this was ever passed
Disappointed Dear Ed, As one of the special voters along with many others whose final count got Celia Wade-Brown into office, and then
re-electing her a second term, I am very disappointed that she has sold-out to local big businesses, just like previous so called
Labour predecessor Fran Wilde. Celia Wade-Brown has failed to increase council pensioner flat demand and now her residue
Cycleway an inconvenience Dear Ed, I don’t know anyone who likes the Island Bay cycleway. Why was a large amount of rate-payers’ money wasted on this? What was the council thinking? The Parade was previously perfectly safe for cyclists; I used it without a thought. Now it is not
only inconvenient but also more dangerous for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Motorists have a narrow road that is hardly adequate for 2 buses passing; cyclists have to worry about confused pedestrians, and whether to deviate along the pavement where
directed or not, if there is a person in the way; pedestrians when crossing the road have to look out for cyclists, then cars then cyclists again, as they can’t easily see with the parked cars in the way. A Forrest Wellington
cycle-lane ship has grounded. But does Paul Eagle have the balls to take it on by himself? If he listens to us - then he could make
it. Otherwise local big business stalwart Lester may win. Martin Beck, Mornington
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Thursday January 21, 2016
HIGHS AND LOWS OF 2015
2015 sevensgoers dress to impress at Wellingtons annual HSBC Rugby Sevens event. PHOTO: Jeff McEwan, Capture Studios
Fans gear up for week-long Sevens event By Sharnahea Wilson
Wellington’s Civic Square will be humming in the lead up to this year’s Rugby Sevens tournament with a week-long festival. Civic Square will be transformed into the headquarters for the Sevens and the waterfront will become a hub of music, art, wine, food and craft beer for the first ever Seven Days of Sevens Festival. Deputy Mayor Justin Lester said he hopes the “carnival atmosphere” will make the Sevens event more family-friendly. “The nature of the event is changing to become more family-friendly. “We want to make it more about the sport this year.” Justin explained there would be
more for kids to enjoy this year including dress-up competitions and face painting. “My girls will be going as Anna and Elsa from Frozen,” he said. Wellington Hospitality Group Director Jamie Williams said restaurants and bars are excited to be part of the HSBC Sevens – one of New Zealand’s most colourful and vibrant sporting events. “We’re joining in the festivities with Queens Wharf Waterfront Summer Festival – ten days celebrating everything great about Wellington. “There will be craft beer, food trucks, wine, live music, and entertainment. “Sevens and Blackcaps games will be televised live on a five metre
THUMBS DOWN to the bizarre design of the Island Bay cycleway. It has made the relaxing Parade into a tight stressful drive through now. Including very tough for buses. The cycleway is on the wrong side of parked cars and way too wide, it’s a weird design. No one (even visitors) I have talked to like it. Plus the cost to do it must be outrageous.
big screen all along Wellington's iconic waterfront,” he said. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown called on everyone to join in the festivities and support their favourite teams. “Rugby fans, sports enthusiasts, horse-racing punters, workmates, flatmates and families, this is a week-long festival for everyone in the capital, locals and visitors alike,” she said. From January 23 to 29, fans will be able to unleash their superpowers at Rugby Sevens HQ through Level Up, Recharge and Refuel zones, complete with food trucks. The Seven Days of Sevens Festival will run from January 23 to 29 in the lead-up to the HSBC Wellington Sevens held on January 30 and 31.
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Dear Ed, Last Saturday I caught the 8.44am train to Paraparaumu. I heard a mob of chattering kids come on board. Throughout the journey they kept up an excitable chatter, never a swearword or curse (as appears the inevitable example in TV comedy shows), no teacher in sight. An addition to the group in Tawa had a big smile and appeared to be well received. I was so impressed by their cheerful atmosphere that I went over to compliment them on their good conduct. They told me that they were from Wellington College. It made me feel proud to be a Wellingtonian. Thank you young gentlemen, you made my day. Paul Franken Strathmore Park
Dear Ed, Whoever is responsible for the wheelie-bin recycle collection in Strathmore needs to get their act together. On a clear calm day the truck makes its rounds early. On a day such as last Friday with gale force northerlies the truck arrived mid-afternoon. By that time most of the bins in Raukawa Street had tipped over and spewed their contents into the street, something that was no doubt happening all over the suburb. It is a lot of extra work for the council to clean up the mess. I contacted the council but just received waffle about bins being the householders’ responsibility. Do they expect people to stand on the kerb all morning, clinging on to the bins? I no longer put our recycling out on a windy day but most people persist and it should be picked up as early as possible. N D McCabe Wellington
The Cook Strait News asked local councillors to reflect on their highs and lows of 2015. This week, Eastern Ward Councillors Simon Marsh and Sarah Free look back over a year been and gone and share their hopes for the year ahead. Councillor Simon Marsh What is your highlight of 2015? For Wellington, the announcement of convention centre/ film museum project, locally, I think we have achieved a safer Kilbirnie shopping centre and I’m pleased that Kilbirnie businesses have formed a funded association to work together. What is your lowlight of 2015? No real progress by the Transport Agency towards improving the traffic congestion around the Basin Reserve or a second Mt Victoria tunnel. Also the anguish that the Island Bay cycleway has caused. What are you most looking forward to in 2016? Starting the build on the convention centre and film museum with the associated jobs and huge potential for Wellington businesses, there are a few other projects I will be making some noise about such as Lyall Bay and I get satisfaction as a councillor when I can help people be heard. One more thing, I’m still trying to get into my wetsuit so that will be a major achievement.
Councillor Sarah Free What is your highlight of 2015? Definitely, the opening of the Leonie Gill Pathway in April, and seeing people enjoy it every day. Other highlights were the saving of St Christopher’s for the community and working with Kilbirnie businesses to further improve the shopping area. What is your lowlight of 2015? The repeated flooding in Kilbirnie and widespread storm damage to the coast. Solutions are not easy, but a lot of work is being done by our engineers. What are you most looking forward to in 2016? Hopefully, some better bus services including more bus shelters, getting on with cycling improvements for the eastern ward and seeing progress on the convention centre and film museum.
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Golf club celebrates 100 years By Nikki Papatsoumas
Past and present members of Mornington Golf Club will gather over the weekend to help celebrate the facility’s’ 100th birthday. The club is located on the Berhampore Golf Course, which last November also celebrated its 100th year anniversary. Like the golf course, the Mornington Golf Club is rich in history. Doctor Robert A Cameron, who helped establish the golf course, was also the first captain of the Golf Club which opened its doors in 1916. Current club president, Vincent Burke, said a weekend of festivities was planned for the milestone event. Celebrations would kick off on Friday evening with a mix and mingle night which will be attended by Rongotai MP Annette King, Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade Brown and local councillors. New Zealand Golf is also presenting the club with a 100 year commemorative plaque. On Saturday, a memorial golf tournament and a centennial golf tournament will take place, followed by a formal dinner for members past and present.
There will also be a ceremonial tee off with the club’s youngest member and oldest member. The weekend would wrap up with a family fun day on Sunday. Four years ago the Mornington Golf Club was faced with the prospect of having to close its doors, due to dwindling membership numbers and falling revenue. Vincent said he was proud to see how far the club had come. “We needed a bit of a shakeup, it was good for us… we worked out what our strengths were and what our weaknesses were and focused on that.” Among the clubs strengths was its cultural diversity, Vincent said. “We were always culturally mixed. We were the only club with a significant amount of Maori and Pasifika members in the region. We have a special unique membership. It is a real strength and an asset.” He said the premises had also evolved into much more than a golf club – offering tai chi, playgroups, bowls, bocce and numerous youth programmes. “We want to be able to use the facilities to support local clubs and groups. “It is a real pleasure to be able to do that.”
Mornington Golf Club president Vincent Burke and vice president Ray Tuffin have planned the facility’s centennial celebrations for this weekend.
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Wellington will hold its first half triathlon in 25 years this Sunday. This weekend over 400 athletes are expected to participate in the Wellington Half, which is being held in celebration of the Scorching Triathlon’s 100th race. The Scorching Triathlon is held nine times a year in Miramar and involves a 1000m swim, a 45km cycle and a 10.5km run along the waterfront. Despite the name, the ‘half’ triathlon is actually double this distance. This year will be the first time since 1992 Wellington has held a race of this size. Race director Daryl Bloomfield said demand for the event has been huge
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The annual “Capital Classic” meet will take place on Friday, January 22 at Newtown Stadium from 4.30pm. The meet will include 16 track events, including the 3000m Senior New Zealand Champs. As well as this New Zealand reps, Nick Willis, Phoebe Edwards and new Pole Vault sensation Eliza McCathney will all be participating on the day.
Lyall Bay claims Central Region Champs title coming to her home city. “I've done that distance quite a bit before but it's just really special to be able to do that distance in Wellington.” The event is special to her for another reason. “It’ll be my 34th birthday on the day.” What does she say for those who are thinking of joining? “You see triathletes from all abilities it’s not just for the super speedy serious people there's a really encouraging environment for people who are doing their first race.” Beginner options are also available for the race with the shortest involving a 100m swim, a 6km cycle and a 1.2km run. The race will begin at 7am this Sunday at Scorching Bay Beach.
Over 250 athletes from 16 Surf Life Saving Clubs took part in the 2016 Central Region Championships at Waimarama Beach on Saturday. Lyall Bay finished top of the club points table to take the title from last year’s winners, Paekakariki. Lyall Bay finished with a massive 126 points, well clear of East End in second place with 86 points. Fitzroy claimed third with a total of 47 points. Event Manager Jacob Davies said this year’s event was one of the best in years. “The event has been growing steadily over the last three years and this year didn’t disappoint. There was a great turnout with some fantastic racing from our juniors through to seniors. It was also the perfect opportunity for our local athletes to test themselves ahead of the national champs in March.”
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For Wellington south residents looking for a chance to give back to the community, Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home has the answer. Become a friend of the home’s elders. Kilmarnock Heights Home always welcomes volunteers and there is a wide range of activities people can get involved in. Recreation team leader Annelize Steyn explains that volunteers help bring more variety and spontaneity into residents’ lives. “The elders at Kilmarnock Heights Home have given a lifetime of skills and knowledge to our communities. They have amazing stories to tell, skills to share and they love to see new faces around their home,” Annelize explains. Volunteer roles include driving the home’s van on outings, supporting residents to continue with hobbies like gardening and crafts, providing entertainment, pampering, caring for the animals or bringing in their pet to visit, playing music, taking residents to their local club meetings or simply spending one-on-one time with the residents. Annelize says people are often surprised they can bring their children to volunteer with them. “We love having children visit – for many of our residents their faces light up when children come to spend time at their home.”
Kilmarnock Heights Home volunteer Brigid Kean brings her two-year-old daughter with her to visit the home, and says her daughter loves all the attention she gets. “I was wondering what type of volunteer work there could possibly be where you could bring a child with you, but I saw that Kilmarnock Heights Home was looking for parents to bring in their children – it was perfect.” Brigid says the relationships they have formed with the home’s staff and residents are what makes volunteering at Kilmarnock Heights Home so rewarding. “We’ve built up relationships with the residents and many have watched Jeanie growing up. She wasn’t even crawling when we first came in and now she’s walking. We’ve become part of the family.” Kilmarnock Heights Home is situated at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore. The home sits at the end of a long driveway, so staff recommend volunteers have their own transport. PBA For more information about volunteering at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home call 0508 TO HELP (0508 86 4357). Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central. Visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz to learn more.
Published on Jan 21, 2016