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Thursday February 11, 2016

inbrief news Competition winners Congratulations to Diana Roy and Chris Tovey, who have each won a double pass to next weekend’s Wellington Wine and Food Festival. Thanks to all those who entered.

Big Dig The Rotary Club of Courtenay Place’s Big Dig Treasure Hunt will take place on Sunday, February 28 at Freyberg Beach. Cost is $5 per entry. There will also be a barbecue, icecream, candyfloss, face painting and other activities on offer.

School pool a summer success By Nikki Papatsoumas

said the pool had always been easily maintained until they ran in to “major problems” about six-years-ago. “We discovered a crack in the bottom of the pool and the plumbing for an upgrade of the toilets in the changing room came with a bill of $20,000.” Mike said after being denied money from Wellington City Council’s now defunct School Pool Partnership Fund, the Board of Trustees had to decide whether it was worthwhile investing money on the pool.

Students at Kilbirnie School are lucky enough to have access to their very own school pool during the warmer summer months after receiving funds from the Wellington City Council. The Kilbirnie School pool was built in 1945 and ever since has been well-utilised by the school and its neighbouring community. School principal Mike McGimpsey

Gun Salute The Royal New Zealand Navy and the New Zealand Army each fired a 21-gun salute last Saturday at midday. HMNZS Canterbury fired a gun salute observing the 176th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in Waitangi. The New Zealand Army’s gun salute at Point Jerningham, Wellington, marked the 64th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.

Kilbirnie School students enjoying the school’s very own pool.

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“We as a board were going out to the community explaining the situation… and that an option was closing the pool.” He said after consulting with the community, a team of parents worked together to raise much needed money, to ensure the pool stayed open. Money raised meant they were able to put a liner in the pool and purchase a heat pump which now keeps the water at a bearable 26C. Last year, the school also learned they would be allocated a share of $500,000 from the Wellington City Council, which was set aside as part of the council’s long term plan. He said this has helped cement the future of the school’s pool for years to come, and meant school students were able to learn water safety skills from a young age. Trained instructors from Aquazone swim school teach the junior students each week, while senior students visit Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, Mike said. Mike said the pool was now maintained by the school’s caregiver and a dedicated Kilbirnie School Pool Committee of parents who managed the pool on a rostered basis.  Do you think more Wellington schools should have their own school pools? Send us an email – news@wsn.co.nz

secured. “This is because we thought we may have to move it back. But it has now been replaced with a much firmer foundation. “It is on a concrete foundation and has a steel pin going up into the statue.” She said the statue had also been cracked and while the council had done its best to repair the crack, it was still visible on the Moai. Moai are the traditional sculptures of the Easter Islands. Lyall Bay’s very own Moai statue was a gift from Chile to represent the friendship between Chile and New Zealand.

An iconic sculpture has been re-installed in Lyall Bay, after it toppled last year. Last December, the 3.2 tonne Moai sculpture, in Dorrie Leslie Park on Lyall Bay’s coast, came down. At the time many locals expressed their concern that the statue tumbled due to vandalism. Wellington City Councillor Sarah Free said the council remained unsure as to whether the statue had been vandalised, or knocked down by accident. “We wouldn’t like to think people were [pulling it down] on purpose. I’m hopeful it was just something unintended.” She said because the coast line where the Moai sculpture stands was “badly eroding” the statue had not been firmly

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