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been enough support at previous drives held in the area. The New Zealand Blood Service is ap“We are hoping that with all the extra busipealing By forNikki the community to head along ness in the area now, it will be a success.” Papatsoumas Skating Rink in 1971, the space is used and donate blood at a local drive next week. Thedaily bloodbydrive was organised after local skate boarders, basketballers, Next Thursday, a blood drive will be held business owner, Terry Binding from Nailed A local man has raised a whopping children and the general community. at the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie and the New It, approached them, Nicola said. $10,000 in an effort to see a suburban In recent years the rink has become Zealandskate Bloodpark Service are hoping forneeded at “Terry delivered flyers to all Kilbirnie undergo a much tiredhas and dilapidated. least 60upgrade. donors to attend on the day. businesses and has been a great Tom said with the areasupport. being But used Nicola Binns from the New Zealand Blood we still really need support from Local skater Tom Culy is a regular user more frequently he thought itall waslocal time Service of said was the fiskate rst time there businesses in Miramar andsurface. surrounding thethis ‘Treetops’ park offhad Russell to address its worn-out been a Tce blood in Kilbirnie for more suburbs.” in drive Newtown. than 10 years. Originally built as the Newtown Continued on page 2 She said this was because there had not Continued on page 2
Tom Culy has raised $10,000 through a PledgeMe campaign to see the Treetops Skate Nicola Park Binns with an apheresis machine which is used for plasma donations. resurfaced.
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Tom started a PledgeMe campaign six weeks ago and has managed to raise the money needed to enable 300 square metres of the rink to be ‘diamond grinded’ – eliminating its weathered surface and replacing it with a polished finish. Tom said he initially approached the Wellington City Council with his plight and
although the council was unable to provide any financial support, they supported an initiative to see the rink resurfaced. “I started coming up here two years ago, there were a couple of things up here, some benches and stuff and it has grown from there,” Tom said. “Street skaters like it here because it’s a flat space with
Three year 10 students from St Catherine’s College in Kilbirnie have put their skills and interest in art to use, repainting the college’s United Nations Flag Mural in Kilbirnie. Kyla Lotte, 14, Chantelle Norton, 14 and Sam Graham 14 have spent time repainting the mural on Naughton Terrace. The mural is the motto of St Catherine’s College - Mercy and
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Praise for cycleway after negative survey results By Colin Engelbrecht MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
Support for the Island Bay cycleway is still strong, despite the results of a survey carried out the Island Bay Residents Association. Last week the association released the results of its recently completed survey, showing 87 per cent of the 1792 respondents were against the cycleway’s current design.
With approximately 5100 registered voters in Island Bay, 35 per cent of the coastal community responded to the survey. Since the survey data was released last Wednesday, several Island Bay residents have spoken out in favour of the controversial cycleway. Chris Poynter, who works as an intensive care specialist and anaesthetist at Wellington Hospital, uses the cycleway every day.
Chris said he used to be worried about biking past buses during big gusts of wind but now felt much safer. “I work intensive care and I’ve seen the results of vehicles hitting people and I didn't want to end up the same,” he said. He said he felt well protected from traffic while using the cycleway and because of the space, car doors opening were not an issue.
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He said he was now concerned with the movement to paint it back. “It seems counterproductive to go back, I’d be pretty disappointed if we lost it.” Island Bay resident, Kirsty Smith said, since the cycleway was completed, her two children have used it to travel to and from school. “The reality is that if it goes back to the old cycleway, my kids will not be biking,” Kirsty said. Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown, an avid supporter of the cycleway, said the Island Bay Residents Association had raised some important concerns through its survey, but said she was disappointed that no children were included in the survey and that the cycleway wasn’t complete when the survey was launched. “I urge all parties to await the outcome of an independent safety audit from an organisation that has had no involvement in this project so far. I’m delighted that over half of the… survey respondents want some form of cycleway.”
New outdoor space for playcentre By Nikki Papatsoumas
Children and parents from Hataitai Playcentre were proud to show off their new outdoor play area at a special ceremony last week. Last Thursday, children, parents and those involved in the design process, gathered to celebrate the completion of the playground, which was officially opened by Rongotai MP Annette King. The new playground has been designed to provide learning facilities that are natural, sensory and environmentally sustainable. The project has been in the pipeline for the last five years and has taken 12 months to complete.
Speaking at last week’s opening ceremony, Ms King said over the years she had seen how the huge commitment and hard work of parents had turned the space into a very popular playcentre. “As long as I have been Rongotai MP I have been coming here and that is 23 years. “I have been a regular visitor and when I first came here it was very much an old house. They have worked on making it the wonderful space it is now.” The playground was made possible thanks to a donation from Wellington Playcentre Association and donations from businesses, charities and the local community.
Rongotai MP Annette King, along with children from Hataitai Playcentre at the official opening of the centre’s new garden last week.
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The much anticipated Berhampore Primary School Knack Market is returning this weekend. Autumn Knack is focused on original, sustainable and well-made local craft work with regular stalls and newcomers. This year’s market will also boast a World Food Fair in the school’s hall on Friday evening and activities for kids on Saturday. Knack Market runs from 6pm to 8pm on Friday, March 18 and 9.30am to 1.30pm on Saturday, March 19.
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This Saturday, Te Aro Pa papakainga, at Evans Bay Parade, will officially open its doors to fourteen affordable new Wellington homes. Papakainga translates as ‘nurturing place to return to’ and reflects a type of housing development that happens on multiply-owned Maori or ancestral land. Te Aro Pa is owned by a private trust which represents the collective owners of the land. Their vision for this development is to create a contemporary village made up of young families, kaumatua and professionals who have a connection to the original Ngati Ruanui and Taranaki Iwi people of Te Aro Pa. The homes are made up of ten three-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units, in two blocks separated by a shared garden.
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inbrief news Partnership brings international film festival to Miramar
Blue lines heading overseas
The Doc Edge film festival is being held in Roxy Cinema and Park Road Post thanks to a partnership between Wellington City Council and The Documentary Trust New Zealand. Arts Portfolio Leader Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer said the council’s support is essential, and will help build the festival programme with an emphasis on education. Doc Edge executive director Dan Shanan said the primary goal of the festival is to celebrate local and international documentary stories and to support homegrown documentary makers. Dan hopes the Docs for Schools programme will open up new worlds for young people and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.
Animal bylaw review Proposed reviews to the Animal Bylaw and Dog Policy will be put to the Wellington City Council Environmental Committee at a meeting today. The council surveyed 700 people and found 95 per cent were in favour of taking steps to stop their pets harming wildlife. Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown said around half of Wellington households have pets, so any changes need to be carefully considered. The council hopes to have any bylaw and policy changes debated, consulted on, adopted and in force by September, 2016. Public consultation will take place on April 1 and 2.
Dan Neely from the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office helped develop the award winning Tsunami Blue Lines project. By Nikki Papatsoumas
The award winning Tsunami Blue Lines project is set to be rolled out overseas. Last week it was announced the project had been adopted by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management in America. The project, which aims to raise community awareness on how to evacuate from an approaching tsunami, was developed by the Island Bay community and facilitated by Wellington Re-
gional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) community resilience manager, Dan Neely and staff from GNS Science. It has since been recognised by The International Association for Emergency Managers winning both its global and Oceania public awareness categories in its annual awards. Dan said he was stoked to see the initiative being introduced overseas. “It’s super cool, it’s a really fantastic recognition of the in-
novation that came out of a community project. “I think it would be great [to see it in other places]. We know through independent evaluations that it does raise awareness. It’s a very productive tool. “From day one this has been a community project.” Manager of the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office, Bruce Pepperell, said the blue lines concept had generated positive interest from abroad including from the Fed-
eral Emergency Management Agency in America, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre and the Cabinet Office for Disaster Management in Japan. He said the blue lines acted as a catalyst or ongoing reminder to encourage people to plan their evacuation routes before they needed to use them. Auckland was also adopting the system and WREMO were speaking with the New Zealand Transport Agency about a national set of guidelines.
Children campaign for deep sea creatures By Nikki Papatsoumas
Children and parents from Houghton Valley Playcentre, with pictures they have drawn of marine life and Harold the big blue whale.
Children at a local playcentre are imploring the government to protect the deep sea’s creatures and habitats for future generations to come. Houghton Valley Playcentre has put in a formal submission on the government’s new Marine Protection Act. As part of their submission the playcentre has asked the government to change their proposal so that important
deep sea habitats and animals are protected under the act. The government’s current proposal only enables protection within the territorial sea, which is roughly 22km out and only makes up five per cent of New Zealand’s oceans. In their submission, the playcentre have requested the government include the Exclusive Economic Zone in the new legislation so that important deep-sea habitats and animals are also protected.
As well as making a submission, the playcentre has also been celebrating the wonders of the deep sea by singing songs and telling stories about the sea and making arts and crafts with marine themes. Children have also been enjoying the company of a big blue paper whale which has been named Harold. Parent from the playcentre, Rose Swindells, said the campaign tied in with the playcentre’s values.
“Because we are overlooking the sea and lots of our kids live close to the sea and we have the marine reserve on our doorstep we really value our marine life. “We really want to teach our kids about their place in the wider world and that they can do stuff and make their world a better place. Part of that is being involved in this… but also teaching them to stand up for what they believe in.”
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Table tennis classes for locals By Nikki Papatsoumas
Strathmore Park locals have the opportunity to pick up a paddle and ping pong ball and make some new friends at community table tennis classes. Social table tennis classes take place at the Strathmore Park Community Centre on Wednesday evenings. The lessons are run by Miramar local and table tennis whizz Jason Rihari. Jason is a member of the Titan Table Tennis Club, which meets at the Table Tennis Stadium on Alexandra Rd in Mount Victoria. “This is my way of giving back to the community and sharing with the community something that I am passionate about,” Jason said. “It is a sport I have
always loved playing.” Jason said the classes were open to people of all skill levels and he was happy to teach people to play if they wanted to learn. He started playing table tennis competitively a couple of years ago, after an injury meant he could no longer play rugby. “Table tennis isn’t hard on the body if you learn how to play competitively it is very good for your fitness.” There are two tables at the community centre, but depending on how popular the evenings became, Jason said they would look at getting some more tables. Social table tennis is held at the Strathmore Park Community Centre every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9pm. Cost is a gold coin donation. Jason Rihari is holding table tennis classes at the Strathmore Community Centre on Wednesday evenings.
Peninsula Medical Centre welcomes Dr Joanna White to the medical team. Following graduation from Otago Medical School in 2009, Dr Jo worked in various House Officer roles at Gisborne hospital including paediatrics, where she completed a Diploma in Children’s Health. She started her GP training in Gisborne then travelled to London where she has worked in palliative care and other specialities for the past 2 ½ years. She has recently returned to NZ and settled in Wellington. Dr Jo welcomes new patient registrations and works Tuesday to Friday inclusive.
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Calls grow for cheaper bus fares for students By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT
Eco-friendly open day for Berhampore Nursery By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT
‘Backyard Biodiversity’ is the theme for the Berhampore Nursery Open Day this Saturday. The Wellington City Council nursery, which is used to grow plants for revegetation in council plots, will open to the public for the annual event this weekend. During the open day visitors will have the opportunity to see displays and listen to speakers from the community and local organisations. The displays will teach people how to plant to be friendlier to native birds, lizards and insects. Ali Whitton of the Wellington City Council said one of the displays would be presented by the Beekeepers Association and visitors would have the chance to learn about what plants were best for bees.
He said there would also be a talk on seed collection, as the nursery was an econursery. This meant they made sure to get their seeds from places as close as possible to where they intended to plant them. Ali said if they got Kowhai seeds from the far North of New Zealand, they would have very different genetic material, compared to a coastal Kowhai grown in the “salty winds” in Wellington. “It’s ethical to collect seeds this way, plus plants are better suited to local conditions,” he said. Plants would also be on sale to the public, and speakers and displays would be coordinated to each section to match up with what plants were being sold. Berhampore Nursery Open Day will take place this Saturday, March 19 from 10am to 2pm. Plants will be on sale for between $7 to $10.
A petition started by a Victoria University student hoping to get cheaper bus fares for those studying is gaining traction. Byron Oosthuizen of Mt Cook started the petition earlier this week in a bid to encourage Metlink to give students a discount on their bus rides. He said he wanted to gauge people's reaction and get the ball rolling. “I think if people get behind it a change can be made really easily,” Byron said. Byron studies at Victoria University’s Pipitea campus in central Wellington and spends $20 to $25 a week on public transport. “It’s a 40 to 45 minute walk one way, and in the winter it’s rainy so taking the bus is necessary,” he said. Byron said since starting the petition, he had been in contact with Victoria University's Student Association president, Jonathan Gee. “We will definitely collaborate on this together, there's lots of support from students,” Byron said. Victoria University’s Student Association has campaigned for cheaper fares in the past - and in 2014 Wellington City Council voted on a 25 per cent reduced fare for tertiary students.
However, the vote required tertiary institutions to subsidise the reduction, which they were not willing to do. Jonathan said the association once again planned to campaign for cheaper fares as part of this year’s local body elections. Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Paul Swain said the issue was considered a while ago when students asked for a 50 per cent reduction. “The estimated cost was in the order of $4 million yearly,” he said. Paul said students were not the only low income group using buses and the council did not want to decide which group would receive
concession reductions. He said then Chairwoman of the Greater Wellington Regional Council Fran Wilde wrote to regional authorities and tertiary centres saying the council would subsidise part of a 25 per cent reduction if they also agreed to contribute money. However they received no cash offers for the subsidy. “The whole issue has been left idle for the new chairperson to pick up,” Paul said. Do you think there should be cheaper fares for students on buses? Send us an email – news@ wsn.co.nz
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Wearable art entry highlights, such as the ‘booby dazzler’ by WOW 2014 finalist Jenny Sutton, were a feature of this year’s Miramar Arts Trail PHOTO CREDIT: Rosel Labone.
International and local flavours on Arts Trail By Rosel Labone MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
Artists and art lovers flocked to the Eastern suburbs at the weekend for a glimpse of art in action. The Miramar Peninsula Arts Trail, which took place at the weekend, is a two-day showcase where artists open their homes and studios to the public, offering them a chance to observe art in the making. Nicola Dench, who founded the trail in 2012, said as always this year, visitors added a whole new dynamic to the works. As well as a handful of local
artists, this year the event also attracted several international artists, Nicola said. One was Jolanda Norris, from the Netherlands, who is now based in Wellington. Jolanda uses oil painting and mixed media to explore the two cultures and draws inspiration from nature. “In painting my environment, ultimately I am looking to find a sense of belonging.” Blackpool-born teacher Heather Miller, whose work was also on display, said Seatoun had invigorated her palette. “You just don’t see that colour
scheme in the North of England.” Heather said involvement in the Arts Trail made her feel part of the community. “It’s something I look forward to and work towards every year.” Wellington fashion was also represented at the weekend’s event, with works such as the ‘Booby Dazzlers’ bra by Jenny Sutton, a finalist in the 2014 World of Wearable Art, on display, Nicola said the festival was getting bigger and people kept coming back to see the development from one year to the next. “You really become invested in the artists.”
Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown is encouraging Wellingtonians to dig deep for cash to support cyclone stricken Fiji. Wellingtonians have been asked to donate cash rather than goods by relief agencies, as it is more easily collected and distributed. “The advice from agencies working to restore Fiji’s communities is to donate cash rather than food, clothing or other goods,” Ms Wade-Brown said. You can donate to Red Cross at redcross.org. nz/donate and Oxfam at oxfam.org.nz/Winston
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Easter Church Services
2016 The meaning behind Easter
Easter Sunday is celebrated all around the world with hot cross buns and chocolate easter eggs, with many going to look for eggs, left by an easter bunny. However, on Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection
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of the lord, Jesus Christ. Christians believe, according to the Bible, that Jesus was raised from the dead three days after his death on the cross. The death of Jesus Christ is remembered on Good Friday; the Friday just
Worship with us in these holy days
Easter Services Maundy Thursday (24 March) 7:15pm Liturgy of the Upper Room, St Aidan’s Good Friday (25 March) 10am Seatoun Procession, gathering at St Anthony’s 12noon – 3pm Good Friday Meditation (come and go during this service), St Aidan’s Easter Sunday (27 March) 8am and 10am Communion, St Aidan’s
· Palm Sunday 20 March, 10.00am We welcome our Saviour and Lord · Maundy Thursday 24 March, 7.30pm We receive the Supper of our Lord · Good Friday 25 March, 10.00am We remember the death of our Lord · Easter Sunday 27 April, 10.00am We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. St Paul’s Lutheran Church 12 King St, Mt Cook • 385 7087
Good Friday 25 March, 10am Communion
Easter Sunday 27 March, 10am ‘Celebrate the Resurrection’ Service
Easter Services: Holy Thursday - 7pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Holy Cross Church Good Friday
- 10am Stations of the Cross from St Patrick’s to All Saints Church Hataitai - 10am Way of the Cross starts at St Anthony’s - 2.30pm (weather permitting) The Way of the Cross from Wexford Hill to Holy Cross Church - 3pm Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion at all churches
Saturday Easter Vigil - 8pm at St Patrick’s Church Easter Sunday - 9am at Holy Cross Church - 8.30am at Good Shepherd Mass Centre - 10am at St Anthony’s - 10am at St Patrick’s
For further information phone the parish office 388 6953 or the Friary 387 2102
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Traditional Easter Symbols Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny dates back to the paga n fest iva l which celebrated Easter, the Goddess of Offspring and Springtime. Her earthly symbol was the Rabbit, and given how quickly rabbits produce ‘offspring’, you can understand why! Hot Cross Buns. Hot cross buns are a part of the Christian celebration, and are used to symbolize the cross on which Jesus was crucified.
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Thursday 24th March 5.30pm Maundy Thursday Gathering - Reflective format with Communion
Friday 25th March 10am Good Friday Service - Reflection on those present with Jesus at the Cross
Sunday 27th March 10am Easter Sunday Celebration including Communion St Andrew’s on The Terrace is an inclusive Church. All are welcome.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: What flag did you vote for in the referendum and why?
Renee Carter Kilbirnie “I voted to keep it the same. I preferred Red Peak and I hope it’ll come up again in the future.”
Oliver Jones Kilbirnie “The original flag, just because I think we shouldn’t spend heaps of money on changing it.”
Anton Milne Kilbirnie “I’m voting to keep our flag because I have an affinity to the Union Jack, it’s who we are.”
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Hayley Taylor Kilbirnie “The old flag, I think it’s a waste of money, there are more important things.”
Gina Cooper Kilbirnie “The old one, it’s not that much different, if you’re going to change it you may as well do something special.”
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Parking woes Dear Ed, The Chairman and Committee members of the Body Corporate of Kilbirnie Plaza claim that the parking within the Plaza (including the undercover area) is private parking and is for customers of the Plaza shops only. They have been marking the car tyres and leaving notes on windscreens informing the drivers that if
Cycleway stay they overstay the amount of time allocated (one-and-ahalf-hours) again, they will be towed away at their own expense. At the moment, it seems to be a free-for-all with people parking and leaving the Plaza to shop elsewhere. As a suggestion, why don't they allocate a certain number of parking spots to each business in the
Plaza so that our clients will know that they don't have to drive all over Kilbirnie? I would suggest maybe three to four spots for the two hairdressing salons, four to five for Plaza Pizzeria, two for the Wellness and Longevity Health Centre, etc. A small sign could be placed in front of the parking spots stating something like: "This
parking spot is reserved for clients of (business name) only from (days and times that said business is open) If you park here and are not a customer, you risk being towed away" I know that this is not a 'perfect' solution, but surely it would go a long way to resolve this issue. Terry Binding Kilbirnie
Shame to lose Bay Rd Festival Dear Ed, I agree with letter writer Elle Boshe (10 March) that it would be a shame to lose the Bay Road Kilbirnie Festival. We shouldn’t have to be pessimistic, however, given that both the Business-
men and Martin Wilson claim to be interested in preserving it, as I observed in my previous letter (3 March). Last year it came out that The Businessmen’s Association had not even talked to Mr
Wilson, the organiser of all previous Kilbirnie Festivals, prior to starting to organize their own plan. I wonder what their priorities really were, and are? Surely they could help Mr Wilson put
the festival on in 2017 if their priority was to preserve the Festival. Richard Keller Wellington
Dear Ed, I think the cycleway should be removed. It is a messy eyesore and dangerous. It has ruined Island Bay. The Parade should be returned to its previous form. Eleni Yiasoumi Island Bay
Cycleway unsuitable so many others) that what Wellington City Council has done to The Parade is bordering on complete madness. They have compromised one of the safest, widest roads in Wellington and turned it into a dangerous hazard for all road
users. Since its installation the cycleway can now claim two cycle related accidents in the last two weeks. Cyclists are still on the pavements often without helmets now – there are no rules of use for the cycleway. Lindsay praises the
councillors who pushed this nightmare through as having vision and guts what a farce. Community asset – I think not. Steve Cooper Island Bay
Numerous issues of concern Dear Ed, I have lived in Island Bay for 25 years. As a cyclist and a motorist, there are numerous issues of concern about the cycleway - the main one being safety. I understand that prior to its construction, there had never been an accident between a motorist and
Dear Ed, I do not live in Island Bay, I do travel through there frequently. I am amazed at the vitriol, that has been printed about said cycle way. I'm I am glad those Island Bay people were not around at earlier times as we would still have dirt roads. I suppose some people do not like change. I think the road is fine, even though I have not ridden a bike through. Let the cycle way stay. Meryn Jefcoate Wellington
Another planet Dear Ed, It’s incredulous that Mark Lindsay (CSN March 3) states he felt safe riding his bike for the “first” time in Wellington on the troubled Island Bay cycleway. I wonder if the chap is on another planet? I personally think (along with
John Chan Kilbirnie “I’m not going to vote because I’m against the current flag and I don’t like the new one.”
a cyclist and already on the new cycleway there has been a collision, plus there are many reports of near misses - I have seen two. Another issue that has arisen; stones and debris have accumulated on the cycleway, unable to be cleared by road sweepers. This poses
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
yet another risk to cyclists, aside from not being as visible to motorists as they had been previously. There aren't enough cyclists to warrant this as a cost benefit for the community and decisions were made without a more thorough consultation process with Island Bay resi-
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.
dents beforehand. The roads in Island Bay do not fit the current layout and for safety's sake, should be returned to how they were before another accident. Jane Pannu Island Bay
Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to nikki@ wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
Dear Ed, I am not opposed to a cycleway way in Island Bay. However, the current one is entirely unsuitable. I believe cyclists, and in deed all road users, are less safe. It should be removed. Leeann Peden Berhampore
Bring back the old cycleway Dear Ed, Remove the new cycleway and replace it with the old one. The person that decided on the new design needs their head examined, not only is it very dangerous, but it now takes 4 times longer to get in and out of Island Bay. They obviously didn't think of anyone else but the cyclists only. There are a lot less cyclists then cars, buses and trucks that use the parade. It was never a problem with the old cycleway, now buses, cars and trucks, have to stop to let other traffic through on the opposite side, the traffic doesn't flow anymore, it is very congested now. Fiona Thomsen Wellington
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LETTERS to the editor
Cycleway and emotive language Dear Ed, How accurate are the statistics presented by the so called "Island Bay Residents Association"? As a supporter of the cycleway I was sent a text by the "association" to say that a previous meeting would not discuss the cycleway, but was not informed about the most recent meeting. It seems that the supporters of the cycleway are being kept out of the loop. Your statement that "just 52 per
cent of residents want a cycleway for Island Bay" could have said "more than half of all residents wanted the cycleway". It should also be noted that children (who are more likely to use a safe cycleway) were not asked for their opinion. I strongly support the cycleway and believe it should be given a chance to perform, I suspect after 6 months it would be something all are used to and the complaining would
subside. Paul Eagle (who wants to be deputy mayor) seems to be opposed to anything the Mayor says just because it is her saying it and is saying it should revert to the way it was despite the cost and the fact that it has not been given a chance to prove its self. I suspect much of the fuss relates to the fact that this is a local government election year. Jon Field, Island Bay
Cycleway struggle Dear Ed, I used to live in Island Bay, now Lyall Bay, but still go to the doctors in Island Bay. I find the parks outside the doctors awful now, I have had two hips and a knee done and find it
a struggle sometimes getting out of the car, especially when it’s windy, it does not leave a lot of room for error with traffic going both ways. I really hate going over there now. It also makes it hard to
see cars when moving from an intersection. It’s not good at all, very bad planning I feel sorry for the residents. Dian Barbara, McCrorie Lyall Bay PHOTO CREDIT: Nikki Papatsoumas
Cycleway layout safer Dear Ed, I want the recent changes to The Parade, including the separate cycle path, to stay. I regularly drive my large van along
The Parade to the rubbish dump and back. The new layout is safer - for me, for other drivers, and for people riding bikes. I prefer
it to the overly wide road that was there before. Duncan Sargent Wellington
cycleway would help to alleviate the impression that it’s taking up a good chunk of the Parade. Just because the road is wider in Island Bay, doesn’t mean they have to make the cycleway wider – perhaps the designers envisaged parents and
children riding side by side, but this is just not functional in Wellington. So why not keep the cycleway a consistent width throughout the city? Katy Jordan Wellington
Avid Cyclist Dear Ed, As an avid cyclist and keen to see what all the fuss was about, I was amazed to see how wide the Island Bay cycleway is. It would probably work well at about half the width it is now, like the version in Victoria Street. A narrower
Big blue bear In celebration of Plunket’s annual appeal week, children and staff from Early Years Childcare on Rongotai Rd in Kilbirnie had a very special visit from Plunket’s Big Blue Bear last Friday. Children each got a turn at giving Blue Bear a hug, before sitting down for their own teddy bears picnic. Chil-
dren also brought along a gold coin to donate to Plunket. Teacher Haley Plaistowe said it was important for the centre to raise awareness for Plunket. “They help kids under five-years-old and so do we, it’s about raising awareness for them so they can continue helping us and the community.”
A rose by any other name Dear Ed, Dear me - I seem to have offended Rose Wu - sorry about that. Yes, my letter did sound as if I was criticising Kilbirnie but what I was really trying to convey was that local residents who choose, can play
their part in the festivity of an occasion by setting up little stalls at their gates and selling white elephants (or whatever). They may even make a profit from it. It is wonderful, though, to read in today’s Cook Strait News that one Kil-
birnie business, a Taste of Greece, is still going ahead and having their own little festival, and I am sure Rose would wish them well in this, as do I. Christine Swift Island Bay
Design to be accepted Dear Ed, I’m in favour of the Island Bay cycleway which is the same design as many cycleways in Europe, (though I do think there was a problem near the Medical Centre). I’m a motorist and a cyclist. I frequently cycle along Evans Bay near where I live. Here the cycleway runs by the footpath at times and outside of parked cars on other stretches. The latter
is really dangerous because of the possibility that the driver’s car door might open. This has been avoided on the Island Bay cycleway because it goes between the footpath and parked cars. I think this design will gradually be accepted and the cycleway here will gradually attract more and more regular cyclists, which will result in fewer people driving. Drivers have
always had their own way on our roads, so it’s natural that they should be angry to find -- surprise, surprise -- that other road users are being considered. The Island Bay cycle lane should be allowed to ‘bed down’ for a year at least. It will, in the end, prove to be an asset to the area. Judith Doyle Oriental Bay
in the previous events. My new venue is ideally suited to community participation. I would need to see a lot more experience, skill, good process, and transparency, before I would feel ok about handing over an event that I have put so much sweat into making one of Wellington’s longest running, biggest, and most successful community fairs (a view many stallhold-
ers and musicians share with me). It takes a lot of time, and it’s not a job for novices. I offer to assist Mr Welsh, the KBN, and Bay Rd shops, in designing and producing a different event, at a different time of year, which meets their own goals. Martin Wilson Manager, Kilbirnie Festival
Thank you Dear Ed, Thank you to those that participated in, and attended, the recent Kilbirnie Festival. Mr Welsh seems to have two goals: community participation; and, to stimulate local retail activity. I invite Mr Welsh to bring his community participation to my event. All are welcome. There had been between 20 to 50 community groups participating
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Celebrating two years of BREW’D Brew’d Bar in Island Bay celebrates two years of great service this month. General Manager, Meighan Clark, said over the last couple of years, the friendly team at Brew’d have spent time getting to know the locals, as they pop in and enjoy the great meals and family atmosphere. “Those who’ve discovered it are always back for more with many regulars, but it’s still nice to see some new faces coming in to try us out.” She said Brew’d recently completed celebrations for two years in Island Bay, and is looking forward to meeting new locals to help celebrate the next birthday. Meighan said it was important to the team at Brew’d to offer back to the community it was part of. Among some of its charitable work, Brew’d sponsored local sports teams and charities and the team also offered ‘Charity Brew’d’.
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Surf life savers make waves By Nikki Papatsoumas
Maranui Surf Life Saving club continues to make waves, having come home from a national competition with a dozen medals. The club placed sixth at the Oceans’16 competition, which took place in Mount Maunganui earlier this month. Maranui head coach Chris Mark said the event involved four days of competition, with more than 900 kids from all across the country. Forty four nippers from the club travelled to the event and as a group came back with 12 medals. “It was long days, some of them went from heats, to quarters to semis and finals back-toback,” Chris said. “The results really show their depth of commitment, they were committed to training in the cold elements of Lyall Bay.” An impressive result at the Oceans’16 event comes after the club took out the Capital Coast Junior Surf Lifesaving Competition for the fourth year running this year. Chris said only a few years ago the Maranui
Surf Life Saving Club was in decline, with just 15 nippers and a handful of lifeguards. “Over the next few years a bunch of parents got together and worked hard while having a great time. The club grew and grew. As at today… there are over 200 nippers and around 40 qualified and active lifeguards in the club. “Five years ago was the first time we went to the ocean champs. We have worked our way up into sixth place in five years which is probably one of the fastest club movements.” Chris said the young athletes who competed at this month’s tournament were helping to cement the future of the club. “We are building a solid foundation for the future of Maranui and it is starting to pay dividends with these kids. “They are a very competitive young group that love to compete. We are hoping to draw more people into the sport with the success we have been having.” With the season now over, Chris said the club would continue to look to the season ahead. For more information, head to www. maranui.co.nz
Maranui Surf Life Saving Club came in sixth place at the Oceans’16 competition held in Mount Maunganui earlier this month.
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Success for young life savers By Nikki Papatsoumas
Young athletes from Worser Bay Life Saving Club have achieved success at both national events and local junior surf life saving competitions this season. One of the club’s athletes, William Lambie, finished first overall in the U12 boys category at the Capital Coast Junior Surf Life Saving Championships. As part of the championships, points were collected from four carnivals held across the capital this season. Now in his second season, the Seatoun School student has already managed to splash past the competition. “It has been a huge improvement since last year. I was committed to my training and put in lots of practice,” William said. “The final results came up really early and I was quite happy to see I had won.” Meanwhile three other Seatoun School students from the club also shone this
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