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Work on transforming Kilbirnie’s Poneke Football Club into a state of the art community and sports hub is well underway. Stage one works on the Toitu Poneke Community and Sports Hub were completed last year. The project, which began in 2014, would see the existing club rooms, gym and indoor training room redeveloped into a modern facility, which would be used
by sports clubs and community groups across Wellington. Work on stage two of the project is now underway and by mid-2017 the hub was expected to be fully operational. The overall project would cost $2.2 million, $750,000 of which has been set aside by the Wellington City Council towards stage two developments, as part of its 2016/17 annual plan, which was currently out for public consultation. Continued on page 2
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One resident in particular, Les Boardman, whose house was adjacent to the tree, stressed the effect the tree coming down would have on his privacy. However, despite residents’ efforts, the tree was torn down by contractors late Friday afternoon. In an email addressed to residents, Manager for City Housing, Vicki McLaren said it was not appropriate to “save the tree at all costs” as asked. “We have explored options for keeping the tree, and have concluded that the cost of keeping this tree is to put at risk the safety of the residents boost forforretail wea welcome provide housing on sales.” behalf of the city.” Councillor Iona Councillors PaulPannett, Eagle Chair ofFree Wellington and Sarah attended City last Council’s Environment week’s meeting and said Comresimittee, saidvalid the concerns. cheaper bus dents raised Mr Eagle said, Les’ concerns were valid, particularly when it came to privacy.
“Council needs to ensure it funds a wall, that it’s constructed to a height and a size that provides privacy and blocks the noise.” Ms Free said the council would discuss the idea of fencing with those neighbours most affected. “I am really sad the tree won’t be saved, I think it was a nice tree. We do have to see the bigger picture and balance the needs of all our residents.”
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Lessons in water safety By Nikki Papatsoumas
Local children have had some first-hand experience in how to react when coming into trouble in the open water. Last week, the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie, held a ‘Water Safety Week’ for all children enrolled in its swim school. As part of Water Safety Week, children experienced new activities and challenges, in an effort to help educate them about water safety. Senior Aquatics Educator, Craig Elliot, said staff felt it was important to equip children with correct water safety skills, following this summer’s “shocking” drowning toll. There were eight deaths in the water this holiday period. “Every year there is always a big push on the number of drownings in New Zealand but nothing seems to make a huge amount of difference,” he said. Over the week, children took part in a number of situations designed to simulate what it would be like if they came into trouble in the open water. This included, u-turns, sur-
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Deputy Mayor Justin Lester promises to give a $5000 rebate to first home builders and free entry to Council pools for under-fives if he is elected Mayor in October. At his Mayoral campaign launch last Sunday Mr Lester announced to a packed room of people at the Whare waka Event Centre he was running because he loved the city and wanted to “make it even better”. “I’ve spent my adult life working to make this city a better place over the last six years as Deputy Mayor and a Wellington City Councillor, and before that as a local business owner.” Mr Lester said a housing rebate would encourage owners to build houses which would further reduce home costs, increase suitability of housing stock and allow people to save up to $150,000. He said he would also ensure every Wellingtonian was able to live in a safe, warm, dry home.
“As Mayor, I’ll invest in new social housing and I’ll send a local bill to Parliament to secure a rental warrant of fitness throughout Wellington. “That means basic requirements for a home you can rent out.” He also said he would get serious about ensuring every child in Wellington had the opportunity to learn to swim. “Seven out of 10 kids in New Zealand can’t swim, and I won’t let Wellington be a city that turns its head and ignores that fact.” Mr Lester said the cost of this policy would not break the bank. “The cost is a paltry $55,000 per annum in a budget of $450 million.” Candidates running for the Wellington City Council were also announced at the launch also Lyall Bay resident Lynda McGregor, who wil be running for Eastern Ward Councillor under a Labour ticket. Justin Lester had also previously announced Southern Ward Coun-
cillor Paul Eagle would be his preferred Deputy Mayor should he get elected. With Jo Coughlin throwing her hat in the ring the competition is heating up, and Mr Eagle said the campaign
would become a battle of the left and right. “What you’re seeing here with Councillor Jo Coughlin announcing [she would be running for Mayor] is that the right are getting nervous.”
Public input on animal policy By Nikki Papatsoumas
Tax on sugary drinks A group of public health professors from New Zealand universities have signed an open letter to the Cabinet calling for stronger child obesity prevention measures from the Government. The group of more than 70 academics is concerned by New Zealand’s high rate of childhood obesity - the fourth highest in the world.
Off-leash hours at certain Wellington beaches could be extended after changes are made to the Wellington City Council’s Animal Bylaw and Dog Policy.
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Locals have the opportunity to have their say when it comes to making the capital friendlier for their canine companions. Wellington City Council has opened the doors to public consultation on changes proposed to its Animal Bylaw and Dog Policy. Public consultation will run until Monday, May 2 and no decisions will be made until after council has undertaken a full consultation with the public. Councillor Simon Marsh said he was blown away with the response he had received from locals in relation to the council’s dog policy.
Key issues the council were looking at included, updates to dog exercise areas and updates to time restrictions in some exercise areas. Mr Marsh said people liked the idea of extending off-leash hours at beaches such as Balaena Bay, Island Bay, Worser Bay and Oriental Bay. He said it worked well at Lyall Bay, where dogs were permitted off-leash at all hours, in a designated area of the beach. “Beaches renew themselves, there is minimal input required from ratepayers.” He said introducing more dog exercise areas, such as the one at Greata Point, would require more up keep. “Beaches also give dogs the
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New figure to feature on crossing lights By Nikki Papatsoumas
A dancing figure of Carmen Rupe will feature on four crossing lights in Cuba Street. Last week, Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown, who promoted the Kate Sheppard crossing light near parliament, announced a dancing figure of Carmen would feature on four crossing lights in Cuba Street. The crossing light project was a council initiative to recognise and celebrate transgender communities within society. “We loved the reaction to the Kate Sheppard lights as soon as she was in I started talking about other people,” Ms Wade-Brown said. She said she believed Wellington might be the first city to have a transgender person feature on crossing lights. Ms Wade-Brown was also presented a portrait of Carmen by artist Te Mete, titled, The Final Portrait, by MP Louisa Wall. The portrait will be kept at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. The four new crossing lights will be installed at Cuba St over the next few weeks.
Sad goodbye to special bird The country’s only pelican has sadly passed away. Lanky the Pelican, the longest living resident at Wellington Zoo, was euthanised earlier this week after his health deteriorated. Lanky was an iconic animal at Wellington Zoo for almost 40 years – making him one of the oldest residents at the zoo. He arrived in the capital after he was rescued with three other young wildborn Pelican from drought in Adelaide. Lanky was hand-reared with the group at Adelaide Zoo before making the move across the ditch to Wellington Zoo. With his remarkably large beak, Lanky will be remembered by Wellingtonians and visitors to the zoo. General manager for animal care at Wellington Zoo, Mauritz Basson. said staff began to monitor Lanky’s health after he started to show “lameness” in one leg.
“Lanky had regular medical examinations and we were able to manage the arthritis in his ankles with pain relief and anti-inflammatories, but his lameness increased over recent months. “Close observations over the last month showed that he was hesitant to bear weight on his legs, and he was beginning to refuse food and medication.” Senior keeper Phil Wisker, who cared for Lanky for nine years, said many visitors had a special fondness for Lanky. Living near Monkey Island, Lanky was often seen swimming in the moat and was often a feature of the zoo’s daily animal talks, he said. “Lanky’s favourite food was Kahawai, and he consumed a kilo of fish every day,” Phil said. “However, he was definitely seen from time to time sneaking food off his neighbours, the Capuchin Monkeys and Spider Monkeys, who may not have appreciated his behaviour.”
About Pelicans • Lanky was an Australian Pelican, a bird with the longest beak of any bird in the world. The species is commonly found throughout Australia. • New Zealand had a native Pelican which died out before human colonisation, which is believed to have been a sub-species of the Australian Pelican. • Another Wellington Zoo Pelican, Percy, lived until age 62 and made it into the Guinness Book of Records as one of the world’s longest living birds.
Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, with the new crossing light featuring Carmen Rupe.
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Lanky the pelican was euthanised by staff at Wellington Zoo earlier this week.
Carmen Rupe was born in Taumarunui as Trevor Rupe. After working as a stripper and a prostitute, she moved to Wellington in the 1960s where she began to challenge discrimination and prejudice against people in the gay and transgender communities. Carmen ran for mayor in 1977, with the support of local business man, Sir Bob Jones, however, Michael Fowler was re-elected as mayor. She died in Sydney of kidney failure in 2011.
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War stories recorded With Anzac Day approaching, Wellingtonians will have the opportunity to record their wartime memories for posterity. The #wellynextdoor recording caravan will be located near the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park this week and Wellington City Council is inviting locals to share their war-time stories – whatever war, memory, or experience that may be. Locals can book a free 15-minute interview slot to record their tales in the caravan until Sunday. The captured stories will then be uploaded to the #wellynextdoor website for all to enjoy. Mayor of Wellington, Celia WadeBrown, said this was the perfect opportunity for locals to share tales from the past. “War-time memories are often passed on from generation–to–generation. “Let’s record these stories of our families at home and away to share and learn from.” Community, sport and recreation committee chair, Paul Eagle, said the project offered people from all backgrounds a chance to reflect on their experiences and record and preserve their unique perspectives on how war affected us all. “We’re encouraging locals to head to the recording caravan, and recall war-time stories of their experiences or memories of relatives, so they don’t fade from our collective memories. “Tales of heroism, courage and bravery
are equally as important as stories about those who stayed home to hold the fort – so we want to hear all those stories.” The #wellynextdoor caravan is located next to The Great War Exhibition in the Dominion Museum. The exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson and supported by ANZ, tells the story of the WW1 in brilliant colour. The Wellington City Council’s #wellynextdoor recording caravan will be located next to the Dominion Museum Building from 10am to 4pm, until Sunday, April 10. Top book an interview slot, head to www.wcc.govt.nz
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From top grades to flat whites By Rosel Labone MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
A high-achieving young Scots College student has gained top grades in every NCEA subject – all while serving up delicious treats to local patrons. Kelvin Scholtz, 15, has been splitting his time between working at Franco’s cafe in Seatoun and completing his year 11 academic studies. He has achieved ‘Excellence’ in all his NCEA subjects this year while working every Saturday and Sunday at the cafe for the past 11 months. Kelvin, who splits his time between Seatoun and Porirua and often faces a time-consuming commute in the morning, has to manage his time carefully. He said that it’s come down to a choice between extracurricular activities and his job. He gave up karate after three-and-a-half years to take on the challenge of part-time work while studying fulltime. “Last year I decided to stop – I wanted to save some money but also wanted to be able to focus on studies.”
Despite working at the cafe, his long hours haven’t seen him hooked on coffee– although energy drinks do play a part. Kelvin said the hardest part of cafe work was when there were many people to serve or a lot of customers with complicated orders. He has found the secret to getting through his busy week is some muchneeded downtime on Sunday afternoons. “I take a couple of hours at the end of the week to wind down – it gives me the energy I need.” With his excellent all-round performance at school, Kelvin has his sights set on the legal profession as a career. Running a cafe isn’t in his long-term plans, but for now his future is in hospitality. Franco’s is set to change hands in a week’s time, and Kelvin will be moving to the fish and chip shop across the road. He said he will miss seeing the regulars every day. “I’ve come to know them, and it’s nice to sit and talk with them when it’s not too busy.”
Kelvin Scholtz with his favourite dish on the Franco’s menu, the margherita pizza. PHOTO CREDIT: Rosel Labone
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Artist displays work By Nikki Papatsoumas
A talented Kilbirnie artist who has overcome adversity will display his art work to locals over the coming weeks. Peter Zlatkoff will display his GO and SEASONS series at his very own exhibition out of the Kilbirnie Plaza this weekend. Peter, a former active sportsman, was in his class room at the age of 16 when he collapsed and spent the following month in a coma. He had suffered a brain haemorrhage and the following ten years were spent getting his speech back. Peter, who paints from Vincent’s Art Workshop, said his passion for painting came later when he had a go at painting at community college. During the years Peter, who moved from Hastings to Wellington in 1993, has gone from painting mainly scenery and landscapes to focussing on abstract pieces. In 1998 Peter won the Telecom art award and a piece of his work was published on the front cover of the regions telephone books. He has completed more than 200 paintings during his career as an artist. Peter’s father, Jim, said it was exciting to share his son’s “abstract world” with the wider community. “It’s his abstract world, he paints from inside himself, he is express-
Sonic Wells Sonic Wells will connect New Zealand, Australia and Turkey through communal sound ‘wells’ in Wellington, Sydney and Canakkale, Gallipoli. Each of the three wells will transmit audio clear enough for people to be able to hold conversations from one location to another.
In April 2015, Wellington City Council formed a historical sister city relationship with Canakkale, to commemorate the WWI centenary and to honour the friendship between the people of New Zealand and Turkey. For more information, head to wcc.govt.nz
Peter Zlatkoff with some of his art work, which is on display in Kilbirnie.
ing his inner-world which is not in real life.” The Peter Zlatkoff Exhibition will run this Friday and Saturday
from 10am to 3pm at the Kilbirnie Plaza, Unit 15. Following this Peter’s work can be viewed permanently at the Plaza Pizzeria.
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“Because if we don’t recycle it’s going to end up all over the world and it will never go away.”
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Sad about the flag From a marketing perspective, retaining the existing flag is a shame. I saw the new alternative as a perfect blend of old and new, adding a wider base of international recognition. With the greatest respect to the RSA they took the wrong viewpoint given that our ability to change and go forwards is a direct result of the outcome our old soldiers bravely helped facilitate. I bet Air NZ are a little disgruntled and 'go the All Blacks' Mark East Wellington
Unconvinced Dear Ed, I and many others remain unconvinced that the tree was a safety issue as Vicki McLaren, Council’s City Housing manager indicates (refer to CSN March 31). We believe this, as the tree had not posed a safety problem
all of its life there alongside the existing driveway and the proposed driveway goes along this same corridor. Given this, we believe there would have been a way to accommodate the tree and maintain a safe environment for all. However,
council has not provided us any evidence by way of drawings and plans to show how this tree posed a safety issue and to what extent. This is a matter we have requested and we are still waiting. Just a day after the meeting which was held with
council to save the tree, where myself and other residents, 16 students from the neighboring Evans Bay Intermediate School and Councilors Free and Eagle attended, council had the tree cut down. We are shocked at this sudden action.
However, even now, if council can show that this tree is an unresolvable safety issue, it will convince us and help us to lay this important matter to rest. Fiona Hoang Kilbirnie
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Children from Miramar Central School spent Monday afternoon turning trash into treasure thanks to Fonterra Milk for Schools and TerraCycle. Empty Anchor Uno yoghurt pouches became bags and games as part of an up-cycling workshop which was awarded to Miramar Central
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Brooklyn’s new turbine is larger than life By Bethany Tiddy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
The new Brooklyn wind turbine was taken up to Polhill on Tuesday and will be installed throughout the next week. Meridian said the new turbine was 67 metres high - the height of the Beehive building - with 20.8m blades - slightly smaller than the length of a tennis court. The Meridian media manager, Michelle Brooker, said the expected life of the new turbine was 20 years and will power 490 average homes per year. “The turbine will be operating by April 15,” she said. According to Meridian, the budget to replace the turbine was $2.9 million. Meridian replaced the ageing Brooklyn turbine in December last year after it experienced mechanical issues. It was removed and delivered to its new owners, Energy3. The original Brooklyn wind turbine was installed in March 1993 and was chosen because of Wellington’s strong winds. Brooklyn Community Centre office coordinator Euan Harris said the community was looking forward to seeing the new wind turbine. “It’s a lot more modern,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of contact from Meridian, they’ve been very helpful,” Euan said.
‘Winter Warm Up’ market this weekend Locals who like their shopping local, ethical and eco-friendly can head along to Sustainability Trust’s ‘Winter Warm Up’ Market this weekend. This Saturday, Sustainability Trust’s EcoCentre in Forresters Lane will be transformed into a cosy space for people to shop for home and family and learn about how to keep their homes warm and dry this winter. Market goers can expect to see delicious offerings from Wellington Chocolate Factory, Lady Lemon and Community Fruit Wellington, clothing from Hoopla Kids, homewares from Niche Textile Studio and Verdant Design, cosmetics from Sante, and Sustainability Trust’s own range of eco-friendly goods. There will also be an electric car there for people to try out and Rides Ltd will be on hand to talk about their ride-sharing app. Sustainability Trust’s home experts will also be giving do-it-yourself demonstrations on ways to make homes warmer through the day and will be on site to answer questions about insulation, heating and draught-proofing. Sustainability Trust spokesperson Rena Kohere said winter shouldn’t be a struggle. “We’re hosting this market because we want Wellingtonians to celebrate all the good things in life, like delicious food, cheerful company and a cosy house to go home to. “Whether you own your house, rent, or are a landlord, there will be lots at our market to help people get more out of their homes, for less. “From handmade door-snakes, to the latest in solar technology, we’ve got lots of products and info to help make winter fun.” The Warm Up for Winter Market will be held on Saturday, April 9 from 10am to 2pm. The first 50 people through the door will receive a goody bag.
Car parks make a move By Nikki Papatsoumas
Disability car parks outside the Island Bay Medical Centre were moved back to the kerb last Thursday. The car parks were moved earlier this year as the Island Bay cycle way took shape, to the disappointment of the local community. A Wellington City Council spokeswoman said the disability car parks were moved back to the kerb last week as part of changes to the cycleway layout near the shopping centre. She said this was to make it “more consistent for everyone”. “For users of those car parks, this is a more practical arrangement,” she said. Councillor Paul Eagle said reconfiguring the carparks was practical, safe and worked for everyone. “At last we have an example where the council has listened to both sides of the debate and done something which should please everyone. “[However] it’s taken far too long and it still doesn’t address the unhappiness with the rest of the design.” Other changes to the cycleway layout near the coastal community’s shopping centre involved extending the shared space area in the shopping centre by about 50 metres south of Medway St. New speed cushions were also installed where the cycleway and shared space merge and two parks were added near Island Bay New World. Meanwhile yellow posts have been installed at most intersections and at a
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there will be rescue demonstrations, emergency service displays, food, spot prizes and plenty of entertainment for children. Fourteen emergency services will be on display, including Life Flight’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Life Flight’s Air Ambulance Plane, Police, Fire, Air Force and Wellington Free Ambulance. Three sports stars will also make a special appearance after flying in
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Taste of Thailand this weekend
Couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary By Nikki Papatsoumas
Wellington’s Waterfront will come alive this weekend with the tastes and sounds of Thailand. The Thai Festival, a free two-day event, is being held to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and New Zealand, at Odlin’s Plaza on Taranaki Wharf this Saturday and Sunday. On offer at the festival will be a range of food stalls providing delicious delicacies, such as ‘crispy gems in coconut milk’ and coconut dumplings. There will also be live performances on both days of the festival, including selected scenes from the prestigious Khon, a classical Thai masked dancedrama. Visitors would also be able to experience the Dance of the Four Regions, drumming, singing and more with performers from the local Thai community in
Wellington as well as from Thailand. Event manager, Jocelyn Smith, said the festival would give a unique insight into Thai culture. “Our relationship with Thailand and the importance of this festival is clearly evidenced by the more than 35 professional dancers and musicians being brought to New Zealand by the Thai Ministry of Culture,” she said. There will also be plenty on offer for the children this weekend – from riding on a tuk-tuk, to writing their name in Thai characters and watching beautiful Thai handcrafts be created. The Thai Festival starts from midday and goes until after sunset on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10. For more information, head to www.eventfinda. co.nz/2016/thai-festival/ wellington
Local woman travels to Thailand An Island Bay woman was among those to help build three Habitat for Humanity Houses for families in Thailand, earlier this year. Habitat for Humanity is a not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with people of goodwill and families in housing need, to eliminate sub-standard housing. Angie Deacon, from Island Bay, alongside her colleague Jess Tombs, joined other Cigna employees from around the globe to build homes for three families in need in Thailand earlier this year. Angie and Jess were chosen to take part in the initiative because of the work they do in the local community outside of their day jobs.
Angie volunteers at Wellington City Council events, has helped out at the Maori Art festival, and carries out litter pick-ups and tree planting with her local conservation group. Angie said it was an “emotional” experience, as the work they completed changed the lives of the families involved. “It was very emotional when the keys were handed over to the families at the end of the building work,” said Angie. “The family who will live in the house that I helped to build had a little baby. “Knowing that the baby would grow up in this house, come home from school and do homework there, maybe fall in love in this house was pretty amazing.”
Miramar residents Clifford and Pamela Coate will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary with a lunch with family and close friends and a telegram from the Queen. The pair were married 60 years ago today, at St Peter and Paul’s Church in Lower Hutt after meeting at a local dance in Wellington. Their three children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will all join in celebrating their milestone anniversary over the weekend. These days, Cliff remains an avid supporter of the Oriental Rongotai Rugby Club, of which he is a life member. Pam is a keen gardener and enjoys making home-made cards and reading. The couple’s eldest son, Jeff, said his parents had served the community over their years, doing meals on wheels and odd jobs for the elderly. “It’s quite a milestone, it’s going to be a lovely occasion. We send them our best wishes, both now and forever.”
Clifford and Pamela Coate on their wedding day
Generous donation for Ronald McDonald House
The Lions Club of Wellington has made a generous donation to Ronald McDonald House.
Angie Deacon and Jess Tombs with the Habitat for Humanity team who helped build homes for three families in Thailand.
The Lions Club of Wellington has made a generous donation of $15,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities Wellington. The money will be used to sponsor a bedroom at the Ronald McDonald House in Newtown. Lions clubs from across the country have worked hard to purchase bedrooms at the Wellington House, with almost every bedroom on the second floor, aptly called “The Lions Den”, sponsored by Lions Clubs. Lions P resident, Stephen
Crombie, said the proceeds from sponsoring a room enable Ronald McDonald House Charities Wellington to continue assisting New Zealand’s families on their medical journeys, enabling them to stay together and strong. “Wellington Host Lions Club was delighted to be able to continue its contribution to Ronald McDonald House which will enable it to open another family room. “This contribution builds on the efforts of Lions Clubs over
many years to support Ronald McDonald House to provide services to families in need in difficult times.” Manager for the Ronald McDonald House Wellington Charities, Nikki Thompson, thanked the Lions club for their generous donation. “I am deeply humbled to have such amazing friends and supporters at the Lions Club who tirelessly contribute to our organisation’s mission to keep Kiwi families together and strong.”
Thursday April 07, 2016
Football stars share trophy with students By Nikki Papatsoumas
Lyall Bay School students had an opportunity to meet their favourite football stars earlier this week. On Monday, co-captain for Team Wellington Cole Beverley and team mate Saul Halpin visited the school with the ASB Premiership Trophy and signed autographs for students. The team won the cup for the very first time, after defeating Auckland City in the premiership final last month. Parent of Lyall Bay School, Jackie Delaney, who is also the 8th grade coordinator for the Miramar Rangers, said she thought it would be great to give the children a chance to see the cup. “This is the biggest thing for soccer in
New Zealand and Team Wellington have won it, it’s awesome. “It is so good for the kids to see that football is out there too, more girls have also started taking up football as well, it is a really popular sport.” Cole, who was also on the junior committee for the Miramar Rangers and works as the clubs youth development officer, said he and his team mates had already visited a number of other schools around Wellington. He said visiting schools around the capital gave kids a chance to see what can be achieved in football. “It’s great to see the kids smiling about the trophy. I am pretty happy that we won, the boys deserved it and it is great to give back to the community as well.”
Cole Beverley and Saul Halpin from Team Wellington, with Lyall Bay School students.
Sports inbrief Netball players selected
Relay for Life
New Zealand Netball has selected 12 players to represent the New Zealand Secondary Schools team. The New Zealand Secondary Schools team will participate in the International School Girls Competition at The Trusts Arena, Auckland, from May 2 to 6. Former Silver Fern and NZ U21 assistant coach,
The Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will take place at Frank Kitts Park this weekend. Relay for Life is a global fundraising event run by the Cancer Society and involves participants walking or running around a track for 24 hours. The 2016 Wellington Relay for Life will
Julie Seymour, will lead the team with Mary-Jane Araroa as her assistant coach. From last year’s team, shooters Sydney Fraser and Tiana Metuarau from Wellington East Girls’ College return to the side. They are joined by other talented players from across the country.
School students “have-a-go” Local primary school students tried a variety of sports during the annual Sport Wellington Stadium Sports Festival at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium last month. Organised by Sport Wellington for the past thirteen years, the Sport Wellington Stadium Sports Festival aims to give school children in years 5 and 6 the opportunity to “have-a-go” at sports they might not generally experience. Over 550 school children participated in 20 different sports last Wednesday, giving them a chance to find sports they enjoyed and wanted to play regularly either through school, KiwiSport programmes or sport clubs. Community Sport Advisor for Sport Wellington, Paddy Simpson, said the day was a fantastic opportunity for children from different schools to take part in new sports and be active while
having fun. “The regional event has spawned satellite sports festivals in Lower Hutt and Wellington City, which have given more schools an opportunity to take part.” Providers from developing sports such as AFL, korfball and fencing were among those to deliver sessions to the children, along with golf, gymSports and futsal in a hope of giving students a taste of something they may not have tried. Sport Wellington acknowledged Wellington Regional Stadium Trust for providing Westpac Stadium for the day to ‘give back’ to the regional community. “It’s great for these kids to get a taste of what playing in an elite venue is like,” Paddy said. “We hope many of the students find a sport they love and have an opportunity to continue to enjoy it within their community.”
begin with a survivors walk, followed by a candlelight ceremony in the evening. The event will finish with a closing ceremony. Last year 3670 people in 78 teams took part in the Relay for Life and raised $390,000. This year 3750 people have signed up.
Patrol season ends Locals are being urged to take care in the water when swimming at unpatrolled beaches this winter. Easter weekend marked the official end of the patrol season at beaches around the country and Surf Life Saving New Zealand was now urging beach-goers to exercise caution. Traditionally, volunteer weekend patrols begin at Labour Weekend in October and continue through to Easter. Initial numbers released by Surf Life Saving New Zealand show a huge summer season for lifeguards across the country - who rescued in excess of last season's total of 1,328 people. Surf Life Saving New Zealand national lifesaving and education manager, Allan Mundy, said lifeguards had once again done an amazing job of helping to make the country's beaches a safer place for all to enjoy. “We experienced some fantastic weather around the country throughout December and January and particularly during the Christmas period, which saw thousands drawn to spending their
holidays at the beach and lifeguards were certainly kept on their toes. “Lifeguards spent over 200,000 hours on patrol, ensuring no one drowned while swimming between the flags on New Zealand's patrolled beaches this summer,” he said. Allan said unfortunately, a large number of beach-goers continued to put themselves in unnecessary danger by swimming at unpatrolled beaches or overestimating their abilities in the surf which resulted in a high number of rescues- and sadly, a high number of drownings. While the patrol flags would be put away for the winter, the country's volunteer lifeguards would continue to be part of callout squads and search and rescue operations, he said. Meanwhile, when swimming at an unpatrolled beach, Allan encouraged people to take care. He said it was important for beachgoers to understand what risks they may be putting themselves, or their children, into and take practical steps to avoid them.
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