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Exciting new changes are on the horizon for a local group which offers support to young mothers. The Newtown Breastfeeding Clinic is a non-profit community based group, where mothers and babies can get expert help with breastfeeding problems. The free

clinic runs off donations. From early May, the group will join the newly established Wellington Family Support Hub, which will offer a number of services including a mother and baby GP clinic, post-natal depression support group and counselling as well as ante and post natal classes. Continued on page 2

Lactation consultant and GP Rona Carroll and lactation consultant Liora Noy will both come on board and offer their skills at the newly established Family Support Hub.

The New Zealand Blood Service is appealing for the community to head along and donate blood at a local drive next week. Next Thursday, a blood drive will be held at the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie and the New Zealand Blood Service are hoping for at least 60 donors to attend on the day. Nicola Binns from the New Zealand Blood Service said this was the first time there had been a blood drive in Kilbirnie for more than 10 years. She said this was because there had not

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pay tribute to those that were wounded or lost their lives and to their families back home. “The programme planned for this year is an opportunity to remember those who died from injuries and disease, or were wounded in body and mind. “It is also a time to remember the women and their families who were left behind to carry on,” Ms Wade-Brown said. Aspects of the programme aim to both commemorate servicemen and women and educate the public. WWI Remembered: A Light and Sound Show will use light to tell stories of WWI, with the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park acting as the canvas. The Katherine Mansfield House and Garden is hosting Women of Empire 1914–1918: the untold stories of New Zea-

The capital is preparing to pay tribute to service members, their families and their sacrifices during World War I, with a diverse variety of exhibits and productions. This year’s commemoration was particularly significant for New Zealand, Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown said. “While WW1 centenary commemorations began last year, it was on the Western Front in 1916 that our country experienced its most significant loss of life.” More than 2000 New Zealanders died, and over 6000 were wounded, at the Battle of the Somme, which New Zealand entered mid-September, 1916. Ms Wade-Brown said the programme this year will

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land and Australian women in WWI, an exhibit featuring costume and ephemera that honours the contributions and sacrifices of New Zealand’s women. White crosses will once again be installed on the Salamanca Lawn at the Wellington Botanic Garden to honour local fallen soldiers from a hundred years ago. This year 964 individually named crosses and a Star of David, commemorating those who died in 1916, will be added to the 866 laid down last year. Wellington will join Sydney and Canakkale, Gallipoli in exhibiting an installation by Australian artist Alan Giddy that celebrates New Zealand’s ongoing relationship with Australia and Turkey. The installation, titled Sonic

Wells, consists of three ‘wells’ that will transmit clear audio from each city, allowing people to hold conversations across oceans. The Wellington well, officially launched on April 23, is on Cuba Street, in between Dixon and Manners.  For more information on Anzac Day commemorations head to www.wcc.govt.nz

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Continued from page 1 The clinic was based at Trinity Church in Newtown for just over year before moving to the Newtown Community Centre for the past two years. On Monday, the group held thei r last week ly meeting at the community centre. The hub will now run out of a new space on Riddiford St, in the heart of Newtown. Lactation consultant Liora Noy, said the clinic was grateful for the community centre’s support over the past two years and were now excited for the next

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Poppy Day brings community closer together By Kelly Hennessy Cook Strait News Intern

The Annual Poppy Day Street Appeal is a day of remembrance and sharing on the part of both the volunteers and those donating, as they spend time connecting over personal ties to the cause. Poppy Day takes place this Friday, with volunteers selling poppies at stations across the capital’s eastern suburbs, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the Wellington Returned Services Association (RSA) Welfare Fund. It is the RSA’s most important appeal, and is essential to providing continuing support to current and former service members and their families. These efforts are made possible by Maupuia resident Glenda Ramsay, who took over the organisation of Kilbirnie, Rongotai and Lyall Bay volunteers this year. Glenda replaced Marie Byrne who had spent a number of years working on behalf of the Wellington RSA. While finding volunteers has been a challenge in recent years, Glenda has found that most volunteers have some relationship with either Anzac Day specifically, or the armed services in general. “Their grandfather or father has gone off to war, or they have some

sort of connection,” she said. Many of her volunteers are veterans themselves, such as Private Phil Wallace, 10 Company RNZAS Corps, who served in Korea between 1956 and 1957 and CPO Ken Ramsay, who served on HMNZS Canterbury in Mururoa Atoll in 1974. Students from St Patrick’s College Town and Wellington College are also volunteering in support of the appeal, while a number of local businesses have offered their support by having donation buckets and poppies available. Glenda herself became involved with Poppy Day 35-years-ago, when she worked on it while a member of the New Zealand Defence Force. “I have continued because I believe that this sector, the vets, only have this one opportunity a year to do fundraising for their welfare, so it is important.” Glenda said she and volunteers find themselves regaled by the public with stories of their own connection to the cause. “Volunteers end up talking to whole time, because people use this as an opportunity to talk about their own connection to World War I and II,” she said. Volunteers around Wellington have pinned 80,000 poppies this year, she said.

Glenda Ramsay has organised volunteers for Poppy Day across Wellington’s eastern suburbs this year. PHOTO CREDIT: Nikki Papatsoumas • The symbolic significance of the poppy is derived from the fact that poppies were the first plant to bloom on the disturbed ground around soldiers’ graves during World War I. • While the UK, Canada and Australia, New Zealand first held Poppy Day in association with Armistice Day on 11 November, 1921, the New Zealand shipment of poppies was too late,

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inbrief news Earthquake strikes lower North Island A strong quake rattled the lower North Island early on Tuesday morning. On its website GeoNet described the magnitude 5.2 quake, which struck about 7.40am on Tuesday as strong. The quake was centred 15km west of Masterton, at a depth of 24km. More than 3,400 people reported feeling the quake on GeoNet’s website.

New space for local gallery By Nikki Papatsoumas

An exciting new move is on the cards for an iconic Island Bay art gallery. Early next month, Tapu te

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cial for co-curator Ian Logan - in the mid 1990’s he used the space on The Parade for his gallery, ‘Ian Logan’s Island Bay Art Gallery’. Tapu te Ranga Art Gallery cocurator Rahul Gopinathan said the decision to move was made when he and Ian learnt their lease was up at their current space on The Esplanade. “People are really happy, I know there was a point where we thought will we keep on going – well we are going to keep on going and we are going to represent all the local artists here,” Rahul said. Two other local artists will now join Ian and Rahul at their new space, John Fuller and Jenny Hartley. John has made a name for himself with his vibrant easel sized paintings of Wellington. He is also responsible for the transport themed mural at the entrance to Miramar. Jenny works mostly in bronze and casts sculptures at home using the “lost wax” technique. Her works often have a hidden

message about ecology and the fragility of the natural world. “We both exhibit here, we have been doing so for quite a while,” Jenny said. “We were in the position to be able to come on board. It’s going to be fun, it’s a good community and it’s nice being back in the heart of the community.” Ian said having John and Jenny on board was exciting as the group’s skills complimented one another. “As artists we want to make sure we have more time for our own art as well,” Ian said. Rahul thanked the community for their ongoing support over the last three years. “We want to give gratitude and thanks to the people in the local community here in Island Bay who have supported us in the past,” he said.  Tapu te Ranga Art Gallery will move to its new space at 139 The Parade in early May. More details will be available closer to the time at www. taputerangagallery.co.nz

New pedestrian crossing for Lyall Bay By Nikki Papatsoumas

Lyall Bay locals are delighted that work is almost complete on a pedestrian crossing on one of the suburbs busiest roads. Contractors are currently working on installing a pedestrian crossing on Wha St at the intersection of Onepu Rd. A curb extension is also being developed at the crossing. Lyall Bay resident Joe Reich said he was pleased to see the council had listened to the community’s concerns. “I have tried to cross here a couple of times and

let’s just say you have to be mindful of cars when crossing the road. “This kind of response and community involvement, it’s been absolutely brilliant,” he said. Wellington City Councillor Sarah Free said as part of the council’s long term plan she requested an extra $200,000 be put aside for pedestrian improvements across the eastern suburbs. “It’s been in the pipeline for a while,” Ms Free said. “Lots and lots of kids do walk to Lyall Bay School. I am very pleased to see it, I know it is a major concern for parents and we do

want more kids walking to school. It’s good for their independence.” Ms Free said the council was also keen to install crossings outside the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, as well as a pedestrian refuge at the end of the Leonie Gill pathway to help people cross over Tirangi Rd. She said the council would also explore the option of further work around pedestrian improvements near Kilbirnie School. The crossing is due to be completed by the end of this week.

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Saying goodbye to a gentle giant After the death of Lanky the Pelican, Wellington Zoo suffered another loss this week, with the passing of Sam, a 38-year-old male chimpanzee. Sam was euthanised last week after his health deteriorated due to dilated cardiomyopathy. He was diagnosed with the heart condition in 2014, and, while the Wellington Zoo keepers and veterinary team were able to manage his symptoms for the past 18 months, there is no cure. General manager for animal care at the zoo, Mauritz Basson, said Sam’s symptoms were negatively impacting his health and social well-being, leading the team to decide to end his suffering.

“Animal welfare is our top priority, so the decision to euthanise Sam was made in his best interests.” Sam was a beloved member of the Wellington Zoo’s chimpanzee community, one of the largest in Australasia. He was born in the zoo in 1978, and fathered a number of chimpanzees. He was known for his gentle demeanor, large size, and his affinity for blankets and snacks, according to senior keeper Harmony Wallace. “Sam was a sun-smart chimpanzee, always first to nab a blanket to cover up from the sun-or to wrap up warm on cooler days,” Harmony said. He was easy to distinguish from the other chimps with his large presence,

and always being the first one up for food. “Always a lover, never a fighter-it’s not surprising that he didn’t ever make a bid for the alpha spot, but his loss will be noted by the other chimpanzees.” The zoo keepers will have to keep a close eye on the remaining 11 chimpanzees, as any change in the dynamics of the group can shake up the complex social structure, said Harmony. “One of the young adult chimpanzees, Alexis, has made some recent challenges for the alpha spot, which is currently held by Marty. “It could be that Sam’s passing could be the next catalyst for change.”

Sam the chimpanzee was euthanised by staff at Wellington Zoo last week.

Island Bay Plunket rooms to close By Nikki Papatsoumas

As at the end of this month, Plunket clinics will no longer operate out of the Island Bay Plunket rooms. A spokeswoman from Plunket said the Island Bay Plunket rooms, on The Parade, needed significant development to ensure they were suitable for Plunket’s work. “This would have required substantial funding which is not available,” she said. She said Plunket remained

committed to supporting parents in Island Bay and planning was underway to relocate Island Bay and Brooklyn Plunket nurses and other services to Plunket’s Rongotai Family. “Customers are being contacted to discuss the best option for them and there should be no interruption to appointments for families.” The toy library was also run out of the Island Bay Plunket rooms and the spokeswoman said Plunket was currently in discus-

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School Holidays April School Holidays at Capital E What is it about a cardboard box that inspires us to dream, invent and imagine new possibilities? These April School Holidays, Capital E is opening the box for children and young people to invent, explore and imagine their creations. From Monday 18 April – Saturday 30 April 2016 Capital E Central will receive a finely tuned makeover with a new installation BoxOpolis created by its visitors, play host to OnTV and MediaLab workshops, and presents the Wellington premiere season of Shu’s Song created by Laura Gaudin, Rachel Callinan and Gina Moss. BoxOpolis at Capital E Central on 4 Queens Wharf is a new evolving cardboard world featuring changing themes to inspire children’s creations throughout the school holidays. Children will watch their inventions come alive with afternoon interactive performances by Java Dance and PlayShop Performance Company. Inspired by Capital E National Theatre for Children’s Shu’s Song, a special Shu’s Zone will be added for children to create their own Shu costume. They can

& Gina Moss. From Monday 18 – Saturday 30 April at 10am, quirky character Shu conducts a symphony of colours, sound, music and fun in this visual theatre feast for the eyes and ears. Shu embarks on a journey of the secret life of everyday objects in a home office. Audience will watch as Shu’s imagination brings these objects to life in this charming and inventive story about exploring our environments and building relationships.  All participating workshops at Capital E require bookings. Visit Capital E’s website, capitale.org.nz to book or phone 04 913 3740 for more information.

exclusively to the April school holidays. Participants aged 8+ will invent curious characters and quirky storylines from the inspiration of boxes in Capital E’s OnTV Studio. Creations will be uploaded to the Capital E YouTube channel. OnTV workshops have limited spaces and booking are required. For the first time, Capital E will be offering E Chill- an added bonus especially for MediaLab and OnTV workshops. For an extra $20, participants in digital workshops can stay until 4.30pm after their 2.30pm finish from their digital experience. Heading to Capital E’s MediaLab, they’ll discover the joys of multi-player gaming featuring an environment of high emotion and full-on energy with Time trials, Team Deathmatch or Capture The Flag. Younger families from ages 2+ can head to the Hannah Playhouse for the premiere season of Capital E National Theatre for Children’s Shu’s Song created by Laura Gaudin, Rachel Callinan

save their memories from the day with selfies in the Capital E photo booth and email their snaps to themselves. BoxOpolis is open 9.30am-3.30pm from Monday – Saturday and is free entry. MediaLab doesn’t disappoint with two of its most popular workshops for children aged 8+. Rasberry Pi: Fresh from the Oven gets budding programmers to explore a computer the size of a credit card. They’ll discover how to set things up and unpack the software that comes with the Pi. For more experienced programmers, there’re epic projects like Control LEDs, Pi HATs and using Pi to program marshmallow. Plus, Your Virtual Reality workshops are back. In this jam packed workshop, participants will learn about VR technology, and will use the FREE Unity 5 to design a virtual world to explore inside a Google Cardboard headset. MediaLab workshops have limited spaces and booking are required. Out of the Box in OnTV is Capital E’s latest workshop available

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Q: Do you think begging should be banned in Wellington’s CBD?

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LETTERS to the editor Cycleway design rides “like a mess” Dear Ed, As a cyclist, the cycleway design rides like a mess, for while a lane separated from traffic by cars is a great idea, the other parts of the lane layout forces cyclists onto a pavement that is visually a pedestrian space - just asking for a collision involving an inexperienced cyclist, such as the kids it's designed to protect. Is inconvenient to ride because of the weird twists forcing changes in direction forcing transitions across gutters. It's also slow for the same reason. The corner "bulges" feel dangerous as they create artificial bottlenecks for pedestrians, cyclists and cars. David Cohen, Wellington

Nice Surprise Dear Ed, What a nice surprise to see the old “Welcome to Wellington – A Nuclear Free City” sign (or a very good replica of the original) pop up recently in its former place beside the road from the airport. Little has changed globally as far as nuclear weapons go since the sign was first put up, so it is still relevant. When the sign was taken down in 2004 by the Airport Corporation

they said they needed a sign which represented the vibrant diversity of the city. But the sign they put up was so ‘busy’ in its small space that it was unlikely anyone whizzing by in a vehicle would be able to make out anything other than an abstract splash of colour. Is that the way the airport views the city? Perhaps it is an appropriate symbol of the Airport Corporation’s blurry rush to increase

air traffic and consequently carbon emissions. So now we see the proud nuclearfree sign standing shoulder to shoulder with the airport’s marketing tool. What will be next for Wellington in a new world characterized by climate disruption? Richard Keller Lyall Bay

Yes To cycleways in eastern suburbs Dear Ed, I cycle along Evans Bay, near my home, and find the stretches where the cycle trail goes between parked cars and the traffic a real challenge. With the possibility of a driver in a parked car opening a door, it feels really dangerous. I would love to see cycleways in the eastern suburbs, if they could be made next to the footpath,

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Be gone with the old Dear Ed, Best be gone with old one and the power that cost us big money to change. A bit late, but the fact that the

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Vandalism to school garden “heart breaking” By Nikki Papatsoumas

A garden created to aid in Island Bay School students learning was thoughtlessly vandalised earlier this month. The school officially opened its very own garden with a Karakia and blessing two weeks ago. Following this, learning hub coordinator Karen Grice said she arrived to water the garden during the weekend, only to discover the pyrethrum and stevia plants had been ripped out. “We have got a dedicated herb garden to teach the kids about different types of herbs from a medicinal point of view as well as a cooking point of view.”

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She said the pyrethrum plant was particularly valuable, because they were going to use it to teach the children how to make natural pesticides. “It [also] really meant a lot to us because it was the first plant to go into the garden,” she said Sadly the vandalism continued, with carrots and seedlings also being ripped from the garden. Karen said the school was now asking the local community to help keep an eye on the garden outside of school hours. “We ask people to be more vigilant – if you are up there keep an eye on things for us. It’s just hard to believe that someone in our community would do that deliberately.

“The kids put their heart and soul into this new space and now we don’t know what we will walk into after each weekend.” They now plan to paint the garden beds, install a scarecrow and personalise the space to deter future acts of vandalism, she said. Karen said the garden was built and designed to teach children about how to grow food, where food comes from and horticulture. The school planned to use all food harvested to run its own ‘garden to table’ initiative, she said. “This makes it pretty heart breaking when someone comes in and destroys it,” she said.

Tens of thousands attend Thai Festival For an estimated ten thousand people, the Wellington Waterfront was transformed into a window into Thai culture this weekend by the Thai Festival. The festival, celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and New Zealand, featured food, music and fun. An electric tuk tuk traversed the Wellington streets, and festivalgoers enjoyed demonstrations of ancient Thai crafts and performers from near and far. Thirty-five performers brought over by the Thai Ministry of Culture dazzled the audience with traditional music and dancing. Local groups such as the Educate

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inbrief news Police seek man Police are seeking a man in relation to an indecent assault which occurred on Lambton Quay on Monday. Police said about 2.30pm on Monday, April 11, a woman walking along Lambton Quay towards the Wellington Railway Station was approached by a man, who grabbed her by the waist and tried to kiss her. Police said the man,

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Locals will have a chance to acquaint themselves with some of the ghostly residents at one of the capital’s most wellknown haunted buildings next month. Wellington psychic medium Kathy McBride has the gift of connection with the other side, bringing messages from loved ones and guides in spirit. She said she has had a gift for as long as she could remember, but has worked as a psychic medium for the last 15-years. After a two-year hiatus spent writing her book, Kathy will once again present shows across Wellington this year, connecting audience members with lost family members, guides and loved ones. As well as her work as a psychic medium, Kathy also works as a ghost investigator. She has hosted tours of some of Wellington’s most famous haunted buildings, including St James Theatre, Downstage and the City and Sea Museum. However, she said one of her most favourite haunted spaces in Wellington was the Wellington SPCA’s home at Fever Hospital on Alexandra Rd, in Mount Victoria. A heritage building, Fever Hospital was designed as a hospital for isolating patients with contagious diseases. Kathy said she felt “quite at home there”. In particular she had come to know some

of the sites many ghostly ‘residents’ including an old night shift nurse named ‘Sister Slippers’ and a “bad tempered” caretaker. She said locals should not fear Fever Hospital’s supernatural inhabitants. “They are very happy for what it is now being used for.” With this in mind, Kathy will host a ‘Messages from Beyond’ show, followed by a ghost tour of Fever Hospital, on May 28. Half the profits will go directly to the Wellington SPCA, Kathy said. A spokeswoman from the Wellington SPCA said the old Fever Hospital proudly holds eighth place of the top 10 most haunted buildings in Wellington. “Kathy McBride and her team have had a long standing relationship with the SPCA and with the building she has already conducted numerous ghost hunts on the premises,” she said. “Kathy is a keen supporter of the Wellington SPCA, and is always keen to do fundraisers for the charity to help the animals in need in the Wellington and Kapiti areas.” Kathy will also host boutique ghost investigations at Fever Hospital later in the year.  Tickets for Kathy’s show ‘Messages from Beyond’ on the May 28 are available on www.eventfinda.co.nz or at the Wellington SPCA reception.


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It’s the end of the golden weather for another year, but some people still wander around bare-footed – with the potential to pick-up fungal infections of the feet (“athlete’s foot”), or out jogging getting hot and sweaty. If sweat builds-up in the groin area for example, it can lead to another type of fungal infection commonly known as “jock itch”. Skin-related fungal infections occur mainly in warm, moist areas, for example within skinfolds, under the breast, around the groin, in the vagina and between the toes. Initially the skin can look red and rash-like, but can also be scaly, cracked and peeling, and become inflamed and very itchy (athlete’s foot). With jock itch, the skin is itchy with raised red patches and sharp borders. In contrast, ringworm – a fungal infection that can occur after direct contact with an infected animal - usually appears on the arms, legs, face, neck or body-trunk as a flat, red, itchy, ring-shaped sore that is clear at the centre

but with a red scaly boarder. Infected skin can become uncomfortable - especially if hot, and painful. At its worst, the skin can split and secondary bacterial infection can occur. Athlete’s foot is easy to catch from walking around public swimming pools, camp ground facilities and other areas where there are puddles of water through which many people walk in bare feet. The fungi organisms can live in the puddles - thriving in the warm and moist conditions, and on surfaces that infected people have touched and onto which their shed skin has settled. “If you have itchiness and flaky skin between your toes”, caution Self Care pharmacists, “or notice a red scaly spot on your skin, you are likely to have a fungal infection. You need to come and see us so we can advise about the best care and treatment options.” Self Care pharmacists will also advise you about ways to prevent getting fungal infections in the future, or pass-

ing them on to others. Such advice includes: • Keep dry the skin areas prone to infection. This is important especially after sweaty sports and bathing/ showering. Wash sweaty areas and towel-dry well. Maybe use a hair dryer to dry between the toes. • Don’t wear tight clothing for long periods (because it can lead to moisture build-up on the skin), or clothing made from fabrics that stop moisture wicking away from the skin. • Wear flip-flops in public showers and when walking around swimming pools, or wear other suitable footwear that protects your feet from contact with the ground and prevents them picking-up any fungal organisms. • Don’t share clothing, shoes, towels, etc. • Let sweaty shoes dry out thoroughly before re-wearing them. • Change socks and underclothes daily. • Inspect your pets for fungal infections and treat them if

necessary. • Eat in a healthy way (the Weight and Health and Reducing Your Cholesterol fact cards have guidance), keep fit and get plenty of sleep. It means your immune system can do its best to help ward-off fungal infections.” If you do end-up with a skin infection, treatment is with a specific antifungal preparation available from your local Self Care pharmacy. The type of preparation best for you - cream, powder, lotion or spray - will depend on the area being treated. According to Self Care pharmacists, “that is part of the counselling service we provide.” Normally preparations have to be used for two weeks to clear the infection, and for a further week or two after that to prevent a return. Have a look at the Fungal Infections fact card and ask your Self Care pharmacist for further advice.  Prepared by Pharmacy Self Care, Pharmaceutical Society of NZ Inc, 16-20 Willis St, Wellington

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Parafed re-ignites youth group By Nikki Papatsoumas

Parafed Wellington has been facilitating sport and recreation opportunities for people with physical disabilities for four decades. Now with the help of a new sports coordinator the not-forprofit organisation has recently re-ignited its youth group. Based at the ASB Centre in Kilbrinie, Parafed Wellington works with people with physical disabilities to ensure they can join in and participate in any sport or leisure activity of their own choice. Some of the organisation’s most well-known members include swimmer Mary Fisher, track sprinter and cyclist Kate Horan, shooter Greg Reid and swimmer Chris Arbutnoth, who has recently made qualifying times for the Rio Olympics. Manager Catriona McBean said the organisation’s youth group, now meets twice a month with a focus to inspire, enable and achieve.

Sport coordinator Melissa Pepler, who is in charge of the youth group, said children between five to 18 years of age participated in a variety of activities such as sailing, skiing, cycling, boccia, swimming, wheelchair softball and wheelchair basketball. “We take part in specialised events arranged through community and providers. We also support other community events,” Melissa said. “We also support our members in attending over and above what we organise.” Catriona said through a variety of activities, they were “providing an opportunity to show the ability of their members was un-restrained”. “It’s also about looking at how we can show the organisations we work with how they can adapt their programmes and services relatively easily to accommodate kids with disabilities,” she said. “What we are hoping is that by showcasing a wide range of

Manager Catriona McBean and sport coordinator Melissa Pepler at Parafed Wellington’s Kilbirnie base at the ASB Sports Centre.

activities, that when our youth members grow up they’ll be able to say that that’s the sport I want to be able to continue in.

“The kids love trying new activities and you just see it on their faces. It’s great to see the pleasure on the childrens’ faces

and then the pleasure on their parents’ faces.”  For more information, head to www.parafedwellington.co.nz

Fan favourite uses final game to raise awareness The Neonatal Trust turned out to bid farewell to Wellington Phoenix fan favourite and Neonatal Trust Ambassador Ben Sigmund as he played his final game of professional football last Sunday. Through the support of Ben, the Wellington Phoenix, and Westpac Stadium, volunteers, including neonatal unit graduates, neonatal parents, and neonatal nurses, were present, collecting donations and handing out fli-

ers that were intended to raise awareness and provide insight by relating Ben and Deanna Sigmund’s neonatal story. Ben and Deanna first became involved with The Neonatal Trust following the premature arrival of their son Cameron. Cameron was born at twentyfour-weeks, sixteen weeks early, weighing only 715 grams. Ben covers this emotional ordeal in his forthcoming book, ‘Fully Committed,’ due out in

May. As part of their continuing support of the Trust, Ben and Deanna are donating $1 from each book sold. Neal O’Styke of The Neonatal Trust said since experiencing their neonatal journey, Deanna and Ben Sigmund have been incredible supporters in a number of different ways. “From help with collections, sorting knitted items, media work for promotions - you name

it, a request for help was never too much hassle.” Regarding Sunday’s game, Neal said, “The Neonatal Trust are privileged to be present to say thanks to Ben as he moves on to the next stage of life with his ‘Fully Committed’ people development company.” Many New Zealanders are personally affected, or know those who are, by neonatal emergencies, according to Neal. Locally, over 1000 babies go

through the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Wellington Hospital and over 400 babies go through the Special Care Baby Unit in Lower Hutt Hospital every year. This momentous game of Ben’s was the perfect opportunity to continue to raise awareness, and Neal added, “our huge thanks go to Ben and Deanna Sigmund, The Wellington Phoenix and Westpac Stadium for allowing us to collect and raise awareness at Ben’s last game.”

Local teen headed to The Netherlands By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN

Alaynah Bettany has made Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s youth team, the Junior Black Fins.

Ten years of hard work payed off this week for Alaynah Bettany, a 15-year-old member of the Lyall Bay Surf Club. Surf Life Saving New Zealand announced the New Zealand Youth team, known as the Junior Black Fins, on April 7, and Alaynah made the cut. Two Island Bay athletes, Alaynah and Lewis Clareburt, both of Lyall Bay Surf Club, will be traveling to The Netherlands in September for the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships. Alaynah has been swimming for the surf club since she was five-years-old, when her mother signed her and her sister up after her sister and cousin drifted out to sea and had to be rescued by a pair of boogie boarders. Her mother decided the two girls needed to learn more about the beach, and Alaynah excelled.

Alaynah now spends every morning swimming, and every afternoon training, on either her board or the ski boat, as she prepares for September’s competition. While she is skilled in the pool events, particularly manikin carries, her favourite part of competing is the opportunity to see new places. “I like travelling around New Zealand and competing on different beaches, meeting new people from different surf clubs.” Rescue 2016, as the championships are colloquially known, offers her the opportunity to travel farther than she ever has before. “I’m excited about getting to see The Netherlands. I’ve just been to Australia.” Alaynah will be in The Netherlands with the rest of the Junior Black Fins team of 12, with six female athletes and six male, all led by coach Jonelle Quane.

“These athletes have performed really well, particularly in recent months at regional and national champs, and I look forward to seeing them come together and fight hard to win the Youth title this year,” said Jonelle. The junior portion of the Lifesaving World Championships was added in 2012 by the International Lifesaving Federation, and mirrors the format of the Open’s national teams’ competition. There are four days of competition with two days of pool events and two of beach and ocean events. The World Championships occur every two years, and involve competitors from over 40 countries. Rescue 2016 will be held from September 1 to 18, in Eindhoven and Noordwijk in The Netherlands. The New Zealand Open team, known as the Black Fins, will be announced next month.


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