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Thursday, June 2, 2016
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By Nikki Papatsoumas
After more than four decades in the business, Ishver “Jack” Jekishan, will soon trade in his tools for retirement. Jack has been working at South End Motors in Island Bay as a mechanic for the past 42 years. A stalwart of the community and part owner of the business, Jack is in the process of training his replacement before he will wave goodbye to the business for good. Continued on page 2 Ishver “Jack” Jekishan will leave his job as a mechanic at South End Motors after more than 40 years in the business.
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Mary Potter tallies record-breaking appeal By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN
Mary Potter Hospice broke records this year with their annual street appeal, achieving their biggest street collection
ever. The appeal raised $87,190, the highest amount they have ever brought in during an appeal. The annual appeal was on May 20 and 21.
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Time for retirement 42 years and running the business we know a lot of people and a lot of people know us. “Island Bay is a good community – they have supported us and the business, I am very thankful.” Jack said once retired, he planned to help his wife with chores around the house and visit his daughter in America. He said work had become a “way of life” and he was looking forward to the break. Do you know someone who is retiring after many years of serving their community? We would love to hear from you. Send an email to news@ wsn.co.nz
Continued from page 1 Jack arrived in New Zealand 1965 from India, with an automotive degree. “I came to this country with three pounds in my pocket. I met my wife in India and we came here, got married and started life. I attended polytechnic and got all the necessary qualifications. “I worked for two franchise dealerships then in February 1974 I started this business.” Reflecting on the past four decades, the Berhampore resident said he was very pleased with how things have turned out. “I feel very fortunate. I have no regrets. “Working in this place for the last
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Ria Earp, chief executive of Mary Potter Hospice, said she was delighted with these results. “We are truly thrilled with the amount raised and the number of collectors that were out on the streets doing their part in helping the Hospice,” she said. The record year would not have been possible without the 700 volunteers who turned out on Friday and Saturday across the city. “Without the support and dedication of a fantastic team of volunteers and generous donors right across Wellington we would not be able to provide the free quality service that we do,” Ria said. Volunteers were stationed at 170 sites across the Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti areas. The street appeal is essential to the hospice providing palliative care free of charge across Wellington. Mary Potter Hospice operates an 18-bed in-patient unit in Newtown, three community palliative care teams in Wellington, Kapiti and Porirua, and in-home care to 260 patients across the city. They serve 850 people each year. Ria was appreciative to those who turned out. “Thank you Wellington for your support.” If you missed the street appeal, you can donate online anytime at marypotter.org.nz.
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Overbridge sought for busy road
inbrief news Drop in to community centre The Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre holds a drop in every day from 10am to 2pm. Everyone is welcome to pop in for a cup of coffee and a chat. For more information, contact the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre on 387 7867.
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Residents of the eastern suburbs are calling for an overbridge across a dangerous road in a bid to eliminate safety concerns. Earlier this year, the Wellington City Council announced it would allocate $6 million towards developing a safe cycle network in the eastern suburbs as part of investing $34.7 million in cycling in the capital over the next three years. A number of possible cycling corridors have already been identified by residents at a series of public drop in sessions. During these drop in sessions, residents also expressed interest in building an overbridge to grant safe passage over Cobham Dr to the ASB Sports Centre off Kemp St in Kilbirnie. Deputy Mayor and mayoral candidate in this year’s elections, Justin Lester, said as part of his campaign he has called 2000 houses across the eastern suburbs. “People are very supportive of getting a pedestrian and cycleway bridge over Cobham Drive, to the ASB Centre and schools,” he said. Labour candidate for the eastern ward in this year’s local government elections, Lynda McGregor, said a lot of parents across the capital’s eastern suburbs won’t allow their children to walk or cycle to school. She said a cycling and pedestrian
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overbridge would eliminate safety concerns. “Everybody wants safe cycling especially for children… if we can concentrate on these [traffic] hotspots we can get safety for kids going to school and families cycling recreationally.” Councillor Paul Eagle said he attended public drop in sessions and it was clear an overbridge would make is
safer and faster for children to get to school. “We don’t want another Island Bay situation. What we have here is a genuine engagement with people and we will get a genuine result out of it – it’s a common sense, pragmatic approach.” In particular an overbridge would make it much easier for children to walk or cycle to nearby Evans Bay Inter-
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then decided to send students home for the day, while police investigated and worked with the school’s management team in relation to the incident. Following the bomb threat, police advised school staff it was safe for the school to reopen and classes resumed on
Thursday morning. Neighbouring school Evans Bay Intermediate School also took precautions following the bomb threat. Students from the intermediate school were moved to nearby Rongotai College, principal Louise Bray-Burns said.
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inbrief news David Jones to open its doors Earlier this week David Jones announced it will open the doors to its first international store, David Jones Wellington at the end of July. This is the first David Jones store to open outside Australia, marking a significant moment in the department store’s 178-year history. David Jones Wellington will operate across three floors offering an unrivalled mix of fashion, beauty, accessories and home. It plans to introduce a number of new brands to the market including popular international beauty brands Tom Ford and Benefit. It will also house a premium cafe.
Final Disaster Response Plan Workshops Thursday The final disaster response plan workshop will convene at the Island Bay Bowling Club on Thursday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Residents of Island Bay, Houghton Bay and Owhiro Bay are encouraged to attend these workshops as members of the area work to create a resilient community. Groups, organisations, families and individuals are all invited. This is the third and final workshop, so come along and join the discussion. No registration needed, admission is free.
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Wellington Zoo welcomes new family member Wellington Zoo welcomed a new giraffe to the African Savannah this week and she is already part of the family. Zuri travelled from Auckland Zoo on Monday and was welcomed to Wellington Zoo on Tuesday. “Giraffes are very social animals, and she will be joining our mother and daughter Giraffes here in Wellington, Tisa and Zahara,” said Animal Science Manager Simon Eyre. Zuri has a family connection to Wellington Zoo’s mother-daughter
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pair - she is the granddaughter of Tisa and the niece of Zahara. Zuri’s mother, Rukiya, is the daughter of Tisa and was moved to Auckland Zoo. Rukiya has since had six calves. This was the second giraffe transfer Auckland Zoo have done in several months and it was the longest giraffe road trip yet, Simon said. “We’ve driven a Giraffe to Hamilton before, but never as far as Wellington, so it will be a novel sight for many.”
Auckland Zoo’s Pridelands team leader Nat Sullivan said zoo staff were “getting pretty good” at the transfers, having already done a few. Nat said due to their height, giraffes were difficult to transport, so animal care teams at both Auckland and Wellington Zoo’s made sure Zuri had a safe and comfortable trip. Zuri’s travels were documented on Auckland and Wellington Zoo’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
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Cinema Italiano Festival Wellington opens
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Carey Clements is digging up the past and reorganising it for Wellington High School. The historian and journalist, himself an alumna of Wellington High School, has undertaken the massive project of archiving the 130-years’ worth of photographs, documents and other ephemera housed in the school. Over the years, the memories have piled up; rooms and rooms are filled with everything the school has saved through its many iterations. Wellington High School was founded in 1886 as Wellington College of Design, became the Wellington Technical School in 1891, before adopting its current moniker in 1964. After attending the 125-year jubilee, Carey had the desire to further explore the institution’s history. Carey approached the principal and the board of trustees with a proposal to begin cleaning up and archiving the collection. He has recently undertaken the 10-week project, starting with sorting out what is useful. “I have started from scratch. I’ve had to decide what is junk and what is treasure; we’ve filled four full skips with rubbish, but have also found a lot of useful stuff,” he said. While sifting through, he has discovered many hidden gems, like a portrait of John
Henry Howell, the third director of the school, who served from 1918 to 1931. He particularly enjoys unearthing artefacts that date back to his own stint at the school, where he graduated from in 1986. “Secondary school is really the first turning point in a young person’s life, I believe, and you aren’t really conscious of that until later. I guess I get sentimental looking back at those years.” Carey said he hopes his project can inspire further exploration of the social history of the school, as few seem to know much about its story. “We don’t have an Old Boys or and Old Girls Association, and the college is not known for any particular tradition or identity. I hope this project can begin to change that.” Archiving is only the beginning, if Carey has anything to say about it. “I hope by starting to build the archive, we can reignite interest. Students and alumni can reflect on their school, and understand what is unique about it.” Carey sees potential in these stacks, for some kind of museum or display, integration into classrooms, and the recording of alumni’s oral histories. It is all a question of funding, Carey noted, so if any alumni would like to contribute, they should approach the school. “I believe it is important for us to reflect on our past. You might lose photos and such, but you can never diminish peoples’ memories.”
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Wahine survivor writing down remembrances By Cathie Bell
New Zealand is quickly approaching the 50th anniversary of its worst maritime disaster, the sinking of the Wahine, and Peter Jerram, a survivor and trustee of the Wahine50 Trust, is working hard to commemorate the calamity. Peter, a published author, is writing a book about the Wahine disaster. He encouraged others to remember their experiences as well, and asked for survivors and rescuers to share those memories on the Wahine50 Trust website.
Peter was a young man when the Wahine sank, a member of the erstwhile Lincoln College cricket team, which was traveling to Palmerston North for the universities’ Easter sports tournament. There were 600 people onboard the overnight Lyttelton to Wellington ferry. The ship arrived in Wellington harbour at the same time as Cyclone Giselle, and it took on water and lost steering, hitting the Barrett Reef before coming to rest at
Steeple Rock near Seatoun, Peter said. After it hit bottom and listed onto its side, people were evacuated onto lifeboats. However, the formidable winds and currents blew many of the passengers to Eastbourne’s rocky shore, where many people where buffeted against the rocks by strong waves. Peter said this was where most of the casualties were incurred. Twenty-five years on, at a commemoration, he felt new emotional
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How do you feel about the expansion of smokefree areas in Wellington?
Chris Nicola, Kilbirnie “I don’t smoke, so I don’t care.”
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Lack of conservation funding leaves whales at risk The dependence on corporate sponsorship has put endangered whales in the Cook Strait at Risk, politicians claimed this week. The Green Party announced the decision to cancel surveys of endangered humpback Whales in the Cook Strait this year showed National’s reliance on corporate sponsorship was failing the country’s endangered species. The Department of Conservation acknowledged on Wednesday that a survey of humpback whales would not take place
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this year, after oil and gas exploration company OMV New Zealand decided to pull funding for the project. “Relying on corporate goodwill to protect our endangered and threatened species means they’re at risk when that funding is pulled,” Green Party conservation spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “Corporate sponsorship is incredibly helpful, but it needs to be the icing on the conservation cake. The National Government needs to stump
funding from DOC’s Kakapo recovery programme. “Under National, DOC’s spending in real terms has been $55 million less every year than it was under the Labour-led government in 2008-09.” Mr Hague insisted Doc should be guaranteed consistent and reliable funding from the Government to do its core conservation work, such as the protection of endangered humpback whales.
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In response Dear Ed, It is really a bit rich of Rick Toogood in his letter (CSN May 26) to have a go at me on the basis of me being opinionated and pretending to speak for the suburb of Berhampore. In a free country we have a right to our opinions and the free expression of them. The kind of political system where that right has been removed is called fascism. Anna Jones is just as bad with her 'just plain paranoid' com-
up with the core conservation funding that our precious wildlife need or more species will inch closer to extinction.” Mr Hague said rebuilding the number of endangered humpback whales in New Zealand’s oceans was a long term goal which would need consistent funding year-on-year. “This is the third high profile corporate funded project to stop when funding dried up. In 2015 BNZ ended its sponsorship for Kiwi conservation and Rio Tinto pulled
ment, another method of trying to shut down anyone who doesn't agree with her. She and Toogood deliberately avoid speaking to the facts which is that anyone who followed the news last year was aware of Paul Eagle fronting the cycleway opposition brigade. This had the outcome of no cycleway for Berhampore. Curtis Nixon Berhampore
Dear Ed, In regards to your article (CSN May 26) I was staggered to see an article on page 3 concerning Celia Wade-Brown and the protection of the little penguin on Tapu te Ranga island offshore from Island Bay. It states that she is part of the 'penguineering team', and talks about how nice it is to live in a city with penguins. Is this the same Celia Wade-Brown who is pushing so hard for a runway extension into the Cook Strait at Moa Point? A runway extension that will need to
dump millions of tonnes of rubble into the sea in an area that is known as a haven and nesting site for the same little penguin. Perhaps she is unaware that the little penguins also live at Moa Point, or are the Island Bay variety more in need of her protection? I am not aware of any new runways being built in Island Bay so I guess she is just being very hypercritical indeed. Are you really green Celia? Matt Weight Strathmore Park
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Your local community centre: Over the next few editions, the Cook Strait News will profile local community centres dotted across the southern and eastern suburbs. This week we chat to Lisa Matthews from the Strathmore Park Community Centre. By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN
Community gardens surround the Strathmore Park Community Centre, a testament to the pride locals take in the spot. These people make the place, said Lisa Matthews, the centre’s coordinator. “The best part of the centre is the people; we’re always visited by a range of fantastic people, and we’re always quite busy.” The gardens are a project undertaken in the past year, after the Wellington City Council took over management of the centre. The centre used to be run by an incorporated society of community members, but the council stepped
in last year. Lisa said she hopes community members can resume management soon. “We are now working with a group to return it back to community governance, and this June there will be engagement with the community around a constitution draft, and to discuss plans and the vision for the centre. “It’s great when the purpose and the values of the centre come from the community, rather than the council,” she said. In the meantime, residents can continue to enjoy the plethora of activities put on at the centre. “There are many different events and programmes, like a social table tennis night, workshops, budget
advising, and more.” Lisa is looking forward to the addition of a new exercise class to the timetable. “I’m very excited about our new exercise classes. We’ve received funding from Compass Health, so, beginning on Monday, June 13, we’ll have a free class, led by Janeen from Big, Bold and Beautiful. “The fact that it’s free of charge means it is accessible to all,” she noted. The centre is for everyone and anyone in the community. Lisa said, “It’s a place where people can have fun, find support, and become involved in the community, and I’m proud of the way we can support the community, all various types of people.”
Things to watch out for at the Strathmore Park Community Centre: 1.) Social Table Tennis: Test out your table tennis talent at the Wednesday night sessions. You will be able to face off against neighbours or friends on the centre’s three tables. Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm.
Yoga Classes A number of yoga classes for people of all experience levels take place at the Berhampore Centennial Community Centre each week. On Mondays classes take place for those of all levels from 7.30pm. Cost is $5. On Tuesday night from 7.30pm Iyengar-based yoga stretch and release classes take place. For beginners to intermediate, Iyengar-based yoga pays attention to body alignment, allowing time to move between postures and to focus on breathing and body awareness. Please bring a blanket, water bottle and yoga mat, although spares are available. Entry is Free. On Thursday morning a yoga and chai class for beginners takes place from 11am. Cost is $5. A free men’s yoga class takes place on Thursday night from 6pm. Finally on Saturday morning a yoga class takes place for all experience levels from 10am. Cost is $5 or koha. The Berhampore Centennial Community Centre is located at 493 Adelaide Rd.
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2.)Not Strictly Tai Chi: Work on your balance, coordination, breathing, posture and pain control with a blend of Tai Chi, Mindfulness and gentle exercise, led by Andrew Hardwick. Classes are open to everyone, regardless of age or experience. Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm. $8. 3.) Kaibosh Vegetable: Add some green to your plate by stopping by the centre for some Kaibosh veggies. Monday from 10am to 10.30am. Free. Bring proof of address.
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Council opens deliberations on budget of the Long Term Plan
A group meets at Te Papa on Saturday to fill in Wikipedia’s gaps on New Zealand. PHOTO CREDIT: Siobhan Leachman.
Editing in the gaps By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN
Doctor Mike Dickison and his Wikipedia army spent Saturday filling in the site’s gaps at Te Papa’s first ever Wikipedia edita-thon. New Zealand’s species are extremely underrepresented on the site, Dr Dickison, a biologist and curator of natural history at the Whanganui Regional Museum, said. “It is clear that New Zealand species do not get the same kind of attention as species from North America or Europe, for example. “This is a problem for schoolkids, or people who just want to know about the animal they saw this weekend,” he said. In an effort to remedy this, Dr Dickison led the edit-a-thon, teaching newcomers how to create and edit pages, correct mistakes, add references and upload photos.
Sixteen editors attended, with six more joining the group remotely, and they were able to create eighteen new pages and improve twenty more. “We spent the day blitzing the New Zealand species, adding and updating as many as we could,” Dr Dickison explained. While Dr Dickison and other organisers had put together a list of priority species, attendees were given the leeway to pursue their own interests as well. “We used the Nature Watch website to make a list of what people had seen, to see what people were interested in, and looked at species that were in the press, that were critically endangered, recently discovered or rediscovered,” he said. “At the same time, we didn’t want to prescribe to people what they had to do, and once you begin digging, you realise there is a lot to do, so we let people decide for
themselves what to work on.” Everyone was welcomed, regardless of expertise or experience. “We had a bunch of newcomers, which was great, and many of them were inspired to keep going,” Dr Dickison said. “We were lucky to have a few people that were experts in their field, who had never edited Wikipedia pages before, such as an ecologist from Victoria University Wellington, who was a great help.” Dr Dickison said he hopes other experts may hear his call to arms, and begin adding pages for their own research. “The next step is to do one at a university or research institute, and we would love to work with researchers, to teach them to add pages as their research develops.” He also hopes to bring edit-athons to other universities and museums, to keep Kiwis informed about their local species.
Cutting a rug in Kilbirnie By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN
Any and all twinkle toes are invited to strap on their dance shoes for the Pascoes New Zealand Open One Dance Championship this weekend. Competitors will dance it out for New Zealand dance titles at the Wellington Indian Cultural Association in Kilbirnie on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. National titles will be rewarded in Ballroom, Latin, New Vogue, Smooth and Rhythm in all ages. The event is organised by the New Zealand Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing. President of the organisation, George Nicholls, said he was excited to see the level of competition that turns up this year, especially as the format of the contest has opened up to allow competitors to dance for more titles. “We are using this format for the first time ever, and every dance can lead to a national title. It will elevate dancers, and afford more opportunities for success,” he said.
George hoped that both dancers and spectators flock to the event, as the audience creates a buzzy atmosphere for competition. “Dancers like the noise and the energy, and it’s a great way to showcase the dancers to the public.” Perhaps watching the competition will motivate some of the spectators to step onto the floor next year. George said, “we hope watching inspires them, and next year you come along and do it yourself. It’s especially great for young dancers to see.” Dancers will compete in five grades, separated by skill, with the option to dance all or some of the dances. With a Rising Star level, even social dancers have an opportunity to place. Whether you are a dancer or just an enthusiast, you are welcome to come soak up the championships. “We just want to keep the sport out there, to keep people excited,” George said. For more information, visit nzfatd. co.nz.
Dancers break it down in a past competition.
Wellington City councillors have begun formally deliberating on the budget for the Capital’s Long Term Plan, which is now in its second year. The plan aims to encourage economic growth, and to establish stronger partnerships with communities and a more resilient city. The council began debate over their Annual Plan 2016/2017 on June 1 at the governance, finance and planning committee, building on year two of the council’s 2015-2025 Long Term Plan. Recommendations put forward by Mayor Celia WadeBrown are intended to meet the city’s goals for sustainable growth, stronger communities and environmental leadership. She said some priorities will remain the same in the second year. “Investment in fundamental infrastructure, such as resilient water networks, transport, earthquake strengthening the Town Hall and building the Johnsonville Library continues in the second year of the Long Term Plan,” Ms Wade-Brown said. The council will be deliberating over an urban development agency to furnish high-quality development and housing, the Low Carbon Capital plan to address climate change and community-based initiatives that were largely supported during the earlier consultation period. The current proposal differs from the one put forward in March, Ms Wade-Brown said. “After receiving feedback from the public and councillors, I have made some changes since the first proposal in March, including councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer’s popular arts funding boosts, water fountains in the central city, more support for the Newtown Festival and sporting infrastructure.” Deputy Mayor Justin Lester is participating as the chair of the governance, finance and planning Committee. He said locals’ feedback on the Annual Plan was a great opportunity to engage Wellington’s communities. “The Mayor and councillors heard from people who contribute hugely to the Capital’s many communities and we’ve included many positive initiatives in the recommendations for next week,” he said. Some of the recommendations include buying the Zealandia Visitor Centre in return for the Karori Sanctuary Trust repaying its loan to Council, the Lyall Bay Foreshore Resilience Plan, the Toitu Poneke Sports Hub, an upgrade to Tawa Town Centre, improvements to pedestrian and cycling safety on Middleton Road, and a living wage. For the full recommendations paper visit www.wellington.govt.nz
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Police locate missing woman Police have spoken with a 20-year-old woman who was reported missing by her family last month. Police expressed concern for Wellington
woman Caitlyn Bird and appealed for the public’s help in finding her, after her family reported her missing early last month. Her family said she was last seen at
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We are the champions Wellington took down Auckland in the grand final of the 2016 Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships earlier this week. The Wellington Gold team of Ben Stockton of Wellington College, Sam Penn of Hutt International Boy’s School, and Ursula Crawford of Wellington East Girls’, captured the title at the finals, held at Parliament on Monday afternoon. The team successfully affirmed the motion “that state housing should be built in high socio-economic areas,” winning in a 3-2 decision. This is the city’s fourth tournament win in a row. Josh Baxter, President of the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council, credited the topic and teams for an exciting finish. “It was a great debate on a really topical issue. Wellington narrowly won the debate by arguing that we needed greater social integration and cohesion between our communities, and the topic was a way of achieving that,” he said. The final followed a weekend of debating between thirty-six of New Zealand’s top secondary schools from Wellington, Auckland, Canterbury, OtagoSouthland, Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Central North Island, Waikato and Kahurangi-Marlborough at Victoria University of Wellington. There were seven preliminary rounds of debates, covering topics such as whether we should implement a universal basic income, whether advertising of pharmaceutical drugs should be banned, and whether the government should extend the student loan scheme to people studying overseas. The best five speakers of the tournament were named as members of the national team, which will represent New Zealand at the World School’s Debating Championships in Germany in July.
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When you indulge in French food, what’s the one thing you’re guaranteed to get - apart from butter and nostalgia? This winter, Executive Chef Laurent Loudeac recreates a quintessential dish of French cuisine ‘pot-au-feu’ or ‘pot on the ﬁre’, which is a celebrated French beef stew. The Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar kitchen serves an elegant rendition which has New Zealand Angus beef ﬁllet potau-feu style served with a variety of seasonal accompaniments, particularly a bone marrow crouton. Filled with memories of trying to go through the cold Brittany winter months, France has many regional winter dishes but Pot Au Feu is the most celebrated one. Pot-au-feu reminds Laurent of long family get togethers around the table. There is a very social aspect of eating such a dish as it is something you
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Geoff said with winter approaching, ambulance staff were advising locals to stay warm and dry, eat well, and drive to the conditions. Geoff also asked residents to keep an eye out for their friends, family, and neighbours and said if there was a medical emergency, locals should call 111. “It’s our job to work out the help you need. If you’re worried about your health, call Healthline or see your GP. “You may be better staying in your own home than coming to hospital,” he said.
WITH WINTER ON THE WAY: • Eat sensibly, keep warm and stay dry as much as you can. • Keep coughs and colds to yourself – stay home if you can. • Allow plenty of time if you’re driving, and drive to the conditions. • Make sure you are visible – use your car and bicycle lights, or if you’re out walking wear clothes that can be seen easily. • Save those jobs that need you to be up a ladder or on a roof for better weather. • Keep an eye out for your friends and neighbours, especially the elderly.
Council asks locals to stub out their cigs Wellington City Council announced the blueprint for building a smokefree Wellington on Tuesday, as part of World Smokefree Day. The centrepiece of the action plan, announced by Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown, is an increase in smokefree areas around the city, including the Civic Square, bus stops, the Botanic Garden, Waitangi Park, council housing, counciloperated community centres, pools, recreation centres, building entrances and laneways The plan is in support of the Government’s goal for New Zealand to be smokefree by 2025. Ms Wade-Brown said she valued the initiative, and hoped Wellingtonians embraced the goals. “Becoming a smokefree city is a really important and positive step for Wellington. As a city, we value our fresh air and quality of life. “Smoking destroys lives and I encourage all Wellingtonians to help make our city smokefree,” she said.
Councillor Paul Eagle, chair of the committee responsible for city’s social policy, said he believed the capital was up to the challenge. “We want to become the first smokefree Capital in the world. “Five thousand Wellingtonians smoke, that’s less than ten per cent- the lowest rate in New Zealand- and we’ve got under ten years to make it happen. We can do it.” Smoking kills around 4500 New Zealanders per year and costs an estimated $2 billion per year in direct cost to the health system, Mr Eagle said. The problem is particularly concentrated in Maori and Pasifika communities, “where smoking rates are still as high as 33 per cent,” he said. The council does not want to force smokers to drop the habit, Mr Eagle noted, but “instead we’re challenging Wellingtonians - smokers and non-smokers- to help each other out.” Do you think Wellington should be smokefree? Send us an email – news@ wsn.co.nz
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Exercise classes coming to Strathmore
Off to hone her craft in London
By Nikki Papatsoumas
One of Wellington’s own will soon be joining the ranks of esteemed actors such as Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave. Keagan Carr Fransch, of Mount Cook, was accepted into London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to earn her Masters in Acting. She auditioned in Sydney last month, the only New Zealander for her particular course. The Masters course is a fulltime one-year course focused on rigorous postgraduate training for actors, and it only accepts 14 to 16 actors each year. Originally from Zimbabwe, Kea-
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gan graduated from the Theatre Studies course at the University of Waikato and the Acting course at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 2013. As a woman of African descent, Keagan says she has found it difficult to foster a sustainable career in New Zealand, a problem she hopes will be remedied during her studies in London. “I hunger for an environment where my craft can be nurtured. Studying at Central School along with a cohort of 16 internationally and culturally diverse actors is an opportunity to stretch my muscles, to take myself seriously as an actor.”
She said hopes to build skills that will enrich the New Zealand industry when she returns. “I can’t wait to come back a stronger, more robust actor and share what I’ve learned, as well as bring something unique and exciting as a Zimbabwean New Zealander to the New Zealand stages.” However, this opportunity comes with quite a cost and Keagan is raising money to pay for tuition fees and living costs.
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Boating club sails past the competition By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN
After turning in an exceptional season on and off the water, the Worser Bay Boating Club has been rewarded for its success. The Seatoun club was named as a finalist for Pak ‘n Save Kilbirnie Club of the Year at the Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards 2016 last week. The club’s commodore, Dean Stanley, is excited that the club has been recognised for their excellence. “We’ve had an exceptional year in a couple different wayswe had six sailors crowned as national champions during the achievement period, and we had a lot of progress with our new clubrooms,” Dean said. In addition to the six national champions, the club boasted three more podium finishes over the twelve month competition period, and had twelve members selected to New Zealand teams. The club serves all ages, with 250 members from seven-yearsold to 75. “We have really strong programs, great volunteers and participant numbers,” Dean said. They have been successful on
Members of the Worser Bay Boating Club sit seaside.
land as well, as the club works to rebuild their clubrooms. The 90-year-old club has spent sixty of those years in their current building, which they decided to update last year. In the past year they have raised approximately $730,000 before
Wellington to keep the Sevens for another three years By Emma Moody WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT
Ticket sales may be at an all-time low, but the Rugby Sevens will stay in Wellington for another three years. This decision comes after a decline in support for the tournament. Only around 15,000 tickets were sold for this year’s tournament, down from 18,000 in 2015 and 28,000 in 2014. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said she was pleased to confirm a three-year contract with Rugby NZ. “The capital city is the best city to host this colourful international fixture and the Westpac Stadium is a good venue,” Ms Wade-Brown said. Ms Wa de -Brow n sa id changes were on the way and the Wellington City Council was working with Rugby NZ to make the event even better. “Next year - 2017 - will be an amazing year of rugby with the reinstated international Sevens and the British and Irish Lions all here in Wellington,” Celia said. Chair of the council’s economic growth committee, Jo Coughlan, said the
decision showed Wellington had the infrastructure and enthusiasm needed to host a world-class event. “Behind the Sevens is an array of businesses, organisations and people that help make this event run smoothly and make it a weekend that visitors never forget. “This decision is a vote of confidence in our city’s infrastructure – like venues, transport, accommodation and our renowned restaurants, bars and nightlife,” she said. Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency chief executive Chris Whelan also welcomed the announcement. “Wellington is an iconic event on the World Sevens Series calendar, and we are very pleased that it will remain so for at least the next three years. We look forward to supporting the city and the NZRU in ensuring next year’s tournament is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Wellington Sevens,” he said. Are you pleased the capital will keep the Sevens? Send us an email – news@ wsn.co.nz
any grant funding has been made, through members funds, legacy donations, discounts on resources for the rebuild and surpluses from events such as their ‘Love Boat Ball’ at the Roxy Theatre. The club is proud of the progress it has made, Dean said.
“We’ve been able to raise a lot of money, more than we had at the time of the nomination, and we’ve worked with the community on the update, gained resource consent and landowner approval, and more like that.” They are hoping to begin con-
struction in May 2017. Dean said, in the meantime, the club will be celebrating the past year’s success at the award’s dinner. “About twenty of us, all the commodores, we’ll all be there to see if we make it the next step.”
Local man sails to the top By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN
Lyall Bay local Josh Junior is readying himself for Rio 2016. Josh will be sailing for New Zealand in the men’s heavyweight dinghy Finn class in the upcoming Olympic games. This opportunity has been twenty-one-years in the making, Josh said. “I started sailing when I was about five, with my father, and then by myself at eight,” he recalled. The 26-year-old will be representing both his home country
and his home club, the Worser Bay Boating Club of Seatoun. After missing selection for the 2012 London Olympics, Josh switched classes, from the Laser to the Finn, and he has excelled. Josh is looking forward to representing New Zealand in Rio, and is honoured to simply make it to Brazil. “I’m feeling pretty stoked about making it, especially as it was a tough selection. Its an achievement to even qualify, to make it there.” Josh was selected after a bundle of top finishes, winning at the 2016 Princess Sofia Regatta in
March, and placing fourth at the 2016 Finn European Champs and the Sailing World Cup Regattas, in March and April respectively. He is coached by John Cutler, who earned New Zealand a bronze medal in the Finn Class at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Josh’s trip to Rio will be his first appearance at the Olympics. “I’m excited about the opportunity to race, to try to win, but I’m also looking forward to watching all the other events after I am done.” Regardless of his results, Josh has all of New Zealand rooting for him.
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