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Timeline: May 2014: Councillors give the Island Bay cycleway the green light, despite opposition from members of the community.

September 2015: In a last ditch effort to see work on the cycleway stalled, a group of Island Bay residents consider taking legal action against the council.

September 2015: Work on the cycleway begins.

February 2016: The cycleway is Councillor Justin Lester, Island Bay resident Jane Byrne, Ron Beernink, Chair of Cycle Aware Wellington, Vicki Greco, Chair of the Island Bay Residents’ Association and Island Bay resident and Southern Ward City Councillor Paul Eagle.

Plans to work hand in hand By Nikki Papatsoumas

Decisions around the future of the Island Bay cycleway will now be back in the hands of the community. At a meeting of the Wellington City Council’s transport and urban development committee last week, councillors voted to begin consultation with the public over the design of the cycleway as soon as possible. They vowed to continue with consultation for as long as necessary, until a suitable outcome was achieved. This comes after two reports were released, highlighting safety issues with the cycleway, which stretches 1.7km along The Parade. In June the New Zealand Transport Agency released a damning report which showed the cycleway was delivered “without proper community engagement and consultation”. Last week a safety audit of the cycleway found that although there was no fault with the

cycleway’s design, there were minor safety issues that needed to be addressed. Since it was completed earlier this year many members of the Island Bay community have fought to see the cycleway reverted back to its old layout. At last week’s council meeting, Councillor Paul Eagle offered an apology to residents of Island Bay. “It didn’t matter what side you were on, having to endure two years’ worth of pain is unacceptable,” he explained. He said a group, likely to be led by members of Island Bay Residents Association, Cycle Aware Wellington, local businesses and other interested parties, would now work with the council to design an engagement approach and present it to the council on September 15. “Originally we were only offered two options and this is where it all went wrong. It was engineered from the start to get the design that we have got. “It’s crucial this is community

led. That means the community leading an approach that delivers the best solution. Not the council and politicians that want to leave political legacies. “The lesson for council staff is this time, work with the community hand in hand.” Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown said she looked forward to having an open discussion with various members of the community. “I look forward to the local community bringing its various viewpoints together to see what better way there is to share The Parade between different needs. “I feel very strongly that school children’s preferences should be included as well as other residents and neighbouring suburbs too,” she said. “After all Shorland Park and the South Coast are treasures for the whole city.” Meanwhile, residents and cycling advocates have called a truce and decided to move forward and come up with a solution that suited everyone’s

needs. Cycle Aware Wellington Chairman Ron Beernink said the group recognised and supported the fact there were wider issues in the community. “These need to be looked at so we can make sure it is a shared space that works for everybody.” Chair of the Island Bay Residents Association, Vicki Greco, said she was looking forward to coming up with a community led solution. “It’s an opportunity for the community to all come together and help design a Parade we can all be proud of and that works well for all users,” she said.  What do you think? Would you like to see the current design of the cycleway stay, or would you like to see another design implemented? Send us an email to news@ We asked locals what they thought with Word on the Street – Page 10


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March 2016: A survey carried out by the Island Bay Residents’ Association found 87 per cent of residents were opposed to the new cycleway design. June 2016: NZTA releases the findings of a critical report into the handling of the cycleway and a safety and it highlighted some minor safety issues.

At last week’s meeting: - Councillors agreed community led consultation would begin as soon as practically possible. -It was agreed any consultation regarding changes to the cycleway take as long as necessary to get a suitable outcome. -Councillors also agreed to consult with affected residents before removing car parks along The Parade. -The council will also rethink Wellington’s cycleway programme.



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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.

Maori Language Week family roller disco As part of Maori Language Week, the annual family roller disco event at Kilbirnie Recreation Centre will take place this Friday. The event always proves popular with bright lights, live music, and lots of te reo. The fun and games kick-off from 6.30pm and entry is a gold coin koha.

Newcomers events The Wellington Newcomers Network invites anyone and everyone along to their July events. The group will meet for a coffee catch up on Wednesday, July 13 at Clarkes Cafe in the Central Library at 5.30pm. They will meet again on Thursday, July 28 for coffee and conversation at the same venue from 2.30pm.

Funds secured for Lyall Bay resilience By Nikki Papatsoumas

Lyall Bay Beach will stand the test of time after funding of $1 million was secured as part of the council’s budget for the next year. As part of the council’s 2016/17 Annual Plan, $1 million in funding has been secured to see stage one of the Lyall Bay Foreshore Resilience Plan completed. This comes after the council commissioned an independent contractor to analyse issues at Lyall Bay Beach and come up with some possible solutions earlier this year. Councillor Simon Marsh said over the next few years resilience work would be carried out along the south coast beach. This would involve constructing a robust concrete block wall to replace rusted wire fencing and help retain the sand dunes. Repair work would also be carried out on Surfers Corner car park, which Mr Marsh said would help ensure the area was not destroyed in storms almost

annually. Contractors would also look at access to the beach and extensions of pipes at the western end of the beach. “These are just some of the many issues we will need to deal with over the next few years of this project,” Mr Marsh said. “I must say working with the Lyall Bay residents and their association has once again shown me that council and residents can work together on projects with mutual respect.” President of the Kilbirnie, Rongotai and Lyall Bay Residents Association, Bryce Pedersen, said Mr Marsh and council officers had been dedicated to seeing the project go ahead. “I am very pleased to receive the support in this year’s Annual Plan for our beach and look forward to working alongside the council with the residents association again in the future.” Council officers hoped to have final designs of proposed plans ready to take to the community

Councillor Simon Marsh, at Lyall Bay Beach’s Surfers Corner car park

in August. All going to plan, they hoped to begin work on replacing a concrete and rock wall at Dorrie Leslie Park by October. Work on Surfers Corner car park would be completed within the financial year, however, officers wanted to consult with the community on what

was planned and look at other parking alternatives, Mr Marsh said. He said there would be further rounds of funding over the next two years as needed.  Are you pleased to see work carried out at Lyall Bay Beach? Send an email to news@wsn.

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“We’re investing in Wellington’s rightful claim as New Zealand’s creative capital, increasing our arts funding and introducing a new outdoor events series to enliven our central city,” she said. This financial year the Urban Development Agency would also be established, increasing affordable housing of good design near decent facilities, as would the council’s Low Carbon Capital Plan which looks at ways to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

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A childhood dream will come true for a local woman who will compete in the upcoming Miss Universe New Zealand competition. Miramar resident Milena Taryan is busy preparing for the pageant and will travel to Auckland in September to compete. If crowned the winner, the 24-year-old will represent the country in the international Miss Universe contest in America later this year. Milena, who was originally from Armenia, said it would be a dream come true to represent New Zealand on the world stage. “Since I was little my sister and I used to watch this programme on television and we always dreamed of taking part in it. “So now I don't want my dreams to just be dreams I want to make them a reality.” Milena said she had “butterflies in her stomach” after receiving confirmation she had made it into the top 40 of 250 hopefuls. From there, she spent a gruelling three days at ‘stiletto camp’ where girls were taught how to

dance, walk, and pose for the camera. “After our three day camp we had to wait almost three weeks to find out who made it to top 20,” Milena said. “I was at the dance studio with some friends waiting for the announcement and when we heard my name we all started screaming from excitement. I was very happy to hear my name.” When she’s not busy working towards her goal of being Miss Universe, Milena is a Latin American and ballroom dancer and teacher. She recently returned from a trip to America where she went to develop her dancing and teaching skills. “I really love dancing as it keeps me happy, healthy and positive, I can't imagine my life without it.” She is now busy organising a fundraising charity event for Variety, the official charity for the upcoming Miss Universe New Zealand pageant. “At the event I'll be teaching dance moves to people of all levels,” Milena said. “The event will be highlighted by dance demonstrations by Wel-

lington champions. It is going to be a fantastic night with a lot of dancing, great music and people.” She said 50 per cent of the money raised will go towards Variety and the other 50 per cent towards funding her journey.  To learn more, head to Milena Taryan’s Facebook page.

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Tapu te Ranga Gallery’s newest exhibit explores romanticism – but it’s not all hearts and chocolate. Co-curator, Rahul Gopinathan seeks to capture the spirit of the 19th century Romantic tradition in his paintings and drawings for his latest exhibit. Rahul explained that he arrived in New Zealand from Europe in his early teens and still remembers the wonder and awe he felt experiencing the scenery of the South Island for the very first time. Working from imagination, Rahul has let images materialise on canvas starting with only a loose idea of what might appear. “One of the things in the landscape, especially in New Zealand is that uncontrollable power of the mountains and the waves,” he said. “When I was doing the paintings I found I was not in control, it just comes out. To me it’s a very passionate thing. You are in that state where everything is uncontrollable and it’s a bit like you are channelling something great within yourself.” Rahul said he also drew on the feelings he experienced when visiting stunning New Zealand scenery for the first time. “It sounds clichéd but when you visit these places the energy and power is beyond compare. It’s that


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Couple celebrates wedding anniversary By Nikki Papatsoumas

Berhampore residents Dr Esmat Bastawrous and Leila Dadoush celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this week. The pair were married in Egypt on July 5, 1956 at a Presbyterian church in Cairo. After they got married they went, as Baptist missionaries, to Jordan where Esmat worked as a doctor and Leila helped at the church. When they returned to Egypt, Dr Esmat worked as a respected eye surgeon and Leila worked

as the head of nursery and kindergarten department at American College for Girls. After they retired, they moved to New Zealand almost a decade ago, to be closer to family. They have three daughters, Sally, Naira and Lilian and two grandsons. These days, the pair resides at Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore. Leila enjoys paper craft, knitting and engaging with the visiting children, while Dr Esmat enjoys listening to Christian radio stations, reading and do-

ing research on various topics. The pair spend their evenings watching television together, receiving telephone calls from family all over the world and enjoying each other’s company. On Tuesday morning they celebrated the milestone with lunch, a special cake and cards from family and friends at their home, Kilmarnock. Staff and residents all pulled together to bake the wedding cake, make a special anniversary card and even helped them dress up for the special occasion.

Dr Esmat and Leila on their wedding day, and cutting cake on their 60th wedding anniversary.

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Wellington Basketball Association is holding a one day Girls Basketball Camp this school holidays. The camp allows participating girls to receive inspiration and training in a supportive and engaging environment. The camp will cover core skills, techniques and

scrimmaging in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Ages 6 - 15 of ALL skill levels welcome.  For more information contact, 387 3005, www.wellingtonbasketball.

Young People Weave their Way at Capital E These July School Holidays, Capital E weaves some winter magic into young people’s school break with a full programme entailing digital workshops, live performances and a brand new interactive installation from Monday 11 July – Saturday 23 July 2016. Young people get stuck into weaving wonders in Weave Your Way at Capital E’s creative space on Queens Wharf. Upstairs in MediaLab, –there will be 3D model making workshops, along with augmented reality in Design Your Reality and check out how visual effects are executed in Visual Effects. Capital E’s new programme, Daring to be Different in the OnTV Studio will focus on reality television and people who want a full explosion of Capital E can check out jam-packed workshops in Digital Day at Capital E as well as the Ultimate Capital E Experience at the Hannah Playhouse and Capital E. Finally, Capital E presents the premiere of Hinepau at the Hannah Playhouse before it hits the road on a NZ tour. Young people aged 10-14 will get to showcase their competitive side in the OnTV Studio as they create a reality

TV show centred around New Zealand’s most different personality in Daring to Be Different. Capital E presents Hinepau, a fresh piece of theatre ideal for children aged 7+ at the Hannah Playhouse from Monday 18 – Saturday 23 July. Based on the book of the same name by Gavin Bishop and originally devised by Rachel House, Jamie McCaskill, Erina Daniels, Stephen Tamarapa and Maria Walker, this will be a not-to-miss show for Wellingtonians. Plus Capital E will be hosting a kid’s only event where audiences will get to enjoy a show, meet the cast and chow down on a fish ‘n’ chips dinner. Capital E Director Stuart Grant says, “We are excited to have acclaimed director, Jamie MacCaskill returning to craft this new version of the play he originally performed in and helped devise as a young actor over ten years ago. . We’re thrilled to continue working on this production with a stellar new team.” All participating workshops at Capital E require bookings. Visit Capital E’s website, to book or phone 04 913 3740 for more information.

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In DinoRock: A Musical for Kids, a dinosaur rock band learns to work together and appreciate everyone’s talents, because everyone has something to bring to rock and roll. DinoLand is overheating, and the only way it can be stopped is if all of the volcanoes erupt at once through the power of rock music’s vibrations. Dinosaur rock band DinoRoar is running out of time to choose a song to play! Things are only made worse when the guitar player Snarl decides she wants complete control and decides to steal the instruments and hide

them. Emerging writer/director Aaron Blackledge turns his hand from adaptations of traditional stories and nursery rhymes to his first original children’s show. Along with a mix of classic and modern rock covers, the band will be performing one original song. Rock and roll with the best dinosaur rock band in town and help find their instruments and save the day!

Want something fun for the kids (and parents) to do these holidays? Why not try Bumper Ball? Active fun for all ages (7 and over)! Players get securely strapped into giant bubbles allowing them to bump, roll and flip over whilst trying to play football, be the last person standing or beat the crowd to the finish line! Get a group together and book for an hour or more of games – the more people you have, the cheaper it is per person!

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. With the Island Bay cycleway set to be reviewed do you think it should stay as it is, be changed back to how it was, or would you like to see a different design?

Anna Kennerley Island Bay

Ian Verhoeven Island Bay

Richard Marshall Island Bay

“It’s absolutely ridiculous. I don’t know who designed it but they weren’t thinking straight it is quite dangerous.”

“How it used to be, we have had more accidents now, it used to be safe.”

“Go back to what it was, it’s too much of a hazard someone will get killed.”

Jason Lewis Island Bay “Go back to exactly what it was. Because The Parade is the gateway to the South Coast, and it is not fair on all those people who have been here for generations… who have paid their rates for years and who have to park their car away from the curb.”

Leanne Hubmann Island Bay

Maiha Walker Island Bay

“I would like to say go back to what it was but I am concerned about the amount of money we need to spend doing that.”

“It needs to be changed to the way it was. It just seems to be a hassle with people getting injured and hurt.”

LETTERS to the editor Last of an era Dear Ed, It is with sad heart I have watched the demolition of the shops and houses on Riddiford and Normanby St, as it was the last contact with my family history. I went to St Joseph's School in Daniel St. Now Mercy Park, the original St Thomas's was burnt down where my mother and father

were married, as I was. My grandparents lived in Gordon Pl which is now Wellington Social Services, and my grandfather worked in Culleys Bakery, at 219 Riddiford St. He was a master baker, and died on the premises in 1942. My family acquired the properties in Normanby, Riddiford, and Donald McLean St,

about the 1990s. Culleys by this time was The Hot Bread Shop. When the business came up for sale we purchased it and with alterations reopened it as a Cafe and Bakery. The original ovens were still being used for baking the bread. It unfortunately took a toll on the family, though also was a learning curve for the

physical contest is long gone. Now a tiny mosquito has pricked the balloon if fantasy by causing the withdrawal of many top athletes, causing the mediocre to rise to the top as dross. It would be far better if all participant countries were to revive the spirit of Olympic peace, not just suspension for the duration, but a real commitment of all participant countries to commit or the cessation of sectarian barbarism. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.


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cottage was built of heart Rimu, and we were very sad to see it demolished. However, when approached we had decided to sell the properties and no longer had a say on what was to be done with the buildings in the area. Heather Bevan Island Bay

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Olympic fiasco Dear Ed, The frenetic fight for the fantasy of superiority is failing. I think the medals presented at this year’s Olympics should be black edged or have the bar sinister added. Many entries, presently considered below acceptable standard are suddenly elevated, eligible by the removal of the Russian candidates. Bankruptcy of the organising country; the ridiculous cost completely disregarding the initial concept of clotheless citizens without country or regional backing fairly competing in a

younger members, with my eldest grandson becoming a barista while still at college. There were always plans for redevelopment, but as my husband and sons grew older, it seemed to grow more distant. When insulating the little Cottage at 2 Normanby my son found the walls lined with newspapers dated 1870, the

Dear Ed, I was interested to read Mr Westfold’s letter (CSN 23.6) concerning duplication of letters to Wellington newspapers by rule-breaking readers. Ironically, on the same page were two letters which had also been sent to The Wellingtonian. These

duplicated letters were in response to letters duplicated to The Wellingtonian by James Barber. Enough of this duplicity, I say! Christine Swift Island Bay

Join the beach to the park Dear Ed, Significant erosion will continue in the area of the damaged wall. It seems a pity that the road was not removed and the beach allowed to join the adjacent

park. A pathway could have followed the original route. Don Bagnall Wellington

Not the ‘status quo’ Dear Ed, The most popular option chosen by the community was not the status quo. Vicki Greco’s assertion that the "community have the outcome that they want" is incorrect. The seawall is unsustainable and antiquated, it's a short term solution. The next time it's scuttled

by a southerly swell it won't be replaced. It's laughable that some suggested having a road with cars running between the beach and Shorland Park protects children from drowning. Ian McCallum Island Bay

Part of local history Dear Ed, Many thanks to all concerned for the completion of the Island Bay seawall. These features are part of our

local history. Sister Catherine Hannan Island Bay

Calling on nominations Nominations will soon open for the Greater Wellington Regional Council elections and people are being encouraged to think about putting their names forward. People who are passionate about the region and the role of the council, whether it be in public trans-

port, environmental protection, flood management or water quality, should consider standing as a councillor. Nominations open July 15 and close at midday on Friday, August 12.  Head to for more information.

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Commemorating seawall’s history By Nikki Papatsoumas

Members of the community are exploring how best to capture the Island Bay seawall’s history. Repair work on the Island Bay seawall is almost complete, after a section of the wall was brought down in a storm which battered Wellington’s southern coast in June 2013. Island Bay resident Paul Elenio, said the seawall was an iconic part of the seaside suburb. He said ideas were now being sought for how best to capture the connection between migrants in the coastal community, and the seawall. Potential options could include a plaque, a sculpture and possibly even a statue image of a fisher-

man battling the weather and the seas, Paul said. Paul explained how fishermen arrived in Island Bay from southern Italy, and from the Shetland Islands in Scotland, in the late 19th century and early 20th century. “For us and our families it was a gathering place, long before people jumped into their cars and travelled. “The beach wall was the place people would gather in the evening and talk about what had been going on and swap information about what was happening. “With the fishing boats in the background it was iconic.” Paul said as part of the seawall had been replaced and the rest was reinforced, it was a great

time to discuss the wall’s history. Councillor Paul Eagle, who lives just a few hundred metres from the wall, said when people hear Island Bay they immediately think of the Italian community. He said a plaque or sculpture would be a fantastic way to capture the suburbs history. Councillor Iona Pannett, who fought to see the wall repaired, said she was open to the idea of having some kind of celebration or commemoration, now work on the seawall was completed. She described the wall as “part of the character of Island Bay” and recalled enjoying it as a young girl. “We have had some robust discussions with the Island Bay

City honours Helen Kelly with portrait Prominent trade union leader and health advocate Helen Kelly has been honoured by the capital with a portrait of herself to be hung at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. On Monday afternoon, Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown presented the portrait, painted by Lee Robinson and donated by Wellington City, to the gallery. “Helen Kelly is a strident campaigner for social justice, rights for New Zealand workers and, more recently, medical marijuana as she fights a very public battle with cancer,” said Ms Wade-Brown. “Through all this time she’s been a passionate Wellingtonian and deserves to be recognised for the great work she’s achieved in the capital for so many New Zealanders. Ms Kelly said it was a great thrill to have the portrait hung in her home town. “My thanks to everyone that helped make this happen,” she said. Acting director of the gallery, Helen Kedgley, thanked Ms Wade-Brown for the generous gift donated by Wellington city. “The portrait will be displayed at the gallery for the next few weeks and then will join the permanent collection of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.”

Celia Wade-Brown presents Helen Kelly with her portrait, to be displayed at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

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Paul Eagle alongside Nina and Paul Elenio at the Island Bay seawall

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Drivers’ concerns over lower wages Bus drivers across the capital stopped working on Tuesday amid concerns their hourly rate could be slashed. Bus routes currently operated by NZ Bus are being put out to tender by Greater Wellington Regional Council. The Tramways Union Wellington branch was now running a campaign representing drivers. Kevin O’Sullivan, Tramways Union Secretary, said there were real concerns that new providers would cut costs by targeting drivers’ wages and conditions, including introducing longer shifts for lower pay. “Standard driving shifts are currently eight hours spread across the day, with

drivers typically away from home for 12 to 14 hours working up to 50 hours per week. “NZ Bus paid a flat rate of $20.97 an hour to union members, going up to $21.25 at the end of the year.” Kevin said Go Bus paid $16.02 in Dunedin and up to $18 in Auckland, well below a living wage, and it was standard to work 10 to 12 hour shifts and 60 or more hours across six days. “The regional council determines what weighting wages and conditions get in their tender system,” he said. “Wages are the biggest cost of operations and our fear is the council will lean towards low-wage bidders.”

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Matariki celebrations at Strathmore Park Strathmore Park residents are invited to head along and celebrate Matariki this weekend. Strathmore Park Community Centre will host a Matariki family day this Saturday afternoon. Centre coordinator Lisa Matthews said there would be ‘lunch sized’ hangi on offer as well as bouncy castles. “There will be plenty of fun for the whole family and kids,” she said. “Strathmore Park has a high proportion of Maori residents compared to the rest of the city so it is great to recognise Matariki.” She also encouraged locals to head along to learn more about the handing back of the community

Celebrating with music Newtown School hosted A Week of Music last month to give students the opportunity to experience, share, make, and celebrate music. The school hosted over 20 musical events last week, with musical performances from a range of traditions including Opera, Indonesian Angklung, African Moringa, Taonga

Puoro and Electronic Folk Fusion. Students were given the opportunity to get handson and up close in musical workshops for instrument making, digital recording and sound processing, singing, body percussion and many other aspects of music. The high point of the week was the school’s Show Night,

which showcased the school community’s great musical talent and culminated with a great big collective sing along. Pictured, Surinam Aboud, James Mallett and Abdi Abdi record their 'Recycled Junk' instrument music with parent Toby Laing as part of their Music Week celebrations PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied.

centre to community management. Lisa said a working group had been busy discussing ideas and consulting with the community. “The group wants to hear if they have got it right and if it is what people want and there is an opportunity for people to give their feedback.” There would also be more information on offer about a proposed community hub at the Raukawa Reserve, she said.  Matariki celebrations at the Strathmore Park Community Centre will take place on Saturday, July 9 from 3pm to 5pm.

Canberra and Wellington strengthen ties Wellington signed a new sister city agreement with Canberra last night. The agreement will bring the two capital cities closer together and strengthen economic ties. The Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, signed the agreement with Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown in Welington.

Successful appeal for Wellington City Mission The Wellington City Mission has once again had a tremendous response to their annual Brown Paper Bag Appeal. People from across Greater Wellington got behind the appeal this year, choosing to donate either funds or food to help people in need.

As part of the appeal, the mission received approximately 1,690 bags filled with non-perishable food donations, worth an estimated $100,000. The mission’s chief executive, Michelle Branney, thanked everyone who supported the appeal. “The funds and food raised

through this appeal ensure the mission’s foodbank and drop-in centre can continue providing food parcels and hot meals for people in need. “These services are essential during the cold winter months when increased costs such as power and healthcare can be

Life Flight crew member Mike Beausoleil (holding the new winch stretcher) and pilot Harry Stevenson, Wellington Masonic Charity Bowls Tournament coordinator Keith Johnson and secretary/treasurer John Hollick and Life Flight marketing and fundraising manager Sebastian Grodd.

crippling.” The appeal was also a chance for the mission to restock higherpriced items that were not donated often, such as washing powder, deodorant, marmite and peanut butter, Michelle said. “We haven’t had these items available for a couple of months

and we’re pleased to be able to provide these necessities again.”  Anyone who missed out can still give to the mission at any time, by donating online or dropping off food. For more information, visit

Generous donation for Life Flight Life Flight crew members are thrilled to have a new piece of equipment to help them save lives. This week, the Life Flight Westpac Rescue Helicopter team has started using a new Medevac winch stretcher. This was thanks to a generous donation of more than $3,500 from the Wellington Masonic Charity Bowls Tournament. It was the sixth time the annual charity bowls tournament has raised funds for Life Flight since 1994 – contributing a total of $13,500 from the event over the years. Life Flight crew member Mike Beausoleil said the winch stretcher was one of the best pieces of equipment crew had taken on in a long time. “It’s lightweight, easy for us to

handle and stow, and it’s comfortable and safe for the patient.” Fundraising manager Sebastian Grodd said the organisation was extremely grateful for the club’s generosity. “Donations from the community are what keep us flying and saving lives,” Sebastian said. The winch stretcher had been put through a full series of trials by the helicopter crew and medics and was now in full service. Life Flight is a charity that provides emergency air services, including the Wellington Westpac Rescue Helicopter and a nationwide air ambulance service. The round the clock service gets patients the care they need quickly, dramatically improving their chance of survival and recovery.

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School students learn all about dance Students at Kilbirnie School were lucky enough to have a visit from the Footnote dance company earlier this week. On Monday and Tuesday, children were taught all about rhythm, flexibility, strength, coordination and balance by the five members of the company. They were then taught how to use and apply these skills to dance. “I think the children like it because there’s not too many strict rules, they make up a lot of it. It’s not like we come in with a routine and teach them move by move,” Footnote dancer, Brydie Colquhoun said. Kilbirnie School principal Mike McGimpsey said students were concentrating on dance and drama, in preparation for their school production next term. “This a great way to get the children to experience some quality dance through Footnote,” he said. 1. Students from Room 1 learn about rhythm, flexibility, strength, coordination and balance 2. A group of students practice running on the spot 3. From left Corin Leath and Gigi Maling 4. Students practice balancing on one foot 5. From left, Noah Isaia, Cameron Dixon and Caitlin O’Donnell reach for the sky PHOTO CREDIT: Nikki Papatsoumas






Waterfront transformed into winter wonderland Wellington’s waterfront has been transformed into a winter wonderland. For the second year running, the Wellington City Council is hosting the Resene Cool Colour Ice Rink and Slide. Mayor of Wellington, Celia WadeBrown, put on her skates for the opening night last Friday. She said crowds of more than 20,000 are expected during the festival which runs to the end of July. “The return of the Resene Cool Colour Ice Rink and Slide again this winter is a welcome addition to the attractions of the Wellington waterfront,” Ms WadeBrown said. “It’s a great opportunity for families and friends to get together for a winter

celebration.” Off the ice and around the rink, locals can enjoy pop-up container shops full of arts and crafts, food trucks, and great bars and restaurants creating a winter wonderland in the capital. Activities on offer for children and adults include an Ice Carnival weekend, Friday night DJs, student night Tuesday’s and various themed parties and events during the school holidays. Other highlights include a pop-up sauna in a converted shipping container located by the Jump Platform on Taranaki Wharf, near Te Papa.  For more information head to www.













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When you walk through the doors at Pilates Synergy you will be stunned by the view over the blue water, waves and surfers in Lyall Bay. Sun streams through the big windows, the atmosphere in this boutique studio is special. It’s warm, friendly and beautiful like the smile that greets every customer that walks in the door. Sabine Tuohy is the owner of Pilates Synergy and has run the place for nearly 5 years. She teaches

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Notification of application for resource consents: WGN160274 and SR357837 under section 95(A) of the Resource Management Act 1991 Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council have received an application for resource consents from: Applicant: Wellington International Airport Limited Location: Wellington International Airport, land at the south end of the existing runway and Moa Point Beach and parts of the Coastal Marine Area within Lyall Bay as described in the application. Approximate Map References: NZTM: 1751135mE 5421917mN (southern extent of proposed runway extension) NZTM: 1750574mE 5422763mN (middle of Lyall Bay approximately 450m from shore) NZTM: 1751400mE 5422263mN (eastern extent of proposed remediation at Moa Point Beach) NZTM: 1751487mE 5422575mN (hillock area and construction and stockpile compound) NZTM: 1751238mE 5421784mN and 1750821mE 5421882mN and 1750822mE 5422163mN (boundary of temporary mooring buoys area) Proposal: The Applicant is seeking resource consents to enable the construction, operation and maintenance of a 355 metre extension to the take off runway available (TORA) at Wellington International Airport. This will largely involve the construction of a reclamation at the southern end of the existing Airport runway into the coastal marine area at Lyall Bay. The total length of the proposed runway extension (including the toe) from the existing land boundary into the coastal marine area (CMA) is approximately 363m. The total construction footprint of the runway extension is approximately 13ha, which includes the CMA, road, Airport Precinct and Open Space B zoned land. The area of the reclamation is approximately 11ha. The project construction works also include an extension to the existing tunnel underpass on Moa Point Road, the construction and maintenance of a submerged surf wave focussing structure in Lyall Bay approximately 450 metres offshore, temporary moorings within a construction exclusion area and other landscape/ amenity improvement works in the locality. It is proposed that activities and transport movements during construction will occur during the day and at night, seven days a week, subject to restrictions as set out in the application. The Applicant is seeking a 15 year lapse period for all resource consents pursuant to Section 125 of the Resource Management Act 1991. Resource Consents applied for from Greater Wellington Regional Council: [34044] Reclamation activities (unlimited duration sought): Coastal permit to reclaim and use approximately 11 hectares of the coastal marine area to the south of the Wellington Airport runway in Lyall Bay, including any: • associated destruction, disturbance, deposition and discharge of sediment and dust to the foreshore and seabed and to air during construction of the reclamation; • disturbance of the foreshore and seabed associated with the mooring of vessels during construction of the reclamation; • diversion and dewatering during construction of the reclamation; • generation of construction related noise. [34047] Temporary structures activities (10 year duration sought): Coastal permit to construct, use and maintain temporary structures including moorings for construction related purposes, lighting structures, site establishment facilities, machinery and equipment in the coastal marine area associated with the construction of the proposed runway extension and associated project works, including any: • associated destruction, disturbance, deposition and discharge of sediment and dust to the foreshore and seabed and to air during construction of the structures; • disturbance of the foreshore and seabed associated with the mooring of vessels during construction; • diversion and dewatering during construction of the structures; • generation of construction related noise. [34048] Earthworks activities (10 year duration sought): Land use consent to undertake earthworks associated with the construction of the proposed runway extension and associated project works including the removal of a hillock to develop a construction compound site and any associated discharges of sediment laden water to land where it may enter water. [34049] Air discharge activities for construction (10 year duration sought): Discharge permit to discharge dust to air from earthworks activities associated with the construction of the proposed runway extension and associated project works including the removal of a hillock, stockpiling and handling of fill and construction materials. [34050] Beach nourishment activities (10 year duration sought): Coastal permit to deposit natural materials onto the Moa Point Beach foreshore for the purpose of beach and amenity enhancement. [34045] Permanent structures activities (10 year duration sought): Coastal permit to construct permanent structures associated with the proposed runway extension and related project works including a submerged surf wave focussing structure in Lyall Bay, a protection structure over part of the Moa Point wastewater outfall pipeline and all other ancillary structures, including: • associated destruction, disturbance, deposition and discharge of sediment and dust to the foreshore and seabed and to air during construction of the structures; • disturbance of the foreshore and seabed associated with the mooring of vessels during construction; • diversion and dewatering during construction of the structures; • generation of construction related noise. [34046] Occupation of CMA activities (35 year duration sought): Coastal permit to occupy the coastal marine area for construction purposes, temporary and permanent structures, and ongoing maintenance works associated with the proposed runway extension and related project works including the toe of the reclamation below mean high water mark, a submerged surf wave focussing structure in Lyall Bay and a protection structure over part of the Moa Point wastewater outfall pipeline including: • associated destruction, disturbance, deposition and discharge of sediment and dust to the foreshore and seabed and to air from the maintenance of these structures; • generation of noise from maintenance activities. [34051] Stormwater discharge activities post construction (35 year duration sought): Coastal permit to discharge stormwater from the extended Wellington Airport runway directly to the coastal marine area (CMA) and to land adjacent to the CMA where it may enter the waters of the CMA. Resource Consent applied for from Wellington City Council: SR357837: Land-use activities (unlimited duration sought) Land-use consent for the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed runway extension and associated project works on land and road reserve including: • temporary site offices and associated facilities; • laydown and stockpiling areas; • construction, modification, upgrading and use of internal site access ways; • construction, alteration and upgrading of existing network utilities to provide for construction related activities and the long term use of the runway and taxiway; • earthworks, including associated transport, and vegetation clearance; • modification and upgrading of the Moa Point Road underpass and other associated roading upgrades; • generation of construction related noise; • construction and use of runway infrastructure and structures on land including (but not limited to) ancillary structures, fencing and navigational aids, beach remediation and landscape/amenity improvements; • the continued use of reclaimed land for airport purposes. 1. To make a submission Any person may make a submission on this application. The submission must include the following information: 1.Your name, postal address, telephone number, and email address. 2.Details of the application in respect of which you are making the submission, including location. 3.Whether you support, oppose or are neutral to the application. 4.Your submission, with reasons. 5.The decision you wish Greater Wellington Regional Council and/or Wellington City Council to make. 6.Whether you wish to be heard in support of your submission. A submission form is available from the Greater Wellington Regional Council website at 2. Closing date for submissions You are required to email your submission to If you wish to post your submission, please send it to the Manager, Environmental Regulation, Greater Wellington Regional Council, PO Box 11646, Wellington. All submissions must be received by 4.30 pm on Friday 12 August 2016. The full application documents can be viewed on the Greater Wellington Regional Council website at Please contact GWRC on 0800 496 734 or notifications@gw.govt. nz to request a hard copy of the consent application (note: a full copy of the application costs $1300) or for a USB containing a full electronic copy of the application (at no cost). Hard copies of these documents can be viewed at the following places during normal working hours: • Greater Wellington Regional Council, Shed 39, 2 Fryatt Quay, Wellington • Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington • Wellington City Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington • Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Branch Library, 101 Kilbirnie Crescent, Wellington • Miramar Branch Library, 68 Miramar Ave, Wellington The officers in charge of processing this application are Jude Chittock (Senior Resource Advisor), Greater Wellington Regional Council and Peter Daly (Consent Planner), Wellington City Council. Your submission may also become publicly available if a request for it is made under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. Greater Wellington Regional Council is legally required to provide a copy of your submission to the applicant. Note: You must serve a copy of your submission on the applicant as soon as reasonably practicable. Address for Service: Wellington International Airport Limited, C/- Lane Neave, PO Box 25626, Featherston Street, Wellington 6011 Attention: Amanda Dewar / Joshua Leckie, or by email:

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New video camera for school students By Nikki Papatsoumas

Holy Cross School students Jessica Olsen and Ronit Patel accept a video camera from Dan Shanah.

Budding young film makers from Holy Cross School are the proud recipients of a brand new Panasonic video camera. The school was awarded the camera after winning the Docs 4 Schools feedback survey prize draw. Docs 4 Schools was launched this year, as part of the annual documentary film festival, Doc Edge. It aims to inspire school students through viewing documentaries, to learn more about how people live around the world, and gain empathy for the issues they face. This year, over 100 students from Holy Cross School participated in Docs 4 Schools at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar. Students attended two films as part of the programme, Dancing in Jaffa and This Changes Everything, which both focused on conflict, diversity and

climate change. Holy Cross School principal, Celeste Hastings, said the programme was a great success and the school would participate in years to come. “We were just so impressed with the whole organisation, which included providing schools with background information about the docs as well as teacher notes and then a chance to view absolute quality documentaries,” she said. “We intend to use the video camera to record some of 'our stories' here at Holy Cross School and hope that they inspire people as much as the docs we viewed.” Executive director documentary New Zealand Trust, Dan Shanan, presented Holy Cross School students Jessica Olsen and Ronit Patel with a Panasonic video camera last Friday. He said they were looking forward to seeing what students created with their new camera.

Play showcases local talent A new theatre production will show off the talents of two local designers. Red Leap Theatre’s newest show, Dust Pilgrim – A Tale of Freedom, debuts this week. The show weaves together a dark and abstract tale of a young woman searching for freedom from her tyrannical mother.

The piece displays Red Leaps signature style, including stark lighting, puppetry and play with materials and objects, stunning imagery, strong physicality and effective use of sound design. Among those involved in the production, is Toi Whakaari design graduate Rachel Hilliar. Rachel specialises in puppetry and costume design and

through her craft explores the challenge of making characters and creatures real and tangible for the audience. T he K i lbi r n ie loca l has worked in several personal and collaborative productions, most recently the Fringe production ‘Labyrinthine’. She also made the puppets for a show devised at Te Papa

School fundraiser for new playground Berhampore Primary School is fundraising to resurface its playground. The popular play area, located on the school grounds is used not only by the school’s 280 pupils, but also the broader school community. This includes swim students of the Little Makos Swim School, Pride Lands afterschool care children and groups holding birthday parties at the school pool. School principal Mark Potter said although the playground was popular, Wellington’s wind had played havoc with its bark surface, which has to be replaced every two years. He said the school community was now

searching for a more permanent solution to keep the playground surface in top notch condition. The school had now started a GiveaLittle campaign, to help raise $6,500 needed to purchase impact safety pads, as well as replacement bark for other areas of the playground. Mark said the school did not receive Ministry of Education funding to maintain its playground and needed the help of the community to assist with the project. To make a donation, visit www.givealittle.

national Marae, as well as for the Schools Trash to Fashion. Newtown resident Poppy Serano also lends her skills to the show. Poppy is an emerging designer who recently graduated with a degree in design for stage and screen from Toi Whakaari. With a background in graphic design, and a love of shoes,

Poppy has created an eclectic career for herself. Alongside performance design, Poppy has a growing body of independent performance art.  Dust Pilgrim - a Tale of Freedom plays from July 6 till 9 at Te Whaea Theatre. More info and tickets from redleaptheatre.

Good and bad swimming sites in the capital

Owhiro Bay Beach has been identified as being contaminated with human sewage.

From left, Matiwos Hailesilassie, Ashleigh Goffe and Mia Coles-Nixon at the school’s playground which is in need of a makeover.

A new Recreational Water Quality report card shows many places in Wellington are good for swimming, but a few spots are not so great, especially after rain. Greater Wellington Regional Council senior environmental scientist, Summer Greenfield, said the best sites for swimming last summer were Princess Bay, Oriental Bay, Mahanga Bay, Worser Bay and Breaker Bay. She said they each had an overall grade of A or B and a low risk of illness. “Other sites in Wellington have a moderate risk of illness and are generally safe for swimming unless it’s been raining. “Rainfall washes contamination from surrounding urban and rural land into waterways. We encourage people to

wait two days after heavy rain before swimming again.” Summer said Wellington also contained some of the worst sites in the region, such as Island Bay and Owhiro Bay. “Our previous investigations have identified human sewage as a source of contamination but improvements have been or are being made to sewer and storm water infrastructure in these areas. Summer said the regional council would be starting its upcoming summer monitoring programme in December. “We’ll keep the community continually informed of water quality so they can get out and enjoy their recreational activities safely,” she said.

Thursday July 7, 2016


Best year yet for Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo visitors exploring new walk-through experience Meet the Locals

After 110 years, Wellington Zoo is thrilled to have had its best year ever, clocking in its highest ever number of visitors. Wellington Zoo chief executive, Karen Fifield said since becoming a charitable trust in 2003, visitation had grown over 62 per cent, or by about 100,000 visitors. “We’re thrilled to have had such an amazing year. We have welcomed 260,809 visitors this year, beating our target by more than 11 per cent,” she said. “This is a testament to the hard work our team have put in to ensure our visitors have a fantastic meaningful experience every time they come to

the zoo.” Karen said the success of the year came hot on the heels of opening the new walk-through experience, Meet the Locals. “The area has proved a hit with visitors, with 93 per cent of visitors rating their experience as good or very good,” Karen said. Karen said over the past year the zoo also added an additional three new conservation partners, who were working in the field with endangered animals cared for at the zoo. “Globally, zoos make the third largest financial contribution to field conservation. Our new partnerships are another great step for us in con-

necting our community with conservation projects around the world to save animals in the wild.” Wellington Zoo was also excited to welcome a new species in April - with four Capybaras arriving from Paris, Karen said. As well as Capybaras, the zoo also welcomed a one year-old Giraffe, a young male Red Panda and a breeding pair of Cotton Top Tamarins. Karen thanked Wellingtonians for their support over the last 110 years. “We’ve achieved so much in the past year, and our approach of continual improvement across the Zoo means we are looking forward to an even bigger and better year when we turn 111.”

OUT&ABOUT Roseneath School

Students show off entrepreneurial and enterprising skills Children from Roseneath School showed off their enterprising skills at a special market night last week. The students were taking part in PrEP, a programme that explores financial literacy and teaches children about learn about earning, spending, saving and sharing. The programme ran over nine weeks, and throughout this time students learnt about taxes and laws, and set up their own banks Rebecca Powell, Ruby Nolan, Olive Simister-Northrop, Grace Pointon and Abigail Graham.

Sunny Saul Yarrow, Addison Kwing and Cameron Powell.

Sasha Wilde, Luke Clausen and Ana Jane Leatigaga

and treasury and developed their own currency. The programme culminated in a market night, which took place last Thursday, where students sold their wares to their peers. Ahead of market night students had to plan, design, cost and create new items out of recycled materials, while being as innovative as possible. Teacher Anne Crewdson said in today’s world it was impor-

tant students were prepared to be entrepreneurial and enterprising. “It’s a whole community; they start up their own business and run their own business. They are learning how to run a business to make profit, managing themselves and working together. “They get really excited to find they can be independent and they can do it for themselves. It’s a great challenge for them.”

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Rongotai College on track to defend titles By Jacob Beleski MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Being the defending champions would add to the pressure on most sports teams, but Rongotai College’s junior boys’ basketball team is embracing the challenge. After winning the Wellington and lower North Island junior titles in 2015, they have started their 2016 Wellington junior premier campaign with seven consecutive wins. It was a continuation of the scintillating form that also saw them claim the national junior secondary schools three-on-three title in April this year. Co-coach Zico Coronel said they were quietly pleased with how the season was progressing. “We’ve still got lots of things to improve, but we work every day to improve our game.” Having two star players that had a lot of ability was just the starting point. “Jaylin To’o and Ezrah Vaigafa are talented players, but they are also willing to be coached and given feedback in front of the group. The boys hold each other accountable.” They would be working to ensure the school was in a position to contest finals in years to come, Zico said. “We’ll lose some players next year and people will think Ron-

Zach CampbellSmith protects possession for Rongotai College. PHOTO CREDIT: Bob O'Neill.

gotai won’t be good anymore. We want to make sure when our year 9s come back next year they will still be the best team in Wellington.” Rongotai’s director of basketball, Matt Eagle, said he was pleased with the level of performance they were producing. “It’s not easy to be performing consistently week in, week out in Wellington. There’s a lot of competition.” Trying to defend a title would always add pressure, Matt said.

“To have that kind of success – winning two championship titles, there is always a pressure to repeat it. In saying that, it’s a great challenge and we have to treat it that way.” In recent times Rongotai had seen the benefits of talent and resources combining well. “We’ve been up there before, so we know how to do it. It’s just a case of having a good combination of resources coming together at the right time. I’m glad we’re making the most of it at the moment.”

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Another embarrassing exit from Europe Depending if you are an English football fan or not, their exit from the Euros Tuesday, June 28 (NZ time) was either hilarious or harrowing. On paper, the game against the tiny island nation of Iceland was one England would lose because Roy Hodgson’s men were overwhelming favourites. So it proved to be, as a limp English side were bundled out 2-1 in arguably one of the biggest upsets in tournament football history. Let’s be honest, as neutral sports fans, it’s been entertaining watching England exit major tournaments under the weight of such pressure from home. I spoke to an English friend of mine after the game who, while despondent, was realistic about England’s plight. He said many scouts at schoolboy level value physicality over skill set. He said he remembered a scout saying former English striker Michael Owen would amount to little because his lack of size. This same friend said the

English Premier League was not producing English players worthy of playing on the world stage. It was an honest assessment and one I believe his fellow Englishmen need to understand. The EPL is a great league but there are plenty of foreign players who play a part in making it great. Other leagues around the world like Spain’s La Liga and Germany’s Bundesliga, to name a couple, are just as good. The other thing that needs to be realised is maybe England just isn’t a football powerhouse. The fact they haven’t won a major title since the World Cup of 1966 should say it all. Too many England teams have gone away saddled with too much burden of expectation. Iceland has a population the size of EPL champions Leicester City. Take nothing away from their performance in victory but I think a last 16 exit out of Europe is about right where England are at the moment.

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