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91 years young Secret to a happy, healthy life
By Nikki Papatsoumas
Mother Theresa and Martin Luther King are amongst the inspirational people 91-year-old Tanya Dyett quotes at her weekly yoga lessons. The nonagenarian has been teaching yoga since she was in her 20s and credits the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of the discipline as the key to a happy, healthy life. Tanya arrived in New Zealand in 1946 after spending time as a prisoner of war in Japan. Although her family was Russian, Tania was born in China and spent time travelling around Indonesia, before the island where she and her family were staying was invaded by Japanese soldiers. Continued on page 2 Seatoun resident Tanya Dyett may be 91-years-old but shows no sign of slowing down
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Secret to a happy, healthy life... Continued from page 1 When she arrived in New Zealand she became a registered yoga teacher, and despite her age, still teaches a class on Tuesday nights at St George’s Hall in Seatoun, which happens to be right across the road from her home. “I always have at least seven people show up who are my absolute faithfuls, but sometimes I get around 10 people.” Tanya said she always knew yoga was something she wanted to do, for physical and mental reasons. “It’s not just posture… it gives you other wonderful things. It’s about mind and body and spirit,” she said. When she’s not teaching, or practising her yoga Tanya enjoys taking a creative
writing class and is a member of the Wellington Theosophical Society. The former violin teacher also still gives weekly music lessons to two local students. Having experienced life unlike most, Tanya said she tried to keep a positive attitude and it was important to stay busy. “We are all the same, there are just good people and bad people everywhere,” she said. “But we have to start thinking differently. This tit-for-tat business is no good. War is not the answer or the misery it causes. As long as there are enough people wanting peace, we can achieve it.”
Nominations for local body elections now open Nominations for the 2016 local body elections have officially opened. Local Government New Zealand chief executive Malcolm Alexander said anyone wishing to stand as a candidate for their local council, local board or community board, should get their nominations in now. Those wishing to stand have until August 12 to get their nominations in. “Standing for local council is an incredible opportunity for people to have their say about the issues that affect their community directly and develop their leadership skills,” he said. “Standing for their local council is a great way to step up and have real influence over the key issues affecting
their families, friends and communities, and we encourage them to come forward now.” Meanwhile, more than 135,000 people had updated their enrolment details since the start of the Electoral Commission’s enrolment update campaign. However, according to the commission there were still tens of thousands of New Zealanders who would miss out on the chance to vote unless they re-enrolled to vote. Chief electoral officer, Robert Peden, said around 20,000 packs had bounced back to the Electoral Commission as ‘Gone No Address’. “If you are one of the 20,000 or so voters whose pack has come back to us
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Safer speed for Berhampore By Nikki Papatsoumas
The signs are up and safer speeds are go in Berhampore. Cars travelling through the Berhampore shopping village will now be required to travel at a speed of 30km/h. Signs have recently been erected just past the corner of Adelaide Rd and Luxford St, and near to the Centennial Flats in Berhampore, warning drivers of the new speed limit. The southern suburb is one of five suburbs in the capital to recently have safer speed limits implemented. The Wellington City Council’s decision to lower the speed zones in these areas was in response to overwhelming support from the community. Out of 391 submissions received from the council, an average of 81 per cent were in favour of lowering the speed limits. Resident of Adelaide Road Curtis Nixon has campaigned to see the lowering of speed limits in Berhampore. “Lower speeds mean less serious injuries and people drive in a bit more of social way. “They benefit all road users - whether you're walking or running, on a bicycle or motorbike, or in a car. It’s part of addressing a number of road safety issues in the area.” He said feedback he had had from the community since the signs had been erected
Berhampore resident Curtis Nixon has campaigned to see the speed limit at the Berhampore shopping village reduced to 30km/h.
was positive. However, Curtis said he would have liked to have seen the slower speed zone extended up Britomart St, near Berhampore School. Southern ward councillor Paul Eagle said the lower speed limits had been a long time coming. “People do travel too fast and there are a lot of children around. With new businesses that have recently gone in there are a lot more people walking around. “However this is only a small step, and in the future there will need to be more investment, and we will need to look at ways to
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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.
Safe augmented reality for young audience Since May, Wellington City Council has been trialling a new app, Magical Park, in collaboration with the game’s New Zealand developer Geo AR Games, in parks around the city. Magical Park uses GPS technology to get users moving around the park to play within a set boundary. The safe game has been designed with a younger audience in mind. For more information, head to www. geoargames.com
Wellington wide electronic ticketing system on the cards Commuters will be able to use one card for any Metlink bus service throughout the Wellington region - but it won’t happen in the immediate future. This month, the Greater Wellington Regional Council announced it was in negotiations with Snapper Services Ltd to provide a common electronic ticketing system on all regional bus services. Chair of the council, Chris Laidlaw, said the system would be introduced through new partnering contracts for bus services that would begin to take effect from early 2018. “For customers, this will mean that wherever you choose to travel by bus in
the region, whether it’s from Johnsonville to Island Bay or anywhere within Wairarapa, you’ll use the same card. “One of the key factors in our decision to negotiate with Snapper was the ease of the transition to a single system for customers, due to Snapper already having high coverage in the region.” He said Snapper was used for about 70 per cent of bus journeys, people were familiar with it and found it easy to use. “Having just one card for all bus travel will be a huge improvement. It will make it more convenient and easier for people to transfer between various services to get where they need to go.”
SuperGold would continue to be the only public transport card senior Metlink customers would need, he said. Chris said the final outcome was subject to the finalisation of commercial negotiations which he hoped would be in a few weeks’ time. However, he said the electronic ticketing system for buses was an interim solution only. “The regional council is committed to introducing a fully integrated electronic ticketing and fares system for the entire Metlink public transport network of trains, buses and harbour ferries.”
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inbrief news Cable Car’s reopening delayed The return to service of Wellington’s iconic Cable Car will be delayed by two weeks. Cable Car Company chief executive Simon Fleisher said the time needed to upgrade the system’s two 1970s carriages had proved to be slightly longer than originally scheduled. The first trips for members of the public will now be on August 15.
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 Thursday, July 28 at Clarkes Cafe in the Central Library for coffee and conversation from 2.30pm.
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Local collaboration By Nikki Papatsoumas
A budding young chef and a local potter have collaborated in a hope of presenting the perfect dining experience. Josh Ross, grill chef at Logan Brown will pack his bags and head to Melbourne later this month for the semi-finals of the San Pellegrino Young Chef Competition. There, he will compete against nine other chefs, who have made it into the semi-finals for the Pacific Region. Josh said in an attempt to take his dish of wild hare loin, shitake, mead gel, gingerbread, hazelnuts and pickled blackberrys to the next level, he got in touch with Nicola Dench from the Clay Pigeon Studio in Seatoun and collaborated to come up with a design. “The head chef at Logan Brown thought it would be a cool to talk to an artist about plates for a point of difference. “They are handcrafted and
have had a lot of effort put into them, I think it could really boost the level of the dish.” Nicola said she was excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with Josh. “I am always excited to be involved in artistry that promotes pottery and young people.” Josh said in the lead up to the competition he was busy perfecting his dish. If successful, he will head to Milan and face those who topped their regional title to take out the competition. The young talent said he had always been excited by the idea of being a chef, and liked the concept of locally sourced, foraged food, with unique flavours. “I have always had a passion for food… when you cook for lots of people I like seeing the expression on people’s faces when I cook them something they haven’t had before.” He said when choosing a protein he wanted something
Nicola Dench alongside Josh Ross, who will head to Melbourne to take part in the San Pellegrino Young Chef Competition.
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New owner for local sewing shop By Nikki Papatsoumas
A local woman has traded in report writing for her lifelong love of sewing and crafts. After dipping her toe into retirement, Miramar local Jo Morris took over Wellington Sewing Services in Kilbirnie four months ago. With a new owner has come a new name – Wellington Sewing Centre – and Jo now hopes to inject some new life into the local business. Jo said she had always had a passion for crafts from a young age, but her professional life had kept her busy. Jo had a career to be proud
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Generous donation from late local artist A late local artist has made a generous donation to Wellington Hospital. This month chair of Wellington Hospitals Foundation, Bill Day, presented an ultrasound machine to the cancer wards at Wellington Hospital. This comes following a donation from the late Maurice Bennett, and Wellington Hos-
pitals Foundation, of $42,000. Maurice sadly died earlier this year. The well-known ar tist was also k nown as ‘Toastman”, as a result of his exploration in using toast as an artistic medium. Mr Bennett was a longstanding cancer patient at Wellington Hospital. Mr Day said he hated nee-
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Exploring minimum wage workplace By Nikki Papatsoumas
An aspiring young film maker is delving into the lives of women in the workplace for her latest project. For her first feature length film Brooklyn director Kathleen Winter is working on Minimum, a documentary which explores the lives of women across New Zealand who work in minimum wage jobs. Currently, 68 per cent of those on minimum wage were women. “Working as a film maker I have had to hold down a lot of bad jobs,” Kathleen said. In fact, the idea for the film was derived from her own experiences working in a minimum wage workplace. Kathleen said she was now
working on gathering stories from women in the workplace, from all walks of life, right across New Zealand. So far she has had 20 stories submitted anonymously through the film’s website, and has interviewed a dozen other women on camera. “Most people don’t have any idea what these women put up with in the workplace, in terms of how they are treated,” she said. “We have a massive amount of content already, all made up of really amazing stories. Now we have to find a way to share these stories.” The young director said she was moved and shocked by the stories that had been shared. “It’s crushing that so many
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Speak up and have your say on The Parade Consultation over what The Parade should look like has officially begun – and the community is being urged to speak up and have their say. At the last meeting of the Wellington City Council’s transport and urban development committee, councillors voted to begin consultation with the public over the design of the Island Bay cycleway as soon as possible. President of the Island Bay Residents Association, Vicki Greco, said with this in mind, there was no longer a need for a notice of motion to be put forward in August, as was previously reported. She said following last month’s meeting, a steering group set up by the Wellington City Council and New Zealand Transport Agency, to oversee cycling across Wellington, was formed. The review of Island Bay would sit under this, she said. Vicki said in order to now communicate with the Island Bay community, a noticeboard had been installed in the suburbs shopping village.
With a steering group established, Vicki said the residents association now wanted to know: 1. How The Parade should look and feel. 2. The safety needs of all users of The Parade. This includes cars, trucks, buses, pedestrians, disabled, emergency services, cyclists and businesses. 3. Whether bus stops are the right places. 4. Whether pedestrian crossings/ traffic islands/ speed humps are in the right places or are there better alternatives. 5. Is there sufficient lighting, parking? 6. Does the community want more green spaces? 7. What would the community like to see in the shopping area? 8. The Parade includes Shorland Park, what would residents like to see there? She urged members of the community to keep an eye on the noticeboard for updates on what was happening along The Parade. Vicki said as well as this, community work-
shops would be held throughout August which everyone was welcome to attend, and from there, designs for The Parade would be developed. “We need to all come together and design a space that is ‘Our Parade’. “We have an opportunity to have something better than what we had before and what we have now, ensure you are involved come to the workshops and have your say,” Vicki said. Councillor Paul Eagle, who donated the new sign, said it was another way for the residents association to update the community. “This is a good old fashioned approach, having a sign in the village square, where people meet is really important. “This helps all those who don’t have social media and may not know what is going on in their local community.”
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Keeping their community safe By Nikki Papatsoumas
A group of local women are doing their bit to keep their community safe and friendly. The Pasifika Mamas are a group of women from across Wellington, who together patrol Cuba Mall and Manners St in the capital’s CBD on a Friday night. The group is an off-shoot of the Wellington Pasifika Patrol, which was established to promote and encourage
good behaviour and look for at risk and vulnerable people with a view to offer support and guidance, especially to young people. Co-ordinator Lafulafu Ekenasio said the Pasifika Mamas started patrolling on a Friday night, between 3pm and 6pm, a couple of months ago. “We are working with the police and the council, as well as other wardens to keep our communities safe and friendly.
“Now the businesses know us, we just walk around and wave and smile.” Lafulafu said in particular they focused on offering support to young people, and generally they found youth to be respectful and friendly. “Most of them are really respectful but others just walk away, maybe they’re scared of us,” Lafulafu said. Lafulafu said anyone was invited to join the group – women or men – and they
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hoped to expand their numbers. She said not only was it a great feeling to help local communities, it was also a great feeling to get out and get some exercise. “This is just our beginning and hopefully we will get a lot bigger.” If you would like to join the Pasifika Mamas email Loretta, at Loletta.Hunt-Tevaga@ police.govt.nz
Applications for the $1 million Wellington Regional Amenities Fund are now open. The fund, chaired by Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown, supports regionally significant organisations that help achieve strategic priorities including economic growth, regional connectedness, and competitive advantage. The five-year-old fund encourages collaboration across the region, and is a partnership between the Wellington City, Hutt City, Upper Hutt City, and Porirua City councils and the Kapiti Coast District Council. The fund is focused on arts, culture, and environmental organisations, which contribute to the attractiveness of the Wellington region as a place to live and visit, as well as adding to the vitality of the region and the wellbeing of the population. In last year’s funding round, more than 10 initiatives were supported, including the hugely popular New Zealand Festival, which celebrated its 30th birthday this year, and the Matariki Festival, a regional celebration of Maori culture. According to Fund Manager Katie Taylor-Duke the grants enable organisations to do more to contribute a more connected, diverse, accessible setting for the region’s arts, culture and environmental sectors. For more information, head to www.wellington.govt.nz
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LETTERS to the editor Cycleway has plenty of fans Dear Ed, It's great to see the community working together on improving the Island Bay cycleway design. As recommended by the safety audit, removing carparks that hinder accessing driveways is a sensible step. While it's true not everyone loves the cycleway, plenty of people do. Until the cycleway was built, I had never seen kids cycling along The Parade. Now I see them riding to Wakefield Park, the skate park and the bike track. Change
can be hard but people get used to it. Remember smoke-free bars? With the council and community now taking a fresh look at cycling plans, we have an opportunity to continue the cycleway through Berhampore and Newtown to the city. Let's build this popular and much needed community asset. We'll all be better off. Patrick Morgan Te Aro
Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Eillen Lara, resident Ruth Murray, volunteer Ange Hart and resident Dorothy Johnson at Ohariu Farm.
Community connection: Kilmarnock Heights Home and Ohariu Farm The owners of a popular event venue are encouraging other local businesses and community organisations to get involved in life at Berhampore’s Kilmarnock Heights Home. The residents of the Enliven home were treated to a special high tea at Ohariu Farm recently, marking the beginning off a budding relationship between the rest home and the owners of the venue. Ohariu Farm venue owners Nick Hart and Zena Thomas say their relationship with Kilmarnock Heights Home formed because Nick’s mother, Ange Hart, volunteers there. Zena says the couple has enjoyed getting to know the residents. “All of these people are so special and they deserve it. They are incredibly interesting – it’s amazing hearing their stories. People can often forget that they have lived such wonderful lives,” Zena says. “I think it’s amazing what they do at Kilmarnock Heights. I always thought rest homes were dreary places until I visited Kilmarnock.” Nick says the couple plan to invite the residents of Kilmarnock Heights Home is visit Ohariu Farm on a regular basis “We thought we would do them a nice high tea and get them out into the country.
They live in a very nice home but it’s nice to get out and do something both stimulating and memorable,” says Nick. Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Eillen Lara says Enliven believes that maintaining connections to the community is very important. Kilmarnock Heights Home takes up any opportunity to visit places out in the community. “We take every opportunity we can to provide elders with the opportunity to get out and about, to maintain their community connections, to make new ones and to experience a different environment and a change of scenery,” Eillen explains. “The owners of Ohariu Farm went to such trouble to give us a wonderful treat. We had a lovely drive out there and we enjoyed beautiful food and a view. They are very generous to do this for us,” says Eillen. Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home and respite care as well as a popular day guest programme. For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, or to invite the residents to visit your local business, call 04 380 2034 or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.
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LETTERS to the editor Bouquet to nice bus driver Dear Ed, While I guess some of your readers will regret that I wasn't killed, I got an unwanted birthday surprise on Tuesday July 12, the day I turned 81. But all's well that ends well; so I'm giving a bouquet to a nice young Go Wellington bus driver of a Number
2 bus from the central city to the Miramar Shops bus-stop. As the bus neared that stop, I had risen to my feet, to alight; but there is an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing over Park Rd; and someone walked out in front of the bus. Quite rightly, not to run them
down, the driver slammed on the brakes; so the abrupt stop flung me on to my back in the aisle. A teenage girl, probably in her school holidays, shouted to the driver, "the old man is knocked down!" The driver came back, and kindly helped me on to my feet, while
the girl repeated something about the sudden stop. Quite politely, he replied, "thanks for pointing out the obvious." I'm sort of okay, except for a bruised and slightly sore back and bum, anyway. Hector Westfold Miramar
them negotiating past vulnerable cyclists on a return to the old design? As a parent of two children raised in Island Bay pre the cycleway, my kids and other local kids did not cycle on The Parade. The old painted line was mostly unused by cyclists and mostly ignored by motorists driving all over it. I walk, drive
and cycle The Parade and it now feels much safer in all these modes, as I imagine it does to the parents of children that now use it along with the almost 10,000 other users that pass through the parade every day without incident. Simon Edmonds Island Bay
The Parade much safer In (CSN 14.07) Dr John Robinson asks that the Island Bay cycleway be restored to its previous design. He claims the parade now unsafe even though accident figures show there has been no increase in accidents and if anything a decrease. Secondly he says the road is now too narrow. The road is the same
width as it always was, only the cycle-way is on the kerbside not between moving traffic. Do we want to encourage inexperienced cyclists? Are we going to do this by putting them within inches of fast moving traffic? If motorists like Dr Robinson are uncomfortable driving closer to parked cars, how would we trust
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Drivers aren’t bullet proof I don't think it is enough to go sit your test get your license and then think you’re bullet proof. At the intersection at Adelaide Rd and Hospital Rd travelling towards the Basin Reserve I see so many cars driving through and it is clear that they have no intention of stopping if the light turns orange. I believe a car is as safe as a rifle and it’s safe use is up to the owner/driver. By my recall of the law if you can stop safely you must do so and on that intersection no one does it. I think the fine should be $500. Paul Wellington
Red light runners Dear Ed, I can't believe how often during the day I see this. The current fine of $150 is absurdly low. It's one of the most dangerous things someone in a car can
do. I believe it should be an instant three month loss of licence. John Wilson, Roseneath
‘Arts Extravaganza’ a success St Anthony’s recent “Arts Extravaganza” evening was an unequivocal success and achieved the aim of showcasing a huge variety of student talent within the Seatoun school. The fast-paced hour-long show, which took place late last term, included a rousing Kapa Haka segment, the school's outstanding choir lamenting their ‘Leaky Boats’, individual performances from students, a fantastic array of dance and floor routines and show-stopping individual and group numbers from the Wellington Music Academy Singers. Principal Jennifer Ioannou said the evening was a true celebration of the diverse talent at St Anthony’s School. PHOTO: Supplied.
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Unique clothes on offer to locals A new clothing shop in Island Bay is offering a range of unique women’s garments to local customers. Island Bay local Falaknaz Rana opened Mahi Garments at the end of April. Falaknaz said she had always found it difficult to find the right clothes, so she decided to open up her own store. “I used to buy them from India or get my sister to send them from America, so I thought why not bring it all together. People can stay local and get everything at one place. The clothing shop, based in Island Bay, sells a wide range of women’s clothing, jewellery and accessories.
She said when the empty shop popped up in Island Bay’s shopping village, she pounced at the opportunity. “I knew this shop was closed for many years, it was close to home and school and I thought lets go for it,” Falaknaz said. “This is my first store. I have always wanted to do something but never thought I would because my kids were too small, but now they have grown up.” Mahi Garments is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm at 133A The Parade. For more information, head to www.mahigarments.co.nz
‘Give back, Shift forward’ fund open The first round of funding for the ‘Give Back, Shift Forward’ fund is open. A partnership between the Wellington City Council and the Boys and Girls Institute,
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The long settled summer of 2016 saw many residents and visitors enjoying the beaches and bays of the eastern suburbs. The area has been a destination for day trippers since the early 1900’s and throughout that time there has been considerable change to the environment – both natural and engineered. It was no surprise that this popular eastern coastline of the Miramar Peninsula was the main focus of community consultation sessions regarding the project to permanently deepen the Wellington Harbour shipping channel. This will allow vessels with draughts of up to 14.5m to cross through the channel. The proposed channel dredging has a real impact and relevance to local residents, property owners close to the shoreline and recreational users of both the land and sea. CentrePort commissioned
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Gym makeover more than skin deep By Rosel Labone MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre’s Club Active has had a makeover, and it’s paying off, with more senior citizens on board to get fit. As the gym nears its tenth year, members nearing their 90th are out in force for fitness classes for over 50s, held on a Tuesday and Friday each week in Kilbirnie. They participate in a mix of cardio, aerobics, and strength training. Last year the gym added new machines and relocated to overlook the pool. Club manager Gavin Stoddart said the 50 plus demographic were surpassing the younger demographic to the point where new classes were being added. He said the growing uptake of the classes had disproved any concerns about how older people would react to the changes. “Aqua hydro classes have all overtaken younger classes – some to beyond capacity,” he said. Gym instructor Gillian Christian was one of the original staff that started Club Active in 2007. She felt it was a combination of the social aspect and the rewards of hard work that kept people coming back. “It's a privilege to be among these living wonders,” she said. “They’ve done it all, had fabulous lives, and it’s the opportunity to contribute to their ongoing wellness so every time they come along they can contribute to the club.” “They are vital. It’s necessary for people to see ageing does happen, but it doesn’t have to happen in the way we see it happen. “Not everyone has to be a health statistic or
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Wainuiomata team takes home trophy A well-deserving Wainuiomata women's club rugby team has won the 2016 Wellington Division One championship. Captain Mary Ann Collins led her Wainuiomata
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Stale, old Super Rugby Four New Zealand teams in the eight-team Super Rugby playoffs shows how dull the competition has become. The Kiwi franchises are so far ahead of their Australian and South African rivals, that with the exception of the New Zealand derbies, the competition is boring and stale. There were four Trans-Tasman matches last week, all won by Kiwi teams with a points differential of more than 200-60. I long for the days of strong competition, when a trip to face the Brumbies in Canberra was a formidable prospect, when getting a win in South Africa was treasured. It feels like now you can miss all those games and not miss much. There is too much rugby, too many teams who simply can't foot it.
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SPORTS TRUST SPONSORED BY MIRAMAR & KILBIRNIE THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED $11,150 IN JUNE 2016 TO EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS, KINDERGARTENS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND SPORTS CLUBS ETC.
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THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED TO THE FOLLOWING EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS. • GRACE MELLSOP - WATER POLO TRAVEL AUCKLAND • TOBIAS MAKISI - UN 17 BOYS NZ SOFTBALL TEAM • PONEKE UN 10 RUGBY TEAM TAUPO TRIP • CURTIS MELLSOP - WATER POLO TRAVEL AUCKLAND • ADAM BRADLEY - HANDBALL PLAYER COLD COAST • MIRAMAR RANGERS AFC - NIKE RAIN JACKETS • VOLLEYBALL NZ - MATCH BALL FOR CLUB CHAMPS • BROOKLYN STOWERS - BASKETBALL TRAVEL• HARBOUR CITY WATER POLO - PAN PACIFIC GAMES • PENNY LINTON - SAILING LASER TRAVEL • MIRAMAR GOLF CLUB - 5 JUNIOR BOYS TRAVEL NELSON • ST CATHERINS COLLEGE - NETBALL AND FEES • ELLA WILSON WATERPOLO - TRAVEL AUCKLAND • WGTN HARRIER ATHLETIC CLUB NZ ROAD CHAMPS • SPECIAL OLYMPICS WGTN LANE HIRE AQUATIC CENTRE
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