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Berhampore School students are among those who will participate in a special ‘Orange Day’ celebration tomorrow. The annual Orange Day event is organised by Wellington City Council and New Zealand Police as a way to thank volunteer school patrollers who help keep the roads around their schools safe for their fellow students. More than 1000 road patrollers from Wellington’s primary schools will march through the city in the annual Orange Day street parade tomorrow, beginning at Parliament and ending at Civic Square. Continued on page 2 Eli Manu, Ollie Simpson and Lucia Hutson are school patrollers for Berhampore School.

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Island Bay Presbyterian Welcomes a New Minister By Annabella Gamboni Massey Journalism Student

Island Bay Presbyterian Church now has an extra minister to boast of - Reverend Bruce Hamill has been appointed as a community minister. He was appointed after the church gave resident minister Nathan Parry a grant from the sale of the St James building in Berhampore. Bruce’s new role as community minister will be a very hands-on one. He is looking to engage with the community, along with his congregation, through events like community lunches. Although the church’s parish lies in Island Bay, Hamill’s role will be particularly concerned with the most vulnerable residents of the southern suburbs of Wellington, especially those located in Berhampore. Bruce moved up from Dunedin with wife Jan to take on the job. “I found the role inspiring, because it was the same vision of God’s work that I had,” he said. He stresses that he will not be working in the same manner as a social or charity worker - he thinks of himself as a liaison between his congregation and the community. “I want to bring with me the congregation, and the wider community. I want to get alongside people rather than offer them philanthropy… It’s not about throwing money about,” he said. Reverend Nathan welcomed Bruce to the church first and foremost as an extra pair of hands, but also as a talented and dedicated minister for the church.

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U3A stands for University of the Third Age, and is a global organisation that supports learning and social activities for people in the third age. The Island Bay chapter of the group hosts a weekly social get together with different speakers each week on fascinating subjects followed by tea or coffee and discussion. Meet-ups take place every Thursday afternoon at the Island Bay Community Centre from 1.30pm.

Plans for a $30 million redevelopment of the Erskine College site in Island Bay are available for the community to look over. Earlier this month the project, which will include building a range of terraced houses and apartment units on parts of the site, refurbishing the chapel’s wedding and function centre, and building a new cafe and early Ian Cassels with plans for a proposed redevelopment of Erskine College.

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Last week, Wellington City Councillors voted unanimously for a big, bold design to house Wellington’s movie museum and convention centre. However, with a new design comes a higher budget and the cost of the final proposal has increased from the $135 million originally outlined, to $150 million. The new iconic design is inspired by Maori mythology and will feature the head of Maui’s fish – Te Upoko o te Ika. Council said the key reason for a bigger price tag was the additional cost to deliver the aspirational facade design, together with other design enhancements. Last December the council announced it had agreed to purchase two parcels of land on Cable St opposite Te Papa, and Wakefield St to house the movie museum and convention centre in conjunction with The Movie Museum Limited. T he Movie Museum Lim ited (TMML) is the company formed by

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Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor and is responsible for the fit out and operation of the museum component of the project. Mayor of Wellington, Celia WadeBrown, said the decision to favour the $150 million option over the more basic alternative, confirmed the council’s commitment to investing in the city and would drive economic growth and global recognition. “The operational costs over the first 10 years will be similar to what was consulted on, however the benefits will be far greater,” she said. “Wellington deserves an outstanding movie museum and convention centre facility. “Now we’ve confirmed it will be truly spectacular and globally recognisable. International visitors will take ‘selfies’ in front of this spectacular building, which will attract even more people to our city. “We’re creating the heritage of tomorrow.”

An artist’s impression of the new movie museum and convention centre. PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied

Project Director for The Movie Museum Limited, George Hickton, welcomed the council’s decision to proceed with the iconic design for the exterior of the combined facility. “Our team has been busy working on detailed plans, designs and costings for the content and fit-out of the movie museum and that will be our main focus for some time to come. “When we get to the end of that phase, we hope to share more about the vision for the museum interior of what will be a dynamic new building.”

Thursday August 25, 2016

Happy 100th birthday Marjorie By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local woman celebrated her “amazing life” with family and friends last week. Marjorie Henderson, a resident at Ultimate Care Mt Victoria on Alexandra Rd, celebrated her 100 th birthday last Friday. Marjorie’s son, Dave Henderson, said his mother spent her landmark birthday with friends and family by her side. “It’s hard to believe we are celebrating such a milestone birthday,” he said. Dave said his mother was born Marjorie Douglas in 1916. Marjorie grew up in Napier and survived the Napier Earthquake in 1931. Dave explained that Marjorie was inside Napier

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Girls’ College when the earthquake struck, and much of the building came down around her and her classmates. “Her family then hosted several families who had lost their homes. They camped out on the lawn and her family also helped to look after other homeless families,” Dave said. Marjorie then met Colin Henderson, a country school teacher. At the time Marjorie was practising as a dental nurse and the pair eventually married in 1946. They later had three sons. Together the fam ily moved all across the country because of Colin’s job. They spent time in Reikorangi, Ashburton, Colac Bay in Southland, Eltham in Taranaki and Pakaraka in the Bay of Islands.

Finally the family settled in Auckland when Colin became sick and he sadly died in 1971, Dave said. Dave said he believed the secret to his mum’s long and happy life was an understanding of inner peace and of what life was, ideals he said she followed well into her nineties. Karen Gear, facility manager from Ultimate Life Care Mt Victoria, said Marjorie was the second person this year to turn 100 at the Mt Victoria home. “Marjorie has had such an amazing life,” Karen said. She said staff and other residents helped Marjorie celebrate with a birthday cake and a performance from a group of ukulele players, who had travelled down from Wairarapa for the occasion.

Delicious opportunity to help animals in need Wellington City Council staff were among those to get behind the Wellington SPCA’s Cupcake Day fundraiser this year. Last Monday, the team at council once again took part in Cupcake Day by holding their annual ‘Cupcake Idol’ competition throughout the organisation. Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown said the Wellington SPCA was a much loved charity in the capital, and taking part in Cupcake Day was a “delicious opportunity” to help animals in need. Staff members were encouraged to whip up their signature sweet treats and cupcakes were then judged by Ms Wade-Brown and chief executive of the Wellington SPCA Steve Glassey. Categories included the “you must have spent hours on this award” and the supreme “can I please have your recipe award”. All up, the council raised $457 for the Wellington SPCA. All money raised from the SPCA’s Cupcake Day will go towards helping the organisation continue to help animals in need.

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Thursday August 25, 2016

Houghton Valley prepares for Great Debate By Nikki Papatsoumas

The Houghton Valley Playcentre community is gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year. The Great Debate, an annual fundraiser for the Houghton Valley Playcentre has been running for two decades. The fundraiser has been supported by Rongotai MP Annette King since day one, and Ms King said over the years they had had many well-known

people participate, including Duncan Garner, Barry Soper and Patrick Gower. “People have always been willing to be in the teams and it now has a nationwide reputation because my parliamentary colleagues know about the Great Houghton Valley Debate.” This year the subject to debate will be ‘is it good to have local bodies?’ The debate will be chaired by Grant Robertson, and Wellington City

Annette King officially opens Houghton Valley Playcentre’s new playground at a ceremony earlier this month.

Councillor Paul Eagle will MC the event. Among those to take part in the debate are Annette King, Pinky Agnew, Lynda McGregor, Chris Hipkins, David Townsend and Tim Jefferies. Ms King said the debate was created when a group of mothers approached her to ask what they could do to raise money for the playcentre. “I suggested a debate because debates were hugely popular in those days,” Ms King said. She said the inaugural debate was held at the Masonic Hall on Happy Valley Rd, but it quickly outgrew the space. It is now held at The Pines each year and Ms King said the owners generously offered the venue free of charge. All money raised through ticket sales goes directly back to the playcentre. Ms King recently opened the playcentre’s new playground – which was in part funded through ticket sales from last year’s event.

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Thursday August 25, 2016

Hospice’s proposal upsets neighbours By Nikki Papatsoumas

A group of Newtown residents are upset at a proposal which would see a block of apartments built in their neighbourhood. The Mary Potter Hospice has announced plans for a five-storey 37 unit apartment complex adjacent to its hospice building in Mein Street, Newtown. The project has been flagged as a Special Housing Area, which means consultation with the public may not be necessary, causing red flags for neighbours who are concerned with potential noise, increased demand for parking, issues with privacy and effect on neighbourhood character. The hospice said it must fundraise over $5 million every year to provide its free-of-charge services and hoped the apartment complex would help ease financial pressure. “This is a new-build that will create long-term sustainable revenue for the hospice and its future services and will provide extra accommodation in the Newtown area,” the hospice said in a statement. A public meeting has now been organised for Saturday, in an attempt to give residents an opportunity to air concerns with representatives from the hospice. Resident Alex Granville said

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nearby residents were supportive of the hospice and its services, and many volunteered their time to helping the charity. However, she said she did not support the hospice’s proposal. “It’s not part of their core business…. all of a sudden there is a great big block of flats going in and so many of us have boundaries shared with them.” Wellington City Councillor

Paul Eagle said while the hospice was within its rights to build, he hoped developers were prepared to show good faith by listening to neighbours valid concerns and doing what they could to accommodate them. Mary Potter Hospice board member Malcolm Bruce said the hospice was grateful for community support, which enabled the hospice to continue to operate.

“However, to meet future demand we know we will need to substantially increase our income above that which we already generate through our retail shops, fundraising programmes and government contracts.” A public meeting will be held this Saturday, August 27 from 10am at the Newtown Community Centre, 71 Daniell St.

Te Papa opens its doors after sprinkler malfunction Te Papa has opened its doors again after sprinkler activation last week closed the museum last Thursday and Friday. Spokeswoman Kate Camp said sprinklers activated in Te Papa’s ground floor and first floor foyers for a short period around 8pm last Wednesday. There was no fire, and no one was harmed in the incident, she said. Collection stores and exhibition areas were also not affected by the water. Kate said the delay in re-opening was due to the need to check the museum’s systems. “An incident that sees water in the museum is something that we take very seriously,” she said. “We are happy to report that everything has been checked and double checked, and we are ready to open our doors.” “We do regret the inconvenience caused by the closure, and we really appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked to get Te Papa back up and running.” Kate also thanked staff who had worked day and night to get Te Papa ready to open on Saturday morning. “Te Papa is a complex machine with lots of specialist staff – not just art and history experts, but electricians, chefs, carpenters – you name it, there’s probably one at Te Papa. “Everyone has pulled together to get the museum open. We are very grateful for the support we’ve had from our visitors and our clients.”  Te Papa is open from 10am to 6pm, seven days a week.

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Thursday August 25, 2016

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Q: What do you love about the suburb you live in?

Lorraine Alison, Melrose

Edward GlennonSakaira, Newtown

David Duro, Newtown

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“I like Newtown it is vibrant, the coffee is great, the cafes the culture. I love the veggie market too.”

“I used to live in Strathmore but Newtown is good I like the mixed culture and it’s not too hustly and bustly like the CBD. I like them both.”

“Everything is accessible, you can just live here and not go anywhere else. A lot of people say Newtown has a lot of gangs but in the eight years we have been here it has been very safe. I like that it is friendly and multicultural.”

“The diversity. I like how relaxing it is, Newtown is pretty chill.”

“The diversity, I like how it is small and compact it is.”

Emma Bullara, Island Bay “The beach, the Empire Cinema and that it’s flat so I don’t have to walk up hill.”

LETTERS to the editor 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.

Experience with public transport Dear Ed, I was reading your article on Wellington bus service, I don’t drive so regularly use the bus service, and my experience has been as follows. I have been abused by a lot of grumpy bus drivers for no reason. I have had a child in my care stuck in the door of the bus with me on the other side with her screaming. I have witnessed a foreigner ask where the university was to hear the driver

yell “well did you look at the front of the bus”, it doesn’t say to university how would they know and that is part of their job. It says please remain seated for your safety, but the drivers take off before you sit down, I have had a kid go flying, seen a lady with a baby in her arms go flying and an elderly man. An elderly man got on the bus and asked where a place was and bus driver yelled and

said what you think this is a taxi service. A child I was with was terrified to go on the bus after a driver yelled at us both. The list goes on, it absolutely appalling, some out of towners have been horrified by the service and these drivers need a new career - maybe prison officers? In saying this, there are a few amazing helpful drivers. Laureen Porritt, Wellington

Britomart St traffic woes Dear Ed, Yes “the signs are up and safer speeds are the go in Berhampore” and well done to Curtis Nixon and all of the others who campaigned for this long overdue traffic management. However, while I am pleased to see the signs and road markings in the Berhampore shopping village announcing the lowering of

the traffic speed limit to 30km/h this is only three quarters of the problem and I am concerned that nothing seems to be happening about reducing traffic speeds in lower Britomart St around the corner. Britomart St is the fourth leg of an offset crossroads that is equally as busy as Luxford St as it is the western part of an east-west connector between

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Shared cycling and pedestrian pathway secured

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Funding has been secured for work on a $7 million shared cycling and pedestrian pathway between Miramar Cutting and Waitangi Park. The pathway will trail along Oriental Parade, Evans Bay Parade, and Cobham Drive and will be part of the Great Harbour Way, a proposed cycleway the Wellington City Council wants to create which will wind along Wellington’s coastline. Wellington City Councillors Simon Marsh and Sarah Free, and Chris Calvi-Freeman who is running for a spot on council in this year’s local government elections were all part of a working group which was established earlier this year to look at cycling in the eastern suburbs. Sarah Free said this was the option

Dress for success empowers women

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew with Dress For Success stylist Susanne Milcairms. PHOTO CREDIT: Laura Shipley By Laura Shipley MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Dress For Success is changing the community one woman at a time. The charity organisation, based in Boulcott St, empowers women to achieve economic independence, by offering advice to women who are entering the workforce and providing clothes for their job interviews. Last Thursday, Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew visited the Dress For Success team for morning tea, to learn more about how the organisation was helping the community. Dress For Success president Jane Fanselow-Price said the organisation’s work was about building confidence.

Dress For Success clients were given the opportunity to spend an hour with a stylist, where they would pick an outfit that was appropriate for their first job interview, from a variety of donated clothing, she said. After they were hired, they would come back for a second dressing where they would be given enough work clothes to last a week, Jane said. Dress For Success also ran a retention programme. Women liaised with volunteers at the organisation to ensure they had support they needed while in the work place, Jane said. “We teach the unwritten rules of the work force for women who have been out of work for a long time,” Jane said. Jane said most clients were re-

ferrals from Work and Income and a lot of the women they helped were in debt. “Twenty-five per cent is about putting the clothes on the rest is about building confidence.” Dress For Success relied on clothing donations from the public, and clothes not suitable for job interviews were sold at the Frank Kitts Market and all money raised goes back to the charity. Dress For Success Wellington was set up in 2001 and is part of a global organization that spans across 20 countries. The Wellington branch interacts with around 1,000 women a year.  For more information, head to the Dress For Success Wellington Facebook page.


which was considered to be most popular when the community was consulted on plans for cycleways in Wellington’s eastern suburbs. “This a very exciting project and I believe we can make this a very successful project. Nobody wants to get this wrong.” She said residents were also interested in safer pedestrian crossing across Cobham Drive, and money was still set aside to revisit this project in the future. Chris agreed, and said a route into town was what was identified as most desirable from members of the community. Simon Marsh said while the pathway would initially be both a tourist and commuter route, if a second Mt Victoria tunnel was built they could look at including a commuter route.


Thursday August 25, 2016



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Latest exhibition for local artist The curator of a local art gallery is excited to unveil his latest exhibition. Local artist and co-curator of the Tapu Te Ranga Gallery in Island Bay, Ian Logan has created a survey exhibition of his work, which will open at the gallery later this week. The exhibition covers Ian’s travels between Scotland and New Zealand, and also looks at painting subjects from when the artist ran his own gallery at the exact same location in the early 1990’s. Ian said he was interested in what caught his eye with amazement, seizing the moment to seize the motif - then recapturing it on canvas or paper. “I like to call my style ‘heightened realism’ as I usually need to exaggerate and distort to get the initial buzz

of what I see across in paint,” he said. Ian said over the years his subject matter had changed, and he now painted the rugged south coast as opposed to New Zealand bush. He said the exhibition would include work from across a wide variety of mediums – something he said kept art fresh and interesting for him. Earlier this year the gallery moved to its new location in the Island Bay shopping village. “It’s fun to come full circle and be back running a gallery here on The Parade so having my first solo show here since then is very exciting,” he said.  Ian’s exhibition opens on August 28 and will run until September 14. For more information head to www.

Heritage buildings to have promising future Eleven heritage buildings around Wellington have received grants totalling more than $300,000 from the Wellington City Council. Grants will go towards earthquake strengthening work such as geotechnical and seismic assessment or structural work, as well as repairs and maintenance to keep built heritage characteristics. Among the 11 buildings to receive a grant was the prominent St Gerard’s Monastery, which overlooks the city from Mt Victoria. The building will undergo a detailed seismic assessment and development of a design for strengthening. The building owners from the 11 heritage buildings have benefitted from the latest round of the council’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund, with the Transport and Urban Development Committee approving applications earlier this month. Grants are allocated to projects that conserve, restore, protect and care for Wellington’s heritagelisted buildings. It is one of several council initiatives to help building owners seismically strengthen their buildings. Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, said a significant funding increase in the 2015 long term plan meant council could collectively help more heritage buildings tell their stories to the public. “Wellington’s character is made of such a variety of small cottages and large commercial, public and religious buildings from many different decades. This fund helps our physical and cultural resilience and our capital city’s attractiveness to residents and visitors alike.”

Ian Logan at Tapu Te Ranga Gallery in Island Bay. PHOTO CREDIT: Fritz Schone

Keeping comfortable Every now and again you meet a couple like Graham and Noelene Hood. Salt-of-the-earth, hardworking types, people who exude positivity and leave you with a better, clearer view of the world. Graham and Noelene travelled to the Margaret Stewart House - the Cancer Society’s onsite accommodation for outof-towners needing cancer treatment - from Renwick, Blenheim. “I’m over this time for my myeloma,” Graham said. He said he and his wife were fighters, as Noelene has secondary breast cancer which has now spread to her bone. The couple said they felt comfortable at the Margaret Stewart House because of its family atmosphere. “When we were here in February and March, we both had a birthday around the same time as another fellah,” Graham said “So we cooked up a big feast and everyone sat

round for the birthday party. It was really nice. You never feel alone here.” Noelene agreed, and said you learnt a lot from other patients using the facilities. “One woman – her husband is going through what Graham is - we were able to share our story,” she said. “We just can’t fault this place, we are so lucky to have it. When you fly in from far away, like us, you can just unpack and crash out. The Cancer Society is currently running a special campaign with the goal of putting solar panels on the roof the Margaret Stewart House. The solar panels will help the Cancer Society save more than $300,000 in power over the next 25 years.

Power Up’ campaign Through its ‘Power Up’ campaign the Cancer Society hopes to raise $70,000 to cover the costs of 115 solar panels, which will produce a 30kW capacity for The Cancer Society’s Margaret Stewart House accommodation facility. The facility provides daily accommodation for up to 40 out-of-town patients having cancer treatment at the Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre. 70k

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WorkerBe Oasis looking to build on business By Nikki Papatsoumas

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Urban farm, WorkerBe Oasis, is asking the community to help with its most recent fundraiser. WorkerBe Oasis is an urban farm based in Newtown with an aim to share food with those who need it. Half the food grown goes to food banks like Kaibosh to give to needy Wellington families. The incorporated society also hopes to create a zero waste local food system by creating urban farms that regenerate land and reconnect

local communities to learn, grow, eat and share good food. WorkerBe Oasis was now looking to raise $ 6000 through a PledgeMe campaign for its newest arm, Kaicycle. Kaicycle is a bicycle-powered food waste collection service, pedalling people’s food scraps into compost. Volunteers travel around the capital, collecting buckets of food waste, which is then taken back to the Newtown farm and converted into compost.

Volunteer Kelly-Ann Barrett said money raised would be used to build a shelter at the Newtown base to house Kaicycle bikes, trailers and tools. She said the structure, which would be made out of recycled materials, would also double as an education centre. T h e o r g a n i s a t i o n ’s PledgeMe campaign ends on August 31 and pledges will only be confirmed if the $6000 target is reached.  To pledge, head to w w w. p le d g e m nz / projects/4718-kaicycle

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A group of foundation clubs have joined together to launch an eastern suburbs sports hub. In 2014, it was announced the Poneke Football Club rooms in Kilbirnie would be redeveloped into a modern facility, known as the Toitu Poneke Community and Sports Hub, which would be used by sports clubs and community groups across Wellington. Representatives from seven clubs signed a memorandum of understanding last Tuesday and will now share clubrooms and the site at Kilbirnie Park. The hub now represents 1690 members, including 720 children. Clubs to sign the memorandum at last week’s meeting were American Football Wellington, Capital Sports Performance (Triathlon), Capital Swim Club, Poneke Kilbirnie Softball, Poneke Rugby, Wellington Darts Association and the Wellington Diving Club. Project manager of the Toitu Poneke Community and Sports Hub, Ross


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Community engagement officer for the hub Cara Robson, Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle, Chairman of the Poneke Football Club Kevin Jenkins, Don Eddie from the Wellington Darts Club and project manager for the hub Ross Jamieson.

Jamieson said it was a pleasure to have “seven such high achieving and high profile clubs as part of the initial foundation group of the hub”. He said sports clubs across the country were under pressure with a lack of volunteers and community grants, and hoped the project would prove itself as a way of securing the future of sports clubs.

“Our vision has always been to be an exemplar hub of New Zealand sport,” he said. “We still have a way to go… but it’s really positive and promising so far.” Stage one works on the hub were completed last year and work on stage two of the project would begin in September. All things going to plan, the hub would be completed by April 2017, and the project was expected to cost $2.2 million.

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The difference between agony and joy at the Olympics comes down to centimetres and split seconds. Mahe Drysdale’s second gold medal in the single sculls rowing event by two centimetres - that’s the length of your fingernail. Julian Matthews missed the semi-finals of the 1500m by 0.39 of a second - snap your fingers and that’s how much time that is. Valerie Adams lost her bid for a third shot put gold by 21cm or two thirds of the length of your average school ruler. Four years of effort came down to the smallest of margins. So enjoy every medal, even if it is expected like Hamish Bond and Eric Murray in the rowing or Lisa Carrington in the kayaking. Just because those two gold medals were made to look easy does not mean they were. Take the New Zealand women’s hockey team for example. They seemed like a team of destiny for a medal in Rio after their dominant performance in the last eight against Australia but it has not always been this way. In the past two Olympic campaigns the team has floundered under pressure, unable to handle penalty stroke situations and finishing fourth both times. This year was no different. I’ve bemoaned our amount of silver medals, it seems like second is always a little deflating. Silvers from trap shooter Natalie Rooney and Luuka Jones in the kayak are the exceptions since they weren’t fancied to medal but coming up one short can often hurt just as much as finishing fourth.

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