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Celebrating 70 years Students Katelyn Weston, Kayla Govind and May Simpson are excited for South Wellington Intermediate School’s upcoming 70th jubilee.

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One of the country’s oldest intermediate schools is gearing up for a week-long celebration in recognition of 70 years. This year South Wellington Intermediate School in Berhampore will celebrate its 70th jubilee with its very own SWIStival, a festival style event which will involve art shows, market evenings and open days. Principal Traci Liddall said that while the school had been teaching intermediate aged students for 70 years, it had been open as a school for 120 years. She said South Wellington Intermediate School was the second intermediate school in the country to open its doors. Continued on page 2


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SWIS celebrates 70 years Continued from page 1 Traci explained that before World War II most students ended their school career in year 6, so there was little need for intermediates and high schools. However following the end of WWII there was a push for more intermediate schools across the country. She said as well as unearthing interesting facts about the school, the school community was also learning more about its alumni, which included some famous names such as Sir Peter Leitch the ‘Mad Butcher’. Over the last few weeks students were focusing on learning more about the history of the school, Traci said. “Our whole programme this term is focused towards SWIStival and our Market Evening. Each class has also been given a decade and they are looking at what the school and Wellington as a city was like then,” Traci said. “For all children their world is what they know and they very much live in

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Islamic Centre Kilbirnie Welcomes Visitors with its Annual Open Day By Annabella Gamboni MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Even with steady immigration from Asia over the last 30 years, the world of Islam remains unknown to many New Zealanders. With its annual open day last Saturday, the Islamic Centre in Kilbirnie welcomed the wider Wellington community through its doors to help dispel ignorance and fear around Muslim communities, said the centre’s sheikh [imam] Mohamed Hussein Zewada. “It was a great success, with many visitors,” he said. Guests to the centre were taken on a tour of the prayer rooms and facilities, listened to readings of the Qu’ran, and dressed up in traditional Muslim garb. There was also a huge variety of homemade food offered to visitors from the many countries that the members of the centre hail from. Sheikh Mohamed considers service to the community central to the ideals of the Islamic Centre, as a religious duty within Islam. “Because we call ourselves Muslims of New Zealand,





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Drop in to Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre The Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre at 27 Chelsea Street holds a drop in session on Mondays from 10.15am to 12.15pm. Everyone is welcome to drop in for free tea or coffee. For more information, contact the centre on 388 1944. Asher Dickson and Zainab Eladraoui in one of the prayer rooms at the Islamic Centre. PHOTO CREDIT: Annabella Gamboni

not Muslims in New Zealand. This is our country, and our community. We must all work together – we are all under the same sky – to help accept differences between us,” he said. He blames the stereotypes that have arisen in the media for many of the social difficulties that Muslim people face within the largely secular population of

New Zealand. But after moving to New Zealand nine years ago from Egypt, Sheikh Muhamed has accepted New Zealand as his home. “New Zealand is a very peaceful country, and its people are very hospitable. I love it here,” he said. The Muslim community he

works with in Kilbirnie is a vibrant, multicultural and “amazing” community, he said. Zainab Eladraoui, 12, was one of the tour guides on the day, and was proud to be teaching so many visitors about the centre. “We love Islam because we love the teachings of the Qu’ran, and we love to come together with our families,” she said.

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A year 13 student has returned from an international geography competition with a bronze medal. Rongotai College student Barnaby Roche recently travelled to Beijing, China, where he took place in the World Olympiad of Geography competition. Barnaby was one of four members of the New Zealand Geography Team and was joined at the competition by geography students from 60 countries across the world. As part of the competition teams were required to undertake a number of written tests, field work exercises and multi-media tests. Following the competition, Barnaby was awarded with a bronze medal for his individual work throughout the competition. Barnaby said the award was a “surprise” and called his trip a once in a lifetime experience. “The medal was 100 per cent not expected. I was fairly happy with how I did but the standard of the competition was so high.” Barnaby said while a highlight of the trip was experiencing the sights and sounds of Beijing, forging lifelong friendships with other students who competed was something he would never forget. “It was really cool meeting people from all different countries around the globe, particularly those from Eastern European areas who I hadn’t met before,” he

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Strathmore Park residents will soon be able to enjoy fruit from more than two dozen recently planted feijoa trees.

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Newtown is getting its very own weekly vintage market. Kate Peters recently moved to Newtown from Lyttelton and said she missed weekly vintage markets offered in Christchurch so decided to start one up in Newtown. On Saturday, September 10 Newtown will have its first vintage market in the old theatre space in the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre. “Markets are great places to meet peo-

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Thursday September 1, 2016


Developing Island Bay By Nikki Papatsoumas

An Island Bay School student has been named the winner of a competition which invited children to be part of developing Island Bay. Last month, a pop-up shop opened in the coastal community’s shopping village, giving locals a chance to have their say about what they would like to see in their community. Following the opening of the community space, children from St Francis de Sales and Island Bay School were approached to take part in a competition, which involved them naming and designing a logo for the space. Children were given full artistic licence, however, they were asked to come up with a logo and words that were representative of the community space and upcoming plans for the suburb. Yesterday, Meredith Banks from Island Bay School was named the winner of the competition and was presented with movie tickets and New World vouchers for her efforts. Meredith’s winning design said “Love the Bay” and was also translated into Maori, “Aroha I te Kokoru” and featured a picture of the sun setting over Tapu te Ranga Island. The competition’s organiser, Jane Byrne, said they had also incorporated aspects of St Francis de Sales student Torie Keating’s second place winning design into

Pat Vinaccia from Empire Cinema and Amanda Elliot from Island Bay New World with Rose Marshall, Helena Reddell and Torie Keating.

the final logo. The final design read “don’t delay have your say”, which featured on Tori’s entry. She said there had been an “overwhelming” number of responses from local children and judges Pat Vinaccia from Empire Cinema, Amanda Elliot from Island Bay New World and local artist Joe Bleakley had their work cut out for them when choosing a winner. President of the Island Bay Residents Association, Vicki Greco, said it was fantastic to be able to include children in developing the

community. “They are also a part of Island Bay. It is a good way to involve the kids and make them part of the process.” She said a flier would be distributed to every household in Island Bay this weekend, outlining information about upcoming community workshops. The flier would feature Meredith’s winning design. She said anyone who didn’t receive a flier could pick one up at the community space on The Parade.


COMPETITION WINNERS: First Place: Meredith Banks, Second Place: Torie Keating Third Place: Rose Marshall and Helena Reddell

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LETTERS to the editor 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

the Brooklyn hill suburbs and Newtown and beyond. In its lower section as well as narrowing as it approaches the Adelaide Rd intersection it also contains Berhampore School with its signed school zone. Also in this area parked vehicles are losing their rear vision mirrors from vehicles travelling downhill too close to the left

and too fast. This has the effect of vehicles being parked on the footpath to escape losing their rear vision mirrors and causing inconvenience and a danger to the many pedestrians who use Britomart Street. During the public consultation process a large number of the submissions highlighted this situation and the traffic committee resolved

that the traffic engineers should review their findings and recommendations and report back to the traffic committee and the Berhampore community. So my question is: where is the report, what are the solutions and when can we expect to see some action? Peter Frater Berhampore

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LETTERS to the editor


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Mary Potter Special Housing Area I was so intrigued by Nikki Papatsoumas’ report on the proposed housing development in the grounds of Newtown’s Mary Potter Hospice that I looked in on the meeting on Saturday morning (CSN August 25) How easy it would be for most of us to turn a blind eye to any housing develop-

ment which wouldn't affect us. When I left the meeting I had a walk along Owen St and was amazed at the amount of infill housing that has been happening there over the years. These townhouses are all timber two storied dwellings in neutral colours. They don't stick out like sore thumbs

from the older houses surrounding them. Mary Potter of course is not some greedy developer hoping to exploit new home-seekers. It is trying to generate income, and has chosen a very small parcel of land on which to do so. The planned dwellings are five storeys high and will cast quite a shadow

over the houses closest to them. I felt sorry for the very articulate professional Newtown residents (who knew there were such types in Newtown?) as they put their case forward. Clearly, they all support the aims and work of the hospice, but they know they will be affected considerably by this particular

Sunday trading and voter involvement

Great Harbour Way

Dear Ed, All local bodies should send a delegation to Rotorua to learn how to get their electors fully involved in council deliberations and decisions. The mayor of Rotorua in an early morning interview stated that their council’s consultation with the ratepayers and electors had shown that 72 per cent of their population supported Sunday trading. To have that percentage of support they must have had participation of well over 100 per cent of their population. Here must be

Dear Ed, It’s encouraging to see plans being developed for a Great Harbour Cycleway between Miramar and the city. However, a shared-use 3.9m wide bidirectional path on Evans Bay Parade, as recently shown in a council artist's impression, is exactly what isn’t required if more people are to be encouraged to cycle to work. Cyclists don’t want to have to dodge pedestrians any more than pedestrians want to be monstered by cyclists. Shared pedestrian and cycle paths are only useful for meandering – and even then they only

something where the whole country can learn how to enthuse their people and have them participate. At least the devolution of power to local bodies will give those opposed to Easter trading an opportunity to get all those areas with an exemption at present to reverse the ungodly trend liberating and eroding the trading hours. Perhaps Democracy has a chance of survival after all. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

housing project. In a perfect world, Mary Potter would find another way to generate future income for its work, and the Owen Street residents would continue to live in their sheltered sun-trapped pocket of Newtown uninterrupted. I hope there is a good outcome from this. Christine Swift, Island Bay

work when cyclist and walker numbers are very low and the paths very wide. As an experienced transport planner and prospective city councillor for the eastern ward, I am pushing for a proper segregated route. This must be done correctly, but it can be built in stages as funds become available. Though expensive, it will bear long-term dividends in road safety and reduction in pollution and traffic congestion. Chris Calvi-Freeman Independent candidate for City Council, Eastern Ward

Speed humps to go Dear Ed, So three of the speed bumps along The Parade in Island Bay are to be removed despite their usefulness in slowing down vehicles toward the speed limit of 30 km/hr (CSN August 18). Seems like another over reaction in Island Bay to limits on the use of motor vehicles. Already, famously, Island Bay has erupted in response to some limits on parking and access over a mere cycleway. Now the speed bumps. If Island Bay

could reflect for a moment, perhaps they would consider a speed control measure of a row of trees along The Parade to narrow the road. Drivers could relax into a slower routine and pedestrians, drivers and property would all be safer. I suggest that could help calm things down in Island Bay a little. Richard Keller Island Bay

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 nikki@ Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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more likely to discover injured or sick birds in the wild. “This workshop was a great way to educate our local conservation groups on how to properly handle a sick or injured bird and even provide basic avian first aid.” The Nest, Wellington Zoo’s animal hospital and centre for native wildlife, has treated over 430 native wildlife patients in the last year. “Native species make up at least 70 per cent of our patients at The Nest, and these patients are typically brought to us by the SPCA, Department of Conservation, or local members of the community. “By sharing our skills with other conservation agencies, we can make sure injured wildlife receives care as quickly as possible – meaning we can return more native patients to the wild.”


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10 - 11 September 2016. Come play tennis! Participating Tennis Central Region tennis clubs are opening their doors for a LOVE TENNIS WEEKEND and inviting anyone and everyone to ‘give it a go’ on court, for FREE! In an effort to get more people playing tennis, clubs are joining forces for a combined open day whereby just attending, people will have the chance to win a trip for two to the ASB Classic in Auckland early January. And for those who join up over this exciting weekend there’s an extra carrot- they will go in the draw to win a corporate table at the Maxim Financial Wellington Open. All existing tennis club members are encouraged to get behind this campaign to support their local club and bring along a friend to try out TENNIS FOR FREE. No need to own a racquet,

clubs will provide them. BBQ, giveaways and prizes on offer too. Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September, 1-4pm daily. Tennis Central Marketing & Promotion Manager, Mel Jansen says “now’s a great time for tennis, the Olympics have just finished, the US Open about to start and with summer on the way, people are feeling inspired about keeping fit and healthy. The Love Tennis Weekend encourages anyone, of any age and any ability, to find a club near them and give it a shot.” For more information and list of participating clubs visit Wellington, Kapi Mana, Hutt Valley, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wairarapa * ASB Competition includes Day/Night ASB Classic Session Wednesday 11 January, 1 night accommodation and flights to Auckland for 2.

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Miramar Tennis Club Miramar Tennis Club is looking forward to celebrating the start of a new season with an open invitation to their Love Tennis Weekend on 10th and 11th September. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in playing tennis to come to the club and have a hit, sign up for an interclub team, get opening day membership specials,

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Eastern Ward Candidates The Cook Strait News asked Wellington City Council candidates in this year’s local government elections to answer a set of questions chosen by our readers. Over the next few weeks we will profile all candidates standing for southern and eastern wards, as well as mayoral candidates, ahead of this year’s elections. Questions 1 to 6 please answer yes or no (candidates were able to elaborate)

1. Are you in favour of the proposed airport extension? 2. Are you in favour of more cycleways in Wellington? 3. Are you in favour of any amalgamation of councils in the Wellington region? 4. Are you in favour of a second Mt Victoria traffic tunnel? 5. Are you in favour of light rail transport between the airport and the CBD? 6. Do you think homelessness and begging is an issue in Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs? Questions 7 to 9 please answer in 50 words

7. What is your preferred option for the Basin Reserve traffic situation, if any? 8. What do you consider is the most urgent infrastructure needed in Wellington? 9. What do you believe is a reasonable increase in residential rates each year?

Chris Calvi-Freeman

Rob Goulden

Sarah Free

1. I’m waiting for the outcomes of the resource consent and business case processes. If these are positive, I’d expect Infratil to pay the lion’s share of the cost of the extension, with any Wellington City Council payment being based on anticipated economic growth and council’s share of airport ownership. 2. Yes, with the proviso that they’re well designed and agreed through a proper consultation process. 3. No (except that the three Wairarapa councils should amalgamate). 4. Yes, but it must have superior walking and cycling facilities to encourage sustainable travel and these must link to an improved Basin Reserve road layout. 5. In principle, yes. In practice it may simply be unaffordable for a city of our size. 6. Yes, it’s an issue but I don’t know how widespread a problem it is or is likely to be in the future. I will endeavour to find out to see what the solutions are. 7. The Basin Reserve congestion can be addressed by a different road layout with less expensive or intrusive infrastructure than NZTA proposed. Having studied the reports and observed the traffic I am sure of this. I will publish an outline plan shortly. This will include better cycling facilities as well. 8. Government-funded roading improvements along the State Highway 1 corridor from the Terrace tunnel through to Kilbirnie Park, aimed at relieving congestion at the Basin and the tunnels, and addressing the severance that the existing network causes through the city centre. Plus major concurrent investment in quality cycling infrastructure. 9. My starting point is that there should be no above-inflation rates increase unless specifically targeted to schemes with proven benefits. It’s been too easy to increase rates to fund poorly-conceived projects and general inefficiency. I successfully ran a council department in London with falling government funding and ongoing rates freeze.

1. Yes providing it has Resource consent, funding & a robust business case. 2. Yes but not the Island Bay design. 3. No there is no proposal to do so 4. Yes if the roading project is approved 5. No the option is too expensive for Wellington 6. Yes. 7. I would like to see a trenched road through the Basin Reserve area which is good for car and bus access and thoroughfare. This would leave the option for light rail at a future date if the city decided to do that later on. I want to see all options of transport available. 8. I think a central roading project has to be the priority at present. Wellington has been hamstrung for years by not having this. This should take priority even over proposed projects like the airport extension as that will produce even more traffic issues for the eastern suburbs. The door should be left open to consider light rail at a later time and should include the provision of cycleway. 9. Wellington has an ever increasing debt level now over $500 million which with the addition of some of the large capital projects airport, leaky building, town hall etc. could increase substantially, WCC needs to be more rigorous with its budgeting, live within a budget, retire debt and grow the ways it pays for things.

1. No, the environmental costs are high and there has been no business case. 2. Yes 3. No, except perhaps in the Wairarapa. 4. Yes, but only if it also provides for high quality cycling and walking. 5. Yes, it should be further investigated for the future. 6. Yes. 7. Quick wins first; more affordable public transport, including school buses and the airport bus. Review the drop-off arrangements for local schools. Investigate options for safer walking and cycling, including the unused pilot tunnel through Mt Victoria. If grade separation is required, I favour cut and cover like the Arras tunnel. 8. The infrastructure for an excellent public transport system- which in the short-term will be (hopefully) electric buses with weekend and evening services city-wide. Dry, windproof, clean, safe shelters with good information; major hubs to have free WiFi; platforms providing easy access for people using prams or wheelchairs. And safer cycling. 9. Two to three per cent. We need to keep rates affordable, which is why we need to concentrate on the basics of a liveable city and require sound businesses cases for economic investments. It may also be time to review the rates rebate for people on limited incomes.

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Transport is a major issue for Wellingtonians. I have the skills and experience to positively influence council decisions and achieve real improvements over the next three years. I am collaborative and approachable. I always try to see the other person’s side of any issue and strive towards a win-win.

I have strong links in the community through family, cricket and rugby, Justice of the Peace work. I hold a master degree in business administration. I have the work experience and qualifications to serve as a councillor. Wellington is a city I am very proud to live and work in and I want it to be safe, prosperous and affordable for everyone.

Wellington is a great city, and the eastern eard a special part of that. As a councillor, I’ve met with many residents; I’ve listened and worked with communities to get good things done. If re-elected, I will strive to ensure Wellington remains a vibrant, liveable and inclusive city for all.

Simon Swampy Marsh

Lynda McGregor

Robert Murray

1. Undecided 2. Yes 3. No 4. Yes 5. No 6. Yes 7. The lack of roading infrastructure has had a huge impact on the East. We need a second tunnel to ease congestion and reduce the peak hour bottle necks. In addition to the second tunnel, there is a need for safe pedestrian and cycle routes. Complemented with public transport. 8. Roading infrastructure. 9. People don't want an increase in rates, however, that isn't realistic. If you just align rates increase with the CPI that would be approximately 2 per cent in addition the cost to fund agreed major capital projects could be an additional 1 per cent and deferred maintenance 5 per cent.

1. No 2. Yes 3. No 4. Yes 5. No 6. No 7. Immediately ensure Rugby and Dufferin St lights are properly phased, forbid police vehicles blocking intersections, and use school bus lane for southbound traffic. Long term – a second tunnel then westbound traffic may be able to use Ellice St. 8. Second tunnel, four lanes Ruahine St, Wellington Rd and widen Terrace Tunnel. Next is preparing for sea level rise and extra route out of Wellington. 9. Maximum increase equal to annual COL increase. Currently Council figures out what it wants to spend then uses that figure to calculate the rates. Everyone else knows you figure out your income first and then what you can afford to spend. We need some common sense finance in Council.

1. If it demonstrates a clear benefit to Wellington without being an unfair burden on ratepayers. 2. As part of a multi modal (Public Transport/Car/Freight/Pedestrian/ Cycling) approach I am in favour of more cycleways. 3.Currently I would rather amalgamate more services such as transport across the region. 4. Yesterday would be good. 5. Possibly with more detail on cost and route 6. Yes. 7. As a layperson my answer to the Basin Reserve is: 1. Separation of Newtown to Kent Terrace traffic flow from the Mt Vic Tunnel to Memorial Park traffic flow. 2. Cut and cover a tunnel under the Basin. 3. Build the second Mt Victoria Tunnel……BOOM! 8. Improved arterial roading and coordinated public transport. 9. Around 3.5 per cent.

Closing statement

Closing statement I will continue to be easily available to you as Wellingtonians for when you need help. As an independent Eastern Ward Councillor I do not have to take direction from any political party, I work for Wellington.

Disclaimer: All candidates answers have been published verbatim.

My love affair with the East started in 1985, when I moved into my first flat above the fish and chip shop on Onepu Road, Kilbirnie. Now I live in Lyall Bay with my two children. My love for our community grows. From sizzling sausages to representing local residents as an advocate, I am actively involved in many different aspects of our community. I have had a 20 year career in the public sector with a strong body of work that I am proud of. I have a reputation for delivering quality projects. Now I provide social advocacy services for those most at risk. I guarantee the voices of the east will be heard, connecting our great communities. I’m a brave a hardworking change agent. I will deliver for the east. I will deliver for Wellington.

Closing statement My main objection to the runway is paying for it, especially when we're being short changed on WIAL dividends. Cycleways should be out from the city first, not the suburbs – maybe use footpaths. Council should be transparent and honest with residents, 5.4 per cent rates rise is not 3.6 per cent.

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Southern Ward Candidates The Cook Strait News asked Wellington City Council candidates in this year’s local government elections to answer a set of questions chosen by our readers. Over the next few weeks we will profile all candidates standing for southern and eastern wards, as well as mayoral candidates, ahead of this year’s elections. Questions 1 to 6 please answer yes or no (candidates were able to elaborate)

1. Are you in favour of the proposed airport extension? 2. Are you in favour of more cycleways in Wellington? 3. Are you in favour of any amalgamation of councils in the Wellington region? 4. Are you in favour of a second Mt Victoria traffic tunnel? 5. Are you in favour of light rail transport between the airport and the CBD? 6. Do you think homelessness and begging is an issue in Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs? Questions 7 to 9 please answer in 50 words

7. What is your preferred option for the Basin Reserve traffic situation, if any? 8. What do you consider is the most urgent infrastructure needed in Wellington? 9. What do you believe is a reasonable increase in residential rates each year?

Brendon Bonner 1. Yes 2. Yes 3. No 4. Yes 5. No 6. Yes 7. This is a huge problem for Eastern suburbs residents. I’d support a Basin ‘cut and cover’ solution using available central government funding. If deemed necessary I would support a second Mt Victoria tunnel as it has already been planned for decades ago, with a pilot tunnel already dug. 8. Affordable housing – if ordinary Kiwis on ordinary wages cannot afford to live in Wellington then the city dies. We need that mix of young and old, owners and renters, professional and trades, to maintain the vibrant progressive city we’ve become. Central government has a huge responsibility in making this happen. 9. Ideally no more than the rate of inflation – many people are financially stretched and the WCC should not add to their woes. However there may arise ‘exceptional circumstances’ as in Christchurch. When we’re not in that situation, we could even aim for a 0 per cent rate increase. Why not?

Paul Eagle

David Lee

1. My support is contingent upon the positive endorsement of ratepayers, resource consent approval, financial commitment from Wellington Airport and central government and securing airlines to use the airport. 2. I promoted the need for a cycling master plan for Wellington City and will continue to advocate for a community-led approach to determining the best routes. 3. My view here is guided by the wishes of residents and ratepayers, who have told us that they’d like to see councils across the region work better together, rather that formally amalgamate. 4. Yes, I fully support a second Mt Victoria Tunnel. It will be good for pedestrian, cyclists, cars, freight and public transport. 5. I support further investigation of light rail for Wellington. But it cannot be at any cost, and at the expense of a second Mt Victoria tunnel or finding a practical solution to congestion at the Basin Reserve. 6. With your support, I will secure more funding for emergency housing providers to supply more accommodation for homeless people in our city. More funding will also boost our street outreach programme that connects beggars with social services. I'll also work for funds to start a "multi-agency forum" to tackle social and criminal issues that lead to begging. 7. I have confidence that the ‘Get Welly Moving Project’ will identify a number of options to cater for the needs of different transport modes. 8. Housing – in addition to the need for more emergency housing, council needs to take the lead role in building more social housing and urgently partner with the private sector to build thousands of affordable homes. 9. A range from zero to 3 per cent. Any increase must be fair and affordable.

1. No! No business case provided. No central government funding secured. No airline secured. Looks like corporate welfare. 2. Yes. But implementation needs to ensure the right balance of public consultation to achieve the best outcome for all. 3. No. But amalgamation could happen if supported by way of a referendum. We can, however, explore more joint services across the region. 4. Yes - on the proviso it has strong walking and cycling design features. 5. Yes, but given advances in transport technology it could run on rubber and be guided by a painted line on the road. 6. Yes, this is a symptom of deeper societal problems. 7. The big decision - is the Basin a roundabout or a sport venue? If Martin Guptill can smash a ball on the roof of the Cake Tin, it's 'intimate' enough for smaller matches. I see the Basin's future as a transport interchange and we should develop solutions that recognise its heritage status. 8. Drinking water and stormwater. Wellington Hospital has two to three days emergency water storage. Top priority, a reservoir at Prince of Wales Park. To serve our southern suburbs and the hospital, reducing our reliance on water supplied from Te Marua. Next, improved maintenance of stormwater infrastructure to minimise erosion and flooding. 9. I believe an average household would readily accept a 30 cents a day increase; but would be outraged at a 4 per cent per annum figure. A wellington property with a RV $500,000 pays around $2800 in rates per annum, so 30 cents per day would be around 3.9 per cent - which I believe is reasonable.

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My answers to one to six are conditional e.g. ratepayers should only pay a fair share for any airport extension and I am against more cycleways like Island Bay being built without community support. I love the southern ward - I live in it, grew up in it and want to represent it!

Serving the people of south Wellington has been my priority as a Councillor for the past six years. With ratepayers and residents support, I’ve secured some great wins for our community, including better social housing, preservation of children’s playgrounds and school pools and improved consultation on cycleways. There's much more to do over the next three years. With your support, I will push for more affordable housing, solutions to our transport problems, more jobs, better wages and fair and affordable rates.

Don Newt McDonald

Brent Pierson

1. No 2. Yes 3. No 4. No 5. No 6. Yes 7. Basrest trfc. Fewer trips, km, flites. Planet groaning 8. Hospital water. Maintenance fixit. Request job enquiry. Update completed? 9. Housing debt $340m. = 70 metre gold coin cube. Pupple pursed. Affordable housing I rent. Halt greedy banks, cars tv. Arrest population.

1. Yes, everyone must pay their share. 2. Yes, but we need more community input. 3. No 4. Yes 5. Yes 6. Yes 7. I prefer a cut and cover option that has minimal impact on the Basin Reserve. The flyover option was not supported by the majority of Wellingtonians and would have been an eye-sore. I am very supportive of finding positive solutions to traffic congestion. 8. Firstly, is to extend the airport. Secondly, second tunnel and cut and cover for Basin. Thirdly, a mass transport system from the rail to airport. 9. Rates should increase more or less in line with inflation. Would like to broaden the income base of the council that is why I oppose the sale of income earning assets. Would like the council to invest in good income earning, Wellington based business (parking buildings,

Closing statement Shut runaway growth. Gratitude satisfy our people. Escape Auckland woes. Ecology footprint. Wind resource. Print annPlan @wcc submission. Public participation. Multiply free computing Disclaimer: All candidates answers have been published verbatim.

Closing statement I am not standing for any political party or group. I want only to stand for the people of the southern ward. As your councillor, I will listen and be your voice on council. I will work in a positive and constructive way with other Councillors. I do not have to answer to a party boss or ideology. I am a practical person and I look for practical solutions. Please vote Pierson for southern ward. "Viva Wellington"

Closing statement I stand for sustainable, fiscally responsible growth and wellbeing for Wellington...and I'm one of the few NOT standing for mayor!

Family Fun Day for Strathmore Spring has sprung, and a Family Fun Day is planned for the Strathmore Park community this Saturday. Late last year the Wellington City Council, Housing New Zealand and the New Zealand Police announced they were all supporting a community-led rejuvenation of Strathmore Park. As part of the initiative the Strathmore Park community were asked to identify strengths, challenges and opportunities for the suburb at a series of community meetings. Team leader for neighbourhood and community networks for the Wellington City Council, Donna Wilson, said one of the challenges identified by the community was education and pathways to employment. She said with this in mind, they decided to hold a Family Fun Day for the community, which would also incorporate education and employment pathways in the capital.

This Saturday at the Raukawa Reserve members of the community would be surveyed on what pathways they were interested in, and what barriers they believed existed. The New Zealand Police Dive Squad would be on hand to chat to the community, alongside the mobile police base. The New Zealand Fire Service would also have fire trucks on display as well as demonstrations. Donna said both organisations would also chat to locals about pathways to employment. Staff from Wellington City Council would also be on hand to talk about the council’s blank it out programme and there would be a sausage sizzle, as well as a petting zoo and bouncy castle for the kids.  The Strathmore Park Family Fun Day will take place this Saturday, September 3 from 2pm to 4.30pm at the Raukawa Reserve.



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Newtown community meets to discuss hospice’s plans By Nikki Papatsoumas

More than 60 members of the Newtown community gathered for a public meeting last Saturday, in opposition to a proposed block of apartments in their neighbourhood. Last week it was announced the Mary Potter Hospice had plans to build a five-storey 37 unit apartment complex adjacent to its hospice building in Mein Street, Newtown. The project was flagged as a Special Housing Area, which meant consultation with the public may not be necessary. This caused red flags for neighbours who said they were concerned with potential noise, increased demand for parking, issues with privacy and effect on neighbourhood character. At last Saturday’s meeting, board members from the Mary Potter Hospice met with disgruntled neighbours, members of the Newtown Residents Association, Rongotai MP Annette King and southern ward councillor Paul Eagle. Mr Eagle said the atmosphere at Saturday’s meeting was “tense” at times, but there was a willingness to find a solution for all parties. “The hospice was open to a

transparent discussion with people, but it’s a pity this didn’t happy some time ago.” Mr Eagle said following the meeting he was now trying to ascertain whether three homes on Mein St which have been defined as homes of character could be removed, making more space for the hospice’s development. He said if council allowed the removal of these character homes, and the hospice was willing to lower the height of its proposed development and explore a design that better suited the area, it could be a win all around for all parties. Chair of the Mary Potter Hospice board, Ani Waaki, attended and spoke at last Saturday’s meeting. “The meeting was very useful for the Mary Potter Hospice Board to hear from local residents,” she said. “We were also able to tell our neighbours of the Hospice’s need to balance the needs of all Wellingtonians for our free service in the coming years with the legitimate concerns of a few close neighbours.” She said following the meeting, the board would be working to find a way forward that addressed some of the residents’ concerns.

Local dance teacher rocks the cloister “It’s such a feel good show” While working hard to get students ready for their end of year production is high on the list of priorities for local dance teacher Rochelle Rose she is also getting ready to hit the stage herself. Rochelle will play both Michelle, a nightclub backup singer, and the grumpy but loveable Sister Mary Lazarus in Wellington Musical Theatre’s upcoming production of Sister Act. The dance teacher said her impending performance was making life pretty exciting. “This show has something for everyone, and then some,” said Rochelle. “It’s such a feel good show. If you loved the movie which starred Whoopi Goldberg, then you will be blown away by the stage show.” Sister Act is the ninth Wellington Musical Theatre production Rochelle has been involved in. Others include West Side Story, West End to Broadway, Ovation, Cats, the 1999 and 2011 productions of 42nd Street, Hairspray and Phantom of the Opera. Rochelle was both brought up in and is now a senior tutor at the Jean Goodman Dance

Studio in Kilbirnie where she teaches Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Body Conditioning. She is also a freelance performer and has worked on a variety of film, television, corporate and stadium events including King Kong, The Big Night In, Wheel of Fortune and Stage Right F i l m s ‘ Up stage’.

 Sister Act opens on September 14 at the Wellington Opera House.

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Olympic visit for young rugby players By Nikki Papatsoumas

Players from the Olympic silver medal winning womens rugby sevens team inspired young female rugby players earlier this week. Girls from eight schools across the central region were ecstatic when they got a special visit from captain Sarah Goss, Ruby Tui, Kelly Brazier and Portia Woodman, while participating in an all-girl under 15 rugby tournament at Wakefield Park in Island Bay. Goss, Tui, Brazier and Woodman have recently returned from the Rio Olympics and were now visiting seven cities across the country to talk to young female rugby players in a hope to inspire participation in the sport. Brazier said it had been a

whirlwind since touching down in New Zealand. “I am excited to be here and give back in a way and see the youth coming through womens rugby.” She described her Olympic experience as “unreal”. “It was the stage everyone wants to be on. To get to the Olympics and come away with a silver medal… it was unreal.” Brazier said the teams’ vision had always been to inspire younger girls in the sport. “We are the first womens team to compete in the sevens,” she said. “For us growing up we didn’t have any of this… We just love getting out and about and giving back. We know they look up to us and someday some of them will be where we are now.”

Kelly Brazier and Ruby Tui with a group of young players. PHOTO CREDIT: Nikki Papatsoumas

Wellingtons sporting talent share insights with their peers Wellington sports most gifted young athletes came together at a special function last week. Last Thursday Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown acknowledged young athletes’ involvement in the Wellington City Council funded Talent Development Programme. The programme, developed by Sport Wellington in conjunction with High Performance Sport New Zealand, aims to assist regional sporting organisations to develop their talent programmes so that more young Wellingtonians have the opportunity to develop the skills that are required to be successful in the high performance sports environment. Nearly 150 athletes, parents, coaches, sports administrators and council officials attended the function held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie. Ms Wade-Brown outlined some of the

exceptional performances associated to the eight sports involved in the 2016 programme. “It is exciting to think that some of these athletes will be at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.” A memorable highlight of the function was an athlete discussion with seven athletes from the programme, where they gave insights into their own journeys as to how they have got to where they are at in their sporting experiences to date, and the advice offered to their peers. Councillor Paul Eagle, who chairs the community sport and recreation committee, was the event’s MC. Mr Eagle outlined how proud the council were to have been part of this programme since 2007 and said it looked forward to seeing many more young Wellingtonians succeed on the international stage in the future.

Nearly 150 athletes, parents, coaches, sports administrators and council officials attended a special function in Kilbirnie last week. PHOTO CREDIT: Neil Price - Wellington City Council.

Floorball open approaching The 9th Wellington Floorball Open will be held at Kilbirnie’s ASB Sports Centre from Friday, September 23 until Sunday, September 25. The tournament will feature players in the open, under 15 and under 13 categories, with teams from around the country, including a large number of teams

from Wellington. Entry to the Open is free, with matches running from 12pm- 5pm on Friday, 8am-5pm on Saturday and 8am-4pm on Sunday.  For more information on floorball head to www.wellingtonfloorball.

Sports talk with Jacob Page...

The joy of silver and bronze I am usually a gold medal or bust kind of guy, but some of New Zealand's most impressive medals at the Rio Olympics were of the silver and bronze variety. As a country, we targeted 14 medals - we got 18. For me, I would have liked a couple more golden moments than the four we had but impressive feats came in the form of podium placings anyway. Nick Willis' bronze in the 1500m was gritty considering he's now the oldest man to medal in the event at 33. Willis' analytical approach paid dividends, his intensity unrivalled. Luuka Jones' silver in the canoe slalom was extraordinary. Ranked 28th in the world, she probably shocked herself. Tom Walsh's bronze in the men's shot put was special too. The Timaru boy who was just as talented with a rugby ball or cricket bat, chose to pursue Olympic glory instead of the more financially lucrative options and just got his first dividend. However, the most captivating

moment was Eliza McCartney's bronze in the women's pole vault. The 19-year-old has burst on the scene in less than 12 months and got a medal in an event New Zealanders have no real history in. The most appealing aspect of her journey though was how easy it was to see she was having fun. She smiled throughout the competition and seemed to embrace the pressure rather than let it affect her. Everything she did and said seemed genuine. McCartney came across humble, thanking her coaches, family and fellow New Zealanders, not because that was the politically correct thing to do but because she meant it. She has similar 'people pleasing' skills as former Silver Fern Irene van Dyk. All girls should aspire to be like her and quite frankly, if you are a guy, she's like the kind of girl you'd happily bring to the family dinner table and introduce to your parents. Who knows, in Tokyo in four years’ time, some of those podium medals may have a more golden tinge to them.

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