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By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local man from humble beginnings has been awarded for his leadership and commitment to the Maori community. Robert Te Whare was last month presented with an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian award by the Wellington City Council for his work as a community leader. Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian awards are civic awards that show the council’s appreciation for people in Wellington who have made an outstanding or lengthy contribution to their community. Continued on page 2 Robert Te Whare with his Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian award at the Owhiro Bay Community Gardens.

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Community leader recognised Continued from page 1 In his citation, the council said Robert deserved his award for his “long-time commitment” to Wellington. Robert helped to establish Mokai Kainga in Wellington, a trust which helps Maori in need in the community. The trust is responsible for setting up both the Owhiro Community Gardens and Tanera Park Community Gardens. Robert explained that the trust was set up following the establishment of a culture group in the 1980s. “As the group grew we found there were a lot of families who needed help, whether it was accommodation or counselling. By 1989 we had set up Mokai Kainga for social services,” he said. Robert said following the establishment of the trust in Wellington, he was elected on to the Maori standing committee of the council, which focused on ways and means of dealing with issues that effected Maori.

As a result of his role, Robert was able to negotiate with the council to lease land and start-up a community garden. In 1990 the Tanera Park Community Gardens in Brooklyn were established, followed by the Owhiro Community Gardens in 2009. “At both facilities we provide accommodation for those who are homeless or coming out of prison or have been referred to us through Work and Income.” Robert said there were currently 17 people using both services. At the Owhiro Bay Gardens, families in need were offered the opportunity to take up one of 110 plots, which they could then use to grow their own vegetables and learn to become more self-sufficient, Robert said. He said they were able to provide services to the community thanks to grants from the council, Lotteries Commission and Work and Income, and hoped receiving an award would

Robert with Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, at last month’s ceremony.

help boost their profile in the community. “For us it’s a great feeling to have received this award. There have been so many success stories with people coming through who we have helped.” Robert said his own background had inspired him to spend his years helping others in need.

“I came from a home where we didn’t have the things that other people had. I came for a poor family but we were able to scrape through and survive. “It’s a lot harder for families these days.”  For more information, head to Mokai Kainga Owhiro Community Gardens Facebook page.

Voting to open this week Voting papers for city, district and regional councils will be posted out to eligible voters from this Friday and locals are being encouraged to make their vote count. Local Government New Zealand chief executive, Malcolm Alexander, said it was important for locals to vote, as it influenced the way their regions were led and governed. “Local government shapes the place that you live. It’s the pavements you walk on, the roads where you drive, the water in your shower, and the parks, libraries and swimming pool where you

take the kids,” he said. “It’s also about culture, sports events, economic development and much more. It is your democratic right to take part in electing those members who best reflect the values and local priorities of the community you live in. “So all eligible voters should have their say via the ballot box to get the people they want around council tables. This is the best way to see the changes you want in your community.” Malcolm said he was keen to see voter turnout above 50 per cent for this year’s election. That means reversing a down-

ward trend, but we believe New Zealanders simply need some gentle reminders about the importance of participating in the democratic process at both local and national levels.” He said research had shown a large proportion of people who did not vote intended to do so, but were simply too busy or forget. “I would encourage people to vote as soon as possible after receiving your voting papers in the post,” he said. “Don’t put them to one side or stick them to the fridge where they will get covered up by other stuff. Sit down and fill them in as soon

as you can, then post them back. “By voting you can make a real difference and give your support to those candidates who have the values and policies to strengthen local economies and revitalise our communities.” Voting papers must be posted or hand delivered in time to reach their local council’s electoral officer by midday on October 8.  For further information about the election, including the candidates standing in your area, how to fill in voting papers and how the Single Transferable Vote works, head to www.vote2016.

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A proposal to extend Wellington Airport’s runway by more than 300 metres will not take off any time soon. Last week it was announced the Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council received a request from Wellington International Airport Ltd, asking that the processing of the consent applications for the $300 million runway extension be suspended Under the Resource Management Act, if the applicant

requests their application be suspended, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council are required to stop processing the resource consent applications. The application is now suspended until further notice. Earlier this year, Wellington Airport lodged resource consent to extend its runway by 355 metres south into Lyall Bay. A six week period for submissions on Wellington Airport’s application ended on August 12 and of the 776 public submissions made, 525 were opposed

to the project. Richard Randerson, co-chair of Guardians of the Bays, a group established in opposition to the airport extension, said Wellington International Airport’s decision to request suspension of its application was “a big win” for the people of Wellington”. Richard said while the withdrawal was not permanent, he believed it was a concession that the right questions had not been answered about the proposed extension. “Wellington ratepayers have

challenged the evidence behind the proposed extension. Their questions have been justified and sensible and should have been asked before.” Meanwhile, mayoral candidate and Wellington City councillor Helene Ritchie’s central platform for the mayoralty has been opposition to the runway. She said while the suspension was a step in the right direction, “the fight would go on until the application is either completely withdrawn from the Environment Court or thrown out”.

Newtown School dance spectacular Students, staff and parents from Newtown School have been working hard to put the finishing touches on the school’s one night only dance production. The production, on Monday September 19 at Wellington High School’s Riley Centre, features all of the school’s

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inbrief news Eastern ward candidate evening The Hataitai Residents Association is inviting locals to meet the candidate standing for eastern ward as well as mayoral candidates, at a meet the candidates evening next weekend. The event will take place from 2pm, on Sunday, September 18 at the Wellington Sea Cadet Corp, 393 Evans Bay Parade, Hataitai.

Wellington High School fundraiser Wellington High School will present the film the, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, in aid of the school’s Mandarin language students’ trip to China. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 20 from 7.45pm at the Penthouse Cinema in Brooklyn. Tickets are $25 and include a drink, spot prizes and a treat bag. To book, contact

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Mary Potter Hospice proposal continues to move forward By Nikki Papatsoumas

The Mary Potter Hospice’s plans for a multi-unit apartment complex in Newtown are continuing to move forward. This is despite the fact the organisation has been granted more time to get its resource consent application through. Last month 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. 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. Last week, the hospice’s board released an artist’s impression of modifications made to the original design, following a public meeting with neighbours and members of the public. The project was initially flagged as a Special Housing Area and this meant the board had until the end of this week to submit for resource consent. However, legislation was passed last week which extended the Special

An artist’s impression of the hospice’s updated design for an apartment complex adjacent to its Mein St building. PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied.

Housing Area until December, buying the hospice board more time. Dr Stephen Pool, who lives directly behind the Mary Potter Hospice, said residents had still not been presented with a full set of plans. He said although the new design appeared to have a terraced roof, residents had not been presented with shading analysis, which was critical, as it was a major issue. “It’s a step in the right direction but it’s a really tiny baby step, they haven’t addressed much of the major components. “We are hoping that they

will at least sit down and work with us to really address these concerns and not rush things.” Southern ward councillor Paul Eagle said while he was pleased the hospice board had made significant changes to its design, he was aware residents still had a number of concerns that needed to be addressed. “Now that the government has pushed out the timeframe for Special Housing Areas such as this, I would like to see the hospice board come back together with the concerned residents and continue to work through their concerns.” A spokeswoman for the hos-

pice said while the extension of the Special Housing Area legislation removed a September 16 deadline, the hospice still had an urgent requirement to increase funding. “The feedback from neighbours and the community is important to us, hence the significantly modified design. “It is good to have some time to talk again to neighbours, which we will do when the new, more detailed diagrams are available.” She said the hospice anticipated it would submit its resource consent application for the modified design in late September.

Life skills workshop for Strathmore Park By Nikki Papatsoumas

Strathmore Park locals can learn more about how to survive life on a budget through a series of upcoming workshops. From early October, the Strathmore Park Community Centre will be holding a series of eight life skills workshops. The workshops are aimed at giving people the confidence and decision making skills they need to survive life on a budget. Rahel Williams from Christians Against Poverty used to

work as a debt coach for the organisation. “I would see clients and help them to get out of debt and make a budget,” she said. Rahel was now working as a life skills coordinator and would be running the programme from the community centre. “I feel like I have a good understanding of what’s going on for people. What I have found is there are lots of underlying problems and reasons why people are getting into debt so we have arranged to start offering other

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Kilbirnie store owners had a lesson in reducing store theft and enhancing safety in their community earlier this week. Last Tuesday morning, the Wellington City Council, CBD Retail Group and New Zealand Police combined to present the “Eyes On” programme to 25 retailers from Kilbirnie. The Eyes On programme sha res i n for mat ion a nd builds retailer skills to manage and reduce store thefts

effectively. As part of the programme, over 250 businesses across Wellington are collaborating with the New Zealand Police and the Wellington City Council, and this was the first time the programme has been rolled out into the eastern suburbs. Eastern ward Councillor Simon Marsh, who attended last Tuesday’s meeting, said Eyes On connected retailers and shop keepers through text, email and phone. “When potential shoplifters

and troublemakers are identified in a store staff spread the word to participating retailers in the area,” he said. “The programme has been very successful to date in the city with a decrease in shoplifting by around 22 per cent.” Lorraine Nicholson, from First Retail Group, the organisation which organised the programme, said it wasn’t just about theft prevention; it was also about building commercial resilience in the area. “Retailers are excited about

it. They have something positive and proactive to work towards.” At Tuesday’s meeting Sergeant Matthew “Macca” Mackenzie dealt with a series of scenarios that staff could face, from aggressive customers, shoplifting and robbery. He said the programme was a fantastic way for shop owners to learn more about their neighbours. “It encourages people within the community to grow and be more resilient,” he said.

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at their house to say thanks for their fabulous new kitchen. In the early years, each month we spent a little more on marketing, and each month the business got a little bigger. These days, four years on, we get so many referrals from existing customers, or just turning up to the home show, that we sometimes have to book people in a month down the line. Nobody really minds waiting a little to get a fabulous new kitchen, and we became so good at renovating kitchens, instead of installing everything from scratch, that we managed to save a little of the environment, and a great deal of costs for each customer compared to the price of a new kitchen. “Amazing Kitchen Facelifts” became our Mantra. Not everything in life goes well though. Our son was made redundant, and so made a move down to Wanaka. He is somewhat of a daredevil and makes a living as a tandem-master skydiver. We missed our son and grandchildren dearly, and set in place a dream to put enough money aside that we could move to Wanaka. It wasn’t too hard. The business was going well, and we weren’t thinking of buying a pad as big as Ritchie McCaw or Sam Morgan, the TradeMe founder, who both have places there, but more something just out of town with a little bit of land, where most importantly we could have the grandchildren over. Now, being in Wellington meant that you have to enjoy the water and so, one day, Hazel took me sailing from Wellington yacht club for a birthday treat. Not bad considering she is somewhat nervous of the water. I returned the favour later in the year by taking her on a heli-flight on the waterfront, when I knew she was a little afraid of flying. That is life though. Sometimes a challenge comes along and you just have to learn to take them. Sometimes we let our worries get the better of us. Other times we seize an opportunity and go make the most of it. I hope we have been more in the latter camp most of the time. In our 3rd year in business we received an award for growing sales to over a million dollars in a year, and we stood proudly in front of all the other franchisees at the conference, as they cheered us on. Dream Doors is more like a small family than a franchise business network. Yep, the other people wanted to win the award, but they were genuinely pleased to see us succeed. Whilst we worked away in Wellington, we got the news that our second grandchild was due to be born. Flights

ABOVE: Owners of Dream Doors John with his wife Hazel LEFT: Dream Doors Wellington

back and forwards to Wanaka were costing quite a bit, but our business continued to grow, and our savings were building. Suddenly someone came forward and made us an offer for the business. We were delighted. We agreed the sale, packed our bags, and planned our move down South! Oh my goodness, that seemed so easy, and suddenly two big things went wrong. Firstly, the person who bought the company, within just a couple of months had an illness in the family and couldn’t continue and more or less handed the business back, and secondly, Hazel become unwell, and had to have a big operation to put everything right. Luckily, Derek Lilly, the CEO of Dream Doors, who coincidentally lives in Wanaka too, made us a very kind offer. “Hey guys, come and work in Wanaka at the Head Office. We need all your expertise to train new people, and for a while please keep Wellington running from here”. What a lifesaver! Hazel recovered well from her operation and is now committed to working half-time at Head Office, and half time with the grandchildren. I, meanwhile, work full-time helping Dream Doors run smoothly. I also run Wellington from down here, which is not ideal, and hence we need to find a new person who will carry on with this great business and take it to the next level.

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So who is that? Well, you will need $199k to purchase the business. It made $100k net, after salaries last year, so it shouldn’t take too long to pay your investment back. You also need to be somebody who likes meeting people. You get lots of enquiries and will be visiting a lot of homes – it’s a very popular business! You will also have the huge benefit of having qualified installers, who are fully experienced in the business, to assist you from day one! But you also need someone just as important! Someone who will stay at the showroom, do all the admin, and make the best cup of tea in the world! That has always been Hazel’s job, and I am proud to say, it’s been rather pleasing seeing the bank balance go steadily up on the back of good honest old fashioned work. So, if you are a couple, and fancy building your own successful business, but with lots of help from head office, give us a call. Oh, yes, there are two other points. You must be lovely people who are honest, and hard working. Our customers deserve that, and lastly, you must be able to make a good cup of tea, because installers won’t work for you if you can’t!  For further information, call John on 0272 008811 or Visit our website –

Thursday September 15, 2016


Kiwi eggs travel further north

Local classes help get people moving

In celebration of Conservation Week six North Island brown kiwi eggs have been flown to a safe new home for hatching. The kiwi eggs were removed from nests in the Rimutaka Forest Park near Wellington by volunteer handlers from the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust, before being flown in warmed insulated containers on an Air New Zealand passenger flight to Rotorua. The egg transfer was carried out as part of a partnership between Air New Zealand and Rimutaka Forest Park in conjunction with Conservation Week.

The eggs had since been placed in an incubator at Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park in Rotorua. The eggs were expected to hatch within the next week to ten days and will be moved to a predator-free environment at Wairakei Golf Course and Sanctuary north of Taupo at around four weeks old. The North Island brown kiwi will remain there for at least six months until they reach a safe weight to be flown back to Wellington and released into the Rimutaka Forest Park.


REGISTER NOW FOR TERM 4. Betty Robertson and Vannessa Chmielewska after a class. By Emma McAuliffe

A local swimming pool has been hosting special classes to get people moving again. Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, based in Kilbirnie, has been hosting hydrotherapy classes to help those who suffer from arthritis, joint and circulation problems or limited mobility. Led by Vannessa Chmielewska, hydrotherapy classes are low impact classes which help to increase joint range of motion, build muscle strength and reduce pain and stiffness whilst learning special routines in a private, warm pool. Vannessa said the classes had a range of activities which saw the participants

engage in some light activity, suited for their fitness level and finished with a “cruise ship holiday” floating in the pool with a noodle. “All of our participants have medical conditions. Being suspended is their form of pain relief,” Vannessa said. Ninety-three-year-old participant Betty Robertson said she had been taking part in the sessions for five weeks. Betty said she had decided to take part because she felt “aches and pains all over her body” and she wished to keep active. “I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the classes. Vannessa is very good at covering all parts of your body, all the aches and pains,” Betty said.

Our new gym is at 14 Landfill Road, Owhiro Bay Go to to register online or email Classes include Gymnastics (Preschool & School age), Trampolining, Tumbling, Free Running along with our famous Bigair Cheer teams. Plus Bigairs popular Holiday Programme and Birthday Parties will be coming too!

Wahine Disaster Presentation

Friday 23 September, 10.30am Rita Angus Retirement Village We warmly invite you to attend morning tea followed by an interesting presentation from Muriel & Rob Ewan, trustees of the Wahine 50 Charitable Trust. Muriel & Rob would love to share their story of survival from the Wahine disaster in 1968. The Wahine disaster is regarded as New Zealand’s worst modern maritime disaster with 53 people losing their lives. Please RSVP to Catherine on 387 7625 by Wednesday 21 September. We look forward to seeing you there.


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

Q: What is your favourite event in Wellington?

Laura Gaudin, Island Bay

Alysse Fitzgerald, Te Aro

Minnie Finlayson, Te Aro

Jen Smith, Te Aro

James Ruscoe, Te Aro

“I like the Fringe Festival because I like seeing the shows.”

“I like Wellington on a Plate because of all the good food.”

“I like Lux and all the pretty lights.”

“Cuba Dupa hands down is the best event.”

“The Wellington Night Markets because I like the variety in the stalls.”

Amber Sweet, Newtown “Burger Welly hands down. I had the winning burger this year and it was definitely the best.”

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.

Times, they are a’changing… again Dear Ed, Our one certainty is change. Change can bring hope – and take time to adjust to. Island Bay Parade has seen many changes. Long ago, the ‘light rail’ tram took us to the beach, or we walked or biked. Few owned cars. Cheaper second-hand imports led to private cars dominating our roads several decades ago. Nowadays, we know too much car

is costly for our health and climate – as our storm-damaged seawall reminds us. Children cycling safely along Island Bay’s separated cycleway are signs of hope. Safe cycling helps support our oilfree future - protecting our climate from further change. New Zealand research (Macmillan 2014) shows we save over $20 with every dollar spent on separated cycleways. The Wellington City Council

has spent $3 million on Island Bay. To spend more ripping out our safe cycleway to ‘restore the Parade’ to a car-dominant stage of Parade history doesn’t add up. Expensive seawall repairs can only stay intact if enough of us act now to slow climate changes. Change is our reality. Liz Springford Berhampore

New Zealand Seniors Party Dear Ed, The recently formed New Zealand Seniors Party has a potential voting base of over 600 thousand New Zealand citizens. True – more than 15 per cent of the voting population of this country is over the age of 65. And that does not include younger family members and voters rapidly approaching the

age of superannuation. Given this, should the political establishment of New Zealand feel threatened, or at least slightly worried, about the formation of the new party? Of course they should. A voting block of well over six hundred thousand New Zealand Seniors raises the spectre of a formidable threat to the settled, and cosy, power

base of New Zealand’s major political parties. Winston Peters is correct in his assertion that John Key will call an early election – despite the PM’s current protestations to the contrary. The voters have just about a year now before they are allowed to exercise their democratic rights once more. What choices do we have? National again,

for another cycle of poverty, housing problems and ‘trickle up’ policies? Labour and the Greens? All of the above backed by New Zealand First? Not much choice really. Political antipathy towards the new party has already been voiced by those political entities who feel most threatened by our formation. This is because they know that

we will become a force for good governance in parliament. We do not stand for any particular brand of political leaning. We seek to offer choice and to represent all New Zealand citizens – including the large number of seniors and upcoming seniors. Barnaby Perkins Spokesperson. New Zealand Seniors Party

Thursday September 15, 2016


Spice shop opens its doors

The Spice Emporium in Kilbirnie was officially opened last Friday.

A new shop in Kilbirnie hopes to teach locals about the health benefits of using spices in cooking. Last Friday, The Spice Emporium on Coutts Street, was officially opened by southern ward councillor Paul Eagle. Also in attendance was Lynda McGregor, who is running for the eastern ward in this year’s local government elections and local Justice of the Peace Ken Patel. Owner Mandy Singh said the shop had been in the pipeline for almost two years and it was fantastic to finally open its doors to the public. “We had thought for a while that we should open up a store and educate people to use more spice in their cooking,” he said.

Mandy said turmeric, ginger powder and garlic were his “go to” spices for preventing any illness. Lynda said she was pleased to see the store open its doors. “There is a real opportunity now for Kilbirnie to become an ethnic food hub.” She said she would like to see a street food market along Bay Rd on a Thursday night in the warmer months. As well as the store, a website was available for customers to learn more about the health properties of spices.  For more information, head to the Spice Emporium Facebook page or pop into the shop at 31 Coutts Street, Kilbirnie.

Rates Cuts Event Hopefuls in the race for Wellington’s mayoralty will submit their precious heads to a ‘meet the candidates’ evening with a difference - taking to the barber’s chair at the Rates Cuts pop-up political hair salon. Wellington hairdresser Jason Muir will work alongside a team of assistant ‘hairdressers’ supplied by local theatre company Barbarian Productions to create a radical and fun but informative experience. Following the mayoral session, Jason and his assistants will engage with candidates from the

southern ward, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Capital & Coast District Health Board. Rates Cuts looks to engage the participation of a wider community including the encouragement of younger and lesser-heard voices. Rates Cuts is collaboration between Barbarian Productions, Maverick Barber and Emporium and the Vogelmorn Community Group. The Rates Cut event takes place today, Thursday, September 15 from 6pm at the Vogelmorn Bowling Club, 93 Mornington Road.

Visit Government House

SUMMER MEMBERSHIP Join Miramar Golf Club and you will find a vibrant golfing atmosphere exists among members and a warm welcome is extended to visitors. Summer membership $695 to 2nd April 2017 (The end of daylight savings)

Miramar Golf Club benefits: • Join competitive or social competitions • Enjoy our clubhouse cafe and bar facilities. • Invite your guests for lunch or a drink • Access to excellent golf professional for all golf equipment and lessons. • Buy a lesson in a covered all weather purpose built coaching bay • Free car parking at the club car park for guests and players. Application form on website. Plenty of space for social golfers

Tour the historic home of the Governor-General. Government House offers free public tours of the House and gardens. Visits can be tailored for schools and groups with special interests. Bookings are essential. Phone the Visitor Centre Team on 04-382-0837 or visit


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Suburbs by the Sea

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A Warm Welcome Awaits You Welcome home Situated at the heart of the Miramar community is Ultimate Care Maupuia. With stunning views overlooking the Cook Strait and Kaikoura mountain range, this well-established cosy rest home includes a hospital facility with 24/7 care, and is the ideal choice for residents needing assisted living. 6 Rangitane Street, Maupuia Ph: (04) 388 7186

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If you or a family member can no longer live alone, or if there is a need for hospital care, then come and talk to the friendly team at Ultimate Care Maupuia. You can be assured that we’ll be with you at every step of the way on your journey to finding the right accommodation when it’s time to leave your family home. Whilst it can be confusing making the right choice for your needs, we’re on hand to help. Facility Manager Lindsey Wood says, “Ultimate Care Maupuia really is a home from home. It’s small and welcoming, you won’t find a clinical environment with endless corridors and drab colours. It’s a lively place that’s full of love, and there’s always something going on.” Split across two levels, the main rest home and hospital care rooms are on the top floor, some with panoramic views across the harbour. Our downstairs level has eight rooms with access to our outside courtyard, and a lounge and dining area. These two spaces have a very homely feel. The facility has highly skilled staff who are experts in specialist aged care. There are a number of care levels that are on offer to ensure residents are looked after in accordance with their individual medical, physical and personal needs. The staff at Ultimate Care Maupuia monitors residents progress and needs on a continual basis to ensure they are receiving the best possible care. They work closely with residents, families and medical teams to create personalised care plans. Lindsey Wood continues, “We prepare lovely home-cooked food, with input from nutritionists and dieticians to make sure our residents maintain a well-balanced diet. We also have

a full and varied activity programme on offer. Recently we took our residents on a visit to Government House. We have a sing-a-long twice a month as well as regular visits from the RSPCA who bring in animals to pet, much to the delight of everyone at the home.”

Looking For Helping Hands One thing that the facility relies on is assistance from the local community. Lindsey Wood concludes, “The community here is made up of residents, staff and our wonderful volunteers. Our local friends spend time with residents, talking and reading and joining us on trips out for the day. We actively encourage anyone who would like to help to come along for a visit. It’s a very rewarding experience and is very much appreciated by the residents and staff alike.”  If you would like more information about Ultimate Care Maupuia or to arrange a visit, please contact Lindsey Wood on (04) 388 7186.

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A chance to learn more about electric cars

Wellington’s first solar-powered electric vehicle charging station at Sustainability Trust.

Electric vehicle facts and figures • New Zealanders own 3.7 million vehicles – only 1216 are electric so far, but it’s fast growing. • About 80 per cent of New

Zealand’s electricity supply is generated from renewable sources, which means the ‘fuel’ for the cars is cleaner and New Zealand-

made. • Electric vehicles create 80 per cent less emissions than petrol or diesel-fuelled cars.

Locals now have a chance to ‘see, ride and drive’ electric vehicles. Until September 18, a number of events will be held across the capital to promote the use of electric vehicles. The events are organised by The Better New Zealand Trust, working together with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority to promote International Drive Electric Week, which runs this week. The Greater Wellington Regional Council was also assisting with the initiative. Electric vehicle advisor at the Greater Wellington Regional Council, Sigurd Magnusson, said people knew electric cars were better for the environment. “But it is seeing them, riding in them, and driving them that surprises people into discovering just how exciting and fun they are to drive,” he said. The events also coincide with last week’s launch of Wellington’s first solar-powered electric vehicle charging station. The station – built especially by and for the community – is

located at Sustainability Trust. Sustainability Trust has partnered with ePower New Zealand and Charge Net to install the charging station for electric cars – and the odd electric bike – to say thanks to Wellingtonians who have invested in the technology. Sustainability Trust chief executive Philip Squire said the station was an opportunity to thank electric vehicle owners for their commitment to a low carbon future and encourage more people to buy an electric vehicle. “Electric vehicles are an important part of the solution for a city committed to becoming a low carbon capital,” Philip said. The charging station is outside the Trust’s EcoCentre in Forresters Lane, off Tory Street and behind Courtenay Place. It is free for the community to use and two EV priority car parks have been created outside the EcoCentre.  For more information about electric vehicle events being held across the capital, head to

Wellington open for business Wellington City Council’s 2016 Open for Business Survey, shows the business community’s confidence in Wellington’s economy continues to grow. Councillor Justin Lester said Wellington City Council wanted to provide an environment where Wellington business could flourish. “The 2016 survey is the third conducted since 2013 and ensures council is on track to do this,” he said. “It’s good to see that business sentiment is positive and is trending up. “I’m also pleased to see that perceptions of working with the council have continued to improve, though we always look for ways we can improve.” Wellington City Council commissioned Nielson to carry out the survey of Wellington businesses to provide insight and an ongoing measure into what it’s like to conduct business in Wellington. The results provide an understanding of the benefits and disadvantages of having a business based in the capital

and what the council can do to enhance Wellington as a great place to do business. The survey shows expectations for the Wellington economy have improved noticeably – 55 per cent of businesses think there will be an improvement in the Wellington City economy over the next 12 months compared to 45 per cent in 2014 and 42 per cent in 2013. There are different challenges emerging for Wellington businesses arising from a stronger economy – including finding suitable premises and traffic and parking concerns. In 2014 businesses were much more likely to be concerned with the size of the Wellington economy than they are today. Perceptions of Wellington City Council as being business-friendly have also improved. This includes consents and licensing processes – from 49 per cent satisfied in 2014 to 56 per cent in 2016.

Owner/operator at Wellington City New World Gary Baker, Mi Jeong Park and Tony Simmonds from Johnston Ebbett Holden

Woman pays it forward after winning a new car A woman who walked away with a car after winning a local supermarket promotion has paid it forward. Earlier this week, Mi Leong Park picked up the keys to her brand new Holden LS Spark from Wellington City New World after winning a Fly Buys promotion in conjunction with the supermarket. So overwhelmed with her prize, Mrs Park donated a cheque for $1000 to Unicef. Wellington City New World store manager Brent Doile said Mrs Park was “shell shocked” by the win. “It was just magic; it is always nice to be the bearer

of good news.” He said he was thrilled to see Mrs Park then make a donation to a needy charity in the spirit of paying it forward. As part of the promotion, 138 New World stores across New Zealand each gave away a car with a price tag of $17,990 – more than $2 million dollars’ worth of cars. Customers received one entry into the draw with every $50 they spent in store and swiped their Fly Buys or Airpoints card. During the three week campaign, there were more than 2.1 million entries into the prize draw.

Thursday September 15, 2016


More money for arts in the capital Last week the Wellington City Council allocated just over $140,000 from the Arts and Culture Fund to 34 art projects in the capital. This is the first of three rounds that make up the Arts and Culture Fund in the 201617 financial year, and it’s one of the biggest allocations councillors have distributed to the arts community in a single round. Deputy Mayor Justin Lester said when the 2016/17 annual plan was adopted council increased the amount available from this fund to reinforce Wellington’s reputation as the creative capital.

The 34 projects that received funding were agreed unanimously by councillors during last week’s economic growth and arts committee meeting. Councillor Jo Coughlan, chair of the committee, said she was tremendously proud of what the committee had achieved and the projects it had funded. “Wellington is bursting at the seams with talented creatives, we want to make our city a place where their work can flourish,” she said. Arts portfolio leader, councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer, said requests from the arts

community for funding and venue support continued to overwhelm the council. “This round of allocations goes some way to address this but long-term funding of the arts and culture fund will need to be increased.” The exact amount allocated was $141,235, which went to a mixture of emerging and wellknown artists working on a variety of events and projects. The closing date for applications for funding from the next round of the arts and culture fund is October 28.  For more information, head to

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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.

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Denise and Tony spend a moment together. PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied.

A Taranaki man said he couldn’t have made it through a flooring diagnosis if it wasn’t for the support of the Cancer Society’s Margaret Stewart House. Born and bred Taranaki local, Tony Dravitzki, found out he had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (a cancer normally found in children) in April this year. He said since then the wheels have been in non-stop motion, propelling him on a journey of healing. After a few weeks staying in Palmerston North for chemotherapy, Tony and his wife Denise had to move to Wellington for stem cell replacement. They found refuge under the roof of Margaret Stewart House - the Cancer Society of Wellington’s onsite accommodation at Wellington Hospital, for

out-of-towners needing cancer related treatment. “I couldn’t really be here to support him without Margaret Stewart House,” said Denise. “I just wouldn’t have been able to do the job that I do as his support person. We have been able to have the kids and grandkids here, to stay in our room too. It is so, so great.” Tony said “without a doubt” the Margaret Stuart House has lifted an incredible amount of stress off his shoulders. “I spent two whole weeks in isolation and Denise was allowed to stay at Margaret Stewart House which is five minutes away. “That made the world of difference. It’s another home away from home for us.”

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Mayoral Candidates The Cook Strait News asked Wellington City Council mayoral candidates in this year’s local government elections to answer a set of questions chosen by our readers. This week, the Cook Strait News will profile the remaining five candidates standing for mayor.

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? 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?

Andy Foster

Keith Johnson

Johnny Overton

1. It will depend on whether it can get over some very tough hurdles: consent, demonstrated airline commitment, robust economic case and obtain funding. If it can I will support it, if it doesn’t I won’t. I suspect it won’t.

1. No. Without extending the runway extension safety areas the runway will not meet international standards and will be unsafe. There is absolutely no justification for Wellington city ratepayers being made to contribute $90 million to ensure that the runway extension will be built for the benefit of private enterprise at a wider cost to the coastal environment.

1. No

2. Yes – they are part of our transport solutions, we have learned from Island Bay and started putting those better engagement and design processes in place in the eastern suburbs. 3. Yes for the Wairarapa, but I see no advantage for Wellington city. We should continue to develop shared services as we have for water, economic development and emergency management. 4. Yes, I think this is a likely component of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving process, which will produce options for consultation first quarter of next year, including roading, public transport, cycling, walking and urban design elements. 5. As the city grows and bus capacity is exceeded I think light rail will be a strong probability and we need to plan roading layouts to allow for that decision to be made in the future. 6. Yes, and it needs to be dealt with through provision of more housing and sensitively, person by person because most homeless people have a complex variety of issues in their lives. 7. I represent WCC on Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) Governance Group, working with Greater Wellington Regional Council and New Zealand Transport Agency. By first quarter 2017 we’ll have proposals out for consultation. We’re currently receiving public ideas so get yours in. I have seen some ideas which I think have merit to address traffic conflict there. 8. Solving the transport issues. Let’s Get Wellington Moving covers roading, public transport, walking, cycling and urban design, and the whole area from Centreport access, through the city to the Basin and southern and eastern suburbs. We will have ideas in front of you during first Quarter of 2017. 9. Affordability is important. I want to be below the current Long Term Plan level. My aim is below 3 per cent and I’ve set out how I’d do that on including deferring the concert venue ($64 million), cutting the Basin lights from $9 million to $2 million, and a budget taskforce including external people.

Closing statement I’ve played a big role in making Wellington the fantastic city we love. I want to make our great city even better: Getting Wellington Moving, providing housing and other needs as we grow, making our dynamic central city even better, developing long term plans with suburban communities, and continuing our environmental restoration and resilience leadership.

2. Yes. But not like the Island Bay debacle-safe cycleways are an essential part of any city. 3. No, except Wairarapa. There’s been nine years of wasted time, money and resources on this- we need waste no more. 4. Not applicable- central government project and funds. I prefer more immediate, less polluting solutions to congestion for example ferry services. We already have the east-west services (Eastbourne, Seatoun, and Petone to the CBD); shared cars/ airport taxis, better safe cycling network at peak times and I will listen to the people’s views from “Let’s Get Welly Moving”.

3. No

2. Yes. Provided they are co-designed with full community participation.

4. No

3. No. Amalgamation is ultimately inevitable but is not politically desirable or feasible at present.

5. Yes

4. Yes. As an element in a multi-interest/multi-modal transport accord covering the central city that includes significant pedestrianization and cycle access and the progressive of preparatory work on mass transit/light rail opportunities. 5. Yes. As an element in a multi-interest/multi-modal transport accord covering the central city that includes significant pedestrianization and cycle access and the resolution of grade separation issues along SH1 from the Terrace Tunnel to the Airport. 6. No. But I would like to see Wellington City Council work with Housing New Zealand to replace the 131 accommodation units lost with the red-stickering and disposal of the Gordon Wilson Flats in Te Aro. 7. With respect to inner city transport, I propose the participatory negotiation of a multi-interest /multi-modal 25-year horizon transport accord, as a top priority. I envisage that this will result in an agreed approach to developing the State Highway 1 corridor from the Terrace Tunnel to the Airport; substantial traffic calming and pedestrianization in the CBD; and the continued development of a network of cycle-ways. I could also lead to initial planning for a rapid transit – light rail link from Wellington Railway Station to the Airport in the meantime emphasis would be given to improving the service quality and environmental characteristics of bus services.

6. Yes 7. I’m against the proposed upgrade. The future of Basin Reserve would be considered when developing a new, trail blazing, localisation & future proofing vision. 8. An integrated and more environmentally friendly transportation system: strengthening our water, energy and locally grown food security: an innovative waste reduction and recycling system. 9. If outrageous spending on grandiose projects, exorbitant salaries and public relations campaigns could be curtailed, I would consider a temporary rate freeze.

8. Ensuring that proper maintenance of assets and ending deferred maintenance, while disaster-proofing as far as possible. 9. The continued rates differential between business and residential rate payers must stop – for 2016-17, business rates are set to rise by 2.7 per cent while householder will face a rise of 5.4 per cent. Rates for both householders and businesses should be pegged at below 2 per cent per annum and ideally at the current rate of inflation when it is lower, as is true currently.

Closing statement My motto is ‘Caring about Costs – Caring about People’. I have worked widely across the globe in planning and advisory roles and am dedicated to the highest standards of professional conduct. I will make sure that projects are selected on the basis of sound analysis and the implemented with economy, effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and probity. If the current crop of Big Ideas proposals passes muster [I exclude the Runway Extension here] I will restrict myself to ensuring that the investments are implemented to best advantage. However, I am highly likely to oppose any further big spending, subsidy lobbying, and wish-list proposals by councillors. I would like to see new proposals prepared for Affordable Housing, Social Housing and the development of Wellington’s Creative Arts sector.

Helene Ritchie 1. No. I oppose it, along with the government, pilots who say it is not safe, the Guardians of the Bay, the organisation of 21 International Airlines in New Zealand, surfers, eastern suburbs locals, on aeronautical, environmental, financial, safety and other grounds, as it is an unjustifed, unnecessary, unjustifiable rates- funded $350 million to $500 million runway extension.

2. Yes

Closing statement To be honest I’m not cut out to be a today’s world P.C. mayor, as I’m unconventional, have visionary ideas and can exhibit both good and bad behaviour. On the plus side though, I’m a jack of all trades who coordinates a community garden, and likes dressing up. But if by some miracle I’m elected to serve, my localisation revolution may well result in me becoming a good, but slightly mercurial, peoples mayor.

Nicola Young bus tunnel (one way) being used. 6. Yes. Poverty and ill health are significant issues - We all have a responsibility for our brothers and sisters who for whatever reason (often health and unemployment) do not have the means to live a good affordable life in proper warm dry homes. My aim as mayor is to lead an affordable city. 7. I will propose immediately adding an extra lane, if possible, and listen to the smart solutions coming out of “Getting Welly Moving”; encourage shared cars, airport taxis, public transport; propose ferry commuting eastern suburbs to CBD. Long term, trenching and tunnelling; light rail if feasible. 8. Essential and core services have to be the priority for infrastructure spend-waste, roads, sewerage system, water reticulation, green spaces; and maintenance of our assets. 9. About 3 per cent depending on the budget. Sensible rates for essential services is the priority.

5. Yes. Funded by central government which used to fund rail, and explore the possibility of the current

Closing statement Experience counts! Ready to be mayor, independent, with significant city-wide achievements and a wealth of leadership experience, I’m outspoken for the ordinary person. As Wellington’s first woman deputy mayor, longest serving councillor, I bring strong governance, wisdom, not just silly promises. “As mayor, I’ll lead our affordable City into the future.”

1. No. The proposed airport extension should be funded by its owners (Infratil and WCC) in line with their shareholding, not by ratepayers and taxpayers. Infratil has indicated clearly it is not prepared to do this, and this is a warning that the case for the extension does not stack up. The airport extension will be a costly white elephant. 2. Yes, but we need to focus on the central city because it has the most cyclists and accidents. Hard-core cyclists usually prefer to use the roads, so we need to look at ‘quietways’ (on side roads) for less experienced cyclists – rather than more Island Bay-style cycleways. 3. No, but I do support shared services, such as a combined transport authority. 4. Yes; in addition to congestion issues, it will also help the city’s resilience in the event of a natural disaster. 5. No. Buses are more suitable for Wellington’s terrain, so we should focus on improving their reliability, frequency and quality – with cheaper fares. Light Rail

is too expensive and inflexible; also transport is on the cusp of huge changes including driverless vehicles, etc. 6. Yes. We need to work with government to get more help, as many of these people have major social issues. Local businesses (especially in Kilbirnie and Newtown) are suffering because customers are deterred by the beggars. Some beggars are using ‘standover’ tactics, which many find threatening; this is unacceptable. 7. This is a decision for the New Zealand Transport Agency and central government. The council must ensure that the solution incorporates good urban design. Some big decisions need to be made. 8. Half the traffic in the central city is just trying to get across town. ‘Cut and covering’ SHI would speed up traffic so SHI would become the preferred cross-town route, rather than clogging up the central city. 9. Freeze rates at inflation by cutting waste, and focus on council’s core role.

Closing statement Wellington must be affordable, and we have had years of unacceptable rates increases – over 20 per cent in the past four years; this year some houses in Kilbirnie, Lyall Bay and Rongotai have seen increases of 8 to 9 per cent; when inflation has been almost zero and wages have been flat . I have promised to freeze rates at inflation, and protect core services, by cutting waste. Other candidates are promising costly vanity projects that will increase our rates even more. I remain opposed to ‘Island Bay-style’ cycle-ways in the suburbs, having stood up for the Island Bay community from the start. Council needs to be more transparent, and I have promised to get rid of the secret slush funds that fritter away our rates on corporate welfare, professional sport and vanity projects.

Thursday September 15, 2016


Greater Wellington Regional Council Candidates We asked candidates standing for the Greater Wellington Regional Council in the Wellington Constituency to send through some information about themselves, and explain why they are running in this year’s local government elections. This week we will profile nine of the 11 candidates standing.

Roger Blakeley

Daran Ponter

Sue Kedgley

Norbert Hausberg

Keith Flinders

I am a born Wellingtonian. I will work for you to make Greater Wellington Better and Bolder. It will be better through reliable, affordable, accessible and safer public transport; improved environmental quality through less pollution, cleaner water and restored biodiversity; strong economic development as the technology capital, growing innovation, investment and export to global markets. It will be bolder through new solutions for regional transport; active leadership on climate change and resilience to sea level rise and flooding; and a rejuvenated economic development agency. I have a PhD in earthquake engineering. I have worked in central and local government as chief executive, Ministry for the Environment; chief executive, Department of Internal Affairs; chief executive, Porirua City Council; and chief planning officer, Auckland Council. I have worked extensively with mayors and councils. Contacts: roger., 021 229 6928. Vote Blakeley - first choice for a Better and Bolder Greater Wellington.

Wellington! Compact, vibrant and accessible. Most of us use public transport, walk and drive. Some of us cycle too. That’s why I stand for a balanced approach to transport. Let’s build a better public transport system and support more of us in getting from A to B by foot and pedal power. Let’s also complete the second Mt Victoria Tunnel. Wellingtonians deserve cheaper, safe and efficient public transport. I stand for cheaper bus and train fares, off-peak and student fares. I will make integrated ticketing a priority – imagine one transport card across the bus and train network. I will strengthen rules to protect our streams and rivers and ensure we have clean places to swim. I will work with community, arts, business and sports sectors to deliver stronger and sustainable economic development. I am a project manager with a focus on getting things done. I am committed to community engagement and acting through listening.

Wellington is a compact, exciting and beautiful city. To make it even better we need more affordable, reliable public transport; more innovative, creative businesses and jobs; a healthier environment and more resilient communities. I’m an experienced councillor and a strong advocate for Wellington. I enjoy helping constituents, engaging with the community and solving local problems. I’ve led the council’s climate change strategy; successfully advocated for freezing bus fares; phasing out polluting diesel buses; free Wifi in bus-stops; installing charging stations for electric cars around the region. I’m a former Green MP and Wellington City Councillor, broadcaster and writer. My priorities are: affordable bus fares; student discounts; electric buses; modern trams; more pedestrian areas; safe cycleways; better regional cooperation; ensuring Wellington is family, business and student-friendly; championing the Living Wage; making Wellington a more resilient, low carbon city that is better able to cope with climate change and other threats.

Wellington has been my home for the past 25 years and I brought up my two children here. I worked in schools throughout the region as a performer and later as a New Zealand trained teacher. Last year I hand-built my own house. This is the first time I am standing for local body election. Raising my children and working in education made me aware of the importance of public engagement. Being part of a decision making process gives you the possibility of discussion, arguing and relating your ideas in the best way. I want a regional council that listens, analyses possibilities and works cooperatively to implement the best possible results. I would bring an independent perspective without political alignment to the council.

I have been an engineering business owner and employer in Wellington for 40 years. I am involved with project design, construction planning, risk management, and administration. Priority: Ensure that the Regional Council to learns to live within its income. Rates rises of 9 per cent plus, with average wage rises 2.8 per cent (less after tax), are unacceptable. Greater prudent governance required. Transport: The region has seen the long neglected suburban rail network upgraded to a very high standard, but the bus services are not receiving the investment needed to cope with increased patronage. Proposed multiple bus operators in the Capital will be to the detriment of the off peak services. Environment: Trolley bus replacement with polluting hybrid buses is an indictment on the current Greater Wellington Regional Council. Worldwide trolley bus services are being expanded, or introduced. Resilience: Considering the trolley bus infrastructure was deliberately allowed to run down I intend to ensure no other essential GWRC services are.

John Klaphake

Chris Laidlaw

Ian McKinnon

Sam Somers

As a region I believe we can do better to ensure we use our finite resources well, for the benefit of all. We have to make some tough calls, especially over public transport. On this issue the public have now spoken. I want to ensure our voice is heard and taken account in all the decisions the Council makes. Now, we have to do the right thing. I will bring fresh, honest thinking to the mix. We’re living in a new world that has new challenges. This requires new and critical thinking. I believe I’m the right person to be your representative to champion the issues that matter to us all. I’m not one to sit on the fence, and I don’t want to sit idly by while our region struggles to get to grips with the demands that beset it. More at

Being on the regional council has been one of the most stimulating and satisfying experiences of my life. It is relatively free of party politics and we concentrate on getting things done. I have three key objectives for the next term. First, I want to continue leading the process of rebuilding relationships between councils in the region which were sorely damaged by the super city fiasco. We are making good progress toward agreement on what can be better done regionally and what needs to be done by local councils but we need to guide that through to a genuine consensus. Secondly I want to complete the transformation of the public transport system from the second-rate, tired service it was a few years ago to a genuinely 21st century system; and third I want to steer through the region’s blueprint for sustainability, the natural resources plan, to future-proof our environment.

Ian McKinnon served on Wellington City Council from 2004 to 2013, with six years as Deputy Mayor and nine years as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee; he has also held various senior executive and governance appointments. “The city might be the hub but the region is a major supplier of its goods and services. Overview and coordination within the region is important: transport and water don’t stop because of political boundaries! The Regional Council must ensure public transport is operating effectively – ease of movement underpins productivity. While train services have improved, there must now be equal focus on the bus system. Further, the Hawkes Bay water problem is a cautionary tale – ‘Wellington Water’ supplies governance but councillors must be aware of risks. A key issue, of course, is rates – regional rates have recently risen markedly and while a smaller portion of ones rates bill, it is still a further charge to be met by residents and businesses – Councillors must recognise this and all council financial decisions must be soundly and transparently based. These are responsibilities which I accept.”

I am Sam Somers, I am 25-years-old, probably one of the youngest candidates standing for council, at this election. I grew up on the Kapiti Coast finishing at Paraparaumu College in 2008. Why I am standing, is that I believe I can make the difference for the residents in Wellington along with representing Issues that focus on younger people, which is currently lacking in Wellington. I want to keep the Trolley Buses, bring light rail to Wellington, Introduce Student Fares and Semester passes for Tertiary Students. I also want to bring in a Renewable Energy Scheme where residents can have Solar Panels or Wind Turbines put in their house to help reduce the overall power, through a targeted rates system. This incentive will also make it Viable for Rental Property Owners, to introduce, for their tenants, without the immediate need of capital. I am also for a 3 Lanes southbound Terrace Tunnel and second Mt Vic Tunnel, in order to reduce traffic congestion, which in turn reduces congestion pollution. Policies available at www.

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Wednesday November 18, 2015

Mayor congratulates Christchurch

Composed by Tony Watling 11th. Nov. 2015

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Rongotai Junior Basketball end dream season By Sylvie Dickson MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Rongotai College’s Junior A basketball team has ended their season on a high with a 33-0 record. Head coach Zico Coronel said the boys took out the College Sport Wellington Premier Championship earlier this year, and most recently the Lower North Island Championship. Zico said the wins were great for morale but the main accomplishment for the team was their memorable undefeated season which he said got “quite tough” towards the end. Zico said the team boasted some great players, such as Ezrah Vaigafa who also plays for the National U16 team. However, he stressed the team’s success was thanks to the entirety of the squad. “In some games our most exceptional players were not present and those wins meant a lot for confidence, everyone had to step up and we were in really good shape from then on.” He mentioned Reon Paul who excelled despite being knocked back with a groin injury. Zico, who has just been appointed coach for the New Zealand U16 Boys Basketball team, said the Junior A team has had the best team culture he’s ever been a part of. “There is a willingness to be coached, we’ve had really high expectations of them and they’ve

The Rongotai Junior A basketball team took out the Lower North Island Championship last week

accepted criticism with aplomb. “Instrumental to our success is the players’ natural character, they’ve been exceptional off the court as well as on. They are class leaders.” He said despite the season being

over the boys continue to want to be a part of the group because it means being part of something really special. “The boys are pretty hungry, still at the gym, and out there playing

Local students off to Japan Local students will be jetting to Japan this week in the hopes of qualifying for the floorball world championships. The New Zealand under-19 Floorball team, made up of mostly boys from colleges across Wellington, will be playing in Japan in a bid to qualify for the U19 World Championships. Floorball is a type of hockey, played indoors with plastic sticks and balls. Wellington is the home of Floorball in NZ, as is reflected by the dominance of young capital city players in this under-19 team. As part of the qualifying tournament

in Fujiyoshida, Japan, the team will be competing against Australia, Japan and Iran to determine qualifiers for the next world championships in Sweden. This is the first time NZ’s under-19 team will tackle the teams from Iran and Japan. The two top teams for the tournament will qualify for the World Championships in Sweden in May 2017. New Zealand under-19 coach Christian Bertschinger said this was the youngest team New Zealand had ever fielded for an international qualifying tournament. “We have this really talented group

of kids, from Rongotai College, Wellington High School, Scots College and St Patrick’s College Kilbirnie. Our youngest player, Louis Scott, is just 14 years old,” he said. Louis is joined on the team by his brother, goal keeper Oliver Scott. There is one other set of brothers, Tim and Ben McKibbin from Rongotai College, also on the team. Seventeen-year-old Scots College pupil, Matthew Bertschinger, is one of the more experienced team members. He is one of six on the team who have already played overseas with the New Zealand men.

Local takes six medals at national championships

The New Zealand Black Fins with their medals. PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied

A local woman contributed six medals to the Black Fin’s winning tally at the Lifesaving World Championships last week. The Black Fins won the overall championships, which were held in The Netherlands this year. The Lifesaving World Championships is the largest international lifesaving sport competition in the world. All the events are based around rescue capability and are specific to saving people’s lives. The Black Fins have created history as they are now the first Kiwi surf lifesaving team to win three consecutive world championship titles. Among the team members was Lyall Bay native, Samantha Lee, who won gold, two silvers and two bronze in the championships.

Samantha came first in the 100m Rescue Medley, second in the women’s 200m Obstacles, and third in the women’s division of the 50m Manikin Carry. She was also part of the silver medal earning Ocean woman relay and bronze winning 4x50m Obstacles relay. Team captain Andy McMillan said he was “ecstatic” by the championship win. “We’ve been dreaming of this day and we’ve taken it one step at a time. We thought about taking over back in 2012 and we’ve had this core belief of believing that we’ve got the ability to do it and we’ve never stopped believing and the last three world championships has shown it,” he said.  For more information on the Black Fins head to their Facebook page.

basketball today.” Zico said it had been a pleasure to coach the team and was confident for next year: “In 2017 it will say Rongotai College on those trophies.”

Sports talk with Jacob Page...

Netball NZ makes rod for own back Netball New Zealand appear to be having an identity crisis. The national netball governing body looks set to ban players from playing for the Silver Ferns if they play in the new Australian netball league over the New Zealand one. The key player in the midst of this is centre and former New Zealand captain Laura Langman. The former Silver Ferns captain looks set to resign with the New South Wales Swifts in the new Australian competition instead of playing in the Kiwi event. So, Netball New Zealand look set to ban her from international play. This is a clear example of Netball New Zealand channelling their inner-All Blacks. The New Zealand Rugby Union has the same stance that only players playing in New Zealand are eligible for the All Blacks. The difference between rugby and netball in this country is depth. New Zealand can’t afford to lose a player like Langman- the country doesn’t have the depth of player to replace her skill and experience. It’s admirable Netball New Zealand want to try to protect their own competition but let’s face it, the Australians are better than we are at netball currently and have always had better depth than we have. The trans-Tasman netball competition proved that point with Australian franchises winning all but one of the titles. New Zealand teams were only competitive with each other so the competition was scrapped. So, with that in mind, I can’t blame Langman for wanting to stay in Sydney. The skill level will be higher, and it will pose more of a challenge. Netball New Zealand need to get off their high horse and realise that Laura Langman is worth more to the Ferns than the Ferns are to Langman at this point in her career.

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