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“Wages for our lowest paid workers have stagnated over the past twenty years, while the salaries for senior staff have rocketed, and these extreme differences in how people are paid have fuelled the growing inequality in New Zealand,” Ms Kedgley said. “The Living Wage movement seeks to reverse this grossly unfair trend.” Ms Kedgley said Councils had an obligation to be good employers and to pay staff decent wages. “The Living Wage should be
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the salary scale when there was seldom any opposition to wage increases for staff in senior levels of the organisation. Ms Kedgley’s resolution will ask officers to develop a framework for implementing the Living Wage by March 2017 to council staff, staff employed by council controlled organisations, and contractors. The Living Wage is currently $19.80 an hour and the council will discuss the motion at their last meeting before the election, on Wednesday, September 28.
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Francesco van Eard with one of his unique ranges of perfumes. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson
Continued from page 1 Francesco started off selling his perfumes at markets, primarily to cruise ship tourists. He then got a lease for the Kelburn shop ‘Fragrifert Parfumeur’ which proved so popular he decided to expand. “To my surprise… it worked really well. People wanted more and bigger.” Francesco gained inspiration when he went to the perfume capital of the world, Grasse in France. But he did his most influential training with British perfumer Stephen Douthwaite of PerfumersWorld. “Stephen’s mission in life is to prove to people that perfumery can be a hobby like any other.” Francesco was delighted when he was told by Stephen he had a promising future in perfumery. “I was surprised – initially I thought ‘can I really do that’,” he said. Francesco brings Stephen out to New Zealand each year to run perfumery courses which he said attract people from all over the world. The first range of perfumes Francesco made consisted of four scents
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After seven years of waiting, northern suburbs residents will be happy to hear the much anticipated Johnsonville Shopping Centre redevelopment has taken a step in the right direction. Mall owner, Stride Property Group, has applied for resource consent for the redevelopment of the mall to accommodate changes made since the original proposal was given consent in 2009. Both retailers and shoppers have feared the mall was dying recently after six retailers left the shopping centre in the last two years. The application for the 26,000 metre squared shopping centre included 120 specialty retailers, a boutique cinema, a dining precinct and 900 car parks. Deputy Mayor and Northern Ward councillor Justin Lester said he was “over the moon” about the application for the $150 million upgrade. “We had a previous council who was against the upgrade,” he said of the Wellingon City Council team who thought a Johnsonville upgrade would detract from the Golden Mile. “Our job was to make sure we had a council which was supportive of the redevelopment.” Stride Chief Executive Peter Alexander said the company took into account contemporary retail design principles and a range of feedback that was garnered from a number of sources to redesign the proposal. When asked why the mall had not been renovated despite receiving the go-head for a $300 million redevelopment in 2009, Mr Alexander said delays in consents and the impact of the global financial crisis caused
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Johnsonville resident finds concrete poured down her drain By Sharnahea Wilson
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Johnsonville locals expresse d concer ns about overcrowding on local buses and the Greater Wellington Regional Council has responded. A local resident wrote to the regional council and had said there was overcrowding on Johnsonville buses at peak hours during the week.
“We forwarded this message on to our officers who confirmed this was indeed a problem,” regional councillor Sue Kedgley said. At a meeting of the council’s sustainable transport committee on September 21, council officers confirmed there were regularly 30 to 50 people waiting for a bus at Johnsonville Station between 9-9.30am.
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Tyre Taniwha officially open for play By Sharnahea Wilson
About ten parents, teachers and friends of the school worked all day in the rain to create a unique piece of playground equipment for the students of Bellevue School, a Tyre Taniwha. The Taniwha had its official opening at the school in Newlands last Friday. Enviroschools lead teacher Maria Church said the enviro-group, made up of five to 11-year-old students, worked hard to design the Taniwha. “The children found out how many tyres we would need to collect and came up with a design for the Taniwha,” Maria said. Maria said the focus of the project was to create something using recycled materials.
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Wednesday September 28, 2016 From left: Karori Arts and Crafts members Cris Mirkin and Ingrid Bauer with centre manager Margaret Taylor, featuring work from fellow members Theresa Gallacher and Helen Beaven. PHOTO: SHARNAHEA WILSON
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Karori Arts and Crafts Centre members are gearing up for their annual quilt and craft fair and sale by hand-making goods for the public to enjoy. The creative fair will run from October 1 to 8 from 10am to 4pm each day and will include everything from handmade cards, toys and bath salts to knitwear, jewellery and embroidered work. Karori Arts and Crafts manager Margaret Taylor said the fair would feature well priced, handcrafted goods for everyone to enjoy as well as a special exhibition room. “Kids can even afford to buy things with their pocket money,” she said. A new addition to the week-long fair will be lace-making demonstrations – a craft which Margaret described as “rare but beautiful”. Members work towards the fair from the beginning of the year and Margaret said it was a great place for people to find quality gifts during the school holidays. “We urge people who are looking for something special to come in the first few
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days,” Margaret said. She said the items that are not made in bulk tend to be snatched up quickly. Each year Karori Arts and Crafts support a charity. This year they will be raising money for Little Sprouts though a raffle thanks to gift-basket donations from the local Karori New World. There will also be school holiday programmes running throughout the week, with places still available. On October 3 children can attend a ‘paint a panda with Chinese brush and ink’ class. On October 4 children will learn to paint their own funky canvases and on October 6 attendees will get the opportunity to “make their own mini circuses”. The crafty centre also currently has a membership discount where individuals or families can join for half price before the end of the year.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What does Wellington need in a new Mayor?
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“Someone with a focus on local community issues like water, rubbish collecting and parks. Wellington needs someone who is open to what ratepayers want.”
“Someone with a focus on communities rather than just the central city – transport would be a big thing.”
Cristina CruzClemente, Churton Park “A focus on public transport and traffic into the city – especially around the basin. Also someone with a focus on helping develop the Johnsonville Mall.”
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Megan Pusey, Johnsonville “Someone with a focus on projects which are economically sound which aren’t going to cost heaps. It would be nice to see someone with a community focus.”
EYE ON CRIME In Newlands a house in Black Rock Road was entered through a bathroom window and a Play Station 3 was stolen. A red Ford Laser parked on the street overnight in Dunmail Way was stolen. In Baylands Drive the garden of a house was entered during the night and the garden
hose was disconnected from the tap which was turned on and left with the water running. In Khandallah a 2016 silver Mazda station wagon parked in Madras Street had its front registration plate stolen. In Ngaio a red Hyundai station wagon parked during the day
in a car park in Ngaio Gorge Road was broken into via a smashed window. Coins and a bag containing medical notes were stolen. The roof rack was stolen from a car parked in Fox Street. A red Toyota Starlet parked in Bombay Street was entered via a smashed window
and searched. Nothing seems to have been taken. In Ellora Street the front gate of a house was pulled off its post and part of the fence damaged. The lock on the basement door indicates that an attempt was made to enter the basement. Nothing was stolen. In Crofton Downs a house in
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Students choose VUWSA’s 2017 Executive The student elections at Victoria University have closed. At the end of every year, in Trimester two, students vote for their electoral body to represent them as part of the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association executive. 2016 Victoria University of Wellington Student Association president, Jonathan Gee, said the 2016 executive had gone into this year with big plans and “built a stronger, more engaged association”. “We also set the tone of the Association for the next five years by finalising a Strategic Plan – reaffirming that the reason we exist is to get the best deal for students.” Rory Lenihan-Ikin will take the reigns as president in 2017 with Isabella Lenihan-Ikin as academic vice president, Anya Maule as welfare vice president and Nathaniel Manning as engagement vice president.
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Talented young Karori students were awarded for their hard work at the annual Karori Youth Awards last week. Karori West Normal School Hall was humming last Wednesday night as local schools, businesses and community groups came together to recognise young people for their amazing leadership achievements over the past year. The 18th Annual Karori Youth Awards 2016, hosted by the Karori Community Centre, recognised eleven local youths for their service to the community and the arts. The nominees supported many local initiatives from Bikes in Schools to helping Wellingtonians in need stay warm over the winter months.
Winners showed integrity, leadership and role-modelling in their contributions to local schools, organisations or groups. Social entrepreneur and youth worker Scottie Reeves was keynote speaker for the evening and his passion to inspire and lead young people was as evident as ever. He spoke about “a little bit of love going a long way to change the world”. The audience was treated to a welcoming performance from the Karori West School Kapa Haka group which included a song in sign language. Karori Community Centre Youth Development Worker Christoph Zintl organised the Karori Youth
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Local student designer heads to WorldSkills Nationals By Sharnahea Wilson
A skilled local graphic designer will head to Hamilton this weekend to compete against the best at the WorldSkills New Zealand National Competition. Taking place at Wintec in Hamilton over the weekend September 30 to October 2 top trades apprentices and trainees will duel it out in categories ranging from Automotive Technology, to Plumbing and Heating to Hairdressing and Floristry. Nicole Sos of Ngaio is a Massey University of Wellington student who placed in the top four in the regional WorldSkills competition, gaining a spot in the National finals.
The National competition is project based with competitors completing the assigned projects over two high-pressure days. “We get given one brief at a time and we have deadlines for completing each task,” Nicole said. She said she and her competitors were given tasks such as designing a logo, making advertisements and designing banners. Nicole said one of her past lecturers at Yoobee School of Design, where she studied before Massey, convinced her to take part in the competition. “If I get through the Nationals I get to go to Abu Dhabi for the Worlds,” she said. Nicole said it was nerve racking because the competition would be hard to prepare for given that she will only be told her briefs on the day.
Ngaio graphic designer Nicole Sos gears up for the WorldSkills competition in Hamilton. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson
“I’m more excited for it though. It’s a cool opportunity and it would be awesome to be able to compete in the worlds.” WorldSkills National Competition at Wintec will be held at the
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The Churton Park Community Association is set to hold a car book sale in the New World supermarket car park on October 16. Community Association president Brian Sheppard said the event helped locals sell things they no longer need while others can hunt for a bargain. “It’s also a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones,” Brian said. The car boot sale is also gives the association the chance to fundraise for its community projects in Churton Park. “A major focus for the Association’s current work is the development of an emergency response plan for the Churton Park and Glenside communities,” Brian said. The association recently held three public meetings which resulted in locals voicing their opinions on the places and people that make Churton Park special to them. “The response plan will guide the community in identifying tasks and projects that could help to make life even better in Churton Park and Glenside, whether in response to an emergency or in everyday life,” Brian said. Anyone is welcome to bring their items along and put them up for sale, to do so you can show up on the day or contact Brian to let him know you have items up for grabs. The sale will run from 1-4pm. $10 per car space. For more information contact Brian Sheppard at brian. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Museum and the National Library. She said last year an event was held in celebration of International Day of the Older Person on October 1, however, as it was so popular the council decided to plan a full week of events this year. She said the events would offer seniors a great opportunity to “have a go”. “The purpose of the week is to encourage some of our seniors to get together and go to some of the venues and experience some of the activities that Wellington has.
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Last year’s pet blessing service. By Sharnahea Wilson
Wellington pet lovers are invited to attend the Cathedral of St Paul’s annual pet blessing next weekend. Each year the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul holds a Pet Service where locals can take their pets to be blessed, in memory of St Francis of Assisi – the church’s patron saint of animals. The service will be held on Saturday, October 1 at 10am which is the closest Saturday to his saint’s day of October 4. “There will also be a pet parade at 9.30am if people are interested in joining in,” promotions committee member Judy Berryman said. The pet parade will be held in the parking lot at Hill Street and will give people the opportunity to watch their furry friends strut their stuff. Judy said the annual blessing attracts a good number of locals with their cats,
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Annual Spring Fair goes green By Sharnahea Wilson
St Te r e s a’s S c h o ol Spring Fair was not only full of fun for the whole family, it was also focused on cutting down waste. The recent Spring Fair was a Karori community event with people turning out in droves despite the drizzly weather. Childhood education and training organisation Porse volunteered to help out at the fair by painting faces. “The children were also very involved in organising the fair, making signs, preparing entertainment,
bottling ‘worm tea’ to sell, and preparing recycling bins for rubbish sorting,” St Teresa’s principal Mary-Angela Tombs said. As part of a school-wide initiative to cut down on waste a team of parents worked to ensure fairgoers put their waste in the correct bins. Two bags of rubbish were all that was sent to the landfill at the end of the event with most of the waste being recycled or going into food composting bins. “In previous years, the school has had to hire a large skip for the extra
rubbish generated by the fair,” Mary-Angela said. She said cutting down on wasted food and rubbish was important to the school because it was “not acceptable to contribute to landfill when we can choose to manage the waste in a more environmentally friendly way”. The Spring Fair was a great success with over $23,000 raised on the day which will go towards continuing the improvement of school facilities and resources in areas not covered by government funding, Mary-Angela said.
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Adam Art Gallery’s final exhibition of the year is set to be a ‘homecoming’ for one of New Zealand’s most ambitious contemporary artists. The exhibition titled Bad Visual Systems will be centred on the work of Ruth Buchanan and is set to present three generations of female artists who explore social and representational systems from their gendered perspectives. Buchanan conceptualised and designed the exhibition in response to the interior spaces of Victoria University of Wellington’s on-site art gallery. The exhibition represents a homecoming for Berlin-based Buchanan, who grew up in Wellington and has been gaining attention in Europe in recent years for her distinctive work that combines text, video, sculpture and architecturally-scaled display systems. Originally invited to present a solo show, Buchanan developed a full-gallery exhibition that will include works by acclaimed German artists, Marianne Wex and Judith Hopf. A key feature of the exhibition is a two-level presentation of Wex’s ground-
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Taking the art world by storm By Sharnahea Wilson
A Woodridge-based artist is making her mark on the New Zealand art scene after exhibiting at a recent Auckland show. Jasmine Togo-Brisby was selected to be part of the exhibition ‘Influx’ which opened over the weekend and displayed works which “collectively push and pull our understandings of the Pacific”. Jasmine was excited to be one of the tertiary students chosen for the exhibition. “It’s an honour to be able to be part of any exhibition,” she said. Influx curator Ane Tonga said the exhibition marked a moment where student practices within an academic context found a renewed sense of purpose, embedded within their wider political and social field. “Artists draw our attention to the legacy of colonialisation and the complexities of the South Sea Islander identity.” The talented Jasmine is a multidisciplinary artist and a fourth gen-
eration Australian South Sea Islander with ancestral lineage to the islands of Ambae and Santo of Vanuatu. She studied at the Queensland College of Art before moving to New Zealand to study fine arts at Massey University in Wellington. Jasmine’s exhibit examines the historical practice of ‘blackbirding’, a romanticised colloquialism for the Pacific slave trade. “I’m interested in examining the effects of intergenerational trauma transmitted through ongoing oppression across several generations, particularly in contrast to the inheritance of wealth that has come to those who benefitted from slavery and colonisation.” Jasmine is also simultaneously exhibiting work in a Melbourne gallery and at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Auckland. To see more of Jasmine’s stunning works, or to find out more about the artist herself visit Jasmine Togo-Brisby Art on Facebook.
Pelepesite Tofilau, Bitter Sweet by Jasmine Togo-Brisby on display at Waitakere Contemporary Galley from September 24 – November 13, 2016. PHOTO: Supplied
Oberon and Puck are A Midsummer Night’s Dream characters who return in Shakespeare in Hollywood.
Movie stars, magic and unrequited love A local play will be focusing on unrequited love in an upcoming production of ‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’. Ken Ludwig’s comedy, to be performed by Khandallah Arts Theatre, centres on the making of the 1935 fe at u r e f i l m of A M id su m mer Night’s Dream, which starred Olivia de Havilland, James Cagney and Dick Powell. In Ludwig’s version of events, the real characters of Oberon and Puck find themselves mysteriously transpor ted from A Wood Nea r Athens to Hollywood and the set of Nazi-escapee Max Reinhardt’s movie. Motifs kept from Shakespeare’s original play include the f lower which causes the sleeper to fall in love with whomever they first see upon waking and stars and wannabes mistakenly falling in love with each other.
Local actress, Adelle Broadmore, plays mischief-maker Puck and said she was no stranger to unrequited passion herself. “When I was five I had a crush on a boy at kindy called Scott,” she said. “When I got home one day I asked my mum what ‘married’ meant. She explained, and asked if I’d like to be married. I said if it was Scott, I’d say yes, but if it was anyone else I’d say no. “At kindy the next day, Scott was playing L ego wit h a not her boy called Daryl and said he didn’t want to play with me anymore. I was heartbroken.” ‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’ will be taking place at Cochran Hall, Cashmere Avenue School , Khandallah from Thursday, October 6 to 9 and 13 to 15. Visit www.kat-theatre. org.nz for more information and bookings.
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The Capital Harmony Chorus is inviting women to join in a free eight-week Christmas music course starting next month. “We invite women to come and learn some carols, and a few fun Christmas songs, in the barbershop style,” Chorus Director Joanne Oliver said. The chorus is a 24-member women’s acappella group which meets weekly at Churton Park School. The free Christmas course ‘Make a Joyful Sound’ is a way of the group opening its doors to newcomers to give singing a go. The course will run once
a week on Mondays from 7.30pm-9pm, starting on October 10. Member of the music team Margaret McLachlan said the newcomers would learn some classic Christmas songs as well as some newer jazz-style songs. “It’s a way of people learning a new skill,” she said. The group will be gearing up for their Christmas concert held at Churton Park Community Centre on Sunday, December 4 where newcomers will be able to join in on the songs they have learned. No need to RSVP, just show up to Churton Park School at 7.30pm on Monday, October 10 ready to sing.
New Capital Express service takes flight Wellington welcomed its first Capital Express flight last week. On September 21 the new Singapore Airlines Capital Express service was welcomed to the capital city. The service provides a direct link from Singapore to Wellington via Canberra which is set to open up greater tourism, trade and education links between the three cities and beyond. Welcoming the inaugural Capital Express service, Wellington Deputy Mayor Justin Lester, who also holds the Wellington International Airport portfolio,
said the direct flight to Canberra would provide the fastest link from Wellington to Singapore. Mr Lester said the new service would better connect Wellington to Australia, Asia and links into Europe through one of the world’s biggest airline hubs, Singapore. “It will also provide an additional 110,000 seats each year and boost cargo capacity for our region’s exporters bringing an estimated $44 million a year in economic benefit to New Zealand.” Wellington is also set to benefit from
the regional promotional work being done by Singapore Airlines, the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, Wellington-based tourist attractions and travel agents in Canberra, Wellington and Singapore. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said “This new service is generating a lot of interest and focus on Wellington which is great news for the region, our education institutes and our tourism industry”. Also present at the welcome was Australian Capital Territory First Minister
Andrew Barr who co-signed a Sister City agreement between Canberra and Wellington in July. “The Sister City agreement and the new Capital Express service is about Wellington and Canberra forging stronger cultural, economic, environmental and political ties,” Ms Wade-Brown said. During the plane’s stop over time a group of 120 travel agents and media were taken on a short ‘get to know’ Wellington excursion taking in attractions such as the Cable Car, Botanic Gardens and Weta Workshop.
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Victoria University updates the public on fate of the Karori campus Karori residents got the opportunity to express concerns and ask questions at a meeting about the fate of the Victoria University Karori campus last week. The University hosted a public meeting to declare the campus surplus to requirements. Representatives from the Wellington City Council and the Ministry of Education attended the meeting where Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford provided information about why the Faculty of Education was relocated to the Kelburn campus at the start of this year. He debunked the “$10 campus myth”, which wrongly suggested the $20million rate-
able value of the campus was the amount of profit Victoria would make from any sale, minus the $10 title transfer fee paid in 2010. Professor Guilford detailed the amount of money Victoria had invested in the Karori campus since 2005 (around $21 million) when Victoria took responsibility for the campus following its merger with the College of Education. He also outlined the multimillion dollar costs of providing quality, fit-for-purpose facilities for the Faculty of Education at the University’s Kelburn campus to replace the facilities vacated at Karori. Professor Guilford presented facts around Victoria’s engage-
ment with Maori interests over the Karori campus. He confirmed the University was engaging with the iwi of Wellington in relation to the campus and recognised mana whenua were interested in the campus’s future. Professor Guilford’s presentation, along with detailed background about the Karori campus, including the independent report that recommended it be declared surplus to requirements, are available at www. victoria.ac.nz/about/ explore-victoria/campuses/karori.
A ‘Shift’ forward for women’s organisation The founder of a Wellington-based project for young women has been selected to attend a global sports mentoring programme in the United States next month. Fran McEwen of Shift will take part in the programme organised by the US State Department and sports television network ESPN. The programme is a one-month mentorship focused on empowering female leaders to serve their local community by increasing access to, and opportunities for, participation in sport. Fran, Wellington City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Partnership Leader, has been selected alongside Melodie Robinson, Sky sports presenter and ex-Black Fern, as one of 16 in the world to attend. Fran founded the initiative called ‘Shift: Shift your body, Shift your mind’ in late 2015. Shift is led by Wellington City Council in partnership with The Boys and Girls Institute and a number of other organisations that are passionate about seeing
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Delicious food and thousands of colourful spring Tulips brightened up an otherwise dull Sunday last week. Despite the annual Tulip Sunday at the Botanic Garden not having its usual throngs of attendees, those who were there were happily entertained with traditional music and warmed up with hearty Dutch food. His Excellency Netherlands Ambassador Rob Zaagman and Wellington City councillor Helene Ritchie formally opened the event at midday. Member of the New Zealand Netherlands Society Rene van
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Hockey player receives high honour By Sharnahea Wilson
Victoria University Sportsperson of the Year Kyle Pontifex. PHOTO: Supplied
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Taking the ‘Super’ out of rugby It is official, when it comes to Super Rugby I am showing my age – 27. I had no interest in the competition in 2016, yes my Crusaders were mediocre by lofty standards, but I couldn’t get my head around the conferences or the convoluted playoff system. Unfortunately for me, the Crusaders will still be average next year (goodbye, Jordie Barrett) but also the ridiculous competition structure will also be back. Four Kiwi teams made the six-team playoffs this year yet three of them hit the road for opening week of the playoff. There are also too many teams, is it 17 or 18 now? I find myself longing for the days of the Super 12.The amount of teams was in the name. Most of the teams had their day in the sun at some point and most importantly everyone played each other throughout the round-robin. Plus the finals system was easy to understand. One played four and two played three. I would suggest most people are like me, they prefer the old days of the competition structure. The competition goes on forever and it is highlighted by a three week international window and the fact there are some teams, probably five or six, who simply aren’t up to the standard of Super Rugby. All of it leads to super over-saturation of Super Rugby. It would be nice if the powers that be listened to the fan base and not just the sound of money. Less can be more, make people excited with anticipation. Don’t give them terrible match-ups and make them salivate as they wait patiently for a contest and competition that is worth watching because Super Rugby has not been like that for a few years now.
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A multi-talented Victor ia University Masters student took out the 2016 Sportsperson of the Year at the recent Victoria Blues Awards. Master of Business Administration student Kyle Pontifex was named the Sportsperson of the Year for his long-standing contribution to hockey. Victoria University and Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association honoured the outstanding achievements of 58 of Victoria’s finest athletes and sports administrators. The award came just one day
after Kyle retired from the sport to focus on his studies. “It was cer t a in ly a g reat honour,” Kyle said. He said it was great to be able to celebrate academic qualifications as well as sport. In the past year Kyle has represented New Zealand as a member of New Zealand’s national team the Black Sticks, as part of the Oceania Cup, Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and various home tests. Kyle was a crucial member of the Capital National Hockey League Men’s team in the winning 2015 season, and is a member in the Capital National Hockey League Men’s 2016
team. A Victoria Blues Award is the highest recognition that can be given to people who have, by their sporting achievements or contribution to sport, brought credit to the University. Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford, who presented t he awa rd s w it h V U WSA President Jonathan Gee, said the Blues Awards were an opportunity to acknowledge those students who had achieved outstanding sporting success. “This is, of course, worthy of celebration in its own right, but to achieve this success while also succeeding at university, is even more impressive.”
Part of Johnsonville’s history By Sharnahea Wilson
Last weekend the Johnsonville Bowling Club, one of Johnsonville’s oldest institutions, began its 2016 season at its Frankmoore Avenue greens. Bowling club coordinator and member Lock Chin said it was “the perfect start to the season”. “We had a top class green and a great turnout of people. The club was originally formed in 1908 and a green was opened a year later on land now occupied by part of the mall and its car park. The club’s current two greens were opened on their present site in 1969. Over the years the club has gained a deserved reputation for being highly competitive, winning various local and national trophies and regularly producing Wellington and New Zealand representatives. The club has, however, always been more focused on providing a friendly environment where bowlers of all ages and physical abilities can enjoy their sport and the club’s social facilities.
June Best, a Life Member of the club who is about to begin her 37th season of bowls and Brady Amer, the youngest member of the club. PHOTO: Supplied
This season opened, as it has for several years, with club members of all abilities mixing in a friendly competition for The Symes Family Trophy – which was donated by former club member, Maurice Symes, one of the country’s top bowlers and twice a Commonwealth Games representative. “The joint winners of the Symes Trophy were I Taito’s team ( S Kerekes, A Dodd) and B Stubbins’ team (D Neill, K Haines),”
Lock explained. Lawn bowls is often portrayed as a sport for ‘oldies’, Lock said. “It is however steadily becoming a sport for young people who enjoy the many challenging aspects of playing the game at a competitive level.” The Johnsonville Bowling Club will have ‘Have a Go Open Days’ on Saturday and Sunday October 1 and 2 from 2pm to 4pm – and again on October 8 and 9.
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