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Film buff sells cinema By Nikki Papatsoumas
Tucked away in a quiet Lyall Bay street is one of Wellington’s best kept secrets. Many Wellingtonians may be surprised to hear that Time Cinema and movie memorabilia museum is just a stone’s throw away from Wellington’s south coast, on Sutherland Rd in the seafront suburb. After wowing locals for almost four decades, owners John and Margaret Bell have decided it is now time to sell up - and their three-bedroom, two-bathroom home with adjoining cinema and museum is now on the market. Continued on page 2 John Bell in Wellington’s Time Cinema in Lyall Bay
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Waving goodbye to the silver screen Continued from page 1 John Bell said he and Margaret purchased the house, which was originally built in 1917, 38 years ago with the intention of establishing a small cinema and movie memorabilia museum in the back garden shed. “We have utilised, shaped and converted it to the cinema and museum,” John said. Thousands of cinematic relics – everything from old projectors to movie posters – line the shed’s walls in a nod to the silver screen. The heart of the small space is a movie theatre
which seats 39 people. John said he had been obsessed with everything film for the last 50 years and has spent the last five decades putting together a time capsule of memorabilia. When he was nine years old he got his first projector. While he has never been a professional projectionist, he said he had managed to get the “hang of it”. “I have always had an addiction to film and the entertainment that it gives.” John said the cinema was mainly hired out for fundraisers
or birthdays, and four films were screened each month for the nearly 200 people who were part of the ‘Time Cine Club’. He said the sale was a great opportunity for someone to purchase the museum and “move it forward and develop it”. He said the space would be well suited for a cafe, with a movie themed menu, alongside a movie museum and educational space for school children, as well as a cinema which would continue to screen the classics.
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For John the cinema had always been about “passion and not profit”. “It doesn’t make money but it doesn’t cost money. I am sure if this place was run in a commercial sense it would be very, very profitable.” He said true blooded Wellingtonians were always surprised when they stepped through the doors into the cinema and museum. “It’s part of its charm they walk in and they are overwhelmed. It is the surprise factor at their arrival and what we put on the screen for them.” Despite a relationship with the cinema that has spanned almost four decades, John was remaining optimistic about the move. “I am hoping I will still be able to come and visit,” he said. He said once the place sold he hoped to take on a “cinema consultation” role and help other people to set up their own home cinemas.”
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A r e c ept ion i n Pa rl iament’s Banquet Hall was held following yesterday’s ceremony. Prime Minister John Key said he was delighted to welcome Da me Patsy to the position of GovernorGeneral. “Dame Patsy will become New Zealand’s 21st Governor-General, and the third
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A long love for her community By Nikki Papatsoumas
Jenny Fellows arrived in New Zealand when she was 13 years old and quickly settled into Wellington’s eastern suburbs, a place she would call home for the next six decades. The 78-year-old has lived in her Seatoun Heights home since she was just a teenager and has immersed herself in the community she grew up in since a very young age. After trying her hand at hairdressing and working as a clerical assistant at Wellington Hospital, Jenny eventually settled into a role at Miramar Library. Jenny explained that at the time she started, the library was housed on Chelsea St, in the building now occupied by the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre, before later shifting to its Miramar Ave home. As a childrens specialist at the library, Jenny said she worked with between 2000 and 3000 children a fortnight. “Working with the kids I had to be a jump ahead all the time and keep up with the buzz words. I enjoyed working with children. I enjoyed working
with adults as well.” After 23 years, Jenny decided to leave the library. Not quite ready to retire, Jenny said she decided to focus on another passion – yoga. “I have always been interested in the human body and how it works, as well as exercise, I used to do ballet.” Jenny said she completed a yoga teachers training course and 18 months later started teaching classes right across the city. She said yoga was not just about the physical benefits, it was also about the mental aspects, which allowed people to have more control over their life. “It’s about mind, body, breath and spirit and bringing all of the aspects of yourself together. I have found it has been of such benefit to me.” Thirty-five years later Jenny still teaches two classes a week at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre. As well as continuing with her yoga, Jenny remains involved in local book clubs and is the chair of the eastern chapter of the U3A discussion group. She also reads, paints sculpts and spends time in her
offices was devastating. “Our volunteers put in hours of work ironing, repairing and sorting donated clothes that are used to dress women for job interviews. “Much of the equipment we work with has been senselessly destroyed. Even the iron was smashed.” Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organisation that helps women on their path to find work. The charity has been operat-
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garden. “I think boredom should be banned,” Jenny said. Jenny said it has been a privilege to spend so much time in her community. “I have worked in the public eye and been very local and one of the lovely parts of being in the library for so long is when I left, the kids I used to
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work with have all grown up. “It’s lovely, some of them remember me which is very flattering.” Jenny’s yoga classes take place at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information head to the centre’s Facebook page or call 388 1944.
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A local resident with a passion for bats believes the winged creature Woman hit by car could be found right here in Wellington’s backyard. A woman pedestrian was hit by a car Melrose resident Catriona Gower SOUTHERN EASTERN in Wallace St, Mt Cook, shortly& after has dedicated her life to bat conser8pm on Monday night. Police said SUBURBS vation and wildlife advocacy and she was taken to hospital with a leg following on from this, she now injury. Following the accident, Walhopes to conduct more research into lace St was closed to traffic between bats in the capital. John St and Hargreaves St. Catriona explained that she was 40 Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie, Wellington
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and are known to live in the Tararua Range. Catriona said she was now hoping to undertake some public walks and talks about bats, and also hoped to train people up to carry out annual surveys along the river bank over the warmer summer months when the animals came out to feed. She said using ‘bat detectors’ or ultrasonic receivers, the high pitched sound made by bats could be picked up. “I believe they will be coming out and down the Hutt River because they feed on insects on the river.” Catriona said she was excited to get more people on board and rustle up more interest in the winged creature in Wellington. “I am really excited. Not a lot of people know bats still exist in New Zealand and they aren’t that far away.” Anyone interested in learning more, can email Catriona at caitlinsbats@ gmail.com
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explain why she had chosen to dedicate her life to the plight of bats. “It is just one of those things. I worked in wildlife conservation in the UK and a training course I went to happened to be about bats. “The guy who was teaching us was already in his eighties, and he was so passionate about bats and that passion was passed on to me.” Catriona now wanted to conduct more research into bats in the capital. She said bats were last recorded flying over Zealandia in 2007; however, she believed bats could be foraging for food along the Hutt River. There were two species of bats living in New Zealand – the long tailed bat and the lesser short tail bat. Both species were New Zealand’s only native land mammals. Both have a body span the size of a thumb, a wing span of 30 centimetres
cent of Wellingtonians agreed or strongly agreed that Wellington was a great place to live, compared with a national average of 79 per cent. Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown said it was great to see that Wellingtonians’ enjoyment of the city’s rich arts and cultural scene, a strong sense of health and wellbeing and good work-life balance, were among the things that make Wellington a great place to live. “Wellington has a great arts and culture scene, residents value our diversity, have pride in the city, see it as safe and feel it is an affordable place to live; this all adds to Wellington’s high quality of life rating,” she said. Although highly positive, the survey also showed that Wellington had work to do in
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Wellington aims to be first pest free capital in the world Wellington is aiming to be the first pest free capital in the world and work is set to begin with eradicating pests on the Miramar Peninsula. Last Monday, the Wellington City Council, the Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Next Foundation announced the joint collaboration which aligns with a recently announced government mission to make the whole of New Zealand predator free by 2050. Without introduced predators, it was hoped birds, lizards, geckos and other native fauna will be able to grow and thrive in Wellington. The initiative will begin with developing a plan to eradicate rats and stoats from the Miramar Peninsula along with a strategy for extending this throughout Wellington city. Miramar Peninsula was selected as it was geographically well positioned to attempt a rat and stoat
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Singapore Airlines route touches down in capital Last week, Wellington welcomed the new Singapore Airlines Capital Express service. The service will provide a direct link from Singapore via Canberra and it was hoped it would open up greater tourism, trade and education links between the three cities and beyond. The Capital Express landed
in Wellington just after 3pm last Wednesday, September 21, before taking off at 8pm. After landing in Wellington, a group of 120 travel agents and media were taken on a short ‘get to know’ Wellington excursion. This included taking in attractions like Te Papa, Weta Workshop, the Cable Ca r,
Botanical Gardens, and Zest Food Tours. Welcoming the inaugural 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.
“This new service will better connect Wellington to Australia, Asia and links into Europe through one of the world’s biggest airline hubs, Singapore,” he said. “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
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Twenty antelope which have recently arrived at Wellington Zoo will form the core for an Australasian breeding programme for the species. The Nyala, an African antelope species, have come from a private breeding facility in South Africa and were now in quarantine at Wellington Zoo. The antelope will live in the African Savannah habitat at the Zoo, before a number of them will be sent to zoos in New Zealand and Australia to form different breeding herds. The regional breeding programme is managed by the zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) to ensure a wide genetic variation for Nyala in human care. Animal science manager Simon Eyre said the zoo was working with other ZAA animal welfare accredited zoos in the region to ensure the Nyala
will be able to contribute to the breeding programme. “While Nyala aren’t endangered, antelope species around the world are declining,” he said. “These Nyala will help play an important advocacy role for other endangered antelope species like the Eastern Bongo, so that people can learn more about these beautiful animals and raise awareness for the threats they face in the wild.” Antelope species are an increasing conservation concern, with one-third of the world’s 87 species now listed as threatened. The main threat faced by antelope is declining habitats due to agriculture and climate change. Nyala have disappeared from extensive areas of their former range due to habitat loss from agriculture, but a large per-
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Free workshop for new food laws A free workshop will be held in Wellington to help businesses understand the new Food Act. The new Food Act, which came into effect in March this year, aims to improve food safety by moving to a risk-based approach. The new law introduces different types of regulation for different businesses. Businesses that make or sell food in New Zealand need to comply with the new Food Act at different times over the next three years. The workshops, being run by the Ministry for Primary Industries, will take place on Monday, October 3. Head to, www.mpi.govt. nz for more information.
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Locals will see some exciting changes made to Lyall Bay Beach over the coming months in an attempt to make the popular area more resilient to harsh weather conditions. As part of the council’s 2016/17 Annual Plan, $1 million in funding was secured to see part of the Lyall Bay Foreshore Resilience Plan completed. This comes after the council commissioned an independent contractor to analyse issues at Lyall Bay Beach and come up with some possible solutions earlier this year. Eastern ward councillor Simon Marsh said work would begin with the concrete block at the eastern end of the beach, and would include extending the existing wall
and replacing the wire mesh fencing opposite Kingsford Smith St. This work was due to begin in three weeks and was expected to be completed in early November. Once completed, Pingao and Spinifex plants will be planted in the dunes over winter 2017, and Simon said he would like to see the community come on board to help with planting. Surfers’ Corner Carpark was also in for a makeover. Simon said as part of the resilience work, part of Surfers’ Corner Carpark was set to be removed and the edge of the carpark would be strengthened with rock to protect against future storm damage. This rock would then be covered in sand, and planted. He said while work was due to begin in autumn 2017, council would be working with members
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LETTERS to the editor
Roald Dahl’s birth centenary Dear Ed, Re (CSN September 22) it certainly pleased me, as a fan of Roald Dahl’s books for adults and children, to see his birth- centenary is being celebrated by St Mark’s Church School. However, from your quote of what the school’s librarian said, she seems to think he was such a prodigy that he had some of his books published during his first year of life! She is reported as saying they are as popular now as they were a century ago. If she means they were all published during the 20th Century, it ended only a full 15 years ago: I think his last book was first published in approximately 1990, and his first in about 1950. Naturally, there were none of his 100 years ago; and none of them date from more than about 65 years ago. All the same, it’s a great tribute that
his entire output is still being reprinted now. Nobody can be a classic children’s author if he/she cannot remember what it is to be a child: otherwise his/her books will barely live for one generation, let alone for several generations and even, in a few cases, for more than 150 years. I fondly think of Edith Nesbitt’s books, full of adventures, humour, and sometimes magic. The best-known of them were first published over the timespan of about 1885-1910; and they are still fresh and full of fun. Further, they set a good moral tone of truth and honesty for children; so I like to think a Christian-based school like St Mark’s will also have those books (still being reprinted now), and encourage the children to read them. Hector Westfold, Miramar
Prison Sentences A look at the justice sentence calculations begs three questions. First: Concurrent sentences. I’ve tried this term when buying groceries. The supermarket refuses my offer of concurrent payment for multi-purchases. Second: Do prisoners on remand who are adjudged to be ‘not guilty’ get compensation? Or do they
have to pay for the board and lodging they were not entitled to? Third: Who will compensate the taxpayers for the illegal detention accommodation costs? On the other hand, the unexpected ‘early release’ must be a bonus to the prison budget. Paul Franken, Strathmore Park
Extraordinary Dear Ed, It is extraordinary for a sitting mayor to publish a full list analysis of the mayoral candidates in a local body election. But I expect Mayor Wade-Brown has always been disappointed with her council. She had reasonably expected her soft green philosophy and policy focus would be graciously and rationally accepted as the way forward by the majority of the electorate and by all responsible councillors. She did not expect and is having great difficulty accepting that councillors are bound to reflect the various levels of desperation within the electorate which
have burst from the fundamental changes implied by the realities of climate change. This reluctance is most evident in her shallow misrepresentation of candidate Jo Coughlan’s campaign fixation on the airport (“four lanes to the planes”). In a carbon constrained world there will need to be less tourism and less air travel. Coughlan’s fixation is an act of desperation in a way similar to the airport’s own proposal to extend the runway. But the mayor refuses to see even open desperation like that. Richard Keller Lyall Bay
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From the other side of the globe Government House a celebration of New Zealand by Nikki Papatsoumas: My sister in Wellington sent me a copy of this article and in the “Did you know?” side bar, I was surprised to read that “the house’s hallways are decorated with pineapple lamps,
Ecological restoration requires diligence
as pineapples were a popular fruit in 1910.” Pineapples are a sign of welcome and hospitality and I would suggest that this is the reason for the decorative use of pineapples. Anna-Maria Hertzer, Kensington, California
Dear Ed, ‘Re st or i ng M i r a m a r’s Peninsula’ (CSN July 28) made interesting reading, but it is not about scientifically based ecological restoration. This requires systematic control of pest animals and pest plants, aiming for their eventual
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Kilbirnie Singers hit right note at Kilmarnock Heights Home
The Kilbirnie Singers recently sang for the residents of Kilmarnock Heights Home for the last time this year.
The sound of music was enjoyed by all at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore last Wednesday when the home received a special visit from a local singing group. The Kilbirnie Singers have been visiting the home for almost as long as the group has been running, which is almost 25 years, as group member Gwen Neil explains. “The group started about 25 years ago - I joined in 2005 to help out by playing the piano and I’ve been doing it ever since!” says Gwen. “We aren’t professional singers, we all just love singing and sharing our passion with others and we regularly sing for people in the community.” Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Annelize Steyn says the Kilbirnie Singers visit Kilmarnock Heights Home a few times a year. “The residents love it when they visit – they are familiar with the songs so they sing along and it turns into a group singing session
rather than a performance.” She says having musical groups, such as the Kilbirnie Singers, provides much more than entertainment for the elders of Kilmarnock Heights Home. “Music is a powerful tool. It has the ability to connect people and foster friendships, to create joy, and to spark memories – even for those with memory loss,” Annelize explains. “Everyone has a connection to music of some genre or era. Their faces light up when they recognize a song and you can see by the look in their eyes that they’re reliving a memory of some kind. It’s beautiful to see.” If you are part of a community group that would like to visit Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street, Berhampore, call the home directly on 04 380 2034. To find out more about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home or other homes and services in Wellington, free phone 0508 ENLIVEN (that’s 0508 36 54 83) or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.
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Birthday celebrations marked with world record breaking attempt An iconic Kiwi brand will celebrate a milestone birthday with a world record breaking event next week. RJ’s Licorice turns 21 this month and will attempt to break a Guinness World Record and create the world’s largest licorice allsort next Friday, October 7. The attempt will be part of a festival style event planned for the company’s birthday, which will include free givea-
RJ’s Licorice will celebrate its 21st birthday next week.
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Kids dive into the school holidays Children from across the capital dove into the first week of the school holidays and made a splash last week. Over the school holidays Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre had a number of activities on offer, including inflatables and a giant 7.5 metre slide, programmes team leader for the aquatic centre Selina Murray said.
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Jayden Laing and Monique Parkinson carry the Webb Ellis Cup to a plinth set up in the school’s hall. By Nikki Papatsoumas
Children at St Bernard’s School in Brooklyn had the opportunity to get up close to a piece of rugby history last week. The Webb Ellis Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the Rugby World Cup tournament, was on show at the small school last Friday. The school’s 49 students had an opportunity to have a close look at the cup and pose for photos with it. School principal Andrew Pozniak said a student’s mother worked for New Zealand Rugby and was able to arrange to have the cup on show at the school. “We feel very, very privileged to have the chance to take a look at it.
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Rising to the occasion A local supermarket is proud to now produce 95 per cent of its baked goods on site. Island Bay New World supplies a delicious range of breads, muffins, scrolls and scones for its customers and nearly all of it is baked fresh on-site by the bakery team made up of four bakers and three bakers’ assistants. Owner and operator Amanda Elliot said baking on site allowed them to manage the qual-
ity of all their bakery products. “The team is now producing something from flour and water as opposed to placing out something frozen,” Amanda said. “When I arrived I was told that we wouldn’t be able to go full scratch because we didn’t have enough space in the bakery area.” However, with the instalment of some new equipment, Amanda said they were now on target to soon produce 100 per
cent of bakery products in store. “We have had really good feedback from the public they really love it.” Bakery manager Jason Leef said it had been fantastic to be able to prepare and make everything on-site. He said he had enjoyed having the opportunity to experiment and in particular, had enjoyed experimenting with “cruffins” a croissant-muffin hybrid, the idea of which he got from a friend.
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Candidates’ fliers binned ahead of election By Nikki Papatsoumas
A candidate for the upcoming local government elections suspects around 1000 of his campaign fliers were dumped by the person he hired to deliver them. Chris Calvi-Freeman, who is running for a position on the Wellington City Council in the eastern ward, said he was disappointed to find a large quantity of his pamphlets seemingly binned, rather than delivered, last Friday. The candidate said he had dispatched more than 17,000 fliers to distribution company PMP Limited
to be delivered right across the capital’s eastern suburbs. Chris said he decided to investigate after speaking to local residents and friends last week, who said they had not received one of his leaflets. “My suspicions were aroused when I didn’t get one and I started asking around,” he said. “A lot of friends didn’t receive them and it had been an appalling weekend weather wise.” He said by last Friday it dawned on him it was recycling day, so he decided to check the recycling bin of the Wellington distribution agent.
He said he was horrified to discover hundreds of his campaign fliers alongside campaign leaflets of mayoral candidate Helene Ritchie. Chris said following the discovery, he spoke to the distribution agent who vehemently denied dumping the fliers. He said he had since been in contact with the general manager of PMP in an attempt to find out what went wrong. The candidate, who was standing on a platform of “better roads, better transport and better local government”, said he was frustrated. He said crucial time had been
wasted, as he tried to remedy the issue and worried it could affect his chances of gaining a coveted seat on council. “I can’t turn back the clock and it is crunch time. While I am doing one thing, I am not doing another. “It has taken a lot of my time it has been a huge distraction and it’s a worry that people will have voted simply on name recognition rather than policies,” he said. “I sympathise with [PMP] because it’s difficult to manage a large number of people but I am grateful they have responded, although, this response should have come a
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The Maranui U14 boys A Team at last weekend’s competition.
Wellington’s oldest water polo club nabs gold Don Eddie with the Nev Tristram Trophy and the Mens A trophy which were won at a competition earlier this month. By Nikki Papatsoumas
A local darts club has won its second regional title in four months. Selector and club captain for the Wellington Darts Association, Don Eddie, said the club won the Nev Tristram Trophy following a competition earlier this month. “We have taken it out for the first time ever. It has taken us 30 years to win the shield,” he said. Don said three teams from the club travelled to Palmerston North where they competed for the shield against seven other clubs across the lower North Island. This comes on the heels of another big win for the club, who won the Southern Division Shield for the first time in two decades in May. Don said among the achievements at this month’s tournament, the Mens A team won a trophy for the first time. The Womens team came runner up in its division and the Mens B team also came runner up. “It is fantastic because the club has worked hard for it. We have gone up there with very weak teams in the past
and just hung in there and ended up third or fourth but this time we have won it.” Don said this year’s wins were testaments to the hard work that had gone into building the club up over the last two years. “This time, even though there were some players unavailable, the club had the depth to cover it.” Early next year the club will join the Toitu Poneke Sports Hub, which will bring several different clubs together to share a facility at Kilbirnie Park. “I am hoping it will increase membership by getting more sportspeople involved, in particular I hope ladies will see it’s an all-around sport not just a mens sport.” In the meantime, the club holds open evenings every Thursday from 7.30pm and Don said anyone was welcome to attend as they were always looking for new members. Open evenings are held at the club rooms at 600 Evans Bay Parade in Kilbirnie. For more information, head to www. wellingtondartsassociation.co.nz
One of the capital’s most successful water polo clubs has come out of a tournament on top. Last weekend, four Maranui junior water polo teams competed in the Nippers Cup, a development water polo tournament opened to all national junior club and school water polo squads. The cup was held at Huia Swimming Pool in Lower Hutt and there were a number of outstanding achievements from Maranui Water Polo Club, Wellington’s oldest and most successful water polo club. In the U14 boys grade, the Maranui
U14 boys A Team took out first place and the Maranui U14 boys B Team came in fifth place. In the U14 girls grade, the Maranui U14 girls Team took out second place and in the U12 mixed grade, the Maranui U12 mixed Team took out second place. The Maranui U14 boys squad will proudly take the gold win, as they prepare for the U14 National Championship. The U14 National Championship will take place at Wellington’s Regional Aquatic Centre and Huia pool from October 5 to 8.
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Taking the ‘Super’ out of rugby It is official, when it comes to Super Rugby I am showing my age, at 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 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, 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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