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Fresh sponsorship By Sharnahea Wilson

Kiwi Community Assistance has a new sponsor in the northern suburbs, adding to their already significant local donations. Tracy Wellington, of the not-for-profit organisation, said Countdown in Johnsonville had recently signed up to donate food for the charity to then pass on to other organisations. The Countdown in Tawa was the first of the chain to join up, when they got in touch with the organisation 18 months ago. Continued on page 2. Michele Rowe of Newlands food bank picks up a load of donated food from Kiwi Community Assistance co-founder Tracy Wellington. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson


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change, Wellington needs a greater variety of homes near shops, services, public transport and public spaces. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown was delighted with the number of people who took the time to visit the council’s drop-in sessions to learn more about the proposal. “The people of Newlands really care what happens in their neighbourhood and also realise that we need more homes of various sizes.” Chair of the council’s transport and urban development committee Andy Foster said the community had previ-

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at the Newlands Community Centre each Friday. The organisation’s daily processes include collecting donations from drop off points, sorting donations into different piles, making up the orders, and then passing the donations onto agencies who then disperse them. Tracy said there was already 17 tonnes of food given out since January 5 this year from the Tawa Countdown alone. Tracy said A F Logistics in Grenada North was a huge help to KCA, allowing the organisation to store chilled and frozen food for free. “We couldn’t do half of what we do without these guys,” she said. Kiwi Community Assistance is also hoping to recruit some new volunteers in Johnsonville and Porirua.

Continued from page 1. Countdown supermarket stores in Johnsonville and Porirua have now followed suit. Kiwi Community Assistance is a registered charity, established in 2011, providing food, clothing, whiteware furniture and more to other organisations who then pass the items on to people in need. “Our partner agencies place orders to let us know what they want,” Tracy explained. She said the organisation had donors from companies across New Zealand, from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South, which were then passed on to people just around the corner. With their donations, Kiwi Com mu n it y Assist a nce continues to help out many organisations including Kaibosh, the Salvation Army, the Night Shelter and Women’s Refuge. They also provide food for events such as school trips and the senior’s lunch held


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About 44 per cent of respondents wanted more restrictive draft building standards, 42 per cent thought they were about right and 14 per cent wanted less restrictive standards. The council will use the feedback to make any necessary changes to the draft District Plan Change building design standards. The proposal for a District Plan Change will go to a council committee in December. There will another opportunity for the public to submit on the District Plan Change when it is formally notified next year.

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Tertiary students frustrated as fees continue to rise By Sharnahea Wilson

Local university students are frustrated at the increasing fees they have to pay each year to get a tertiary education The Victoria University of Wellington Council recently decided to put student fees up two per cent for 2017. Victoria University Student’s Association president Jonathan Gee said tertiary education is starting to become unaffordable for New Zealand students. “Our argument is that students have been overfunding education for a number of years.” He said when students were given a survey which asked where they would like the extra fees to go next year, there was a lot of demand for extra time with lecturers. “Around 26 per cent wanted a greater range of papers and about 23 per cent wanted more time with lecturers and tutors.” Acting Vice-Chancellor professor Wendy Larner said the fee increases applied to all university

students studying in 2017 and the council took in a number of factors. “This includes constrained public funding of universities—by 2017 Victoria’s faculties of commerce, law, humanities and social sciences and education will not have had any increase in government funding for five years. “Other factors include increases in the cost of living and Victoria’s commitment to ensuring it has the resources to offer its students the quality education they deserve.” Professor Larner said the fees would go to ensuring Victoria University students have an experience which is “second to none”. “Examples of initiatives planned for 2017 include additional scholarships, new academic positions to deliver new programmes and courses, a new hall of residence for students and greater support for student services.” The Student Services Levy would also increase next year from $718 to $730. “A committee jointly chaired by a Victoria University of Welling-

School fair Khandallah’s St Benedict’s School will be hosting its annual spring fair next weekend. There will be a kid’s zone, bouncy castle and other fun activities. Stalls will include food, crafts, plants and raffle tickets. The event will take place from 11am until 2pm on Sunday, October 16. Proceeds from the event will go towards the school’s playground redevelopment.

Psychic supper A psychic supper will be held at Five Stags in Wellington in early November. The event includes a choice from five different meal options and a Clairvoyant reading from one of the 11 mediums, involved with GKS Holism. Event will take place at the Five Stags on Courtney Place on Monday, November 7. Tickets are expected to go fast, please contact Graham on 02108116215 or for tickets.

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ton Students’ Association and University representative reviews the Students Services Levy in consultation with the wider student body,” professor Larner explained. Jonathan said the con-

tinual rise in fees was beginning to undervalue the students. “All we need to look at is the $15 billion worth of student debt. How much are we being valued if fees continue to rise.”

Children get wrapped up with first aid lessons By Sharnahea Wilson

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Churton Park youngsters got the opportunity to learn the basics of first aid at a recent school holiday programme. St John community educator Max Blake-Persen lead a first aid class for children at the Churton Park Community Centre on Monday. The children learned how to call emergency services and ask for police, the fire service and the ambulance. For most of the students it was their

Newcomers network The Wellington Newcomers Network will be hosting two coffee catch ups in October. The catch ups will be held on Wednesday, October 12 at 5pm and Thursday, October 27 at 2.30pm. Both will be held at Clarke’s Café in the Wellington Central Library on Victoria Street. For more information on the Wellington Newcomers Network head to

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mittee rooms along with the portraits of her three predecessors, Kerry Prendergast, Mark Blumsky and Fran Wilde. Speaking last month, the mayor said a lot of the council’s hard work went unnoticed by the community. It was this work she was especially proud of. “We have done a lot, I think in terms of community facilities,” she said. “A lot of this goes unobserved but we have actually done a lot, all of which makes a huge difference, especially to the younger members of our community. “The council staff does a huge amount for Wellington citizens and visitors. The people working whether it is life guards, librarians or council housing staff, they just do a great a job and really, they should be the heroes of the city.” Other highlights included

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After working on their Conservation Badges last term the Karori West Brownies donated $327 towards helping kaka. As part of the badge the Brownies learnt about pests and predators in New Zealand during a sleepover at Zealandia in Karori. The girls got to see some native birds up close and impressively completed a sponsored hour of silence in order to raise money for the kaka. The Brownies presented a cheque to Steffi Haefeli from Scope Wellington, who was organising the monitoring and upkeep of the box which their money sponsored. Karori West Brownie leader Hannah Newell said part of the Girl Guide Law was to “care for the environment”. “We encourage girls to take action for a better world and this can happen at many levels, including supporting

projects in their local community as Karori West Brownies have done here,” Hannah said. The kaka programme was launched in 2014 because nests were failing outside of Zealandia, Department of Conservation’s Angus Hulme-Moir said. “The places they were nesting were inappropriate and as a result chicks were dying or being predated,” he said. The nest boxes were about creating a pest-proof environment for kaka to nest in. It was also an opportunity to engage the great community conservation sector in monitoring and public engagement, Andrew said. He said the project had been successful at many levels but one issue was that “Wellingtonians were killing them with kindness” by feeding them things like nuts and cheese. “That is why we have extended the project to see how widespread this problem is,” he said.

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“It’s about getting more people onto public transport and out of cars,” Mr Swain said. With many peak-hour buses throughout the city at near capacity, the regional council’s focus has shifted from trains to buses. Currently on Karori’s bus Route 3, 50 per cent of buses leaving at peak times are near or at capacity and on Routes 3, 18 and 21 the buses are often up to 15 minutes late. Mr Swain said the council’s

The Greater Wellington Regional Council has extensive plans for 2018 bus services including modernised interchanges and a brand new look to be revealed next month. The Karori Association was recently treated to a presentation from regional councilor and public transport portfolio leader Paul Swain who explained the council’s bus plans for the near future.

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Regional council votes unanimously for living wage By Sharnahea Wilson

Living Wage Wellington has congratulated the Greater Wellington Regional Council on being the first regional council to become a living wage employer last Wednesday. Living Wage Wellington spokesperson Paul Barber said the group was delighted and thrilled the regional council had voted unanimously to adopt the living wage. He said people working for higher wages were healthier and more motivated at work. “There is a wide body of evidence from many organisations worldwide about the positive impacts implementing the living wage has,” he said. Paul said part of the role of councils was to help their communities do better, and this would be difficult if they were paying low wages. Wellington Regional Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted her motion was passed unanimously. “It’s great to see Wellington leading the way in terms of implementing the Living Wage, with four councils in the region now on the journey to

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becoming fully accredited living wage employers,” Ms Kedgley said. “If we can afford to give wage increases to staff at senior levels of organisations, then we should be able to afford to give a very modest increase to staff on low incomes, so that they can afford the basic necessities of life.” Ms Kedgley said all directly employed full-time staff at council were already paid a living wage and the challenge would be to implement it for staff employed in council controlled organisations or those employed via contract. “This won’t happen overnight, but the resolution asks the Chief Executive to develop a phased implementation plan for extending it to staff who are employed via contract or who work for a Council Controlled Organisation.” Companies can also apply for official living wage accreditation which would be reviewed by the Accreditation Advisory Board.  For more information on Living Wage Wellington visit http://www.

Making movie magic By Rachel Binning

Creativity is teaming up with technology these school holidays. The Wellington City Libraries are once again offering a free programme for children over the September school holidays. These holidays, seven-year-olds and over had the opportunity to create a space movie using the Stop Motion Studio App under the guidance of librarians. Friday, September 30 saw some 26 keen participants turn up to the Johnsonville Library for the programme. Librarian Claire Guest said it was “nice that kids can come down and do something different in the library”. After watching a short space movie, children arranged themselves into small groups and selected from the wide variety of Lego

characters to use as stop motion characters for their movies. Children used their own iPads, iPhones or borrowed a library device to work and some adults even joined in the fun. While some imaginations were left to wander, the librarians had story lines available for others to kick-start lively movie creations. At the end of the session the short actionpacked movie creations were proudly shared and admired amongst the participants. Librarian Taitu Lemessa said of the theme and event, “it is really interesting … we are glad [Wellington City Libraries] are keeping up with technology … the children are having fun and it is good for us as a library”.  For further information on Wellington City library events in the second week of the holidays go to: whatson.html

Bikes on Buses trial rolls out By Sharnahea Wilson

Local residents were recently given the chance to join ‘Have a Go’ sessions to prepare them for the brand new, local Bikes on Buses trial. The Greater Wellington Regional Council and Newlands Coach Services have agreed to run a ‘Bikes on Buses’ trial from October 3, 2016 to March 31, 2017. “Newlands Coach Services is pleased to be partnering with Greater Wellington Regional Council in the upcoming trial of bike racks on buses,” Mana Coach Services CEO Ian Turner said. He said, like the regional council, Mana Coach Ser-


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Lions get prepared with ‘Long Walk Home’ The Johnsonville Lions will be participating in a ‘Long Walk Home’ next month to raise awareness about what would happen in the event of a natural disaster. Two years ago the Lions Club of Kapiti organised the Long Walk Home from Wellington

to Raumati to give commuters the chance to experience the reality of having to walk home following a natural disaster. The event was popular and proved useful in generating disaster preparedness so Lions have organised a re-run on November 5 and 6 this year.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Have you voted in this year’s local government elections?

Lynette Harper, Johnsonville

Carolyn Thomson, Johnsonville

Elsie Simons, Newlands

Diane Marriott, Johnsonville

Vinita Gupta, Woodridge

“Yes, I think it is important to vote.”

“Yes, if you want change then you have to participate.”

“Yes, if you don’t vote then you can’t have any say.”

“Yes, you should vote so you get the people in who you support, and whose policies you like.”

“Yes, I quite like the people from our area.”

Raj Rajasekar, Newlands “No, not yet but I probably will.”

LETTERS to the editor

About time Dear Ed, I fully support the proposed upgrade [of the Johnsonville Mall]. When we retired in 2008 and relocated to Johnsonville I was impressed by the plans for the Mall upgrade at that time, and made a strong submission to the Council planning hearing. Since then progress has languished disappointingly. We are pleased the Council has now re-lit the fuse, and trust there will be no further

Train shelters to get updated? delay. Meantime, Johnsonville and its neighbours have grown rapidly, especially northwards, and will obviously continue to do so. Most residents would prefer to shop in Johnsonville instead of travelling into the city, or to Porirua except occasionally for the high quality attractions of the Golden Mile. Procrastination is the thief of time. Brian Smythe Johnsonville

Dear Ed, I read with interest the intended plans to the [Johnsonville Mall]. I heard a lot of the tenants had left because of Rental cost increases so hope this spend does not make this more likely to repeat itself. Also is an Upgrade of the Bus and Train passenger waiting shelters to be included? This upgrade was threatened to happen approx 2-3

years ago but not until the Shopping Centre alterations occurred. For the number of daily travellers these shelters are awful especially the train one, fully exposed to a howling Northerly. Smaller suburbs enroute to Wellington on the same line are far superior. Thank you for the opportunity to voice my little grump. Lisa Stockler Johnsonville

Life at rest home “pleasantly surprising” Huntleigh Home resident Dot Stafford and daughter Jo Kahl are happy to be living closer together.

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Enliven’s Huntleigh Home in Karori is challenging the way people perceive rest home care. Huntleigh Home embraces an elderdirected model of care called the Eden Alternative, which focuses on supporting elders to have companionship, variety and spontaneity, fun and meaningful activity in their lives. For Huntleigh Home resident Dot Stafford, 90, who relocated from Nelson to Huntleigh Home in Karori a month ago to be closer to family, life at the home is “pleasantly surprising”.. “The atmosphere here is relaxed and it’s quite a relief to find that they have a very adult approach to looking after us,” says Dot. “It’s going very well so far and I’m full of praise. This is a very pleasant place - I’ve got my own bathroom and all my own things. It’s like a small suite really.” Dot says above all she is enjoying spending quality time with her family. “It’s lovely to see all my grandchildren.

I’ve even met one of them for the first time,” Dot explains. “They come here and get a warm welcome. My family brings in fish and chips and the staff set up a big table for us. The staff are very welcoming.” One of Dot’s daughters, Jo Kahl, says the family is happy to have Dot living so close. “It’s really nice having her around. My sister and I went and looked at a few places before finding this one and we liked that it’s close to the shops so mum could go down and get a coffee if she wants to,” says Jo. “She seems to have settled in really well and we [the family] feel very welcome here.” Huntleigh Home and Apartments is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central and offers independent retirement living, rest home and hospital care, as well as short term respite and health recovery care.  For more information free phone 0508 ENLIVEN (that’s 0508 36 54 83) or visit

Wednesday October 5, 2016

Good Companions celebrate 50 years in Karori

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By Sharnahea Wilson

Karori’s Good Companions group celebrated a milestone last week with cake and some exciting entertainment. The group of seniors who get together once a month to enjoy a lunch and some live entertainment celebrated their 50th Anniversary last Tuesday. The club’s president Anne Joyce said it was a great celebration and the club liked to mark their anniversary each year with cake. Group member Doris Chung, who will be 99 years old next month, got the honour of cutting the cake on the day. Anne said the group’s 12 volunteers worked hard to set everything up for the celebrations. “One of the helpers went to a huge amount of trouble with the decorations. “We’ve got a really supportive group of helpers,” she said. For years the group would meet at St Ninian’s, Anne said, before they moved to St Teresa’s Hall on Karori Road. The Good Companions meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month and people come from far and wide to join in the fun, some of whom are picked up and dropped off by a community bus. Anne described the group as a “non-


Doris Chung, who will be 99 years old next month, cut the Good Companions group’s 50th Anniversary cake last week.

denominational organisation for seniors” and said as well as the delicious monthly lunches, they were also treated to two bus trips each year. Anne said it was worth volunteering her time to see the look on the attendee’s faces each month.

“They really enjoy listening to the old music.” There is a $5 charge for lunch each month and have raffles are always up for grabs.  If you or someone you know would like to join the group contact Anne Joyce at anne.

Building resilience in Wellington city The Wellington City Council has been presented with initiatives aimed to make the city more resilient to stresses resulting from major natural, social or economic events. The 30 initiatives are contained in the Resilience Strategy which was presented at the council’s final meeting on Wednesday night. Proposed initiatives resulted from an extensive consultation which examined the key areas for investment in Wellington’s resilience. One hundred cities were undertaking similar work worldwide as part of the 100 Resilient Cities movement, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Wellington’s Resilience Strategy has been led by a steering group,


with Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Professor David Johnston from the Joint Centre for Disaster Research as co-chairs. The initiatives are aimed at growing resilience in the four areas of infrastructure and environment, health and wellbeing, leadership and strategy, and economy and society. “It is great that the city is planning ahead to deal with things like sea-level rise, encouraging electric vehicles and trying to address issues like homelessness,” Mr Johnston said. “But it is just as important to maintain momentum by building on smaller things, like business continuity planning and commu-


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nity building activities.” Ms Wade-Brown agreed that the draft resilience strategy contained a good mixture of projects, with people at the heart of all of them. She said one of the best things any individual could do to make Wellington more resilient was to get to know their neighbours. “Your neighbours will provide the first help following an acute shock or chronic stress event.” Ms Wade-Brown thanked the Steering Group and those who had contributed to date. The incoming city council will receive more detail on the proposal in the coming months and will consider each of them as part of council planning processes.


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ling past Juno Olives, on SH2, 3km south of Greytown, why not call in and taste their new season’s olive oils. With nine oil flavours to choose from, it’s hard to select favourites for your pantry. Karen and Ian have again produced their award-winning lemon agrumato olive oil along with lime, blood orange and rosemary. These beautiful aromatic oils will enhance


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WEE RED BARN Alan, who is Scottish and Dot, a Kiwi, offer a wide range of produce in the distinctive Red Barn. They have different varieties of strawberry plants, which mean picking starts in October and finnish end of May. Raspberries, crop twice, summer which starts November and autumn which finnish in June. Also grown during the season, Blueberries,

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St Mark’s Preschool St Mark’s Preschool is situated on the grounds of St Mark’s Church School. Licensed for 50 children aged 2 to 5, our Preschool is a warm and caring environment where children set out on the first part of their learning journey.

St Mark’s Preschool is focused on the individual child and inquiry based learning – we recognise that children are unique and we ensure that the pace of the programme suits individual learning needs. As well as a range of practical activities each day,

children at St Mark’s Preschool enjoy Music, Spanish and PE each week. As children become ready, our literacy and numeracy programme helps build their skills and ensures their readiness for the transition to school.

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Local synchronised swimmers medal at nationals Local girls had a splashing success over the weekend at the Synchronised Swimming National Championships. Wellington Synchronised Swimming won two medals at this year’s competition held at Bay Wave in Tauranga from September 24 to 27. Zoe Gasson of Wadestown and Polly Winter of Island Bay won silver in the Aquanaut duet division Lucia Marrull of Khandallah and Samantha Fowler of Northland won bronze in the 12 and Under duet division. Sophie Janse of Northland also joined the team in Tauranga and placed eighth in the Dolphin Figures category. Club President, Justine Lawson said the club had been “officially revived” after being wound up and re-started several times over

the years. “The club was awarded at these Nationals the Club Spirit Award in recognition of the adversity overcome in the successful revival of the club,” she said. With the talent of the small group of girls and more interest in the sport, the club was expecting to grow significantly this year. “The girls put much of their success down to their amazing coaching team led by French coach, Maud Montgrenier, along with part-time coaches and former club swimmers Alice Orchard and Millie Benson. Synchronised swimming is a hybrid form of swimming, dance, and gymnastics, Justine said. “Synchronised swimming is fantastic for kids as it develops advanced water skills, strength, endurance, flexibility and creative

artistry.”  Members of the public who have children interested in synchronised swimming can contact the club through their Facebook page Wellington Synchronised Swimming.

Results: Duet Aquanaut: silver medal: Polly Winter, Zoe Gasson Duet Under 12’s: bronze medal: Lucia Marrull, Samantha Fowler Dolphin Figures: Sophie Janse 8 th/ 47Results: Duet Aquanaut: silver medal: Polly Winter, Zoe Gasson Duet Under 12’s: bronze medal: Lucia Marrull, Samantha Fowler Dolphin Figures: Sophie Janse

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Samantha Fowler and Lucia Marrull prior to their routine. PHOTO: Supplied

Commonwealth Walkway opens in Capital City Wellington’s Commonwealth Walkway which encourages walkers to visit 32 of the city’s most important and historic sites opened at the weekend. The final commemorative walkway marker was placed on Sunday, October 3 by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, Sir Anand Satyanand, Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation and Isobel Pepper, a member of the Commonwealth Youth New Zealand executive. Ms Wade-Brown said she was delighted to see the walkway completed in her final week as Mayor. “The first roundels were laid in 2015 as part of our Wellington’s 150th anniversary celebrations and this walkway is a won-

derful way to celebrate the long shared history between the Crown and the City. “As such a walkable city, this gives Wellingtonians and visitors another reason to explore the Capital and enjoy its rich history and beauty and to get active and get walking,” she said. The Commonwealth Walkway connects 32 significant monuments, parks, buildings and historic places along a 9km loop in the Capital. The Commonwealth Walkway concept has been developed by the London-based Outdoor Trust which has permission from Queen Elizabeth II to use her personal EIIR cypher to mark the walkway adjacent to agreed points of interest.

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The Shield needs to go back to go forward New Zealand’s national cup stacking team Black Stack’s member Nathan Carter. By Sharnahea Wilson

After a recent national cup stacking tournament, Kelburn teen Nathan Carter stacked his way through to an international competition. He was one of 22 stackers selected to compete at the competition held in Taiwan in April next year. Nathan was awarded the spot for his commendable effort at the Central Districts Tournament held at Wanganui Girls College. While Nathan will not be able to attend the competition due to NCEA Level 2 exams, he will continue to compete with those who will head overseas.

There were around 50 competitors at central districts tournament and Nathan managed to gain second overall. He also scored under 6 seconds in the cycle making him one of about 100 competitors in the world to have achieved this speed in a tournament setting. He also had good personal best times for his other individual stacks. The dedicated stacker had previously said “I try to train for half an hour every day – some days I train for up to two hours”. Nathan hoped to attend the Auckland tournament which will be held on November 5 at Murrays Bay Intermediate School Gymnasium.

The Ranfurly Shield could do with a makeover. I watched Wednesday night’s rugby game where Canterbury beat Waikato to lift the Shield but it didn’t look like many in Hamilton seemed to notice the game was even on. I’m sure it was much the same in Christchurch, unless you’re a diehard Mooloo or Canterbury fan, it probably doesn’t mean much. Gone are epic games of the past, defences of the Shield played in blazing sunshine in front of a packed stadium. Now, it’s at night, on a Wednesday. The crowd in Hamilton was sparse and the atmosphere largely lacking. Yes, it was the middle of the working week but it was two powerhouse provinces, with excellent Ranfurly Shield legacies. The best move for the Shield would

be for a Heartland Championship union to win it. Imagine what it would do to a place like Wanganui, Mid Canterbury or Buller. It would draw massive crowds and plenty of historical anecdotes from the amateur era. It might be a pipe dream but it’s hard not to argue that the Ranfurly Shield meant the most to people and players, prior to the professional era in 1995. The national provincial competition serves its purpose well of generating New Zealand’s next crop of talented players ready for Super Rugby level. Why not have the Log o’ Wood be the symbol of grassroots provincial pride once again? It would be best for the Shield, best for the game and best for those supporters in the smaller sub-unions.


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