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For a good cause By Nikki Papatsoumas
While most 13 year olds are busy trying to raise enough pocket money to buy the latest gadgets, Summer Henderwood has something a little more philanthropic on her mind. The year 9 Wellington East Girls’ College student is busy trying to raise the $1500 needed to see a library established in Cambodia. Money raised by the Island Bay teen will go to Books For Cambodia, a charity which works to establish libraries with trained librarians in primary and secondary schools in Cambodia. Continued on page 2 Summer Henderwood, 13, has used her talent for circus tricks and hula-hoop to raise money to see a library built in Cambodia.
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For a good cause Continued from page 1 So far the charity has seen 10 libraries established at schools in the Takeo Province of Cambodia. Summer said since she was just 10 years old she has been working towards her goal and having raised $900, she has now organised a garage sale for the weekend in an effort to finally reach her target. She said she first learnt of the charity through family friends. “Me and my friend Poppy Voon then went out and did some hula-hoop busking with circus tricks,” she said. After three years of diligent fundraising, Summer is close to reaching her goal, and said she hoped to raise the remaining money at this weekend’s garage sale. The garage sale, which will take place at St Hilda’s Church in Island Bay, will have a variety of household items and clothes on offer as well as home-made lemonade and baking. Summer said all her hard work was worth it if it meant putting a smile on the faces of children less fortunate than her. “In Cambodia it’s not like in New Zealand. They don’t have lots of books and I think a lot of people take for granted how great it is to have books and libraries. “It makes kids really happy; they love books and really appreciate it.” Summer said once she reached her goal she would start fundraising again for the next library.
Summer Henderwood is trying to raise money for the charity Books For Cambodia. The garage sale will be held at St Hilda’s Church at 311 The Parade in Island Bay this Saturday, October
10 from 10am. Anyone with donations can drop them to the church by Friday. To learn more about
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Local Tool Library opens its doors By Nikki Papatsoumas
Crafty locals or those with a little Kiwi ingenuity now have the ability to hire a range of tools in their own neighbourhood. Last weekend, the Newtown Tool Library officially opened its doors at its home at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre. Founder of the Newtown Tool Library Natalia Lombardo said the project had been in the pipeline for six months. She said she was inspired after reading about the success of tool libraries overseas, especially in America. Natalia said the concept was simple. “If we could all collectively own tools then no one has to have their own or spend a lot of money buying tools they are not going to use that often.” To borrow one or more of the 145 tools available at the library users needed to become a member of the library, for a small yearly fee, she said. Natalia said those interested could also use Wellington Timebank credits to pay for their membership. Membership would give users access to a wide variety of tools including hammers, power tools, gardening tools and even craft tools. Safety gear was also available for people who hired power tools. Members could then visit the library on a Wednesday evening or a Saturday and hire out the tools they needed for up to a week, with an opportunity to renew them. “We are trying to make it as accessible as possible while still having a little bit of income to pay for repairs,” she said. Natalia said they were able to get off the ground with a large amount of donated tools, as well as some funding.
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Airport extension application back in process Wellington International Airport’s runway extension resource consent application is back in process. Last week, Wellington Airport announced it would request the Wellington City Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council re-start its application for consent to extend the airport runway by more than 350 metres into the Cook Strait.
This comes after it suspended its application for resou rce consent th ree weeks ago to review public submissions made on its application. Richard Randerson, cochair of Guardians of the Bays, a group set up in opposition of the runway extension, said he had expected the airport to re-start the application process after the
local government elections. “The runway extension fast emerged as one of the core issues in the mayoral election campaign. “It has been obvious, in the many councillor and mayoral candidate meetings over the past month that Wellington ratepayers are challenging the evidence behind the proposed extension and have real concerns about
the proposal for ratepayers to fund it,” he said. “The airport has acknowledged that the community has concerns. “It would be prudent for them to shed light on the specific issues that prompted them to suspend their application. This is important information for voters as we enter the home straight of the local elections.”
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inbrief news Play space growing Get ready to rock, roll and slide. The community garden and play space next to Island Bay Presbyterian Church is only one working bee away from being open for the whole community to enjoy. Once purely a memorial garden, it has been transformed with slides, a scooter path, a large dinghy and climbing rocks. This Saturday, October 8 there will be a working bee to prepare for sowing grass. Minister Nathan Parry invites the community to come and muck in for 30 minutes to help out. The working bee will take place from 10am, at 88 The Parade, Island Bay. Children are welcome.
Voter turnout As of Tuesday afternoon, only 30,254 people out of 141,904 Wellingtonians have voted in the local body elections, with voter turnout at only 21.11 per cent. Thousands more are expected to post their papers in the last few days of voting. Voting closes at midday on Saturday, October 8.
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Postie stood down after voting papers went undelivered By Nikki Papatsoumas
A postal worker has been stood down after it was discovered more than 600 Maupuia residents did not receive their voting papers. Last Thursday, a spokesman for NZ Post confirmed more than 3000 items of undelivered mail had been discovered in Maupuia. Among the dumped mail discovered, were 667 unopened voter packs, he said. He said a postal worker had been stood down pending a disciplinary process and voter
packs had been delivered to effected residents last Friday morning, along with an apology letter from NZ Post. The remaining mail would be delivered once it had been sorted, he said. Wellington City Council’s Electoral Officer, Warwick Lampp confirmed NZ Post had informed him of the issue, however, said he was disappointed it had not happened earlier. “I am most disappointed that it has taken NZ Post so long to advise me,” Warwick said. “Having said that, NZ Post has taken appropriate steps to
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Choose a Wellington you want to live in By Nikki Papatsoumas
Wellingtonians are being urged to have their say about the city they want to live in. Voting for the local body elections will close this Saturday, October 8. Voting papers can now be dropped off at ballot boxes at the Wellington City Council building on Wakefield St until 9pm on Friday, and libraries across the capital until midday this Saturday. This year was the second time Kilbirnie resident Stella Reid voted in the local body elections. The 26-year-old said she would like to see more youth come out and exercise their right to vote. She said voting was important because it gave people a chance to think about what kind of city they lived in. “There is something about the practice about thinking about what you actually want in a wider community and thinking about what kind of Wellington you want to live in. “The Wellington I want to
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New hub for Mt Vic residents By Nikki Papatsoumas
Trish Given and Tania Austin outside the new Mt Victoria Community Hub on Elizabeth St.
Exciting new changes are on the cards for a local community space. Last week Crossways Community Centre shifted from its Roxburgh St building, to a new venue on Elizabeth St with a new name – the Mt Victoria Community Hub. Crossways Trustee Tania Austin said when the lease came up on the centre’s former space they decided it was time to go in a “new direction”. “We realised there were quite a few facilities around Mt Victoria that were being used by a single organisation. “What we want to do is utilise a whole bunch of community facilities that are not fully utilised, share
Regional council adopts living wage The Greater Wellington Regional Council unanimously agreed to become a living wage employer last week. A motion to adopt the living wage was put forward by Wellington Regional Councillor Sue Kedgley last week and the council was now the first regional council in New Zealand to offer a living wage. She said she was delighted the council had thrown its support behind the initiative. “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 becoming fully accredited living wage employers.” Wellington City Council currently pays its staff a living
wage and Porirua City Council and Hutt City Council are taking steps towards a living wage. “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,” she said. Ms Kedgley said she hoped the resolution would send a strong signal to council contractors that council expected them to be good employers, and not use the contracting process to reduce the pay and conditions of staff. “That is obviously important in the context of the contract-
ing out of our bus services and the concerns and fears expressed by bus drivers,” she said. Ms Kedgley noted that all directly employed full-time staff at the Wellington Regional Council were already paid a living wage. “The challenge will be to implement a living wage to staff employed in council controlled organisations or who are employed via contract,” she said. “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.”
the spaces and help fill the spaces.” The new hub is a small space for people to pop in, and find out relevant information about their community. It will also be available for small community groups to use. The hub will then support a ‘digital hub’ in conjunction with other spaces around Mt Victoria. Tania said the idea was to see local spaces utilised by community groups and so far, a memorandum of understanding had already been signed with Clyde Quay School, the Innermost Gardens, Ace House and the Irish Society. These spaces were now available for community groups to hire. She said while the previous space was “awesome”, a lot of time went into covering the costs for rent – time she said trustees would prefer
to spend on working towards events for the community. “Change is a hard thing and getting around the fact that we are no longer a community centre… But if people can see the bigger picture on how we are trying to support other organisations, it is really quite exciting.” Trish Given will coordinate the new space, which she said was already more accessible and more visible in the community. “It has generated a huge amount of interest and curiosity,” Trish said. The Mt Vic Community Hub is located at 24E Elizabeth St. For more information head to www. crossways.org.nz or the Mt Vic Hub Facebook page.
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Glass artist to display unique designs By Nikki Papatsoumas
A local glass artist will display some of his unique designs at an upcoming popular art exhibition. The annual Seatoun Arts and Crafts exhibition has been running for over 40 years, and work from members of Seatoun Arts and Crafts is displayed as part of the show. This year, Strathmore Park glass artist Ross Jones will be the special guest exhibitor at the exhibition, which will take place from October 14 to 16. As a hobby, Ross creates glass masterpieces from his studio, Tannadyce Glass Studio in Strathmore Park, and recently joined Seatoun Arts and Crafts. “I took down some of my glass and somehow they chose me as the feature artist. It’s great it really is quite an honour,” he said. “There are a lot of great artists and some very talented people so I am feeling very excited about it.” Ross said he had been working with stained glass for many years, beginning with making terrariums
and glass lampshades using the copper foil technique, before moving into making glass windows. From here he began to paint on glass and his creations include stained glass, lead lighting, fused glass and traditional glass painting. Ross said he loved working with glass despite it being a “torturous material”. “It can easily cut you. It is hard to cut especially curves. It can easily break when a piece simply fractures because it has a mind of its own. And yet it can last for a thousand years and maintain its colour and shape,” he said. President of Seatoun Arts and Crafts Gillie Coxill said the theme of this year’s exhibition was ‘Spring Time’ and many of exhibits would reflect the chosen theme. “Also there is going to be a good amount of items that are ideal Christmas presents so people could start their shopping early,” she said. “We will also be running our traditional raffles that contain many items donated by the members, this
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Mental Health Awareness Week A local community centre will celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week with a morning tea and some gentle gardening. Mental Health Awareness Week runs from October 10 to October 16 and this year the week is all about connecting with nature,
emphasising the therapeutic effects of nature, being outside and activities in the great outdoors. Coordinator for the Strathmore Park Community Lisa Matthews said to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, the gardening group from the centre was
inviting people to join with them for morning tea and some gentle gardening at the centre’s community vegetable garden on Monday, October 10. Lisa said there was increasing awareness and academic study that have made the connection
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Plane lands safely following laser strike Two pilots at the helm of a commercial plane bound for Wellington Airport had their vision compromised after a “powerful” laser was shone into the aircraft’s cockpit. Police said they were investigating, following a report last Thursday of a “powerful green laser” being pointed into the cockpit of a commercial aircraft enroute to Wellington Airport. The Wellington bound plane, with passengers on board, was targeted at
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By Nikki Papatsoumas
In early October Wellingtonians are invited to celebrate seniors with a week jam-packed full of senior friendly programmes on the cards. Seniors Week takes place from October 10 to 16 and the Wellington City Council has planned celebrations for the capital’s older citizens. Community and Neighbourhoods advisor for the Wellington City Council, Anna-Marie Miller, said activities on offer would include tours of Te Papa, Wellington 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. “We are also really keen to get seniors involved in some regular activities, for example activities happening in recreation centres and pools.” She said close to 80 per cent of activities on offer were free, and the rest were reasonably priced to make them accessible to anyone who wanted to get involved. Mayor of Wellington Celia WadeBrown said the council had a strong focus on supporting activities that connect people of all ages with the wider community. “Seniors Week fits that vision perfectly,” she said. “Active participation promotes inclusive and healthy communities. Our senior citizens contribute to, and enjoy, the capital’s diverse culture.”
For more information, head to www.wellington.govt.nz/seniorsweek or call the council on 499 4444
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Exploring genealogy through art By Nikki Papatsoumas
A Strathmore Park artist hopes to inspire people to learn more about their whakapapa (genealogy) through his latest exhibition. Local artist Sosefa Havea will share a collection of his work at his exhibition ‘Lapita People’ this Saturday at the Strathmore Park Community Centre. While Sosefa has always dabbled in the arts,
Sosefa Havea with a piece of art he will show as part of his exhibition this Saturday.
this was the first time he would exhibit his work. His exhibition is made up of 28 pieces which interpret contemporary indigenous thought and form using traditional Tongan tapa cloth and inks. “The message I would like to give is to highlight the Tongan contribution not only to academia but also to art and literature.” Sosefa’s pieces touch on traditional Tongan practices, giving viewers an insight into his genealogy. One piece explores the Laka Laka, the Tongan master of performing arts which he described as a reflection of genealogy in motion. Another reflects the Tongan Royal Kava Ceremony which he said celebrated the connections and relationships between and amongst Tongans. Sosefa, who moved to New Zealand in 1988 to study at Auckland University and then settled here in 1994, said he hoped the exhibition would inspire people to learn more about their background. “I am really interested in seeing the community re-visit and reactivate their genealogy or whakapapa. I want to inspire the community to get to know themselves,” he said. “I am involved with the community and that is why I think I should share it with my community – I may inspire students and young ones in the community.” Lapita People will run this Saturday, October 8 at the Strathmore Park Community Centre from 11am to 4pm.
Wellington author’s debut novel By Laura Shipley MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
Modern day surveillance is the topic of the first novel by Wellington author Logan Ritchie. Ritchie’s young adult novel “Like Nobody’s Watching” is about a group of high school students who hack their school’s surveillance system, to catch footage of bullies to use as blackmail. Logan said he first had the idea for this book when he was a student at Wellington High School, and a CCTV surveillance system was installed to stop vandalism. The idea developed further when he was studying media studies at Victoria University and the topic of surveillance was covered in one of his papers. After finishing his degree, Logan trained as a teacher and learned more about school surveillance, such as positioning of staff rooms so teachers could see the playground during breaks. “I was seeing it from the other side,” he said. From there, Logan said he completed a lot of research around the theories of surveillance to write his first book. “It was around the time of ‘Snowden’ and ‘Dirty Politics’ so it was quite topical,” he said. As part of his research he was able to interview Nicky Hager, author of ‘Dirty Politics.’ Through the writing process the book evolved into a story very different from what Logan had originally planned. “It got really dark,” he said.
Logan Ritchie’s first novel “Like nobody’s watching” is about high school surveillance. PHOTO CREDIT: Laura Shipley
“It was originally much lighter. I get into all those side issues around surveillance, it’s a lot darker than I expected.” Logan began writing the novel two years ago while studying creative writing at Whitireia Polytechnic. He said he enjoyed the practicality of the course, as the aim was to have a draft manuscript done by the time it was completed. “By the end of the course I had something to show for it,” he said. “The feedback [from the course] was really helpful.” Logan’s advice to aspiring writers was “you just have to do it, and keep writing to the end. Don’t give up halfway through. “The goal is always honesty, you have to forget that anyone you know is ever going to read it.”
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Mayor says it has been a “privilege” By Nikki Papatsoumas
Celia Wade-Brown says it has been a “privilege” to serve as mayor of Wellington. Last Wednesday, Ms WadeBrown donned her robes and chains for the last time, and chaired her very last meeting of the Wellington City Council as mayor. Ms Wade-Brown, who announced she would not be seeking re-election earlier this year, has served as mayor of the capital for six years and a councillor for 14 years. As part of her valedictory speech at last week’s meeting, Ms Wade-Brown said “it’s been a real privilege to be mayor of this most wonderful city”. She also thanked current councillors as well as past mayors for making the city what is was today. Following last Wednesday’s meeting, Ms Wade-Brown unveiled her mayoral portrait, which will be hung in the foyer of the council’s committee 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 un-noticed 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 meeta range of interesting people, atheringbad)
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Councillor takes vandalism on the chin
Te Papa closed on Christmas Day From this year Te Papa will be closed on Christmas Day. The museum will continue to open from 10am to 6pm every other day of the year. The museum has opted to close on Christmas Day to enable staff to celebrate the day with their family. In past years, Te Papa staff including hosts, cafe and retail staff and cleaners had been rostered on to work Christmas Day. Te Papa Chief Executive Rick Ellis said the decision was about being true to the museum’s values.
Southern ward councillor Paul Eagle said his hoardings have been repeatedly vandalised.
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A local councillor is taking the vandalism of a number of his election hoardings on the chin. Southern ward councillor Paul Eagle is once again standing for council in this year’s local body elections. Paul said while feedback from the community was always mostly positive, several of his campaign hoardings have been repeatedly vandalised with the word “bully”.
Paul said each hoarding, which came with a price tag of $100, was coated with a special chemical which allowed graffiti to be removed easily and prevent tagging from “visually polluting” the area. However, he was worried the tagging could be sending the wrong message out to would-be voters in the community. “It makes Newtown look unclean, unsafe and it may even put people off voting, which is the reverse of what I want people
to do. “People may not want to vote for me, but I still want them to vote.” Paul said one thing was for sure, there was an “impressive artist out there”. “We have had Maori moko, we have had other swear words and we have had the usual phallic symbols. “I spent five years in art school and some of the art work I have seen around should be better channelled,” he laughed.
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A nationally vulnerable Whitaker’s Skink has returned to a breeding programme after undergoing veterinary treatment at Wellington Zoo. The female skink, nicknamed Chitwah by zoo staff, is part of a recovery plan for the species. Chitwah arrived at The Nest in April in an emaciated state and with an injured tail. Skinks are the most frequently encountered reptiles in New Zealand, but predation and
habitat loss are a big threat to their survival. Whitaker’s Skinks are rare in New Zealand as they are only found on Mercury Island, Castle Islands and locally in Pukerua Bay. Amanda Tiffin, practice manager at The Nest, said skinks played an important role in gardens as they were insectivores who loved eating pest invertebrates like moths, small slugs and other insects.
After being treated at The Nest for the past five months, Chitwah’s tail has started to grow back and the skink had reached a healthy weight. “Our vet team made the decision to house the skink over winter so she could continue to gain weight, avoid brumation which is a reptile’s version of hibernation, and therefore have the best chance at survival,” said Amanda. “Leading up to Chitwah’s release, we started to acclimatise the skink to the outside temperature so that she could transition back to her habitat without any issues.” Chitwah’s carer, Dennis Keall works with the Department of Conservation to breed endangered native reptiles and has one of the most successful breeding programmes for native skinks and geckos in human care in New Zealand. Amanda said the community could help protect native reptiles by creating lizard-friendly habitats in their gardens, through planting native trees and shrubs, as well as providing shelter from small introduced predators like cats.
Walkway a journey through Wellington’s history A recently opened walkway will journey locals through 32 of the city’s most important and historical sites. Wellington’s Commonwealth Walkway was completed last Monday, when the final commemorative walkway marker, or roundel, was placed by Mayor of Wellington 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. The walkway connects 32 significant monuments, parks, buildings and historic places along a 9km loop in the capital. The final route included community suggestions on points of interest to add to the walkway. 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 wonderful way to celebrate the long shared history between the crown and the city,” she said. The first marker was laid at the Wai-Titi Landing at the front of parliament grounds in July 2015. Prince Charles and Camilla laid the second roundel in November 2015 at Pukeahu National War Memorial. “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,” Ms Wade-Brown said. Dame Patsy Reddy, who was sworn in as Governor-General last week, said the walkway told a story of Wellington and the people, places and events that were important. “Around the world these walkways are transforming people’s experiences of their cities. It’s a novel way of encouraging people to get outside and take a closer look at the things that surround them.” The Commonwealth Walkway concept was 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. An app was scheduled to go online at a later date, providing information about the 32 points of interest along the walk.
Sweet Bakery and Cakery to shake up Cuba Street A popular Wellington cake shop is opening the doors to a brand new “Cake and Shakes” shop in Cuba St this weekend. The new shop, an arm of popula r Well ing ton ca ke shop Sweet Bakery and Cak-
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Old clubrooms transformed into work of art Local artists have rallied together to help fundraise for Wellington’s oldest surf life saving club by turning its old club room into a work of art before its torn down. Lyall Bay Surf Club has been saving Wellington lives since 1910. The old 1950s clubhouse is now beyond repair and the club has since announced it would replace its dilapidated building with a purpose built clubhouse. Demolition of the existing club building is already underway and construction of the new $3.3 million building will begin in November. Last week, the exterior of the current building became one giant canvas for iconic street artist Damin Radford-Scott. Damin covered the club house from topto-toe with a giant pop-up mural
in an effort to raise money for the impending upgrade. The club will then be torn down with care so the pieces can be cut up and auctioned at a gala event and exhibition which was planned for February 2017, Lyall Bay Surf Club member Ian McIntosh said. “The club is fiercely proud of the 125 years we’ve spent saving lives, teaching kids a love of the ocean, and creating champions,” said Ian. “It is great to see that after helping the Wellington community, that the same people are so keen to help us.” The project is part of a series of initiatives to fundraise for the club. Leading artists, chefs, brewers, and musicians have all stepped in to help raise the additional funds needed for the new building. For more information, head to www.lyallbayslsc.org.nz
Local artists Damin Radford-Scott transformed the old dilapidated Lyall Bay Surf Club rooms into a work of art last week.
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Historic track and field club to celebrate 90 years By Nikki Papatsoumas
Former member of Kiwi Athletics Club Ian Barr reflects on old photos of his time with the club.
Kiwi Athletic club will celebrate 90 years of athletic achievement next week. The club, which is one of the oldest track and field clubs still operating in the Wellington region, is based at Newtown Park and will celebrate 90 years on October 13. Lifetime member and club trainer Peter Jack said the club came from the smallest of beginnings, originally based out of a YMCA in Willis St. From there it went on to be based at Wakefield Park, the Basin Reserve, and Hataitai Park before the club settled into its current home. Jack said club alumni include Bevan Smith and June Schoch,
medallists at the Commonwealth Games, and three All Blacks, Eric Tindall, Nelson Ball and Owen Stephens. Jack said the celebrations will be extra special as they coincide with his 70 th birthday. Perhaps one of the oldest su r viving members of t he club, Ian Barr, will be among those to attend celebrations next week. The 90-year-old who lives at Rita Angus Retirement Village in Kilbirnie said he first joined the club in 1940 and took part in a number of field events including discus, shot, hammer and pole vault. During his time with the club, Barr gained many provincial titles as well as the national junior pole vault title.
“It was amazing being able to be the best, the club was quite big in those days. Much bigger than it is now,” he said. “I think kids these days are interested in other sports instead or they are busy looking at their cellphone. Clubs will have to merge soon if they don’t get more members.” He said he was looking forward to the club’s celebration next Saturday evening and hoped to perhaps bump into some old friends. To celebrate its 90th year, the club will have a special dinner at The Office on Riddiford St in Newtown on Saturday, October 15. Those who wish to attend can contact Peter Jack on 3886334.
Wellington synchronised swimmers medal at nationals Wellington Synchronised Swimming brought home two medals after a good showing at the 2016 National Championships last week. At the competition, held in Tauranga in the last weekend of September, Zoe Gasson and Polly Winter won silver in the aquanaut duet division and Lucia Marrull and Samantha Fowler won bronze in the 12 and under duet division. Sophie Janse also joined the team in Tauranga and placed eighth in the Dolphin Figures category. Club President, Justine Lawson said the club, which is based at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, had officially been revived. “Over the years the club has been wound up and then re-started several
times.” She said with the talent in the small group of girls and more interest in the sport, the club expected to grow significantly this year. “The whole coaching team have supported the girls to quickly come up to a standard of swimming they can all be proud of and be recognised for in the national context.” She said the team was also awarded the Club Spirit Award at last month’s nationals, in recognition of the adversity overcome in the successful revival of the club. Justine said synchronised swimming was fantastic for kids as it helped them develop advanced water skills, strength, endurance, flexibility and creative artistry.
“It also develops personal commitment and strong friendships due to the team work required to perform complex wa-
ter moves in a precisely synchronised fashion”. Members of the public who have children interested in synchronised
swimming can contact the club through the Wellington Synchronised Sw i m m i n g Fa ce b o o k page.
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The Shield needs to go back to go forward 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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