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Wharf closed off Miramar Wharf closed to public as its support continues to decay

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The future of Miramar Wharf hangs in the balance as its structural support continues to decay. In the meantime, residents of Wellington who used the spot recreationally, remain confused as to why the wharf on Shelly Bay Rd was closed late last year. Last November, CentrePort, which is partly owned by the Greater Wellington Regional Council, announced it would be closing the wharf because of concerns about public safety. Continued on page 2 Wellington City Councillor Sarah Free, Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Daran Ponter and chief executive officer for CentrePort Wellington Derek Nind.

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Future of Miramar Wharf unknown Continues from page 1. This comes after an engineering report found the wharf’s piles were decaying and some timber work supporting the deck was rotting away. In 2010, the port restricted car access to the wharf, but continued to allow pedestrian access until last year. While CentrePort has not used the 115-year-old wharf for operational purposes for more than a decade it was a popular fishing spot for locals around the capital. Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Daran Ponter said many residents were disappointed the wharf was no longer accessible and were confused as to why its gates had been locked up. “The community really just wants to understand why they can’t use the wharf,” he said. Daran said it was important for locals to understand safety was paramount. “The wharf looks safe but underneath the piles are basically rotten,” he said. He said while the future of the wharf was up in the air, he believed both the Wellington City Council and regional council needed to work with CentrePort to see if they could come up with a solution. “I am working with the port

company to consider whether access can be provided to alternative wharf areas in Evans Bay to allow local residents to continue fishing.” Wellington City Councillor Sarah Free said closure of the wharf was a contentious election issue. “Many people are upset because they don’t understand why [they can’t access the wharf].” Chief executive officer of CentrePort Derek Nind said to repair or remove the wharf would be a costly operation and was something that would need to be carefully considered.

Regional Council will attend. The meeting will take place at 7.30pm at the Gateway Baptist Church, 33 Park Rd Miramar on November 29.

He said he understood community frustration, but assured locals closure of the wharf was in the best interest of people’s safety. “We have empathy for people who want to use the wharf it’s not something we do flippantly. “We have done the inspections and the engineers have come back and said we don’t think it is safe for people to go on and it’s now in rapid decay.” A community meeting has now been organised to discuss the future of Miramar Wharf. Representatives of CentrePort and Greater Wellington

About Miramar Wharf Miramar Wharf was built in 1901 and was used mainly for transporting coal for the city’s gas works. It is 171 metres long and 18.3 metres wide. It is adjacent to Burnham Wharf, which remains in operational use for transporting aviation fuel.

Postal worker sacked after undelivered mail discovered By Nikki Papatsoumas

A postal worker who was stood down after more than 3000 items of mail were left dumped in Maupuia has lost their job. In late September NZ Post

confirmed more than 3000 items of undelivered mail had been discovered in the suburb of Maupuia, including 667 unopened voter packs. A postal worker was later stood down following a disciplinary process.

Last week, a NZ Post spokesman confirmed the postal worker had since been dismissed. “Following a thorough investigation and disciplinary process, the Wellington postie who was stood down following the non-delivery of mail in

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All things Irish at national festival By Nikki Papatsoumas

Eoghan O’Leary and Georgia Christensen-Walden will take part in the National Feis this weekend.

A range of traditional Irish music, dancing, song and sport will be on show this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday, the National Feis will be held at St Patrick’s College in Kilbirnie. First hosted in 1950 in Christchurch, the annual event features hundreds of competitors taking part in national Irish dancing competitions, singing and oratory demonstrations and the traditional Irish sports of Gaelic football, hurling and camogie. Hosted by the Wellington Irish Society, the weekend’s events are open to the public and will include a range of activities for children of all ages, as well as a variety of food and drink options. Wellington Irish Society president, Jackie McCully said the weekend’s festivities provided a great opportunity for Wellingtonians to enjoy some traditional Irish entertainment. “Many of the participants in the National Feis have been practising all year, with many of them travel-

ling from throughout New Zealand to take part. “The Irish community in New Zealand has a great tradition of running exceptional arts and culture events and the Feis is one event that brings it all together. “As well as welcoming performers and families from around the country, we’re also encouraging locals to come down and sample the entertainment for themselves,” she said. “They might even decide to give it a go.” Jackie said it was an honour for Wellington to host the National Feis. “It’s an honour for Wellington to host the National Feis and we’re looking forward to a great weekend of activity, topped off with some traditional Irish craic.”  The National Feis will take place on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23 at St Patrick’s College in Kilbirnie from 9am to 5pm. Entry on both days is $5, children under 12 are free. For more information head to the Wellington Irish Club Facebook page.

“I am humbled by this honour to serve as the deputy mayor of our capital city, a place I call home that is dear to my heart. “I will draw strength from my Maori culture, family and fellow councillors in performing my duties. “I acknowledge the responsibility that comes with the role and will work tirelessly to fulfil that responsibility,” he said. “Over the next three years, I’ll ensure the council embraces the ethos of Maori kaupapa and collective decision making.” Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester said he was proud to be part of an historic

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The manager of a Hataitai laundromat has finally received an explanation about why his shop caught fire last Monday. Danny Mulholland, manager of Big Wash on Waitoa Road in Hataitai, was not on premises of the 24-hour self-service store when the blaze broke out last Monday around 5pm. Fire safety officer Peter Thompson said timber in the roof space caught fire from the heat from a gas drier flue. He said it had probably taken years for the timber to dry out to the point where it caught fire. Danny arrived on the scene just after 6pm following an alert from a friend. “There were two customers inside at the time. The fire wasn’t inside the shop at all but they just saw some smoke,” he said. “They had enough time to take their washing out of the dryers and drive away. Another couple in a car who had washing in the machines called me. “By the time they got back to their washing, the fire department had cordoned off the area.” Ventilation had to be pulled off the roof by the fire department as it wasn’t secure. The roof was “really unsafe”, Danny said, and the shop would be closed for two weeks while the situation was assessed. He said the maintenance area out the back of the shop had been damaged. “The machinery in the shop and everything is ok, but we can’t open because of the electrical stuff,” Danny said.

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“It could’ve been quite a bit worse - if we lost machinery, we wouldn’t be so happy right now. And it’s great no one was hurt. “I’m feeling slightly deflated, but what can you do.” Danny said the shop had been in his family for over 30 years, and the fire was the first incident since the store opened in 1973. “It’s a well-loved place. We’re open 24/7 and we never get any vandalism. The customers always look after it. “I don’t think it’s a deliberate act, not

Civic service to celebrate Helen Kelly’s life and achievements A civic memorial service will be held later this month to celebrate the life and achievements of advocate Helen Kelly. Ms Kelly died last week in Wellington after battling cancer. As former president of the Council of Trade Unions, she spent her life advocating for a better working life for all. Mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester, said the service would

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A bus tour protesting against proposed changes to how school staff are paid made a pit-stop at a local school last week. Berhampore Primary School was visited by the Better Funding roadshow last Thursday afternoon. The aim of the roadshow was to better educate parents across the country about a government proposal to no longer fund the salaries of teachers and other school staff. This would leave the responsibility to the schools themselves,

effecting how schools would be run. The roadshow kicked off earlier this month, and will journey to schools right across the country, including those in Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch, and Dunedin. Berhampore Primary School principal Mark Potter said everyone wanted better funding and better learning for children. “The education sector and the community are quite united on this,” he said. To show their support parents across the country have been asked to sign a petition. They were invited to add their

own comments on a special card, about what they believed were the consequences of such a proposal. Once more than 50,000 cards have been collected, they would be delivered to Education Minister Hekia Parata. Mark said the government’s proposal would have the same result as another change they tried to make in 2012. “A few years ago the government attempted to increase class sizes quite directly, but the country rejected it so they backed down,” Mark said. “This is actually the same thing again.”

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Church garden transformed for local children

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Work is almost complete on a new public play space and memorial garden in Island Bay. For months a team from Island Bay Presbyterian Church have been transforming the church’s existing garden into a play area for local children. The church’s garden, The Lady Nordmeyer Memorial Garden, was established in the 1960s to honour the people who built the church in 1898 and dedicated their time to keeping its doors open. While the garden was tended to over the years it was fairly unused, so the church’s congregation have decided to give it a much-needed spruce up. Keeping in mind there was not a playground for children around the northern end of The Parade, Reverend Nathan Parry said the church decided to establish a childrens playground. “A grant allowed us to reimagine what we could do with the space and keep the memory alive of the people who built the church. “It is a place for people to sit and let their children play and explore.” Reverend Nathan said a grant from a church group paid to have a new concrete fence installed around the playground. A further grant from the Ministry of Education went towards play equipment for the playground, he said. St John’s in the City had contributed by donating a veggie garden which would be available for community use. A large boat is the focal point of the playground and Reverend Nathan said keeping with Island Bay tradition the church would hold its own ‘Blessing of the Boat” to officially open the garden. Reverend Nathan said he hoped the garden would be enjoyed not only by the church’s congregation and childrens groups who use the church hall, but also by Island Bay families. He said he expected the new play area to be completed by the end of the year.

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People can have their picture taken with the Rugby World Cup trophy at an upcoming school fair. The Webb Ellis Cup – won by the All Blacks in 2015 – will be present at Houghton Valley School’s fair which will take place on October 29 between 10am and 2pm. Other attractions will include crafts, pony rides, horizontal bungee, a silent auction, and a raffle. “We’ve also got a ‘kiss the goat’ competition,” event coordinator

Karen Parr said. “The students all vote for one of three teachers who nominate themselves to kiss a goat. “The students put marbles in a jar and whichever of our teachers have the most marbles has to kiss a goat, very publicly, on our entertainment stage during the fair.” T h e s ch o ol h a d a “go o d atmosphere” a nd beca me a community hub whenever the fair was on, Karen said. “The local community get really involved. “We’ve got two women whose children left here ages ago, but they come in to contribute every

year,” she said. Many in the community – which Karen said included Houghton Valley and Melrose – donated books and other goods to sell, and businesses such as Interislander contributed auction items. Money raised during the fair went into buying school necessities. “Every year it’s for something that is pretty crucial for the school that funding doesn’t cover,” Karen said. “This year it’s for information technology equipment. “Last year it was for the school playground, which we’ve revamped based on that money that we got.”

New building “heart” of local college Shivani Pereira, Farren Helliday and Gabriella De Gregorio stand on the staircase of the college’s new building under a stained glass window. By Nikki Papatsoumas

Staff, students and distinguished guests attended a service at St Catherine’s College last week to bless and officially name the school’s new state-of-the-art building. The ‘Te Atawhai’ or ‘Mercy’ building at the Kilbirnie college was officially opened at a service last Friday, which included a prayer and address by Cardinal John Dew. The opening of the new building has been a long time coming. Planning for the building began five years ago, and after the turning of the sod last August building began in September last year. Students and staff were officially

using the new space, which includes 12 new teaching spaces, by July of this year. The teaching spaces are designed as studio rooms which can be opened up to expand spaces. It has been designed to encourage students and staff to work as part of a learning community. As part of the build, the school’s staffroom was also renovated, a new student services area was created and the size of the school’s sacred space, the Julia Dickson Building, was increased. The new building was funded thanks to the generosity of the Sister of Mercy and the school community which included generous donations from current and

past pupils and families. Sue Prestwich, head of department for mathematics at the college, said the new building gave “a heart to the school” and encouraged a “learning community”. “It is more collaborative so as a teacher you are not working in isolation with your class behind closed doors. “Students can spread out and find a space which suits their learning. We are trying to encourage students to be active learners and get more engaged in their own learning,” Sue said. “As a teacher it’s encouraging for us to diversify our teaching style and we are only just beginning to use it to its potential.”

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Poor street lighting putting students at risk By Joanne Holden and Laura Shipley MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENTS

feeling safe, as not all students can afford public transport or a car,” Jonathan said. “Besides all those factors, WelStudents say more lighting lington is a great student city. around Massey and Victoria There is always a lot going on: University’s campuses would vegie markets, gigs, plenty of discourage attacks and sexual cafes, politics, and a compact assaults. layout.” Victoria University Wellington Massey Wellington Students’ Students’ Association (VUWSA) Asso ciat ion president Tom recently posted a warning about Pringle said he was “currently attacks on the path from the unhappy with the amount of Kelburn campus to Aro Valley. lighting”, pointing to Tasman St Incidents around the National and Hanson St. War Memorial, Tasman St, and Wellington City Council’s safe the Basin Reserve have also been city advisor Julia Hamilton said reported in the past. they would start looking at lightIn 2014, poor lighting was idening in these areas. tified as a contributing factor to She urged people “to report any attacks against students during a instances of feeling unsafe” to the march called ‘Let Me Go Home’. police or council. The pathway between Boyd Wilson Field and The Terrace was audited by the council following the attacks in 2014. “While lighting is one factor that can contribute to the safety of an area it is not the only tool that can address safety issues,” Julia said. “One of the main changes from the audit was removing and trimming trees to create better natural surveillance and clear sight lines, as well as reviewing the lighting.” The principles to decide if more lighting was needed included checking if a face could be identified from 15 metres away and if it Inside Massey University’s library, where students can study until 11pm. was possible to see into the back PHOTO CREDIT: Laura Shipley seat of a parked car. The march was prompted by “three attacks within the space of two weeks” on the pathway between Boyd Wilson Field and The Terrace, VUWSA president Jonathan Gee said. “They followed years of warnings about safety issues in the area,” Jonathan said. “We believe the attacks on Boyd Wilson in 2014 were an example of what happens when a problem is not dealt with or solved.” Jonathan still considered the area poorly lit, alongside Kelburn Parade and Mount St. “When we look at the issue of lighting around the university it makes us feel critical about Wellington being a ‘student city’. “A student city should be a city where everyone can walk around

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challenges facing the city,” Mr Lester said. “I’ve asked the deputy mayor elect, Paul Eagle, to work with me on talking to every councillor one-on-one to make this happen.” Mr Lester said he would be “scrapping” the council’s various policy committees and bringing all decisions to a single strategy and policy committee made up of all councillors. “This will mean the whole team will have input into the direction our council takes, and everyone’s skills and experience will be put to best use,” Mr Lester said.

He said individual councillors would still lead portfolios. M r Lester also a nnounced a review of cur rent council delegations, with new spending above $100,000 on strategic city growth and events projects now going to a decision by all councillors. “Wellingtonians made it clear that they expect good oversight of how their money is spent, and I intend to deliver on that. “This change means that new strategic growth projects outside the annual plan and long-term growth plan will come to the whole council to approve.”

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Q: We asked St Catherine’s College students “what is your secret to preparing for exams”?

Farren Helliday, St Catherine’s College

Gabriella De Gregorio, St Catherine’s College

Shivani Pereira, St Catherine’s College

Angelina Amitrano, St Catherine’s College

Bennette Yee, St Catherine’s College

“Finding balance. Being able to focus on achieving the highest of your abilities but also balancing with other stuff and making sure your mental health doesn’t get effected by your studies.”

“Before you go into an exam you need to know what grade you want to achieve so prior to that you know the criteria you need to meet.”

“Testing yourself is probably the biggest thing. If you don’t test yourself then you don’t know if you have taken in the knowledge.”

“Stay healthy. You need to put fuel in your body and also work in really good sleep patterns beforehand.”

“Making a to-do list of all the things you need to know and having a good sleep pattern.”

Anna Price, St Catherine’s College “I always gather my notes and pick out the ones I need and then just getting lots of sleep before an exam.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Thank you Dear Ed, I would like to thank all those people who voted for me in the recent Southern Ward elections. I have been told I did well to gain well over 1,000 votes starting from scratch six months ago and with no Green party label to hide behind. I hope that the 3,000 people

who re-elected councillor Lee will insist that he pay an occasional visit to the ward that he doesn’t live in. It would help counter claims that he is both inactive and invisible. However I suspect that those voters know and care as little about him as he seems to about them judging by the fact that not a

single one of them commented on Lee’s Facebook page in response to his post stating his re-election – not even a solitary ‘Well done’. And last night he was absent from the Newtown Residents Association as he has been from the last two monthly meetings of the Island Bay Residents

Island Bay Beach scores a ‘D’

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Dear Ed, We were reading the Wellington City Council recreational water quality report, and were shocked to find out that Island Bay Beach scored a ‘D’ on the report card. This means that it has bad water quality and is subject to faecal pollution. This is an absolutely horrifying thought, and we think that there should be immediate action from the council to get Island Bay waters back to an acceptable condition. Grace, Ella and Caterina Island Bay

I see the Cook Strait News has entered into the controversy over Miramar Central School’s Time Out room (CSN 13 October). If any blame is to be allocated here it should be directed at previous governments who over the years have closed down the residential facilities which catered for these difficultly behaved children. What happens

today is that the mainstream schools and their hard-pressed staff are having to deal with violent children on a daily basis as well as trying to give the rest of their pupils the best education they can. We expect too much of our schools, that’s the bottom line. Maybe some of those parents who have removed their children from this school should

Association - apparently he is overseas. This may be acceptable to some but for myself, I am no longer content with the representation of Lee from Lambton. Brendon Bonner Island Bay

have considered volunteering at the school themselves, helping to deal with these impossibly behaved pupils. They might have gained more insight into the dilemma facing today’s teachers. Although the idea of a darkened cupboard does sound abhorrent, I agree. Christine Swift Island Bay

Knitting for babies in need By Nikki Papatsoumas

A group of local knitters have created more than 2000 jumpers for babies in need across the globe. Willy Tervoort, Margaret Mansell and Diane Tapara are three of seven or so local women who have been part of the Knitting Jumpers for African Babies initiative for more than two years. In this time they have managed to knit an impressive 2500 jumpers, and their creations are now distributed right across the world as well as here in New Zealand. The three women are all part of a knitting group at Miramar’s Holy Cross Church, their small group originally born out of the Catholic Women’s League.

They now meet on Monday mornings at the Miramar Maupuia Community Centre and are hoping to encourage more people to come and join their circle. “Anyone can come along on a Monday - even if they don’t know how to knit I am happy to teach them. Or they can bring any craft along they like,” Margaret said. “Mainly it’s about being social. It gets people out of the house when they are on their own. They can come along, have a cup of tea and see what other people are doing.”  The women meet at the Miramar Maupuia Community Centre on Monday mornings from 10.15am. They are also looking for donations of wool, which can be dropped off at the community centre, 27 Chelsea St, Miramar.

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Thursday October 20, 2016


The Paperboat feeds the masses By Nikki Papatsoumas

The team at the paperboat are feeding the masses.

The Italians are back, serving up fresh fish and traditional wood-fire pizzas to hungry locals across Wellington’s southern suburbs. Berhampore’s newest eatery The Paperboat opened its doors to excited customers late last month. Owners and Island Bay locals Fran De Gregorio and Craig Unsworth both gave up a career in the printing industry to follow their dreams and open their own restaurant and the pair said things couldn’t be going better. “We were both in industries where we were already working long hours and we weren’t progressing,” Fran said. “We have always dabbled in pizza and we used to have a

First female Maori city councillor Jill Day has become Wellington’s first female Maori city councillor. Jill, who was elected to Wellington City Council’s northern ward earlier this month, has iwi affiliations to Ngati Tuwharetoa and hapu, Ngati Turangitukua and Ngati Tutemohuta. She said she was looking forward to continuing the close relationships the council has with local iwi and also finding new ways to connect with Maori. “I am also keen to promote the wider

use of Te Reo Maori within the council and more broadly. I am studying Te Reo myself at the moment, so I know how important exposure to the language is on a day-to-day basis to keep the language alive.” Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester said the capital was a diverse city and he was eager to see that reflected within the council. “I am proud to see this milestone the election of the first female Maori councillor,” Mr Lester said.

mobile pizza food cart but always the dream was to have our own little place.” The Paperboat is located on the corner of Adelaide Rd in the heart of Berhampore – the space which was previously housed by the Goose Shack HQ, which shut down earlier this year. Diners at The Paperboat may be reminded of Mavericks, which occupied the space several years ago, and also offered up woodfire pizzas and fresh fish and chips. “We have gone back to that model because we thought that worked really well,” Fran said. She explained Maverick’s owners Dominic and Carolina Esposito had come on board to share their knowledge over the last few weeks. Fran said the store was very

much a family based business, and the menu itself draws on her Italian roots, with the walls painted a sea blue and maps of the Cook Strait lining the walls. Fran has a long line of fisherman in her family, and all the pizzas on the menu are named after family’s fishing boats. With this in mind the name The Paperboat was a nod to her and Craig’s background in the printing industry, Fran said. Fran said she and Craig wanted to make the eatery family friendly so locals could enjoy an affordable meal out with loved ones.  The Paperboat, at 461 Adelaide Rd Berhampore, is open Tuesday to Sunday. Visitors can take away or dine in. For more information head to The Paperboat Facebook page.


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Family rides away on new bikes The Taana-Wilson whanau with Mark from The Mechanical Tempest. PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied

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Casual vacancy for an elected trustee Last Saturday the Taana-Wilson family bought one small bike to Wellington City Council’s Free Bike FixUp event. By the time they left each of them had working bikes to take home. The fix-up event took place last Saturday, at Kahurangi School in Strathmore Park. Despite the weather, more than 60 people showed up to give their bike a tune-up under the guidance of The Mechanical Tempest. The Taana-Wilson family were lucky enough to pedal off on a set of bikes donated by Rebicycle - an organisation which gives donated bikes to new homes. The Wellington City Council also supplied the family with helmets. After getting their bikes a free tune-up, those who attended Saturday’s event also tackled the obstacle course set up by Pedal Ready and picked up a few riding skills. The Free Bike FixUp was organised by the council to support and encourage people to ride bikes as a transport option. This is the first community based Bike FixUp the council has run and follows the

success of the similar events held at Victoria University, on Oriental Parade and at Basin Reserve. Paul Barker, planning manager of network improvement for the Wellington City Council, said the Free Bike FixUp was one of the ways the council was supporting people to ride bikes more regularly “Based on the turnout it is clear that the community want to ride bikes and these FixUps are a great way to help people do this,” Paul said. “Cycling is an efficient, cost effective and sustainable way to get around our neighbourhoods and around Wellington. “Providing an event like this is one of the ways we are reducing barriers to cycling and encourage people to ride more often. “People can come and fix their bike, pick up some riding skills, and share their knowledge with other people in their neighbourhood.” The council will now look to run more Free Bike FixUps in other communities around Wellington, he said.

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