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Farewell Mr McGimpsey

By Nikki Papatsoumas

After a number of years at the helm of Kilbirnie School principal Mike McGimpsey has announced he will retire at the end of the year. Mike will step down as the school’s principal later this year, after a career in teaching which spans almost four decades – 25 years of which were spent as principal of Kilbirnie School in Hataitai. “The time is right for me and for the school,” he said. Continued on page 2 Mike McGimpsey will step down as Kilbirnie School principal on December 15.


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Farewell Mr McGimpsey “It has been a fantastic 25 years. I have been very lucky to have been teaching at Kilbirnie School – to me it’s quite a unique school with a fantastic combination of great kids who are eager to learn,” he said. “Then you match that with great parents who are so supportive and wonderful teaching staff. It is going to be very emotional for me to finish.” Mike said over four decades he had seen the education sector evolve. The main change had been a greater emphasis on the personalisation of learning, he said. “That has been helped by a really fantastic New Zealand curriculum – and children are now taking a much greater responsibility for their own learning. “It is not so much what they learn, but how they learn.” He said there had also been a significant change in technology over the last two decades, and remembered when the school had just one computer. “We have always found that we are never quite sure what is coming next and that keeps you on your toes and provides

motivation and thorough enjoyment in the job,” Mike said. When Mike steps down as principal later this year he said he would not only farewell the school community, but the wider community. “In 25 years I have come across a tremendous number of children, parents and teachers and principal colleagues as well. We have always been a strong group in the eastern zone.” The school’s current deputy principal, Tony Austin, has been named as Mike’s successor. “Tony has been at the school for 10 years and I am pleased to know the school will be left in very, very capable hands,” Mike said. Kilbirnie School Board of Trustees chair Chris Montgomerie said Mike was a “career educator”, with a thorough knowledge of the sector and how it applied to the school community. “He has always based decisions around the needs of the children and staff, and has a good understanding of the needs and wishes of our com-

munity,” Chris said. “In the four years that I have been involved with the Board of Trustees, I have been impressed with how Mike has embraced new thinking and ideas to keep moving our school forward, and that he has used his experience to ensure that change is applied in a very ‘Kilbirnie’ way, centred around our students and staff. “The board want to thank

him for the huge commitment and energy that he has devoted to the school, and the whole Hataitai and Kilbirnie community, for more than two decades. We wish him all the best.” Chris also asked any past or present students, parents or staff with stories, photos and snippets about Mike’s time at the school, to send them to by Friday, November 18.

A ‘Very Welly Christmas’ planned this holiday season Wellington City Council has partnered with David Jones to bring a two-day, fun-filled festival ‘A Very Welly Christmas’ to Lambton Quay early next month. This year, the precinct will be magically transformed to host the largest festival yet in preparation to welcome Santa to his newest residence at David Jones. Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester said it would be a uniquely Wellington Christmas celebration with commu-

nity participation at its heart. “We’re taking what we’ve had in the past and creating a Christmas event for all ages to enjoy.” Between midday and 8pm on Saturday, December 10, and midday and 6pm on Sunday, December 11, Lambton Square to the Old Bank Arcade will be closed to traffic and people will be able to promenade the length and breadth of one of Wellington’s iconic shopping districts. Locals and visitors can

expect Christmas carols, a giant snow dome, performances from a round the globe, community choirs, ‘A Very Welly Christmas’ photo booth, giveaways, and see Santa in his specially handcrafted sleigh. Following the parades held on both Saturday and Sunday, Santa will return to his residence at David Jones Wellington where he will be taking portraits on his throne with children from November till every day up until Christmas.

Council’s senior advisor for city events, David Daniela said ‘A Very Welly Christmas’ had been in the planning stages for months now. “Performers and retailers are gearing up and ready to go but we also want to remind people that Christmas is a time of giving – we’ll be asking people to dig deep and help support the Wellington Children’s Hospital.”  For more information, head to

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Local student collects more than 200 cans of food for charity By Nikki Papatsoumas

A young local student has collected more than 200 cans of food to donate to a local charity after completing a research project in which he explored the effects of child

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he was passionate about, and look at issues connected to that passion, for a school research project. The 11-year-old said he chose child poverty because it was something he had always felt passionate about.

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“I have always felt bad for children in that situation, but I know they must feel way worse, which is one of the reasons I chose to help children in poverty,” he said. As part of his project, which spanned over 10 weeks, Alex wrote a letter to Social Development Minister Anne Tolley, spoke to the Child Poverty Action Group and approached local supermarkets for donations of food. He also called on his peers to donate cans of food he could then pass on to local charity, the Miramar branch of the Salvation Army. Major Allan said he was blown away by what Alex had achieved. “For an 11-year-old boy to not only research the need, but to talk to people in government and to raise the issue at a high level indicates he is not just looking at the immediate need, but also trying to influence social policy and get a change from the top down. “In the community of Miramar we have quite a large number who require our assistance both on a day-to-day basis and for Christmas hampers,” Major Allan said. “We are grateful for the way people in this community want to help others in the community and we are simply the medium to do that.”

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Chris Laidlaw announced as chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council Chris Laidlaw was re-elected unopposed as chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council at the council’s inaugural meeting last week. Councillor Barbara Donaldson was elected deputy chair, also unopposed. Mr Laidlaw said he was looking forward to working

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inbrief news Newcomers Network meet-ups The Wellington Newcomers Network will host a number of meet and greets this month. The first coffee catch up will take place next Wednesday, November 9 at Clarkes Cafe in the Central Library at 5.30pm and a coffee and conversation meet-up will take place on Thursday, November 24 at Clarkes Cafe.

Classical music for new listeners A Camerata concert will take place at St Peter’s Church on the corner of Willis and Ghuznee Streets on Friday, November 11 from 6pm. Camerata will present an uplifting programme of string and chamber orchestra music. Camerata is a small-forces chamber orchestra ranging from amateur to professional musicians, led by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra musician Anne Loeser. Entry by koha.

Work under way on south coast seawall One of Wellington’s oldest seawalls is being significantly upgraded to help protect a part of the south coast that has been repeatedly damaged by high seas. The work getting under way, between Island Bay and Owhiro Bay opposite the Victoria University Coastal Ecology Lab and The Bach cafe, would involve strengthening the existing wall and installing new pre-cast concrete panels on top to make it higher. From the road, the wall will be about a metre high and

look similar to the Island Bay seawall. The road and footpath near the Coastal Ecology Lab was one of the areas badly damaged during a major storm in June 2013, resulting in road closures and traffic disruption. The area was repaired but damaged again in August 2014 and again last year. The original wall, which was built early last century, will be repaired, upgraded and securely anchored to the rock below with a series of long steel rods. More than 40 pre-cast con-

crete panels will then be trucked to the coast two at a time from mid-November, in an effort to make the seawall higher. Once that is done, earth will be brought in to create a threemetre wide area next to the wall that will be landscaped with hardy native plants. A concrete footpath going in next to the road will be double the width of the existing asphalt one and the project will include building two new sets of stairs, which will provide easy access for students, researchers, divers and other people wanting to

get down to the foreshore, rock pools and sea. Work in the area is expected to be complete by the end of January 2017. Work has also started at Lyall Bay to protect the road and footpath there and reinstate the sand dunes. This will include filling the gaps in the existing concrete block wall behind the dune and replacing the old rusted metal fence. More coastal protection work is planned at Dorrie Leslie Park early next year.

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Play spaces up for review By Nikki Papatsoumas

From playgrounds, to skate parks and green spaces – locals love places to play in their neighbourhoods. The Wellington City Council is set to review its 14-year-old playgrounds policy and locals are invited to share their thoughts on the draft of a new Play Spaces Policy. Deputy mayor Paul Eagle, who was also the council’s recreation portfolio leader, said the draft policy looked at the importance of providing for a range of play spaces – from formal, dedicated play areas through to playable space within the city’s parks and neighbourhoods. “It is a timely review, it’s an old policy and people’s leisure activity has changed somewhat,” he said. The proposed policy would be based on ‘five strategic priorities’ that would broaden what the council provided, in an attempt to get more people outside and playing. In addition to providing a wellplanned and managed network of the usual formal playgrounds, court spaces and skate facilities, the council would also look at how to work better with schools and the community, how to promote informal play through the idea of ‘the city as a play space’ and how to promote play more generally. “The way that people play has changed,” Paul said.

Mayor wants Wellington to be digital capital Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester has announced plans to make Wellington the digital capital of New Zealand. Speaking at the launch of the KiwiBank FinTech Accelerator, Mr Lester said Wellington was performing strongly in the technology sector led by companies like Datacom Group, Xero, Weta Digital, Intergen and Fronde Systems Group. Mr Lester said he would work with councillor David Lee – who holds the new technology, innovation and enterprise and climate change portfolio - and other stakeholders to further boost and support the growing tech sector in Wellington. David said ventures like the FinTech Accelerator were the tip of the iceberg for Wellington in the tech sector. “Wellington is in a unique position to develop our tech sector because of the world-class film and technology companies we already have here and the talent they are bringing into the city,” David said.


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“We know that families still love playgrounds but in the last decade we are seeing people use our green spaces in a whole lot of different ways that they would not have used in this way previously.” Paul assured the community that the policy would not propose the closure to any existing playgrounds around the city. “Playgrounds are at the heart of many neighbourhoods. Understanding how the city could partner with communities will


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Mobile classroom hits the streets to promote Italian language and culture By Nikki Papatsoumas

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A mobile classroom with a group of university students on board recently travelled around the capital in an effort to promote Italian language and culture. The bus, painted red, white and green, as a nod to the Italian flag, visited a number of secondary schools in the Wellington region last month, to coincide with Italian Language Week. Dr Marco Sonzogni, a lecturer for the school of languages and culture at Victoria University, said the idea was for the bus to serve as a mobile classroom. “Italian is not taught in secondary school and there’s a decline of students taking languages despite all the rhetoric about being international and global.”

Marco said while French, German, Japanese and Chinese were commonly taught at secondary schools across New Zealand, Italian was not. “For us it is always an extra challenge to get students to do first year – but we find when they come and study Italian they stay for the whole degree.” Marco said there were currently 50 first year students studying Italian at Victoria University, however, 10 years ago there were twice the number of students. For this reason he said it was important to promote the language wherever possible. Third year students were in charge of the entire project, Marco said, from painting the bus to working on a programme to present to secondary school students who visited them.

“It was the students that made it happen and it was just wonderful. I told them my vision and they made it happen.” He said the Italian Embassy and Italian Institute of Culture also helped get the project off the ground. Marco said the experience from start to finish was “moving”. “It was something that was very moving, the interaction with the students, they were very, very responsive.” The bus also made a pit stop in Island Bay as part of its tour, with Italian Ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli on board. In Island Bay, Mr Marcelli was introduced to members of the Cuccurullo family, and was able to take in some of the suburbs rich Italian history.

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Children to join the stage with renowned ballet company By Nikki Papatsoumas

A group of local children will see their dreams realised when they join the stage with one of the world’s most renowned ballet companies later this month. Following their sell-out 2015 performance of Swan Lake, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company are returning to New Zealand this month to perform the ageless tale of bravery and dreams that is The Nutcracker. To make this year’s upcoming performances across the country more special, the cast will invite 30 to 40 children from local ballet schools throughout the cities they perform in to join the stage with them. A Russian ballet teacher travelled to Wellington to provide specialised tuition six weeks ago, and children selected to be involved will attend a master class ahead of this month’s performance before joining the cast

on stage. Mexican ballerina, Mayela Marcos, who joined the company three years ago, said the best part of performing The Nutcracker was the opportunity to share the stage with talented young children. “It is just magical to share the stage with them,” she said. Mayela grew up in Mexico and always dreamed of being a ballerina, however, her family always expected her to work in the family business. She said although they had always been 100 per cent supportive, they were shocked when she told them she wanted to be a dancer instead. After she decided she wanted to learn from the best, Mayela moved to Russia, where she studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School for three years, before being accepted into the Imperial Russian Ballet Company. She said performing with children

Mayela Marcos will perform The Nutcracker with the Imperial Russian Ballet in Wellington next week.

reminded her of what it was like to chase her dreams. “Ballet isn’t just my job, it is my dream. It was always my dream to be a ballerina. It shows if you want to do something in your life and you work hard, you can get there. “I can’t wait to share what I have learned from this company with the children – I don’t see any difference between these children and myself when I was their age.”  The Imperial Russian Ballet will perform The Nutcracker on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19 at the St James Theatre. To book, head to  The Cook Strait News has two double passes to give away to Friday night’s performance. To enter, send your name and contact phone number to news@wsn. by Friday, November 11 at 5pm.

Be someone’s star this Christmas This holiday season, The Wellington City Mission is asking people to “be someone’s star” by getting involved in the Christmas Star Appeal. Last Christmas, thanks to the generosity of businesses and individuals, more than $130,000 was raised from the mission’s Christmas Star Appeal events. As a result, the mission assisted over 3000 people during the Christmas period last year, with one-off or regular support, and gave out over 1400 food parcels and 1500 gifts to those most in need. This year’s appeal was launched last Friday, and Wellington City Mission chief executive Officer

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Children from across the southern and eastern suburbs dressed in their spookiest costumes and hit the streets of their local suburbs last Monday to trick-or-treat for Halloween. Reporter Nikki Papatsoumas was there to take part in the year’s most frightening celebration.

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“Yes, when we hear the knock at the door we give the kids lollies.”

“I only hand out lollies to trick-or-treaters.”

“I don’t usually unless my work gets involved.”

“Yes and no. I don’t believe in children going to peoples’ houses so we go to the Salvation Army light party or to the school if they’re holding something.”

“Yes, sometimes I organise a Halloween party.”

Andrew Waa Newtown “I think Halloween comes from Mexican culture and we don’t celebrate the way they envisage it – as a celebration of their ancestors. It’s more commercial. I believe in the tradition of it but not the commercialisation of it.”

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Time for restructure Dear Ed, One really has to ask is it time for the police to be restructured. Spying on meetings of elderly people who want to discuss ‘the meaning of life’ is a priority yet meantime if you get burgled, drunk down Courtney Place, or mugged

where are the cops. So many people now just don’t go into the city or even down Bay Road in Kilbirnie because of the drunks beggars and offensive people, and that’s even at 4pm in the afternoon. Rosie Wu (abridged) Kilbirnie

Halloween – wicked humbug! Dear Ed, I’m fed up with Yankee observances that have been foisted on us in recent decades. Halloween is one of them; and there is an obvious plan for it to displace Guy Fawkes Day, a good old British festival, which is only

six days later each year. But quite apart from the Yankee rubbish, Halloween (the Eve of All Hallows, or All Saints’ Day) is linked to paganism and witchcraft, and is also called All Souls’ Day by the Church of Rome, as part of its false doctrine of Purgatory.

In fact, as deluded people pay for masses to be said for the souls of their dead loved ones, to shorten their time there, it was rightly called Purgatory Pickpurse by brave Hugh Latimer. This was one of the statements that got him burnt at the stake by Bloody

Viva Parihaka Day! Dear Ed, When my young friend DC, a refugee six years ago and now a proud Kiwi, asked me the meaning of Halloween, Guy Fawkes and Labour Day he had me thinking hard. Apart from their common commercial encouragement of retailers to spend up large: The first, Halloween, seems to be attempts by those who oppose formal religion but still want something mysterious and beyond their ken in their lives. The second, Guy Fawkes, is slightly more understandable with our New Zealand preoccupation of outdated British history that is more recognised here than our own heritage. Meanwhile, the Labour Day principle has been so bashed by right-wing thinking that psychiatrists may have to re-define our industrial

‘growth’. What an opportunity provided by the government decision to mark October 28. Full credit to the Otorohanga students who raised the 12000 signature petition last year. We should turn the flares of fireworks into Parihaka feathers. We should turn the crackers into celebrating our history. We should turn the treats of Halloween into our festivity. And if we want a public holiday, what better way to celebrate Samuel Parnell than to rename the abused Labour Day into a Parihaki public holiday and celebrate our true New Zealand history, warts and all. It is high time we talk about our history like Rahui Papa and John Robinson with his Dominion Post letter of November 1. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Mary’s orders in 1555. You can read about it in Tennyson’s play, “Queen Mary”, which also tells us about the burning of Thomas Cranmer, not long after that, if you are interested. Hector Westfold Miramar

Process working well? Dear Ed, The Wellington City Council does not understand public participation. They suggest (CSN October 27) that the ability of Waterfront Watch to appear at a resource consent hearing shows that the process is working well. But under the RMA approval can be denied only if it’s proven that there are significant negative effects. Suggestions that Frank Kitts Park should be kept as it is, or that the Chinese garden should be sited somewhere other than on the waterfront, cannot be considered. Such choices need to be made by the elected councillors after the public has had a proper opportunity to express their views. The council must find a way to ensure that the public feels listened to. Waterfront Watch has told the council that we would like to work with other public interest groups and the council to develop better consultation procedures. Patrick McCombs President, Waterfront Watch

Registrations open for 40th Round the Bays fun run Registrations have officially opened for next year’s round the bays fun run which will be its 40th year running. The Cigna Round the Bays fun run will take place in February and Sport Wellington has already seen more than 800 per cent growth since it took over the organisation of the event in 1999. Sport Wellington chief executive Phil Gibbons was confident the 40th event would be one of the biggest and best yet. “We are focused on working alongside our principal sponsor Cigna New Zealand to deliver an event that allows everyone in

the region to come into the city and enjoy the really fantastic experience that we recognise as Cigna Round the Bays,” Phil said. “Once again, the event will be delivered in keeping with our vision that ‘everyone in the greater Wellington region has a life-long involvement in sport and active recreation’.” Chief executive of Cigna New Zealand, Lance Walker, said the opportunity to encourage the wider Wellington region to get out and get active was central to its sponsorship. “Your health is the most important thing you can protect and

helping our communities maximise their health and wellbeing is a huge priority for us.” Cigna Round the Bays will be held on Sunday, February 19 on Wellington’s waterfront. The event will again feature four distance options: the 6.5km Fun Run, Mitre 10 MEGA Buggy Walk, Bluebridge 10km and the Cigna Achilles Half Marathon. Achilles New Zealand will once again be the official charity of the event.  Registrations can be made online at

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Tackling housing Free lunches for on Eagle’s agenda capital’s schools By Nikki Papatsoumas

By Nikki Papatsoumas

Wellington’s newly elected deputy mayor Paul Eagle is excited to tackle some of the city’s most pressing issues over the next three years. Paul, who is also a southern ward councillor, was officially sworn into council at a ceremony last week and has been named to lead three portfolios for the next triennium, housing, events and recreation which he has retained from the last council term. Paul said he was humbled and privileged to have been chosen by Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester as deputy mayor. “We both came into council in 2010 and at that time we never thought we would be here now sharing the two top positions,” he said. “We share the same values around fairness and giving Wellingtonians hope and support especially to those most in need.” As part of his job leading the council’s housing portfolio, Paul will chair the Mayoral Housing Taskforce, established by Mr Lester. The taskforce will examine a broad range of issues including homelessness, social housing, housing affordability schemes for first home buyers, the rental market, housing density, and the city’s regulatory framework and the capacity of the construction sector. Paul said the task force would tackle the escalating issue of housing affordability in the capital. “Despite Wellington having the highest income earners in the country, I’m aware that many people are homeless in the eastern and southern suburbs. “We are also home to the highest number of people living in social housing, many of them stuck because there’s a lack of affordable housing supply locally for them to rent-to-own for example.

Deputy mayor Paul Eagle will chair the Mayoral Housing Task Force.

“House prices in this part of the city have been rising so fast, the suburbs that were once affordable are now out of reach.” He said whilst the council owned and managed nearly half of all the social housing stock in the city, they were now looking to broaden their mandate to include masterplanning for the development of affordable housing. “Our bottom line is that we need more houses built. We want to avoid the housing crisis that has hit Auckland so we are acting now. “The ideal would be that we would have a pipeline of work for the next 10 to 20 years where we have different types of houses being built continuously and everyone gets a roof over their head.” Paul said he expected the issue of housing would become one of the city’s major economic drivers for the future. For the next three years, Paul will also head the council’s events portfolio. He said the city’s vision was to ensure Wellington retained its events capital status and look at every opportunity available. “It includes everything from our local festivals like Newtown, Island Bay and Kilbirnie right through to the Sevens, WOW and filling our events calendar with new events.”  Paul Eagle can be reached at paul.eagle@

A wildly popular initiative which provides support for families by providing free, delicious, balanced lunches for children has recently been launched in the capital – and a local school is one of the first in Wellington to be invited to get on board. Eat My lunch, a social enterprise business developed in Auckland, has given out more than 260,000 free lunches to children at schools in Hamilton and Auckland since launching last year. The idea is simple. For every lunch that is ordered by an Eat My Lunch supporter, volunteers deliver a healthy and nutritious lunch to support a child at a designated school. Holy Cross School in Miramar was one of two schools in the Wellington region invited to take part in the launch of the Eat My Lunch initiative in the capital. The school’s principal, Celeste Hastings, said the

By Nikki Papatsoumas

A pair of Newtown locals who are outraged at the amount of food wasted across the country each year are setting out to make a difference in their community. Newtown locals, Renee Rushton and Sofia Robinson will host a free screening of the acclaimed food waste documentary Just Eat It- A food waste story next week at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre. On the night there will also be speakers from food rescue organisations, including Kaibosh, Kaicycle and the Newtown Festival Zero Waste crew, talking about what individuals can do to impact Wellington’s food waste statistics. Renee, who is also the centre’s coordinator, said on average New Zealand households wasted up to $563 worth of food each year – or enough food to feed the entire

tastic initiative, which had impressed not only school staff and parents, but the children themselves. “They are most grateful,” she said, “and hope that we in turn will be able to support the Eat My Lunch team by providing them with some of the herbs and vegetables out of our school garden.” Eat My Lunch co-founder Lisa King said they had hoped to expand Eat My Lunch since day one. “Opening in Wellington will enable us to grow the business, give more lunches and have a Lower North Island hub that has the facilities to make both buy and give lunches,” she said. She said once they gauged how many Wellingtonians were interested in buying lunches to help the city’s children, the group would look at taking on more schools and opening up to volunteers.  For more information, head to www.eatmylunch.

Holy Cross School students from left Adrian Yako, Ilo Lui-Fai, Audry Bourke, Lauseana Kerschbaumer, and Rociana Ropati.

Putting a stop to food waste in the community Sofia Robinson making a banana cake out of clearance bananas.

school’s name was put forward by the mayor’s office, who suggested they might be keen to get on board, given the school’s involvement with other council initiatives. “We thought really long and hard about it because we really didn’t want to take away from other schools with greater need, but after approaching the community to determine whether there was a need, we gratefully accepted the offer. “There was a really positive response and the families involved are most appreciative.” The school is currently being provided with 30 lunches a day for school students. Celeste said while every parent makes providing their children with a nutritious lunch a priority, the Eat My Lunch concept was a great way to ease pressure on families. “It is a way of supporting parents for short periods of time whatever the reason may be,” she said. Celeste said it was a fan-

population of Dunedin for two years. She said the film was made available to them through the Love Food Hate Waste organisation. “We want our community to know how to make a difference and be able to save their money and minimise wasted food filling our landfills,” Renee said. Just Eat It was created by American filmmakers and food lovers Jen Rustemeyer, and Grant Baldwin, who dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. “It should be a really great movie and we would love locals to come along,” Renee said.  Just Eat It- A food waste story will screen on Thursday, November 10 from 6pm. For more information, or to get your free ticket, contact Renee at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre on 04 389 4786 or

Keeping children active and healthy Children across the country are being inspired to get active and make healthy eating choices. Last week, the AIA Healthy Kids Challenge was launched at 110 primary schools across the country, The five-week health and wellbeing programme aims to inspire the 15,000 children involved, and their families, to get active and make healthy eating choices. The challenge combines technology and leading New Zealand athletes to inspire, motivate and educate primary school children and their parents to lead healthier lives. AIA spokesman, David Savidan, said the idea was to encourage Kiwi primary school kids and their parents to improve their general health and wellness

by getting active and eating well as a family. “The AIA Healthy Kids Cha l lenge ha r nesses technology that, with the proliferation of screens, is sometimes seen as a barrier to a healthy lifestyle.” As part of the challenge, each child will receive a free pedometer to count the number of steps they take every day. The programme records each class’s daily average steps, giving them the opportunity to win prizes. Each child also gets to create their own unique avatar and the children’s journey will be captured in a virtual online world showing the progress of their avatars as they work together to unlock new destinations.  For more information, head to www.healthykids. kiwi


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Wellingtonians are being asked to donate in order to see the iconic Ferns sculpture rise above Civic Square. In late 2015, Ferns, created by local artist Neil Dawson, was taken down because of structural weaknesses that had been exacerbated by the Wellington wind. Although it was fixed several times, the Wellington City Council received professional advice that the work was no longer safe to be suspended, and could not be repaired in a way that would last. The Wellington Sculpture Trust has now signed a contract with artist Neil Dawson to make a near replica of the sculpture, and has started its fundraising in earnest. The new Ferns will be as close as possible to the original, but

have a stronger internal structure and be cut from stainless steel, which is more robust than the original aluminium. The Wellington City Council is a major funder and will cover installation costs as well as take charge of ongoing maintenance. However, the trust was now fundraising for the work and was looking to raise $210,000 from the community, including $55,000 by way of a Boosted campaign, an online fundraising platform. Wellington Sculpture Trust chair Sue Elliott said the iconic Ferns sculpture, sat above Civic Square for 17 years, capturing the spirit of Wellington. “It has featured in countless photographs, videos, advertising campaigns, and is often used to promote our city. “Loved by us, and others, we

have been working hard with the artist and Wellington City Council to return the sculpture to Wellington’s civic heart.” She said the Trust has already received generous donations from ANZ Bank, a sponsor of the original Ferns, the Wellington Community Trust and the Nikau Foundation. The trust was now seeking donations from the wider Wellington community with all funds going directly to the contract cost. Donors gifting $3000 or more will be recognised on a permanent plaque to be placed near the work in Civic Square. The trust hoped to restore Ferns to Civic Square early next year.  To make a donation, head to

Stacks of blanket bags for babies Judith Aitken, Taima Fagaloa, Sam Lotu-iiga, Debbie Chin, and Fa’amatuainu Tino Pereira at the launch of the Pacific action plan.

Initiative offers Pacific peoples support A new initiative will see Pacific peoples living throughout the capital better supported to live healthier and more independent lives. Capital and Coast District Health Board has announced its new Pacific action plan – ‘Toe timata le upega’, a Samoan fishing proverb reflecting the need to constantly repair the net to protect the catch. The plan outlines the initiatives and services the health board will focus on for the next three years to improve Pacific peoples’ health.

“The plan sets out a new way of working with the Pacific communities in our region,” the health board’s chief executive Debbie Chin said. “Developed with extensive engagement and input from the community, it is a more strategic and integrated approach through which we will work more closely with local health providers and primary health organisations to improve the health of Pacific families.” The initiative which was launched last week, sits under the Ministry of Health’s fouryear Pacific strategy to deliver

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Last week local business Stacks Furniture launched a fundraiser to help The Neonatal Trust. As part of the fundraiser, a group of volunteers have been busy turning classic woollen blankets into stylish but functional shopping bags. Stacks Furniture store owner Meg Dommett said she was delighted when approached about the fundraiser. “Being close to the hospital means we get a lot of people with babies in the neonatal unit coming into the shop,” she said. “I really feel for them and what they’re going through, so it’s great to be able to do something small to help the unit and the wonderful work they do.” The Neonatal Trust supports the families of premature or sick full-term babies. Every year approximately 10 per

cent of all babies are born premature in New Zealand – or one premature baby born every 90 minutes. Each unique limited edition bag created as part of the Stacks Furniture fundraiser features a flannelette lining in keeping with the retro look. “As well as being stylish, the bags are ideal for carrying a few groceries home,” Meg said. The use of wool in this fundraiser is of particular relevance, she said. Wool has natural fibre that breathes and is critical for use with sick and/ or premature babies who cannot regulate their own body heat. Acrylics and other synthetic fibres can cause babies to sweat and overheat. Bags can be purchased from Stacks Furniture, Riddiford Street Newtown. All proceeds raised from the sale of the bags will be donated to The Neonatal Trust.

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Local diving club achieves top scores

Sports talk with Jacob Page...

The curious case of Steve Bartman

Wellington Diving Club made a splash at a recent competition By Emma McAuliffe

Local divers made a splash at a recent away competition. Nineteen divers aged between eight and 13 from Wellington Diving Club took part in the Diving New Zealand National Skills Testing Event 2016 held in Dunedin over Labour weekend. The Kilbirnie based team came away with three gold medals, nine silver medals and seven bronze medals. Head coach James Hardaker said the team produced “some fantastic results”. “They were also awarded

the Best Team Spirit for their enthusiasm and support to their team mates. They’ve all worked so hard and this is a result of all the effort they’ve put in,” he said. This was the first time the 19 divers from the club had been to an away event. Eight of the divers – Marius Reyes, Mya Hartley, Hugo Moffat, Oliver Scott, Elsie Teichert, Isaac Carran, Imogen Kennedy-Smith and Imogen Beard hailed from the southern and eastern suburbs. Team manager Gayle Tristram said the event was held by Diving New Zealand as an

opportunity to test the divers on skills in 1metre, 3metre and 5metre dives. “The event was run by Diving New Zealand to ensure divers are learning fundamental skills and then tests people around the country on their fundamental skills,” she said. Participants took part in each dive several times and then received the highest score, she said.  For more information on the Wellington Diving Club head to their website www. or call 027 485 8888.

The 2016 World Series of Baseball between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians is about so much more than just who wins baseball’s greatest prize. It’s about history - the Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908 and have not made the decider since 1945. Cleveland hasn’t won a World Series since 1948. However, it’s the curious case of one Cubs fan, Steve Bartman, that lingers across the whole series which got underway on Wednesday. The Bartman incident happened post-season game played between the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins on October 14, 2003, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. In the eighth inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series with Chicago ahead 3–0 and holding a three games to two lead in the best of seven series, several spectators attempted to catch a foul ball off the bat of Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo. One of the fans – Steve Bartman – reached for the ball, deflecting it and disrupting a potential catch by Cubs outfielder Moises Alou. If Alou had caught the ball, it would have been the second out in the inning and the Cubs would have been just four outs away from going to the World Se-

ries for the first since 1945. Instead, the Cubs ended up surrendering eight runs in the inning and losing the game, 8–3 and the series after losing the deciding game seven. The incident was seen as the turning point of the series. In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Bartman, a lifelong Cubs fan, had to be escorted from the stadium by security guards and placed under police protection for a time when his name and address were made public on Major League Baseball message boards. Since that day, Bartman has been black-balled in Chicago and he has spent the last 13 years in hiding. He changed jobs, has moved cities and apparently changed his name. He has vanished from sight since the incident. In 2011, ESPN produced a documentary on the incident called ‘Catching Hell’. The hope was to try to track down Bartman and interview him. While a reporter eventually met Bartman by chance in a parking lot and asked for an interview, Bartman declined. For this reason alone, I’d like to see the Cubs win so Bartman can stop living in fear. Sport is just sport and the treatment of Bartman needs to be put right.







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