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Two young Wellington women will spend their summer walking the length of the South Island — and it is all for a good cause. On Boxing Day Lucy McLean and Harriet Willis will lace up their tramping boots and get their packs at the ready, before setting off to walk the South Island route of the Te Araroa Trail. Continued on page 2 Harriet Willis and Lucy McLean will walk the length of the South Island this summer to raise money for Youthline.

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Set for the south Continued from page 1. The 1400 kilometre journey will take the pair close to three months to complete, and they have been planning the trip for the past year. The pair said while they were excited to take in the sights and sounds of the South Island, they were completing the walk with a bigger goal in mind. Both were hoping to raise money for nationwide free youth health service Youthline, through completing one half of the trail. This month, Youthline announced recent local government funding cuts meant it may be forced to reduce – or possibly even terminate – its services. In 2015, Youthline Wellington’s helpline counsellors answered over 920 calls, and responded to almost 6000 text messages from young people. Lucy, who works for Youthline, said the organisation’s services were vital, and she wanted to do whatever she could to ensure much needed support was still available for youth across the capital. “I have been a volunteer for the last two years,” Lucy said. “The organisation has been around for 45 years and if we don’t drastically improve the

situation, it will fold in a year. “A real concern to me is that youth health services seem to be being overlooked,” she said. Harriet said when Lucy explained her plight; she was quick to jump on board and offered to complete the walk with her. “I would love to see greater awareness and increased funding for mental health,” Harriet said. The pair has set themselves a goal of $6000, which they are now hoping to raise through Givealittle pages. With a goal to help Youthline in mind, both said they were also excited to re-connect with nature and explore parts of the country they had not seen before. For Lucy the walk was also a special way to connect with family. The pair would walk the first section of the trail with Lucy’s parents, and Lucy’s grandfather helped establish the trail.  To donate head to Harriet or Lucy’s Givealittle pages: 82555044.307779903.14774 66647

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A new initiative will see those most in need afforded the chance to rent-to-buy their own small kitset homes. The new initiative was officially launched by deputy mayor Paul Eagle, at the Mokai Kainga, Owhiro Bay Gardens last Saturday. Coordinator of the Owhiro Bay Community Gardens, Robert te Whare, said the idea was to provide “portable, affordable dwellings” to those most in need. “They will be available for the homeless, those coming out of prison, beneficiaries or those on a low income through a rent to buy system,” he said. He said with rent set at $200 a week, those who chose to purchase a kitset bedsit home, could pay off the $13,000 they cost to buy within 18 months. The kitset homes were made up of one bedroom and were powered by solar power panels. Robert said the idea was those who purchased the homes would use shared kitchen and bathroom facilities on the land the houses were built. No deposit was necessary, and

Schools collected over 67,000 cans to help people in need Over 67,000 cans have been collected in the inaugural Wattie’s Cans for Good campaign which took place in November. More than 200 schools from around the country, including two from Wellington, took part collecting cans to help The Salvation Army stock up its food banks to assist New Zealanders in need over the busy Christmas period.

Robert te Whare with a kitset house at the Owhiro Bay Community Gardens.

Robert said he was working with organisations to find land available in similar spaces to the Owhiro Bay Gardens. He said while some land was available in Owhiro Bay, they were approaching other organisations to try to secure more land for the kitset houses to be built on. The very first kitset house was

unveiled at the Owhiro Bay Gardens at Saturday’s ceremony and someone had already put their hand up to purchase it through the rent-to-buy scheme, Robert said. Robert thanked Corrections and those who were completing periodic detention at the gardens, for their help in assembling the first kitset home.

He was now asking for the community’s support in making either monetary donations, or material donations such as windows, doors or wood.  If you would like to learn more, or make a donation, head to the Mokai Kainga Owhiro Bay Community Gardens Facebook Page.

Car parking building to come down The carpark building beside the Reading Cinemas complex at Courtenay Central will be demolished. Last week, the Wellington City Council made the announcement and said engineers’ reports showed the car park was significantly damaged to the point where it was not safe for anyone to enter the building. This meant it had to be demol-


ished, council said. The council’s building consents and compliance manager, Mike Scott, said the building’s owners had been working with engineers over the last few weeks to get a clear understanding of the damage to the car park. “It’s good to have a definitive answer on this so we can inform people and plan accordingly.”

Mike said Reading International was working with the council, engineers and the demolition company to come up with a plan to safely and quickly deconstruct the car park. The council would keep the existing cordon around the Tory Street, Courtenay Place car park in place until the building was demolished. “We now know that the cordon

will be in place for longer than first thought and, while we realise this is causing a lot of disruptions, safety is our top priority here. As soon as we know more about the timeline we’ll share this information,” Mike said. The council said its welfare team was in contact with residents and businesses in the area to help as much as possible.

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School opens brand new bike track By Nikki Papatsoumas

Students from a small school perched above Wellington’s south coast now have a cycle friendly environment to enjoy, right on their doorstep. Houghton Valley School’s new

$60,000 outdoor bike track was officially opened at a special ceremony last Thursday. Work on the track and a bike storage container, which was mostly funded by the Wellington City Council ‘Bikes in Schools’ programme, began early this year.


The Houghton Valley School bike track was officially opened last week.

Despite the drizzly weather, the track was officially opened in the school’s hall at a ceremony last week, which was attended by students, staff, parents and local ward councillors. Speaking at the ceremony, the school’s principal Raewyn Watson thanked the Wellington City Council for its generous grant. “It will not only be used by students during the school days, but also in the evenings and weekends by families… what a fantastic community asset.” School parent Anna Ririnui worked as project manager and helped coordinate construction of the new track. She said she was eager to jump on board as she believed it was a fantastic project which would have a major impact on the chil-

dren. “I’ve been on this about six months but everyone involved has been great,” she said. “It’s brilliant to see the track materialise out of nothing. The new entrants have watched the progress from their window and used it to learn words like, bike, edge, steamroller, see-saw and asphalt.” Anna said the new track was not only an asset for the school community, but the wider community. The track would be open and available for the community to use outside of school hours and during the weekend. “This will provide the Wellington south coast with one of the few flat, vehicle free cycle environments… it’s a real community asset,” she said.

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Plunket as it was a local charity that carried out important work. “Plunket offers invaluable support services to families and their babies yet relies so heavily on donations to exist,” Kelly said. “We feel really passionate about the wellbeing and safety of all babies and preschool children and wanted to support a charity at the heart of our community.” Si a n M a c fayd e n f r o m Plunket thanked local Water Babies for their support. “This money is amazing and will make all the difference for our Plunket families across Wellington as it will be used for our new mum’s coffee groups, playgroups and toy library services to name a few,” Sian said.

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Local charity ‘a-peels’ to community for their help Food rescue organisation Kaibosh is ‘a-peeling’ to Wellingtonians for their help following last month’s 7.8 magnitude quake. Kaibosh’s Wellington city branch was evacuated from its Tennyson St building following the recent earthquakes. With no access to their premises over the past few weeks, its team has been working out of the back

of a truck and at a pop-up site at the Wellington City Mission – all while still rescuing and providing tonnes of fresh, healthy food to Wellingtonians in need. While Kaibosh have recently been allowed access to its building, management have committed to setting up in a new site, so they can be sure staff and volunteers are comfortable and confident in the premises. Kaibosh’s general manager Matt Dagger is asking the community for their help.

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Better incomes for households, safer communities and smarter government to support the most vulnerable will remain the Government’s focus, new Prime Minister Bill English said. Mr English was sworn in as prime minister after outgoing Prime Minister John Key tendered his resignation at Government House on Monday. “I want to thank my colleagues for the trust they have shown in me and for the constructive and civil manner in which they have debated over and chosen the new leadership team,” Mr English said. He said he was delighted that Paula Bennett had been selected as National’s first female deputy leader and New Zealand’s second female deputy prime minister.

With this in mind, Kaibosh will launch their Earthquake A-Peel this weekend. With the costs of moving and rebuilding on the horizon, Kaibosh has teamed up with All Good Bananas to create the Earthquake A-Peel, which will see bananas given away at local markets and at businesses around Wellington, to encourage locals to donate to Kaibosh. Kaibosh’s general manager Matt Dagger appealed to the community for help. “We need our community to help us out now – we’re doing everything we can to keep our service running smoothly, but it’s really hard without a permanent home,” he said. “Everyone is feeling unsettled and a little down after the earthquakes, so we wanted a fun way to tell Wellingtonians that we need their help.” Bananas have been generously provided by All Good Bananas, and will be handed out at the Harbourside Market this Sunday, December 18. As well as this, local businesses will be sent baskets of bananas over the coming weeks. “Kaibosh is lucky to be part of such a generous community,” Matt said. “Moving to a new premise is going to be costly for us, but we know we’ll come through this stronger than ever with the generosity and goodwill of Wellingtonians behind us.”  For more information on how to donate, head to www.kaibosh.


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Lesson in road safety for cyclists By Nikki Papatsoumas

Cyclists were given a lesson in road safety at a special workshop in Kilbirnie last Thursday. The workshop, which took place at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, was designed to teach cyclists ways in which to feel safe while sharing the road with vehicle users. Campaign coordinator for Cycling Action Network, Will Andrews said it was hoped the workshop, which was attended by around seven cyclists, would build empathy and feeling towards other road users. “It is part of an emphasis used to show the cyclists the challenges drivers face,” Will said. Last week’s workshop taught cyclists bike control, about being visible on the road and choosing safe routes. Will said it was hoped the workshop would build cyclists’ confidence while travelling around Wellington. A truck was also used as part of the workshop, so cyclists could learn about blind spots and learn to be more confident around heavy vehicles. Will said with a huge increase in the number of people choosing to jump on their bikes – it was important to help them build confidence around travelling on the road. He said it was predicted that 10 million more people would be cycling by 2019 so with this figure in mind, workshops such last Thursday’s, were more important than ever.

A truck was used as part of a ropad safety cycling workshop which took place in Kilbirnie last week.

Scots College gets behind iconic Wellington institution

Be a star this Christmas Wellington’s Waterfront is lined with Christmas stars as part of the Wellington City Mission’s latest appeal. This Christmas season, the mission is asking locals to ‘be someone’s star’ by getting involved in its Christmas Star Appeal. The appeal sees 100 stars laid out along the capital’s waterfront. Locals and businesses are encouraged to purchase a star, which will then have their name or logo printed on to it. All proceeds will go towards families in need this Christmas. Earlier this month, the appeal was launched by the mission’s chief executive, Michelle Branney. Last Christmas, thanks to the generosity of businesses and individuals, more than $130,000 was raised from the mission’s Christmas Star Appeal events.

The Mission assisted over 3000 people during the Christmas period with oneoff or regular support, and gave out over 1400 food parcels and 1500 gifts to those most in need. Michelle encouraged locals to help those most in need this holiday season. “For most of the people we work with throughout the year, the stress and financial strain of Christmas adds to the challenges they face all year round. “It makes a world of difference when the community gets behind the mission so we, in turn, can help where it’s needed most.” The stars will remain at the Wellington Waterfront until December 26.  For more information, or to purchase a star, head to www.christmasstar.

Wellington Free Ambulance chief executive Diana Crossan with Scots College Service Prefect Muchengeti Matinde.

The Scots College community have made a generous donation to Wellington Free Ambulance. This year the school in Strathmore celebrated 100 years and as part of the festivities, students, staff and parents took on a range of fundraising activities. This included mufti days, a coin trail, Shave-A-Thon and the Wellington Free Ambulance Onesie Day. As a result of the school community’s philanthropic efforts, they managed to raise $ 20,000 to donate to the charity organisation. Scots and Wellington Free Ambulance have enjoyed a long-standing relationship. Wellington Free Ambulance was inaugurated in 1927 by Sir Charles Norwood, the Mayor of Wellington at that time. His son, Walter Norwood, and his grandson, Wayne Norwood, were both Scots Old Boys and Wayne is still active in the Scots community. Headmaster Graeme Yule said it was

fitting to acknowledge this special relationship during the school’s centenary year. “Wellington Free Ambulance really does provide a service that all Wellingtonians can access and it’s one we can’t take for granted. “To acknowledge the support the college has received by the city over the years, we wanted to contribute to something that would reach all citizens, young and old, so Wellington Free Ambulance was the perfect fit.” Wellington Free Ambulance chief executive Diana Crossan said she was delighted with the donation and acknowledged it was initiatives like this that kept the organisation viable. “We are extremely thankful of the support we get from Scot College,” Diana said. “They have a long standing place in the community in the same way we do, so it’s terrific to see their students and families supporting their free ambulance service.”

Michelle Branney at the Walk of Fame launch earlier this month.

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Children’s Hospital accepts grand donation Wellington Children’s Hospital is $118,523 better off thanks to the fundraising efforts of the 2016 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal. This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal. The appeal raises money for a number of children’s hospitals across the country, and funds raised allow these hospitals to purchase much needed equipment. Money raised in the capital was handed over at a recent cheque presentation, which was attended by staff from the Capital and Coast District Health Board and Wellington Hospitals Foundation, official charity of Wellington Regional Hospital. Funds from this year’s appeal will enable the purchase of a

Giraffe Omnibed and Cotside Endoscopic Evaluation System for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wellington Regional Hospital. Bill Day, Chair of Wellington Hospitals Foundation, said the community’s support was extremely important to Wellington Children’s Hospital. He said thanks to the support of Countdown, the Children’s Hospital was able to fund a large number of items of medical equipment over the past ten years. “Countdown staff and customers are making a real difference to our Children’s Health and we cannot thank them enough. “Funds raised for Wellington Children’s Hospital over the past 10 years now totals $1,261,000,” he said.

South Wellington Intermediate School students had a visit from Cook Strait News reporter Nikki Papatsoumas last week as part of the school’s enrichment class. Nikki spoke to students about what the day in a life of a reporter entailed. As part of the same class, year 7 and 8 students also had a visit from the Wellington Thunderbirds, firefighters and police officers. PHOTO CREDIT: Nikki Papatsoumas.

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Drenching rain and unpredictable winds did not deter stoic Wellingtonians from enjoying the festive season. Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11 saw the anticipated ‘Very Welly Christmas’ close the Lambton Quay area of downtown Wellington for its inaugural street festival replacing Wellington’s annual Christmas parade. The children’s craft area offered the chance to make a variety of colourful Christmas decorations before the gazebo succumbed to a particularly vicious wind.

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A magic place: Charlotte Upton of Newtown gets to experience the inside of a snow globe.

Sunday’s markedly improved weather coupled with a cool southerly breeze saw cartoon characters, stilt walkers, magicians, balloon shapers, illustrators, painters, musicians and colourful entertainers dot the streets for the afternoon. The popular outdoor ice-skating rink saw many confident skaters take a tumble while a human-sized snow globe complete with Christmas tree and presents was a sight to behold. The big man himself – Santa - was on hand for children to tell their Christmas wishes to at David Jones which completed a fun festive day that could be summed up as a success.

Is there a doctor in the house? Zoe, 9, and Olivia, 5, Rawdon meet Dr Shrimp and Dr Crumpet for a dose of funnies.

Santa, his amazing sleigh and his reindeer.

Christmas crafters: Ciara and Kaylee O’Kelly, 5, of Brooklyn with their nanna and granddad.

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Kiyan Jariwala, 5, of Miramar gets to met Junkity Meg (aka Jen McArthur).

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A white wonderland: Jiaxuan Yang, 6, and her friends Ethan Liu, 4, and Xiyao Wang, 4, enjoy their igloo experience.


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Ben Finefeuiaki Holy Cross School, Miramar

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“Coming together with family and giving presents to each other and having fun.”

“It’s about family and giving. I did something called shoebox Christmas which is where you get presents for less fortunate people.”

“Celebrating with family and friends and also gathering together to have fun.”

“It’s a time of year where people celebrate the birth of Jesus, with family and friends around.”

“We remember back to the story of Mary and her baby Jesus and families come together to remember when he passed away.”

Kayleigh-Ann Smith Holy Cross School, Miramar “Christmas is the time baby Jesus was born and when we think about Christmas we pray for Jesus.”

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.

Bah Humbug Dear Ed, The pre-Christmas junk mail seemed to start sooner than ever this year, in early November. As I draw near the grave, I opine that Scrooge was right in the first place: “Bah, humbug!” Further, I think the English Puritans, during the 17th Century Commonwealth and Protectorate did the right thing by abolishing Christmas.

The Puritans well knew that Christmas is a combination of paganism and Popery; but commercialism was added to them in the 19th Century. It is ostensibly to observe the Nativity of Christ; but this was grafted on to the Roman festival of Saturnalia, not long after the Roman Empire became nominally Christian: it was in


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approximately 340 AD that the Nativity first became a fixed date in the Church calendar. In any case, Christmas has always been, in practice and popular observance, that same Saturnalia: the Twelve Days of Christmas meant a time of idleness, boozing, gorging, and temporarily tolerated bad behaviour in some form or

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other. In recent years, I’ve had a lot of empathy with the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland: it’s only festival is Sunday, the weekly Christian Sabbath - no other festivals are permitted or recognized. I don’t belong to that denomination, but have some admired Christian friends who do. Hector Westfold, Miramar

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Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore is leading the way in creating an elder-centred community. The home has now become one of just three rest homes in Wellington and six nationwide to gain full Eden Alternative registration. Kilmarnock Heights Home manager Bronwyn Drennan said the Eden Alternative philosophy (Eden), was a unique elder-directed model of care that follows ten principles that work to alleviate the plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom – which are major issues as recognised in the government’s Health of Older People Strategy. “Eden is unique because the focus is on making sure a person’s entire wellbeing is catered for, including their spiritual and emotional needs, which has led to a notable difference in people’s overall happiness and quality of life,” said Bronwyn. Bronwyn said at Kilmarnock Heights Home everyday life included companionship, variety and spontaneity, and opportunities to give as well as receive care which gave elders a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. She said examples of the Eden Alternative

was the inclusion of pets and the empowerment of decision-making “A human habitat is created by including animals, plants and people in the elders’ lives. “We recognise that many people have animals as companions and allow them to move in with their owners. We also have home budgies, cats and rabbits. Relatives, volunteers and staff also make regular visits to the home with their dogs,” said Bronwyn. “The Eden Alternative also embraces an environment where elders and staff are active decision makers. Together they have created a Kilmarnock Heights values statement where respect and valuing differences in others is acknowledged. This is what makes Kilmarnock Heights a home.” Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Johnnie Wood said the Eden Alternative was what made a rest home feel like a home. “Some people see rest homes as places where people sit and do nothing day after day, but Eden doesn’t allow that to happen,” says Johnnie. “Here [at Kilmarnock Heights Home] I’ve never been so busy in my life. There’s always something for me to do.”

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Health Care Home model launched

Assessing buildings and sharing results Wellington’s mayor now has the power to force landlords to assess their buildings for earthquake damage and share the results. Last week, Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester was given the ability to give notice of a statutory ‘local transition period’ for Wellington. This would give Wellington City Council’s recovery manager Mike Mendonca powers to compel building owners to share the results of building inspections with the council for a short period of time. Approval has been given by Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee. “This transition period gives the city council recovery manager the legal power, if necessary, to compel building owners to obtain assessments of their buildings and provide the results,” Mr Lester said. “Wellingtonians need to know that their city is safe. This transition period will help us ensure that we understand the current state of buildings and get a clearer picture of the state of buildings following any major aftershocks.” Under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002, councils can appoint recovery managers with special powers to oversee a city’s recovery from an emergency. Now ministerial approval has been given, Mr Mendonca, will soon have these powers to apply to the recovery process now under way in Wellington. “Mike is a highly-experienced recovery manager, and our application was about making sure he is given all possible legal authority to keep Wellingtonians safe, and ensure our city’s recovery runs smoothly and efficiently,” Mr Lester said. “This is just one of a range of steps we are taking to ensure our city is responding to the effects of the recent earthquakes. “We are also working closely with the government to identify major resilience projects that can be brought forward to help us get ready.”

Thousands of high needs patients are now set to receive improved access to health care. The new Health Care Home model was officially launched in the Wellington region at a special ceremony at Newtown Union Health ea rl ier t h is mont h, which was attended by Rongotai MP Annette King. As part of the initiative five VLCA (Very Low Cost Access) practices have joined up with Capital and Coast District Health Board and local primary health organisations including Compass Health, Cosine, Ora Toa and the Well Health initiative. Patients can now expect improved response to phone calls and for urgent appointment requests, a conversation with a GP or nurse may even save a trip to the practice. Online services include requesting presc r ipt ion s, m a k i ng appointments, and messaging the GP.

Hora Te Pai GP Chris Fawcett said the Health Care Home model allowed room for health care providers to ensure same day appointments for high needs patients who often require more spontaneous healthcare needs. “We’ve already seen encouraging results in reducing hospital and after-hours admissions through daily patient phone t r iage a nd a reduction in walk-in patients,” he said. Capita l a nd Coast District Health chief executive Debbie Chin said thousands of people across greater Wellington were now benefitting from the Health Care Homes initiative. “This initiative demonstrates how we work with primary health organisations to find innovative ways for GPs to provide better preventative, proactive and urgent care - especially for high needs patients - to create better health outcomes in our communities.”

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Thursday December 15, 2016


Scholarships for local sports stars

Local real estate agent Lance Williams with some of the young sports stars who each received a $250 scholarship. By Nikki Papatsoumas

Twenty-one up and coming sports stars from across Wellington’s eastern suburbs are the lucky recipients of a grass roots scholarship programme. Local real estate agent Lance Williams has given away 21 $250 sports scholarships this month – a scholarship for each house he has sold this year. Lance said in previous years, he

had given out scholarships as he sold houses throughout the year, but this year decided to give them out at once. The do-gooder sent out a newsletter to most schools in the eastern suburbs encouraging young sports stars to apply earlier this month. He said he had 38 entries, and the 21 winners were drawn at random. “I was a primary school teacher for 10 years before getting into real estate,” Lance said. “I often saw

kids missing out on things because of the cost. “These things can be expensive for parents, especially if they have multiple children.” Children picked up their scholarships from Lance’s Hataitai office this week and he said feedback from students, school staff and parents had been extremely positive. “They all think it is an awesome initiative and they are all extremely grateful.”

Sports talk with Jacob Page...

Guptill logical McCullum replacement in tests Martin Guptill’s mediocre test batting coupled with his sublime one-day international statistics suggests a change of role within test cricket may suit him best. He should take over the No. 5 spot left vacant by Brendon McCullum’s retirement. It’s a role McCullum innovated to push the run rate forward and take calculated risks. He approached it similar to a one-day innings which clearly suits Guptill’s batting style. The 30-year-old surpassed 5000 one day international runs on Sunday during his impressive 114 in the opening Chappell-Hadlee match against Australia in Sydney. It is clear he feels more comfortable pushing the pace in limited overs cricket rather than a technical examination as an opening batsman in test cricket. Guptill made 5000 ODI runs in fewer innings than Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis or Chris Gayle but that form has never transferred over to the white clothing. If Guptill was given a free pass to play his naturally aggressive style in the middle order it may very well come off. A middle order of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill and Corey Anderson also looks more threatening on paper. As for who takes the openers spot? I’d have Jesse Ryder. It’s unlikely, due to his off field incidents but the New Zealand cricket cupboard is starting to look a little sparse and the man is talented. Kiwis love a good comeback story and maybe it would give Ryder the chance to finish out his career the way it should have gone all along. If not, there’s always Peter Fulton, right?








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