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Countdown to Christmas Continued from page 1. Met Ser v ic e met e orolo gist Ciaran Doolin said the weather outlook was good for Christmas Day. “Mainly fine weather is expected for much of the country, apart from a few cloud periods and isolated showers, especially in the west.” Meanwhile, thousands of letters and postcards for Santa have arrived at New Zealand Post, ready to be delivered to Father Christmas. This year, children were able to write a traditional letter to Santa, or decorate and send their own digital postcard to Santa online, New Zealand Post spokeswoman Tina Morgan said. “Families have really embraced the interactive website and we’ve already had over 10,000 digital postcards sent to Santa,” said Tina earlier this month. “Traditional letters remain popular too, and we’ve had more than 40,000 come in so far from individuals and schools.” “Children have been sending some lovely messages and requests in to Santa.” She said among the requests, one child had asked that less fortunate children get lots of presents from Santa this year. Another wished Santa a safe journey and said she did not mind what she got … but if

Santa had a spare scooter, she would really like a red one. Tina said remote control cars, monster trucks, bikes and scooters were all requested by children. Electronic

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Wellington’s Deputy Mayor has announced he is considering running for a job at the Beehive. This week, Rongotai MP Annette King announced she would not seek re-election in the Rongotai electorate in the upcoming elections – a seat she has held for 23 years. Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle, who was selected by Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester as deputy following the recent local government elections, said he was now considering running in Rongotai. He said while he was committed to his role as Deputy Mayor, he was considering calls from Labour party members to contest Rongotai. “I am honoured to be asked whether I will put my name forward and I am talking about it further with my family, the party leadership and members. “They say a week is a long time in politics and opportunities come up all the time. Here is an opportunity that has arisen, and at this stage I am simply considering it.” Paul said Rongotai could be described as an “Annette King seat” versus that of a once safe Labour seat, as the party

Wellington City Council has this week written to the owners of around 80 buildings requiring them to undertake detailed independent building assessments and to share them with the council. The council’s city recovery manager, Mike Mendonca, said the initiative was one of several being taken to ensure the city’s safety. Letters have been sent to the owners of buildings that have been identified as having certain attributes that need to be checked.


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vote was now neck and neck between National, Labour and the Greens. At the last general elections, Mrs King comfortably secured the Rongotai seat with 16,395 votes, more than double the number of votes of the next preferred candidate, Chris Finlayson. As an Island Bay resident and councillor for the southern ward for the past six years, Paul

said he had worked very closely with Mrs King and learned what it meant to be a successful electorate MP. “My own patch covers half of the Rongotai electorate, where I am deeply connected and engaged in local issues,” Paul said. “I’m motivated by serving and caring for people – values I inherited from my parents from being raised here in the

eastern and southern suburbs of Wellington.” Paul said he was also proud of his Maori heritage, and would like to see a Maori male win a general electorate seat for the Labour party – something which had not been achieved in the party’s 100 year history.  Who would you like to see replace Annette King as MP for Rongotai? Send an email to

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Hampers to be delivered to deserving families

inbrief news Sustainability Trust School Holiday Workshops Kids aged five to 12 will take part in hands-on activities which are fun, creative and teach them a bit about sustainability. Parents are welcome to leave kids with our experienced educators for the d uration of the three-hour workshops. There are five sessions to choose from between December 21 and December 23, $18 per child or $15 for two or more. Registrations are essential. Sessions will be held at Forresters Lane in central Wellington. For more information, head to events/1613591285603191

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to ensure families can have a special Christmas Day together. Each hamper includes chicken donated by Tegel Foods, sausages from The Mad Butcher, hams from Hellers, and other Christmas goods from local businesses and individual donors. Each hamper will also be accompanied with new gifts for children. These hampers will go to families that are on the mission’s

wards creating positive futures, and to other local community agencies that are supporting people throughout Christmas. Delivering these hampers is one of the final activities of the mission’s Christmas Star Appeal, which launched at the end of October. Individuals, businesses, teams and families have been supporting the appeal in many ways, including filling hundreds of ‘Christmas Star Boxes’ with

food and toys, taking part in the iconic ‘Pack the Bus’, buying tickets to the brand new Christmas raffle, and volunteering their time to sort and repack Christmas goods. More than 200 stars on The Mission’s Walk of Fame, were also snapped up this year.  If anyone would still like to support the mission this Christmas, it’s not too late – you can donate online at any time via

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hampers will be delivered to deserving families across the capital in time for the festive season. The Wellington City Mission will deliver more than 100 special ‘Christmas Day Hampers’ to families in their own homes this Friday – with the help of some Wellington celebrities. Team members from the Hurricanes, the Phoenix and the Firebirds will be helping deliver these hampers which are filled

Te Papa’s chief executive has announced he will be leaving his role next year to spend more time with his family. Last week, it was announced the museum’s chief executive Rick Ellis would be stepping down next year. Rick said while it had been a privilege to lead Te Papa, he had made the decision to now focus on family.

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“It has been a privilege to lead an iconic organisation that really is a national treasure, and I know that I will always be part of the Te Papa whanau,” he said. “We have achieved so much in the last years, and I am immensely proud of how the team has broken new ground and taken Te Papa to the next level.” Rick said the decision had not


been an easy one, and he was grateful for the support of the Te Papa Board and the wider Te Papa team. “Te Papa is an incredibly exciting place to be part of, with so much to offer to every New Zealander. “I know the organisation is in great shape to transition to the next leader who is lucky enough to take up the role.”

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Janet Bagshaw and Raj Nagar are sending out Christmas safety messages to the eastern suburbs community these holidays.

Spreading Christmas safety messages By Nikki Papatsoumas

For most, Christmas is a time of year where family and friends come together to celebrate the holiday season. For others, Christmas can be less merry, and family violence statistics over the holiday period can unfortunately increase dramatically. With this in mind, Wellington family violence network Te Rito, has partnered with Unichem Miramar Pharmacy to put out a series of Christmas messages to locals from the eastern suburbs. Coordinator for Te Rito Janet

Bagshaw said safety messages would be placed in the pharmacy’s paper bags and distributed to all customers right up until Christmas. “Christmas is usually a time of fun and a time of sharing with family, but that is not the case for everyone,” Janet said. “For some families it’s more fear, dread and anxiety for several reasons, but especially when there is family violence involved.” Janet said family violence wasn’t always just physical, it could also be emotional or financial and the extra pressures of Christmas made it a difficult

time for some families. She said messages being distributed encouraged people to ask for help if they needed it and also encouraged locals to keep an eye on friends and neighbours over the holiday season. Unichem Miramar Pharmacy owner Raj Nagar said he was keen to jump on board and help Te Rito spread vital safety messages this Christmas. “There is a general awareness that this happens behind closed doors, and unfortunately often people see it and turn a blind eye,” Raj said. “We want to let people know

there is help out there, not only for the victims but also for those who are concerned about people that might be harmed. “It is important we take some social and community action.” How you can help:  If you witness, or hear violence happening call the police on 111 immediately.  If you are unsure about a situation call 0800REFUGE (0800733843) and talk it through. They will advise you what action to take.  Look on at the agencies out there to help.

Upgrade for Brooklyn School on the cards Brooklyn School is one of three to benefit from a $17.5 million government investment in the Wellington area. Last week Education Minister Hekia Parata said Brooklyn School would have five teaching spaces replaced and the administration block repaired. Funding would also be provided to extend the multi-purpose hall, she said. As well as Brooklyn School, both Northland School and Churton Park School would also benefit from the investment. “These schools have experienced issues such as ageing or leaky buildings, so this investment will be welcome news for their communities,” Ms Parata said. She said over $116 million was announced over the last 14 months for school redevelopments in the Wellington area. Wellington East Girls’ College and Newtown School were among those to benefit over the last year. “We’re committed to modernising school infrastructure, and providing new classrooms for schools that need extra capacity,” Ms Parata said. “We want to support students to achieve to the best of their potential, and providing the right physical learning environment is an important part of this.”



Thursday December 22, 2016 SHINING STAR: A budding young filmmaker has been awarded for his talent. This year Rongotai College students entered the Roxy 5 Short Film competition which invites secondary schools across the Wellington region to submit short films. This year, the Rongotai College team, led by director Louis Joblin, won the People’s Choice Award. The prize for this was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime tour of the world-leading film production facilities in Miramar. Part of the day was hosted by Oscar-winner and industry legend, Jamie Selkirk. This led the school to initiate a brand new prize for Senior Filmmaking at Rongotai College, which Jamie kindly offered to attach his name to. The inaugural winner was Louis. The school’s year 13 dean, Nick O’Halloran, said in addition to being an amazing film student, Louis was also an outstanding filmmaker and has made some brilliant Taika Waititi-esque films with a real Aotearoa flavour. PHOTO CREDIT: SUPPLIED

Take a quiet moment During this mad rush of Christmas, take a quiet moment at St Matthews, Washington Ave, Brooklyn who invite family and friends to a family friendly Christmas Carol Service at 5pm on Saturday, December 24. The service will include children’s activities with a ‘Christingle’ theme.

Christmas celebrated at Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre More than 65 locals attended the annual Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre Christmas Party earlier this month. Among those in attendance were Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester and Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle, local city councillors and former Wellington City Councillor Ruth Gotlieb. Entertainment was provided thanks to guitarist, Connor Stinson, of the Rocky Academy, and Wellington East Girls’ Col-

lege students, Rose and Tymesha, who sang and played guitar. Santa even made an appearance on the day, distributing gifts to locals before everyone sat down to enjoy afternoon tea, complete with Christmas cake. The centre’s coordinators Rowena Bonne and Beryl Smyth thanked the mayor and councillors for attending and all the locals for making the annual event a special day.

Wellington City Councillors Chris Calvi- Freeman and Simon Marsh, Ruth Gotlieb, Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester, Robin Boldarin and Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle.

More than 65 locals made an appearance at the party, which took place on December 3. Locals enjoy Christmas celebrations.

Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre coordinator Beryl Smyth Santa hands out presents to the crowds. cuts the Christmas cake.

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WFA on call to help Kiwis stay safe this Christmas The classic Kiwi summer would not be complete without spending time with family, cooling off at the beach or firing up the barbecue for Christmas lunch. But good times can often turn sour due to accidents or serious medical emergencies. That is why this summer, Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic Belinda Westenra was urging Wellingtonians to look out for

each-other over the holiday season. “Have fun but stay safe. If you do need help, remember, we’re here for you.” Belinda said she often worked throughout the holiday period, making sure those who needed help get it. She said she had seen it all – from serious medical emergencies to the mild ‘adult injured by children’s toy’ accident.

In 2013, there were 146 Christmas tree-related injuries, 38 accidents involving Christmas lights and 19 present-related injuries, she said. Some of these injuries included sprains or falls suffered while decorating the Christmas tree, swallowing sticky tape while wrapping presents and cuts from carving the Christmas ham. “We also love the water,

Christmas comes early for Wellington Free Ambulance A brand-new replacement ambulance has taken to the streets of Wellington thanks to a generous donation from the Lloyd Morrison Foundation. Wellington Free Ambulance chief executive Diana Crossan said the timing was perfect as the service geared up for a busy holiday season ahead. “We generally get increases in festive season related incidents at this time of year, so a new ambulance carrying the very latest technology is a gift to the crew, and the people they’ll help this summer.” Special guest at the launch of the new ambulance was Prime Minister Bill English who thanked the Wellington Free Ambulance staff for the work they do every day, and talked about the significant role paramedics have in bringing calm and order to a large-scale emergency. “Having well trained people in their uniforms makes such a difference,” he said.

Changes for Wellington’s housing Changes are on the way for housing in Wellington, with rates rebates for first-home builders and an expansion of Wellington City Council’s social housing. Last week, the first meeting of the mayor’s taskforce on housing, took place. Following this year’s local government elections, the taskforce was assembled to tackle the escalating issue of housing affordability in the capital. At last week’s meeting, chaired by Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle, the council’s housing portfolio leader, experts from around the country identified affordable, social and emergency housing as areas in need of immediate action. Mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester, said the council would act swiftly to get new homes built. “The advice from our taskforce today is that in the face of skyrocketing house prices, there is an immediate need for local government to step up and start taking action,” he said. “I will be asking my councillors early in the New Year to approve policy changes to help us tackle these problems. “These will include a $5000 rates rebate for building first homes, a new model to help deliver affordable housing, and expanding our stock of social housing,” Mr Lester said. “If we want to avoid a situation like Auckland, we need to take action.” Paul said the taskforce’s first meeting was significant. “It’s the first time we’ve had representatives from across the housing continuum at the same table prioritising housing issues for Wellington,” he said. Key issues identified included a long-term housing plan tailored for Wellington, better data to improve decision-making, working with central government, learning from other successful housing initiatives and continuing to overhaul council processes to make it easier to build more homes. “Building more homes remains our number one priority,” said Paul. “That means focusing on developing masterplans for our neighbourhoods, getting the housing mix right with developers and creating a pipeline for long-term housing construction.”

but it’s important to take note of any potential mishaps. Wear your flotation vest if you’re on a boat, or keep an eye out for young ones near the pool.” She is also cautioning revellers to be cognisant of their alcohol intake – 11 per cent of all injuries are estimated to be alcoholrelated. “Don’t do things while intoxicated that you wouldn’t necessarily do while sober.”

Belinda Westenra is urging locals to stay safe while having fun this Christmas. PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied



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Q: How will you be celebrating Christmas?

Penelope Jacobs, Kilbirnie

Elder Dollery, Kilbirnie

Pasefika Moemai, Kilbirnie

Liz Bruce, Kilbirnie

Neil Carey, Kilbirnie

Colin Cameron, Kilbirnie

“With a family gathering and also church.”

“While I am a missionary I go around sharing the message of Christ, back home I spend time with family.”

“Back home in Samoa all the family get together and have a feast and have fun.”

“We do lots at our local church such as midnight service and a gathering with friends and family.”

“I think Christmas is about enjoying what you have got and a time to appreciate that we live in a very lovely country.”

“I’ll be having Christmas at the family home which my daughter lives in now, and then celebrating again in Rotorua.”

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.

Thumbs up for Holy Cross School

Tsunami sirens essential

Dear Ed, It’s great to read in Cook Strait News that Holy Cross School in Miramar has taken a sensible step to protect children from too much sugar, by restricting soft drinks and junk food at school. This acknowledges that adults have a duty of care to look after kids. I hope other schools take note and follow this leadership. Patrick Morgan Wellington

Dear Ed, Saturday night’s magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Papua New Guinea and the overnight call (subsequently retracted) to evacuate low lying areas should serve as a further wake-up call for eastern suburbs residents. The earthquake, being far away, wasn’t felt sufficiently “long or strong” in Wellington to wake anyone or suggest they should “be gone”. A

major earthquake hundreds of kilometres away could conceivably send a tsunami onto our coast within a very few hours while people sleep. On Boxing Day 2004, 230,000 people were killed across 14 countries around the Indian Ocean. Many victims were taken completely by surprise several hours after the quake struck. A text messaging system won’t reliably wake everyone. Put simply, we

need sirens for such eventualities. And I don’t mean sirens on police cars – there weren’t any of those sounding around the coast to wake people when we were told to evacuate after the Kaikoura quake. Yes, “if it’s (felt) long or strong, be gone”, but if there’s a distant tsunami a’coming, we need sirens to get us up and running! Chris Calvi-Freeman Kio Bay

Work at Erskine moves forward By Nikki Papatsoumas

Work on redevelopment at the Erskine College site in Island Bay

is continuing to move forward. Earlier this year a $7 million restoration of the historic chapel at the Erskine College site in Island

Paul Eagle and Ian Cassels near the Erskine College Chapel.

Bay was announced, as part of a $30 million redevelopment project of the site. The project will include building

a range of terraced houses and apartment units on parts of the site, refurbishing the chapel’s wedding and function centre, building a new cafe and early childcare centre, creating a heritage precinct with large public open spaces and restoring the Reverend Mother’s garden. The project has since been granted resource consent by the Wellington City Council under a special housing area designation. Under this designation community notification is either limited or not necessary. Despite its special housing area designation, property developer Ian Cassels, of The Wellington Company, said he was committed to working closely with the community to ensure their concerns and ideas were taken into consideration. Ian said he was working closely with the Wellington City Council, regarding community concerns, which included the impact of traffic and parking on surrounding neighbours

and safety of children and families crossing the road near Avon St. Deputy Mayor and Island Bay resident Paul Eagle said it was vital local residents were being listened to and their issues worked through. “Community support has been mainly positive that something is fi nally happening after 30 years. There is a strong need for more housing in Island Bay too. “Ia n has shown some goodwill to work with affected residents, despite Special Housing Area designated areas not requiring any consultation. “I will be making sure every concern raised by local residents is worked through with Ian and his team so there’s a win for everyone. We’re getting close to sorting an arrangement out.” Ian said despite concerns, there was already a considerable amount of interest in the development, with more than 37 of the 96 properties on offer already secured.

Thursday December 22, 2016

Pastry chef picks up top award

New uniform unveiled for Wellington Zoo

By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local pastry chef has picked up a top award at a recent competition. Maia Nguyen works as a

pastry chef at Wellington City New World and recently won the ‘Baker of the Year’ award at a Foodstuffs competition which involved entries from pastry chefs

Keeper Joakim Liman shows off the Zoo’s new fashion revolution.

Wellington Zoo staff are proudly showing off their new uniform, made using sustainable materials. The vibrant new zoo uniforms were unveiled after the zoo paired up with local ethical uniform company Little Yellow Bird. General manager for business and partnerships at the zoo, Daniel Warsaw, said Little Yellow Bird and Wellington Zoo shared many values, with sustainability and environmental impact being the central ethos of both social enterprises. Little Yellow Bird used organic cotton, which was grown without chemicals and had a much smaller environmental impact compared with conventionally grown cotton. “We’ve loved working with Little Yellow Bird, as they share our commitment to making sustainable and ethical choices that are good for people and animals,” Daniel said. “At Wellington Zoo, we’re passionate about securing safe habitats for animals worldwide, and we know that our sustainable purchasing choices can help make this a reality – creat-

ing jobs that provide alternative livelihoods, reducing environmental impacts, and investing in community development.” Little Yellow Bird has a bigger mission than just making clothing – it aims to alleviate poverty in the region where its products are made. Each shirt can be traced to the individual who made it by the label – giving the Wellington Zoo team a personal connection to the people who have created their uniform. Wellington Zoo aims to make a positive difference in all aspects of its work so partnering with Little Yellow Bird was an obvious choice, said Daniel. “As well as developing a great new uniform for our staff, Little Yellow Bird is also helping to sustainably manage the reuse and recycling of our existing uniform to complete the loop,” said Daniel. “We’re excited to show off our new look, which has our staff looking smart, feeling comfortable, and happy in the knowledge that their new uniforms have come from an ethical journey.”

Maia Nguyen with one of the many delights she is renowned for.

across the North Island. Maia may have only been a baker for just over two year, but her experience speaks volumes. After making it through the first round of the recent competition, Maia took part in a bake off with 20 other pastry chefs. All contestants had to make and bake five products – shortbread cookies, chocolate cake – make bake and decorate, no bake cheesecake, raisin and walnut bread and a mystery challenge product. They were judged not only on their products, but also on work habits, food safety and health and hygiene. Judges commented that Maia’s products were to a high standard, especially her cake decorations. Maia said she originally worked in a restaurant when she first arrived in New Zealand, but quickly developed a taste for baking. She said she was constantly trawling the internet for inspiration, and was “surprised” with her recent accolade. Looking ahead to the future, Maia said she would like to one day own her own small coffee shop or cafe.  To sample some of Maia’s creations, head along to Wellington City New World.

Locals share their Christmas tree snaps Christmas means it is time to decorate the Christmas tree, from baubles to tinsel to fairy lights everyone has their own unique way of decorating the Christmas tree come festive season. Some readers have sent through snaps of their Christmas trees from around the southern and eastern suburbs.

1. A Kilbirnie family sent in this snap of their tree. 2. The children from Adelaide Early Childhood Centre had fun decorating their centre’s tree. 3. An Island Bay family stuck to a blue and silver colour theme for their tree this year.






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The team at Hell Pizza in Strathmore are wishing all their customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Owner James has been at the store for almost five years. Together with his team of 20 staff, Hell Pizza Strathmore serves up a range of pizza, pasta, salads and sides for hungry souls to devour. James reminded customers that the store would remain open over the holiday period, except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, when they will be closed.

“We can be there to feed the family when you are busy out there buying presents,” he said. James thanked all his customers for continuing to support Hell Pizza Strathmore. “We want to say a big thank you to our customers, we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our customers we have regulars and we have new customers all the time and it’s great to see them coming back.” He wished all his customers a safe and happy holiday season.

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Christmas comes early at Strathmore Park Community Centre More than 50 members of the Strathmore Park community gathered for an early Christmas lunch in the sun last week. A shared lunch took place at the Strathmore Park Community Centre last Friday, to celebrate a successful year past and the holiday season ahead. PHOTO CREDIT: Nikki Papatsoumas

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Ina Botha, Rahel Williams, Wellington City Councillor Sarah Free and Merrie Reddigton prepare a roast meal in the centre’s kitchen.

Linda Chu, Tamaine Tupufia and Donna Bolton prepare Christmas cookies.

Strathmore Park Community Centre coordinator Lisa Matthews and Joclyne Max and Jake Williams sneak in a game of foosball. Waaka.

Santa makes a special appearance

LEFT: Santa strikes a pose along Wellington’s southern coast after emerging from the sea. ABOVE: Santa makes children visiting the Bait House Aquarium ‘junior rangers’. By Nikki Papatsoumas

Children gathered at Wellington’s south coast at the weekend to sneak a peek at Santa after he emerged from the water, hat and all. Santa’s visit was arranged as part of the Island Bay Marine Education Centre Bait House

Aquarium’s final open day of the year. Each Sunday, the aquarium opens its doors, giving locals an opportunity to take a look at some of the sea life that can be found along neighbouring Taputeranga Marine Reserve. Excited children gathered around the rock pools last

Sunday, and watched as Santa emerged from the sea after being washed ashore by a tsunami. Santa then handed out chocolate fish to children and made them ‘junior rangers’ at the centre, encouraging them to protect and take care of marine life. One of the centre’s directors, Dr Victor Anderlini, said open

days at the centre gave visitors a chance to see some of the sea creatures that live along Wellington’s south coast. “It gives people a chance to see and touch and make that connection and learn that life does live out here. If they know that, they are more likely to care about taking care of it.”

Victor said this was the first year Santa had made an appearance at the centre, and all going well they would look at extending an invite to the man in red once again next year.  Island Bay Marine Education Centre Bait House Aquarium’s next open day will take place on Sunday, January 22 next year.



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Sevens to offer top music acts and dancing Some of New Zealand’s favourite music acts will have 2017 HSBC Wellington Sevens fans dancing in their seats as the tournament ramps up the entertainment with one of summer’s best line-ups for the two-day event. The performers for January 28 and 29 include Nesian Mystik and The Koi Boys. Kings, whose debut single broke Lorde’s record for most consecutive weeks at number one, will perform along with Vodafone New Zealand Music Award winner MAALA and Christchurch band nomad. General Manager for the Wellington

Sevens Steve Dunbar said the injection of top New Zealand music acts was about making the event a complete entertainment package for fans. “Wellington Sevens is a couple of days of fun in the sun – watching world-class rugby, dressing up, having a good time with mates, and music is a big part of that. “We’re thrilled with the line-up of New Zealand music we’re bringing together and fans are going to love it. It’s shaping up to be one of the best gigs of summer.”  For more information, head to www.

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Many nosy parkers question Joseph’s win A new state-of-the-art community and sports hub is one step closer to being realised. Last Friday, Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester and Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle signed a new lease with Poneke Football Club, paving the way for the new Toitu Poneke Community and Sports Hub. Wellington City Council has contributed $750,000 to the establishment of the new hub, which will service seven local sports clubs. Mr Lester said the new facility will be great for the local community. “It’s going to be great to have better facilities and to have seven clubs coming together to use the space,” he said. “We’re hoping this will be the first of many of these hubs around the city in the future. “They’ll help our local sporting clubs become more financially sustainable, while also providing good facilities for the public.” Paul, the council’s recreation portfolio

leader, said the lease signing was the result of thousands of hours of work and highlighted the significant challenges sports clubs were facing all over the city. “We’ve worked really hard over the past few years to get this project going and it’s very satisfying to be able to formally sign the lease ensuring the survival of club sport in our city,” Paul said. “The ability to maintain a clubroom, constantly fundraise and attract volunteers on top of retaining players and quality committee members is proving too difficult for many.” Paul said he believed sports clubs across the eastern and southern suburbs would emerge “big winners” as a result. “The hub approach means the 133-year-old Poneke Football Club will share what was once their former home with six other sports clubs – and the door is always open for more to join.”

Things got a little ugly after Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker’s world title win in Auckland last Saturday. Both the general public and many within boxing circles both nationally and internationally are split over whether he won the fight against Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jr. The head of New Zealand Boxing Lance Revill labelled the result as “bulls***” and believes Ruiz was “ripped off” after losing on points. Revill is a former boxer and respected referee. Others have said David Tua, a man who fought for the unified world title against Lennox Lewis in 2000, would dispose of Parker easily. I had Parker winning by one round, after he finished the stronger of the fighters in the last six rounds of the 12-round bout. I’m by no means a boxing expert but I felt Ruiz didn’t land many telling blows despite pressing forward at every opportunity. While Parker didn’t look destructive either, he scored with his jab at will late in the fight. The jab isn’t going to knock a boxer out

but it does cause damage and is often used as a set-up punch for more devastating strikes. Parker’s defence, an often overlooked trait, is also excellent. For the public, the 24-year-old is a tough fighter to watch. Unlike Tua, he’s not a knockout artist. Tua’s fights had an easy story to be told and to read. Tua came in, big punch, opponent is knocked out, Tua wins - simple. Parker seems happy to work long into a fight and use his height, reach and superior hand speed, none of which Tua had, to win fights. Parker’s style is not as explosive or visually appealing. He is also fighting in a weaker heavyweight division than Tua fought in. It’s my opinion Tua could have won a world title in this era of multiple champions. However, Parker deserves some credit by hook or by crook he created history and has the belt to prove it.

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Chief executive of Cricket Wellington to stand down The chief executive of Cricket Wellington Peter Clinton will stand down from his role at the end of this season. Clinton, who has been in the role for five years, leaves the organisation with cricket enjoying high levels of public support, but the sport also looking hard at how it fits within contemporary and future New Zealand. “The next 18 months in New Zealand Cricket will be very interesting and challenging, and stepping aside at this time gives both the board and the incoming chief executive time to address those challenges and opportunities,” Clinton said. “I’ll miss the pace and diversity of the role, no question. No two days are ever the same and the variety of issues that require attention make the job professionally stimulating and highly satisfying.” Chair Sally Morrison said that Clinton left the organisation with a stable platform from which to propel itself.

“Peter has worked hard through his nine years with Cricket Wellington, five as chief executive, ensuring everyone in Wellington has an opportunity to play cricket, not just those who aspire to the highest levels of the game. “Peter leaves the organisation in good heart and with a good platform for a new chief executive to come in and build upon,” she said. Reflecting on the past nine years, Clinton said he had also enjoyed working with the Basin Reserve Trust and the Wellington City Council on the future investment and strategic direction of the Basin. “It’s a unique venue that I believe can showcase Wellington on many different levels, and I’m pleased it’s going to get the ongoing support and attention it deserves.” The board will shortly consider the recruitment process for a new chief executive, and expects to start this shortly after the New Year.

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