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Summer signals warmer weather and with warmer weather comes regular trips to one of Wellington’s many beaches on offer. Over the coming months, life guards as part of the Surf Life Saving New Zealand will patrol beaches across the country and right here in the capital. Nick Mulcahy and Netta Cagney are two of the lifeguards stationed at Oriental Bay Beach right up until the end of the patrol season in late February. Continued on page 2. Nick Mulcahy and Netta Cagney will be among those to patrol Oriental Bay Beach this season. PHOTO CREDIT: Nikki Papatsoumas
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Summer has arrived Continued from page 1. There will also be lifeguards on patrol at Lyall Bay Beach and Scorching Bay throughout the summer months. Nick said the key part of being a lifeguard was prevention. “If someone is going into a dangerous position, or don’t look like they are competent in the water, it’s about jumping in without warning. “We have a real mix of people, we have those that are really safety conscious… and those that we will need to have a chat with.” Nick and Netta said beachgoers should always remember that swimming in the ocean was much different to swimming in a pool.
Nick said in particular, swimmers should always keep between the flags, and stay within their limits. “People tend to think they are more competent in the water than they are,” Nick said. “In particular males and young adults often think they are stronger in the water than they are and that can see them get into a little bit of strife. “People need to realise it’s a lot different to being in a pool.” This year Nick, Netta and their colleagues will be even easier to spot thanks to a generous sponsorship. The Infinity Foundation has sponsored Surf Life Saving New Zealand and a new tower
is now stationed at Oriental Bay Beach.
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Key Safety Messages: • Choose a patrolled beach and swim between the flags. The lifeguards have identified the safest place on the beach to swim and they will move the flagged area as the conditions change throughout the day. • Always keep a very close eye on children in or near the water. Don’t overestimate you or your children’s ability to cope in the conditions. Even shallow, and seemingly calm, water can be life threatening if they get hit by a wave.
• Watch out for that rip - rips are calm, deep patches of water close to shore that can sometimes have waves breaking to the side. Rippled, discoloured or foamy water with debris can also mean there is a rip present. • Know your limits and have an understanding of the conditions before entering the water. • If in doubt, stay out! • If you spot someone in trouble at an unpatrolled beach, ensure your own safety and dial 111 and ask for police.
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With the year nearly over, Wellington is likely to experience its second warmest year on record according to Niwa climate data. However the upcoming summer months could be a mixed bag. Niwa’s principal scientistforecasting, Chris Brandolino said that Wellington’s temperatures for the summer season would likely be near average and rainfall would be near normal. Chris said that Wellington had a maximum average of 18C in December, 20.3C in January and 20.6C in February. The averages were based on 30 year averages that were recalculated every 10 years. Well ington ia ns could
expect temperatures somewhere near those values over the three months. Chris said weather conditions including hot (cool) and wet (dry) would ultimately work together to produce the final numbers which were likely to be near average when the dust settled. “It’s the average that stands the most chance of happening, but there is always black, white and grey,” he said. Chris said they were unable to predict the weather outcome for upcoming summer months as there were no strong signals or indicators they could really sink their teeth into. “We recently had really good indicators in winter like warm ocean temperatures,” he said. Chris said in this case there was a condition with an outcome.
When there were no strong signals, Climatology – weather history, provided average temperatures for Wellington. Manager of Wellington City Council’s outdoor swimming pool in Khandallah, Matt Kilgour, said the pool was busiest in January. “We are praying for warmer weather, it will be a great place to go,” he said. Matt said the unheated pool was great for families and picnics. As well as this, the third edition of the pool’s annual ‘Dogs in Togs’ event would be held on March 12 2017. Dogs in Togs is a chance for four-legged friends to frolic in the water while their owners supervise from the sideline. “It’s super popular,” he said. The pool opened on December 3 and would remain open until March 5 2017.
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Message from Wellington Mayor Justin Lester “It’s been an eventful year in Wellington. The Canes won their very first super rugby title, we’ve had elections and earthquakes to boot. I want to thank all Wellingtonians for their calm response. You’ve shown how resilient you are, and have underlined the importance of being prepared. Over Christmas, I’m looking forward to spending time my family and going camping in Golden Bay. I hope you all have a great break, a festive Christmas, and plenty of sunshine.”
Message from Deputy Mayor of Wellington Paul Eagle “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone in Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs. Christmas is a time where people pause and reflect for a moment, on the year that has been. It is also a time for many where times can be tough with poverty on the rise in a society that is increasingly inequitable. I would encourage you to remember those that will not have much this Christmas because of their circumstances. The year ended on a ‘shake, rattle and roll’ note with the recent earthquakes, and I would ask that everyone talks with neighbours during Christmas and checks on them to make sure they are OK.”
inbrief news Message from Cook Strait News reporter Nikki Papatsoumas “I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks to all your ongoing support throughout 2016, it is always a pleasure to hear your ideas, receive your letters and share your stories. I am excited to see what next year will bring and look forward to continuing to get to know the fabulous locals in the southern and eastern suburbs. Over the break I will be spending plenty of time with family and friends. Fingers crossed we get lots of sunny weather.” Message from Independent Herald reporter Sharnahea Wilson “I would like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. For me Christmas is about spending time with family and friends and enjoying Wellington’s summer weather. I hope everyone has a safe festive season and I’m looking forward to the interesting stories 2017 brings.” Message from MP for Ohariu Hon Peter Dunne “I would like to wish everyone across the Ohariu electorate – from Tawa, to Churton Park, Johnsonville, Newlands/Paparangi, Grenada Village and Horokiwi, through to Khandallah, Ngaio, Crofton Downs, Wadestown, and the Ohariu valley the very best for the festive period. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with many of you over the past year on how we can secure better outcomes for our community and I am looking forward to continuing to work together next year on ways we can, together, ensure the best possible future for all of us. My office will be back in action from January and you can contact me via my electorate offices in the Johnsonville Community Centre or on Main Road in Tawa, or of course email, mail or phone my Parliament office directly. I look forward to hearing from you! Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!”
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New Year’s Eve at Frank Kitts Park Enjoy your New Year’s Eve with the family at the Whairepo Lagoon at Frank Kitts Park. The evening will start at 8pm with the Shake-Em-On-Downers and The Rodger Fox Big Band will take the stage from 10pm. There will be Fireworks and a special countdown at 9pm for the children who will not be able to make it to midnight. Event takes place on Saturday, December 31 from 8pm to midnight.
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Enormous fun on Wellington’s Waterfront By Sharnahea Wilson
Summer Reading Challenge The Wellington City Libraries Summer Reading Challenge is on again this year. Children can pick up a form online or from their local library and win prizes for reading as much as they can. Reading challenge is free and takes place until Tuesday, January 31. For more information head to www. wcl.govt.nz/.
The Wellington Waterfront’s infamous crocodile bikes have become a quintessential capital city experience over the last 18 years – we caught up with the owners to find out where it all began.
The Enormous Crocodile Company is family owned and operated, founded by Tony Christie and now run by Tony, his wife and his four children. Almost two decades ago when Tony and his family were living in Europe, they came across a six-seater bicycle in a northern
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seaside town of Italy. “We hired one and went through town,” Tony said. “I thought this would work well in New Zealand – and it did.” In Italy, Tony would read the Roald Dahl book The Enormous Crocodile to his children which is where the family came up with the idea to have crocodile canopies on the top of their bikes. Tony said he wanted the business to be a “family experience and operation” which, with the help of his children working at the company over the years, it became. Tony’s son Aston said the crocodile bikes had operated out of a shed which would move around the Waterfront until last year when they opened an official store at 5/22 Herd St, Wellington. Aston came up with the idea to open a milk bar in the new space, with 20 flavours of crocshakes, 20 Tip Top ice-cream flavours, and coffee available. “People can come down and get an ice-cream then go out
on a ride.” They also get in donuts once a week from Wellington business Sixes and Sevens, for their customers to enjoy. Tony’s other son Paris said he had been working in the crocbike store for as long as he could remember. “For everyone else I imagine [riding the bikes is] quite a unique thing to do. “Dad has planned out a cycle route which is seven kilometres in total – it’s a great way to see the Waterfront.” Aston, Paris and their two sisters have enjoyed working with the crocodile bikes and helping the company grow and they now have a new member of the team – Maddie Piffard who has come over from America to travel. The Enormous Crocodile Company also has single cycles available which can be hired out for up to eight hours. For more information on the crocodile bikes head to www. crocbikes.co.nz or follow them on Instagram @crocshake
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Bug Lab Te Papa’s latest exhibition “Bug Lab” opened earlier this month. The exhibition created in conjunction with Weta Workshop gives visitors the chance to learn from the genius of bugs. Visitors enter a colourful, magical space, marvel at large-scale bug models, and explore hands-on science. Tickets cost $15 per adult and $5 per child with family and concession tickets also available. Te Papa is open daily from 10am to 6pm. For more information head to www.tepapa.govt.nz/.
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A new courtesy campaign for locals sharing the waterfront’s pathway this summer has been launched. The ‘Everybody’s Pathway to Enjoy’ campaign, launched by the Wellington City Council, will include signs on footpaths and on the back of crocodile bikes, reminding people that safe and courteous behaviour is all part of ‘the Wellington Way’. Council’s portfolio leader for public transport, cycling and
walking, Councillor Sarah Free, said the quirky messages suit the environment where people come to enjoy themselves whether they are travelling to and from work, out exercising or just relaxing in their leisure time. “Over summer our shared pathways can be quite crowded with people making the most of our wonderful waterfront,” Sarah said. “This is a seasonal reminder
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A guide to the capital’s best kept secrets Many Wellingtonians know the streets of the capital like the back of their hand. However, there are always new sites to explore. We have rounded up a list of some of the capital’s best kept secrets. Wellington Writers Walk
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Many Wellingtonians may not have ever heard of this wee gem. The Wellington Writers Walk was opened during the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts in March 2002. The walk is made up of a series of 19 text sculptures located along Wellington’s harbour. Each one contains a quotation about the city, written by one of the many talented writers who have made Wellington their home at some point in their lives. Make sure to take a walk this summer and try spot all 19.
Concerned Citizens on 17 Tory Street hosts events and exhibitions by artists to showcase local and international art, music, film, and seminars, and raise funds and awareness in support of a range of positive social and political causes. Due to the earthquake 17 Tory Street is currently closed but is looking to reopening in the New Year. For more information head to www. concernedcitizens.co.nz
Running between Ghuznee Street and Dixon Street are two secret lanes filled with hip restaurants, bars and artwork. The upgrade of Egmont Street took place last year by the Wellington City Council in order to make the lane safer for pedestrians.
While winding your way along Wellington’s waterfront, see if you can spy a wooden dive plank and a jumping platform near Te Papa. It’s the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer’s day.
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Running Parallel to Egmont Street is Eva Street and Leeds Street. Home to the historic Hannah’s Factory, Six Barrel Soda and Golding’s Free Dive, the eclectic thoroughfare went through a major transformation in 2015. While you’re exploring make sure to check out Golding’s Free Dive tucked away in Leeds Street. The bar offers an extensive range of craft beers from around the globe. Golding’s Free Dive, 14 Leeds Street, Te Aro. www.goldingsfreedive. co.nz
Top 5 milkshakes in Wellington There are some things you just can’t beat on a hot summer’s day in Wellington and an ice cold milkshake is one of them. We’ve done the hard work for you by picking out the best ones around town. All you have to do is try them. PHOTOS: Facebook
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Fidel’s Café, 234 Cuba Street, Te Aro Fidel’s has been a staple hip drink the most highly rated in Wellingstop on Cuba Street for 20 years ton. Fidel’s is most famous among and their milkshakes are some of locals for their Snicker’s shake but
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Discover Wellington’s walks this summer One of the best things about summer in Wellington is exploring all the beautiful scenery the city has to offer. From mountains to creeks, the capital city has an abundance of walks for the whole family to enjoy over the festive season. Below we have chosen five walks which offer different but equally stunning experiences. Get out and about this summer with some of Wellington’s most wonderful walks. Ataturk Memorial For a walk with a bit of a difference, head to Wellington’s South Coast and discover the historical landmark Ataturk Memorial. The memorial is at Tarakena Bay overlooking the entrance to Wellington harbour. Ataturk was the commander of the Turkish forces at Gallipoli, who went on to become the founder of modern Turkey. The memorial is modelled after one that Ataturk erected at Gallipoli to the foreign soldiers who fought and died there. Access is from Breaker Bay Road, next to the Tarakena Bay entrance to the Eastern Walkway. Mount Victoria If you’re looking for stunning views of Wellington City, the Mount Victoria Lookout Walk is the summer activity for you. This 4.7 kilometre loop walk has a common entry and exit point and is suitable for those with average fitness and boasts 360-degree scenic views. The walk includes a mountain bike skills area for intermediate bikers and views of the city, harbour, Newtown and Hataitai. Red Rocks This is an easy coastal walk where you can see a fur seal colony on the south side of the city. On the rugged south coast of Wellington, This 30 to 40 minute coastal walk leads from Owhiro Bay to the Red Rocks (Pari-whero) – an area of national significance with fascinating geology and Maori history. The Red Rocks are ancient pillow lava formed 200 million years ago by undersea volcanic eruptions. A great Wellington walk for the summer months. Mount Kaukau For a bush walk with great picnic spots and views to die for, head up your local Mount Kaukau Summit, over the Christmas holidays. This is a 4.2 kilometre track which takes about three hours and suits people with average fitness. There are multiple access tracks up the hill and at the top there are tables, seats, a look-out and open grass areas. For stunning plants, views and native birds take a hike up your local hill. Butterfly Creek This popular summer picnic area for Wellingtonians lies in a peaceful valley just over the hills behind Eastbourne. Four tracks lead to the picnic area, of which the Kowhai Track is the easiest and most direct. There are some good viewing spots across the harbour and to the South Island on a clear day. About 1 km along the track from Kowhai Street is a junction where you can take a longer, ridge line route to MacKenzie Street. Otherwise continue straight along the track for about 15 minutes to the Butterfly Creek picnic area. This is a shady spot with picnic tables and a creek – a great place to take the family over summer.
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WSN staff have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: We asked the Wellington Suburban Newspapers team – what is your favourite flavour ice-cream?
“Orange Choc Chip: I like the fresh creamy taste with chocolate thrown in - the cones are always good too!”
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Jessica Buckingham “Goody Goody Gumdrops, it’s a childhood favourite.”
Happy Holidays to everyone From all of us at WSN Nicola Adams “Mine is Mint Chocolate Chip because it just has everything, from the delicious mint flavour to the yummy sweetness of the chocolate.”
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Chia Rubio “Vanilla, because then you can add all your favourite toppings.”
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Wellington Zoo celebrates milestone birthday in Tip Top style
Visitors to the zoo this summer have the opportunity to win a cool treat to last the whole year. This year Wellington Zoo has celebrated 110 years, and to continue celebrations, the zoo has now teamed up with iconic Kiwi brand Tip Top, partnerships manager Alicia Harris said. “Our partners at Tip Top are also celebrating their birthday – having just turned 80, so they’ve joined us to offer one lucky Wellington Zoo visitor a year’s worth of Tip Top joy,” she said. “Tip Top shares our love for the environment, and have found alternatives to palm oil for their products to avoid deforestation. “The lucky winner will be able to enjoy their ice-cream knowing that it has been created
without harm to the environment of beautiful wild animals like Sumatran tigers.” Wellington Zoo has been celebrating their birthday since April 20 with a series of different events. Now, leading into summer, every person who visits Wellington Zoo until January 31 next year can go in the draw to win a year’s worth of Tip Top ice-cream. “To make it the best 110th birthday ever, there will also be extra activities for our visitors run on a daily basis – making it a summer to remember at Wellington Zoo,” Alicia said. For more information on terms and conditions, head to www.wellingtonzoo.com.
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Top 5 ways to keep active this summer Work off your Christmas dinner by heading outside this summer. Here are some of our top picks for keeping active over the holiday break.
Hit the Pools From outdoor to indoor – there are plenty of swimming pools to hit this summer. Want to spend the day swimming indoors? Head to the Wellington
Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie or the Keith Spry Pool in Johnsonville. For somewhere further afield, why not head out to Wainuiomata to take a
dip in their summer pools? Its waterslide might be the best kept secret in the Wellington region. Wainuiomata Summer
Pool, www.huttcity.govt.nz/ Leisure--Culture/Swimmingpools-and-gyms/Wainuiomata-summer-pool/
Matiu/Somes Island Spend the day walking around the biggest island in the Wellington harbour Matiu/Somes Island. Catch the East By West
Ferry from Queen’s Wharf or sail over yourself during the day. In the past the island has served as a human/ animal quarantine, and
internment camp and military defence position. Now it is an important nature reserve managed by the department of conservation
and offers spectacular 360 views of the Wellington harbour. For more information head to www.doc.govt.nz/
Use your smart phone Pokemon Go might be so July but if you want to use your smart phone this summer why not head to Waitangi Park’s Magical Park
app? The free app stems from collaboration between Geo AR Games and the Auckland and Wellington City Councils to
create a safer augmented reality game for children to play. Magical Park is only available at Waitangi Park , 107 Cable
Street and can be downloaded free through the Apple and Android stores.
Wander down to the sea Spending time at the Wellington waterfront is the epitome of summer for most Wellingtoni-
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Top five beaches Summer is the time to slap on the sunscreen, slip into your togs, grab your sunhat and head along to the beach. This year we have compiled a list of the top five beaches to visit across the capital. LYALL BAY BEACH Lyall Bay Beach stretches along Wellington’s southern coast. It is the perfect beach to visit if you are into water sports such as surfing and is the perfect place to take your dog for a walk on a hot
summer’s day. Once you’ve taken a walk along the beach pop into Maranui or the Spruce Goose for a coffee, or grab an ice cream from Seaview Takeaways on Lyall Parade.
ORIENTAL BAY BEACH Right in the heart of the city, Oriental Bay is no doubt the capital’s most popular beach. Oriental Bay Beach features the Carter Fountain in the centre of the bay, which was named after Hugh Carter, who
drowned in the bay several days after its dedication. Neighbouring Freyberg Beach is a great place for the kids, with plenty of gelato shops and cafes dotted nearby - it’s the perfect place for a summer day out.
SCORCHING BAY BEACH Scorching Bay Beach along the Miramar Peninsula with its blue waters and grassy area is the perfect place to spend a sum-
mer’s day. Sheltered from northerly winds it is a great place to swim when the sun is out.
PRINCESS BAY Tucked along Houghton Bay, Princess Bay Beach is the perfect place to spend a day at the beach. There is plenty of parking, and an on-site changing facility. Its location means it is often sheltered from the Wellington wind
and this is what makes it a popular place for swimming in the summer. It’s also packed with a view of nearby Tapu te Ranga Island and on a clear day you can see the Kaikoura Range in the South Island.
HATAITAI BEACH Hataitai Beach along Evans Bay Parade is one of Wellington’s best kept secrets. The small beach is nestled between the boat sheds and Cog Park, which is complete with its
own dog exercise area. During the warmer summer months the beach is packed full of eastern suburb residents, who enjoy swimming in the bay to cool off from the sunshine.
Fish and Chip Shops around the capital Nothing is better than a classic Kiwi favourite - fish and chips on a hot summer’s day. Here is the scoop on some of the top fish and chip shops around the capital. Give them a try this summer. Bays Takeaways Located in the heart of Island Bay, Wellingtonians travel from far and wide to pick up tasty fish and chips or a delectable Chinese meal from Bays Takeaways. The long wait on a Friday night is proof of how popular the eatery is. All those burger-mad locals out there should check out the burger menu. You won’t be disappointed. Bays Takeaways, 138 The Parade in Island Bay The Paperboat One of the capital’s newest eateries The Paperboat is a breath of fresh air. Diners can pop in and grab fresh fish and chips and traditional wood-fired pizzas to takeaway, or eat in and soak up the family friendly environment. The Paperboat, 461 Adelaide Rd, Berhampore Fish Fins Family owned Fish Fins in Newtown serve up crunchy home-made chips and battered fish with lemon pepper seasoning which sends locals into
frenzy. Keep in mind the store closes early on a Saturday night, so you will have to get in quick to sample some of Wellington’s freshest fish. Fish Fins, 170 Riddiford St, Newtown Paradise Seafood Nestled in Kelburn Village, Paradise Seafood has a range of gourmet burgers which are renowned around the capital. Fillet steak with blue cheese and chicken with camembert and cranberry are just a taste of what to expect from the burger menu. Paradise Seafood, 95A Upland Rd, Kelburn Starfish Fish and Chips Opposite Thorndon New World, Starfish Fish and Chips sees hungry locals travel from all around the capital for some of the best fish and chips in town. The eatery also boasts a range of meal deals which suit the whole family. Starfish Fish and Chips, 138 Molesworth St Thorndon
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The three amazing singers from the Reuben Bradley Sextet: Sing, Sing, Sing. PHOTO: Amandala Photography
Treat your ears this summer with the annual Meridian Gardens Magic at Wellington’s Botanic Garden Soundshell. Your 2017 summer nights will be filled with some of the country’s greatest new and established bands from January 10 to 30. We caught up with Reuben Bradley from the Reuben Bradley Sextet: Sing, Sing, Sing ahead of the popular silly season event. Six months ago the Reuben Bradley Sextet, made up of six Wellington locals, formed and started performing at festivals around the country. “I had this idea to put a group together, then we approached festivals and most of them said yes,” Reuben said. The sextet is set to have the audience swinging and singing along to the best vocal jazz music from the 1920s to today. The group, with vocals by Moira Jones,
Katelin Little and Lauren Armstrong, played in both the Martinborough and Queenstown Jazz Festivals and will also feature in the Nelson Jazz Festival in the last week of January. “It’s the ultimate in feel-good music – we have three amazing singers doing three-way vocal harmonies,” Reuben said. “It has come together so well.” The group was looking forward to playing in the Botanic Gardens’ popular series. “It will be great playing in the gardens, we’re really excited.” The Reuben Bradley Sextet will also have their debut album available for purchase at their show on Wednesday, January 25 at a special price. The Meridian Gardens Magic will take place from Tuesday, January 10 to Sunday, January 29 with the free concerts from 8pm to 9.30pm each night with light displays from 9pm to 10.30pm.
The top five unexpected moments of 2016 2016 is sure to be marked in the history books as one of the most unpredictable years to date. There were many shock moments from natural disasters to political upset. We have chosen five of what we think to be some of the most unexpected moments of the year.
Brexit This newly created word meaning Britain’s Exit from the European Union was repeated in news articles across the world after a United Kingdom referendum saw a result of 52 per cent to 48 per cent of people in favour of leaving the EU. As a result of the referendum on June 23, Britain gained a new Prime Minister. Theresa May took the top role after David Cameron resigned the day after losing the vote which divided the United Kingdom.
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American General Election
Speaking of bringing places to a standstill, the shock election of reality television star and entrepreneur Donald Trump as US President brought the whole world to a standstill. There were many unexpected moments throughout the 2016 American General Election, but Republican nominee Trump being elected over former Secretary of State and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was the biggest of all. The controversial candidate, who promised to build a wall to keep out Mexicans, blew the world away when he took swing states Ohio, Michigan and Florida, and most astonishing of all – Pennsylvania, over Clinton.
Prime Minister John Key resigning
Just when we thought 2016 couldn’t get more unpredictable our very own Prime Minister John Key decided to resign from the top job to spend more time with his family. The National Party leader, who has run the country for eight years, officially ended his third term as Prime Minister on December 12. The National Party caucus elected Deputy Prime Minister Bill English to replace Mr Key while Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett stepped into the role of Deputy Prime Minister ahead of next year’s Central Government elections.
The November 14 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the country causing many people in the capital to evacuate their homes. Damage caused by the quake, and subsequent aftershocks, brought the city to a standstill with many streets and buildings around Wellington being cordoned off. Two buildings which received irreparable damage – the Reading Cinemas car park and 61 Molesworth Street – are being deconstructed.
Steven Adams’ whopping $140 million contract
Last month Steven Adams became New Zealand’s highest-paid sportsman when the Oklahoma City Thunder extended his contract by four years to the tune of US$100 million. The 23-year-old basketball star showed his true humble Kiwi nature saying the contract was “kudos to the culture here and the environment that we have”. He said the first thing he bought was a new phone because he had dropped his phone in the cold tub. “My agent was trying to contact me and stuff and I was like I can’t I’m sorry, I just don’t have a phone. So that was my purchase.”
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