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Serving the Greek community By Nikki Papatsoumas

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Serving the Greek community Continued from page 1. Her dedication to her community has culminated in a popular radio show – which is produced and presented by Nicky herself each week. Nicky said she began to become involved in Wellington’s Greek community while raising her children. This began by joining the choir at the Greek Orthodox Church in Mount Victoria, a choir she is still an active member of to this day. From there, Nicky said she became a foundation member of the Australasian Hellenic Education Progressive Association, and was then Chapter Olympia President for three terms. She has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the Greek Orthodox Community of Wellington, and has been involved in organising events such as the Greek Food Festival and Greek Bazaar. Nicky said these days she was still helping out her community “wherever and whenever” she could, however, her focus had since turned to radio. Since 2009, she has prepared, produced and presented the Greek Orthodox Community’s weekly live one hour programme on Radio Access. The programme features segments

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“I still did the programme, even when I was sick. I never missed a show even through my chemotherapy. “I am devoted every Sunday to the Greek community,” she said. With her battle with cancer now behind her, Nicky said she was thrilled to be recognised for her work. “I like it very much. It’s an

honour for me to be recognised for the services I have given to the Greek community for all those years. “I know so much about the Greek culture, so it’s a great way for me to give back.”  Tune into Nicky’s radio programme on Access Radio 783am from 2pm each Sunday.

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on Greek history, religion and music. “Wherever I go, people always say your programme is so nice and lovely. It makes me feel very special.” Nicky has dedicated herself to the radio programme against all odds, and continued to work last year, even after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Data collected has found 2016 was New Zealand’s hottest year in more than 100 years. Last week, The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, released the data from its annual climate summary, which found 2016 to be the country’s warmest year on record. This is based on recorded data which began in 1909. Last year the annual temperature was 13.4C – 0.83C

above average. Data found the first seven months of last year from January to July to be “remarkably warm”, with the nation-wide average temperature higher than average for each month. The three warmest months in 2016 were February (2.2C above average), May (2.1C above average) and June (1.6C above average). Meanwhile August was the only month where below average temperatures were recorded. Of the country’s six main

centres Wellington was the wettest. Meanwhile Dunedin was the coldest, Christchurch was the driest and Auckland was the warmest. Heavy storms which lashed the capital last November helped contribute to Wellington’s wettest main centre title. On November 15 last year, heavy rain caused flooding around Wellington, resulting in the closure of SH1 and SH2 for a time during the afternoon. As a result of this, Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt observed

the equivalent of their normal November rainfall (whole month) in less than 24 hours with each location receiving more than 90 mm rain. In terms of sunshine, data found that annual sunshine was predominantly near normal throughout New Zealand, However, small sections of the country observed above average sunshine. Richmond, near Nelson, experienced New Zealand’s highest annual sunshine total on record last year and observed 2840 hours of sunshine.

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Eagle eyes Rongotai seat

Paul Eagle and Annette King. By Nikki Papatsoumas

Wellington’s deputy mayor has his eyes set on a seat in parliament. Wellington City Councillor and Island Bay resident Paul Eagle has announced he will seek the Labour nomination for the Rongotai seat in this year’s general election. Late last year, current Rongotai MP, Annette King, announced she would stand as a list-only candidate, opening

the way for other political aspirants after serving the capital’s southern and eastern suburbs for 23 years. Over the last few months, there was some speculation that Labour Party leader Andrew Little, who lives in Island Bay, may look to replace Mrs King. However, earlier this week he announced he would stand as a list only MP, Paul said. “I have spoken with Andrew about how I could best serve

the party and the people in the electorate, and he made it clear that he would not be seeking the nomination.” Paul said Labour Party members had encouraged him to contest Rongotai because of his strong ties to the electorate and track record in delivering as a councillor for the southern ward. “It’s a huge honour to be asked to put my name forward and I have the full support of my family and boss – Wel-

lington Mayor Justin Lester. “My main focus is serving the party and people of the electorate in the best way I can, which I believe is in Parliament,” he said. “I am deeply connected and engaged in local issues which include housing affordability, transport and health and education as key priorities.” Paul said that if he was to win the nomination and then the seat, he would immediately resign from his position as a councillor. “That would kick in a bielection process, which is fully prescribed in the local government act and the full process takes 82 days.” In the meantime, Paul said he was committed to his deputy mayor’s role, which he would continue to perform. Paul said he respected Mrs King’s work and hoped to now have an opportunity to carry on her legacy. “That is a legacy I think I mirror, that we are both visible, accessible, and we get things done,” he said. “We resolve issues. A lot of people have a lot of issues and it’s retaining Annette’s legacy and continuing with that.” Nominations for selection for a candidate close on February 3, with selection taking place on March 4.  Do you think Paul would make a good MP for Rongotai? Send an email to

Police ask for public’s help following Kilbirnie robbery Police are appealing to the public for help, following an armed robbery at a dairy in Kilbirnie earlier this month. Owner of the Devyish Superette Bharati Gandhi said she was working on Friday, January 6 around 1.20pm, when a man ran into the shop with a gun and started scream-

ing “money, money, money” at her. The alleged offender then fired his handgun, above the shop keepers head towards the ceiling. Police said they would now like to speak to the alleged offender in relation to the incident and have asked anyone

who may know who he is to come forward. Police said he may have been seen around Kilbirnie Park. Police described the alleged offender as a male Caucasian, in his mid-twenties. They said the offender was about 170cm tall and was wearing black trousers and a long sleeved

black sweatshirt under a sleeveless orange glow jacket.  Anyone with information can contact Detective Constable Sam McKenzie on 04 381 2000. Alternatively, details can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Record Business confidence Business confidence in Wellington has hit a two year high, showing the city’s businesses have been resilient in the face of the earthquakes, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said. The latest NZIER quarterly survey of business opinion showed confidence in Wellington was at its highest level since September 2014. Mr Lester said there was a big job for council in preparing to deal with future earthquakes. “We are working closely with the Government on a number of major resilience investments to make Wellington safer for the future.”

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Thursday January 19, 2017

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Bee swarm spotted in Brooklyn

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A swarm of more than 15,000 bees at the Cleveland St bus stop in Brooklyn. PHOTO CREDIT: Yana Skaler By Nikki Papatsoumas

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It was a hive of excitement in Brooklyn last Tuesday after a swarm of more than 15,000 bees conveyed upon the suburb. Brooklyn locals quickly took to social media sites such as Facebook and Neighbourly last week after spotting the large swarm of bees on Cleveland St outside the Cellar Room in

the Brooklyn shopping village. Markus Landvogt is a Brooklyn local who is also a member of the Wellington Beekeepers Association. He said he got a phone call about 3.30pm last Tuesday asking if he could collect the swarm. He said it was one of the largest swarms he had seen, and estimated it would have been

Work to secure two 720 tonne cranes at Wellington’s port is underway. Last week, CentrePort announced work would begin on securing its gantry cranes, as it developed plans to resume modified container operations within four to six months. Last year’s November 14 earthquake caused significant damage to the port, especially to the container area, making two gantry cranes inoperable. Each crane is 86 metres high

and weighs 720 tonnes. CentrePort’s chief executive Derek Nind said over the coming weeks the cranes would be secured. This was part of the first stage in CentrePort’s plan to develop operations for customers and build resilience in case of another significant event, such as an earthquake. “Meanwhile, we continue to work with shipping lines on options for using geared ships as an interim solution,”



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he said. “We have already had two of these visit the port since the earthquake.” Derek said for the medium term, CentrePort were developing a plan for interim works that could restore modified container operations within four to six months. “This would immediately improve CentrePort’s capacity and productivity, allowing us to serve the needs of importers and exporters in the central region.”

Derek said he was aware how important container shipping was to the regional economy. “That’s why we worked hard to quickly restore limited container movements using ships with their own cranes. We are now assessing longer term options, to keep freight costs low for Wellington’s businesses.” CentrePort’s key trades of ferries, fuel, logs, cars, and cruise ships continue to operate normally.

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Honour given to education legend A sad farewell and a happy hello

By Emily Elliot

Seatoun’s own John Fiso is celebrating after being awarded for his services to sport, education and the Pacific community in New Zealand’s New Year Honours 2017. A born and bred Wellingtonian, John founded the New Zealand Institue of Sport (NZIS) 20 years ago. It has since become one of the largest NZQA private tertiary education providers.

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John said it was great his efforts were recognised amongst his peers. “It’s been a life work. It started as a small school in Porirua with 18 students. Now there are over 2000 students in different locations across New Zealand.” John said his passion for establishing the institute came from his education background. “I am an educator first. I taught at schools all around Wellington. Then I decided I wanted to

provide more students with more opportunities in an alternative learning environment. “What we have achieved with NZIS is a signpost to show not all types of education suit every learner. We now have a variety of education opportunities. We’ve provided something different in the education landscape,” John said. “We’ve lear ned to put the learner first, and it has achieved real results for New Zealand youth.” John was also recognised for his instrumental efforts in the development of a number of community events such as the Pacific Health and Talent Festival in Christchurch and the PACWELL secondary school cultural festival in Wellington. He served on the Board of Ako Aotearoa, was Chair of Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand and Pacific Islands Tertiary Education Providers of New Zealand, and has been the sector representative on a number of education bodies. As a former athlete and national representative Mr Fiso coached and managed the Samoan Student Rugby League teams at two world cups, was Head of Delegation for New Zealand Volleyball teams, served on the Board of Volleyball New Zealand and was a delegate to the World Congress. John said he still has more to give to the sports and education sector, though is currently enjoying a well-deserved break.

I hope everyone has had a fabulous holiday break and are ready and rearing for the year ahead. This will be my last edition for the Cook Strait News, as I move on to take up a role at Massey University. I would like to thank everyone for their support over the past two years - there are too many of you to name. It is always great to hear such positive feedback about our small paper and I will miss being part of Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs. I am excited to now pass the torch over to Annabella, and I am sure she will continue to deliver an exciting snapshot of what’s happening about the capital.

Kia ora koutou! I am very excited, and more than a little daunted to step into Nikki’s shoes and take on the role of the Cook Strait News reporter this year. I was born in Wellington and grew up in the western suburbs, but as soon as started studying - first at Victoria University, then at Massey - I escaped to the exciting melting pot of Newtown. I love the community feel this side of the city, and I cannot wait to start telling its stories. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you think you might have a story to tell - whether it be a local issue or community hero, we’re open to most here at the Cook Strait News. Nga mihi, Annabella



Thursday January 19, 2017

Walk-through kea experience opening at Wellington Zoo Wellington Zoo’s walk-through kea experience will be unveiled this Wellington Anniversary weekend. Wellington Zoo’s latest experience will open to visitors this weekend with special themed talks and activities planned for the occasion. The walk-through kea Aviary is the last chapter in Meet the Locals precinct – Wellington Zoo’s love story to New Zealand. Herbivore team leader, Robert Stoop, said zoo staff were thrilled to see the kea aviary completed. “We hope visitors enjoy the final stage of “Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha” and the walk-through Kea experience, where they will be able to get up close to our curious Kea and learn more about these cheeky alpine birds during our special Kea talks,” he said. Kea are endemic to New Zealand and the world’s only alpine parrot. However, due to threats from introduced predators and conflict

with humans, they are considered nationally endangered in the wild. Wellington Zoo actively supports the work of the Kea Conservation Trust, a non–profit organisation that inspires local communities to protect kea. Conservation manager Daniela Biaggio said the zoo had supported the Kea Conservation Trust for a number of years and were proud to be involved in Kea conservation. She said by connecting Wellingtonians with kea it would help raise awareness about the birds. “Our kea are fantastic ambassadors for their species, and we’re very excited to be able to share their story with our visitors at the Zoo,” Daniela said. This weekend visitors can expect to see kea themed entertainment including daily kea talks at 10.45am and 1.30pm, as well as kea based games from 9.45am each day and live entertainment on Monday, January 23 from 1.30pm.

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Locals enjoy snorkelling along Wellington’s southern coast. PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied.

Beneath the blue By Annabella Gamboni

Island Bay locals will soon have the chance to take a much closer, and wetter, look at Tapu te Ranga’s marine life. The Experiencing Marine Reserve programme is hosting its annual community snorkelling event at Island Bay Beach on January 28 and February 4. The programme provides all snorkelling equipment, and volunteers from the EMC will take small groups of snorkelers into the bay free of charge. Anyone is welcome to strap on goggles and flippers, but event organiser Zoe Studd advised that children under eight years of age cannot participate. Each session will last about an hour, which includes strapping on gear and a hot drink post-swim. Zoe said the snorkelling event was intended to show locals the marine life within the Tapu te Ranga reserve.

“Even for people that live in Island Bay, they may not have ever seen or realise what’s in the reserve… It’s all blue on top, “It’s all about getting people into the water so they can see… You can’t quite imagine what will be there,” she said. The programme is now in its sixth year at Island Bay Beach. Last year the event had about 120 people through its waters, despite bad weather, Zoe said. “If the weather is good, it will be beautiful, and we can expect much more people through. “Even last year we were turning people away… And we’ll probably do that again,” she said.  The EMR Community Snorkelling will take place on January 28 and February 4, with a bad weather date of February 11. Members of the public can sign up at the beach on the day - with tours departing at 10am, 11am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

One of the highlights on Wellington’s summer calendar has officially kicked off. Meridian Gardens Magic will take place on the Botanic Garden’s Soundshell stage throughout the rest of January. The annual free concert series presented by Wellington City Council, and supported by Meridian Energy, showcases a host of great Kiwi talent. This year’s programme includes performances by local legends The Warratahs, the always popular The Maori SideSteps, soulful tunes from Christchurch’s August Fields, and rising star Jesse Sheehan touring with his debut album. The line-up of performers also includes a hoedown with a band of Kiwi hillbillies, folk tunes, country rock, chamber music and not one, but two summer showcases with a taster of top local talent. Adding to the atmosphere will be a series of light installations from Massey’s School of Design students – one of which

is an installation tribute to Kaikoura. Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester said the event has become an iconic part of the capital over the years. “Summer City is celebrating 38 years of supporting the arts and artists, and developing the reputation as the creative capital of New Zealand – and much of that has occurred on the Botanic Garden Soundshell stage,” he said. “Some artists have gone on to become major international stars like The Flight of the Conchords, and some have been regular favourites at the event for years like The Warratahs,” Mr Lester said. Following on from the capacity crowds last year, Kids Magic has relocated to the Dell in the Botanic Garden and will take place on Saturday, January 28. The fun, free and family-friendly event will feature concerts, face painting, how to make a bivouac, and a magical arts trail for kids of all ages to enjoy.  For more information, head to www.

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Local Councillors look to the year ahead To signal the start of 2017 we asked local ward councillors what they were looking forward to for the year ahead, and what they believed the biggest issues in their wards would be this year. This week we hear from eastern ward councillors Sarah Free, Chris Calvi-Freeman and Simon Marsh.  COUNCILLOR SARAH FREE



“I’m looking forward to working with colleagues, staff and local communities - making good decisions and building a successful and resilient city. Particular projects: getting on with the Hutt Rd and Cobham Dr cycleways, getting a good outcome for the Island Bay cycleway, improving safety for walkers, sorting out the parking issues in Miramar and working with the regional council to make sure we get convenient and affordable bus services city-wide. I would also like to see what more we can do to encourage people to earthquake strengthen buildings, particularly in heritage areas such as Cuba St, and get started ourselves on the Town Hall. The biggest issues for the Eastern Ward in 2017 are the increasing congestion and parking issues, and the need to make sure we plan for natural events, for example improving the storm water network, emergency water supplies, tsunami awareness and escape routes, and continuing to strengthen sea walls.”

“For council, we need to monitor our focus on economic growth for the city and the region. Growth will provide strong business and more jobs, and this in turn means the rate burden is shared more widely, and support for community activities by businesses is more available. I want our city to be even more prepared in case of another quake. This means pushing to make sure our water and power supply are as resilient as possible and our buildings are as safe as practicable. The eastern ward has a number of issues I would like to see progress on in 2017. This includes, Miramar parking, a plan for Shelly Bay, Lyall Bay foreshore resilience, Worser Bay’s erosion, flooding in areas such as Strathmore and Kilbirnie, and without doubt, commitment to a plan that will free up traffic congestion. Personally I want to get out and see more of New Zealand with my partner Chrissie. In January we biked 300kms across farms and back country in North Otago, It was an amazing experience and there is still more to see.”

“I’m looking forward to working very closely with the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Greater Wellington Regional Council to progress the “Let’s Get Wellington Moving” initiative. 2017 will be a watershed year for decision making on our roads and transport strategies, and I am hoping that by year’s end we will have a clear agreed way forward for resolving congestion around the Basin Reserve and progressing improvements to the section of State Highway 1 between the Terrace Tunnel and the Airport. As part of this process, I want to see a full and transparent investigation into light rail and other possible strategic transport improvements through to 2020. Undoubtedly the most pressing issue is to deal with the friction that has built up between local residents and motorists over car-parking in local streets near the airport. We will be engaging fully with the local community over the next few we e k s a n d I hope an agreed solution can be implemented within a very few months. I also want to look at some road safety and traffic flow improvements at specific sites across the eastern ward.”

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The Island Bay Toastmasters Club is starting up again for 2017 on February 1st at the Island Bay Community Centre. PHOTO: Supplied

The club meets regularly to foster public speaking, presentation and public speaking skills in a light social setting. Club treasurer Ella Kahu says the 20-strong group of Toastmasters are a “real mixed bag”. Some members are public speaking aficionados, but many more members join up to brush up on their skills or conquer shyness, she said. “We really welcome new members… Especially in the new year, when people may want to try new things,”

The Island Bay club has a “solid core” of experienced public speakers who mentor newer or less confident speakers. During the meetings the club do exercises - including impromptu speaking - so that they can all practise being on the spot in front of an attentive audience. “And then we all give feedback, which is often very valuable. And you know, even new members can give good feedback that can challenge you. It’s very easy to know what’s engaging - even if you can’t quite

explain it - you know what works and what doesn’t,” As well as mentoring less confident public speakers, Toastmasters also gives more experienced orators the opportunity to shine at a regional and national level. The Island Bay Toastmasters host four speaking contests a year which challenge their members on their prepared speech and impromptu skills. If successful, members can compete further - in 2015, Ella had her own success in winning the national Toastmasters competition.

Thursday January 19, 2017

Pasifika Festival to hit the capital this long weekend By Nikki Papatsoumas

Paul Eagle and Tofiga Fepulea’i from the Laughing Samoans will judge the Pacific Cuisine Cook-Off this year.

This Wellington Anniversary weekend Wellingtonians will have an opportunity to sample the tastes, sounds and sights of the capital’s Pacific community. On Monday, thousands will flock to Waitangi Park for the annual Wellington Pasifika Festival. Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Niuean and Cook Island cultures will be among those to be celebrated at the event. Once again this year, the festival will also involve the Pacific Cuisine Cook-Off. This year’s judges include wellknown foodie, chef and food writer David Burton, the Laughing Samoans and deputy mayor Paul Eagle, bringing their expertise and love of food to the table. Paul said the cook-off was a highlight of the summer calendar. “The highlight is always the food and there will be a cook-off which includes judging the best chop suey.

Celebrating Chinese culture with spring couplets By Nikki Papatsoumas

This weekend locals are invited to celebrate Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rooster – with song, dance and couplets. This Saturday, The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in New Zealand will host a daylong event to celebrate Chinese New Year.

The event will feature a photo exhibition of Chinese New Year festivities from around the world, as well as traditional Chinese dancing, music and lion dances. This year, members of the public will also be able to choose their own couplets to be painted by professional Chinese calligraphers, and gifted to them to take home.

Mr Ming Shen with some of his work. PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied

This would be the first year couplets would be written for members of the public. Ming Shen, First Secretary and Director of Culture at The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, said he has been practicing the art of calligraphy for around 45 years. “I love calligraphy because it is one of highlights of Chinese art,” he said. “These days not many Chinese people are able to write calligraphy but the art form is still widely appreciated and respected.” Mr Shen said couplets consisted of two poetic lines - an upper line (on the right side) and lower line (on the left side). He said the rule for writing a spring couplet was to make the words or phrases in the two lines match each other and have a symmetrical meaning. Mr Shen said pasting spring couplets around doorways at Chinese New Year was a traditional Chinese custom, bringing blessing for good fortune, peace and good weather and crops. Mr Shen said it was vital to celebrate Chinese New Year celebrations here in Wellington and it was great to see locals pick up on traditions. “New Zealand is home to many Chinese immigrants and we just wanted to help them feel at home at this important time,” he said. “Mutual understanding between the peoples of China and New Zealand is fundamental to bilateral relations between our two countries. “New Zealand is a country that encourages cultural diversity. In fact, the core value of Chinese culture is “joy and harmony” which is a common ideal of our two peoples.”  Chinese New Year celebrations take place at the Chinese Anglican Mission (30 Glenmore Street, Kelburn) from 10am to 3.30pm this Saturday, January 21.

“My father was a Methodist minister and we had a Samoan Methodist event some 35 years ago. My dad said from that day I was hooked on chop suey,” Paul said. “I even once believed chop suey to have some weight loss properties,” he said. “Unfortunately I haven’t found this to be true.” He said Pacific peoples had been part of Wellington for many generations, and it was a great opportunity for locals to experience the culture of various countries across the Pacific. The Wellington Pasifika Festival, which is organised by the Wellington City Council, attracts more than 15,000 people each year. This year’s festival, which falls on Monday, January 23, will include food stalls, free family-friendly activities and performances by traditional and contemporary Pacific artists.  The Wellington Pasifika Festival takes place on Monday January 23 at Waitangi Park. Gates open at midday.

Delicious preserves up for grabs

Delicious preserves served up.

More than 500 delicious preserves will be served up at an upcoming bazaar. A group of dedicated local women have spent part of their summer in the kitchen making preserves for the St Anthony’s School and Parish Bazaar, which will take place next month. The team of volunteers have been busy transforming summer fruits and berries into delicious jams, relishes and sauces. This year, it was hoped there would be roughly 520 preserves on offer thanks to their efforts. Preserves coordinator Anne Ashby said she had a great team that had been “going flat out” on both traditional and exotic recipes. She said while you cannot beat old favourites like raspberry jam and tomato relish, it was amazing to see what you can do with something like zucchini. “Preserving is a wonderfully creative activity,” Anne said. “It’s like capturing summer in a jar.” St Anthony’s Seatoun, holds its bazaar every two years as both a fundraiser and a way of building community. Alongside a range of delicious preserves there will also be raffles, food, toys, clothing, white elephant and entertainment on offer.  St Anthony’s School and Parish Bazaar will take place on Saturday, February 18 from 11am to 3pm at 10 Ludlam St in Seatoun.



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Q: Have you been disappointed with Wellington’s summer weather so far?

Rameka Tamaki, Newtown

Seydou Cisse, Newtown

Rebecca Collins, Newtown

Karleshia Wills, Newtown

Simon Charman, Newtown

“Disappointed? Yes. I would say it’s been a bit schizophrenic, all over the place really.”

“Yes, because it’s torrential one minute and fine the next. And too windy.”

“It’s been pretty cold, but that has been the whole country.”

“We always expect Wellington to pick up and it never does.”

“I think it has been good at times but also quite bad, it changes a lot.”

Bel Hutton, Newtown “I haven’t been here much but when I have been it’s been quite nice.”

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.

Earthquake presents opportunity Dear Ed, The Kaikoura earthqua ke has presented the Wellington Airport Authority with a unique opportunity. They can use material from the rockslides as infill for the airport runway ex-

tension. It can easily be barged off the coast and stockpiled until required. This will also speed up the process of clearing the roads. The alternative could see thousands of truckloads moving through central Wel-

lington on a 24 hour, seven days a week, basis. This is something almost guaranteed to bring out the worst in many Wellingtonians. Neil D McCabe Wellington

Bad resolutions better? Dear Ed, Re ‘Word on the Street’ (CSN January 12), those people seemed mostly uninterested in New Year resolutions, and understandably. I ceased making them long ago, and can remember at least 75 New Years now. I think it was the British magazine, ‘Men Only’,

at New Year 1952, which dealt with them in its series mocking the style of Boswell’s biography of Doctor Samuel Johnson (1709-84). One of the 18th Century gentlemen declared that he would make only bad resolutions: they were easier to keep, and one felt virtuous when breaking them. As I’d

myself independently thought the same at age 16, I highly approved of that policy then, and still commend it at age 81. As well, I recommend Spike Jones and his City Slickers in their recording, “This Is My New Year Resolution”. During the era 1940-1960, for laughable lunacy, Spike

Jones produced better records in the USA than they, across the Atlantic, recorded in their BBC series that began in 1954, I opine. Any readers who don’t know them should ferret out the Spike Jones records. Hector Westfold Miramar

Bigair comes to Owhiro Bay Bigair Gymsports offers cheerleading, trampolining, tumbling, gymnastics and free running (parkour) classes. William and Leanne Davenport took over Bigair in Tawa six years ago and since then have increased participation from 500 children to just over 1000 children. “This is testament to how much we value our customers and what we do,” William said. Bigiar shows children that learning fundamental skills can be lots of fun, while also being importa nt to ongoing self awareness, fitness and confidence. William and Leanne reside in Island Bay with their three children and believe they can replicate the high standard of service they deliver in Tawa, in their own community.

The pair has opened a fully equipped and purpose-built facility in Landfill Road, Owhiro Bay, to give locals the Bigair gymsports experience. “The basic fundamental skills of gymnastics can be life-long skills for children, which can benefit them in many other areas of their life, including their self-esteem and their learning at school.” William said these skills could cross over into various sports and to other aspects of a child’s life. “Gymsports is for children of any shape, size and fitness level. We deliver our Gymsports programmes in a very nurturing and encouraging way, which allows children to flourish in a supportive environment.” Bookings are now open for classes starting in term 1.

Ronda and Jacob Page What day and age are we in where Jacob Page gets to write an article like he did about Ronda Rousey? How archaic and sexist is the Cook Strait News where they think it is ok for quote “who doesn’t find a good looking woman who kicks butt attractive?” Ah, are you writing a sport article Jacob or giving us your personal opinion on the attractiveness of a female? Seriously guys how about for the New Year you use your brains and skip Jacob’s riveting opinions on who he finds attractive. Philippa Hurley Kingston

Statistics, percentages and conclusions Dear Ed, We should remember Mark Twain’s quote of Disraeli on statistics. The continual mismanagement of per cent when we talk about increases in salaries is an insidious way of enlarging the pay-gap. Now I question the heading that ‘Study finds 66 per cent of Kiwis are for euthanasia’; the quoted 10,442 people, allegedly in favour, which actually represent a quarter per cent of the population of NZ, not 66. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

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Local issues in Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs A new year has just begun, and some of the capital’s hot topics are sure to cause debate once again throughout 2017. Reporter Nikki Papatsoumas takes a look at some of the issues Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs are likely to face this year.

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Housing is likely to be a hot topic Newtown this year. Last year, Mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester announced the establishment of a Mayoral Task Force on housing to tackle the escalating issue of housing affordability in the capital. As part of its focus, the task force will examine a broad range of issues including homelessness, social housing, the future of council’s housing stock, housing affordability schemes for first home buyers, the rental market and housing density. These issues are sure to be important in Newtown.


For years, many residents close to Wellington Airport have expressed disgust and ire towards passengers and airport staff parking in the area for free, particularly on road-side berms. In 2017 parking wars will remain a hot topic for Miramar residents, with reports over New Year of tyres being slashed and let-down over the holiday break.


Miramar Newtown  KILBIRNIE


Wellington Airport’s proposed runway extension is sure to be one of the biggest debates to hit Wellington’s eastern suburbs this year. The airport has proposed to extend its runway 350 metres south into the Cook Strait and a hearing in front of the Environment Court is set down for this year. However, Guardians of the Bay, a group set up in opposition to the proposed extension has vowed to do all in its power to see the proposal dead and buried.

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Lyall Bay

In extreme weather events Kilbirnie is known to flood. Last year the Wellington City Council announced it would investigate ways in which to solve the issue of flooding in Kilbirnie. Local residents and business owners will surely hope the issue of flooding in the eastern suburb will continue to be explored.

Breaker Bay Strathmore  BREAKER BAY


Controversy surrounding the Island Bay cycleway continues to loom in the seaside suburb. Last year the Wellington City Council re-engaged with the community through a series of ‘Love the Bay’ workshops. Workshops were designed to put the future of the Island Bay cycleway back in the community’s hands. However, the final workshop was postponed due to last November’s quake. All eyes are now on Island Bay as a decision on the future of the Island Bay cycleway is likely to be made this year.

The issue of resilience and tsunami sirens is rife in the small community of Breaker Bay. Following last year’s earthquake the community has called for tsunami sirens to warn them of impending disaster. However, Wellington Region Emergency Management Office has declared sirens as not best practice for the area. The debate is sure to continue into 2017.


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Thursday January 19, 2017



Surf Life Saving accepts $1 million grant

Infinity Foundation CEO Rick McLaren and Surf Life Saving New Zealand CEO Paul Dalton.

Last week, Surf Life Saving New Zealand formally received a cheque for $1million from the Infinity Foundation. The presentation took place at Westshore Beach in Napier, alongside Hastings-based foundation and members of Surf Life Saving New Zealand. The essential rescue service received the generous grant from the foundation back in August last year to help increase the capability of surf lifesaving in New Zealand. Here in Wellington, Lyall Bay, Oriental Bay and Scorching Bay Beaches are patrolled by Surf Life Saving New Zealand throughout the summer months.

Aotearoa Bike Challenge kicks off next month Anyone who want to feel fitter, healthier or happier this New Year is encouraged to take part in an upcoming cycling challenge. This February, the New Zealand Transport Agency will introduce the global Love to Ride programme here in New Zealand, as the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. The aim of the month-long workplace challenge, which begins on February 1, is for Kiwis to give cycling a go. The challenge gave locals a great opportunity to try cycling, said New Zealand Transport Agency national cycling manager Dougal List. “The challenge gives riders who may be less confident the extra motivation and support of knowing that thousands of New Zealanders will be doing it with them,” Dougal said.

He said for a bit of added incentive, there were also a load of prizes up for grabs for those who took up the challenge. Makea Pokere, personal training manager at Les Mills Lambton Quay in Wellington, said the Aotearoa Bike Challenger was a great way to kick-start a New Year exercise programme. “What’s great about the Aotearoa Bike Challenge is that there’s heaps of support both in communities and online. “Anyone wanting to get started can find tips and tricks to make it more achievable and find others locally who are giving it a go. Makea said the event was a great way to start building healthy new habits.  To find out more visit www.lovetoride. net/nz

Club to launch new fleet The Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club will be launching a new fleet next month at a special family fun day. The club will be launching a fleet of six brand new O’pen BIC Sailing Dinghies at their Fleet Launch Fun day on Saturday, February 11. The O’pen BIC is a development in the world of sailing quickly building an international reputation and has blown a big breath of fresh air into junior and youth sailing with a focus of participation and enjoyment.  Fleet Launch Fun day takes place on Saturday, February 11 from 11am to 1.30pm at the Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club, 447 Evans Bay Parade. For more information on the club head to www.ebymbc.

Over the past few months, clubs around the country have received a new rescue board, helmet, VHF radio and patrol flags along with a new tablet which lifeguards can use to enter patrol information direct from the beach. Three new Rescue Water Crafts will also be added to Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s armoury thanks to the funding from Infinity. Sur f Life Saving New Zealand senior executive Matt Warren said the new equipment had already made a big change to frontline operations this summer and lifeguards were reaping the benefits of the new gear. “The major funding boost

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NZ to cash in on FIFA’s piggy bank? It appears FIFA’s greed will work in New Zealand’s favour when trying to qualify for football’s World Cup. FIFA announced the World Cup would go from 32 to 48 teams trumpeting the line that football was no longer just a game played in Europe and South America. That statement is idealistic as football has long been seen as a global game. Reports suggested the extra teams will bring in an extra $1 billion. Rightfully, New Zealand Football was delighted with the news based on the fact their confederation, Oceania (which they dominate), might now get one automatic qualification spot. There’s no doubt that if that is the case, making one of sport’s greatest events


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won’t be as much of an achievement. New Zealand was captivated in 1982 and 2010 because the All Whites qualification was a remote possibility. Simply getting it handed to us and other “sub-par” footballing nations will make it, at least initially, a diminished event. Of course, it has the ability to improve the quality of international football over time as countries get games against heavyweight opposition they otherwise would never play but there may be some heavily one-sided games before that happens. FIFA’s smash and grab approach may be a benefit to New Zealand all the same. It’s proof that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

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