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Miramar Community Creche’s senior teacher Lynda Hopkin celebrated 20 years with the creche last Friday. She has been with the creche since 1996, before the creche had a space of its own and shared the community centre next door with other groups. Lynda calls the children her taonga [treasure]. Continued on page 2. Lynda Hopkin (centre) with Luka (2), Cameron (3) and Henry (4).

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‘They have a place here’ Continued from page 1. “I love the community, and the families here. Everyone – kids and parents – are lovely. “I love working with the children and seeing them grow,” she said. Parents and children that had already gone through the creche came to help Lynda celebrate her two decades teaching their children. Local mother Mary Stuart had seen her son and young daughter come through the creche – both are now at school. “She’s a lovely teacher, so natural with the kids... I’m so glad she was around to give mine the start they had. My son especially grew heaps in confidence at creche,” she said. The Miramar creche is Lynda’s first and only early education role since she left her job in immigration services in the mid-1990s. “I always wanted to work with children, and after I had

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my own I thought it was the right time,” she said. Lynda studied at Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa, now known as Te Rito Maioha. It is an independent institution that provides teachers’ training with an emphasis on New Zealand’s biculturalism. “They were incredibly supportive of me,” Lynda said. As soon as she was qualified, Lynda was offered the senior role at the Miramar Community Creche. In 1999, the creche received a discretionary grant from the Ministry of Education and constructed the building next to the community centre that they currently occupy. “It’s been wonderful for the creche because now we don’t have to pack everything up every night – it’s the kids’ own place to do what they want with it. It’s homely and safe so that they can learn and play comfortably,” she said.

The Wellington City Council’s new shopfront in Newtown, Kia Ora, is now officially open on Constable St after a ceremonious opening last Thursday. Around 50 members of the local community came to welcome the pilot initiative to Newtown. President of the Newtown Residents’ Association Rhona Carson gave a speech welcoming Kia Ora and its liason officer Ray Tuffin to Newtown, and thanking the council for its special, if delayed, focus on the suburb. “For a long time we saw services pass us by... We were grumbling on. But Kia Ora

is a great opportunity for the community,” she said. Neighbourhood advisor for the Wellington City Council’s Community Services team Sophie Parsons is very excited for the centre’s success. “I have every confidence in it,” she said. Long-time Newtown resident Bernard O’Shaughnessy said it was encouraging to see that Newtown was chosen as the area to test out the Kia Ora initiative. “It’s wonderful to see progress with council in this suburb. It’s a great step forward,” he said. Several members of the local police force were also present. Provincial manager for the police Clint Walker said the

Deputy mayor Paul Eagle and Newtown Residents Association president Rhona Carson cut the celebratory cake. PHOTO: Annabella Gamboni

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Victoria University set to open state-ofthe-art design facility in Miramar By Annabella Gamboni

Victoria University has confirmed a new arts facility will be opened on Park Road in Miramar – right in the beating heart of Wellington’s creative industries. It is a collaboration between Victoria University, Miramar Creative Ltd, and Weta Companies co-founder Jamie Selkirk. The purpose fit-out is already underway and will include

industry standard software and technologies such as green screens and motion capture. There will also be spaces for study, recording and editing, displays and exhibitions with studios for film, music and design added over the coming months. Senior Film lecturer at Victoria Alfio Leotta said the facility was a significant shift for the Film programme. “It’s a move towards a more practical style of teaching,

which we hope will provide students with industry-ready skills. “It will also put students directly in contact with those in the industry – it’s right next to Park Road Post Productions, for example. These people will give guest lectures and mentor the students,” he said. The facility will at first be only available to postgrad students pursuing a Masters in Film, Theatre, Design and Music, but it will eventually

also be available to undergraduate students as well, Alfio said. Weta Companies co-founder Jamie Selkirk is excited to engage Film students so directly. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do. “Those of us who have worked in the industry for many years want to be able to pass on our experience in a meaningful way to the next generation of film makers and creative youngsters,” he said.

The Zoo opens its doors for Neighbours’ Night By Annabella Gamboni

Masro Mohammad with her mother at Wellington Zoo’s Neighbours’ Night. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Many Newtown residents had the chance to finally visit some of their noisiest and wildest neighbours last Thursday – the animals at Wellington Zoo, at the end of Daniell St. Now in its twelfth year, the zoo invited 1700 of its neighbours to the party, including its close neighbours who live in the council’s social housing. This year, the guests were able to explore all the new areas of the Zoo – including Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha, a New Zealand experience which includes the Zoo’s new walk through Kea Aviary. Six-year-old Masro Mohammad lives close enough to the zoo that she is woken up in the morning by the monkeys. Her favourite animals however were the lions,

although she also liked Tui the one-legged kiwi, she said. Chief executive Karen Fitfield said the evening has become a reliable success. “We had a great evening meeting our neighbours and it was, as always, a fantastic way to start the New Year,” she said. The night is an opportunity for the zoo to give back to their local community, she said. “We value our community support and Neighbours Night is a way we can support our local community, including those who may not otherwise be able to visit the zoo. It is my favourite event of the year, everyone is happy to be at the zoo, and our staff and some of our partners volunteer their time to ensure that all of our visitors feel welcome and part of the zoo’s work.”


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Miramar pharmacy owners hand over business after nearly two decades By Annabella Gamboni

Police have arrested a 52-year-old man in connection with the acts of tyreslashing vandalism in Miramar late last year. He was arrested following investigations by the Kilbirnie community Police team, and will appear in court next week. The alleged tyre-slasher caused a great deal of misery from October-December of last year, as cars along Kauri St were targeted randomly.

When Anne Privett and Raj Nagar bought the Miramar pharmacy in 1998 they had no idea of the best the business

would bring them – the friends they have made in the community over 19 years. They have sold the business, and so from February 1 the pharmacy will be managed by

Greencross Health. Although it is a step down for Anne and Raj, for their customers it will be largely business as usual, as the pair will still work in the shop, and all existing

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Managers old and new: Anne Privett, Arthur Liu and Raj Nagar. PHOTO: Annabella Gamboni

staff will retain their jobs. But for them it is the end of an era – and the beginning of a new one. “I would like to spend time with family. It’s always been the pharmacy first, and everything else second, so it’s about a more relaxing lifestyle,” Raj said. “I plan to finish my pharmaceutical management degree, and I would also like to volunteer locally,” Anne said. Eventually Anne would like to volunteer somewhere in the Pacific. “Just because I’ve always wanted to, and I think it’s good to give back,” she said. Anne and Raj said the experience of getting to know the community and being invited into their lives as friends has been a privilege. “We would like to thank our patrons for all their custom over the years, and we hope they stick with us during the transition,” Anne said.

Kilbirnie fashion student awarded scholarship Manisha Patel of Kilbirnie, the Kiwi-bred daughter of Indian immigrants, has always moved in two worlds – and now, through her fashion designs, she is literally threading her two cultures together. Ma n isha was pa r t of a group awarded a Prime Minister’s scholarship for Asia in December for their dress designs based on the sari. Their scholarship allowed

the group to travel to Southern India to the Banhami Amman Institute to study traditional Indian methods of dying and weaving fabric. “It was wonderful, I learnt so much. I have been to India before, but my family is from the North... The South is so much more colourful,” she said. Manisha’s award-winning design was based loosely on the traditional sari, but also

Dorothy’s iconic costume from the Wizard of Oz. “We all had the idea of a journey... And I went with the Dorothy idea because I could explore the idea of a girl learning something on a journey, and returning... I also just really love blue,” she said. The ministry for tertiary education, skills and employment started the Prime M i n i s t e r ’s s c h o l a r s h i p

scheme in 2013. “The PMSA is designed to encourage New Zealand students to study in Asian countries and experience the benefits of international education for themselves,” said minister for tertiary education Paul Goldsmith. Manisha, along with the eight members of the sari project group, was one of 243 students selected by the PMSA programme in 2017.

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Wellington mayor walks away from crash unscathed Mayor Justin Lester was lucky to walk away from a head-on crash with a truck on Makara Rd last week. His chief of staff, Joseph Romanos, was behind the wheel when the truck driver lost control and crossed the centre line. All involved in the crash were unhurt, although on a public Facebook post later Mr Lester said that all were “shaken”. They were returning from UN Holocaust Remembrance Day at Makara Cemetery at the time. In the same Facebook post, Mr Lester said he was feeling lucky, and that “it was probably time for a beer”.

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Kilbirnie Community focuses on health Kilbirnie Community Centre is once again hosting its ‘Living Healthier’ day, where it aims to provide information on health services – especially those which are free or cheap to the public. The centre will be open from 11:30am-1:00pm on February 17 and will function as a drop-in centre, where you can enquire about health services and watch demonstrations of Zumba and Tai Chi classes. Co-ordinator for the community centre Rowena Bonne believes that with the recent refugee immigration

to Kilbirnie and talk of rising inequality in New Zealand, the time is ripe for another healthcare event – the last one was five years ago. “We’re hoping in particular that families and those on low incomes will come along… And for those who have recently arrived in the country, it will be a really useful information point so that people can familiarise themselves with the services,” she said. The last Living Healthier day hosted about 60 or 70 people, Rowena said. “We’re aiming for at least that

amount again this year,” she said. Kilbirnie resident Levi Aoake is planning to attend the event with his partner and two small children. “It’s so hard to know what we can get without going to the GP and asking every week, and we can’t afford that… I never used to really think about it, but I have to look after my boys now,” he said.  Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre’s ‘Living Healthier’ day is to be held at their space at 56-58 Bay Road, Kilbirnie from 11:30-1:00pm on Friday, February 17.

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Erskine Chapel declared unsafe in new report By Annabella Gamboni

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The historic Erskine School’s redevelopment has hit yet another snag. A new engineering report has confirmed that the heritage-listed chapel in the school was damaged in the November earthquakes. The Wellington Company has plans to strengthen the chapel, as long as it can pull down the rest of the complex and replace it with 96 new townhouses. However, these plans are being challenged by the

Save Erskine Chapel Trust (SECT), who have heritage authority over the two buildings and wants them both kept. The Wellington Company director and site owner Ian Cassels said the new assessment showed the largely unreinforced chapel was in a worse state than previously suspected, hence it had been cordoned off. Mr Cassels said because the building was in a fragile state it would be more difficult to strengthen, and the building was running

out of time. Another engineering report was due within the week, he said. A spokesperson for SECT, Nat Dunning, was sceptical of the reports. “I think [Mr Cassels’] argument is that there’s greater urgency now than before and so we really should get on as quickly as possible.” He said the was not necessarily evidence that the building was so fragile it could fall down. Wellington City Council-

lor and former pupil at the college Nicola Young said the Trust’s challenge was delaying the development and the strengthening work. Unless the strengthening work began soon, the whole chapel could be lost, she said. “I want to save the best of our heritage, and this is absolutely the best.” She said SECT needed to “live in the real world” and accept the solution before the site was “saved to death”.

Mayor directs council to find a saving of $8 million Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has announced today that he has tasked the council with saving $8 million for ratepayers. Although the figure suggests a rather uncomfortable tightening of the belt, it equates to a 2 per cent efficiency rate, Mr Lester said. “I have asked our CEO to lead a thorough review of all council spending,” he said. It will help keep rates increases down below the 3.9 per cent average increase forecast in the Council’s last long-term plan, he said. “Having run my own business for ten years, I know we have to focus our investments where they will do the most good. “This review will make sure we can fund key priorities without lumping ratepayers with big rates rises. It’s about putting every

dollar of ratepayer money to the best possible use. I want our services to be efficient and provide value for money, and I think we can deliver savings without having to cut services.” Council Chief Executive Officer Kevin Lavery said the organisation is well placed to deliver value for money. “This is a welcome challenge from our city’s new Mayor and we are up for it. We are consistently looking at ways of delivering services more efficiently and will be focusing on a number of areas including shared services, procurement and operational delivery. “I’m confident we can achieve a two per cent efficiencies target while still providing high quality services and making the investments in resilience we need to prepare our

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Government fund to strengthen Wellington’s buildings The government announced last Wednesday that $3 million has been granted to Wellington in order to assist local business owners in protecting iconic buildings in the central city. The money can be accessed by those looking to secure facades and parapets that may pose a hazard in the event of a serious earthquake in Wellington. Mayor Justin Lester said that he was extremely happy that the government had granted the fund. “It’s great to be able to partner with the Government to work on this important issue. Wellington has taken a leading role on earthquake resilience but more remains to be done and the investment from both central and local government will be a great help to owners,” he said. Mr Lester has also asked council to reprioritse $1 million to boost the fund further, he said. “Unreinforced masonry is a real threat

to people’s lives during a strong earthquake. It has been responsible for many earthquake-related deaths in New Zealand and overseas.” The fund meant that the work would be completed quicker than if business owners had to fund the work themselves, he said. “As we are in the middle of an active earthquake sequence, it’s important we get this work done as soon as possible,” he said. Infrastructure and sustainability portfolio leader Councillor Iona Pannett said securing this masonry would help preserve iconic elements of Wellington’s buildings. “This is about making sure Wellington’s building owners can get on with the job quickly and preserve the character and safety of our city. I urge all building owners affected to take advantage of the extra funding, comply with the law, and get the job done,” she said.

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Looking forward In our final installment, we talk to deputy mayor and southern ward councillor Paul Eagle

Happy New Year – Nga mihi mo te Tau Hou! As the first month of 2017 draws to a close, it’s a good time to take stock of the priorities for the year ahead. Many of these priorities relate directly to the impact of recent events such as storms of the past few weeks and, of course, the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 14 November, last year. These events have tested

the resilience of our infrastructure and our communities, although we’ve responded very well to them. In Brooklyn, Newtown and the southern bays, residents have participated in public workshops to learn how to prepare for and act in a natural disaster. On the infrastructure side, Council is reviewing funding for projects that protect people such as the shop fronts in Newtown and bringing forward the building of a new reservoir so there’s enough water in the event of an emergency. Addressing housing affordability is another key priority, which I will lead as the Chair of the Mayor’s Housing Task force to ensure we avoid a hous-

ing crisis like Auckland. The Taskforce is focussed on looking at all the issues across the housing continuum from ending homelessness to addressing issues with private home ownership. We’re also on target for a preferred design of the cycle way from Shorland Park to Wakefield Park. Making sure the communities of Berhampore and Newtown are fully embraced at the start of the engagement process for extending the cycleway to the city is important. These are my priorities as Deputy Mayor in 2017, which can only be achieved with your ongoing support. Nga mihi, Paul


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the right balance between protecting its lowest-paid workers and ensuring jobs are not lost, he said. “At a time when annual inflation is 0.4 per cent, a 3.3 per cent increase to the minimum wage will give our lowest paid workers more money in their pockets, without hindering job growth or imposing undue pressure on businesses,” he said.

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Generous shoppers boost Mary Potter Hospice

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What the Kilbirnie Farmers store lacks in size – it is the smallest store in Wellington – it makes up with generosity of spirit. With the other Wellingtonbased stores, it raised over $50,000 for the Mary Potter Hospice Trust over the Christmas period. As part of its fundraising effort, Kilbirnie Farmers hosted a ‘tree of remembrance’ over the Christmas period, where customers were encouraged to donate to the Mary Potter Hospice

Alayne’s Cat Safari scratches below the surface By Annabella Gamboni

Even for the Wellington Fringe Festival, a play where you wander around Newtown looking for friendly felines is a bit bizarre. But as Alayne Dick, who plays the title character of the same name, the cat safari is not just a joke; it is her last chance at ‘making it’ on her own terms. If the cat safari doesn’t work, she will be forced off her jobseeker’s allowance and into a job she does not want. “For Alayne, that’s her nightmare,” Alayne said. Along with director Adam Goodall and a group of theatrical friends, Alayne devised the show from the group’s experiences with bureaucratic social welfare and “stopgap” jobs.

Trust and to write a small tribute to lost loved ones to hang on the tree. Now in its third year of fundraising for the hospice, store manager Sarah Hillman said that they were “determined” to match previous years’ efforts despite to the closure of the Cuba St store. “It really touched customers… So many of them knew someone that had been in the hospice. Many of them were moved to tears with our tree of remembrance,” she said. “We are blown away by the hospice’s work, and local teams supporting local teams

is just really important to our store,” she said. Director of fundraising, marketing and communications at Mary Potter Hospice Philippa Sellens said that the hospice is extremely grateful for the donations. “It allows us to continue our work in people’s home… And to continue to offer it free of charge, as is the kaupapa [policy] of the hospice,” she said. “Only half of the money the hospice needs comes from the government – the other half is entirely fundraised,” Philippa said.

“As well as the barrage of obstacles that can stop you reaching a goal if you’re not supported by family, and all the pressure from society to get a job – the attitude that any job is better than no job. “The play will be very absurd and very funny – but it’s also explicit about how hard the current social welfare system makes it for those pursuing what they want, whether that be in the arts or any other difficult industry,” Adam said.  Alayne’s Cat Safari runs from 17-19 February at 2PM and 6PM (no 2PM performance on 17 February). The safari is koha, and starts at Carrara Park off Daniell St in Newtown and runs for 60 minutes. Register online at


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“It’s never enough.”

“I think it’s fine. Otherwise it would be too expensive to hire people.”

“With the cost of living so high, it’s nowhere near enough.”

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Berhampore residents to brace for impact By Annabella Gamboni

The Berhampore Community Association would ideally like its residents to start the year with a firm footing – but also to be prepared when the ground gets shaky. They are running three disaster response workshops over February and March together with WREMO (Wellington’s Regional Emergency Response Office). Community assocation secretary Liz Springfield said the recent Kaikoura earthquakes were a “wake-up call”. “Yet what I noticed was how we all reached out for each other as neighbours, family and friends,” she said. The new community association have organised the workshops in the hope that it can be a starting point for a more connected community. “We hope a wide range of Berhampore will get involved. Planning together can create a better Berhampore in many ways, not just emergency pre-

paredness,” she said. WREMO facilitator Jason Paul said the workshops were not about the government lecturing the public on what to do in a disaster. “They’re more about bringing a community together to decide exactly what they want to do in a natural disaster... By the third workshop, we will we’ll pull everything together into a plan for Berhampore,” he said. The stronger the community, the quicker they recover from a disaster, he said. “That’s one of the lessons we learnt from Christchurch. “In Lyttelton, timebanking was huge, so the community already had networks in place, already knew where everyone’s skills and strengths were, so they recovered much quicker than many other communities,” he said.  The WREMO workshops are open to all, at the Samoan Assembly of God Church Hall at 193 Rintoul St on February 9 and 23, and March 9 from 7pm-9pm.

Members of the Berhampore Community Association with just some of the gear you might need in a disaster. Back row (L-R): Macmillan Tollo, Mostafa Mohammad and son Lavad, Morag Ingram and Pepe Robertson. Front (L-R) Peter Frater, Liz Springfor and Helena Tihanyi. PHOTO: Annabella Gamboni

New mural captures the history of these streets

inbrief news iTedE An international comedy star, David Strassman, will be making his way to Wellington for a show in March. Tickets are on sale now for iTedE, a take on the technology-laden lives. The plot follows Chuck Wood and Ted E. Bare as they make their way

through a world of social media. Show is rated M 15+. Children 12 to 15 years must be accompanied by parents or guardian. No one under 12 years admitted. Tickets available from

Island Bay Fest Toy Swap Kids of all ages can bring toys to swap or sell and run their first-ever kids toy market in Island Bay during the Ribble St races from 10:00am-12:00pm on February 18. While it is also to be held on the same end of Ribble St as the

Sheyne Tuffery and his near-completed mural on Mein St in Newtown. By Annabella Gamboni

If you think you might recognise the style of Sheyne Tuffery’s artwork from somewhere – you would be right. The Wellington multi-media artist has been commissioned to paint yet another mural on the wall outside the Mary Potter Hospice on Mein St, Newtown after being commissioned to paint the wall around the demolished site of the Arlington St flats opposite Wellington High School in 2016. The new mural, which is set to be finished in the next couple weeks, depicts the history and vibrant feel of Newtown. It features zebras from the zoo, children playing in front of a tram, and an abstract rendering of the wooden houses in the hills.

One of Sheyne’s favourite features on the wall is a small gang of penguins. “They’re meant to be an obvious nod to the zoo – but also they’re a very social animal, all about community and looking after each other, which I think really embodies Newtown. “Someone thought they were meant to be nuns, from the hospice… Not really, but that’s what’s great about art – anyone can take anything from it,” he said. You can also see Sheyne’s work on Hopper and Hankey Sts in Mt Cook, Coutts St in Kilbirnie and Moorefield Road in Johnsonville. “I’ve been really lucky. The last year – it’s been boom, boom, boom – mural after mural,” Sheyne said.

kids’ lego races, it will be a seperate event and will be child-led. Parents are encouraged to set the kids up with whatever they want to swap (toys, playing cards, books), and then either relax or spectate the nearby races.

Easier travel for local bus users Changes are being made to popular local bus routes in the hope of improving reliability and making long trips easier for passengers. Metlink is making changes to the Wellington bus Routes 3, from Karori through the city to Kilbirnie and Lyall Bay and 18, the campus connection from Miramar to Karori via Victoria University on Kelburn Parade. On Route 3, two extra trips in the morning and two extra in the afternoon will be added to increase capacity. Greater Wellington Regional Council deputy chair and chair of the regional transport committee Barbara Donaldson said the additional trips would not affect times to the services during the day. “The additional trips are simply inserted

into the current timetable to address the immediate capacity issues,” she said. “Further changes will be made in April to address the timetable spacing and journey times.” There will also be timetable changes to Route 18 to improve more accurate timetable estimates throughout the journey. “The start and end times of the timetable remain unchanged,” Ms Donaldson said. “The intermediate times are changing to reflect actual travel times and ensure people do not miss their bus.” The changes addressed immediate issues to improve customer’s travel experiences, Ms Donaldson explained. The improvements went live on January 29.  Metlink timetables are available online:


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A brand new music and movement class with a major emphasis on fun and creating confident little people! The lovable TWIRL and FREEZE will soon be inspiring preschoolers across Wellington as they embark on their dance journey. L.O.D Dance Studios is now an official READY SET DANCE studio, and joins a growing network of over 50 dance schools across Australia and New Zealand, all who offer the jampacked hour combo class. READY SET DANCE has been developed using the knowledge of successful dance teachers who have been running classes for this age group for over thirty years. Targeting ages two to five years, the syllabus is divided into two levels. The specially designed Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap exercises are perfect

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for both boys and girls in this foundational level of training. Through exercises such as balancing bean bags, working as a team with the parachute, singing on the microphone, and playing musical instruments, the classes extended beyond dance to develop skills such a teamwork and confidence.  To find out more details about the READY SET DANCE program at L.O.D Dance Studios, check out their website:

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Thursday February 2, 2017



All Blacks Sevens go down to the zoo with Cure Kids By Annabella Gamboni

Brothers Finn (8) and Jack (10) Sharkey-Burns with All Blacks Sevens captain DJ Forbes. PHOTO: Annabella Gamboni

New Phoenix facility opens on Martin Luckie park despite controversy By Annabella Gamboni

Two new Phoenix Football Club training pitches have now been officially opened at Martin Luckie park after over a year of consultation and development. Phoenix operations manager Shaun Gill said the club was pleased to have the pitches finally ready to use. “It’ll be great to have the pitches, especially for the youth development teams, We would like to thank the council and the residents for reaching a compromise with us,” he said. It was originally controversial with local residents, with ma ny ta k ing issue with their rates being used to upgrade their local park in order to give it over to an elite sports club. Now that the pitches are c o m ple t e , B e r h a m p o r e resident Sam Burke is still unhappy with how the Phoenix have communicated to locals. “We heard nothing about the opening... But throughout, communication was minimal... They gave out flyers to the street directly opposite the park [Lavaud St] and that’s it,” he said. Sam’s ultimate fr isbee team had a permanent training spot at Martin Luckie until the football pitches

started development last year. “The council were really good about fi nding us a different spot to train. “But it’s a bit sad that we got moved to grounds that are in about the same condition as Martin Luckie used to be, and so much has been spent on improving grounds we won’t be able to use,” he said. Southern ward councillor Paul Eagle said the local residents’ frustration with the club was understandable. “The com munication wasn’t ideal. “And especially for the

people who live in the apartments near the park – it’s their backyard,” he said. Mr Eagle said the club have promised to keep the park accessible to locals despite the presence of the pitches. “For example, the gates will always be unlocked. “The balance between elite sport and community recreation is a hard one to strike... It is my hope that the compromise of always leaving the gate open will allow the residents to keep using the park at least some of the time,” he said.

The Cure Kids ambassadors for Wellington had a pretty special day at the zoo last Friday. They were guided around by the All Blacks Sevens team ahead of the annual Wellington tournament over the weekend. Finn and Jack Sharkey-Burns were special guests, as their mother Fern had a big hand in helping Cure Kids organise the event. Finn was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was two years old – he is now eight, and healthy, but Fern said that they stuck with Cure Kids in the hope that medical research might find a solution to Finn’s condition. “It’s been six long years of hospital visits and stays. “Cure Kids has been fantastic

because one day we hope we might find a cure... It gives families like us hope,” she said. All Blacks Sevens team member Scott Curry said the community and charity work they do in the community is one of his favourite part of playing at a national level. “It’s so important to give back, and to remember we are role models to young boys and girls,” he said Cure Kids is an organisation particularly close to the team’s heart, he said. Player Trael Joass joined the team this year after having open heart surgery only three years ago. He had suffered from “heart murmurs” since he was 16, and Cure Kids had been very supportive of his goals of playing elite rugby despite his cardio problems.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

All aboard the Fed Express The Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal tennis final was the sort of sports event you stop your life to witness. Once the Australian Open final was set to feature the two greatest rivals ever in the sport, it was must see television. No one would have picked that final before the event started. Like two weary warriors, both men had struggled with injuries late in 2016. Yet like a good heavyweight title bout, there always seemed to be one more chapter to write in the storied history. For me, Federer is my guy. I think you’re either a Federer or Nadal fan. The Swiss maestro won me over early and I’ve been riding the Fed Express

happily ever since. At 35, most thought his grand slam days were done but when younger contenders like Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic fell to the wayside, it felt like it could be Federer’s chance to shine. So it proved in a gripping final against his arch rival and friend Rafael. A five set final which predictably not only lived up to the pre-match hype, but exceeded it. Federer can now go out on his terms. Safe in the knowledge he can compete and conquer at an age when not many men have in tennis history, Federer proved he is, to me, the greatest player of all time.

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Phoenix players have their first training on one of their new pitches. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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