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‘Another bandaid solution’ By Annabella Gamboni

The Miramar parking saga rages on as residents clash with Wellington City Council over proposed changes to the parking in the area. The council have proposed 24-hour parking spots in the area bounded by Calabar Road, Caledonia Street, Devonshire Road, Ellesmere Avenue, Crawford Green and Broadway. Continued on page 2.

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‘Another bandaid solution’ Continued from page 1. However, residents in the affected area are unhappy with the proposed changes. Resident Robin Boldarin said 24-hour parking is another weak compromise from the council. “What we need is residents parking, to be paid for by the council. “It may stop people from the airport parking in the area for a week or two, but it won’t stop the commuters. The simplest solution is residents’ parking – the 24-hour parking is another

bandaid solution,” she said. Southern ward councillor Paul Eagle acknowledged that the issue had been very frustrating for residents for years. “It’s a long time coming,” he said. But he was also keen to reassure Miramar locals that the proposal is by no means final. “There will be a consultation phase first, which will hopefully be both interesting and illuminating,” he said. “The parking issue is a complex one because it’s not actually just

people from the airport – it’s also because more people are working in Miramar now, there’s a lot more jobs there. We would like to know why so many people park in these areas. Then we can form real solutions because we will know how to tackle most, if not all, of the parking demand.” The parking feud reached something of a head last year, when a vigilante slashed over 300 tyres in the area. Miramar man David Francis Johns, 52, has since plead guilty in the Wellington District Court

to a representational charge of intentional damage to numerous car tyres, and of possessing an offensive weapon – a sharpened screwdriver, which he used to slash the tyres. The council also intends to remove all of the illegal barriers Miramar residents have placed on their berms (the councilowned spot of grass between a house and the street). In 2013, cyclist Alan Cecil Robieson, 65, died after hitting on the low wire fences on one of these berms.

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The 2017 Kotahi festival in Strathmore was a success, despite the gale force winds that Wellington hosted on Waitangi Day. Festival organiser Amanda Hereaka said she was very pleased with the turnout. “I was sitting there and waiting until about half an hour before

it started… And then they all showed up at once. About 600 people showed up - I was blown away,” she said. The festival was organised by the Friends of Kahurangi, a community of teachers, parents and friends of the school. “We host events for everyone in the area to share,” Amanda said. Local bands Sorceress, Or-

chestra of Spheres, MC Flowz, MC Pioneer, J10 & Trek One aka The Dream Team, and DJ Soundwave all took to the stage over the course of the afternoon. Mia Kayson, 8, was new to the area and had come to the festival with her parents and baby brother. She said all the bands were pretty cool.

“Sorceress was my favourite because of their name,” she said. Her mother Tania said the festival had been a really welcoming, warm way to commemorate Waitangi Day. “Being new to Wellington we weren’t sure what would be cool to do on Waitangi Day, but this was awesome. The hangi was great too, especially on this day,” she said.

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St Anthony’s Bazaar to raise funds for new playground Disappointed faces were met with the promise that a new and improved activity space would be built as soon as possible. Funds from the upcoming St Anthony’s School and Parish Bazaar will go towards the new playground space. St Anthony’s School Principal Jennifer Ioannou said closing the school’s senior playground last year was necessary due to it not complying with the New Zealand Playground Safety Standards. “It’s great to see so many people offering their talents baking cakes, preserving, creating the most amazing crafts and offering their skills to entertain the crowd. It was sad to see the old playground

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come down, but it’s been rewarding raising funds for the new area which is going to be an asset for the school community.” True to her word, Jennifer has motivated the school and wider parish community to action. To end 2016, a very successful Golf Day was held at Miramar Golf Club beginning the fundraising activities. Playground areas can cost in excess of $80,000 so it necessary to actively fundraise as schools do not receive funding for these large building projects.  St Anthony’s Bazaar opens at 11am, Saturday February 18 at 10 Ludlum St, Seatoun.

Fashionable Island Bay couple take out top prize at Wellington Cup Races By Annabella Gamboni

An Island Bay woman was awarded not one, but two fashion awards at Wellington Cup Day, and was deemed the race day’s “fairy godmother”. Lynne Rait was awarded the Classic Lady and Supreme Winner prizes at the Wellington Cup on January 22. Her partner John Morrow also took out the Best Dressed Man category for his tartan Barkers suit. She designed and made her outfit – a pink satin dress, lace jacket, and elaborate fascinator – all herself. “I couldn’t source the satin for the dress so I got another one and chopped it up. The fascinator is made using

a origami technique,” she said. Lynne was surpised and pleased with the judges’ decision. “I think the judges were brave to choose a lady over 65. “It’s the outfit that counts, not the age or the size of the lady... To be the best takes more than just a pretty face. It’s not supposed to be a beauty contest,” she said. She was immensely proud of her outfit. “When I was a little girl I wanted to be a princess but now I’m almost 70 and I’m a fairy godmother.” Partner John said she was definitely both his and a crowd favourite for the win. “I’m over the moon,” he said. The couple won a trip for two to Victoria Racing Club’s Crown Oaks raceday, including three

Wellingtonians had to avoid the beach last week when heavy rain caused an overflow at the Moa Point wastewater treatment plant. Council spokesman Richard McLean said the overflow lasted less than five minutes, but it may have caused contamination in the surrounding waters. Wellingtonians were advised to avoid swimming in the sea – especially in the harbour, which includes Oriental Beach - over Waitangi weekend until Sunday evening.

Free multi-kai cooker demonstration A free Multi-Kai Cooker Demonstration Workshop will be taking place at a local community centre next week. The workshop will share knowledge of the Kai Cooker with the community and will teach locals how to prepare and cook a meal in one. The workshop will take place on Thursday, February 16 at 6pm at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre, 27 Chelsea Street, Miramar. To register contact Grant Ellen at 388 1944 or by email

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inbrief news No more spectator charges at pools Taking children for a swim in Wellington will soon be cheaper following an announcement made by Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester to waive spectator charges for guardians. The spectator fee at Wellington City Council pools to make it free for parents to take their children swimming. This will include at least one parent getting to swim for free when they are directly supervising children under eight in the water. The change will be introduced in Mr Lester’s first draft of the council’s Annual Plan in March. A spectator fee will still be charged for major aquatic tournaments and events. The changes will take effect from July 1.

Fruit and Vege Co-op Launch in Berhampore Island Bay Presbyterian church is coordinating new fruit and vege cooperative in Berhampore, giving locals easier access to affordable fruit and vegetables. The weekly service starts on Tuesday, February 14 and is an extension of the Eastern Suburbs Fruit and Vege Co-op. Produce bags will be available every week from the Granville flats, Centennial flats and Rintoul Street Flats. For more information or to register email


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Community support helps refugee family begin again By Annabella Gamboni

In five years, Daniel Alvarado and his family have gone from fleeing Columbia to opening their own clothing printing company in Island Bay. Daniel’s company Black Sheep Art was launched only a week ago, and prints t-shirts, hoodies and mugs with well-known cartoon figures and designs of his own. ChangeMakers Refugee Forum’s Refugees into Business programme was instrumental in aiding Daniel set up the company. “Not with advice, because Daniel always knew what he wanted to do,” said chief executive Tayyaba Khan. “He was very passionate, very determined. We only helped him really with finding an investor.” Daniel Alvarado, wife Juliana Meza and their four- Only five years before, the graphic month-old son Mattheo. PHOTO: Annabella Gamboni design graduate was juggling batons

at traffic stops in Ecuador to support himself, his wife, mother-in-law, and twin girls. They had to escape across the border of Columbia to Ecuador after Daniel and his family were threatened by members of Columbia’s guerilla police force. They took up refugee status, but could not stay long in Ecuador due to xenophobic local attitudes. “They think all Columbians are druglords. No-one would even let us rent a house,” Daniel said. “After some months we got a call from the United Nations and they told us we had a big life decision to make, and we did make it – we moved to New Zealand.” Daniel and his wife Juliana are proud to be in New Zealand, he said. “With my company, I wanted to do exactly what I want to do, and be independent for my family,” he said.

How much food do you throw away? By Annabella Gamboni

A new, nationwide initiative is challenging New Zealanders to think about how much food they throw away. Like many Western countries, New Zealand produces and buys far more food than it needs. The publically-funded initiative Love Food, Hate Waste is looking to reduce food waste within kiwi households. The Wellington division of Love Food, Hate Waste will have a stall at the Island Bay Festival’s Day in the Bay this Sunday, February 12. Waste minimisation officer at Wellington City Council Kellie Benner said their stall would be providing information and tips on how to minimise waste.

“We’ve got all kinds of tips - including a recipe for banana cake using banana skins,” she said. Kiwi households can save up to $163 a week if they follow waste-preventing measures such as planning meals, freezing perishable food and simply using up every bit of food they buy, Kellie said. Every year, New Zealanders throw away 20 million loaves of bread, and waste up to $872 million worth of food in total. That is 122,547 tonnes worth. Kellie said it was important to note that these figures come from measuring kiwi households, and does not include supermarkets’ waste. But she said it was a myth that supermarkets have more

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Parents raise $12,000 to help others in a time of grief Two couples who lost children at birth have raised $12,000 for Wellington Hospital to buy two new ‘cuddle cots’ so that grieving parents can say goodbye to their children with dignity. ‘Cuddle cot’ is shorthand for a specialised, cooling gel pad that is attached into cots, baskets or bassinets so that a recently deceased baby can remain with parents and family for a few days or even up to week.

Mothers Carrie Lynch and Fleur Jamieson belonged to the same antenatal class based in Porirua, and both lost their babies late in gestation. Their babies died a week apart, and each couple used a cuddle cot. “But we thought - what if our babies had died closer together, or if another baby had died?” Fleur said. Fleur’s partner Simon came up

Fears about damage to Erskine Chapel closes walkway

The Avon-Volga walkway as it passes Erskine Chapel.

A new engineering report has revealed that the precarious Erskine chapel may also pose a danger to the immediate surrounding area in an earthquake. The Wellington City Council has closed the pedestrian accessway between Avon and Volga St to protect members of the public. The council received information from the chapel’s owner on January 17, updating them about its safety in the aftermath of the November Kaikoura earthquakes. The report also confirmed

that the chapel posed a risk to the walkway. The council is unsure when the walkway will be re-opened to the public. “The walkway will remain closed until the council is satisfied that the risk to public safety from the building has been removed,” said council major projects officer Patrick Kymbrekos. Affected residents have been contacted via letter about the closure. At the time of printing, council confirmed that they had had no inquiries about the walkway.

with the idea of fundraising for more of the cots. “We set up a Givealittle [online donation site], and shared it on social media,” she said. “At first it went off - donations came flying in. It was a way for people to let us know that they cared, even if they were far away, or even if they found it too awkward to approach us as we got back to work.” Carrie said the process was

very healing for both sets of parents. Her partner Ben Gamboni said he was in awe of both his partner Carrie and of Fleur. “These ladies have done most of the work… And in doing so have approached our loss with a great compassion and grace,” he said. Midwife Gail Austin runs the Pohutukawa Room at Wellington Hospital, a space attached to the

maternity ward for parents who lose their babies due to stillbirth or other complications during pregnancy. She said she is extremely grateful for the donation, as almost every parent who loses their baby at Wellington Hospital uses a cuddle cot. “The extra two will be extremely useful as from time to time we do have more than one loss,” she said.


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Guardians of the Bay welcome council spending decisions Guardians of the Bay has applauded the Wellington City Council’s decision to not prioritise the airport extension for its 2017-18 spending. The $300 million extension has been put aside in favour of the proposed $150 million film museum and convention centre on the waterfront, a $25 million emergency reservoir at Prince of Wales Park; and whatever project is decided to replace the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover through the Let’s Get Wellington Moving initiative. Guardians of the Bays cochair Dr Sea Rotmann said the group was pleased to see Wellington Mayon Justin Lester making moves to prioritise the spending of ratepayers’ money in different areas. “The fact that the Mayor has commissioned a review and wants to cut spending by $8 million is good news for

Wellington ratepayers, but at the same time there are a lot of projects demanding council support and we still need a firm list of priorities. “There are major infrastructure projects that must take precedence this year, such as the emergency reservoir, which we are pleased to see the Mayor has flagged as a priority. The recent earthquakes have also added a major new priority to council expenditure,” he said. Co-chair Richard Randerson added that the Mayor appeared to be picking up the sentiments shared at his Wellington Summit, held in early December last year. “The findings from the Summit show where the priorities lie for those living and working in Wellington. Serious issues including housing, traffic congestion, public transport and earthquake resilience

The proposed airport extension, which will likely to be shunted aside this financial year. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

are priorities, along with ideas for sustainable growth for Wellington and the wider region. “For the Guardians, and the resi-

dents and ratepayers we represent, our priority has always been to see growth in the region to attract visitors and tourists. However, this

A lion’s share of romance this Valentine’s Day

should not entail a costly project like the runway extension and long-haul flights for which there is no demand,” he said.

Nicola with some of the exhibition work at her studio in Miramar. PHOTO: Annabella Gamboni

That Facebook state of mind By Annabella Gamboni

Otters, who mate for life, getting cuddly in their pond. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Wellingtonians who want to walk on the wild side this Valentine’s Day can enjoy a romantic evening at the Wellington Zoo. The zoo is opening after hours to host a Valentine’s Event. Loved-up visitors can stroll round the zoo at their own pace and listen to special talks about the romantic exploits of some of their favourite animals. General manager of community engagement Amy Hughes said the event has been very popular with adult fans of the zoo in the past. “Our visitors love the special

talks – which are a little more risqué for our adult audience. Valentine’s Night is the only time of the year when the zoo is for adults only – it’s a chance for the grown-ups to enjoy a picnic and a glass of wine, and learn more about what goes on when the lights go off in the animal kingdom,” she said. The event is also important for the zoo’s continued conservation efforts. “While the event is mostly about fun, it also gives us the opportunity to share stories about conservation breeding programmes at the zoo, especially for endangered spe-

cies like red pandas... It gives people the opportunity to get even closer to our amazing animals, while supporting our conservation fund to save animals in the wild.” The price for entry includes a hamper for two and a glass of bubbles, and can be booked in advance. There will also be live music from local band The Ratbags.  The Wellington Zoo’s Valentine’s Day event will be open from 5:00pm-8:30pm on February 14. Tickets can be booked in advance from wellingtonzoo. com

Local clay sculptor Nicola Dench is raising money for charity Youthline with an exhibition called ‘A State of Mind’. The exhibition will sell a range of small, painted clay masks each of them unique - for $25 each, $5 of which will go directly to Youthline. The masks, along with the other work present, were designed to explore how social media affects each of us in different ways. For those with mental illness or even certain insecurities, using social media can be very different – it’s all in the ‘state of mind’, Nicola said. “A good example is these positive affirmations that you see everywhere on Facebook… Some people take them on, and some people will completely reject them,” she said. Her work addresses this with clay plates with generic love affirmations printed on them, which Nicola has also poked holes in and threaded wool through.

“The Japanese believe things are more valuable if they have been broken, and then fixed again. So these plates which have been mended with thread – they talk about healing,” she said. Nicola chose Youthline to donate to once she heard that it had received significant cuts to their government funding last year. “And because young people have grown with social media, and it’s so important to them – it affects them in ways good and bad, I thought I would make the exhibition about how it can complicate their lives,” she said. Youthline chief executive Stephen Bell said the organisation were very grateful for fundraising attempts such as ‘A State of Mind’. “When the fundraising makes people think about young people and mental illness as well – it’s just fantastic,” he said.  ‘A State of Mind’ is on at Thistle Hall, corner Cuba and Arthur Sts, from 10:00pm-6:00pm February 14-19.


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Q: What are you most looking forward to at St Anthony’s Bazaar?

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“The refreshing drinks and yummy food – it’s going to be a hot day!”

“Going around with my friends, there will be a lot to see and do.”

“Eating the delicious food and the entertainment will be great.”

“The entertainment, especially Dunk the Teacher!”

“Meeting new friends and having fun doing the exciting activities.”

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Whoops, Mr Woodhouse Dear Ed, Re: The minimum wage rise article in your 2nd of February edition, Michael Woodhouse’s claim that inflation is running at 0.4% is flatly wrong. The current CPI rate is 1.3%. Even this figure of 1.3% does not reflect the reality for many

people, as it weights rent for example, at just 10% of peoples expenditure, when in fact it is much more likely to be 40% or more. Yours sincerely, Dean Woodward, Berhampore.

Lucca Mansfield, St Anthony’s School “Seeing some people I haven’t seen in a while.”

General Elections Prime Minister Bill English revealed the date for the New Zealand general election last Wednesday. New Zealanders will be headed to the polls on Saturday, September 23 to vote in the general election. Polling stations will be open from 9am to 7pm on the day and preliminary results will be available from 7pm. For more information on the election and to enroll head to

“I love Kilmarnock. It’s not clinical looking - it’s casual and relaxed and I like that.” Alison, Kilmarnock resident.

Here, Kilmarnock Heights Home residents Betty Rankin and Betty Wood read up on what planting the Garden Group should be focused on this month.

Planting for a cause at Kilmarnock

Rest home living. It might not be what you think. Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home An elder-centred community

Companionship, fun and meaningful activity are part of everyday life at Kilmarnock Heights Home. As well as providing daily living support, we make sure residents have choice and control in their lives.

Social calendar We’ll support you to continue doing the things you love in a way that’s right for you. The busy social calendar and stimulating recreation programme certainly make for a vibrant and engaging atmosphere.

Pets welcome We believe pets can be both calming and energising, so we welcome animal companions. If you have a pet that’s part of your family, ask us about moving to Kilmarnock Heights Home with them. Family and friends At Kilmarnock residents are encouraged to invite their loved ones to visit at any time; there’s no set visiting hours. And, for the children - we have a fully stocked toy box to keep them entertained!

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Wellington South locals are being encouraged to get involved with Kilmarnock Heights Home’s latest gardening project. The Enliven home formed the ‘Garden Group’ for residents who have an interest in gardening to continue with their hobby alongside a group of like-minded people. Recreation Officer Annelize Steyn says the flowers and vegetables planted by the Garden Group are significant to the residents and are a powerful tool for sparking memories and conversation. “It’s not just about gardening, it’s also about the memories and feelings associated with it. It’s about socializing and conversation” Annelize explains. “One resident loves Gladiolus and we organised to have them planted outside his window. Every time he looks at them he says he is reminded of all the wonderful times he spent in his garden at home.” The residents are in the process of planting seeds for their vegetable garden, as well as preparing for autumn planting. “We are creating a garden specifically for our rabbits, with lots of greens and

other vegetables, so when residents want to feed them they can pick their food straight from the garden,” says Annelize. Kilmarnock Heights Home is hoping the local community will be able to assist with their gardening projects in some way, including donating seeds, pots, potting mix, or volunteering to help the residents with their planting. “Anything the community can spare for our Garden Group would be hugely appreciated. So many kind and generous people have donated items to help make life extra special for the residents of Kilmarnock Heights Home and we are so thankful for everything the community does for us.” Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home and respite care from 20 Morton Street in Berhampore.  To find out more about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home free phone 0508 ENLIVEN (that’s 0508 36 54 83) or visit

Thursday February 9, 2017


Rewinding time with The Basement Tapes

Stella Reid in The Basement Tapes. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

By Annabella Gamboni

A new Fringe Festival show is asking its audience to help unwind family secrets - by asking them to listen carefully. The Basement Tapes, devised by theatre troupe Chapel Perilous, is essentially a mystery story. The central character, played by Stella Reid, becomes obsessed with a pile of cassette tapes that she finds while clearing out her recently-passed grandmother’s possessions. The questions of who made the tapes and what is on them become apparent after a whole lot of listening - but more ques-

tions arise, like whether Stella’s character is all she appears. The show is inspired by a recent death in Stella’s own family. “I started thinking about how your possessions and material things outlive you. “And what your possessions can reveal about you.” Director Jane Yonge said that family secrets is something a lot of her audience will be able to relate to. “It’s in the specific that you find what’s universal - and what can speak to all of us. It’s a hard thing to find,” she said. The play is staged in an empty lot on Clyde Quay Wharf - like

many Fringe shows, it is not in a conventional theatre. Sound designer Thomas Lambert said that the sparse, concrete nature of the space lent itself well to his eerie sound design. “There’s a whole lot of reverb… It’s great with the sound I’ve set up - where it’s coming from five different sources, both from speakers and from the actual cassette player onstage,” he said.  The Basement Tapes is on from February 10-14 at 7:00pm at Access E, Clyde Quay Wharf. Tickets are available by booking online at or on the door.

Shelly Bay to be rehauled with new joint venture

Frances (Frankie) Zelas (14), Thomas Mander (15), and Edward Prestwood Smith (14) with their certificates. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

An artist’s impression of the plans for Shelly Bay. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Wellington landmark Shelly Bay is to be developed in a 50/50 joint venture between the land holders Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika (The Trust), also known as The Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust, and the Wellington Company (TWC). The Trust purchased Shelly Bay from the Crown in 2009 and forms around 60% of the Trust’s current portfolio. Wayne Mulligan, who was elected to chair the Trust board late last year, said Shelly Bay provides very poor returns and constrains the Trust’s development and growth. “The current state of the buildings and infrastructure requires huge investment and capability from a highly reputable property developer. The trust is pleased TWC, a reputable and proud Wellington company, wishes to

partner with us,” he said. “This is good for our iwi and the future of Wellington. The joint venture will provide the Trust the ability to recover and gain from its original investment. It will enable the Trust to diversify its portfolio and increase returns for members. It will also enable us to develop programmes for our members and to strengthen our role in the Capital and the Hutt Valley.” Ian Cassels, managing director of TWC, thanks the Trust for putting their trust in The Wellington Company to develop Shelly Bay. “This is a great outcome for the city and for Taranaki Whanui,” Mr Cassels says. The land will be developed and sold over time as originally envisioned by the Trust when purchased from the Crown in 2009.

Brooklyn Scouts take out top honour By Annabella Gamboni

Three young scouts from Brooklyn have won the Chief Scout Award, the highest award given out to scouts in New Zealand. Frances (Frankie) Zelas, 14, Thomas Mander, 15, and Edward Prestwood Smith, 14, received their awards from Scouts NZ chief executive Niamh Lawless this month. The award ref lected the trio’s hard work on planning and leading their own four-day trip to Abel Tasman park, as well as their own individual achievements from 2016. Edward and Frankie both learnt to ski, and Thomas

starred in the Wellington Reper tor y production of Brassed Off. “I took on things that I didn’t think I could do,” said Frankie. The biggest challenge for Thomas was getting organised and planning, he said. Brook ly n g roup leader Oliver Mander said the group was very proud of them, and credited the success of the whole group to the community support around them. “At all ages, scouting is about team work, leadership, adventure and new experiences. We’re lucky to have a growing group of leaders who can support our youth,” he said.

The scout group also hit a record with 22 girls and boys aged 10 to 14 attending the New Year Scout Jamboree near Blenheim with nearly 3000 others. Group chair person Anneleah Thornburrow said the growth and success of her scout group was down to its core values of hard work and initiative. “We already have nearly 80 girls and boys aged 5 to 18 in our Kea, Cub, Scout and Venturer sections... UK research tells us that the confidence and self-belief that children build up in Scouting pays back later – adults who are more resilient and successful,” she said.


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Miramar marathon legend Bernie Portenski dies By Annabella Gamboni

Marathon runner and hairdresser Bernie Portenski died last week at 67 after a brief fight with ovarian

Big Girl Sima Samar for the Afghani community in 2016. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

‘Big Girls’ is for women who feel small By Annabella Gamboni

Rangiwahia Environment Arts Centre (REACT) believes that you can only be what you can see. That’s why REACT have run the Big Girl workshops for immigrant women since 2013. This year the Palmerston North-based organisation is running workshops in Wellington for the first time as part of the Newtown festival. At the workshops, all women - but especially immigrant women or women of colour - are invited to help create the ‘big girls’ - larger-than-life dolls that are worn like a backpack, so that their wearer can dance or parade them around. REACT creative director and centre co-ordinator Bridgette Murphy said she wanted to bring the workshops to Wellington to reach

out to its culturally diverse population. “We had workshops last month in Porirua and we largely worked with Syrian and Columbian women, as well as some ladies from Laos and Burma,” she said. The idea behind the Big Girls is that these women are given the chance to express their culture and their ideas of themselves in an artistic form. “They challenge common cultural perceptions, and some even reconstruct themselves and their identity that can be quite freeing - because they are in a new place, they can re-invent themselves in New Zealand,” she said.  REACT’s Big Girls Workshops are on from 9:30am4:00pm from Februar y 11-14 at 199 Riddiford St, Newtown, next to St Vincent de Paul’s.

cancer. The news of her death was met with an outpouring of tributes from both national media and local individuals.

Bernie on her way to winning the 1998 Rotorua Marathon at age 48. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

When daughter MJ posted on Bernie’s public Facebook page of her death, she received hundreds of comments from those who had been somehow touched by Bernie. “Rest in peace Mummy darling,” she said. Grant McLean from the Scottish Harriers in Wellington wrote a thorough and heartfelt obituary on the club’s site. “She was a force of nature with a personality that was loud, tough, honest, uncompromising, fun-loving and infectious,” he said. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester was also quick to send in his own tribute. “Local runners will know Bernie for her wonderful attitude and her boisterous encouragement... She was an outstanding Wellingtonian,” he said. Bernie’s athletic career was an unusual one, and caught the public imagination due to her extraordinary determination and drive in changing her life around. She was a self-proclaimed party girl who ran her first marathon aged 30 to aid her quitting smoking. Bernie soon found she had a talent for long-distance running, and ran another 113 in the next 35 years, and only two years ago ran 65km in honour of her 65th birthday. Bernie is survived by husband Pete Horan, daughter M J (Marie-Jo) and stepson Phillip.

A record-breaking Go By Bike Day for 2017 Aotearoa Bike Challenge regional coordinator Ashley Peters. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

By Annabella Gamboni

The capital showed off its cycling population today with its annual Go By Bike Day and spoilt them with a free breakfast under the sails on Queen’s Wharf (outside the TSB Arena). More than 1300 people cycled down to the event, which pips last year’s record of 1100 attendees. Despite the downcast weather, the ‘cycling mayor’ Justin Lester was cheerful and in attendance. “It’s always a great atmosphere here, probably because everyone’s worked up some endorphins on the

way,” he said. Cyclists were rewarded for their commuting efforts with a cup of People’s Coffee, one of over 3000 bagels supplied by Wholly Bagels and organic fruit. Go By Bike Day is now in its 22nd year, having been started in 1996. Organiser Shailie Pidcock says the event started as a communityled event by Cycle Aware Wellington volunteers and supporters, and it continues to grow. Aotearoa Bike Challenge regional coordinator Ashley Peters said the event is great motivation

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Thursday February 9, 2017



Hataitai girl won’t let an injury get in the way of swimming victory By Annabella Gamboni

A recently-mended elbow was no obstacle to Gabriella Jacobs, 12, when she won her age group at the Capital Classic, the third ocean swimming event out of the seven that the Ocean Swim series hosts. She swum 200m in Oriental Bay to win the Banana Boat OceanKids event. She has since been offered a place at an elite swimming camp up in Auckland during May of this year. “I’ve done the event before but haven’t won a place in the squad. “I am super excited about the people I will meet and the things I will learn at the camp. I also want to become a better swimmer,” Gabriella said. Her mother Catherine Millar was especially proud of Gabriella in light of her recently suffering a broken

elbow. “Gabriella was out for most of the season last year with a significant elbow injury, resulting in surgery. She set herself a goal to win her age group in this event and we were delighted when she won. We are looking forward to her having the opportunity to fine tune her swimming at the camp,” she said. New Zealand Ocean Swim Series event director Scott Rice said the opportunity to train with some of the best coaches and young swimmers in the country is a great one for Gabriella. “It’s not just the development of their technical skills but also the confidence they have gained from being exposed to positive Olympic role models as well as training alongside their national swimming peers. Many of them have gone on to compete at national level,” he said.

Gabriella Jacobs, 12, far right, with the other winners of the junior division of the Capital Classic. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Keith Quinn’s long friendship with Round the Bays By Annabella Gamboni Keith Quinn: writer and runner. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The perenially popular Cigna Round the Bays is now in its 40th year. In the lead up to the race day on February 19, rugby commentator and sports writer Keith Quinn reflected on his own time with the event. “It goes back about 20 years, I must have started running in the mid-90s,” he said. Now 70, Keith started running in his 50’s after being insprired to do so by a close friend, he said. He is unfortunately sitting this year out after developing a knee issue. “But it’s been a whole lot of fun,” he said. As a beginner runner, Keith said the accomplishment of the race motivated him to keep running recreationally.

“I found my name in the paper with a long time and a rather large finish number... And a photo of myself chugging along with a bit of a grimace on. But despite the fact that I wasn’t on top, it was such a thrill to find myself in the paper.” He also credits Round the Bays for new friends and experiences he would not have had otherwise. “I ran it a number of times with my friend who was blind, which was a lot of fun,” he said. As a result, Keith helped revive the Wellington Athletic, which was originally formed in 1870 but waned in popularity over the years. The club now has fourteen core members who are proud to wear the noble colours of the club, Keith said.

with Jacob Page You paid for a ticket to see a spectacle, not be the spectacle - show some respect. The fact you escaped a fine and only got a warning means it was probably job well done for you. When you decided to wear pants again you should have been made to put your hand in your pocket and produce a payment for a four-figure fine.

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An open letter to the Eden Park Streaker toddler learning to walk for the first time. I was hoping you’d get taken down in a hard tackle from security. Sadly for my dreams, you have quite a good right-foot step which dashed my hopes. Sure, people cheered you on but in reality it’s embarrassing that an adult chooses to do such a silly thing.

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Dear Eden Park streaker, Thank you for interrupting an absorbing fi rst Chappell Hadlee cricket match between New Zealand and Australia last week. I was sitting there watching this world class sports event hoping a muppet like yourself would interrupt it by taking your clothes off and running around on the grass like a


Finally mate, work on your tan game, pasty is never in, take it from someone who knows. Anyway, being kicked out of the ground shows how foolish of a choice you made. Imagine missing that finish, the sixes, that run out. The joke isn’t just on you, it is you. Have a nice day.

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Welcome to Erskine Moments away from the ocean, minutes away from the heart of the city and miles ahead in new community design, Erskine is ready to be filled with life again.

Erskine retains its historical richness and delivers a distinctly modern edge with subtle Scandinavian notes seamlessly interwoven throughout.

Inspired by the French-gothic elements of the historic Chapel, this development offers town houses, apartments and family homes of the highest quality.

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A HOME FOR YOU Only the best and highest quality materials, fixtures and appliances have been selected for each home in Erskine. You will have the choice of four material palettes for your interior, each complementing the design and enhancing the living space in their own way. With utmost respect for the land, the

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Erskine development compliments the space it will inhabit. The Erskine Chapel will be redeveloped to be used as a wedding and other functions venue. A pathway through the historic Reverend Mother’s Garden guides you directly to the Chapel’s front door. Terraced houses surround a central community lawn. Trees at the perimeter give the whole development a sanctuary feel.

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