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First book to launch in London
By Sharnahea Wilson
Johnsonville man and one of New Zealand’s best known children’s entertainers Chris Lam Sam has headed off to London for the official launch of his debut children’s book. Inspector Brunswick, The Case of the Missing Eyebrow, written by Chris and illustrated by fellow kiwi Angela Keoghan follows the creative and inspiring story of the world’s greatest cat detective. Continued on page 2. Johnsonville author Chris Lam Sam has headed off to London to launch his debut children’s book. PHOTO: Supplied
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The Greater Wellington Regional Council will vote tomorrow on whether to consider a tertiary student discount – and Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association are urging them to vote yes. Students have lobbied the regional council for years to see a tertiary student discount introduced, VUWSA President Rory Lenihan-Ikin said. “If they continue to deny the need for a tertiary student discount, they will be denying thousands of students the access to a higher education because
Continued from page 1. Thanks to UK-based Tate Publishing Chris and Angela will get to share their debut children’s book for the first time on World Book Day in London. “It’s just crazy, I’m still pinching myself,” Chris said.
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tures for tertiary students, Rory said. As part of the Fairer Fares campaign, VUWSA is asking for a 50 per cent discount for tertiary students on all Wellington buses and trains. Deputy Chair of Wellington Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Committee Daran Ponter said though he was advocating for student fares, there would not be a likely change in this year’s financial plan. “It’s unlikely in the next financial year [but it’s] something we are looking to signpost in the 2018/19 Long Term Plan,” Daran said.
He said the regional council was looking for the student fare to come under the wider Wellington bus network which will be implemented from July 1, 2018. Daran said he was committed to getting cheaper fares for students but said the council “would need to find the appropriate way to fund it” somewhere in the system. “We’ll have to offset the loss we’ll get,” Daran explained. The GWRC will vote on whether to approve a fare review at their full council meeting on March 2.
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of the mounting costs which many New Zealanders will not be able to afford – including those already living within the Greater Wellington region. “Young people wanting to pursue higher education should not be looked at as freeloaders but they do need help to be able to afford living and studying in the capital.” Rory said with a student housing shortage looming in central Wellington , the logical solution would be encourage students to live further out. But that would not be any more affordable if the GWRC does not look at its fare struc-
Chris has always been a children’s entertainer and song writer, but when he first saw Angela’s unique illustrations online he got in contact with her and said he would love to write a story to go with her pictures. Now, six years later, the pair
are still collaborating and were recently picked up for the first time by Tate – who also own various art galleries including London’s Tate Modern. Tate Publishing had seen Angela’s illustrations on Twitter and said they wanted the pair to come up with a story with the character Inspector Brunswick that was based in a museum, Chris said. The pair was given three weeks to come up with a story, and once they sent it to Tate they received an email the next day offering Inspector Brunswick a three-book deal. It took Chris about one day all up to write the story, while it took Angela about three full months to complete the illustrations for the first book. “That’s why there’s no doubt in my mind whose name comes first on the book,” Chris said. Chris, who has three young sons who have also given their approval of the Inspector Brunswick character, said children always enjoy detective stories.
“I think kids love the suspense of a good mystery.” In their debut story Inspector Brunswick and his sidekick Nelson chance upon a very puzzling mystery where an eyebrow has gone missing from the Admiral’s portrait, Chris said. The author said holding the finished book was like meeting one of your children for the first time. “I feel totally lucky... To be picked up by someone like Tate is a real dream come true.” Chris and Angela have flown to London where they will have their official book launch on Thursday, March 2 – World Book Day. Chris said the pair would also give talks about their books at local schools, libraries and at the Tate Modern. If readers want to find out where that pesky missing eyebrow disappeared to... they will just have to buy the book. The book can be pre-ordered at Unity Books, or online at Amazon.com.
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$1.1 million invested in Raroa Intermediate classrooms By Sharnahea Wilson
Staff and students of Raroa Intermediate were delighted at Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye’s announcement that $1.1 million would be invested to build two new classrooms. Raroa Intermediate principal Christine Browne said the new modern learning environments would help with the school’s roll growth. “We have a role of 660 [students] at the moment but next year it’s expected to be over 700,” she said. Christine said the classrooms, which will be built in time for the start of next year, would be placed next to their two new classrooms which were constructed in time for the 2017 academic year. The four classrooms will be joined through the middle with glass sliding doors so teachers can collaborate and provide more personalised learning for each student. Christine said the teachers had been well prepared ahead of the
modern learning environments being implemented. “We did so much work with teachers first… [we’ve] invested a lot in professional development.” The classrooms also feature different size and shape desks to suit student’s individual needs and Christine said the environments encourage students to be more interactive. Ms Kaye said the funding was part of a third round of investments in new classrooms under Budget 2016, which provides $882.5 million for school property, including new classrooms nationwide to meet roll growth. “Under the first two rounds, $6.1 million was announced last year for 20 additional classrooms in the Greater Wellington region, including Wairarapa. “Since November 2015, we’ve invested around $117 million in redevelopments for schools in the Wellington area, including... Thorndon School, Newtown School, Kelburn Normal School, Khandallah School, Ngaio School, Northland School [and] Churton Park
inbrief news Shave the date Shave for a Cure week is fast approaching with Kiwis across the country signing up to lose their locks during the week March 20 to 26.The iconic fundraising campaign for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) enters its 15th year and is aiming to raise over $1 million to support Kiwis living with blood cancer. Every day six children and adults are diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood condition. For a full list of shaves view here - https://shaveforacure.co.nz/ get-involved/farmers-shaves/
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Raroa Intermediate principal Christine Browne with National list MP based in Ohariu Brett Hudson. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson
School.” National list MP based in Ohariu Brett Hudson was at Raroa Intermediate to celebrate the announcement made by Ms Kaye last week. “Comfortable and modern
classrooms are vital to help young people learn,” Mr Hudson said. “The National-led Government is investing heavily in education and Ohariu schools are benefitting greatly.”
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New social and affordable housing in Wellington Wellington Mayor Justin Lester last week announced 750 new social and affordable homes will be built in the capital over the next decade. The new units come as part of the next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme. “This is a major development in how our city handles housing. We know we need a new approach to social and affordable housing so that we don’t end up like Auckland,” Mr Lester said. “Next week, I’ll be asking my councillors to agree to a new programme which will see us
utilise council land better and develop quality new homes as fast as we can.” Mr Lester said some units will be social housing while others will be affordable homes aimed at first home buyers. “Half will be replacing outdated stock and half will be brand new on top of what we already provide. This will mean a net increase in our social housing units. “This is just the start – working with the private sector, community housing providers and a new urban development
authority, we will be launching a range of new developments to address housing issues in Wellington.” Deputy Mayor and housing portfolio leader Paul Eagle said this was an exciting new phase, building on a decade of earthquake strengthening key complexes and upgrading existing social housing. “This programme will not impact rates because, as previously signalled, we’ll be making some movements in our portfolio where we have properties that are outdated or not suited to
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inbrief news Neighbours Day celebrations During the month of March, communities around the country celebrate Neighbours Day so, in conjunction with the Churton Park Community Centre, the Churton Park Community Association has worked with residents, businesses, local organisations and schools to develop a Neighbours Day fair on March 12. The fair, which will be held in the Churton Park Village and Community Centre, celebrates the diverse multicultural community, through performance, costume, displays and food. The fair will be opened by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and will feature performances, activities and food from the Chinese, Sri Lankan, Indian, Filipino, South African and Kiwi communities. “It should be a colourful and enjoyable afternoon, regardless of our changeable summer weather,” Churton Park Community Association president Brian Sheppard said.
Listen Hear Hearing Week started at the end of last month to spread the message about the impact of hearing loss. Hearing Week, which started on Monday, February 27 highlights how the loss of hearing can have a big impact on both the individual as well as their family. The latest Listen Hear report found hearing loss was a significant issue facing the New Zealand population as 880,350 people now live with some type of hearing loss, representing 18.9 per cent of the population.
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Johnsonville woman on a mission to help By Sharnahea Wilson
A Johnsonville resident is doing her part to help eradicate a disease which continues to cause pain and suffering on the other side of the world. Last year 19-year-old Victoria University student Eunice Gueco applied to go on a Leprosy Mission New Zealand visit to Nepal to help people suffering from leprosy. After she was selected, Eunice made the two-week immersion trip on January 29 as part of the mission’s Youth Advocates team. When the team arrived in Nepal they travelled to their accommodation which was situated near a hospital holding wards full of patients with Leprosy – often known as Hansen’s disease. “When I saw the first person with leprosy I cried. She was an 80-year-old who had [the disease] for 12 years and her feet and hands were paralysed,” Eunice said. “But she was still smiley and happy... It was very touching.” Leprosy can cause damage to nerves, respiratory tract, skin
Johnsonville local Eunice Gueco with a leprosy affected woman in one of the wards at the Anandaban Hospital, Nepal. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson
and eyes and often patients need to have limbs amputated. Eunice said while visiting Nepal her team got to witness a hand surgery where the patient’s tendons were being repaired after becoming severely deformed due to the disease. The student said it was devastating to know that the disease was curable but it was still so prevalent because many people could not afford the nearly $500 it costs to receive the medicine.
“For many people in Nepal, having leprosy is considered a death sentence. “[It can also lead to] disfigurement, divorce, unemployment and ostracism from your community.” Eunice was surprised to see there were still colonies of people who suffered from leprosy and had been outcast because Nepalese see people who contract the disease as inferior. Eunice and her team are now
fundraising for a desperately needed new x-ray machine for Anandaban Hospital which they visited in Nepal. The machine is set to cost about $30,000. If you would like to donate to this cause, get in touch with Wellington Youth Advocate Eunice - eunice.gueco@gmail. com, 021 028 75271 or the Leprosy Mission NZ Director, Gillianfirstname.lastname@example.org, 09 631 1806.
Parks Week kicks off in Kelburn This year’s Parks Week will be launched with an aerial photo of a flashmob in the shape of a giant heart – demonstrating Wellingtonians’ love for local parks. This year’s Parks Week includes events like the always popular Dogs in Togs in Khandallah and Beach Yoga, as well as the newly introduced Shut Up and Dance special sessions. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said Parks Week was one of the many initiatives that
align with Council’s Capital Spaces strategy. “Our Capital Spaces framework is all about embracing our open spaces, getting people out and about, partnering with communities, and generally contributing to our quality of life – and Parks Week ticks all those boxes.” Project Manager Ali Whitton said people enjoying their experiences outside were key to the capital’s environmental future.
“If we can create fun and awareness within our green spaces then people will love them and value them, and from that develops a need to protect those spaces. “During Parks Week we also highlight other parts of council that do work on biodiversity and ecological protection, so participants can find out more information and get involved in some way in the future,” Ali said. The Parks Week launch
kicks-off at Kelburn Park on Thursday, March 2, from 12:45pm. There will be prizes up for grabs, free and cheap events, and special deals on offers including free Cable Car rides to the site, free fruit, and free coffee with a reusable cup. Parks Week will run from March 4-12 for more information visit: http://wellington. govt.nz/recreation/enjoy-theoutdoors/parks-and-reserves/ parks-week-2017
Antique Appreciation Group has enthusiastic collectors who have knowledge of different types of antiques. New members welcome. Join us on Friday 3rd March at 10am at 7 Beauchamp St. Karori. We meet first Friday of every month. Goal: Share knowledge of different antiques, their purchase, valuation and presentation e.g. jewellery, china, medals, coins, carpets. Contact Margaret on 04 476 6817 for info or Email: email@example.com www.craftsandarts.co.nz
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Blue Light’s Kids Gone Fishin’ Day is set to be bigger and better than ever this year, stretching across more of Wellington’s Waterfront with free sausages, coffee and entertainment. The popular fishing day drew a 600-strong crowd to the waterfront last year and organisers expect an even bigger turn out at this year’s event on March 18. Senior Constable Brett Cronin
of the Johnsonville Police Station said the event, sponsored this year by Storage Solutions, was “about building relationships, and prevention”. He said the Gone Fishin’ event was a great way for police to get out and meet people from the local community in order to improve police confidence and have positive interactions. Brett said interacting with younger people in a positive way would also help to stop the “tirade of
Senior Constable Brett Cronin and Blue Light’s Kirk Beyer gear up for this year’s Gone Fishin’ event. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson
abuse that police get” from teenagers and young adults. “It’s a good, fun day out for the family.” The Blue Light team will once again have handlines available and will give out prizes, including rugby balls, drink bottles and giant foam fingers, for the biggest and strangest fish caught. The event is organised in conjunction with Gone Fishin’ star Graeme Sinclair who is a patron of Blue Light. Brett said the annual event was always popular with children, especially with Graeme there to lend a hand and share his expertise. “This year’s event will be a special one because it coincides with Graeme’s birthday,” Brett said. Blue Light’s Kirk Beyer said there would also be more volunteers from The Rock Church and the Police this year. “There will also be free coffee as a thank you to parents for encouraging their kids to get out and be active,” he said. Kirk said for the first time the event will also host live music from local musician Matt Mulholland to entertain the crowd while they fish. Blue Light’s Gone Fishin’ event is free for all and will run from 11am until 3pm on Saturday, March 18 – head along for a fun, familyfriendly day out. For more information visit www. facebook.com/BlueLightWellington
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Adam Art Gallery brings rarely seen artworks from Victoria University’s art collection into view in its latest exhibition Out of Site. The exhibition presents a selection of works that were displaced due to a cluster of relocations in 2016 following the November earthquake, Karori campus closure, an upgrade of the Collection storeroom and redevelopment work on Victoria’s other campuses. As a result, over half the University’s 576-piece collection had to be relocated, providing an opportunity for the Gallery to develop the exhibition. “[The collection] allows audiences to see works that are normally hard to find or seldom seen together,” Gallery director Christina Barton said. Out of Site: Works from the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection runs from February 18 to April 23 at the university’s Adam Art Gallery. Free entry.
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Members of the Otari-Wilton’s Bush Trust are inviting locals along to their varied summer seminars starting next week. Each year the trust runs seminars every Tuesday for one month – this year the seminars are held in March. Four interesting speakers will talk about everything from our country’s honey bees, to using pollen to solve crimes. Trust committee member Margaret Crimp said the seminars were about educating locals about the flora that surrounds them, as well as showcasing “how wonderful Otari is”. “People can come to expand their knowledge about the world... and it’s better than sitting around at home watching TV,” she said. The first of the four talks, which will be held on March 7, is ‘New Zealand’s native bees and some new arrivals’ given by Phil Lester. Phil will discuss how despite the fact
that New Zealand’s bees are quite solitary creatures, they also play an important role in the pollination of our native plants. “I’ll introduce these bees and talk about some new exotic arrivals that include the alkali bee and wool-carder bee,” Phil said about his talk. The talks will also include an investigation into the falsified antimalarial drug trade by pollen scientist Dallas Mildenhall, The role of Botanic Gardens in plant conservation by Karin Van der Walt and a talk about Wellington’s snails by Karin Mahfeld. Margaret’s fellow committee member Wilbur Dovey said it was great they could hold the seminars at the home of New Zealands largest collection of native plants. “We’re exited every year about [the talks], we’re always interested to hear what people are up to.” The talks will take place at 7.30pm on March 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the OtariWilton’s Bush Information Centre. Gold coin donation.
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Johnsonville primary school, one of New Zealand’s first state schools, will celebrate 150 years with a three day reunion in April. Principal Barry Schon said the reunion was an important milestone for Johnsonville School. “It’s a school we are very proud of,” he said. Current staff and students were looking forward to welcoming former pupils and staff. Barry said celebrations would start with an ‘open classrooms’ afternoon. Classes had been learning about a different decade in the school’s history. “It will be an opportunity for past members of our school’s community to interact with the pupils of today.” The Friday night wine and cheese function would be an opportunity to mingle with other reunion attendees and view old photos and displays. Barry said the Saturday reunion dinner would be opened by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and would feature entertainment by theatre sports group The Improvisors. The final event on Sunday would be a
service at St John’s Church in Johnsonville. “If people take the trouble to come to the reunion, we wanted to give them a good experience.” Planning for the reunion started last year and Barry’s team were now meeting fortnightly he said. He was hoping to produce a digital publication of interviews from current and former students to give to attendees to provide insight to how the school had changed. Barry said 60 people had already RSVP’d and he was hoping for up to 200 attendees. Lizzie Bruce, an Educational Support worker at the school, who is also on the organising committee for the celebrations, was a past pupil along with four generations of her family. “I think it is going to be a great catch up for a lot of people, it’s always nice to meet with people you haven’t seen for a long time,” she said. The reunion will run from Friday 7 to Sunday, April 9. Former pupils and staff are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Information can be found on the school’s website www.johnsonville.school.nz.
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Wellington City Council CEO Kevin Lavery last week announced that a report released recently, which alleged 17 council staff lost their jobs due to the implementation of the Living Wage, was false. He said council chose to bring Parking Warden roles in house over two years ago with a range of new standards implemented for staff in that role. “As part of requiring these new higher standards, some people who were employed by the contractor were not subsequently employed by WCC,” Kevin said.
Clifford Matthews retires from his voluntary service after 38 years. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson
A well-loved piano man was recognised for his 38 years of voluntary service at Enliven’s Longview Home in Tawa last week. Clifford Matthews began volunteering at the home when it was originally run by the Blind Foundation. “They asked for volunteers to drive the residents to Petone... after we got back to the home I saw the piano and asked if I could play it,” Clifford explained. Thirty-eight years later Clifford decided to retire from his voluntary piano playing in December last year due to arthritis in his right wrist. He was thanked by the residents and staff of the resthome with a lunch and some awards last Wednes-
day. Clifford said though he had spent so many years playing the piano, he never got tired of it. “It’s very satisfying entertaining people. When you leave [the residents] ask when you’re coming back again.” Clifford said his repertoire included all of his favourite songs from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. “I play the tunes the residents will remember from when they were younger. “I ask for requests from the residents and I generally get a few but most just say ‘I like what you play’,” Clifford said. Clifford has been presented with various badges and certificates throughout his years volunteering at local resthomes, including
Churtonleigh Lifecare and Bupa Harbourview Care Home – which he will continue to play at due to their light-touch keys. In 2001 Clifford was recognised for his giving nature with a North Wellington Volunteer Service Award. “It’s very humbling when there are so many people doing so many things.” Longview Home recreational officer Marlene Bowles said Clifford gave a great contribution to the home over the years. “He’s not just an entertainer, he knows people and he takes everything in his stride.” Clifford said it was a delight to play at the home over 38 years. “I’ve got this talent and felt I must share it with people.”
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you think there should be reduced bus fares for tertiary students?
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“I guess it would be fair enough – on their budget.”
“Yes I do, I think if you are going to study and trying to get an education you shouldn’t be paying full price for the bus.”
“Yes, I think students can do with every dollar they have, their money could be better spent on accommodation and food rather than bus fares.”
“I wouldn’t have a problem with that, otherwise it gets really expensive.”
“Yes, when you’re a student you don’t have full time employment, if any, and getting on the bus is pretty expensive, I don’t think it’s fair.”
Bruce Hallum, Johnsonville “Yes I think there should be because we’ve got to make it easier for them to get to their place of learning. It would make students more productive which makes society more productive.”
EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a window pane in a back door was smashed to gain entry into a house in Corlett Street where a messy search was made. A TV, hard drive, and linen are among the items known be stolen. A house in Prospect Terrace was broken into via a jemmied back door. A kitchen window was also smashed. It is not yet known if anything was stolen. In Newlands a Kawasaki motor bike parked under a cover on the deck at the back of a house in Tamworth Crescent was targeted and the rear indicators and the registration plate were stolen. In Kenmore Street a
house on the market for sale was entered through an open window and a TV, bedroom furniture and cutlery items were stolen. A blue Mitsubishi Outlander station wagon parked in Horokiwi Road West had its back window smashed to gain entry. A baby buggy was stolen from the back of the vehicle. Also in Horokiwi Road west a white Mazda stationwagon had its right rear quarterlight window smashed. A piece of a bottle was found in the vehicle but nothing is known to have been stolen. In Churton Park a silver Toyota Co-
rolla hatchback parked overnight in a driveway on Abilene Crescent was found next morning jacked up and all four mag wheels had been stolen. In Ngaio a silver Nissan Vanette commercial vehicle parked overnight in Conway Street was entered through a jemmied passengers side door lock. An Apple Mac computer, a camera, and other small items were stolen. In Mysore Street a black Toyota Hilux untility vehicle parked overnight on the street was broken into via a smashed rear passenger window. The offender reached in and took a jacket and a vest.
Revamps for local playcentre playgrounds Children at several local Playcentres are enjoying revamped outdoor play areas this summer and are inviting their communities to join them at upcoming Open Days. Newlands-Tamariki Playcentre is planning a large community celebration on Saturday, March 11, with Johnsonville Playcentre following suit on Sunday, March 12. “Our kids love the new outdoor spaces, especially the new water feature and enlarged sandpit,” Serena Johnston, parent-educator and member of Newlands-Tamariki Playcentre said. “The new artificial grass is really great for giving us more all-weather play areas. It has changed the way that we interact with the space.” Lorna Ingram, Operations Manager for Wellington Playcentre Association, said a specialist natural play space designer was involved in the revamping, and landscaping and native plants were tailored for each site. “We have focused on upgrading our outdoor play environments to include sensory play and to make use of sustainable, natural materials where possible.” The Newlands-Tamariki playground upgrade was completed last year by Seymour Construction as part of a Wellington Playcentre Asso-
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ciation major project to upgrade 19 Playcentre playgrounds throughout the region. Wilton Playcentre will show off their playground and invite parents with infants or preschool age children to try a real Playcentre session during their open week from March 7 to 10. Laura, a parent-educator at Wilton Playcentre, said the centre suits her family because of the community it provides and the learning opportunities it offers. “My children are encouraged to pursue their own interests in their own time, develop their social skills and form meaningful relationships.”
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A rising rowing star is shining after taking a bronze medal away from a recent national competition. Marsden Collegiate School student, Ruby Leverington got the opportunity to row at an even higher level than usual when she raced with women from the Wellington Rowing Club. Ruby competed at the New Zealand Rowing Championships held in the South Island at Lake Ruataniwha. Ruby took part in the senior women’s quad where her team took out a bronze medal, as well as competing in the women’s club single and the club women’s eight. “I made the A-final for all three [events],” Ruby said. Ruby raced against 37 women in the club single and finished in an amazing 7th in the A Final Single sculls. It was the first time the 17-year-old had rowed with women at a club level and she said she enjoyed every
minute of it. “I was just really excited to see how it would go.” Among those in her quad team was Ruby’s own school rowing coach Rachel Gamble-Flint. “I had the incredible opportunity to row with [Rachel], it really made me become a better rower.” Rachel said she would now be training hard for the upcoming North Island Secondary School’s Competition as well as the Maadi Cup. “I don’t think the competition will be any easier at the North Islands or Maadi,” the humble teenager said. It was a great competition for Ruby’s school as well as her club, with her coach and mentor Rachel taking a bronze medal in the A Final coxless double sculls. Meanwhile Steph Taylor, the Marsden Assistant Rowing Coach, successfully coxed a novice men’s four and eight to win silver medals in A Finals.
Wednesday March 1, 2017
Community celebrates Shrove Free stage Tuesday with delicious pancakes By Sharnahea Wilson
Students, staff and parents of Cardinal McKeefry Catholic Primary School celebrated Shrove Tuesday with a delicious array of pancakes this week. In celebration of the last day before the start of Lent, also known as Pancake Tuesday’ the community
got together to cook American, Indian, French, English and Kiwi-style pancakes. School principal Tania Savage said this was the first year they had celebrated as a whole community. “It’s amazing to see everyone here enjoying themselves.” She said parents jumped on board to share their various cultures with
the children by cooking pancakes using recipes from their homecountries. “We have a very diverse wee community.” Though the tradition of marking the start of Lent has been documented for centuries, Tania said it had become more about helping people and lending a hand in the community.
For those of you who are sorry to have missed out on the now sold out Homegrown event, never fear there is a free stage which is open to the public. Local Stage at the Wellington Waterfront on Saturday, March 4 will be open to all. For more information on the Local Stage at Jim Beam Homegrown head to www.homegrown.net.nz/the-local-stage-2nd-announce/.
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