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A father and son will be aiming for a very rare feat next Saturday - getting their black belts in Seido Karate together. Island Bay residents Stephen Dacombe-Bird and his son Luke Dacombe-Bird will be the first father and son duo attempting the promotion to Shodan Black Belt together at the South Wellington Seido Karate dojo. Continued on page 2. Stephen Dacombe-Bird with his son Luke. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Continued from page 1. The Shodan Black Belt in Seido Karate is the first black belt grade. To get a Black Belt people training in karate must pass 10 kyu belts over their years of training. The two men said they were excited to take on the challenge after practicing karate together for over five years. “I started in January 2012, just over five years ago. Luke started before me. I used to bring Luke down and wonder a little what was going on. After one of Luke’s gradings in 2011 one of the Black Belts said I should give it a go,” Stephen said. Luke said he had started training in June 2010. “I got the invitation to grade for Black Belt last September. You don’t usually do it by yourself and I wanted to do it here with someone from my own club. It just so happened it was Dad who was next,” he said. Luke said if the pair reach Black Belt what they learn will be a bit more “secretive”. “Getting kyu grade is like High School. Getting Black Belt grading is more like university. People tend to do different styles. Once you’ve leaned the basics you can mix it up a little,” he said. “I’m sure someone on Saturday will say getting to the Black Belt is just the beginning,” Stephen added.


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Some of the support staff in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe

School support staff from across the southern and eastern suburbs gathered on Tuesday to discuss a government freeze on school funding. New Zealand Education Institute Te Riu Roa will be holding paid union meetings across New Zealand in March, starting with the two held at Miramar Central

School on Tuesday morning and afternoon. School funding was frozen as part of a Government Budget last year complicating relationships between NZEI Te Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education. The paid union meetings aimed to educate support staff, including office administration, teacher aides, librarians and others, on what NZEI planned

to do and how staff could get involved. This could include contacting local MPs and sending post cards to Minister of Education, Hekia Parata. Spokewoman for NZEI in Wellington teacher aide Claire Orchard said the funding freeze was “frustrating” despite having good management and teachers at her workplace.

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Schools gather to protest rape culture By Emma McAuliffe

Hundreds of people gathered at parliament on Monday afternoon to protest the prevalence of rape culture in schools and society. The protest was organised by girls at Wellington East Girls College following inflammatory remarks made by Wellington College students on Facebook

and was attended by students from high schools across Wellington. Students and their supporters held placards at the event reading “Don’t rape”, “Respect existence, expect resistance” and chanted “2, 4, 6 8 stop the violence stop the rape”. Wellington High School student Norma McLean spoke to the crowds about her, and her

friends, own experiences with rape culture. “I wish it was surprising but frankly it isn’t. In fact I am used to hearing the stories, not on the news but from my own friends. I am proud to be part of this protest. I am proud of everyone standing here today,” she said. Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett met the crowds outside of parliament and commended

them for their efforts. “It’s not acceptable. I want you to know… we’ve heard your voices. We see you. We hear you. I commend your bravery and your voices for being heard,” she said.  What do you think? Do you think rape culture needs to be better addressed in schools? Let us know at news@wsn.

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Bike Rodeo The first ever Bike KREW Rodero will take place this weekend, March 18 as part of ‘Celebrate Newtown’. There will be a temporary bike playground for children in Carrara Park park, including mobile obstacles such as a seesaw, balance boards, slalom, and a range of textures. Bikes and equipment will be available for children over two. The event will run from 10am to 1pm in association with ReBicycle Wellington, supported by the Wellington City Council Communities on Bikes Fund.

Southern ward councillor seeks Christchurch seat By Emma McAuliffe

A southern ward councillor will be seeking election in Christchurch as a Member of Parliament for the Green Party this year. David Lee, who is serving his second term on the Wellington City Council, will run for the Greens in Ilam in September’s general election. David, a “born again Green”, has been a member of the party since 2013 after being a Young Nat in his formative years. “In the early 2000s I lost faith in the direction the party was heading in,” he said.

David said he had decided to run in Christchurch as an opportunity to gain more party votes for Green in the general election. “Late last year Green started looking for 2017 volunteers. I wanted to help the Green Party – what’s the point of just handing out flyers,” he said. “I started looking at areas where the party vote needed lifting. This was in Auckland and in Christchurch. “Initially I said I could add more party votes in Auckland. They said they had enough so why not try Christchurch,” David said.

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Community garden theft By Emma McAuliffe

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David said he had not sought the list vote as he still intended to carry out his job as a councillor and continue to live in Wellington should he be voted in down south. “If I do get elected as the Ilam MP I’ll basically have a home here and there. Most MPS reside in Wellington – I do that anyway.” David said he would run with the intention of having a strong focus on creating an inclusive society in Ilam and he would put his skills as an Urban Planner to good use on the rebuild.



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Susan Gordon will be performing in Hen’s Teeth this week. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe

A Hataitai woman is taking the stage this week in a performance about her love for Hilary Clinton. Susan Gordon is currently performing as part of Hen’s Teeth in the

WTF! Women’s Theatre Festival on at Circa Theatre. Hen’s Teeth is an all-female comedy troupe first formed in 1988. Their last performance was in 2001. Susan said there would be a range of performances each night from

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performers including the MC Pinky Agnew, Dame Kate Harcourt, Helen Fletcher and Carrie Green. “It’s an all-women’s comedy troupe featuring people in their 20s to 80s. Some people do rehearsed pieces, singing, all different things,” she said. Susan herself would be talking about her experience working for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US Elections. “I’m an old political activist and I believe if you’re going to complain you have to be willing to do something about it,” she said. Despite the show being all women comedy, Hen’s Teeth do not make jokes at the expense of men. “Men don’t need to be afraid of coming to the show unless they’re Donald Trump but we haven’t invited him,” Susan said. She said she thought it was important that women are involved and support women in theatre. “I really do [think it’s important for women to be involved in comedy/theatre]. I think if you look at the stats it’s mostly men involved in movies and roles. I think it’s important women take part and they support other women,” she said.  Hen’s Teeth will be on at Circa as part of the WTF! Women’s Theatre Festival until Saturday, March25. For tickets and more information head to hens-teeth/

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Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has announced that a $5000 rates discount for first-home builders will take effect from July 1 and is being extended to cover new apartments. “In the face of a shortage of supply, we need to be doing more to incentivise construction of new homes for Wellington, especially for young families or people looking to get into their first home. The discount will be introduced as part of the Mayor’s annual plan at the end of the month.

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The Strathmore Park Community Centre is now back in the hands of the community. The Strathmore Community Centre Trust assumed operation of the centre on Wednesday, March 1 with Wellington City Council departing on March 10. It will be hosting a Launch Party on March 24 to celebrate returning to the community and to introduce new staff, including new coordinator Emily Cox. Outgoing community operations manager Lisa Matthews said the council had worked hard to improve the facility and stability of the centre since taking over in 2015. “At the same time I worked with the community to return the place back to community governance. We had a working group that set up a charitable trust,” she said. She and Emily had worked together to plan the celebration which would include free food and performances. “It’s celebrating the community centre being given back to the community, we want as many people to come as possible,” Emily said. “It fits around Neighbour’s Day and it’s a chance to meet your neighbours and meet new neighbours. “Come meet staff and the board and celebrate the ommunity taking back the Strathmore Community Centre. Going forward the board wants to work closely with the community,” Lisa said.  The community centre Launch

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Q: It’s Neighbours Day next week. Do you know your neighbours?

Felicity Finlay, Miramar

Samantha Adams, Miramar

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Wendy Zhu, Mt Cook

Stephen DacombeBird, Island Bay

Luke Dacombe-Bird, Island Bay

“I think it’s important to.”

“Yeah, it’s definitely important.”

“Yes and that’s what Family Space is about, meeting others in the community.”

“I don’t know my current ones but I think it’s important to. I think it can be awkward to be the first one to interact but I’m finding new ways to be accessible to my neighbours.”

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Dear Ed, The closure of the walkway between Avon and Volga Streets shows that WCC has learnt little from the debacle of the Island Bay cycleway. Council decided to close the walkway based on their interpretation of two engineers reports into the earthquake risk to Erskine College chapel. As the public has not seen

these reports they must trust WCC technical officers that their interpretation is correct. Nobody in Island Bay was consulted before the closure. No ratepayer or resident has come forward to support it. Many people have protested to WCC and The Wellington Company, the owners of Erskine College. We all live with risk. Hundreds

Solution to bus worries? Dear Ed, I have given some thought to the commuter issues facing Philadelphia Hamilton of Berhampore (CSN March 2). I can see one solution which should be simple to put in place. For a short time I lived in Island Bay (back in 1972) and I remember waiting at the bus stop in town for my bus home, and seeing the

of Wellingtonians live with the danger of unreinforced brick chimneys which could kill them in a major earthquake. Is that risk any less than the risk to a child walking to school down the Volga to Avon Street path? The difference is that WCC officers have power to close walkways; they are impotent when it comes to brick chimneys. The

closure of the walkway is not really about risk. It’s about power and control. WCC technicians believe that they know best and residents have to lump it or leave town. Our elected councillors are staying quiet and not getting involved. It’s the cycleway all over again. Peter D Graham, Island Bay

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Dear Ed, We would like to say a heart-felt thank you to everyone who made Newtown Festival so fantastic - the creative performing artists, the hundreds of volunteers on the day and all the talented team who help in the weeks leading up to the event; the sponsors, the WCC for their huge support, the 460 stall-holders and the tens of thousands of wonderful people who come from around the region

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Miramar families will be able to make the most of Neighbour’s Day next weekend with a special day put on by Family Space. Family Space will be running an event dedicated to family this year for the annual celebration of neighbourliness in New Zealand. The Family Space is a ministry initiative of the Gateway Baptist Church in Miramar. Senior Pastor Phil Coates said this year would be the first they had run a Neighbour’s Day event. “Part of the focus this year is on intergenerational, so we’ve invited groups that focus on older people or have grandparents involved., like Skylight and the local library. “They’ll have displays. Some of them will also be running workshops.

For example Skylight might host one on helping children through grief. Part of our vision is to support and strengthen families,” he said. Phil said as part of the event there would also be prizes, games, food and even a silent auction which would help fundraise for Family Space. Prizes up for grabs in the silent auction included high tea for two at Hippopotamus and tickets to the Bug Lab at Te Papa. “We’ll have lots of games, a bouncy castle, giant jenga, giant connect 4. Face painting, bubbles, arts and crafts. Inside we’re going to have the displays. It’s a way to promote family space,” he said.  The Family Space Neighbour’s Day will take place on Saturday, March 25 t Family Space, 33 Park road, Miramar between 11am and Parents and children at Family Space with Family Space’s Samantha Adams and Senior Pastor Phil 3pm. Event will go ahead if it rains. Coates. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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A special garden has been opened in Island Bay to remember the Nordmeyer’s and their services to the community. Lord Arnold Nordmeyer was a Presbyterian Minister and became a high ranking Labour MP in the Michael Joseph Savage years through to becoming the Island Bay electorate MP up until the late 1960s. His wife Lady Frances was also involved in the Island Bay Presbyterian Church and in theatre. The Nordmeyer Garden, named for them, was opened on February 26 and is located next to the Island Bay Presbyte-

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Children want more ‘nature play’ Children from Wellington Playcentres in the southern and eastern suburbs had their voice included in feedback given to Wellington City Council on their new draft Play Spaces Policy. Outdoor upgrade project manager for Wellington Playcentre Association Chris Montgomerie, spoke to council in February and emphasised that children of all ages should be able to interact with nature as much as possible while playing. “They aren’t just thinking of playgrounds and have emphasised nature play. This sits very well with the Playcentre philosophy that recognises children learn through play and the best play experiences are open-ended, which sparks imagination,” Chris said. “We were pleased to be able to support the WCC’s Draft Policy at the recent oral submissions, but did

Children with the new water and riverbed playspace in Hataitai. PHOTO: Supplied.

make a plea to look at the planting around play areas when undertaking the regular review and replacement of play areas. In our experience, the two elements can’t be done by different departments as each will enhance the other.” The Wellington Playcentre Association has undertaken

to review, redesign and redevelop all of the play spaces in its 19 playcentres throughout the region, including in Hataitai, Miramar and Island Bay, to include more natural sensory play and make use of sustainable, natural materials and native planting where possible.

 The Wellington Playcentre Association has a Givealittle fundraising page for it’s final fundraising push to raise ‘$50k by May’. This would ensure the final planting can be completed for all Wellington Playcentres. www.

Carnival to hit Worser Bay Locals will be able to head back to the beach this weekend to celebrate Worser Bay. The Worser Bay Argosy Trust is hosting the Worser Bay Beach Carnival this Sunday, reviving a local tradition from the early 1900s. The Carnival is to be an annual day of family fun to provide an opportunity for the community to come together and raise funds for Boat and Beach Wise. Boat and Beach Wise is made up of three programmes designed to keep kiwi kids safe and active in and around the sea. The programmes are a water safety programme which will instil safe sea habits in local children from an early age, a start sailing programme which will introduce Wellington kids to the joys of sailing and keep them active and a youth development programme which will support teenagers to stay in the sport of sailing and provide a pathway for ambitious teens to become high performing athletes. Boat and Beach Wise’s ambassador, Josh Junior said he was proud to be part of Boat and Beach Wise to help “ensure Wellington’s kids learn all the skill they need to be safe and active in and around the sea”.  The Worser Bay Beach Carnival starts at 10am, Sunday, March 19 and will be replete with games for young and old, a French food stall, nitrogen ice-cream, coffee, amazing music, a BIG DIG, a simulated sea rescue, boat rides and a celebrity race.

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Thursday March 16, 2017


Eleven medals for lifesaving club

Sam Brown, Gabriella Jacobs, Chris Mark-coach, Lucy Reid, Sophie Irving, front Sam Kilduff, Lila Feasey. PHOTO: Pascal Raimbault.

Young surf life savers from a local club continue to excel in the water placing fifth in a recent championship event. The Maranui Surf Life Saving Club continues to be the top junior Wellington and Capital Coast club nationally following their display in the New Zealand Under 14 Surf Lifesaving championships at Mt Maunganui last week. The club collected 26 points and finished fifth out of 42 clubs, one place up from last year. Four golds medals went to Sophie Irving. She won the Under 14 Women’s Tube Rescue with Lucy Reid. Sam Kilduff won a gold and two bronze in the Under 11 men’s age group with Lila Feasey winning bronze in the U11 women’s beach flags. Gabriella Jacobs won two silvers in the U13

women’s age group and Sam Brown a silver in the U13 men’s age group. There were also a series of fourth and fifth placings. Maranui Surf Life Saving Club head coach Chris Mark reflected on the season and the harsh conditions the athletes had to train in for the previous six months. “These athletes are incredibly resilient given the shocking summer we have had to train through. Cold and windy conditions with no surf was the mantra for the season. I’m very proud of the ocean’s squad, our coaching and management team and our whole club for producing some great results and having lots of fun along the way,” he said. “Not only have we had a great season on the competition front but we have also qualified another group of young life guards to help keep the Wellington beaches safe.”

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Security kills the sporting experience The Fun Police rule the roost at New Zealand stadiums and it’s clearly killing the live sport enjoyment. Over-zealous security and limitations on beer have effectively killed off the Wellington Sevens and now photos emerged of security going up to kids at the University Oval and preventing them from getting signatures from Black Caps players patrolling the boundary rope. This was on top of video footage of security evicting anyone seen sculling a beer, regardless of their intoxication level. Security are being given too much power and there are individuals who wear a security uniform and then think that gives them a right to act big and tough. I have no issue with them tackling someone who runs out on the field because during play, the field is for the players. I have no issue with them escorting a drunk or abusive person out the gates because that’s detrimentally affecting the viewing experience, but sculling one beer on an embankment doesn’t justify that. My childhood in the mid to late 1990s was littered with moments of running out on Lancaster Park after Canterbury and Crusaders games. There are plenty of instances where I got mini cricket bats signed by fielders

on the boundary. It’s all part of it. Heck, I remember groups of fans creating chants to heckle opposition fielders as they were on the boundary. It was a bit on the nose at times but the chants were created for entertainment and humour purposes, not with the intent of causing malice. It’s time New Zealand sporting bodies sat down with security firms and told them to calm their farm. If they don’t, people will stay home because who wants to run the risk of being thrown out on a technicality. When I went to the Cup Day Races at Addington last year, I made a phone call and leaned up against the hedge along the fence line. As I was walking back to my group I was approached by a security person who said they had been watching me and they had come to escort me out for being intoxicated. Fortunately I had only had one beer over five hours so I could comfortably explain my way out of it as well as explaining that my mild cerebral palsy meant I walked with a gait that many perceived as someone who was intoxicated. It’s simply not good enough that people looking to enjoy the sports event and who are obeying the rules, are subjected to such utter stupidity. Come on, sports organisations, sort it out.









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