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High hopes for second book By Emma McAuliffe

A Strathmore writer is set to celebrate the release of her second novel which tells the tale of an old family home. Tracy Farr’s second novel, The Hope Fault was published earlier this month and will be officially launched at Wellington bar, Meow next week. Continued on page 2. Tracy Farr will be releasing her second book next week. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Continued from page 1. The book follows a family as they celebrate a long weekend in an old family home. Tracy said it was exciting to have written and published her second novel. “It feels quite different to the first book. For most people with the first book you never thought it would happen. But for me now I know the business,” she said. She said the novel started as a personal response to her first book, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt which was published in 2013. “I started thinking about it while I was finishing the first one. The first book was very much about one character from one view. In this one you have a whole cast of characters. “I had the idea of celebration in my head. The first book was of longing and grief. I started assembling this cast of people very early. I wanted it to be a celebration,” she said. Tracy said she wrote the first draft

in 2014 and then in 2015 received a Creative New Zealand grant to write full time for the first six months of 2015. “It was the first time I have ever had the opportunity to write full time and I had the energy and focus to take the mess of the first draft.” Tracy said while The Hope Fault was set in Western Australia, where she grew up, she intended for her next book to be set in Wellington’s eastern suburbs. “[The Hope Fault] needed to be set in Western Australia but the middle part connects to Wellington. The Hope Fault is a geological fault. I thought it was very beautiful langage. “Number three will be set in the eastern suburbs though, that’s the plan,” she said.  The Hope Fault is available at all book stores now. The launch will be taking place at Meow on Tuesday, March 28. Email to RSVP.

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Surf Lifesavers continue plight for new clubrooms

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The Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club will be continuing their quest for new clubrooms next week by selling pieces of art made out of the old building. The club is Wellington’s oldest surf life saving club and its members have been saving lives since 1910. The old 1950s clubhouse is now beyond repair, prompting a timber reclamation project with the city’s community of artists. The club will be hosting Art for the Sea as the next part of their series of fundraising which so far has included Swim for the Sea at the Island Bay Festival and Paddle for the Sea. Head of fundraising for the clubs committee Ian McIntosh said the club had $600,000 left to fundraise and had already raised $3.2 million for the new club. “This auction will be followed by Food for the Sea and Music for the Sea,” he said. The exhibition and sale will see 20 artworks by local and national artists who created art

Bike workshops Members of the Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club with the new clubhouse. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

work from the parts of the old clubhouse. Artists include Clare Matthews, Jack Candlish, Alfred Memelink and Deputy Mayor of Wellington Paul Eagle. Club chairman Arie Moore said he was looking forward to the auction. “We have some amazing pieces. This is a unique chance

for people or businesses to own a piece of Wellington history,” he said. He said the new clubrooms had started construction in November last year. “We started fundraising seven years ago,” he said. The building itself, which was stage one of the process was now fully fundraised for.

“We’re just looking to finish fundraising for the rest of it but the core building is fully fundraised for,” he said.  Art for the Sea will take place on Thursday, March 30 at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. Entry is by donation. For more information or to view the art head to

Supporting mental health through surfing Saltwater, surfing and fluro will combine this Friday in Lyall Bay to celebrate the birthday of OneWave - a non-profit surf community tackling mental health issues. Originating at Sydney’s Bondi Beach through founder Grant Trebilco, the event has run at Lyall Bay since March 2016 where a committed crew surfs at sunrise in fluro on the last Friday of every month, yearround. Lyall Bay Fluro Friday organiser Desiree Cheer said OneWave lets people know they


were not alone and encouraged them to get in the ocean, surf it out and talk about it. “OneWave is all it takes to free the funk, to give you hope. Raising awareness and getting people talking is an important first step.” She said she drew the courage to start Lyall Bay’s Fluro Friday based on a quote from Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda. “I was in my own funk at the time, and felt overwhelmed with inspiration each time I saw the Bondi Fluro’s posts

and heard Grant’s story of mental health recovery through surfing. “I contacted Grant and said to him that even if it was just me on the beach, at least I would have followed through on something I believe in; that each person has the ability to create value and positive change - and to never underestimate the value of your own life. “Turning up that first Friday was terrifying, I was unsure anyone would show. There were six of us that morning, and

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inbrief news Peninsula Pictures by Starlight Kahurangi Friends and the Roxy Cinema will be presenting Peninsula Pictures: The Princess Bride (PG) on Saturday, April 8 at Kahurangi School at 45 Strathmore Ave. Gates to the event will open at 4pm. Before the main feature films from the Roxy 5 Short Film Competition, including Kahurangi School’s award-winning Step By Step will be screened. Films start around dusk. Food stalls are available but you are welcome to bring your own picnic. Free entry, but koha appreciated and all proceeds will go towards the installation of the new Super Slide.

Organic Week Wellington is in the midst of the very first Wellington Organic Week which runs from March 18 to 25. The week was organised by Safe Food Campaign. Throughout the week there will be free fruit tasting sessions all five Common Sense Organics Stores in Wellington, including the store on Wakefield St. Head along to taste some fresh free fruit.

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Students thrilled with new playground By Emma McAuliffe

South Wellington Intermediate School students have a new place to play following the opening of their school playground. The school playground was opened on Monday afternoon following close to one year of closure. Principal Traci Liddell said the opening by Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester and ex pupil Juvenka Earthson was “short and sweet”. She said the old playground had been closed due to new regulations on playgrounds in schools. “The previous playground was built 12 years ago but it hadn’t had the maintenance and level of upkeep it needed,” she said. She said the students were “thrilled” with their new playground. “We had the official opening

Students play on their new playground. PHOTO: Supplied

on Monday with the Mayor and Juvenka. It was short and sweet. We’d been fundraising for the new playground pretty much since the old one closed. Removal of the playground was

going to cost $30,000 so we thought we might as well build a new one,” she said. Traci said as part of the fundraising Juvenka had cycled the length of the North Island and

raised over $2000. She said the school was 70 years old and they still had a huge amount to do. “We’ll get it done slowly but surely.”

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Resilient Wellington, a comprehensive strategic roadmap to promote urban resilience, was launched last Wednesday. It was launched by Prime Minister Bill English, Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester, chief resilience officer Mike Mendonça and Andrew Salkin, Chief Operating Officer for 100 Resilient Cities. The strategy, an effort led by the Wellington City Council with support from 100 Resilient Cities, proposes concrete actions to build citywide resilience to prepare the city for a future that looks very different from today’s reality. Resilient Wellington was de-

veloped in consultation with the more than 200 people in Wellington, including infrastructure managers, researchers, community members, businesses and council staff from across the Wellington region. The city also conducted a wide range of consultation meetings, engaging various stakeholders and organisations through oneon-one interviews and citizen participation in workshops and focus groups. Through this process, Wellington built a consensus and determination for the city’s approach to resilience and prioritised actions and initiatives that will increase urban resilience.

Mr Lester said Wellington had a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to develop and invest in a future for Wellington ensuring survival of shocks and thrive afterwards. “This strategy lays out a coherent blueprint for dealing with future shocks and stresses. Some of the plans we have are short term and tactical; others are longer term and more strategic in nature. All of them have people at the centre,” he said. Resilient Wellington focuses on three interconnected areas for action, each with its own goals, initiatives and projects to strengthen the city and its communities, Andrew explained.

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Home set for the build By Emma McAuliffe

A Berhampore rest home is set to be transformed in coming months. Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, will be upgrading its Kilmarnock Heights Home site. The existing 40 bed rest home will be replaced with a new, purposebuilt 72 bed home and 57 retirement apartments. Construction is set to start this year with the new home being built in front of the existing facility. It is expected the new rest home will open in October 2018, while the retirement apartments will be completed the following year. This will mean the current home will remain fully operational until the new home is opened. Presbyterian Support Central CEO Chris Graham said the development is not just a new building. “There’s a strong emphasis on creating a caring, supportive and stylish elder-centred community.” He said the extensive planning phase was a reflection of the organi-

sation’s commitment to ensuring the development fits in with the surrounding residential environment and neighbouring town belt. Chris said the new site would allow for younger residents to move in knowing rest home care could be available for them in the future if necessary. “People of a younger age can enjoy the facility that they will enjoy as they get older and move into the care. “We thought we needed to do something, [the home is] getting old and tired. We provide something quite unique providing people with more options. In the past we’ve only offered rest home level care,” Chis said. The development will include a range of amenities such as a café and shop, raised bowling green, hairdressing salon, a sensory garden, cosy whanau spaces, media room and IT hub, library and large multi-purpose recreation rooms. Once built, the home will embrace Enliven’s Eden Alternative

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SCOTS YEARS 1-13 Chief Executive Chris Graham of Presbytarian Support Centre. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

philosophy of care – a holistic approach to wellbeing that provides quality clinical care as well as supporting people’s emotional, cultural and spiritual needs. Home manager Bronwyn Drennen said this philosophy was important in order to create a human habitat. “Loneliness, helplessness and boredom are alleviated. We’ve created a home here for them. They can have a say in how things work. Residents here have done quite a bit with our offices regarding standards of conduct. We do lots to help them stay connected. They still go out to lots of clubs, going to the library, dry cleaning…. it’s more about the little things, not so much about the big things,” she said.


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Splendid Teapot Racing at CubaDupa By Kateni Sau, WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

Steampunk is back again to bring Splendid Teapot Racing to the 2017 CubaDupa festival. This year, Capital! Steampunk will combine with Steampunk Taranaki to present the biggest teapot racing course ever. Splendid Teapot Racing involves removing the body of a radiocontrolled vehicle and attaching a teapot instead, decorating it to taste, then racing it against the

clock through an obstacle course of ramps and breakables. Hataitai resident and Co-founder of Capital! Steampunk Colonel Hawthorne said the sport originated in New Zealand and is now a fixture at steampunk gatherings around the world. “It’s held everywhere [in New Zealand]. “The first public event was held at the Oamaru steampunk in 2014.” Mr Hawthorne said a lot of people had attended their shows

at CubaDupa since they first featured in 2015 and would continue to feature at future CubaDupa events. Mr Hawthorne said he was delighted to be hosting Splendid Teapot Racing in Wellington and was hoping for good weather. “It’s going to be fantastic being right in the middle of the CubaDupa action this year, and it will allow a whole lot more people to see what this rather silly activity is all about,” he said. Before the racing begins, Capi-

tal! Steampunk members and steampunks from around New Zealand will parade from Marion Street and along Ghuznee Street and Cuba Mall to the course outside the Dixon Street Deli. “We will have a teapot built around a mobility scooter. “It will be spectacular and noisy.” The Wellington-developed Teapot Sheepdog Trials will also be teaming up with the Splendid Teapot Racing again. The event was showcased last

year and was a hit with the crowd. Two racing teapots compete to push sheep (not real ones!) into a pen and close the gate. “We did it for the first time at last year’s CubaDupa and it was hilarious. “Think of it as A Dog’s Show for teapots,” he said.  Capital! Steampunk will be racing teapots on Saturday, March 25 from 2pm. The parade will leave Marion Street at around 1.40pm

King shares happy memories of Rongotai By Emma McAuliffe

Annette King at her office in Newtown. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Rongotai MP Annette King will be stepping away from politics following the general election this year. The former Deputy Leader of the Labour party has served the area for 24 years. Earlier Ms King had announced she would only be running for the list instead of the seat however, this month she announced she would be retiring from politics following the elections. She will remain MP for Rongotai until this time. Deputy Mayor of Wellington Paul Eagle was named as the candidate for the Rongotai seat earlier this year. Ms King said she had many

good memories of being MP for the electorate. “I started in Miramar and was elected in 1993. Then I was elected in 1996 for Rongotai for MMP when they changed the old electorates. The Chatham Islands joined this electorate in 1996 so I’ve been their MP for 21 years. “It’s a very unique electorate with one of the most remote areas of New Zealand. I’m really proud I represent them. I unofficially changed the name of my electorate to Rongotai including the Chatham Islands. One of the things they get upset about is they get left out of maps and weather reports so that was a small gesture,” she said. Ms King said one of her favourite parts, of the job included

getting to know the people of the electorate. “The electorate is made up of unique villages. Things I’ve been involved with, getting to know people in all these centres. I feel very connected to this electorate,” she said. Other highlights for her included the settling of refugees, watching businesses change and modernise and being involved with the previous Labour government’s housing agreement with the Wellington City Council. Ms King said she was still not sure what she would do once she retired from politics. “My saying is that I am in the mid part of my next career. I want to fufill my role of MP and then I will look at what’s next,” she said.

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Housing NZ Area Manager Alice Daniel-Kirk; Community Centre Coordinator Merio Marsters; Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle; and local residents Grant Smith and Sarah Hewitt. PHOTO: Supplied By Emma McAuliffe

There was birthday cake, a sausage sizzle and salsa dancing for the Berhampore Centennial Community Centre’s first birthday on Friday. The centre, which was opened by the then Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett last year, is based at Housing New Zealand’s heritage-status Centennial Flats on Adelaide Road. Centre coordinator Merio Marsters said she was pleased with how the birthday celebrations went. “It was great. It was good for the community to be part of the celebration. We had a good turn out from tenants, community and our refugees,” she said. She said the centre would now be looking to the future. “Next we would like to get a homework group going so we’ve applied for funding

for that. We’ve also done a raffle to fundraise for new sewing machines so we can run a sewing group,” she said. Merio said she was grateful to everyone who helped out to make the day a success. “I’d just like to say a big thank you to all our sponsors including Housing New Zealand, the Wellington City Council, Tommy’s, Berhampore businesses, the community and the tenants,” she said. The Berhampore Community Centre was created as part of a larger $7million refurbishment of the complex in 2014 and 2015, which included seismic strengthening, interior and exterior painting, new kitchens and bathrooms, and landscaping. Hundreds of Berhampore residents, including tenants of the complex, have used the centre since then for all kinds of activities, including dance and exercise classes, public talks and seminars, and as a venue for private celebrations.

Thursday March 23, 2017

Drumming in Seatoun

Plan aims to slash trash People living in the greater Wellington area will soon have an opportunity to comment on a draft regional plan designed to help reduce waste by a third. The Waste Management and Minimisation Joint Committee of eight councils in the region has developed a new draft plan which aims to further reduce waste and increase recycling. Wellington City Councillor and Chairperson of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan Joint Committee, Iona Pannett, said councils were legally obliged to promote efficient and effective ways to manage

Andreas Lepper is running workshops in Seatoun. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe

Percussionist Andreas Lepper is running drum jam sessions every Thursday at Seatoun Village Hall, the old St Christopher’s Church. He said the sessions catered from children to adults and featured counting, playing dynamics and subdivisions. “They are jams. They are not academic. There aren’t any tests at the end of the term,” he said. “It’s one way to start playing an instrument and to find out what they really like. Then when they are older they might want to learn something or parents want them to learn something then enrol them in an instrument.” Andreas has been drumming since he


was 15 years old. “Playing the drums is social you get to play with other musicians and provide service or entertainment and make their lives better by using joy. “It’s also a source of income which is more necessary,” he said. Andreas said he would recommend drumming as an opportunity for everyone to “explore sound”. “When it’s percussion there’s so much sound. If you play the violin you play the violin but percussion is exciting,” he said.  Jam sessions take place every Thursday from 3.30pm and cater for children and adults. To book or find out more information contact Andreas at andreas@


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Hunting with the Hub By Emma McAuliffe

Locals will be able to disocver the hidden treasures of Mt Victoria next weekend. The Mt Vic Hub annual treasure hunt will be taking place on Sunday, April 2 as an opportunity to get people to discover what is going on in the area. Community coordinator Trish Given said this was the third year the treasure hunt would be taking place. “It’s been really popular with locals and non-locals. It’s for everyone, not just families. A lot of teenage boys did it last year. “Every year we pick a theme. This year the theme is ‘Beyond the Letterbox’ and its a chance for people to find out what happens at places,” she said. So far there were 12 stations as part of the treasure hunt including Crossways Community

Creche, the Elizabeth Street Play Area and the Victoria Bowling Club. Activities at each station could include anything from hula hooping to weeding. The event would start at 2pm and would finish at 4pm with shared food in the Innermost Gardens. Trish said the area was important to the Hub as they had their own “wishing tree” there. “People can write down what they want to see in the area,” she said.  Mt Vic Hub Treasure Hunt will take place on Sunday, April 2 from 2pm to 4pm. Register at the Mt Vic Hub on Elizabeth Street.  Mt Vic Hub is always on the hunt for more volunteers. This time can also be used as Time Bank hours. Enquire at the Hub.

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Kotuku apartments open in Kilbirnie By Emma McAuliffe

The Kotuku Apartments in Kilbirnie are now warmer, drier and healthier homes for residents following the Wellington City Council’s Housing Upgrade Programme. Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester officially opened the upgraded apartments, home to 114 residents, last Friday. “As well as upgrading bathrooms, kitchens, and adding insulation and ventilation, we took the opportunity to convert some of the studio flats into larger units, accommodating more families. “And by changing vehicle access and parking so there’s no longer traffic coming through the complex, we’ve created more quality outdoor space for people to enjoy,” he said. Council housing portfolio lead and Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle said building a strong sense of

community where people feel connected to each other was an important part of their focus on building resilient communities and a resilient Wellington. “That’s why we’ve focused on not only upgrading the units, but on providing a larger community room for people to come together in, and increasing other shared spaces such as the community vegetable gardens and barbecue area.” The Kotuku upgrade was part of the 20-year, $400 million Deed of Grant with the Crown to upgrade council housing. It was signed in 2008. Rongotai MP Annette King said she was pleased so many people had turned out for the celebration. “I used to look at [Kotuku] and think there was so much potential. So many people need affordable housing and that is what this council is doing,” she said. Kotuku resident Rob Jamieson

Former city housing manager Vicki McLaren, Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle, MP for Rongotai Annette King, tenant Rob Jamieson and Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester. PHOTO: Supplied.

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Dumped rubbish leaves charities out of pocket By Emma McAuliffe

Rubbish in Newtown has left locals down in the dumps. Wellington City Council community liaison advisor for Newtown Ray Tuffin said charities including Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, City Mission and the Mary Potter Hospice

shop had all experienced rubbish being dumped in front of their locations in recent weeks. “It’s really disappointing. All of them offer a pickup service and it is bags of household rubbish being dumped there,” he said. He said he had been in contact with the charities who believed it cost thousands of dollars every

month to remove the rubbish. “Just for the Salvation Army alone it costs $3000 each month to remove. For St Vinnies it costs around $1000 a month. This is money that could be used for helping families,” he said. Ray said he was currently working with the charities and the Newtown Residents Association

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Grounds Person Position Kahurangi School in Strathmore is seeking to employ a new Grounds Person to begin at the start of Term 2 this year. This is a permanent, part time, split shift, term time only position. Hours are 2.5 hours on a Monday, and 1.5 hours Tuesday to Friday. A job description can be provided on request.

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Geneva Healthcare is one of the largest healthcare providers in New Zealand. We require support workers in the Wellington South Areas to support our clients.Duties are housework, personal cares, meal preparation and activities. You need to have a drivers license with your own vehicle. Your choice of a free Blue or Black uniform. For more information please contact Renee on 0800 266 577 extn 9241 or apply online at our website

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This role involves delivering and setting up essential equipment to help relieve pain and suffering for people in your local hospital. It’s a casual 24/7 service that pays well when busy, but also gives you a lot of down time. • Pleased to hear from anyone including semi-retired or older persons keen for an interest or second job who lives in close proximity to Wellington Hospital • Some knowledge of hospital like equipment is beneficial • Moderate lifting involved • Must be able to use a Smartphone confidently and have great attention to detail Please forward your Application along with CV to

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Thursday March 23, 2017

SPORT Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Eddie Jones plays his game Finally the England rugby circus has been put to bed. Eddie Jones’ team had a chance to beat New Zealand’s undefeated streak of 18 tier one tests, however a 13-9 loss to Ireland means both teams now share it. It’s poetic in a way, with both teams seemingly being ships in the night and not scheduled to play each other in 2017. Why not throw another unanswered question in this storm in a tea cup? It’s excellent cannon fodder ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour later this year and the New Zealand Rugby Union should be thankful that Jones has spoken about his team’s abilities in such hyperbole as it’s bound to boost ticket sales. In reality, the canny Aussie is doing what you do when you’re in second place in life – you call

out the No. 1, in this case, the All Blacks and you try to get their attention. As two-time defending world champions, I doubt anyone in the New Zealand camp is worried about Jones’ comments but I bet they have gained plenty of attention. I know many New Zealand fans now want the match just so the All Blacks can, in theory, smash England and silence Eddie once and for all. So, depending on how you look at it perhaps his tactics have worked. It’s certainly a mouth watering prospect especially if they played at Twickenham. Surely the money that would be made and the chance to make a statement on England’s own soil must be a mightily tempting carrot once the Lions have been dealt with.


Maupuia master wins big at national champs By Emma McAuliffe

A Maupuia resident has been making tracks at recent athletics events. Eddie Soria has won medals in discus, shot put, high jump and triple jump in two major events in February and March, all after 30 years of being away from the field. “I joined the Kiwi Athletic Club in October last year. This was the first time I went back to athletics after 30 years. It was something I wanted to do but never found the time. “I started with shot put and then discus then I did the triple jumps and eased into the high jump. When you’re younger you can recover super-fast but when you’re 45 you have to be more careful. Throws were a good transition for me,” he said. Eddie came first in shot, discus, triple jump, and second in high jump at the Wellington Track

and Field Championships in the Masters grade in the middle of February. At the New Zealand Masters Championships in Nelson at the beginning of March he became the national champion in triple jump. Eddie was also second in shot put, discus and third in high jump. Eddie, who moved to New Zealand five years ago from Argentina, said he was both surprised and pleased with his successes on the field. “I never thought I would go to Nationals. It was a great feeling. “I can’t believe I am here; first of all in New Zealand and then competing for Wellington. It’s a very nice feeling,” he said. He said he credited the friendliness of the Kiwi Athletic Club to his successes. “I knew they had a good group of people. It has a good sense of community. “We get to bond with everyone.

Eddie Soria has been successful in track and field events in recent weeks. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

It’s really great to have kids and other members of the club in different ages acknowledge you. We are part of a big team. That’s a really important part for me. It’s a big family. That makes it easier to train, you find a way to make it to the track.”

Wellington Phoenix Academy graduates out to end almost thirty-year wait It’s been nearly three decades in the making for Wellington United but this Sunday Wellington Phoenix Academy’s young footballers will feature in their first HiltonPetone Cup final. It’s another feather in the cap for the Academy’s program which follows last month’s call up of four

boys, Liberato Cacere, Willem Ebbinge, Oliver Whyte and Jake Williams to represent New Zealand at the U17 OFC tournament, with Whyte scoring a last-minute semi-final winner to secure qualification for New Zealand to the FIFA U17 World Cup in India. February also saw Academy

graduate Sarpreet Singh burst through into the Phoenix’s senior team, making his A-League debut, aged just 18. Boasting an average age of just over 16, including two 14-year-olds and three 15-year-olds, the Academy boys, playing for Wellington United, have swept aside adult

Central League opposition on route to the final, scoring 14 goals across four games. The Hilton-Petone Cup in Wellington’s premier pre-season knockout football tournament, and has been running in different forms since 1955. Miramar Rangers won that first event but for supporters of

Wellington United it’s been a long wait since their last crown in 1989. Wellington United take on Petone A in the final this Sunday, March 26 at 2.30pm at Memorial Park in Petone, with the senior Phoenix team in action 7pm at Westpac Stadium against the Newcastle Jets. PBA

16 Thursday March 23, 2017

Village at the Park Open day

Village at the Park Retirement Village will be hosting an open day on April 1 to celebrate the release of the pricing on the new apartments that will be ready for occupation in November 2017. The retirement village built at the old Athletic Park site on Rintoul Street will have 28 new independent living apartments come November. Manager Brian Leighton said he was excited for next week’s open day and presenting the new apartments up for sale to anyone over the age of 65 with conditions. “There’s a need in Greater Wellington for what we can provide. Plus it’s only eight minutes away from Wellington city.

“Our village is ideal for those who want to live around like minded people, or that find because of a change in personal circumstances often beyond their control, feel isolated, vulnerable and lonely,” he said. Be quick there are only a few apartments still available and you don’t want to miss out. Apartments are priced to suit all budgets, from the smaller 44sqm through to a generous 76sqm one-bedroom apartment (big enough for two people). Come in and view Village at the Park’s fabulous facilities including our newly opened in-door heated swimming pool and spa.

Open day takes place on Saturday, April 1 from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Or call Brian for an appointment 04 380 1361 or 027 474 7984

Cook Strait News 23-03-17  

Cook Strait News 23-03-17

Cook Strait News 23-03-17  

Cook Strait News 23-03-17