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Cyclone Debbie hits Wellington By Julia Czerwonatis
The remnants of Cyclone Debbie hit New Zealand last week causing flooding, land slips, and chaos on the roads. Within four days, Wellington saw 128,6 millimetres of rainfall. The average amount for the entire month of April lies at 94 millimetres. “There will be more rain this week,” Claire Flynn from MetService said. “We have a low that is heading towards New Zealand from the Tasman. It pairs with humid air coming from the tropics,” Claire stated. MetService is watching the weather radar closely, and will issues warnings if required. Continued on page 2. A stream running through a contruction site in Silverstream Road carries sediments into local freshwater.
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Continued from page 1. “At the moment it is hard to tell if the rainfalls will be as bad as last week,” Claire said. In a massive landslip, about 100 cubic metres of dirt blocked Middleton Road between Johnsonville and Tawa on Thursday. Traffic had to be redirected as workers cleared the road. Due to ongoing rain more dirt and vegetation broke from the slope hindering the operation. A large pine tree at the top of the slip was cut down and removed by the council arboricultural workers before the site was cleared on Saturday evening. The Khandallah Summer Pools that had been emptied at the end of March started overflowing on Thursday morning due to the amount of water coming down the stream that runs down from Mount Kaukau. “It’s not the first time this has happened, but luckily it happens pretty rarely,” Richard MacLean, spokesman for the Wellington City Council, said. The pool’s drainage got blocked by debris coming down from the stream. While the water kept flowing the pools flooded. “We’re going to look at what we can do to the stream bed and the area around the pool to see if there’s anything we can do to stop similar floods happening in the future,” Richard said. Kiki Kang owns the Café at the Park next to Khandallah Pools. “People come in here all the time suggesting to rename my business to Cascade or Waterfall Café,” Kiki said. Residents in Crofton Downs were upset as the storm causes chaos on a construction site on Silverstream Road. “Every time it rains Crofton Downs residents hold their breath wondering how much sediment a large subdivision in Silverstream Road will send down their local stream,” it said in an official statement of residents that have raised concerns about the construction site before. The stream running through the new subdivision was thick with sediments on Thursday morning. A portaloo had flipped over during the night. Councillor Simon Woolf was on site on Thursday morning. “I’m not happy about this. Something should have been done to make sure this doesn’t happen.” Councillor Diane Calvert said council officers and developers had known the storm was coming that they had put precautions in place to reduce the impact of the rainfall. “Unfortunately some of our provisions didn’t work,” Ms Calvert said.
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Remember the days of the old schoolyard By Julia Czerwonatis
It was not easy for Margaret Brown to find her way through her old school. This does not come as a surprise because Margaret went to Johnsonville School back in 1938. She is the oldest living former student and came down from Wanganui to Johnsonville to
celebrate the 150th reunion of the school. “A lot has changed. Most of what I remember is gone,” Margaret said. Principal Barry Schon, the staff and students had prepared a weekend-long celebration for former Johnsonville students that came to attend the festivities. “It is a privilege to have you here,” Barry welcomed the guests on Friday The oldest Johnsonville School student, Margaret, and the youngest, Alex, are cutting the jubilee cake. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
night at the formal celebration opening. Former students had spent the day roaming through their old classrooms, remembering their school days and sharing their stories with the current students. Some guests even came from overseas to meet old school mates and see what happened to their school. The Johnsonville students had prepared some songs for the audience, including Cat Stevens’ classic Remember the days of the old schoolyard, and they also performed a kapa haka. Margaret and her brother John Fraser enjoyed the performance. Margaret is a retired artist. She spent most of her life doing what she loved and being creative. John, founder of Fraser Engineering, lives in Lower Hutt. He remembered how he once lost consciousness when running and falling on the schoolyard. “I was allowed to leave school early, but my home was one mile
away,” John said chuckling. A photo gallery showed the first pictures taken of Johnsonville School in 1951. The small building from back then does not resemble the modern institution anymore. A couple of photos showed former students sitting at their wooden desks with notepads in their hands, and in comparison, another photo showed current students sitting in armchairs with Macbooks on their laps. Alex Anderson, Johnsonville’s youngest student, had only gone to school for a week. He and Margaret cut the large jubilee cake in front of the celebration guests. “I love everything about the School,” five-year-old Alex said. Johnsonville had also organised a wine and cheese evening, an afternoon tea with decade photos, a celebration dinner and on Sunday they held a Church Service at St John’s Anglican Church.
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Every morning around 7 am Toni Welby turns up at Disraeli Street in Johnsonville to clean the road. He picks rubbish and chucks it in a bin, sweeps the pavements and has a chat with a passerby. “You’ve gotta keep going, otherwise you get too old,” Toni explained. The 94-year-old has been living in Johnsonville for 60 years. “I got my house built in Johnsonville for £200 in 1950,” Toni said. “I’ve been mucking around here ever since.” As a young man, Toni served in the army for two years and another three years in the air force as a mechanic. In the old days, Toni remembered, the airplane motors had been so much smaller. “The Wellington Airport wasn’t as big as today. When the heavy gales came in
we had to tie down the planes,” Toni said. “We still had fly boats from Australia coming into Evans Bay back then.” He was amazed by how well everything was connected nowadays, he said. After leaving the air force in 1946, Toni took on a job at The Evening Post, an afternoon daily newspaper. Toni worked there as a line type operator for 46 years until he retired in 1985. Toni has two sons, one living in Auckland and one overseas, and a daughter who lives close by. He sold his car a couple of years ago, which he was missing dearly, he said. He now takes buses to do his errands in town, and he walks about half an hour to Disraeli Street every morning. “He is doing a great job for the community. He always has a chat with everyone here,” Alan
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Northern community heads into the forest By Jo Lucre
Keen walkers, young and old, gathered for some victory bubbles and a community bush walk in the newly-acquired Forest of Tane on Saturday. Wellington Northern Ward councillors Malcolm Sparrow, Jill Day and Peter Gilberd joined locals for a ribboncutting ceremony to celebrate council officially taking possession of the 36 hectare forest two days earlier. Mr Sparrow said they had no idea whether they would be joined by 50 people or 100 people. As it turned out 112 people joined the walk and the turnout was very pleasing, he said. “It went very well and people enjoyed being able to walk through such pleasant
surroundings.” Community environmental volunteer group, Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves president, Wayne Pincott opened the informal ceremony. He said he saw the forest as a place of peace and a place to get out of the hustle and bustle of life. Councillor Peter Gilberd said the track was really family friendly and was a good length to walk. It had both environmental and recreational value. “It’s nice to see everyone up here to see how it the track works and they can then choose to use it or not. “We are short of loop walks, family friendly walks,” he explained. Mr Gilberd said some of the forest might be milled in future, but this would be in an environmentally sensitive way
Northern Ward Jill Day was joined by local adventureres to explore the Forest of Tane. PHOTO: Malcolm Sparrow
and one that safeguards the remnant forest. Mr Sparrow said Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves would be liaising with the council to
discuss future track options. He added that some members of the community had already indicated a willingness to help build the tracks.
Safer cycling along Hutt Road Transport Minister Simon Bridges broke ground on the Hutt Road Cycleway upgrade last Wednesday. The cycleway is the first project in Wellington’s Urban Cycleways Programme.
“The existing shared path along Hutt Road was installed in 1995 and today is the busiest cycling route into the central city. This $6.5 million investment will increase safety and improve user Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Wellington Mayor Justin Lester in full gear to break ground on Hutt Road. PHOTO: Supplied
experience,” Mr Bridges said. The Hutt Road Cycleway is the first of two stages in Wellington’s Northern Connection, running from Bunny Street to Ngauranga and eventually connecting with other projects all the way through to Melling in Lower Hutt. The Ministry of Transport and the Wellington City Council have been working together on the project. Cyclists that hope to use the cycleway soon have raised concerns about certain design aspects of the project. The upgrade will address some of the issues that residents have reported. The upgrade will provide a wider dedicated cycleway, alongside a separated pedestrian path, with poles and other hazards being removed. The surface along the cycleway will also be smoother and the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge widened. Two bus stops will be amalgamated to increase efficiency and improve safety, as well as layout changes and the installation of bus queue lanes at Ngauranga.
“These improvements will provide safer, more appealing choices for everyday travel and connect cyclists with a wider cycling network,” Mr Bridges said. “It’s exciting to launch the first of Wellington’s refreshed Urban Cycleways Programme projects, and to see work on the capital’s cycling network progress.” The Government is investing $333 million nationwide for cycleways projects, the biggest investment in cycling in New Zealand’s history. The upgrade in Wellington will cost $6.5 million. Chris Bishop, National List MP in the Hutt Valley, joined Ms Bridges and Wellington Mayor Justin Lester for the ground breaking. “I’ve ridden on it twice in the past couple of years for Go by Bike Day and I know it’s the busiest cycling route in the CBD,” Mr Bishop said. “I welcome the upgrade which will provide a wider dedicated cycleway.”
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A crew of 60 Minis will hit the road on the Easter weekend to raise funds for children. Around 125 New Zealanders joined this year’s Pork Pie Charity Run driving from Kaitaia to Invercargill in their iconic cars. The Pork Pie Charity Run was launched in 2009. Mini-enthusiasts have raised a total of $660,000 to date for charity partners. KidsCan partners up with the event for the second time. “KidsCan is excited to be involved in the Pork Pie Charity Run again,” Julie Chapman, KidsCan’s CEO and founder, said. “We are eagerly anticipating what promises to be a fun and memorable
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Eeling in backyards upsets locals By Sylvie Dickson MASSEY STUDENT JOURNALIST
Stream-side residents in Glenside and Tawa are concerned after finding strangers eeling in their backyards. Andrea Wilson, a mother of three, said she was up late breastfeeding her baby and saw three young men in the stream that runs through her property. Andrea said she was afraid to approach the men. “It’s scary to have people on your property at night. “I don’t want to jeopardise my family’s safety.” She was also upset eelers were leaving bodies behind making it “just a sport”. Bruce and Karen Murdoch called the police after an
incident involving two men eeling in the stream on their property. Bruce informed them it was private property but was told he “didn’t own the stream”. The couple called the police when the men refused to leave. He said one of the men had a machete for eeling. “He didn’t threaten me with the machete, but he did make it known he had it by swinging it a few times,” Bruce said. The men left before police arrived and were not located. The family have now installed floodlights. Jennifer Sutcliffe lives near the Murdochs and believes the eelers killed all but one of the 10 eels her family were feeding. She said kiwi were not the only species that needed protec-
tion and agencies had to act. “While they’re passing the buck, the eel population is being decimated.” Longfin eels, breed only once in their life and are classified as at-risk. Currently the catch limit is six per person. The Ministry for Primary Industries, DoC, the Ministry for the Environment and councils all have roles in monitoring and protecting the native species and its environment. Glenside Progressive Association president Claire Bibby said more action is needed. “There are so many agencies involved, and there needs to be more clarity. I believe they are not clear themselves, and someone needs to take the lead.” Claire urged residents to call the police if they felt unsafe.
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Wellingtonians to engage in city’s future By Julia Czerwonatis
Residents will soon have the opportunity to decide in the future design of the Karori town centre. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
The Wellington City Council (WCC) has voted unanimously for an annual $75,000 grant to enhance community engagement “Improving the way council engages with our local communities is so important. We want a council that is not only in touch with local people, but also gives them a genuine chance to have a say on what happens in their communities and the future of their city,” Councillor Diane Calvert said. The council has engaged with the community before, Ms Calvert said. However, residents were often included too late in the process. “The grant is a boosting tool to enable the cooperation between residents and the council.”
For this year the money will be used for the Karori suburban development. “We will establish a working group. The community will have the chance to get active early and give the direction of what is happening,” Ms Calvert said. The goal was to join up Karori spaces better, the councillor stated. The working group will have a look at what facilities are still needed in the neighbourhood, and ensure to future design suits Kaori and its residents. “The community knows best how their area works,” Ms Calvert said. The money from the grant is an addition to council’s existing funds for engagement and community consultation. “This is an innovative
way of planning where local communities are involved in shaping how they live, enjoy and move around in their local area. I’m very proud the extra funding will help us deliver what the community actually want and need,” Ms Calvert stated. “We all love our city, and we need to find better ways to listen to and involve our people in shaping its future. This extra funding will help make that happen,” Ms Calvert said. The new design plan for Karori will then be included in the council’s long-term plan. This is the first time the council will be working this close the community on suburban development. “It is very exciting to try something new,” Ms Calvert said.
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For over three years a group of teenagers met up weekly to improve their acting skills, let their emotions run free on stage, and perfect their play – now the time has come for The Improv Mob’s professional debut. Isaac Hooper said he had an amazing time learning improvisation theatre under the guidance of Susan Fogarty from Rata Studios, and that he was excited to perform in front a large audience. “Our friends and families have always been our audience, that’s not scary. On a proper stage is where the frightening staff happens,” the actor from Wilton said. The show will consist of three teams playing traditional theatre sports games, competing for points from judges selected each night from the audience. The performers will improvise every scene – no show will be the same as the other. “It’s a one-off performance that no one will ever see again,” Ruby Hooper from the Improv Mob explained. “I sometimes forget that we don’t have a script. Improvising on stage is very freeing,” Ruby explained. Isaac said that for him improvising was not as daunting as it used to be. “You learn to trust that your mates on stage will support your idea, or that they will have a new idea that will carry the scene. It’s all about trust and also about being generous. You’ve got to accept the input of others,” Isaac said. Another essential part of improvisation theatre was commitment, the young actors explained. “The
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016 saw the College record its best ever NCEA results with 93% of the cohort achieving NCEA Level 1, 90% Level 2, 84% Level 3 and 75% of Level 3 students attaining University Entrance. Pictured above are the students who achieved Excellence endorsement at Level 1 (left) and Level 2 (right). Congratulations to all students and staff for a fantastic year of academic achievement.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: We asked the students of Samuel Marsden Collegiate what they love about Easter?
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“I go to Easter camp, and I love spending time with my friends there, and learning more about God.”
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vehicle parked overnight in Clifford Road was stolen. In Newlands entry to a house in Bracken Road was made through a toilet window during the absence of the occupier. An antique Persian sword, a World War 1 trench knife and a computer hard drive were stolen. The incident was recorded on CCTV and the footage is with the Police. A white Toyota Hiace van parked in the driveway of a house in Spitfire Place was entered and
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Wednesday April 12, 2017
Organisers for Johnsonville Christmas Parade wanted By Julia Czerwonatis
About 14 years ago a committee, set up by MP Peter Dunne, launched a northern Wellington festival which is today one of the largest suburban Christmas parades in the region: the Johnsonville Christmas Parade. Planning for this year’s iconic event has already begun. However, the Lions Club coordinating the preparations, is calling out to the public for support. “We had a lot of people that used to be involved in the parade leaving to move overseas or dropping out for various reasons,” Stephen Cook from the Johnsonville Lions Club stated. Stephen said the parade was an important event for the community and it was essential to keep it alive, however, the Lions Club needed help organising it this year. “We’re a mostly non-commercial parade. We have about 600 people from scout groups, rugby clubs, schools, churches, dance studios, cultural groups and others participating each year,” Stephen said. There are five key elements to planning the parade. The first step is to find funding. The parade cost around $30,000. Organisers have to find out what sort of grants are available to finance the event.
Since various roads in Johnsonville will be closed traffic has to be redirected. The council will have to approve the traffic control plans. Communication is another important role. This includes advertising, writing press releases, and formal notices to residents. The parade itself has to be managed. Organisers will get in contact with the participants and arrange the order of the parade. “You can’t have the giant dog club walking behind the Rock ’n’ Roll group for instance,” Stephen explained the role. Eventually, 60 to 70 people are needed on the day of the parade itself to make sure everything is running smoothly. “Planning the Christmas parade means a lot of laughter and friendship. You get to know the community so well, and there is a huge sense of satisfaction and achievement once it’s done,” Stephen said. “The Lions Club has experience in organising the event, we just need some helping hands, otherwise the parade might not happen.” The next group meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 2, at 7.30pm in the Johnsonville Community Centre. If you want to be an organiser send an email to jvillechristmasparade@ lionsclub.org.nz.
ANZAC exhibit in Karori Wellington’s historic Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori will be open for the public on ANZAC day, Tuesday April 25. The World War Two coastal battery will be accessible between 10am and 4pm. On ANZAC Day people are invited to self-guide themselves through the tunnels and gun emplacements. The walk usually takes about one hour. There will be a number of guided tours during the day. Bring a torch with you for some fun. Visitors will be able to explore the 620 metres of underground tunnels with a free map and history pamphlet. They will see the engine room, shell stores,
plotting rooms and the huge gun pit where Gun Number 1 used to stand, as well as a replica of the 10 metre-long gun barrel. Wrights Hill Fortress was built from 1942 to protect Wellington from Japanese bombardment. In the early 1960’s, the guns were cut up for scrap and sold, ironically, to the Japanese. Admission is $20 for a family of two adults and three children under 15, or $8 per adult and $5 per child (no EFTPOS). Access is via Karori Road, Campbell Street, and Wrights Hill Road. All proceeds go to the continuing restoration of the Fortress. There is plenty of free car parking at the summit of Wrights Hill.
Santa and his helpers would love to join the parade this year again. PHOTO: Rachel Binning
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Easter Sunday is celebrated all around the world with hot cross buns and chocolate easter eggs, with many going to look for eggs, left by an easter bunny. However, on Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection
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Wednesday April 12, 2017
For church and community By Rachel Binning
A church’s need has translated into something the whole community can enjoy. The heavy concrete tiled church roof of St Barnabas Church has experienced problems since recent earthquakes and needs a $15,000 replacement. Enter Rebekah Yeoman who listened to her friend, Onslow Anglican Church Vicar, Andrea Lukin’s plight and stepped up to found and organise the Twilight Market in September 2016. Little by little funds are being raised for a new church roof with the help of gifted and clever local community small businesses who display and sell their wide variety of wares to the public. “We have been extremely pleased with the level of support in our neighbourhood for the market,” Rebekah said.
For Rebekah the market fills two needs: a way of raising funds for the church and a way of supporting local businesses and craft people. All stall fees raised go to the church fundraising effort. To support shoppers and stall owners church parishioners put on free coffee and there is food on sale. “Most of the stallholders are happy with the market. They keep coming back,” Rebekah said. As another way of supporting her neighbourhood, community groups and fundraisers are invited to run a sausage sizzle stall which Rebekah does not charge for. The market is held at the church hall on the third Saturday of every month from 3pm to 6pm. To create an even more welcoming event musicians are invited to contact Rebekah to share their talents with their community.
Talented stall owners show of examples of their wares. PHOTO: Rachel Binning
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How Indian and Western philosophy can interact Tilly processes through singing crowd of students. PHOTO: Supplied
Donkey as Easter surprise for Marsden students Samuel Marsden Preschool and Primary School celebrated Palm Sunday last week and had a special guest at their school. Palm Sunday occurs the week before Easter and recalls the time Jesus entered into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, crowds welcoming him, waving palm branches and cheering. The pouring rain could not stop Tilly, the donkey, and some farm animals from Zippity Zoo visitng Marsden students to help re-create this triumphant procession into Jerusalem. The students made their own “palms” for waving, and Tilly walked between the
children as they sang. Chaplain Sarah King read the gospel story, and the children sang again. Every year another animal visits the students. The children love remembering Oli the sheep, Whumper the rabbit (known from the Lord of the Rings), a chicken who laid an egg right there and then, and Pirate Pete the one eyed guinea pig. “It’s really important that we cover the whole journey Jesus made that week before Easter”, Sarah King, said. “On Palm Sunday Jesus was hailed as a king, son of God, and someone who would rescue the people from Roman
occupation. By Thursday, Jesus’ disciples gathered to celebrate the Passover meal and that night Jesus was betrayed and arrested,” Sarah explained. “Good Friday was the day Jesus was crucified, then on Easter Sunday we celebrate– rejoicing in the new life of Jesus’ resurrection and the new life that Christians share through him. That’s the reason for the chocolate eggs, a symbol of new life, a ‘sweet’ new life. The celebration of Easter day doesn’t make sense without the recollection of the whole story, Easter is sweeter because of what comes before it.”
A receptive crowd celebrated Jay Shaw’s book publication The Collected Writings of Jaysankar Lal Shaw: Indian Analytic and Anglophone Philosophy at Victoria University last Friday evening. Speakers through the evening included Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard, MP Brett Hudson, David Lumsden from the University of Waikato, and Steven Levine, from Victoria University, and may more. In his book Jay looks at how to reconcile
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One night in a cardboard box After a month of planning, 80 young people from around Wellington gathered at Challenge 2000 in Johnsonville on March 31 for the national launch of the annual Caritas Challenge. This year the members were focusing on Kiribati and climate change. The young people gathered to create a cardboard box or fern home. The plan was to spend a night in the backyard of the Challenge 2000 house Youth and Family Centre. A steaming bowl of fish and rice for dinner kept everyone warm for the night. Around 8 pm guest speakers Steve
O’Connor, Director of Challenge 2000 who worked in Kiribati, Jeff Rahari, who was born and raised in the Solomon Islands – an area which has been effected by climate change – , Roger Ellis from Caritas NZ, and Kitty McKinley spoke on the effects of climate change and what can be done. “Luckily the night stayed rain free,” Keeley Gravatt from Challenge 2000 said. “Everyone got cosy in their cardboard boxes to sleep. “ The youth were woken in the morning with music and dancing, a very simple breakfast, followed by four dif-
ferent workshops related to Kiribati, culture and climate change. The event concluded with a reflection on what young Kiwis can do to prevent climate change and to live more responsibly, locally and globally. Each participant stated what they would commit to doing now. Their action promises included not running tap water while brushing teeth, walking not driving, being more grateful for and aware of what they had. “ It was a very powerful weekend and we all learnt a great deal,” Keeley said.
Young Wellingtonians build their cardboard shelter for the night. PHOTO: Supplied
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Triathlete seeks support Susan is a passionate triathlete and a loving mum. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
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Susan O’Brian wants to make a dream come true and stand on a podium at the Worlds Triathlon in Canada this year. The mum of two is seeking financial support from the community to help her succeed. Susan realised a couple of years ago that she was not living her life to its fullest and made a U-turn in her career. The sport enthusiast has been working as an accountant for eight years, however, her true passion has always been the sport. “I started running extensively when I was about 10,” Susan said. “Back then, I was running away from my eating disorder. Now I’m running to be a stronger person mentally and physically.” Three years ago friends of Susan’s convinced her to complete a triathlon. “I was very armature,” Susan said about her first trial at the Lower Hutt triathlon. “My legs were like dead afterwards.” The 31-year-old wanted to do better and joined training clubs to improve her performance. In December 2014 Susan completed her first half Ironman. Encouraged by the satisfying feeling that Susan felt about mastering the challenge, the athlete aspired. She succeeded in several other competitions, making her first podium claim as the second at the Sovereign Tri Series in
Wellington in March. “I feel so healthy and happy ever since I started training for triathlons. I found my true calling,” Susan said. She works as a personal trainer. Her clients often hire Susan for late hours. “My husband and I are juggling a lot with our schedules to make sure our daughters are well looked after,” Susan explained. But she wanted to spend more quality time with her kids being a mum was her utmost priority, Susan said. Susan has already qualified for the short and long triathlon in Canada. With four kilometres swimming, 120 metres cycling and 30 kilometres the long triathlon will be the greater challenge. The triathlete is confident she could claim a podium position if she had the chance to go. “Next to travel and application costs, I also have to get a new bike,” Susan said. Being 5 foot 2 Susan is considered a “short triathlete”. No bike shop in New Zealand has professional bikes in her size instead she has to get them delivered. “I would be so grateful if the community supported me to pursuit my dream,” Susan stated. “I’m more than willing to give back: give motivation talks, personal training, lunchtime boot camps.” If you want to support Susan you can contact her on email@example.com or call 022 034 4658.
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Johnson and Foran key to the Warriors What are the odds of Shaun Johnson going to the Melbourne Storm in 2018? Sounds a little far-fetched, I know, but hear me out. The Warriors halfback is a hot commodity who is highly rated across the Tasman with many Aussie pundits believing his talents have been held down by an inept Warriors club as a whole over the years. Storm halfback Cooper Cronk has indicated he will play for a Sydney club next NRL season to be closer to his partner who is a television presenter in Sydney. That leaves a gap. Contract negotiations with Johnson are ongoing after this season. The Storm are smart operators and will look to have a succession plan even though it will be hard to replace a State of Origin halfback. The 26-year-old still has five years of his prime left in him and no doubt
he’ll want to chase a premiership and is capable of attaining it. At the Warriors Johnson has been saddled with almost all of the attacking load and he’s naturally struggled with that. Things looked better on attack with Kieran Foran last week and signing the fellow Kiwi beyond 2017 would probably help keep Johnson. However, rumour is Foran has already been linked with the Brisbane Broncos who are losing their halves pairing next year. Foran and Johnson together can win a premiership with the Warriors over time. The Warriors need to lock these two down and then sign some forwards with some go-forward. It’s easy to say and when it comes to the Warriors, nothing is ever as it seems or should be.
Medals for local athletes Local athletes came away with medals and top placings in the North Islands Secondary schools athletics champs held at Inglewood last weekend. Onslow College’s Andrew Jenkins picked up gold in the junior boy’s 200 metres and was 3rd in the 200 metres. Tui-Arhoa Fransen was second in the junior high jump and fourth in the long jump. Students from Wellington Girls College won several medals, with
Eleanor White getting a bronze in the 200 metres intermediate girls event and Izzy Hegan doing the same in the 800 meters senior event. Hegan’s sister Lucy won her 800 metres final and Lili Szabo was placed third in the 300 metres hurdles. Victoria Green, from Newlands College was also in the winning intermediate girl’s 4x100 metres relay event.
Rowing at Maadi This year’s event at lake Karapiro was the biggest on record, with 2161 competitors entered, plus 131 reserves. 127 schools from all over NZ had entered the rowing competition. Ruby Leverington from Samuel Marsden Collegiate won her first
Maadi bronze medal. The squad and supporters at home watched the live stream, as Ruby smashed out of the blocks. Evie Bond and Hannah Kennedy from Marsden teamed up with Wellington College and became first in the 500 metres race.
Norths prove too strong for Johnsonville By Steve Moffatt
Johnsonville’s premier rugby team suffered a comprehensive 37-17 defeat at the hands of near-neighbours Norths at Jerry Collins Stadium on Saturday. Woodridge Johnsonville led early after No 8 Kane Thompson had scored but didn’t have the advantage for long and some weak defence and poor handling saw Norths lead 20-10 at halftime. Norths scooted out to a 37-10 lead in the second half before Johnsonville gained a little respectability with a late try to left wing Romu Senileba, converted
by fullback Tiwi Davies. Loose forwards Thompson, Marcus Ale and Siaosi Mafi were always in the thick of things for Johnsonville while Davies and first-five Dane Robertson had solid games at the back. The Quay Marine Johnsonville premier reserves went down 58-24 to their Norths counterparts while the Superloans Johnsonville colts downed Wainui 29-10 at Alex Moore Park on Friday night. The Johnsonville Under85s were beaten 22-15 by Tawa while the Superloans Cripples kicked off their season with a dour 13-5 win over Wainui.
Johnsonville No 8 Kane Thompson charges for the line against Norths at Jerry Collins Park on Saturday. Norths won the match 37-17. PHOTO: David Brownlie
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