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Ex-cyclone Debbie made herself known in south Wellington last week causing flooding and slips across the suburbs on Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6. A spokesperson for the Greater Wellington Regional Council said it was a one in 20 year rainfall for south Wellington. Continued on page 2. A flat was evacuated in Newtown following a slip on Wednesday night. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
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Continued from page 1. Berhampore had 75mm of rain over a six hour period and 94mm over 12 hours. The average rainfall for the month of April is around 90mm. Rainfall totals over 12 hours reached 64mm in Hataitai and 74mm at Te Papa on the waterfront. NIWA, the national institute of water and atmospheric research, reported 72mm of rainfall at the Wellington International Airport between 9am on Wednesday and 9am Thursday making it the wettest day at the airport since 2008. Surface flooding could be found in many of the southern and eastern suburbs on Wednesday evening and Thursday. Hutchinson Road, between Mount Cook and Vogeltown was closed on Thursday following a land slip. On Wednesday night the Owhiro Bay stream burst its bank leading to the evacuation of residents and damage to the Owhiro Bay Community Gardens. Residents returned to their homes on Thursday. Meanwhile a flat in Newtown was evacuated following a slip on Wednesday night and Kingston residents on Halifax Street were forced to evacuate on Friday following a slip beneath their homes
on Thursday evening. Wellington City Council spokesman, Richard MacLean, said the affected Kingston residents were able to return to their homes on Friday afternoon due to no “immediate threat” to their houses. Wellington Region Emergency Management Office spokeswoman Tracey Lewis said WREMO had been monitoring the situation last week as they always did in emergencies. “We did post on Facebook just before midnight on April 5 with an update on Owhiro Stream and then in the morning we updated closures and public transport updates at 6.43am as well as providing updates during the day. “We wanted to provide as much information to help people manage their commutes into the city and back home. As most of the flooding was locally based our role was to monitor and support the calls being made by the local councils across the region,” she said. Tracey said WREMO recommended families had a plan in case of emergency evacuations and a getaway kit. Were you affected by the flooding and slips? How did you cope? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Surface flooding could be found in many southern and eastern suburbs, including Kilbirnie. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
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Wellington’s Housing Taskforce is investigating a comprehensive range of initiatives to help the Capital City avoid a housing crisis, Taskforce Chair and Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle has said. “Housing is the number one issue facing Wellington, and the mayor has made this a key priority for our Council. Healthy, robust, and accessible housing is a cornerstone of our city’s resilience. “Over the past few months
we’ve pulled together a housing taskforce with some of the leading experts from around the country. We’ll be reporting final recommendations back to the Council in June, but a plan is beginning to take shape,” Mr Eagle said. The taskforce’s last meeting was on April 12 and they discussed a comprehensive range of plans, projects and initiatives proposed by experts, focusing on ensuring Wellington remains an
affordable and vibrant place to live for generations to come. The taskforce is focused on addressing every aspect of the housing continuum from affordability in the private market through to better support for the city’s homeless. “It’s the mark of a compassionate city how we treat those in need, and we’re looking at a range of plans that could help more people find safe and warm accommodation.
“I’m very excited by the work the taskforce is doing. I’m confident we’re going to be able to make a real difference. The next step from here will be for a Housing Forum next month to discuss our approach with housing stakeholders, followed by a final meeting of the Taskforce in June. From there, our report will be delivered to the Council and adapted into a plan for consideration by Councillors,” Mr Eagle said.
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Children learn how to help their marine environment
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By Emma McAuliffe
Children had the opportunity to show off what they had learnt about saving the marine environment at a special event this week. The Celebration Day for students from schools around the Taputeranga Marine Reserve in Island Bay took place on Monday. As part of the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme children from Lyall Bay School, Island Bay School, Houghton Valley School, Ridgeway School and St Anne’s School learned about the marine life found in Wellington and what they could do to help it. Their findings were presented to parents on Monday. Sarah Neighbours, who organises the Experiencing Marine Reserves team in Wellington said the programme took place throughout the country. She said as part of the project the team would make an initial visit to the school to introduce the programme and why monitoring of marine reserves is important. They would then take the children to the swimming pool to learn to snorkel and to the marine reserve. The children then carried out action projects to let their com-
Parking officers now using bodyworn cameras Some of the children who took part in Experiencing Marine Reserves in Island Bay this term. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
munity know how marine reserves benefitted the community. “This term they have been learning about stormwater, what goes down the drain and how they can deal with it. Kids made an action plan of what they wanted to do to educate their community,” Sarah said. Sarah said two of the winning projects would win a trip to Poor Knights Island. These would be
revealed later this week. Projects included picking up rubbish found on Island Bay beach and creating an event to educate people on littering. Litta Traps from Stormwater 360, which collect rubbish in stormwater drains, had been installed at two of the schools and children presented on their findings following this. Eva and Noah from Lyall Bay
school created environmentally friendly soap with their classmates to educate people on how hazardous regular soap could be to sea life when washed down the drain. They reported their soap had been very popuiar with parents and friends at the school. “We know we can’t keep making soap but we wanted to raise awareness for the environment,” Eva said.
Cenotaph Precinct project takes the win Wellington City Council urban design team and Wraights + Associates Ltd are the proud winners of this year’s New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Award in the Urban Spaces category for their work on the Cenotaph Precinct in Mount Cook. The project was a joint venture between Wellington City Council and the Parliamentary Service and this vision was met with keen support by both the Parliamentary Service and
Heritage New Zealand. “The precinct is a place to remember and honour the 1700 Wellingtonians who died in World War I. It creates an area where people can both appreciate the heritage and history, and enjoy the surroundings of an urban space,” Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester said. The Cenotaph Monument was built in 1929, and after its dedication in April 1929, it has become the focus for commemorative ceremonies
and also a landmark for the city. Key components of Wellington’s nationally important Parliamentary Precinct include the canvas for artist Joe Sheehan’s ‘Walk the Line’ sonic sculpture and the new Parliamentary stairway. Urban Design Manager Trudy Whitlow, said she was thrilled by the win which was a testimony to all the hard work and effort put into the project. “We’d like to acknowledge the Wellington Sculpture
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inbrief news Alpha course on offer Alpha is a course giving people the chance to explore Christian faith in a relaxed and non-threatening setting. Locals are encouraged to ask anything and discuss anything spiritual. The fiveweek course starts at 7pm on Tuesday May, 2 at the Gascoigne Room on the corner of Ludlam St and Falkirk Ave, Seatoun. To enrol or for more information please call or text Dave Monastra on 0274477280 or Ruth O’Brien on 0276700365.
Volunteers needed Mary Potter Hospice is looking for volunteers to spend an hour or two collecting for its street day appeal, on Friday, May 19 and Saturday May, 20. The street day appeal helps raise funds to keep Hospice services free for people in Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti. To learn more and sign up go to marypotter.org.nz or phone 0800 627 976.
Wright’s Hill open day Wellington’s historic Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori will be open for public inspection on ANZAC day, Tuesday, April 25. The World War Two coastal battery will be accessible between 10am and 4pm. Admission is $20 for a family of two adults and three children under 15, or $8 per adult and $5 per child, no EFTPOS available. All proceeds go to the continuing restoration of the Fortress. There is plenty of free car parking at the summit of Wrights Hill.
Plans for memorial event underway Planning is underway for the 50th anniversary of the sinking of the Wahine at the entrance of the Wellington Harbour. On April 10, 1968 the passenger ferry Wahine, buffeted by ferocious gale-force winds, ran aground on Barrett Reef at the entrance of Wellington Harbour, listed, and then sank. Fifty-one of the 734 passengers and crew on the Wahine died that day. Another two died
later from their injuries. Lieutenant General (retired) Rhys Jones, Chair of the Wahine 50 Charitable Trust said the significance of the Wahine disaster for New Zealand went well beyond the events of the day. “The loss of life was tragic and those 53 will always be remembered. But it was thanks to the courageous actions of many others in the face of treacherous conditions, that such a large
number survived.” “This tragedy led to improved safety procedures on ships and prompted the creation of two significant rescue services: the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard and the Life Flight Trust,” he said. The Wahine 50 Charitable Trust is working with local councils and others to plan and deliver a day of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wa-
Trustee of Life Flight Trust Bill Day, president of Wellington Volunteer Coastguard Vicki Rowland and chair of Wahine 50 Trust Lieutenant General (retired) Rhys Jones at Wahine Memorial Park in Breaker Bay. PHOTO: Jun Tanlayco.
hine disaster on April 10, 2018. Plans include a dawn service at Eastbourne, a midday event on Wellington’s waterfront, a reunion lunch for survivors, rescuers, and family members of those on board and an afternoon visit to the Wahine memorials at Seatoun. “As well as a time to remember those who lost their lives, the 50th will be an opportunity for the survivors to thank those who helped in the rescue and disaster relief, and to recognise the organisations that owe their origins to that day. “The Wahine tragedy reminds us that we live on a group of small volcanic, earthquake prone islands in a vast ocean with extensive coastline and changeable weather patterns. Safety and emergency response during accidents or disasters, particularly maritime disasters, are always going to be serious issues for New Zealanders. The 50th commemoration of this disaster will be a powerful opportunity to emphasise the need to maintain vigilance.” For more information about the 50th anniversary programme and to register interest, visit www.wahine50. org.nz or contact the Trust on email@example.com.
Safe crossing at Cobham Drive a priority for cycleway By Meriana Johnsen MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
A year after the death of Tahiran Bano, who was fatally hit crossing the road to pick up her son from the Kilbirnie Sports Centre, Wellington City Councillor Sarah Free says a safe crossing must be included in the Cobham Drive cycleway plans. Public submissions on the Cobham Drive cycleway proposal, which closed on April 4, reflected Ms Free’s concerns the road should feature a crossing for those travelling by foot or bike from Miramar to Kilbirnie. The council has proposed to
build a two-way cycle lane and a pedestrian lane to replace the conjoint cycle and walkway along Cobham Drive. “Over half of those people who made a comment want to see a safer crossing across Cobham Drive and I think it is really imperative that we do address that,” Ms Free said. A pedestrian crossing by St Patrick’s school added an extra kilometre to the journey, which often led to risky crossings. “Because it is frustrating for people to travel that extra distance, we are still seeing people trying to cross the road. It is 70km/h speed, four lanes of traffic, and they are taking their lives in their hands,” she said.
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The crossing is a separate project in conjunction with the New Zealand Transport Agency but Ms Free would like the crossing and the cycleway projects completed at the same time. The council and NZTA have an agreement in principle that something would have to be done but no official arrangements have been made. Miramar and Maupuia Resident’s Association chairwoman Robin Boldarin did not believe there were any feasible options for a crossing, particularly an overpass that might interfere with the airport. “What is stopping them [cyclists] going on an overpass
and beaming those lights into the planes or pilots,” she said. “I don’t know how well a crossing would work as cars are encouraged to go 70km/h along there.” The other alternative of an underground tunnel was “too expensive” Robin said. The cycleway proposal received 187 public submissions, with 88 per cent of those supporting the changes. The council would now consider the public feedback before beginning work on the project. Due to the overwhelming support for the project, Ms Free said the council would likely “apply for resource consent and get on and do it”.
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New cycle road markings for 30 city locations
Local Vicki Gotlieb, a regular pool user at Wellington Region Aquatic Centre with Councillor Paul Eagle. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
Wellington City Council will mark more roads with bicycle arrows, or ‘sharrows’, in 30 locations across the city. The sharrows will be used at approaches to single-lane roundabouts and within 30km/h suburban shopping areas. Sharrow road markings are used to show where people on bikes should ride to be most visible and avoid hazards like car doors. They also remind drivers to look out for people on bikes.
Annual plan looking at city’s pools By Emma McAuliffe
Changes could be happening at the city’s pools and locals are wanted to have their say. Consultation on whether residents think entry to swimming pools should be free for spectators would come as part of planning for the Wellington City Council’s Annual Plan for 2017/18. It currently costs on average $1 for parents to watch their children at the pools around the city, including at the Wellington Region Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie. Should the cost be removed it would go on the rates, adding less than 0.1 per cent to the ratepayers’ bill. Local Chris Carey-Smith regularly takes his daughter swim-
ming and believed the charge did not really affect him. “If I’m honest a dollar is one of the cheapest things but it might encourage more people to go,” he said. Meanwhile the annual plan committee has unanimously agreed to not raise pool fees as part of the Annual Plan. Wellington City Councillor and leader of the recreation and events portfolio Paul Eagle said he was pleased with the move, which could have seen pool fees rise by up to 2.5 per cent. “We were being told by council officers that we needed better utilisation of our city’s pools. But if you say we need better utilisation and then go and put the prices up that’s not going to work. We
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Community give back at surf club art auction By Rosa Woods MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
Wellingtonians showed their support for the Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club and the construction of its new clubhouse by raising over $50,000 at an art auction last week. The club’s donation manager Ian McIntosh said the clubhouse had become rundown to the point of disrepair after over 60 years of use. Ian said the club had “enough funds for the shell of the building” but not enough “to take it to completion”.
The club hosted an Art for the Sea auction at the end of last month to raise the remaining funds to complete the clubhouse, which began construction last November. The auction featured 20 New Zealand artists, who used paddleboards and sections of original native timber from the 1950s clubhouse to form the canvasses for their art. Buyers of the unique and beautiful artworks were thrilled to take home a piece of Wellington’s history. However, some artworks were too large for the average home
Expert auctioneer Ian Patterson in his element and hunting for the highest bidder at the Lyall Bay SLSC’s Art for the Sea auction. PHOTO: Rosa Woods.
and were instead crowd-funded then donated back to the club. Over 50 individuals chipped in to purchase two five-metre wooden long boards, which sold for $5000 each. The long boards will be displayed when the new clubhouse opens in October. Ian said he was “absolutely stoked” with how the event went. “We were really pleased with the funds we raised… [and] overwhelmed by the generosity of the artists.” “All of the art was simply donated to the club. “[It] speaks volumes for the artists we’ve got within Wellington and as a nation,” he said. Artist Juliet Best said she and the other artists volunteered to paint so all the proceeds could go back to the club. “Surf life-saving is a wonderful sport. I’m pretty excited about the new clubrooms,” she said. Wellington’s Deputy Mayor and part-time artist Paul Eagle said contributing an artwork for the auction was the least he could do. “They literally save lives patrolling the beaches,” he said. Auction attendee Anthony Edmonds said he deliberately bought a piece to put back into the club. “The history can stay within the club,” he said. The club will hold a number of other fundraising events in the coming months including Music for the Sea and Food for the Sea.
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Flu campaign launched in Miramar By Emma McAuliffe
The annual influenza immunisation campaign was kicked off last week at Unichem Miramar Pharmacy. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman visited the pharmacy on Thursday morning to receive his flu shot. “More than one million New Zealanders get immunised against influenza each year,” “A recent New Zealand study showed that most people infected with influenza in 2015 didn’t experience any symptoms, but could still have spread the virus without realising it. “By being immunised, we not only protect ourselves, but we help to ensure we don’t pass on influenza to our families, friends and colleagues,” Dr Coleman said. Dr Coleman said an ongoing challenge with the programme was improving immunisation coverage
for free immunisations. He said Pharmac had made changes to the provision of free influenza immunisation so pharmacists would be able to provide free immunisation to pregnant women and those aged 65 years and older. The vaccine would be funded for eligible patients until the end of 2017, a longer period than in recent years. Those who were not eligible for free immunisation could purchase it from general practices and some pharmacies. Unichem Miramar Pharmacy pharmacist Arthur Liu said he believed it was important people get a flu shot. “We all think it’s important because it reduces the complications from the flu, especially for those groups who are most at risk. We think it’s a great way to keep the population healthy,” he said. For more information on the flu vaccine head to www.fightflu. co.nz/
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“When Jesus died on the cross and he resurrected and we celebrate his resurrection.”
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“Easter is a time when Jesus died on the cross for us and how all of our sins are forgiven.”
“Jesus died on the cross for us so we could live and make a whole new life for the year.”
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No need to condemn all things French Dear Editor; Though I agree with Rose Wu’s letter (CSN Apr. 6) that there’s no need to teach French in a State school before secondary level, there’s also no need for her intemperate Francophobe diatribe condemning that language and all things French. For example, as a firm Protestant and Calvinist, I am very grateful
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that John Calvin virtually created modern French with his work we call in English, “The Institutes of the Christian Religion” in approximately 1535 - still in print, in French and English. She is also right in saying we need better teaching of English in our schools; but perhaps it is not her own original language. The atoll
is “MURUROA”; If there ARE extra funds; and “..then there ARE a few other ethnic groups..” , please, Ms Wu. For all that, we are now seeing the disastrous results of allowing youngsters to speak and write how they please, and of flattering them into believing how important they are. I refuse to call pre-tertiary learners “stu-
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dents”; but it seems even little kindergarten preschoolers are now styled “students”, going by your front page of the same date. Before tertiary level, they are pupils or scholars; but it won’t be long till toddlers in the creches and nurseries are called “students”, next, by the look of things! H Westfold, Miramar
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It was all smiles at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore last Friday as residents welcomed a group of Clown Doctors into their home. The visit was organised as part of national Smile Day. Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Annelize Steyn says the Clown Doctors used humour, costumes and a fun and friendly approach which the residents really responded to. “They were dressed up in 1940s costumes with red noses which sparked memories for residents. It was so spontaneous and interactive,” says Annelize. “They interacted with the residents go an amazing response, especially from those with dementia.” Research compiled by the Clown Doctors New Zealand Charitable Trust suggests that humour can have a range of benefits such as reducing stress and pain, it can unite people, trigger positive feelings and increase joy and vitality.
Clown Doctor coordinator Rita Noetzel says Clown Doctors bring joy and laughter and support healthy ageing. “The original and main focus of the Clown Doctors is on children in hospitals, but we have extended our work and also work with the elderly.” Annelize says Kilmarnock Heights Home welcomes visits from community groups as well as volunteers. “Having groups visit, like the Clown Doctors, is so beneficial for the residents because it adds more variety and fun to life. We are so thankful for all wonderful groups and organisations that come here, but of course we could always do with more visitors!” says Annelize. PBA Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home and respite care from 20 Morton Street in Berhampore. For more information, call 04 380 2034 or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.
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Trinity Union welcomes new minister in time for Easter By Emma McAuliffe
Trinity Union parishioners in Newtown will be having a special Easter this weekend as they celebrate the holiday with new Minister David Harding for the first time. David arrived at the church at the beginning of February. Trinity Union is the first church he has been minster at in several years after a long stint as a restaurant manager in Woodville. David said it was Trinity Union that encouraged him to return to a ministerial position. “It’s about belonging at one
level. It’s an extraordinary privilege to lead that belonging. It’s about making halves into whole. It’s about people making sense of things. “George Eliot said it’s never too late to become what you might have been. For me it’s helping people become who they might have been. The so called Gospel is Jesus saying behold what you can become. It was this particular parish that brought me back. This was a group that already had a priority for people who wanted to make change,” he said. David said he was pleased the Trinity Union church and hall
Op Shop in Kilbirnie is great Dear Editor, The Op Shop in Kilbirnie is great and the staff always helpful. The music they select is easy listening music and appreciated by many. Thus I do perceive that one Christine Swift (CSN March 30) was dancing and singing inappropriately when sanctioned by the staff. Maybe
David Harding is the new minister at Trinity Union Church. PHOTO: Supplied.
was utilised by those “making change” including the Southern Suburbs Stroke Club. “The priority is for people making change. The people who are of this congregation are making change. Not because we know the destination but because we’ve started the journey,” he said.
A Miramar Christian School class has turned their recycling into art this term. The year six, seven and eight class at the state integrated school spent two weeks during term one designing and creating art work from recycled metal found at their homes. Teacher Elizabeth Cranney said students had created everything from a model of a laptop to a person
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Dear Editor, Let’s do something really worthwhile while the whole world seems to be in the doldrums. NZ recognised the ability and potential in the women vote; let’s recognise the same foresight, ability, opinion and value of our young. We should realise the portent of our younger citizens: they have idealism and insight beyond their years. We can tap this resource and
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Year six, seven and eight students proudly display their metal art. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
and dog using recycled metal cans, cutlery and whatever else they could find. “In technology and science we were studying the properties of metals. We got them to create sculptures using recycled metals from their homes. This could include things from garages and sheds.” She said she gave the students 12 days to complete the projects so they could utilise the help of their parents. “It became quite a parent focussed
she can be excused as I know she has but one eye, and one glass one, and she comes from Island Bay where WCC has now spent in excess of $3million to build a cycleway that the majority still don’t want. Maybe she could volunteer in an op shop? Rose Wu, Kilbirnie
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Creative new outdoor play spaces celebrated at Miramar Playcentre Miramar Playcentre celebrated the completion of the construction phase on their new outdoor play space on Saturday, April 1. The parent-run licensed early childhood education centre officially opened their improved outdoor environment with speeches and a community barbecue. Co-President of Miramar Playcentre Wibke Kreft was closely involved in the project and said she was excited to try out the new play spaces with her six year old son Konrad who started at Playcentre at 10 months old. More than 50 people attended the celebrations which followed a morning working bee where Playcentre parents and children helped finish painting and started the next planting phase. This milestone at Miramar Playcentre also marks the completion of
outdoor construction work at 19 Playcentres across the Wellington region by Seymour Construction, as part of a Wellington Playcentre Association major project to upgrade the outdoor environments at all centres. The outdoor upgrades include landscaping new grassy mounds, extended sandpits, dry river beds, water pumps from rain water tanks, natural planting and installing mud kitchens. “It’s great to finish off on a centre like Miramar that is really creative and completely transforms the area,” Seymour Construction‘s Rob Seymour said. The Wellington Playcentre Association provided funding for the outdoor play space designs and some of the installation work to be done at 19 centres. The final stage is to complete specified planting.
Wibke Kreft and her son Konrad, try out the new water pump which flows onto the dry river-bed play area at Miramar Playcentre. PHOTO: Supplied.
OUT&about Kindergarten celebrates a century By Emma McAuliffe
Mayor Justin Lester with head teacher Margaret Jamieson.
Berhampore Kindergarten celebrated their centenary at the weekend. The kindergarten, which was first started in 1917 and has been at its current location since 1928 celebrated the event on Saturday with an unveiling of plaques, digging up a time capsule and, of course, birthday cake. Residents young and old attended the event and shared their own memories of attending the kindergarten.
Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester, who unveiled the commemorative plaques, said he believed reaching 100 years was “no small feat”. “We as a country are barely 177 years old. We’ve been the capital city for 152 years. More than half that time Berhampore Kindy has been here. It really does take a community to raise a child,” he said. Head teacher Margaret Jamieson, who will be retiring at the end of the term, said she was very pleased with how the day went.
Newest pre-schooler Sylvie-Grace Carran blows out the candles alongside 1943 pupil Vass Coory (left) and 1934 pupil Valerie Davison.
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The Kindergarten had walls of memories for locals to look at on the day. PHOTOS: Emma McAuliffe
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Thursday April 13, 2017
Students learn critical coaching skills Secondary school students had the opportunity to develop and gain confidence in
their coaching skills across a number of workshops held in Kilbirnie last week.
Over 320 secondary school students took part in Sport Wellington’s ‘Getting Started
Students learn how to be good coaches. PHOTO: Supplied.
in Coaching’ courses held in Taita, Porirua and at the ASB Sport Centre. Local schools represented in the workshops included Rongotai College, Wellington College, Wellington High School, Wellington East Girls’ College and St Patrick’s College. The three day-long course covered the core principals of coaching, introduced the students to ACC’s SportSmart warm up, and ended with sport specific coaching sessions. Regional sports organisations, including Capital Hockey, Wellington Rugby, Capital Football, Capital Basketball and Netball Central Zone delivered sport specific sessions to the students. These sessions allowed students to develop knowledge for drills and skills, teamwork and match dynamics in their chosen code. College Sport Wellington executive director, John Hornal was hugely impressed with the engagement and passion shown by the students. “These opportunities help equip students with the tools needed to grow and share during their careers,” he said. Sport Wellington and College Sport Wellington worked in partnership targeting secondary school student coaches and officials with the goal to
Poneke hub nearly ready By Emma McAuliffe
Construction of the Toitu Poneke Community and Sports Hub is almost complete with the new building set to open in May. The project began in 2014 and would see the existing club rooms redeveloped into a modern facility, including new changing rooms, a training room, community room and a gym. The overall project has cost $2.4 million, $750,000 from the Wellington City Council with the rest coming from lotteries, Poneke Football Club savings and community trusts. The Kilbirnie hub will be home to seven foundation clubs including Poneke Football Club Inc, PK Softball Inc, Capital Swim Club Inc, Wellington Darts Association, American Football Wellington, Capital Sports Performance Inc and Wellington Diving Club Inc. Project manager for the hub, Ross Jamieson, said each club would be retaining its “sovereign status” and would not be amalgamating. “We are not amalgamating clubs, simply providing a home for each club, where
shared costs, ideas, administration and socialisation can occur, plus a new, vibrant space for multiple other new or existing community groups to use. It is the future,” he said. Ross said he was grateful for the community support for the project, which he believed to be “incredible”. He said once the new building was finished a training space, or “green room”, as part of the new hub could be available during the day to be utilised by different community groups. The new training space would include windows, where its predecessor did not. “We think it’s really important for the community to be able to see in and see what’s happening,” he said. Wellington City Councillor and portfolio leader for recreation and events, Paul Eagle, said he believed the new hub would be the “future”. “It’s a message that clubs have to work together with other clubs for buildings. It’s not about forcing clubs to amalgamate. We respect clubs’ history and heritage. We want clubs to focus on attracting players rather than worrying about their buildings. Too many clubs
develop student leaders using coaching and officiating as the context for learning about leadership. “Coaches play a vital role in ensuring that athletes enjoy and continue to participate in sport. Being able to give these first-time coaches support along with growing their knowledge provides a great platform for them to start their coaching career,” Sport Wellington’s community coach advisor Kelly Curr said. Developing student coaches, officials and leaders was identified as a critical need by College Sport Wellington and secondary schools. The wider Wellington region has the fourth highest rate of secondary school sports participation in New Zealand (61 per cent), the highest of the major metropolitan areas, as identified by the NZ Secondary School Sports Council. However, Wellington has the secondlowest rate of school staff involvement in coaching (13 per cent) which requires students to fill coaching and officiating roles to provide other students with the opportunity to participate in sport. Future ‘Getting Started in Coaching’ courses for secondary school students are scheduled to be held in Wellington in September for summer codes.
with Jacob Page
Johnson and Foran key to the Warriors
Councillor Paul Eagle with Hub project manager Ross Jamieson. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
are worrying about the state of their buildings. The Wellington City Council
wants to help. We want them to focus on their players,” he said.
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.
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