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Four teenagers will be heading to Ireland in October following selection to take part in the Taekwon-Do World Championships. Brooklyn residents Jakob Braakius, Logan Braakius and Georgia Vogt and Berhampore local Kyla Walton were chosen to be part of the New Zealand junior national team. Continued on page 2. Jakob Braakius and Kyla Walton are two of the four teenagers to be going to the Taekwon-do world championships. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe


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Berhampore club sends four juniors to world champs for the first time Continued from page 1. This would be the first time Jakob, Logan and Georgia had competed at an international

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Jakob, Kyla, Logan, and Georgia will be headed to the Taekwon-Do world championships in October. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

disciplines including sparring and power breaking. Instructor Ian Walton said he was very pleased to see four juniors attend world championships. “The first time we had a junior go over was in 2015 when we had Kyla go. It’s just incredible that they are all going over and in different disciplines as well. It will be a real life experience for them,” he said. All four juniors said they were very excited to have the opportunity and would be training four times a week to prepare for the international event. They would also be attending a performance camp once a month in Auckland with their team mates from around the country. “I’m pretty chuffed with myself, and proud that we’ve been selected for the National team,” 16-year-old Logan said. “I’m pretty excited to compete for New Zealand again and happy we’ll all be training and travelling together,” 17-year-old Kyla said. “I reckon it wouldn’t be the same if we weren’t all going together,” 14-year-old Georgia added.

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First Victoria University graduand to pick up prestigious award

Jack Robinson is the first Victoria University student to win the Ray Meyer Medal. PHOTO: Supplied. By Emma McAuliffe

A Newtown man is the first Victoria University graduand to win a top engineering award: the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) Ray Meyer Medal for Excellence in Student Design. The award is given annually to a student at a New Zealand

university for innovative engineering projects. It was named for Professor Ray Meyer who was a previous director of IPENZ and aims to encourage future innovation Twenty-two year old Jack Robinson received the award at a special ceremony at the beginning of the month. He said he was surprised but

pleased to have won the award. “I hadn’t even heard of the award before this year,” he said. Jack’s winning project idea simplified the creation of project management plans for roadwork sites. “Whenever a contractor or event organiser would like to conduct work or hold an event on, or near a road they have to

complete a Temporary Traffic Management Plan. These are ten page documents often with hand drawn diagrams of the site. “My project moves the whole process online and makes it much easier. Users can specify work sites on a Google Mapslike page and generate a fully contextual work site.” Jack will be graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Software Engineering from Victoria University in May. He said he was grateful to the university and his supervisors Professor Dale Carnegie, Dean of Victoria’s School of Engineering and Computer Science and senior lecturer Dr David Pearce for his win. “I’d like to thank the University for submitting me. I think they’re pretty chuffed they won it, as far as I know it’s the first time someone from Vic has won,” he said. “Jack was very motivated from the beginning and worked hard throughout the project,” Dale said. “The award is great recognition of the work he has done – one that solves a real world problem.”

Social club burgled twice By Emma McAuliffe

Lyall Bay’s Chelsea Club has suffered two burglaries in recent months, leading to disappointment for its members. The Chelsea Club, which is operated by the Chelsea Daycare Trust, is a day respite facility for people with dementia and short term memory loss, manager Angela Gittings said. “We are an integral part of

the community, mainly for people in the eastern suburbs. We liken it to a social club, and provide stimulating activity, social interactions and outings. The staff collect the members each day and return them home again, using their own cars.” Angela said the club had two break ins in recent months, once on January 7 and again on March 25. Both times a television and DVD player were

Bicycle arrows to improve safety Wellington City Council will mark more roads with bicycle arrows, or ‘sharrows’, in 30 new locations across the city after a trial found they improved safety for everyone. Sharrows are used to show where people on bikes should ride to be most visible and they remind drivers to be mindful of cyclists and share the road. The work will start in Tawa and other locations around the city will follow over the next few months.

New children’s waiting room at ED Children at Wellington’s emergency department now have their own waiting space away from the hustle and bustle. Opened this week, the dedicated area separates children from the main waiting room. ED charge nurse manager Ben Storey said the waiting area provided a space for children to wait away from the sights and sounds they should not be exposed to. The new space, which includes a TV and play area, was funded with Wellington Hospitals Foundation support.

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inbrief news Vinnie’s Book Fair The St Vincent de Paul Society are holding their biannual book fair this weekend in Newtown. A wide range of genres will be available for $2 or less. The proceeds from the fair will go towards the Vinnie’s welfare programs which provide food parcels and budgeting support, among other services. The fair will take place 8am to 4pm on Saturday April 22 and 9am to 3pm on Sunday April 23 at St Anne’s Hall, 22 Emmet Street, Newtown.

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.

Island Bay Tree Planting The Manawa Karioi Society in Island Bay are planting 500 trees in the hills of Island Bay at Tapu Te Ranga Marae over the month of May. The project organisers are looking for volunteers to help plant the councildonated trees. Plantings will take place from 1pm to 3pm every Sunday of May, rain or shine. Planters will meet at the end of Quebec Street in Kingston and walk 100 metres to the working area.

Green candidate for Rongotai announced By Emma McAuliffe

A Berhampore environmental lawyer with a passion for curbing climate change will be running for parliament in Rongotai for the Green Party. Teall Crossen said she wanted to run for Rongotai for the Greens to address national issues with climate change, inequality and sea level changes. “It became apparent to me that you need to take action. Our current government does not have any plans. Instead of reacting we need to reduce our emissions. “New Zealanders want waters you can swim in and obviously we want to address inequality. It’s a serious issue in Wellington. Homelessness and unaffordable housing are issues.

Similar to climate change you have to acknowledge it. You need to acknowledge we have a housing crisis and then find a solution,” she said. Teall works as a senior solicitor for the Department of Conservation. In the past she has worked in New York as a legal advisor and climate change negotiator at the United Nations for the Pacific Islands. It is these skills she hoped to bring to the table as MP for Rongotai. “There’s a desperate hope that New Zealand could be doing more for climate change. Every country needs to stand up and do something. If everyone stood up and did something we could solve the problem. We need electric transport. Fares need to be affordable.

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and the diversity and energy about it,” she said. Teall is number 19 on the party list and said despite the loss of Russell Norman, who previously campaigned in Rongotai, she would like to see Rongotai become the highest Green Party vote in the country. It is currently second to Wellington Central. “It’s fantastic to be in the top 20. It’s really exciting to be part of that. It’s a really exciting time to be a Green Party member and supporter. “We will be doing a lot of door knocking. We have a strong pool of volunteers. The team is really fantastic so I feel very lucky.”  Teall will be hosting a Cafe Clinic on Sunday, April 23 at Rinski Korsakovs.

Mount Victoria residents were in for a shock last week when dying pigeons were discovered on Elizabeth Street. Senior animal welfare inspector for the Welington SPCA, Ben Lakomy, said the SPCA had received multiple calls last Tuesday about the birds. “We had multiple calls about pigeons that were dead or dying. This was on Willis Street in the city and Elizabeth Street. We’ve picked up 32 birds, about 11 from Willis Street and the rest from Elizabeth Street,” he said. Ben said this had happened in the past; however, the SPCA had never been able to find out who was responsible. He said the SPCA believed the birds had been poisoned.

“The initial indication is that it’s wheat laced with a poison, which is typically used to stupefy and then humanely destroy the birds. However, in this case it was to collect them and then destroy. Not that it would be their place to do so. The product is being used off label,” he said. Ben said his advice to residents who may discover birds in this state would be to call the SPCA straight away and keep the bird warm. “They can come through it. Ultimately [if they die] they die of hypothermia. The majority of the birds in our care have passed through it. Only three birds in our care, that I’m aware of, have died.” Ben said the SPCA was now waiting for the weather to clear so the pigeons could be released back into the wild.

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Residents happy berms fixed By Emma McAuliffe

Devonshire Road residents will be able to park their cars on the road again following a rejigging of berms last fortnight. Large berms were put on the road outside of people’s homes in Miramar a couple of years ago leaving people without a place to park and the burden of upkeep. Wellington City Councillor for the Eastern Ward, Sarah Free, said she had been called to a community meeting about a year ago to resolve the issue.

Eastern ward councillor Sarah Free with Carol Colgate and her dog Charlie.

Poppy Appeal Week commences with focus on veterans and families The RSA’s 2017 Poppy Appeal kicked off on Tuesday and will culminate with Poppy Day on Friday, April 21 with donation opportunities up until Anzac Day. RSA clubs around the country are gearing up to collect vital funds to help them support New Zealand’s 41,000 veterans and returned service men and women and their families in their communities. 2017 marks the 95th annual appeal, making it

New Zealand’s oldest continuous appeal. As well as donating to street collectors people can now donate to the cause in a variety of ways including digital giving through (POPPY to 4662 for a $3 donation) and online ( options. On-street EFTPOS is being trialled this year for those who do not have cash on them during the street appeal and car poppies will be on sale in Z Service Stations.

“Some residents had large berms put in front of their houses and no parking. Others had smaller berms and lots of parking,” she said. Ms Free said residents were not obliged to upkeep the berms however, council would typically only mow them once or twice a year. “It’s a burden if the berms are really large.” Resident Carol Colgate had a large berm outside her house which was filled with concrete as part of the works this month. She had been paying someone to mow the berm

for her. “This is the only one they fi lled in because of the bus stop. Cars didn’t assume the bus would be going into the bus stop,” she said. Ms Free said other residents had been given the option to get grass or shrubs, with most opting to get grass. She said residents had told her they were now happier with the layout of the road. “One of the learning points is you need to have community consultation before it goes in instead of afterwards,” Ms Free said.


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Domino Midwives celebrate 5000 births in over 25 years

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Carey Virtue, Marion McLauchlan, Jane Pannu, Tracey Eaton and Lynley Davidson. PHOTO: Supplied.

Dear Editor, I like to think that Paul Franken’s ideas expressed in his letters are often meant ironically; so this is how I view his preposterous proposal of a voting age that ranges from 12 to 82 years (CSN Apr. 13). In fact, many old people above the latter age still have enough judgement to tell whether a candidate or a party has sensible policies; but the idealism and/or aims of children aged 12 are rarely based on what is informed, experienced, feasible and realistic. And in recent decades, children at the kindergarten, primary, and intermediate education levels have been brainwashed with political correctness by their teachers; so such youngsters ought not to be allowed to influence the


Newtown-based Domino Midwives came together last week to celebrate 5000-plus births and over 25 years of independent midwifery service in Wellington. Thirty former and current Domino midwives celebrated with a storytelling dinner where they shared anecdotes of births all over Wellington. Some of the more colourful stories included a birth pool which caught on fire and a midwife who saw a baby crown in the back of her car as she drove the labouring woman to hospital. As well as having supported women through 5000-plus births, the service had trained over 350 student midwives and mentored new graduates which were achievements “worth celebrating”, longest-serving Domino midwife Annie Bennett said. “Our supportive, team-focused environ-

ment has helped ensure our survival, not to mention lots of chocolate through late night births,” Annie said. The publicly-funded service was established in 1989 with support from Helen Clark and the Department of Health. It was a testing ground for midwife-led maternity care which is now common practice across New Zealand. This model of care enables the midwife to form a trusting relationship with the mother-to-be by providing support from the first trimester through to in-home care postnatally. Prior to this model being introduced, the mother would not meet the midwife until they went into the hospital to give birth, co-founder Lynley Davidson said. “They would be given a heavy cocktail of drugs that knocked them out until the baby was being born and often this would be a forceps delivery of which the mothers would remember little.”

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outcome of any elections, municipal or parliamentary. Children have not the knowledge, experience, or judgement to be electors; so I sincerely hope that all this is not WHY Mr Franken wishes to enfranchise children, and disenfranchise us old people! I have long thought that a verse of prophecy from the Old Testament Book of Isaiah has never been so apposite, to time and place, as it now is to the postChristian world of the West, notably New Zealand. Chapter 3, verse 12: “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” H Westfold, Miramar

In support of French Dear Ed, I’m writing as a parent from Newtown School and in support of the FrenchEnglish bilingual unit, and it is great to see people getting engaged in the debate! Ministry of Education figures show second-language learning to be at its lowest since 1933, and the Mercer Quality of Living survey recently highlighted the low availability of international schools in New Zealand. Meanwhile French is the most spoken language in Wellington after English according to NZ Stat’s latest survey. Second language learning needs a boost! Its cultural, social, and even commercial benefits are evident (and research-backed) and the best time to do it is at primary school. Auckland

and Christchurch already boast three French-English primary bilingual units, which have positively impacted on other language programmes, including the recent opening of a Te Reo Maori immersion in Auckland. With Newtown School’s existing Maori immersion, this positions Newtown as a true leader in supporting second language-learning. The proposed French-English unit will be funded through a non-profit organisation which was behind the success of the Auckland and Christchurch units. A new, self-funded, second language programme: what a terrific opportunity for Newtown School! Eflamm Allain Newtown









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Q: How did you spend the Easter long weekend?

Marty Martin, Newtown

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“Playing lawn bowls. We had two days of playing in miserable weather but we didn’t qualify.”

“Being pretty lazy. I just played some games with my friends.”

“I had two days of quiet relaxing then I went to stay in Wairarapa. It was very pleasant.”

“I spent it with family. Went down to the waterfront with the kids.”

“I spent the weekend with family and walking. It was good to have some time off.”

Jeff Owen, Newtown “I spent the weekend working on our extension at home.”

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Dear Editor, OMG, so SBW wants to push his own version of life and the world onto us. He seldom plays, is a PR show phony, and is either always off rugby being sick, or gets injured as soon as he takes the field. He didn’t help our sevens team at all. It’s time to drop our support of him. (abridged) Rose Wu, Kilbirnie

Dear Ed, [Tuesday’s] announcements as to how lucky we are with having the lowest tax rates in the world for the low earners begs the question: Once your low income of say $500 p.w. is taxed at 12 per cent you have $440 left. Then you spend it all

on living and pay 15 per cent GST, you have given the govt another $66. If you can save the GST is less, but who can do that? 15 per cent on top of 12 per cent does not seem so little any more. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

ANZAC Day sparks memories The approach of ANZAC Day is sparking wartime memories for the residents of Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore. Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Cynthia Hedges recalls the three years she spent serving in New Zealand’s Home Guard during World War II. Originally from Otaki, at 20 year’s old in August 1943, Cynthia moved to Wellington to join the Home Guard as an Army truck driver. “I went from working in retail to driving big Army trucks. We used to deliver trucks and supplies to the camps and drive the people around,” Cynthia explains. “It was common for women to do that sort of thing. We just filled in where we had to because the men were at war.” Cynthia was primarily stationed at Fort Dorset in Seatoun, which was originally built in 1911 to protect Wellington Harbour, and was used as a military camp for the New Zealand land Army during the war. “We loved being in the Army and we were proud of it. We went from one place to another and we enjoyed doing what we were there to do because if anything cropped up we were ready,” says Cynthia. “We’d drive to Waiuru, Tauherenikau [Featherston], Petone and Trentham, and I met my husband, Tom Hedges, at the camp at Tauherenikau Race Course. He was a driver, too.” Cynthia’s daughters, Jenny Hutchens and Lyn Jackson, say they are proud that their mother volunteered to join the Home Guard during the war. “We’re very proud of mum. She was an excellent driver and she went on to be very

ABOVE: Daughters Lyn Jackson and Jenny Hutchens with their mother, Cynthia Hedges, who served in New Zealand’s Home Guard during World War II. INSERT: Cynthia Hedges in her Home Guard uniform during World War II.

involved with the RSA in Brooklyn. She was on the committee and loved being involved,” says Jenny. Now, at 94 years old, Cynthia was living on her own in Kingston until moving to Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore last year, Lyn explains. “She really enjoys being here in this home - the staff are just wonderful. The care is personalised and it’s very homely,” says Lyn. “A woman from the RSA visits her regularly here and she’s attended ANZAC Day services for many years. You can tell that the day is important to her.” PBA  For more information about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call the home directly on 04 380 2034 or visit www.

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New space for community by the community By Emma McAuliffe

Local resident Dawn Meredith with Councillor Paul Eagle in front of the new community space at Raukawa Reserve. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

The Strathmore Park Project 44, updating the Raukawa Reserve to a community space, has continued this month with the placement of a new community hall at the park. Over the past few months the site has been rejuvenated with the help of the Wellington City Council with a new path between Raukawa Street and Monogran Road, lights on the basketball courts and updated play equipment. Volunteers helped with planting fruit trees at the reserve. Wellington City Councillor and recreation and events portfolio leader, Paul Eagle, said he was pleased to see the community working alongside the council, Police and Housing New Zealand to decide what they wanted done with the space. “For too long too many organisations told the Strathmore Park community what was good for them and then took

off. Project 44 is about listening to what the community wants. We’ll be hanging around for some years yet until people tell us to go away,” he said. Mr Eagle said he was looking forward to seeing what the community would like to do with the space, as they had been able to share their ideas of what they wanted in the suburb. “’[The reserve] provides a local community space inside, by the community, for the community. “The community told us they wanted to keep the playground, with a high number of children living locally it makes sense for the playground to stay,” he said. Strathmore Park resident Dawn Meredith said she thought the new reserve was a “great idea” and was most impressed with the new pathway and fruit trees. “It brings people together. I use that shortcut to catch my bus. The fruit trees have peaches, and one is apple. I think the trees are very good,” she said.

Enliven to offer free classes for World Tai Chi Day World Tai Chi Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 29 this year and will be a day to both raise awareness and acknowledge the great health benefits that can result from regular Tai Chi. To celebrate, Enliven is inviting the community to try a modified Tai Chi session free of charge on Tuesday, May 2 from 11am to 12pm at the Island Bay Community Centre. Enliven health support coordinator Keri Paterson said Enliven’s modified Tai Chi classes were open for people of all ages, but were particularly targeted towards the needs of older people. “Our modified Tai Chi classes are very beneficial for older people, and studies suggest that Tai Chi is great for improving balance and flexibility, circulation and heart health,” Keri explained. “Tai Chi can also help to reduce the risk of falls, which is a common reason for older people to be hospitalised.” For those who wish to continue attending Enliven’s Tai Chi classes after giving it a go in Island Bay, classes are $5 and concession cards are available. Tai Chi is held at the Island Bay Community Centre on Tuesdays between 11am and 2pm each week. There is no need to book, just show up on the day.

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Give dancing a go this dance week By Emma McAuliffe

Dance Week starts this weekend and locals are being encouraged to give dancing a go. New Zealand Dance Week is an annual event organised by Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) to elevate the presence of dance in New Zealand. The week starts on April 22 and runs until April 30. DANZ board chairman, Jonathan Baker said the aim of the event was to get New Zealand dancing. “This is an opportunity to celebrate the talents of our local dancers and choreographers, and for our communities to be introduced and engaged in the beautiful world of dance,” he said.

Seatoun based dancer and teacher Ingrid Kolle would be participating in New Zealand Dance Week for the first time this year. She would be running two workshops at the Innermost Gardens in Mt Victoria in conscious dance. One would be tailored for younger people, and parents could bring their children. Another would be a full afternoon of dancing and writing. “It focuses on the writing. I really think it can free you up so you can express your emotions. I’m really excited, I really love it. “We always give people the opportunity to finish their dance on paper at the end of my classes. Some people draw and dance on the paper and sometimes they write,” Ingrid said.

Ingrid said she loved conscious dancing as it gave people the opportunity to find their own rhythm without having to learn any steps. “It’s for every experience. If you can walk you can dance. If you can hold a pen you can write. It’s your own dance you’re doing. Everything is a movement; there are no steps to learn. “We get that people are shy about these things but this is something to overcome. No one is watching you dancing. Everyone is participating,“ she said.  Ingrid’s workshops will be taking place on April 23 and April 30. To find out more or to book head to www. For more information on Dance Week head to www.danz.

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Melanie Young with Clementine Carnus. PHOTO: Supplied.

Clinic celebrates Osteopathy Awareness Week By Emma McAuliffe

This week is Osteopathy Awa reness Week a nd a Breaker Bay clinic is using the opportunity to get public knowledge up about the treatment. Osteopathy is a system of complementary medicine involving the treatment of medical disorders through manipulation and massage

of the skeleton and muscles. “We’re in the same realm as chiropractors but we have a slightly different approach. It’s holistic. You might have one part, such as your shoulder, that’s not working that well but we’re not just going to look at the shoulder; we’ll look at the neck and the spine. “We also take lifestyle factors into account, such as stress and diet. We give

the appropriate advice,” Osteopat h a nd Seatoun resident, Clementine Carnus explained. Clementine and Melanie Young work at City Osteopaths in the City and at the second clinic above Melanie’s home in Breaker Bay. Melanie has run City Osteopaths since 1992. Clementine said she wanted to become an osteopath be-

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Wellington City Council has allocated grants for organisations and community groups all over the capital – supporting initiatives to encourage creativity, develop cultural projects, and celebrate diversity and innovation. The Creative Communities Funding Scheme allocated over $65,000 to 29 projects, and the Committee’s Chair, Mayor Justin Lester, said it reflected the range of arts available in Wellington. “This round’s group of recipients represent a great variety of art forms, which all contribute to the creative make-up of arts and culture in Wellington,” Mr Lester said. “Our reputation as the capital of culture, and a creative hub and destination, benefits both residents and visitors alike. These funded projects will give young and emerging artists the chance to try new things out, and showcase the capital now – and in the future.” The Creative Communities Funding Scheme is a partnership between councils and Creative New Zealand. One of this round’s recipients is Kahurangi Friends Inc, who have been given $2500 to support Strathmore Park Summer Events 2018- two family-friendly free events. Another is Te Aro based StarJam’s programme for children and young people with disabilities in Wellington. “Support of StarJam’s programmes is an investment in our youth and their ‘potential’ and ensuring the performing arts are more accessible to young people with disabilities who might not otherwise get to participate,” StarJam CEO Mary Ansell said. “We feel honoured and proud to share milestones with our special young people and celebrate their successes along the way, and are delighted that Wellington City Council’s Creative Communities funding committee believes in our vision and mission.”

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Thursday April 20, 2017



Silver linings for CanSurvive at national championships

CanSurvive comes second at the Nationals. PHOTO: Supplied.

CanSurvive, the Wellington dragon boat team of breast cancer survivors brought home silver from this year’s national championships on Lake Karapiro last weekend. Miramar residents Jennifer McDougall and Melanie Graham, Houghton Bay residents Brenda Little and Susan Iverson and Oriental Bay’s Carolyn Stephens are all part of the CanSurvive team. The highly successful Wellington women’s team, led by coach Jacob de Feijter and team

Manager, paralympic gold medalist Paula Tesoreiro, hit the line in multiple photo-finishes with their sister teams from Christchurch and Tauranga to take three silver and two bronze medals from the national regatta. Tig ht c o m p e t it io n s aw Christchurch team Abreast of Life take a clean sweep of five gold medals across all finals to retain their national title again this year. CanSurvive followed closely behind with silver medals in the Breast Cancer Survivor Division

Grand Final 500m, 200m and 2 kilometre events. CanSurvive competed in both the 500m and 200m small boat events for 10 paddlers, gaining two teams a place in the 200m BCS final. The women won bronze medals in both races, beating their previous personal best New Zealand race times. “This year’s Nationals was such exciting racing and a perfect build up to our bid to race at the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission event in Florence in 2018 where 120 teams

Island Bay goes up against Upper Hutt on Good Friday. PHOTO: Supplied.

from around the world will come together to paddle” explained CanSurvive Chairperson Iona Elwood-Smith. “We know that New Zealand teams are highly competitive and we can now concentrate on improving to be the best that we can be when we compete internationally next year,” she said. Survivor dragon boat teams across the country encourage new paddlers to join the sport as part of a positive rehabilitation following breast cancer treatment.

Carolyn holds the trophy. PHOTO: Supplied.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

When a sporting fashion statement means so much

Big Easter weekend of football at Wakefield Park The long weekend saw local Wellington football clubs hit the field at Wakefield Park. In Men’s Capital Premier on Good Friday ‘La Bella Italia / Bel Mondo Island Bay First Team’ gained their first win of the season with a 4-0 victory over Upper Hutt, while beside them Brooklyn Northern United toppled Wellington Olympic 2-1. On Monday Island Bay backed up with a 2-0 away victory at Tawa to climb the ladder, while Brooklyn could not repeat the feat going to down to league leaders Petone 2-1.

In Women’s Capital Premier there were goals plenty of with ‘Sprig and Fern IBUAFC Sharkettes’ losing 5-0 to Upper Hutt and top of the table Brooklyn seeing off KCU 7-1 . Island Bay club president Shane Kinley said he was pleased with the quality football on display at the weekend. “The turf allows football to be played in all weather conditions, even after the downpours we saw last week. The Wakefield Park club rooms are an asset to the community, with a great vibe no matter the results. All from

our community are welcome to pop in and try the coffee, cafe offerings and Sprig and Fern craft beer options. “The Sharkettes are next home at Wakefield Park on Sunday, April 23 at 1pm against Brooklyn Northern United, while the Men’s Reserves play at home on April 29 at 1pm against KCU before the La Bella Italia / Bel Mondo Island Bay First Team host Western Suburbs. “We look forward to having more of the Island Bay community join us for these matches,” he said.

Here are the two sporting winners from the past week. Angela Akins and BNZ. Angela is the fiancé of the new Masters golf champion Sergio Garcia. Not only is she set to marry a man who ripped off the chokers chain that had been around his neck for almost 15 years after he won his first major in 73 attempts, she seems to have won the world over with her charm, wit and good looks. Not since Duchess Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton has a woman endeared herself to so many so quickly. BNZ wins despite Sonny Bill Williams trying his darndest not to give them any publicity at all. The polarising part-time All Black, rugby league player, model and mediocre boxer taped over the BNZ logo on his Blues jersey collar in his return to rugby last week. As it turns out, his faith is against the advertising of banks and finance companies for gain. Of course, by doing this BNZ has gained more exposure than they could have dreamed of.

Who even knew the bank sponsored the collar on the jerseys? I know I didn’t. Speaking of fashion statements, isn’t it ironic that Sergio has earned millions of dollars from golf over the years but the thing he’ll be most recognised with now is a $200 green jacket which is ghastly to look at but sought after and revered by golfers all over the globe. Everyone has that one jacket in their closet which goes with nothing and therefore goes with everything. That’s the cool thing about tradition, it makes people desire things they otherwise wouldn’t normally bother with. Look at the Ashes cricket urn. It’s all of 15cm tall and looks ridiculous held aloft yet grown men want it so badly. The Indy 500 trophy has men’s faces on it. The NRL trophy is two grown men embracing. The weird and wonderful part of tradition in sport is kept alive with things like the green jacket. Long may it continue.

16 Thursday April 20, 2017

Village at the Park Open day

Village at the Park Retirement Village will be hosting an open day on May 6 to continue celebrating 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 theopen 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 days take place on the first Saturday of every month. Or call Brian for an appointment 04 380 1361 or 027 474 7984

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