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Island Bay residents gathered to commemorate Anzac Day on Tuesday. The annual service, held at Island Bay School was organised by the local Ministers’ Association and the Wellington Returned Service’s Association. Continued on page 2. Matthew Abbott, Nathaniel Elliott and Eddie Mikjlovski pay their respects. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Anzac Day draws crowds Continued from page 1. This year the service was run by Minister of South Wellington Baptist Church, Stu Print, and the guest speaker was veteran John Meredith who

chose to “have a chat” with the crowd rather than give a formal speech. Stu welcomed the crowds and reminded them they were gathered “not to glorify war

or celebrate victory but to remember those who gave their lives”. Mr Meredith spoke about his time with the Air Force, and how he managed to sit


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his promotional exams out of flight school whilst underage and without the right rank. He spent several years flying in the Air Force and eventually headed to serve in the Vietnam War, he said. “To cut a long story short I was sent back to New Zealand and they tried to make me fly a four engine desk. Some things are not good. I joined the Air Force to fly and I left the service with a light heart,” he said. Mr Meredith was joined by World War II veteran John Williamson, who served in the Navy from 1943. Following the short service the crowd gathered outside the school’s War Memorial Bell Tower. Members from the local Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades, Scouts, Girl Guides and ICONZ (a group from boys’ brigade) lowered flags as Mr Meredith, also the local RSA representative, read the last verse of Laurence Binyon’s For the Fallen. Wreaths were then laid and local Andrew Weir played Last Post on the bugle. This was the second year the Island Bay service was held, following a hiatus in 2015. For more photos head to page 11.

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Poppy Day collects for veterans who need it most By Jessica Reeves MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Returned serviceman Phillip Bolton collects for the 95th annual poppy appeal outside Newtown Mall. PHOTO: Jessica Reeves

Local veterans, service people and their families will be the ones to benefit from the funds raised during the 95th annual poppy appeal which culminated in Poppy Day last Friday. Returned serviceman Phillip Bolton, who was collecting outside the Newtown Mall, said the appeal was essential because it provided welfare for local servicemen. “It’s very important because of the medical benefits and welfare assistance. “We have welfare officers who visit people and help them with their services – a lot of people don’t know what’s available to them,” he said. The RSA said support and rehabilitation services are required by service people to overcome the physical, mental and emotional harm caused by the experiences they

are exposed to during service. The funds raised from Poppy Appeal would go straight to the RSA in the area they were collected in and would be used to provide support services for the 41,000 veterans, returned service people and their families around New Zealand. Support could be anything from giving individual grants for hearing aids, re-education and counselling, to research into improving the health and well-being of service people. Poppies were the symbol of the appeal as they were the first flowers to grow in Flanders Fields after WWI, appearing from amongst the graves of fallen soldiers. Madame E Guerin brought the poppy emblem to the masses after WWI when she employed war widows and their children to manufacture silk poppies. This provided an income to those in need and also raised funds for injured soldiers as they returned home.

Knitted displays to celebrate the Anzacs By Emma McAuliffe

A local store has got into the Anzac spirit with handmade arrangements covering the walls. Wellington Sewing Centre in Kilbrinie has displays of poppies made by staff members and the community. Owner Jo Morris said it was the first time the store had done something to commemorate Anzac Day. “Some of the staff wanted to do something. This was their idea. We haven’t done

anything for Anzac Day in the past. Everyone made some poppies to go on the piece, my neighbourd from accross the road,” she said. Jo said the pieces commemorated all soldiers who fought rather than specific ones close to the store’s hearts. Jo created the scenery and others filled in the poppies. “Tawa Intermediate gave us 17 nice flowers,” she said. Another piece was dedicated to the nurses who went to war, Jo said. Each

panel was made by a different member of the shop’s com mun ity a nd featured a photo of current nurses d r esse d i n t he costumes of their early twentieth century predecessors. “These nurses are in Gisborne but all the material came from us.” Jo said. One of the pieces made by Jo and the team at Wellington Sewing Centre. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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inbrief news New mural Constable Street is looking brighter thanks to a new mural on the side of the Network Newtown building. The mural was installed between Tuesday and Thursday last week and was created by artist Rachel Silver and Alpha Art Studios, a studio and vocational space for adults with intellectual disabilities.

International Dance Day International Dance Day will be taking place this Sunday, April 30 at Te Papa. The day will involve free dance workshops between 10.45am and 4pm. The workshops will include Bollywood Dance, Hip Hop, Cuban Salsa and Samoan Sasa. Workshops for children will take place between 12pm and 2pm on Level Four of Te Papa.

Talented singers take part in national choir crash course By Emma McAuliffe

Talented teenaged singers from around New Zealand gathered in Wellington last week for the first rehearsal course of the 2017/2018 season of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir. The rehearsal course, which saw the young people rehearse for eight hours a day every day for the first week of their school holidays. The course ended with an open rehearsal on Sunday at Wellington Girls College. Strathmore resident and head girl at Wellington East Girls, Greta Healy-Melhuish was one of the singers taking part in the course. Greta said she started singing when she was in year nine at school. This is her second season with the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir. “I didn’t really do too much singing before then,” she said. She said a highlight for her was being given the opportunity

Head Boy at St Patrick’s College Ren-C Tamayo, Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy and Head Girl at Wellington East Girls College Greta Healy-Melhuish. PHOTO: Supplied

to meet choir patron, Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, who enjoyed morning tea with the students and listened to them sing last Thursday. “It was very cool that she came to watch us and took the time out of her day to come and see us,” Greta said. Executive officer for the choir Anna Bowron said she was

pleased with how the rehearsal course went for the new students. “The first course sets the tone – the students very quickly understand how hard they have to work, how much progress they can make and how easily they bond and make new friends. They [ended] the week exhausted but already excited for

the next course,” she explained. Anna said she was delighted to have Dame Patsy Reddy on board as patron to the choir. “The students were all very excited. It is fantastic to have the Governor General’s commitment as our patron. That relationship clearly demonstrates our national status and significance to our members.”

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Residents of Island Bay are urged to have their say on the future of The Parade at drop-insessions which will take place early next month. Last year, members of the Island Bay Residents’ Association alongside representatives from the Wellington City Council and Cycle Aware Wellington formed the Love the Bay syndicate, in response to concerns surrounding the controversial Island Bay Cycleway and the look and feel of The Parade, the suburb’s arterial road. Following this a number of community workshops were held in an attempt to put the fate of the cycleway back into

the hands of the community. At these workshops, residents were able to share their preferences and thoughts on what The Parade should look like. The information has now been collated, and a number of design statements will be presented to the community at two drop-in-sessions in May. Island Bay Residents’ Association committee member Warren Hall said Tonkin and Taylor would provide design concepts for people to look over at the sessions. “All it takes is to pop in for 10 minutes, take a look around and make some comments about what you think works best.”

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individuals or organisations can make formal written and oral submissions about the prospective designs. In the meantime, Warren said it was imperative members of the community attended one of the two drop-in-sessions to have their say. “We really want to encourage members of the Island Bay community to come to these so they can see what [last year’s] workshops have led to.”  Drop-in-sessions will take place on Wednesday, May 3, from 7pm to 9pm and Sunday, May 7, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. For more information, head to

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Residents want sludgy stream restored By Jessica Reeves MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Owhiro Bay residents want their stream restored to normal for their children, dogs and wildlife after pollution from a nearby landfill has made it “brown”, “smelly” and “sludgy”. Recent high rainfall had increased the flow of water leaching through the T&T landfill on Happy Valley Road, causing polluted water to run into tributaries of the stream. Robertson Street resident Linda Stopforth used to walk her dog alongside the stream every day. “At the moment I wouldn’t do that because I wouldn’t want the dog going in,” Linda said. “It’s very brown and frothy in parts which is not natural.” Linda would like to see the stream restored to a state where it was safe for children and dogs to swim, and eels and birdlife could live around the stream. Resident Mike Hinton, who walked past the stream twice a day with his dogs, said he knew when it was polluted because it’s “sludgy”, “smells awful”, and the wildlife disappears. “It’s really sad because you have a piece of nature which could be absolutely beautiful,” he said. “You’ve got a stream where kids could come down and feed eels, but they can’t.” Owhiro Bay resident Sharyn Reeve and her family lived upstream from the landfill where the water was “not so bad”.

 A friendly eel enjoys luncheon in a less-polluted part of the Owhiro Stream. PHOTO: Jessica Reeves

Rogue (eight) and Cole (three) Macleod enjoy the Owhiro Stream, upstream from T&T Landfills polluted tributaries. PHOTO: Jessica Reeves

Although Sharyn did not have a problem with her children, Rogue and Cole, feeding the eels and playing in the stream near her house, she would not let them wade further downstream with the pollution now, she said. The community had done a lot to clean the stream but it would be nice to see the Greater Wellington Regional Council helping to get it back to how it is supposed to be, Sharyn said. After wet weather events in November and December 2016,

the regional council launched an investigation into the pollution coming from the landfill. Although T&T had resource consent to discharge into the stream, they were not meeting the requirements to do so, the regional council said. To be compliant T&T would need to construct a clean stormwater diversion system and a wetland to capture and treat water which had leached through the landfill and become contaminated.


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Bags to save the environment By Emma McAuliffe

A Roseneath resident has started an initiative in Wellington to combat the use of plastic bags. Pip Cameron started coordinating Boomerang Bags Wellington in January this year. Boomerang Bags is a global initiative which seeks to stop usage of plastic bags by creating and then reusing bags made from recycled materials. Currently there are workshops based in Karori and Aro Valley, with one to start in Miramar in the coming weeks. Boomerang Bags can either be borrowed then returned or purchased for $10. Eventually it is hoped the working bees would have created enough to supply supermarkets and other stores with them. Pip said she decided to start the Boomerang Bags initiative in

Wellington after realising there was nothing else like it already in operation. “I shared a video on Facebook group Vic Deals asking if there was something already going and I realised there wasn’t. We had lots of people saying they wanted to help and it all went from there. “Plastic has always been something I’ve not been into. I’m not a model citizen but Boomerang Bags has given me more of a reason to stop using plastic,” she said. So far Pip has been working with Sarah Child from the Aro Valley Community Centre to coordinate working bees for people to come along and do what they can to help create the bags. Wellington City Council has come on board and given the initiative $2000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund and the pair are now working with Urban

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Dream Brokerage to find a permanent space. “Plastic reduction is one of the big reasons Wellington City Council decided to fund us. The government needs to be more involved. If convenience is the main factor in people continuing to use plastic bags they need to be made less convenient,” Pip said. “People want alternatives for plastic but they want to be given them,” Sarah said. Pip said she encouraged as many people as possible to have a go and help create the bags. “[People might be put off] because of the sewing, but sewing is one of the smallest parts of what we do. If you want to be involved just come along. We can always do with help,” Pip said.

Phoebe Telfar has been awarded a scholarship to study at a United World College in Armenia. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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A Newtown girl will be polishing up on her Armenian following selection to study at a United World College in Armenia. Phoebe Telfar, 16, was one of four students in New Zealand to receive a scholarship to study at a United World College. United World Colleges are a network of 17 international schools whose mission is to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. Phoebe would be studying at UWC Dilijan College for two years to achieve her International Baccalaureate and said she was excited for the opportunity. “I cried when I found out. I was on the bus when they told me I was going. It was such a shock. My parents were really proud and excited for me,” she said. She said she had applied for the scholarship because she thought it would be a good opportunity

for her. “I just think the schools are a really cool idea with an amazing concept. I think it can have real impact on people. “[Dilijan College] is very strong in the arts, extra-curricular arts as well. I’m not a huge performing artist but I appreciate them,” she said. Phoebe would be leaving in four months’ time and said her scholarship could assist her with whatever she needed in order to get to Armenia, including flights and spending money. “It’s needs based so it can cover everything it has to. I think that’s good as it means no one misses out. It can be life changing for some people.” She said she hoped her education would help her in finding a direction for her future career, which could be anything from journalism to the sciences. “It’s clichéd but I want to do something that changes the world,” Phoebe said.

Pip and Sarah with some of their bags. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

New places to play on the way By Emma McAuliffe

Children will get to enjoy new playgrounds, as well as an upgraded waterfront playground at Frank Kitts Park soon. The announcement comes as part of a proposed increase of $700,000 per annum investment in implementing Wellington City Council’s new Play Spaces policy. Council’s Recreation and Events portfolio leader, Paul Eagle, said he was “thrilled” about the investment and the opportunity for children to have more spaces to play in. “The good news is, we won’t be

closing any playgrounds - a major change from our previous policy. “Under new policy value is put on recreation spaces and local communities who fought tooth and nail to keep their playgrounds. The policy was last reviewed in 2002. 15 years ago the way people viewed leisure has changed and behaviours have changed,” he said. New playgrounds would be created in Kilbirnie and at Wakefield Park in Island Bay. Council’s Children and Young People Portfolio Leader Jill Day said the new playgrounds along with enhancing existing playgrounds at the time of redevelop-

ment would ensure more children have quality play spaces close by. “This is about making sure that there is a good spread of community facilities right across the city and that no matter where in Wellington a child lives they have safe green space to play in and playgrounds to enjoy. “Our play spaces are one of the things our kids love about growing up in Wellington. This plan is helping us make them even better.” The policy was recently adopted by the City Strategy Committee with the implementation to be confirmed through the council’s next Long Term Plan.

A playground will be built at Wakefield Park. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Body in Wellington waterfront Police investigating the death of a woman discovered in the water at Queens Wharf, Wellington on Friday April 21 have established that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. The matter has been referred to the Coroner.

Member’s of the Brooklyn Resource Centre’s Friday Circle. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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“Here in this little circle is what I visualised forever. It’s a real part of our lives. You’ve got to get out and ask people what they really want,” she said. Member Anne said she used the group for company after her husband’s death. “If I can’t come I’d be as miserable as I could be. It gets me out of the house,” she said. “I hope there is something like this for me when I grow up,” fellow member Katie Underwood added.

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Members of the Brooklyn Resource Centre Friday Circle Group want to encourage others to join them, before the centre could get closed down. The centre’s trust, seeing a low membership, has threatened to shut down the centre, but coordinator Jenny Swan fears centre’s elderly may have nowhere else to go. “Fridays is the ladies’ big day out. They come here for a cup of tea and a chat, we also have lunch and guest speakers,” she said. Jenny said as part of the programme she would also check on the members during the week,

incase of accidents and illness. “We always know why people aren’t here. Everyone is taken care of. We’d encourage more people to come. We would love more people to come,” she said. Founder of the group, and current member, Ruth Garland said the centre had been running for decades as a place for people to come and chat. She said the Brooklyn Lions became the backers in order to establish the building. “I used to pick a lady up here and she asked me why don’t you do anything for us old people. I decided to find out what people want. That was the beginning for us.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to celebrate Anzac Day?

Nathaniel Elliott, Island Bay

John Williamson, Island Bay

John Meredith, Island Bay

Catherine Froud, Island Bay

Stu Print, Island Bay

“To remember people. As a Scout we get a special badge for coming down.”

“I served in World War II. It’s a chance to pay respect.”

“I served in Vietnam. I was lucky, when John was called I was wearing triangle pants shaped like a napkin.”

“It’s important to be thankful for the peace we have now and remember those who fought. My father was a Chaplain on a Hospital Ship. Anzac Day has always been important to me.”

It’s important to be thankful for the sacrifice people made.”

LETTERS to the editor

Joe Green, Island Bay “To take a moment to stop and remember the past and our current people away, and to pray.”

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No fees for supervisors please Dear Ed, I wish for you and WCC to consider the following points regarding this survey on Pool fees at City Pools for 2017/18 (CSN April 13). Pool fees should be made affordable for all ethnicities and communities of all ages

for example toddler- infants to 14 years of age. should be free, College - University Students aged 15 - 19 = fee of $ 1.00 pp. Adults = fee of $2.00 pp. Or an incentive family fee of $10.00 per family. This will boost parents’ interest to

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Insults and jibes are not arguments Dear Editor, In three consecutive issues, you have published letters from a woman (one cannot call her a lady) named Rose Wu: each of them was evoked by something you had published one week earlier; and each chiefly consisted of insults, abuse, or downright defamation. For instance, her Apr. 13 letter, attacking Christine Swift for hers of Apr. 6, was unprovoked libel, and actionable. But even if it were not, insults and jibes are not arguments, and prove nothing but the mentality of writers who have no reasoned statements to offer. It reminds me of the conversation between Dr Samuel Johnson and King George the Third

in (I think) 1773, about a public controversy involving two learned men. When the King asked Johnson for his opinion of those men’s views, he replied that there didn’t seem to be much in it, though one of them called names better than the other did. The King sensibly answered, “Well, when it comes to calling names, argument is pretty well at an end.” This is still perfectly true in 2017, I hope you will bear in mind when you receive letters, whether or not their publication would justify a libel action. I also hope that Ms Wu and the rest of your readers, letterwriters, etc. won’t forget it, either. H Westfold, Miramar

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Fifteen years of plastic pollution By Jessica Reeves MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Wel l i ng ton’s sout her n beaches are being littered with pieces of plastic accidentally discharged from the Moa Point waste water treatment plant 15 year ago, putting marine and bird life at risk. Due to the Moa Point treatment plant’s proximity to the Taputeranga Marine Reserve, biodiversity ranger for the Department of Conservation David Moss had concerns for marine life. “Plastic pollution anywhere in the ocean – but especially in a marine reserve – is a concern because sea creatures can

ingest it, thinking it is food. “For gulls and larger seabirds like albatross, small plastic particles can fill their stomach, obstructing their digestion and eventually leading to death.” The small pieces of plastic, which act as “mini houses” for the micro-organisms that treat the wastewater, are from an overflow discharge which occurred on December 8, 2002, a spokeswoman for Wellington Water said. “They are meant to be contained within the plant but a design flaw, that has since been corrected, led to a number of them escaping. “The media is designed for a long life and as such, each

time there is a large storm more get washed up onto the beach.” During heavy rainfalls the amount of sewage coming into the treatment plant can exceed the plant’s 3,000 litr e per second capacity for treatment. Wellington City Council has consent to discharge the partially treated waste water, diluted with treated water, into the Cook Strait, approximately 1.8 kilometres from the shore. David said if the public want to help they can collect the plastic off the beach at high tide. “This will be a great help as it removes them from the food chain and minimises the effects on animals.”

Pieces of plastic from the Moa Point waste water treatment plant are a threat to the marine and bird life at the Taputeranga Reserve. PHOTO: Jessica Reeves

Police investigate indecent exposure incidents Wellington Police are investigating four separate incidents where a male has indecently exposed himself to women on the Prince of Wales Park walking track in Mount Cook. The incidents occurred between November 15 2016 and April 18, ranging between the hours of 1pm and 7pm.

Each time, a male has approached a woman on the track and has performed an indecent act on himself. Police believe it is likely that it is the same man involved in each incident. The male is described as being between 40 and 50 years of age with a shaved or balding head. He

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A Miramar class discovered the world around them last term. Totara Class at Miramar Christian School had the opportunity to partner up with a class in Tauranga in term one, teacher Betsy Anderson said. As part of this each class wrote to

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Locals with an interest in learning how to perform CPR can head along to a free workshop in Miramar next week. A free Wellington Free Ambulance Heartbeat workshop will be taking place at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre on Tuesday, May 2. Heartbeat coordinator Amy Williams said residents would learn basic identification of cardiac arrest, what to do in case of cardiac arrest and how to perform CPR. “Heartbeat has been designed to help the public learn what to do in case of an emergency. We want to ensure the survival rates of heart

attacks are high,” she said. Statistics provided by Wellington Free Ambulance stated one in four people in the Greater Wellington and Wairarapa region suffered cardiac arrest a week and survival was greater if a bystander knew CPR. Amy said she was happy to take anyone into the class and could take a maximum of 30 people. She said she was hoping to take more workshops later in the year.  Heartbeat workshop will take place between 1pm and 2pm on Tuesday, May 2 at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre. To register phone 388 1944 or email

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By Emma McAuliffe

The Wellington City Council Housing Taskforce met last week to discuss their options when it came to creating more housing in Wellington. Housing portfolio leader Paul Eagle said as part of the discussion task force members debated merits of creating an Urban Development Agency. An Urban Development Agency would support local government in helping the development of housing when required. “There was an overwhelming sense that [an Urban development Agency] wasn’t needed. We had a proposal in council to restructure its in house operation with an agency structure where necessary,” Mr Eagle said. Mr Eagle said he believed houses needed to be built more quickly, especially in the southern and eastern suburbs which had been a “renters paradise” in the past. “For me the key thing is we need to do whatever we can to build more houses more quickly. This is no silver bullet, just one part of the process. “We also discussed building more rental housing. Eastern and southern suburbs have been traditionally a renters paradise. It is no longer this way because of housing affordability. Newtown, Berhampore, Rongotai, Miramar and Strathmore Park have become lucrative, people are paying anything between $500 to $700 a week in rent. The quality is questionable according to reports to council on housing standards. Students, low paid workers and low income families are all struggling in this part of Wellington,” he said. A forum will be held on May 4 inviting key stakeholders to share their views on housing in Wellington across the continuum.

Members of the choir perform at a previous show. PHOTO: Supplied. By Emma McAuliffe

Wellington’s biggest choir, the Orpheus Choir, will be performing a special show this weekend. The choir will be performing Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and other pieces at a concert at the Wellington Cathedral of Saint Paul on Saturday. Leonard Bernstein is well known for writing hit musical West Side Story.

This concert would be Orpheus Choir’s first in a subscription series to be performed this year. Their last performance saw members of the choir cover Dave Dobbyn classics at Cuba Dupa. Member of the choir, soprano Katrine Evans, said the choir had over 120 members, including students at the New Zealand School of Music, drawn from all over Wellington. She said she would be look-

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Thursday April 27, 2017


Taking out the relay after two decades


sports brief Top junior runners named Top young middle distance runner Tessa Hunt, an U18 800m national champion - has been named in the New Zealand team of 55 athletes selected for the Oceania Area and Combined Events Championships in Fiji on June 28 - July 1. Featuring in the team are five current New Zealand senior champions including javelin

thrower Ben Langton Burnell and triple-jumper Anna Thomson. Also selected are four Rio Paralympics medallists Anna Grimaldi, Holly Robinson, William Stedman and Jessica Hamill. The championships will be held in the Fijian capital, Suva at the ANZ Stadium and will be contested in senior, Under 20 and Under 18 grades.

Rugby results The Swindale Shield continued this week with special matches held on Anzac Day. Currently Oriental-Rongotai sit at third on the table with 30 points, Marist St Pats is at sixth with

23 points and Poneke a close ninth on 14 points. Swindale Shield rounds will finish on Queen’s Birthday Weekend to make way for the Jubilee Cup.

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Wellington Harriers’ senior and junior womens teams did very well at the Shaw Baton relay. PHOTO: Jo Murray By Emma McAuliffe

After two decades of trying Newtown based Wellington Harrier Athletic Club took out the Shaw Baton Relay on Saturday. Karori based Scottish Athletics Club had won the annual Senior Men’s relay 21 years in a row until their defeat at the weekend. Wellington Harrier Athletic Club harriers’ manager Paul Hewittson said the club was very pleased they had finally taken it out. “It was fantastic. We had been targeting this for about four years and we were quietly confident we were going to win. Everyone is very excited at the club. A lot of the guys were less than five years old the last time we won it. So we’re really excited about that future we have with our young runners,” he said. Paul said the club won all of the grades they entered but one. They took out the 50s+,

Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Men and Junior Women. “The Junior Women came first by a long way. They were faster than our Senior Women. I think it was also the first time in six years we won the senior women grade.” The Wellington Harrier Club had 19 teams and around 100 runners take part at the event at Battle Hill, which Paul said was excellent. He said Scottish had around the same amount of teams which made for a more enjoyable event. “Scottish did very well; they had 19 teams too which was great. It’s good to have healthy competition. They came over and had great competition. We were lucky because we had short distance runners. Their runners were more marathon runners and the course at Battle Hill was only about 1.6 kilometres. It was a great day out.”

Boxing gives itself another black eye This is why it’s hard to take boxing seriously. The world title fight between Hughie Fury and Kiwi champ Joseph Parker was meant to be at Auckland’s Vector Arena in two weeks but now appears off. The Fury camp is claiming an injury while the handlers of Parker, Duco Events, are not buying that at all. It’s another black eye for a sport which has given itself so many uppercuts to the jaw of credibility over the years. Duco now look likely to try to hunt out a top 15 ranked opponent willing to take a fight on super short notice

enticed by the carrot of being a shock world champion. It’s bad news for Parker’s camp and the punters who have purchased tickets to see a genuine title fight between the Kiwi champ and a fighter hungry and well prepared for the opportunity. Parker has said this was likely to be the last world title fight in New Zealand as he predictably and quite rightly looks to chase bigger purses overseas. Having said that, a big name fight doesn’t always deliver. Mayweather/ Pacquiao anyone? Maybe this will be better than the original scheduled bout. Anything is possible.

Round the Bays helps with Christchurch relief February’s Cigna Round the Bays, the famous run from Oriental Bay to Evans Bay, did more than just raise money for Wellingtonians this year- it also helped out those in need following Christchurch’s Port Hills fires. Sport Canterbury was due to host their own fun run event, A Run to Remember, on the same day as Cigna Round the Bays earlier this year but the event was cancelled as the route for the run became an exclusion zone for the firefighting helicopters. After hearing the news about the Port Hills fires and Sport Canterbury having to cancel its event, fellow Regional Sports Trust and Cigna Round the Bays organiser Sport Wellington wanted to help. A special allocation of 500 ‘fundraising’ bibs was ordered for the already sold-out Wellington event three days before it was due to be

held. Half of the proceeds made from the additional bibs, accompanied with online donations, raised just shy of $4,000 in only a couple of days. The cheque was presented to Sport Canterbury CEO Julyan Falloon at the Sport Wellington offices last Friday. Sport Wellington CEO Phil Gibbons was pleased to be able to help. “The Canterbury region has endured a terrible amount of devastation in recent years. The community has clearly been impacted and we saw an opportunity for our event to help provide some relief to our neighbours down south. By opening up the additional entries and donating half of the money raised to the Canterbury communities via our close friends at Sport Canterbury, we would like to think we helped in the best way we can,” Phil said.

Phil Gibbons presents Julyan Falloon with a cheque. PHOTO: Supplied.

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