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Science whizz off to London By Emma McAuliffe

A Hataitai student, Andrew Tang, will be off to London in July to attend the London International Youth Science Forum and European Organisation for Nuclear Research. The Scots College pupil was one of seven students from around New Zealand to receive the Royal Society Te Aparangi scholarship which would see them take part in lectures from leading world scientists and visit world class laboratories and universities. Continued on page 2. Andrew Tang will be headed to London in July. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Continued from page 1. Andrew said he was “really excited” to have the opportunity to go overseas. “Getting the call was a pleasant surprise for me. I’ve been on many different science camps around New Zealand already but this time I’ll get to see the world class facility and all the scientists doing actual things,” he said. The year 13 student said he was most excited about having the opportunity to see different universities. “I haven’t completely decided on what university I want to go to or what I want to study but I think seeing the European Organisation for Nuclear Research will really help me decide. I’d definitely like to continue in science though,” he said. Andrew, a passionate scientist, is currently studying at Scots on the Tup Bradford Science Scholarship. He also runs a YouTube channel called ‘Doc Tang’ to help other young people understand science. Andrew said he was very grateful for the help of his science teacher, Gil MacDonald, in aiding his selection. “It’s required a lot of hours of support and mentoring,” he said. The London International Youth Science Forum is an annual event founded in 1959, aiming to give a deeper insight into science and its applications for the benefit of humankind and to develop a greater understanding between young people of all nations.

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Waterfront gets makeover A section of Wellington’s waterfront will get a makeover to open it up to the public as part of the North Kumutoto redevelopment project starting this month. The revamp of the 6000 square-metre area will see the public space fitted out with a new timber boardwalk, better sea access, planting to attract wildlife, a pavilion and seating areas, covered walkways and new art installations. North Kumutoto is the area between the Meridian building and the new PricewaterhouseCoopers building, near the Waterloo Quay, Whitmore

Street intersection. It takes its name from the Kumutoto Stream which enters the harbour at this point. Construction of the public space will start early this month. Construction costs are expected to be over $5 million with completion in July 2018, timed to coincide with the opening of the new PricewaterhouseCoopers building. Once opened, the building will also house public amenities like cafes, bars, retail and a new creative business hub. The design was approved by the Council in 2014 ahead of public consultation which

received positive feedback. It is expected around 600 more workers will use that area each day once the new building is fully occupied. Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester said it was great to see another step being taken in opening up the waterfront one of the city’s greatest assets. “This is another part of the jigsaw in place to fully open up the waterfront to residents and tourists. Every year we make more progress putting in place the amenities that people expect to be able to enjoy in such a beautiful setting, so this is another great milestone to

achieve,” he said. Eastern Ward Councillor Simon Marsh, council’s Economic Development Portfolio Leader, said continued investment in the waterfront was needed if Wellington was to keep topping the charts as one of the world’s most liveable cities with the best quality of life in the world. “Our fabulous waterfront provides space for business, relaxation and events. Continuing to make areas like North Kumutoto useable for all of us is vital to maintain our revered liveability status,” he said.

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Miramar principal in the top ten for a good cause By Emma McAuliffe

A Miramar principal hit number two on iTunes last week for a good cause. Miramar Christian School principal Kevin Boyce recorded ‘We’re Telling Dad Jokes’ with New Zealand rapper Kings last month after being approached by his son Ben Boyce, of radio and television fame. The song was released a week ago with all proceeds set to go to youth charity Youthline. Kevin said he has always been a bit of performer, although this was the first time he had made the music charts. “I know 100 songs that I can play when I go to parties. So Ben, my son of Jono and Ben fame, mentioned this to his producers when designing his show. “I was taken to Auckland and sang a few songs. Then Ben

said to me ‘Dad we’re going to do a record’. “One of my many fortes is Edward de Bono series of lateral thinking. He used puns and plays on words get people into actions. So they came up with a song- ‘We’re telling Dad Jokes’. I thought I had to write the song but I didn’t,” Kevin said. Kevin said he agreed to do the song because of the cause it supported. “I was very happy to support it. Youthline may help students in a depressed state. “My own personal philosophy is that if you haven’t done the emotional you can’t do the cognitive and learning. We as educators want to help. We could be the ambulance at the bottom of the hill,” he said. ‘We’re Telling Dad Jokes (feat. Kings)’ is available on iTunes for $2.39. All proceeds go to Youthline.

Kevin Boyce released a single last week. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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inbrief news Wellington Monopoly Locals will no longer need to play games or buy property on the streets of London, with the announcement that New Zealand’s capital is to be immortalised with its very own official Monopoly board game. Before this can happen, however, residents are being asked to vote for what they believe should be on the board. From now until August 15, Wellington Monopoly enthusiasts are invited to suggest top properties on the Wellington Monopoly Facebook page or by emailing

Turning the lights on By Emma McAuliffe

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stallations, LUX spotlights nationally and internationally recognised artists, designers and architects, alongside interactive activities and performances. Festival director Mary Laine said this year’s festival promised to delight visitors with its captivating celebration of light, art, technology, food and design. “This year LUX has been rewired to be bigger and brighter than ever. The festival will be separated into five precincts, each with a unique theme that will include light installations as well as fun and exciting activations,” she said. Each precinct would offer its own flavour and spin on light art, light performance, and light snacks. Unique on the world stage would be the all new Te Ao

Marama precinct featuring a programme of New Zealand’s leading contemporary Maori light artists and performers. The Playground and Circus precincts were set to delight the child in everyone, while a feast of street art and fine art would highlight the Urban Edge and Galleries precincts. Melrose artist Lisa Munnelly will be taking part in LUX to examine the relationship between mind, matter, action and form. The exhibit is called “Drawn”. “It’s a bit of a play on words becasue it’s a drawn curtain,” Lisa said.  LUX is on from May 12 to 21, 6pm - 11pm nightly. Free entry, food price by consumption. For more information visit lux.

Shetland Society embraces gender trend By Patrick French, WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

The Shetland Society of Wellington is redefining tradition in favour of gender equality. For the first time in its 45-year history, the society’s annual ball will feature women in its Viking squad. President of the Wellington Shetland Society, Peter Glensor, was excited by the changes. “In Shetland, the tradition of the Viking squad was always an all-male affair,” he said. “So the Shetlanders who came to New Zealand kept a little version of that. “These days, the Shetlands are starting to include women in their tradition, so we thought that would be a welcome opportunity for us to start doing the same.” Organiser for this year’s ball, Sarah Glensor Best, said the topic was a relatively new one. “It’s was always that way, and

A previous ball. PHOTO: Supplied.

no one really questioned it. But it is interesting how it wasn’t thought of before,” she said. The women will join the Viking squad as ‘shieldmaidens’, or woman who had chosen to fight as warriors. The squad - a group of members dressed in traditional gear and led by the ‘Jarl’ (or chief) - signify the commencement of the ball. This then leads on to a

‘snowball’ dance, where more and more people are brought into the ring to take part. The ball also includes a full buffet dinner, singing, and modern, Scottish and ballroom dancing to two live bands. Anyone is welcome to attend. The Shetland society of Wellington was formed in 1922 by a group of Shetland Islanders who had left their homeland and

settled in New Zealand. Many Shetlanders came to live in the greater Wellington region. Today, it includes over 200 members.  The Viking Ball will be held on Saturday , May 20 at the Indian Cultural Centre, Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, from 7pm to 12.30am. Phone 04 971 4096 oe email

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North to south for a good cause When 76 year-old Ken Ash walked into Island Bay last Thursday it marked a major milestone in his journey to walk the length of the country while raising funds for a cause close to his heart. Ken began walking the 3000km Te Araroa Trail in November last year and said he would celebrate finishing the North Island leg of the walk with a cold dark beer. “I decided to do the walk shortly after I retired from the Open Polytechnic where I worked as a plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying tutor,” Ken said. “It seemed like an interesting thing to do and I thought it would challenge me.” Ken is doing the walk alone to raise funds for the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand. Ken’s mother had Alzheimer’s disease and in 2005 his wife Robyn was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Ken said the people he met along the way stuck in his mind. “At one point I had just left a forest and I hailed a guy down in his car to ask where

Ken Ash greets wife Robyn during his walk from Cape Reinga to Bluff. PHOTO: Supplied

in the area I could pitch my tent for the night. He told me to walk down the road and up a driveway, to knock on the door and his wife would put the kettle on. “The couple invited me to stay the night, did my laundry, fed me a beautiful meal with a few wines and I spent time with their family. That sort of thing restores your faith in human nature.” A foot infection and subsequent ankle issue slowed him down north of Auckland, leading to a two month break from the walk. But two months ago he returned to the trail and has made good progress. If he successfully finishes the trail Ken would be one of the oldest people to have ever walked the entire track, possibly even the oldest. “I would be quite chuffed. It’s a little bit of an ego boost when you are 76.” Ken will wait until next summer to complete the South Island leg of the walk due to the weather over the winter months.  To support Ken on his journey head to kenwalksaoteoroa

Turbine out of action By Emma McAuliffe

Locals may have noticed Wellington’s iconic wind turbine out of action recently, but it should be working again soon Meridian says. The Brooklyn Windturbine has been out of action since April due to an “electrical fault” Meridian’s wind maintenance and development manager, Chris More said. “The turbine is under warranty for repair and we are working with the manufacturer to source specialist advice and parts from overseas. We are expecting the turbine to be running again in the very near future once repairs have been carried out by the manufacturer.” The Brooklyn Wind Turbine was New Zealand’s first viable commercial wind turbine. It has been a Wellington landmark since its installation in 1993. In April 2016 the turbine was upgraded with a larger turbine that could power up to 490 homes.

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Predator free action group after more keen trappers By Emma McAuliffe

A group hoping to eradicate rats from Newtown and Mount Cook is looking for more keen trappers. Predator Free Mount Cook and Newtown was started in November by Mount Cook resident Gary Scott, with Newtown resident Andrew Roxburgh coming aboard early this year. Like other groups around Wellington, Predator Free Mount Cook and Newtown was set up to start making the community pest and predator free to help local wildlife. New Zealand has an overall goal of becoming Predator Free by 2050. As part of the initiative residents trap rats in their own backyards. Predator Free Mount Cook and Newtown’s goal is to have one in five households in the area doing their own trapping. “Ultimately we want to get one out of five houses actively trapping which is about 550 houses. We’ve got about 70 to 80 so far. It

isn’t too hard to get the first 10 per cent because they’re usually the ones who want to do it but haven’t had an opportunity,” Gary said. “The great thing about one in five is its challenging but it’s still only 20 per cent. So even if someone doesn’t want to do it there are always four more houses in their vicinity that might want to.” The pair said they would welcome new trappers interested in making a difference to their neighbourhoods. “It’s an easy way to help the local wildlife. “You just have to keep the trap set and keep it baited. We encourage people to move it if they think they aren’t getting any rats. We encourage people to try and follow fence lines because if the rats feel safe they’ll probably go in. Check the trap every few days to see if you’ve caught something. Then dispose of it,” Andrew said.  For more information or to start trapping in Mount Cook or Newtown email

Microchipping next step for SPCA By Patrick French WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

Pet owners putting off the simple procedure can now get their cats microchipped for free. Microchipping is a safe, simple and permanent method of identification, and one of the most effective ways to keep cats safe. A bylaw requiring it was passed in August 2016. All cats over the age of 12 weeks are covered by the bylaw, which will come into place early next year. Nicholas Taylor, Animal Liaison Officer at the Wellington SPCA, stressed the importance of Wellingtonians getting their cats microchipped. “A lot of cats do wander and go missing, so microchipping is a great way to get them all returned to where they belong. He said the initiative was a joint decision made by the SPCA and the Council towards getting every cat in Wellington accounted for. “It builds on last year’s very successful ‘Snip’n’Chip’ campaign, where just

Rahul and John at the Tapu Te Ranga gallery. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

under 2,000 cats were desexed and micro chipped. “So it’s really just the next step.” The offer will be available in Strathmore Park Saturday, May 27 at the Strathmore Park Community Centre. “If we could do 50-60-70 cats, then we would be very happy with that,” Nicholas said. However, he said the SPCA would not be against spreading the initiative out into other areas, if it was well-received. “Once this is complete, we will be able to reassess – see how many we microchipped, see how successful it was.” According to the New Zealand Companion Animal Register in the eight weeks following the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, 85 per cent of microchipped pets were home within three hours of being found. Of the non-chipped pets, only 25 per cent were home within 10 days of being found. The microchipping event is expected to be busy so early arrival is recommended. Cats must be restrained in a cage or carry box.

Gallery to focus on magic in the world By Emma McAuliffe

An Island Bay gallery started a new exhibition at the weekend, focusing on the magic in the world. Tapu Te Ranga Art Gallery’s latest exhibition features surrealist art by local artists. Artist at the galley John Fuller said the idea for the gallery’s latest exhibition came from a class tutor Rahul Gopinathan had run earlier this year. “[Surrealism] is usually quite political but that’s not how we see it. This is art that plays with the imagination,” John explained. “We live in a world that is very strange and magical. [My class] really got into surrealism and I thought why not utilise that,” Rahul added. Rahul said every show at the gallery was different to challenge local artists looking

to display and sell their art. It also gave artists who took his classes a chance to gain confidence in their work, he said. “This gallery is really about encouraging artists. “I think too often people have a lack of confidence. When you are confident that’s when you can create. You can draw. After a few weeks students are surprised. Some of these people go from “I can’t draw” to having art in the gallery. Maureen Cope is a classic example. So is Alana Smyth. Alana is a classic example of someone who didn’t have the confidence. But she’s one of those people who’s got that poetry in the soul,” he said.  Tapu Te Ranga’s exhibition will be running until June 14 at 139 The Parade, Island Bay.

Electric car sharing takes off in Wellington By Emma McAuliffe

A new car sharing initiative has opened its second location with more to follow across the southern and eastern suburbs in coming months. Mevo, New Zealand’s first electric hybrid car-share, added three additional Audi A3 e-trons to its Wellington network on Tuesday. The cars will be based at a new pick up zone (Mevo Pod) on Queens Wharf on the Waterfront. The fi rst location, which was launched in December, is based at Herd Street. “The launch of this Pod is a direct result of the tremendous interest we’ve experienced since our launch,” Erik Zydervelt, CEO of Mevo said. “This is the first of many Pods which we’ll be bringing online across Wellington in the coming months, as we work to keep pace with demand. This unprecedented growth for a car-share in New Zealand is in a large part thanks to the leadership and support shown by both Green MPS Julie Anne Genter and Gareth Hughes with Mevo CEO Erik Zydervelt. PHOTO: Central Government through the Low Emma McAuliffe Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund and

through Wellington City Council’s Low Carbon Capital Plan and Wellington Waterfront.” Mevo’s expansion would continue in the coming months, with plans to add an additional 45 vehicles across different central city locations, including Mount Victoria’s Elizabeth Street, with more to be confirmed by the end of the year. Minister of Energy and Resources, Judith Collins, was at the launch on Tuesday morning and said she was very pleased to have the opportunity to look at the cars. “This is a perfect solution and we’ve had a lot of interest in it. I think it’s so exciting to have something in New Zealand to lead the way. We’re really encouraging the use of electric cars though they do have hybrids here. The future is very much electric,” she said. Green Party spokeswoman for Transport, Julie Anne Genter, said she was excited to see electric car sharing start in New Zealand. “It would be great to see this not only in Wellington but in Auckland too,” she said.

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Tanks to raise money for school and help community By Emma McAuliffe

A local school has been fundraising to get homes in Seatoun prepared for an earthquake. Seatoun School sold water tanks to members of the community as part of their last school fundraiser. Friends of Seatoun School president Briony Davies said the demand for water tanks in the Seatoun community was high following the November 14 earthquakes. “A lot of people wanted

them as Seatoun is one of the places where people need to evacuate. After the November quake a lot of people headed up the hills and that made it quite a real thing for us,” Briony said. “It was filling a real need in the community.” Friends of Seatoun School managed to sell 67 water tanks with $25 from each sold going towards the school to raise money for books and microphones for teachers to be heard in the classroom, Briony said.

School principal John Western said he was pleased with the Friends of Seatoun School’s efforts to raise money and help out the community. “It was a tremendous effort,” he said. John said he was also pleased with students who had given up their own time to deliver the water tanks to homes in the community. He said he hoped the school would take part in another water tank drive in the future.


Lulu Davies, Delia Davies, William Davies, Madeline Pickering and Lily Davies with a water tank. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Alison Goodnight, Newtown “I don’t know. I just moved here a week ago. I like that it’s like, ‘what am I going to do today?’ and I can just go for a walk, walk around the zoo...”

Murray Carson, Melrose “I like living here. We’ve been in the same house for 20 odd years.”

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Questions for Shelly Bay Dear Editor, In response to your article in the Cook Strait News (May 4th), improving Shelly Bay makes sense, should it be developed to the proposed extent, I don’t know. I think answers to the following questions




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would help me and others decide – On a map of Shelly Bay, what area does the proposed development cover? How much of the current greenery (trees, etc) would disappear? How would increased traffic at the Shelly Bay Road, Miramar

Performing artist at home at Kilmarnock Heights Being in the limelight my not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s the greatest feeling in the world for Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Nan Sanders. Nan says her love for being on stage began at the age of six when she starred in her school play. “I was thrilled to be chosen. I don’t remember being scared at all. I first walked onto the stage at the age of six and I never recovered - I just loved it so much!” she recalls. From that day onwards, Nan’s passion for the performing arts continued to grow. She majored in drama at teacher’s college and was involved in theatre throughout her teaching career. She says one of her most memorable moments was sharing a dressing room with New Zealand opera singer Malvina Major. “I’ve met some wonderful people. I auditioned and was successful for the role as Baroness Von Shreado in the New Zealand premier of The Sound of Music where I shared a dressing room with Malvina Major. It was such a thrill – she’s such a lovely person.” Nan says her passion for performing runs in the

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family. Whether it’s dancing, singing or acting, her family does it all. “My mother’s family was very musical so there was always music in the house. My youngest daughter is in The BeatGirls and has performed all over the world, including at two Olympic games,” Nan explains. “My eldest daughter has an agency in London for singers and musicians, my youngest son is a musician and has performed all over the world, and my eldest son works in management but he’s also a very good singer and musician too.” Although Nan no longer takes center stage, she still goes to the theatre and various performances whenever she can. “I still go to the theatre as often as I can with my daughter. I went to see her perform at the Circa Theatre in Wellington last month to celebrate the BeetGirls’ 21 year anniversary. It was a brilliant show.” Nan has lived at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore since August last year and says the change of address doesn’t stop her enjoying the theatre. In fact, the home often brings the theatre to her. “They have entertainers come in and there have been excellent ones. Some of their voices have been amazing!” says Nan. Part of Kilmarnock Heights Home’s philosophy of care is about supporting residents to keep up with their hobbies, interests and passions in a way that’s right for them – recognising the importance of meaningful activity as integral to people’s wellbeing. “There’s an air of happiness here and the staff would do anything to make you feel comfortable.”

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I’ve been here for donkey’s years Dear Editor, I sincerely appreciate the letter of support (CSN May 4) from Maureen Cope about my Apr 27 letter in which I had deplored the appalling letters of Rose Wu (who got a further one into that same issue). About me, I’ve been here for donkeys’ years; so Ms Cope probably didn’t see the 5-minute interview with me that was in the CSN about two years ago, or the article, somewhere near that same time, where I advocated

“natural burials”. At least one of those items had a photo of my aged countenance: I am now aged 81, going on 82, if I live till July 12 2017. I am in the telephone book, if Ms Cope wants to speak to me, or to call personally at my home address in the Hobart Park Council flats. I surmise that by my “back”, she means my background and life history; so I’d be quite happy to tell her their outlines. I can also give her my Email address if she asks

for it. But as I am old and ailing, I’ll apply to my own life the words of that suggestive song which goes, “If you want it, you can have it; but you’d better hurry, as it may not last.” And if she is interested in enquiring about natural burials, my good friends at Harbour City Funeral Home in Kilbirnie, who have handled a good many of such funerals, could tell her the essentials of natural burials. H Westfold, Miramar

Not about cycles, but cars Dear Editor, An Island Bay resident was this week quoted in the daily paper about the growing number of cars parked on the streets throughout the village. He says most families have two cars and some even more (as many as five). What has been happening in Island Bay? This is

Dear Editor, Imagine... You have unexpectedly been approached by people wanting to re-design your backyard. The plans shown are all exemplary and impressive and beautifully presented. The designers involved are so nice... BUT, you are content with your backyard just the way it is. How can you decline their offers without looking outright churlish..? Similar was my reaction at Wednesday night’s latest cycleway meeting at the Island Bay Baptist Church. There were beautifully designed street layouts to scrutinise, accompanied by photographs of street scenes - photos not necessarily of Island Bay, look you - but what a golden opportunity for those well-travelled enough to identify and reminisce over… I was, needless to say, gobsmacked to see no one there I recognised as “anti cycleway”. Had they been locked away somewhere safe? Hopefully they escaped in time to attend Sunday’s meeting if they wanted to put in their 2 cents. Christine Swift, Island Bay

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a time when public transport and softer options like walking and cycling should be growing. One thing this illustrates is that the uproar in the Bay last year was not about the cycleway at all. It was about cars. It was a Tea Party outbreak, the kind which led to the election of Donald Trump in the USA. Is New Zealand

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headed for a Tea Party revolt as well? If so it would be quieter than in Trump’s America. It would be more like the fog-like atmosphere which NZ experienced under eight years of John Key. Richard Keller, Lyall Bay

Berhampore School less common sense Dear Editor, Goodness, can we all now just lay off Rose Wu?! I think anyone who engages in their community, even if it is by way of letters to their local rag, is to be congratulated. Personally I found the points Ms Wu rather amusingly raised criticising the proposed French language immersion unit at Newtown School quite pertinent. It’s just a shame that Berhampore School didn’t have such a common-sense champion when its Montessori Unit was first proposed. Maybe it wouldn’t be there now, taking up 30 percent of the much needed space for only 10 percent of the roll. All the other poor kids are increasingly crammed like sardines in to ever smaller spaces, treated like a necessary evil. Surprise, surprise, (Montessori) heads would have to roll off the school board before anything’s going to change. Be vigilant Newtown School parents!



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Coup de grace Dear Editor, A correspondent raises the idea of your paper writing an article on one H Westfold. Well, you have already done that, must have been 18 months ago which gave an insight into his maunderings. I also recall another woman letter writer expressing strong disgust at

his sexist anti women stance. She even called for your paper to stop publishing his letters. But, to your credit you publish as in freedom of speech. One has to roll with the punches. Ms Swift has “but one eye” basically saying with all the false observations she makes on her travels around our lovely

suburbs. In having the other eye glass is a reference to her living in a glass house and throwing stones, that is reference to her many letters regarding the still to be sorted out Island Bay cycle way mess. Rose Wu, Kilbrinie

Love the Bay Dear Editor, As a person who has repeatedly asked for the Tamar Street bus stops (wh ich were remove d when the new cycle way was made) to be restored I urge every person who agrees with this to pop into the Baptist church and register their support. In the’ Love the Bay Design Objectives’ it is merely stated that the bus stops should be” positioned and based on user numbers.” T here a re no users at Tamar Street because there are now no stops! It would

be falsifying numbers to look at the Dee Street and Presbyterian stops which are south and north of Tamar Street. At great inconvenience many have been forced to use them. If you are one of these public transport users please make your wishes known. You may haave done that in the past workshops but it looks as though we cannot stop reminding both the Regional Council and the City Council of our wishes. Irene Fagan, Island Bay




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Internet era reflected in contemporary art By Julia Czerwonatis

Caressing the silver rectangle, the new exhibition at the Enjoy Public Art Gallery mirrors encounters of humans and modern digital technologies. The exhibition brings together the three artists Jesse Bowling, Louise Lever and Maddy Plimmer, who explore the increasing impact evolving technology has on identity perceptions and habits. Jesse is a Mount Victoria-based artist who graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015. In his current project, Jesse displays how many pixels he is scrolling every day on his phone. He used a large screen connected to a raspberry pie – a tiny computer – to display lines and lines pixels. “The screen is resting on a pillow because I tend to lie in bed at night and just scroll through the phone without even thinking much about it,” Jesse explained. “Technology has a large impact on us. My art relates to our consumerist society.

I want to show people my relation to the capitalist world in an honest way.” The title of the exhibition is inspired by a piece of art from Jesse: a rectangle that is made of the same material as the trackpad of a MacBook Pro. “Touching our technology is giving us a certain sense of satisfaction that I relay to here,” he said. Jesse is also a co-director of artist-run initiative Meanwhile. Enjoy is a non-profit art gallery that supports “emerging as well as experienced artist from the region and further afield,” Sophie Davis, Enjoy curator and manager, said. The venue was established 16 years ago and collaborates with the Creative New Zealand Fund. Next to exhibitions with “cutting edge” art Enjoy organises artist talks and various workshops.  Caressing the silver rectangle will be on display until May 27 at the Enjoy Public Art Gallery; 147 Cuba Street; Wednesday to Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturday 11am Maddy’s and Jesse’s art projects are on display at the Enjoy Public Art Gallery. PHOTO: 4pm. Julia Czerwonatis

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Let’s get the Aussies in our NPC Australian rugby is in the pits so maybe we should let them play in our sandpit. Australian Super Rugby franchises don’t look like they will win one trans-Tasman clash in 2017, such is the gaping chasm in class in the oval ball code in the two countries. Talk has begun to surface of allowing an Australian team into our national provincial rugby competition. The idea has merit. As a Cantabrian, I grew up with a flurry of success and trophies but the All Blacks’ dominance of global rugby is a little dull. The anticipation of a New Zealand v Australia match has not been there for many years and the men in black have had a mortgage on the Bledisloe Cup for more than a decade. The days of Aussie greats like John Eales, Stephen Larkham, Matt Burke and George Gregan seem a lifetime

Mary Fisher is in the running for Sportswoman of the year. PHOTO: Supplied. By Dave Crampton

Sport Wellington has selected its finalists for the Wellington Hospitality Group Sportsperson of the Year Awards 2017. Heading the sportsman of the year category is former winner and basketballer Steven Adams and All Black first five Beauden Barrett, the only player nationwide to score more than 200 Super Rugby points last year. Sportswoman nominations included Wellington hockey player Anita McLaren and Para-swimmer Mary Fisher, who got a world record at the Rio Paralympics. Fisher looks likely to win the Disabled Athlete of the Year award again. Top middle distance runner James Preston

and swimmer Lewis Clareburt are both nominated as emerging sportsmen, after both broke national age grade records. Wellington East Girl’s student Tiana Metuarau, daughter of former Silver Fern coach Wai Taumaunu, is nominated in the emerging category for netball after joining the Central Pulse at age 15. Phil Gibbons, CEO of Sport Wellington said more than 200 nominations were received, and were of a high standard. “Such a response is testament to the impact of sport in the greater Wellington region, and it is this success which we want to recognise and celebrate with what promises to be a dazzling awards ceremony,” he said.  The awards ceremony will be held on June 14 at the TSB Arena in Wellington.

ago. It’s time we help our bigger cousin out. They’ve done it for us. They’ve helped our rugby league with the Warriors, our basketball with the Breakers and football with the Phoenix. They even tried to help our netball until the competition fizzled because we couldn’t keep up. An Aussie NPC team would add some interest and give players across the ditch a chance to be exposed to quality rugby. To see the benefits will take five years minimum but hey, it’s time to extend the olive branch. Australia appears unable to help themselves, cash strapped and lacking depth on the field. For the sake of the game in our part of the world, an Australian team in our breeding ground for the next generation of players seems like a no-brainer.

Swim star chosen for elite camp A local lass was chosen to be part of the a special Super Swim Squad Camp at the weekend. The Jetstar Super Squad Camp took place in Auckland on May 6 and 7. Hataitai resident, Gabriella Jacobs, was one of the 36 people to attend. “I’ve really loved the Camp. It’s been an amazing experience and the coaching has been phenomenal. I’ve learnt some new swimming techniques and lots about nutrition

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Battle begins at Wakefield park The battle begins for sixteen Wellington football clubs at Wakefield Park this weekend. New Zealand’s oldest football tournament, the Chatham Cup, is now underway. It has been held annually since 1923 and involves about 150 teams nationwide. Wellington Olympic and Miramar Ranges have won the trophy in the last decade, while Auckland’s Birkenhead United are the current owners. Although the first round has already been played, the majority of Wellington football teams were fast-tracked to round two. Brooklyn Northern United and North Wellington will face off at 3.30pm, followed by ‘La Bella Italia’ Island Bay and Waterside Karori at 5.30. Island Bay will be looking to turn around their loss against Karori in the league last weekend and continue their cup successes of recent years against higher placed opponents. A BBQ and refreshments will also be available from the Wakefield park clubrooms all day, and curtain-raisers from 9.30am with IBUFC junior teams, BNU reserves, and the world famous Island Bay Dreamers all making appearances.


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