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A Kilbirnie hairdresser will be putting down her scissors after 42 years of serving the eastern suburbs. Christine Franklin first opened Darlington’s Family Hair Care Centre in Miramar in 1976 and it has since expanded and moved to Kilbirnie. She will be retiring and handing over the reins to new owner Melissa Tovey next week. Continued on page 2. Melissa Tovey will be taking the reins from Christine Franklin next week. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Hairdresser spends decades in eastern suburbs Continued from page 1. Christine remembered her first few years of hairdressing in Miramar fondly. “When I first started I had a little shop on the corner of Darlington Road and Camperdown Road in Miramar. It was no bigger than a walk-in wardrobe. I was young and, recently married, but I wanted to run my own business,” she said. Her husband Steve was a renovator and helped freshen up the shop. On the first day Christine opened she took a book to read. “But I never got to read it. It was so exciting to have such a busy little salon.”

Later the larger shop next door became available and she moved in there. Christine moved the salon to Kilbirnie in the mid1980s when a site became available on Coutts Street in Kilbirnie. “We had about 10 years on Coutts Street and then I noticed the shop two doors along was larger. “It turned out absolutely beautiful. It was such a thrill and so new and lovely. That’s where I’ve ended up today,” Christine explained. Christine said she had the pleasure of training 10 apprentices over the years, including her daughter Dan-

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ielle, and was most grateful to her staff and customers during her time in the salon. “I’ve had such good staff, such conscientious young women. We built up some lovely relationships. “I’m really appreciative of the customers I’ve had. They’ve been lovely. They’re so loyal. “You really build a special relationship with your clients.” Christine said she wished Melissa the best with taking over the business and with her new venture. “She will have great support from [long serving hairdresser] Michelle Donnelly who remains at the salon,” she said.

Colin’s flowers on the street. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

A Miramar man is in a battle with the Wellington City Council to keep his garden. Colin Fluerty planted a flower garden outside his home at the Marshall Court Flats earlier this year. He was contacted by the council earlier this month asking him to remove the plants and was given a map stating where he could and could not plant. Colin said he was disappointed by this as his neighbours had enjoyed the street being brightened up by the flowers. “Kids stop by and then look at the flowers and they would smile - it would brighten them up. “The council wants the flowers gone. It’s not very fair. My flowers are much nicer than the flax plants. The community boxes we get to plant in at the back of the flats are very small. I thought this would brighten the place up. Everybody loves them,” Colin said.

Council’s City Housing had community garden plots at Marshall Court where all residents could plant whatever they liked. City Housing employed contractors to maintain the other communal areas to an agreed standard. Should they be developed by residents this would lead to an increased cost to maintain the gardens. This could be a concern to City Housing should the resident lose interest in maintaining them or if due to ill health or leaving the property they were no longer able to. Zac Jordan from City Housing said he had been to Colin’s house earlier this month to allow Colin to keep the plants. “We visited him on May 9 to tell him he could keep the flowers contained where they are and he wasn’t going to be charged for any removal,” Zac said. Colin said this was not the case. “It would be a waste of everyone’s time if they had,” Colin said.

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Rat monitoring trial on Peninsula A pest monitoring trial undertaken on the Miramar Peninsula is a first step to understanding the scale of the predator issue facing the peninsula as the community gears up to eradicate pests and bring back birds and other native animals to the region. The peninsula was surveyed in March using 281 chew cards placed by volunteers to record the presence of rats and mustelids, such as stoats, ahead of Predator Free Wellington’s eradication campaign to make the peninsula predator free. It is already free

of possums. “The monitoring was really useful to understanding the job in front of us, with recordings of both target species being made,” Greater Wellington Regional Council team leader of Terrestrial Ecosystems and Quality, Philippa Crisp, said. “It is interesting that the greatest numbers of cards chewed by rats were found on the peninsula coastline. Rats are attracted to food sources such as rubbish bins and dumping areas. “There were only a few rat-chewed cards found in the

urban areas, but this may be where the cards were placed, rather than because the rats weren’t present. For practical reasons, the cards were placed on street verges, but there may have been more rat chews recorded if they were positioned in back yards.” Project director for Predator Free Wellington, James Willcocks said the research would provide a benchmark against which populations will be monitored. “Local trapping groups are already out there doing a great job knocking back rat

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Marist St Pats player reaches major milestone By Emma McAuliffe

Marist St Pats player, Fa’atonu Fili, achieved a major milestone for the rugby club at the weekend. The Kilbirnie club member became the first person to play 200 matches for their senior premier team on Saturday. Fa’atonu said he had always wanted to be part of the Marist St Pats club and could still remember his first match with the premiers. “It was a must win game against the Wests. We needed to win to make the semi-finals for the Jubilee Cup. I got called up late in the week to play. “I wanted to be part of Marist St Pats because my brothers played here. I went to St Patrick’s College next door so for me it was an easy option to play here. I always wanted to play for this club,” the 35-year-old said. Since then he has gone on to be part of four Jubilee Cup winning teams, however, his first win was the most memorable

for him. “My first Jubilee win was the most memorable as we were losing the game against Poneke at the Stadium but we pulled through.” Fa’atonu said he was both pleased and humbled by the 200 match milestone, something rarely achieved in Wellington club rugby. “It’s cool eh. Getting the 50 was a good milestone for me. To get to 200 is a real privilege and very humbling,” he said. A special celebration was held on Saturday night and he was presented with a framed jersey. Fa’atonu, who played his first match for Marist St Pats in 2001, has also played for the Wellington Lions rugby and represented Samoa on the field. He last played for Samoa in 2015. He now coaches the Marist St Pats 7s team and co-coaches the Womens team. His coach, Andrew Robinson, said he was pleased to have Fa’atonu continue to play for the club and achieve the 200 match

Police chase on motorway Shortly after 10pm on Saturday night a truck driver failed to stop for police on the Wellington Urban Motorway. Police were looking to stop the vehicle due to the dangerous nature of the person’s driving. The driver failed to stop and the truck fled up SH2 towards Lower Hutt. The truck was eventually stopped in Upper Hutt shortly after 11pm. A 40-yearold man was arrested at the scene and appeared in Wellington District Court facing a range of driving related offences.

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inbrief news 300 more pairs of curtains needed Wellington Curtain Bank is asking for the community’s support to meet the demand for curtains for low-income homes this winter. Each year more than 500 families with a Community Services Card ask for the free, lined curtains provided by Wellington Curtain Bank. The Curtain Bank upcycles curtains from donated fabric and curtains, tailoring them to snugly fit a person’s windows, and lining them to make them more effective at keeping heat in and cold out. Donations of clean, mould-free curtains can be made at Sustainability Trust’s EcoCentre in Forresters Lane or in Kilbirnie. See for more details.

Tudors to perform cultural treasure The Tudor Consort will be presenting one of the greatest masterpieces of the choral repertoire for the first time in Wellington for many years: Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. Written between 1865 and 1868, Brahms assembled the text for this non-liturgical Requiem from the German Luther Bible. The Tudor Consort will perform at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on May 27 at 7.30pm. Music director Michael Stewart will give a pre-concert talk at 7pm. Tickets for $35/$25 at door sales or online at

Colts player critical A Wellington Football Club Colts grade player is in Wellington Hospital in an induced coma following a serious incident during a match at Ngati Toa Domain on Saturday, May 13. Wellington Rugby chief executive Steve Rogers said the organisation’s main focus at this time was providing support to the player’s family, club, and the wider rugby community affected by this tragic event. It remains unclear what led to the player’s head injury, but an inquiry is already underway involving both Wellington Rugby and New Zealand Rugby. There are no allegations of foul play.

Quake-damaged floor closes community centre By Patrick French, WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

A lo ca l com mu n it y centre shut its doors last week to start repairs for a dance floor damaged by the November earthquake. Newtown Community and Cultural Centre was closed between May 8 and May 12, with classes either moved to a separate Newtown location, or cancelled altogether. Community centre coordinator Renée Rushton expla ined t he dist u rbance. “After the November earthquake, we had engineers through and they deemed [the dancehall] was not safe to use. “The piles had been affected.” Renée said they had been careful ever since. “When we found out the

piles were broken, we decided to have a maximum of 20 people in there - and nothing high impact.” However, she said that was about to change. “Last week, they finally brought the builders in.” With demolition taking place, co-ordinators had to close the entire community centre for a week, with classes moved to sites on Riddiford Street, Constable Street, or Adelaide Road, or called off. The centre is back open this week, with all classes returning to normal besides those taking place in the dancehall itself, which were relocated to the theatre while construction continues. “But the floor in there is intentionally pitched, and there’s a bit of an echo”, Renée said. Const r uction on the dancehall is expected to take three to four weeks.

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Bras for Bali from CanSurvive Wellington’s breast cancer survivor dragon boat team, CanSurvive, are headed to Indonesia this week to compete in a small boat (ten paddler) regatta in Bali. CanSurvive, who took silver in this year’s National Championships, are completing their successful 2017 season racing in the three day South East Asian dragon boat festival. The team features Miramar residents Jennifer McDou-

gall and Melanie Graham, Houghton Bay residents Brenda Little and Susan Iverson and Oriental Bay’s Carolyn Stephens. As part of their trip the team connected with the Balinese Pink Ribbon Foundation to ask if there was any way they could offer them some help in their work with breast cancer patients and survivors on the island. Bali Pink Ribbon requested much needed second hand

bras, which could be handed out to village women as they travelled across the island on their Pink Ribbon Roadshow, offering support and education to breast cancer sufferers. In the spirit of ‘paying it forward’ as ‘breast friends’ the CanSurvive team have collected suitable second hand bras to donate to Bali Pink Ribbon when they arrive in Kuta. “We’ve had a full on paddling season this summer,

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Freya van Alphen Fyfe and Brianne Kerr are part of the crew for Three Days in the Country. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Two Brooklyn residents have been hard at work behind the scenes of a new play about to open at Circa Theatre. Freya van Alphen Fyfe and Brianne Kerr are part of the crew for the New Zealand premier of Three Days in the Country by Patrick Marber. Based on Ivan Turgenev’s comedy, A Month in the Country, Three Days in the Country is set on a Russian country estate where the arrival of a handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household. Over three adventure-filled summer days, this new arrival bestows lessons in love for young and old alike. Freya is the stage manager for the show and Brianne is the publicist.

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A Melrose artist has opened her latest exhibition at Toi Poneke. Lisa Munnelly’s Dirty Edges / Clean Lines opened on May 5 and was set to close on May 27. Lisa described the exhibit as a drawing based show. “I’ve had a drawing based practice for a number of years with large scale and limited media, usually charcoal. I’m interested in the use of scale because it comes back to being about adding another layer. You can lose yourself in the envelope of drawing,” she said. Lisa said each drawing took a number of hours and she would be adding more during the exhibition. “I do it all at once. With scale you really get the sense of the material. You get a better sense of the material to play on. Also with my work I get around the arbitrary use of colour. I just set up a strategy and follow it whether that be to draw for five hours or whatever. It’s the same with folding. I also trace around the

edge of the paper.” She said she enjoyed setting herself strategies as “unforeseen” things always came out of the drawing. “It’s conversation with the audience and with the rest of the art world. This works with the elements for me.” Lisa’s exhibition opened earlier this month with a performance by Simon Eastwood on the double bass and Oli Blair doing projection. She now has a piece in the exhibition indicative of that performance. “We hadn’t really met before so it was all very live. There’s something about the double bass and the way it gives character to the art.”  Dirty Edges / Clean Lines will be running at Toi Poneke Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith Street until May 27. A panel discussion will be taking place on Tuesday, May 23 at 5.30pm at Toi Poneke chaired by Sam Trubridge, with Lisa, Emma Febvre Richards and Maria O’Toole reflecting on conversation, connectedness and collaboration in contemporary drawing practice.


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Five lucky locals won big in Kilbirnie just in time for Mother’s Day. The Kilbirnie Shopping Centre ran the competition earlier this month to encourage residents to shop local for their mums. To enter they had to spend $10 at one of the 35 participating stores in Kilbirnie. Kilbirnie Business District’s Susie Busby said it was the first time the mall had run the competition. “It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this and the fi rst time shops have really participated in anything like this.

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Billie-Jo Hunter, Newtown “This is going to sound terrible.. I own a bar, I own a cafe, and I never drink coffee. But I make it for other people.”

Melandi Slabbert, Newtown “About two. Yeah, I would say two.”

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LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Retain Shelly Bay’s informality Dear Editor, There should be every effort to retain the informality of the place within any development. By that I mean particularly the space at the Chocolate Fish café and its green, child friendly play areas. A crowded development of yet more houses (I guess unaffordable




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to most Wellingtonians), complete with “boutique” shops and cafes is just another unimaginative money making scheme. Mr Cassels is good at that. To imitate the Sausalito suburb at San Francisco is pathetic. We are not Americans: can’t we think of any other plans apart from copying an overseas

haven for the wealthy? Quite apart from anything else the weather here is different. Much grimmer. I hope the Council will not put rate payer money into this scheme which is really about private gain. David Townsend, Miramar

Should Shelly Bay be developed? Dear Editor, I am saddened to see in the proposal that only “Three heritage buildings are to be retained -- Shed 9, the Shipwrights and Officers’ Mess “. None of these is of endearing architectural value to my eye ... yet there is no mention of the beautiful building currently housing the intrepid and much loved Chocolate Fish cafe. That building was erected in 1896 as a base for the Home Guard who were expecting a Russian invasion of New Zealand. The Russians never arrived, and the building has meantime stood the test of time. If that’s not heritage I don’t know what is. I am unequivocally opposed to a development that would demolish such a building, and provide accommodation and entertainment for the already very well-to-do and the well-served in our community. The necessary expanded road would destroy the beautiful natural

coastline we all currently enjoy by walking, cycling, motoring there. Many ratepayers would be subsidising a complex and non-transparent project. Let’s instead explore alternative ideas for the use and development of the area that would benefit many, not just the wealthy few. A whare whakairo with associated training in Maori traditional carving and weaving, outdoor and indoor playparks, bike and walking trails, craft and art galleries, cafes, markets, plant nurseries, sculpture park, a modestly scaled retirement village, a venue for arts-social-educational hire, a Mens Shed, a Womens Shed, a Childrens Shed, a library, a horticulture project, a Timebank, electric car charging posts, a conservation education centre, a restored Mt. Crawford. Public transport could serve the area. Yes it would all cost money. So will the current uninspired development. Jennifer Shennan (abridged)

He’s right! Dear Editor, Richard Keller is right on the money when he describes the Island Bay cycleway as a “car issue”. (CSN May 11) Had he been at those early meetings he would have heard the cycleway opposers stressing they were NOT anti-cycling. It is one thing to have a state-of-the art cycleway located in a street where on-street car parking isn’t practised. It is quite another to locate a cycle lane between parked cars and the kerb. Yesterday I was watching a commercial vehicle reversing out of Island Bay Glass’s premises on The Parade. The driver’s

view of northbound vehicles would have been dangerously obscured by the line of cars parked near the centre of the road. (I was at the adjacent bus stop). To give a clear example, a cycling lane along Cobham Drive wouldn’t pose the same problem because cars are not allowed to park in Cobham Drive. It will be very interesting to find out how the residents of Kilbirnie and Rongotai handle the upcoming installation of cycleways in their OWN area. Watch this space! Christine Swift, Island Bay

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No to French in school Dear Editor, We read the article about the proposal of Mr Allain (CSN April 20) to seek a French immersion unit to be placed at Newtown School. We, like other correspondents, are very much opposed to this matter. Newtown is indeed a multi cultured place which we are often in and around shopping or on business. We hear all sorts of languages being spoken on the streets, in shops, and in the cool library. We both speak a number of languages between us, but we have never heard any French being spoken. In an indirect way we have attended conferences and have listen to Mr Allain. We think his use of statistics is disingenuous as the reader should access those statistics and it is not so straight for-

ward as to say “French is the most spoken language in Wellington.” Indeed the stats really show in Newtown Samoan is, then other languages, long before one gets to French. Over the decades as a country we have not supported Te Reo enough, and it is a pity Te Reo was not made compulsory, even though a lot of older persons had both English and French forced upon them at college. We think it is time to hear from the Principal of the school as to what is the ethnic makeup of the school, what do the other teachers think of the drive for a French unit, and does the Board of Trustees really have a mandate from the community about this. Josie and Tim Dalman (abridged), Te Aro

Disruptive fibre optic work Dear Editor, Many streets in the Eastern suburbs are presently being disrupted with the installation of the fibre optic network. It appears to be a very slow, labour intensive project. Interestingly, on the day work started in our street we received an invite from Spark to join their wireless system. No cables involved. Home wireless broadband and landline with 60GB for less

than we are paying now. This indicates to me this multi-billion fibre network could be redundant before it is finished. Even before it was started there were predictions that it would almost certainly be superseded by wireless. it looks like that prediction could be accurate. N. D. McCabe, Strathmore Park

Lux Light Festival Dear Editor, The harbour front light displays were great and it was delightful to see the reflection of the children’s faces of delight. Our Treaty partnership were very subtly underscored by the Tangata whenua participation. When approaching the whare waka waterfront building the only involvement appeared to be the storing and sheltering of the customer seating for the

adjacent dining area. The almost forgotten waka in the lean-to of that commercial venue for executive functions was clad in darkness. Flanked by surplus equipment and signs of the cafe they looked lonely. If anything they proudly displayed the availability of an emergency congregation point by the idle space. Paul Franken, Strathmore Park



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process so far. There are still opportunities for the community to have their say on the Love the Bay website and we would also love to see the pop up shop back up and running throughout this and the final part of the consultation, so we can ensure all those that want to have had the opportunity,” she said. Vicki said the association was now waiting on how Wellington City Council would honour their commitment that the Island Bay community would have the final say in the designs. Deputy Mayor and Southern Ward Councillor Paul Eagle said he was pleased so many members of the community turned out to share their opinion. “In my time on council I have

never seen so many people come out and have their say on an issue,” he said. Mr Eagle said the next step for the council would be to form these ideas into options that could be presented in the council in June. These would then go out for further consultation, with a final decision hoped to be made in September. “Council is committed to being guided by what the people of Island Bay want. We will have the final decision on what they want before September. This isn’t the last step in the process,” he said.  To view the draft design options for the Island Bay Parade head to

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‘Repair cafe’ serves up a reminder By Patrick French, WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

A local community centre is reminding Wellingtonians that broken things can be fixed, rather than simply thrown away. Newtown Community and Cultural Centre’s latest project – the ‘Repair Cafe’ – encourages people to bring in their broken clothing, gadgets, and accessories, and have them mended by volunteer experts. Community centre co-ordinator Renée Rushton explained the importance of the event. “We live in such a fast-fashion, consumerist society and our landfills are filling up at an unprecedented rate... leachate and methane are polluting our waterways. We need practical ways of dealing with it. “So here at the community centre, we recruit experts – electricians, people with sewing skills, people

who mend things - and we invite the community to come in, and basically our experts fix their stuff.” After the first Repair Cafe in February proved to be a success, the community centre brought back the event ‘by popular demand’ on Saturday. “Eventually we want it to be bimonthly,” Renée said. “We’re starting out slow, and building up (to that).” The cafe also served as a lesson in home economics. “We have the repair people but they’re there to assist people... they’re kind of up skilling them,” Renée said. Repair cafe co-ordinator Ben Phillips said the most important thing is the talking. “It’s about people meeting each other and having conversations to do with waste management,” he said. “So it’s the social element of it... the community resilience and I think that’s the best part.”

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Know thy tool-handy neighbour By Meriana Johnsen, MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

An innovative idea has arisen from a group of 35 residents brainstorming ways to cope if Miramar is cut off in a natural disaster. Residents at a public emergency-planning workshop at the weekend at Miramar North School proposed a new tool

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hold a festival and to develop the prison land as a recreation area. Civil Defence advisor Jason Paul said that the plan was to practice working together so “when the fun stuff was over” residents already knew each other. Hack Miramar co-founder Mike Riversdale said there was no “white chariot coming over the hill” so residents had to be

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Thursday May 18, 2017


Two wins for Eastern netball teams at World Masters By Emma McAuliffe

A local club has walked away with not one, but two gold medals from the World Masters’ Games. The Wellington East Netball Club took three netball teams to the World Masters’ Games in Auckland last month- the Wellington East Diehards Seniors 50+ grade, Wellington East Diehards Juniors 45+ grade and the Wellington East Dyehards 30+ grade. Both the Diehard Seniors and the Dyehards walked away from the courts with gold medals. The Diehard Juniors came fifth in their competition. Robyn Herbison, member of the Diehard Seniors, said she was very pleased with the wins. “It was amazing. We lost one game against Australia and they took out our goal shoot. Then we came across them

again in the final and we won by 9 points,” she said. Robyn said she was especially proud of the Dyehards. “They went through their competition unbeaten and were definitely the team to watch - amazing netball skills and very fit. They are a team of young mums with a great passion for their sport and did fundraising to make it all happen for them,” she said. The team is also part of the Premier 3 grade. Robyn said this was the first time any of players had been to the World Masters Games. “It was on everyone’s bucket list. We’ve been to New Zealand Masters before and the Pan Pacific Masters in Australia. I said to the girls it’s something we have to do. “The Dyehards are only babies so they will have a few more New Zealand Masters Games ahead of them. They’ll continue competing,” she said.

Members of the 30+ at the top, top some 45+ in the middle row and 50+ in the front. PHOTO: Supplied.

Top students do Newtown proud

Mika, Danielle and Jess are 2017 Freemasons University Scholars. PHOTO: Supplied. Rongotai College students at the screening last week. PHOTO: Justine Hall

Schools show off their movies By Emma McAuliffe

The next generation of filmmakers showed off their cinematic skills at the annual Roxy5 Short Film Competition Public Screening last Tuesday. Over 25 school aged entrants between years seven and 13 took part in the event which comes from a partnership between Capital E and Miramar Creative Ltd. Entrants were given 14 weeks to produce their own five minute film containing three key elements- a line of dialogue using ‘kapai’ or ‘good one’ in any chosen language, and representation of two famous Kiwi cultural icons -gumboots and a beanie. Judging would be based on creative storytelling, rather than technical production. Of the 25 films shown last week, 12 would go on to be screened at Roxy Cinema on May 24 with two going on to be announced Supreme Winner, alongside other awards.

Paper Bag from Hataitai School, Man on a Mission from Evans Bay Intermediate School, Daggs on Tour from Rongotai College and Shelter from Wellington High School have all been named finalists and will be screened at Roxy. The Supreme Winners would be remade with student film makers working alongside professional industry mentors in a hands-on, immersive and authentic capacity. The remade films will be screened during 2019 Capital E National Arts Festival as well at other festivals around the New Zealand and the world where possible. Producer Peter Graham said this would be an “incredible opportunity” for the winning schools. “It has the potential to open doors for students that they didn’t even realise existed, showing a pathway to a possible future that many didn’t think was available to them,” he said.


Three university students from Newtown have each won a $6,000 scholarship. Mika Smith, Danielle Lindsay and Jess Russell are all 2017 Freemasons University Scholars. Mika studies at the University of Otago, while Danielle and Jess study at Victoria University of Wellington. With an interest in artificial intelligence, Mika was in her final year of a Bachelor of Science, majoring in computer science and neuroscience. She would be working towards a career in building prosthetic bionic limbs for amputees. Natural environment-enthusiast Danielle was studying for an Honours in Geology at Victoria University of Wellington. She aimed to investigate pre-quake conditions at the Alpine fault, to provide a better understanding of - and preparation time for - high-magnitude earthquakes. Meanwhile Jess was undertaking a Master of Science, with a thesis about bees. Honey bees, the world’s most important pollinators, were at risk from a variety of threats, especially pathogens and disease. Jess planned to examine whether infection with beneficial bacteria could help

the bee. “Bees are important, but also pathogen studies are some of the most important areas in biology right now because they have been ignored for so long,” she said. Jess lives in Newtown, where she is a part-time employee and volunteer at the nearby Wellington Zoo. She uses the opportunity to provide talks about conservation. “I like to talk to people about bees, their threats, and how people - especially children - can help them. We also have a number of beehives that people can come in and see.” Jess has already made plans for her scholarship money. “Some of the money will be saved and some will go towards lab costs, including reagents and chemicals. The other half, I will save for a PHD overseas.” The three young students were among 29 Freemason scholars nationwide, with prize money totalling $202,000. Winners ranged from students at AUT, Auckland, Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury, Lincoln and Otago universities.  The Freemason programme is in its 39th year and has awarded 1,134 of the country’s top students over $5 million throughout that time.

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with Jacob Page

Sports talk

It all starts up front Imogen Skelton on the track. PHOTO: Jo Murray.

Clareburt, Skelton off to Commonwealth Youth Games By Dave Crampton

Two locals have been named by the New Zealand Olympic Committee to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas in July Capital Swimming Club’s Lewis Clareburt, 17, from Roseneath will be headlining the swimming team. He recently won six medals- five in Wellington record time- at the national age group championships. Wellington Harrier and Athletic Club’s Imogen Skelton, 16, who lives in Hataitai, will be competing in both track and field events, including her favoured high jump, in which she is former New Zealand Open champion. They are the sole Wellingtonians in the 34-member team, all aged between 14 and 18. The Commonwealth Youth Games

is the second big international swimming competition for Lewis after his six personal best times from six swims at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships last year. But this is the first big international one for Imogen. “I’m just so excited to be going to an international competition,” she said. While Imogen is down to run the 800m, she has never run the event at a national level, as it often clashes with her favoured high jump. However, at the Potts Classic at Hastings on January 14 she clocked 2 minutes 13.67 seconds, a personal best 800m time. Three days later she jumped 1.74m in Whanganui, just shy of her best. “My level of jumping is reasonably high. I`d like to do a personal best, but I don’t know what’s going to happen,” she said. While Imogen has Alistair Leslie as her running coach, she cited her

jumping coach Mike Ritchie as a reason for her consistency over the bar. “He has been really good at helping my technique – he’s helped me with everything,” she said. Lewis, who said he was always looking to improve his times, knows his current times would have placed well at the last games. “I think I would have come second in the 400m Individual Medley,” he said. He is happy the competition is in the school holidays as he took a whole term off school last year, representing New Zealand in the Junior Black Fins at the World Championships. He is also an emerging sportsperson finalist in the Wellington sports awards next month. The biennial Youth Commonwealth Games will host 1300 athletes from around the Commonwealth and takes place July 18-23.

In these dizzying days of razzle-dazzle rugby, the Crusaders showed forward play is still the foundation for any big-match victory. The red and blacks’ 20-12 win over defending champions Hurricanes is proof that the eight players with the lowest numbers on their back control their team’s destiny. The Hurricanes have the best backline in the competition no doubt- but if guys like Julian Savea and Beauden and Jordie Barrett can’t get the ball then they are no use. The Crusaders, who are now unbeaten through 11 games, kept the Hurricanes to no tries and just four penalty goals. The other factor that must be remembered is that the Crusaders were without All Black lock Sam Whitelock and All Black captain Kieran Read for the match and they lost lock Scott Barrett and captain and blindside flanker Matt Todd to injury during the game. The reality is the Canes forward pack was overmatched. It’s only one game, but it’s proof that putting on mountains of points against foreign opposition counts for little during New Zealand derby games. It was an old-fashioned, absorbing encounter more akin to the 1960s era of Colin Meads but it was compelling viewing. The desire for more matches like this, particularly at playoff time is now high. These two teams could play each other twice more in 2017. I, for one, wouldn’t mind seeing a trilogy between these two teams.






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