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Children from Grace Kindergarten in Ngaio celebrated together with their parents and teacher their new mural last Saturday. Wellington illustrator and mural artist Bruce Mahalski created a large painting to brighten up the children’s outdoor play area. Continued on page 2. Malachi Smith-Cakebread, Ollie Mowat, Heidi van Rij, Zara Delahunty, Aliza Fearnley and Isabelle Yeoman love the new mural next to their playground. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis


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Three library ambassadors from Churton Park School and their entire school crew have been scr ubbing the decks for the last few weeks to set the sails for their fabulous Pirate Book Fair. Impressive pirate ships made from recycled material filled the shelves of the library, and treasure hunters were well rewarded with a chest full of gold. Bonnie Sangwine and Jessica Church ma n, Yea r 5 students, and Year 6 student Kaitlyn Far belonged to the driving forces behind this year’s fundraiser, a biennial event where students collect money to buy new books. Bonnie, Jessica and Kaitlyn love the fantasy genre. “Reading is great because you learn new words and how to be creative,” Kaitlyn said. “And you also experience what other people think,” Jessica added. And Bonnie said: “It

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something related to New Zealand,” Charlotte explained. Fortified with sausages and toast parents enjoyed watching a little performance with their children and the teachers led by head teacher Pip McGee, who said the children particularly liked the bright colours of the new mural. Zara Delahunty had the honour of cutting the celebration cake. Artist Bruce said he enjoyed working on the mural. “It’s

The three library ambassadors Bonnie, Kaitlyn and Jessica (left to right) are excited that their library will soon have a larger stock with new fantasy stories. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Charity publisher launches programme with local author in Wellington When Wellington science fiction and fantasy author Doug Van Belle licensed his new young reader novel The Kahutahuta to the USbased FundABook reading and literacy charity, he had one non-negotiable demand: FundABook had to bring its Books-in-Schools programme to New Zealand. Now FundABook New Zealand is set to launch with a massive book giveaway, awareness

and fundraising event at the Wellington Armageddon Expo on the first weekend of June. “Getting FundABook set up in New Zealand turned out to be far more of an undertaking than I expected,” Doug explained. “The laws don’t line up very well and the logistics have been a nightmare, but we did it and now we’ve got 10,000 books on their way down here. “We’ll be giving them away at

the Wellington Armageddon, collecting donations, signing up schools to participate in the free book programmes, and looking to add corporate sponsors,” the lecturer from Victoria University said. The Kahutahuta is Doug’s fourth novel, but it is his first foray into stories for younger readers. Doug admitted to being pleasantly surprised by the response. He described most of his fic-

tion as a bit edgy and intended for mature audiences. The Kahutahuta, however, is one of the stories he made up for his daughters when they were growing up and it is definitely one for the whole family. The hero is a little girl called Katie and the story is about bravery and puzzle solving. Violence is never a solution and accepting the imperfections of life is as important as trying to do the right thing.

‘The Trading Post’ wins Enliven Awards By Julia Czerwonatis

The in-home shop The Trading Post at Huntleigh Home won several prizes at the annual Presbyterian Support Central Quality and Innovation Awards on May 8. The Trading Post, run by residents from the Enliven home in Karori, was awarded for ‘the most innovative and sustainable approach to improving the social and health outcomes of residents’. They also received the Best Eden Alternative Initiative Award and became the Supreme Award winner. Resident Chris Whitta is one of the driving forces behind the shop. “It was gratifying to win all those awards,” Chris said. “The hamper was the supreme prize.” Suzanne Simpson, Huntleigh Home manager, has initiated the idea for a corner store and café in the heart of their home. “Staff and residents have been involved throughout the project, although decision-making has been in the hands of residents,” Suzanne said.

“It has become a social hub – a place where residents meet together, as well as family and friends, and shop, have coffee and chat.” The Trading Post opens its shutter three days a week. “We can’t have it open for too long because we’re all a little bit older and can get tired,” Chris said. He sits behind the counter on Mondays and Wednesdays to sell toiletries, toothpaste, shower gel and little snacks to his fellow residents. “Our Tip Top ice cream sells like hot cake,” Chris explained “We’re trying to keep the prices as low as possible.” Chris used to be a broadcaster for RNZ. He enjoys being involved with The Trading Post, which has been running for two years. Chris looks after the books and stocks up the shelves. “The shop is self-funded so we have to make sure we make enough money to order goods for the following month.” The shop was giving residents who can’t go outside to a supermarket on their own anymore some independence back, Chris

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Johnsonville Plunket volunteers vital to service By Sylvie Dickson MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Volunteers are a vital part of keeping Johnsonville Plunket up and running, and able to cater to the community. Volunteer coordinator Amy Christie said volunteers played a key role at the centre and it was not always easy to find someone with not necessarily the skills but with the passion for volunteering. The Plunket facilities were purpose-built five years ago and house many services – effectively taking care of parents through the first five years of a baby’s life from antenatal classes to before school checks, along with counselling and social activities. The centre had about 10 volunteers and Amy said it was crucial for new parents to have the social support volunteers can help facilitate. She said new parents needed to have someone to share commonalities with, talk to and not feel judged. Coffee group facilitator Nila

Sukha has been a volunteer for 10 years and said the experience had enriched her “It is rewarding, nobody does something for this long without pay if it’s not rewarding.” She said even her kids have got involved over the years with fundraising and events. Dani Petterd had been with Plunket for five years and said she got involved because Plunket helped her when she was a young mum. “Without their support I wouldn’t be where I am today and I wouldn’t be the mum I am today. “This is my way of giving back to them what they gave to me.” People volunteered for different reasons and Amy said the relationship could be mutually beneficial, with volunteers gaining skills along the way, as well as references. They have one young man who had come to help himself learn English and had been there for several years. Amy said volunteers were welcome to bring new ideas with them and connect to groups in

Amy Christie, daughter Scout (2), Nila Sukha and the Plunket bear are on the lookout for volunteers. PHOTO: Sylvie Dickson

the community. “Our main goal is to find strong people to help us but also see what could be done. We don’t stay stagnant: we aim to sustain things that work and identify new needs too.” She said out of that attitude

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Ten-year-old Johnny Read decided to support Mary Potter Hospice at this year’s street appeal and launched a coin competition at his school. All classes from Kelburn Normal School joined the competition, crafting unique posters with the dollar coins they collected, and Johnny and his friend William viewed the results last Friday. “It was quite successful, I think,” Johnny said. “It’s important to have enough money for the hospice because there are a lot of people that

need to be looked after.” Classes presented Johnny and William posters with coin trees, a heart, one class made a koru, and another class created a flower. Together they raised $440.40 for the Mary Potter Hospice. Philippa Sellens, director for fundraising, marketing and communications at Mary Potter, said the hospice was very lucky to get great support from the community. “It’s amazing to see children like Johnny starting projects like this one,” Philippa explained. Mary Potter raises about $5million annually to ensure free hospice

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Meeting the brains – students off to science camp with Nobel Laureates

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Five senior secondary school students and an accompanying teacher from all around the country have been selected by the Royal Society Te Aparangi to represent New Zealand at the 11th Asian Science Camp Neakiry Kivi, Year 13 student from Samuel Marsden Collegiate in Karori, will join the camp at the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, which is about a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, in August. “I look forward to meeting a lot of really cool people. Everyone will be new to me, so that is going to be exciting,” Neakiry said. The deputy head girl has excelled in science class ever since she joined high school and has been to various science opportunities around New Zealand before. “My favourite subjects are biology and chemistry. I’m mainly interested in the human body,” Neakiry explained. After she has finished school Neakiry wants to study medicine. “I’d like to study in Auckland or at Otago University, but I

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about,” Toby stated. The main focus behind the zoning was maintaining enough space on the grounds for everyone. A new classroom was built last year and, space-wise, the school was at its capacity, he said. Commuters into Wellington’s CBD are a notable group that will be caught out come May 24. Toby explained the school was on the commuter route and had had students from many surrounding suburbs because parents could pick up and drop off their children on the way to work. Students have previously come as far as Titahi Bay and the Hutt Valley. Toby said the reaction to the decision for enforcing a zone for the school was great. Very few people had made contact about being cut off, and those that had understood why zoning was necessary for the school. The Crofton Downs Primary School zone stretches from Chartwell Drive, running north through to the top of Khandallah Road, and east down Ngaio Gorge. All addresses west of this are included. The zone scheme comes into effect May 24.  A list and map of the zone can be viewed on the Crofton Downs Primary School website croftondownsprimary.school.nz.

Antibullying programme successful The anti-bullying programme KiVa has successfully reduced bullying in New Zealand schools and online, a preliminary evaluation from Victoria University of Wellington showed. The report, led by Vanessa Green from Victoria’s School of Education, evaluated 14 primary and secondary schools in New Zealand that had been using KiVa over a period of 12 months. “The findings suggest there was a significant decrease in the frequency of bullying, the frequency of victimisation at school and on the internet and an increase in students’ feelings of safety within their school environment,” Vanessa said. The children were asked how often they had been bullied at school and via the internet, and whether they had bullied others at school. They were also asked about their feelings of safety when at school and their perception of teachers’ involvement in decreasing bullying over the previous year.

The results showed a 10.5 percent increase in the number of children who were not bullied in the previous year, and a 5.4 percent increase in those not bullied over the internet. There were significantly fewer students engaging in bullying behaviour over the year. Vanessa said the role of teachers and peers was also essential in addressing bullying, and results from the report show that KiVa has had successful teacher engagement. “The results show a significant change with students indicating that teachers were doing more to decrease bullying, which suggests a good level of buy-in by the teachers and participating schools. “This initial evaluation shows a positive result and that participating schools are going in the right direction to combat bullying. What we are now doing is seeking funding to be able to continue implementing KiVa into all schools interested in the programme.”


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Work ramps up on Hutt Road cycle path The first of about 80 lamp posts from the seaward side of Hutt Road have been removed as work ramps up to make this busy commuter route safer for people on foot and bikes. Wellington City Council contractors have almost finished installing 105 new poles and brighter LED lights on the other side of the road, and construction work is now getting under way near the Aotea Quay over bridge. Between now and November, work will be carried out in sections of about 100 metres from the overbridge to Caltex Fuel Stop.

Councillor Sarah Free, Portfolio Leader for Public Transport, Cycling and Walking, said it was great to see the transformation work on the shared path getting under way. “This $4.5 million project is all part of improving the city’s cycling and pedestrian network, giving people more travel choices, and making Wellington an even more sustainable and appealing place to live,” Ms Free said. “The Hutt Road is a crucial link in the region’s wider cycle network. It is the first of two stages in Wellington’s Northern Connection,

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Bacon quiche, a fresh coleslaw salad, fruit slices and, as a treat, a slice of delicious chocolate cake – Michele Rowe and her volunteer team swing the kitchen knife every Friday providing meals like this one to residents at the Newlands Community Centre. “I usually plan the meals at least four months in advance,” Michele said. She started to volunteer at the centre about 20 years ago, “I’ve been co-coordinating our community lunches for 12 years at this stage,” Michele said. For about $2-3 residents get their meal served at noon. “We start cooking around 9.30am,” Michele

explained. “People usually arrive early in the centre and sit together to talk. We also pick some of them up if they can’t get here by themselves. “It’s mostly elderly that seek companionship. Some have lost their spouse and don’t want to cook just for themselves anymore,” Michele said. Students from Newlands Primary School help to set up the tables in the morning. Every year Michele and her team are serving 48 lunches with the Christmas feast being the most popular. Jean Aspey and her husband have been coming to the Friday lunches for about eight years. “We just can’t stop coming because we really enjoy it. I like talking to the people here and have made some good friends,”

Jean said. Fred Meredith and Karen Timperley are both volunteers and help out in the kitchen as often as they can. “It’s great to help each other out in the community,” Fred said. The kitchen crew is currently looking for more helping hands. “It would be good if people could spare a couple of Friday mornings and support us in the kitchen. Cooking skills are not essential. It’s also helpful if people can come in for half an hour to do the dishes,” Michele said.  If you are interested in volunteering call Michele on 0277335088 or email NewlandsCommunityCentre@wcc.govt.nz. Maori master chef Joe McLeod will cook an indoor hangi on June 2.

Thursday 25 May – 5.30pm–7.00pm at Churton Park Community Centre Join us to learn more about Biz Connect and hear from our Guest Speaker, Billy Graham. Attendance is Free, drinks & nibbles complimentary.

Register now – email: chair@bizconnect.nz Business Networking That Makes A Difference Biz Connect is a business networking group that meets every Tuesday morning at 7am at the Churton Park Community Centre. The group is industry exclusive which means there is only one business per profession and aims to get business referrals for each business in the group. Check us out at www.bizconnect.nz or www.facebook.com/BizConnectNZ.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think about the Sevens moving up to Hamilton?

Nicola Ranking, Johnsonville “I don’t really care, I don’t go to the Sevens.”

Jocelyn Lizama, Ngaio “I have only been living in Wellington for a year and haven’t heard of it before.”

John Cudby, Kapiti “The time has come.”

Sonya Nishara, Johnsonville “Change is great.”

Ian Burton, Upper Hutt “I couldn’t care less. The fun-police killed it. It’s a big loss for Wellington.”

Manuel Villanueva, Johnsonville “It’s a good thing. We couldn’t handle it anymore. Wellington has been given the chance and they blew it.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a man wearing a high vis jacket entered a store and said he was there to inspect the roof and check for possible earthquake damage. The female assistant allowed him free access within the building and provided him with some personal details. Later she discovered that cash and bank cards had been taken from her handbag which was kept in the staff only area. The victim has since received phone calls purported to be from the Police

alleging the use of counterfeit money in the store and asking how much money was in the till and the method used to take money to the bank. Another call was received shortly after this, allegedly from a bank, requesting access details of the bank accounts. The victim believes that the phone calls were made by the same man who originally called at the store to inspect for damage. Her bank cards have now been cancelled. Police are investigating. A white Hyundai

light van parked unlocked on the road in Sim Street while the driver was working close by was entered and a laptop computer was stolen. An intruder entered a property in Ohariu Valley Road and tampered with the tap controlling the water supply. The victim believes that the intent was to flood the paddocks which are part of the property. In Newlands the house of an elderly person living in Spenmoor Street was entered through an

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unlocked door and spectacles were stolen from a cabinet. In Churton Park the garden of a house in Lakewood Avenue was entered and four rose bushes in the front garden were dug up and stolen. A commercial office in Westchester Drive had its front display window smashed. In Crofton Downs a green Nissan Bluebird Saloon parked in the driveway of a house in Chartwell Drive had its driver side window smashed to gain entry. It

was found with the door open and the boot lid up. Nothing appears to have been stolen. The garage of a house in Spencer Street was entered through an unlocked side door. A garage remote and a copper immersion chiller were stolen. In Broadmeadows a grey Hyundai stationwagon parked in the driveway of a house in Jaunpur Crescent was entered via a smashed front left window. A radar detector, a GPS unit and a digital camera were stolen.

Huntleigh Home day programme adds variety to life Karori elders are praising Huntleigh Home’s day programme for adding more variety to their lives. Enliven’s Huntleigh Home in Karori launched its day programme for elders living in the community in March this year. The programme has been specifically developed for elders to get out of the house and socialise with like-minded people while their family carer, if they have one, is able to have a break. Margery Silver, who has a rare disorder effecting her vision and balance, began attending the programme shortly after the launch. “I live around the corner with my daughter and my care coordinator suggested I try the programme. Now I come twice a week to join in with everything that’s going on.” For Margery, the programme gives her the chance to socialise and take part in a range of activities while her daughter is at work. “I’m very into music and they have people that come in and play piano or sing. They have painting classes, games, exercise programmes, and children come in to spend time with us. It’s sort of like having your grandchildren visit in a way. They also have a church service here which is really lovely,” says Margery. “I enjoy the company, too. Someone that lives here went to the same high school as me!” She says the programme is suited to anyone that would like to add variety to their lives, or would benefit from more social contact. “It would be particularly good for people that are feeling a bit lonely, I think.”

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‘Good opportunities can arise from bad experiences’ By Julia Czerwonatis

After being a freelance writer for years Linda Palmer-Scott took a new swing in her career and started her business Paw Photography, specialising in animal photography. “I think, in the back of my mind I’ve always wanted to do this. I’ve been taking photos for friends and family for over 30 years and loved it,” Linda said. Linda got her inspiration for her pet photography business from her little cavoodle Buddy. “My dog was killed in the most horrific accident. He was hit by a car right in front of my eyes,” Linda explained. She took her dog to the vet who said Buddy might be able to survive if the vet amputated his leg and tail but the chances were slim. “I just couldn’t put him through this, so we put him down,” Linda said. After the incident, Linda was devastated. “I couldn’t handle the emptiness; I had lost my mojo.” To take her mind off the loss of her pet, Linda took two photography courses. “I just loved it and did pretty good right from the start. As part of the practice I had to choose a theme for a photography

business,” Linda said. She picked animals, and eventually put her theoretical business plan into practice. Linda enjoys the various tasks that come with the job: shooting up to 400 photos in a session in beautiful outdoor spots around Wellington, and eventually sorting and cropping. “The best part is when I invite clients around to have a look at the photo selection and see their emotional reaction,” Linda said. “Sadly, our pets are not with us long enough, so we want to make sure we remember them. Photos are part of our memory – especially when you get older and start forgetting things.” Linda is keen to capture the character of each animal in her photography. She has a few secrets to get the attention of her photo models that usually have other things in mind than to pose for a good shot. “Cats often can’t be bothered. You just have to be patient and ready for the right shot in a split of a second,” Linda explained. While losing her cavoodle was a bad experience for Linda it led to a turning point in her life. “I’ve learned that good opportunities can arise from bad experiences. I’m very thankful for my dog.”

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After her dog got killed in a car accident, Grenada Village resident Linda became an animal photographer. PHOTO: Craig Turner

Children’s Garden preview Get down with the children and check out the progress on the Children’s Garden at a free, fun, family-friendly event at the Botanic Garden this Sunday prior to the official opening in September. The open day runs from 10am-2.30pm on Sunday 28 May, and includes Community

Music Junction youth performers, Bangers and Bash at 2pm, and you can join the magical maidens from Tea Please for the Ritual Of The Golden Teacups at 11am – learning about the wonderful plants they use and how to grow them. It’s located between the Treehouse Visitor Centre and the Children’s Playground.

QUEEN SHAPESHIFTING Queen Admits She is “Not Human” 'Queen Shapeshifting' brings up details about an internal document acknowledging that Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal Household are not Human, that was briefly published as a press release on the Royal Family’s official website before being taken down. Press release on the Royal Family's official website:

Male robins make to appropriate choice when it comes to serving his partner the worm she is most likely prefers to eat. PHOTO: Supplied

Male robins know which worms to serve their bird ladies to gain their favour. Rachael Shaw’s research has shown for the first time that wild male birds read their partner’s behaviour to appropriately cater to her food desires. Rachael, a postdoctoral research fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, conducted a study on a group of North Island robins based at Zealandia. She investigated whether male robins could give their mate the type of food that she was most likely to want during reproduction. “Robins are a monogamous, food-sharing species, so were ideal for this experiment. The experimental procedure has only previously been used in the laboratory on Eurasian jays,” Rachael stated. “We found male robins appropriately catered to their mates’ desire, even when the female’s behaviour was the only cue available to guide their choices. “This suggests that females can signal their current desires to their mates, enabling males to respond to that,” Rachael explained. “In many species food sharing by the male is vital to help the female offset the

energetic costs of reproduction, such as egg laying and incubation. “The male’s ability to give his mate what she wants could in fact be an important factor in determining the success of a pair, as well as influencing whether they stay together,” Rachael said. Rachael tested if the male would also be able to choose the type of insect his mate was most likely to want – either meal worms or wax worms. The females’ preference is usually influenced by what she has eaten previously. “Regardless of whether or not he had seen what his mate ate first, the male still made the appropriate choices,” Rachael explained. “This suggests that the female is likely to be displaying her current desire in her behaviour, and that the male is using these cues to identify the food that she wants.” The research, co-authored by Victoria’s Associate Professor Kevin Burns and Professor Nicola Clayton from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports. Student Regan MacKinlay helped Rachael to carried out the field work and data collection.

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A light shower and a cold snap did not deter some 200 people from enjoying the inaugural AROund the Valley Aro Valley Neighbours Day sights, smells and tours on Saturday May 13 including Aro Valley’s now not-so-secret community garden. Krissy Cloutman Aro Valley Community Centre Community Co-ordinator said, “it was a fantastic community building event. It was great to have so many organisations

and businesses participate”. Neighbours who regularly smelt pain au chocolat cooking were privileged to see how the delicious wares were made within Arobake. The 128 Community Centre opened to showcase its diverse activities. Te Aro School opened its doors to demonstrate its inner city beehive, which is cared for by its year four and five children. Krissy proudly said Aro Valley “has such a strong community and creative, fun vibe”.

Happy in his job: Max Fuhrer, master baker, patissier and owner of Arobake

The Garage Project’s Emma Tenhave, brewer Carrie McLachlan and Lucy Hindmarsh

Tools of the trade: Te Aro School Principal Sue Clement with beekeeper and teacher Martin Toland demonstrate beekeeping

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Olympic Harrier Club steps-up annual race By Patrick French WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

A local outdoor, recreation and fitness club will step-up their annual cross-country race this year. Johnsonville’s Olympic Harrier Club will host and compete against the New Zealand Army team at this year’s Grand Memorial cross-country race on May 27. Peter Denman, an official helper at the Harrier Club, is excited by the challenge. “We approached them up in Linton where their training is done,” Peter said. “So they’re all coming down and we’re competing against them.” The event, which goes back to 1920, pays tribute to those who battled in the World Wars, and is an important date in the club’s calendar. “The Grand Memorial Races commemorate people who fought in World War I and II,” Peter continued. “So the memorial races acknowledge the members of our club (who died).” Peter believes having the NZ Army team at the event this year will be very

special for one particular club member. “We have a Lieutenant Colonel in the club,” he explained. This is Lieutenant Colonel Trent Corbett, based at Army Headquarters in Wellington, and who will also be competing in the race. The course itself includes several stream crossings and a lot of mud. It encompasses the Onslow Pony Club, Boom Rock Rd, and Ohariu Valley. Peter estimated a turnout of about 75 runners, with a range of age groups and ability levels present on the day. “We get older people, and people who haven’t run in quite some time”, he said. “We usually have quite a varied turnout on the day.” After the race, the vibe would turn a lot more casual as runners head to the clubrooms. “We go back there and have cups of tea and perhaps a few beverages.” The Olympic Harrier Club was established in 1914, and has about 200 members. “And that’s across all age groups”, Peter said. “Our oldest athlete Tony Simmers at last year’s Memorial Race running ahead of Craig Walker. PHOTO: Supplied is 80.”

Treat for netball community The sporting spotlight is on netball this winter with the launch of the ANZ Premiership, New Zealand’s new elite domestic netball competition. ANZ is calling for entries in their Dream Delivery programme to help Wellington netball players achieve their dreams this season supplying players with new performance gear, training sessions led by professionals or inspirational visits from netball heroes. “We are proud to support netball at all levels, from grassroots right up to the Silver Ferns. We know sometimes all you need is just that little bit of extra help to achieve your dreams, so ABOVE: Mya (2nd from the right) stood on top of the podium as the winner in the senior devision at last weekend’s judo competition in Palmerston North. RIGHT: The gold medallist has only been doing judo for three years. Mya thoroughly enjoys the martial art. PHOTOS: Supplied

Judo gold for Karori student By Julia Czerwonatis

Mya Hartley, Year 9 student at Samuel Marsden Collegiate, competed in the North Wellington Open Judo Championships in Palmerston North last Sunday obtaining a gold medal. Mya won every fight in her weight division and is now on her way to becoming New Zealand junior judo champ. “The first fight was pretty easy but as I was getting towards the final fights it got a lot harder,” Mya said. The aspiring judo champ moved to New Zealand from London where she used to do Hapkido, a Korean martial art. When Mya and her family settled here three years ago she wanted to try something new. “Mya’s grandfather was doing karate and judo, and suggested to try judo,” Maria

Hartley, Mya’s mother, said. “She had a natural ability for the sport and is doing incredibly well at every competition going up the ranks,” Maria stated. Mya likes the wide range of different techniques she learns training judo. “You need good stamina to move around. It’s important to watch your opponent and make your moves according to what the other person does,” the gold medallist explained. Her next big goal is going to the Secondary School Championships in Christchurch to represent her school. “With judo you get to travel around New Zealand which is great. Everyone is really connected. It’s fun that I get to know people from Auckland or the South Island because I competed against them at some point,” Mya said.

we are committed to helping as many netball fans as we can,” Sue McGregor, ANZ Head of Sponsorship, said. Earlier this month, a dream came true for a lucky group of 150 high school netball players who were surprised with a training session led by seven high profile stars of the ANZ Premiership. The students were taken through an intense training session to help show them what it takes to build their fitness ahead of the start of this year’s netball season.  Wellington netball clubs, teams, players and fans can tell ANZ what they need to achieve their dreams online at anz.co.nz/dreambig.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

The ever evolving All Black machine Wayne Smith’s departure from the All Blacks set up after the Rugby Championship is a big loss. Expect head coach Steve Hansen to stay in his role through the next Rugby World Cup in Japan but a gap opens that will be hard to plug with the specialist defence coach Smith retiring after more than 20 years in the All Black coaching environment. There’s also curiosity over who will replace Hansen in 2019. All signs point to former Chiefs coach Ian Foster who has been an All Black assistant for a number of years. Foster didn’t have much success with the Chiefs but does have the respect of the men in black. The concerning number of injuries

to key All Blacks prior to this Lions tour has many scratching their head. Captain Kieran Read and hooker Dane Coles being the two key players up in the air. If Read, who has a hand injury, can’t play against the Lions, Ardie Savea should play No 8 and Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock should be All Black captain. Whitelock has been the best forward in Super Rugby and a key reason the Red and Blacks have won all 12 of their games. Either way, when former Wellington stalwart Jimmy Gopperth is named the best player in the European Championship, how scared can we be of these tame Lions?


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