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Residential groups feel excluded from the Miramar Avenue development, which has raised concerns that the Wellington City Council and a councilfunded business group (BID) are calling the shots. Council consultant Ben Alexander has praised the project for having talked to a “good cross section of the avenue, representing both business and community”. Yet, Maupuia and Miramar residents’ association chair, Robin Boldarin said neither council nor the BID had approached the association for input.

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Continued from page 1. Stella said the idea came after attending the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme at the Tapu Te Ranga Reserve earlier this year. From then on they wanted to help the sea environment. “We thought we’d do a beach clean-up. We wanted to help the animals who are dying because of rubbish,” she said. Stella and Florence said they already had planned out how they hoped the beach clean-up would go. “For the beach clean-up we were going to get big plastic bags and then split into different groups. Each group would find different bits of rubbish,” Stella said. “We want to lay out all of the rubbish on a big tarpaulin after we finish so we can find out what type of rubbish gets dumped on the beach.” From there they might make a piece of art work to show how much rubbish could be found on the beach, Stella said. The pair said they hoped the project would show people how much rubbish could be found on the beach and the harm littering could do to the environment. “We were going to do a bake sale but we thought this might be better,” Florence said.  The beach clean-up will take place on Island Bay beach on Sunday, June 18 from 1.30pm to 2pm.

Her concern was that the BID was dominating discussions and they “look on it purely from a commercial point of view”. “I think they’ve got a remarkable lot of power,” she said. Robin’s biggest concern was the future “high traffic count” on the road caused by the diversion of the Route 2 and 30 buses along Miramar Avenue. In addition, the proposed $22 million Shelly Bay housing development would cause further traffic congestion on the avenue when the daily traffic count along Shelly Bay road is expected to increase from 1000 to 4500. “There is a suggestion that there will be traffic lights put in and I’m sure that will go down

like a bomb, but that won’t stop the traffic,” Robin said. M i ra ma r BI D cha i r ma n Thomas Weltzer-Helfen claimed his group was not “keen on a whole bunch of traffic lights stop-starting”. They wanted the area to be more pedestrian-friendly and their imperative was to slow down traffic along the avenue. In spite of these public reservations, the council has begun engaging with Isthmus Architects for the urban design concepts to be developed in June. The murky arrangement between council and the BID has led to confusion over who has final say on the development. The council website previously

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Thursday May 25, 2017

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Have your say on cycleway By Emma McAuliffe

Residents can still have their say on what they want to happen with the Island Bay cycleway. The Island Bay Residents Association is hosting the draft designs for the cycleway’s layout in the former Love the Bay drop in shop at 132 The Parade until Sunday. The pop up shop follows a pair of workshops held at the beginning of the month during which Island Bay residents could view some of the draft

design options for the first time. Island Bay Residents’ Association president Vicki Greco said the pop up shop was a chance for all residents to look over the designs. “It’s an opportunity for those who couldn’t make the sessions, are computer illiterate, or can’t do it online to get involved and have their say,” she said. Vicki said she was grateful to Amanda Elliott from New World Island Bay for “kindly donating the space so the com-

munity could be involved”. She said she was pleased to see the shop was already being utilised by members of the community. “We had 30 people in on Monday. There was a mixture of ages and a mixture of views,” she said. Draft designs range from having the cycleway stay as it is, go back to how it was, a mixture of the two and other completely new options. Residents could also give feedback on what they wanted the layout to look like around

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bus stops and pedestrian crossings. This round of consultation is set to close on Sunday with the options to be presented to Wellington City Council next month.

Te Papa’s innovation hub Mahuki is calling for entrepreneurs to help cultural institutions in New Zealand and around the globe tell their stories of sporting identity. Mahuki and the New Zealand Cricket Museum have joined forces to issue a specific challenge for innovators to use new technology to create experiences that bring sports history alive when taking part in the 2017 programme. Applications for Mahuki are open until May 29. Find out more at

 The pop up shop would be open from 11.30am to 6pm on weekday and 10am to 4pm on weekends at 132 The Parade. View options online at www.  What option do you like best for the Island Bay cycleway? Let us know at

Berhampore fruit and veges The recently opened Berhampore Fruit and Vegetable Co-op is growing, with nearly fifty members. The Co-op’s mission is to make affordable fresh produce accessible within the community. Each Tuesday fruit and veg orders are collected from one of three pick up points in Berhampore. For information, phone Bruce on 027 275 6041 or come along to Centennial Flats community room, Adelaide Rd, Tuesdays from 1.30 - 3pm.

Keen to go green By Rosa Woods, MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Locals could soon play a key part in creating a cleaner greener capital if the Wellington City Council’s (WCC) proposal to introduce organic waste bins goes ahead. Councils in the Wellington region have been consulting on a draft waste plan that would see a green waste bin join the already available kerbside collection services. According to a WCC report, organic waste currently makes up about a third of the waste that ends up in the regions landfills. Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester hoped introducing the scheme would put the city on a path towards a more sustainable future. “We’re working with all the other councils of the region on this, and have an ambitious collective target to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the region’s landfills by a third over the next 10 years,” he said. Lyall Bay resident and composting enthusiast Sam Boult

was intrigued by the council’s proposition to introduce green waste bins. “I’m in two minds about it; it will be great if everyone across Wellington gets involved and uses the bins properly. “But if not, it may just cost us all a lot of money and make very little difference,” he said. “The success of the scheme will depend on how the council goes about setting it up.” Other Wellingtonians were concerned the introduction of another bin might block the already limited space on foot path, however Sam was not convinced. “Assuming the council alternate between collecting rubbish, recycling, glass and green waste each week – as they already do – there shouldn’t be an issue with bins blocking footpaths,” he said. “If introducing a green waste bin is really going to make a positive environmental difference, then I’m all for it.” However, Berhampore woman Emily O’Neill felt the scheme was unnecessary. “Everyone with any space at

Lyall Bay resident Sam Boult stores his compost bin conveniently in his backyard and says every household should have one. PHOTO: Rosa Woods.

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Renters demand council action

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Te Pahi medal on display at Te Papa The Te Pahi medal, given to the Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Awa chief, Te Pahi, by the Governor of New South Wales, Phillip Gidley King, is now on display at Te Papa. This is the first time the taonga is on display in Wellington, after it was purchased jointly by Te Papa and Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira at an auction in Sydney 2014. The display of the medal was unveiled and blessed last Friday by a representative of Te Papa, and was attended by descendants of Te Pahi, along with Te Papa staff.

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renters are thinking about the cold, damp state of their homes. As the occupants of these unhealthy homes, we are asking Wellington City Council to take steps now towards a Rental Warrant of Fitness,” Renters United’s Kayla Healey said. City councillors had earlier pledged to Victoria University of Wellington Student Association to ‘take all possible steps to ensure Wellington rental properties are covered by a compulsory Rental WOF within

the next council term’. “I am disappointed that so far the Rental Warrant of Fitness has not been introduced into the annual plan. Please keep your promises to all those of us who voted for you on the basis of the warrant. You have the opportunity to positively impact thousands of people in Wellington,” renter Felix Drissner-Devine said. Renters United has invited council through their submissions to begin independent

rental inspections by trained public health officers, with standards measured against the He Kainga Oranga warrant of fitness developed by Otago Public Health. Renters United believed renters should be able to request an inspection and receive a written report that they may then share with their landlords and use to enforce their rights. Renters have also requested council fund for a comprehensive advocacy service for renters.

Intersection paint job to make cycling safer By Callum Roberts, MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

New road ma rk i ngs at Hataitai’s main intersection should make cycling through it safer, Wellington City Council said. Painted outlines of bicycles called “sharrows” were added to roads across Wellington this month. They depict where cyclists should ride when safely approaching single-lane roundabouts and intersections. Hataitai Residents’ Association had previously voiced concerns over people’s safety at the intersection of Moxham Avenue and Waitoa Road. They found through a survey of about 200 residents that people did not feel safe when using the intersection. The association forwarded their findings to the council, with residents’ suggestions on how to make it safer. Association member Kathleen Logan was pleased to see

sharrows in Hataitai. “As a cyclist, I like seeing sharrows on the road, because it reminds drivers that cyclists are vehicles too and have the right to be on the road,” she said. Eastern Ward Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman had received the survey and said the inclusion of sharrows was not directly related, but should have a positive impact on intersection safety. Sharrows have been added to Wellington roads in 30 locations so far, including 30kmh zones, single-lane intersections and roundabouts. Council communications advisor Bridget Parrott said sharrows were used internationally, and had been recently adopted by council. Bridget said the markings existed for cars to consider the presence of cyclists when approaching an intersection or 30kmh zone and to encourage cyclists to take their place in traffic and away from the fringes.


New road markings called “sharrows” have been added to the intersection along Moxham Avenue and Waitoa Road as part of a city-wide rollout. PHOTO Callum Roberts

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The new Wellington organisation Renters United has implored council to consider the Rental Warrant of Fitness as part of the city’s 2017/2018 annual plan. Submissions closed last week on the plan, with Renters United disappointed to see the Rental Warrant of Fitness had not been included. Over 180 renters made submissions to Wellington City Council via Renters United on the Rental Warrant of Fitness. “As winter approaches, many

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Beat New Zealand Poets announced Local writers feature in the latest online edition of Best New Zealand Poems. The edition is now available and brought together 25 poems rich with place and vibrating with a fierce energy. Internationally acclaimed and Ockham New Zealand Book Award winners Brooklyn’s Ashleigh Young and Newtown’s Hera Lindsay Bird are among the poets who made the cut. The anthology has been published annually since 2001 by the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) at Victoria University of Wellington with support from Creative New Zealand. “Best New Zealand Poems 2016 comes with a brand new look that includes author photos and a search feature,” series editor, poet and IIML senior lecturer Chris Price said. This year’s edition represents the cream of New Zealand poetry published in 2016, as selected by poet and Arts Foundation Laureate Jenny Bornholdt. Jenny said she picked poems that “made me pause and put a book or pile of paper down, made me want to go to the bakery and buy a cream torpedo then make coffee, or put my gumboots on and go and inspect the compost—the things I do when I need to think”. Place is a key theme in this year’s selection, and the poets often find themselves transported—in both senses of the word. For example 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize winner Ashleigh is galloped away screaming on a frightened horse in her poem. “The poems themselves are as fresh as this morning’s milk. There’s never been a better time to encounter new New Zealand poetry,” Chris said.  Best New Zealand Poems 2016 can be viewed online at

Mt Vic grad wins bronze in China event

Sarah Browning won bronze at a national selection event for the 44th WorldSkills International. PHOTO: Supplied. By Emma McAuliffe

A graduate from Mount Victoria’s Yoobee is one step away from being selected for the 44th WorldSkills International event to be held in Abu Dhabi in October. Sarah Browning went to China in April to compete in the national selection event and won bronze. The competition tested information design with designing assets and an interface of a music app; advertising and display for an awareness campaign; plus group projects which meant overcoming language barriers

and communicating through design and an interpreter. Sarah said the experience was unlike anything else. “We got tested in time management and the things we had to do involved speed and accuracy in a short time frame and this would be with cameras pointing at you and people walking past. It was definitely a different sort of situation to go into and it really tested my focus,” she said. Sarah, who is now a graphic designer, said she was pleased with the bronze award and the opportunity she had to compete in a skills based field.

“I guess if you had asked me a couple of years ago if this was what I wanted to be doing I wouldn’t be so sure but getting the opportunity to do this and go to China is amazing. “Getting to represent New Zealand is really cool, especially in something I am passionate about,” she said. Since the event she has been spending 18 hours a week training in hopes of making it to the Worlds in October. “I’ve been taking up lots of training, going on different test projects, learning how to do things faster and faster. The faster you go the better it is,” she said.



Thursday May 25, 2017

Have your say on the future of Newtown

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Some of the Alpha Art Studio artists involved with the Our Town Newtown project. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe

A survey is underway to find out how people feel about Newtown. The questionnaire is a community wide introduction to the Our Town Newtown Project. The project is a collaboration between Wellington City Council, The Newtown Residents’ Association and the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre following the council’s allocation of $3.4 million to upgrade Newtown’s community facilities. Anyone and everyone who

lives in Newtown, works or uses facilities there is invited to get involved, either by filling in the survey online or in person through one of the boxes placed around the suburb. “We’re asking people what they like about Newtown and what they want to see in Newtown,” community liaison officer for Newtown, Ray Tuffin, said. As part of the survey boxes decorated by Alpha Art Studios artists have been placed around the community for people to drop off completed questionnaire. Alpha Art Studios is an art

studio and vocational space for adults with intellectual disabilities. The boxes were picked up from the studio ready for action on Monday. All of the boxes are themed around one of Newtown’s biggest attractions, the Wellington Zoo. “The Wellington Zoo has been really good to us throughout this. All of the artists got given family passes to the zoo so they’ll be stoked,” Ray said.  What would you like to see in Newtown? Let us know at




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A Safer Homes Event will be taking place this week to help people be safer where they live. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Wellington City Council have collaborated with key government and not for profit agencies to hold the inaugural event on May 26 and 27. Activities at the event would explore and highlight themes from safety around hazardous substances, earthquake preparedness, fire safety, community safety, looking after pets, safer homes for under 5s, and how to have a healthy home. “The EPA has a mandate to protect both the environment and New Zealanders from harm in relation to hazardous substances,” chief executive of the EPA, Allan Freeth, explained. “We want to actively educate New Zealanders about how to best store and use chemicals in their homes inside and outside, and we saw an opportunity to develop this public event and also invite other agencies communicating home safety messages to participate as well.” There would be a wide range of interesting and interactive displays including New Zealand Fire Service doing fire simulations, to puppies from SPCA and discussions on pet safety to CPR demonstration from Wellington Free Ambulance. Key messages on hazardous

substances would be provided by EPA, as well as information on emergency preparedness from Wellington City Council and Earthquake Commission. On Friday the Safer Homes event team would present to primary school children and secondary students, as well as tertiary students studying Early Childhood Care. A session for seniors and their carers will address the dangers in the home, and how they can mitigated. “This event is significant because its themes reflect some of the highest priorities for Wellington,” Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester said. “Resilience, safety and the health of the community underpin the way we approach decisions about the city’s future. Having the agencies responsible for policy, decisions and fi rst response in the same room means we will be able to form a complete picture of what is required and plan more effectively for the future.” The event is open to the public both days with presentations from the various participating agencies being made across the different safety themes throughout Saturday.  The free Safer Homes will be taking place at the Michael Fowler Centre on May 26 and 27 from 9.30 to 4pm on Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

Colouring for health at Kilmarnock Heights Home For Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Bob McCallum colouring for adults is more than just a craze, the hobby has aided his rehabilitation following a stroke. The adult colouring book phenomenon hit New Zealand in 2015 and remains popular today. Bob, who has lived at the Berhampore rest home for two years, says the art of colouring in has helped to steady his hands and he’s encouraging other elders to give it a go. “I had the shakes after I had a couple of strokes. I told one of the staff members [Annelize Steyn] I wanted to be able to draw again and she suggested I start with colouring in. She got me some books and I’ve been doing it every day since!” For Bob, his new hobby is about much more than colouring. It’s an illustration of his progress. “I had trouble keeping within the lines at first because I was jittery, but now I’m good at it,” Bob explains. “My left hand still shakes a bit and I’m left handed, but I use my right hand now because it doesn’t shake anymore. I do it every day and I really enjoy it.” Bob says the encouragement he receives at the home is what keeps him going. “I get a lot of encouragement here. People walk past and say ‘that’s beautiful, Bob, can you do one for me?’ so I give them to people when I’m finished with them,” says Bob. “I recommend colouring to other people who get the shakes, because it has helped me so it could help them, too.” Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Annelize Steyn says colouring doesn’t have to be a lone activity. “Bob sits with the other residents who enjoy art and craft, so he’s getting a lot more socialisation from his hobby. People stop to

The simple art of colouring has helped Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Bob McCallum to steady his shakes following a stroke.

comment on how great his colouring is.” Annelize says the recreation and activity programme at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home is guided by the Eden Alternative philosophy, which aims to provide opportunities for companionship, meaningful activity, having independence and doing things that make life worth living. “We get to know all residents individually so we can find activities that they will enjoy and that also will give meaning to their lives. It’s not about passing the time, it’s about doing things that have purpose and add something to life.” Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and specialises in rest home care.  To find out more about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call the home directly on 04 380 2034 or visit PBA

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Kilmarnock renovations underway Residents of K ilmar nock Heights Home in Berhampore are looking forward to seeing their new space in action. Earthwork recently began on the new home at the same site, set to be completed in 2018. Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Peter Johnson said he was looking forward to watching the project come to life. “It’s quite exciting seeing things happening. I’ve already called dibs on the first room that’s built,” he said. Kilmarnock Heights Home clinical nurse manager, Anna Roberts, said the development was part of what enticed her to

join the home’s staff in 2015. “I saw the plans for the expansion of Kilmarnock in the news and I thought ‘wow, that’s something I want to be a part of.’ “The residents are also amazed at the development and have been watching all the action from one of the home’s front lounges.” A carefully staged approach has meant the current Kilmarnock Heights Home would remain fully operational until the new home was opened. The purpose-built 72 bed home is expected to be completed by October 2018, with the 57 retirement apartments to

be built in the year following. The development will include a range of amenities such as a café and shop, raised bowling green, hairdressing salon, a sensory garden, cosy whanau spaces, media room and IT hub, library and large multi-purpose recreation rooms – all built around a sheltered central courtyard and surrounded by gardens. Once built, the home would embrace Enliven’s Eden Alternative philosophy of care – a holistic approach to wellbeing that provides quality clinical care as well as supporting people’s emotional, cultural and spiritual needs.

Kilmarnock Heights Home clinical nurse manager Anna Roberts and resident Peter Johnson are looking forward to seeing the new Kilmarnock Heights Home come to life. PHOTO: Supplied.

Gig organised to support children’s foundation

$2 Entry to Zealandia and Wellington Zoo Zealandia and the Wellington Zoo will be opening their doors this weekend for $2. Open Weekend is back on May 27 and 28 and people will be able to visit Zealandia and Wellington Zoo for a $2 donation per person at each attraction. The proceeds from the $2 donations will go towards Zealandia’s ongoing conservation efforts and to Wellington Zoo’s Conservation Fund that supports local and international field conservation projects to save animals in the wild. “We have such great communities here in the Wellington region and our Open Weekend is one way for us to thank everyone for their ongoing support,” said Zealandia Chief Executive, Paul Atkins. 2017 is the third year that the event will be running over two days instead of one. This provides more opportunity for families to visit both places over the weekend.

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A Strathmore Park musician has organised a gig to help a charity close to his heart. Pop musician Terry Shore coordinated the concert to help the Cloud Nine Children’s Foundation - a foundation in support of children with Asperger’s’ Syndrome. It is the first time in seven years Terry has organised a charity concert.

“Being Asperger’s myself I wanted to do a favour for children with Asperger’s and autism,” Terry explained. “Basically it’s a night of original music for charity.” Terry’s band Terry Shore and the Volunterry Band would be headlining the event with support from Rob Whelan, Ruth Mundy, Sianna Rae and the Polly Johnsen Set. He said the artists were very interested in joining him in performing

for charity. “Yes, they were all very keen for the good cause. I discovered most of them from open mic nights so it will be good to have a charity concert,” Terry said.  Song Craft, Terry Shore’s concert, will be taking place at Valhalla, 154 Vivian Street on Sunday, June 4 from 7pm. First band is on at 7.15pm. Admission is $10 on the door.

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Q: How do you feel about the Rugby Sevens leaving Wellington?

Ann Watt, Kilbirnie

John Wallaart, Newtown

“I’m quite disappointed, I’ve “It’s a bit sad.” never been but I used to work in town and a highlight was seeing all the costumes.”

Ray Gruschow, Newtown

Alan Downes, Newtown

Antony Ramloge, Newtown

“I’m not too worried. They probably had their time. There are lots of other events.”

“I think it’s a bit of a shame. We had a carnival we’re now not going to have. I think it’s a real pity we lost it.”

“It’s sucks. It’s not my world but I think the capital city should have it.”

Aagon Wills, Newtown “It’s sad. I used to go a few years ago. I don’t think Wellington wanted it. Good luck to Hamilton.”

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.

The NZ Marginalised Generation Dear Ed, Andrew Little has stooped to using the same old fake Labour housing policies of 40 years ago - they didn’t worked then, but now the young Gen IT voters are aware in that they too will be deprived of access to decent housing ownership just as the over 30 per cent of

Babyboomers were back then! Labour brings nothing new and steals the young people’s unaffordable dreams. Cr Paul Eagle the self-appointed Wellington City Council housing leader with auto email reply has no new pensioner flats for all the deprived 30 per cent of Babyboomers now retiring.

WCC rental housing is only for the many thousands of new immigrants every year and not for the aging or the young New Zealand born citizens. The failure of Little to secure more seats than Winston Peters party this election will be seen in results of a ‘Winston-spring’ where

the ‘Marginalised young’ only trust Winston. I certainly will not be voting for Eagle again after being disappointed by him opting out for a parliamentary seat when he has done absolutely nothing for the City Citizens! Martin Beck, Mornington

Have your voice heard on the Cycleway Dear Editor, We have had two days whereby we can view proposals of how we want to have The Parade, and WCC is going to put it out to the Wellington Public vote. A lot of people, when the time

comes, may say, why should I vote it is not our problem. Well I would like to say it is a problem for all Wellington people in the long run, because if the Biking enthusiasts from all the suburbs are the only

ones to vote, the Council will then use this design in all the suburbs, and believe me, you would not want that. As an elderly disabled lady, my life is in danger every time I try to alight or exit my car.

for instance, has to leave their suburb if they want to visit a bank, use a public swimming pool, visit an optician or a Winz office…. And of course in so doing they will form opinions of suburbs other than their own. That is all. Thanks to the people mentioned above. And Mr Westfold’s natural burial comments serve to remind us that NONE of us knows how long we will be around to squabble in the letters pages of the Cook Strait News! Christine Swift, Island Bay


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Gratitude Due Dear Editor, This is a very belated expression of thanks to Hector Westfold and Maureen Cope for their recent input supporting my (seemingly) unwelcome letters to Cook Strait News. Thanks people. And, as Mr Westfold rightly says, it is always wiser to comment on an issue than to attack the person raising the issue. Rose Wu in particular, seems to hold the view that only the residents of a suburb should be eligible to comment on that suburb’s issues. That is unrealistic. Anyone who lives in Island Bay,

Young Mothers cannot safely take their children, especially with more than one, from their cars. Miramar residents have had Devonshire Rd. redesigned without any consultation by WCC.

Dear Editor, About the article (CSN Mar 30) and all the letters evoked by it, notably Josie and Tim Dalman’s letter (May 18), I’ve already written that I’m against teaching French at the Newtown or any other State school before secondary level. However, the Dalmans, though right in saying French isn’t one of the languages heard in Newtown’s streets (or any others in New Zealand, I agree) seem to be implying that it shouldn’t be taught at any State schools at all. In those schools, it has been compulsory for only “professional/academic” courses; though of course English has been compulsory for all courses. As for making “indigenous” languages compulsory school subjects, take a look at the Irish Free State/ Republic, since 1921: making Gaelic compulsory as a school subject has been a flop, though public-sector bodies have to be officially bilingual. The only people who speak Gaelic as their everyday language are those in the West, who also can speak English, while all the rest, who seem to forget their Gaelic when they leave school, speak only English. Learning French as a foreign lan-

guage largely dates back to about 1650, when it had become THE language of culture, diplomacy, fashion, etc. for most of Europe, so that a knowledge of French meant a great deal to educated, aristocratic, or fashionable people. And it was also useful, in time, to such people when they visited France or its overseas colonies. It is still a world language, so that people who know both French and English can usually manage adequately when visiting any civilised country - there are usually locals who know French and/or English. This cannot be said for languages like Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, etc., even though they are very important in their own regions; but even there, a considerable number of people know French or English. So here in NZ, learning French is still very useful to our many Kiwis who travel overseas. Apart from that, being able to read great French literature in its original language is an asset. H Westfold, Miramar

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Transgressive work set to wow as theatre fundraiser By Emma McAuliffe

BATS Theatre’s annual fundraiser will be taking place at the end of this month and is set to be a reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre. White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour is being produced by BATS Theatre and co-produced by Claire O’Loughlin, Samuel Phillips and Ryan Knighton. The actors involved in the project include Keagan Carr Fransch, Ricky Dey,

White Rabbit Red Rabbit will be BATS Theatre’s annual fundraiser show this year. IMAGE: Supplied.

Moana Ete, Daniel Gamboa Salazar, Kali Kopae, Salesi Le’ota, Karin McCracken, James Nokise, Jo Randerson and Mick Rose. There would be no rehearsals, no director, a script waiting in a sealed envelope and a different actor for each performance. BATS programme manager Heather O’Carroll said the show would be “an incredible leap of faith for everyone”. “The performers are not supposed to know anything about the show before they pick up the script and the audience don’t know what to expect from the play. “It’s about trusting the spontaneity of the live experience, which is what BATS is all about. The play was also chosen as the BATS fundraiser because it epitomises the kind of work we strive to programme. “White Rabbit Red Rabbit is bold and innovative, contemporary and relevant, and engages with audiences in new and exciting ways,” she said. Heather said previous show fundraisers included Christ Almighty in 2010 and Toys in 2011. BATS Theatre will be celebrating 30 years of theatre in April 2019.  White Rabbit Red Rabbit would be on at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Mount Victoria, from May 30 to June 3 at 6.30pm and 9pm. Admission costs $22 full and $16 concession. For more information or to book head to

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Multi-units the winners in architectural awards Buildings across the southern and eastern suburbs were awarded for their architectural prowess last week. Twenty-four awards were given out across Wellington at the Wellington Architecture Awards last Wednesday, of which a number were from the local area. These included Berhampore’s Centennial Flats, the Kotuku Flats upgrade in Kilbirnie, the Wellington International Airport extension and Seatoun House. The Kotuku Flats received one of two awards for multi-unit housing. The other went to the Home of Compassion Sisters’ Housing in Island Bay. Wellington awards jury convenor Alistair Luke said Tennent + Brown Architects’ Home of Compassion Sisters’ Housing was a “charming collection of homes that employs a restrained composition of materials, with their scale and humanity articulated externally via a switching angular roof”. He said the Kotuku Flats upgrade by Opus Architecture was an

“exemplary” upgrade to a very utilitarian and dilapidated base of existing bedsit apartments in four blocks. “This is a truly outstanding example of a little being made to go a very long way in a critical housing sector.” A particular highlight for the jury this year was seeing the two projects nominated for enduring architecture awards, which are given to projects more than 25 years old that have withstood the test of time. “Both are remarkable works – and both highlight the fact that the passage of time doesn’t dull the brilliance of original design thinking,” Alistair said. Alistair was joined on this year’s jury by architects Andrew Sexton and Anne Kelly, lay juror Helen Sutch, and visiting Auckland architect Nicola Herbst. The winners of Wellington Architecture Awards are eligible for shortlisting in the New Zealand Architecture Awards, the results of which will be announced in early November.

The Kotuku Flats were among the winning buildings in Wellington. PHOTO: Supplied.

What matters to girls By Emma McAuliffe

Jordan Adam will be taking part in the Cooking Theatre. PHOTO: Supplied.

Chef looking forward to first food show talk By Emma McAuliffe

A local chef will be giving a talk at the Wellington Food Show for the first time this weekend. Jordan Adam, of Grill Meats Beer, would be giving a talk on Saturday showcasing how beer and cider could be used in cooking. The showcase would be in collaboration with Hamilton-based Good George Brewing where he would demonstrate how he could use two of their most popular brews in his recipes. Jordan said he would be creating a Japanese style dish for the main meal. “I’ll be trying to incorporate the Good George IPA. For the main dish I will be making IPA battered scallops,” he said. For dessert Jordan has made a Doris Plum Cider Cheesecake. “I tasted the cider and thought it would go well with a cheesecake,” he said.

Jordan’s has worked at Grill Meets Beer since the beginning of the year. His chef background is in raw and healthy foods. “New Zealand is so far behind in terms of health food. “People need to know what they are eating. There needs to be more health foods and more super foods,” he said. Jordan said although he has taken part in Food Shos before this it would be the first time he was presenting. “Hopefully the food show will get my name out there a bit. I think it’s just the atmosphere. It’s going to be a learning curve for me. It’s a real bucket list thing,” he said.  The Wellington Food Show will be taking place from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28. Tickets at Jordan’s showcase will be from 1.45pm to 2.30pm on Saturday at the Cooking Theatre.

An Island Bay teenager is part of an advocacy panel looking to find out what matters to Kiwi girls. GirlGuide Ranger Advocacy Panel member Alexandra Hall recently undertook the ‘What Matters To You’ survey with her fellow panel members. The idea was to find out what mattered to New Zealand girls, not just GirlGuides, between the ages of seven and 17 and who inspired them to be the best they could be. The results were published on Mother’s Day. “A lot of girls said their mother was the most inspirational woman to them so we released it on Mother’s Day,” Alexandra explained. The 16-year-old said the panel was now reviewing the survey to best understand and see how they could help girls in GirlGuides. “For example a lot of girls said they were stressed at school so we want to see how they can feel less stressed. “A lot of the main things for girls were school and body image. And then other things like global warming, domestic issues. “To help concerns with body image we have a Free Being Me Badge which helps girls feel better about their body image. It looks at how we

Alexandra Hall is part of an advocacy panel looking at what matters to New Zealand girls. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Thursday May 25, 2017


Clareburt announced in national surf team


Sport Wellington winner of ‘Governance Innovation by a Not-for-Profit’ Sport Wellington was named as winner of the ‘Governance Innovation by a Not-for-Profit’ award at the Women in Governance Awards held on May 18 in Auckland. The national Women in Governance Awards recognises and celebrates innovation, excellence, creativity and commitment to diversity by both organisations and individuals. The evening acknowledged the commitment finalists and winners have made in promoting, enhancing and supporting gender diversity in the governance space.

The ‘Governance Innovation by a Not-for-Profit’ award recognises a Not-for-Profit or Charity that has put in place programmes, initiatives or strategies that are effecting to create a more gender diverse organisation. Sport Wellington was also a finalist in the ‘Women in Governance Organisation of the Year’ category which recognises organisations that have consistently achieved outstanding performance in organisational governance and demonstrates a commitment to gender diversity.

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The ever evolving All Black machine Lewis Clareburt (left) with last year’s Junior Black Fins. PHOTO: Supplied

A Roseneath teenager will be representing New Zealand at the International Surf Rescue Challenge later this year. Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club’s Lewis Clareburt has been named a member of the open national surf lifesaving team, the Black Fins. This is the first time the 17-year-old has been part of the team and was previously part of the Junior Black Fins. The International Surf Rescue Challenge is a biennial event gathering of the world’s top lifesavers. Eight national open teams are confirmed to take part including Australia, Great Britain, South Africa, USA, Canada, France and Japan.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand sport manager Mike Lord said the event was major on the high performance campaign calendar. “It is an important part of testing our beach athletes on an international stage as part of our preparations for the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships where New Zealand will be looking to take the title for the fourth consecutive time,” he said. “The event will be the first time the Black Fins have competed in New Zealand since 2011 which is also something to look forward to.”  The International Surf Rescue Challenge would be taking place in Mount Maunganui from Thursday, November 30 until Sunday, December 1.

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?

Wellington College top boys school at swimming champs By Dave Crampton

Wellington College, again, was the top boys’ school at the North Island Secondary Schools swimming championships at Palmerston North on May 13. More than 230 swimmers descended on Freyberg Pool, with many national champions, including National Short Course triple gold medallist Jedi Morland-Janes, and Thomas Watkins who had returned from Australia representing New Zealand in the Australian Age Group championships. Thomas, 16, was up- against Hamilton’s Andrew Jeffcoat, 17, and found him tough to beat. Jedi, 15, moved up to the 15 and over category this year, but still got top three in his 200m butterfly event behind George Dorrington from Scots College, who placed top two in all his events. Ben Stirling, 14, in his first major competition since nationals in March, won the most events for the college, winning all three breaststroke events in the U15 category, which he attributed to his coach at Capital Swimming Club, Gary

Hollywood. “His motto is ‘train smart, not hard’ – he thinks everything through. He knows what he’s doing,” Ben said. While times were not great at this time of the year – none of the top Wellington College swimmers got personal bests – this competition was about placings and points. The college’s sports co-ordinator, Martin Vaughan, was pleased at this year’s results, after getting pipped for second among the boy’s schools at last year’s event. “It was a good team effort. We were very pleased – last year we got beaten by half a point by Palmerston North Boy’s High School.” The top girls’ school was Waikato Diocesan, the only school to head Wellington College, but Napier Girls’ High School, who were the top team at the championships last year, didn’t attend this year due to other sporting commitments. The nest highest ranked Wellington school was Tawa College, who was placed seventh and was the top co-ed school.

Jedi Morland-Janes in action in his 200m butterfly event. PHOTO: Dave Crampton

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