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Continued from page 1. The bags, typically made at community sewing bees using recycled cloth, are supplied to supermarkets, where people are encouraged to take them home with their groceries in them, and bring them back in upon their next visit. Co-coordinator Sarah Child said the project has been wellbacked in Wellington. “We have been holding sewing bees at the Karori Arts and Crafts Centre, usually on a Wednesday, and we also ran some at the Aro Valley


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Community Centre over the weekends,” Sarah said. “We also have take-home bundles, which have worked really well because some people don’t have time to come in to the sewing bees.” Sarah said bags would be released to smaller supermarkets in July, with plans to go bigger in the following months. “We’re hoping to have 1,000 by July. So it’s just a starting point.” She sa id t he i n it iat ive achieves two things at once.

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Local meatworks Taylor Preston Limited seized the chance to expand their export, after trading between New Zealand and Iran was reopened after almost 20 years of sanctions. With up to 880 employees during the peak season, Taylor Preston is one of the largest employers in the region. Bruce Shelley, chief financial officer, said Taylor Preston had quadrupled in the last 26 years and had grown into a beautiful business. “We are selling about 1.3 million sheep and 50.000 cattle each year. New Zealand’s demand for prime meat is high, but we also export to about 50 countries around the world,” Bruce said. The meatworks has to meet halal standards when delivering meat to Iran and other Muslim countries. “Halal means we have to cut the animal’s throat. A Muslim butcher is present and speaks a

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Residents send unanimous message: ‘We want our mall – finally!’

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By Julia Czerwonatis

About 150 residents turned up last Wednesday night to Greg O’Connor’s meeting regarding the Johnsonville Mall redevelopment that has been anticipated for years. The Labour candidate for Ohariu had invited the northern community to inform about current developments and to give people a chance to speak up. The residents’ message was clear: “Hurry up and get it done, or find somebody else to do it!” Mr O’Connor said the purpose of the meeting wasn’t to make anything worse but to approach the subject positively

and bring it forward. “I know you are frustrated and it has been noted,” Mr O’Connor said. “The mall should be the beating heart of our community, but it has been on life support for too long.” The redevelopment was first proposed in late 2004. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester unravelled the process from the council’s point of view, naming an opposition of residents, council assessments, the global financial crises, and a failed business transaction with potential tenant Farmers. However, traction was back in place now, Mr Lester said. “We [the city council] try to make it as easy as possible for Stride. I’m absolutely confident

that we will get a new mall.” Stride Property Ltd received a resource consent in January and are currently securing tenancy for the new mall. “Our position has always been that any commitment to proceed with the redevelopment will be subject to commercial feasibility, securing relevant approvals and achieving leasing pre-commitment targets,” Rachel Wallace, centre manager, said in an official statement. Life Pharmacy owner Dori Chin emphasised the mall tenants needed support from the community. “We are doing our best as tenants; we are all locals and want the development to happen.

The bloody death of a little blue penguin on Wellington’s waterfront last Thursday night serves as a salutary warning for people who have dogs: keep your dog on a leash. That is the message from Wellington City Councillor Peter Gilberd, who holds the council’s Natural Environ-

ment Portfolio. “This was a really sad and unfortunate incident – it’s a stark reminder of the need to keep all dogs on a leash, especially in our coastal areas. “A lot of people wouldn’t realise that we have little blue penguins roosting right in the middle of Wellington – but it’s a happy fact of life.

“Unfortunately most dogs will naturally see a little blue penguin as prey – and if a dog is off-leash then it’ll kill a penguin in a couple of seconds, before anybody can do anything,” Mr Gilberd said. “People should use the city’s dog parks to provide off-leash exercise.” Mr Gilberd said the identity

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But we need the community to back us,” Dori said. The redevelopment would provide 900 carparks, including 200 council spaces which would be available to the general public from 6am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. Since the new mall would occupy the whole site, transport facilities would be moved to the surrounding streets. The community will be able to give feedback on three options for the location of bus stops in June. Mr Lester and Mr O’Connor will meet with Stride in June to discuss last week’s meeting. Neither the council nor Stride can currently provide a definite timeline for the redevelopment.

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Kiwis need to improve their safe chemical disposal, said Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). A recent EPA survey showed one in three Wellingtonians don’t take any action to minimise their environmental impact when disposing of or using chemicals outdoors. “Chemicals, or their runoff, poured down stormwater drains can end up in our waterways. This can impact marine life by encouraging algae growth and reducing oxygen levels for fish and other organisms,” Allan Freeth, EPA chief executive, said. EPA hosts an exhibition at the Michael Fowler Centre, Friday and Saturday, May 26-27. Entry is free and doors open at 9.30am on Friday and at 10am on Saturday.

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of the person with the dog was unknown. “In theory the city council or DoC could prosecute the owner if they were identified, but I think it is very important for the community to know why dogs should be on leashes, to stop this kind of thing happening in the first place.”

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Students and teachers spared no effort dressing up as their favourite literature heroes or heroines at last week’s Wadestown School book fair. A colourful mélange with magical Harry Potters, light-footed elves, grinning Cats in the Hat, and terrifying Captain Hooks assembled in the school yard last Friday to celebrate the highlight of their week-long book fair. “We encourage our students to recreational reading,” Derek Piper, the school’s librarian, said. “It’s one of the keys to getting students engaged in education.” Derek has been the librarian for seven years and loves that he gets to know all of the students and read stories to them. “The school is well committed to literature and has a great collection of books.”

Sienna practices her witchcraft as a Hogwarts student, while Elisa and Em came in cuddly animal costumes.

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Newlands College students are rocking the stage with their new musical production Rock of Ages. Reviving the 80s glam-rock area, the school got a massive collaboration including 250 people going, and now invites their classmates, parents and community friends to see the show. “The production is an epic example of me whakamatau,” Jerome Cargill, musical director and Newlands College teacher, said. Lead actors are Kiya Basabas (16), Kyran Van Asch (18) and Senuka Sudusinghe (15). Kyran said he was excited about the upcoming shows. He is playing,

Drew, a rockstar living in Los Angeles who wants to become famous and falls for wannabe actress Sherrie. “One of the coolest things will be the live band,” Kiya, who is playing Sherrie, said. Sherrie has a crush on rockstar Stacee, who is too preoccupied with his own ego to really notice Sherrie. “It took me a while to convincingly adapt the asshole manner from my character Stacee,” Senuka explained. “But now, when I’m on stage, I’m just Stacee and he is a really confident guy.” Everlasting tunes like Don’t stop believing, The Final Countdown, and I wanna rock accompany the story of Sherrie, Drew, and

Stacee. Kiya said the songs they were awesome. “The idea of the show is to dismiss the stigma of 80s music being trashy but to elevate and celebrate it,” Kiya explained. All three students said they thoroughly enjoyed being involved with Rock of Ages and want to be involved with music and acting productions in the future. “My mum used to be big in musical shows and has been supporting me through the auditioning and the rehearsals,” Kyran said.  The shows will be held Wednesday to Friday, June 30 to May 2, starting 7pm. Tickets cost $10 for students, and $15 for adults.

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Political figures visit Katherine Mansfield House Representatives of world powers agree on one thing: Katherine Mansfield is a Wellington-born writer of international significance. The wife of the Chinese Premier, Madame Cheng, visited the house during the premier’s recent visit. A literary academic herself, she was accompanied by Mary English, wife of New Zealand’s Prime Minister, and the wife of the Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand, Madame Yang Pengbo. Madame Cheng displayed

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a well-developed appreciation and understanding of Mansfield, whose work was translated into Chinese in the 1920s, remains well read there. The Russian Ambassador to New Zealand, Mr Valery Yakolevich Tereshchenko opened the current exhibition Katherine Mansfield’s Russian Dream and said it was a fascinating exploration on the profound influence Russian writing and culture had on her. The Katherine Mansfield House and Garden is open

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Onslow College students invited fellow students, teachers and people from the community to their Vegetarian and Vegan Food Fair last Friday. With homemade roasted cauliflower-chickpea salads, creamy risotto, artisan sushi and delicious lemon-coconutraspberry slices students Grace Carr, Laila Smith, Tevtia Hempel, Lise Jansen-Luke, and Lilly Moss-Baker proved that vegetarian food could taste good. “We want to encourage considering a different sort of diet,” Grace explained. “We want to break the stereotype of vegan and vegetarian food.” Grace said she felt better about eating no meat. “The dairy industry has a large

impact on our environment, especially with the methane gases that cows emit. “Students should be pushing for a healthier and more sustainable environment in New Zealand. Not eating meat is one way to make a difference,” Grace stated. Students could choose where proceeds from the fair were going to, having the choice between Forest & Bird, an environmental organisation, and Black Sheep animal welfare organisation, or Generation Zero, who work for climate change awareness. Teacher Hamish McWilliam supervised this year’s food fair that he had launched last year. “We have a great team of students running the event this year, and they seem to love it,” Hamish said.

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Standing up against bullying By Julia Czerwonatis

wear pink. Over 1000 schools, workplaces and community groups had registered for Pink Shirt Day in New Zealand this year, and organised discos and fun runs, morning teas and award ceremonies. Mental Health Foundation Chief Executive Shaun Robinson said the high registration numbers this Pink Shirt Day showed New Zealanders are saying no to bullying and yes to kindness. “New Zealand’s diversity should be celebrated. Everyone deserves to feel safe, valued and respected, but bullying is a significant problem in our country.”

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Kiwis around the country dressed up in pink last Friday to celebrate Pink Shirt Day and speak up against bullying. Students from Newlands College showed up with pink tutus, wigs, unicorn costumes and even teachers weren’t shy to show off pink glitter belts and shiny pink ties. “The Pink Shirt Day shows a lot of unity. Homophobia shouldn’t have a place in schools,” Charlotte Earle, Newlands student, said. “Things should not be gender biased anymore,” Janhavi Gosavi added. Newlands teacher Jerome Cargill

said bullying had to be addressed where it arises. “Bullying is probably happening everywhere, and we have to call it what it is. The schools’ responsibility is to enable their students to speak up.” Jerome explained that people needed to understand how harmful words and gestures can be – even the smallest comments. The Pink Shirt Day was initiated by two Canadian students in 2007. A Year 9 student showed up in a pink polo shirt on his first day at school and was harassed by classmates. David Shepherd and Travis Price took a stand against homophobic bullying and mobilised their entire school to

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Charlotte Earle, Rachael Wilson, Janhavi Gosavi, Mitchell Laws, Dylan Jones, and Caylimm Radford are dressing up to raise awareness against homophobia and bullying. PHOTO: JULIA CZERWONATIS

Architect Award for Ngaio residential By Julia Czerwonatis

A range of successful architecture projects from regional designers were awarded at the annual Wellington Architecture Awards, held at Amokura Gallery in Te Papa Tongarewa, on May 17. Eight awards were given this year across three housing categories, with Thorndon based Foundation Architects Ltd winning for a Ngaio residential design. Foundation architect Arindam Sen said it was a privilege to receive the award and that he felt honoured to be recognised by their peers. The Awarua Street Residence

in Ngaio was a clever response to Wellington’s sometimes challenging topography. “The property is based on a slope, so we had either the choice to build the house on poles or dig into the slope. We decided to step up,” Arindam explained. Arindam said that their client approached them with a sketch for the house design planning an internal courtyard. “As we studied the ground we realised it wasn’t large enough for that however, we designed a courtyard element with three walls instead of four surrounding it.” Alistair Luke, was one of the Wellington awards jury con-

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venors, and commented on the Awarua Street Residence design: “Thoughtfully wrapped around a private outdoor court this compact infill home on a quintessential Wellington hillside site steps assuredly over three terraces tailored neatly to the underlying topography.” Alistair was joined on this year’s jury by Wellington architects Andrew Sexton and Anne Kelly, lay juror Helen Sutch, and visiting Auckland architect Nicola Herbst, awarding 24 projects in total. The winners are eligible for shortlisting in the New Zealand Architecture Awards, which will be announced in early November.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Have you ever stood up for someone who was being bullied?

Peter Dunshea, Khandallah “I never had the occasion to but I think it’s important.”

Salem Pithio, Newlands “No, I didn’t, but it’s definitely important to help others.”

Federica Possidente, Paparangi “Yeah, I did. It’s just not right when people bully others.”

Ngawhare Penehawhakatutu, Johnsonville “Yes, I stood up for someone who was suicidal due to bullying; thankfully she is still with us today. It’s a very national thing these days.”

Pip Bedford, Johnsonville “Yes I did, at work.”

Rory More, Khandallah “Not to physical bullying like in the movies but I stood up to emotional bullying which is more common, I think.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a house in Dominion Park Street was entered although the means of entry are not known. The property had been left locked and secure and there is no sign of force used. Most of the house was searched and a washing bin and a bag are missing and probably used to take away the stolen items. The list of items taken is not yet complete but it is known that a laptop computer,

a TV, four watches including a high value Omega watch, a media player and a jewellery box and contents were taken. A window at the Keith Spry Pool in Frankmoore Avenue was smashed. A male entered a service station in Johnsonville Road and with limited cash tried to buy several food items. He eventually settled on buying a pie which he paid for but then tried to leave the

shop with protein and chocolate bars which he could not pay for. When the assistant called the Police he handed back these items and left before Police arrived. In Newlands a red Holden Commodore saloon parked overnight on the street in Dress Circle had its front right side window smashed. No entry into the vehicle was gained. A black Holden Commodore saloon parked locked and




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include an iPad, a laptop computer with charger and power cords, a flat screen TV, and the undisclosed contents of a small cash box. In Crofton Downs a bicycle placed near the front door of a house in Silverstream Road was stolen. The bicycle was not secured. The thief must have entered the property in order to see the bicycle because it could not be seen from the road.

Top art show in town Wellington’s TSB Arena will come alive over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, with around 3,000 artworks by 250 New Zealand artists in the 2017 NZ Art Show, the largest curated art sale in the country. The show takes place June 2-5. The majority of the artists reside in New Zealand, from Kaikohe in the North, to Dunedin in the South, while two of the artists currently reside in Australia, expats who have exhibited in the show for a number of years before moving to the other side of the Tasman.

“We’re really excited about the range and quality of the art that will be presented this year,” Carla Russell, executive director, said. In addition to the art exhibition, visitors can attend an interactive art projects, watch artists doing their work in a live demonstration, or purchase a new piece for the home collection at an auction. The show will be held in the TSB Arena, June 2 – 5, daily from 10am. Tickets cost $10 for adults, children get free entry.



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University big winner at book awards By Emma McAuliffe

Victoria University Press had a successful stint at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards earlier this month, winning all five categories it was nominated in. The publishers won awards in fiction for The Wish Child by Catherine Chidgey, non-fiction for My Father’s Island by Adam Dudding and Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young and poetry for Hera Lindsay Bird by Hera Lindsay Bird and Fits and Starts by Andrew Johnston. Cather ine won the Acor n Foundation Fiction Prize worth $50,000. Publisher, Fergus Barrowman said he was very pleased with the results. “Having worked with these writers, in some cases for many years, I know that none of these were quick or easy books to write. “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to publish them and it’s a big thrill to see them receive this deserved public recognition,” he said. Catherine, Ashleigh and Hera are Victoria University alumni and are also recipients of Victoria’s International Institute of Modern Letters Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing. As well as winning the Best


Non-Fiction category, but I just want to be able to read without feeling the Ashleigh also edited three of the winning pressure to comment on books for Victoria everything,” Ashleigh said. The Ockham New ZeaUniversity Press: land Book Awards are New The Wish Child, Zealand’s premier literary Hera Lindsay Bird honours for works written by and My Father’s New Zealanders and are supIsland. ported by Ockham Residential, She said she was Creative New Zealand, The surprised by her Acorn Foundation, Book Tokens win. (NZ) Ltd and the Royal Society “It’s amazing. Te Aparangi. We weren’t expecting to do as well as we did. I had not been expecting to win at all. “There are usually a couple of books shortlisted in the non-fiction section that are a little more leftfield but they never win. It’s really affirming to win,” she said. Ash leigh sa id she hoped to use her prize money to take time off to write. “I want to finish work on my new poetry book. I need some time and space away to write. “I also really want to Ashleigh Young was a winner at the read. It’s really won- Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. derful to hear writers PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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This week the Independent Herald talked to Gillian Mills who is an independent chartered accountant. Gillian is also the mother of two teenage girls and Pippin leader at the Johnsonville GirlGuiding group. The SubUrban co-worker told us how she manages to maintain a work-life-balance and why GirlGuiding teaches little girls essential skills for their future. Why didn’t you want to give up your profession?

After I had my girls I was working part-time in town, but with all this driving back and forth, parking in town, and all that I just didn't make any money. So I ended up wondering why I was doing this and where is this going. I knew I enjoyed being an accountant and I wanted to maintain it. However, it’s a lot of pressure; you can’t be the best employer and a full-time mum. I needed a different work-lifebalance, and so I started my own business.

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You worked full-time as an accountant for different companies before having children. What happened then?


I know a few mums who did that, but I love my job. You have to undergo a lot of training and achieve various requirements to become an accountant. If you give it up for your family, you give up quite a lot, and so I wanted to find a way to be both: a mother and an accountant.

How did you start your business mg accountant?

I was able to get a couple of clients in the early days who gave me the confidence to do it. Then I approached a woman who had an accountancy business in place. She was amazing, and she became my tutor. The New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants has a process in place if you want to run your own accountancy

business. They make sure you have enough support around you. My friends and family backed me the entire time and reassured me that I could do it. It was a process that I eased into.

When did GirlGuiding come into play?

When my oldest girl was about five, she was invited to come along to the Pippins which are the year five to six GirlGuides. As all volunteering organisations, they were looking for help. I instantly could see that this was a really good thing and I was drawn to supporting it.

What do you think is good about GirlGuiding?

They are offering a different social interaction than the girls might get at school or home. It is non-competitive, an out of school environment, the girls get to meet different kinds of people,

and the experiences they get are so wonderful. Since I have girls I know, it’s good for them to just be themselves and not be under pressure of imaging, not having to worry about what the world thinks about them. It advocates girls to grow confidence. I’m keen to encourage girls to have a voice and be aware that they are awesome.

So are you satisfied with how things have worked out?

My work-life-balance is fabulous. I’m incredibly lucky with what I have. I love doing accounting, being a guide and supporting my girls as they grow up. Both my girls have made huge progress and achieved a lot of wonderful things with the GirlGuides, and my oldest daughter is a leader now too. We can talk about leading as she has a different kind of skill set, which is wonderful.

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Research calls for former Terrace tenants By Julia Czerwonatis

Victoria University of Wellington has launched a research project, conducted by historian Kate Jordan, to unravel the history of the Gordon Wilson Flats on The Terrace. “We want to find out who used to live in the flats. The block style of the flats is very unusual for Wellington. It would be interesting to know if there was a sense of community for example,” Kate explained. The flats, named after a former government architect, were completed as a residential building in 1959. “When the flats were opened the bottom floor of 12 bed-sits was

reserved for single women between 40 and 55, due to pressure from professional women’s groups,” Kate said. “There was a lack of suitable, affordable accommodation for these women – the government received 240 applications for the 12 bed-sits. “There were problems with the gas heaters almost immediately – one woman had a heater explode in her face. “ Through her research Kate has also found out that in October 1962 heavy rain caused a mudslide down the hill at the back of the property, flooding the basement with silt. In 1998, a man was arrested for

brandishing an imitation gun, which resulted in an armed offenders squad alert. The Gordon Wilson Flats were used for social housing until 2012. Housing New Zealand deemed it an earthquake risk, and tenants were given seven days notice to move out. “The future of the flats is currently unknown,” Kate said. “The university bought the flats in 2014 and applied to remove them from the District Plan’s heritage list.” In April 2016, the Wellington City Council approved the rezoning of the flats, allowing Victoria to demolish the building; however, the Architecture Centre lodged an

appeal against this decision. Kate is reaching out to Wellingtonians who used to live in the Gordon Wilson Flats. “We are looking for all sorts of stories, both the good and the bad,” she said.

“We want to know what life was like over the flats’ 53 years in use – there’s still plenty of history to be told.”  To contact Kate email Kate.

Onslow student attends Sydney science camp By Julia Czerwonatis

Emma Hogan from Onslow College is one of six New Zealand students who have been selected by the Royal Society Te Aparangi to attend the Harry Messels International Science School in Sydney, Australia. “The camp will focus on future technology,” Emma said. Her favourite field is computer programming. “I like thinking about what is going to be important in the future,” she explained. The International Science School is a biennial science school. The two-week camp which will include a range of activities including lectures by

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TO FILL TRUSTEE VACANCIES Corner of Main Road In accordance withStreets, clause 15 Wainuiomata of their Trust Deed, and Moohan

the Johnsonville Charitable Trust advise that a meeting of the Trustees will be held on Tuesday 27 June 2017 for the express purpose of considering nominations and electing two Trustees. Members of the public who are ordinarily resident in the Trust’s designated areas may nominate cover for three months starting suitable candidates to fill Trustee vacancies. mid August. This role is 30 hours Nominations must be signed by two residents Situation Vacant a week working on Mondays, of the Trust’s designated areas, and the nominee. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Retiring Trustees are eligible for nomination and re-election. Nominations must be received by the Fridays. Trust before 4.00pm on Friday 16 June 2017 Main tasks include advert design Only persons ordinarily resident in the and some page layout. designated area shall be eligible for nomination, and they must be able to provide evidence of Must be proficient in their residential status. The Trustees may wish • Indesign to interview nominees prior to or on the day • Photoshop of the meeting. • Adobe Acrobat The current designated areas of the Trust are: Johnsonville, Newlands, Churton Park, We are looking for a team player, who Paparangi, Broadmeadows, Grenada Village, is hard working and ready to get their Grenada North, Woodridge and Glenside. creative juices flowing. Nominations are to be addressed to: The Secretary If this sounds like you, send your CV and cover letter to: Johnsonville Charitable Trust PO Box 13072 Stephan van Rensburg Johnsonville 6440

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Living the sports lover’s dream This week must have been heaven for sports fans. Monday started early for me, watching Team New Zealand compete in the America’s Cup off Bermuda and Kiwi Scott Dixon start on pole at the Indianapolis 500. Say what you want about fat cats and their yachts, this America’s Cup A solid racing is exhilarating to watch. The high speeds, intense tactics and short-timed racing make it perfect 21st century sports viewing for the easily distracted fan. Dixon’s crash, while a shame, was a testament to the safety equipment in the car. He walked away after being airborne at 350kph. Wednesday night is Origin night and if you’re a Queensland fan, you’re probably more excited about it than if you support the baby blue. The NBA finals start with the third consecutive finals series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden Applications are available at our recruitment office or at the security gate based in the Ngauranga George in Wellington. Contact Barry 472 7987 or 021 276 6654.

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State Warriors. It’s the best basketball on the planet. Watch LeBron James go into beast mode for the Cavs and Kevin Durant look for that elusive title he came to Golden State to win. The best movies are trilogies and this sporting clash will be no different. Add into that a Crusaders v Highlanders Super Rugby clash on Saturday night which pits the two best teams against each other, the start of the British and Irish Lions tour this weekend and cricket’s Champions Trophy beginning in England and the sports lover is spoilt for choice. How many matches can the Lions win on their month long tour? They’ll be lucky to win 40 per cent in my view. What a smorgasbord of sport to get excited about.

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