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Tuatara coming of age By Julia Czerwonatis

For the last seven years, half a dozen tuatara have lived in the shelter of their nursery in the Karori Bird Sanctuary Zealandia – but last Thursday the juveniles were finally released into the bush. “This is a special event for us,” Danielle Shanahan, Zealandia’s manager of conservation, said. “This is a coming of age – not only for the tuatara but also for us in Zealandia.” Continued on page 2. Sue Keall from the School of Biological Sciences, from Victoria University of Wellington, releases a tuatara in the Zealandia bush. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Zealandia releases juvenile tuatara into the bush Continued from page 1. The sanctuary had started the tuatara nursery without knowing how well the reptiles would develop, Danielle explained. The releasing of the tuatara last week was a success for the project. Zealandia’s Youth Ambassadors, Taranaki Whanui, the local Iwi, students from St Brigid’s School in Johnsonville as well as volunteers and Zealandia supporters made their way up the Round the Lake track through the bush to the Heritage Lawn where each of the six tuatara were released individually. Danielle said Wellingtonias who supported Zealandia were essential for the sanctuary. “We have over 580 volunteers working here, which is amazing.” They were also collaborating with the Victoria University of Wellington, that assisted the sanctuary with “cutting edge research”, Danielle said. “The Department of Con-

servation is another important partner for us.” The Zealandia team had prepared little nests for the juveniles to help them get used to their new home. “It will take them some time to get settled,” Danielle explained. “They have been living in the nursery for a long time, and this is a completely new environment for them.” The adult tuatara, marked with beads on their back, were initially released a few years back and were breeding successfully, Danielle said. “On our last count, we had evidence that there are over 100 tuatara in the enclosure. That makes us confident that the juveniles will do well outside the nursery.” Tuatara are endemic to New Zealand. Their name derives from Maori language and means “peaks on the back” which refers to the spiny crest along their back. “Tuatara can get to over 100 years old,” Danielle said.

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The Bird Rehabilitation Centre in Ohariu Valley is aloud with ducklings twittering at the moment as three have been rescued by Wellingtonians within the last week. “Heading into winter this is highly unusual,” Craig Shepherd, manager of the Bird Rehabilitation Centre, said. “The first one came from a big burly bloke who is working on the Transmission Gulley project.” The second duckling was brought in from a family in Otaki. The husband spotted it scurrying across the drive while the wife and their daughter Lisa spent the morning delivering it the rehab centre. The third duckling was coming in last Wednesday from a lady in the Hutt. “It just blew our minds,” Courtenay Thomas from the rehab centre said.

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Artists wanted for non-profit exhibition By Julia Czerwonatis

Emma would like to make the discussion over mental health issues more accessible with her art exhibition. PHOTO: Supplied

Karori resident and music therapy graduate Emma Johnson is launching a not for profit art exhibition approaching the topic of mental health issues. “The idea is to get people together that create or have created some piece of art during episodes of mental disorders,” Emma explained. Emma is looking for contributors of all ages

and cultures, “so that we can have a more well-rounded view of work”, she said. The exhibits from people who have joined the project range from pottery, music, and paintings to graphic designs, short stories, and poetry. “Contributors are welcome to submit whatever they like; there are no regulations. People don’t have to consider themselves to be artists to join the project.” The 27-year-old explained that she wanted to create more

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awareness for mental health issues and inspire people to talk about it. “It affects everybody somewhere at some point,” Emma said. She wrote her Master sthesis about mental health issues and is currently working in the sector. The exhibition is set to open at the end of the month. A venue is yet to be confirmed.  If you are interested to contribute, email Emma at

For her Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Year 8 Remarkable Time project, Marsden student Grace Cinque has organised a rubbish collection competition designed to clean up Northland Bush. She has developed the entire project on her own and is being supported by the Wellington City Council and Zealandia. She is now inviting Northland residents to come along at the James Stellin Memorial Park, on Sunday, June 11 at 2pm to join her rubbish collection competition. The first prize is a family pass for Zealandia.

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Concert Arena supported Wellington’s plans for a major regional concert arena are moving ahead, following a unanimous vote of the region’s Mayors, Wellington Regional Strategy Committee chair Justin Lester said. Currently Wellington region ratepayers contribute to a regional stadium levy in excess of $2 million per annum which helped fund Westpac Stadium. The region’s councils will consider whether that money can instead be used in the future to support a new regional arena. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said the need for such an arena was obvious. “Wellington might not have been able to afford a major new arena on our own, but with financial support from the rest of the region we’re much more likely to get this across the line.”

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Students from Raroa Normal Intermediate School won the People’s Choice Award at the Roxy5 Short Film Competition with their short film production Home Sweet Home. The film a boy, played by student Artem Marksimov, walks home after a long and catches the elevator to his apartment. “My character is just exhausted and wants to get home. But he has to overcome a few crazy obstacles in the elevator to get there,” Artem said. “It’s about stuff in everyday life that causes anxieties and stops you from having fun.” Student Lily Cave who was also involved in the production said the team couldn’t have been a better one. “We started off with a brainstorm and had so many random ideas. We tried to include as many as we could but didn’t want to get too chaotic,” Lily said. The students had to fight some obstacles, too, as one of their main actors dropped out, the elevator broke down, and their school camera didn’t work. “We used an iPad instead.

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For one scene we mounted it to a skateboard for a smoother motion,” Lily explained. Artem said they had to shoot a few difficult scenes including a scene with the principal’s dog Em and another scene “where we were five people on the elevator but in the movie you can only see three which was quite tricky”, Artem said. Roxy5 is an annual short film

competition for school students Years 7 to 13, presented by Capital E and Miramar Creative Ltd. Students from across the greater Wellington region are challenged to create their own five-minute-film. Twenty-six intermediates and colleges entered the competition this year. The Raroa production crew won a day-long guided tour with


The Churton Park Toastmaster Club will hold a free seminar teaching people what to do in cases of emergency. Lessons learned from earthquakes and tsunamis have shown that a community can be cut-off from outside help for up to three weeks. The presentation will explain how families and communities can prepare for disasters. The session will be held at the Churton Park Community Centre, Thursday June 15, from 7.30-9.30pm.

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Ramadan celebrations unite growing Muslim community By Meriana Johnsen MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

As the clock struck 5.05pm on Sunday, over 100 Wellington Muslims came together for prayer, speeches and a feast in celebration of breaking fast. The Grand Iftar celebration was held at the Wellington Bridge Club, where the Newlands Muslim community gathered to break fast on the seventh day of Ramadan. Ramadan is a month-long religious tradition observed by the Muslim community where they do not drink or eat between sunrise and sunset. Trustee of Al-Ameen, a New Zealand Islamic charity trust, Ida Saidon said Ramadan was much more than overcoming hunger but a time for selfreflection and appreciation. “It’s about purification – not just about controlling hunger, it’s about controlling egos. “We do a lot of self-reflection. It’s the month to look to the past and forgive,” she said. The fast was broken with a selection of Turkish, Syrian and Egyptian sweets followed by the Maghrib prayer, which takes place at sunset. The feast that followed re-

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flected the many ethnicities represented in the Newlands Muslim community, with Indonesian beef rendang and Indian Chicken biryani cuisine for mains. Seventeen-year-old Ahmad Fachri’s rousing speech addressing racist generalisations about the Muslim community was met with high praise by the Indonesian Ambassador Tantowi Yahya. Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Ergin was also recognised as a distinguished guest. After the final of the five prayers, everyone gathered

stayed for the reading of a chapter from the Koran. During Ramadan, Muslims are encouraged to finish all 30 chapters, called sura, of the Koran. Al-Ameen is a charity trust that aims to provide a space for young Muslims in the community to learn the religion. Al-Ameen trustee Herni Zunita represents the women’s views on the board, alongside with Ida. Herni has two sons aged 11 and 16. “What brings us together is that we are immigrants. This is our family, we want to see our

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MECHANICAL Northern food rescue charity aims to expand REPAIRS By Julia Czerwonatis

In a depot out on an industrial site in Grenada North banana boxes full of clothing, linen, school supplies, shoes and furniture pile up to the ceiling. The goods are given away for free to families and people in need thanks to Tracy Wellington and her charity Kiwi Community Assistance (KCA). KCA collects donated goods and food, and distributes them to 62 front line charities from the region. Five and a half years ago Tracy and her husband Phil started the charity from their double garage in Tawa. “Who would have believed that what we offered would grow so much that last year we assisted over 43,000 people in the greater Wellington region through 62 partner agencies from Porirua to Upper Hutt and through Wellington city to Miramar,” Tracy said.

KCA volunteers drive out in the morning for food rescue trips from Churton Park New World, Rosa Foods, the Johnsonville School Weekend Farmer’s Market and many more – most of the food is redistributed the same day. People also send individual donations to stock up the KCA distribution hub. “In this financial year we have distributed over 125 tons of food in 9,457 banana boxes. “Our daily average distribution of food was 342.5 kilos per day,” Tracy said she works seven days a week for KCA. After KCA couldn’t keep up with the cleaning of its crates as their water blaster had stopped working, the Wellington City Council and Tawa Community Board gifted a new commercial water blaster to the charity. “We have a long waiting list of agencies wanting us to assist their

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Classroom podcast launched at Raroa School By Julia Czerwonatis

Students from Raroa Intermediate Normal School in Johnson-

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Radio Raroa would publish a new episode every week “to inform, entertain or persuade other students”, Chris Johnston,

The Radio Raroa team at their launch party last week. PHOTO: Supplied

Raroa Intermediate Normal School teacher and project coordinator, explained. Chris had initiated the idea last term, going on field trips to various radio stations with his Year 7 and 8 students and teaching essentials for creating a classroom podcast. “We are operating in several stages, and everyone has different roles” Connor Haywood, Radia Raroa podcaster, explained. In the first stage, students are pitching their ideas for a story. A committee decides which stories, delivered from a pool of writers, they want to include in the next podcast. “Then we produce, record, and edit the podcast,” Connor said. Chris and his students developed a roaster so that students take turns with the different tasks. Jenna Murrey, Radio Raroa podcaster, said coming up with original ideas could be tricky. “We want to keep up with the trends,” she said.

For their launch party last week the team had invited teachers, families and friends to hear their first release and to celebrate the project. “We had something between 60 and 70 guests and a massive cake,” Isabella Revell said. For their latest episode School live, they recorded a whole bunch of stories about the school including issues with bullying, Rebecca Moon explained. “It is fun to be creative and knowing that people listen to our stories,” Rebecca said. Chris explained the project was still growing and that the students would learn more skills as they produce more episodes. “We aim to expand RadiaoRaroa eventually and perhaps collaborate with other schools,” Chris said. The project was teaching transferable skills which would be essential in the modern day work life, he explained.  Radio Raroa are on iTunes, and also have their own website

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Black Confetti reveals insides of young Kiwis’ lives By Julia Czerwonatis

The New Zealand drama school Toi Whakaari has announced their term 2 productions, Black Confetti and The Antigone Sound, featuring graduating third-year actors collaborating with staff, students and graduates of the school. Black Confetti by Eli Kent was originally commissioned for Auckland Theatre Company and premiered at the Herald Theatre in 2012. In this version, the piece has been expanded with additional material added by director Leo Gene Peters, Leon Wadham and the cast. Joe Witkowski from Khandallah is a third-year student and will star as Siggy in the play. “My character is a scrubby individual who has good intentions but who hasn’t much

to offer as a friend. He enjoys other people’s company while he keeps on pushing them away when they get too close to him,” Joe explained. Black Confetti focuses on the question of youth and consequences. “The show is about relationships between young New Zealanders and how they deal with the culture of drug abuse,” Joe said. Situated within Wellington’s party scene, where hipsters yearn for significance, trying to make meaning out of their disaffected world, the play celebrates the ridiculous lengths people go to belong, to be cool, to be loved or even admired. Joe said working with director Leo Gene Peters was wonderful. “He respects what people bring to the table. We bounce ideas off each other without establishing a hierarchy.” The 21-year-old will graduate

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Sara from Sustainable Coastlines looks forward to plant trees in Trelissick Park Group coming Sunday. PHOTO: Supplied By Julia Czerwonatis

The Trelissick Park is due to become a greener place with the Trelissick Park Group and Sustainable Coastlines launching a tree planting day coming Sunday. The Trelissick Park Group is an ongoing project run by volunteers from the neighbourhood that clean up their local park. They have collaborated with award winning charity Sustainable Coastlines that works together with Kiwis around the country to remove rubbish from the cost and plant alongside waterways. The lower part of Trelissick Park used to be farmed back in the 1800s which still caused a lot of disturbances, Peter Reimann, chairman of the Trelissick Park Group, explained. Upgrades from the railway line that is running along the

outskirts of the park and people that dumb their waste can also pollute Trelissick. “We’re also concerned about sewage leaks that run into the Kaiwharawhara Stream. The stream is full of sediments,” Peter said. Since the group was first established in 1991, its volunteers have planted over 90,000 new bushes, trees and flowers. “We have done quite a lot of work, and the park has improved, yet it still has a lot of problems,” Peter said. The upcoming planting at Trelissick Park is the first of a series of tree planting activities Sustainable Coastlines is running this winter as part of their nationwide tour.  Sustainable Coastlines is inviting volunteers to come around Sunday June11. Find out more on or facebook. com/TrelissickParkGroup.

from Toi Whakaari this year and would probably move to Auckland to pursue his career, he said. Joe said the most interesting part of his final live performance would be the audience interaction. “It’s far beyond the traditional sort of audience interaction,” he said. “We have been practising it a lot, and I’m curious to see how it will work out.”  Black Confetti will be staged from June 10-21 at Toi Whakaari, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown. Times vary. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for concessions, $5 standby tickets are available, June 13 is student night with tickets for $5. To book go on

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Jacquie Reece, CBD “The cool clothes.”

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Setting straight rest home misconceptions Cashmere Home resident Lilian Riley is encouraging locals to throw their preconceptions about rest homes out the window, because Enliven is doing things differently. Enliven’s Cashmere Home and sister-site Cashmere Heights Home, located on Helston Road in Johnsonville, provide rest home and hospital care, as well as respite and health recovery. Lilian says while she was tentative about rest home life at first, she’s pleasantly surprised by how much she is enjoying living at Cashmere Home. “My daughter was having surgery last December so I came here [Cashmere Home] for respite to try and make life a bit easier for her. I had looked around a few rest homes and Cashmere was my choice,” Lilian explains. “I’m now living here permanently and it’s a great life. I’m having a ball here!” For Lilian, the team at Cashmere is what sets the home apart from the rest. “The patience and care they show me is just incredible. They’re always courteous, helpful and kind, and the medical care is tremendous,” says Lilian. “They allow you the freedom to do what you can. If you’re really keen to do something, they will try to make it work. They try to make the impossible possible, and I think that’s incredible.” Lilian says there’s also plenty to do at Cashmere Home. “You would be surprised by how short of time I am here – I’m always doing something,” she explains. “My friends come to see me and say I look like I’m enjoying myself here, and I truly

Cashmere Home resident Lilian Riley says she’s enjoying every moment at the Johnsonville rest home.

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New life members for Friendship Club The Friendship Club of Johnsonville has honoured four new life members last week. Olaf John, Alison Sweetman, Bet Stephenson and Ian MacLean were awarded by Arthur Avis, founder and life member since 2009 of the Friendship Club. The club has recently changed its affiliation and was formerly known as the Probus Club of Johnsonville.

Retirees of all ages meet up on the third Thursday of the month at 9.50 am in the Terrace Centre on Dr Taylor Terrace to socialise and hear

guest speakers. Visitors are always welcome.  For enquiries call Arnold Regan 478 3252.

Founder Arthur Avis (back centre) surrounded by Olaf John, Alison Sweetman, Bet Stephenson and Ian MacLean (left to right). PHOTO: Supplied

Choirs get vocal in ‘The Big Sing’

HEAT UP YOUR LIFE The Onslow College Choir prepares for the competition. PHOTO: Supplied By Julia Czerwonatis

The central city will be humming with the sound of young voices in song this week as 44 secondary school choirs descend upon the Michael Fowler Centre for the annual Big Sing regional competition. Northern Notes will join the competition with 38 students from Newlands College. “The children are fantastic. We are looking forward to participate, enjoy the experience and have fun,” Benjamin Lau, Northern Notes director and teacher at Newlands College, said. The choir was founded in 2015 and won an award at last year‘s Festival Cup. “We are usually singing a mixture

of songs including traditional and modern music, and also songs from the Pacific Islands and Maori songs. We have a quite a few Maori students in the choir and they help me teaching the songs,” Benjamin said. Onslow College Choir and Onslow Chamber Choir will represent their school under guidance of Katherine Hodge. The Big Sing has been a firm fixture on the choral calendar for over 20 years. In Wellington it has developed a special position, with a supportive festival-like atmosphere amongst the entrants, and participation rates that would be unimaginable almost anywhere else. Each choir will present three piec-

es in a 10-minute bracket during daytime sessions, including an art song and one with New Zealand or Pacifica origins. From those sets, they select one item to perform as part of the evening‘s Gala concert. Twenty-four choirs will qualify for the national competition, which will be staged in Auckland in August this year.  The event will be held Wednesday and Thursday, June 7-8, at the Michael Fowler Centre. The day sessions will begin at 10.30am and 2.15pm, with $3 entrance fee per session (door sales only). The evening Gala concerts will begin at 7pm. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $10 for students and under 14s. Bookings online.


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Ms Sharyn Evans, MNZM, from Johnsonville By Julia Czerwonatis

Mr George Salmond, CNZM, from Karori

Ms Emily Perkins, MNZM, from Kelburn. CC Image courtesy of NZatFrankfurt on Flickr

Mr Dermot Byrne from Khandallah has been awarded the Queen Service Medal for his contribution to a range of community projects in Khandallah since the 1970s. “I came over from Ireland in the 70s. I remember hitchhiking into Wellington and knowing only one person in the entire city,” Mr Byrne said. His friend helped Mr Byrne to settle in Khandallah where he opened a hair salon. Mr Byrne has been involved in several fundraising efforts helping the Khandallah community to grow. In the 1970s he and a group of residents helped building the Onslow Free Kindergarten. In 1983 he was a key player in establishing the Cornerstone Resource Centre Trust and was the chair of the trust several times over 33 years. Dermot also helped fundraise more than $250,000 over a period of nine years for the adaptive restoration of Khandallah Town Hall. “The town hall is multipurpose community centre. It is all about interaction,” Mr Byrne said. Mr Byrne and his wife Keri have three children, Fiona, Cormac, and Rory, and seven grandchildren. “New Zealand has been really good to me. I loved to be involved with all these projects.” Ms Sharyn Evans from Johnsonville has been appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the New Zealand music culture. From the age of 17 Ms Evans has been playing the violin in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) until she retired last November. “This honour isn’t only for me but for everyone who has given so much, who has been with me throughout my time at the orchestra and especially for my parents who gave me a wonderful start into my career,” Ms Evans said.

“I enjoy the process of discovery. And I love meeting people that connect with my stories.” The violinist said she was very fortunate in her life and loved being part of the orchestra for 48 years. Ms Evans got to know her husband through the orchestra who played the trumpet. Within the NZSO she was recognised as a dedicated and professional musician who delivered consistently exceptional service. She has mentored young and new players within the orchestra and has also worked towards NZSO Alumni Association for many years. Having retired Ms Evans starts to discover music as a concert goer. “I haven’t been playing the violin ever since I left the orchestra but I’m starting to miss it. I’m really missing the orchestra people.” Mr George Salmond from Karori has been appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his contribution to health services for more than 40 years. Mr Salmond said when studying medicine he realised he was missing a social approach towards the topic. He became a research fellow and lecturer at Otago University’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, and eventually moved to Wellington to work for the Department of Health in the 1970s. Mr Salmond worked as the director of Management Services at the Department of Health, as Director-General of Health and he oversaw major reorganisation of the department including the introduc-

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tion of Area Health Boards. He had learned an important lecture working in the public health sector: “When you contradict a status quo you have to be ready for criticism and deal with it, and then you succeed.” Amongst other commitments Mr Salmond was also active both in New Zealand and internationally in the work of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. “Going to the world assembly in Geneva to successfully push for a ruling against the use of nuclear weapons was an extraordinary experience.” Ms Emily Perkins from Kelburn has been appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the New Zealand literature. Ms Perkins is an award-winning author of four novels and a collection of short fiction. Her first book, the 1996 collection Not Her Real Name, was published domestically and internationally and received broad acclaim. Ms Perkins said she had become an author through her love for reading. “Writing is incredible rewarding but also can be painful at times,” Ms Perkins said. “I enjoy the process of discovery. And I love meeting people that connect with my stories.” Her subsequent novels including Leave Before You Go, The New Girl, and Novel About My Wife have been published internationally representing quintessential aspects of New Zealand life to a broad audience throughout the world. Ms Perkins is currently senior lecturer of the International Institute of Modern Letters’ creative writing programme at Victoria University of Wellington, and also works on a new novel. Next to writing the mother of three enjoys spending time with her family. “And I go for many walks which helps for my writing. My favourite place are the Botanic Gardens.

Wednesday June 7, 2017

Wellington climbs to top of the tree for Arbor Day

An old rimu tree in Otari-Wilton’s Bush. PHOTO: Supplied

Wellington was celebrating Arbor Day this week at the top of the tree in the forest canopy cover stakes – and with plenty of plans to extend that lead over other New Zealand cities. Recent research shows canopy cover in Wellington is 47.5 percent, compared to 39 percent for Auckland and 21.9 percent for Christchurch. Councillor Peter Gilberd, Wellington City Council’s Natural Environment portfolio leader, said we should be proud of this result as trees benefit the capital in many ways. “Trees look beautiful, and are habitat for native birds, geckos, weta and plenty of other life. But trees also hold carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce oxygen. A mature tree can produce as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year,” Mr Gilberd said. He is urging Wellingtonians to get out and plant a native tree in their backyards in the next few weeks.

“There’s a good reason Arbor Day is celebrated in New Zealand in early June. It’s the best time of the year in which to plant trees.” The council’s arboriculture team manager, Will Melville, said trees had also been proven to add to the liveability of a city, improve mental health, increase property value, hold banks together, block wind and provide shade, and act as giant coolers – deflecting or absorbing radiant energy from the sun. Arbor Day falls on June 5 every year, coinciding with World Environment Day, and in Wellington marks the start of the revegetation planting season. The city council staff will be working with community groups and schools to plant thousands of native plants in the next few weeks. Planting hotspots this winter will include Seton Nossiter Park in Newlands, the Stebbings Valley at Churton Park, as well as the Town Belt on Mount Victoria, and many coastal sites.

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Gardening & OUTDOOR LIVING Winter’s here and the shortest day is approaching Garlic’s a good option for planting now Now’s the best time to plant your garlic but you can do it up until the end of July. Buying cloves from a garden centre ensures they are free of viruses. Choose a site that

gets full sun and prepare the soil by digging in lots of organic matter then plant only the biggest, fattest cloves (eat the rest). Harvest in December after the tops die down.

Making leaf mould Collect autumn leaves and half fill old plastic bags (40 ltrs). Stick a fork through the bottom of the bags to make drainage holes then water the leaves to kick start the composting process. Roll down the

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Gardening & OUTDOOR LIVING Myrtle rust is moving south There are now 34 confirmed properties with the fungal disease myrtle rust. Twenty-nine of these are in Taranaki with three in Northland and two in Waikato (King Country). While most of the infections have been found on young seedlings, there are instances of the rust appearing in large established trees at a number of locations. If you want or need to plant myrtle species, seek advice from experts when sourcing plants, for example from your nursery or supplier. Myrtle species include pohutukawa, manuka, ramarama, feijoa and eucalypts. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) remain committed to the battle to contain the spread of this fungal plant disease that could have serious impacts on a range of plants in the myrtle family

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Bringing people together with boardgames For the 10th year in the row Wellington Girls College has hosted Wellycon, New Zealand’s biggest, fun, friendly board game convention. Over the course of Queen’s Birthday weekend more than 400 people from aged 6 to 60 got together to play board games, join various workshops and compete against each other in tournaments. “Wellycon is, and always has been, about creating community through games,” Ceedee from the Wellycon committee said.

Dominic, Georgia and Joseph have chosen Karmaka from the huge selection as their first game to play.

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Wednesday June 7, 2017


Setting the sails for the world cup

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In a small Optimist, a single handed sailing boat, Ryan Tait and Daniel Winsley learned to read wind and surf, and how to set their sails. Now, four years later, the boys from Crofton Downs and Paremata are piloting towards the 2017 World Sailing Championships in Australia. The sailors said they were looking forward to representing their country in December this year. “I really love the sport – being out there with heaps of other people is just awesome,” Ryan said. “It’s such a great experience when you master the heavy wind and sail really fast.” Ryan and Daniel used to compete against each other while sailing with the Optimist, in the P class, and the Starling, which are all single handed. For the world cup the former “rivals” become partners, steering a 420, a double handed boat, through the open waters together. Daniel said it was their first competition outside of New Zealand. “We started to count the days.” Selection for this year’s world competition was based on the results of the 2017 National Competition held at Evans Bay Boating Club in March. Daniel who is the skipper sits at the back steering their 420 while crew man Ryan hangs on the trapeze wire to balance the boat. “It can be physically challenging at times. There are days when we sit

Ryan, 15, and Daniel, 17, are training hard for the World Sailing Championships in Australia this year. PHOTO: Supplied

outside in the bitter cold, and you ask yourself why you are doing this. But you have a good training session and you know it’s worth it,” Ryan said. Ryan and Daniel went for a high-performance training clinic in Auckland last weekend, provided by Yachting New Zealand to sailors selected to represent New Zealand in the world competitions. The boys are also being coached by renowned Kiwi sailor Phil Williams, director of the TRIYA Sailing Academy. Parents Irena Winsley, secretary at the Paremata Boating Club, and Greg Tait, who first started to train Ryan and Daniel at the boat club, are proud of their children. “We all have put a lot of effort into their sailing and it’s really rewarding

to see how far they have come,” Greg said. “It was great to watch them grow out of that little plastic boat they started sailing in, and now have them going to the world cup,” Irena added. “The 420 offers great development for sailors in the two-person disciplines – most of the World’s top sailors sailed in this class and easily moved on to succeed in other classes, and enjoy Olympic and big boat careers.” As both Daniel and Ryan are still at school, they can’t take any regular jobs due to school and training commitments. Therefore they are planning a number of fundraising initiatives to cover some training costs, travel, accommodation and boat transport.  For more information go on sites.

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