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Top team in film comp
By Emma McAuliffe
Mount Cook high school students will be fulfilling their dreams to be the next Peter Jackson after winning a short film competition at the end of last month.
Eight Wellington High School students took part in the Roxy5 Short Film Competition in May. Their film Shelter was judged the Supreme Winner of the event at a red carpet screening at Miramarâ€™s Roxy Cinema on May 24. Continued on page 2.
Emily Rosemergy, Nadya Macey, Keira Wiles, Finn Culver, Zoe Cream, Grace Medlicotd and Rune Benzon won a short film competition at the end of last month.
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Shelter the supreme winner of short film competition Continued from page 1. It will now go on to be remade by the students under the guidance of professional industry mentors and Capital E digital tutors, and will be shown at a future New Zealand International Film Festival. Shelter followed the story of three friends as they struggled with problems at home. The film was shot in Island Bay. The judging panel for the competition were impressed by Shelter’s themes and creative storytelling as it delivered complex drama. “Shelter feat u red great performances, clever use of motion graphics and a strong score, it was a truly unique and emotional journey,” Peter Graham, digital producer at Capital E, said. However, the winning students said they never believed they were in with a chance to win. “Finn [Culver] was in shock when we found out,” actor Emily Rosemergy said. “We all thought it was going to be Daggs on Tour by
The winning team at their prizegiving. PHOTO: Supplied.
Rongotai College.” “I didn’t even think we’d make the finals,” Finn added. Finn was described by his peers as “doing everything” towards the production from
directing to editing to composing the score. He said he was looking forward to the chance to remake the film with professional help.
Scholarships open for students to pursue dreams By Emma McAuliffe
A Strathmore Park man is trying to get more young people to follow their dreams in the arts. Paul Franken started the Franken Arts Bursaries in 2010 to give young people in need a scholarship to pursue the arts in tertiary education. He said he first came up with it after speaking with a young person who he noticed “had to make some very mature decisions at a young age”. Paul decided to start a trust
which could benefit youth. “I had $10,000 put away for three awards for students in the arts. “I started a charitable trust with the principal of Evans Bay Intermediate School and [Rongotai MP] Annette King. “We have the competition open for any arts and the prizegiving is held at the intermediate,” Paul explained. Since then the scholarship has become an annual award. Paul said the scholarship was open to any student between
year eight and 11 who lived in the Wellington City Council Eastern Ward. “We get three students from Evans Bay Intermediate and the winner from last year to judge the awards. “I enjoy working with the kids the most. “They give me the result – I don’t step in. “My one request is that it needs to be a consensus decision.” Paul said the scholarship could be for any arts and was for the student to take it to tertiary
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Get out and plant a tree this week Wellington would be celebrating Arbor Day at the top of the tree in the forest canopy cover stakes this week. Ca nopy covers in Wellington is at 47.5 per cent, compared to 39 per cent for Auckland and 21.9 per cent for Christchurch. Councillor Peter Gilberd, Wellington City Council’s Natural Environment Portfolio Leader, said Welling-
tonians should be proud of this result as trees benefit the capital city 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 urged Welling-
tonians 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.” Council’s a rbor icult u re Team manager, Will Melville, said trees were 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. Council sta ff would be working with community groups and schools to plant thousands of native plants in the next few weeks. Planting hotspots this winter will include the Town Belt on Mt Victoria and many coastal sites.
Greek tragedy for a modern era By Emma McAuliffe
Two Newtown actors will be modernising an ancient Greek tragedy this week. Sophie Wright and Lutz Hamm are two of the third year actors performing in The Antigone Sound , opening Saturday. The Antigone Sound is an adaptation of the Sophocles play Antigone which followed the story of a disagreement between Antigone and her uncle, Creon. The adaptation was written in collaboration between Toi Whakaari director of actor training, Heather Timms, former associate director Penny Fitt and graduates Ana Scotney and Comfrey Sanders. Lutz would be playing Creon in the production while Sophie would be playing one of the Até. “One of the things our tutors have brought in is Até - the Greek goddess of folly and mischief, in quite a juxtaposed way she replaces the chorus,” Sophie explained. Sophie and Lutz said they were looking forward to the production as it would be the first time either had performed in a Greek tragedy. “I wasn’t familiar with [An-
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Twenty five years of helping people learn SeniorNet Wellington is celebrating 25 years of helping older people learn and share computer skills. The celebration will be held at the Renouf Foyer, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington on June 20. The Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, Sir David Gascoigne, and Justin Lester, the Mayor of Wellington, will be there to offer their congratulations and support. SeniorNet Wellington was the first of its kind in New Zealand and the first outside USA.
Sophie Wright and Lutz Hamm are in The Antigone Sound. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
tigone] until this production,” Sophie said. “I read the Jean Anouilh version and I put it down and thought - how have I not read this before? “The politic of the show is always relevant, especially now with people speaking truth to power, we live in a world in flux,” Sophie said. “The play centres around an argument between a middle
aged man and a very young woman,” Lutz added. “It’s relevant because the American election was won 50/50. “One thing that was interesting for us is you don’t often see tragedy in New Zealand. “Globally you do, how your actions bring the pain without overwhelming the audience is something we explore,” he said.
The Antigone Sound runs from Saturday, June 10 until Wednesday, June 21 at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School- Basement Theatre, 11 Hutchinson Road, Newtown. Tickets cost $15 full and $10 concession. Advisory: Coarse language, nudity, loud sounds, suicide references, R16 . For more information or to book head to toiwhakaari. ac.nz
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Queen’s Birthday Honours
A life of supporting refugees By Emma McAuliffe
A Hataitai woman who has dedicated her life to supporting refugees has been awarded The Queen’s Service Medal. Annie Coates has been involved in supporting refugees, particularly from South East Asia, and helping them settle in New Zealand since the mid-1980s. She worked as an English as second language teacher at the Wellington High School Community Education Centre for 17 years. She has been chair of the Wellington Myanmar Community, through which she was involved in a wide range of events from cultural festivals to local sports tournaments and regular pre-school playgroups for young mothers. Mrs Coates was also involved in the establishment of the New Horizons for Women organisation in the early 1990s, which was set up to raise funds for scholarships for
women who had not been able to undertake tertiary education. She has been a member of Pan Pacific and South East Asian Women’s Association for 30 years and has served as vice president and president and as vice president for the Pacific Region on the International Board. Mrs Coates said she was “surprised, humbled and honoured” to have received the award. “Without the support of friends and families and members of my women’s association I wouldn’t be able to do any of the work. “The award should go to the whole group. “It was really a surprise,” she said. Mrs Coates has previously won the Kiwibank Local Hero Award in 2013 and the Prime Minister’s Social Hero Award in 2009. “ I fe el qu it e ove rwhelmed. “I do what I love to do. “I’m a people person, so when I see the needs
Annie Coates (centre) has spent her life helping refugees from South East Asia. PHOTO: Supplied.
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Queen’s Service Order for dedication to language By Emma McAuliffe
A Hataitai woman has been appointed a Companion to The Queen’s Service Order following Queen’s Birthday at the weekend. Mokataufoou Sipeli was recognised for her services to the Niue community and education. Mrs Sipeli established the first Niue Language Nest in Wellington in 1984 and was a founding member of the Niue Aoga Tama Ikiiki playgroups in Alicetown, Newtown and Cannons Creek. She was integral in the partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Wellington Free Kindergarten Association in the establishment of New Zealand’s fi rst tri-lingual Pacific kindergarten, Toru Fetu Kindergarten in 2010. She has written children’s stories in the Niue language for New Zealand school journals and has been involved in translation work for government departments, churches and community organisations. From 1970 to 2005 she was involved with the Pacific Presbyterian Congregational Church Newtown and St James Congregation Wellington, during which she led Niue Sunday School programmes, the St James Women’s Fellowship, and was involved with cultural performances,
Matariki market The Sustainability Trust will be hosting a Matariki Market on June 24 from 10am to 2pm at their location on Forresters Lane. The group has got together ethical, local and eco-friendly traders in one room for the Matariki-themed
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Mokataufoou Sipeli has spent a lot of time keeping the Niue language alive in Wellington. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
church conferences and the teaching of language classes. Mrs Sipeli said she was very surprised and humbled by her accolade. “I rang my daughter to ask who did this,” she said. “Next thing I know the phone starts ringing. “They were all ringing to congratulate me. “It’s not my work, it’s my
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Social enterprise to bring sanitary products to school girls Miranda Hitchings and Jacinta Gulasekharam have started a company to alleviate the cost of sanitary items for school girls. PHOTO: Supplied.
Two students have created a company hoping to lessen the financial burden of sanitary products on school age girls. Mt Victoria resident Jacinta Gulasekharam and her friend Miranda Hitchings created the social enterprise Dignity, which allows businesses to pay for tampons and pads for their staff and girls in a buy one give one model. Jacinta graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Commerce last year. The pair began developing Dignity during Victoria’s annual Entrepreneur Bootcamp. “As students, we understand the financial burden of buying sanitary items,” Jacinta explained. “It’s really hard to factor it into your budget when you’re not earning much money. “Some young girls who are unable to afford these items or don’t have easy access to them are missing out on school because of it. “We both knew we needed to do some-
thing about it.” Under the model, a workplace buys a bulk order of pads and tampons for its staff, and for every sanitary product purchased, another is delivered to a local high school. Dignity has partnered with Organic Initiative, a New Zealand sanitary item supplier, whose certified organic items decompose in five years—in comparison to the usual 500 years. Flick Electric was the first business to sign up to Dignity. Jacinta said the business name ‘Dignity’ had many meanings. “It means you have dignity at work or school, you get dignity from buying the product, and the products themselves have dignity as they’re better for the environment. “There’s so much meaning and importance. “We really hope to make a difference.” For more information visit www. dignitynz.com.
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A digital cutter for the art room and a fume hood for the chemistry lab are two big ticket technology items St Catherine’s College is hoping to raise money for at its annual fundraising auction next week. Principal Mary Curran said the technology auction, which would also raise money for computers, was generously supported by the community. “From New Zealand Symphony Orchestra season tickets through to Interislander vouchers and weekends away and dinners with well-known New Zealanders, the community has given so generously to support the girls. “We’re now hoping others in the community will come along and enjoy the evening
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Kia Mau to bring Maori and Pasifika theatre to life By Emma McAuliffe
New Zealand’s only contemporary indigenous art and dance festival is now underway in Wellington. The Kia Mau Festival will be taking place across the region until June 24. Now in its third year, Kia Mau Festival is a cultural celebration, led by Wellington’s own Maori and Pasifika theatre and dance companies. It is a unique and innovative opportunity for whanau and communities across the Wellington region to engage with today’s tangata whenua and First Nations artists, from across the globe. Tikapa Productions: The Maori Sidesteps would be taking part in Kia Mau next week. The group featuring Miramar residents would be performing at BATS Theatre from June 15. Group member Jamie McCaskill said this would be the first time the group had taken part in Kia Mau. “Our live show is a throwback to the traditions of the Maori Quartet, but... we do funny takes on songs with a little bit of political satire as well,” he said. He said the group, which already had a successful web-series of the same name, would be using the opportunity to prepare for a tour later on in the year. “It will be good to get it ready in front of a Wellington audience.” The Maori Sidesteps will be on at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Mt Victoria, from June 15 to June 17 at 9.30pm. Tickets cost $15 to $22. For more information or to book head to bats.co.nz The Maori Sidesteps will be taking part in Kia Mau Festival. PHOTO: Supplied.
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Film talents shine at short film screening Four locally made short films will screen as part of two short film collections at the New Zealand International Film Festival next month. Six short films were selected by Gaylene Preston as finalists for the New Zealand International Film Festival’s annual New Zealand’s Best Short Film Competition. Seven short films were selected by Leo Koziol and Craig Fasi for Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika Shorts 2017. Laundry directed by Miramar’s Becs Arahanga and Untitled Groping Revenge Fairytale directed by Island Bay’s Catherine Bisley and produced by William Bisley were named as finalists in Best Short Film Competition. Meanwhile Tama produced by Mt Victoria’s Ashleigh Flynn and Tree produced by
Vogeltown’s Jeremy Macey were selected for Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika Shorts. “This collection reflects a genuinely energetic sharing of skills from the film industry at large to support storytellers with something to say,” Gaylene said. Audiences at the New Zealand’s Best in Wellington would be asked to vote for their favourite. The Audience Award winner takes away 25 per cent of the box office from the New Zealand’s Best screenings in the four main centres – in 2016 valued at over $4,000. Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika Shorts 2017 will also screen as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival. Nga Whanaunga is curated by Leo Koziol, director of the
Tama is one of the local films to be shown as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival. PHOTO: Supplied.
Wairoa Maori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi, director of the Pollywood Film Festival. “Maori and Pasifika filmmakers talent shines — both on screen and behind the camera — in this diverse
collection of short films. Nga Whanaunga once again is an expression of the diversity and connectedness of Polynesian peoples,” Leo and Craig said. The full New Zealand Interna-
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Fine ones to say that! Dear Editor, About the letter from the Dalmans (CSN Jun. 1) commenting on mine of May 25, I’d first respond that they are fine ones to accuse me of illogic and attacks on people rather than on what those people are advocating; and they don’t seem to have read my letter properly. I myself have written to express an-
More languages than just English Dear Editor, Our family is not inclined to write to papers but we feel it is necessary to comment on Mr Westfold’s letter of the 25 May. He seems to slam dunk all cultures as being uncivilised, unless they speak English. That is simply erroneous as many cultures of the world are much older (and wiser) than those he seems to only approve of. Spanish
is one of the oldest languages, and also one of the most treasured cultures ever, and who in NZ doesn’t enjoy an Indian Butter Chicken, nor Japanese sushi? What great national English dish is there in comparison. We do hope Mr Westfold is a bit less aggressive in his sword waving. Lindsay Daysh, Lyall Bay
noyance at people who simply use ridicule and abuse instead of reasoned arguments; so would the Dalman’s care to specify any letters where I have myself done this? So far as what I cite from past ages is concerned, why, for instance, is what Isaiah said in Old Testament times, or what George the Third said in the late 18th Century, no longer
relevant or valid in the present day? And I’m at a loss as to know what “mystical” things I’ve mentioned, unless this is a malapropism for “mythical”, an adjective which godless heathens apply to anything that’s in the inspired Word of God, the Bible. I certainly did not say that civilised countries are all English and French, but that those are the two
languages most likely to be understood by locals who have learnt them as foreign languages, apart from all the people who speak them as their own first languages around the world. There’s a good deal more I could say; but I cannot be bothered just now. H Westfold, Miramar
Owhiro Bay planting Sustainable Coastlines will be running a planting day at Owhiro Bay on Wednesday, June 28 as part of their nationwide tour. The group has collaborated with Wellington City Council for this event. Sustainable Coastlines is a small but multi-award winning charity, based in Auckland and Wellington. They have delivered educational programmes to
over 165,000 people. For those interested in lending a hand at Owhiro Bay turn up on the day between 10am and 2pm at the car park near the boat ramp and look for the big blue flag. Free teas and snacks provided for all volunteers. Gloves and spades are also provided. For more information head to www.sustainablecoastlines.org/events.
Would you have enough water in an emergency? Locals are being urged to think about what they would do for water after a major earthquake. Mark Kinvig, Wellington Water’s group manager for network strategy and planning said it was common knowledge Wellington had the potential for a major earthquake. “If the big one happens, our water and wastewater networks are likely to be severely damaged. “While we’d be working hard to get the water services back to normal, it will take some time for this to happen,” he said. Regional manager for Wellington Region Emergency Management Office, Bruce Pepperell, said people needed
to do their bit in getting prepared. “We’re calling for people to step up and be a water hero and get their water storage sorted now for their families or flatmates. “You’ll need to think about how much water your family would need for seven days. “Activities like drinking, cooking, first aid and washing hands all need water and just as important, making sure that you’ve got a plan for your wastewater.” Bruce suggested storing water in old juice or soft drink bottles or buying a 200 litre storage tank from the Wellington City Council for $105. “And you can get rid of your wastewater by putting it in a
hole in your garden,” he said. Wellington Water would also be working on other initiatives to improve the resilience of Wellington’s water and wastewater networks. This would include establishing a network of large water bladders that could be used to distribute water to communities after an earthquake, drilling bores to look for emergency water sources in Wellington and Porirua, and they are about to start drilling an exploratory bore to see if there is drinking water under the Wellington Harbour. For information on how to get your water and wastewater sorted visit www.getprepared. org.nz/water
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Sale to raise funds for neighbour lunch The Seatoun Mega Garage Sale will be back again next weekend. The popular sale is known to attract stallholders and buyers from across the Miramar Peninsular and beyond. The sale is the brain child of trustee of the Miramar Peninsula Community Trust, Gillie Coxhill, who was thrilled to be hosting the event for the second time. “It is a win-win on so many levels really,” Gillie said. “We have a great range of stallholders including local youth groups who are fundraising, there is an absolute treasure trove of goodies to sort through. “It’s a great way for neigh-
bours to connect.” Gillie said the proceeds from the hire of the tables would go towards the Village Hall’s monthly winter lunchtime sessions. The lunches have attracted up to 20 people a session enjoying soup, a roll and a chance to connect with neighbours. The Seatoun Mega Garage Sale will take place at Seatoun Village Hall on Saturday, June 17 from 10am to 1pm. Cash only. Monthly lunches are held on the last Monday of the month. The next lunch will be on June 26 between 12pm and 2pm. For more information head to www.seatounvillage. co.nz.
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This Sunday greyhounds and their owners will be out in force across New Zealand as part of the Great Global Greyhound Walk. In Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and points in between, the dogs will take to streets, waterfronts, paths and parks to raise awareness of the greyhound breed and promote greyhound adoptions. The
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Thanks to a new influx of volunteers Newtown’s Citizens Advice Bureau can now open for longer hours. The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is a free community service created to help people understand their rights and obligations, provide people with the confidence and support needed to take action and work for positive social change within communities. Newtown CAB’s Caz Sheldon said the volunteer run office was based at the Community Centre on Rintoul Street and was open Monday to Fridays, 9.30am to 3pm. “It’s largely subject to volunteers and how often they are available,”
Greyhounds show their true colours walks are being organised by Greyhounds as Pets New Zealand. Many of the participating greyhounds will be dressed in outfits and costumes in tune with an annual theme. The theme for this year’s walk is Colours of the World. Local attendees to gather on Queens Wharf, under the sails in front of TSB Arena on June 11 from 9am.
IT’S TAX TIME AGAIN! Count On Us to save you time and money. Caz explained. “We’ve had a big increase in volunteer numbers recently. “We had been closing on Fridays at midday for quite a few years now so fingers crossed we stay open for longer yet.” Caz said the role of CAB volunteers was varied as it required people to not be counsellors, but to provide advice on the next step to take. “We’re not counsellors but volunteers and have to have an intelligent and listening ear. “We look for people who have good problem solving skills. “We tend to get applications from people who are people-people,” she said. Caz said although volunteers could be of any age, often they
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were retired or semi-retired. “The main thing for us is availability.” She said recently the role of the CAB had been changing, due to the rise of the internet. “We used to do a lot of community services but now a lot of that has moved online. “We’ve got quite a range of common issues. We do a lot of housing issues, from flatting to boarding houses to renters and landlords and increasing amount of employment work- contracts or dismissals. “In Newtown we have quite a lot of inquiries around immigration. “The great thing about us is we offer face to face help,” she said. For more information head to ww.cab.org.nz
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Rongotai Road barriers to protect pedestrians
Children perform at Newtown Library. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
Preschoolers celebrate Samoan language By Emma McAuliffe
Newtown Library got into the spirit of Samoan Language Week last week with a special story time for preschoolers. As part of the event three local Samoan language preschools (a’oga amata) - A’oga Amata EFKS, PIPC A’oga Amata and Sagata Ana Aoga Amata- performed songs and legends for the audience.
Multicultural customer specialist for the libraries, Debbie House said Thursday’s event was the first time since she had been in the role that they had celebrated Samoan Language Week. “We thought it would be good for the community and a good way for children to come and warm up the space on this cold day,” she said. Samoan Language Week-Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa is an annual
event which this year ran between Sunday, May 28 and Saturday, June 3. T h i s ye a r ’s t h e m e wa s “Ma’au i lou ofaga. Maua’a lou fa’asinomaga” which means “Keep your identity alive to thrive”. The Samoan language is the third most commonly spoken language in New Zealand, immediately following English and Te Reo Maori.
Barriers are being put on a section of a busy Kilbirnie road to reduce the danger to pedestrians crossing the road following years of near misses. Temporary barriers are to be installed on a section of Rongotai Road later this month in a trial move to reduce the danger to people using a pedestrian crossing just to the west of the Mahora Street intersection. A schoolboy was hit on the crossing by a vehicle in March and there have been a number of near-misses in recent years. The ‘flexi-post’ barriers intended to be installed would prevent traffic forming into two parallel queues on the single-lane section of the roadway. This trend, especially during morning rush hours, means motorists have a limited view of the pedestrian crossing. Wellington City Council’s Transport Portfolio Leader, Councillor Chris CalviFreeman, said many motor-
ists heading along Rongotai Road and intending to turn right into Evans Bay Parade have, in recent years, started overtaking queuing traffic. “Quite a few of them whizz through the pedestrian crossing – even when people are using it. “This is clearly very dangerous,” he said. The installation of the barriers may slow the flow of westbound traffic on Rongotai Road at peak hours. “However I’d prefer to see this interim safety solution in place rather than a pedestrian getting bowled and seriously injured – or worse,” Mr Calvi-Freeman said. Council traffic engineers would monitor traffic conditions after the lane changes are made – most likely around June 11. The possible installation of stop-lights at the pedestrian crossing would depend on the funding and the priority for safety improvement projects in 2017/18.
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Thursday June 8, 2017
Jack of nine lives receives medal By Emma McAuliffe
After spending decades in rugby and athletics in Wellington Peter Jack was awarded The Queen’s Service Medal as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours at the weekend. Mr Jack has actively contributed to the welfare and growth of amateur athletics and club rugby in Wellington for 50 years. The Strathmore Park resident has been heavily involved with athletics in the Wellington area as a competitor, coach, official, organiser and administrator since 1964. He was a key player in the development of the Kiwi Athletic Club and has held many positions since 1966, including chairman and president. He was made a life member of the club in 1990 and has officiated at Wellington and
New Zealand Senior Athletics Championships for a wide range of events for more than 34 years. Mr Jack has also been involved with the Wellington Football Club for many years. His voluntary efforts have been instrumental in helping the various sports clubs to grow and reach new members. Mr Jack is a Life Member of the Wellington Rugby Supporters Club, having been a foundation and committee member over the course of 30 years involvement. Mr Jack said he was surprised about the award. “There’s been lots of people I know who over the years who have never got anything so I thought I’d accept it on behalf of those who never got anything,” he said. “I usually nominate people, I like nominating.
“We have 13 people at the Kiwi Club including me with honours now.” Throughout the years Mr Jack has had his fair share of misfortunes at the sport contributing to his decision to accept the award. “I got knocked out for three hours while playing rugby, I got hit by a shot put while being an official. “I’ve had dislocated shoulders, broken bones, Valerie Adams hit me while she was throwing a discus and broke my wrist. “I’m a cat or a kiwi with nine lives,” he said. Mr Jack said he had no plans to slow down yet. “I like participating and excercise so I’m going to keep going. “I like going back to grass roots, helping youngsters, old people and people who enjoy the sport,” he said.
Peter Jack received The Queen’s Service Medal at the weekend. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
Wellington College student places at national event A Wellington College student came third in the 2017 NZ Sport Stacking Open Championships held on Sunday. Nathan Carter was the only Wellingtonian to place at the event. Nea rly 4 0 comp et itor s, i ncluding the New Zealand Black Stacks, fresh from their medal winning performance in Taiwan, took part in the event.
This tournament also doubled as trials for the 2018 New Zealand Black Stacks team, who would be competing in the USA next year at the World Sport Stacking Championships. Sport stacking, also known as cup stacking, is an individual and team sport where participants stack and unstack 12 specially designed plastic cups in pre-determined sequences.
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Wellington Men’s taking part in the volleyball competition. PHOTO: Julie Maree Photography
Kilbirnie centre hosts national tournament Wellington’s top volleyballers played at a national competition held in Kilbirnie at the weekend. Fifty-two teams from across New Zealand in senior, under 20 and 17 performance categories took part in the event held at the ASB Sports Centre. The event was described as a chance to celebrate 50 years of volleyball in New Zealand. “This was a great opportunity for many of our top volleyballers from the junior development programmes to play alongside the best senior players in a top-class stadium,” Volleyball New Zealand’s game development manager Matt Wenn said.
“This exciting concept is expected to become an annual event on the national calendar providing a representative pathway for all our top volleyball players.” Wellington came second in the senior men’s division and fourth in the senior women’s division. In the coming months many of the players would be hoping to represent New Zealand in international play. The New Zealand women would travel to the Philippines to play in the Asian Championships while the men would play in Australia in phase two of the 2018 World Championships.
Jimmy Spithill’s words of war Oracle’s Jimmy Spithill is what sport contests need. The chirpy Aussie is not wasting any opportunities to stick it to Team New Zealand either on the water or at the press conferences at the America’s Cup in Bermuda. Jimmy has won both races against Team New Zealand and has lambasted them publicly for their tactical errors and even made claims he has an inside source in the Kiwi camp. It’s entertaining and it gives the America’s Cup some colour to go with the spectacular visuals of the racing between these machines competing at more than 75kph. Spithill’s gum flapping is reminiscent of a heavyweight boxer talking trash for that intangible mental advantage. Having said that, he who laughs last laughs best and with Oracle and
Team New Zealand clearly the best two teams, it’s likely they will face each other many times yet over the next month. Spithill’s cocky chat is typically Australian and it gets a kiwi back up promptly. It’s smart tactics from cup holders. Also though, the banter proves that Team New Zealand are a threat on the water. Peter Burling is learning on the job and, unlike former helmsman Dean Barker, is a proven winner and will get better over time. However, Spithill’s talk give us the protagonist versus antagonist match up that goes so well together in sport. In these modern times of respect and political correctness, it’s a refreshing approach and a throwback to decades ago.
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