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Kids get planting

By Emma McAuliffe

Over a hundred children banded together to plant 1500 trees at the Paekawakawa Reserve in Island Bay last week. Pupils from St Francis de Sales School and Berhampore School took part in the Arbor Day event on Wednesday alongside the Wellington City Council Tree Team and the City Horticulture Team. The day was opened with St Francis de Sales’ kapa haka group singing as Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and kaumatua Peter Jackson planted their trees. Continued on page 2. Francesca Lyons with Accalia Maresca in the background from St Francis de Sales School help out with planting. PHOTO: Justine Hall


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Continued from page 1. Project specialist for community partnerships team (parks, sport, and recreation) Ali Whitton said Arbor Day had been celebrated in the Wellington region since an 1890s event in Greytown. “Arbor Day usually falls on June 5 and is a day for celebrating trees,” Ali explained. “It’s especially important for us as Wellington has 47.5 per cent canopy cover, which is higher than other cities in New Zealand.” Ali said the team this year did more of preparation with the children than usual, in order to get the maximum amount of native trees planted. “We went to the school to teach them how to plant like ninjas. “They each got to name a tree

and they’ve all written it on a popsicle stick and planted it by the tree so theoretically they could go back and find the tree they planted.” Ali said historically council had helped community groups plant in their areas and this year it was Paekawakawa Reserve’s turn. “Every year we plant in a different space. “So this year we did this with our arborists at Paekawakawa Reserve. “The reserve was bought by the community about 10 years ago,” Ali said. Ali said council would continue to manage and weed the trees, though watering 1500 trees could prove difficult. “We hope for another decent amount of rain.”

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Fence dispute leaves council with options to mull over Wellington City Council has been left considering its options following the rejection of its High Court appeal against an Environment Court ruling stemming from the long-running ‘Roseneath fence’ dispute. The ‘Roseneath fence’ dispute first began in 2015 when a ‘play structure’ was built on a property in Carlton Gore Road blocking views of the harbour from an adjoining property, higher up the hill, in Maida Vale Road. It has since been removed. Council’s city planning man-

ager, Warren Ulusele, said the High Court decision had “major implications” for property owners seeking to build houses or other structures on hillsides or other sloping land in the city. “It is possible that the District Plan – the city’s planning and development rulebook – will be changed to overcome the limitations resulting from the decision.” Warren said this was not about the removal of the structure but the broader implications for Wellington’s residential land owners.

He said the crucial issue in this appeal was the interpretation of the definition of ‘ground level for the purpose of measuring building recession planes’ in the District Plan. “While this may seem like a somewhat dull technical matter, it has the very real effect of causing existing structures to become non-compliant and severely limiting the development that owners of uphill properties can undertake within their properties,” Warren said. “In a city like ours, this was always going to be problematic.

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inbrief news Lombard laneway upgrade works begin Works get underway on a major upgrade of Lombard Street, Denton Park, and Bond Street in the central city this week. The site forms a connection between Victoria, Manners, and Cuba streets. It is home to a range of businesses and residential properties. During the construction, there will be an archaeologist on site to monitor any findings that might be of historic interest. Given the site is on the historic foreshore of Wellington, it is hoped the area may reveal items relating to the land wars and early settlement around Pōneke.

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After almost a decade of fundraising Seatoun Kindergarten finally has a new kitchen. The kindergarten celebrated their new kitchen, completed a few weeks ago, with an afternoon tea on Friday thanking the past and present students, parents and staff who had supported the project. Fundraising had taken eight years and included everything from craft galas to movie nights to selling chocolates and pies. Headteacher Tara Jones said the new kitchen would mean a lot for the kindergarten and the wider Seatoun community. “It’s opened our whole kindergarten up. “It means we have a whole new, clean cooking and food preparation area that’s up to standard and not from the 1970s,” she said. Staff would be able to prepare food for and with the children as well as host parents and guardians for cups of tea, Tara said. “We run an open door policy and it means we can have a real emphasis on the community so




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A Jewish history in Wellington By Julia Czerwonatis

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Wellington’s iconic Carillon at National War Memorial holds a story that traces back to the early Jewish settlers in New Zealand. Jewish life in Wellington 18402017, an exhibition from the Wellington Jewish Community, will feature the lives of Jews who contributed to the early growth of the city, including the history of bell number 20 in the Carillon. “Abraham Heights, in memory of Edward (Ted) Levy given by his mother Frances Levy” is inscribed in the brass. The Levy family traced back to the first Jewish settlers in Wellington, Michael Clements, president of the New Zealand Jewish Archives, explained. “Benjamin Levy came to New Zealand in 1853 and was a drap-

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Kahurangi School is about to get a giant yellow super slide thanks to some high quality fundraising from the school and the associated Kahurangi Friends Trust. But it won’t just be used by Kahurangi students and teachers. The surrounding community will be invited to slide down it. More than $20,000 has been raised, as well as a further large donation from a community group, and a cheque for the final $9,000 was presented to the integrated Strathmore school by

Trust chair Amanda Hereaka at an assembly last week. Amanda, whose three children attend the school – and live next door, said the school and the Trust has run fundraisers such as a Waitangi Day gig, and also at the at the Roxy Cinema. The first person to slide down the new slide will be chosen by fundraising too - a raffle will be drawn to select the lucky person. Principal Kyran Smith said the slide will be used by the students as well as the wider community once landscaping is done on the Eastern bank and gorse removed. The slide will take up the entire

bank. “We`re getting it done this July school holidays,” Kyran said. “It’s significant for the community, for our school and for our kids - we’ll invite people to come and play after school.” The school already has its eyes set on its next fundraising project - an indoor swimming pool. But for now, the children can’t wait to go down the slide – and even some of the staff are considering having a go. “I’ll have to do it quietly when nobody is watching – it could end badly,” the school’s office manager Margaret Hudson, said.

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Eastern suburbs writers nominated for youth book awards Three of the 35 finalist in this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults hail from the eastern suburbs. Hataitai illustrator Fifi Colston has been nominated in the non-fiction section for Torty and the Soldier, meanwhile Roseneath illustrator Andrew Burdan and Lyall Bay’s Sarah Cotter have both been nominated in Te Kura Pounamu for Ngarara Huarau and Te Kaihanga Mapere respectively. Convenor of the judges, Pam Jones, said the shortlist reminded people books were powerful vehicles for helping children make sense of their world. “At times the vividly descriptive writing was brutal and heart-breaking, providing moving

portrayals of life through the eyes of children and teenagers. “All finalist titles are convincing in their realism, skilfully laced with honour and honesty throughout,” Pam said. Many of the books dealt with serious issues. “War featured highly, alongside other topical themes like teenage pregnancy, surveillance, abuse, homelessness, racial tensions and bullying. “Coming-of-age stories and characters that are living with extended family members highlighted the meaning of family and love,” Pam said. Meanwhile, this year’s Te Kura Pounamu Award for Te Reo Maori had a record number of entries.

“Each finalist stood out for their inspiring and relevant content, stunning illustrations and excellence in the quality of Maori language,” convenor of judges Riki-Lee Saua said. The finalists in the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults were selected across six categories: Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Non-Fiction, Illustration and Te Reo Maori (Te Kura Pounamu); and the Best First Book category. There were 152 entries submitted for the 2017 awards. The winners of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults will be announced in August.


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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: We asked Rongotai College students what their hopes for next year were.

Ryder Smith, Rongotai College “Getting better at my instrument and performing more.”

Tobias Maling, Rongotai College “Pursuing music.”

Reuben Hill-Smith, Rongotai College “I’m looking at doing architecture at Vic or Auckland.”

Tom Hughes, Rongotai College “Law and or science at Otago.”

Ryan Yee, Rongotai College “I’m thinking about Computer Science at Vic.”

Daniel Gibbs, Rongotai College “Computer Science at Vic.”

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Where are the facts? Dear Editor, We share Ann Mace’s frustration over the lack of facts concerning the quest by a few to have a bilingual unit be forced upon Newtown Primary school. We challenged the Principal with no response. The public Board of Trustees minutes in April 2017 show that after a 6 week consultation period with the parents and interested persons, although it wasn’t greatly advertised




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St Catherine’s student chosen to represent New Zealand at memorial commemorations A St Catherine’s College pupil represented the youth of New Zealand overseas last week at the commemorations of a battle fought a century ago. Staff Sergeant Cadet Kiriahi McKee, 17, travelled to Belgium for the Battle of Messines centenary commemorations with the New Zealand Defence Force. As part of her first trip overseas she did a reading at the National Commemorative Service at Messines Ridge British Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. Several of Kiriahi’s relatives fought in the World War I, both at Gallipoli and on the Western Front, so the occasion held special significance for her. “I’m honoured to be able to

pay my respects to those who fought and died for us.” The year-12 student has set her sights on a career as a medical officer in the New Zealand Army and has a heavy schedule of science based subjects to cover off before she leaves school at the end of 2018. She joined the Wellington City Cadet unit in 2014 because she thought Cadet Forces would give her a taste of military life. “I got a phone call from my international exchange officer telling me I had been selected for this role. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m very excited to have been chosen,” Kiriahi said.

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Win at national competition for Rongotai boys By Emma McAuliffe

A group of Rongotai College students have come away with a win following the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Business Case Competition. Tom Hughes, Reuben HillSmith and Daniel Gibbs attended the event in Auckland at Queen’s Birthday Weekend after being selected for the

competition. Their teammate, Ryan Yee, was unable to attend the final event due to having surgery shortly beforehand. Tom said the competition sought to test the team’s skills in helping businesses with their management issues. “It looks at all the stuff a business would do when looking at their management.

“From there we look at one of the things they could do better or to make more money,” he explained. The four were selected as finalists to attend the Auckland competition following their video submission focussed on helping Asado Wood. “We saw issues with stocking and commodifying their brand because when you go to a CLOCKWISE: Reuben HillSmith, Tom Hughes, Daniel Gibbs and Ryan Yee were the team selected to head to Auckland. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

hardware store you see wood, not necessarily specific brands. “So we wanted to get their brand out there,” Tom said. When they got to the finals they were given the task of helping Desert Times with pushing their Camel’s Milk product. Tom, Reuben and Daniel were given four hours to look over the business, and then had 10 minutes to make a presentation to the judges followed by a 10 minute question and answer session. “The big issues for us with this was Desert Farms didn’t bring enough to the chain,” Tom said “We wanted to change that and give it more of a brand. “This would help build up the reputation of the supplier and grow the brand in general.” The boys said the team was shocked when they won. “They sent me a photo saying we got a certificate. “Then I looked at it and saw that it was first place and I thought- hang on,” Ryan said. The group is unsure where they will be headed next, or if this was the end of the road for them. One thing was for certain though- “I’m going to be there next time,” Ryan said.

More penguins killed by dogs Two penguins were killed by a dog in Houghton Bay at the weekend. The dog attack has highlighted the importance of careful supervision of dogs, even in off leash exercise areas. The attack closely follows the death of a little blue penguin on Wellington’s waterfront last month. Both attacks are a stark reminder of the need to keep all dogs on a leash where

required, and strictly monitored when not, Wellington City Councillor Peter Gilberd, who holds the council’s natural environment portfolio, said. “It is frustrating that the message isn’t getting through that people must maintain control over their dogs at all times – whether the dogs are on a leash or not,” Mr Gilberd said. “In this latest case, the person walking the dog acted

responsibly after the incident and contacted relevant parties. “But little blue penguins are protected by the Wildlife Act, which is administered by the Department of Conservation, and they do have the option to prosecute in cases similar to these latest attacks.” The key to protecting penguins is through education and information team leader urban ecology, Myfanwy

Emeny said. “Because many penguins in Wellington harbour have been banded we have lots of information about their movements,” she said. “We know that during the months of May and June, adult birds come ashore to prepare nests which can be up to 1.5 km inland. “Little penguins are found all around our coastline, and are vulnerable to dogs throughout the year.”


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What’s next for the cycleway? By Emma McAuliffe Informal consultation has now finished on draft designs for the development of the Island Bay cycleway. Tonkin and Taylor are now working on final designs which would be presented to the Wellington City Council this month. Island Bay Residents’ Association have

been told by council there would be further consultation in the future with a preferred option to be received in late August. Residents’ association spokesman Warren Hall said the association would like to see the engagement material presented during formal consultation done so in a “realistic way”. “We would like real photos of the areas,

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Wellington City Council’s social (Creating Harmony Optimistical- acknowledged the work of the made City Housing a winner. Wellington City Council has housing team, City Housing, ly in Rhythm) in 2015. whole team when considering “It rewards the hard work done provided social housing since the swept four wins at the New ZeaA few tenants started getting her win. on the ground by our staff,” Mr 1950s and is working towards land branch Australasian Housing together to develop and work on “For truly healthy social hous- Eagle said. growing its social housing proInstitute Awards last week includ- the idea of singing, many of them ing communities, the key is a “They’re out there every day vision. ing one for its CHOIR. having no families living nearby. team approach to covering all all across the city assisting our These awards follow the NZ City Housing was a winner in all Their common interest in sing- the bases – you have to look after tenants with their needs. Institute of Architects awardfour of the categories it had been ing developed quickly into singing buildings, the tenancies and the “Council made a vital decision ing the Council-owned Kotuku Deliverers Required nominated in- Excellence in So- collectively as a choir. in people in them, and that takes 10 years ago to keep our social Apartments upgrade as the Welcial Housing, Leading CommuSince then they have sung at a mix of skills and passionate housing and care for our wonder- lington region winner in the best 1: Momona, - Kaponga. nityArea Engagement Practice, TenantMohaka, Rest HomesKawatiri and at the Newtown people all working towards one ful tenants. multi-unit dwelling category for Led Initiative and Inspirational Festival. goal,” she said. “The decision then to enter into its tenant-centric design. Team Member. Rosie Gallen, City Housing’s Deputy Mayor and housing a $400m partnership with central The wins for City Housing The Tenant Led initiative was community action and engage- portfolio leader Paul Applications Eagle saidare available government to redevelop ourView would council in the running at our recruitment theput Wainuiomata News a group of tenants who started ment manager and recipient of it was the combination of social gate housing for the Australasia-wide awards offiprofesce or at the security basedstock in the continues to online Ngauranga Wellington. results.” The City Housing Tenant CHOIR the Inspiring Colleague award, sionalism and compassion that George deliverinoutstanding later this year.



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Thursday June 15, 2017

Mt Cook alleyway temporarily closed A potential risk for a Mt Cook house to collapse forced Wellington City Council into temporarily closing a popular walkway at the weekend. The alleyway, adjacent to the dilapidated and earthquake damaged house at 82 Wallace Street, connects Wallace Street to Wright Street and is used by pedestrians to get to a bus stop and dairy. Council’s acting building compliance and consents manager Chris Scott said engineers inspected the house last week and immediately sought the assistance of the council to block the walkway when it became obvious the building was a danger. Temporary barrier fencing was

erected at each end of the walkway last Friday but pedestrians have been shifting the fencing to take the shortcut. Chris is asking pedestrians to take heed of the barriers and recognise the old house posed real danger. “The new owners of the property want to start demolishing the house as quickly as possible – and the intention is that the demolition work should finish towards the end of next week. “When the demolition starts the walkway will, of necessity, become part of the demolition site so it’ll be impassable. “In the meantime we’re asking pedestrians to exercise patience and avoid the route,” Chris said.

The alley is currently out of action. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Thursday June 15, 2017


Father and son receive surf awards By Dave Crampton

Grace Kingi with the club trophy with Walter Maxwell. PHOTO: Dave Crampton

Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club picked up three awards at the Capital Coast Awards of Excellence ceremony in Porirua on June 10. Luther, 15, and Walter Maxwell took out the U19 Sportsperson of the Year award and the coach of the Year awards respectively and the club got the cup for the most aggregated points. Surf lifesavers from clubs as far north as Palmerston North and East towards Riversdale were recognised. Club of the Year and Rescue of the Year were both awarded to Otaki Surf Life Saving Club. Luther was unable to be at the ceremony as he was attending a surf lifesaving national development camp with the National Youth Squad, but he sent a video

message, with Walter accepting the award on his behalf. While Luther did well at the recent Nationals, winning several individual and team events, he was surprised to get the award. “I was pretty shocked – I didn’t really know how to react,” he said. “I only found out on Wednesday that I’d been nominated and I found out Friday that I’d won.” Walter, who has six children involved in surf lifesaving, said the awards were an acknowledgement of the work the club has put into its surf lifesaving. “We do the hard yards; it’s nice to be recognised for the hard yards put in.” Club of the Year and Rescue of the Year were both awarded to Otaki Surf Life Saving Club, with Olympian Kayla Imrie heading off Lyall Bay’s Lewis Clareburt for Sportsperson of the Year.

From Wellywood to Broadway By Julia Czerwonatis

A n a b el Ja m ie s o n f r o m Hataitai was in the spotlight last week when performing with the New Zealand Opera’s production of the classic French opera Carmen. “The story is about a pretty lady called Carmen. She works in a cigarette factory, and all the soldiers have fallen for her,” the 13-year-old explained. “I was one of the naughty children in the opera that cause a lot of mischief,” Anabel explained. “We grow up to become soldiers, too, but we’re still too young.” Anabel went to an audition in April and was chosen out of 60 children. “I felt really ecstatic when they told me I was going to be part of the cast,” Anabel said. “It was hard work, especially because the songs we sing are all in French.”


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Running to raise money for heart disease research

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A teenage Brooklyn resident will be running 10 kilometres this weekend to raise money for research to stop people ying from New Zeaand’s biggest killer, heart disease. Thirteen-year-old aspiring doctor and Wellington High School student, Vita Jerram would be running the Gazley Volkswagon Wellington Marathon 10km on June 18 with her best friend Ibby Cooper. The pair signed up to be Heart racers with the Heart Foundation. Vita said she had wanted to enter a running event and especially

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with Jacob Page

Michael Venus we hardly know ye Michael Venus’ triumph in the French Open men’s doubles is one that should be recognised. In a busy period of sport with the America’s Cup, British and Irish Lions tour, NBA playoffs, Stanley Cup ice hockey playoffs and the Champions Trophy cricket competition (how terrible were the Black Caps in that?!) it’s easy to pass over Venus’ unbelievable achievement on the red clay. Sure, it’s the men’s doubles - hardly the glamorous singles draw but for a Kiwi to be in a tennis grand slam final, yet alone win it, is truly staggering. I’m not sure what this will do for Halberg Award chances, I’m not even sure if he is an individual nomination or a team one since his doubles partner is American Ryan Harrison but the result is still more worthy. T he 29-yea r-old Aucklander has a strong serve for doubles but only has a career high singles ranking of 274

almost six years ago. The crowd watching the final was sparse to say the least but a French Open crown in any format is not to be sneezed at. After all, far better players have been more highly touted in Paris and come away with nothing. Generally, my interest in New Zealand tennis is nonexistent. I would love for a Kiwi to be relevant on the global circuit but they aren’t. Venus has done something and he should receive plenty of praise for it from the New Zealand sporting public. It’d be nice to see his public profi le lifted and for New Zealand tennis officials to realise they have PR lightening in a bottle. Let Venus show off the trophy at schools and major events and see if we can’t inspire the next generation of Kiwi kids to take up the sport so it’s not such a long wait for the next grand slam trophy.








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