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A Miramar teen is one of four highland dancers headed to Paris this year for a special international competition. Eighteen-year-old Taylor Jane Naughton would be travelling to the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance with Shaniah Kelly, Annabel Hogg and Charlotte Kraigen. Continued on page 2. Shaniah Kelly, Charlotte Kraigen, Annabel Hogg and Taylor Jane Naughton would be going to Paris later this year. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Teens selected to go to Paris for competition Continued from page 1. The competition would be taking place between November 23 and 27. The group would be competing in duets and special choreographed dancing as well as traditional highland dancing. The group, who dance with Scoti Dance, would be the only group from Wellington going and could be the only group from New Zealand. Taylor Jane said the group had wanted to go since last year and had been fundraising ever since. “It all started last year when we saw a video and we thought – ‘hey we want to do that,’” she

explained. “We missed last year but we decided to go this year.” Taylor Jane has been dancing for 15 years and has performed internationally in the past. She said she was most excited to be going with her group of friends and to be dancing at Disneyland Paris. “Having the competition actually at Disneyland is really exciting. “You don’t normally get to actually dance there,” she said. The group would continue fundraising for their trip and would be busking outside the stadium ahead of the Lions vs All Blacks match on Saturday.

Annabel Hogg and Taylor Jane Naughton practise their dance. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Town Hall’s fate decided at council Wellington could be seeing its Town Hall back in action in a few years’ time. The re-birth of the Wellington Town Hall as the earthquake-strengthened home of a national music centre was unanimously endorsed by Wellington City Councillors last Thursday. The national music centre would be developed in collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and council to establish a world-class centre of musical excellence and centre for culture and the arts. It would also be used for civic

ceremonies, council meetings and would again be home to the Mayor’s Office. The Town Hall has been shut since 2013, when it was closed for strengthening work, ultimately delayed by ballooning costs. The new proposal includes quake-strengthening to 100 per cent of the building code and would include basement storage and access, basement toilets and an extra goods lift. Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester described the Town Hall as “Wellington’s best building”. “This is a world-class venue and is a big part of our cultural identity as a city.

“Wellingtonians have told us clearly they want to see this city landmark reopened and made even better, so that’s what we’re going to do. “The new music and performance space will strengthen Wellington’s status as the cultural capital of New Zealand and provide our city with an exciting new attraction.” Victor ia Un iversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford said redeveloping the Town Hall was the first stage in a partnership between Wellington, Victoria University and the NZSO. “We are fully committed to this project, which will

strengthen local communities as well as growing Wellington’s international reputation as a strong civic-minded and creative capital,” Grant said. NZSO’s chief executive Christopher Blake said the Wellington Town Hall was at the heart of the NZSO’s history. “It is where we gave our first performance in 1947.” City councillors would cast their final formal vote on the future of the project at a Council meeting this week. Work on the strengthening project will start in August next year with a view to completion in 2021.

Trees found illegally pruned at dog park

Work to change a busy zebra crossing on Wallace Street, Mount Cook into a pedestrian-operated signalised crossing started at the weekend. The improvement works follow feedback from residents, nearby schools and Massey University. Twenty-five crashes in the vicinity of the crossing have been reported over the past 10 years according to the NZTA Crash Analysis System database. The $150,000 traffic light installation is expected to take four to six weeks depending on weather and will be done outside of peak hours with some night work to minimise disruptions.

Voting packs sent out More than three million packs were out this week as the Electoral Commission launches its campaign to enrol voters for the 2017 General Election. The personalised enrolment update packs were sent to all enrolled voters and would arrive in letterboxes this week. The pack includes a form setting out the individual’s current enrolment details with space to record any changes. If voters did not receive a letter by Friday, they are not enrolled or need to update their details. If an enrolment pack arrives for someone who does not live at the address, it should be marked return to sender and put back in the post.

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Locals are being told to keep a look out after native trees were found illegally cut down at a dog exercise area in Island Bay. It is an offence to cut down or prune trees on reserve land as this is the responsibility of city council. A resident who lived adjacent to the park on The Esplanade said he had noticed the trees pruned and he was disappointed in whoever did the act. “We’ve got a whole lot of community groups who have been out in the Bay planting trees and to see this is just disappointing,” the resident, who wished not to be named, said. Wellington City Council spokeswoman Victoria Barton-Chapple said council had been alerted to the activity at the park on The Esplanade last Tuesday. “One of our customer liaison arborists attended the site on Wednesday 21 and found several Karo, Coprosma and a Pohutukawa trees situated on the reserve had been illegally

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Warm up for winter Trees at a dog exercise area in Island Bay have been illegally pruned. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

pruned, contravening the Reserves act of 1977,” she said. “We suspect the pruning took place two to six months prior, taking into account the subsequent regrowth of foliage below the cuts.” Victoria said council would be talking to neighbouring properties to find out more

information. “We will be letter dropping at the surrounding properties to make the residents aware that it is illegal to prune the reserve trees, and to try to gain any information as to who carried this out,” she said. The resident who made the complaint said he wished to see

the community on the lookout for their native trees. “I think someone should be prosecuted,” he said. Island Bay Residents Association spokeswoman Vicki Greco said the matter had not been brought to her attention previously however, would be on the lookout.

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inbrief news Police investigating death Wellington Police are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of James Whenuaroa. James died in Wellington Hospital last Saturday from head injuries sustained a week earlier. Shortly before midnight on Saturday, June 17 Police were called to the Arlington Street apartment block after James was found seriously injured. Police are working to establish what caused his injuries and are seeking any information from members of the public who may know where he was. Share in confidence with Wellington Police on 04 381 2000 or anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Out Wellington chair receives city accolade The Cook Strait News will be profiling some of the southern and eastern suburbs residents who received Absolutely Positively Wellington Awards in

June. Last week we profiled Oriental Bay resident blogger Lucy Revill. This week we talk Mount Cook’s Adrienne Girling.

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A Mount Cook resident was among the dozen to receive an Absolutely Positively Wellington Award this month. Since moving to New Zealand in 2008 Adrienne Girling has been a part of the Wellington community and has chaired Out Wellington since 2015. The group produces the Wellington Pride Festival/Tū whakahīhī e Te Whanganuiā-Tara. The festival has had a significant cultural impact on Wellington, honouring and showcasing Wellington’s LGBTIQA community. Adrienne said it was surreal to receive the Wellington accolade. “It came as a shock- it was really exciting.” Adrienne said although she would be stepping down as

chair of Out Wellington she believed the Pride Festival would continue to grow. “We’ve been going from having a one day event to such a large festival. “The community engagement has been so great. It’s really rewarding,” Adrienne said. In 2016 the festival involved 30 events over nine days; this year there were 70 events over 17 days. Out in the Park, a highlight of the festival, drew 8000 people this year. This year’s Wellington Pride Parade attracted more than 2000 people. Adrienne said it was a “testament to Wellington” that the Pride Festival was able to grow. “We’ve been going up and up. “Wellington is an amazing place that makes things happen. “We’re such a well-connected city. Anything is possible.”


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The general public is to be advised that a NZ Army Training Activity will be conducted in the Mount Victoria area on the bush tracks above Pirie and Marjorie Banks Street during the hours of 1830 - 2130 on 5th July 2017. The exercise will involve personnel from 5/7 RNZIR from, Trentham Military Camp. The exercise will involve up to 40 personnel. Training will involve soldiers conducting Night Vision Equipment familiarisation. No weapons or ammunition will be carried or used during the activity. All personnel will have departed the area by 2200hrs. For more information please call 04 527 5433

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Senior students at St Anthony’s School in Seatoun had a chance to reveal their impossible dreams on Tuesday. The class was visited by Alex Hare, a sailor who would be undertaking a Clipper boat race across the Atlantic Ocean to help UNICEF in August. Alex is part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust’s Dream Team and shared her personal story with the school students to inspire them to follow their dreams, just like Sir Peter Blake did. She said Tuesday was an

especially important day to be talking about Sir Peter Blake as New Zealand had just won the America’s Cup. Alex told the students it was important to display curiosity, resilience and empathy when trying to achieve their dreams. “The first thing that’s most important is believing you can,” she said. “I have three rules for myself on the boat. Look after your mates, stay on the boat and don’t die.” St udents t hen revea led their dreams which involved everything from wanting to

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Next steps decided for controversial cycleway A working party of Wellington City Councillors would be overseeing the final engagement process and design options on the future of the Island Bay cycleway ahead of public consultation due to commence by the end of July. Public consultation, targeted at the Island Bay community, would look at up to four options for the future configuration of The Parade and would last for about three weeks. The options would include retaining the current design or returning to the original design (both with some improvements for pedestrians and local businesses). The working party would be chaired by Councillor Diane Calvert, portfolio leader for community planning and engagement, Southern Ward Councillors Paul Eagle and David Lee and Councillor Sarah Free, the public transport, cycling and walking portfolio leader. Ms Calvert urged the community to make their views known about their preferred options for the future of The Parade once public consultation commenced. “The results of the consultation will be important in guiding the council’s final decisions on the future of the roadway and cycleway,” she said. Council’s decision followed last year’s development of the ‘Love the Bay’ syndicate project which involved Cycle

Aware Wellington (CAW), the Island Bay Residents Association, local businesses and representatives from the city council. The project was tasked with gaining feedback from a wide range of views within the community to support the future development of The Parade and for a wider 10-year plan for Island Bay. There remains a range of views on how The Parade should be configured to better cater for all users. This has been expressed in several ways through the Love the Bay project to provide rich sets of information each sitting alongside the other, from which Tonkin and Taylor engineers and designers have been engaged to develop up to four options for The Parade. Tonkin and Taylor engineers and designers have started the process of developing final options for consultation by considering the community generated feedback a nd under pinning with best engineering practice and incorporating integrated transport investment objectives such as a connected network. While incorporating the local feedback, the options would also recognise the need for the preferred option to operate as part of a broader connected network. Once a n option is determined by councillors, detailed design would be undertaken.

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A Miramar resident is encouraging more men to get into early childhood education. Miramar Community Creche’s Johnny Cunningham graduated earlier this year after training to become an early childhood teacher. He said he was inspired to take up the challenge after working in hospitality and then being his children’s primary caregiver for several years. “My son broke his leg and he was in a cast for a while, I wanted him to come to kindy but

I didn’t want him to be a burden on the teachers so I went along to be there for him,” Johnny explained. “One of the teachers asked if I had ever considered being an early childhood teacher.” “I’ve had a lot of support from other male teachers in the Wellington area. “Changing career in your early 40s can be difficult.” Johnny, who moved to Miramar from Scotland in 2003, said the profession was still one dominated by women. At a seminar earlier last week he was one of two men in a

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crowd of nearly 40. “Perhaps men are put off by the pay,” Johnny said. “But there is so much job satisfaction; I never wake up in the morning not wanting to go to work that day. “I can work around looking after the kids. “It keeps me healthy and fit. “I’m just really happy.” Johnny said he would encourage other men to try the “rewarding career”. “We need more men. “Boys definitely need that male role model as well. “They need to let off steam.”

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Cycleway and footpath decided for Cobham Drive Artist impressions by Isthmus of what the cycleway could look like. IMAGE: Supplied

A $4 million project to improve cycling and walking along Cobham Drive is set to get underway. Wellington City Councillors approved plans last Thursday to build a new two-way off-road cycleway and separate footpath following public consultation earlier this year. The project is part of the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme and the Wellington City Cycleways Programme to build a safe connected cycle network,

with Cobham Drive seen as an important link for people in the eastern suburbs. The plan includes a 2.5 to three metre-wide two-way cycleway and separate two metre-wide walking path between Shelly Bay Road and Evans Bay Parade to replace the existing shared path. The walking path would be closest to the harbour’s edge. The bike path would be separated from the kerb by a half-metrewide buffer zone.

At times the two paths would run side by side, separated by low-growing plants. Portfolio leader for public transport, cycling and walking, Eastern Ward Councillor Sarah Free, said she believed the Cobham Drive route would be a “wonderful asset” and would make a stunning entrance way to the city for visitors coming from the airport. “It will link to better walking and cycling routes being planned for the eastern suburbs as part

of building a more convenient cycling and pedestrian network. “Miramar and Kilbirnie and surrounding areas are only going to get busier, so providing a variety of safe and convenient transport choices between the eastern suburbs and the CBD is important.” Ms Free said while a new crossing over Cobham Drive was not part of this project, council and the New Zealand Transport Agency were working together on

potential solutions for the longer term. At the Evans Bay Parade/Cobham Drive intersection there would be an improved crossing for pedestrians and bikes Construction on Cobham Drive is expected to start later this year.  What do you think? Do you think the Cobham Drive cycleway will improve the area? Let us know your thoughts at emma@

Buddhist action group takes to the beach By Emma McAuliffe

Members of the Wellington Buddhist Centre with some of the rubbish they found at Owhiro Bay beach. PHOTO: Supplied.

The Wellington Buddhist Centre got to work in Owhiro Bay last weekend to clean up the beach. Saradarshini Nicholl, Wellington Buddhist Centre chair, said the event was part of Buddhist Action Month. “The essence of Buddhist Action Month is to encourage individual Buddhists and Buddhist centres to take any action they wish that benefits the environment, other people, our local communities or society,” she explained. “It offers us the opportunity to explore and discuss the ethical issues facing Buddhists and all people in the 21st Century.” Saradarshini said the centre thought of ways they could help the community and the environment before coming up with the community project of cleaning up Owhiro Bay Beach. “At our Buddhist centre we agreed to move in the direction of zero waste and to begin with we replaced a large rubbish bin with a much smaller one, introduced a compost bucket and a recycling box. “We are moving towards using teapots rather than tea bags and certainly avoiding those that are individually wrapped. “A retreat we held in June had vegan food, normally we have vegetarian food,” she said. Saradarshini said the group was surprised by what they did and did not find at the beach during their clean up. “People were surprised by the amount of

electrical cabling found. “They also expected to find more rubbish than they did and think the recent storm may have taken it away. “They found two horrible longline hooks. “This is the first time we

have taken part in Buddhist Action Month and it is certainly something we’ll do again next year, as well as maintaining what we have started at the Centre and at home – Buddhist Action Month won’t end in June.”

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: We asked students at St Anthony’s School what their impossible dream was.

Ashley Geusebroek, St Anthony’s School Seatoun “To design and create fashion and become a triple threat- singer, dancer and actor.”

Eddy Hudson, St Anthony’s School Seatoun “My dream is to own my own house in Hawaii and own a surf shop.”

Maia Bouras, St Anthony’s School Seatoun “To make my country, New Zealand proud.”

Lucca Mansfield, St Anthony’s School Seatoun “To be a music teacher because playing music is fun but teaching it would be better.”

Ruben Manz, St Anthony’s School Seatoun “To be a world famous scientist and cure diseases.”

Ariana Tirtsarolis, St Anthony’s School Seatoun “I want to help people around the world who are not as fortunate as us.”

LETTERS to the editor

Crop circles on roads we now have an art installation on Rongotai Rd? An absurd collection of day-glow yellow poles cluttering the road with no obvious purpose. Ironically the changes that should have been made on Rongotai Rd. haven’t been carried out. The painted turn arrows are wrongly positioned. Why encourage drivers to turn in such a way it puts them in a

Dear Editor, Many residents have tried to fathom the totally obscure “winetrail” signs that appeared years ago. We now have another equivalent of crop circles to deal with. Random, mysterious bicycle symbols have appeared on the road. Why these are here is anybody’s guess. It’s all totally cryptic. On the subject of random, why do

head on collision course with vehicle moving across from Mahora and Ross Streets. It is almost as if the council can’t cope with a simple, inexpensive change that will actually improve road safety. Neil D. McCabe Strathmore Park

Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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Live, laugh and share with Kilmarnock Heights Home’s elders Last week was National Volunteer Week, which is a week dedicated to recognising and celebrating the vital contribution volunteers make in New Zealand. This year’s theme was ‘live, laugh, share – volunteer’, and Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home is taking the opportunity to thank their volunteers as well as welcome new ones, recreation officer Annelize Steyn explains. “Since Enliven is not-for-profit, volunteers help us to be able to do even more with the activity programme and add more variety to the lives of the residents,” says Annelize. “We have a wonderful family of volunteers who regularly visit, and we also have one-off visits from volunteer groups and musicians. We are so thankful for their time and commitment.” Owhiro Bay resident Alison Duffy has volunteered at Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore for the past six years by playing the piano for the residents. “I started visiting once a fortnight to play the piano, and now I visit weekly to play. The sessions have become much more interactive

by using props and sparking discussion,” Alison explains. “I was a piano teacher so music is something I can share with the residents. They all have song books which were put together by a former resident and enjoy singing along We’re always learning new songs together. “It’s something that brings great joy, and I enjoy it too. They always ask me to come back again.” Kilmarnock Heights Home is looking for new volunteers to visit the home regularly. Volunteer roles include, but aren’t limited to, driving the home’s van on outings, gardening, baking or doing craft with residents, newspaper readers, quizmasters, parents to visit with young children, people to visit with friendly pets, people who can chat with the elders, play board games or read to residents, and so much more.  To find out more about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home or to register your interest in volunteering at the Berhampore home, call 04 380 2034 or visit PBA

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Playcentre celebrates Matariki and education rating

LETTERS to the editor (continued from page 8)

South and East poorly looked after Dear Editor, We are grateful for correspondents’ Tim Dalman and Rose Wu for showing tenacity and clarity in their letters, regardless of dumps upon them by others. The South and East suburbs’ are being poorly looked after yet now a certain Councillor who voted for the Island Bay Cycle Way model, is seeking even higher office, yet that same bike model will create hell in the Coutts/Hobart Streets route. Miramar will become pest free, as all ratepayers will leave. God Save the Queen. Lindsay Daysh Lyall Bay

The bonfire taking place. PHOTO: Supplied.

Island Bay Playcentre hosted their annual Matariki event at the weekend with a special twist. The playcentre celebrated both Matariki and a good review from the Education Review Office with a dawn fire at Princess Bay on Sunday. The dawn beach gathering for Matariki is a popular annual event for both current and past playcentre families.

Island Bay Playcentre co-president, Marta Besier, said the centre was delighted to have received an excellent rating in their review and was cause for celebration. The Education Review Office placed the playcentre in the top five to seven per cent of early childhood services nationally. “The rating reflects the wonderful efforts of our small community to support children and their whanau,

in their early childhood journey,” Marta explained. Marta said she was especially pleased the centre had rated so highly for the relationships between parents and children. “Attentive parent educators know the children and their preferences well. “They are nearby to support and encourage ongoing engagement where needed,” she said.

Moving forward Dear Editor, I’m pleased to see T. Dalmans letter of June 15 putting the real facts out there about the Newtown Primary Schools Board of Trustees rejection of the bizarre concept of a French bilingual unit be established for an elitist few. I voiced my opposition on April 6 in your paper. I remembered Matthew (in 1066BC) 18.25: If your brother sins against you go show him your fault. Thus I now would be pleased to see focus on sorting out the never to be concluded Island Bay cycleway consultation that is costing millions over budget, or shall we instead resolve the looming Smelly Bay route in Miramar? Rose Wu (abridged) Kilbirnie



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Shelly Bay consultation to start in July By Emma McAuliffe

Wellington City Council wants to know what the public thinks should happen with council owned land at Shelly Bay.

Wellington City Council would be going ahead with consultation on the sale of their part of Shelly Bay next month. Consultation on what the public believes should happen with council’s one hectare of land proposed for sale to Shelly Bay Limited is set to start in July. Shelly Bay Limited was set up as a joint venture between the Wellington Company and Taranaki Whānui /Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PNBST). The venture would aim to develop Shelly Bay into a new area with 350 new properties, including a boutique hotel and rest home. Council would retain the green space and public parks currently owned in the area. City shaper manager Ian Pike said council would be looking to the community for their opinion on whether the sale should go ahead for what he

Shots of the south coast at new exhibition An exhibition in Lower Hutt beginning this weekend would present some stunning views of Wellington’s south coast. Beautiful Landscapes of the Wellington Outdoors, a photography exhibition by Martin Warenczuk would be on display from July 1 to 31 at Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery in Petone. In conjunction with the opening of this exhibition on Saturday, Martin would be launching his first book titled Journey Along The Coast. Martin has become well recognised for his beautiful approach to landscape

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Have your say - new bus stops at Kilbirnie Residents of the eastern suburbs are being asked for their views on where to locate new bus hubs planned for Kilbirnie next year. Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council began public consultation this week on options for the suburb as part of its region-wide overhaul of bus routes and timetables scheduled for July next year. Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Committee Chair, Councillor Barbara Donaldson, said the existing hubs were poorly located and had to go. “In Kilbirnie, buses arrive and depart from three stops on Rongotai Road and one on Bay Road,” Ms Donaldson said. “This layout causes congestion in the town centre and offers little space or shelter for waiting passengers.

“We’ve developed three location options, all are viable, so it’s a matter of which mix of advantages and disadvantages appeals to more people. “Some might want a more compact layout so it’s easier to get on and off connecting buses. Others might favour easier access to shops and facilities. Still others might want a layout that offers the fastest, most direct route for buses. “In Kilbirnie, for example, we could have all the stops on Evans Bay Parade, or all on Rongotai Road, or divide them between the two. “It’s a question of choice – which is why we’re seeking the views of residents and commuters.” The hub in Johnsonville is also under consultation as the current location was at the mall. Facilities at five other bus hubs, including ones in Newtown, Brook-

lyn and Miramar, would also be upgraded at a total cost of $3.5 million, but their locations would remain unchanged. The cost of relocating the hubs included building new shelters, widening footpaths, removing parking spaces where necessary, installing new curbing and altering road markings and would be met be regional council.  Consultation documents containing maps overlaid with each option, together with pros and cons, can be found at Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library and at Copies can also be mailed out (call 0800 801 700). Consultation runs until July 14, after which a recommendation would go to both Wellington City and regional council, along with publication of consultation results.

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Thursday June 29, 2017


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Team New Zealand captain Jessica Miller ahead of the Sanyo Cup. PHOTO: Supplied

Team New Zealand finished in third place at the 10th annual Sanyo Bussan International Lifesaving Cup in Japan at the weekend. The team, which features Lyall Bay’s Atakura Julian, finished on 703 points, just behind Japan and Australia. Atakura did well in most of his events coming seventh in the Men’s Surf race as a single. In the team events Atakura came fourth alongside Ben Johnston in the Men’s Surf team Race, second with Ben, Javon McCallum and Hamish Miller in the Men’s Tube Rescue and second alongside Ben, Hamish and Bayden Botha in the Oceanman. The event was the first time a number of the team members had worn the New Zealand cap and coach Danny Morrison said he was proud of all of the athletes. “Yes we came up a bit shorter than we would have liked on the points table, and yes we made some mistakes over the two days that ultimately cost us second place this time around, but after day one of racing, the group

came together and made a commitment to ‘spend every penny’ we had in every race,” he said. “The end result was that we saw them literally collapsing on the ground at the end of their race, unable to pick up the gear they had just paddled. “They had given their team everything they had, and for that reason, we could not ask for more. “On this occasion, other athletes were better on the day and we must applaud the other teams for the way they fought for their results.” The team arrived back in New Zealand on Wednesday. The next big event on the calendar is the pool-based lifesaving competition at the World Games in Poland for the New Zealand team of 10. Then, the focus will turn to the International Surf Rescue Challenge at Mount Maunganui in December, paving the way to the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide.

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Lions fans have flocked to Wellington this week for two big games in the Capital. The British and Irish Lions played the Hurricanes on Tuesday night with a final score of 31-31. Meanwhile they would be going head to head with the All Blacks on Saturday. One Lions fan, Ken Skehan, has come from England determined to write a book on fans’ experiences, both from here in the Capital and abroad. “For a long time I’ve wanted to produce a tangible tribute to the people who make elite sport what it is today – the fans that attract broadcasters and sponsors to invest vast sums in sport,” Ken explained. “We want to capture the essence of

what it’s like to be among the 20,000 or so who have travelled half way round the world to watch the cream of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh rugby combine to take on the mighty All Blacks.” The Book would be called Focus on the Fans: Lions Tour 2017. Ken said he wanted as many fans as possible to tell their stories of the tour. He and his wife Val would be in Wellington all week wearing their bright tabards in hopes of meeting fans wishing to tell their story. Fans could also submit their stories online.  For more information head to www. or email ken@

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Lions’ roar more like a whimper after game one Saturday night was the British Lions’ only chance and they blew it. They created enough chances but like all other teams, they couldn’t sustain the effort for 80 minutes. The charm offensive from the men in red during this tour seemed to have worked a treat. Yes, the All Blacks were pushed but only in parts and parts simply isn’t going to cut it against this champion rugby team. 30-15 flattened the Lions, who scored one of the best test tries in recent memory but lacked the ability to finish at key times. If you can’t take your chances you won’t win a game of rugby against New Zealand. Potential doesn’t pay the bills. The All Blacks matched the physicality and dominated at scrum and

the breakdown and once their scrum got smashed 15 minutes into the second half and the game was over. Yes it was competitive but only in patches and only based on this dominant period of All Black rugby. I hope the home team wins this year’s series 3-0 and I maintain that’s how it will go. The Lions had all the momentum, 70 percent of the supporters in Eden Park and they bottled their chance. The All Blacks suffered injuries to key players Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty and still won by 15 points. At some point there must be a realisation that we are witnessing the most golden of eras of New Zealand rugby. Who knows when the golden goose will stop laying the eggs but this is an era worth enjoying.

Rongotai College students walk their new posts to school last week. PHOTO: Supplied. By Emma McAuliffe

Rongotai College have new rugby posts thanks to some innovation from the school’s team and management. The school had always had six metre high rugby posts, half the size of 12 metre high average playing post. Rugby coordinator Mo Mackey said after looking to get some new posts through Wellington Rugby and other sources the school managed to have some donated by the Oriental-Rongotai (Ories) club. There was one catch, however, the posts were at Miramar’s polo ground. “I found out there was a set of old rugby

posts at the Basin reserve that the Ories had moved to the Polo Ground, which is their home ground,” Mo explained. “The Ories are our feeder club so we made contact to see if we could have them. “We looked around for trucks that that could carry a 12 metre long goal post but couldn’t so me and the 1st XV management thought it would make a good team building exercise.” The school’s 1st XV rugby team walked the posts to Rongotai College from the Polo Ground in hi-viz jackets last Wednesday morning during morning fitness at 6.30am. Mo said the posts would be up in time for their next game against St Patrick’s College Silverstream next week.


Thursday June 29, 2017


Junior rugby team donates to Children’s Hospital

Gold medals for athletes at cross country nationals By Dave Crampton

U11 Ulster Lions R u g b y Te a m with the Chair Bed they raised funds for at Wellington Children’s Hospital. PHOTO: Supplied.

The Ulster U11 Rugby team from Northern Ireland are doing good things in Wellington while they are here. The team arrived in Wellington earlier this week for a rugby tour coinciding with the British Lions. They made a great gesture as part of their tour by making a donation to the Children’s hospitals in Ulster, Ireland and here in Wellington. T he Tea m ra ised over $2000 for Wellington Re-

gional Children’s Hospital and funds would be used to purchase a new chair bed for Wellington Children’s Hospital enabling parents to stay next to their child in overnight care. Clinical Nurse Specialist at Wellington Children’s Hospital Sinead McCarthy said it was great to see these young rugby players come to Wellington Children’s Hospital. “Their special support for

sick children is just wonderful,” she said. The 16 young players from Ballymena, Coleraine and CIYMS rugby clubs arrived with the backing of one of the greatest Lions of all time – Willie John McBride. He said the trips offered incredible life experiences. “You see a lot more of life than you would ever see around home when you go to the far side of the world and experience different cul-

tures,” Willie said. “It’s an experience they never forget.” The boys would play five matches in New Zealand in the Wellington area at Tawa, Petone, Hutt OB and Wellington RFC. They also have organized a game against the ‘Mini All Blacks’ and would have the honour of carrying out the flag for their senior counterparts at the British and Irish Lions’ second test match.

Athletes from southern and eastern suburbs made their mark at the National Secondary Schools cross country championships in Christchurch on June 17 and 18, with several in Wellington relay teams getting gold medals. Year nine runner Will Anthony, representing Scots College, got an individual gold medal, emphatically winning his three kilometre event with an 11 second winning margin. “It was exactly how I wanted it to go – it’s my first national gold medal,” Will said. Will teamed up with other runners for the Year nine relay event and took it out. Will and teammate Cameron Forsyth ran two of the top three relay legs of all Year nine athletes to set the team up for the win. Will finished the relay, leading his leg from start to finish, as Cameron had done, for a good win. “The teams were close – I thought it would be pretty tough to do it, but I was pretty confident in the team’s ability,” Will said of the win. Wellington Senior and Junior girls’ teams also won both their relays, with Tessa Hunt and Phoebe McKnight running two of the three top times in their event.



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