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With a fair portion of courage and determination cyclist Harry Perkins set off to Europe to ride his bike 3,540 kilometres along the Tour de France route one week ahead of the professionals. Now, two months later, Harry has returned to his family and home in Crofton Downs
celebrating his success. “It will take a while to sink in that I have done it,” Harry said. With his road bike that Harry built himself, he had joined the so called Tour de Force – a fundraiser for amateur cyclists who seek to experience the same endurance challenge as Chris Froome and co. Continued on page 2.
Crofton Downs local Harry Perkins cycled the entire Tour de France route one week ahead of the professionals with his Wilier Zero.7 road bike. PHOTO: Supplied
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Harry’s friends and family, including his wife Shirleen who was glad to see her husband in one piece, welcomed Harry at the Wellington Airport last week. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
Continued from page 1. In 21 days Harry and his fellow cyclists conquered nine flat stages, five hilly stages and five mountain stages. “On one of the toughest days we had a climb of about 5000 metres,” Harry said. “Some of the people were on their bikes for 15 hours that day.” The crew covered all five of France’s mountain ranges; the
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Vosges, the Jura, the Pyrénées, the Massif Central and the Alps. It was Harry’s second attempt. Two years ago he had an accident on the sixth stage of the tour and broke his femur in three places. Mastering the Tour de Force marked Harry’s recovery from the incident. Yet, Harry didn’t return this time without any injuries.
Ohariu politicians raised an issue around the vulnerable transport infrastructure in the northern suburbs. Ohariu MP Peter Dunne (UnitedFuture) was calling for a renewed focus on northern suburban transport options following a spate of interruptions to public transport routes and road blockages. “Recent events have shown just how v ulnerable our transport infrastructure is to significant weather events compounded by the fragile geology of Wellington,” Mr Dunne said. “The last few months have
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seen major landslips close the Ngaurunga Gorge, followed soon after by major slips that have shut down the Ngaio Gorge and the Johnsonville rail line with regular rail services stopped since July 31.” The United Future leader had proposed a new road tunnel ought to be built parallel to the Ngauranga to Tawa rail line as an alternative road link to the capital. “Most people saw it in a positive light, even if they had questions about aspects of it. “Only those grumpy few with a focus on yesterday rejected the idea outright,” Mr
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reasons. “But we ended up in a tunnel underneath the Louvre – I was riding my bike through there and screamed my head off.” With his trip Harry is raising money for the William Wates Memorial Trust (WWMT). If you want to acknowledge Harry’s achievement with a donation, visit uk.virginmoneygiving. com/HarryPerkins.
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“It’s really hard on the body. “From day five you are just exhausted and aching everywhere. “Then it becomes a mental challenge purely,” Harry explained. He recalled reaching the final destination Paris with a great sense of achievement: “The Tour de France competitors usually cycle around the Arc de Triomphe eight times which we couldn’t do due to safety
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Progress on Ngaio Gorge landslide tion to be completed towards the middle part of next week. In a next step council will proceed with safety related works to follow including realignment of the road away from the slip and installation of an appropriate barrier system to catch any further rocks or material that may be dislodged by the forces of nature. “As our primary responsibility is safety we have installed some monitoring points in and around
the slip face so we have some idea of what is happening in the general vicinity,” it said in an official council statement. “We will be monitoring these on a daily basis and implementing any needed solutions if things change.” Old Porirua Road remains one way down for safety reasons. Residents, pedestrians and cyclists continue to have access with general traffic still excluded for now.
“We appreciate that it can be a bit of a trip around for residents but believe that the measures in place should ensure that there are no serious incidents on this narrow windy road in the short term,” council stated. Sub Urban Co-Working in Johnsonville offers free co-working for commuters that are affected by the slip. Contact kathleen@suburban. org.nz for more information.
‘I used to believe aggression at home was normal’ By Julia Czerwonatis
“It’s a long journey out of the world of violence,” Jeremy Eparaima told his audience in Karori on Monday evening. Jeremy is working on the nationwide Family violence is not OK campaign and travels the country to share his personal story of domestic abuse. This week he came to speak to the Karori community and to support the new local It’s not OK group. “I used to believe everything I did at home was normal and that it would happen in every family. “I was 44 when I realised that it was my choices that made me a perpetrator,” Jeremy said. The 52-year-old traced back his journey into his childhood which was marked by mental abuse and physical assaults. “When I left school, I was confused socially and sexually. “I was robbed of trust and grew up to believe that yelling was a way of getting what I want.” Jeremy was a perpetrator to several partners and three children until he realised how wrongful his behaviour was
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The Karori It’s not OK team with (from left) Jeremy Eparaima, Judd Baker, Nicky Butler, AJ Williams, Jay Ranghavan, Priya Somasekhar, Suz Bassett, and Jennie Tischler. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
and that he needed to change it. “People tend to believe that family violence only happens in low-income families where people sit at home all day drinking and smoking pot – but that’s not true. “I was a retail manager, captain of all my rugby teams and the ‘all time good boy’. “I was only different when I was at home.” With Family violence is not
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inbrief news Multicultural Forum The Multicultural Council of Wellington will host a Multicultural Forum on Saturday, August 26, from 9am-3pm at the Johnsonville Community Centre. The forum will address how an increasingly diverse range of young leaders can be empowered to add real value to Wellington’s future. It is an opportunity for people to attend, engage with others and share their ideas, experience and knowledge during the group workshop sessions. The event is free. Please register on eventfinda. co.nz/2017/wellingtons-multicultural-forum/wellington, or contact Ravindran Annamalai at president@ mccwellington.org.nz for more information.
Clean up Registrations for Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean Up Week from September 11-17 are open. Each year hundreds of organisations, businesses and communities organise a local community clean up as part of this initiative. Keep New Zealand Beautiful will provide everything needed to ensure the community clean-up is a success. This includes rubbish and recycling bags, gloves, health and safety guidelines, volunteer registration forms and much more. They also have developed a range of lesson plans that primary schools can download to help teach our tamariki respect and responsibility for their environment. For more information visit knzb.org.nz.
Cameras ready and action! By Julia Czerwonatis
Don’t wait to unmake a bully – that’s the motto of Mike Feurstein’s education programme. The US-American and his student helper, Skyler Jessup, are currently travelling the globe to engage students in video productions that address a universal problem: bullying. Last week, Mike and Skyler visited Crofton Downs Primary School and together with Year 4 and 5 they produced an anti-bullying short film. “Bullying is happening everywhere,” Deja Harrison, Crofton Downs School teacher who organised the project, said. “I was looking for options to address the issue, and I thought Mike’s project is amazing,” Deja explained. Mike spent an entire week with the students. They started off by defining what bullying means. “We don’t call the people ‘bullies’ because that implies they will be that person for life. “The idea is that bullies can change their behaviour. We call them ‘person who bullies’,” Mike explained. After clarifying the terminology, the group went on to exchange personal stories. “Some are more resilient to bullying, and some take it more to the heart. But every kid has a story,” Mike said. “They are glad to have someone
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For lead actor Charlie Blewitt the programme was a great experience. “It’s fun working together. Bullying can be happening to everybody – it’s good to learn more about it.” The film will be on youtube.com/channel/UC5D50mdTxhH2r9Y23Z94pFg or unmakeabully.com.
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The Karori Event Centre committee is preparing for the final push to finishing the new western community hub and is asking the public for the last round of donations. “We are at the final stages of our ongoing project,” Fleur Nicholas, who is voluntarily engaged with the plannig, said. “With the money that we have raised so far, we were able to
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Meet the candidates Q&A SERIES
With the General Elections on our doorsteps, Wellingtonians will have the chance to decide who will represent their electorate for the next three years. The Independent
1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Wellington schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?
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at having workshops come into high schools to offer alternative options to university and the trade industry. I would have business owners come in and give talks about what it takes to run a successful coffee shop, restaurant or business in Wellington. This could potentially spark a whole new breed of young entrepreneurs, businessmen and start up CEOS in our little corner of the world. I would also have a partnership programme with these businesses so that young men and woman who are keen to take that step can go into the workforce and have ‘three day experiences’.
I was in an overcrowded classroom, which unfortunately inhibited my own learning as well my peers. If this is still an issue today then we need to look at what’s going on on a deeper level. We need to introduce some kind of quota. Perhaps a maximum of 20 kids per class. My belief stems from the old saying, “quality over quantity”. With kids today there is a huge diversity in terms of how each kid learns. It is our responsibility to our children to ensure we give them the best quality education they can get and not place a strain on our teachers to teach over 30 kids day in and day out.
3. Wellington’s infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve traffic and public transport issues?
2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses?
I refuse to think that we cannot solve this issue by looking at Auckland. We need to ensure that management of city planning is done in an open and honest environment and have local architects and citizens weigh in at forums so that we don’t just leave it to the “experts” to solve.
Wellington is already a pretty sweet place to live and last I heard we were the best city to live in worldwide. To continue that trend however and not settle on our laurels, I would look
I would look at funding studies of analysing similar city sizes who have experienced their own growth of similar proportions to us and see what we could do to be just as successful if not more. If such studies aren’t available then so be it. Let us be known as the city that pioneers a way forward by working together. 4. What qualifies you to be a good candidate for Wellington Central, and how can people relate to you?
I love this city. I am a born and bred Wellingtonian who started off his working life as an ‘underwater ceramics technician’ (my job title I gave myself when I was 16 years old washing dishes) to now standing as your candidate. I have experienced the highs and lows of what life has to offer and more than anything I bring a set of values that seem to have been forgotten as time has gone on – values such as hard work, dedication, being kind to your neighbours, be bold in standing up for what you believe to be right, showing humility and compassion.
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A plaque honouring the courage of railway man Corporal Leslie Andrew has been unveiled last week at Wellington Railway Station by KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy, the Rail Heritage Trust and Corporal Willie Apiata. Leslie was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery and leadership during an attack on the village of La Basseville, France, on July 31, 1917, in which he was instrumental in the capture of three German
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Exploring the world politics By Julia Czerwonatis
Khandallah local Manraj Singh is one of 22 high school students from all over New Zealand set to leave for Europe this coming January to explore world politics at its sources. The Global Development Tour 2018 is a trip organised by UN Youth New Zealand, and will take Manraj and the rest of the team to seven different countries to meet key figures, organisations and businesses who contribute to global policies. “It is my honour to be representing New Zealand at such a high level, especially after many years
participating in UN Youth events regionally and nationally,” Manraj said. “I see this opportunity as a chance to grow personally and meet with leaders at the forefront of change in their community.” UN Youth is a charity organisation that is led by young people – everyone involved is under the age of 25. Their longstanding programme aims to involve students with politics practically to help them become global citizens. UN Youth participants will discuss and explore international issues such as poverty and inequality, and try to figure out how to make
Regional council seeks public consultation for bus and rail fare changes Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) is seeking public feedback on changes in public transport. Council proposed bus and train customers travelling at off-peak times would receive a 25 per cent discount, while the blind, disabled and full-time tertiary students would get an all-day 25 per cent discount. The new rates would apply when using a Snapper card or rail 10-trip ticket, which is equivalent to about a 50 per cent discount on cash. A 50 per cent discount would be extended to all schoolchildren whether using a Snapper card or cash, making fares cheaper for shorter distance travel. Free bus transfers were also proposed because more passengers would need to switch buses as part of a forthcoming redesign of Wellington city’s bus network. Chris Laidlaw, Greater Wellington Chair, said a three per cent general fare rise was also proposed to pay for part of the fare changes. “We expect the increase to cover about a third of the cost of the concessions, or $2.5 million. “The remaining five million would need to come from regional rates and a subsidy from the New Zealand Transport Agency,” Mr Laidlaw said. GWRC would also offer more free bus connections to trains for passengers with a monthly pass. The proposal further includes replacing six day passes with a new Metlink Explorer day pass. The pass would allow one child to travel free when accompanied by an adult, bringing ferry fares more into line with bus and train fares, ending school term and 30-day passes, and relying on Snapper and free transfers on bus. For rail, school children would need to use rail monthly passes and 10-trip tickets. The timing for these changes has not yet been finalised. After a public hearing in mid-October and evaluation of feedback, the proposal would go to a full council meeting. Public can have their say from August 14 until September 18. For more details, go to gw.govt.nz/ assets/council-reports/Report_PDFs/2017.269a1.pdf.
this world a better place. This year the students will also be representing New Zealand at the Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition, a prestigious annual event hosted by Columbia University in New York City. “I’ve seen older UN Youth members, who I used to look up to, go on that trip. “They come back invigorated and with so many new ideas and perspectives for life. “I hope to bring back new knowledge and skills to Wellington and New Zealand and transfer it to something useful.”
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What is bad about bullying?
Jake McLellan, Crofton Downs Primary School “It’s not nice. The people that get bullied might do it to others, too.”
Zoë Ferguson, Crofton Downs Primary School “Oh, it can hurt from inside and damage someone for life. It’s terrible because the person probably doesn’t want to feel bad.”
Finja Stoeveken, Crofton Downs Primary School “It can upset people. It’s just a bad thing by itself.”
Amberley Woods, Crofton Downs Primary School “It’s mean when it’s really bad. It can hurt the heart and people can drag the feeling on for years.”
Nisha Davies, Crofton Downs Primary School “It’s rude name calling and it’s really bad.”
Manon Lavigne, Crofton Downs Primary School “It can really hurt people’s feelings. If it doesn’t stop it can become worse over the years and people feel powerless.”
EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a school in Morgan Street was entered via a smashed glass pane in a fire escape door, attempts to force open cupboards was unsuccessful but a computer was stolen. The monitored intruder alarm was activated and responded to by security. A kindergarten in Wanaka Street was broken into through a jemmied fanlight window and five laptops were taken from desks in the office. Two intruders entered a garden centre in Middleton Road by scaling a rear boundary fence. Plants and garden ornamentals were targeted and passed over the fence to other
offenders who loaded them into a vehicle. This is the fourth time this year that the centre has been burgled. CCTV images of the intruders are now with the police. The garage of a house in Haumia Street was entered and a number of power tools were stolen. Wilful damage to a water system at the Johnsonville Community Centre caused flooding in the building. A silver Holden Astra hatchback parked overnight on the road in Sim Street had its left rear quarterlight window smashed. In Newlands a house in Cedarwood Street
was entered through an insecure door while the owner went to pick up children from school. The intruder was still on the premises on their return but ran out through the back door. Jewellery boxes in the bedroom were targeted. A caged skip bin located in the carpark of the Newlands shops was deliberately set on fire. The dining room window of a house in Baylands Drive was smashed when offender threw a beer bottle which went through the window and landed inside the house. A white Mitsubishi Triton utility vehicle parked overnight on the road in Robert Street had its left rear quarterlight window smashed. A blue Toyota Hilux utility vehicle parked overnight in the driveway
of a house in Kenmore Street was entered through the canopy and a chess set was stolen. A blue Honda Odyssey van left unlocked in the driveway of a house in Link Road was entered. Lotto tickets were stolen. In Khandallah a jemmied basement door gave access to a house in Punjab Street allowing offenders to search the upstairs level. A large TV was stolen from the lounge and a variety of garden equipment was taken from the shed. A Subaru stationwagon left insecure in the driveway was also taken. The vehicle door of a garage in Homebush Road was jemmied open and tools and camping gear were stolen.
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Johnsonville Community Policing Dear Editor, I was delighted to read your tribute to Ray Wright, Johnsonville Community Policing crime monitor. Ray has undertaken this crucial role for so many years and I hope the community shares my view that he is absolute asset to the police and community. The publication of criminal or suspicious activity in the northern suburbs should be
closely followed by home owners and the wider community. Thanks to Ray we can remain alert and help safeguard or community. Gerry Cunneen Former Wellington District Police Commander Khandallah
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Wednesday August 9, 2017 Last year’s Wearable Sustainable Fashion Show was a great success, Richard said. PHOTO: Supplied
Kids’ recycled fashion show Homes and Anglican parish halls in the wider community are being inundated with recycled materials to get ready for the second annual children’s Wearable Sustainable Fashion Show. Last year’s show, hosted by Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, was such a success that the families have been collecting plastic meat trays, newspaper plastic bags, rubber bands, cardboard cartons and scraps of shiny stuff ever since for this year’s amusing and endearing event. “Some folks in our community are
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Young actress Thomasin McKenzie, student at Samuel Marsden Collegiate in Karori, has returned from her first US-American production My Abandonment after spending nine weeks shooting in Portland, Oregon. “I’ve never been a lead role before and being in another country, away from my family, was a little bit daunting at first,” Thomasin said. “I wanted to make a good impression. Luckily I was working together with a great team, and I felt super good about the job.” Thomasin worked together with Anne Rosellini and Debra Ganik, the production crew from Winter’s Bone that was nominated for four Academy Awards. My Abandonment tells the story of a father and his 13-year-old daughter Caroline who live out in the woods to escape society. Caroline’s father is a Vietnam War veteran who is trying to cope with his PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). They live in a homemade cave structure, grow vegetables and make regular visits to the city using the father‘ veteran benefits to buy supplies they cannot find in the woods. “I learnt heaps of cool stuff about nature as that was a major part of the film. “I found a new passion for bees,” Thomasin said. My Abandonment was her first large international production. However, the sixteen-year-old is no stranger to the cameras having played parts in The Hobbit – Battle Of The Five Armies and in Shortland Street, and follows the footstep of her film-affiliated family. Yet acting hasn’t always been Thomasin’s dream: “I wanted to be everything but being an actress when I was younger.”
Miranda said her daughter had found her enthusiasm for acting when shooting the New Zealand drama Consent, where Thomasin played a young woman who is being assaulted by a family friend. “It was a difficult role,” Miranda said. “I think, Thomasin enjoyed it because she realised that acting can be challenging and very diverse.” Thomasin’s most recent project Lucy Lewis Can’t Lose is a web series and with six short episodes that are evolving around witty high school student Lucy which will be available on TVNZ On Demand. Thomasin said she knew acting was a tough job and she considered studying biology or psychology. “But I definitely want to pursue acting, too, and do as much as I can in the industry.”
Thomasin’s grandmother Kate Harcourt is a well-known Kiwi actress, and Thomasin’s parents are Miranda Harcourt, actress and film producer, and Stuart McKenzie, a playwright and film producer. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
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Growing seeds, learning about plastic waste, cooking yummy meals, or having an exciting sleepover – the GirlGuides in Newlands, Paparangi and Johnsonville have established a safe place for Pippins, Brownies, Guides and Rangers to explore, discover and learn together. Once a week, girls from different corners of the northern suburbs meet and work to earn more badges, have a fun time together and go up the GirlGuiding ranks under the guidance of their Leaders Locals who would like to support young girls from the local community currently have the opportunity to join the groups in Newlands and Johnsonville, “We have about 17 Brownies aged
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An enthusiastic group of volunteers met last Saturday working hard to keep their community clean after recent weather events blew debris and rubbish across the northern suburbs. PHOTO: Brian Sheppard
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Lost story of Katherine Mansfield discovered Previously undiscovered letters and a story written by a young Katherine Mansfield were recently unearthed in Wellington City Library’s archives by a local author researching a book about the famous writer. The short story His Little Friend written by a then 11-year-old Kathleen M Beauchamp (her given name), was published on the children’s page of the New Zealand Graphic on October 13, 1900. Local History and Rare Books Librarian Gábor Tóth, who looks after the Wellington Central Library’s collection of bound copies of the New Zealand Graphic, was instrumental in the discovery. “I knew that we hold what is probably the largest collection of hard-copies of this weekly magazine in New Zealand, and also how popular it had been among
middle-class women in the two decades leading up to World War I,” Gábor said. The story is reprinted in full in Redmer Yska’s new book, A Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington 1888–1903. Redmer describes the story about the friendship between a lonely, elderly man and an impoverished child as showing the young Mansfield “grappling with harsh, bleak truths at a young age, paving the way for much of what was to come”. “Knowing that Redmer was writing a new biography of Katherine Mansfield, I encouraged him to look through a few volumes of the magazine,” Gábor explained. “Partly because it helps paint a picture of what Wellington was like at the turn of last century, but
also because I had come across several references to the Beauchamp family in the ‘society’ pages when I had previously browsed through copies.” The discovery of the unknown writings has excited local and international experts. “Other than a few short pieces in school magazines, it was believed that Mansfield’s first formally published work wasn’t printed until 1907,” Gábor added. “To uncover a short story dated seven years before then was an extraordinary find; and it was fitting that Redmer was the person to find it.” Redmer Yska’s new book, A Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington 1888–1903, published by Otago University Press, was launched last week.
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Kiwi woman nears end of gruelling epic race A former Karori local is poised to make history by becoming the first ever Kiwi woman to attempt and finish the longest certified footrace in history – a 5,000 kilometre race described by the New York Times as “The Mount Everest of Ultramarathons.” Marathoner Harita Davies has run over two marathons every day for 52 days straight, circling around a half-mile city block in a New York suburb during the heat, humidity and occasional thunderstorms of this New York summer. Only one other New Zealander has ever attempted this feat. Many of the 5,000 kilometre competitors described the race as an inner journey, a test of mental strength, self-belief, the ability to endure through countless challenges. “Many of us go through life wondering about what we might have done if we had dared to attempt something
daunting and difficult,” Harita said. “[The 5,000 kilometres] really frightened me, but I decided to venture into that frightening place and challenge myself and see what I could learn. “It’s one of the best and happiest and most amazing experiences I have ever had.” New Zealand sportspeople have been singing her praises, describing her achievement as one of the most astonishing feats of endurance, courage and unrelenting determination ever witnessed. Allison Roe, winner of the 1981 Boston and New York city marathons, described the race as breathtaking: “I was so inspired I rang Harita while she was out on the course. “I had tears in my eyes – I wanted to fly over there and run with her, she’s unbelievable.” Of the 10 starters, only five completed the distance in the
cut-off time at midnight of August 8 in New York City. Three of the five are women, with Harita in fourth place overall. On average runners go through over 25 pairs of running shoes during the race. It starts at 6am every morning and the runners can continue as late as midnight when the course closes for the night. Harita is a member of the national Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, which hosts New Zealand’s 100 kilometre and 24 hour national championship races. Race founder and sports lover Sri Chinmoy, who pioneered many long distance events and was a great believer in humanity’s potential – a philosophy he called ‘self-transcendence’. You can watch an interview with Harita Davies on vimeo.com/225613570.
Harita lived in Karori for 10 years and started marathon running there with the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. She has been training in the US for the past two years. PHOTO: Supplied
Wadestown School runners enjoy competing in cross country event
Students Jess Haldane, Sophia Paviour-Smith, Abby Morton, Kate Chandler, Gabrielle Healy, Archie Sims, Amy and Kate McHardy, Charlotte Talbot, Ollie Taylor, and Nate Hough were part of the Wadestown School running team in Masterton. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis By Julia Czerwonatis
Athletes from Wadestown School made their school and teachers proud at this year’s lower North Island cross-country event in Masterton as 12 of 70 runners from Wellington, Kapiti, Wairarapa and Waikanae. Jess Haldane who took first place in the Year 4 girls race said she liked competing and that the team had trained a lot before joining the competition in July. Year 4 students run a one-kilometre grass and dirt trail, for Year 5 and 6 it’s two kilometres, and for Year 7 and 8 it’s four kilometres – the top 12 places will be competing at the Interprimary Schools Cross-Country Championships in Timaru in September. “Training in Wellington is good because it’s very hilly,” Ollie Taylor,
Year 8 student, explained. “It’s pretty cool to see yourself improving and feel really good when you run a lot,” Ollie said. For Ariella Angus and Charlotte Talbot, who took 12th place in Masterton, the best feeling is to run over the finish line. “It’s fun to go running together,” Kate Chandler from Year 6 added. She is one of the students who will be heading towards Timaru in September, next to Charlotte, Archie Sims from Year 6, and Amy McHardy from Year 7. “We have done pretty good at the competition. “It’s so great to run into the finish line,” student Nate Hough who came 7th said. Teacher and Deputy Principal Nick Julian said the competition was a great success for the Wadestown School
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Wellington Pride training squad named Wellington Pride head coach Ross Bond has named a 50-strong wider training squad to prepare for pre-season matches against Hawkes Bay and Manawatu in the lead up to the 2017 Farah Palmer Cup. The squad named by Bond includes nine players from the Victoria Tavern Trophy winning Oriental-Rongotai side as well as seven from the Old Boys University team they beat in the wom-
en’s Division 1 final. The Ories contingent includes exciting wing Ayesha Leti-I’iga who scored three tries in the final, while there are also nine players from the Northern United club. “We’ve named an extended squad that reflects the performances we’ve seen in the club competition this year,” Bond said. “We wanted to recognise club form and reward players who have shown consisten-
cy throughout the season.” The extended squad will prepare for two pre-season matches, against Hawke’s Bay in Ashurst on August 19, and Manawatu in Palmerston North on August 26. Bond said he would trim the squad down to 30 players after the second preseason match, ahead of the team’s Farah Palmer Cup opener against Hawke’s Bay at Porirua Park on Saturday, September 2.
Four test matches for this New Zealand summer of cricket simply is not enough. A pair of two-test series bookending a jam-packed summer schedule which sees Pakistan, the West Indies and a post-Ashes bound England hit our shores but there is only 20 days of the purist form of the game this 2017/2018 season. Yes, there’s a plethora of cricket to view, plenty of limited overs action but I long for at least three test series. I long for red ball and white clothes drama, games within games, the swing in momentum from test session to test session. I understand I’m in the minority, I’m a hardcore cricket fan that would happily take five consecutive days out of his life to watch every ball of a test match, but two test series are never long enough. Test cricket doesn’t pay, I get that too. Many of my fairweather sports fan mates will happily watch a twenty20
game because of its thrill a minute, all done in three hour format. But, selfishly, while I watch T20 cricket, I don’t think I’ve ever cared about the result of a match. To me, it’s slap and giggle, roll a dice, hope one batsman plays a blinder and that team wins. I’m onboard with 50-over cricket, everyone should be after the 2015 World Cup in that format but even those series were followed by three test series. It means I’ll have eight chances maximum to watch Kane Williamson at the crease facing a red ball, the same with Ross Taylor. Ultimately I think the players side with the purists, they want more test cricket, after all that is what their career records are judged on most. Williamson with bat in hand is as much my summer guilty pleasure as a rum and coke on a warm day. I feel like I’m being short-changed this summer and I’m sure I’m not alone.
Wednesday August 9, 2017
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