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Bike love for Newtown
By Jamie Adams
Bike love is coming to Newtown as a new joint cycling initiative will be sited on the forecourt of the suburb’s former service station. The site at 224 Riddiford Street, which lies empty after Caltex sold it in 2014, has
been leased to two cycling organisations – repair workshop Mechanical Tempest and bicycle charity ReBicycle. Mechanical Tempest will now base themselves there, with ReBicycle being able to hold mechanical and donation days on site. Continued on page 2.
Phoebe Balle, of Wenches with Wrenches, and Arthur Price and Abe Hollingsworth of Mechanical Tempest at their new cycle repair site in Newtown. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Bike workshops take over Caltex site Continued from page 1. The initiative is the result of the land owners negotiating a lease with the Newtown Festival Committee and Wellington City Council Community Liaison Officer Ray Tuffin. ReBicycle is a voluntary organisation which ‘upcycles’ donated second-hand bikes into safe, practical commuter bikes to give or loan to people who need them. Its co-ordinator Tessa Coppard said having the community facility was “fantastic”. “The owners have long-term plans but nothing for the next few years. “It’s a really good thing for Newtown.” The Mechanical Tempest Workshop has been operating out of a blue shipping container on the waterfront after moving from Abel Smith Street. It offers a space where tools and parts can be used to repair bicycles, with assistance if necessary. Like ReBicycle, the staff are volunteers, though it does receive council funding. Spokesman Abe Hollingsworth said despite Aro Valley being its “ideological home” the workshop members were keen to move to Newtown due to the effect the bypass had on cycling in the CBD. Tessa said it was ironic that what used to be a petrol station for motor vehicles was now
From left, Newtown Festival organisers Anna Kemble Welch and Martin Hanely; council community liaison officer for Newtown Ray Tuffin; Phoebe Balle of Wenches with Wrenches; Arthur Price and Abe Hollingsworth of Mechanical Tempest; (seated) Tessa Coppard of ReBicycle. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
being used as a hub for a clean mode of transport at a time when fossil fuels were beginning to be phased out. Newtown Festival organiser Martin Hanley said the committee was keen to help Mechanical Tempest when they heard it
needed a new home. The site would continue to host the Festival of Praise during the annual Newtown Festival. Martin said the owners didn’t want to be named but did have this message: “The facility owners’ heart is to partner with the
Newtown Festival team to bring life, hope and joy to Newtown by enabling this to happen.” He is appealing for an electrician to help restore power to the site after underground wires were dismantled as part of the station’s demise.
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Give us Option E on cycleway, residents say The stoush over replacing the Island Bay cycleway has deepened, with a local resident accusing Wellington City councillors of denying people’s right to publicise their own proposals. Ann Smith said she was “appalled” that a poster for an unofficial fifth option for the cycleway was taken down at a council-run “pop-up shop” in the suburb’s shopping centre. An information kiosk had been established in one of the shops where locals could view the four options the council has proposed to replace the cycleway that is currently in place.
“I spoke to someone who had put up Option E and I asked where it was. I was told a councillor took it down.” The proposals have proved controversial as many residents want a fifth option – returning the cycleway to what it had been, with slight modifications. It is similar to Option A, but the crucial difference is that no carparks would go. “ T he est i mate d cost is $750,000. It would reseal the part that hasn’t been sealed, it would move back the bus stops and the cycleway would be half a metre wider,” Ann said.
The proposal would also consider extending the 30km/h speed limit and see the return of removed pedestrian crossings. Ann said she and other residents were not anti-cycling as they were committed to ensuring there was a safe cycleway in the area. But she believed it shouldn’t come at the expense of motorists. “There’s been a lack of transparency.” Councillor Diane Calvert, the council’s community planning and engagement portfolio leader, denied taking down the poster of option E, but said whoever did
was quite within their rights to as the public weren’t allowed to display options that weren’t officially sanctioned by the council. “It was completely appropriate. The pop-up shop is space rented by the council and is about the four options put forward by council.” The public, including the Island Bay Residents Association, could have a say about their proposal by making submissions, Ms Calvert said. She said the council would “absolutely” consider option E if feedback for it was high enough in the consultation process.
Kirsty’s carpet bags top prize at art comp By Jamie Adams
Hataitai artist Kirsty Lillico will have plenty of money to further her career after winning the 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize. Kirsty’s work State Block was chosen as the winner out of 502 entries nationwide and 84 finalists at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts at the launch event last week. The award is $20,000, sponsored by arts patron and philanthropist Chris Parkin. Judge Seraphine Pick said Kirsty’s work was “challenging, brave and impressive”. “Her work appears to question high-density social housing and its liveability, inequality, affordability and the failure by privatisation to solve the current state housing crisis balanced with her interest in the post– depression era of International Brutalism-style of modern architecture and its aesthetics.” The competition, in associ-
ation with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, aimed to play an important role in fostering New Zealand drawing practice. The academy said Kirsty was renowned for turning old carpet into sculptural objects based on Brutalist-style buildings and architectural plans. Her works have appeared in galleries in New Zealand and Australia. As well as being a visual artist, she has tutored at the School of Design and Fine Arts at Massey University in Wellington. Kirsty was “amazed” by the positive reception to the artwork. “I’m really pleased and very surprised. It’s a great recognition.” She said the inspiration for her design came from viewing a block of flats in Symonds Street in Auckland’s CBD. “I was interested in the legacy of the utopian idea of modern buildings.”
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Kirsty Lillico with her award-winning artwork State Block. Photo: Jamie Adams
The carpet was a metaphor for the effect that high-density housing had on liveability. “People have a reaction to used carpet because it holds human detritus.” Obtaining the carpet was actually quite easy – it had been discarded.
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“I was looking to use industrial felt. That’s really expensive now. Then I saw a skip with a carpet and thought that was potentially a fine material to use.” State Block is currently on display at the Academy of Fine Arts at 1 Queens Wharf.
Up to 60,000 people could miss out on voting in the September General Election after their enrolment update packs were returned marked “gone, no address”. Enrolment update packs were sent to 3.15 million enrolled voters at the end of June to check their details were correctly listed on the electoral roll. Voters whose packs are returned to sender are taken off it. They can get back on the roll by visiting www.elections.org.nz by picking up an enrolment form at a PostShop, or request a form by calling 0800 36 76 56 or texting their name and address to 3676.
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Kilbirnie reveals new brand and website
Kiwis urged to clean up this September Registrations are officially open, and it is expected that more than 50,000 individuals will join a community clean up as part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean Up Week on September 11-17. Each year hundreds of organisations and businesses organise a local community clean up as part of this initiative. CEO Heather Saunderson encouraged groups of any size to sign up, and said Keep New Zealand Beautiful will then provide everything needed, including rubbish and recycling bags, gloves, health and safety guidelines and volunteer registration forms.
taken by the BID this year as it helped the Kilbirnie community to identify with the suburb and provides a base for the BID to position itself. The key themes from the work done were that Kilbirnie was Wellington’s poster child for embracing modern mediumdensity urban living, it was renowned for dynamic progressive thinking, new development and progress and it had ambition to be a vibrant place which embraced change. Created by local company Scooter Design, the new logo
conceptually uses colour to convey diversity of living - housing, business, community, recreation and events. The new website, www.kilbirnie.org.nz, provides information about Kilbirnie including a comprehensive business directory, list of events, community news, parking and getting around. The Kilbirnie Business Network will work further to bring the brand to life over the coming months, including gateway signage, as well as developing a vision for how Kilbirnie could
Young netball players at St Francis de Sales School are celebrating a dream come true, thanks to a win off-court. The school has been awarded a court makeover including freshly painted court markings, new goal posts along with new gear bags and match balls. It is the result of The ANZ Netball Dream Big promotion, which donates netball equipment to a number of clubs and schools nationwide with netball equipment. St Francis was the only successful Wellington school for 2017. The courts where the primary school players compete and train double up as a church carpark at the weekends. This has meant constant wear and tear to the line markings since they were last touched up 15 years ago. They also didn’t have regulation goal posts because of having to use hoops that would be easily stored away. Parent and junior netball coach Kate Roberts, who was responsible for winning the ANZ Netball Dream Big application, said the players were previously unable to train effectively because they couldn’t
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ChangeMakers Refugee Forum and Barbarian Productions teamed up to connect those of a refugee background and the Newtown community over food at a potluck dinner. Now everyone is invited to come see the photos that resulted. Our Food Story, a free photographic exhibition, contains photos of each attendee and the dish from their childhood that they brought along to share, along with a few words about the dish itself. The photographs, taken by Mark Tantrum, will be on display at Green Street Gallery in Newtown until Saturday, August 19. Free entry.
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The SPCA is encouraging Kiwis across the country to get their paws messy in the kitchen for this year’s SPCA Cupcake Day. The annual fundraiser provides a tasty way for New Zealanders to “bake” a difference in the fight against animal cruelty. Cupcake Day is the SPCA’s annual fundraiser with all proceeds going towards protecting the 46,000 abused, neglected, injured and abandoned animals that come through its doors each year. Since 2009, supporters of the charity have raised more than $2million through the baking and selling of cupcakes and other treats. This year it will be held on Monday, August 14 and the SPCA is
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Kids gets energised to keep obesity at bay
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Thousands of Wellington primary school kids are getting their blood pumping, and learning about healthy eating, to avoid obesity. Around 3000 children from 16 schools in Wellington and Porirua are participating in Project Energize Wellington, which combines sport and physical activity with nutrition lessons. The programme, which began in 2005 as an experiment in Waikato primary schools, is funded by Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) and delivered by the Heart Foundation. Brianna Tekii, the Project Energize team leader for the CCDHB catchment covering Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti, said there were three “energisers” in the catchment, with two having started recently.
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Tamariki party in the park for Matariki festival There was a mix of cultures at the inaugural “Matariki for Tamariki” festival held in Carrara Park, Newtown on July 30. Organiser Vladimir Bell said the festival was very successful. It brought out many neighborhood children and their families.
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Paul Taylor, ex-Newtown I think it’s good she’s admitting to it. There’s stuff in everybody’s lives. I think she should stay.
David Townsend, Miramar The two MPs are entitled to views on morality. I can’t think of anyone I know who hasn’t transgressed the law.
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No excuse for fraud Dear Editor, Co-leader of the Green Party Metiria Turei’s admission to having committed fraud over a five-year period has left the public of New Zealand wondering - is there a law for politicians and a different law for the rest of us? Her admission to this crime, had she not been a list MP, would have seen her up in court facing charges
of fraud. Accountability must play a part in this situation. She is a list MP and as such her reputation should be beyond reproach but this is, by her own admission sadly not the case. Despite making the offer to pay back everything she has stolen from the taxpayer this does not excuse her crime. Currently she is paid by the taxpayer so how is she going to pay back all the money she fraudulently stole from the same taxpayer who currently pays her wages? The question we must ask ourselves is do we, the voting public of New Zealand, want openly dishonest people running
this country? I believe the answer to this question is obvious – no we do not. The honourable thing for Metiria Turei to do is to step down from the position of co-leader of the Green Party and leave parliament. They say there is honour among thieves let us see how honourable Metiria Turei really is. Come September 23 hopefully the voting public will cast their votes wisely on who they want to govern this country for the next three years. Paul Rea Chairperson NZ Senior’s Party
Henry Ford to blame for traffic woes Dear Sir or Madam, I have a complaint to make about the holdups in the CBD, Hutt City and suburbs. Over the past 100 years there has been too many hold-ups every day and never been stopped. There’s too much traffic on our roads causing major problems, and why is there too much traffic on our roads? It
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Cycleway response saddens Dear Editor, I am willing to share that the dispute over the cycleway has left me disillusioned with the community. Where I once hoped to buy my family home, I now couldn’t think of living in a neighbourhood so far from my values. I have lost my sense of connection and my hope that people could put the
environment before themselves. I cycle for transport and have found the current cycleway to keep me safe and visible. I enjoy riding it and appreciate the acknowledgement of my vehicle in a space usually reserved for the privileged. Nga mihi. Chloe Bisley-Wright, Island Bay
Supporting status quo Dear Editor, Thank you for highlighting the cycleways of Wellington so prominently in your newspaper. It is an issue dear to all of us. I’d like to thank the Wellington City Council for putting a cycleway in Island Bay. I cycle to Island Bay on a regular basis to use the shops, see friends and visit the coast. The cycleway is a pleasure to use because it is quieter, safer and a smoother ride than the road. I feel safe out of the way of the moving cars because I am not scared of a
driver opening their car door into me. When I drive my car, I’m pleased the bikes are not likely to be in danger due to me overtaking them, and it’s easy enough to slow down at junctions and in the shopping area. If you don’t already cycle, imagine using the cycleway and how safe and unstressful it feels. Please keep something similar in Island Bay and extend the cycleway through Berhampore and Newtown now. Dr Marion Leighton Newtown
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Challenging times for students returning to school By Jamie Adams
A new study shows that two thirds of girls could find the return to school daunting. A study by GirlGuiding New Zealand of 4365 girls between the ages of seven and 17 found school pressures dominated the daily concerns of young women in New Zealand. Doing well in school was one of the top three concerns of those surveyed. More than a third said there was “a lot” of pressure on them to do well in school. This stress increased with age, with almost half of 16-17-year-olds feeling pressure to succeed. Island Bay’s Alexandra Hall “definitely” knows what pressure can be like. The Year 12 Wellington East
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Alexandra’s devotion to empowering girls has seen her meet the Governor General on Waitangi Day and attend an International Women’s Day breakfast. GirlGuiding New Zealand is working with New Zealand girls to provide an outlet away from these stresses, with a programme that includes outdoor activities and adventures, camping, community action projects, life skills, and leadership opportunities. The What Matters study by GirlGuiding New Zealand also looked at role models, body image, mental health, and acceptance. A summary of the research is available on the GirlGuiding NZ website: https://www.girlguidingnz.org.nz/about-us/news/ what-matters
SportsFest celebrates fun, friendship and fair play with local youth Thousands of Year 5-8 students from across the Wellington region will experience fun, friendship, and fair play at SportsFest this year – encouraged by a group of Kiwi sporting heroes. SportsFest is an action-packed two-day multi-sports festival exclusive to Wellington, where the focus is on participation, and games are modified to suit younger players – like Rippa Rugby and Minipolo. Kiwi sports stars involved include Irene van Dyk (Netball), Peter Taylor (Rowing) and Sarah Cowley-Ross (Heptathlon), who will be on hand at the event’s various venues offering advice, encouragement, and stories from their years of ex-
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Health and Wellness Some wastewater has had to be dumped THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE THERAPY into Owhiro Bay – part of the Taputeran12yr Exp Dip.Th.Mass Sports, Treatment, ga Marine Reserve – after a damaged pools were built by us. Claire fitting was discovered on the mainOur summer Relaxation Newtown 0274132782 Blends in well did cause no fuss. wastewater pipe serving Brooklyn and Vacant With hydro slide Situations will cause a splash. Island Bay. And to it many people dash. However the amount of discharge was less than anticipated and it is believedThrough native bush we twist and wiggle. the amount of environmental impact willFrom the children brings a giggle. be minimal. Severn days a week the place is open. Wellington Water staff and contractorsHot summer days we all are hopen! spent last Friday replacing the fitting after a chamber in the car park at Owhiro Bay developed a leak. Public Notice The car park has been closed for the past week to allow safe access for staff, OF THE D AY vehicles and equipment. Wainuiomata Squash Club Wellington Water spokesman Alex van Passen said that in order to carry AGM out 51. the J.K. repair, wastewater was diverted We are seeking a dynamic friendly through Rowlingan overflow pipe into the sea at person to run7.00pm our college shop selling Owhiro Bay. chose the Monday November uniform and 30th stationery, and manage “Sump trucks and other measures unusual At the Clubrooms student fees, you will be welcomed into were used to minimise the amount as nameas possible, however the volume of an amazing team environment where much ‘Hermione’ no twoCorner days are same. the wastewater was greater than staff’s ofthe Main Road so young ability to store or divert it.” OurMoohan ideal team member will be able and Streets, Wainuiomata girls He said the leak affected the joint to a to demonstrate: wouldn’t valve – not the pipe itself. • Be a great multi-tasker be teased “We’ve been in touch with iwi, resi• Knowledge and experience with Bringing local news dents, health and environmental authorifor being Xero preferred ties to let them know what’s happening.” nerdy! to the community • Excellent customer service skills Alex initially estimated the volume of • A willingness to solve problems on the discharge would be approximately the go Situation Vacant 2000 cubic metres - almost the amount • A methodical and successful of a full size swimming pool. However approach to prioritising and meeting it turned out it was only 500-600 cubic deadlines metres on the day. • Excellent skills with invoicing and “It is a lot less than if the pipe had student accounts burst. Our advice is that it won’t have • You will need to be computer savvy lasting impacts as the high tides will • Preferably you will have had wash it away.” experience in a similar role Signs will be in place with a health • Must be prepared to administer first warning, and water quality will be aid when required. monitored both before and after the You will be committed to delivering repair is made until the samples are outstanding customer service, be savvy returned clear. Deliverers Required in and proactive with a “can do attitude”. A rahui was placed over the affected This position is approximately 35 - 40 coastal area, 1: prohibiting the publicMohaka, from Area Momona, Kawatiri - Kaponga. hours per week term time, if you are entering the water until it was lifted. interested please send a cover letter The pipe was installed in 1993 and at and CV to finance.manager@rongotai. the point of the leak serves just under 8000 south-western Wellington houseschool.nz holds, or about 21,000 people. Applications close 18 August 2017.
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Bowls club ready to roll for centenary By Jamie Adams
The coming season will hold extra significance for the Island Bay Bowling Club as it gears up for its centenary celebration. Historian Chris Rabey has much knowledge of Island Bay, but is only a recent member of the club. “I’ve been playing bowls for 32 years but not at this club. I made friends with quite a few members. They’ve always been supportive of me and I decided to join as a full member this year,” he said. The clubrooms opened in January 1918 further south of where they are today, and quickly drew a lot of people, he said. “There were four other bowling greens in Island Bay before this one was established. The Tehi Hiwi club folded soon after this club was established and quite a few members came over.” The original building became inadequate for its growing membership so a larger one was established at its present location. “In 1978 new clubrooms were opened by [then Prime Minister] Mr Muldoon.” Another highlight for the club was membership surpassing 200 at it’s 75th jubilee in 1992/93. President Carl Mu-
ollo is pleased the club now has a high proportion of women among its 140-odd members. Centenary chairman Owen O’Sullivan said the club has produced a number of great players such as Domenica Massa, and has had several NZ reps – such as Commonwealth Games medallists Peter Bellis and Dave Baldwin – play there in tournaments. The club continues to perform strongly with the women’s pairs and men’s triples among Wellington’s champions last season. Greenkeeper of the Year was also awarded to Steve Edmunds. The major event for the club’s centenary is a two-day mixed gala on January 2021, to be sponsored by Lion Breweries. Secretary Carole Pickburn said “We try to support local organisations by allowing it to be used as a community venue.” The club has hosted school and kindergarten events, as well as family celebrations and even funerals. It also holds a regualr Housie competition. “It’s a real meeting place from cradle to the grave in our community,” Carole said. “We are always looking for more members – everybody is welcome.”
Island Bay bowls club stalwarts from left: Centenary chairman Owen O’Sullivan, historian Chris Rabey, secretary Carole Pickburn and president Carl Muollo. Photo: Jamie Adams
Pride of Wellington announced for rugby comp 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 women’s rugby squad
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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
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Seeing red over a lack of whites Four test matches for this New Zealand summer of cricket simply is not enough. A pair of two-test series bookending a ja m-packed sum mer 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.
said. “We wanted to recognise club form and reward players who have shown consistency throughout the season.” The extended squad will prepare for two preseason matches, against Hawke’s Bay in Ashhurst 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 pre-season match, ahead of the team’s Farah Palmer Cup opener against Hawke’s Bay at Porirua Park on Saturday, September 2.
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