Thursday August 24, 2017
Clean-up day part of plan to give plastic the chop By Jamie Adams
The children of Seido Karate Club are walking the talk when it comes to making a difference to their environment. Since the start of August members of the Brooklyn dojo have been scouring the city’s drains and gutters for plastic rubbish to raise awareness and funds. Dojo first kyu Pepe Becker said each child aimed to pick up and bin two pieces of plastic (takeaway containers, bottles, pottles, lids, lolly wrappers, etc) every day for the month of August. They would receive 20 cents a day for doing so. “They are just asking friends, neighbours and family members. We are quite flexible. If they miss a day because of rain or whatever, they can pick up four pieces,” Pepe said. “People are really getting behind it.” There are 30 members of the dojo participating, meaning they could make almost $200 from the project, all of which will go towards the club’s post-grading party next month. Pepe was inspired to begin the project after reading an article in AA Directions magazine about dedicated “Sea Cleaner” Hayden Smith. The article quoted him in reference to New Zealand’s population: “Imagine having 4.5 million people, every day, picking up just
Members of Seido Karate Club with some of the plastic they have been collecting over the past month. From left: Pepe Becker, Daniel Gestro, Neve McCarthy, Fern Hills, Rushil Jeram Patel, Rory Sengelow and Ariana Goode. PHOTO: Supplied
one piece of rubbish.” The project is a prelude to the club’s community clean-up at Lyall Bay beach and surrounding streets on Saturday, September 2. That event has been organised to reflect Pepe’s major concern
about plastic ending up in the ocean. “It’s to make kids think about where it goes. The biggest problem is when it goes into the sea it ends up in the Great Pacific garbage patch,” she said, referring
Athletics ground undergoes makeover
to a massive vortex of rubbish that has accumulated in the North Pacific Ocean from global dumping. The project coincided well with a recent drive by Island Bay School pupils to end plastic bag use for supermarket shopping.
Clareburt one to watch in future By Jamie Adams
Excavation work is being undertaken on the athletics track at Newtown Park. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Pedestrians who use the perimeter track at Newtown Park might have noticed some dramatic renovations happening on its athletics field. Two excavation projects are being undertaken at the park, putting it out of action for most of the rest of the year. Wellington City Council spokesperson Victoria Barton-Chapple said the first project was the surface renewal of the Newtown number one grass field. “This project includes removal of the existing grass surface to 100 millimetres, the installation
of drains and importing 100 metres of clean sand and re-grassing. The work was expected to be completed mid-September, she said. “The field will be closed during this time and will remain closed until November or until the grass is established.” Victoria said the weather-dependant project had been in the pipeline before, however there had not been a good time to do it. “Events such as Rugby World Cup and FIFA U20 have always caused disruptions to community sport, plus given the time frame
there is always going to be an impact on the community,” she said. “This work will ensure we can deliver a better performing playing surface.” The second project is the athletic track resurfacing, which is due to start on December 4 and take 21 days to complete. “This project is subject to weather conditions and therefore we have planned for a track closure of 42 days,” Victoria said. More details regarding this project would be available closer to the time, she said.
Uniformed dojo members will be out in force and Pepe encouraged south coast residents to get involved in the hour-long cleanup, which begins at 2pm. “Every bit of effort makes a difference,” she said.
that year’s Junior Pan Pacific Championships. He then won eight national age-group titles and broke a 24-year-old age-group record in the 200m freestyle at the National Age Group Championships in March this year. Lewis’ talent extends to surf lifesaving, which was also acknowledged at the awards when he won a third title with the Junior Black Fins at the 2 016 world championships.
New Zealand could have another swimming star in the making after more international success by Wellington swimmer Lewis Clareburt. The 18-year-old Scots College student won an exceptional seven medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games at the Bahamas last month, including three gold, leading to comparisons with Olympic great Danyon Loader. Clareburt topped the podium in the boys’ 400m individual medley and 200m freestyle before helping the New Zealand quartet power to victory in the mixed 4x200m freestyle relay. In the 400m medley final Clareburt was nearly six seconds faster than the silver medallist. An outstanding effort in the pool further justified his taking out the Wellington Emerging Sportsman of the Year award in June. The award, part of the Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards for performances in 2016, came Junior swimming sensation Lewis after Lewis broke a 26-year- Calbert with his Wellington Emergold Wellington record in the ing Sportsman of the Year award. 400m individual medley at PHOTO: Supplied
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