Thursday August 24, 2017
inbrief news NZ Horse Racing backs Daffodil Racedays The horse racing industry is getting behind Daffodil Racedays to support the Cancer Society of New Zealand. This year Daffodil Racedays goes ‘cross-code’ - with Alexandra Park and Addington joining five Thoroughbred venues in hosting events. The first will be held on September 2 and a Wellington event will be held at Trentham on October 28.
Meet the candidates Q&A SERIES
Teall Crossens Greens Candidate for Rongotai List number: 15
With the General Election on our doorsteps, Wellingtonians will have the chance to decide who will represent their electorate for the next three years. The Cook Strait News will introduce the candidates running for Rongotai and Wellington Central. We will ask them all the same three questions, plus one personalised question.
need classrooms that aren’t overcrowded. All primary schools in south Wellington are at capacity or over, including Island Bay, Berhampore and Houghton Valley. While it’s great to see building work going on at Newtown School, central Government should be supporting all schools to get ahead of the game. National froze the school operations grant and the Greens will unfreeze it to ensure school funding is adequate. We also need to be actively planning for the future, monitoring rolls, looking at population projections, so no Kiwi kid has to try and learn in an overcrowded classroom because of a lack of planning.
1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Wellington schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?
2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses?
Our education system should give everyone the best possible start on a life-long learning journey that happens inside and outside the classroom. To get a fair start, children
Supporting local businesses is part of the Green Party’s economic policy and we have long championed Buy NZ Made programmes. When we’re in Government,
4. Critics of the Greens would argue that it has become something of a ‘watermelon party’ in the wake of Metiria Turei’s benefit fraud admission, and the focus on poverty that it was meant to generate. Is your campaign focused on environmental issues or social and economic issues?
the Green Party will establish a Minister for Manufacturing in Cabinet, to better represent the interests of manufacturers and ensure they thrive. Manufacturing innovation is a critical part of our transition to a clean, low-carbon economy. We would also support the creative sector in Wellington, which not only underpins who we are as a city, it also contributes to our regional economy.
My experience as an environmental lawyer in New Zealand and overseas reflects the Green Party’s commitment to both people and the environment, underpinned by a sustainable economy. I have worked for Chapman Tripp, Forest and Bird and advised Pacific Islands on climate change at the United Nations. Climate change is the ultimate environmental, social and economic challenge of our times. New Zealand should be taking leadership internationally on climate change that we can all be proud of. The Green Party is the only party with a climate action plan that will reduce our emissions and make the transition to a fairer and smarter economy.
3. Wellington’s infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve traffic and public transport issues?
The Green Party is committed to making it easier for Wellingtonians to get around our compact and lively capital with cheaper, cleaner transport choices. Light rail is key to that, along with a fully electric bus fleet that is affordable and safer cycling and walking. This is the best way to reduce congestion, improve air quality, lower carbon emissions and make Wellington an even better place to live.
Sunflower Project to spark kindy garden interest A total of 11,612 kindergarten children around New Zealand will be cultivating their gardening skills whilst competing with other kindergartens in their region to grow the tallest sunflower or widest sunflower head. The 2017 Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project kicked off on Monday and will run until December 6. This is the fourth time Daltons has run their popular Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project, which now operates on
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a biennial basis. There are 220 kindergartens taking part in the project through ten kindergarten associations around New Zealand, and 16 kindergartens are from the Wellington region. Each has been sent a Daltons starter pack with everything the children need to grow their own Skyscraper sunflowers, which have the potential to grow four metres high. The tallest sunflower ever grown in the project’s
gardening. “Getting them out in the garden and growing their own sunflower is a fantastic way for these children to build confidence through hands on experience and learn about the wonders of plants.” Regularly throughout the project teachers are sent information about sunflowers, learning sheets and fun activities to share with the children to incite their creativity and learning.
history was 3.12 metres tall. Daltons General Manager, Colin Parker, is thrilled with the return of the project this year, and cannot wait to see what the kids produce. “These youngsters are our future gardeners and we want to nurture them from the get-go. “The competition aspect adds a little extra fun to the project for the children, but we are more focused on creating opportunities to spark a lifelong love of
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