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Going, going, strong By Jamie Adams

Expect the gavel to drop plenty of times at the Island Bay School Art Auction next month. The September 8 auction is one of the major events of the calendar in the suburb, having been held biennially over the past 12 years. Artist Dan Wilkinson said the event had an amazing turnout of both the artists and parents who purchase many of the artworks over the years. “The last Art Auction sold a total of $50,000 worth of work, of which close to $20,000 goes towards the school’s arts programme to support the children in any creative ventures that further their understanding of what art can be.” Continued on page 2. Dan Wilkinson with an oil painting by globally-recognised Wellington artist Robert Franken, one of many artworks to feature at the Island Bay Art Auction. PHOTO: Supplied

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School art auction soaring to new heights Continued on page 1. Dan’s involvement stretches back to 2005 when Island Bay School art specialist Gretchen Buwalda, teacher Dianne Lee and parent Jeanette Troon conceived the idea of an artistin-residence programme, with a view to offer new art experiences to the children. “To fund this project our idea was to hold an adult art auction. We asked artists who we personally knew of to contribute,” Gretchen said. A student at The Learning Connexion at the time, Gretchen approached her teacher Dan, who accepted the offer and has been involved in every auction since. “Our net is wider as new people are involved in the organisation. We have never been short of artists,” she said. The first auction raised $11,000 in profit, enabling the school to employ artists-in-residence each term for two years. “Dancers, sculptors, musicians all featured and I had a turn sharing some of my creative facilitation at the school over two weeks during 2007,” Dan

Gretchen Buwalda during an art class at Island Bay School with pupils Lucas Machado Gomes and Koharu Matautaava. PHOTO: Supplied

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WoFs to be offered for rental houses Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago’s Wellington campus to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness (WoF) for minimum housing standards in the capital, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has announced. “ We wa nt to l i f t rental standards in our city and make better accommodation available for people. Every Wellingtonian deserves a warm, dry home,” Lester said. “We’re pleased to announce the f irst Rental Wa r rant of Fitness in New Zealand, alongside public health experts from the University of Otago.”

The WoF, to launch on August 28, is an app that will allow tenants and landlords to check their house against minimum health standards designed by experts, and allow landlords to request a full inspection by a professional to be certified as meeting the standard. Qualified building inspectors would come to the house and carry out an hour-long assessment which would be given a pass or fail on the spot. “This will give landlords the chance to promote their house as being warm and dry, and give prospective renters an assurance the home they are looking to live

in meets the standard.” Deputy mayor and housing portfolio leader Paul Eagle said improving the quality of housing stock was a council goal. “This is just the start – through our Long Term Plan we will be introducing a Wellington Housing Quality Standard that will incorporate both personal health and earthquake resilience, and be tailored to Wellington’s needs. “Information from this voluntary scheme will help inform the permanent standard council introduces,” Eagle said. Philippa Howden-Chapman, Professor of Public Health at the

University of Otago, Wellington, said the WoF focussed on areas of the home that had the greatest chance of improving the occupants’ health. Green candidate for Rongotai Teall Crossens said while the voluntary plan was “a great step in the right direction”, real action was needed for Wellington renters by having a fully enforceable nationwide rental WoF. “The reality of rental shortages in Wellington means you won’t have the luxury of choosing a flat that passes the voluntary WoF, because quite frankly you will take anything you are offered.”

Giving lungs epic workout for good cause By Jamie Adams

Running 70km in a month is usually the domain of dedicated and super-fit athletics club members. But 27-year-old Island Bay resident Hayley Sims is up for the challenge of doing exactly that for a cause close to her heart – despite having not pounded the pavement for a year. Hayley and her labradoodle Ferdinand have taken on the Healthy Lungs Challenge, which will involve running 70km throughout September. “I currently work for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, so know all too well just how many Kiwis live with respiratory conditions and how these affect their lives and health,” she said. The foundation’s national awareness month “Breathe Better September” is about encouraging New Zealanders to show support for better breathing and healthy lungs. “Over 700,000 Kiwis have a respiratory condition, it’s the third leading cause of death and costs the country $6 billion each year,” Asthma and Respiratory

Foundation NZ chief executive Letitia O’Dwyer said. It was these statistics that prompted Hayley to get involved. “I have only just been on my first run in a year, so I am feeling pretty rusty, but I know that Ferdi will be my trainer - when he starts he doesn’t want to stop,” Hayley said. “I don’t have a respiratory condition myself, but I really want to help create awareness around respiratory conditions and the importance of respiratory health for those that do. “ Hayley and Ferdi plan to run several times a week on the waterfront around the bays. “My husband Andrew will also be joining us for some of our runs and I am working on getting friends and family involved too. “Ferdi’s dog friend Pepper will also join us from time to time.” The couple will share their journey on the Instagram account @ferdi_poodle and on their Everyday Hero fundraising page: https://give.everydayhero. com/nz/hayley-ferdi-run-70kmin-september-for-healthy-lungs. The website is set up for all

Call to recycle Local schools, non-for-profit clubs and community groups are invited to take part in in the Colgate Better World Recycling Project for their chance to win $1000 cash prizes simply by collecting oral care waste. The Colgate Better World Recycling Project encourages the recycling of eligible oral care items, including toothpaste tubes and packaging, and non-electric toothbrushes. The national recycling challenge is run by innovative recycling company TerraCycle in partnership with Colgate. To register as a collection location visit www.terracycle.co.nz/better-world-recycling.

Father’s Day at Bunnings Southern and eastern suburbs’ families are invited to head to Bunnings Warehouse Lyall Bay on the evening of Thursday, August 31 to celebrate Father’s Day. Residents will be able to take part in a range of entertaining activities, including a D.I.Y. Workshop where kids can get crafty and create a special gift for Dad. The Father’s Day Family Night will be held between 5.30pm and 7.30pm and includes light refreshments. Bunnings Warehouse Lyall Bay recommends contacting them to reserve a place.

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Hayley Sims and her dog Ferdinand plan to run dozens of kilometres this month. PHOTO: Supplied

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other sorts of challenges during September, including meditation, eating healthy or quitting smoking.

An area being designed for children in the Wellington Botanic Garden has been officially named as The Discovery Garden – Te Kaapuia o Te Waoku (“we are all part of nature”), after consultation with local iwi and other stakeholders. Te Kaapuia represents the goals, ideas and aspirations of curious minds exploring the garden, while Te Waoku refers to the beauty of the natural world the garden provides in an urban environment, as well as the emotions it evokes. Natural Environment portfolio leader, councillor Peter Gilberd hoped the garden would encourage more city children to connect with nature.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Health info, on the go Patients are receiving faster, and more-informed, care and advice following the rollout of iPads to 52 health professionals working among the community. The devices provide secure access to the DHB’s systems and internet so staff don’t have to return to the office to enter notes of gather information. Allied health services manager Chantalle Corbett said the iPads let them spend more time with patients, provide information on the spot, and show pictures of equipment and rehabilitation techniques. Photos can also be taken and attached to a patient’s clinical notes for a better idea of their condition and home environment.

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It’s not every day the head of a major political party of another nation pays a visit to Wellington Zoo. But that’s what happened last Friday as part of a nationwide excursion by the leader of Scotland’s Labour Party. Kezia Dugdale, who has led the party since 2015, was given a grand tour of the zoo by staff and Labour’s Rongotai candidate Paul Eagle during her time in the capital. Dugdale was in New Zealand to support NZ Labour’s election campaign, which included a speech at its official launch on Sunday. “We have a network of sister parties. It’s really important we have a relationship with them,” she said. Another connection with New Zeland was her friendship with former Labour MP Darren Hughes, who is now the chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society, a lobby group that aims to replace the UK’s first-past-the-post electoral system with a more proportional method. Dugdale inspected the zoo’s animal hospital and got up close with a tuatara as staff explained the zoo’s conservation commitments. “It’s fantastic that you have a resource in the city that you can educate people about both local and global species. “It’s also great that it has a focus on conservation.” It was also notable that the zoo had an animal hospital, something even Edinburgh Zoo did not have,

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Menzshed’s new home a handyman’s dream By Callum Roberts MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Drew Curran-Tietjens was given the honour of being the first to try out Kahurangi School’s new Superslide on Friday after winning a school raffle. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Pupils and teachers at Kahurangi School celebrated the official opening of their new Superslide last Friday, a project given a helping hand by Hollywood. Principal Kyran Smith said the idea came about soon after the establishment of the school at its present site in 2013 following the merger of two schools in the Miramar-Strathmore area. “Years ago when we opened we contemplated on getting our natural environment ready for our children and the board knew we had work to get our external area sorted,” Kyran said. “We got in touch with Mark Newdick Landscape Architects who came up with an outdoor environment plan that would create all sorts of fun for our children.” Kahurangi School is located at the base of hills that bound the southern area of Strathmore Park, with a particularly steep bank on its grounds beneath Elphinstone Avenue. “We wanted them to be innovative and use the entire surroundings and realised a slide could be in an area that utilised the hill.

The slide was partly funded by the community through Kahurangi Friends, a group of volunteers who have held fundraising events over the years such as the Kotahi Festival on Waitangi Day and outdoor movie nights. But the main contributors were Hollywood studios Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Pictures, whose representatives wanted to give something back to the community as gratitude for the support given to them during the time they spent in Wellington shooting the Scarlett Johannson action film Ghost In The Shell. “They approached us,” Kyran said. “We are really delighted they made this donation on behalf of the community.” She said the “significant” donation enabled them to complete their intial outdoor plans. “Now that this is completed we are planning further playground projects.” While it is a school facility, Kyran encouraged the wider public to use the playground, including the Superslide, after school hours. “We hope they get as much enjoyment out of it as our children do.”

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City Menzshed has renovated a dilapidated isolation ward as their new Wellington headquarters. After five months without a home, the men’s community group was offered a space behind the Capital City District Health Board (CCDHB) offices in Newtown. At the ribbon cutting ceremony last week, City Menzshed secretary John Shrapnell said the invitation to move in came as a surprise, “I nearly fell of my chair.” Menzshed had previously made outdoor chairs and tables for the hospital and restored a popular children’s play piece. After finishing the projects Shrapnell thought he would ask the hospital if they had somewhere to house the group. “They said we’d love to have you. I really didn’t expect it.” The Coromandel Street building was once an isolation ward. It had lain vacant and had been neglected for years before the men’s group got to work restoring it last month. “You couldn’t see it because it was literally covered with ivy. We had ivy and graffiti inside too, it was a dreadful sight,” John said. With help from the hospital, friends and family the old isolation ward was transformed. John was grateful to have a new headquarters.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

Sharon Cavanagh, Hataitai “Yes. I think they can do a lot of other things at that age. More people will vote if you let them.”

John Burns, Hataitai “I don’t think 16-yearolds are mature enough to vote in a complicated democratic socialist system.”

Peter O’Kane, Mt Victoria “Yes. I think there are some intelligent 16-yearolds and if you get them to vote they might vote regularly after that.”

Christine Williams, Kilbirnie “I think 16 is too young. 18 is fine when they’re out of school and have more knowledge.”

Ron Williams, Kilbirnie “No it shouldn’t. It should stay at 18. They are more mature at that age.”

Tarun Parbhu, Miramar “I think it should be 18. They haven’t got the experience. They don’t know what to vote for.”

LETTERS to the editor 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 news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Heads should roll over debacle Dear Editor, Looks like the Island Bay Cycleway saga will never be over! My extreme sympathy for Vicki Greco Chair of the Residents’ Association, who tried very hard to reconcile the diverse views of the community, yet was thrown under the bus by the WCC at the last moment. Option E, as proposed by the

Association to simply restore the Parade to how it was with minor enhancements at a cost of $750,000 is what the majority of people want, both inside the Bay and in the wider community. But no, the WCC just didn’t want that, and as I go to the planning forums for all the other suburbs I find the same overpaid urban planners

and vested stake holders pushing the same appalling designs. Heads should roll, from the CEO who is responsible for this mess, including his senior team, as well as all the councillors who voted for this shambles. [Abridged] Rosie Wu Kilbirnie

Exciting times ahead for Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore “Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home has a bright and exciting future ahead.” This from Enliven’s new regional manager Suzanne Simpson who is responsible for Enliven’s rest homes and retirement apartments across greater Wellington and Wairarapa region, including Kilmarnock Heights Home. The lively Scottish woman took on the regional manager role in July after managing Enliven’s popular Huntleigh Home and Apartments in Karori for over three years. “I really like Enliven’s philosophy of care which is based around the internationally recognised Eden Alternative. It’s Enliven’s values and philosophy of care that makes the organisation unique,” says Suzanne. “It champions independence, choice and community, which are really important for residents’ wellbeing. I think it’s our commitment to these principles which makes us different from our competitors.” In March, earthworks started at Kilmarnock Heights Home, preparing for the development of a new 72-bed rest home and hospital and 57 retirement apartments. Suzanne says the new home is being built in front of the existing home; meaning Kilmarnock Heights Home will remain fully operational throughout the development. “The residents are really enjoying watching the comings and goings on the site. Some of them have already picked out their rooms in the new home!” says Suzanne. “Life at Kilmarnock Heights continues as usual for the residents. There are always lots of activities and social events here.” In line with the Enliven’s Eden philosophy, the home will be rolling-out self-service dining in the next few months.

Enliven’s new Regional Manager Suzanne Simpson. PHOTO: Supplied.

Suzanne says the trial was highly successful in other homes and the new model of food services provides residents with much more choice. “Residents will have the opportunity to choose how much they want to eat and what they feel like eating,” says Suzanne. “The change has been asked for and led by residents, and we love that it gives residents an active role at meal time.” Enliven Central, part of the not-forprofit organisation, Presbyterian Support Central, was voted New Zealand’s Most Trusted in Aged Care and Retirement Villages in the 2017 Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands survey.  For more information about Enliven, including Kilmarnock Heights Home, or to learn more about redevelopment plans for the site, visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz or free phone 0508 ENLIVEN (that’s 0508 365 483). PBA


Thursday August 24, 2017

LETTERS to the editor

Disdain for cone protest strange Dear Editor, It was heartening to see the IBRA get out and demonstrate the visual and actual impact of losing 17 carparks at the shopping centre. Well done them. I also noted that several of the pro-cycleway advocates came out to demonstrate

their disdain at the protest. It seemed strange that the advocates wanted to hide this reality when they are so for this dangerous cycleway, which has had such a great impact on the community. Shame on them. Steve Cooper Island Bay

Impartial consultation for cycleway? Dear Editor, My wife and I found it most uncomfortable going into the Pop up Shop in Island Bay to put our submissions in for Option E, as proposed by IBRA and the business representatives. Councillors Free and Calvi-Freeman were directing people towards Option B-D. This concerned me greatly as I under-

stand their role as councillors is to remain impartial and allow people to make their own independent decisions as to which option they preferred! Again it begs the question – is WCC’s Consultation process fair and unbiased? It will be interesting to see the outcome. Rick Toogood Berhampore

Out of touch with public opinion? Dear Editor, I am genuinely perplexed with the rather emotional stance taken by Chloe Bisley-Wright (CSN, August 10) and her “disillusionment with her community”. The woman is clearly a cyclist who is unable to begin to see other members of her community’s perspective. It’s all very well to be melodramatic but

one does need to live in the real world and understand that others have the right to disagree with an issue that affects so many. C om e on C h lo e, t a ke of f t h e “rose-coloured glasses” and have a good look around please! Isabella Wishart Island Bay

Debate is really about cars Dear Editor, In Island Bay they are still trying to hide behind the term ‘cycleway’ in their transport discussions. ‘Cycleway’ is no more than a code word. What they are, and have always been, talking about is cars. That tactic is getting in the way of a resolution. The discussion should begin with these

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Hold on to the trolley buses Dear Editor, You recently reported that the Mayor believed that making shared chargers available in residential streets will allow more people to make the change to electric vehicles. Whilst this is a commendable innovation which will benefit those ratepayers who can afford such vehicles, most ratepayers will not be able to afford such extravagance. Notwithstanding such largesse, the Coun-

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cil is complicit with the Regional Council in taking the Trolley Busses off the road in a couple of months when no suitable, pollution-free alternatives are yet available. These electric vehicles do not require chargers! Can Mayor Lester use his no doubt considerable influence to persuade GWRC to hold on to the Trolley Buses until an alternative pollution-free becomes operational? Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore

High-tech film centre opens Leading figures from Wellington’s film world and other creative industries celebrated the opening of Victoria University’s Miramar Creative Centre last Thursday. Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith officially opened the centre, a collaboration with Miramar Creative Ltd featuring industry-standard studio spaces, recording and editing suites,

computer labs and a workshop. It is equipped with green screen, high-end camera gear, motion-capture technology, music recording facilities and the same software used by film production companies worldwide. Co-Director Kristy Grant said the collaboration represented an important addition to Wellington’s ever-growing creative economy.

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munications and Marketing Manager. But there is hope – treatments are getting better, and research is providing results each year. More people are surviving cancer than ever before and this is a direct result of the community’s support to raise funds that are used for research. “When people ask if the money they are donating actually makes a difference, we can say absolutely. But we still have a long way to go, so the research is vitally important. “From research funded by Daffodil Day donations, we are seeing results in new breakthrough immunotherapy drugs and

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Nature becomes Robots galore as pupils playground for master art of coding pre-schoolers By Jamie Adams

Newtown Playcentre has begun an outdoor forest session every Thursday morning. Team leader for the sessions Elizabeth Clement said the aim was for the children to have the space and time to explore the outdoors in a local setting where nature is their playground. “It is based on the belief that play in an outdoor setting has a unique role in the holistic development of the child. “They are free to learn, play and develop without toys, to explore the wonder of the natural world and experience all it has to offer,” Elizabeth said. One of the session leaders carries a backpack with first aid equipment, emergency contact numbers, some pens and paper, and a cooker. “Each session provides countless opportunities for relationship building with people, places and things on Mount Victoria, and it fosters a sense of place and connectedness in our community.” Elizabeth hoped the children could explore Mount Victoria in its entirety, including the newly built Mairangi Trail, and walking up to Te Akat-

arawa Pa. “Initially we plan to return to the same area as a base for gaining familiarity and working out how we can use the space and engage our imaginations without the constraints of walls and buildings,” she said. “The risks and challenges provide rich opportunities for learning, problem-solving and creativity, developing social competence, independence and autonomy.” The outdoors can provide a great sense of freedom, relieve stress and satisfy a natural need for adventure, Elizabeth said. Reaction from the children has been positive. “My favourite thing was finding the weta all in one piece,” Theo, 4, said. New tow n Playc ent r e runs sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to midday. It is co-operatively run and supervised by parents, with a high parent-to-child ratio, and the staff value child-led play.  For more information or to come and visit a session, you can contact Emma 04 3893475 or email newtown@ playcentre.org.nz

Elena-Jin Pearce, Justine Rivera, Harmony Boyd and Angelina Toma with teacher Betsy Anderson and parent Karl Anderson. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Animatronics are normally associated with creative design and special effects studios such as Weta Workshop. But across the road at Miramar Christian School, pupils have been engaging in some animation of their own. At the school’s Year 3-5 Totara Class every Wednesday afternoon robotic penguins, parrots, rhinoceroses and dinosaurs come to life at the touch of a tablet computer button thanks to coding taught to its pupils. Teacher Betsy Anderson said the school received funding from the Grocott Trust, a trust associated with Gateway Baptist Church in Miramar, to purchase 10 Jimu

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Although the kits were recommended for children eight years and older due to their technical nature, even younger pupils have had no problem assembling the robots, Betsy said. “We partnered our juniors with the senior [Year 6-8 Kauri] class and had them work together to figure them out.” The weekly robotics classes had pupils of all abilities completely engaged the whole time, she said. The Jimu robots on display when the Cook Strait News visited were of the “easy level” category. Betsy said the school planned to purchase 11 more that would be of a higher technical difficulty.

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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

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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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Netballers buzzing with proud achievement By Jamie Adams

They might not have won, but Miramar Christian School’s Year 7 and 8 netballers did their school proud at Sportsfest last week. The team, known as Pulse, finished second in the junior regional sports tournament last Wednesday. The 16-team competition saw Pulse take a win against Maidstone, a draw against Queen Margaret’s College and a loss against the dominant Te Kura o Maori Porirua Mura in their pool. That was enough to get them into the semi-finals where they managed to sneak past QMC Blue 12-11. However they were outclassed by TKMP Mura 19-4 in the final. MCS Pulse were nonetheless all smiles with their runner-up trophy afterwards. Coach Mary-Jane Simeona with players, from left, Bhoomi Bhjandari, Axella Tsegai, Joanna Glen, Jessica Singh, Anna Simeona, Elizabeth-Jin Pearcy, Wanessa Singh and Ella Anderson. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Junior badminton players court success By Jamie Adams

There was success for Wellington at a recent junior-level badminton tournament. Jessica Tsai was crowned Girls Singles champion at the

Wellington Regional Under 15 Open. Tsai, a member of the Wellington North club, defeated Isabella Chen 21-16 21-18 in the final. Sean McGregor, a member of

the Wellington Central club that incorporates the area south of Ngaio Gorge, was the winner of the Plate Boys Singles, beating Anthony Ye Cheng Cater in the final 21-19 21-18. There was further success

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for Wellington Central in the Plate Consolidation Boys Singles, with Pakorn Putthapipat comfortably dispatching Toby George Massam 21-16 21-7 in his final. Wellington Badminton has a

busy couple of months ahead, with players set to participate in four national junior championships around the country. The Hataitai-based association will be hosting the Under 13 tournament on October 11-13.

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Jack Malin and Josh Harvey were among the Worser Bay Lifesaving Club members who attended the IRB exams earlier this month. PHOTO: Supplied

Worser Bay Lifesaving Club had five people sit their Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) driver and crewmen exams in Paekakariki on August 12. Millie Malin of Lower Hutt, and Jess Mellsop of Seatoun gained their IRB crewman’s qualification, while club captain Tessa Bruin of Miramar and Elis Hickson-Rowden of Island Bay obtained their IRB drivers qualification. Lower Hutt’s Jack Malin, who obtained his IRB instructors qualification, and Churton Park’s Josh Harvey, who is the club’s Power

Craft Officer and a current IRB examiner, helped out throughout the exam. The surf during the exam was messy with two-metre swells challenging the candidates. Worser Bay Life Saving Club’s IRB team trained hard throughout summer and winter to gain these qualifications, Tessa said. “Our club has a strong IRB squad with a mix of experienced life guards and juniors progressing through training to sit these qualifications which provide the knowledge and skills needed for rescues and patrols.”

It’s hard to describe how sublime the first 50 minutes were of the Bledisloe Cup match last weekend. Equally though, the last 30 from the men in black was some of the worst rugby from the national team in the 21st century. Going into the game, I felt Steve Hansen’s men had lost a bit of their all-conquering aura after the drawn British Lions series and the leaked four tries in the last half an hour made me feel vindicated in that worry. Make no mistake about it, rugby is now a 23-man game. Being an impact player off the bench is now a specialist position in the team. The All Blacks still have the best starting lineup on the planet by some way but their are some serious cracks in the men riding the pine. Each of those reserves failed to fire

in spectacular fashion. Granted, the game was well and truly over as a contest by the time any of them got on the field, but the massive slide in standards and sieve-like defence will be concerning to the coaching staff. Yes, the Wallabies are at a low point in their history, but the All Blacks failure to be ruthless when they had every opportunity to be so, is a sign this is a new era of the All Blacks. On a side note, Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty are the keys in the backline while Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock are the best locking combination in the world. Take any of those four players out of the team and other nations have a sniff of toppling us. Rest in Peace Pinetree. You were a credit to the mantle of the greatest All Black in history and an even more stellar gentleman off the field.


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Thursday August 24, 2017

Village at the Park Open day

When the directors of Hurst Lifecare and the Tenths Trust got together back in 2002, they created a vision of just what Athletic Park would look like when fully developed as a Retirement Village. 15 years later, this vision is coming into sharp focus; our latest apartment block opening in November 2017. Our latest offering of 28 apartments incorporates a variety of layout options and caters for various budgets. There has been a lot of interest in these apartments, which include such features as double wardrobes; your own laundry area; a separate bathroom with shower, slip reduction tiles, and underfloor heating; a personal balcony or patio; and much, much more. You can choose from a small onebedroom apartment with separate facilities, but if budget allows and you require additional living space, our large one-plus apartment may be for you. We still have one large two-bedroom apartment available for those that prefer the extra space for guests. All our apartments cater for the fully independent person or persons, but

you have the advantage of accessing those allimportant service packages as you age in place. Village at the Park is one of Wellington’s most centrally located comprehensive lifestyle villages. We offer a full range of living and care options including villas, serviced apartments and care facilities including a rest home, specialised dementia care, and hospital care. There are many perks to living in Village at the Park, all of which equate to having an incredibly convenient and comfortable lifestyle. Not only will you be in a location close to everything you need, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities, with a newly built community centre offering a swimming pool and spa, full outdoor bowling green, indoor bowls, cinema, beauty salon, gymnasium, chapel, library, and more. In addition, as a Village resident, you will have priority access to the care facilities should you require a short stay of longer-term care. Nursing assistance is always close by, so you can recuperate and be looked after in familiar surroundings.

Open days take place on the first Saturday of every month. Or call Brian for an appointment 04 380 1361 or 027 474 7984

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