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There were gasps and cheers from beginning to end when the Wellington Circus Hub performed their oneoff show at the Michael Fowler Centre on Saturday. A packed audience of young and old were dazzled by the tumblers, dancers, jugglers and clowns on stage, musically accompanied by Orchestra Wellington. Continued on page 2. Cirucs Hub performers following their show Under The Big Top. Back from left: Connor Leech, Rhyanne Grace Vasta, Rich Martin, Stephanie Hobbs, Julia Magill (hidden), Laila Smith, Aidin Ralfe, Jackson Cordery. Front from left: Gaia Smith, Sophia O’Connor, Laura Oakley and director Rosalie Ducharme. PHOTO: Jamie Adams.

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Magic of circus has crowd buzzing The advertisement for Under The Big Top claimed the stunts were “deathdefying” and that certainly was the case, with several performers supended from six-metre-high curtains and ropes, at times without cushions to break any potential fall. The 12-strong act was choerographed by Circus Hub’s head trainer Rosalie Ducharme, a graduate of Montreal’s National Circus School who tutors a performing arts programme at Whitireia New Zealand. Her background in rhythmic gymnastics and contemporary dance enabled her to choreograph such a spectacular show. When asked afterwards how she could allow her performers to carry out such risky acrobatics, Rosalie said it all came down to trust in their ability. ”It’s about how consistent they are. They

usually just slide down [the curtains].” Rosalie said the lead-up had been demanding, with some having to juggle day jobs and study as well as fend off winter illness. “We have been doing three rehearsals a week for the last month, even more in the last two weeks. “They will all have a well-deserved rest.” Music director Marc Taddei said the show was a great way to entertain children while introducing them to the “magic” of orchestra. The Wellington Circus Hub, was founded in 2005 and is based at the Wellington Indoor Sports Centre in Newtown. While it is vocational for those wanting to get into the circus industry, it offers classes for children as young as three. Its website is

Georgi Curran hangs on an aerial rope, as fellow Circus Hub performers Aidin Ralfe, Gaia Smith, and Rhyanne Grace Vasta look on during the show Under The Big Top. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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The major slips that occured in Wellington during last Friday’s wet weather not only led to evacuations, but also road closures – including a crucial connection between Seatoun and the south coast. The Pass of Branda was out of action until Tuesday after rubble from a hillside collapsed, completely blocking the road. Even then it was only a reprieve, as council spokesman Richard MacLean said the road had to be closed again on Wednesday to pull down any loose material. The closure meant for at least four days Seatoun residents had no choice but to negotiate the busy Cobham Drive and then compete with airport, Miramar or Strathmore traffic to get to their homes. A major slip on The Esplanade east of Houghton Bay also forced a road closure, though it was cleared for use by Saturday.

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Ceremony marks beginning for Cobham cycleway By Meriana Johnsen

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and Transport Minister Simon Bridges swapped their pens for spades on Monday morning to commemorate the start of construction on the Cobham cycleway. The sod-turning ceremony was held on the corner of Cobham Drive and Miramar Avenue and attended by

about 30 representatives from the Wellington City Council, NZTA and local pedestrian lobby group Living Streets. Bridges told those in attendance that he hoped the $5.5million project would get young ones back on their bikes. “We use the word too often, but I think it will be iconic,” Bridges said. Many of the local councillors

had cycled to the event including Lester who told the crowd it had taken him 15 minutes to cycle from the city. The elephant in the room was the Island Bay cycleway which Lester said would be sorted in the coming month. The Cobham cycleway is just one section of the council’s plan to have a cycleway connecting Miramar to the CBD. Councillor Sarah Free said

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No it’s not a holdup – Rongotai candidates Chris Finlayson, Paul Eagle, Paddy Plunket, Bruce Welsh and Teall Crossen answer the affirmative during a game of “Heads or Tails (True or False)” at the election meeting in Newtown. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

had increased welfare benefits for the first time since 1973. “The Left doesn’t have a monopoly on compassion.” Greens’ Teall Crossen said having a ready supply of warm, dry homes in Wellington was her priority as an MP. “We are short of 4000 homes and National has been dragging its feet.” Conservative’s Bruce Welsh, an architect, suggested housing could be solved by creating prefabricated houses that could

ty of cheers with her party’s proposals for an unconditional basic income and an asset tax as a means to fund social services. NZ First’s Geoff Mills sought to raise the minimum wage to $20 an hour and warned National to “keep your hands off the Gold Card”. Patrick believed the turnout was the biggest ever and there was a real possibility the electorate would have three representatives, with two being list MPs.

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Parking fees in central Wellington have increased from $4 to $4.50 per hour from Monday. The fee rise of 50 cents an hour will affect the area bounded by Bunny Street, Lambton Quay, Bowen Street, The Terrace, Boulcott Street, Willis Street, Dixon Street, Cuba Street, Jervois Quay and Waterloo Quay. Wellington City Council’s transport strategy and operations portfolio leader Chris Calvi-Freeman said it was a repsonse to feedback that parking was oversubscribed in the central city. “We have to be smarter and more effective in how we make the maximum use of limited parking spaces. “Increasing fees in the central city will help us do that.”

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Housing, poverty and the environment were the big talking points at a Rongotai candidates meeting in Newtown on Tuesday evening. Candidates from National, Labour, Greens, Conservative, NZ First and The Opportunities Party spoke in front of a packed St Annes Hall, with the loudest cheers and applause reserved for proposals to fix Wellington’s chronic housing shortage and homelessness issue. Labour’s Paul Eagle slammed the government’s record, saying there were now 90,000 children in severe poverty. He said the youth suicide rate was a huge issue and Labour would put $43 million in mental health services that especially targeted students. National’s Chris Finalyson admitted the country hadn’t “reached the new Jerusalem yet” despite his assertion the economy was doing well. As well as housing, he said a big issue for Wellington was building resilience in the wake of the Kaikoura earthquake. He agreed poverty was a “huge financial and moral issue” but reminded voters the National




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Senior citizens got their fists, bodies and minds pumping when a fitness session with a difference was introduced at Kilbirnie’s Wellington Boxing Gym last Thursday. Counterpunch Parkinson’s, a nationwide organisation dedicated to providing exercise classes to people with Parkinson’s Disease, now has a presence in Wellington thanks to the efforts of coach Kathy McConville in securing an agreement with gym owner Asher Derbyshire to use the facility at low cost. “Counterpunch is the first accredited boxing class for people with Parkinson’s Disease,” Kathy said. The programme was founded by Lisa Gombinsky Roach, who was inspired after researching the benefits of specialised exercise for people with Parkinson’s Disease but realising it hadn’t been implemented in New Zealand. Several clubs were subsequently established in Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury but not Wellington – until now.

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Retired folk do their bit for charity By Jamie Adams

A retirement village has teamed up with a charity to distribute a range of items for Wellington’s needy thanks to the volunteer efforts of some of its residents. Given for You sources “care packages” and distribute them to organisations such as Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens, the Free Store and Wellington City Mission. “We’ve been going since October last year and we are all about being a hand for vulnerable Wellington families,” trustee Sandy Baigent said. The main packages cater for families and include towels, face cloths, bathmats, toiletry items and even reusuable sanitary products for girls. Given for You also distributes birthday and student swim packages to particular individuals who may otherwise miss out. Their contents are determined by social workers and a budget advisor which Given for You then purchase using funds raised from sponsors and charity drives. Students from Samuel Marsden Collegiate then collate the products into the packages. While most items are purchased from various retailers, elderly volunteers have stepped up by providing hand-crafted items of their own. Rita Angus Retirement Vil-

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Stephen Dacomve-Bird, Island Bay “Kerry Prendergast said don’t build it unless everyone uses it. It would be good to have something of national significance.”

Pepe Becker, Island Bay “Can they not extend the existing one? We need more money for other things like fixing roads.”

Ben Wylie van Eerd, Hataitai “I’m not fussed about it. It might be a good idea but not something that enflames my passions.”

Ross Bell, Strathmore “There is a much greater need for social housing in Wellington than for that.”

Donald McDonald, Newtown “Not a good idea. TV, radio and the media has created a sick society. Concerts are not my cup of tea.”

Eamon Lyons, Lyall Bay “I’m all for it. The sound in TSB Arena is awful. A public/private partnership could build it.”

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 Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

All Blacks overpaid, unprofessional Dear Editor, Our overpaid male so called professional rugby players should take a hike. Stay on the field and out of the bedroom. Fights, drunkenness’s, stripers, toilet

lurking, coke, seem to be the norm in the modern game and it really takes my biscuit that loser Hansen spends more time on TV sugar laden ads seeking the moral high ground. All of these overpaid show ponies and the NZRU should go!

Thank Allah that my children and grandchildren is school no longer supports this close to legal violent game because of the reality of concussion! The game died with Pinetree. RIP Rose Wu Kilbirnie

Thursday September 7, 2017

LETTERS to the editor

A bigger arena for Wellington? Dear Editor, If a larger arena is built could you please, PLEASE use a different colour or differing colours for the seats. I am non-plussed and embarrassed at the sea of yellow I see whenever I watch

a broadcast from the Cake Tin (and that is not the overwhelming yellow shirts in the ‘artist’s impression’ on the front page of the Dom Post of 30-8-2017). Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Democracy or discrimination? Dear Editor, So a reader writes to discuss and debate a thought of lowering the voting age yet out jumps H Westfold inferring that it is too complicated for youths and GIRLS. He always has a consistent line against any new idea, and particularly against any sex other than his own! I recall Jonah in 4:11 saying “that 120,000 people cannot tell their left hand from their right so should I not be

concerned about the great city!” Perhaps even he was predicting the use of the very misconstrued Vote: Compass that TV1 is urging us to use to understand for whom to vote. I do think more young people today, with a clear vision will vote on the 23rd, and a new progressive Government for the people will sweep out the old. Rose Wu Kilbirnie

The motorcar will never disappear Dear Editor, Richard Keller of Lyall Bay (CSN 24/8) states Island Bay residents are “still trying to hide behind the term cycleway in their transport discussions and what they should be really talking about is cars!” Apparently he thinks there are too many cars in Island Bay and he questions “why are so many car parks allowed to get in the way of other transport options?” He states “once the more honest term of ‘CARS’ replaces the code word ‘CYCLEWAY’ then people can talk more ‘honestly’ with each other”. Well, personally I don’t quite understand the point that Mr Keller is trying to make?

He obviously dislikes cars with a vengeance and would like everybody to get on their bikes or use public transport. That doesn’t suit all people. The motorcar will be here for a long time to come, Mr Keller. I’m sure it will mutate to suit people’s needs over the next decades but it will never disappear and I believe it is naïve to thinks so. What is happening in Wellington with all this cycleway business is nonsensical and the sooner Wellingtonians speak out the better. Ron Rodgers Berhampore

Not another burden for the taxpayer! Dear Editor, Help, OMG. Now the mayor is pushing for a $180million-plus multi-music venue to be built by the Westpac Cake Tin with no roof! I recall some years ago that the WCC wanted to build the same, yet after appeal to the Environmental Court by Andy Foster (the present councillor) it was shifted and built for $50million at Kilbirnie (and is a

white elephant). I think an inquiry was held and a Commissioner said it can’t be built on that land on the waterfront for a number of unsound reasons. Could one of your readers inform us about this please, as the WCC is overburdening me with ratepayer debt! Rose Wu Kilbirnie

Inability to respect others’ opinions Dear Editor, Clearly Richard Keller of Lyall Bay has taken offence to my letter (CSN 24 August) and has taken it upon himself to charmingly accuse the good people of Island Bay of “the Tea-party type (read Donald Trump) uprising in Island Bay”. He then goes further to accuse IB of a “car cult mentality”. What a narrow-minded opinion he has for others that don’t share his views! As a cyclist, pedestrian, bus user and occasional motorist I think Keller completely

misses the point (conveniently of course hence the insults and name calling) that the abomination of a cycleway is simply a “dangerous and not fit for purpose” use of The Parade! WCC have designed the cycleway so it is unsafe for ALL road users (including cyclists). How about focusing on your own suburb and leave Island Bay to sort out their issues. Car cult mentality – what utter rot! Isabella Wishart Island Bay

Young people worthy of chance to vote Dear Editor, In reply to H Westfold’s letter on this subject in Cook Strait News August 31, I think he is displaying a deficit of logic. He should consider the following: • You don’t have to be a mere 16 years of age to find the concept of democracy a complex issue • In any age group there are people who choose not to vote, despite being eligible to do so • Secondary school children who are

approaching 16 years will find politics a lot more relevant if they themselves will soon be eligible to vote I think there are many 16(+) year-olds who are very articulate, well-informed, and worthy of being given the opportunity of voting and they should be given this chance before they leave school and lose interest in helping to change the world around them. C Swift Island Bay



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Young karateka deal big kick to plastic By Jamie Adams

Members of the South Wellington Seido Karate Club braved a bitterly cold early spring day to do their final bit in a month-long rubbish collecting project on Saturday. Children of the club had been picking up plastic rubbish every day throughout August for both an environmental cause as well as to raise a small pool of funds for its prizegiving party. It culminated in their meeting in their karate uniforms at Lyall Bay beach outside Maranui Café to pick up beach litter as a means to raise awareness of the

shocking impact plastic waste has on the marine environment. Dojo brown belt and clean-up co-ordinator Pepe Becker had this message to club members: “Osu everyone. Thanks again to all who turned up (in the cold wind) to be photographed and/or to clean up the Lyall Bay beach and coastal street area, and to all who have been gathering sponsorship and/ or donations and/or have been picking up plastic rubbish for the past month. “A supreme effort for two very good causes - a cleaner community/environment and a cinematic celebration for the

kids.” The weather was too cold and windy for the children to stick around for an hour, but they had cleaned the Lyall Bay beach before returning to the warmth of their homes while the adults continued to clean the side streets through the afternoon. Pepe said the project was such a success that the dojo was considering making it an annual event. “Next year we’ll do the final clean-up around our dojo’s local area in Berhampore and perhaps cover Adelaide Road down towards The Parade and Island Bay.”

Matthew Beauchamp, of Brooklyn, shows his approval behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Diablo. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

Freezing weather didn’t deter those eager to pop over to Repco Wellington’s Open Day to celebrate its new Adelaide Road store. The major drawcards were the two supercars on display that were being promoted for Repco’s Win A Spin competition – a black 2005 Ferrari Spider and a red 1991 Lamborghini Diablo. The high-performance sports cars from Luxury Rides Wellington drew plenty of attention, with customers unable to resist sitting in their driver’s seats. Branch manager Lindsay Cook

said the draw was a great success with some customers paying for several raffle tickets in their bid for a ride in one of them. “We were happy. It was cold but sales were better than on a normal weekend,” he said. The new more convenient location made it a proper destination for car parts customers, in contrast to its hard-to-access former Kent Terrace site, he said. “It’s a very pleasing outcome. We’re glad we survived the shift.” The winners of the draw were John and Jennifer Sullivan on Saturday, and Rob McDougall on Sunday.

Participants of South Wellington Seido Karate’s beach cleanup on Saturday. Back from left Aeneas O’Sullivan, Ariana Goode, Layla Goode, Rocky Gaeta, Aki Hansen, Alex Mihajlovski, Eddie Mihajlovski. Front from left: Pepe Becker, Jonathan Kingston-Smith, Guy Davies, Jun Shihan and Tony Gaeta. PHOTO: Meita Gaeta


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Stories and goodies as kids come out for bookshop’s birthday By Jamie Adams

A milestone was acknowledged with a big birthday cake – and a tinge of sadness – at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie on Saturday. Dozens of local children and their parents paid a visit to mark 25 years from when the iconic local store first opened its doors. Staff dressed as book character Captain Underpants as children were entertained by several local authors and illustrators in two sessions throughout the day. The morning session featured Kate Wilkinson, Paul Beavis and Moira Wairama while Ruth Paul, Fifi Colston, Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan read their stories to children in the afternoon. The anniversary came three months after the original owner John McIntyre died of heart failure in June. “He got sick last year,” his widow Ruth said. “We knew one day this would happen. “He got pneumonia a few times and that affected his heart.” However John was involved in the planning of the birthday and it was only fitting his legacy should have been celebrated, she said. “Because John died we thought it would be nice to mark the occasion but not have something too noisy or happy - just cake and goody bags.”

Children admire the 25th-birthday cake moments before eating some of it at the Kilbirnie Children’s Bookshop on Saturday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

The bookshop was established in 1992 after John recovered from renal failure. “After that happened he just decided to do something worthwhile,” Ruth said. “We had been looking at bookshops and realised there wasn’t one for children at the time.” The shop has moved locations twice in its time, but has always been in Kilbirnie Plaza, its first incarnation being just across from

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where it is now. “We thought we would give it two years but he knew after a couple of months it would be successful,” Ruth said. Ruth, who was a journalist at the Press Association at the time, joined the store’s operation in 1999. “We were then next door, then moved here about 14 years ago.” The winner of a box of 25 books to mark the anniversary will be announced at the end of the month.

Cannabis film to premiere at hospital An educational documentary about cannabis as a medicine for New Zealanders is set to premiere at Wellington Hospital. Spindle Fibre Films in association with is set to release an educational documentary encouraging informed conversation between doctors and patients around the use of cannabis as a medicine in New Zealand. An exclusive look inside New Zealand’s medical profession identified medicinal cannabis is used by 1 in 20 Kiwis over the age of 15. Approximately 175,000 New Zealanders suffering from chronic diseases are having uninformed conversations about treatment options with their doctors. Narrated by Victoria Catherwood, Mum, Cannabis and Me features interviews with a terminally ill cancer patient about her choice of pain relieving medication and Dr Anthony Falkov about how doctors can have safe but informed conversations with patients to reduce harms and increase health outcomes.

Dr Michelle Glass, a cannabinoid researcher, let filmmakers peek into her world class research laboratory. They also got the lowdown from the infamous Nelson Lawyer, Sue Grey, about the legal ramifications for both doctors and patients surrounding cannabis law in NZ. Victoria, a researcher and co founder of The University of Otago Integrative Medicine Otago Group, said it is her aim to reduce harm by equipping medical staff about the relevance of evidence based medicine so they can have the appropriate medicinal cannabis conversations with patients. “The patients most at risk are those without the means to access legal cannabinoid medicine. This documentary is for them, and the doctors who treat them,” she said. The premiere will be held tomorrow at Wellington Hospital’s small lecture theatre at 7pm.  Tickets are available by koha on www.eventbrite.

Thursday September 7, 2017

Ali invites theatre-goers for a day with Doris After a successful season of Legendary Divas at Circa last year, stage singer Ali Harper returns with her highly-acclaimed show A Doris Day Special. Doris Day was America’s singing sweetheart of the silver screen during the 1950s and 1960s. She was for many years ranked as the world’s number one female box office star. The show is set in 1971 when Doris hosted her TV series The Doris Day Show. The audience is invited to play the television studio audience to help celebrate her life and songs. Ali has included many of the Doris Day hits including Que Sera Sera, Secret Love, Sentimental Journey as well as some lesser known songs. Last year Ali and her director Stephanie McKellar-Smith flew to Carmel to celebrate Doris’s 94th Birthday. “Not only did we get to meet many of Doris’s fans and co-stars but I got to personally sing to her.” Ali sang a couple of phrases from Doris’s iconic song Secret Love. Ali said Doris’s response was one of amazement and the feeling was mutual. “It wasn’t so much her response to my singing, it was that I actually had a one-on-one conversation with her. “That for me was incredibly

Seasoned stage performer Ali Harper returns to Wellington as Doris Day. PHOTO: Supplied

special.” The Big Band and Strings ensemble recording will be conducted by Rodger Fox. Ali said wherever she went, everyone loved Doris Day. “Her freshness, her vivacious personality, beautiful clothes and gorgeous films and songs are all pure escapism for so many.” Christchurch-based Ali has a strong connection with Wellington - she went to Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School and lived in Newtown before, during and after that time for several years.

She also has a daughter who lives in Newtown. Her career has spanned 25 years in New Zealand and abroad – her New Zealand tours include Chess, Evita, Pirates of Penzance, Oklahoma and the award-winning one-woman play Bombshells. She performed at The Metropolitan Room in New York in 2013 and 2014 with her cabaret show A Down Under Diva! As well as being an entertainer on cruise ships she was also a resident singer for four years on TV One’s Dancing with the Stars.


Wellington’s dark history revealed at AGM The Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society held its 14th annual general meeting on Monday August 21. Guests included the Hungarian Ambassador Laszlo Szabo and local councillor David Lee, with the keynote speaker being local artist and NZ history specialist Gabor Toth. Gabor’s speech “Crime and Punishment in a Utopian Society” talked about how Wellington was envisaged by the founding New Zealand Company as a planned utopia. However early Wellington was soon afflicted with all the social problems and crimes the early settlers had hoped to leave behind in Britain, Gabor said. “The population was predominantly young pakeha males – women were in short supply and Maori left the Port Nicholson area for the Hutt Valley and more rural areas. “Poverty was rife, alcohol consumption excessive, and as a result incidents of drunkenness, theft and brawling were common. “In addition police were not well paid and it was not easy to get suitable recruits.” The Terrace jail off the top end of Vivian Street, today a Victoria University playing field, was by 1900 big enough to house 160 prisoners, with a separate wing for women. “Children were also incarcerated there – borstals were a later devel-

Guest speaker Gábor Tóth. PHOTO: Supplied

opment.” Gabor said prison conditions were similar to or even better than those of the very poor, but a prime occupation – picking oakum for use as insulation - was disliked by men for being women’s work. Examples of the hard labour of male prisoners include the creation of the Cable Car tunnels and the excavation of Woodward Street. Three public hangings are recorded as taking place at the Mount Cook prison, probably on a scaffold in Buckle Street, he said. “They apparently attracted large crowds, including women, who were served refreshments by enterprising tradesmen. “An act was passed in 1858 requiring executions to take place inside prison walls but public interest in executions remained high.”


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Footballing girls on fire after season success The future is looking bright for both women’s and junior football at Island Bay, with 2017 seeing huge player numbers and great support on the sidelines result in some outstanding success on the field. The IBUFC ‘Flames’ won Women’s Division 1 and have been promoted to Capital Premier for next season. On Saturday they won the Executive Plate final against Vic Uni at Petone Memorial Park and the same night were named team of the year at Island Bay Football’s end-of-season prizegiving. Flames coaches Raymond Marshall and Richard Morrison collected the IBUFC award for coach

of the year. Girl’s 14th Grade ‘Gemfish’ won their league for the second year running and some members will look to be joining the Island Bay senior women’s ranks in 2018. Coaches Jerry Van Lier and Duncan Wilson say they are particularly proud of the team effort involved considering the varying experience and abilities of the players. The boys 14th Grade ‘Sharks ‘, coached by Kerrin Manuel won the Premier Division and the 14th grade Cup final, with captain Grainger Scott making three saves in the penalty shoot-out. In the boys 13th B grade the IBU Sharks won the B plate final and

came second in the league on goal difference. “These teams can be proud of their achievements earning their success on the back of the effort and commitment they have shown throughout the year,” junior club captain Zen Yates-Fill said. “I’ve also been encouraged by the Flame’s performance after stepping up to the senior women’s competition this season.” Overall I feel this reflects well on the whole of the Island Bay Junior programme built up over the past five or six years and caps another enjoyable and eventful season for all our junior teams, coaches, parents and sponsors.”


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Tracy’s discovery gave her A NEW LEASE ON LIFE! Tracy decided to join MiracuLoss to support a friend with arthritis who was losing weight with MiracuLoss to take the pressure off her painful knees. But in the process Tracy discovered a lot more for herself than she expected. After just 5 months Tracy had lost more than 30 kilos and says the experience has changed her life. "I am a different person, a happy person. I have the confidence to wear what I want to wear, dropping from a size 22 to a size 12. It's fun to go clothes shopping now - I shop in the same stores as my daughter which she loves!" “When I first began, my workmates used to comment on the bounce in my step. Now its situation normal” laughs Tracy. “I can't believe how much energy I've got. I hardly ever feel like sitting still and right now I’m training for a 62 km walk in Feb 2018. I never thought that would be me!” Tracy’s whole family have seen the difference and supported her fully, but it’s her children who’ve benefited most from a more energetic happier mum. They only knew Tracy as plus size and are amazed at the lovely vibrant woman she has become, the one who was

In the lead-up to Island Bay Bowling Club’s centenary celebration this summer, the Cook Strait News will publish extracts from The Centennial History of the Island Bay Bowling Club, by historian Chris Rabey.

Until the turn of the century the Bay was regarded as something of a resort, a place where the city dwellers headed for a day at the beach with afternoon tea overlooking the breakers and a promenade along the Esplanade. Island Bay was not kindly looked on by settlers; it was a great distance from the city, much of the land was swampy and the weather discouraged any thought of settlement. On 19 November 1885 ... a group discussed forming a bowling club and the gentlemen who attended expected a good list of members joining. Unfortunately, the hotel green was to become used only for social games because although the group was keen to play bowls, none wished to form a structured club. In 1906 a large assembly hall was built in Humber Street. The right of way to the east side of the building gave access to additional land

and in 1907 a new bowling green was laid down. This was used by the Te Hiwi Club as a practice green, giving Te Hiwi bowlers extra opportunity to practice for club and centre events. Bowls was a favourite with the many Scottish and English settlers who made the long journey in search of a better life. In 1912 a group of bowlers ... discussed the idea of creating a full size bowling green, but this was dropped owing to the high cost of land available. A small core of men, actively involved with the fledgling Island Bay School, kept discussing the idea. By 1 June 1917 decisive steps had been taken. Entirely on borrowed funds, three allotments were purchased. In August 1917 formation work began on what was to become the main green. The seed was sown on 1 September and by Christmas the small but enthusiastic band of members, most of them novices, were able to test their skills. On opening day 5 January 1918 at 2.30pm a mini tournament was held. The club had 53 members in the opening year and three honorary members.

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Auckland have no rugby muscles to flex Auckland’s thumping loss to North Harbour on Sunday has to be the last straw. Once a proud union, they suffered one of the most embarrassing losses in their history; 57-10. The pride in the blue and white hooped jersey is quickly evaporating and with the Blues struggling for parity in Super Rugby, questions need to be asked. Gone are the pride-filled days of the 1980s when Auckland held the Ranfurly Shield on numerous occasions and a victory was celebrated jubilantly on the final whistle. Sunday was great to watch for a neutral supporter but the age-old saying of “When Auckland rugby is strong, All Black rugby is strong” no longer holds any water. The Auckland schoolboy rugby scene

is still strong but player retention and pathways appear to be an issue which no-one can solve. Auckland may produce talented youngsters but the humbling experience of watching the senior team getting pumped on a regular basis says something is wrong with the province and its focus. Meanwhile, the Canterbury juggernaut continues. That is the powerhouse of rugby and the rest of the country knows it. Everyone loves backing the underdog and so it’s Canterbury who cops the disdain from outside fans once only reserved for Auckland. Hopefully pride can be restored in the jersey sooner rather than later otherwise things look bleak for the once proud hotbed of New Zealand rugby.


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