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“We have painted the city red.” That was the declaration made by Grant Robertson after he, Paul Eagle and Greg O’Connor secured the seats of Wellington Central, Rongotai and Ohariu respectively on Saturday night. The General Election saw National winning the most seats – 58 compared to Labour’s 45 – and it is now a waiting game as to who will be the next government as NZ First leader and “kingmaker” Winston Peters negotiates with the two parties, and the Greens, to form a majority. Wellington City proved to be the Labour heartland, with Ohariu joining Wellington Central and Rongotai in a sea of red after O’Connor pipped National’s Brett Hudson at the post. Continued on page 2. New Rongotai MP Paul Eagle celebrates his win on election night with Wellington Central’s Grant Robertson and new Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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‘The Eagle has landed’ as Rongotai’s post-King era begins Continued from page 1. The party’s members and supporters had gathered at waterfront bar Wharewaka, which saw all its candidates in the greater Wellington area converge for the election night results. Eagle arrived on stage as the MC declared “the Eagle has landed” after Wellington’s deputy mayor secured Rongotai with a preliminary tally of16,983 votes, almost double that of his nearest rival Chris Finlayson. His entrance to Parliament means he will resign from his post in the city council, triggering a by-election in his southern ward. Eagle paid tribute to his predecessor Annette King, who had held the seat since its formation in 1994, for her dedication to Labour over the past 40 years. “I hope I can do the same for Rongotai over the next 24 years at least,” he told a cheering crowd. King was unable to attend as she was in Auckland supporting Jacinda Ardern’s national campaign.
New Rongotai MP Paul Eagle speaks to Labour supporters at the party’s election night headquarters in central Wellington on Saturday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Mayor Justin Lester, a Labour member who attended the party’s election-night function, said it would be sad to see Eagle leave Council but wished him all the best in his new role. He believed it was still possible Robertson would be New Zealand’s next finance minister within a few weeks. National’s Finlayson said while the Rongotai result was “totally expected”, he noted that the Greens’ share of the
party vote was noticeably lower than in 2014, which he put down to fallout over the Metiria Turei benefit fraud scandal. “The Greens had a couple of thousand less than last time when the split was the reason National won the party vote,” he said. He said he “thoroughly enjoyed” the good nature of the electoral campaign and was impressed with the Green candidate Teall Crossen, who
he believed was someone of “acute intelligence”. “I don’t know why they didn’t put her higher on the list,” Chris said. Teall said the party was enormously proud of its Rongotai campaign. “We had more volunteers than ever before, enabling us to knock on thousands of doors and talk to voters about issues important to them and I have my amazing campaign team to
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A local pedestrian lobby group want a crossing along Cobham Drive and are frustrated there has been no further action on the matter. Living Streets Representative Ellen Blake said that they would like to see NZTA take care of all road users, not just drivers. “They aren’t looking after pedestrians here at all,” she said. Blake said that although Living
Streets was pleased pedestrians would now have a separate walkway, they wanted slower speeds and a crossing. She said that 21 per cent of Wellingtonians walked to work so it was important that they could do so safely. Wellington City councillor Sarah Free believed that the lack of a crossing was “community severance” for Miramar locals travelling by foot or bike. “There’s a lot of demand and there are people in Miramar
who are completely cut off from walking unless they have to choose an extra half a kilometre or more.” She said that it was only a matter of time before someone else got injured and was determined for the crossing to be actioned. “You can see people waiting on the median strip trying to cross, I’ve seen school children there with their bicycles stuck halfway and they are only intermediate age. It’s just frightening.” A coroner’s report following
the death of a local woman last year is currently being compiled which the council will be contributing to. A spokesperson for Wellington City Council said they were in an “ongoing dialogue with NZTA on the issue of pedestrian safety and the crossing issue”. Neither the Wellington City Council or NZTA would confirm what the next stage in the process could be, leaving locals in the dark as to when or if the crossing would go ahead.
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Council housing policy shake-up approved Wellington City Council has voted unanimously to undertake the largest reform of the city’s housing policies in decades. The Council’s city strategy committee voted to adopt the recommendations of the Mayor’s Taskforce on Housing. Those recommendations included partnering with the Government and the community housing sector on developing new land, incentivising affordable housing developments, increasing building height limits, simplify-
ing consents and raising rental standards. “Wellington is growing strongly, and we need to make sure we are providing opportunities for new homes to match that growth,” Mayor Justin Lester said. “That’s why we’ve spent months working with experts from the construction industry, NGOs, academics and social housing providers on a comprehensive plan to tackle housing in Wellington.” Justin promised “greater leader-
ship” from the Council. “We’re not going to sit on the sidelines and leave it to the market. We’re going to be more involved by directly building new homes, setting better standards and looking at changes to rating, procurement and development policies to incentivise more development.” He promised that the council would partner with central government to free up land to develop more social housing, and work closer with NGOs, community
housing providers and developers. Deputy Mayor and Housing Portfolio Leader Paul Eagle said the adoption of the plan is a major milestone. “This is just the beginning and our vote [on Thursday] sends an incredibly strong message that the Council is united in tackling housing and will give real confidence to our partners,” he said. “The next step is to incorporate these plans into the first draft of the 10-year budget in the mayor’s first Long Term Plan.”
Solution for Island Bay Cycleway launched A Wellington City Council proposal for a $4.1 million compromise solution to the layout of the much-maligned Island Bay cycleway on The Parade has received a mixed response. The council proposes to raise the cycleway, which currently runs between the footpath and the car parks, to the same
height as the kerb, with parking to remain on the road-side of it, albeit unmarked. The vehicle lanes on the road will be widened to 3.5 metres in each direction, plus two metres for parking. “This is a common-sense solution that will improve the Parade for everyone,” Mayor Justin Lester said.
The council’s proposal for fixing Island Bay Parade would see the cycleway raised to footpath level. PHOTO: Supplied
Walking, cycling and public transport portfolio leader Sarah Free said the solution was the result of more than 3700 public submissions and discussions councillors had at the drop-in sessions held in Island Bay earlier this year. Car and bus drivers wanted more room to manoeuvre and local businesses wanted car parks protected, she said. “We will also make further safety improvements to reduce the cycling speed on the cycleway, be removing speed humps that were scraping against buses, and restoring angled car parking by the medical centre. The new option would be paid for out of existing council budgets and a further $2 million will be set aside to reseal the road once the project is completed, and for contingencies. Patrick Morgan from Cycling Action Network described the proposal as a triple-A design suitable for all ages and abilities. “We are pleased to see the cycleway extended through the shopping area, a new kerb to make parking easier, and wider door buffer zones to reduce risk to cyclists and pedestrians.” However the Island Bay Residents’ Association does not support the proposal; their key issue was safety, with high-speed cyclists endangering passengers exiting their cars, as well as pedestrians on the footpath. “We have looked at all those measures and we were not comfortable with it,” President Vicki Greco said The community would continue to push for the unofficial Option E – returning the layout to what it was originally.
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inbrief news Te Papa in world museums’ top 25 Te Papa has been named one of the top 25 museums in the world according to TripAdvisor. The world-leading travel site announced reviewers’ picks for the top museums as part of its annual Travelers’ Choice Awards this week. Te Papa is placed 19th on the list which includes The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. “This list puts us in very fine company globally and it’s a great acknowledgement,” chief executive Geraint Martin said. Te Papa has featured on this top 25 list consistently for the last four years.
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One museum rules them all for Rings fans By Jamie Adams
Keen followers of Lord of the Rings now have a place to relive memories of the trilogy’s production in Wellington after a fans’ museum was opened last Friday. Friends Kathy Drysdale and Liz O’Connor officially declared the One Room Fan Museum open at a party at Kathy’s Newtown house that evening. While the museum’s name alludes to the famous “One Ring” the story is centred on, it is in fact a one-room museum situated at the front of the house. Kathy was the driving force among a close-knit group of family and friends who collected the memorabilia and costumes on display in the room. “We were just so lucky to be right here in Wellington when the movies came out,” she said. “Wellington was completely caught up in the excitement,
and you would often see cast members in the city. “It was so incredibly fun to be a fan amongst all that! Even 15 years later our memories are still fresh.” Kathy said the museum’s best feature was the “charming and funny” documentary called Once in a Lifetime, made by Liz’s nephew Finn O’Connor. “It’s great to be able to celebrate,” Liz said. “I’m reminded of what Bilbo said to Frodo: ‘You never know where that journey will take you’.” She also thanked “everyone who suffered along with me” in the demanding process of its creation, saying it was Kathy who shouldered the burden. Kathy and several of her friends and family dressed for the occasion and sung to a tune written by her nephew Jessie Drysdale called I Know You Better Than That, which features in the documentary’s credits.
Kathy Drysdale and Liz O’Connor cut the ribbon to declare their new Lord of the Rings museum open. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Jesse said the first verse alluded to the scene when Frodo left Samwise behind after Gollum convinced him that Sam couldn’t be trusted. “I wrote that in terms of being a friend, even those who are left behind, can still be friends,” he said.
The museum, at 4 Corunna Avenue, Newtown, is open today and tomorrow from 10am to 2pm and on Saturday from midday to 2pm. After that the museum’s normal hours will be Fridays 10am-2pm. Entry is by koha. Go to theoneroomfanmuseum.nz for more information.
Employers not providing contracts are breaking law – Citizen’s Advice Bureau Employers are breaking the law by denying workers their entitlement to a written employment agreement, the Citizens Advice Bureau says. “When there is no written employment agreement, employees are vulnerable to being treated badly by their employer,” Wellington Citizens Advice Bureau area manager Lucy Trevelyan said. “People are dependent on keeping their jobs in order to feed their families and pay the rent, so they are often reluctant to rock the boat even though they are aware that what their
employer is doing is wrong. “This is a persistent problem in the Wellington area.” The bureau has just published a report about clients from across the country who are seeking help and do not have a written employment agreement. “It paints an alarming picture of employees who are in insecure situations at work. Unfortunately Wellington is no exception,” Lucy said. One example was an employee who was being paid well below the minimum wage but had no employment agreement.
Her employer told her if anyone asked about her employment conditions she should say she worked half of her actual hours to make her pay look like it was the minimum wage. There was also a case of an employee with no employment contract who had not received overtime or holiday pay that their employer had promised, and that of an employee who had been dismissed after one month of employment for no reason and did not know how to get their entitlements. The bureau is calling on all employers, regardless of the
size of their business, to make sure they understand their obligations to their staff. “If you don’t know what’s legally required of you as an employer, it’s important to find out. There is plenty of information and support available to help you,” asserts Lucy. “Having a written employment agreement makes life easier for employers as well as employees.” Employers and employees can ask for help by calling 0800 367 222, visiting www. cab.org.nz or popping into a local CAB branch.
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Pupils make a difference for Syrian refugees By Jamie Adams
Hataitai School’s senior pupils put on a production with a special purpose on Tuesday. Where Do You Live? was an interactive show which saw the audience of parents get a taste of the experience refugees have to go through. The play was held in two classrooms, with many pupils in character as border control officers. Parents were issued with “passports” and halfway through were required to “migrate” to another school block to view the rest of the show, handing over their passports in the process.
During their pilgrimage they witnessed “refugees” in rubber tyres that represented the overcrowded boats that have become a reality in the Mediterranean Sea. As well as songs and dialogue that questioned what it means to live somewhere, the most memorable aspect was a video montage of the school’s pupils holding cards of what they wanted to be and for the world. Many wished for global peace and an end to suffering. The play also featured a video message from a Syrian girl living in a refugee camp in Lebanon. She is one of five students undergoing a six-week
musical programme at the camp that the school had been in contact with. Teacher Kirsten Wright said proceeds from the play would fund their tuition through the Make Foundation, a charity founded by Happy Valley-based Syrian migrants Michel and Michelle Carlile-Alkhouri which funds art programmes for refugees abroad. The foundation had been involved in projects for several Wellington schools and Kirsten said the school was inspired to get involved after a Syrian girl called Hiba, who goes to Newtown Primary School, paid a visit.
Year 8 pupil Emika Hori performs during Hataitai School’s musical production Where Do You Live? on Tuesday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Kilmarnock Heights Home launches self-service dining
Residents Nan Sanders and Tony Howman officially launch self-service buffet dining at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore. PHOTO:Supplied
Kilmarnock Heights Home is transforming the dining experience for elders. Following successful trials at other Enliven homes, the Berhampore home launched self-service buffet dining earlier this month. “Dining is such an important part of the residents’ day, so we want to make it as enjoyable as possible,” says Nurse Manager, Anna Roberts. “Self-service, buffet-style dining gives the elders of Kilmarnock Heights Home the freedom to choose what they’d like to eat and how much.” Other Enliven homes which have trialled the new dining style, including Longview Home in Tawa, have found residents love the new style of dining, and it has been good for their health too. “Being able to choose more of the food items they enjoy most has encouraged healthy appetites and led to weight gain.”
Kilmarnock Heights Home’s emphasis on choice and autonomy reflects the Enliven philosophy, which all Enliven homes follow. “Our philosophy is based on the Eden Alternative care model, which is an elder-centred approach to care. A key part of that is ensuring that elders feel empowered to make their own decisions and self-service dining is part of that,” says Anna. She notes that residents of other homes have also valued being able to help each other during meal times. “We’re committed to making sure all of the residents feel useful and valued, so providing opportunities like these to give as well as receive care is vital.” To find out more about the Enliven philosophy, visit www.enlivencentral.org. nz. You can also call Kilmarnock Heights Home directly on 04 380 2034. PBA
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Still time to have say on Miramar cycleway There’s still time to give feedback on Wellington City Council’s proposals for the first stage of improvements on Miramar Avenue. The proposal is for a two-way bike lane between Shelly Bay Road and Tauhinu Road (on the Maupuia side) to continue around the bays and make commuting by bike an option for more people. Part of this plan involves replacing the roundabout at Tauhinu Road with traffic lights. The proposal, which includes landscaping in and around the cutting, is the first part of a two-phase plan to improve Miramar Avenue and the gateway to the suburb. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said the Council was grateful to the eastern suburbs working groups and Enterprise Miramar Peninsula for the time they gave to get the stage where public feedback could be sought. “These groups have spent many hours with transport engineers, urban designers, Council staff and others considering the opportunities and challenges, scrutinising all the alternatives, and helping to whittle them down,” he said. The Mayer encouraged those affected to have their say before submissions close
on Monday, October 2. There will be another opportunity later in the year to provide feedback on more detailed proposals. Portfolio leader for public transport, cycling and walking Sarah Free said councillors unanimously reconfi rmed the city’s cycling programme in December last year, including the routes and roads where changes are now being proposed. “We are working in partnership with the NZ Transport Agency with an ambitious timetable – to secure the considerable government funding on offer projects need to be approved by mid-2018 and completed by mid-2019.” Chris Calvi-Freeman, the Council’s portfolio leader for transport strategy, said the Government was investing a lot of money making New Zealand cities more bike-friendly to take pressure off other transport modes and achieve health benefits. Initial feedback had also been sought by September 17 for cycleway options for Evans Bay Parade (Cobham Drive to Carlton Gore Road) and in Miramar and Kilbirnie that will provide connections to Seatoun, Strathmore Park and Newtown, involving changes to about 20 streets.
South Wellington gets new Scout Group
Scout leader Brian Tindall receives a Certificate of Registration of the Suzanne Aubert Scout Group from Wellington Scout Zone leader Rob Wallace. With them are zone Kea leader Kayleigh Maclean and zone Cub leader Hadyn Nicholls. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
The was a special presentation at the St Joseph’s Parish Pastoral Council committee meeting on Tuesday evening. Leaders from the Wellington Scout Zone were in attendance to present a Certificate of Registration for the establishment of the Suzanne Aubert Scout Group, which will be led by Brian Tindall, who also received his warrant as the group leader. Representatives of the Sisters of Compassion also attended, with Sister Josephine Gorman receiving a scarf in
honour of their founder after which the Scout group has been named. Brian said the Parish Pastoral Council, which is based in Mt Victoria, is to be the “guardian” of the new Scout group. “We will have a video in the auditorium of the church and the key focus of it will be finding the leaders, saying what it takes to be a leader.” The group will also be seeking an executive to run its committee and looking for special “taskperson” to organise events. “It’s going to be a wonderful journey.”
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What did you think of the election night outcome?
Karen Adams, Te Aro “I’m really disappointed. I voted Green [for my party vote].”
Heather Galbraith, Melrose “I’m pretty stunned. I’m very sceptical of what will come out of a Labour/Green/NZ First coalition.”
Jack Gittings, Mt Cook “Quite disappointed in the New Zealand public who had been thinking selfishly and not of their country and community.”
Luka Lokmer, Mt Cook “It’s terrifyingly funny. Winston Peters is the dude - he must be having the best time in the world right now. ”
John Price, Brooklyn “I think with MMP it’s a good thing that the minority parties have a say in running the country.”
Chris Rabey, Berhampore “Winston has got both parties by the short and curlies. But 98 percent of politicians’ promises aren’t fulfilled in three years.”
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Blame the Labour/Green councils Dear Editor, While I sympathise with the Tramways Union’s Kevin Sullivan over the shameful way our long-serving bus drivers are being treated, it should be made clear that this is not the fault of the National Government. The fault lies fairly and squarely in the hands of the regional and city councils, both Labour/Green
controlled. One would be expected, at least philosophically, to protect the workers who will all be made redundant with the change of contracts and the other to protect the environment, which will be damaged by replacing trolley buses with diesels for the forseeable future, commencing next month.
It is ironic really, because it contradicts both groups’ ideologies. What really hurts is that this situation is being inflicted upon us without any meaningful consultation. They keep telling us that they know what’s best for us. What would George Orwell think about that? Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore
Save Opoutere YHA hostel campaign Dear Editor, Campaigners are desperately trying to prevent the closure of the iconic Opoutere Youth Hostel near Whangamata and YHA members living in the Cook Strait News circulation area could make the difference. The Youth Hostel Association
of New Zealand (YHANZ) national board has made a unilateral decision to close the much-loved hostel next Easter in defiance of a notice of motion to be considered at the organisation’s annual meeting in Wellington on October 28 seeking to have any decision on
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Given that proxy votes are not allowed a handful of votes could impact the outcome and they could come from YHA members who live in the Cook Strait News circulation area. (Last year’s AGM was attended by less than 70 people). For this reason we are urging
all YHA members who don’t want to see Opoutere closed to make a special effort to attend this meeting and register their support on Facebook at Save Opoutere YHA Hostel. David Wildish Save Opoutere Youth Hostel Campaign
Media to blame for election outcome Dear Editor, New Zealanders do not deserve MMP – we should revert back to First Past the Post because journalists and media personalities cannot comprehend more than two parties at once - one for each hand. They were wrong with Brexit and Trump and ignored us.
New Zealand is going to get the “change of government” sought - a new National and NZ First government, not the FPP kind of mentality change being postured by the split-personality media. Voting for either of the two main parties simply cancelled out each other, only a third party vote is a
government-changing vote. Along with the advanced voting, we should make voting compulsory and ban all pre-election polls, party TV advertising and public hoardings - as these are not democratically compatible or necessary. Martin Beck, Mornington
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Future game developers crack the art of code By Jamie Adams
To any layperson computer code would seem like gibberish, but young students interested in information technology can’t get enough of it, if a Scots College extra-curricular course is anything to go by. Rata Studios, a performing arts faculty based at the school, runs a range of creative courses taught by industry professionals that are available to students from the wider Wellington area. One course in particular has its students hooked on video games. But they’re not playing them after school – instead they’re actually creating them. Creative technology tutor Jess Weichler said 11 participants aged from 10 to 13 have been making video games throughout the term using a
text-based coding programme called Python. “This is what they use at Weta Digital. All the kids are creating games that use this platform and they thought it was cool it was used in the industry,” Jess said. “This is the most intense thing we have done in Rata Studios.” Most of the students had been involved in creative technology since Term 1 when they were first tutored on the principles of coding before applying the practice through a relatively easy programme called Scratch. While the moveable video-game graphics or “blocks” formulated in Scratch could be dragged around by a novice, it was a different story with Python. “With Scratch you can just move the
Paul’s bursaries too FAB to ignore A retired benefactor is appealing for more interest in a scholarship programme targeting talented young artists. Originally known as FFFF Trust, the FAB Trust was founded by Strathmore Park man Paul Franken to provide up to $7000 worth of bursaries annually to worthy Year 7-11 students who live in the Wellington City eastern ward. Paul is appealing for more interest in his scheme after only one person applied in 2017 following seven years of healthy competition. While the top prize of $3000 was handed over, it meant the $2000 and $1000 bursaries went “to waste” as there were no more applicants. Paul founded the trust after discussing with his children what to do with a significant nest-egg he had saved upon retirement. With interest accruing on his six-figure bank balance, Paul had the idea of using the income to create scholarships for youth artists, the amount of which would be determined by trustees. Paul said he was inspired after realising their financial burdens after a conversation with a “masterful” young busker in Cuba Street.
blocks whereas with Python you have to tell the computer to move stuff by writing the code,” Finn Studd, a Scots College Year 8 student, explained. Each student had their own ideas for games such as pig that has to collect coins by jumping over ledges, or a futuristic warrior who has to negotiate obstacles to receive rewards. While classes run from 3.50-5.30pm every Wednesday, students are able to continue working on their video games at home and are able to get support online through a platform called Github. Although the Term 3 class the Cook Strait News visited had only boys enrolled in it, girls have been enrolled in other Rata Studios creative technology courses such as animation, Scratch coding, and recycled robotics.
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Thursday September 28, 2017
Zoo plants 500 eco-sourced plants in restoration site Wellington Zoo staff recently rolled their sleeves up and got their hands dirty to plant 500 eco-sourced native plants in and around the Manchester Street Reserve. “Over the past three years we have been working hard with Wellington City Council to establish the Manchester Street Reserve as a restoration site,” Wellington Zoo conservation manager Peter Fraser said. “This site is next to the zoo, in the Town Belt, which means we can engage our local community in this fantastic restoration effort in Newtown and enhance Wellington’s biodiversity.” Since the start of this project, zoo staff members have planted over 1500 native specimens with the help of volunteers. “The Manchester Street Reserve is a long-term commitment for the zoo, so a few times a year
our volunteers, school students and zoo staff muck in and help out with planting and weed control in the site.” Zoo staff members have also noticed that various native birds have started to return to the area since the restoration site began. “Since this space has been transformed, we have noticed an increase of bird activity from Kaka, Tui and Kereru. “We have made sure to plant native specimens including Matai, Kohekohe, Nikau, Rewarewa, Rimu and Wineberry, as we know many of our native birds depend on these plants for survival.” A vast majority of the plants in the Manchester Street Reserve have come from the Wellington City Council’s restoration programme, as part of the Wellington Town Belt Management Plan. “We have a unique opportunity
Wellington Zoo staff in the Manchester Street Reserve after a successful planting day. PHOTO: Supplied
to be involved in conservation in the heart of our community and help grow biodiversity in this reserve,” says Peter. “We can’t
wait to see how much this site will develop in the future.” Wellington Zoo, New Zealand’s first zoo and the city’s
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Thursday September 28, 2017
Lions to flip ‘Bravery’ coin for charity Superhero styled playing jerseys, a one-of-a-kind silver ‘Bravery Coin’, and a big dose of courage will be the driving forces behind the Wellington Lions annual Wellington Children’s Hospital Charity Game against Otago on Sunday. Each one of the Lions 23 unique playing jerseys will be auctioned on TradeMe after the squad’s top of the table Mitre 10 Cup Championship match at Westpac Stadium with funds raised going to the Wellington Children’s Hospital (WCH). The Lions inaugural charity jersey auction last year raised more than $6000 and, with the help of The Village Goldsmith, the
team are hoping to top that in 2017. Wellington jewellery designer and manufacturer The Village Goldsmith has crafted a unique oneof-a-kind sterling silver “bravery” coin to be used by the referee for the prematch coin toss on Sunday before being added as the 24th charity auction item. The referee’s coin is engraved with the head and tail of WCH mascot Hospi with the date of the game in a special tribute to the two organisations’ decade long partnership. Wellington Lions 2017 captain Brad Shields said the squad were proud of the team’s decade-long association with WCH and
urged people to get behind the cause. “It’s always humbling to visit the children’s ward and inspiring to see the courage of the patients and their parents as well as the work the staff do and to be able to make a small contribution is a real privilege.” Well ington Hospit a ls Foundation chairman Bill Day said the long association between the Lions and WCH was a great story of how sport can make a positive difference. “Of course the money raised makes a tangible contribution, but it is difficult to place a value on putting a smile on a young patient’s face when they’re going through a tough time.”
Hats off to volunteer Kate
Wellington City New World owner Gary Baker hands the keys of a new Holden Spark over to customer Jason Ragg, who had the winning entry in the supermarket’s Clubcard Car Giveaway Promotion. More than $2 million dollars’ worth of cars were given away at 137 New World stores across New Zealand to customers who entered the draw by spending $50 or more and scanning their Clubcards. PHOTO: Supplied
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Parker lacks pay-per-view punch Two of Moshi’s residents with their new hats, thanks to the work of Wellingtonian Kate Manners. PHOTO: Supplied
Elderly residents of a Tanzanian old folk’s home have something to remind them of the generosity of the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre. The woolly hats they now wear is all thanks to the work of Wellingtonian Kate Manners, who travelled to Moshi, Tanzania in 2015 to undertake volunteer work for African Impact, a volunteer organisation. In Moshi, African Impact deliver public health, education and girl empowerment programmes in partnership with local schools and other organisations.
Having recently finished university, Kate wanted to see a different side of life and thought that living and working in a different country would be a great way to do that. “I was also keen to put some of my biomedical science training to good use, which I was able to do in many of the public health projects I was involved in,” she said. One of African Impact Moshi’s longest standing partners is the Langoni old folks’ home for elderly with no family support. “Old folks’ homes are uncommon in Tanzania, and
conditions are very basic due to government funding constraints.” A big part of African Impact’s role at Langoni was providing companionship to the residents, most of whom did not receive many visitors. “Moshi is situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and as such is at quite a high altitude. “Although hot during the day, it can get very cold at night - so the woolly hats that the Lyall Bay Kilbirnie Community Centre had sent over were perfect. The residents especially loved the bright colours.”
Name the last entertaining Joseph Parker bout? The Kiwi world heavyweight boxing champion vanquished the challenge of Great Britain’s Hughie (how old can you be to have a name that makes you sound like a toddler?) in Manchester on Sunday in another dull, uninspiring effort which has left his detractors of his title reign with plenty of fodder and his supporters still looking for that career-launching performance. Parker won a majority split decision with two of the three judges scoring the snooze-fest 118-110 while the other judge must have dozed off midway through and decided to play it safe and call it a 114-114 draw. In talking to a former newspaper colleague they questioned whether Parker was merely a journeyman making the most of a weakened heavyweight division. That analysis seems hard to argue with. Perhaps Kiwi fans are looking for an-
other knockout artist like David Tua was, but perhaps Parker is a better technical boxer and is not getting his dues. Who would win in a battle in their prime between Parker and Tua? Such a subjective question isn’t fair but I know which one would get my money and it’s not the current world champion. The reality is that Tua was must-watch television without ever having a world championship. Tua’s knockout power meant you had to pay your money and tune in just in case he landed that big right that was a show stopper. Win or lose he was still marketable. If Parker lost the world title would he still be marketable? Not in my opinion because he doesn’t have credible, entertaining bouts to his credit. The belt is making the man and while he deservedly won his bout over Fury he’s unlikely to have won any new fans and in the entertainment industry that doesn’t equate to money in the bank.
Thursday September 28, 2017
League nines tourney for students comes to Wellington By Jamie Adams
The message was play hard but play for fun when the New Zealand University and Tertiary Students Rugby League Nines tournament was held at Wakefield Park, near Island Bay last Friday. Chairman and patron of NZ Rugby League Nines John Fiso said the tournament involved 15 teams representing tertiary institutions from New Zealand
as well as Pacific Island nations like Tonga. “This is the re-emergence of tertiary rugby league,” John said. “Generally it fits well with young people.” There was a women’s competition involving four teams and an 11-team men’s draw. “This is the first time we have had a women’s competition,” John said. The outcome saw both men’s and women’s nines teams se-
lected for competitions abroard. “We want to select a women’s rep team for tertiary students who will go to training camp in October alongside the men. “The men will go to the UK in February-March, then the women go to USA and Canada in August next year.” While rugby league nines has almost the same rules as the 13-a-side game, its concept is very similar to that of rugby sevens.
NZIS in action against Niu Era during their men’s pool game at the NZ University and Tertiary Students Rugby League Nines tournament at Wakefield Park. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
John said the tournament’s purpose was to encourage tertiary students to get involved based on the skills required, rather than the need for brute strength. “People tend to associate rugby league with tough men and we want to change that to a freeflowing game involving women. “It’s not about smashing up people. Yes, there is tackling, but it’s a different style.” He added it was not about inspiring players to try to get into
the NRL or taking the game too seriously. “It’s about playing with your mates and maybe go on a few tours. We want to give you a lifelong activity, not necessarial to make a career out of it - to enjoy it while you’re studying.” Wakefield Park was chosen as the venue as the New Zealand Institute of Sport, one of the teams involved in the tournament, held sports competitions there previously.
Tonga takes on NZIS in their women’s pool game. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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