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Retiring Ohariu electorate MP Peter Dunne was an MP for 33 years and involved in politics for 40. So to see New Zealand First’s Winston Peters holding the balance of power is not a new situation. “This is an unfortunate repetition of 1996 and Mr Peters has learnt nothing from that. At least in 1996 he held 17 percent of the vote. This time he’s holding 93 percent of the voters to ransom. “It’s appalling.” He says the two main parties need to take leadership, “to be firm”. Continued on page 2. Outgoing Ohariu MP Peter Dunne toasts his secretary of 17 years Shirley Simcock at her retirement function last week. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

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Outgoing MP reflects on career Continued from page 1. He’s sceptical though about a grand coalition of the two parties which has been suggested. He says that while it has worked in Germany and Austria, “I don’t think it would be a good fit for New Zealanders”. He’s proud of what he started in this electorate. “Transmission Gully. I’ve seen the schools in the suburbs upgraded over the years. Churton Park has been the first new school built in

many years. And keeping the Johnsonville rail line open.” He’s also proud to have supported “thousands” of his constituents, not least the new New Zealanders whose lives have flowered here. From the start, and when it was not popular, he had a dream of a multi-cultural multi-ethnic country. Peter feels we are now well on the way. “It’s pretty much unique and I’m really excited about our

future.” Other changes over the years have also resulted in a more confident, adaptive and outward looking country, he says. Every election year, he has done a plus-minus list, promising that when the minuses outweighed the pluses he would go. Last year it happened. “But I chose not to see it.” “It’s that head versus heart tussle.”

He rethought staying on when he realised his heart was no longer in the job. “Going was the right thing to do.” He goes with a huge vote of thanks to all those who have put up with him and supported him. “There’s been a massive number of letters, cards and messages. I’m surprised and delighted. Just fantastic.” He also goes without regrets. “There are no ‘if only’s’.

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St John’s Church in Johnsonville held its yearly pet service at the weekend. The vicar, Ben Johnson-Frow, says it is a day when “all things bright and beautiful” are invited to church to join in the celebrations.

The chapel was converted into a forest complete with birdsong for people to sit and reflect. A prayer tree was also created with everyone invited to contribute two leaves. One was of thanksgiving for our environment, and one a

commitment to care for it in some way. “The ideas were endless,w” he said. “While the service was a lot of fun, noise and colour, it also carried with it a serious message of developing a love and care for

all creation,” he added. On the day, the congregation learned how to care for dogs and planted fruit trees around the church ground. The chapel was converted into a forest complete with birdsong for people to sit and reflect.

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Time capsule buried at Newlands College Gabbi Conway, a year 10 student at Newlands College, originally had the idea. She and fellow student Calvin Keating wanted to complete a project to create a time capsule for the school. It had been begun in 2016 by a wider group of students of which they were a part, but it had run out of time. They were part of the Wa Ako programme, where they were given time to focus on something they were passionate about. With the support of their dean Mr Anquetil they decided to complete the time capsule, to be opened for the school’s 75th anniversary in February 2045. Over this year, the two students have spent countless hours in planning and interviewing both fellow students and teachers.

They have gathered a wide collection of memorabilia, including their timetables and many reminders of their school life. It has been recorded on USBs and in photo montages, as well as in laminated documents. Amongst them are handwritten letters to their future selves. The pair were determined that their work would not share the fate of an earlier time capsule. “I think it was put in a cupboard. No one knows where,” said Gabbi. That was when her mother stepped in and helped them organise a plaque to be erected above the capsule, which is buried in the school grounds near the school hall. And just in case, instructions are being left in the school office so that there is official awareness that the capsule is there.

Year 10 Newlands College students Gabbi Conway and Calvin Keating with the plaque to be erected above the time capsule they have buried at the school. PHOTO: Supplied.

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inbrief news Save Kiwi Month The Great Kiwi Morning Tea returns on Friday October 27, raising funds for kiwi conservation nationwide. Get together with family, friends, colleagues or neighbours to hold a Kiwi morning tea and ask them to make a donation Five things to do during October, Save Kiwi Month: Hold a Great Kiwi Morning Tea Make your patch predator free: Trap a rat, a possum, stoat, weasel or feral cat Volunteer at a kiwi project near you Have your dog kiwi-aversion trained (it’s quick and easy) Buy one of Kat Merewether’s  “Kuwi the kiwi” books for the children in your life. A percentage of every sale or product sold goes to kiwi conservation.

Matariki major focus Wellington will formally make Matariki, the Maori New Year, a major civic festival in 2018, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. Plans have begun for several events during the month-long period of Matariki, which occurs around June and July every year. Half the $500,000 set aside for 2018 to make Wellington New Zealand’s capital of culture is to be used for the festival. 

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Roy Stansfield, General Manager Shopping Centres for Stride Property Group, says they are in talks with “several” major retailers as they seek commitment to occupy the planned new shopping centre. Until those commitments are obtained, they would not be moving to the next stage, which is further design and applying for building consents. The rate of

progress would be governed by what happens with the retailers. “We know all the major retailers well and we are moving on as quickly as is feasible,” he says. There is a good level of interest from many. Research into the demographics of this area will help to steer decisions on what sort of stores would be included. “It is a significant catchment area that is presently underserved by retail facilities.”

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“All centres have unique catchments and we need to ensure that we deliver the retail stores that appeal to our customers. “Ultimately, we are aiming to create a high-quality contemporary retail centre in Johnsonville that will be an asset to the local community, and are working diligently to achieve this result.” Stride also had to consider that retail was changing rapidly and that the retail stores must

be relevant for customers into the future. “Shopping centres are increasingly providing a greater variety of interactive experiences, high quality restaurants, entertainment and other services.” The original major construction project was reduced in scale and resource consent for a smaller centre of approximately 26,000 square metres was then gained from the Wellington City Council in January 2017.

As from Monday this week, building consent applications in Wellington can be made online says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. He says the portal will allow people to track their applications and make the process easier. “This is going to be an enormous win for Wellington – it will make it easier to do business in the city, and take a big hassle out of building new homes. For a Council focused on affordable housing and boosting economic growth, this is a no-brainer.  “As someone who’s set up my own business, I know what a difference this would have made.”

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Ngaio Toy Library faces closure By Jake McKee Cagney MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Declining membership and unsuccessful grant applications make it likely the Ngaio Toy Library will close by the end of October. If no urgent changes are made, the group will run out of operating funds in the next few weeks. Ngaio Toy Library secretary Rachel Lock said not getting some grants this year had come as “a bit of a surprise”. Notably, the group did not receive anything from the Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS). That is one of the only grants permitted to go towards operating costs. A special general meeting will be held for members on October 7 to discuss options for their future. There are currently five options being considered: a significant and immediate increase of members, a reduction in operating schedule, immediate sponsorship and fundraising opportunities, merging with another toy library, or closure of the Ngaio Toy Library. Rachel said to be sustainable there needs to be a minimum of 60 members. Ngaio Toy Library currently has just over 40. The library operates two-hour sessions, two times a week out of the Ngaio Town Hall. The Ngaio Toy Library made an executive decision to remove their Tuesday session, only running a Saturday session from the first week of October. Member Susan Pearce said she would be very sad to see the library

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close. She had been there as a member with both her 14-year-old and four-year-old children. “Kids get so bored with toys so quickly.” Her family had found the Ngaio Toy Library not only a place to get new toys, but also a place to play and make new friends. A fundraising campaign began at the start of September.

Rachel said it was their second fundraiser this year, both being “really driven by trying to help the financial situation”. It had been a tough year for the toy library. They were forced to shut down for two-and-a-half months after the November 14 earthquake because Ngaio Town Hall was closed. Rachel said from this, she had seen “a little bit of a

cascade effect”. “We’re really keen to stay operating, to stay open.”

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Tank sales to prepare for emergency Northern Ward Councillors will be selling 200L emergency water tanks outside Countdown Johnsonville (next to The Warehouse) on Saturday October 14 from 10.30am to 12pm. To reserve a water tank, and pre-pay the $110 required,

residents are asked to email Otherwise, says Malcolm, it will have to be first in, first served. Wellington residents have been advised to have sufficient emergency water to tide them

over for seven days following a major disaster like an earthquake by stockpiling 20L per day per person. Thousands of the 200L emergency tanks have been bought by Wellington householders in recent years.

However many still don’t have one tank, or more, he says. It is hard to predict demand, but they are likely to have 20 or so available on the day. “If we run out, we take orders and then get in new stock,” he says.

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A trio of Year 6 students at Queen Margaret College has won an international competition after creating an app to help people evacuate during a tsunami. Eimear Fitzgerald, Isabel Haupt and Jaskiran Rahi entered their “Evac-UBuddy” app prototype in the “Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero” competition this year. They won the New Zealand Primary School division in September. Then they won the Australian and New Zealand competition against more than a thousand girls in over 260 product teams. Isabel came up with the idea, a live map based home-finder for tsunami evacuees after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Wellington last November. She says they live in Seatoun and had

to evacuate up the hill. “We had a friend’s house to go to but a lot of people had to sleep in their cars,” she says. After coming up with the initial idea Isabel asked Jaskiran and Eimear to join her team. They spent hours planning, designing, and creating the app. They also had to produce a pitch and a demonstration video for the competition. “You either register as an evacuee or as a host. When you are a host you fill in whether your house is dog friendly or baby friendly and how many people you can take. A pin will pop up on the map of your house so people know how to find you,” Eimear explains. The girls learnt how to use MIT Appmaker and to block code, design buttons, wireframe the screen layouts and links and run an android emulator

as part of the project. They also presented their app to the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office and made further adaptations based on their recommendations. The girls were thrilled to find out they had won. “I found out in the middle of the night and I was so excited,” Isabel says. They will decide whether they want to take their app further in a Technovation Camp round. “At the moment our app is focused on Seatoun and tsunami evacuation because that’s where Eimear and I live but it could help with bushfire evacuation and other disasters overseas. If we do the next part of the competition we would have to work on how we could take it worldwide,” Isabel says.

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Cool shirts for cochlear implants By Jake McKee Cagney MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

It was bright shirts and beach themed attire at Khandallah Primary School last Friday as they fundraised for cochlear implants. Year 6 student Katya Gardiner, who has a cochlear implant, organised for the school to participate in the annual Loud Shirt Day appeal for children with cochlear implants. Sym Gardiner, Katya’s father, said the money would go to

two charities that help children who are deaf or have hearing aids – The Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Paediatric Programme. Both of these charities support families so their children can get therapy to listen and talk like their hearing peers. “You can have a cochlear implant but the treatment isn’t complete without all the therapy – like speech therapy,” he said. Katya said she really liked the way the school got behind the appeal each year. She also said

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this year’s beach theme was appropriate because of Friday’s rain. “It’s a classic Wellington beach day.” Her teacher, Jo Tebbs, said Katya was amazing for taking the initiative to organise the day and she had always “worked very hard for her fundraising”. It was the third year in a row the school had fundraised for the appeal. Previous years have seen Mexican dress-up themes and bake sales.  Want to donate? Visit www.

Patron Sue Clothier in front of the Dorothy Newman tribute wall. PHOTO: Supplied

Katya Gardiner, 10, and her dad Sym with friends Ava Rasbutch (far left), and Sophie Christians (left) fundraise for Loud Shirt Day. PHOTO: Jake McKee Gagney

Karori Arts and Crafts Centre is celebrating 50 years of promoting arts and crafts in Wellington with an exhibition of tutors’ work. The centre is featuring a Dorothy Newman tribute wall, to recognise her generosity in funding the building of the Newman

Centre, their creative hub. The recent opening was an opportunity for many former tutors to catch up with one another as they viewed the work of their peers.  The exhibition runs until 3pm this Sunday.

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Children’s garden opened in Botanic Garden The Discovery Garden, Te Kaapuia o Te Waoku, an area designed for children in the Wellington Botanic Garden, was officially opened at the weekend with formal speeches and a blessing from Taranaki Whanua. A spokesperson said The

Discovery Garden will be an amazing living classroom where children can explore and learn about the natural world. Education programmes for schools will commence from Term 4 this year The education programmes

are aimed at children between five to 12 years and will focus on plant uses for food, fibre, medicine, and construction. The garden has been built on a 1500-square-metre hillside site near the Treehouse Visitor Centre and plant nursery in the Wellington Botanic Garden.

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Gardening Pre-summer TLC for city’s lawns You could do a lot worse than looking at Wellington City Council’s lead on springtime lawn care. A number of the city’s most popular parks and lawns are being given a springtime tune-up, programmed from late September to October. This is in preparation for the busy, event-filled and hopefully sunny summer months ahead, when they’ll get a lot of usage from Wellingtonians and visitors alike. Some of the central city’s busiest lawns – Aro Park, Te Aro Park, Midland Park and Glover Park – will be fenced off for up to 30 days to let nature do

its work, allowing the new grass to germinate and grow ready for the areas to be used again. Dog exercise areas, which are also well used, need this time to be renovated to recover from the heavy winter use. The council wants want to ensure that these areas can still be used, but there will be some restrictions. Parks, Sport and Recreation Manager Paul Andrews, says topdressing, weed control, drainage work, fertilising, and sowing with new grass seed are all on the agenda.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think is New Zealand’s biggest problem?

Marieka Schrader, Johnsonville “Underprivileged children. And if we can educate children, things will get so much better.”

Nicole Hamlin, Johnsonville “As a millennial, I think the housing situation is pretty terrible. It trickles down to homelessness.”

Santell Pickett, Upper Hutt “It’s hard to pick on just one thing. There are lots of children living in poverty. And a lack of homes.”

Dwayne Venn, Newlands “The way the media are portraying what’s going on. It’s hard to know what to believe.”

Michelle Neville, Churton Park “Housing’s a big one. Poverty. You even see the homeless and beggars in the main street of Johnsonville.”

Irina Alpeeva, Johnsonville “Rent. Uninsulated houses. The prices are ridiculous. And jobs for the young generation who have just graduated.”

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.

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

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville the storage shed of a sports club in Bannister Avenue was broken into when offenders kicked in a door panel and removed the bolt and padlock. No access was gained and only the bolt and padlock were stolen. A red Toyota Corolla stationwagon parked in the carpark of a restaurant and bar in Disraeli Street had its front registration plate stolen. A white Mitsubishi light van parked in Ngauranga Gorge Road was stolen. It was later recovered in Tawa. In Khandallah the garage of a house in Amritsar Street was prised open and wedged to keep it open. The two locked vehicles inside the garage were not touched but a neighbour’s car parked in

front of the garage was broken into and unspecified items were stolen. A silver Daihatsu hatchback also parked in Amritsar Street was broken into via a smashed left rear window. An Apple Iphone, a box of tools, and two bags of clothing destined for the op shop were stolen. A silver Ford Territory stationwagon parked overnight on the street in Homebush Road was stolen. In Churton Park a house in Cambrian Street was entered through a ranch slider door at the rear of the property. A TV, a microwave, various pots and pans, a laptop computer, a DVD player, wine, a clock radio and handbags and shoes were taken.

Support for the homeless Friday October 13 is a significant date for those working with the homeless in Wellington. Ordinary Wellingtonians are being challenged to give up their beds that day to help combat the crisis. The Compassion Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army, Wellington City Mission, Wellington Night Shelter and Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust, supported by Wellington City Council and Wellington Women’s House, have joined together again for the fourth annual event raising money for projects helping tackle homelessness in Wellington. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and city councillor Andy Foster will also be

speaking at the event. The organisers are calling on people to join co-workers, friends and family to seek sponsorship to spend 14 hours sleeping outside on cardboard, on couches or in cars. Homeless aren’t just rough sleepers. It includes people in emergency accommodation, shelters and boarding houses, over-crowded homes and places without basic amenities. In the face of this, 14 Hours Homeless is a chance for people to learn about the challenges faced by people without a warm and dry home.  For enquiries about registering, please go to event/Wellington.

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Khandallah’s Arts Theatre faces gritty challenge

Local actors Chris Collie-Holmes (Charles) left, at rear with Stephanie Gartrell as Mattie-Fae and Andrew Cross as the shy and clumsy Little Charles in Khandallah Arts Theatre’s upcoming production. PHOTO: Supplied

Khandallah Arts Theatre is bringing a new production, August: Osage County, to the northern suburbs and two local actors feature in the cast list. Stephanie Gartrell comes from Crofton Downs and Chris Collie-Holmes from Ngaio. Stephanie plays Mattie-Fae, the effervescent aunt of the three women who, with their mother are at the centre of the play’s whirlwind of emotions and secrets, based around a family reunion. “I auditioned because I wanted to have a go at ‘straight’ theatre,” Stephanie says. “I have always done musical theatre until now and I wanted the challenge to see if I could do it.” Chris plays Mattie-Fae’s long-su f fer i ng husba nd Charles. Until now he has been one of the theatre’s key technical and construction people and says: “I haven’t been on stage for a number of years and then only in small roles. I just wanted…

to be a part of a great play, at my home club with a big cast and great directors.” The play features a dysfunctional All-American Family and has been described by The New York Times as “... the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years”. Parents are asked to note that, unlike Khandallah Arts Theatre’s last production, the family-friendly The Wind in the Willows, this play is not for young audiences.  August: Osage County runs for seven performances at Cochran Hall (in the grounds of Cashmere Avenue School) at 7:30pm on from October 12-14, at 4.00pm on Sunday 15 and October 19-21 and at 4.00pm on Sunday 15. Ticket prices $20 waged, $15 unwaged. Book at katbookings@gmail. com or buy tickets at The Village Pharmacy in Khandallah. Phone bookings (ring 970 0440) and door sales are also available.



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2017 Bouldering Championships By Dan and Michele Taylor

On Sunday, September 24 the 2017 National Bouldering Championships were held at Hang Dog Indoor Rock Climbing Centre in Petone. Bouldering is low-level climbing without ropes on ‘boulder problems’ set by national-level route setters. Climbers aim to ‘Top’ as many problems in as few attempts as possible, with different categories opening the competition up to all age groups, the youngest competitor being eight and the oldest 60. Chairperson of the Climbing New Zealand Committee, David Sanders, said he was pleased with the turnout of 80 competitors for the two-day event, the success partly due to the new bouldering gym at the Hang Dog facility. Over 100 spectators cheered competitors on over the two days.

Female Youth A Bouldering, 1st Sarah Tetzlaff [Wellington], 2nd Maayan Levy, 3rd Kim Forde

Masters, 1st Eric Duggan, 2nd Albert Carino, 3rd Neil Parker [all Wellington]

David Sanders, Chairperson of the Climbing New Zealand Committee Neil Parker [Wellington]

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Marilyn pedalling to recognition By Jamie Adams

Khandallah urban cycling consultant Marilyn Northcotte has been nominated for a national cycling award. The Bike to the Future awards are a celebration of the people involved in projects aimed at making cycling easier and safer, co-organisers the NZ Transport Agency and Cycling Action Network say. Marilyn is one of five nominees for the Outstanding Contribution to a Bike-Friendly Future Award, the result of her extended work with cycle skills training. It is also for her part within a project team working to establish the National Cycling Education

System, a joint initiative between ACC and the NZTA. Over the past two decades Marilyn delivered cycle skills training to a variety of audiences and established the Pedal Ready cycle skills programme in the Wellington region. Since 2012 she has contributed to helping more than 17,000 people in the Wellington region to feel more confident riding a bike. “I’m delighted to be nominated,” Marilyn says. “I’ve been involved in cycling education for a long time. It’s a pretty major recognition.” Marilyn has lived in Wellington for 28 years after growing up in Canada. She has been involved in cycle advocacy since Cycle Aware

Wellington and the Cycling Action Newtork were formed more than 20 years ago. “We have always worked with schools and councils, introducing road safety programmes and cycle skills training where we could and with Pedal Ready we really have tried to get it into as many schools as possible.” Her enthusiasm reflects her achievements – in 2016 Marilyn took part in Tour Aotearoa, a 30day mass ride from Cape Reinga to Bluff over roads, paths and trails covering a distance of more than 3000 kilometres. Although Marilyn no longer runs Pedal Ready in Wellington, she is still heavily involved in cycling education and training.

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Local sporting firm wins major deal in Asia Sports enthusiasts in several Asian countries will now be able to buy a range of unique sports equipment from Packaworld International, which operates out of Churton Park. The firm has won a major deal with one of China’s leading sports equipment suppliers, AirGoal Sports. This follows several years of collaboration between the two firms and extends Packaworld’s distribution network to East Asian countries, including China. Packaworld CEO Peter Roberts said the agreement was a significant milestone in their history and a huge step towards achieving the company’s vision of bringing the joy of sport to more people around the world. AirGoal Sports is the equipment sponsor of the Chinese national football team. It supports China's youth and school football development programme with innovative goals and training aids as an integral part of a Chinese government

initiative to get more people playing the world’s largest sport. Packaworld International provides a range of safe high quality sports equipment that is quick and easy to set up, enabling people to play the sports they love where and when they want to. Peter said a recent announcement by Alisports–the sporting division of e-commerce giant AliBaba Group, to invest $NZ140 million in Chinese rugby over the next 10 years, also offered huge opportunities for another one of their latest innovations. Rugby Packaposts are, he said, the world’s first truly portable full-size rugby posts. The unique design means they can be easily inflated and deflated, offering countries with few established rugby facilities a way to bring the game to new regions and more players. “With the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, this is an exciting time for rugby in Asia.”

Packaworld CEO Peter Roberts of Churton Park with Li Tie, former Everton midfielder and current Assistant Coach for the Chinese National Football team. PHOTO: Supplied.

Tawa Squash Club on a roll

Tawa E Grade Squash Team. Back from left: Cam Dean, Stephen Dean, Werner Pohl, Mike Wynne-Jones, Ben Phillips, Greg Phillips. Front: Oliver Dunbar. PHOTO: Supplied

Nail-biter at Johnsonville Bowls The Johnsonville Women’s Graded 4 bowls competition, played at the weekend, was a nail biter. It was finally won by Annette Dodd (s), Pat Maddocks, Beth Newman and Merani Davis in an exciting final that needed an extra end to find the winner. Rob Ashton (s) led his team of Ernst Schuch, Logan Amer and Steve Kerekes, to win the Men’s Graded Fours, going through unbeaten. The club is strongly represented in the Bowls Wellington Interclub Men’s and Women’s competitions. The Men’s are entered in the Premiers, Premier Reserves, Division 1 and 3 grades, while the Women are represented in the Premier, Premier Reserve and Quad grades. This coming weekend sees the start of those competitions, with the Johnsonville Men’s Premier side playing Wilton at Johnsonville. The Women’s Premier team plays Tawa at the Tawa Bowling Club. Rob Ashton playing the bowl, Grant Wakefield watching. PHOTO: Allan Galbraith

Tawa Squash Club has never had as much activity as in the last month. Two separate Squash in Schools programmes, with Redwood and St Francis Xavier schools, were followed by a special offer to come to a Junior Club night in September. That saw an average of over 60 youngsters a week attend for the three weeks afterwards. And, says club manager Peter Bowers, they are coming back for more. The annual club championships were completed on September 23 with two new club champions, Debbie Dunbar and Andrew Smith. Both are first time champions. A club highlight has been the selection of Nyah Mar and Mac Dean for the Wellington Junior Representative team to compete at the Junior Nationals from October 5-11. Two Tawa teams won the Wellington

Regional Superchamps Competitions, the Men’s D and Men’s E teams. They then represented Wellington with distinction at the nationals in Taupo and Hamilton. The D grade team were desperately unlucky, going down to North Shore, the eventual winners, in the semis 3/2. Tawa went on to win their playoff for third. The E grade team however won their final in dramatic fashion against Browns Bay (Auckland). The fifth game was the decider, with 11-year-old Oli Dunbar, the youngest player in the tournament, playing. After comfortably winning the first two games, he dropped the next two to level. B u t t h e n h e d u g d e e p , p owering away to win the match 15-11. So Tawa won their first Men’s national title in any grade since 1980, and only their second men’s title ever.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Giving change a sporting chance Social change movements really are starting to have a dramatic impact on sport around the world. For good or bad, sport is being used as a platform to demand change globally. You have American NFL players kneeling for the national anthem in a search for equality between white and African Americans. There’s US president Donald Trump saying he’d fire all of them for doing it if they worked for him. There’s American singer Macklemore causing a stir in Australia by performing a song about gay rights at the NRL Grand Final and then donating his pay from that event to a gay rugby advocacy group. Right or wrong, sport draws eyeballs and therefore it presents the best forum to advocate for change. The reason charities like to get their messages out to the masses by part-

nering with a sports league is the same reason why players are now making the most of their chance in the spotlight. However, these issues are overshadowing the games themselves. Is that right? That’s up for debate. I’ve always been of the opinion that if you don’t accept change and evolve with the times, you get left behind. Macklemore wants equality for all. It would be a braver individual than me to disagree with such a statement. Those two examples aren’t the first acts of social change being instigated using sport. People have used the Olympic Games regularly throughout history to demand change on global attitudes either through their actions or by not turning up at all. Pick a side and stick to it. For me, equality for all sounds pretty good to me.


Wednesday October 4, 2017

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