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Our Lady’s Home of Compassion in Island Bay saw hundreds turn out for a special dawn service and congregation on Saturday. The day, October 14, marked the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Compassion, an all-women Catholic congregation, by Venerable Suzanne Aubert, who may one day become beatified as New Zealand’s first saint. “From small beginnings on the banks of the Whanganui River on October 14 1892, nobody would have been thinking 125 years later a passage from scripture of the Prophet Joel would be spoken about Jerusalem [in Whanganui],” Cardinal John Dew told followers and their families at the miha (Maori mass). Continued on page 2. Sisters Home of Compassion leadership team Margaret AnneMills, Luciana Raratini, Alisi Tuipulotu and Sue Cosgrove behind the memorial to founder Suzanne Aubert at Saturday’s 12th celebration. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Sisters of Compassion celebrate 125th anniversary of its founding Continued from page 1. Suzanne, who was born in France in 1835, developed an empathy for others from a young age. As she grew up she assisted her mother and grandmother in caring for pregnant girls at hospitals run by female congregations. Despite the disapproval of her parents, Suzanne joined religious life upon legal independence and moved to New Zealand in 1860 as a missionary recruit. Initially settling in Auckland, she joined the Sisters of Mercy before moving to work in a Maori mission station in Hawke’s Bay, then moved to Jerusalem on the Whanganui River where she set up a Catholic Mission with Father Christophe Soulas and three Sisters. Suzanne’s pivotal moment came in 1892 when the Archbishop of Wellington, Francis Redwood, appointed Suzanne as Mother Superior of Sisters of Compassion. It was in direct response to the French Society of Mary

Catholic Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew leads a candle blessing during the miha dedicated to Suzanne Aubert. PHOTO: Nina Cuccurullo

taking umbrage at the direction Suzanne had taken in setting up the Jerusalem community. “Suzanne saw the need for holiness in people,” John says. “She cared for the poor and homeless and never saw anyone as an alien or a stranger. “Though we are waiting for her to be formally beatified, for those

gathered today she is already blessed.” Earlier celebrations began at dawn with a Karakia Whakatuwheratanga to bless Suzanne Aubert’s final resting place, in a side chapel. Mana whenua, tangata whenua, and clergy came together to bless this new sacred space.

A rededication of Our Lady’s Home of Compassion included blessing new visitor and pilgrim facilities, which include a landscaped cloister, Heritage Centre and refreshment space. Sister Sue Cosgrove of the congregational leadership team described the celebration as “stunning”.

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Council portfolios reshuffle after Eagle’s exit Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has completed a reshuffle of councillor portfolios following Paul Eagle’s election to Parliament as Rongotai MP and resignation from council. “This is about making sure the key areas of focus for council are well served and that we keep pushing forward with our agenda,” Justin says. “Deputy Mayor Jill Day will chair our Ten Year Plan and Annual Plan committees, which set our budgets.

Jill will also pick up the Governance and Recreation portfolios. “Councillor Brian Dawson will take over the Housing portfolio. “Brian has done excellent work overseeing Council’s implementation of the Living Wage. “We have an ambitious agenda on housing and I know Brian is going to deliver in this important role.” The mayor says the reshuffle

is an opportunity to align portfolios. “Councillor Simon Marsh will take over the Events portfolio. Simon has been doing great work in his role leading Economic Development, and our city’s strong range of events complements this well. “Councillor Peter Gilberd will now lead our Community Facilities portfolio, including our programme of upgrades of libraries and community centres.

“Councillor Nicola Young will take on the Associate Arts portfolio. Nicola has been a strong advocate for arts and culture in our city for a number of years and this reflects the great work she has been doing in her ward and the added focus we are putting on the arts.” Other changes include councillor Simon Marsh sitting on the Basin Reserve Trust councillor Peter Gilberd takingover Paul Eagle’s place on the board of Te

Trials for public approval work best, says cycleway expert By Jamie Adams

A Canadian cycling expert says successful implementation of cycleways all comes down to councils being flexible to change, collaborative with stakeholders and being clear in their communication. Tyler Golly, an urban transportation specialist based in Edmonton, Alberta, gave insights into his hometown’s experience to an audience at the City Gallery last Friday. “In Edmonton we were working on a Bicycle Transportation Plan. We were trying to create a big newwork - a city-wide system and connector system,” Tyler explains. By 2009, seven kilometres of cycleway had been established but then a new mayor was elected on an anti-cycleway platform and subsequently a few of the new lanes in outer city areas were ripped up. “The city council wanted the focus to be on the central area, AAA routes and they wanted to have a six-part consultation process.

“But the bike route was to go to budget process as it was unfunded by the council. “Because the process took so long it was causing a lot of frustration. It wouldn’t open until 2020.” Eventually, protected (separated) bike lanes were introduced using infrastructure like cones to trest them out. The trial was such as success that permanent materials would be used to separate the bike and vehicle lanes. “By 2013 we had 230km of cycleways and collisions had reduced.” Tyler says lessons that have been learned from the Edmonton experience is ensuring there is support from residents and businesses, having lobbyists collaborate with councils, considering multiple uses for cycleways (ie not just for cyclists) and making sure cycleways show value quickly otherewise support for them erodes. When asked for his view regarding the controversial Island Bay cycleway, Tyler


A member of a Wellington-based paua poaching operation has been banned from fishing for three years and ordered to serve seven months home detention after earlier pleading guilty to more than 20 charges under the Fisheries Act. Sonny Gilbert Wairau, 39, from Brooklyn, was part of a black market operation involving three main offenders that called themselves The Paua Corporation. The men illegally took, over seven months, 257kg of greenweight paua and 31kg of sea cucumbers from around the Wellington coastline and then illegally sold the paua and sea cucumbers. The value of the paua was more than $17,000.

One of the world’s best pianists will perform for the first time with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra this month. Korean-born Joyce Yang, praised by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune, will perform Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninov in a New Zealand tour beginning in Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre on October 27. Yang began playing piano at age four and by age 11 was studying at the prestigious Julliard School. At 12 she was performing with symphony orchestras and by 16 was profiled in The New York Times.

Canadian cycleway expert Tyler Golly shows what has been achieved in his hometown of Edmonton at a presentation in Wellington on Friday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


didn’t have enough knowledge of the project to be able to comment, but he says research done on cycleways shows the best practice is to have them painted and on the footpath side of parked cars, as Island Bay’s

Last week’s article about South Wellington Montessori School being one of two in Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs was incorrect. There are in fact three, with Capital Montessori School, catering for three to six-year-olds, operating in Kingston.

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Fleur flies Labour flag as ward candidate By Jamie Adams

A focus on community facilities, especially those catering for children, will be the priority for Fleur Fitzsimons if she becomes Wellington’s latest city councillor. The Labour Party has selected the employment lawyer, mother of three and Island Bay resident as its candidate to replace Paul Eagle as the councillor for the city’s Southern Ward. Fleur is an advocate for parents, having established a successful campaign to save the indoor play space at Capital E and developed the coalition for 26 weeks paid parent leave. “Having a family has made me appreciative of children’s facilities,” she says. “I have an interest in the development of Berhampore playground at Wakefield Park. “The council plays such an important role in children’s experiences in Wellington.” The 38-year-old is very familiar with the area, having lived in Island Bay for 20 years, and a member of in the Island Bay School Board of Trustees. “I believe Justin Lester and the new council are moving in the right direction. I support his focus on better transport,

Southern ward candidate Fleur Fitzsimons at Shorland Park, one of the children’s parks she will focus on if elected. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

affordable housing and stronger and safer communities,” she says. “I am also very committed to rental WoFs and I really want to do what I can to get it implemented.” Fleur has some experience in politics, having been President of the Victoria University Students’ Union and New Zealand University Students’ Associa-

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Hataitai Community Recreation Trust member Roy Glass and trust community co-ordinator Frances Le Fort flank departing Hataitai Community House co-ordinator Jenny Ellis and her husband Pete. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

After 17 years of dedication to the hub of a suburb she calls home, Jenny Ellis has retired as co-ordinator of Hataitai Community House. Jenny, who has a background in early childcare, has had a passion for co-ordinating activities at the centre that have largely catered for children since taking up the role in 2000. “I was a paediatric nurse and teacher and thought I could do that, and it fitted around my children who were going to school here,” she says. “I’ve met wonderful people, I love the kids and it’s been fantastic teaching stuff to them.” Jenny was instrumental in making the centre’s playground more child-friendly. “There was a metal slide and it had no barriers. We also set about fund-

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Hospital provides ‘bearable’ Two new bosses for Wellington Civil Defence boost for child patients Two former military men have been chosen to lead Wellington’s Civil Defence organisation, WREMO (Wellington Region Emergency Management Office), replacing Bruce Pepperell who is retiring after running the organisation for six years. Jeremy Holmes is the new regional manager, while David Russell becomes the new group controller. Greg Campbell, chief executive of Greater Wellington, which administers WREMO for the other councils in the region, says both Jeremy and David have very strong leadership and operational planning skills. Jeremy spent 20 years in Defence, four years in the Fire Service and a year in Police. During this time he spent two-and-a-half years helping rebuild Christchurch after the 2011 earthquakes and worked closely with members of the Canterbury CDEM com-

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Sick children undergoing surgery in Wellington’s Wakefield Hospital were comforted last week with the arrival of 85 teddy bears to the hospital wards. The phil&teddy bears are part of a joint venture between the Surgical Research Trust and award-winning juvenile products company, phil&teds. Children facing surgery are given a teddy bear to provide cuddles and comfort at a stressful time. They can keep the bear. Surgeons can also use the bears as a prop when explaining procedures to children before they undergo their operation which makes the whole process more “bearable”. This is the first time the bears have been introduced to Wakefield Hospital. “Not only do the bears cheer up the child undergoing surgery but it has a positive flow on effect for families and staff facing the surgical procedures ahead,” Surgical Research Trust chair Grant Kiddle says. Campbell Gower, chief executive of phil&teds, is delighted his company is part of the initiative. “We love the dual benefit of providing a hospital friend for the child undergoing surgery and financial support to the Trust





for education and research. “We’re committed to funding projects that genuinely help the New Zealand community and medical world to boot - whether that’s through the phil&teddy programme, summer medical student projects or bladder obstruction experiments.” Ian England, Chief Executive for Acurity Health Group, which owns and operates Wakefield Hospital, says they’re very grateful to the trust and phil&teds for introducing the bears. “The introduction of the bears into Wakefield Hospital further strengthens the long term association Acurity has as a partner with Surgical Research Trust.” At the launch, Wakefield Hospital general manager Marg Jenner thanked the Surgical Research Trust and phil&teds for the initiative. “Wakefield Hospital is delighted to have this opportunity to provide comforting teddies to young patients.” The programme has been in place for several years with bears distributed in hospitals in the Wellington region, Christchurch and Waikato.

munity on a number of projects including the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct. David comes to WREMO after 38 years in Defence, holding various operational, training and human resource appointments at the tactical, operational and strategic level. His last appointment in the NZDF was that of security policy advisor during New Zealand’s term on the United Nations Security Council in New York. Bruce Pepperell, who in October last year advised he would retire in 2017, used to be both the regional manager and controller. He says last November’s earthquake, and its aftermath, proved there was too much work for one person at the top. Bruce has not retired entirely – he will remain at Civil Defence as an alternate controller.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you use plastic supermarket bags? Do you support New World and Countdown phasing them out?

Daisy Sharpe, Island Bay “Sometimes, I have a few of them I use. I think it’s a good idea.”

Rebecca Sore, Island Bay “Yes, I’m trying not to, but sometimes I forget. I think its great, it all helps us.”

Deborah Anderson, Houghton Valley “I try to avoid them. I carry stuff out if I don’t have [a cloth bag]. I’m very supportive.”

Siva Kandan, Mt Victoria “I still use them if I forget or my wife doesn’t remind me. Yes, I support that.”

Kenji Le Garrec, Te Aro “Yes. I’m not proud of it. I try to use [cloth bags] but forget sometimes. We don’t use them in New Caledonia.”

Helen Thompson, Napier “I don’t think there should be plastic bags. At the supermarket we prefer cardboard boxes as well as our own.”

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.

Procastinating Winston shows lawyer in him Dear Editor; A columnist in another journal suggested that Winston Peters, on election night, had silently decided his coalition plan for NZ First, so that the delay was just part of his act. We can remember that he kept us waiting for over a month in the same situation years ago; and I’m wondering whether his penchant for delay is

partly from the lawyer in him. There’s never been any danger that the legal profession will underestimate its own importance; and it is notorious for taking its own sweet time over anything lawyers - plus the judges promoted from lawyers - are asked to do for anyone. This all boosts their feeling of power and self-esteem. From what I know of lawyers, and what I’ve heard and read about them, I’ve learnt that it’s best to scout them unless it’s unavoidable to use them. They just love to make us wait, and they charge us steeply for the favour of being kept waiting; they refuse to hurry for anyone. They are a highly privileged profession. Yes, I’ve encountered the same arrogant, bossy attitudes among ordinary office staff. A little new authority goes to the heads of a few, especially Poms, male and female, who

think they are now Napoleon or Catherine the Great, and make themselves obnoxious to all the rest! However, lawyers have a monopoly of some things they do; while some other things are possible without a lawyer, but difficult. I often think of Shakespeare’s “King Henry the Sixth: Part One”, and the rebellion by Jack Cade and his illiterate mob. One of them says, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” It’s not only the uneducated, but also many others, who sympathise with that feeling. No, most people don’t want to kill lawyers; but a great many would like to accelerate them by (metaphorically) a hard kick in the arse! H Westfold, Miramar

Line-up for Coastella Music Festival announced Coastella Music Festival has announced its line-up for 2018, which includes energetic folk and indie rock, Japanese banjo, brass and Balkan madness. Iconic New Zealand band The Black Seeds will bring their contemporary groove reggae rhythms and the Hot Potato Band blend world music influences with an Australian edge to create a sound of brass and drums ‘known to cause a severe case of happy fever’. Other international offerings are George & Noriko with a unique sound of Japanese banjo blues, their energetic and original music earning them a place as finalists on Australia’s Got Talent 2012 and favourites at CubaDupa 2017. My Baby (NZ / Netherlands) join the festival from Amsterdam with their roots driven hypnotic dance music, and The Young Folk

(Ireland) have a sound which has seen them compared with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Crosby Stills & Nash. Jordie Lane and the Sleepers (Australia) play psychedelic rock reminiscent of The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper. Coastella features a main stage set in a natural grassy amphitheatre, a lake stage offering an idyllic setting to relax with friends, and Tiny Town returns, the 10 foot shipping container converted into an intimate musical venue, offering a chance to get up close and personal with some of the bands. Food vendors will once again be hand-picked by Visa Wellington On A Plate.  Coastella will be held at the Southward Car Museum, Kapiti on February 17, 2018. Tickets are available at

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Miramar beauty salon crowned best in NZ

The winning team from Haylo Skin and Beauty, from left: Clementine Woodhouse-Appleby, Lucy Bolter, Lara Mawer, Stacey Borthwick, Jess McCarthy, Isabelle Youngjin Jang, Lisetta Darroch, Anna Williamson and Charlotte Velut. PHOTO: Supplied By Jamie Adams

The team at Miramar beauty salon Haylo Skin & Body are buzzing after being awarded NZ Clinic/Spa of the Year at the recent Beauty NZ Awards. Hosted by the NZ Beauty Association on September 23,

the salon won the title having been nominated in the awards programme for the first time. Director Jess McCarthy says they believe it was their dedication to making their clients feel good as well as look good that gave them the edge over their fellow nominees.

“I think for us we really take the beauty association standards seriously, we want to look after clients, not just for their appearance but also their well-being.” “We want to help them build up their confidence and help them on the inside as well as the outside. We go the extra mile.”

A golden way of saying thanks to charity Shelly Bay painter Julie Best is giving back to a charity that has done so much for those needs of those caught up in an emergency. Julie, who co-owns a gallery in the suburb, is donating a large original painting, done specifically for the Life Flight Trust’s inaugural gala dinner to be held tonight. The 1x1 metre artwork is called “Noble Flight” and has pure 24 carat gold leaf in it too. “The painting is inspired by the beauty of Pencarrow which is a passionate subject of mine in my

artwork for a few years now and especially recently,” Julie says. “It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful Pencarrow and the Wellington south coast is.” While Julie has biked, sailed, driven and walked to Pencarrow – and flown in a plane above it – she had never done so in a helicopter until recently. “I got to photograph the piece of land that has inspired me so much of late and it was from a very unusual and stunning angle. “The moody greys and greens and

strong angled shafts of illuminated golden light were mesmerising and powerful.” “The 24-carat gold is at the tip of the peninsula. I use a lot of gold-leaf in my work and only very occasionally pure 24 carat gold-leaf.” An incident while tramping in the Abel Tasman National Park last summer led to her almost needing the services of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. “It made me consider how lucky we are to have these organisations in our community.”

Seatoun to put on show for lovers of art By Jamie Adams

The Seatoun Arts and Crafts Club is gearing up for its annual arts and crafts exhibition and sale at Seatoun’s Village Hall later this month. The exhibition of club members’ work will be the club’s 46th and vice-president Edith Campbell says there will be a great variety of items. Some of the items on display will be for sale. “There will be paintings, woodwork, toys, embroidery, patchworks – all hand-made,” she says. “Some people have got a lot of items.” There will also be exhibits from school-age art students. The club regularly hands out prizes to year 12 students from five Wellington high schools, with the hope they will exhibit their work and continue to do art in their final year. Edith believes art and craft is a hobby worth pursuing, even if

Seatoun Arts and Crafts Club members Robin Boldarin, Jeanette Bayliss and Edith Campbell with some of the items to be on display. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

it wasn’t a viable way to make money. “There is therapeutic qualities in doing it,” she says.

The Seatoun Arts and Crafts Exhibition and Sale begins on the evening of October 27 to runs until 4pm October 29.

“Most people involved in beauty therapy want to make a difference.” “Customers who were made aware of the award told staff they were thoroughly deserving of it,” she says. Haylo’s website states its focus will always be to give clients the

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Praise as wider path paves way for better pedestrian safety


Children’s novelist on a roll with second offering By Jamie Adams

Left to right: Ellen Blake of Living Streets Aotearoa with Tahir Nawaz of the Kilbirnie mosque, Wellington City councillor Sarah Free, Maksud Patel with children Sanaa and Ameen, and Imad Yousuf from the Kilbirnie mosque. PHOTO: Supplied

Members of the Wellington Islamic Centre are pleased access has finally improved with the completion of the widening of the footpath outside its Kilbirnie premises. The Council project was the result of campaigning by local councillors and Living Streets Aotearoa, a group that lobbies for better urban walking facilities. Eastern ward councillor Sarah Free says she has been advocating for this improvement for some time, as previously the footpath narrowed to under a metre at the corner of Queens Dr and Cruikshank St and was a safety issue. “We’ve been able to fund the work out of Council’s budget

for pedestrian improvements, which puts a high priority on having safe routes to schools. To achieve the project we needed to take back some of the road reserve which had been fenced off,” Sarah says. “I’m very grateful to local residents who could see the greater good and worked collaboratively with our staff on the details of new access steps and ramps and new fences so that the project worked for everyone. “I’m also pleased to say the new footpath should be finished very soon, in time for the start of the new school term.” Living Streets Aotearoa vice-president Ellen Blake thanked Sarah, saying it was

great the council had taken steps to bring pedestrian infrastructure up to standard in Kilbirnie. “This is a busy footpath with lots of mums and buggies,” Ellen says. “The new widened section of path will mean that school kids and parents can walk more easily to Lyall Bay School or to the shops.” Local resident Tahir Nawaz, who at t ends t he nea rby mosque, was “very pleased to see this improvement”. “It will help pedestrians, especially mothers with small children and people who use wheelchairs. A lot of people walk to the mosque so this will be really helpful.”

An Island Bay author is excited about developing a following of young readers with the release of her latest novel. How NOT to Stop a Kidnap Plot is Suzanne Main’s second book. It’s about a boy called Michael who overhears a kidnap plot but has no idea who is plotting or any of the finer details, which lead to hilarious misunderstandings. It follows on from How I Alienated My Grandma, the manuscript of which won the StorylinesTom Fitzgibbon Award in 2014. While not quite a sequel, it involves many of the same characters in her first novel, including the protagonist. “They are both comedy adventures,” Suzanne says. “They are very similar in tone, but this one is more of a mystery.” Suzanne believes she is the only Kiwi woman who is getting comedy novels that are marketed to boys published, given how tough the industry is nowadays. Her first novel took two years to get published and distributed from its original draft and Suzanne believes it would unlikely have been realised if it wasn’t for her winning the manuscript award. “It’s hard to get established in this country; many authors are geared towards non-comedy. That said, she believes there is a lot more variety now than there was growing up in the 1970s. “It’s built up since the days of Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton,” she says. How I Alienated My Grandma was so popular it entered the Australian market after publisher Scholastic declared it as its best-selling standalone children’s book. It will be sold into the German market early next year, something Suzanne is especially

Author Suzanne Main with her two published children’s novels. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

excited about. “If you can get a book into Germany it has the potential to sell really well.” Her writing isn’t exclusively dedicated to children’s novels. Last year she entered in an adult short story competition with a piece called Till Death Do Us Part. She also writes poetry. “At the moment I’m on a third book but it’s not to do with the first two. But I am thinking about writing another follow-up.” Although already available for purchase, the book will be officially launched at The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie on Saturday, October 28. To attend email

Low-profile councillor happy to just get things done By Jamie Adams

Southern Ward councillor David Lee says he has achieved a lot despite his lack of prominence. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

With the spotlight hovering over Wellington’s southern ward following Paul Eagle’s transition to national politics, readers may be forgiven for thinking there is only one councillor representing the area. In actual fact there has always been a second, but he has been largely out of the limelight, unlike his high-profile former colleague. David Lee says he is “quite happy” to not regularly be in the media, even if a low profile could lead to accusations of not pulling his weight. “I go to a lot of events. My focus is on what’s in the best interests of the city, more about the city than the ward.” His portfolios are Technology, Innovation, Enterprise (TIE) and Climate Change, and he has

overseen a number of initiatives, including the Blind Square app which helps visually-impaired people navigate Wellington’s streets, and a trial of “sniffer” cameras that can detect things like illegal substances in the CBD. While he voted for the “compromise” solution to the Island Bay cycleway, he admits that the council got it wrong in the first place. “We rushed it and it was cheap. It wasn’t our baby, it was Celia Wade-Brown’s,” David says. “We should actually have taken the time and not been obsessed about money.” He says things that benefit another ward or even another city can have flow-on effects that benefit Wellington’s south as well. “I would rather see us heavily subsidise transporting people from Upper Hutt and Porirua to

get them coming into Wellington to spend their money here.” Although David stood in the Ilam seat during last month’s General Election as a Greens candidate, he was never seriously gunning for Parliament in the same way Paul Eagle was. “I ran for Ilam to bring up the party vote. “I wasn’t on the party list. I was asked to campaign in Christchurch as the Greens were already getting about 20 percent of the vote in Wellington.” He insists campaigning in another city was above board. “I didn’t miss any committee meetings during the campaign and I still donated 10 weeks of my salary to Wellington charities.” He is not planning to seek re-election in 2019, believing two terms is long enough for him to be in council.


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Wellington among medals at synchro-swim nationals Wellington Synchronised Swimming won seven medals, including four golds, at the recently concluded New Zealand Synchronised Swimming Championships in Invercargill. More than 150 competitors, including swimmers from China, New Caledonia and nine New Zealand clubs competed in the event. This is a significant result and is reflective of the growing strength of the squad and the club. Wellington scored gold medals for the duet and combo and figures. The combo in particular impressed with their innovative choreography which was developed by French head coach Maud Montgrenier. Among the winners from Wellington’s south and east were Polly Winter of Island Bay in the winning aqua combo team, and Lili Boyer-Shadbolt of Brooklyn, Tamon Smith of Brooklyn, Mairead Elliott of Berhampore and Scarlett Hardy of Strathmore in the Dolphins combo. Members of the Wellington team will now be trialling for the New Zealand development squad in November and Wellington Synchro will host the North Island Championships in 2018.

The winning Aqua combo Team: From left to right Lucia Marull, Samantha Fowler, Zoe Gasson and Polly Winter. PHOTO: Supplied

Synchronised swimming is a hybrid form of swimming, dance, and gymnastics. It is fantastic for kids as it develops advanced water skills, strength, endurance, flexibility and creative artistry. It also develops personal

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synchronised swimming can contact the club through their Facebook page Wellington Synchronised Swimming. The club are running a “Have a Go Programme” in term four and welcome enquiries.

Garden-Bachop named year’s top Lion First five-eighth Jackson Garden-Bachop has been named Wellington Lions Player of the Year at the 2017 Wellington Representative Rugby Awards. Lions head coach Chris Gibbes also scooped the Coach of the Year award after winning nine of 10 regular season Mitre 10 Cup Championship matches in his first season in charge. Garden-Bachop won his award after a season that saw him in all 10 of the team’s matches including nine starts, and tally 109 points heading into the semi-finals. The 23-year-old’s game management and steady goal kicking has been a feature for a player who debuted for the Lions in 2013 and has grown into one of the senior leaders of the squad. Gibbes has wasted little time stamping his mark on the Wellington squad after returning to New Zealand from a stint with Welsh club Ospreys to take the Lions head coaching role. Under his guidance, and that of assistants Andre Bell and Rodney So’oialo, the Lions topped the Mitre 10 Cup Championship ladder with 10 successive bonus-point performances in 2017 to earn home advantage for the playoffs, and scored 59 tries in the process. Unheralded players that emerged in the Lions under Gibbes’ tutelage included Old Boys University midfielder Regan Verney, who has been rewarded with the Wellington Lions Rookie of the Year Award. Outstanding hooker Asafo Aumua has been recognised as the Wellington Rugby Supporter’s Club Player of the Year.

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