Wednesday November 1, 2017
Youth charity informs about issues around sexuality National youth charity InsideOUT have released a new resource advocating for LGBTQIA+ young people’s legal rights at school. Legal Rights At School: For Young People of Minority Sexualities and Genders is aimed at high-school students and was created in partnership with Wellington & Hutt Valley Community Law. It aims to answer students’ questions about what their legal
rights are at school regarding issues around sexuality and gender diversity, and covers questions regarding bullying, freedom of speech, queer straight alliances and support for transgender students. “More and more young people are being open about their sexual orientation and gender identities in schools,” Tabby Besley, national coordinator of InsideOUT, says. “Schools have an obligation to
provide a safe environment for all of their students, but many of them are still not fulfilling that,” Tabby says. “We still hear stories about students having to rewrite assignments because their homophobic teacher said it wasn’t okay to talk about queer issues. “Some young people have to sign a disclaimer about how they identify to bring a same gender partner to the ball, and many trans students are in situations where
their schools are not prioritising their safety and wellbeing.” With their new publication, InsideOUT aim to help students, staff and whanau and advocate for the right to safety and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ youth. Legal Rights At School: For Young People of Minority Sexualities and Genders is available for anyone to view and download for free online at insideout. org.nz/legal-rights-at-school.
At the foot of Makara’s hills, beyond the hustle and bustle of the city, golfers have created their own sport and outdoor haven – now the Karori Golf Club is set to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Jonathan Wake is the current Karori Golf Club president and says he has been playing on several courses around Wellington and the one in Karori was the best. “It’s maybe not as manicured as others, but it’s the most beautiful and exciting course. “We’re away from the noise of the city and yet conveniently close.” The history of the Karori Golf Club traces back to 1905 when the first club members started playing golf on Campbell’s Farm. Three years later, the club converted into Miramar Golf Club. A second incarnation of the Karori Golf Club returned in 1913 but eventually became the Manor Park Golf Club. The third Karori Golf Club was founded in ‘33. Golfers played on a course on South
Makara Road until ’44 when WWII forced the club into recession. The fourth and final Karori Golf Club was incorporated in ’68. Farmland along South Makara Road was bought from the Bertram and Monaghan families, and the golf community converted the naked grassland into a course with trees and native bush. “I cannot believe how different the place is from when we started here,” Keith Gaskin, one of the club’s founding members, says. “It was one hell of a mess. People spent hours and hours of their time shifting it. And now it has turned into this fantastic golf course.” Today, the club has around 350 members, plus families and visitors who come for a casual Pitch n Putt. “There’s no way that you start thinking about the troubles of life when you’re out here – it’s sheer magic,” David Sercombe, club historian, says. For Jonathan, the friendly and casual atmosphere is characteristic for the club. “It’s a unique course – most of
inbrief news Correction Independent Herald reported in the October 18 issue about students of Raroa Intermediate School winning several medals at the New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools (NZAIMS) sport event. It says Jessica Cunningham took out a silver medal in senior rhythmic gymnastics which is incorrect. Jessica won a gold medal. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Karori golfers prepare for golden jubilee By Julia Czerwonatis
From February 2018 cats in Wellington must be microchipped. Wellington City Council is partnering up with the SPCA Wellington to offer free microchipping for cats so you can get ahead of the bylaw. Following the Christchurch earthquake, more than 80 percent of microchipped cats were reunited with their owners, compared with only 15 percent of non-microchipped cats. The procedure can be costly, but SPCA and council are offering this safe, painless and permanent method of identification for free. Sessions are will be held on November 4, 1-3pm at the Newlands Community Centre, November 11, 1-3pm at the Aro Valley Community Centre and November 18, 1-3pm at the Churton Park Community Centre. Council asks owners to arrive in plenty of time and keep their cats restrained in a cage or carry box.
Karori Golf Club historian David Sercombe, president Jonathan Wake and one of the club’s founding members, Keith Gaskin. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
the 18 holes are signature holes which means they have special features defined by the natural geography of the course.
“We’re quite proud of our club history we look forward to celebrating it coming February.”
The Wellington Sky Show is set for Saturday, November 4. The famed fireworks display, which is put on by Wellington City Council with support from CentrePort, starts at 9pm and will be best viewed from the central city waterfront. Family-friendly carnival attractions will be at Waitangi Park all weekend and food trucks will serve food along the waterfront from 5pm on Saturday. Wellington acting mayor Jill Day says Wellington’s hills and harbour were known for being one of the best places in the world to watch large fireworks displays.
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