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Skilful Sarah worldclass By Jamie Adams

A Wellington design student has gone from strength to strength showing off her skills on the world stage. Sarah Browning last month competed in the WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi. It came after she won a bronze medal at the International Selection Competition in Shenzhen in May. It’s the 44th time the prestigious biennial tournament has taken place, a kind of Olympic Games for vocational activities including bricklaying, floristry and many others. Sarah competed in the Graphic Design category, finishing 13th out of 29 world competitors. Continued on page 2. Sarah Browning shows off her Medallion of Excellence at the WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi. PHOTO: Supplied

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Design student flies high at WorldSkills International competition Continued from page 1. She achieved a Medallion of Excellence to acknowledge her score of 701. The Te Aro resident was the second person to represent New Zealand in graphic design at WorldSkills. Graphic design competitors were under high pressure, with testing taking place with live design briefs and short timeframes of five to seven hours. Sarah was tested on corporate information design, editorial design and packing design. Sherein Abdel-Al, a tutor at Yoobee School of Design/ Graphic Design where Sarah studied, co-ordinated the New Zealand competition. Sherein trained Sarah since she won gold in October 2016 and a bronze in May 2017 before qualifying for the final competi-

tion in Abu Dhabi. “It was an absolute pleasure to train Sarah for this prestigious global competition,” Sherein says. “We spent around 18 to 20 hours of training a week, to be world ready.” “I’m super proud of Sarah. The WorldSkills experience will give her more career opportunities in New Zealand and overseas.” Originally from Nelson, Sarah now works as an advertising executive with Adcorp. “I am so grateful for everyone’s support over the past year and a half,” Sarah says. “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and with help from friends, family, Yoobee and especially my incredible expert Sherein, I feel like I did my absolute best, and did my country proud.”

Sarah Browning with tutor Sheein Abdel-Al at the WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi. PHOTO: Supplied

MP joins chorus of disapproval towards liquor applications Rongotai MP Paul Eagle has joined community groups in opposing two liquor licences being granted in Newtown, including one for a bottle store to be located opposite a new Salvation Army addiction centre. Wellington’s district licensing committee has received 40 submissions against granting the proposed bottle store, Black Bull Newtown, a licence to sell liquor every day from 10am. There were no submissions in favour of the licence, which would see Silk Road Spices on Riddiford Street converted to an off-licence retailer. An application has also been made for an on-licence to be granted to Zoo Bar, which would

Paul believes there is a correlation between the number of liquor outlets and the deprivation of an area, with Newtown among Wellington’s top five deprived areas, based on 2013 census data. “This is another example of people taking advantage of those who are most vulnerable.” Zoo Bar owner Ajay Partat says the application was made because taxi drivers who lived in the area did not have a place to go for a drink on Sunday, which was the only day off for many of them. The TAB currently does not sell alcohol to punters, causing an inconvenience for those who wanted to have a drink while UN

watching their races on TV, he says. Having a bar would mean punters would less likely try to bring liquor into the premises, Ajay adds. “I have worked in the industry for four years in different bars and people say I have always done a good job at being responsible.” A public hearing on Zoo Bar’s application is due to be held in January. An email and phone number was not listed for the applicant Black Bull Newtown and an attempt to contact Silk Road Spices by phone went unanswered. A date for that hearing is yet to be set.

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Ronald McDonald House good but brand isn’t: PHA By Jamie Adams

The Public Health Association has clarified its widely-panned stance towards Ronald McDonald House charities following the Counties Manukau DHB’s rejection of a House at Middlemore Hospital. The PHA says it strongly supports facilities for families of children in hospital with serious conditions receiving publicly funded health care.

“Our criticism is of the undesirable marketing of the fast food industry arising from the naming rights held by the McDonald’s brand”, its chief executive Warren Lindberg says. Warren says the food industry should join the PHA in changing the environments that promote “junk food”. “If McDonald’s Restaurants (New Zealand) Limited and its corporate partners have any sense of social responsibility,

they will continue to contribute to the delivery of such a valuable health service and give up the naming rights.” Wayne Howett, the CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) New Zealand, says it is part of a network of Houses around the globe connected by the name of the organisation. “The McDonald’s system is the founding mission partner of RMHC, reflecting a relationship that continues to be valuable,”

he says. While funding channels change over time, McDonald’s has always been a core contributor of funds, Wayne says. “It sounds simple to say ‘just do it unbranded’, but in reality it is a very complex and historically rich decision, one that will not be made in New Zealand.” There are currently three Ronald McDonald Houses in New Zealand, including one in Newtown near Wellington Hospital.

Residents in a spin over bike track construction By Jamie Adams

Digging activity on a park south of Scots College is only temporary and the outcome will benefit everyone, the school assures. Two residents contacted the Cook Strait News last week to express concerns about the impact of work on two new bicycle tracks at the park, which includes a playground, situated between Monorgan Road and Walden Street. The bicycle tracks are an initiative conceived by a group of year 6 pupils who want to encourage more activity on two wheels. One of the residents, Tony Sutcliffe, says the work not only affected car parking, but also the enjoyment of families that used the playground. “This park is very much used by family groups in Strathmore who have picnics,” Tony says. “They have nowhere else in the area to play.” Tony says there had been no indication the work would be happening until he saw the bulldozers begin action on Tuesday last week. “There was no consultation with the neighbours.” Scots College preparatory

principal Mike Hansen says the project had been planned over the past year. “Our Year 6s were asked to do an enquiry into something that interested them,” Mike says. “They found a decreasing number who were active and riding bikes.” From there they contacted the Bike On Trust, who runs the national “Bikes In Schools” programme. “They put together a proposal to the council and to Scots College also.” The proposal involved constructing two tracks – an asphalt loop track that would be level with the grass, and a circular skills track which would include bridges and a slalom. “We met with the parks team and looked at where the proposed track would go. They wanted to see it go there.” Mike insists that the tracks would be for all users, not just Scots College students. While some access to the park was restricted, the playground was still open and he believes disruption would be limited as construction of each track would be done separately. “It will take three weeks for

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He has lived most of his adult life in New Zealand and now a refugee of a war-torn African nation is keen to enter politics in the city he calls home. Mohamud Mohamed is one of eight candidates seeking election in the Wellington City Council southern ward by-election. Mohamud, 38, arrived in New Zealand eight years after fleeing Somalia in 1991. “I left Somalia for Kenya when I was 12. I arrived in Wellington in 1999 and so have lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere else,” he says. “I would definitely call it home.” Mohamud didn’t spea k English when he arrived but managed to complete a degree in Social Work and became employed as a social worker. He is now married with six children and manages a small service business. He has extensive experience as a volunteer, having been chairperson of the Multicultural Council of Wellington. “A lot of the time when I

was studying I was doing voluntary work,” the Brooklyn resident says. Mohamud wants to run as a way of giving something back to the community that has enabled him to have a great life in New Zealand. “I was approached to run for council last time and thought this is the right time. “I will bring a different perspective. My experience in being a community development worker will enable me to speak to the people at grassroots level.” He believes too much focus in the ward has been on the Island Bay cycleway and other issues need to be addressed. “There is a need to do more for homeless people and we need sustainable transportation solutions.” As an independent candidate he will also push for funding new social enterprises and small businesses that will enhance Wellington south’s standard of living. “As a New Zealander, and in particular a Wellingtonian, this is where I see my future and the place where I can make a significant difference.”

Mohamud Mohamed hopes to bring a new perspective if elected to the southern ward. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

55,000 nappies donated to families in need More than 55,000 nappies will soon be distributed to young Kiwi families following New Zealand’s first ever nationwide ‘Nappy Drive’ over the weekend. The nappies were donated by households and businesses across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on Friday and Saturday last week, and have a value of $25,000. The drive was a collabora-

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Top health and safety advisor to share insights Site Safe is offering locals a chance to learn from New Zealand’s top health and safety advisor at its free Wellington event next week. This after-work event, which includes the health and safety organisation’s Certificate in Construction Site Safety graduation, takes place at 5pm on Wednesday, November 15 at Massey University. Sarah McDonald is Safeguard Health and Safety Practitioner of the Year and winner of the 2017 New Zealand Institute of Business (NZIOB) Excellence Award for her work on Mackays to Peka Peka (M2PP) expressway. She will speak about her experience working on a multi-million dollar project, and how health and safety played a key role in the successful completion of the 18km per hour-lane expressway. As Fletcher Construction’s Senior Health and Safety Advisor, McDonald led the health and safety strategy across the $630 million project and worked with the many teams onsite to maintain an excellent safety track record. She joined the Wellington Site Safe New Zealand team in August. “For me, it’s all about creating a courageous health and safety culture with all our contractors and letting them take ownership, and seeing them get better, grow and learn for better business; seeing them go home safe at night and return safely in the morning,” Sarah says. Those attending the event will hear insights on engaging 800-plus subcontractors and suppliers and how the alliance left a safety legacy for their contractors by pushing ownership of safety directly out to workers. “I love seeing attitudes change. People are willing to change, and we need to respect each other, lead and engage with each other,” Sarah says. “Our contractors are the special-

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The red carpet was rolled out at Ngaio School on Thursday evening for the premiere of a short film with a good cause. Cast, crew and family members were there to witness the official launch of a charity drive for the MYbody project, a simulation video game targeting child obesity. MYbody is a charitable trust founded by Belgian-born Wellingtonian Inge Mautz-Cooreman who has a background in education, research and promotions and who has a keen interest in food and health. The trust was set up to develop a fun and interactive online tool – the MYbody game - that empowers children with the knowledge of how food can either nourish or deplete their bodies. Inge’s motivation stems from her continuously hearing about the childhood obesity crisis. “I took the bull by the horns and decided to make a difference in 2014,” she says. “Telling children that foods are bad for them has no impact unless they understand how their stomach, liver, blood, small intestine, large intestine deal with those foods.” The game would show the short and long-term effects of the food choices on the body, with the aim of changing children’s thinking and behaviour around food. With Inge’s campaign requiring

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Some of the young actors of the short film for MYbody Josh Chambers, Sophia Xu, Tommy Paramo and Rowan Smith with MYbody founder Inge Mautz-Coomerman and director Horacio Ramirez. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

$230,000 to get the project off the ground, extra publicity was needed. She turned to Film For Change Aotearoa, a volunteer-based organisation that produces collaborative short films for charities and social causes. One of its volunteers, Horacio Ramirez, got on board as director after a brainstorming session came up with the idea of a classroom scene of bored children becoming inspired when a woman (actress Afton Hindley) appears in an iPad to explain the concept. Pupils and teachers from Ngaio School were used to star in the

film. “I believe if you talk to kids in their own language it will really help them to get things much easier,” Horacio says. Inge and Horacio encourage viewers to spread the word on social media, as well as donate to the crowdfunding cause. “Every little push in the right direction will help,” Inge says.

A cluster of shops south of central Miramar have never had a proper identity - until now. Hobart Crossroads is the new name to represent a commercial area centred on Hobart Street at its intersection with Devonshire Road and Caledonia Street. The initiative is the brainchild of Paul Prestidge, pastor of the Miramar Uniting Church which is located on one of the corners. Paul says the idea originated 18 months ago when it was realised that the shopping area never had an official name. “It had never been called anything,” Paul says. “So we went through an extensive democratic process to decide on a name.” Once “Hobart Crossroads” was agreed on, it was then a matter of the business owners pooling their resources to realise the vision. An apprentice at the No

Glory tattoo shop designed and painted the fonts and on the two wooden frames provided by Paul. Grant Gastmeier of Grant’s Mowers then got on his ladder, with the help of Paul, to affix them above awnings on shops at opposing corners. According to Google Maps, the suburb of Miramar extends all the way to Broadway and includes several shopping areas. “It’s the second biggest suburb in Wellington, after Karori,” Paul says. “The [western] part of Broadway which intersects with Hobart Street where shops are was known as The Junction. Trams used to stop there. “This area might well be known as Miramar South, but it’s not official.” Paul and the shop owners hope the “Hobart Crossroads” signage will enhance business as new customers will likely be less confused as to whereabouts in Miramar the shops are.

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Eco-friendly surfboard maker wins $10,000 scholarship By Jamie Adams

A local surfboard maker plans to maximise his business potential after being given a major financial boost from an insurance company. Jack Candlish has been awarded a $10,000 national scholarship from AMP to help him achieve his dream of developing environmentally-friendly surfboards. Jack’s Berhampore-based business Organic Dynamic makes custom surfboards from locally sourced environmentally friendly materials such as 100 percent recycled polystyrene, New Zealandgrown paulownia and entropy bioresin to glass the boards, which he says has half the environmental impact of other epoxies. The 29-year-old Hataitai resident says his inspiration came when he was driving to work one day. “I saw a poster on the back of the bus saying “dreams wanted – apply now for an AMP scholarship”. “I quit my job to pursue a passion of mine to make surfboards. “So I got online to apply for the scholarship, where they had 1550 applicants.” After receiving a phone call from AMP a month later, Jack was asked to see the judges in Auckland where they asked how

Jack Candlish with one of his eco-friendly surfboards. PHOTO: Supplied

I would run the business. “It is hard to sell surfboards online as customers tend to want to feel the item before purchasing it, so Jack considered two options: Put them into retail stores where they would be competing against Thai-made boards – “a risky option” – or go directly to the customers.”

The latter would involve going on nationwide road trips in a 1970s Triumph where Jack and support staff would give demonstrations and upload videos of them. Jack was heading to Dunedin to do just that when contacted on Wednesday. He plans to do other demos as he travels up the North Island to Ahipara later this month.

Pastor Paul Prestidge (fourth from right) stands alongside dairy owner Urmida Patel, Ivan Wong of Hobart Takeaways, Susan Vekula of miopshop, Tim and Maria of No Glory Tattoo Shop, Grant Gastmeier of Grant’s Mowers, Dev Thompson of Classic Desks and Tom Matter of Kiwi Cabs underneath the new sign that finally identifies their business area. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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National champions beat Aussies in business case comp By Jamie Adams

A group of Rongotai College students were already crowned the best in New Zealand when it came to putting forward a solution to a business case – now they have beaten the best the Aussies could offer. The students - Tom Hughes, Reuben Hill-Smith, Ryan Yee and Daniel Gibbs – have trans-Tasman bragging rights after defeating the winners of the Australian Secondary Schools Case Competition in a one-off contest. The team of four went head to head with North Bundaberg State High School in a head-to-head chamionship match in Brisbane. The two teams were given the task of providing a business case for maximising the earning potential of the Korean pop or “K-pop” industry, which is most notable for producing the mega-hit Gangnam Style by Psy. “The two main challenges that the team and I picked up on were appealing to a wider audience and ensuring that K-Pop stayed as a thing exclusive to South Korea,” Tom says. “Firstly, we proposed that the K-Pop industry worked together to create a TV drama based around the creation of K-Pop - the whole idea of recruiting people at a young age and producing all aspects of the

music we believed was quite a novel one to the West.” They also proposed the K-Pop industry focused on live shows as K-Pop is just as much a visual media as an audio one. “Thirdly, in order to address the issue of the K-Pop model and style being copied and produced overseas - like in China with C-Pop, for example - we proposed that the K-Pop industry focused on keeping it Korean.” That could be done by getting a Korean word into the English language in the same way that “Gangnam” is now universally known. Their proposed word was “Hallyu” - or “the Korean Wave.” Reuben believes the judges were swayed by the fact their team wanted to enhance K-Pop’s appeal whereas the other team wanted to regulate it. Principal Kevin Carter says Rongotai students had competed academically overseas before, but this win was a first. “The boys’ win was a good example of the critical thinking and decision making skills our young people do which explains how NZ teams are so successful.” Earlier in the year the students had taken out the New Zealand Secondary Schools Business Case Competition with their suggestions for helping Desert Farms push Camel’s Milk on to the local market.

Rongotai College students Tom Hughes, Reuben Hill-Smith, Ryan Yee and Daniel Gibbs with their winning certificate. PHOTO: Supplied


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A new gym with a difference has arrived in Miramar – one where people can do their bit for the environment while working out. Pure Tough have several machines that are self-powering such as the Skill-mill, a state of the art concaved treadmill used by pro rugby players such as the All Blacks. Owner Matt Gilmartin has always been environmentally conscious and has wanted to contribute to looking after the planet. He says owning a local gym has given him the opportunity to open Miramar’s first-ever eco-friendly gym. “People make the machines generate their own energy by using motion, we’ve also installed LED lighting, the flooring is made from recycled rubber, the cleaning products we use are Eco-friendly and we

have recycled hand towels along with recycle bins. Matt left school at the age of 18, it was then he found his passion for health and fitness. After an OE in Britain, Matt came back and realized that personal training was made for him. Matt plans to eventually incorporate solar panels into his eco-plan, as well as opening another gym. Pure Tough have highly skilled and experienced staff all of whom are happy to help achieve any goal big or small. They offer a variety of classes which you can view on their website www. puretough.co.nz or come along to their open day on Saturday November 18 at 14 Park Road, Miramar.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think of double-decker buses being introduced to Wellington?

Joss Hannah, Kilbirnie “I like it. Especailly if they’re night buses then you can go onto the top deck and have a party like they do in London.”

Rose Birt, Hataitai “It’s stupid for Wellington because of the winds and we have already got huge buses. The drivers will have to be very careful.”

Nigel Hawthorn, Strathmore “I thought that would be a tourist thing. I don’t think there’s enough people in Wellington to justify them, other than in rush hour.”

Geoff Hunter, Strathmore “Good. We wouldn’t have to wait as long as for a seat as there will be a mad rush to the top deck for the views.”

Jane Keller, Lyall Bay “It was a mistake to get rid of the trolley buses. Double deckers could be fine as long as they are safe.”

Jeshua McLachlan, Kilbirnie “I think it’s good if they’re more efficient in terms of fuels and if it’s proven they’re safe.”

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 news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Cycleways come from nowhere and go nowhere Dear Editor, Why do people who are for cycleways say it works in Copenhagen and Amsterdam? It amazes me as I am not sure how long they have lived in Wellington – I myself am over 70 years – but we are nothing like either of those two cities. Maybe if they were to tell me it has worked in San Francisco, I might be more

swayed towards cycleways, but the majority of our streets do not accommodate cycleways. When we do have a wide street, council either put islands or trees down the middle of the street or now looks towards putting cycleways, making the once wide streets like the narrow hillside streets throughout most of Wellington. It also means most of the cycleways

come from no-where and end up going no-where. I love this city; I am towards the end of my days. I would not want to live anywhere else, and have only done so for 10 years because of a business commitment, but we could not wait to return to the city we love. Heather Bevan Island Bay

Metaphorical hard kick in the arse Dear Editor, Good on H. Westfold for speaking out about lawyers. You’d be lucky if you could find one in a thousand you can trust, the same applies to a long list of others including overpaid chief executives, land agents, politicians, council, insurance companies, banks, loan shark finance companies, car

dealers etc. You would have to be wearing rosecoloured glasses or be a far too trusting individual not to see the obvious corruption in above said groups. I agree entirely with the metaphorical hard kick in the arse. Carol Doyle Miramar

Politics is not like a sports match Dear Editor, Ever since cuzzy Winston appeared to make the decision on who ‘won’, we seem to have the press dictating the terms and running the country. National as the largest party had the first opportunity to form a coalition – they failed and the next largest party had a go – it was not Mr Peters in charge. Members of Parliament are all elected by us. It is not like a sports match where the winner takes all and the losers go home till the next match (election). All gather together again and are sworn in to do the job of running the business of the country. The ‘losers’ may well be able to ask the

tough questions but they are not to fight on the coalition majority – that is like carrying on the fight in the dressing room after the match. Bill English is portrayed as a spoiled loser, planning to do as much damage as possible. Surely he is better than that! All Parliamentarians earn our taxpayer money to run the country as well as possible. Their differences should give a wider experience to find the best answers. Parliament comes from the French, talk to and with one another, not to continue the election fight-that is over. Now get on with it. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Look out for Star Car This Friday the Wellington City Mission’s Star Car is hitting the streets as part of the Christmas Star Appeal. The Star Car will be parking up in malls and supermarkets during November and December and selling tickets to our excit-

ing Christmas Raffle. It’s the second year the Mission is hosting a Christmas Raffle with prizes worth a total of over $25,000. The Star Car will first visit Johnsonville Mall this Friday until Sunday.

Thursday November 9, 2017

Kindy thrilled with new Maori legends mural

inbrief news Desperate Hutt Wives Nextstage Theatre Artistic Director Geraldine Brophy aims to show off the Hutt at its best, with original theatre work made and set in the Valley by Nextstage. This year she brought top class NZ tours to the Hutt which she directed and acted in. Local actors, Tess Jamieson Karaha Hannah McKie Doornebosch, Jerome Chandrahasen and Tom Trevella are joined by Wellington’s Liz Kirkman, Sabrina Martin and Alex Greig for Desperate Hutt Wives, which also is being performed 11 times at the Hutt Old Boys Rugby Club.  The play is set in Upper Hutt (but shopping in Lower Hutt), the HuttWives hold BBQs on their decks and hang their dirty laundry out to dry in an unsuspecting cul de sac. Gleefully, they destroy their relationships with each other and demand the impossible of their confused spouses. They can be seen at four performances at Hannah Playhouse on December 13-16 at 7.30pm. Go to nextstage.co.nz to book.

IT’S TAX TIME AGAIN! Count On Us to save you time and money. Artist Aidan Walbaekken and All Saints vicar Ben Arkus next to Matairangi Kindergarten’s new mural of Maori legends. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Matairangi Kindergarten has a new mural thanks to the efforts of two artists and the young families of Hataitai. All Saints Hataitai vicar Ben Arkus held a karakia and blessing with pupils and teachers on Tuesday to mark the establishment of the multi-coloured fence mural, which was painted by Wainuiomata artists Aidan Walbaekken and Louis Mikaere. The artists are students at the Learning Connexion who were

asked to paint the mural after teachers engaged with parents as to how to enhance the kindergarten, which forms part of the Hataitai Community House premises. “It’s a way to enrich youth; it’s an intersting way to teach kids about Maori legends,” Aidan says. The mural depicts the Maori legends of Ngake Whaitaitai, Ranginui and the Taniwha of Wellington Harbour. The kindergarten’s latest instalment comes after a new whare-

taakaro (children’s playhouse) was established in April, thanks to early childhood institute Childspace. Matairangi head teacher Lisa Baker says the mural was an initiative that was years in the making. “It was a combination of teachers past and present as well as whanau. A lot of families who come here would have had input,” Lisa says. “Our hope is that it honours past members of the community as well as current, and our children. “We are extremely grateful.”

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St Mark’s Preschool St Mark's Preschool is a vibrant and caring environment for two to five year olds beginning their educational journey. The Preschool is open 8am to 5:30pm, 48 weeks of the year, providing convenient opening hours in a central location. Specialist subjects in our weekly programme include

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Thursday November 9, 2017

Mountaineering women of different eras reach new heights Wellington playwright Jan Bolwell’s new play Taking the High Ground delves into the lives of two outstanding climbers. Australian Freda du Faur was the first woman to scale Aoraki/ Mount Cook in 1910 while Lydia Bradey, a New Zealander, was the first woman to scale Mount Everest solo and without oxygen in 1988. Jan pushes the women together across time to confront each other about their climbing worlds and the challenges they face in both their professional and personal lives. Taking the High Ground is

presented in a very physical way; much of the action takes place high up on a scaffolded set. “I am also a dancer and choreographer and I want the audience to experience the sheer physicality of climbing. It’s a great challenge for the actors,” Jan says. Lydia Bradey, who will be played by Emily Regtien, is still a high-profile member of the mountaineering world and gave Jan permission to use her story. Aro Valley’s Isobel MacKinnon will play the younger part of Freda while Jan will play the older Freda. It has been a busy year for Jan

Bolwell. She directed the hit show Destination Beehive 2017 at Circa Theatre, and has just completed a national tour of her play Bill Massey’s Tourists about her grandfather’s WW1 experiences. She hopes to tour this new play too. “I think it is a tale New Zealanders will relate to. Climbing is in our blood and we have a fantastic heritage in this sport that goes well beyond the familiar Sir Edmund Hillary story. “It’s time we focussed on our outstanding women climbers too.” Jan has a strong team helping

Isobel MacKinnon, who plays Freda, and Emily Regtien, who plays Lydia, in Taking the High Ground. PHOTOS: Supplied

to bring her play to the stage, including Java Dance Company’s Sacha Copland of Island Bay as choreographer.

 Taking the High Ground’s premiere season is on December 5-9 at Bats Theatre. Tickets can be purchased through bats.co.nz.

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New challengers, new titles as speed league kick off The Wellington Velodrome becomes the focus for track cycling in the capital again as the sixth season of the weekly Burkes Cycles Speed League run by the Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club (PNP) promises another summer of exciting racing. Kicking off on November 5 at the Wellington Velodrome in Hataitai, every round features up to 20 races for ability-based grades, and overall prizes for age grades from under 11 right up to under 19s and seniors. Four-time women’s champion Ele Pepperell will return, hoping to use her consistent place-getting to earn a further Champion System winner’s jersey. Ele just scraped together enough points to nab last year’s title on the final weekend of racing after early competition leader Lisa Hunkin dropped out of the running following a heavy crash in February. Lisa is back but this established duo may see previously unheralded rivals emerge from the new women’s coaching programme which

was set up in October and has attracted a large number of participants. The men’s contest, backed by Coffee Supreme, is wide open with Nick Warren aiming to defend his title but it will be a big ask with long-time rivals Grant Perry, Matt Sharland and Mike Thomas, plus back-inform sprinter Lee Evans, keen to take it off his hands. A refreshed format for the Sprint Ace contest means six riders each week will race a one lap, all out sprint to gain points towards the men’s and women’s trophies. “It’s going to be another stellar year for track cycling at the Wellington Velodrome,” said PNP Track head, Peter Mitchell. “I’m looking forward to some close competition and plenty of new faces using this great facility.” As well as organising Speed League, PNP run training and taster sessions for rookies on the Wellington Velodrome throughout the summer, helping dozens of riders from age seven enjoy safe cycling.

Injury no barrier to success for Masters gold winner

Kerill Harkness shows off the latest ten-pin bowling gold medal she won from the Australian Masters Games. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

A Kilbirnie master of tenpin bowling has won yet another gold medal in an international competition, this time being all the more special as she did it with an injured hand. Kerrill Harkness won the women’s 40-49 years doubles event at the Australian Masters Games in Devonport, Tasmania last month, despite having her bowling hand bandaged due to a freak injury she sustained soon after arriving. “I was talking to a lady, walking along when I tripped over a little bit of concrete that was sticking up from the ground. “I tripped and got a gash on my hand.” The gash was so serious she had a tetanus injection as a precaution. Kerrill was still able to grip a bowling ball and so competed over the eight days of competition with an Australian,

Riders take off at one of last year’s Burkes Cycles Speed League events. PHOTO: Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club

‘Have-a-go’ school sports festival to go local After 14 years, the annual Sport Wellington Stadium Sports Festival, aimed at providing primary aged children with quality ‘have-a-go’ experiences in sports, is evolving from the fixed Wellington location of the Westpac Stadium to a locally led approach of a number of events held in the regions by local organisations. Due to the limit on numbers that could participate, every year more schools would register interest in attending than what the event could cater for. A total of 549 year 5 and 6 students from 20 different schools took part in the 2017 event, but 54 schools applied. “We believe that we can increase the reach of the festival ‘have-a-go’ experience by encouraging and assisting the development of locally-led events, and therefore reach a greater number of students,” Patrick Simpson, Community Sport Manager, Sport

Wellington says. “If festival events are held locally, this will allow local sports organisations to form relationships with schools in areas they are capable of reaching and engaging in, meaning there is more likelihood of children being able to continue their participation. “Local events will also use local sporting facilities - and we know that getting involved locally with a sport increases the chance of the child continuing their participation.” Although the 2017 festival was the last centralised event to be organised by Sport Wellington, it isn’t the end of the festivals. Lower Hutt, through Hutt City Council already hold their own local event and Regional Public Health has held discussions with Sport Wellington about holding a 2018 event in Porirua. Sport Wellington encourages other areas within the region to do the same.


Rebecca Walker, who happened to be the receptionist at the venue. “We had six to nine games. I can’t remember as I was absolutely zonked at the end of it.” Kerrill and Rebecca finished with the highest total score in the C Grade, enabling them to take out the gold. “It’s hard to believe. I didn’t expect to win.” A vast array of medals adorns Kerrill’s bedroom wall, a reflection of her success in the sport of tenpin bowling. She first competed at a Special Olympics competition in 1990 then moved on to New Zeland Masters Games and later Australian Masters Games tournaments that were open to New Zealanders. As well as loving the sport, Kerrill enjoys the benefit of it keeping her arms strong. “When I started I didn’t know if I could handle it for this long.”

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

RLWC finds its niche The Rugby League World Cup seems to have found its groove but it’s unclear if it can reach the lofty heights organisers hope. I went to the Kiwis versus Scotland game over the weekend and while the 74-6 rout was predictable, there certainly was a decent atmosphere mixed in with some empty seats as well. Hamilton hosted a great atmosphere for the Tonga versus Samoa clash. Despite the unrest between the two supporter bases in the lead up to the game, the crowd participation roared through the screen proving that their is a good level of interest. The RLWC is a lot like other minnow sports in that only three teams look realistically capable of winning the title. The Kiwis, Kangaroos or England look most likely with Tonga given an

outside chance given the immense amount of NRL talent they have on their books. With so few genuine chances, you’re set to see a fair number of mismatches in pool play which can turn off the casual fan. The tournament seems to be far more engaging to watch when played in Australia and New Zealand as opposed to the United Kingdom as it seems to galvanise the sporting public of Australasia more. Based on what I have seen, it will be yet another Kiwis vs Kangaroos final. Rugby league is not yet a global game and that’s clear by the number of players using tenuous family blood lines to play for lesser nations. Despite a predictable finish, at least the tournament has captured the imagination of a sporting public eager for an extended season.


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