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A need to adapt to survive along with a desire to cater to the community has resulted in a major makeover and repurposing of the Poneke Rugby club building in Kilbirnie. Toitu Poneke Community and Sports Centre, commercially known as The Hub, is the outcome of consolidating facilities for seven clubs operating in Wellington’s eastern suburbs. The renovated venue will now also be the home of Capital Swim Club, Poneke Kilbirnie Softball Club, Wellington Darts Association, Capital Sports Performance (multisport), American Football Wellington and Wellington Diving. Continued on page 2. Kevin Jenkins, Dame Margaret Bazley and Ross Jamieson at the official opening of Toitu Poneke - “The Hub”. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


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Rugby club secures future with joint-venture Continued from page 1. But The Hub also serves as a commercial venture with its rooms to be hired out when club members are not using them: Upstairs there are two lounges for entertainment events, and a community room for social and cultural groups, while the downstairs Green Room and Training Gym can be used by other sportspeople. Poneke Rugby Club chairman Kevin Jenkins says while the club had been financially healthy, the administrators realised that with a declining volunteer base and reduced revenue from bar sales, the trend was heading towards negative territory. He also notes the clubrooms building was a “lazy asset” that only got used for three percent of the year. “Four years later we now have one of the best clubrooms in the country.” T he Hub was officially launched on Monday evening with a blessing through the clubrooms led by Ben Ngaia of Te Atiawa iwi. Ross Jamieson, who will be the chairman of Toitu Poneke, says it will have 1800 members from seven Wellington clubs aged from four to 90 and from a range

Ben Ngaia leads a blessing through the premises of the new Toitu Poneke Sports Hub on Monday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

of cultures. “Special Olympians, Black Ferns, divers and swimmers will all train here. It’s also now home to a multi-cultural society.” It cost $2.5 million to build and renovate the Poneke clubrooms, with $750,000 provided by the Wellington City Council. The rest was provided by a number of sponsors, including charitable trusts, as well as fundraising.

Dame Margaret Bazley, who chaired Toitu Poneke’s establishment group, says the opening is a momentous occasion. She praises then deputy mayor Paul Eagle for pushing the council into coming on board, as well as council officer Glenn McGovern and council CEO Kevin Lavery for “sticking with us all the way through”. “All members who have had

the vision that life wasn’t going to stay the same in the future,” she says. “They have really future-proofed it for the next century.” It was hoped that rival club Marist St Pats would join, however they declined in the end. Margaret hopes they will in the future. “Everyone needs to be standing together to protect the future.”

Christmas card movement for the lonely spreads to Wellington An initiative that is helping to put smiles on lonely rest home residents faces this Christmas has snowballed from one Auckland mother and son’s single act of kindness to a widespread nationwide movement in a matter of weeks. Sending Love founder Hannah Rodgers has been overwhelmed with others wanting to participate since she shared the idea two weeks ago, which

has communities writing Christmas cards for lonely rest-home residents right across the country. “Sending Love is about one person putting love and thought into a card to pass a smile and a sense of feeling remembered and loved onto another person. “People all over New Zealand are really getting behind this this, it’s pretty amazing and overwhelming,” Hannah

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Opera duo perform for Christmas Paloma Bruce and Ruth Armishaw bring you A Soprani Christmas, a special event to welcome the festive season featuring classical, Christmas and jazz favourites. Paloma first became a young singer to watch when she performed on McDonald’s Young Entertainers at 15 years old. In the same year, she performed in her first opera Carmen with Wellington City Opera. Paloma was an Emerging

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Ratepayers face airport runway cost burden, group warns Wellington International Airport is continuing its “cynical campaign” to shoehorn Wellington ratepayers into paying for a runway extension, despite having no airline, no business case and ongoing safety concerns raised by pilots. That’s according to Guardians of the Bay, a group which represents more than 600 recreational users businesses and ratepayers. Wellington Airport recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China State Construction Engineering Corporation and airline, China Express to construct the new extension. Guardians of the Bays’ cochair Richard Randerson has accused the airport of trying to reinvigorate its extension plans on the back of the Government’s $1 billion regional development fund. “There is already evidence that the proposal is likely to cost much more than the $350 million originally suggested, up to $500 million according to one expert,” he says. Co-chair Sea Rotmann says with the Wellington City Council committed to providing no more than $90 million, and the airport only $100 million, the

One man has been arrested and charged with injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after a stabbing incident in Strathmore Park about 11.30pm on November 27. This man underwent surgery and is in a stable but serious condition in Wellington Hospital. “We are currently providing support to our victim and police want to assure the community that police are not looking for anyone else in relation to this particular assault,” Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee says. Anyone who witnessed this assault is encouraged to contact the Wellington CIB on (04) 381 2000.

Stars to line waterfront This Friday the Wellington City Mission will display a record number of stars along the waterfront as part of their Christmas Star Appeal. Close to 170 pre-ordered stars will line Wellington’s waterfront for their Christmas Walk of Fame. This number will continue to grow as more people add their name or logo over the coming weeks. Local businesses, individuals, families and groups have purchased the naming rights to the Hollywood Walk of Fame-style stars.

Guardians of the Bay co-chair Sea Rotmann is fighting to see a proposal for an extension of Wellington Airport’s runway put to bed. PHOTO: Cook Strait News File

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Growth is bad for planet, says candidate By Jamie Adams


Ever wondered who writes those strange ads with abbreviated text that frequently get printed in the personal columns of a certain newspaper? Those ads come from Southern Ward by-election candidate Donald McDonald, the final of the eight candidates the Cook Strait News is profiling. The long-time Newtown resident is running with the mantra “Do The Write Thing”, with a focus on halting economic and population growth for the sake of saving the planet. Donald previously stood in the 2013 and 2016 council elections under the banner “Hold Me To Account”. His publicity material can be hard to decipher, due to its abbre-

Newtown identity Donald McDonald is running for council on an anti-growth platform. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

viated language. That’s because he has written classified ads in this form for decades, and he primarily texts to communicate. “I’ve got to squeeze a lot in,” he says. “Putting ads in the paper costs $2 a line and another 10 percent for colour. “I’ve probably spent $100,000

on ads in the personals since the 1970s.” Donald’s main concern is the environmental impact of human activity. “CO2 emissions will lead to sea levels rising and it’s going to affect the whole world.” He believes in the future there will be more cases like that of Waikato University student Sarah Thomson, who took the Government to court over its failure to do more on climate change. “Everyone should stop driving or use their cars less,” he says. “I don’t know why people who live in Upper Hutt and Waikanae drive into the city. They should work locally.” Even if we were to all drive electric vehicles in the future, Donald notes that population

growth would mean roads would end up being “a kilometre wide” to cater for them. While advances in health have prolonged life expectancy, it also means we have an ageing population, making houses unaffordable, he says. “The elderly who live in big houses should move into smaller ones.” Donald is also opposed to extending the Wellington Airport runway, saying that more flights would add to the problem of climate change. “We need to stop flying. Then we won’t need the runway.” He would also like to reform Wellington City Council’s FIXiT app, saying that its limit of 150 characters makes it hard to report problems effectively. “I want it to be 800 characters.”

Zoo plans upgrade for chimpanzees Wellington Zoo’s chimpanzees will be seeing an update to their habitat in 2018 thanks to a new project supported with funding from Pub Charity Limited and Wellington City Council. The upgrade will provide an improved environment for the chimpanzees, as well as giving visitors the opportunity to have a more immersive experience. The plans to improve the habitat for the largest chimpanzee troupe in New Zealand are still in the early stages, but construction at this stage is expected to be completed mid to late 2018. “Our chimpanzees and their welfare are very important to us, the main aim of the new habitat design has been to increase the complexity of the chimp’s environment to better allow their natural behaviours to occur,” chief executive Karen

An artistic concept of the new chimpanzee habitat at Wellington Zoo. IMAGE: Supplied

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Jim’s Mowing Franchisee Wayne Terry beside the giant moustache he painted for Movember on the lawn of the Miramar Medical Centre. PHOTO: Supplied

Men around the country from the beginning of the month started clean shaven as Movember kicked off. Since 2003, the Movember movement has been raising public awareness of testicular and prostate cancer. To help promote this further the Miramar Medical Centre in Park Road teamed up with their Jim’s Mowing Franchisee Wayne Terry, who painted a Movember moustache on their front lawn. “It’s a great cause, and I’m happy to help in any way I can to help promote men’s health or any other health awareness programme,” Wayne says. “It’s amazing how many people will grow moustaches but don’t register to the Movember websites. “Movember is great about creating conversation about men’s health all you need to do is get checked.”

Wayne lost his mother-in-law Jenny More to cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). “Jen was a fighter and luckily she got checked early and so she had the chance to meet her grandchildren and great grandchildren, so it is worth it,” he says. Miramar Medical Centre manager Raewyn Devine says Wayne’s cause was a brilliant way of raising awareness. “He came to us how he could help us promote Movember and we said yes, of course,” Raewyn says. “Since then there have been moustaches everywhere. “Movember’s innovative approach is unique in that each year, for a full month, it puts importance of men’s health issues – such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health – back into the public spotlight.”



Thursday November 30, 2017

Jackie selling up to go abroad By Jamie Adams

Another Island Bay business owner is selling up. Jackie Rodriguez, proprietor and manager of the Koru Hub, is looking for someone to take it over after five years at the helm. Her announcement comes only weeks after the owners of Island Bay Stationers announced their intention to retire. However Jackie’s reason is different – the Danish-born massage therapist wants to free herself in order to tour New Zealand and the world. “I need to travel. I want to tour New Zealand first. I’ll convert my car into a mini-campervan,” she says. Jackie plans to head away during the height of summer and return to Wellington in April before heading overseas. She has no idea where exactly

she’ll be going. “I just love travelling, it could be anywhere.” Jackie has lived in Island Bay for 12 years and has met “a lot of lovely people” during that time. “I enjoyed working here but sometime I thought I needed to do something else.” The Koru Hub has been situated at 118 The Parade for the past three years after it began 13 years prior further down the road. The business has two parts – the main part of it is a gift shop selling a range of items such as artworks, jewellery, ceramics and cards made by local and national artists and craftspeople. “It was set up for local artists and still the main purpose of the shop for them to have a heartland.” It also houses rooms for 13 health and well-being practitioners, including Jackie, who

provide services such as massage, reflexology, naturopathy and counselling. “Practitioners work here because clients prefer the quiet as opposed to the city,”Jackie says. “People travel from the northern suburbs to come here.” The advantage of having a combined “hub” is that those who use one of their services may then buy a related item at the shop, such as essential oil, she adds. She hopes whoever takes over will continue to honour the practitioners and craftspeople. “It’s important to keep these things I sell to maintain the integrity of it being a health and wellbeing centre.”  Jackie would like to sell her shop by January 1. Interested buyers can contact her on 383 5757 or email com.

Koru Hub owner and operator Jackie Rodriguez is selling her shop after five years in the business. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Parade march to protest cycleway decision Island Bay residents will be marching down The Parade on Sunday to protest the decisions made by the Wellington City Council over the suburb’s controversial cycleway. Organised by Colin Saunders on behalf of the Island Bay Residents Association (IBRA), the march will begin at 1pm at Shorland Park and will run along The Parade to the suburb’s commercial centre

where people will be given the opportunity to speak. Spokesperson Jane Byrne says the protest has come about as a result of submissions to the council over its four proposals known as A – D for a new design, the result of which saw over 80 percent support an unofficial Option E – returning the cycleway to what it was originally with improvements.

Council then voted to implement a “mayoral solution” design involving raised cycleways connected to the footpaths on each side, which Jane says makes it potentially even more dangerous for pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles as driveways and intersections are danger spots and there are many along The Parade. The estimate to implement the mayor’s compromise is $7 million

plus which the IBRA believe will blow out due to the massive work to be done on the drains due to the roads camber. Estimates for construction is one to three years. Jane says the protest is about the mayor, councillors and council officers failing to heed the concerns of local constituents, including those who are not from the southern ward. “The council has not listened

to the majority of the people. It’s a complex issue that needs to be properly addressed,” she says. “The mayor and councillors along with the Minister of Transport have all been invited to address this march.” The march will be conducted off the road with marshals present. Jane says it will be done in an orderly manner with minimal disruption.

Ex-mayor back home after ultimate Kiwi tramp By Jamie Adams

The Island Bay Resident’s Association and business representatives are organising a protest against decisions made surrounding the Island Bay Cycleway. All are invited to take part. When: Sunday, December 3rd from 1pm Where: Shorland Park to the Island Bay Shopping Centre Email:

Former Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has had a lot of time on her hands since quitting politics – enough to enable her to walk the length of the country. Celia and her husband Alastair Nicholson spent more than six months traversing the Te Araroa Trail, a 3000km route from Cape Reinga to Bluff, over the past year. They arrived home in Island Bay on Monday, having reached the North Island terminus in Shorland Park, which is marked by a boulder plaque that Celia unveiled with then GovernorGeneral Sir Jerry Mataparae in December 2011. “We started doing the South Island part from Boxing Day last year,” Celia explains. “We did the South Island in 78 days then flew to Cape Reinga in March and walked to Auckland. That took about 30 days.” Winter was approaching by that stage so they delayed the rest of the North Island leg until September. This journey went slightly quicker for the distance travelled, as 60km of it involves canoeing down the Whanganui River; they arrived in Wellington after 73 days.

Celia Wade-Brown and Alistair Nicholson at the plaque marking the North Island end of Te Araroa Trail at Shorland Park. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

“It’s a wonderful way to see the country. I always had it in mind since opening it. “I set myself the big challenge after the mayoralty.” Despite attracting hundreds of trampers each year, Te Araroa’s route is not for the faint-hearted. While much of the trail involved walking on roads and beaches, it also required traversing several mountain ranges, and

the most challenging part was at Mount Rintoul in Mount Richmond Forest Park. The highest point was at Stag Saddle, some 1925 metres above sea level. “It was snowing in January when we walked through the Takitimu Forest in Southland,” Celia says. “Some of it was really challenging but still doable.” Celia says she has never felt fitter after completing New

Zealand’s longest journey. “I’ve lost over 10kg doing this.” Although she and Alastair will be putting their feet up for the next few months, Celia will soon be preparing for another epic jaunt – the Cancer Society’s Great Wall Challenge in China in September 2018 which she will lead. “At least it won’t be as physically challenging.”

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Pupils get the balls rolling for market fair


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Brooklyn School pupils engage in a “test run” to refine the ‘Running of the Balls’ track design for their Sunday fair. PHOTO: Supplied

“Three, two, one ... yay!” shouted the children as 1000 balls were released down the main path of Brooklyn School last week. A test “running of the balls” was conducted on Monday in preparation for the school’s market fair which was held on Sunday. Student Samuel Parker says “the balls move like water, cascading like a rainbow coloured waterfall”. Glen Burdon’s class of year fives and sixes used this real-life

fundraising example to learn about business planning. Divided into groups, each team recently presented their marketing strategies for pricing, promotion, and ball track design. Sophie Corry, from the winning team, says they offered a discount of five balls for the price of four ($20) “because people are likely to buy more”. The class re-purposed real estate signs and wood off-cuts to make the track. Cash prizes were

awarded to the top three place holders - $500, $250 and $100. Nikki Baddeley of Just Paterson sponsored the prizes. School spokeswoman Natasha Parker says the Running of the Balls was the first time the biennial fair has held such an event since it was resurrected in 2013. Other activities at the fair included tossing toilet rolls into a toilet and seeing how many rubber bands it would take to make a watermelon explode.

Uber cuts costs for carpooling commuter Secondary school teacher Varani Komaisavai commutes more than 50 kilometres a day from his home in Porirua to his job at Wellington’s Rongotai College in a round trip. But unlike other commuters he shares the road with, Varani doesn’t pay for all the petrol he uses. He’s one of a growing number of Kiwis who use the Uber app to earn money while they commute. According to Uber New Zealand, hundreds of Kiwi drivers now take advantage of “driver destinations”. This feature, which launched in September 2016, allows drivers to set their end destination and the time they need to arrive by. They’ll only serve trips for customers

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you still send and receive mail? What do you think of Newtown Post Office closing?

Dallas Parker, Kilbirnie “I do. I guess it depends on how much it’s utilised. The one in Kilbirnie is really busy, it will be a hassle for those in Newtown.”

Jared Burnett, ex-Kilbirnie “I still use it. I hop down there to do the registration for my car, so will now have to go to Kilbirnie to do it.”

Karl Nadin, Newtown “Yes. I reckon it’s a bit of a shame. It puts them out of work. It’s going to make it less efficient, we now have to wait extra days.”

Linda Fraser, Newtown “Yes. It’s made me quite angry because lots of people use the post office here. It’s an essential part of Newtown.”

Carmel Little, Newtown “Yeah. It’s bad because I’ll have to travel to Kilbirnie now.”

Bill Marsden, Newtown “It means my friend will drive me to Kilbirnie to pick up my parcels, instead of me having to carry them home. I think it’s sad.”

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.

Wellington’s congestion nightmare Dear Editor, Re: Traffic woes at Basin Reserve. Hear hear to John Milford of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce for pressing the need for bold, comprehensive measures to resolve the choke-point at the Basin Reserve and other critical traffic congestion woes. We appear to be being held to ransom by Save the Basin, a small, vocal group

of nostalgic cricket stalwarts and misguided urban planners. The Basin is only used a couple of times a year to host a drinking party that happens to have a cricket match going on in front of it. The $21 million spent on the RA Vance stand to date is akin to the $26 million spent on the flag referendum, a waste of taxpayers’ money

It is a national embarrassment that our WCC councillors have not been able to step up for our city and sort out a roading and traffic solution for us all. It seems that we’ll all be holidaying on the moon before a comprehensive solution to Wellington’s congestion nightmare is resolved. W Brookes Kilbirnie

Youngsters being taught false doctrines Dear Editor, Re: Michael Reddell’s Nov. 23 letter, he said just what most have known for many years, but what has been suppressed by the wreckers who now have control. Our whole pyramid of public education from tertiary down to kindergarten has very largely been PC-brainwashing of the youngsters. They must accept as axiomatic the goal of Marxism/Humanism/Darwinism for everyone worldwide – though some teachers seem keener on Anarchism/Nihilism as their goal This odious agenda is imposed on all of state education plus integrated (mainly Romanist) schools: Government funding has purse-strings attached. But the Education Ministry also pressures all schools that are funded by voluntary private fees and donations: those schools understandably fear they will be “got”

if they seem uninterested in promoting anything “progressive” and “collectivist” plus “diversity”. Our dynamic Western civilisation is very largely the creation of the Judaeo-Christian ethos/religion and of private capitalism over the last 500 years; but a great many fools and knaves, though wanting to continue getting the golden eggs, want to kill the goose that lays them. Our youngsters are being taught false doctrines that can result only in chaos, lawlessness, and the collapse of civilisation – Dark Ages. This is inevitable unless those heathen notions are soon halted and reversed. But like Noah before the Flood, or Cassandra in Troy, I’ll be disbelieved until what I prophesied has come, I fear. [Abridged] H Westfold, Miramar

Unjustly inconveniencing residents Dear Editor, I was dismayed to learn that Newtown’s combined bank and NZ Post service is set to close. Over the years, Newtown has become a well established and iconic suburb of Wellington. It offers a good mix of shops, banking facilities, along with the NZ Post Office. Many customers still utilise the option to pay their rates, phone and electricity bills over the counter with NZ Post. Due to previous closures of several Wellington southern suburban Post Offices in being contracted out to local retail businesses, only a skeletal service will remain.

The nearest full NZ Post service will be located in Kilbirnie, which for most is further to travel. It would surprise me if the NZ Post shop at Newtown had failed in passing the criteria to remain sustainable. At most times of the day the queue is constant. If this deems not to be the case, rather than closing and unjustly inconveniencing residents, some of whom are elderly, surely a kinder alternative for the Newtown community would be to reduce the opening hours? Philippa Boardman, Kingston

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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.

Politicians need to stop cuts to public services Dear Editor, They’re closing our Newtown Post Office – someone will probably apply for a liquor licence there. We will have to go to overcrowded long queues at Kilbirnie or into the City. They’re also cancelling out 29 shopping bus to Newtown – it was never suppose to be a profitable route and will now become a two-bus two-hour route service under

No safe way to cross Dear Editor, I have been following your articles on the proposed cycle ways in Wellington City recently. It seems to me that the council are focusing on areas that don’t actually require new cycleways and are neglecting safety issues for cyclists and pedestrians by failing to come up with a solution to cross Cobham Drive safely near the ASB Centre. The ASB is well used by many children during the week and even more

heavily utilized over the weekend. Currently there is no safe way to cross from Cobham Drive to the ASB directly without a car. A safe crossing needs to be implemented for the safety of everyone. This could be done by utilizing the Troy St roundabout as a midway point for a walkway/cycle way between the ASB, the fire station, and Cobham Drive. Joe Horvath Kilbirine

the new company – a total disruption to the poor suburb of Wellington. Bus drivers go on a stop-work Wednesday – for their awards, not our service. An economic downturn due for 2018 – more unemployed unable to fill, drive their cars, but have to take four buses and four hours a day – just like Jaffalanders. It’s called business company progress. It adversely affects the public, not the

companies. This new coalition goverment should make it highly undesirable for companies to make so-called profitable cuts to their public services, but they (the politicians) do not have to utilise the public transport system – chauffer-driven electric limos are already in their Christmas stocking filler! Martin Beck Mornington

The mercy call in the middle of nowhere

Brooklyn’s Aisha Wainwright is volunteering on board the Africa Mercy. PHOTO: Supplied

What Joe Horvath’s proposal for a three-way overbridge at the Troy St roundabout would look like. IMAGE: Supplied

Aggressive irrationality Dear Editor, It was satisfying to see the cover report in Cook Strait News on some down to earth common sense (“Protest Kayak Rides In”, November 23). The Regional Council’s openly contradictory rationale of promoting electric transport and adding diesel buses to replace electric trolleys is truly “ridiculous”! The response elicited from Wellington Mayor Lester was informative.

Given the openly aggressive irrationality of the Regional Council on this issue it is notable that the Mayor has refused to challenge that “rationale ridiculous” with the non-ridiculous action of holding onto the trolley wires which the WCC owns. The claim of it being too costly is just an excuse as the removal of the wires would be a comparably expensive exercise. Richard Keller LyallBay

Aisha Wainwright of Brooklyn did what most trampers do when they reached a high point on the Heaphy Track, miles and days from anywhere. She held up her phone and searched for those elusive bars which give mobile phone connection. To Aisha’s great surprise, she received an email offering her a dreamed-of nursing position on board the world’s largest civilian hospital ship operated by the not-for-profit Mercy Ships. She walked out of the bush that day committed to following her dream - with only five weeks to get her affairs in order to travel to west Africa. As she completed her hike, the 23-year-old’s mind was full of a growing to-do-list. Vaccinations and travel plans to places she had barely heard of were amongst the most urgent items to accomplish. Aisha is now in Doula, Cameroon - mid-way through her two-month tour voluntary service

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Dai excited to return home during comedy tour By Jamie Adams

One of Wellington’s best-known comedians will be among the line-up of entertainers who will perform at the Opera House as part of the 7 Days Live national tour that begins today. Dai Henwood, who “grew up in the ghettos of Newtown”, looks forward to returning to his hometown on Saturday as part of the 11-show tour. “We’ve toured Wellington as part of 7 Days Live every year since 2011,” Dai says. “We’re lucky enough that we get to do it at the Opera House every time. “I started off in Wellington in 1997 when I was playing in small clubs in front of 20-50 people. Now it’s always a thousand people. “I love it. I always get my folks along to the show when I’m in Wellington and show t hem a rou nd a f terwards.” Being the capital and the host of politicians means Wellington is ripe for plenty of local humour fo r

the stand-up routines each comedian will offer before the panel show begins. As well as being uninterrupted with no cameras, the show also promises to be interactive. “With the show we like to involve a local politician or celebrity on stage at some point. Last year it was Grant Robertson.” “Every night is different so only people in the room get to experience what happens.” Dai gives a shout-out to his best friend Joss Opie, who he would love to see on the night. “Get in touch mate, the tickets are on me.” Dai will be touring Wellington and 10 other towns and cities with familiar faces Jeremy Corbett, Paul Ego, Ben Hurley, Josh Thomson, Jeremy Elwood and Justine Smith. He suggests the audience at each show should treat it like a big Christmas party as there will be plenty of frivolity.  The December 2 Wellington show had nearly sold out as of Monday. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.

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Voices soft as summer rain singing tunes for people who are approaching the end of their lives – the Whakaahuru Singers are a unique Wellington choir who specifically perform for people who receive palliative care and are close to dying. “It’s a very special kind of singing; we’re blending our voices and creating a kind of sound bath,” Fred Albert explains. “It’s a very gentle sound that still contains a certain amount of energy.” Fred lives in Roseneath and is one of over 20 Whakaahuru Singers from across the Wellington region. “People relax when listening to us, their breathing becomes slower, and many find a way to go somewhere else in their minds,” he says. In 2013, founder and current music director Carol Shortis met a woman from the United States who sang in a choir of dedicated singers who performed at a local hospice for patients who were dying. Carol was intrigued with this idea, and began to explore the possibility of setting up a similar group in Wellington. Today, the Whakaahuru Singers regularly perform at the Mary Potter Hospice chapel, the Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt, in Sprott House rest home in Karori and the

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CubaDupa promises to be even better for 2018 New Zealand’s largest immersive outdoor arts festival, CubaDupa, returns in 2018 with more international performances than ever before along with our stunning local lineup, for its two-day extravaganza of music, dance, theatre and visual arts. Wellington’s iconic Cuba Quarter will come to life on March 24 and 25, 2018 when lines become blurred between audience and performer during the free street festival that will fill the capital with a vibrant atmosphere and display of human creativity. Artistic Director, Drew James, says CubaDupa is uniquely Wellington and fast-becoming one of the most extraordinary events in New Zealand. “The CubaDupa experience invades your senses: sight and sound, aroma and taste. You become immersed in a journey through Cuba Street, side-streets, back alleyways, and courtyards, where you will discover

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51. J.K. Cemetery Bus Service Rowling 7.00pm chose the Monday 30th November Karori & Makara Cemeteries unusual At the Clubrooms name The Altrusa International Club of This bus service is sponsored by ‘Hermione’ Wellington marked White Ribbon Corner of Main Road Lychgate Funerals. so young Day with the launch of the Altrusa and Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata girls It operates on the first Tuesday of each month. Christmas Tree. (If the first Tuesday is a Public Holiday then the bus trip Rongotai MP Paul Eagle officially wouldn’t will take place on the following Tuesday). unveiled be teasedthe tree at the Children’s Bringing local news The cost of the return trip is $5.00 per person. Bookshop for being in Kilbirnie on Saturday morning. nerdy! to the community Altrusa, an active women’s service Tuesday 5th December 2017 organisation, runs a Christmas The pick up points and approximate times are as follows: appeal every year for books to Situation be Vacant gifted to children who are at WomDepart opposite 38 Onepu Rd, Kilbirnie 1.00pm en’s Refuges over the festive season. Miramar Library 1.10pm A solid “The books are wrapped in ChristNewtown Library (opposite) 1.20pm mas paper, labelled and taken Bus stop – Medway St 1.30pm by Altrusans to the Wellington (outside New World), Island Bay Women’s Refuge for distribution to Courtenay Place 1.45pm children who find themselves young Decorating the Altrusa Christmas Tree are members Margaret Dudfield, (Outside 11 Courtenay Place) victims of domestic violence,” Wel- Signe Christensen, Julia Stevens, Jessica Wilkie and Patricia O’Donnell. Lambton Bus Interchange - (Platform C) 1.55pm lington member and former national PHOTO: Supplied Rutherford House president Patricia O’Donnell says. KARORI CEMETERY 2.05pm “Alternatively, you may choose to “Christmas is the refuge’s busiest the decoration. (Outside 93 Karori Road) Patricia thanks Children’s Book- buy your favourite children’s book time of the year and children may Karori Library 2.10pm Deliverers Required in and her and place it under the tree.” owner Ruth McIntyre find themselves in stressful, strange shop MAKARA CEMETERY 2.25pm The Altrusa Christmas Tree is on surroundings. To be given a book to staff for allowing their premises to Area 1:isMomona, Mohaka, Kawatiri - Kaponga. The bus will leave Makara Cemetery at host the Wellington Altrusa tree display until December 20. read and keep to help ease their 3.15pm for return trip and will pick up Karori Altrusa International is the oldest circumstances and provide some appeal. Cemetery visitors from the bus stop opposite “Ruth and her knowledgeable staff women’s service organisation in the comfort at a dark time.” 93 Karori Road at approximately 3.30pm. this year -are and Members of the public are invited are happy to help, make suggestions world – it turned 100Applications available at our recruitment View the Wainuiomata News offi ce or at the security gate based in the to take a decoration off the tree and for possible choices and wrap the has been active in Wellington for online Ngauranga George inWellington: Wellington. Ph 385 0745 | Johnsonville Ph 477 6855 | Karori Ph 4766472 50 years. buy a book for the child named on books for you. Contact Barry 472 7987 or 021 276 6654.

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Hundreds converge in Wellington for Special Olympics More than 1250 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 42 Special Olympics Clubs and three schools are taking part in the 2017 Special Olympics National Summer Games this week. Held every four years, it is New Zealand’s largest event for people with intellectual disabilities and will see athletes of all ages compete in swimming, athletics, basketball, bocce, equestrian, football, golf, indoor bowls, powerlifting, and tenpin bowling. “We have a 32 percent increase in athlete and coach registrations compared to 2013 when we last held this event in Dunedin,” Special Olympics New Zealand Chief Executive Kathy Gibson says. “Our youngest athlete taking part at these Games is aged nine and our oldest athlete is 74.” “We have no quotas for this event in any of our 11 sports so this means that any athlete that has qualified and wishes to take part in this event can do so, irrespective of their ability level. “We are not about elite sport but you can be sure that every competing athlete will be doing their utmost to achieve a personal best.” As well as the athletes, an army of coaches, management and volunteers are also gearing up for the Games. Over 500 coaches and management staff are attending to support their athletes, and around 600 local volunteers have been recruited. “All up, around 3000 people will be involved in the event, cheered on by many more family, friends and supporters – it’s a real community event,” Kathy said. She says it is special that Wellington is


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hosting it for the first time as it is the region where Grant and Wendy Quinn founded the movement in New Zealand more than 30 years ago. Events are being held throughout the Wellington, Hutt Valley and Porirua areas throughout the week.

The Kiwis Rugby League World Cup campaign has been a PR nightmare from start to finish. The best spin doctor in the world could not have saved this shambles which was punctuated by a 4-2 football score quarter final exit to lowly Fiji. What happened post match was blood-letting of the highest order. Captain Adam Blair, who is headed to the Warriors next year on a multi-year million dollar deal gave a bizarre interview where he said the result on home soil was a good sign for international rugby League and that his team had given it everything. Halfback Shaun Johnson took aim at the Kiwi supporters, saying they had to shoulder some of the blame for being negative towards the team throughout the campaign. Then there was coach David Kidwell, who gave a rambling radio interview where he defended his players and joined the firing squad aiming insults at the fans. Last time I checked, the fans didn’t drop the ball, concede the penalties or miss the tackles that saw them exit the tournament after a loss to Tonga the previous week. Johnson has since apologised for his comments and Kidwell has still yet to decide whether to reapply for the role. It’s an easy decision - he shouldn’t. The team played with no passion or

heart. They gave up a 14 point lead to lose to Tonga and they weren’t relatable or approachable. Fans need a reason to buy in to a team and this Kiwis’ team was not able to produce anything but frustration. Rugby league is in mediocre heart in New Zealand. A lot of key former players want board level, widespread change. An independent review is now underway. Fan support is a privilege not a right and New Zealand Rugby League took it for granted and Tonga stole their thunder. Fans want to see the top players performing at their peak. They also want to see a winning culture or at least a team that is striving to be winners. The fact is, this 2017 Kiwis team didn’t even come close to it. Confusing public statements, poor selections and poor performances on the paddock led to the demise of any positive outcomes and the NZRL has missed its opportunity to capture the imaginations of the next generation of rugby league players in this country. To sum up - much like the Warriors, the Kiwis promised so much and delivered so little and that’s a shame that cannot be swept under the carpet.


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