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Protestors pedal concerns By Jamie Adams

Hundreds of Island Bay residents turned out with placards on Sunday to show their frustration at what they say is a council that doesn’t listen to concerns on The Parade cycleways. The protest, organised by the Island Bay Residents Association, was in response to Wellington City Council’s “compromise” plan to raise the cycleways on each side to the footpath level, with cars parked against them. Protest spokeswoman and IBRA member Jane Byrne says the plan flew in the face of democracy. Continued on page 2. Island Bay cycleway protestors show their displeasure to the council following Sunday’s march along The Parade. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Fed-up Island Bay residents take to streets over cycleway plan Continued from page 1. She says the movement has never been about hating cyclists or cycleways, but rather that change was implemented against the wishes of the majority of residents, with her organisation claiming 80 percent had wanted it returned to what it was originally, with improvements. Jane was “very thrilled” with the turnout. “Especially given that people are very busy at this time of year. “The number of people going past tooting and cheering shows there’s a lot of passion in the suburb about this. “It’s all with the lawyers now. “We’re angling to get it with the Ombudsmen and the At-

torney General and Minister of Local Government because we have been treated appallingly.” While two southern ward candidates Rob Goulden and Vicki Greco attended the march, Jane was disappointed neither councillors nor the Minister for Transport and Urban Development Phil Twyford showed up. “Island Bay residents have tried genuinely hard to work with the council on this.” Two protestors were keen to tell the Cook Strait News how the cycleway had affected them. Chloris Barr, who operates a mobility scooter, lives three doors down from the library. She says the cycleway is so dangerous for passengers like her coming out of cars that she now

has to get out on the traffic side. “I have had to pull my front fence out to let visitors park there as there’s no parks left on the road,” Chloris adds. “It’s bloody stupid.” Mersey Street store owner Jayshree Patel says her business has suffered due to the loss of car parks outside the dairy and believed the new version would not see them return, “They don’t do anything when they say they would. It’s frustrating that they’re not listening to us.” Council spokesman Sean Gillespie disputes the claim that 80 percent of Island Bay residents wanted Option E. “Only about one third (1230) of the submissions favoured the

unofficial Option E as a first or second preference. “All submitters indicating a first preference for a revert option (including option E and other preferences associated with reverting the cycleway back to its earlier design) totalled 1898 (51 percent). “All submitters indicating a first preference for one of the other options was 1844 (49 percent). “Also of note, there were 309 submitters (eight percent) that gave a Parade address.” Sean believes the 80 percent figure quoted refers to only those who live on The Parade who signed a local petition, and was not representative of the suburb as a whole.

Anti-waste warriors converge for series of workshops Each year, the average Wellingtonian sends 200kg of domestic rubbish to landfill - one of the highest rates in the country. Meanwhile, our recycling rate is very low by national standards, and has even been declining. Several local groups - The Rubbish Trip, Waste-Ed, Sustainability Trust, and Mt Vic Hub - are committed to getting waste reduction on Wellington’s agenda and turning those statistics around. So they’ve come together to fill the week of December 11 with fun, public events about all things rubbish. The primary speakers will be Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince, the two “No-Waste Nomads” behind The Rubbish Trip, who will be back in their home town after taking their message across the North Island for the past six months They will co-host the first workshop with the Sustainability Trust. The self-explanatory

“No-Waste Nomads” Hannah Blumardt and Liam Prince are the key speakers in a series of workshops designed to educate people about reducing waste. PHOTO: Supplied

Refuse a Rubbish Christmas and a Trashy New Year – Getting through the Silly Season with Less Waste will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 5.307pm at the trust’s headquarters on 2 Forresters Lane. Those struggling to get their heads around what dealing with

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6.30pm at Level 6, Anvil House, Wakefield Street. With the support of Mt Vic Hub, the former Newtown residents will deliver the talk they’ve – Reducing Our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach – on Saturday, December 16, 5.30-7.30pm at Innermost Gardens. The Rubbish Trip, Sustainability Trust and Waste-ed have also come together to run a talk called Waste Wins and Waste Woes, a summary of what Hannah and Liam have learnt so far on their rubbish trip. This will be held on Friday, December 15, noon to1.30pm at 2 Forresters Lane. These events are warm-ups to The Waste Conversation, a conference which Waste-ed will run in early 2018, bringing together innovators across Wellington’s waste community to put the Wellington City Council’s recently confirmed Waste Minimisation and Management Plan into action.

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inbrief news Local candidate also Local Hero Southern ward by-election candidate Laurie Foon received a Kiwibank Local Hero Award at a ceremony at The Beehive on Monday. The Kiwibank Local Hero Award aims to identify and reward everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local communities. Laurie was recognised for her commitment to sustainable business, and her contribution to promoting Wellington as a Fair Trade city.

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Left: Lawrie Foley behind his house bus as seen from the middle of Humber St at its intersection with Derwent St. Right: The view of the street without the house bus. PHOTOS: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

A house bus that has been parked on an Island Bay street for nearly two years has caused friction in the neighbourhood. Derwent St resident Aniela Mackiewicz is fed up with the perceived danger of crossing the street at its intersection with Humber St into her driveway located directly opposite the intersection, both as a driver and pedestrian. She says the height of the bus blocks the view of approaching cars, making safe crossing impossible. “In 2016 from when I first saw it here my concern was straight away how it blocked my view as I was coming into our driveway in Derwent Street,” Aniela says. “A couple of times when pulling out I’ve had to slam on the brakes. “Cyclists behind me often abuse me about why I’m not going because I can’t indicate – I’m

going straight ahead.” Other factors in her give-way dilemma are the slight “s-bend” at the intersection, the narrowing of Derwent St south of it and another road only 80 metres away, Moselle St. “Cars come so fast down from Moselle Strreet.” Aniela had contacted Wellington city council about whether its location is appropriate and was told it was parked legally, despite it taking up two spaces. Other neighbours she has spoken to have also complained about the bus’s location. One of them said she often had to hold back her six-year-old son when they crossed the road to get to their house. “It’s a big difference when the bus is away occasionally.” The bus’s owner Lawrie Foley says the situation is the result of an unfortunate combination of circumstance after he purchased

it in 2015. “Me and my wife Francie had intended to rent our house out and go around New Zealand in the bus. “But the seller had been less than honest about it and when I got it back here there were lot of problems with it. The greywater sink had to be taken out. I’ve still got things to do to it now.” However the bigger blow came last year when Francie developed health problems that required hospital treatment and ongoing local care, further halting their plans. Lawrie was devastated that the issue had been brought to his attention via the council and the media when nobody in the neighbourhood actually spoke to him in person. “We’ve been living here for 36 years and we’ve always got on well with everybody. “We received a nasty anony-

mous letter and yet not one person has come to me say we’ve got a problem.” He received a ticket from the council but it was later waived due to lack of evidence that it was a hindrance. While Derwent St does narrow south of its junction with Humber St, the carriageway is still eight metres wide between parked vehicles. “The Parade is only six metres wide,”Lawrie says. He is uncertain as to when he and Francie will be able to finally head away in their home away from home while she battles her health issues. “I’d love to say we are going away in three months but I can’t.” Lawrie believes the best solution is installing a pedestrian crossing at the corner. A council spokesperson says a crossing is not planned due to low concentration of traffic.

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Reserve fishing fine A public tip-off led to the conviction of a man who illegally fished in Taputeranga Marine Reserve. Xiaobin Sun pleaded guilty to taking 29 fish in May. He was fined $1000, plus $130 in court costs, in the Wellington District Court on Friday. Department of Conservation spokesman Jack Mace says DOC has “no tolerance” for people who fish in a marine reserve. It appears Xiaobin Sun did not intentionally set out to fish inside the reserve but Jack says “that’s no excuse”. Taking marine life from a reserve can result in three months in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 or both.


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Renovation not a bridge too far for club members

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Members of the Kairangi Bridge Club rejoiced last Saturday when their 86-year-old building was officially reopened with a new lease on life. The celebration came six years after the Miramar building was found to be earthquake prone, leading to it being significantly strenghtened and upgraded. President Peter Palmer led a ceremony that included the unveiling of a plaque to mark the event. In addition, Ngatai Ira member and former city councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer blessed the building with a karakia, which included positive thoughts to current members and respects paid to those who died. “Renovating our building has been a whole of club effort,” Peter says. “Members have lent money or made generous donations, provided their expertise and given their time and participated in working bees.” Peter says some members were standouts when it came to contributing. These included Joanne Gapes and Esmee McAuley who ensured that the Rongotai Collge

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library, which hosted the club for five months during 2017, was set up for bridge for its evening sessions. Tony and Lorraine Sutich were praised for taking over the dealing machine at their house for trhe five months, as well as organising the day sessions at the Seatoun Village Hall. Malcolm Woods was noted for coming out of semi-retirement to manage construction of the project. “He gave hours of his time

and expertise engaging with the engineers and builders as we and they grappled with complex problems that arise when renovating an older building.” Brian McGlinchy was also given special mention as convenor the the building sub-committee. His job involved investigating 26 possible alternative places for relocation, should the project fall through, as well as applying for grants, consents and negotiating contracts. “Brian’s leadership, drive,

energy and judgement is why we are able to celebrate our strengthened and upgraded clubrooms.” Erected in 1931, the downstairs of the building was originally a petrol station and garage and upstairs was a dance hall called the Rio Grande. The club has around 200 members and bridge sessions are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Friday afternoon from January to December.

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The festive season will arrive at the Seatoun Village Hall when it plays host to the suburb’s Christmas Carol Service and Market on December 15 Organised by the Miramar Peninsula Community Trust, it will be third the trust has put on in as many years. Trustee Gillie Coxill says next Friday’s carol service promises to be St Christopher’s Church’s

highlight of the year. Gillie says church events such as carol singing and candlelight services had been in danger of disappearing from the community as people were originally not aware of them. “We are starting a tradition of holding it every year now,” she says. “The first time people were slow to cotton on to it, but last

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Wellington City Missioner Reverend Tric Malcolm will conduct the service. All procceeds from the market will go to the mission, which would use the money to pay for a Christmas lunch and food parcels for those in need. “There will be things made by locally crafters and we are hoping there will be lots of donations.”

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Pupils’ mural depicts Brooklyn’s past and present

Greater Wellington regional councillor Ian McKinnon with the Room 9 and 10 classes of Brooklyn School in front of their new bus stop mural on Ohiro Road. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

Commuters waiting for the bus at the top of Brooklyn hill now have something to look at thanks to the efforts of year 7 and 8 pupils at Brooklyn School. A new mural was unveiled at the bus stop on the corner of Ohiro Rd and Tanera Cres. It is split into two parts: The left half depicts Brooklyn’s Cleveland St including a tram from 100 years ago, while the right half shows what the shopping district looks like today with a Go Wel-

lington bus, as well as the iconic wind turbine in the background. Teachers Kathryn Harris and Jo Wheeler, who lead the school’s Room 9 and 10 classes, say the mural was inspired by the Student Volunteer Army that visited the school earlier in the year. “We had a vision of doing a community-based beautification project. This is one of the ideas we came up with,” Jo says. “Another group cleaned up Central Park.” “We spent some of the third term working on the design then

went about doing it in the last term,” Kathryn says. Greater Wellington councillor Ian McKinnon attended the official unveiling of the mural on behalf of the council. He told the schoolchildren that the regional council, which manages the bus network, really appreciated what the school had done. “Murals like this add interest to our bus shelters and enhances them. It’s something really important and I’m thrilled the community is doing things like

this.” Dzine Signs provided the paint, panels and an attachment for the mural, all funded by council. Brooklyn isn’t the first local school to initiate such a project - last month South Wellington Intermediate unveiled two murals at a bus stop in Rintoul St, also done in conjunction with Greater Wellington. However Brooklyn School’s mural was a coincidence and not part of any plan for schools to undertake them at bus stops citywide.



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Taking the less conventional route has paid off for a Miramar food vendor. Lucy Boldarin says investing in a trailer to sell breakfast and lunch meals at the Miramar Cutting entrance has been worth the cost. Lucia’s Trading Post has been operating on the wharf near the intersection of Shelly Bay Road, Cobham Drive and Miramar Avenue for four months. Although Lucy’s full name is Luciana, her business is actually named after her grandmother Lucia. She and husband Phillip Natoli wanted to start a family business selling Mexican-style food along with sandwiches, homemade bak-

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A group of Wellington lawyers will ditch the seriousness of court proceedings to indulge in a bit of festivity for charity. Counsel in Concert is based at Crown Law and has been running since 2009. The choir and orchestra are comprised of lawyers and other legal professionals from throughout the Wellington region as well as law staff from Crown Law, augmented by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington. Each year Counsel in Concert performs a big charity concert at the end of the year raising funds for the Child Cancer Foundation. This year’s programme celebrates significant musical anniversaries, and features works by Monteverdi (450 years since his birth), Telemann (250 years since his death), Gershwin (80 years since his death) and the Beatles (50 years since Sergeant Pepper). Counsel in Concert has commissioned arrangements of the Beatles songs from a young Wellington arranger, Daniel Hayles, especially for the event. The programme will be conducted by Owen Clarke.

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Kath Kingi, Khandallah “I’m not too concerned about the lack of rain as long as we have a backup. I always definitely try to conserve water.”

Brett Kennedy, Island Bay “I’m not. I’m originally from Australia so I’m used to drought. I think people should be concerned about the bigger picture with climate change.”

Andrew Braddock, Newtown “Not concerned, but I do believe there is a water crisis; we do need to be responsible.”

Gary Milburn, Maungaraki “Not concerned. It will rain. I’ve lived in Wellington all my life. It doesn’t bother me if there’s more restrictions.”

Anita Lelsey, Island Bay “I guess a little bit. I enjoy it but it’s a bit strange. We already are conscious about water.”

Lars Stannard, Island Bay “Yeah. I’ve got a few rainwater tanks, just little ones. I think these extreme weather events are related to global warming.”

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Won’t wait for them to switch voluntarily Dear Editor, All the answers you got in your November 30 “Word on the Street” confirm that many people in your circulation area still send postal mail, want it delivered to their street addresses, and are angry at the announced closing of the Newtown Postshop, with the advice they can instead go to the Kilbirnie one. It was just the same for us Miramar customers when we were told our Postshop

would soon be closed, so Kilbirnie must be used instead; and I strongly suspect that the Kilbirnie Postshop itself is already scheduled for closing a few years hence. Protests from users are simply ignored, except to tell us obvious lies: eg that there was not enough foot-traffic for the Miramar one to be viable, when it had queues out to the door for much of every business day! The Kilbirnie one already had such

queues before it learned it would get our Miramar customers; so Kilbirnie must now be frantic at what it will endure when Newtown, too, is closed. NZ Post is only one of many large organisations which realise how much cheaper it is to have online customers, users, members, etc., and which won’t wait for them to switch voluntarily. H Westfold, Miramar

Teens to have a not-so-stinky Christmas thanks to students By Jamie Adams

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Wellington’s teenagers can no longer make the excuse they can’t afford to preen themselves during the school holiday period. That’s because a group of Rongotai College year 9 students have received a tableload of donated toiletry items as part of a Christmas charity drive for its second annual Social Action Day. Head of Social Sciences Louise Richards co-ordinated the drive with fellow teacher Scott Dennsion. Louise says she was inspired after the same concept was introuduced to her as a child growing up in England, known as “Pack a Shoebox”. “I wanted to do something that would benefit the whole community,” she says. The students put the call out on social media and even got More FM’s Polly and Grant to read out an appeal to donors on their breakfast show. Donations for different age groups were called for and while the usual items of toys, clothes and food were received for

Rongotai College students behind their table of donated toiletries for teens as part of their “Sharing Is Caring” Christmas charity drive. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

young children and their parents, the students knew what was best for teenage boys – and they weren’t things like video games as some may have thought. “They wanted image-related products,” Louise says. “When people donate things to the Salvation Army they tend to be things that don’t cater for teenagers.” As a result the college was inundated with deodorant, body wash, shampoo, hairstyle prod-

ucts and even blade razors, specifically for that age group. Jack Pulford, 14, says boys of his age do like to take good care of themselves, especially when socialising. “We do want to look good for day-to-day activities. You’re never too young to start.” Some of the goods were sourced by the students themselves, as they received hundreds of dollars in vouchers from the Warehouse as a result of their

appeal. The teen care gifts will be delivered with the other donated items to the Salvation Army’s Hope Centre in Newtown for distribution. The college’s Social Action Day involved the whole school participating in socially enhancing activities around Wellington including a beach clean-up, painting over graffiti, tidying church gardens and upgrading walking tracks.

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Anna and Arabella, both 6.

Children dressed as elves and fairies walk with their parents.

Gemma and Grace of Wellington Sewing Centre.

OUT& about PHOTOS: Dan Taylor

Santa visits Kilbirnie The inaugural Kilbirnie Santa Parade took place on Sunday morning. Organisers from the Kilbirnie Business Network say the parade was “spectacular� with the level of local support ensuring it will happen again next year.

Kevin the ANZ ATM mascot joins in the fun.

Kyle from Countdown hands out fruit and bottled water.

Rose Daish gets a balloon dog from Billy.

A Chinese dragon takes part in the parade.



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St Pat’s cricketers scrape through final to end 30-year drought By Jamie Adams

St Patrick’s College’s top cricketers will finish school with more to cheer about after winning the Wellington regional boys’ secondary school competition for the first time in more than 30 years. But it was touch and go - the Kilbirine-based boys college’s first XI took the premier youth grade title after beating Hutt International Boys School (Hibs) by one wicket with just three balls to spare. Tail-enders Ben Piesocki and Josh Mallon got St Patrick’s over the line after their bowlers earlier dismissed Hibs for 146. Summer holidays mean the school cricket season is split into two competitions. The first half began in October with six Wellington colleges competing in a round robin. Sports director Jonathan Millmow says the team went into the final as the second qualifier having lost to Wellington College and Hibs in the round robin. “The big thing was it was our first win after being beaten finalists two years previously. Jonathan describes the first XI as “a resourceful team”. “Their batting sometimes let us down, but their strong bowling meant they could restrict other sides to small totals.” The standout players that drove St Partick’s to glory were opener

The champion St Patrick’s first XI with their trophy after taking out their first Secondary School championship in 30 years. PHOTO: Supplied

Xavier Aspell, pace bowler Josh Mallon and offspinner Nate Wiggins, he says. Jonathan also praises head coach Darrin Thomson for moulding the

players into a champion unit, some of whom he had been coaching since they were juniors. “It all starts again in late January. We lose three boys from the

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ANZ is giving keen cricketers from southern and eastern Wellington a helping hand to get on top of their game this summer. The programme will give New Zealand cricket fans the chance to get the help they need to improve their game. Whether it’s getting new team uniforms or replacing tired old gear, giving a pitch and clubrooms a makeover or the chance to get a one-on-one coaching session with a Black Caps or White Ferns player, ANZ is supporting cricket at every level this summer. Since 2009 ANZ has been supporting aspiring cricketers, their teams, clubs, schools and casual fans as they set out to make the most of New Zealand’s favourite summer game. This year ANZ extended its sponsorship to the White Ferns women cricketers. ANZ Head of Sponsorship Sue McGregor, says that ANZ is proud to support cricket at all levels - whether it’s the Black Caps and White Ferns representing our country on the international stage, or the next generation of

team next year but there’s high hopes for them to stay strong.” The cricket win caps off a great sporting year for St Patrick’s, with its first XI football team taking out

Black Caps bowler Trent Boult with aspiring cricketer Luke Dale after their one-on-one training session. PHOTO: Supplied

players battling it out at the local grounds every Saturday. “We want to give players and fans the support they need. Whether that’s with a new set of cricket gear, something for the club that will make a difference, or making it possible to meet one of their heroes for some inspi-

ration or motivation,” Sue says. “We know sometimes all you need is just that little bit of extra help to achieve, so we are committed to helping as many cricket fans as we can.”  Applications are now open at

One opportunity, two careers potentially changed. Wellington wicket-keeper Tom Blundell made the most of his test debut with an absorbing unbeaten 107 and a tidy performance behind the stumps that should have regular Black Caps test keeper BJ Watling concerned. While the West Indies are at the weaker end of the test nation spectrum, Blundell ensured that dropping him won’t be an easy decision when Watling returns from a hip injury that had consigned him to just a batsman role in domestic cricket. At 27, Blundell is not a young man but on his home track at Wellington’s Basin Reserve he proved that if you’re given an inch but you take a mile, it can prove to be a life changing moment. Watling, who reinvented himself from top order batsman to test keeper mid career, has been a tremendous option in the role,

proving capable with the gloves and averaging 38 with the bat. However, once past 30, succession plans always come into play. Blundell’s composure at the crease, workman-like effort behind the stumps and willingness to walk home post-match while still in his playing whites will have endeared himself to many fans and undoubtedly the selectors. The Wellingtonian has the ability to hit the long ball and increase the strike rate and was seen as a coloured clothing option before a test player up until this week. It would be a tough call to drop Watling but the Australians would do it given the same opportunity and they’ve been mighty successful for many years. A headache for coach Mike Hesson but one that won’t have him reaching for the paracetamol any time soon.


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