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Diamond anniversary

Wedding anniversaries that last as long as that of Cressy and Prue Free deserve recognition – insomuch as getting acknowledged by the Queen. The couple this week received a card from Her Majesty in the leadup to their diamond anniversary, representing 60 years of matrimony. For Cressy, their match came about by chance - Cressy was living in Christchurch at the time while Prue was living in a girls’ hostel in Dunedin while studying a BA in English and education at Otago University. Continued on page 2. Diamond wedding jubilee couple Prue and Cressy Free hold a signed card from the Queen of England with their surviving children Peter, Sarah and Bridget. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


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Couple still in love after 60 years of marriage Continued from page 1. “We met on the express train travelling from Christchurch to Invercargill in 1953.” They kept in touch and it was a love of the outdoors that bonded them. “Strangely enough we weren’t trampers but for some reason we both joined a tramping club and met again when we went tramping around Stewart Island,” Cressy says. Their four-year courtship culminated in a wedding that took place on December 21, 1957. Prue joined her husband in Christchurch where she briefly taught at Upper Riccarton School while he worked as an anaesthetist. They later settled in Wellington and today reside at the Village at The Park retirment facility. The couple had four children – Sarah, Bridget, Peter and Carol. Sadly, Carol became afflicted with multiple sclerosis and died in 2014. The highlight of their marriage was being together abroad for five years which saw them leave New Zealand with one child (Sarah) and returning with three.

Cressy and Prue Free are still very much in love after 60 years of marriage. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

“I was a ship surgeon and Prue and I travelled across the Pacific, through the Panama Canal, then across the Atlantic and into the St Laurence to Montreal before reaching London.” The family stayed in the UK as Cressy worked at Edinbourgh Hospital. He was later

assigned to travel to west Africa to study tropical medicines. As a result, Bridget and Peter were born in Nigeria. The couple and their surviving children will celebrate the diamond jubilee with at least 50 others at the Archibald Centre this Saturday. Their affection for each other

remains strong. “We laugh at the same things,” Prue says. “We enjoy doing things together. “I think he’s the most handsome man I ever met.” They believe the best way for a marriage to last as long as theirs is too not take yourself too seriously.

Newtown postal service will remain in some form: NZ Post NZ Post is assuring Newtown residents that the post office will not close until a new postal service is set up at an alternative venue in the suburb. The State-owned enterprise announced last month that the Riddiford St outlet would close as part of a nationwide move to separate the Post Shops from the Kiwibanks and to close an increasing number of branches of both services.

Under current plans the postal services will be franchised to some other Newtown business to act as an agency, and the nearest Kiwibank and post office will be in Kilbirnie. In response to concerns from locals, NZ Post group manager customer sales channels Ashley Smout insists the Newtown post office will not close until an alternative venue, such as a superette, is established. “It is likely to be within 3-4

months that we will find an alternative. Our staff need to know of it first,” he says. “There are a range of options as Newtown is a diverse retail community. We are excited about the range we have got. “Our aim is to ensure there is continuity of service. “The box lobby at Kilbirnie will continue to operate an the hospital service for buying stamps will remain unchanged.

“We would expect the good folks of Newtown will have a seamless transition.” A public meeting on the post office closure will take place at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre on Monday, December 18 at 4.30pm. It is hoped Geoff Waller, the CEO of Kiwibank, which NZ Post partly owns, as well as other representatives from Kiwibank and NZ Post will attend.

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A thousand pests caught in Mt Victoria A group of Wellingtonians are making one of the city’s most-visited places a haven for wildlife. In just over a year the Mt Victoria Vermin Trappers have caught 1000 pests, including nine weasels and dozens of rats. The area is the most-visited part of Wellington’s town belt, with more people walking through the Southern Walkway each year than the famous Tongariro

Crossing. Now people are also noticing an increase in wildlife, with birds such kākā, ruru (morepork), tui, kārearea (NZ falcon), fantail, grey warbler, and shining cuckoo becoming more common. Mt Victoria Vermin Trappers come from suburbs surrounding Mt Victoria’s town belt. The group of around 30 trappers have over 250 traps set in the area. Regular monitoring

using chew cards by the group over the last two years has shown a sustained decrease in rats and mice. Mayor Justin Lester thanks the group for their work, calling the project a big success. “Projects and people like the Mount Victoria Vermin Trappers are the driving force behind a Predator Free Wellington,” says Lester. “It’s great to see our native

birds coming back to even the busiest parts of our Wellington forests.” The group has recently expanded into backyard trapping, with the launch of Predator Free Mt Vic, and encourages locals to get involved. It has been supported by Rotary Club of Wellington and Wellington City Council as well as the Thankyou Charitable Trust, Wellington

Long community stint finally ends for Beryl

As well as tasting great, the humble feijoa may also offer new treatments for life-threatening fungal infections according to a Victoria University of Wellington researcher. Mona Mokhtari will graduate with a PhD in Biomedical Science at a Victoria graduation ceremony next week, after conducting research into the antifungal properties of one of New Zealand’s favourite fruits. Researchers have been interested in the feijoa’s antibacterial and anti-cancer potential for some time but Mona’s research is one of only a handful of studies into its antifungal properties. Mona says a lot more work needs to be done before a drug can be developed and made available to doctors.

The Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre is losing a long-serving stalwart. Co-ordinator Beryl Smith is retiring, with her official last day being December 19. The Strathmore resident looks forward to putting her feet up after 17 years of continuous service at the centre. Beryl began working at the centre in October 2000, a job that involved organising activities for members of the public who use the centre, including daily morning tea sessions. “I’ve enjoyed interacting with the people. With the committee we put on a great health and safety activities such as preparing for earthquakes. I also enjoyed showing local films from the past.” Another highlight was helping to successfully lobby to keep the centre at its Bay Rd location in 2010 after the council proposed moving it to the aquatic centre. “We got a petition going and managed to convince them to keep it where it was.” She was also thrilled to be

Beryl Smyth is retiring after 17 years running the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay community centre. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

part of a programme that saw locals donating wool to create 2000 items that were then given to charities and distributed to impoverished people in Eastern Europe. Beryl was recognised for her

years of service at the centre’s Christmas Party on Saturday, receiving gifts, flowers and the honour of cutting the Christmas cake. Members of the committee say she will be missed.

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A new book by former seafarer Emmanuel Makarios promises great insights into those who have chosen a career at sea. All At Sea, published by Transpress NZ, features the tales of 16 New Zealand seafarers, including several Wellingtonians. Emmanuel has a strong interest in the maritime industry, having worked for the Harbour Board and later its museum on Queen’s Wharf. He was inspired to write the book after realising most New Zealand non-fiction of a nautical theme focused on ships rather than the people who sailed on them. “I started interviewing people who were directly involved in the industry from the top to bottom. I wanted to know from them what was involved in going to sea in their day,” he says. “It’s got representation of women as well, including the first woman taken on board as a cadet.” One of the book’s subjects is former master mariner John Brown whose career on the seas began in 1954 and spanned five decades. “I started off as a dock hand

then joined the Union Steamship Company. They had over 66 ships when I went to sea and they were the biggest employer outside the Government in those days.” While his master certificate enabled him to captain a ship, his career was initially focused on piloting foreign vessels that approached Wellington Harbour. “The Harbour Board wanted people familiar with the conditions that ships were entering.” It was a demanding job that required John to head out to the middle of the Cook Strait, sometimes in the dead of night, to board an incoming ship. He had to climb a rope over the hull and then navigate the boat. “It’s a very underrated profession,” John says. His most memorable experience in his 17 years of that particular job was taking the deputy harbourmaster out to the Wahine after it had grounded on Barrett Reef in the 1968 disaster. “I just happened to be at the port when I got the call over the new radios we’d been given. The crew were shellshocked when we arrived.” Despite having retired, John still occasionally volunteers

Author Emmanuel Makarios and former harbour pilot John Brown hold copies of Emmanuel’s new book All At Sea. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Uni’s Karori campus to become retirement village Victoria University of Wellington has sold its former Karori campus. The university became the beneficial owner of the assets and liabilities of the College of Education on the campus by merger in 2004. The campus was declared surplus to requirements in August 2016. The successful tenderer for

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Pupils embrace project that prepares them for real world By Jamie Adams

Some of Newtown School’s senior pupils finished their primary years with enhanced knowledge for entering the real world thanks to their involvement in a major project. T h e s c h o o l’s s e n i o r Waitangi whanau have been holding Ready For Real Life for three days last week. Children opted to become owners of either a “cafe”, a “toy store”, a “gallery” or a “clean and green” service industry on the school premises. One of the organisers of the project, teacher Nicki Read, says the project “has been a very interesting learning journey”. “Throughout the term we have spent two days a week learning about setting up a business in the area they choose,” Nicki says. “We ran workshops around the location, and they learnt about group dynamics, responsibilities, making ideas and building on that.” She and the five other teachers involved in the project - Debbie Purves, Tim

Crawshaw, Mogan Bardsley, Danny Sowden and Neesha Patel - educated pupils on finance, management, prices and design in undertaking their ventures. “We also looked at the material, costs of labour and profit margin,” Debbie says. Some of the items for sale included tic-tac-toe boards with marbles, wooden beads, woollen headbands, mazes and even unique lamps with figurines glued to them. “We worked in partnership with the Menz Shed for making the wooden toys.” The cafe enterprise involved the home baking of Newtown School’s Ella Wellington purchases an item from senior pupils Poseiden Smith and Kevin Fa’asee as part of the school’s Ready For Real Life project. PHOTO: Jamie Adams pikelets. “There were lots of parents involved,” Nicki says. Meanwhile in the gallery, “A “A big big thanks to all to myall clients for Call Katie to sell Ca SeasonsGreetings Greetings to Seasons thanks myentrusting clients for Call entrusting Seasons Greetings Katie to sellCall Ka pupils made and sold Christ“A big thanks to all my clients for Seasons Greetings Seasons Greetings Call Katie to sell Seasons Greetings Call Katie to sely “A big thanks to all my clients for entrusting entrusting me to sell their property your home! “A big thanks to all my clients for entrusting “A big thanks to all my clients for entrusting to &you your family! mas badges and decorations your home! you & &&your family! to you your family! me to sell their property in 2017. Wishing your me to sell their property in 2017. Wishing your home! to you your family! your home! in 2017. Wishing everyone the best you & your for parents toto hang. to family! you & your family!me to sell their me to sell their property inWishing 2017. Wishing property in 2017. Wishing me to sell their property in 2017. A total of $2370 was raised, everyone thethe best for the holiday season!” everyone thethe best for holiday season!” for holiday season!” all of which will go towards everyone the best for the season!” holiday season!” everyone the best for the holiday season!” everyone the best for the holiday next year’s camp for the year sixes. While that means some of Ray White Leaders in Real Estate Licensed under the REAA 2008 Ray White Leaders in Real Estate Licensed under the REAA 2008 the senior pupils will miss T. 04 894 3717 M. 027 248 2061 Ray White inLicensed Real Estate Licensed under the REAA 2008 Ray White Leaders in Real Estate Licensed under the REAA 2008 Ray White Leaders in RealLeaders Estate under REAA 2008 T. 04 894 3717 M.the027 248 2061 out on it as they graduate E. T. 04 894 3717 M. 027 248 2061 T. 04 894 3717 M. 027 248 2061 T. 04 894 3717 M. 027 248 2061 to intermediate, Nicki says E. the concept is about paying E. E. E. it forward.




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Island Bay School year 6 pupils Istvan Mills Szabo, Sean Ballara, Perry James and Jack Pritchard Yeo hold some of the bread they devised that is now on sale at their local New World. With them is baker Dejian Teague-Mato. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

the winning pupils’ bread for one week was a “spur of the moment” decision based on her bakers being very impressed with their enthusiasm for baking. “They were quite creative,” she says. Amanda decided to allow Jason and Dejian to bake two winning recipes to cater for customers with both a sweet and a savoury tooth. Those breads, with labels

proudly displayed, were “Sean and Istvan’s Chocolate Bread” and “Perry and Jack’s Onion and Rosemary Foccacia”. Amanda believes it is the first time any New World supermarket has sold bread that was made by children. Teacher Alice Domett says breadmaking was one of four activities done by up to 90 senior pupils as part of an end-of-year workshop hub.

“We rotated them between four groups. So we had about 25 pupils making bread.” Sweet breads proved popular, with some even adding marshmallows to their dough. “During the taste tests they started to realise that less is more,” Alice adds. The boys say having their bread on sale was “amazing” and they would consider becoming bakers when they grow up.


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Village at The Park value resident participation The Village at The Park at the southern end of Newtown is celebrating introducing a household care model to the Hospital, Dementia and Rest Home wings. Under the new ownership of Arvida, Village at The Park has embraced a philosophy that puts the preference of residents at the forefront of care delivery. Leigh Gibson, Assistant Manager and Clinical lead says that actively encouraging residents to be involved in decision making around care options, activities and how the wing is managed has improved resident participation, enjoyment and satisfaction. Residents in all care wings determine when they wake up and have breakfast rather than fitting in with organisational routine and residents decide when they would like to be assisted with personal cares. Residents in the Mary Coleman Wing have voted on paint colours for refurbishment, selected names for areas of the wing, assisted with the recruitment of care givers by helping with the interview process, contributed ideas and content for the newsletter and participated in family evenings. Several barbecues and outdoor lunches have been enjoyed recently at the suggestion of residents who have wanted to make the most of that day’s weather. ‘It is wonderful to be able to respond to the preferences and suggestions of the residents and create an environment that is more aligned with a household that residents remember well and relate to while continuing to provide excellent clinical care.” PBA

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Rebecca Sprenger, Southgate “I don’t use the buses myself but my daughter does and paying $5 to get to the city is a bit expensive for her.”

Jane Muir, ex-Island Bay “I get it for free thanks to the Gold Card. But I know people who can’t afford a coffee because of the fares.”

Dylan Thomson, Hataitai “I’ve never caught the bus as I drive, but yeah I’d definitely use it if it was cheaper. Fuel prices are too high.”

Holly Nicholas, Kilbirnie “I have used the bus to get into town. It’s a bit too high. Uni students have had to cut back because of them.”

Lucille Moore, Strathmore “They could be a little bit less. I would definitely use the bus more if they were.”

Irsheana Robinson, Seatoun “It’s fine for my age group but they could extend it so the unemployed could get concessions.”

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. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

This is Wellington… Dear Editor, The page 3 article (Cook Strait News, December 7) gives a very interesting perspective on problems caused by the housebus parked in Derwent Street, Island Bay (it could be argued that only people with off street parking should purchase house buses, but of course this is Wellington…) Not all that long ago the house bus used to be parked right up against those dotted

yellow lines. That was a hassle, if you were driving along Humber Street and wanting to turn right into Derwent Street. At first I didn’t know who even owned the damned house bus (Never assume that the vehicle’s owner lives in the closest house. This is Wellington…) No way was I going to head into the nearest house and complain…

It seems to me that a possible option could be for him to gain the cooperation of neighbours further south in Derwent Street, and ask if he could park his bus outside their house. He of course would have to be willing to let them park their vehicles outside his house in return. Christine Swift Island Bay

A solution to the ‘perceived problem’ Dear Editor, In response to the article ‘Neighbours ride into storm of conflict over House Bus’, I think the emphasis should be on the words ‘perceived danger’. I drive through this intersection almost daily, and have no issues with visibility, in either direction. Perhaps if Aniela Mackiewicz has a

problem getting into her driveway on Derwent St, from Humber St, she could approach from either the north or south, on Derwent St. She could also try approaching her neighbour to see if there may be a solution to the ‘perceived problem’. Tim Steeneken Island Bay

Arrange literacy classes Dear Editor, Leave the criticism for the NCEA alone for a while and arrange literacy classes for Seatoun men. Today there were seven loose running dogs on the beach, despite a clear notice that they should be on a leash. It was noticeable as a little girl was obviously upset and frightened.

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Free legal help is at hand in your community By Jamie Adams

Those needing legal advice need not fret over the cost of it. Those who can’t afford a lawyer but are too well-off for Legal Aid have another option at hand thanks to the efforts of Community Law Wellington. The publically-funded organisation offers regular outreach clinics at the Strathmore, Raukawa, Newtown, Berhampore and Kilbirnie Community Centres. These have been running since July 2009, and were originally known as suitcase clinics, co-ordinator Zoe Heine says. “Our lawyers give free legal

help to individuals on a range of topics from employment law to family law.” “Between July 2016 and June 2017 we provided advice on 93 legal matters and since July have provided advice on 45 legal matters. “We see them as a very important part of our service to the community. “We try and adjust our clinics to community need, in 2017 we have started up at the new Raukawa Community Centre and next year we are increasing our frequency at Kilbirnie to fortnightly. “We also run free legal education at these locations, we have

one coming up on December on consumer rights at the Kilbirnie Community Centre.” One lawyer who runs the clinc at the Newtown Community Centre is Ione Gill. “The bulk of what we do is initial legal advice. Where clients can be ongoing clients we contact different agencies to put them in touch with,” Ione says. “It could be a property matter. Whether it is about a will or a trust or conveyancing, we would provide advice.” She says more clients have been accessing services over the eight years the Community Law has run clinics.

“There are lulls but when they are more utilised then we would look at holding more.” The Community Law clinics are primarily funded by the Ministry of Justice but there are other sources, including the Wellington City Council. Ione’s Wednesday morning clinics last an hour each and she is able to see up to four clients at a time but is happy to stay “for as long as it takes” if more are waiting.  To find out when a clinic is Lawyer Ione Gill offers free legal help at the held in your area go to wclc. Newtown Community Centre on a day every month. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

LETTERS to the editor

Death defying and downright stupid Dear Editor, I do not know either Mr Foley or Ms Mackiewicz (CSN, December 7, pg.3). I do however, walk the area frequently. Ms Mackiewicz is having problems getting into her driveway straight across from the end of Humber St. Bus or no bus, the wrong option is being taken by Ms Mackiewicz by preferring to cross two lanes of traffic while trying to avoid the mad speedsters who come from Moselle St and do not indicate when they want to turn right into Humber. The safest option for her is to enter her driveway from Derwent St. Also, I was not shocked or surprised by a comment ‘ of them said she often had to hold back her six-year-old son when they crossed the road to get to their house’. I see adults teach reckless safety to children in dashing across the road at

the most ridiculous places. A solution already exists. For anyone wanting to cross Derwent St from Humber St on foot, there is a ‘crossing island’ a short distance north at 76 Derwent St. The safest route south of Humber St intersection is to walk past Island Bay Motors and cross just south of where Moselle meets Derwent. No brainer. I have lost count of the number of times that people run across the road where Moselle and Humber meet Derwent. It is death defying and downright stupid just to give yourself an extra 30 seconds. Blaming a bus parked tidily well back off the corner of Humber and Derwent St is not the problem. [abridged] Ingrid Lowrie Island Bay

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Attractive design Dear Editor, Re: “No safe way to cross’ (Letters, Nov 30). Well done to Joe Horvath for his attractive and efficient-looking design for pedestrian access around the Troy St roundabout. Could I recommend that Let’s Get Wellington Moving and/or WCC and/or

“It’s heartening to know there are agents like you out there who operate with the highest integrity and who manage to balance their obligations to both parties”

the regional council employ Mr Horvath to design a solution to the ongoing logjam / purgatory / city embarrassment / council shame at the Basin Reserve. After all his design flair could only improve on the unimaginative design ‘solutions’ currently on the table. W Brookes Kilbirnie

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Beverley offers vast body of work in charity drive By Jamie Adams

Those looking to decorate their walls with some outstanding paintings of Wellington’s past and present have an opportunity throughout the weekends of this summer. Karaka Bay artist Beverley St Clair Alexander is putting several of her best artworks up for sale, with part of the proceeds destined for charity. While many of the paintings up for grabs are landscapes and seascapes, some of them depict Wellington Central based on historic photographs - including Lambton Quay from 1904 and the Railway Station from 1940 - with more detail added. Among them are depictions of the city’s trams which Beverley is particularly fond of – she has many old photos, clippings and booklets of them stored away in her home studio. “I love painting trams because I travelled on them when they were around.” It took more than four hours for her and her grandson Conor Meacham to put up the display as it involved securing many of the paintings on string. Beverley has devoted most of her life to painting since picking up crayons and brushes as a child. “I always got credited for being artistic rather than academic.” She is a life member and former president of Seatoun Arts and Crafts and has been a member of the Wellington Arts Club since the 1970s.

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She is also a former member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. Her artworks have featured at the Winding House Gallery, the New Zealand Art Show and the Bursary Art and Sculpture certification programme. While most of her artworks are done for personal satisfaction she has occasionally commissioned work for others. “One of my friend’s sons had a birthday so I did a painting of his boat as her gift for him.” A percentage from Beverley’s sales

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Winning isn’t a destination: Carrington Lisa Carrington, one of New Zealand’s most successful athletes, spoke to a group of Wellington’s gifted athletes, parents and coaches about having strong values, understanding your ‘self’ and focusing on the inputs rather than the outputs in your pursuit of excellence, which may include Olympic medals or World titles. Organised by Sport Wellington, the presentation was part of the seminar series for the Wellington City Council Sport Talent Development Programme and Pathway to Podium programme, both managed by the Sport Wellington Performance Hub. With six World Championship titles, a gold medal in the K1 200 at the London 2012 Olympics, and a gold in the K1 200 and bronze in the K1 500 at Rio 2016, Lisa also won the 2017 Halberg Supreme Award. Yet with all of these records, medals and titles she is a very modest and unassuming person. With strong values and years of working on understanding her ‘self,’ Lisa would rather ‘get on and do the work than talk about it’. But as the 80 attendees at the presentation experienced, when she talks she does so with wisdom that is truly inspirational. “I race my best when I’m confident, but bad things can happen,

Thursday December 14, 2017


Records fall at speedcubing champs

Tom Nelson of Wellington competing in 3x3 Multiple Blindfolded, being judged by Aneurin Hunt of Wellington. PHOTO: Supplied

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and you have to be ok about the outcome not being exactly what you hoped for.” Some other messages were not to focus on the outcome (like winning a medal), remove this and focus on the inputs; the training you’ve done, just being there and doing your best. “Every time I turn up I’m scared but I draw confidence from thinking that ‘I’ve trained

for this’ and I don’t let the fear take over. Work on your self-awareness. Know what happens to you under pressure, how you respond and how to turn this into positives rather than negatives.” When asked how she planned to stay at the top level and better what she’d already achieved, Lisa replied, “You need to keep being challenged and keep growing.”

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Up to England to ignite lame duck Ashes series The Ashes series had better find a spark soon or it could be a long summer for cricket fans. The reality is the 2017 versions of Australia and England aren’t that good and the dizzying heights of quality series between the two nations more than a decade back seem a lifetime ago. Each team has its weaknesses Australia their fragile top and middle order, England their top and middle order and the fact they have a spinner who can’t buy a wicket. Aussie captain Steve Smith has so far outplayed his counterpart Joe Root and the pace bowling has been edged by the Australians in their home conditions. Besides the battle of the captains, the other area Australia are earning the upper hand in is through off spinner Nathan Lyon. Lyon has taken 11 wickets compared to just two for England’s chief spinner Moeen Ali in the first two tests and the Australian cult hero dubbed “Gary” by teammates is a key reason along

with hundreds by Smith and Shaun Marsh as to why the team is up 2-0 in the five year series. England are yet to have a batsman score a century in the series and Root aside, it’s hard to see where one could come from. Veteran Ashes hero Alastair Cook looks like Father Time has passed him by and the new crop of English batsmen seem to go weak in the knees at the pivotal moments. Flashy 50s are never as memorable as gritty tons. Not even a recall for bad boy Ben Stokes would be enough at this point. Stokes hasn’t set the world on fire in New Zealand’s domestic competition with bat or ball in three appearances so far but it is undeniable that on his best day he can give the English team the balance it is currently sorely lacking. Expect a mediocre Aussie whitewash and a forgettable one at that, unless England can play with the passion currently only being displayed by the Barmy Army in the stands.

New national records were set at the National Speedcubing Championships, held at Wellington Girls College over the weekend. Speedcubing is sport which in its basic form involves solving a Rubik’s Cube in as little time as possible. However the sport has expanded over the years to include many types of puzzles similar to the iconic multicoloured cube. There were 18 categories at this year’s national championships, with the variety of shapes including the 7x7x7 cube, the Skweb, the Pyraminx and the 12-sided Megaminx. It also included

categories for speedcubing style such as blindfolded, one-handed and even with the feet. Although they were officially national championships, the competition was open to foreign competitors, including those from Malaysia, Singapore, the UK and Australia. The grand finale was for the traditional Rubick’s 3x3 cube, which was won by Jayden McNeill of Australia. Some national and Commonwealth records were broken, including one by Wellington’s Finn Trass, who was runner-up in the 4x4x4 event.


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