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Cookies for community By Julia Czerwonatis

The Onslow Tar Babies took to the roads last Sunday to acknowledge the residents who live along the highly ridden Makara and Ohariu Valley cycling routes by delivering bags of home baked biscuits to them. Over 200 residents received packets of biscuits, baked by the Wellington cycling group members with a message saying “Thanks for driving safely around us”. “The initiative is a fantastic, positive way to put a face to the cyclist, promote safe driving and build tolerance and understanding and had the local residents smiling with appreciation,” Andrew Sander from the Onslow Tar Babies says. Continued on page 2. Makara resident, Tracey Andrews Smith and with her schnauzer Willow. PHOTO: Supplied

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Continued from page 1. This ‘A Drop of Thanks’ project was inspired by a Kapiti Cyclists project and originally the successful Cookie Project which started in Madison, Wisconsin, as a goodwill initiative by the athletes to the community. Andrew, who organised the event, heard about the success of both of these initiatives and “it was a no brainer, a great fit for the OTB’s and Wellington cyclists”, he says. “The event brings a bit of positivity to the relationship between cars and bikes which is something we generally only ever hear about when they clash. “We almost never hear how responsible car, truck and bus drivers look after the more vulnerable road users,” Andrew says. Since the cookie drop, Andrew has received emails of thanks from local residents, who have

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Onslow Tar Babies, Steve Strain and Liz Tomlinson cycling along Makara Beach Road ready to deliver their thank-you cookies. PHOTO: Supplied

not only supported the idea, but also supported the hosting of cyclists in their valley. “Great idea! And thanks for the cookies. Much appreciated.” Christine Grace from Makara

says. Loren Bryant from Ohariu adds: “Wow. What a thoughtful and kind gesture! Super idea guys. A little thanks goes a long way.”

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Road safety charity Brake is appealing to partygoers and organisers to ensure everyone in their group gets to and from celebrations safely. As work Christmas parties and other celebrations are in full swing, and with many people planning parties for this weekend, Brake is reminding everyone to plan their travel, and if driving to events, making sure the designated driver stays sober. Brake’s Not a Drop, Not a Drag campaign urges drivers not to drink any amount of alcohol or take any drugs before getting behind the wheel. The charity also urges family

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and friends to speak out and stop a loved one drink or drug driving. Figures show that in 2015, alcohol and/or drugs was a factor in 88 fatal and over 1100 injury crashes resulting in 90 deaths and over 1500 injuries. Research shows that drinking any amount of alcohol can affect your driving. “As a charity that supports people bereaved and injured in crashes, we witness the suffering that drink and drug driving inflict, and appeal to everyone to help put a stop to it,” Caroline Perry, Brake’s New Zealand director says.

“Drink and drug driving deaths and injuries are cruel and needless, ending and ruining lives and leaving behind traumatised families to pick up the pieces. “If you’re driving home from celebrations this festive season, especially if you’re a designated driver, it’s vital you take your responsibility for people’s safety seriously. “It’s a proven fact that even small amounts of alcohol or drugs inflate your risk of crashing. “So even if you feel okay after a drink, the reality is that if you get behind the wheel you’re

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Council turns Johnsonville into a ghetto, residents say By Julia Czerwonatis

Johnsonville residents express their concerns about a proposed multi-unit residential development on the east side of the suburb. Synergy Investments Ltd applied for resource consent in September that would see 10 new dwellings being built at the northern end of Sheridan Terrace, east of State Highway 1. Graeme Sawyer from the Johnsonville Community Association calls it a “high-density” development that is “not appropriate” considering Sheridan Terrace is zoned an outer residential area. He claims the plans were in breach of Wellington City Council’s rules and criticises council for not having notified residents about the proposal to date. “Despite the section being over 200 square metres, the application seeks to construct five carparks on public road space rather than on their own land simply because it’s more profitable.” Graeme also points out that most units would have an open space between 11 and 26 square metres which is below the allowed 50 square metres in outer residential areas. “And neither stormwater nor sewerage services are adequate to cope with this development,” he says. “I think they were looking at putting in septic tanks. That is not a first world solution.” Council approved development plans for 17 new rental units on Monowai Road, north of Johnsonville School, earlier this year. Christine and Darren Bottin live next to the site, and Christine owns a rental unit on Sheridan Terrace. The couple says the development was a major impact for them because the only access to the

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inbrief news One dead following bulldozer crash A person has died following a bulldozer crash on Makara Road on Tuesday last week. The bulldozer is reported to have rolled around 80 metres down a bank at around 11.45am. WorkSafe have been notified, along with Police’s Serious Crash Unit (SCU).

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Developers plan to build 10 new town houses at the end of Sheridan Terrace. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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new houses would be a narrow driveway which is going past their property. “This place is getting more and more trashed,” Christine says. “I’m not against development, but it has to be done well. And I’m concerned this is not. “It’s only about who has got money and power.” Graeme adds because investors are building rental units in

Johnsonville, they wouldn’t be invested in the community but only interested in maximising their profits. Council is meant to be the gatekeeper, he says, making sure developers don’t get too greedy. “Instead councillors are shitting all over town. If this goes on long-term, Johnsonville will become a ghetto,” Graeme says. Council spokesperson Sean Gillespie informs that the resource consent application for Sheridan Terrace is on hold while council seeks further information from the applicant. “No decision has been made regarding granting of the consent. One of the reasons the application is on hold is because proposals like this tend to attract opposition. “We need to make sure all the boxes are ticked and that we get it right,” Sean explains. Councillor and portfolio lead for urban development Andy Foster adds that council is indeed investigating some of the aspects

mentioned by the residents including the storm water services. “Council hasn’t informed residents about the proposed development because officers are still collecting information.” Both Sean and Andy state that, as with all consent applications, council followed due process required under the Resource Management Act and council policy. Andy says the residents’ allegations that council wouldn’t care about Johnsonville was “absolute nonsense”. “We’re all Wellingtonians, we’re all love the city, and we all want to make it an even better place to live in.” “Within the next 26 to 30 years, will expect Wellington population to grow by 50,000-80,000 residents,” Andy says. “These are significant numbers and will put a lot of pressure on our city and our communities. We do want to ensure we have good housing for everyone.”

This year saw Wellington businesses win big at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards. Wellington-based New Zealand Post took out the Supreme Award, NZI Greatest Contribution to a Sustainable New Zealand. Five other winners hail from Wellington and a record 20 finalists were also locals. Businesses include New Zealand Red Cross, Wishbone Design Studio, Common Unity Project Aotearoa, Zealandia and WasteMINZ. In addition there were four Commendations for Wellington businesses: Little Yellow Bird, Foodstuffs, Wishbone Design Studio and Common Unity Project Aoteroa.

TOP candidates resign Former The Opportunities Party (TOP) candidates for Wellington Central, Geoff Simmons, and for Ohariu, Jessica Hammond Doube, stood down last week as members of TOP. Geoff accordingly resigned from his position as deputy leader. “Various things happened during and after the campaign that have not aligned with my values,” Jessica explains on Facebook. “Sadly, Geoff’s resignation signals my last hope that the party would move in a direction that I was more comfortable with.” She says she loved being a candidate. “I said many times during the campaign that I feel compelled to do what I can to help make Aotearoa a kinder and better place. I’m still committed to that goal, but I am unable to achieve this by continuing to be a part of TOP,” Jessica states. F QU REE OT ES

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Council calls on public to report myrtle rust sightings

Rubbish collection Rubbish that according to schedule would be collected on Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day), will be collected on Saturday, December 23, instead. Rubbish that according to schedule would be collected on Monday, January 1 (New Year’s Day), will be collected on Saturday, December 30, instead. There are no other changes to rubbish and recycling collections.

New Year’s Eve event Wellington City Council will host a free New Year’s Eve event at the Whairepo Lagoon in Frank Kitts Park. The evening starts at 8pm with a dance to the city’s finest New Orleans swing septet, the Wellington ShakeEm-On-Downers. The Rodger Fox Big Band takes the stage at 10pm, with a set-list of essential New Year’s Eve party hits from the 1980s on. There’ll be fireworks and a special kid’s countdown at 9pm for little ones who can’t make it to midnight.

Wellington City Council is asking the public to report suspected myrtle rust infections in the city, after the tree disease was recently confirmed to have infected a ramarama tree in Lower Hutt suburb Naenae. Council environment partnership leader Tim Park says until recently myrtle rust was only thought to be present in the upper-North Island, making its arrival in Wellington region particularly concerning.

“Myrtle rust is a fungal disease which can seriously affect pohutukawa and rata, which are a significant part of Wellington’s sense of place, particularly around Christmas time.” “We need the public to report any suspected sightings of myrtle rust to MPI [Ministry for Primary Industries] so we can catch it before it spreads. Hopefully, we can keep it out of the city and keep our Christmas crimson. “If you think you have seen

myrtle rust, please take a photo, while taking great care not to touch it, and contact the MPI on 0800 80 99 66.” “Also, please check any plants that you have in your garden or any that you may have planted in your local reserve as a part of our Two Million trees programme,” Tim says. The disease could also affect other native plants which only occur naturally in New Zealand such as Bartlett’s rata and swamp

maire. Other notable plants are known to be susceptible are lilly pilly, gum trees and bottle brushes. Crown Research Institute Scion has developed a smartphone app to help people report myrtle rust and plants in the myrtle family. It can be found by searching “Myrtle Rust Reporter” in Google Play or the app store. The app is bilingual and contributes information to a public database of nature observations.

Christmas tunes into Churton Park Families sat in the late afternoon for the Churton Park Community Association’s Christmas carols celebration at Amesbury School last Friday. The carols were

led by the Salvation Army band and the Capital Harmony Chorus, with star tunes from choirs from the Churton Park and Amesbury Schools.

The Amesbury School choir even had its very own cat fan. Sausages were sizzled by northern ward councillors Malcolm Sparrow and Peter Gilberd, and by CPCA

Committee members John Morrison and John Holloway. These sales and a collection taken raised $485 for Wellington Free Ambulance.

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Greg.OConnor@parliament.govt.nz Facebook.com/GregOhariu Twitter.com/GregOhariu Authorised by Greg O’Connor, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

Our Ōhāriu Electorate has been one of the most high profile in the country in 2017, and I am extremely honoured that you chose me to be your MP. I will be working hard for all constituents, although the demand from one voter that I pass a law so that the Johnsonville Rugby team’s tries be worth 20 points might prove problematic. I’ll cheer hard though! Being a member of the Coalition Government is an added bonus, as Jacinda and our team set about creating a fairer society. Passing the Families package last week was a great start. We’re not going to be able to fix everything overnight, but starting with kids, families and housing provides a good base. A few more cops won’t go astray either. There is a very good buzz around Parliament and while there is inevitably the odd clanger as we learn the ropes, everyone learns and just gets on with it. I am

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confident that this coalition will work. My new office is now open on the main roundabout in Johnsonville, and I am already enjoying a steady stream of visitors with a variety of issues. It’s nice to be able to help with some pretty complicated and stressful cases. All are welcome. While I am required to spend three days in Parliament most weeks, I can be found all over the electorate from Friday to Monday in places like the Mall, the vegetable market or even up Mt Kaukau. Leanne in the office always knows where to find me. We’ve had a great start to the summer and festive season, and even got some rain this week to keep the dust down and the grass growing. The hills were looking pretty brown. Enjoy the summer break, reconnect with family and friends, and have a great Xmas and NewGreg.OConnor@parliament.govt.nz Year. Facebook.com/GregOhariu I look forward to catchTwitter.com/GregOhariu ing up in 2018. Authorised by Greg O’Connor, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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Iconic fountain back in action The landmark Carter Fountain in Oriental Bay is finally running again after it broke down in March due to an electrical short. Wellington City Council organised a barge with a crane so contractors could get out to the fountain to lift out the electric motor and pump that normally sends the water sky-high. They then sent the motor off to a German manufacturer for repairs and any other necessary maintenance.

The motor and pump were last removed for maintenance in 2009 – the mechanism does require regular TLC, given that electrical gear and seawater can be a problematic combination. The fountain, built in 1973, was donated to the city by local businessman Hugh Carter. He dedicated it to his parents, George and Ella, and named it Oriental Parade Fountain. Tragically, only days after the

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A grand Christmas for western community This Christmas is a bonanza for five community organisations in Karori and Northland. The Karori Brooklyn Community Charitable Trust (KBCCT), working with the Lion Foundation, has given $90,000 in grants to the Karori Sanctuary Trust, Karori Normal School, Sprott House, Karori Community Centre and Northland Community Preschool. “These organisations are important parts of our local community, and the trust is delighted to help them to do their jobs better,” KBCCT chair Andy Foster says. KBCCT was established under its own trust deed in 2006/7, succeeding the Terawhiti Licencing Trust (TLT), and covers Makara, Karori, Northland, Wilton, Kelburn, part of Aro Valley, and Brooklyn. In the 10 years of its existence KBCCT has granted just over $2 million across more than 180 successful grant applications. Karori Sanctuary Trust received $25,000 for installing rat traps for Predator Free Karori. “Being right next to Zealandia, Karori is seeing increasing numbers of native birds, and Predator Free Karori’s work will help Zealandia birds survive and thrive outside the fence by providing traps for householders.

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This supports an incredible ecological transformation going on in Wellington,” Andy explains. Karori Normal School will use their $25,000 for upgrading the Katherine Mansfield Courts at the school. “Karori School is the biggest primary/intermediate school in the Wellington region by some distance with over 800 pupils, and we are delighted to be able to invest in improving the school’s grounds and courts. With that

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you traditionally do for Christmas?

James Vernin, Thorndon “Normally, I’m travelling but this time I’m going to spend Christmas with my girlfriend.”

Lafaele Tevaga, Johnsonville “Going to church and have barbecue afterwards.”

Ella McDonnell, Johnsonville “Going out with the family.”

Andrew Murfitt, Thorndon “Going to my sister’s place for lunch.”

Anne Redmond, visiting Johnsonville “It’s really weird for me and my husband this year, because we’re from the northern hemisphere and celebrate Christmas with our son in England.”

Bill Redmond, visiting Johnsonville “But this year, we are visiting our daughter who lives here. It’s a different experience to be celebrating Christmas in summer.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a house in Radnall Way was broken into and entered through a forced toilet window during the morning. The offender ransacked rooms and cupboards. It is reported that the intruder was searching for a person who was believed to be still living at the house but in fact had already left the Wellington area. A vehicle parked locked and secure overnight in Hardy Street was forcibly entered by tampering with the driver’s side door lock.

Speakers were taken from the boot and some CDs were taken from inside the vehicle. A package was delivered to a house in Burgess Road and as no one was at home to receive the item it was left on the front doorstep. When the house resident came home the package was not there. The CCTV footage from a camera covering the front door area was checked and it showed that the package had been delivered. It also showed that a male person was standing on the footpath by the

gate looking towards the front door, and then running in and taking the package. The CCTV footage is with Police. Another theft of a parcel from a door step occurred in Arthur Carmen Street. The victim called the courier service at midday for collection of a parcel which was left at the front door. There was no parcel waiting when the courier arrived an hour later, a thief had got there before him. An attempt was made to steal a

white Nissan Atlas truck that was parked overnight in an angle park in Broderick Road. The vehicle had been left unlocked because it had a broken window covered with a piece of plastic. The offender had pulled out the ignition in an unsuccessful attempt to start the truck. In Newlands a black Holden Colorado utility vehicle parked overnight, partly in the driveway but with the tail extended out to the berm, was broken into. Only the tailgate was entered and

a quantity of tradesman’s tools was taken. In Khandallah a house in Mandalay Terrace was broken into during the night. The occupant was woken by a noise in the early morning. It was discovered that the front door lock had been tampered with to gain access. A cell phone was stolen from the kitchen bench. In Kaiwharawhara a red Moped motorcycle parked overnight in Pickering Street was stolen.

Earthquakes prompt a fresh look at Petone to Grenada Link Road The New Zealand Transport Agency is re-examining the Petone to Grenada (P2G) Link Road project to ensure the project will deliver the best possible outcomes, particularly in terms of resilience to major events such as earthquakes and storms. “In mid-2017, NZTA established a detailed evaluation of how the current P2G design would perform in terms of resilience, following what we learnt from the Kaikoura and Wellington earthquakes,” Emma Speight, director regional relationships, says. “It is of the utmost importance to NZTA that Wellington’s critical transport lifelines are as resilient as possible to major events, so we applied a very critical eye to P2G.” “We have also reviewed the expected costs, benefits and environmental impacts. The findings have resulted in the Agency now revisiting some key design assumptions that underpinned the development of the P2G preferred alignment.” The project evaluation found that the current alignment may not provide the lifeline resilience outcomes first anticipated because the very high “vertical cuts” would be susceptible to landslides following a major (7.5 magnitude) earthquake.

They project objectives may not reflect the high priority now being placed on resilience by local and central government. NZTA also expects that costs would be significantly higher than first anticipated and believes that environmental impacts of the current design may be difficult to mitigate. “We will now work with the local councils to review the project objectives. Together we will reconsider the need for an expressway standard, examine some of the discarded options and explore how the project could enhance and promote public transport and cycling,” Emma says. “The communities affected by the project also need to be part of this conversation. Once we’ve agreed with councils on the project objectives, we’ll talk with the community about the project’s next steps and the opportunities they will have to provide input.” “The additional investigation and discussions with councils will take time. We realise that uncertainty caused by the delay can be frustrating for people affected by the project such as property owners and we thank them for their continued patience.” A new project timeline will be released in early 2018.


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Innovative design for improved research Te Toki a Rata, the new building for the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, has been completed on schedule in time to open its doors for the 2018 first trimester. Designed by Warren and Mahoney architects, the 12,500 square metre facility on the Kelburn campus accommodates several teaching labs and collaborative learning spaces. “We’re excited to see the School of Biological Sciences moving to the new building and the university’s science precinct, which will put science in the public eye and is a legacy for the future,” says Rodney Sampson, lead architect. Designed for the digital age, the school provides a highly collaborative workplace and future-proofed facilities for students, lecturers and researchers. “Innovative research and learning is about people interacting so we aimed to break down the physical barriers between traditional science groups by providing stronger connections,” Rodney explains. Internally, the layout is flexible with minimal boundaries to ensure a blended research and learning environment that maximises opportunities for student/researcher engagement. “The labs are well connected to the student spaces and not isolated or siloed,” Rodney says.

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A cultural narrative also informed the architects’ thinking. The screening doubles as a contemporary expression of a takitaki or palisade, commonplace on marae and pa sites providing reference to the hillside location. Building details are layered and folded, all elements consistent with Maori and Pacific Island design. Appropriately for a building which celebrates the biological sciences, there was a focus on sustainable materials and energy efficiency. The palette of timber, concrete

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37 Dr Taylor Tce, Johnsonville 24 December 5pm, 7pm and Midnight Mass 25 December 9am and 10.30am Mass

St Benedict’s Catholic Church 3 Everest St, Khandallah

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Wellington police catch Christmas parcel thieves Santa had a bit of a helping hand to save a number of Christmas presents last week, thanks to some great work by a number of Wellington District staff. Police were called around 11am on Wednesday when a courier van was stolen from an address on Rowe Road, Wainuiomata where it had been delivering a parcel. After receiving information from members of the public who reported seeing suspicious behaviour in the area, staff already deployed in the area were able to locate and arrest the man responsible a short time later. It’s one of several other similar incident in the Wellington area recently, where a number of offenders have stolen courier parcels. On Wednesday, December 6, police received a burglary complaint from a resident of Mclintock Street in Johnsonville, who had a courier package taken from her doorstep. A few days later, police were also alerted about a woman who had been caught by a resident in Ngaio stealing a package from her letterbox. Thanks to good information from members of the public, police were able

to locate the offender and the vehicle she was driving. The 28-year-old female driver and the 32-year-old passenger were arrested and are facing charges of theft, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified. There have been another two similar incidents in Johnsonville area. It’s a timely reminder to people to protect themselves from this type of offending, as it is unfortunately common in the lead up to Christmas. Police advices to get packages delivered to a place where someone will be home to receive them. If you do have deliveries made to your home, make sure you’re going to be home to sign for them, or have a secure location where they can be left. If you’re not going to be home when the parcel is delivered, it is best to arrange to collect your parcel from the depot, or have the parcel redirected to the address of someone you trust. Be smart when disposing of packaging, so as not to advertise the fact you have bought a new TV, computer, or other expensive goods. Report any suspicious behaviour to police.

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Sunday 24th December 10am Service of Readings and Carols at St. Anselm's Sunday 24th December Community Christmas Eve Nativity Play in Karori Park at 6pm. Monday 25th December Christmas Day Service at 10am at St. Anselm's.

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Three new directors have been appointed to the board of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA). Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair Chris Laidlaw, whose councils are the joint shareholders of WREDA, have welcomed the appointments of Tracey Bridges, Wayne Mulligan and Kylie Archer. “I know Tracey, Wayne and Kylie well – and I know they’ll bring first-rate business, events and community acumen to the board table,” Mayor Justin Lester says. Chris Laidlaw adds: “It gives me great confidence to see the talent and experience these three new board members will bring

to WREDA. Leaders in their own fields, Kylie, Wayne and Tracey have a solid mix of experience in many business, technology innovation and cultural disciplines. WREDA is in good hands going into 2018.” Tracey has also been appointed to the board of the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust. The new appointments bring the WREDA board to eight. The remaining directors are Peter Biggs, CEO of a number of advertising agencies; Thomas Pippos, national chief executive of Deloitte; Grant Guilford, vice chancellor of Victoria University; Dave Gibson, CEO of the NZ Film Commission, and Matt Clarke, senior executive of Wellington International Airport.


Johnsonville youngsters storm to victory Brothers Brady and Logan Amer have created history by becoming the first brothers ever to win the prestigious Bowls Wellington Men’s Open Pairs, played for since 1933. The pair went through the tournament unbeaten with eight straight wins against the best Wellington had to offer. The final was a hotly contested affair with the Amer brothers down 10-0 after the sixth end. Brady and Logan then began to peg back the other finalists of Adam Turner and Graeme Ricketts from the Silverstream Bowling Club. Both bowlers were still trailing 10-14 on the 15th end but stormed home over the final three ends picking up three shots on the 16th and 17th ends, and two shots on the final end to secure a well deserved and remarkable

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comeback victory 18-14 . Brady is in his second year with the Johnsonville Bowling Club and he teamed up with his brother Logan who joined at the beginning of this season. The Men’s Open Pairs win gave Brady and Logan their first centre title, an amazing achievement for two young promising bowlers. The tournament was also a big success for Allan Brider and Dave Carr who reached the Men’s quarter finals in a brilliant effort. Johnsonville’s two successful women’s teams of Dawn Neill and Tannith Potgieter, and Paula Meredith and Janet Nehemia reached the women’s quarter finals. With many of their young bowlers coming through the future looks bright for the Johnsonville Bowling Club.

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Wellington U19s win national title

The victorious Wellington U19 side. PHOTO: Wareham Sports Media

Brady Amer bowling towards victory. PHOTO: Allan Galbraith

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Cricket is entertainment, give us our best New Zealand’s national cricket selectors need to realise resting players are only for the tired. Captain Kane Williamson and test match vice captain Tim Southee will both miss matches during the current one day international series against the West Indies. This, according to selector Gavin Larsen, is to manage workload ahead of a summer which sees a series against ‘Ashes bashed England’ loom in the latter stages of the summer. Firstly, neither player should need a rest just two test matches into a home summer, secondly their absence robs New Zealand fans of watching two of our best players live and thirdly there is not the depth to warrant such a move. In 2017, there is the desire to rest and rotate to create depth. This was started by the All Blacks in the lead up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The difference between rugby and cricket in this country is depth - namely rugby has it and cricket never will. Like netball, cricket has a core of players capable of contributing to the international game but when stretched for resources, we will be found out. There is no major campaign this summer, no World Cup, so no need for these silly test tactics.

Williamson thrives on batting and being involved and in his mid 20s, he shouldn’t need a break from a home summer campaign. Southee could do with a refresh given he’s been below his best the last couple of years but the home summer is not the time. Supporters should feel rightly aggrieved by the move. The West Indies are a rabble of a side though the return of Chris Gayle for the coloured clothing matches does offer a little spice. If I had tickets to a match where Williamson or Southee were now rested, I’d be considering a refund. Sport in 2017 is now more than ever an entertainment masterpiece. The public have plenty of options in terms of where to spend their money and if New Zealand Cricket continue to undervalue that fact, then crowds will stop turning up. It’s never been easier to turn down a ticket to a sports match in favour of your comfortable couch and your drinks that you can get from the fridge as opposed to line up and overpay for. Give me the best players and you’ll get my money more often than not. Treat fans with disdain and many, like me, will stay at home and save our money.

The Wellington Men’s Under19 cricketers bought home the National U19 title last week, ending a long drought for the capital’s age group side. Although the final against Auckland was rained out, Wellington were deserved winners having topped the table after pool play and shown their strength in the knockout stage. Cricket Wellington Pathway Manager Chris Nevin was delighted with the result. “We knew at start of the tournament, when you looked at the players that didn’t make the cut, that we were taking a strong squad to Lincoln. “It showed the character and depth of the side that when faced with some difficult situations, different players stood up day in and day out to get the team across the line.” The strength of the squad was evident in their win over Central Districts to reach the final, where Luke Georgeson hit a powerful century at the top of the order before others contributed as they amassed 306 for 4. Haydon Smith then led the bowling unit with a five-wicket bag as CD fell 58 runs short. Haydon, Nick Greenwood, and Rachin Ravindra were impressive with the ball throughout the tournament, with Rachin

finishing as the second-highest wicket-taker. Nick and Haydon were economical and effective in their wicket-taking with both bowlers topping the strike rates and averages for the tournament. While the side’s coaches, Rhys Morgan and Sri Krishnamurthy, rotated players through various postions in the batting line-up, they found a winner in their opening pair of Luke and Jakob Bhula whose partnerships in both the semi and rained-out final passed 100. “The players had been preparing for the tournament since June; from early morning fitness sessions with Firebirds trainer Andrew Smith and specialist sessions with Firebirds’ pace bowler Hamish Bennett, to training throughout the winter and in the lead-up with team coaches Rhys Morgan and Sri Krishnamurthy,” Chris says. “That preparation is something we need to replicate to ensure quality players continue progressing through the pathway. It was also highly beneficial to be able to train on the grass nets at the Basin Reserve since September. “We were also lucky to have high quality management and selection to support the coaching and thanks to Jeremy Sprott and Keith Bitchener for providing this.”

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