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Strathmore held its own Christmas in the Park earlier this month with plenty of fun and games to keep both young and old entertained. The annual event, held on December 7, featured music from MC JUSE1 and DJ Shan, Christmas carols, the Break-Out Dancers, bike and trike rides for four to eight-year-olds, community stalls, face painting and a petting zoo. There was also plenty of cheer when Santa and his elves delivered Christmas treats. Continued on page 2. Samuel Ropati and Shinar-Lee Taufu, Break-out Dancers from Eastern Suburbs Youth Trust, perform at Strathmore Christmas in the Park. PHOTO: Zoe Massey

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Strathmore enjoys Christmas party under the sun Continued from page 1. The event was put on by Wellington City Council, Strathmore Park Community Centre Trust, Housing NZ, police, Eastern Suburbs

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Children aged four to eight indulge in some bike and trike riding on a specially-made track. PHOTO: Zoe Massey

High-achieving Seb does his Scout group proud By Jamie Adams

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Brooklyn Scout Group had plenty to celebrate at its final meeting of the year on Tuesday. As well as acknowledging ongoing success of its Cubs, Scouts and Venturers, the group held a special presentation for its highest achiever. Rongotai MP Paul Eagle attended the meeting to present to Sebastian (Seb) Boyes a Chief Scout Award, the highest honour given to a Scout (10-14 years). The badge follows on from attaining the gold award, and the silver and bronze awards that came before that.

Sebastian Boyes with his Chief Scout Award badge and certificate. PHOTO: Jamie Adams



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ers driving through achievement at the time,” group leader David Thornburrow says. “Then the whole group got built back up with good parents and leaders to help motivated the children. “We have got a good number of people now working to achieve awards. Five are set to get a Chief Scout Award next year.” Scout leader Denise Church notes that Seb is one of only 100 out of 5000 Scouts nationwide who receive the award each year. Seb’s goals in scouting don’t end here – next year he hopes to achieve a Queen’s Scout Award as a Venturer.

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Achievement relies on completing a number of tasks throughout the year. Seb, 14, was rapt with receiving the biggest award of his life so far. “I was inspired to do it from the others before me.” Some of the tasks involved leading a Kea group, taking part in a four-day expedition in the Wairarapa and leading a four-hour hike along the City to Sea walkway. Seb is the group’s eighth recipient in five years, part of a remarkable trend of achievement, as there had been a 20-year absence of Chief Scout Award winners prior to 2013. “There weren’t enough lead-

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Widowed takahe paired up again Three new takahē arrived in Wellington this week and another is moving between pest-free islands. The movements will help provide companions for birds who have lost their elderly mates this year. Department of Conservation staff transferred a male bird,

Noam, from Mana Island to Kapiti Island on Tuesday to pair up with a recently widowed female. Zealandia Ecosanctuary also welcomed a new takahē on Tuesday. Twenty-year-old Ahikaea will be a companion for elderly gent T2, whose partner Puffin died in July.

The addition brings Zealandia’s takahē population to four after new breeding pair Nio and Orbell arrived in August. The Mana population will not be short-changed with two new birds – Mātakitaki and Molesworth – arriving on Monday. They are the first new arrivals on the island

since 2015. “They’ll provide new blood on Mana Island, which is one of the most successful breeding sites in the country,” says Mana Island ranger Chris Bell. Six takahē females currently have chicks on Mana, including two broods of two.

Newtown’s plea: Don’t take away our Kiwibank, post office By Jamie Adams

Tempers flared when representatives from NZ Post and Kiwibank confronted Newtown residents at the suburb’s community centre on Monday evening. The meeting was held in response to NZ Post’s plan to close its only remaining post office in the southern suburbs, along with the Kiwibank branch tied to it, and introduce a new hub in Kilbirnie. The post office’s services would from sometime next year be facilitated by local agencies. It comes after BNZ recently closed their store in Newtown, with Westpac set to follow suit. The corporate visitors – NZ Post’s Paul Hodgson and Kiwibank’s Geoff Waller, along with three other Kiwibank representatives – were repeatedly asked the same question by passionate audience members: “Why?” Paul says consolidation of branches is a symptom of the rapid effect on the company’s bottom line due to customers moving to online services. “Last year NZ Post made $4 million profit from $900 million of revenue. The competition within the private sector is cut throat. We have to change to meet market conditions.” Geoff says research shows bank transactions at Kilbirnie were 31 per cent higher than at Newtown.


Call to report myrtle rust 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. “Myrtle rust is a fungal disease which can seriously effect pōhutukawa and rata, which are a significant part of Wellington’s sense of place, particularly around Christmas time,” environment partnership leader Tim Park says “If you think you have seen myrtle rust, please take a photo, while taking great care not to touch it, and contact the Ministry for Primary Industries on 0800 80 99 66.”

Asthma partnerships The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is now part of the Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD), which is housed at World Health Organization. The foundation is also now in partnership with the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, which chief executive Letitia O’Dwyer says brings even more credibility to the foundation’s stances. GARD is a voluntary alliance of national and international organizations, institutions, and agencies committed towards the common goal to reduce the global burden of respiratory diseases.

Cheryl Robilliard asks a question to NZ Post and Kiwibank representatives Paul Hodgson and Geoff Waller at Monday’s communty meeting. With them are Newtown Residents Asooication member Bernard O’Shaughnessy and Rongotai MP Paul Eagle. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Five of the eight candidates seeking election in the southern ward attended the meeting. One of them, Laurie Foon, says many people in Newtown are beneficiaries who prefer over-thecounter services. “Wellington’s public transport is not the cheapest. This move will add extra cost and become a barrier to people accessing the bank,” she says. Meeting organiser Merio Marsters questioned why Kilbirine was seen as a hub and not Newtown. “The city is moving Newtown. This is where the future is,” she says.

MP Paul Eagle, who moderated the meeting, pointed out that Newtown was uniquely diverse, making social services in the suburb a necessity. Paul Hodgson’s claim that NZ Post had consulted with the community was met with widespread scoffs. When asked if the decision would ever be reversed, Paul eventually confirmed it would not be for NZ Post, while Geoff did offer a glimmer of hope. “If new information was to come to light about the number of customers then we would review it,” Geoff says. Members of the Newtown

Residents Assocation say they were very disappointed with the outcome. President Rhona Carson says contrary to what Paul says, there was no evidence any local residents or businesses were consulted. “Why does the SOE Act have a clause in it about social responsibility if they’re able to ignore it?” Bernard O’Shaughnessy shares her sentiments, saying he is “very angry with the treatment from the two organisations”. “Kiwibank is supposed to be a bank for the people. They should have engaged with us before deciding to do this.”

Council probes rail issues Greater Wellington Regional Council is apologising to customers on the Wairarapa line for a recent spate of breakdowns that have resulted in significant delays and discomfort for customers. “Monday’s issue was caused by a locomotive breakdown however, the overall number of mechanical failures in recent months is unacceptable,” sustainable transport committee chairwoman Barbara Donaldson says. “To get a better understanding of these mechanical faults, we are commissioning an independent investigation into them.” Council will offer a discount on Wairarapa fares in February, in recognition of the poor service customers have been receiving, with 30 per cent reductions in standard fares, monthly passes and 10-trip tickets.

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inbrief news Be safe, responsible Wellington Police and regulatory agencies are reminding hosts to encourage safe and responsible parties this festive season. “We don’t want to stop people celebrating – we just want them to do so safely” Senior Sergeant Scott Dunn of the Wellington Alcohol Harm Reduction Team, says. “A lot of small clubs, in particular, host these Christmas and New Year functions, or are hired out to host such events. “As the host venue, it is the club’s responsibility to ensure compliance with the law and make sure that party-goers are drinking responsibly.”

Fountain running again The landmark Carter Fountain in Oriental Bay 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 fountain, built in 1973, was donated to the city by local businessman Hugh Carter.

New sport and education facility for Worser Bay A multipurpose sport and education facility is to begin construction at Worser Bay after three years of planning by Worser Bay Boating Club and Wellington City Council. Not only will the new facility house the club, but it will also be the centre for a Boat & Beach Wise schools programme and a Central New Zealand youth sailing hub. “We have designed the building and surrounding site works so that they include a series of spaces that schools from the greater Wellington region can use to help keep Kiwi kids safe and active in and around the sea,” Worser Bay Boating Club Commodore Dean Stanley says. “We are particularly excited about the plans that Wellington City Council have commissioned which include spaces for a penguin hotel, paua nursery, snorkelling trail and anemone garden.” Dean says local school children will be involved in establishing these aspects of the Boat & Beach Wise Centre and monitoring their success in improving marine biodiversity into the future. The Boat & Beach Wise

An artist’s impression of what the new Worser Bay sport and education facility will look like. IMAGE: Supplied

Centre will include an inside “wet” classroom and an outdoors “dune” classroom that teaches water skills for life while developing an understanding of how to restore and look after coastal ecosystems. It will also include state-ofthe-art facilities, in collaboration with Yachting New Zealand, designed to support youth sailors from Central New Zealand to stay active in the sport of sailing and succeed on the international

stage. A charitable trust called the Worser Bay A rgosy Trust has been established to oversee the development of the schools and youth programmes and to find business and philanthropic support for their implementation. Worser Bay Boating Club also stands to benefit from the project; the existing 60-yearold building is earthquake prone, no longer complies with parts of the building code and is increasingly sus-

ceptible to storm damage as sea level rise starts to impact on Wellington City. “The capacity for boat storage will increase in the new building meaning the club will be able to cater to the increasing demand for this service as Wellington’s population continues to grow” Dean says.  Work will begin on the project in April 2018 and is planned to be completed for the start of summer 2019.

By-election enrolment closes today Time is running out to have your say in the Wellington City Council southern ward by-election. There are eight candidates standing in the ward that was vacated by Paul Eagle following his win in the Rongotai electorate during the parliamentary General Election in September. They are Fleur Fitzsimons,

Merio Marsters, Mohamud Mohamed, Rob Goulden, Laurie Foon, Vicki Greco, Thomas Morgan and Donald McDonald. Residents in the ward must be enrolled by 4pm today to vote in the by-election. If you have moved house, recently turned 18 or are not enrolled to vote, contact or visit

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Generous Lance aims to get pupils achieving potential

Natasha Gabera, Abdullah Ali, Leitaya Macale-Rameka, Emily Milne, Analesi Taliou, Zara Salemi and Kit Cathcart-Black with their $250 scholarships from Ray White real estate agent Lance Williams. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Six pupils from Newtown School have been given a big boost to develop their sporting talents thanks to the generosity of a real estate agent. Lance Williams, of Ray White Kilbirnie, attended the school’s end-of-year assembly on Friday to hand out $250 scholarships to each of the lucky six, the result of nominations by their parents. A seventh, Natasha Gabera, received it on behalf of her school’s junior netball team who will use the money to purchase new uniforms for next season. Lance says the scholarships are his way of giving back to the community that supports him in his business of selling houses in the southern and eastern suburbs. “I have done this for four years now where every house that I sell produces a $250 Sports Scholarship for a primary school child in our community.” Lance, who was born and bred in Lyall Bay, says he understands the importance of helping schools and their pupils, having been a primary school teacher himself for 10 years.

“This year I have 25 to give out and after getting over 50 nominations, I selected the 25 who will receive them.” In addition to Newtown’s seven, Kilbirnie School had seven pupils receive scholarships. Lyall Bay and Kahurangi each won five and St Pat’s Primary one. Newtown School principal Mark Brown says Lance’s scholarships are an “incredibly positive” thing. “It encourages pupils and their parents to be involved in sports and recreation when they might have otherwise been put off by the cost.” The scholarships are not the only example of Ray White’s agents getting into the Christmas spirit. The company has been supporting Ronald McDonald House by collecting Christmas presents from the community, wrapping them and putting them under their office Christmas tree. “We are then going to take all the presents to Ronald McDonald House in Newtown to give to the sick kids on Christmas Day,” Lance says.



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NZ’s shame recalled in latest war exhibition

James McLean at the latest exhibition commemorating the Great War at the Dominon Museum building – War in the Holy Lands. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

The latest short-term exhibition commemorating the Great War at the Dominion Museum building provides a reminder that even our own soldiers were capable of committing acts of evil. War in the Holy Lands, about New Zealanders’ First World War experiences in the Middle East, opened last Wednesday, December 13. Created by Te Aro-based Story Inc along with John Strang of Dusk, the exhibition focuses on the part of the New Zealand army that helped capture Jerusalem.

In 1916, New Zealand mounted soldiers joined the British attack on Sinai, fighting for two years to protect the strategically important Suez Canal from the soldiers of the Ottoman Empire. Their war, fought on horseback across the ancient Holy Lands of Sinai and Palestine, may have sounded romantic, but the reality was often harsh and heart breaking, with many deaths on both sides, along with hordes of flies, extreme temperatures and rampant malaria. Second Lieutenant John Masterman is quoted as saying; “If one placed an egg on the sand it would cook in about two min-


New Zealand “Mounted” soldiers pose in front of the Sphinx and pyramids in Egypt in 1915. PHOTO: Supplied

utes, but we had no eggs to cook.” The ‘Mounteds’ gained a formidable reputation as fighters, but following the end of the war, some of them committed a spiteful attack on the Palestinian village of Surafend which led to the murders of about 40 civilians. Story Inc, which specialises in “visitor experiences”, has been creating touring exhibitions to complement the Great War Exhibition since it was established in 2015. Co-founder James McLean says he and business partner Steve LaHood wanted to give this one “a bit more life than just silent film and stills”.






“We installed six projectors. At our previous show about Passchendaele we had four screens. “In addition to archive footage and photographs, the projectors display a “shadow play” - silhouettes of military men played by actors – which was shot in a Newtown studio. “I played General Allenby in one of them,” James says. “We thought we would also add maps for those not familiar with the area.” This exhibition took “about three or four months” to create after the Passchendaele one ran its course, with research compiled from military histo-


rian Damien Fenton and visual material gathered from libraries and private collections. James was somewhat familiar with the Mounteds, having done a similar exhibition on them for Waikato Museum in 2015. “We shouldn’t pretend New Zealand soldiers didn’t do bad things. “War can make people do terrible things when pushed far enough – it makes them desensitised.” War in the Holy Lands is the fifth of seven touring exhibitions to accompany the Great War Exhibition which runs until the end of next year.




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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. We asked Brooklyn scouts: What are your hopes and aspirations for 2018?

Jamie Scott, 13, Brooklyn “I’d like to have a good time at college. I hope it will be a good year.”

Sam Newdick, 12, Brooklyn “I want New Zealand to be great again. I hope my last year at [intermediate] is good preparation for college.”

Seb Boyes, 14, Mt Cook “I hope we get cycle lanes that go the right way this time.”

Arthur Le Masurier, 12, Brooklyn “I hope to get good grades at college and keep doing well at sports and become a scout leader.”

Frankie Zelas, 15, Brooklyn “To do well at school and do skiing and tramping. I want to grow the Endeavour Venturer unit and get my Queen’s Scout Award.”

Daniel Ewers, 12, Brooklyn “I want to do well in school, get my Gold and Silver Awards go up in leadership and get into the 90s for shooting.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Comparing her to a Nazi is downright offensive Dear Editor, I was disappointed to see that in the Cook Strait News front page coverage of the Island Bay Residents Association’s (IBRA) cycleway protest there was no reference to the appalling action that followed. A sign from the protest with the words “Return of the Third Reich” – which indeed features in the photograph featured with your article – was placed at Fleur

Fitzsimon’s home. Fleur is standing for election to the Southern Ward by-election and many other media outlets covered the fact that the sign was left at her home, next to her own sign, for her to find that evening. The fact that IBRA allowed a sign to be carried on their protest comparing WCC to the regime that murdered and tortured 6 million Jewish people is disgusting and divisive.

But the placing of the sign near Fleur’s, thereby comparing her to a Nazi, is downright offensive. Your paper is well read in the Southern Ward, so it is my belief you should have reported this to duly inform the people of this ward what kind of people are involved with IBRA, prior to casting their vote. Fran Renton Berhampore

Fat cat Corps determined to force everyone into online banking Dear Editor, At the Newtown postshop / Kiwibank closure meeting on Monday last, there were no proper answers given on the social obligations - just placations by fat cat Corps determined to push through their non-community consultation agenda towards forcing everyone into online banking. Yates Freight, a private mail company, has already been collecting mail from the box outside Newtown postshop for several weeks now! Kiwibank mentioned a “new location”. If they move out to Kilbirnie then that will not work out for them as expected

and within a couple of years they will have to return back to Newtown because new research shows Newtown is the main designated hub for the capital city, not Kilbirnie. Before any failed move out to Kilbirnie begins, can I suggest Kiwibank seriously looks at leasing the new empty shop next to Halal butchers, just a few doors south from their current position and the postshop computer terminal could be relocated to the mall Books and Lotto store. [abridged] Martin Beck, Mornington

Service will not be the same at Kilbirnie Dear Editor, I attended a full-house meeting at the Community Centre on Monday evening and am very angry like others over the closure. I am a Kiwibank Foundation member and many of us little people fought to get a Kiwibank started that was “by the people for the people” which was established by Jim Anderton under a Labour Govt. Clearly the high-paid representations had not engaged nor consulted, nor understand the Southern Ward and Newtown community at all. I voted along with all others that the resolution be:

a) the bank and postal services stay in Newtown b) that discussion be had with the four residents associations and the business association immediately and c) no closure be taken until the Kiwibank/Postal services gain comprehensive understanding of this very busy multicultural area. The staff at Kiwibank in Newtown are wonderful with all people who have disabilities, who are multicultural, elderly or mental health issues. That service will not be the same at Kilbirnie. Matthew Cho Newtown

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Bicultural boost for capital as artwork unveiled By Jamie Adams

Wellington City Council’s empty civic administration building has come alive with the unveiling of a new mural on a temporary hoarding that surrounds it. T h e m u r a l , c a l le d Ng ā Kākano: The Seeds, depicts representations of Maori ancestors, including the navigator Kupe, and those who came with and after him: Kuramarotini, Toi, Whatonga, Reretua, Hotuwaipara, Tara-ika, Tautoki and Wakanui. Council commissioned artist Johnson Witehira to create the mural, in conjunction with iwi collective Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika (TKM), as a way of not only breathing life into the earthquake-damaged building, but also enhancing Wellington’s bicultural heritage.

It’s official – big dry breaks November rain records Rainfall records for the month throughout the Wellington region fell faster than the rain as the region’s big dry really started to bite and summer made a grand entrance, Greater Wellington confirms. In most parts of the region you’d have to go back decades to match the low rainfall, and in parts of Otaki and Wainuiomata you’d need a time machine to match records set in 1890 and 1893. In fact, it was so dry that there were only four days with any recordable rain at Karori and Wainuiomata. The November rainfall total of 17.5mm recorded at Karori Reservoir (Zealandia) is the second lowest November total since records began in 1879. Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs were also below average, with Miramar recording 8mm, Hataitai 11mm and Berhampore 14mm. Monthly rainfall averages barely reaching 25 percent of normal across Wellington, Hutt Valley and the Kapiti Coast. The only lower November total was 72 years ago in 1945. At Wainuiomata, the 27mm total is the lowest November rainfall since records started in 1890. The headwaters of the Wainuiomata, Orongorongo and Hutt rivers are key water supply collection areas and have been hit hard by the dry conditions. Rainfall recorded during October and November shows that period to be the driest on record (since 1980) in the Orongorongo valley and the second driest at Kaitoke since 1951.

It features the Māori proverb “e kore au e ngaro he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea (I will not be lost, I will not perish, for I am a seed that was sown in Rangiātea)” which could be read as an expression of resilience, whakapapa and continuity. The mural, which spans the Wakefield Street side of the building, was officially unveiled with a blessing ceremony on Tuesday evening, led by TKM kaumatua Sir Matiu Rei and Kura Moehau. Kura’s wife Alishia then followed their karakia with a waiata. Mayor Jusin Lester says the artwork helps define what it means to be a New Zealander. “We want to see more of this in our environment; to see this is a permananet facade, to show that Wellington is a bicultural city.

“It shows people that we can be the capital and a tikanga Maori city too,” Justin says. “It means a lot to the council. This will be one in a sequence going around the city.” Feilding-based Johnson, who moved to Wellington in 2014 to design the project, was initially daunted by what he set out to do. “It looked terrible when I began. It was harder than I thought to work out how it would cover 75 metres.” But persistence paid off as it was one of his few projects in which the outcome was what he imagined. Justin says the hoarding will come down after repair work on the pink six-storey building is complete, which could take up to three years. He hopes a permanent location for it will be found.

Johnson Witehira in front of his mural that now surrounds much of the city council building Ngā Kākano: The Seeds. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Employees bring their new kids to work – every day By Jamie Adams

Young parents who work at Wellington company phil&teds are perhaps the luckiest in the country when it comes to childcare. Not only does the Newtownbased company manufacture buggies and other outdoor equipment for babies and toddlers but also it has an on-premises childcare centre called Minimee. Located in a converted warehouse downstairs in its Daniell Street office block, the crèche received a full early childhood education and care centre license by the Ministry of Education last week. Minimee cater exclusively for children of phil&teds employees, and is also the only in-company childcare centre in Wellington that’s staffed and managed internally. The crèche is the brainchild of one of phil&teds executive directors, Laura Ming-Wong, and chief executive Campbell Gower, following the success of a school holiday programme. Business compliance manager Denis Witt says Minimee is all about helping parents fulfill that need to balance work and family life. “[Laura’s] idea was that it would benefit the parents and the company,” he says. “Our staff are younger and

Product marketer Michaella Smith plays with her 16-month-old son Fred, at phil&ted’s new in-house creche, Minimee. With them is Riley Ffrench-Beytagh, 2. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

either don’t have children or have young children. This was a perfect opportunity,” centre manager Celia Fairfax-Darell adds. There is a maximum of 18 on the role with up to 14 children allowed in the crèche at any time. While Te Papa had introduced an on-site crèche before them, phil&teds is unique in that its own staff manage it, rather than contracted ECE staff.

“Phil&ted have employed their own staff to be teachers, ” Denis says “This has been a big learning curve, but we’ve managed to keep it ticking over. “The Ministry of Education have been supportive all the way through.” The obvious benefit for parents is its proximity, especially if something goes wrong. “They are just upstairs, so they

can have lunch with their children or if they are unwell they can look at them on the spot,” Celia says. “The parents can come in during a break and just sit for five minutes with them.” It also means no need to rush to and from work to drop-off and pick-up their children from another childcare facility. “There are benefits to the company when our staff are happier and more relaxed,” Denis says.

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Time to remove Crawford Rd parking? Dear Editor, Crawford Road is the main road between Kilbirnie and Newtown. Bus and other traffic relies on that route.

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Big year for the Bay It's been a eventful year for Island Bay thanks mainly to the ongoing saga of The Parade cycleway. After years of opposition to the current design, in July the council put forward a number of options for an alternative, despite widespread appeal for the road to be converted back to how it was originally. Eventually the council offered a “compromise” solution that was voted for by most councillors. The decision divided the community and led to a vocal street protest by more than 100 residents in early December. While the cycleway dominated the stories relating to the suburb, other

significant events happened in this year. The Island Bay Bowling Club celebrated its centenary in September, while Island Bay Stationers' Bill and Fay Far announced their retirement after more than 40 years in the business. Another significant event was the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Compassion in October, which featured a special tribute to their founder Suzanne Aubert. The Island Bay Residents Association would like to wish readers a very Happy Christmas and holidays for 2018. President Vicki Greco looks forward to continuing to work for the community in the new year.

Thursday December 21, 2017


Swindale Shield could be toughest yet Wellington’s 2018 Swindale Shield draw could be the toughest yet as the union’s 14 Premier clubs battle for just seven places in the slimmed-down Jubilee Cup. The 2018 Premier club rugby season kicks off with a Gala Day round at Awakairangi and Maoribank Parks in Upper Hutt on March 17. Early points will be more important than ever with Wellington’s traditional top-eight structure cut by one team to allow for an even seven-seven split for the second round. Reigning Swindale Shield and Jubilee Cup champions Old Boys University will kick off the defence of their titles against Poneke in one of six opening day matches at Awakairangi Park. Perhaps the feature match of round one will be the clash between beaten 2017 Jubilee Cup semi-finalists Tawa and Marist St Pats, but pundits will have to wait until round 10 to see a repeat of the Jubilee Cup final when Old Boys University

host Hutt Old Boys Marist at Nairnville Park. WRFU Rugby Board Chairman Peter Scott said the 2018 season shaped as being tougher than ever. “With the new top-seven format we are going to see some very good teams miss out on the Jubilee Cup and some very accomplished teams compete for the Hardham Cup later in the year. “I think there is no doubt the new format is going to raise the stakes during the Swindale Shield. “Picking up early points on the ladder could be the difference in 2018 and I’m sure we will see some very well-prepared teams when the season kicks off on March 17.” Other features of the 2018 draw include a midweek Anzac Day round on Wednesday, April 25 with the popular Derby Day round to follow on April 28. The new seven team Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup competitions are scheduled to kick off on Saturday, June 9.

Old Boys University celebrate the glory of winning the Jubilee Cup earlier this year. PHOTO: Supplied

New directors appointed to WREDA board Three new directors have been appointed to the board of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA). The leaders of the Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council, 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. Greater Wellington chair 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, Thomas Pippos,Grant Guilford, Dave Gibson and Matt Clarke.

Tracey Bridges is a specialist in strategy, reputation, decision making, change and risk management, and social marketing. She is a member of Global Women, the Women Leaders’ Network, and finalist in the 2016 Women of Influence Awards. PHOTO: Supplied

Nine sports selected for Talent Development Programme A range of sports organisations are rejoicing after Sport Wellington accepted them as part of the Wellington City Council-funded Sports Talent Development Programme for 2018. The successful organisations are: Badminton Wellington, Dynomites Sport Climbing, Fencing Central, Capital Football, Wellington Hockey, Netball Wellington Centre, Central Rowing, Volleyball Wellington, and Swimming Wellington. A panel of representatives from Sport Wellington, Sport New Zealand and the council selected the nine due to their focus on building systems, str uctures and processes that help nurture talent, and helping young athletes realise their potential in sport and in life. “We are proud to be associated with the Sports Talent Development Programme; it is a fantastic programme that any emerging athlete in the region can aspire to become a part of,” councillor and sport portfolio leader Simon Woolf says. “Since our involvement in the programme we have seen more and more athletes from Wellington representing New Zealand at an international level.” The Talent Development Programme supports a number of talent development projects aligned to the na-

tional and regional sporting organisations. This year 16 applications were received with nine sports successful in securing funding to support a range of initiatives including research into performance measures and specialist services such as athlete life advice. Over the last four years the programme has transformed from being an outcome-based investment to become a process-lead investment associated with developing talent and effective Talent Development environments. Mark Watson, Sport Wellington’s Performance Hub Senior Advisor states: “The impact of this approach is starting to come to fruition with athletes, parents and coaches now fully integrated into this process alongside staff associated with the Regional Sports Organisation’s (RSO) performance programmes.” A lso associate d to t he 2018 prog ra m me, Spor t Wellington will continue to work with Wellington Golf and Athletics Wellington in developing their talent programs. Netball Wellington Centre General Manager Sue Geale says she “could not thank enough” Sport Wellington and Wellington City Council for the support they provided netballers through their funding.


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Wellington rugby stalwart remembered fondly Highly respected former New Zealand Maori first-five and long-time rugby administrator Matiu (Mattie) Blackburn died earlier this month, aged 73. Matiu made an immense contribution to rugby in New Zealand at all levels including holding the post of New Zealand Maori selector from 1979 to 1989, and sitting on the New Zealand Rugby Council from 1990 to 1995. Originally from Raetihi, Matiu made his mark in Wellington where his feats, particularly his famous left-foot drop goals, became the stuff of folklore for the Wellington Football Club, and the Wellington Lions, who he represented 52 times between 1966 and 1970. He was good enough to play two matches for the New Zealand Maori in 1969 and went on to be both a selector and later highly regarded manager of the team. Blackburn remained active in rugby until his final days and was a current member of Wellington Rugby’s appointments committee. Wellington Rugby chairman Iain Potter says he could not speak more highly of Blackburn’s contribution and character. “Mattie was highly regarded and highly respected across every level of Wellington Rugby,” Iain says. “His contribution to rugby in the region was huge and his influence on young players was immeasurable over a long period of time. He will be hugely missed, but never forgotten.” Perhaps Matiu’s best-remembered moment was when he kicked two drop goals at McLean Park during Wellington’s unforgettable Ranfurly Shield challenge

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Matiu Blackburn. PHOTO: Supplied

against Hawke’s Bay in 1967. Matiu’s two drop goals had Wellington leading in the final minutes, and on the brink of a famous victory only for Hawke’s Bay opposite Blair Furlong to respond with a drop goal of his own to tie the game 12-12 and keep the Shield in Napier. The dramatic finish sparked historic scenes as a record McLean Park crowd of more than 29,000 mobbed the Hawke’s Bay players on the final whistle. Matiu and Blair would become lifelong friends. When Matiu had hung up his boots he moved into administration, holding every known administrative position at the club before being made Patron earlier this year. Blackburn also played for the Ponsonby club late in his career and was good enough to represent Auckland in 1971.

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.








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