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Our Year in Review L o o k i n g b a c k o ve r 2 0 17

By Jamie Adams

Every year is eventful and for Wellington’s eastern and southern suburbs, 2017 was no exception. Whether it be anniversaries, wild weather or mass protests, the Cook Strait News had it covered. In this edition we look back at the highlights that made the year what it was. Continued on page 2.

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Former Wellington Mayor and Island Bay resident Celia WadeBrown is appointed Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for services to local government. A Kilbirnie dairy owner fights back against a gun-wielding robber with a broomstick. Wellington City’s Menzshed faces closure after being forced to move from its earthquakeprone Te Aro building. A new pilot initiative for community engagement called Kia Ora is opened in Newtown.


Senior teacher Lynda Hopkin celebrates 20 years at Miramar Community Creche. Mayor Justin Lester is uninjured after crashing head-on with a truck on Makara Rd. The council proposes 24-hour parking spots in Miramar streets near the airport which local residents say is a “bandaid” solution. Deputy mayor Paul Eagle announces his intention to stand for Parliament in the Rongotai seat.

Island Bay residents express frustration over the closure of a walkway between Avon and Volga streets due to the risk of collapse of an earthquakedamaged chapel. MARCH

Wellington City Council announces 750 new homes will be built by the end of the year. The first annual Newtown Neighbours’ Night is held, attracting 340 locals. Brooklyn resident Ashleigh Young receives a WindhamCampbell Literature Prize for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This?. The Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club continue their quest for funding for new clubrooms by selling pieces of art made of the old building. A pair of Seatoun twins invent a new app-based game called Happy Portions, a variation on noughts and crosses.


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Hataitai residents call for action on making safer the fourway intersection of Moxham Ave, Hataitai Rd and Waitoa Rd. Cycle “sharrows” are later marked on the road as one solution as part of a citywide rollout. The Great War Exhibition unveils Wounded, the first of a series of temporary exhibitions commemorating events of World War One. Miramar Christian School principal Kevin Boyce records a charity single about “dad jokes” with rapper Kings.

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Peninsula Preschool highlights the natural environment. Ex-cyclone Debbie wreaks havoc across south Wellington, damaging roads and gardens. The Greens announce Teall Crossen as candidate for Rongotai. Owhiro Bay residents call for sludge in its stream to be cleared up. Police investigate a number of indecent exposure incidents in Mount Cook’s Prince of Wales Park.

Kilbirnie hairdresser Christine Franklin retires after 42 years in the business. Renovations begin on Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore. JUNE

Double Vision Brewing, of Brooklyn, wins medals for its pale ales at an Australian Beer Awards event in Melbourne. Newtown poet Hera Lindsey Bird is among the winners at the NZ Book Awards. Eight Wellington High School students announced winners of a short film competition. One hundred children plant 1500 trees at Island Bay’s Paekawakawa Reserve for Arbor Day. Boomerang Bags concept takes off in Wellington with the aim of eradicating use of plastic bags. The Good Food Boost, an initiative promoting pure and sustainable eating habits, comes to Wellington. A two-way offroad cycleway and shared footpath is announced for Cobham Drive.






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Raukawa Community Centre in Strathmore is officially opened. Miramar chef Francis Motta crowned best in Wellington. Worser Bay’s Josh Junior among Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup champions. Wellington Regional Hospital to get new children’s hospital thanks to generous donation from property developer Mark Dunajtschik. Newtown fashion design student Susan Colton takes part in an nationwide fashion collaboration. Sand envelops Lyall Bay Parade after a southerly storm strikes the capital. Niuean church congregation celebrates 50 years in Wellington. AUGUST

Four Wellington students submit petition calling for a mandatory levy on plastic shopping bags. A new joint cycling initiative involving a repair workshop and bike exchange is launched

in Newtown. Hataitai artist Kirsty Lillico wins a prestigious prize for a carpet artwork. Consultation begins as Island Bay locals are offered four solutions to replace the controversial Parade cycleway. Houghton Valley School plays host to Tree-mendous tree-planting event. Kahurangi School launches new playground Supaslide thanks to donation from Hollywood production company. Mike Butler returns to Island Bay after walking length of the North Island for Cancer Society. SEPTEMBER

Kilbirnie Children’s Bookshop celebrates 25th birthday. St Mark’s Church School staff and students dress up for its centenary celebration. Island Bay Bowling Club launches its centenary season. Paul Eagle wins Rongotai as Labour candidates sweep the capital’s seats in the General Election. Council announces Island Bay cycleway “compromise”

solution; Vicki Greco announces bid to stand in southern ward byelection in response. OCTOBER

New Zealand’s “darkest day” at Passchendaele is recalled at Great War Exhibition. Funds are sought after storm damages Newtown charity shop building. Sisters Home of Compassion celebrates 125 years since its founding by Venerable Suzanne Aubert. Miramar beauty salon Halo Skin & Body wins national beauty award. More cycleway proposals for eastern suburbs are announced. NOVEMBER

Lindsay Gault returns to Island Bay after riding over 12,000km across Canada to raise money for the Cancer Society. A war ancestor is remembered at a family reunion involving more than 100 descendants. Wellington design student Sarah Browning acknowledged at WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi.

Bill and Fay Far announce retirement after running Island Bay bookshop for more than 40 years. South Wellington Intermediate students unveil socially conscious bus stop mural. A group of protesters plead for Wellington city and regional councils not to scrap city’s trolley bus wires. A new sports hub called Toitu Poneke is officially opened at the Poneke Rugby Club building. DECEMBER

A mass protest takes place in Island Bay over the council’s plan to solve the Parade cycleway problem. Kairangi Bridge Club reopens its 86-year-old building after earthquake strengthening. Cressy and Prue Free receive card from the Queen as they reach 60 years of marriage. Newtown locals confront Kiwibank and NZ Post managers over plans to close local branches. Construction begins on a new sport and education facility for Worser Bay.

Children visiting playgrounds this summer may be at high risk of sunburn, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington. The researchers looked at shade cover in 50 playgrounds in the Wellington region between January and February 2017, and found that 95 per cent of play equipment and 65 per cent of seats/tables had no shade cover. Average shade cover was approximately a quarter of that found in Australian playgrounds, where trees and built shade over playgrounds are more common. Lead researcher Ryan Gage says the study highlights the need for children and their parents to ensure they heed the “slip, slop and slap” message this summer.

Action on water ‘needed’ Campaigners are urging the new Government to firmly address the country’s freshwater crisis. Their call follows a poll by Fish & Game which shows water pollution is New Zealanders’ second highest concern, just behind the cost of living. “The new Government has a clear mandate from the vast majority of New Zealanders to take firm action to address the pollution of rivers and lakes,” says Choose Clean Water spokesperson, Marnie Pricket. Marnie says action should include an end to the spending of public money on large-scale irrigation schemes and “meaningful” changes to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.

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Long-serving King now a dame

Well-known Kiwis at Ōtaki Summer Camp

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The former representative of Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs is a recipient of one of New Zealand’s most prestigious New Year Honours for 2018. Ex-Rongotai MP Annette King is set to become known as Dame Annette after being named as one of four Dame Companions appointed to the New Zealand Order of Merit. Annette says it was a real surprise, especially considering it was the previous National government that had nominated her. Speaking from Coffs Harbour where she is on holiday, the former Rongotai MP says getting that recognition from her Labour Party’s arch-rivals shows how New Zealand politics can be surprisingly co-operative away from the rough and tumble of Parliament. The Honourable Annette King was deputy leader of the New Zealand Labour Party and of the Opposition from 2008 to 2011, and from 2014 until March 2017. She served as MP for the Ron-

Mike Joy, Dean Baigent-Mercer, and Marnie Prickett are just some of the well-known environmentalists who will be leading outdoor adventures in forests, mountains, and rivers near Ōtaki this January. The trips have been organised as part of Ōtaki Summer Camp, a three day political summer camp where young people who care about Aotearoa’s future will discuss the most pressing issues facing our country.

Mt Cook reserve meeting Wellington Water have scheduled a meeting next Wednesday over concerns regarding their resource consent application to permanently raise the Prince of Wales fields. Following discussions with Mt Cook Mobilised, Wellington Water has put together a discussion paper on some of the specific issues raised, including the hours of operation for the trucks on Rolleston Street and the impact on the number of truck movements. The meeting will be held on January 17, 6-8pm at Massey Executive Suite, Gate A, Wallace Street.

gotai electorate from 1996 until stepping down from politics in 2017. She was previously MP for Horowhenua from 1984 to 1990 and of Miramar from 1993 to 1996. “I was asked to stand in Horowhenua when Labour wanted more women in Parliament and I had a good chance of winning. But Wellington has been my home since then.” As a Cabinet Minister she held the portfolios of Employment, Immigration, and Youth Affairs from 1989 to 1990 in the fourth Labour Government. She was then Minister of Health in the Labour-led coalition Government from 1999 to 2005, later shifting to other portfolios including Transport, Police and Justice. Among the highlights of her career was reforming the public health system in 2001 to elected District Health Boards from the previously profit-focused Regional Health Authorities which saw hospitals known as Crown Health Enterprises. “It brought back democracy to the health system as New

New Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit Annette King with her grandson William, 8, after her valedictory speech last year. PHOTO: Supplied

Zealanders said they wanted a say in what they wanted in health,” Annette says. “The only changes I would have liked to have seen is more co-operation between boards.” She is also satisfied with overseeing the redevelopment of Wellington Hospital - “something that was long overdue” - as well as the rebuilding of other hospitals nationwide. As Minister of Police she leg-

islated changes to the Policing Act which introducing a code of conduct following an inquiry into the Louise Nicholas sexual abuse case. She achieved results as part of the fourth Labour Government as well, playing a key role in the establishment of the Community Employment Development Group. “It set up small business opportunities during a time of high unemployment. One of the big ones was Whalewatch in Kaikoura.” While Annette was part of a Labour government that temporarily abolished knighthoods and damehoods, she does not believe it is inappropriate to receive such an honour, given it was National who offered it to her. “It would have been churlish not to accept it and I don’t think there’s public desire for another change.” Her life after politics will still be busy. She is now the chair of the Life Flight Trust and is a director on the board of Watercare in Auckland, as well as patron of a number of organisations.

Doctor honoured for Pacific health focus By Jamie Adams

Dr Suitafa Deborah Ryan Nicholson has been appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Pacific community and health Better known as Debbie Ryan, the Hataitai resident has contributed to the improvement of Pacific and public health outcomes for more than 20 years. Debbie says the New Year Honour is a “huge surprise”, but notes that her achievements could not have been done by her alone. “I had worked for many years in South Auckland in policy and it’s recognition of this, but there are many others who are unsung heroes.

“I guess that’s the nature of services, you work as part of a team.” Her work in Pacific-focused healthcare reflects her heritage. “I’m a Samoan-born New Zealander and it means a lot to me. When I first arrived in New Zealand I was one of only two Samoan-speaking women working in the industry at the time,” she says. After studying health science and medicine at Otago University in the 1980s, Debbie worked at Middlemore Hospital and as a GP before helping to establish community primary care provider South Seas Healthcare in 1999. She served as clinical director of General Practice for three years and as the provider’s chief executive director from 2001 to 2003. At the same time

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Plea to skatepark users: Don’t be so messy By Jamie Adams

Newtown local and co-ordinator of the Treetops Skatepark restoration project Tom Culy is appealing to its users the to be tidy Kiwis after he discovered rubbish, including a binfull of bottles strewn around the area on Tuesday. Tom, a Wellington Skateboarding Association member, had cleaned the mess by the time the

Overloaded bins full of beer bottles at the Treetops Skatepark. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Wellington least sunny major city in 2017 By Jamie Adams

The National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Reserach (NIWA) has released a climate summary for 2017 confirming the country has experienced more extreme weather. While the Wellington region was absent from the record trends that affected the country, it did experience a near-record dry spell in December. Wellington City was declared the least sunny of the main centres for the year, with Tauranga being both the sunniest and wettest. L a st ye a r wa s New Zealand’s fifth warmest ever, with a nationwide average temperature of 13.2 degrees, which was 0.5 degrees above a 30-year average. The years 2016, 2013, 1999, and 1998 were hotter. NIWA says the last quarter of the year was marked by easterly f low anomalies over the country and progressively increasing temperature anomalies, ending with the second warmest December on record. From November into De-

cember, a “marine heatwave” was observed across the Tasman Sea and in New Zealand coastal waters when sea surface temperatures were 2-4 degrees above average, the result of the emergence of a La Nina weather pattern. For rainfall, 2017 was a year of two halves. The year started off on a rather wet and stormy and during March and April the “Tasman Tempest”, Ex-Tropical cyclones Debbie, and Cook contributed to record or near-record amounts of rain and flooding for some areas. By the end of September 2017, all six main centres had already recorded their normal annual rainfall. However, a d r ier t ha n nor mal end to the yea r meant that only a handful of locations saw record or near-record rainfall for the year as a whole. Outside of Wellington, annual sunshine was near normal or above normal throughout New Zealand. The Nelson-Tasman region experienced New Zealand’s highest annual sunshine total during 2017 with 2633 hours.

Cook Strait News paid a visit that day, but the above photo shows, the amount of rubbish had caused the available bins to overflow. What’s more concerning is many of the bottles were of beer, despite the skatepark lying just within the city council’s liquor ban area. Tom hopes the mess at the park, which has already suffered extensive tagging, will be a one-off. “I guess it might have been the

result of a buildup of activity over the holiday period. It’s not a regular occurrence,” he says. “The council park ranger is going to get a skipbin over the weekend to empty the bins.” Obstacles at the park are planned to be replaced on January 21, part of ongoing renovations that Tom has led through a PledgeMe crowdfunding drive that raised $4000.


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Dreaming of kakapo in the backyard While we love reminiscing over the year gone by, looking ahead and imagining the future it just as inspiring. Independent Herald reporter Julia Czerwonatis talked to a Johnsonville local whose job it is to be aspirational and make plans for our city’s future: the Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester. How often do you think about the future? Every day. It’s something that I have always done. Right from when I was a young person, I was always thinking five to 10 years ahead what I want to do.

Mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester. PHOTO: Wellington Suburban Newspapers File

Did you mean you dream about the future or did you make actual plans? Not dreaming but having a strategy or a plan. I’d plan five years real and 10 years with ideas. With you being a mayor it’s part of your job to plan ahead. So what aspects do you have to consider when planning Wellington’s future? It’s five aspects; resilience, transport, housing, a decade of culture so celebrating Wellington as an arts and culture destination, and sustainable economy, so making sure there’re lots of jobs for people living and moving here. That’s our five focus areas, but we’re doing lots of things outside of that. Are there certainties when you plan or is this all uncertain? No, we can plan for the certainties and for what we’re doing. We can’t plan for what might happen externally, for example, we can’t plan for an earthquake. But we can plan for what we do to prepare for the earthquake. Is it exciting for you to plan ahead? Absolutely. It’s nice to deliver what you said you’d do. It gives

you a sense of achievement. I want to live in a great city, I want Wellingtonians to be proud of the city and other New Zealanders as well, and I think we’re doing that. If we looked further ahead, say 100 years. What would your utopian Wellington look like? There will be a big statue outside Parliament of our best ever prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. There will be lots of high rises. The CBD population will probably be around 200,000 and people will walk because that’s how everyone gets around. You will be able to get the light rail from the eastern suburbs in Hataitai into the city. You will be able to cycle along separated cycleways, and people will be able to take a tunnel from Mount Victoria all the way through to the other side of the Terrace without driving through the city. There’ll be not rats, not stoats, no weasels. We will be pest free and there’ll be native birds all over the show like there are now, just a lot more. And there will be kiwi and kakapo in the backyards of people.

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Nga mihi o te Tau Hou – Happy New Year. On behalf of Wellington City Council we would like to wish you all the best for 2018. Summer has been spectacular so far, with the sunny weather bringing out our red pohutukawa flowers in force. Wellingtonians love the sunshine and our city is buzzing at the moment. To help us make the most of it, the council has once again organised a summer calendar bursting with events for all ages. The popular Gardens Magic concerts and light show begins this week, there are festivals, fairs and markets coming up and our beaches will be patrolled to help keep you and your family safe as you enjoy a day out – you can find out more at However, please also remember that hot, sunny weather puts pressure on our water supply so follow the water conservation rules. Noho ora mai, Mayor Justin Lester and Deputy Mayor Jill Day

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should New Zealanders still be receiving knighthoods and damehoods?

Tom Davids, Island Bay “Yeah, sure. I don’t see how they can hurt anyone.”

Richard Jeffrey, Island Bay “Yeah. I think traditions are important for society. If you are going to have a monarchy you might as well have all the things that go with it.”

Edwin Bruce, Island Bay “In general, yes. It carries a prestige. Many people who should earn them are invisible.”

Alick Shaw, Kingston “No, because it’s New Zealand and I don’t think they have any place here. We should have nontitular honours.”

Ben Vandelaar, Island Bay “Yeah. I always wanted to be a knight. But it would make sense to scrap them if we become a republic.”

Sarah Halewood, Island Bay “Yes. I just think it’s a nice tradition and part of our culture. Many are deserved.”

Social enterprise inspiring others to give The Coolest Little Coupon Book by For Mums is a new social enterprise start-up set to hit the Wellington region. The book, and its associated business, was created by Angela McDonald of Miramar and Abbie McKoy of Papakowhai in Porirua. The brand has been gaining traction and has even inspired others to be philanthropic; one person purchased copies of the book to be offered as gifts to other deserving mums, Abbie says.

Later this month, the company will be asking Wellington mums to nominate fellow mums to receive one of the gifted copies. This will be through sharing their experiences of why they look up to the person they’ve nominated. “We love that our brand can be used to honour other mums,” Abbie says. “It’s been so humbling to feel the support of mums in Wellington and to get this special support from an outside gifter too.” The mums chosen will be selected

and announced on January 31 via the @formumsnz Facebook page. The Coolest Little Coupon Book is Wellington’s one and only boutique coupon book featuring deals for mothers with children up to four years of age. Coupons are included on all the essentials needed for entertainment, coffees, services, baby products, and ways for mums

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NZTA campaign challenges ‘right’ to speed A new road safety advertising campaign is directly challenging speeding drivers to stop defending their perceived ‘right’ to speed. The joint NZ Transport Agency/ Police campaign addresses the high number of drivers who still travel at speeds which are too fast for the conditions. “Every week, 11 people are seriously injured or killed in a speed-related

crash on New Zealand roads, but a substantial portion of our society does not see the connection between speed and crashes,” NZTA Director of Safety and Environment Harry Wilson says. “Speed is always a crucial factor in determining the severity of the crash and the severity of the injuries to the people involved.”

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New councillor aims for cohesion, collaboration By Jamie Adams

Better playgrounds and more social cohesion are the priorities for newly elected Southern Ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons. The former New Zealand University Students’ Association president was announced winner of the Wellington City Council by-election on December 22, receiving 2805 votes out of 6555 that were returned. Fleur replaces fellow Labour Party member Paul Eagle, who was elected as MP for Rongotai in September’s general election. “I’m really pleased,” she says. “I’m really looking forward to working with Justin Lester and the other councillors. “I’m keen to be focused on social inclusion and the issue of loneliness in the community. “I met with Age Concern who have a number of initiatives underway. There’s a whole lot of other community groups concerned as well.” She says loneliness can affect a range of people. Her time as a “stay-at-home mum” made her realise the importance of playgroups for bonding parents as well as catering to their young children. Fleur was on holiday with her family in Raumati when contacted on Monday. She noted how the Kapiti Coast suburb has a “wonderful” playground in the form of the Raumati Marine Gardens, something she wishes to emulate at Wakefield Park. “There’s work to be done there and I want to make sure it’s modern.” Fleur attended five meetings during the campaign and notes a recurring concern from the public was a perceived lack of consultation on important issues.

Island Bay resident Fleur Fitzsimons is Wellington City’s new councillor for the southern ward. PHOTO: Cook Strait News File

She wants to see councillors consult with the community in a more active way instead of simply asking for feedback. It was too early for her to know what her portfolios would be - she won’t be sworn in as a councillor until early February - but would like to work with councillor Brian Dawson on the issue of quality rental accommodation. Fleur also wants to eliminate sexual harassment and assaults in the city as well as fix its chronic transport problems. Despite some acrimony during the campaign, including having a sign referring to Third Reich left next to her billboard on her Island Bay property after a cycleway protest, Fleur is “keen to develop a positive working relationship” with ward constituents. She also looks forward to working with all councillors, regardless of their affiliation. “My style is to collaborate.” The by-election’s voter turnout was just under 30 percent. Independent candidate Laurie Foon was second with 2473 votes, while another independent, Vicki Greco, was third with 1765 votes. Full results are available at



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City Mission thanks Wellington for being stars The Wellington City Mission thanks the community after “being blown away by Greater Wellington’s response to their Christmas Star Appeal”. Last Christmas has seen a record number of people get involved in their Christmas Walk of Fame, with close to 270 stars displayed on the waterfront near Te Papa. Local businesses, groups, families and individuals have purchased the naming rights to these stars, and each one represents families being supported by the mission this Christmas and beyond. People and businesses throughout the community have also got behind the appeal by filling 420 Christmas Star Boxes with food and gifts, taking part in the 25th anniversary of the iconic ‘Pack the Bus’, buying tickets to the Christmas raffle, and volunteering their time to sort and repack Christmas goods. Generous private and business donors have also contributed financially online. The money enables the Mission to continue offering their programmes and services both now and into 2018. “We have been absolutely amazed by the support for our Christmas Star Appeal

this year,” Michelle Branney, Wellington City Mission chief executive officer, says. “We’re so thankful to everyone who has got involved – whether you gave food or gift donations, donated financially, bought a star on the Walk of Fame, or helped in one of the many other ways. This generous support is certainly making an incredible difference for many during the Christmas season and will continue to do so well into the New Year.” The mission has given out close to 1200 Christmas food parcels – that’s food for more than 3000 people in total. This is on top of the 350 regular food parcels which they also distributed during November and December. Approximately 1700 children from throughout Greater Wellington have also received new gifts this Christmas. Recipients of the food and gifts are City Mission clients, as well as those of 38 other community service agencies the mission collaborates with such as Red Cross Refugee Services, Newtown Union Health, Te Waka Whaiora, Lower Hutt Family Centre, Kahungunu Whanau Service and Birthright.

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The staff and students of Evans Bay Intermediate School would like to extend a warm welcome to our new year 7 and year 8 students. The school office will reopen from Monday 29 January, 9am3pm, for any enrolment enquires. Our school year begins on Monday 5 February 2018. Students and families need

to be at school by 8.30am ready to be welcomed with a school powhiri. Visit our website for information on uniform and stationary requirements. We are all looking forward to launching the EBIS waka with everyone in it again for 2018.

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Concert aims to bring back youth music scene Aro Creative is hosting an all ages music event at Aro Valley Community Centre on the 20th of January with aims to rekindle an all-ages music scene in Wellington. Local musicians including electronic producers, indie rockers, psych-funk sages and and hip hop trappers will converge upon Aro Valley to get down on a night of musical prodigy, zest and sensation. This is the first of a series of events by Aro Creative, including a stage performance at Frank Kitts Park on Wellington Anniversary Day and another at Kilbirnie Festival on March 11. Organiser Josh Denize says the intention is to work with the same artists to create a “symbiosis” between Wellington’s creative people. Delivering music to an all-ages audience and inviting young people to participate in a musical culture tangible to them is pivotal in encouraging an artistic society of musicians, listeners and dancers, he says. “When I arrived in Wellington to study commercial music, I was 17 and had been organising, playing, and regularly attending all-ages shows in Auckland. “My first homework assignment from university was to review a local gig,” Josh says. “Being underage, my best efforts to sit in on Wellington’s music

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Andre Smith of Heavy Chest, one of the bands playing at Aro Creative’s all-ages gig. PHOTO: Supplied

scene were stymied and I returned to classes uninspired.” Josh says organising all-ages music is about making certain that passionate and creative people have access to an avenue of self expression and to New Zealand’s unique music culture.  Tickets to the all-ages concert, which begins at 8pm, are $10. The event is free of alcohol and glass.

After five years, the team behind the award-winning ‘Summer Star Trek’ are approaching the end of their mission with a show that fans are bound to enjoy the most. The show, a tongue-and-cheek riff on the famous ‘Summer Shakespeare’, is exactly what it says on the bottle: a live, outdoor theatrical performance of an original Star Trek episode. Dedicated cast and crew have been performing to packed audiences at Aro Valley Park. For four summers now, with each new iteration becoming bigger and better than the last. The final chapter is the fan favourite The Trouble with Tribbles. “Enterprise Entertainment set out on a five-year mission to bring Star Trek to the people of Wellington and to have as much fun as possible,” production manager Chanel Furborough says. “The Trouble with Tribbles brings us to the end of this mission and we can’t think of a funnier episode to end with.” To protect a space station with a vital grain shipment, Kirk and the crew of the SS Enter-

prise must navigate Federation bureaucrats, a Klingon battle cruiser and a peddler who sells furry, purring, hungry little creatures as pets. Promising plenty of laughs, “the best western/sci-fi bar brawl this side of Firefly” and familiar faces from previous seasons, Tribbles is classic Star Trek fare. Actors reprising their roles include James Bayliss as Kirk, Jono Ensor as Spock and Brenton Hodgson as resident Doctor, Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy. The breathtaking Space Babes, led by Dianne Tanento are back too and taking the helm for the second year in a row is director Devon Nuku, who must wrangle all the action onstage and off. “I really enjoy the work that we do, there are many challenges that the team encounters but through teamwork we overcome most things…or make it work regardless,” Devon says.  The Trouble with Tribbles will show at Aro Valley Park on January 17-20 and 24-27 at 6.30, with pre-show entertainment from 6pm. Entry is by koha.

Trinity Roots to play at Waitangi Day festival

Trnity Roots will be the big drawcard at this Waitangi Day’s Kotahi music festival. PHOTO: Supplied

Organisers of Kotahi, the annual Waitangi Day music festival at Kahurangi School in Strathmore Park, are excited about the great line-up of local acts for this year’s festival. “We wanted to do something a bit bigger for our fifth year,” event co-ordinator Amanda Hereaka says. “So we invited five performers from our previous festivals, as well as including performers from our local community. “The line-up reflects the spirit of Kotahi: great local music and celebrating our community.” Legendary Wellington musicians Trinity Roots will be playing, along with the beautiful, soulful sounds of A Girl Named Mo; blues and folk from the Tyson Smith Group; one-fifth of the legendary Footsouljahs, Flowz and the Dream Team; and electronica from Disas-

teradio. “We make sure there’s something for everyone at Kotahi,” says Amanda. “This year, we’ll have the perennial kids’ favourite of the downhill cardboard slide, as well as mini golf and Capital E’s beautiful Bloom, which consists of pink interlocking pieces for kids to build with. “And we want people to be well fed, so we cook hangi, invite food trucks and a coffee cart, and people can bring their own picnics. Then everyone settles in on the grassy slope of our natural amphitheatre and listens and dances to the music.” “We’re supported by many local organisations, which we really appreciate, as well as our wonderful local community.”  While entry will be free, koha is appreciated. Gates open at 2.30pm with Trinity Roots set to perform at 7.10pm.


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Time is running out to complete much-needed resurfacing work on Newtown Park’s synthetic track before a crucial athletics meeting is set to take place. Kiwi Athletics Club president Peter Jack says while the park’s grass has been resewn for field events without any issues, the synthetic track has been required to be replaced after a previous new surface began bubbling up only a season after it was laid in 2015. “They [contractors] had to redo the athletics track and the all-weather surface for jumping events as well as the eight-lane track,” he says. “They guaranteed for the entire track. But it was not up to the satisfaction of the council so they were asked to redo it.” While work had begun earlier due

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to the fantastic weather Wellington experienced in December, Peter is concerned that it might not be ready in time for the annual Capital Classic meeting on January 20. Not only is it one of the biggest events of the athletics calendar in Wellington, this year it doubles as a trial for the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast later in the year, and will feature top local stars like middle-distance runner Hamish Carson. “I’m pretty confident we won’t have to move it, but Athletics NZ said if they do it might have to be held in Auckland,” Peter says. “Masterton has an all-purpose track but I don’t know if it can handle such an event.” Council sports turf manager Peter Hemsley was not available this week to confirm when the track resurfacing would be completed.


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Thursday January 11, 2018



Top sporting moments of 2017

Wellington Harrier Athletic Club national champions Tessa Hunt and Kelsey Forman.

In January Surf Lifesaving New Zealand, which includes the clubs of Lyall Bay, Oriental Bay and Scorching Bay, receive a cheque for $1 million from the Infinity Foundation. In February the Wellington Phoenix open new training pitches at Martin Luckie Park, while Miramar marathon legend Bernie Portenski dies of ovarian cancer, aged 67. That same month the Maranui Under-14 surf lifefsaving squad win their fifth consecutive title at the Capital Coast Junior Championships, while in March six of the club’s members win 11 medals at the national championships. April sees five Wellington women win silver as part of the CanSurvive team of breast cancer survivors who competed at the national dragon boat championships, while in May Island Bay under-20 athlete Kelsey Forman is named Wellington’s female Athlete of the Year for her achievements in middle-distance and road running. Another two local young

Maranui Surf Lifesaving’s winning Under 14 squad.

sportspeople, Imogen Skelton and Lewis Clareburt, are selected to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games that month, with Lewis also selected for the national surf team. In June Kiwi Club Athletics president Peter Jack is awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for his dedication to rugby and athletics, while Wellington Scottish runner Stephen Day wins the national marathon championship. The British and Irish Lions visit Wellington in July as part of their once-in-12-year tour of New Zealand. Later that month Wellington College student Cam Robinson wins gold in the javelin event at the Oceania Area Championships. There is more success for the Island Bay Football Club in 2017, with their women’s “Flames” team crowned Division 1 champions in September. The following month sees Wellington win seven medals at the national

Island Bay United Football Club’s Flames celebrate being Division 1 champions.

International taekwon-do competitors Jakob Braakhuis, Logan Braakhuis, Kyla Walton and Georgia Vogt.

Marathon runner Bernie Portenski, who died in February.

synchonised swimming championships. In November Wellington teeenager Paris Lokotui helps New Zealand Women’s Under 17 basketball team win a spot at the U17 World Cup after reaching the finals of a tournament in India. That same month sees four young members of the Berhampore Interna-

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tional Taekwon-do club return from the world championships in Dublin, with two winning medals. Finally, in December St Patrick’s College’s top cricketers take out the regional secondary school competition for the first time in 30 years.

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Catch A Million dealt politically correct blow The changes to the ‘Catch A Million’ six - catching competition during New Zealand’s summer of cricket shows how political correctness is overriding common sense and fun. The competition sees $50,000 put up at each Black Caps short form fixture this year for anyone wearing a designated orange shirt who can take an unassisted one-handed catch. With Colin Munro blasting the hapless West Indies over the rope 10 times, it’s fair to say there were plenty of thrills and spills as people did what they could to take a catch. That included falling over unsuspecting people, including children. The promotion which was done several years ago has naturally proven wildly successful. However after what I will call ‘The Fun Police’ questioned the safety of people trying to take such crowd catches, the decision has been made to have designated catch zones and to ban any diving like we are all at a motel pool. I don’t want to see anyone hurt, let alone children but realistically if we try to remove all risk from the world, a lot of the fun goes with it. The best way to keep kids 100 percent safe is to not take them to any cricket matches. It’s simply PC madness. The competition adds colour and excitement to a six. I’ve clattered into kids in an attempt

to snare a lollipop at a lolly scramble imagine what I and many others will do for $50,000. Yes, there will be the odd person that cops a stray knee but the reality of serious injury is quite low. Despite the barrage of sixes over the summer already, there hasn’t been one injury. A hugely popular promotion which encourages people to get down to the ground and watch live sport has now had its brakes pumped because of those who live with a worse case scenario mindset. Life is about risk and managing it. The new rules make it much harder to get a winner for the prize and means people are being told where to sit if they want an outside chance at winning the cash. That’s what it is, make no mistake, it’s an outside chance at $50,000. To catch a cricket ball that has been hit with enough power it flies into the crowd is tough enough without having to do it with one hand. Herding all potential winners into a couple of spots on the ground means it’ll be like feeding time at a pig farm with everyone getting in each other’s way and preventing a catch being taken. This is another win for the politically correct pandas and another low point for those who want to have fun in the sun in this mixed up, muddled up world we live in.




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