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Radio veteran honoured By Julia Czerwonatis

It’s been a long and full-filled career for Khandallah local Lloyd Scott. Now the broadcasting veteran has been recognised for his dedication to radio, television and the theatre stage receiving the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit honour. After 53 years in business, Lloyd retired last August. “I feel a bit traitorous saying this but I don’t miss working at the moment.” Instead, Lloyd is filling time with golf, cycling, spending time with friends and an ambitious project to painting his house. Continued on page 2. Mr Lloyd Scott, MNZM, has been recognised for his services to broadcasting, theatre and television. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Continued from page 1. Still, radio remains an important part of Lloyd’s life: “I listen to it every day. I love radio, it’s magic medium.” He says becoming a radio presenter was luck of the draw. “I could see I wasn’t going to be a doctor after a few terms at university.” Lloyd saw a different opportunity instead and went to an audition to become a radio presenter. “But I had nothing to offer and so, of course, I didn’t get the job.” It would be another seven years, including two years

working in the UK, before Lloyd gave it another try. With success – Lloyd got employment as an announcer and DJ for 2ZM, while he also leaped into the theatre world, took on jobs for TV voiceovers and sang in musical productions. “I was like a ball in a pinball machine jumping between acting and radio. I hardly ever said no to things.” Lloyd has since appeared in around 80 theatre productions over the years, including a range of musicals from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Little Shop

of Horrors and Gilbert and Sullivan Savoy Operas, to Sister Act. His most prominent television appearance was as Barry Crump’s sidekick Scotty in the iconic Toyota television commercials. “Every now and then I’d have to pinch myself. It could have been someone else in my place but instead there was little ol’ me in the middle of it.” Lloyd still drives a Toyota today. “I couldn’t allow myself to drive any other car.” For the past 13 years, Lloyd lived a four-days-on, fourdays-off cycle working as the

co-host for Radio New Zealand’s All Night Programme – a wonderful part of his life, as Lloyd describes it. “When I retired there was so much love from everyone. That’s when I realised it was the right job for me.” Lloyd says he received messages from people from all over the world who would listen to his “all-nighter” online. “I really left on a high note which was surprising and very fulfilling. “I was very fortunate with my career and I wouldn’t want to change anything.”

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Community outraged after burglars steal donation box By Julia Czerwonatis

The northern community is outraged after two incidents occurring at New World Newlands where two offenders stole the store’s Wellington Free Ambulance donation boxes. “They were standing around the checkout counter where we kept the donation boxes exchanging pleasantries with our staff,” Ross Jordan, New World Newlands owner, describes the crime. “They were waiting for the right moment and then just grabbed it and ran away. “I think it is an absolute disgrace to our community,” Ross adds. The first incident happened

on New Year’s Day at 12.30pm. “It was reported that a man entered the store, pretended to put money in the donation box, before grabbing it and running from the shop,” a police spokesperson says. Only a few days later, on January 6, at approximately 4pm Police received a report that the donation box had been stolen again. “This time it was reported that a female had entered the store, stolen the donation box and run from the store. “The woman was identified via CCTV images shared online, and on January 12 she was arrested,” the police spokesperson adds. The 17-year-old was charged

with burglary and is before Porirua District Court. Newlands Crime Watch posted CCTV images and a request to the public to identify the burglars on Facebook. The post has since been shared 1300 times and received over 120 comments. Users express their frustration describing the crime as “disgusting” and calling the offenders “scum”. “Parents should not be blamed for these kids stupidity,” Mary Jane Kereti Kaisa Asyng of Johnsonville comments. “This kid looks old enough to make decisions of his/her own. But glad it has been dealt with. Hopefully, they’ll get it through their brains not to steal

anymore.” New World owner Ross says the incident was a real shame and he hopes to retrieve some of the money stolen. “We have been supporting Wellington Free Ambulance raising $14,000 over the past two years with various events. “If we put up a new donation box we’ll probably have to screw  Police are making enquiries to locate the man who has been identified but not named by police. Call Wellington Police on 04 381 2000. Information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Ms Penny Mudford, ONZM, receives a New Year Honour for her work as arbitrator in the primary industry sector. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Penny Mudford, company director, arbitrator and mediator with more than 20 years’ involvement in primary industries sector dispute resolution, has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. “I’m quite overwhelmed and humbled by the honour,” Penny says. “I had no idea what was going on behind the scenes by the people that support me.” The Northland woman owned a dairy farm in Manawatu early in her career. While raising her family and mastering the physically demanding farm work, Penny was active on boards such as the Rural Women’s Discussion Group, Westpac Trust Kiwi Dairy Farmer of the Year, and the Market Milk Committee. In 2000 she became chief executive of the Arbitrators

and Mediators Institute of New Zealand, a role she held for seven years. She has since gone into private practice as a dispute resolution practitioner specialising in the resolution of rural disputes, farming contracts, livestock agreements, and farm equity partnerships. “Next to my role as arbitrator, I’m also national chair of Rural Women New Zealand,” Penny explains. “We support and strengthen rural communities and work to empower women living in rural areas.” Penny describes the organisation as an advocate that ensure sthat services to rural communities are not diminished. “Rural Women was established in the 1920s to fight isolation. The challenges then were through road access and distances. “Today the circumstances have changed, but the problem is still

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Newlands Community Centre are now offering Children’s Chinese Mandarin classes. The lessons include listening, speaking, reading and writing. Children will learn how to pronounce and use pinyin, make conversation, and read and write some Chinese characters through fun conversation. The lessons are designed for children aged five or older, and are suitable for absolute beginners or those who have some Chinese language and want to improve. Tuesdays 3.45-4.15pm and 4.154.45pm, starting on January 30. Cost $100 for term one (10 lessons). For more information contact Sophie: 021 0081 2819 or sophiehanyu@gmail. com.

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inbrief news Department on the move After 32 years at Lambton Quay, the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is relocating. Over 1000 staff from six separate Wellington locations will begin the move in January 2018 to St Paul’s building, at 45 Pipitea Street. The relocation will not disrupt the DIA’s core frontline services. The project is forecast to come in under budget, with the total budget is set at $30.1 million. Staff are expected to have completed relocation by the end of January 2018. DIA services include passports, citizenship, and births, deaths and marriages.

Find the Red Poppy streets The Poppy Places Trust is asking for support from Wellingtonians. This is part of a nationwide project being run by the national trust. In almost every town in New Zealand there is a street named after a brave soldier or a famous military event, but many have been forgotten. The trust wants to make sure that streets are properly identified for future generations with a red poppy on the signpost. The Independent Herald has been asked to bring this to your attention. If you know of any local street that fits this category, you can ring project manager Jo Bolton, on 027 526 7599, or Chris Turver, RSA, 027 230 1601.

Second publication for networking business By Julia Czerwonatis

Two local social entrepreneurs have launched their second publication to help women grow their business. Your Business Journey – Workbook 2 by Kim Chamberlain and Iona Elwood-Smith is a workbook that cover various aspects of starting and running a small business. “Our last publication went like hot cakes,” Iona, co-founder of Chrysalis for Women, explains. “We had a lot of great feedback, so we wanted to publish more content.” With Chrysalis for Women, Kim and Iona provide a network community for women offering advice for business development and trying to empower them. “We’re r unning regula r workshops and seminars, but Chrysalis is more than that,” Iona says. “We are a community where people build friendships, support each other and share their energy – that’s fundamental to who we are.”

Kim explains the biggest problem anyone who starts their business faces, is isolation. “Women tend to undervalue themselves or their businesses. Some don’t know where to go to get the services that are out there. “That’s why it’s good to get feedback and support from a local group of people.” Chrysalis received financial support last year from international organisation Zonta, who are aiming to advance the status of women. With the grant, Kim and Iona were able to advance their social enterprise and pay towards their publication. “Several industry experts c ont r ibut e d ch apt e r s t o the new book,” Kim says. With chapters about communication, building competitive advantages, finances, growth plans and IT fundamentals, the publication informs about different aspects of the business journey. Chrysalis offers seminars at which they work through the 12 chapters of the book month by month.

Kim Chamberlain and Iona Elwood-Smith with their latest publication Your Business Journey – Workbook 2. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

But Kim says the guide can also read at people’s own pace and wasn’t limited to women. Your Business Journey – Workbook 2 is available for

$30 at Their first meetup for the year, Planning your Business Journey, is scheduled for January 19, in Porirua.

Shade shortage in Wellington playgrounds, survey says 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 percent of play equipment and 65 percent 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 are protected from the sun this summer. “At this time of year between 10am and 4pm, the sun is strong enough to cause skin damage,” Ryan explains. “We found that Wellington playgrounds have insufficient

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shade available. “Increased shade is urgently needed to protect children from harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure, by planting trees with heavy foliage and building structures with large, protective roofing.” The researchers used a Solarmeter to calculate the proportion of UVR blocked by each built structure and tree. “Our study shows that many children in playgrounds are in full exposure to the sun.

“This puts them at risk of sunburn and skin cancer if they are not wearing sunscreen and/ or protective clothing,” Ryan says. “Providing effective shade in summer recreation spaces may help to reduce children’s risk of skin cancer.” New Zealanders are at the highest risk of melanoma in the world. Each year, nearly 70,000 skin cancers are diagnosed and 500 New Zealanders die from the disease. The researchers stress the

importance for Kiwis to follow the SunSmart advice: “slip on a shirt with long sleeves, slop on some sunscreen (about one teaspoon to each arm and leg), slap on a wide-brim hat and wrap on close-fitting sunglasses,” when outdoors this summer, and to seek shade when it is available. “Approximately 90 per cent of skin cancers are linked with excessive sun exposure. Forming lifelong sun protection habits is crucial for preventing skin cancer,” Ryan adds.


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New business breathing fresh air into the mall By Julia Czerwonatis

Loca l business owners a re breathing fresh air into the Johnsonville Shopping Centre which saw several new shops open over the past months. Tim Jin, owner of Wonderland Gift and Ideas, says the business was running well since he opened his shop in October - especially over the Christmas season. “We had very welcoming feedback from customers and locals,” Tim says. He and his wife Lili Zhang own another, smaller store in town and were looking to expand. “Initially, we were looking to lease somewhere else because we didn’t expect the buying-power in Johnsonville to be strong, but it’s been a good experience here so far.” Most of their cushions, purses, stationeries, jewellery, DIY bracelets and other accessories carry an animal design, coherent with the couple’s love for pets. Just like Tim and Lili, fashion store owner Nimanthi Wijayaratne wanted to offer products that people wouldn’t easily find anywhere else when she moved into the mall with Fashion Connect in early December. “We’re selling good quality clothes from Sri Lanka for ladies, gents and kids,” Nimanthi explains. The Johnsonville mother has years of experience in retail and says last time she visited her home country, Sri Lanka, she was

inspired by the fashion products they produce and export. “We think it really fits the market here.” Fashion Connect also sell home decorations and accessories. Just across from Nimanthi’s shop, Ammi Floral Design opened just days later and brought a whole new range of services into Johnsonville. Shop owner Magda Botha is a florist and wedding planner who thoroughly enjoys her job. Magda bought up Ammi Floral Design, then situated in the North City Shopping Centre, a few years ago. Looking for a change and larger premises, Magda moved to Johnsonville. “I must say, people here are so much friendlier. I love it here, and I love my job,” Magda says. Magda crafts bouquets for all occasions, provides floral presents for Valentine’s and Mothers Day, plans wedding decorations and much more.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you do to stay cool on hot summer days?

Bob Tait, Ngaio “I stay in the shade, wear a hat and put on sun lotion.”

Peatle Shutlar, Johnsonville “I’m staying outside a lot.”

Geoff Savell, Porirua “I’m very fortunate with air conditioning at work, and I do my gardening work in the shade.”

Mack Ward, Newlands “Put my head in the fridge or something cool in my face.”

Kennedy Grace, Newlands “Turn on the fan and stay in the shade.”

Emma Dyke, Johnsonville “Drink beer.”

Anniversary Day with music for all ages Aro Creative is anchoring a stage on Wellington’s goodlooking waterfront to beat the drum on Wellington Anniversary Day. The first regional public holiday of 2018 shells out the freedom to appreciate the city, the ocean, multiple music stages, children rides, coffee, a supervised cardboard craft area for children, food, and hopefully

lots of sun. Local musicians including electronic producers, indie rockers and kaleidoscopic prog/ soul-hop fiestas will sail down on Frank Kitts Park to freewheel amidst divas, denizens and young whippersnappers of Wellington. This is the second in a series of events by Aro Creative, including an all-ages music event at

Aro Valley Hall on January 20 and another at Kilbirnie Festival on March 11. The intention is to work with the same artists to create a body politic of, and symbiosis between, Wellington’s creative people and encouraging an artistic society of musicians, listeners and dancers. This stage is one part of a larger event with local artists,

food, enjoying oneself and unflappable views of Wellington’s waterfront. It’s going to be swimming Artists staging on Anniversary Day include Sky Canvas, a five-piece kaleidoscopic prog/ soul-hop fiesta, hailing from Wellington. Stirring, charged vocals weave vivid stories and blend dynamically with colourful synthesiser/

guitar textures and fiery grooves. Heavy Chest, Neil MacLeod and Ludus are also part of the line-up.  The concert starts from 11am-5pm. For more details, find the event on Facebook (“ Aro Creative w/ Sky Canvas, Heavy Chest, Neil MacLeod, Ludus”).

Connection at Cashmere At Enliven’s Cashmere Home in Johnsonville, residents are encouraged to seek out companionship, fun, spontaneity and meaningful activity in their lives. Cashmere Home resident David Moore pictured here with Recreation Officer Liz Rivadelo.

Cashmere Home’s David Moore says age is just a number when it comes to connecting with others. “Whether you’re young or old, the key to friendship is love and trust,” says the Johnsonville elder, who honed his social skills while working as a security officer at Wellington’s museums. “Having spent three and a half decades meeting people from all over the world, I’ve learnt that everyone’s different, but everyone has something to offer.” Recreation officer Liz Rivadelo says David’s approach to life resonates strongly with the elder-centred Enliven philosophy. “Like David, we believe that everyone has something to offer, no matter what their age or level of ability. “That’s why we’re so dedicated to making sure residents have as many opportunities to seek out companionship, fun, spontaneity and meaningful activity in their lives as possible,” she explains.

At Cashmere Home, residents are encouraged to take part in the home’s tailored recreation programme, which includes activities like crafts, themed parties, gentle exercise, music, cooking and gardening. They’re also empowered to keep connected to the people they love. “Residents can invite their families and friends over any time they want – after all, this is their home. We don’t do visiting hours here!” Liz says. David says spontaneous sight-seeing excursions organised by the home’s passionate staff and regular visits from his wife have helped ease the transition to rest-home living for him. “It’s a huge change, but at the end of the day, I’m a ‘people person’ and always will be!”  To find out more about Enliven’s Cashmere Home on Helston Rd, Johnsonville visit or call the friendly team on 04 477 7067. PBA

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Children from Arakura School looking through the Arc de Triomphe made entirely from Lego bricks. PHOTO: Kate Whitley/Te Papa

Brickman’s masterpieces inspire Wellingtonians LEGO-mania has hit Wellington with 50,000 visitors at the Brickman: Wonders of the World which only opened in December. The Te Papa exhibition showcases 50 of the world’s most iconic landmarks and masterpieces made exclusively from Lego bricks by Ryan McNaught, one of only 14 Lego certified professionals in the world. “It’s been fantastic seeing kids of all ages enjoying the magic of Lego,” Geraint Martin, Te Papa’s chief executive, says. “There is an audible ‘wow’ as people enter the space and come face to knee with Michelangelo’s Statue of David, and see Saint Basil’s Cathedral from Moscow’s Red Square. “It’s well on its way to being one of our most popular summer exhibitions – right on par with last year’s Bug Lab.” The interactive building stations have been a hit amongst visitors. “People have been loving building their own pyramids, leaning towers of Pisa and coral for the Great Barrier Reef inspired by, and adding

to, Brickman’s masterpieces,” Te Papa’s host supervisor Melissa Wells says. “We’ve been blown away by everyone’s creativity.” Another well-received interactive aspect of the exhibition is finding Lego mini-figure, Eddie the Explorer, who is hidden in nearly all of the displays. Te Papa has created a festival of events for Lego lovers around the main exhibition. The Adults Only Lego Night, Lego Brick-aBrac Building competition and a dress-up movie screening of The Lego Ninjago Movie had all sold out but more events are scheduled including a free talk by brickman Ryan on January 24. Ryan and his team had spent 4944 hours building the 50 Lego masterpieces using well over seven tonnes of Lego bricks.  Brickman: Wonders of the World is still on until February 11, open every day from 10am. Last entry at 4pm to this exhibition. Tickets are available on Adults $19.50, child $9.50, concession $15.50, family $49.50. Visit letsgo for more information.

Predator Free benefits human health, researcher says The Predator Free 2050 campaign to rid New Zealand of rats and possums will have major benefits for human health as well as for native plants and animals, says public health researcher Mary McIntyre from the University of Otago, Wellington. In New Zealand rats carry infections such as salmonella, toxoplasma, giardia, campylobacter and several others that can be spread to humans, through contact with the animals or their waste or through contaminated food and water. “Possums carry bovine tuberculosis, which is also an ongoing and expensive livestock problem,” Mary explains. “It is less well known that possums also provide a potential reservoir for mosquito-borne diseases such as the Ross River Virus. “Nearly three out of five known infectious diseases in humans across the world are estimated to be caused by ‘zoonotic’ (shared with other animals) pathogens.” About three-quarters of the new diseases emerging to date are zoonotic, and their emergence is closely linked with environmental change and agricultural intensification. New Zealand is part of this global picture, but there are also some particular issues. “New Zealand has been a ‘land

of milk and honey’ for the rats, which were introduced largely unwittingly, and possums introduced in the 19th century to establish a fur industry,” Mary says. “We have a moderate climate, abundant food, and possums have few natural enemies. What’s more, and in contrast to their native Australia, the possums average a kilogram heavier and give birth twice a year in New Zealand. “The spread of diseases is largely a cost to society of our globalising travel habits.” Mary says this greatly increases the chances of spreading new pests such as mosquitoes and ticks. Travel also increases the spread of pathogens carried by people – who may or may not know they are infected. Eradicating possums, rats and stoats could also have the additional benefit of removing the need to use 1080 poison for pest control, Mary says. This would be a benefit not only for conservation, but also for some public perceptions of this practice as a threat to human health. “We believe it is in everyone’s interests to support the eradication of these introduced creatures, not just for the sake of New Zealand’s native plants and animals, but also for the health concerns of our human population,” she says.

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regular entertainers coming to the home. The Home has a fantastic Chef on hand who changes the menu on a regular basis and caters for all residents nutritional needs. The Home provides Rest Home beds as well as Hospital beds for residents who may need extra care and a Registered Nurse is on-hand 24 hours a day. The Home caters for day and respite care options to enable relatives to have a break. The relatives can rest easy knowing their loved ones will be well cared for. Brenda encourages people who are looking for a nice home for their family members to come to Johnsonvale and take a personal tour.

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Keeping it Timebanking introduction for Johnsonville The Johnsonville community is invited to an event aimed to increase local resilience and strengthen ties between neighbours. The Timebank Summer Roadshow is facilitated by the Johnsonville Community Centre and organised for January 26, 9.30am-12.30pm. Timebanking is a way of trading skills in a community. It facilitates the sharing of skills among its members, both individuals and organisations. Timebanking activity is measured by the time it takes to complete a piece of work. It’s a kind of money, a complementary currency and builds on the magic of pay it forward. Drop by anytime to find out about the Timebank, and ask questions about trading your skills or knowledge. Sign up or find out about our membership process. Morning tea will be provided at 10.30am.

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ANZ helping Wellington Big achievement for young gymnast get on top of their By Julia Czerwonatis

A young gymnast has gained her first international competition experience with great success. Sarah Jennings from Ngaio joined the 25th Prime Gymnastics International Invitational in Singapore last November together with five other girls as part of the NZ Step 8 team. Competing alongside 650 gymnasts from 22 clubs across Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand, Sarah took out the first place in her level and came second overall. The Ngaio student was stoked with her achievement. “This means quite a lot to me,” Sarah says. “All the hard work has been rewarded which is great. “So I’m pretty content with the outcome. It’s my biggest achievement so far.”

 The Ngaio student after the Singapore Prime competition when she competed in November as part of the NZ Step 8 team.

Sarah’s mother Jane says that her daughter had put a lot of pressure on herself before the competition. “But really, our expectation was just to go and have fun,” Jane says. “It was a big honour for her to be able to represent her country.” Sarah scored best for her routine performance on bars, taking out the first place followed by vault (second place), and floor and beam (sixth place). “Bars are my favourite part of gymnastics,” Sarah explains. “It’s very varied. I can do flyaways, giants, hitch-ups, hand stands and a lot of other things that are pushing me outside of my comfort zone.” Currently, Sarah trains four times a week in a gym in Tawa but will soon increase her training hours as she will upgrade to level nine, the second to last skill level. Sarah performing at the NZ Gymnastics Nationals 2017 in Nelson in October. PHOTOS: Supplied

game this summer

Nine-year-old cricketer Jack Mahoney of Karori with Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson and West Indies captain Jason Holder. PHOTO: Supplied.

ANZ is giving keen cricketers from Wellington a helping hand to get on top of their game this summer. The programme will give New Zealand cricket fans the chance to get the help they need to improve their game. Whether it’s getting new team uniforms or replacing tired old gear, giving a pitch and clubrooms a makeover or the chance to get a one-on-one coaching session with a Blackcaps or White Ferns player, ANZ is supporting cricket at every level this summer. Since 2009 ANZ has been supporting aspiring cricketers, their teams, clubs, schools and casual fans as they set out to make the most of New Zealand’s favourite summer game. Last year ANZ extended its support to the White Ferns team which makes it now the major sponsor of the Blackcaps

and White Ferns. ANZ’s head of sponsorship Sue McGregor, says that ANZ is proud to support cricket at all levels – whether it’s the Blackcaps and White Ferns representing our country on the international stage, or the next generation of players battling it out at the local grounds every Saturday. “We want to give players and fans the support they need. Whether that’s with a new set of cricket gear, something for the club that will make a difference, or making it possible to meet one of their heroes for some inspiration or motivation. “We know sometimes all you need is just that little bit of extra help to achieve, so we are committed to helping as many cricket fans as we can.” Apply via

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Baz’s blueprint goes global

Call to nominate sporting moment of the year The Halberg Foundation has announced 11 sporting highlights for New Zealand’s Favourite Sporting Moment of 2017 – the only category that is selected by the public at the 55th Halberg Awards. The sporting moment award gives the New Zealand public the opportunity to choose the nation’s most exciting, remarkable, or compelling sporting moment, game or series in 2017. The highlights are from a range of sports - cricket, tennis, rugby, yachting, softball, athletics, canoe racing and motor racing. The moments include Martin Guptill smashing 11 sixes to give the Black Caps a seven-wicket win over South Afirca; Michael Venus winning the French Open doubles final; and Mitchell Hunt dropping a last-minute drop goal to secure a win for the Crusaders against the Highlanders. The winner will be presented at the 55th Halberg Awards on Thursday, February 8

at Spark Arena in Auckland, which will be televised live from 8pm. The finalists were selected by a panel of media representatives who compiled the list of great sporting moments from 2017 for the public to vote on. “2017 provided many exciting moments for the passionate New Zealand sporting public and now it’s their opportunity to have a say on who gets the honours,” says Shelley McMeeken, chief executive of the Halberg Foundation. Everyone who votes for the Sporting Moment by January 28 goes in the draw to win a trip for two including flights and accommodation to the 55th Halberg Awards at Spark Arena, Auckland on Thursday, February 8. Voting is now open and can be done once a day until 9pm on Thursday, February 8, either online or by texting each sporting moment’s unique code to 556. Visit sportingmoments. for more information.

Make no mistake, even in retirement Brendon McCullum still has a big impact on the highest form of the game. The former Kiwi skipper’s ballistic hitting approach at the top of the order is a trend now copied by every country in the world. The man known as ‘Baz’ perfected the art of the fast start by unsettling the bowlers with his footwork and raw power against the new ball. The tactic injects immediate momentum and eases the scoring pressure on the batsmen to come. England’s Jason Roy proved how game-changing this tactic can be when he blazed 180 in his team’s five wicket win over Australia in the opening one-day contest against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In pursuit of 305 for victory, Roy was the aggressor as England had 87 on the board after 10 overs. While Roy continued to amass his match defining score, many openers eventually lose out of the roulette wheel that is aggressive stroke play

at all costs but a rapid 40 or 50 can be just the momentum shift needed for victory. McCullum mastered it in the last three years of his career and proved a team can comfortably chase in excess of 300 these days when 15 years ago it was seen as almost an assured win for the team batting first. The advent of Twenty20 cricket also has a lot to do with the higher totals. Batsmen are now comfortable chasing eight to 10 runs an over in dying stages of a run chase. Roy has sparked the tour for the English. His aggression along with that of pace bowler Mark Wood provided the blueprint for success going forward against Australia. Meet aggression with aggression, something their toothless test team didn’t do. Aggression is what McCullum used to make up for New Zealand’s short-comings on paper and turned them into world beaters. It’s changed the game as we know it.


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