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Frankie a hit for club By Jamie Adams

There was singing, dancing and a few laughs when the Island Bay Bowling Club held a festival of centenary celebrations last weekend. Veteran crooner and former New Zealand Idol judge Frankie Stevens was the star attraction on Friday night. As well as belting out some familiar tunes, which included a rendition of That’s Amore dedicated to club president Carl Muollo, Frankie proved to be quite an impersonator, with interpretations of Tom Jones, Elvis Presley and even a comic turn as Billy T James. Continued on page 2. Frankie Stevens does his best Elvis impersonation during the Friday night celebrations at Island Bay Bowling Club. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Island Bay Bowling Club celebrates 100 years with gala Continued from page 1. He was later joined by daughter Mandy Stevenson, who has also established a signing career as a member of the Diamond Divas, with their version of the Dirty Dancing duet Time Of My Life getting some members up and dancing. Friday’s event marked the beginning of the official centenary of the bowling club, after a previous celebration at the start of the season. A special mixed fours gala tournament was held on Sunday. Players from the various Wellington clubs that attended changed allegiances to ensure their was at least one woman in each team, with Island Bay players featuring in the winning teams of both sections. Carl says the big turnout for the centenary reflects the fact the Island Bay club remains popular when other clubs have folded. “I joined the club in October 1978 and have enjoyed every day of it. “I was president for the 75th and it’s an honour to be here for the 100th. “It’s good to be alive to see this,” he says, alluding to a

Outraged residents of Newtown have launched a petition which implores State-Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters to save the combined Newtown Post Shop branch and Kiwibank, and to convert NZ Post back to a government agency that provides services. “The services offered by the Newtown Post Shop and Kiwibank are vital to the Newtown community, and

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O’Sullivan. “He deserves the biggest respect from all our members.” While membership remains strong with more than 150, Carl hopes to get more young players

residents of Newtown and its surrounding suburbs need ready access them to them to be able to fully engage in the community, and to live their lives,” organiser Warwick Taylor says. He says the loss of the two institutions would be disastrous. “This closure does not only affect those with low income, but those for whom English is their second language, the el-

derly, and parents with prams. “It affects anyone and everyone who uses the Post Shop services. “We’re seeking signatures on our petition to try to get Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Winston Peters to halt the closure of Newtown Post office to begin in the coming week.” The Newtown Residents Association is calling for volun-

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Island Bay’s John Zino, Wilton’s Gary Milicich, and Lyall Bay’s Judy Howat and Martin Smithies were the winning team of Section 1 of the centenary gala tournament on Sunday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Trolley bus wires to come down from tonight Residents of five streets in Lyall Bay should expect some disruption to their nighttime routines for a few weeks from tonight as the process of dismantling the overhead trolley bus wires begins. City council subsidiary Wellington Cable Car Limited have contracted Broadspectrum to decommission and dismantle the city’s entire overhead network.

The work is expected to take place every night from 7pm to 5am from January 25 to February 14 on certain sections of Onepu Road, Lyall Parade, Rua Street, Queens Drive and Sutherland Road. While the contractor will endeavour to keep noise to a minimum, especially after 10pm, there will be parking restrictions in place at the affected areas.

Council spokesman Richard MacLean says work will happen in stages across the city for the rest of the year. “Ninety-nine percent of it is happening in the middle of the night, so most people probably won’t notice it happening.” A section of trolley wires along Cobham Drive have already been removed. Council advises that vehicles left parked in the area may

be towed to a nearby street to enable crews to access the overhead network. Those affected should ring the council on 499 4444 for details on where their vehicle has been relocated. Residents that require assistance to enter or exit their properties during the restricted times for parking should consult with the Site Traffic Management supervisor.

School initiative aims to make pest eradication a career option By Jamie Adams

Two Wellington organisations have joined forces with Predator Free Wellington to get schools involved in eradicating pests. Papa Taiao Earthcare, a restoration training organisation, and Zealandia wildlife sanctuary have received funding to deliver pilot education programmes targeting primary and secondary schools in Wellington’s eastern suburbs. Called Unlocking Curious Minds, Papa Taiao has received a grant from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Enterprise to introduce a learning assessment to all secondary schools east of the Mt Victoria ridge. Z ea la ndia has received funding from Predator Free Wellington - a joint venture of Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington and the NEXT Foundation - to introduce a scheme to 14 primary schools in the same area. Papa Taiao founder Marty Taylor says such an initiative is in line with the organisation’s aim of getting more youth with an enterprising streak to consider a career in conservation. “What we are saying is you

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Wellington confidence up: Survey A net 35 percent of the Wellington region’s households expect their local economy to strengthen this year, according to the Westpac-McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey for the December quarter. This is up from 26 percent in the September quarter, making the region the second most optimistic in the country. “A declining unemployment rate, increasing construction activity, and still rising house prices are all likely to have underpinned a positive outlook for the capital,” Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens says. However the survey also notes households in the capital are not particularly positive about their own financial circumstances over the next 12 months.

Disaster response report released ABOVE: Makara School pupils Kimberly Hawke and Leila Barruard with a rat their school had caught as part of the Predator Free schools initiative. PHOTO: Darren van Hoof

can get NCEA qualifications in sustainability, trapping and enterprise. “The goal is to empower young people to participate in action towards a predator-free New Zealand.” Marty says Miramar Peninsula, which is already possum-free, is an ideal location for piloting a scheme that could be expanded nationwide if successful. “We are going into classes in the beginning of the year and will be there until term three.” Papa Taiao has already delivered a rural-based programme in the Far North and this one will see Wellington’s Predator Free groups work with schools

for the first time. “It will get students to focus on ways to improve their trapping and engage with the community to come up with new ideas for enterprises and technologies,” Papa Taiao’s Wellington co-ordinator Miriam Sherratt says. Zealandia lead ranger for education and youth Darren van Hoof says their programme will be more focused on creating awareness, as younger children may not be ready to trap and kill pests. “You might have a group of students who are happy to do trapping, but that’s just one component.” Funding ensures that all equip-

ment, such as tracking tunnels and trap boxes, will be provided for, giving schools an incentive to invest in the programme. Predator Free Wellington project manager James Wilcocks says he is “absolutely stoked” with the progress and looks forward to its implementation. “Schools are a huge part of any community and our goal of creating the world’s first predator-free city depends on all aspects of the community working together.” While project is a trial, subject to review after two terms, James is confident it will expand to other areas as it were the schools that pushed to get involved.

Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi has released a report into how New Zealand responds to natural disasters and emergencies and will meet key groups to discuss its recommendations. The Ministerial Review - ‘Better Responses to Natural Disasters and other Emergencies in New Zealand’ - was started by the previous Government last year and had cross-party support. A technical advisory group (TAG) was formed to provide advice on the most appropriate ways to support effective responses to natural disasters and other emergencies. Kris says the report from the TAG makes a number of recommendations and these will be carefully considered as he meets with local authorities, iwi and other groups over the next few months.

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Tom Scott play focuses on mother’s colourful life By Jamie Adams

He had already received international acclaim for a play loosely based on his father. Now Wellington writer and cartoonist Tom Scott is getting positive feedback for his latest effort about his mother. Currently being performed at Circa, is a story about his mother’s life, especially her resilience in living with an angry, alcoholic husband. Directed by Tim Gordon, it follows Joan’s humble, but mystical childhood in southern Ireland between the two World Wars, to raising six children in gruelling, reduced circumstance in small town New Zealand with an angry alcoholic husband.

It ends in a measure of qualified peace and contentment at a retirement home in Hawke’s Bay. The title character is played by Wellington’s Ginette McDonald as well as her daughter Kate McGill as older and younger versions of her. It is the first time the pair have appeared on stage together, and they do indeed feature together despite playing the same character, the result of a clever way in which Tom has written the play. The two performers share the narrative load and are in constant conversation with each other. Ginette’s older Joan is wounded, disappointed, and cynical,

while Kate plays “Johanna”, her younger self who is full of fun and optimism. A continuing tension throughout is that Joan knows what is coming but in the natural orders of things can’t reveal what they are - Johanna must find these out for herself. Tom, a veteran writer of films and plays, says he felt his mother’s story was an interesting enough one to tell. “My mum was unforgettable. She was so funny and entertaining,” he says. He says the shows so far have provoked both tears and laughter, which he describes as “emotional undressing”. “Everyone needs a good laugh and cry when they watch a play.”

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Tom says the good thing about plays is that they can be modified with each performance, depending on how the audience reacted the previous night. “Tennessee Williams once said plays are never written; they are always re-written. “With television when the product goes to air there’s nothing you can do, but with a play every night can be different with small but infinite changes.” Tom believes Joan has the potential to tour New Zealand and possibly even Australia. If it does it will follow in the footsteps of his first production, The Daylight Atheist, a semiautobiographical account of his abusive but also “very funny” father.

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Council converting, reusing landfill waste in light of negative report Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill may get a lot of waste, but it is still used resourcefully, its manager says. Darren Hoskins says compost production and gas recovery are two ways of taking advantage of the waste that comes into the landfill. “I don’t think of it being a landfill, rather a ‘park in progress’,” he says. The council’s resourcefulness comes as World Bank data released last week puts New Zealand at number 10 on a list of countries creating the most urban waste. Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage labelled the

news “shameful”, prompting her to review how the Waste Minimisation Act is being implemented. “This is a serious problem and I am reviewing implementation of the Waste Minimisation Act to see how it can be more effectively used,” she says. “We need to reduce waste, apply the landfill levy to more landfills, and look at container deposit and product stewardship schemes and other options to reduce waste across the board.” Despite the ministry’s concerns, council has been implementing a waste minimisation scheme at its Happy Valley

every day. “The job is pretty much 24/7 because we are only closed three days a year and there are always people calling about compost orders, or what they can get rid of and what it’ll cost.” The landfill processes about 10,000 tonnes of green waste into bags of “Capital Compost” each year, including food waste from Wellington restaurants and other premises collected through the council’s Kai to Compost service. Despite the measures, councillor Iona Pannett, who holds the Infrastructure and Sustainability portfolio, says Wellington does not have a good waste record compared to Auckland and Christchurch. “People aren’t composting organic waste unless they are gardeners. It all goes into the landfill.” While she and other councillors have been calling for an increase in the landfill’s $10/tonne levy, Iona says changing residents’ habits requires a “carrot and stick approach” at a national level. “Even if we want to do work we can’t unless the Government takes action.” She says container deposit and product stewardship schemes are “fantastic” ideas that she is keen for the council to help implement.

landfill for some years now. After being tipped, rubbish is sorted, with a great chunk of reusable goods recycled. The remaining 200 tonnes of waste received each day is placed into the engineered fill, which eventually is turned into power. They use ultimate compaction procedures to maximise the airspace. “ We’r e ou r ow n l it t le waste-to-energy plant up here too,” Darren says. “The methane and carbon dioxide gases that build up as a result of waste are extracted from the ground and converted into one megawatt of energy, which powers 1000 homes

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We’re talking about Nunsense - especially for Wellington By Jamie Adams

A new theatre co-operative is hoping a local version of comedy play Nunsense will draw the level of laughs that made it such a success overseas. Based on the extremely popular off-Broadway show which originated in New York in 1985, this version sees the story transported to Wellington, where 52 nuns from Crofton Downs die of botulism and it is up to five of the survivors to raise funds to bury them. “Julia the chef poisons them with vichyssoise soup, except for 19 of them who were out playing bingo,” director Lyndee-Jane Rutherford says. “They are very talented. One is an amazing puppeteer and another one tap dances.” The show is a genuinely collaborative effort with some

crew members, such as producer/choreographer Rochelle Rose, starring in it too. Even the musical director Michael Nicholas Williams has a few lines on stage. The play is being produced by Wing It Productions, which was formed by Rochelle and Tania Parker only seven month ago. “This is our first year of operation so we spent that time getting Nunsense up and running,” Rochelle says. The idea of putting on such a show came about when the pair were singing together in a production of Sister Act in 2016. “A friendship was formed. We had a lot in common,” Rochelle says. “It was when we did a gig as nuns at a Garibaldi Society function that Michael

suggested we do Nunsense as our first production. From that point we just had to do it.” The Reverend Mother is played by Jane Keller who was originally an opera and cabaret singer in the United States. She was allowed to retain her accent for a show that will feature humorous references to New Zealand and especially Wellington. Nunsense runs at the Gryphon theatre at 7.30 from January 30 to February 10 with 2pm matinees on each of the Saturdays. Tickets are $39,90 for adults and $25 for seniors and students, with a portion of proceeds going to the Sisters of Compassion soup kitchen.  Go to wingit-productions. com to book and for more information on the cast and crew.

Nunsense crew from left, choreographer Rochelle Rose (who also plays Sister Robert Anne), director Lyndee-Jane Rutherford and actress Jane Keller who plays the Reverend Mother. PHOTO: Supplied

Skaters show off their skills at remade Treetops park

Chris Hamblin is airborne as he negotiates a ledge at the Treetops Skate Jam. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

There was a big turnout under the sun as the Wellington Skateboarding Association (WSA) hosted a competition at Newtown’s Treetops Skatepark to celebrate its new makeover on Sunday. The Treetops Skate Jam saw dozens of skateboarding enthusiasts take to new obstacles that have been installed as a result of a $4000 Pledge Me crowdfunding drive. While informal, the competition had 11 prizes up for grabs, such as for Best Slam and Best Grommet. Prizes included coffee, T-shirts and skateboards, thanks to the sponsorship of eight companies. WSA co-organiser Chris Wood says the renovation project was a great success. “We have a new quarter pipe and ledge made from treated timber and a new rail and kerbs,” he says. “It’s been six months in the

making.” About a hundred spectators were on hand to admire the tricks performed by the skateboarders, who were both children and adults and came from all over Wellington. Chris says last year’s project won’t be the last and the WSA is planning to launch a voting poll as to what users would like to see next. “We are all about listening to people and want to have something for everyone here.” Their most ambitious goal is to have an indoor skate park for the winter months, and Chris accepts that won’t be easy to achieve. “One of the big hurdles is finding a location. We’re talking with the council about where one could be built, but there isn’t much space available.” Nonetheless Chris is confident Treetops will be well utilised in the coming months assuming Wellington’s great summer continues.

Wahine 50th commemorative service announced A dawn service, choral tribute on Wellington’s waterfront, sail-by of a flotilla of boats, and a display focused on future preparedness, are some of the events scheduled to mark the 50th anniversary of Wahine Day on April 10. That day in 1968, the passenger ferry Wahine, buffeted by ferocious gale-force winds, ran aground on Barrett Reef at the entrance to Wellington Harbour, listed, and then sank, killing 53 of the 734 passengers and crew on board. “The 50th commemoration programme aims to balance three key elements – remembrance, gratitude, and preparedness, ” says chair of the Wahine 50 Charitable Trust, Rhys Jones. “It will be a day to remember those who lost their lives, a time for survivors to thank those who helped in their rescue and in the disaster relief, and a powerful opportunity to emphasise the need to be prepared

should disaster strike again.” The programme is a mix of public events – from the dawn service in Eastbourne to a gathering at Seatoun School mid-afternoon – and events specifically for the survivors, family members of passengers and crew, and rescuers. “The Orpheus Choir will sing in tribute to those on the Wahine, many of whom sang on board and in the lifeboats to keep their spirits up in the midst of the disaster,” says Rhys. A flotilla of 50 to 60 boats will be offered a formal salute as they sail pass the Wahine mast in tribute to all who took to the sea to help rescue those in trouble. Colleagues of the Salvation Army teenagers who helped provide clothes for and served tea to the drenched survivors once they reached land, will serve tea to those visiting the Wahine-50 – P.S. Are you Prepared display in Shed 6.

Wahine shipwreck survivors coming ashore at Seatoun, Wellington. PHOTO: Alexander Turnbull Library


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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should Waitangi Day become known as New Zealand Day?

Peter Butters, Island Bay “I’m for it to be Waitangi Day. I don’t see the need to change it. We just need to sort out the protests.”

Duncan McLachlan, Island Bay “I don’t celebrate it, but I think Waitangi Day is good.”

Eden Sturland, Brooklyn “I think [the name] Waitangi Day is pretty cool. It tells a story. If it was New Zelaand Day it could be any day of the year.”

Viqi Mably, Island Bay “I think so, becasue there’s so many different people who live in this country. I love the Maori people but it should embrace everyone.”

Carys Flutey, Hataitai “I think we should keep it the way it is. Its always been Waitangi Day and it’s good to keep the Maori name.”

Lidia Grace, Island Bay “We should. I think we are one nation and I think it would be a great idea. Everyone should be treated equally.”

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

Familiar sight with newspaper’s return Dear Editor, Wonderful to see the paper out again and the ‘year in review’ was most interesting! Now I see old Harold (Westfake news) has woken up with his usual rantings and doomsday predictions.

“Have the man no idle time be he cursed: Matthew 23:17” So on a more important point I am delighted to see that the good folk of Newtown a re rallying the troops to keep Kiwibank there, after all we don’t want any of ‘those’ people

coming over to my neck of the woods. I think the CEO of the bank should be sacked for downsizing the bank. Sincerely, Rose Wu Kilbirnie

Telestroke pilot sees stroke intervention rates double A six-month telestroke service pilot headed by Wellington Regional Hospital neurologists has seen a dramatic increase in stroke intervention rates across the Central region. The service is now being replicated across other parts of the country. The pilot – the first of its kind in New Zealand – saw seven Wellington neurologists providing expert after-hours advice via video link to four regional hospitals – Hawke’s Bay, Palmerston North, Nelson and Wairau. It has since been extended to Whanganui and Masterton hospitals. Telestroke boosts access to clot-busting treatment, called thrombylosis, which helps improve recovery for stroke patients. It uses videoconferencing technology to allow off-site experts to provide stroke thrombolysis decision support to less experienced frontline clinicians. “Since the service was implemented, stroke thrombolysis treatment has risen across the Central region from 8 percent to 16 percent – the highest regional intervention rate across New Zealand,” says stroke neurologist and pilot lead, Associate Professor Anna Ranta. “While all district health boards offer the treatment, the telestroke service ensures all central region DHBs offer a consistent 24/7 service. This has been the first such collaboration of treating stroke patients together. “Not only has it allowed us to develop strong working relationships with stroke

Associate Professor Anna Ranta. PHOTO: Supplied

doctors and nurses across the six hospitals involved, it’s also meant there’s no treatment delay for the patient. Patients are able to ask questions and are fully involved with the treatment decision.” The pilot, which was funded by the Ministry of Health, has since been replicated in the Midland region, and there are plans for telestroke to be implemented across the South Island. A new funding model has also been developed for the service, which allows DHBs to subscribe and pay an annual fee based on their individual population catchment area. “Telestroke has made a real difference in reducing inequity of access to round-theclock, high-quality acute stroke care in New Zealand. The extension of the service across the country will make a big difference to the treatment and recovery of stroke patients.”


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Club’s hundred years highlighted in historian’s book By Jamie Adams

The eventful history of Island Bay Bowling Club has been documented in a special centenary book thanks to efforts of a local historian who only recently joined the club. Chris Rabey has published the book Centenary 19182018 just in time for the official celebrations that took place over the weekend. Chris says it took him a year to compile the book, which is about the amount of time he has been a member of the club. “[Club secretary] Carole [Pickburn] helped with the layout while I did the photos and text,” he says. “I didn’t know many people here before I started so I interviewed mostly present members but some past and also got some information from the club archive and the Turnbull and council libraries.” He notes the president’s introduction is signed by the same person who wrote an introduction to a commemorative book written for the club’s 75th anniversary in

1992 - Carl Muollo. Many of the photos were collated from club archives, though some of the recent ones were taken by Chris himself. He says it helped being the secretary of the Southern Bays Historical Society, as that enabled him to get additional photos of the suburb taken in the 19th century. Chris has always had an interest Wellington’s history and is now working on a book about Brooklyn’s past. “I’m going to allow eight years to complete it.” His research uncovered some fascinating facts about the origins of Island Bay Bowls Club. “The Island Bay Hotel had a bowling green attached to it in the early 1900s. The man who owned it established his own bowling club on his property then helped establish this one.” Two hundred copies of the book have been printed and will be given away to members at another centenary celebration at the clubrooms during next month’s Island Bay Festival.

By Jamie Adams

Chris Rabey holds a copy of his book commemorating 100 years of the Island Bay Bowling Club. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Mural competition to be launched

Matiu Island exhibition includes walk

Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s 2018 Nature Murals Competition, open to local artists who are willing to Do The Right Thing and help paint New Zealand beautiful. Submissions for the competition open on February 1, with the winning entries receiving a $1000 grant and all the materials to paint the mural, thanks to the sponsorship of Resene. Murals must celebrate some form of the natural environment on or around the wall. Keep New Zealand Beautiful CEO Heather Saunderson says studies show a decrease in anti-social behaviour where community art is present. More information on the Nature Murals competition can be found on the Keep New Zealand Beautiful website.

Artist Aliyah Winter is revisiting the biography of Dr Hjelmar von Danneville, who was interned on Matiu (Somes) Island as a suspected ‘enemy alien’ during World War I. Titled hardening, the exhibition at Cuba Street’s Enjoy Public Art Gallery will be presented during Wellington Pride Festival from February 8 to March 10. Born in Europe, Hjelmar worked at the Lahmann Health Home in Miramar during the early 20th century. The doctor wore closely cropped hair, men’s shirts and jackets with skirts, and often partook in dry shaving, a gender nonconformity that made Hjelmer a highly suspicious person to local authorities. The exhibition also includes a walk with Aliyah on Matiu Island on Saturday March 3. Places are limited to 20 people. Email comms@enjoy.org.nz to attend.

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‘Dutch reach’ cycling law doesn’t exist: Greco Cycling advocates have been calling for motorists to adopt the “Dutch reach” as a simple way to reduce the risk of collisions with opening car doors on our streets. The Dutch reach is a technique for getting out of a car whereby the left hand is used to open the driver’s door, forcing the motorist to turn their head to check for any cyclist that is approaching on the carriageway. Media reports last week stated that the technique is a legal requirement for obtaining a driver’s licence in the Netherlands where it is believed to have originated from. However, when asked about whether the method should be adopted, Island Bay Resident’s Association president Vicki Greco says no such law exists over there. “I have a brother-in-law who lives in Holland. I asked him about this, he said he had never heard of it,” she says. “My niece has lived there for 30 years and she laughed hysterically we she read about that.” An American physician coined the term to promote the then-unnamed method in 2016 due to the fact the Netherlands has a lot of cyclists. Vicki, whose by-election campaign was largely based around returning the Island Bay cycleway to its original layout of having cyclists ride to the right-side of parked cars, says such a technique is not necessary as drivers simply needed to check their side mirrors before opening. “I never open my driver’s side door without looking.” Patrick Morgan from Cycling Action Network says Vicki is partly correct that it isn’t the law, but he believes the technique is commonly used in the Netherlands. “Children are taught it by parents. I’m told you can fail a driving test if you don’t demonstrate care in opening a door,” Patrick says. “Just reach, swivel, look out and back, then open the door slowly.” He says there’s already a duty of care on all road users to do no harm. “The New Zealand Road Code requires people to take care when opening car doors.” With Island Bay’s current cycleway and its planned “solution” ensuring cyclists ride to the left of parked cars, it is also imperative for passengers to get into the habit as well, Patrick says. “If you are on the passenger side, use your right hand.”

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Tarrant Dance Studio A new year and new Dance experiences are one of the excitements of learning at the Tarrant Dance Studios. Already in action before the term begins are a group of young dancers making Kids Magic - a performance at the Dell in the Rose Gardens on Jan 27 at 11am. Based on a favourite storybook by Giles Andreae ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’, this performance will look at confidence and wonder as Gerald finds he can dance - can somersault in fact! The audience can try their feet at Cha Cha, tango, waltz, rock’ roll and a splendid Scottish reel alongside the Tarrant Dancers who are spending the last week of their holidays devising this ‘magic’ Dance production.

Term One Classes start on Sat Feb 10 at the Cuba Street Studios and the following week will see dancers onstage at the MFC for the Chinese New Year Festival. Taniwha Loong is a dance interpretation of the Taniwha of Wellington Harbour meeting the traditional Chinese Dragon. Dance is a wonderful way to develop creativity, confidence, physical and rhythmical skills and firm friendships. Syllabi offered are the R.A.D and I.D.T.A with student classes from beginners (5-6 yrs) through Senior Scholars to a wide range of adult classes. Make this the year YOU get active, graceful and challenged - DANCE. Enquiries 3847285

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New Milestones for LOD Dance!! L.O.D dance Studios have recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary with some exciting new developments. July 2017 saw the grand opening of a third purpose built Studio space in their Newtown location. This has allowed them to offer even more classes and dance genres to everyone from pre-schoolers to adults alike. As well as Ballet & Jazz, students also have the opportunity to learn tap, contemporary, hip-hop and commercial dance as well as dance conditioning. The timetable has been carefully designed with the busy student (& family!) in mind, and offers selected classes together for ease! Adults now have a rotating line-up

of mixed dance genres, including anything from Yoga & Pilates to Dance-Fit, Broadway & Musical theatre to name a few! 2018 marks the 2nd year of LOD being the only official Wellington location for their pre-school programme: Ready, Set Dance. Designed to develop “confidence, creativity and co-ordination” this has been the fastest growing programme ever for LOD, and they now have 6 classes a week to choose from. Graduates of the programme will this year begin a brand new “Let’s Dance” Ballet & Jazz combo class for 5 year olds. For full details class options and enrolling for Term 1 go to: www.loddance.co.nz

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Thursday January 25, 2018

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Laykold Cup track cycling carnival wide open Cyclists in action in last year’s Junior Wheelrace Grand Prix. PHOTO: Supplied

Ninety years after the Laykold Cup was first presented, the 2018 edition of Wellington’s biggest track cycling race will take place this Sunday at the Wellington Velodrome. Now taking the form of a 10km Open Scratch Race, the Laykold Cup is one of the highlights of a full day of racing, which also includes the Poneke Plate for women, the Stayers Cup for masters and the Junior Wheelrace Grand Prix. Cash prizes are up for grabs on every race, for every grade. Last year’s Laykold Cup winner Carne Groube, a rising star on road and track, will not be back to defend his title so the trophy is wide open. A Wellington rider has not won it since 2011 when Lee Evans sprinted to victory. Lee will be taking part and with his focus being on sprinting, he could win it again providing he can get to the finale with some energy left. Pat Crowe-Rishworth leads the other local favourites, and has come

close before, preferring long-distance breakaways. Others in the mix will be under-19 road specialist Henry Levett, and experienced riders Matt Sharland, Grant Perry and Gideon Burke. Grace Saywell defends her Poneke Plate but Bridget Olphert and Zoe Perry will be aiming for an upset. Out-of-town riders could also make things hard, especially Sophie-Leigh Bloxham who won in 2015 and 2016. The Junior Handicapped Wheelrace Grand Prix is held over 1km (three laps) and is open to all riders under 17. Qualifying heats are run in age groups, with all riders coming together for a final, with younger riders generally given a good headstart. Jackson Moyle won the 2017 race ahead of Millie Donald and Lucy Fulljames.  The event kicks off at midday on Sunday, January 28 at the Wellington Velodrome in Hataitai. Competitors’ entry fees are $5 for juniors, $7 for seniors, with free entry for spectators.

A crackerjack turnout for bowling club centenary The entire membership of the Island Bay Bowling Club gathered after their gala tournament on S u n d ay f o r a commemorative photo to celebrate their centenary. The Cook Strait News was also on hand to acknowledge the occasion. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Free return buses for Round the Bays Catching a free return bus from some of the outer regional locations of Wellington is a new initiative introduced this year for participants doing the 6.5km event at the Cigna Round the Bays fun run on Sunday, February 18. As part of their strategy to encourage participation from across the Greater Wellington region, Sport Wellington has organised a free bus from; Wairarapa, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Johnsonville, Porirua and Kapiti. The buses are scheduled to arrive in Wellington in time for the start of the 6.5km events; the run/walk, Mitre 10 Buggy Walk, and the Active Families category where children under the age of 12, accompanied by an adult, can ride their scooters. Following the event, buses will depart from Kilbirnie Park (the finish line) at 12.30pm. Funded by a grant from Pub Charity, the buses are free of charge but there will be donation buckets on each bus where all of the proceeds will be donated to

the Cigna Round the Bays official charity, Achilles International New Zealand. There are 50 seats on each bus so participants need to get in quick and book. “When you book you need to have your bib number as you need to be fully paid before you can book on a bus,” Sport Wellington event director, Anna Carrington says. “Buggys, scooters and wheelchairs can be taken on the bus but we must be advised of this when the booking is made. “A confirmation email and further details will be provided upon booking.” Departing from the train stations, participants need to be at the station at least 15 minutes before the departure time and will need to show their registration bib to the volunteer as they board the bus.  Seats can be booked via a form at wellingtonroundthebays.co.nz or by calling Ana on (04) 380 2070 ext 234.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Netball’s golden goose flying away The Silver Ferns seem to be missing an opportunity to raise their profile. I pride myself at being aware of a large variety of sport going on in the world but I must confess I had no idea that an international netball series was starting. To be honest, with the exception of Maria Folau, I’m not sure I could name many starting Ferns’ players these days. Ironically, New Zealand lost the international to England, a sign of the times that other nations are catching up in a sport that has, for so long, been dominated by Australia and New Zealand. I was slightly embarrassed that I did not know the game was happening but it’s worth

pondering why? We are currently in the midst of a women’s sport evolution. Rugby, cricket, football and mixed martial arts have been instrumental in women having a more visible presence to the public while netball appears to have gone backwards. Player depth seems to be minimal and interest seems to have lagged. The trans-Tasman netball competition was a flop, largely because New Zealand franchises were not competitive. The new national competition appears like a step backwards when most other sports are rapidly progressing when it comes to the women’s portion of their sport.

These are potentially tricky waters to navigate for those within Netball New Zealand. How can the country’s most popular girls’ sport keep their players going through the agegroups to become competitive on the court and engaging to those watching it? The Laura Langman saga, where arguably our best player has been barred from playing in the black bib, has not been a good look and is potentially troublesome. The sport needs an injection of a charismatic, world-class player that can be the poster girl for the foreseeable future. Without a turnaround in fortunes, netball may find themselves missing a golden opportunity to cash-in on the mood of the sporting world.


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