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Two new off-road bike tracks out the back of Scots College will be an asset to the local community as well as the school - and all thanks to the initiative of three of its students. The students - Noah Stephens, Orlando Pender and Kobe Fulljames - were year 6 preparatory school boys in 2016, when their class was asked to come up with ideas for a project that would have a lasting impact. “Urbanisation was reducing opportunities for boys to play outdoors, so we wanted to get them back outside,” Noah says. Continued on page 2. Year 8 Scots College students Noah Stephens and Orlando Pender on the school’s new loop track, the result of an idea they and fellow student Kobe Fulljames conceived in 2016. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Scots students’ bike track idea becomes reality Continued from page 1. “We thought it would be cool for the school to have a recreational bike track.” “We also wanted it for the community and not just have Scots College using it,” Orlando adds. The three discussed their idea with the prep school principal Mike Hansen, who then got the Wellington City Council on board. They in turn contacted the Bikes On Trust, which runs
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Noah Stephens, right, and Orlando Pender try out the new skills track. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
phalt loop track which encircles almost the entire park which was completed in November, and a smaller dirt “skills track” featuring bridges and a slalom. While construction work had caused some disruption to the users of the park’s playground, Mike says the loop track had been well used by the public. “There’s been lots of stories of families having picnics nearby with their sons and daughters riding on it.” The $110,000 project, which was collaboratively funded by the trust, the council and the college, includes the school’s purchase of 55 new Allterra bicycles from Burkes Cycles. Bike On Trust will provide billboards about safely using the track while another organisation, Get Pedal Ready, will periodically visit to give lessons on riding. “It will be an in-class program. It could be part of PE,” Mike says. While the track will only be available to year 1-7 students during the school’s recreation periods, Mike says older students who are not familiar with bike riding will also be given the
opportunity of learning to pedal. He believes the loop track helps novice cyclists prepare well for road riding, while the skills track allows them to practice for the greater demands of BMX riding. The college is also in discussion with Seatoun Primary and Kahurangi schools about allowing their pupils to use it during certain times of the week. “I’ve met with the [Raukawa] Community Centre about the bikes they have been collecting and repairing for the community to use,” Mike says. “We have been talking about getting more people to donate to the group for lending to kids who don’t have them to use on our tracks.” As for the boys’ verdict on their completed project? “I didn’t expect it to be this awesome,” Orlando says. While they are now too old to use the track themselves during school hours, they are delighted to have conceived something that will leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy. The three boys will be given the honour to cut the ribbon when the tracks are officially opened in a few weeks time.
‘Save our Post Shop’ petition reaches 2500 signatures The petition to save Newtown’s Post Shop and Kiwibank gained over 2500 signatures in its first week. “We’re aiming to double that number by the middle of February” says Amanda Barber, a member of the group formed to save the Newtown post office. Petitioners even braved Thursday’s storm to collect signatures. “People come from as far away as Mirimar and Karori, whose Post Shop closed last year, to use the Newtown Branch.
People enjoy the friendly and efficient service they receive at Newtown,” Amanda says. “Past post shop closures have affected many people throughout New Zealand,” she adds. “On some days, people have been queueing up to sign the petition as they know how important the post office is to people all over the community.” One person who signed the petition says: “We’ve noticed that when the post shop goes, other small/local business soon follow. We really lose our sense
of community”. A no t h e r sig n a t o r y ob served: “A lot of people value the face to face interaction and the relationship we get at the post shop. You can’t get that on the computer or necessarily at a NZ Post franchisee”. For another, the concern was about how those who aren’t computer literate would cope. “People would would like to sign the petition can find tables outside the post shop and outside Amadeus Hair, and the Saturday market, both
in Newtown. The petition can also be signed online at our. actionstation.org.nz/petitions/ save-our-bank-and-post-office. “If the campaign to save Newtown’s Post Shop and Kiwibank is successful, we would hope that New Zealand Post would look at the depth of support for local services when considering future closures around New Zealand,” Amanda says. “If the well-used Newtown Post Shop closes, the closure of post shops in other areas is sure to follow.”
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Few drinking fountains in Wellington playgrounds: study New research has found that only a fifth of childrens’ playgrounds in the lower North Island of New Zealand had drinking fountains (11 out of 54 playgrounds). The University of Otago, Wellington study, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, found that only one of 17 council areas in the study had drinking fountains that worked in all the playgrounds sampled in their area, while eight of the council areas had no fountains at all in any of the playgrounds sampled. The study follows another
published last year which found only six percent of Wellington City playgrounds had drinking fountains. The researchers found fountain quality varied greatly, with three fountains having discolouration on the metal surround (for example, from biofilm) within 1cm of the nozzle of the fountain. Some fountains did not properly collect the waste water from the drinking nozzles. Some also did not have suitable surfaces for the water to drain away, resulting in soft, wet or muddy ground around
the fountain. “We even found a fountain with grass growing out of the drainage sink part,” says one of the study authors, Professor Nick Wilson. “In an era of climate change with increased risk of heat waves, drinking water in public places will be an increasingly important civic investment. “Ideally, Government should consider regulations that require at least one drinking water fountain in all NZ playgrounds and parks, especially those with sports fields,” Nick
says. New Wellington City councillor Fleur Fitzsimons is surprised by the very low number of fountains in the city. “It is something we can remedy,” says Fleur, who campaigned for better playgrounds during last year’s southern ward by-election. “I think that provision of drinking fountains and adequate shade and modern equipment is an important issue that I intend to bring up when consultation on the council’s long-term plan kicks off in April.”
Matchmaking zoo keen to get imported ‘bachelor’ breeding Pepe, a 19-month-old male capybara, has arrived at Wellington Zoo to join the zoo’s three females, to hopefully contribute to the breeding of capybara in this region. Capybaras, which are native to Central and South America, are the largest rodents in the world. Although not endangered, their populations are affected by hunting and habitat loss. Pepe has arrived from Auckland Zoo, thanks to an international online matchmaking service for zoo animals. Wellington Zoo works with other animal welfare accredited organisations and progressive zoos around the world to pair best-matched animals for regional and international breeding programmes. Matching up potential breeding partners at the zoo is a complex process and requires a high level of scientific expertise, using an international online database called Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) run by Species 360.
The records of 22,000 species and 10 million animals include things like an animal’s age, its parents, sex, place of birth, and it helps organisations plan for international breeding programmes. “We sometimes feel like an online dating service where we’re matching animals together, and sending them on blind dates,” says Jo Richardson, animal care manager. “Pepe is a sweet and gentle-natured animal and we’re hoping the females will like him just as much as we do. “Capybaras are pretty easy going, so they will generally get on well with each other and other animals. It shouldn’t be too difficult matching them up, they’ll ‘swipe right’ to most, so to speak,” says Jo. The zoo is also playing matchmaker for a few other species just in time for Valentine’s Day, including Goliath Bird Eating Tarantulas, a male Little Blue Penguin and a Sumatran Tiger.
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inbrief news Mayor hopes for more mentors Wellington is hoping to double its involvement in a national Māori mentoring programme this year, Mayor Justin Lester says. Since 2011, Wellington’s Mayor has mentored a rangatahi (young person) each year as part of the Local Government New Zealand Mayors Taskforce for Jobs Tuia programme. Tuia aims to develop the leadership capacity of young Māori by pairing them with mayors and/or deputy mayors, who mentor them on a oneon-one basis. “We want to expand this programme in Wellington and hope to be able to mentor two rangatahi instead of one,” Justin says. “This initiative has been powerful and rewarding for past participants.” Two rangatahi will be selected for the 2018 programme if enough applications were received. Applications have now closed.
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inbrief news Vodafone gets poor reception in survey In Consumer NZ’s latest satisfaction survey, telco customers rated Vodafone last for both mobile and broadband services, the same place it occupied last year. “Vodafone was the only provider that rated below-average on all our performance measures – from customer support to value for money,” Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says. About three-quarters of Vodafone’s broadband customers reported spending a long time on the phone waiting to speak to a rep. Nearly half said the service was poor once they finally got through. “Vodafone needs to spend less on flashy advertising and more on sorting out its service,” she says.
Correction Last week’s obituary of former All Black Graham Williams did not mention that he was a member of Wellington Football Club for most of his life, including playing there during his formative years which led to his selection for the Wellington rep team. He did not play for Oriental-Rongotai as stated in the article. Also, while he lived in Seatoun he was not raised there. The errors are regretted.
Rubbish haul proves coastal clean-ups still necessary By Jamie Adams
If anyone needs a reminder of vigilance when it comes to litter disposal, a beach clean-up on a south coast would have been it. Corinne Goedbloed, a member of ocean conservation group Our Seas Our Future (OSOF), organised the event at Tarakena Bay on Sunday afternoon. Cor i n ne, who l ives i n Strathmore Park, says the beach is something that is close to her heart, as well as her home. “I come here a lot and there’s always lots of plastic around which is damaging to birds and penguins who live around here,” she says. “I hear studies of whales washing up on shore with plastic in their stomachs and it breaks my heart. That’s what motivates me.” It was the first cleanup organised by Corinne, who has lived in Wellington since 2012. Not all of the 10 volunteers who assisted her on the day were strictly local. “One woman was from Raglan visiting Wellington. One was from Karori.” Corinne says while the big pieces of plastic are obvious, it’s actually the little things like clothes pegs and bottlecaps that can be lethal as they are more likely to end up in the mouths
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of fish and birds. “W’hen I go to the beach I pick up big bits but its only when you hold cleanups you get round to picking up the small things,” she says. “It doesn’t look like much but it does add up.” The amount of r ubbish Corinne collects during her visits to the beach varies depending on the weather. “Sometimes I suppose it’s all over the place and other times it seems okay. The direction of
the wind has something to do with it.” Having “started small” she hopes to hold more cleanups at other beaches around Wellington, particularly those where many sunbathers congregate. “I’d like to do Owhiro Bay. I’ve thought about Oriental Bay but parking will be difficult on the weekend and then there wouldn’t be many volunteers during the week.” OSOF spokesman Noel Jhinku says the organisation
has held a few clean-ups in Wellington, mostly around key events such as Seaweek and Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week. “This is the first clean-up organised outside of a national key event, and we hope to carry on with these volunteer led clean-up events on a regular basis,” he says. “The goal is to engage the public to look after their own ‘backyard’ with regular cleanups.”
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Earthquake-strengthening leads to new, modern classrooms By Jamie Adams
Earthquake-strengthening has come with added benefits for a Seatoun primary school. St Anthony’s School has a new refurbished senior school block – He Atawhai - the result of its old parish hall being converted as part of a project to future-proof the building for earthquakes. The two classrooms, designed for year 5-8 pupils, had been opened by Cardinal John Dew on December 6 and the use of them began as school returned last week. “We are very excited about the numerous opportunities that are on offer for our students in our new flexible modern learning
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Student reps for NZ Festival selected The New Zealand Festival has selected 12 secondary school students throughout the greater Wellington region to be Student Ambassadors.
Each has a keen interest in the arts, whether in performing, writing, directing, journalism and sharing their story through social media.
Ambassadors begin their journey with training in mobile journalism, review writing, recording/editing vox pops and podcasting.
The student ambassadors selected for the New Zealand Festival, with lecturers. Watene Campbell (second from left), Maddie Brooks Gillespie (fourth from left), Ben Shea (fifth from left), Saffron Calman-O’Donnell, (seventh from left), Raihan Bismo (fifth from right), Kaira Scheck (fourth from right) and Hariata Moriarty (second from right) are students from schools representing Wellington’s south and east. PHOTO: Supplied
Town Hall resource consent application lodged A resource consent application has now been lodged as a next step to starting earthquake strengthening work on Wellington’s Town Hall. Mayor Justin Lester says the lodging of the consent application is another exciting milestone for the project. “Once it’s strengthened and refurbished the Town Hall will be a central point for civic functions and will also play an active part in Wellington’s
cultural life as the home of the New Zealand centre for music excellence.” Wellington City Council is collaborating with Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to develop the Town Hall as a centre for musical performance, culture and the arts in Wellington. Council will seek expressions of interest from contrac-
tors in February. Earthquake strengthening work is scheduled to start in late 2018, with completion scheduled for 2021. In June 2017, Council approved the Town Hall upgrade. The work will include re-piling and ‘base isolation’ - the building will rest on flexible pads that lessen shaking during an earthquake. The Town Hall will be strengthened and upgraded
What the redeveloped Wellington Town Hall what look like from Wakefield Street, with a new glass entrance. IMAGE: Supplied
over three years, with extra features to include a tiered Ilott Theatre, a rebuilt West Hall to provide access from Wakefield Street to Civic Square and a link to the adjacent building, a stronger floor in the main auditorium, and a new basement underneath it to provide public toilets and usable space. There will also be servicing storage and public facilities will be improved, including better loading facilities in the main auditorium with a second stage lift. The Town Hall pipe organ has already been restored and will be reinstalled. “Most of the work that’s done is internal and underneath,” Build Wellington manager Ian Pike says. The most significant change visually will be the demolition of the four-storey part of the exterior of the adjacent municipal building which will be converted to a three-stoey high glass atrium with a glazed connecting wall between it and the Town Hall. “The expectation will be that the northern side of the atrium will feature a wall made of anodised aluminium,” Ian says.
The ambassadors will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes, conduct interviews with the creatives/artists and see open dress rehearsals. They will attend performances and produce social media posts/video stories, interact with audiences recording vox pops and write theatre style reviews for potential publication. At the end of their New Zealand Festival journey, the ambassadors will collaborate to create a highlights reel and a recorded podcast. The NZ Festival, an international arts festival covering theatre, dance, music, visual arts, writers, and technology, is on in Wellington from February 23 to March 18.
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Lynne Jones, Island Bay “I think they can ban them in school time, especially when used irresponsibly.”
Kathryn GeddesMarks, Island Bay “Yes. I totally support that. [School is] a place that needs to be for teaching. It’s no place for social media.”
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Annette Moffat, Island Bay “Yes. I have heard of bullying of a vulnerable pupil through cellphone use at a local school. They’re distracting and open to misuse.”
Rozary Lazar, Brooklyn “Yes, 100 percent. I was distracted by it a lot and my peers were as well. My primary school years were the best because of lack of technology.”
Emma Nelson, Island Bay “It’s a changing world. I think it’s fine if they use it for learning purposes and teachers can monitor it.”
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Where are local politicians on Kiwibank closure? Dear Editor, I have signed the petition to help Newtown save Kiwibank/Post Office but I do wonder where are the two council-elected members of the southern ward and even also where is the local MP Paul
Megan Schaffer, Island Bay “I think they should be banned. I think it adds a layer of drama to the things that can happen, like bullying.“
what’s-his-name. It seems these elected politicians are clearly missing in action when it comes to real issues for real people. I say: Save Kiwibank! Rose Wu Kilbirnie
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Dear editor, I went to a recent meeting in Newtown as those great people are trying to save Kiwibank/Postal services but I was surprised not to see the high profile local MP and newly elected councillor in attendance. Where are they in helping save this vital service in Newtown! I have written before in support of Rose Wu, to explain that she is elderly (poorly),and gets
confused in writing her letters in Chinese, then loses the translation, surely Hector West[fold] understands that, and excuses her cult references. She was devout but found a new book. ONG - Pray for us all. Yours in peace Sarah R Wu Kilbirnie
‘Bible quotes’ could be from other religions Dear Editor Good on H. Westfold for calling out Rose Wu on her bizarre habit of faux bible quotes. (CSN Feb 1.) I can’t help wondering if your paper might have been more cautious about publishing her letter, had she been claiming to quote from the Quran or the Pentateuch, or from sacred Buddhist scriptures.
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Postal clearance times too inconvenient Dear Editor; Here are further symptoms of apparent planned self-liquidation by NZ Post, perhaps no more than three years from now. Here in Miramar, very recently on Thursday at about 10.00am, I intended to post some Standard Post letters in the box outside Craig the Chemist in Miramar Avenue, and was at first pleased to see that it had reverted to taking both Standard Post and International Mail. However, I then noticed that the final clearance time, Monday to Friday, had suddenly changed to 9.00am, which seemed unbelievable. I instead went along to the postal depot opposite New World,
posted my mail, but noted the final clearance time had been shortened to 4.00pm on those days. I realise postal letters are not as urgent as they once were; but if people want them to be despatched on the same day as posted, a box that is cleared at 9.00am is useless to most such people. And a box cleared at 4.00pm will scarcely be convenient for many people. So I eagerly await, not long from now, Miramar boxes with signs saying they will be cleared only on, say, Mondays and Thursdays at 12.00 noon, weather permitting! H Westfold, Miramar
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Victoria University of Wellington’s newly launched Miramar Creative Centre recently welcomed its inaugural director, Dr Paul Wolffram. Paul is a senior lecturer in Victoria’s Film programme and an award-winning film director and producer, known for his ethnographic documentaries What Lies That Way, Voices of the Land: Ngā Reo O Te Whenua and Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors’ Tales. Jenn ifer Windsor, pro vice-chancellor of Humanities and Social Sciences, says Paul was an obvious choice to head up Victoria’s latest initiative in cultivating creativity within Wellington and beyond. “Paul is one of New Zealand’s outstanding creative practitioners,” she says. “His own and his students’ work speaks to multiple ways of imagining film, music, people and culture.” Paul says he’s thrilled to begin his role as director of the centre, with its unique location in the heart of Wellington’s film industry providing a huge advantage for students. “Most of the high-end film industry is based out at Miramar so the physical proximity is really advantageous. “Students will benefit from
members of the film and music industry visiting classes—it’s now easy for them to pop across the road and join us for a couple of hours.” He says that he’s also excited by the potential for collaboration enabled by the mix of students and teaching staff from different disciplines, including film, music and design. “In the past it’s been harder for us to collaborate between our undergraduate course. Now with all of the students in the same place it’s very easy for a film student to find a composer or designer to work with, or to creatively engage with Master of Design Technology students to do digital effects work on their film. He says collaboration is the reality for many students when they get out into the industry. The centre will initially house students from the film and music streams of the Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice), as well as Master of Design Technology students. Paul says he sees the Miramar Creative Centre as a unique facility which he believes will become the ‘go-to’ postgraduate training facility in Australasia for film and digital creativity.
Kiwibank behaves like loan shark Dear Editor, Kiwibank is flash advertising personal loans at 16 percent on their screens and then 5 percent for mortgages, but they only pay interest of 3 percent - it’s all the same money! Who are the real loan sharks? All the while the new young directors are closing down suburban branches around the country and ripping out the Quick Cash machine from Brooklyn. As a founding customer - is it
not time now to change Banks. Martin Beck, Mornington. Editor’s note: In response to the concern about the disappearnce of Brooklyn’s Quick Cash machine, Kiwibank communications manager Bruce Thompson says the ATM was removed last year due to access issues. A new site has been found and the ATM will be installed at 29 Cleveland Street on February 20.
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Poneke House offers modern approach to dementia care By Jamie Adams
Ultimate Care Group general manager clinical services Carole Kaffes in one of the dementia care space’s living rooms. Through the window behind her is a nurses’ supervisory room. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Sensory stimulation to help dementia patients remember is part of the specialised care being offered at a new dementia care service in Wellington. The new dementia care space in Newtown was officially opened last week by Ultimate Care Group’s general manager of clinical services, Carole Kaffes, and facility manager Karen Gear. Karen says the space has a strong focus on sensory stimulation. “While dementia can’t be cured, we know that in the right, caring environment, treatment can help,” she says. “That includes evoking memories that promote a sense of wellbeing for our residents. “Our rooms have been decorated with special art, and there’s a sensory wall and sensory rooms that let residents remember certain tastes
and sounds. “We also have raised gardens which our residents can grow seasonal vegetables in, and a garden walk featuring intriguing smells like coriander, thyme and curry, and bright colours that change with the seasons.” Karen says the Ultimate Care Group has many years’ experience providing excellent dementia care at other locations around the country. “Our dementia-trained staff focus on the person, not the disease, enabling us to create a home-away-from-home environment that helps our residents thrive.” Poneke House, formerly Ultimate Care Group Mt Victoria, is located on the corner of Constable St and Alexandra Rd. It is the fourth of its kind in the group’s nationwide portfolio. “That means greater choice for those experiencing de-
Age no barrier to volunteering say airport ambassadors By Jamie Adams
It is hard to miss the prominent information kiosk located on the upper level of Wellington’s airport terminal. It may seem innocuous to any patron familiar with the airport and its protocols, but for Norma Hudson and Susan Adams it is an important facility and one they take seriously - and enjoy immensely. The pair are one of about 50 volunteers involved in Wellington Airport’s ambassador programme, which has been running for three years. The primary role of ambassadors, who are stationed at information desks around the terminal, is to give passengers advice and assistance. Working in four-hour shifts for a number of days each week, they are onsite from 9am to 5pm weekdays and 12.30 to 5pm on Sundays. Norma, of Lower Hutt, and Susan, of Miramar, who are both in their early 70s, have volunteered for much of their adult life. “I’ve done over 40 years of volunteer work,” Susan says. “I’ve been on a lot of committees, and I’ve been the president of the Council of Jewish Women in New Zealand.” She chose the airport due to its proximity as well as
the fact her husband also volunteers there. Norma’s volunteer roles in addition to this one have included being a community patrol member, and chaired the Hutt Safe City Group. The ladies joined forces after meeting for the first time in another voluntary role at Wellington Zoo. “I’d recently retired and Susan told me it would be a good way of getting out and meeting people. It’s wonderful being able to help people which is something I have always done, having been here for two and a half years. For Susan the most satisfying part of the job is putting people at ease, whether they be crying children or new arrivals apprehensive about entering a foreign land. “Sometimes I meet some people from India who don’t speak English. It can take a while until somebody they know meets them. I can stay and help them until they arrive. They always thank me for my help.” “For a lot of people who don’t speak English you can help just by pointing to things,” Norma says. “I love to tell people what they should do while visiting,” she adds. They also get a buzz when they sometimes encounter the same airport folk at the zoo, where they volunteer on Sundays. For Norma, the trust of
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strangers can also be fulfilling. “A woman came through from the international terminal with a baby in her arms and came to the counter and asked me to look after the baby for 15 minutes while she went to relieve herself. She’d been on a flight from London for 33 hours.” Another highlight was the flattery received upon meeting an actual ambassador - the kind who represents a country. “He said to us ‘you are the true ambassadors’,” Susan recalls.
Norma and Susan believe volunteering in retirement is good for mental health; Norma even jokes it helps her “stay sane”. It is therefore no surprise they intend to stick to it for some time yet. “It will be for several years as long as we’re mobile.” The airport accepts two intakes of volunteers per year. People who are interested in joining the ambassador programme can contact manager Monique Ramage on 04 385 5165.
mentia, their loved ones, and the professionals who help find suitable accommodation,” Carole says. Nurses from Care Co-ordination, Mary Potter Hospice and Older Persons Service, as well as social workers, were given a tour of the facility soon after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The centre has rooms featuring facades to help remind patients of the room’s function, as well as their past. For example the kitchen has a mural depicting an old-style breadshop, with a menu in large letters on the opposite wall. In addition, the upgraded centre can now cater for patients with the advanced stage of dementia as it has a fenced perimeter and doors with swipecard access. Previously they would have been required to transfer to the hospital if they were found to have wandered out in a confused state.
Swiss traditional culture coming to Wellington The Embassy of Switzerland and the Wellington City Council are bringing traditional Swiss culture to the citizens of the nation’s capital. At lunchtime on February 13 and 14 the Trachtengruppe Baar will yodel, sing, dance, play the beautiful alphorn and even throw flags in the sky. Baar is a town in the Canton of Zug, near Zurich. The 26 Swiss cantons are sovereign little republics, each of them with its own parliament, government and tax policy. They are responsible for most public matters and form together the Swiss Confederation, represented with an Embassy in New Zealand where 7000 Swiss citizens and at least 30,000 Swiss descendants live. Each of these cantons has its own beautiful traditional costume or tracht for both women and men. It is nowadays worn mostly on festive occasions or for cultural performances. The 40-strong group from Baar has performed in New Zealand before and also in the United Kingdom, Japan and Germany. Both shows run from 12pm to 1:30pm, with the Tuesday performance in Civic Square and the Wednesday performance at Midland Park.
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FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION MANAGER Rongotai College is a high profile boys’ secondary school, located in Wellington. We have an ongoing tradition of outstanding achievement, and are committed to boys achieving excellence in all areas of school life. We are seeking an energetic leader to fill the position of: FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION MANAGER As a member of the Senior Management and Leadership Team of the college, this position will have responsibility for the management of finance, property and non-teaching staff, and incorporates the duties of Secretary to the Board of Trustees. We welcome applicants who • have a solid knowledge of accounting processes and practices;| • have the ability to handle complex and varied tasks; • appreciate the importance of education and wish to make a difference in the lives of young people. Knowledge of the operation of the New Zealand education system would be an advantage. An information pack (including job description) is available on the school’s website (www.rongotai. school.nz) or by emailing the.principal@rongotai. school.nz Application is by covering letter and CV, stating the names of three referees who can be contacted for comment, to The Principal, PO Box 14-063, Kilbirnie, Wellington, or by email to the above address. Applications close on Friday 23 February 2018.
Thursday February 8, 2018
Island Bay Softball Club gears up for 75th reunion Next month, will mark 75 years since the Island Bay Softball Club was founded. Past members of the club will be coming from as far away as Australia as well as various parts of New Zealand. Softball, as a sport, was strongly influenced by American servicemen based in New Zealand during World War Two. The Island Bay club was founded in 1943, by the Hancock brothers Arthur, Bruce, Les and Des. Over the club’s 75-year history it has remained very much a family affair, president Paul Durkin says. “Fundraising over the years has taken many forms from spin-the-wheel raffles held on Friday nights at Tilyards butcher shop, (now Island Bay butchery) pub raffles and housie,” he recalls.
Local girl joins top fellow student as Netball NZ rep
During the 1960s the club played several games with the crews of visiting American ice breaker ships, who proved to be formable opponents. “After-match socialising was held at Island Bay’s surf clubrooms.” In the 1970s a combined effort with Island Bay Soccer saw the building of the clubrooms on Wakefield Park. This was a major effort as volunteers put many hours of their time into finishing the rooms. Over the years the club has won Wellington, inter-city and national titles, as well producing many Wellington and New Zealand representatives. The reunion will be held on March 17 and 18. To attend, email email@example.com for a registration form. Registrations close on February 20. Paris Lokotui, left, and Tiuana-Marie Aiono have made the Netball New Zealand Secondary Schools Squad. PHOTO: Supplied
Brian (Straw) Gifford tagging out Dave England at Home plate in a match between Melrose and Island Bay at the Polo Grounds 1962. PHOTO: Supplied
Regrouped Eastern Bays Scouts take to water Eastern Bays Scouts are a blended scout group joining the two original scout groups from the peninsula. Just on 21 years ago the Seatourn Land Scouts joined with the Pencarrow Sea Scouts and formed what is now known as Eastern Bays Scout Group. Over the years there has been fluctuating numbers and use of the equipment and now the group is seeing a great resurgence from the Eastern Suburbs with good numbers attending. Some are looking to do the camping and survival aspect of scouts while others wanting to learn to sail. Group leader Gavin McGlashan says the combined group has received much support from the other local scout groups to be at the local regattas this year.
“We have five boats in our boat shed that have been severely underutilised until this January when they whent to the New Zealand Scout Regatta in Te Tahi Bay,” says Gavin. “It was great to see our boats out on the water again. “There is much energy in the group now to see the boats out more with our own crews that Eastern Bays are having a fresh launch in February to rekindle the sailing within the group.” Gavin invites anyone who has had an interest in scouting on the peninsula to join in a re-launch of the group at its Worser Bay hall, corner of Marine Parade and Awa Street, on February 12 at 6:30. The re-launch will include newly branded scarves to better reflect the group’s history.
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Two of Queen Margaret College’s top sportswomen have been selected for the Netball New Zealand Secondary Schools Squad. Year 12 student Paris Lokotui, of Seatoun, and Head Prefect Tiuana-Marie Aiono and found out they made the prestigious squad at the weekend following an intensive training camp in Cambridge. The pair have both played netball for several years and say it was exciting to have made the team. “It felt amazing to be named in the squad,” Paris says. “It was a real relief that our hard work all paid off,” Tiuana-Marie adds. A Queen Margaret House boarder, Paris has played in ntional tournament teams for water polo, netball and basketball before and has been selected to
trial for the New Zealand team playing in the 2018 FIBA Under-17 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Belarus later this year. This is Tiuana-Marie’s first national team. The Porirua resident has played over 200 games for Queen Margaret College after being the youngest person to make the school’s Senior A Netball team when she was only in Year 8. The pair credit their sporting success to working hard and encourage other young people trying to make a name for themselves to do the same. “If you put in the time and the effort you will be rewarded,” Tiuana-Marie says. “It’s also really important to bounce back if you don’t initially succeed,” Paris says.
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Lazarus set to smash harness racing records Lazarus is fast becoming arguably New Zealand harness racing’s most dominant horse ever. His feats on the race track are starting to live up to his larger than life biblical name and he’s proven, beyond doubt, he is the best pacer in Australasia at present. Lazarus has 15 group one wins to his name, $3.5million in the bank and the amazing record of never being out of the first three in 43 starts. His co-trainer, New Zealand’s most successful ever, Mark Purdon says he is the best horse he’s been involved with and that’s lofty praise. The champion horse cruised to a Hunter Cup victory in Australia in record time last weekend, smashing Australasia’s best in the process. He has just over $1 million left to become the highest earning Australasian pacer of all time behind Blacks A Fake. Lazarus appears to be a complete horse, one that can lead and win, one
that can sit parked and still have enough petrol to breeze past competitors in the home straight. His ability to back up after tough runs and win at the next start is unparalleled and his reign of dominance doesn’t look like ending any time soon. There is a real prospect Lazarus will go down as the most dominant New Zealand Cup winner ever and a darling of his home track of Addington Raceway. In more than 20 years of following harness racing, I can’t remember a more dominant horse, to the point where opposition trainers and drivers are often hinting at defeat before the race. Only bad luck or injury could prevent this champion from re-writing all sorts of records once his career is through. Sometimes it’s best to acknowledge greatness so it can be enjoyed while it lasts. That is what Lazarus is to harness racing.
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