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Thursday February 8, 2018

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

Hero Hendel, Silke Hendel, Corinne Goedbloed, Ros Wells and Khan Wall show off what they collected at Tarakena Bay on Sunday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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.”

Parrotdog among entrants for beer awards The hunt is on for brewing perfection from New Zealand and around the world, with judges ready to put hundreds of alcoholic beverages to the taste-test on behalf of thirsty supermarket customers. For the more than 40 brewer-

ies located across the lower North Island, the New World Beer & Cider Awards are a chance to get noticed and promoted on a national stage. Winning brews not only get on the shelf in New World stores across the country but

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