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Parade of festivity The threat of rain failed to materialise to the point of ruining this year’s Island Bay Festival street parade and variety show. Now in its 36th year, the festival runs for nine days and features several unique events such as the Tapu Te Ranga Island Swim, the Blessing of the Fishing Boats, and the Ribble Street Races. Continued on page 2. Members of Move It Danceworks take to The Parade as part of the Island Bay Festival Parade on Saturday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Drizzle fails to dampen Island Bay Festival parade bringing out an appreciative crowd. The parade began at the shopping centre and made its way to Shorland Park where a carnival was taking place.

Continued from page 1. A fine morning gave way to fog by the afternoon, but drizzle wasn’t enough to put a dampener on proceedings, with plenty of groups

A variety show was held throughout the afternoon which saw local musicians, dance, community and school groups perform on the Band Rotunda stage.

Many local groups dressed up for the occasion, some more flamboyantly than others. Go to Out & About, on page 13 to see more photos.

Snorkelling public gets to see what lies beneath By Jamie Adams

A festival wasn’t the only big event happening in Island Bay on Saturday. Environmental group Mountains to Sea Wellington hosted a free community-guided snorkelling event for the public that day, having been postponed from the previous Saturday. The Taputeranga Marine Reserve Snorkel Trail gave members of the local community an opportunity to explore what lies beneath the waves in the south coast’s marine reserve. The event, funded by Greater Wellington, saw volunteers from Mountains to Sea Wellington, along with Friends of the Marine Reserve, out in force handing out snorkelling gear and wetsuits to anyone game enough to go underwater for up to half an hour to check out the marine life of Island Bay - including this reporter. Guided by Nicole Miller, of the Friends of Taputeranga Marine Reserve, I was able to get some photos of the array of sealife that inhabits the seafloor of Island Bay, including moki, paua, lobster and starfish. Nicole even told me that stingrays can sometimes be seen but none were witnessed on this

RIGHT: The Hoggad family of John, Susanna, Luka (9) and Lennard (8), about to see what lies beneath the waves. PHOTO: Jamie Adams BELOW: Reporter Jamie Adams after taking part in a guided underwater tour of the bay. PHOTO: Te Kawa Robb.

occasion. Mountain to Sea Wellington programme director Zoe Studd says the event was part of a national programme of getting the public to experience marine reserves.

“We do two here in Taputeranga, another in Titahi Bay, one off Kapiti Island and two in Whitireia (Porirua),” she says. “We held our first about eight years ago and it’s got bigger each year.”

Zoe says the aim of these free events is to raise public awareness of the fragility of ocean life. “It’s to help inspire kaitiatanga [guardianship] amongst the people.”

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Internet kills the video store - Easts’ last one in fact By Jamie Adams

The curse of the internet has claimed yet another scalp in the dying video rental industry, with Kilbirnie’s Amalgamated Video set to shut its doors. Owner Stella Hawkes, who has run the store and others around Wellington for more than 34 years, says the business of renting out DVDs and other entertainment media is simply no longer viable. The store began operating in Rongotai Rd in 1984 and quickly expanded to other suburbs

as the video-for-hire industry took off. At its peak there were nine outlets around greater Wellington. It continued to thrive as video cassettes gave way to DVDs around the turn of the millenium, but its days became numbered when the advance of the internet made streaming video services ubiquitous. “It’s the internet technology nowadays,” Stella says. “People are going on to Netflix. “We still have a core of regular customers who prefer the traditional method of watching

movies. “For some of them it’s only because they can’t afford to stream a lot online. But there’s not enough of them now to sustain the business.” The shop will remain open while it sells off its remaining stock, with Stella estimating it will eventually close in about six to eight weeks time. “We will continue renting new releases.” Staff were flat out when the Cook Strait News paid a visit on Friday, with several customers holding piles of DVDs to pur-

chase after being made aware of the closing down sale. One customer says she was made aware of the pending closure from friends who sounded distraught at the news. “I thought they’d heard someone had died,” she says. “It’s the last one in the eastern suburbs. It’s incredibly sad.” While Stella plans to retire she feels sad for fellow staff at the Kilbirnie store, some of whom have been working there for more than 30 years. “We have had such loyal, dedicated staff,” she says.

Parking restriction doesn’t go far enough, says resident By Jamie Adams

A Strathmore Park resident is calling for an extension of the new resticted parking zone in the area, saying her street is suffering the consequence of being exempted. The Wellington City Council had introduced a trial of 24-hour restricted parking for non-residents, which covers a number of Miramar South and Strathmore Park streets closest to the airport, in August last year as a way to solve the problem of freeloading air travellers. The previously unrestricted

Strathmore Park resident Robin Boldarin under a 24-hour parking restriction sign on the corner of Torridon Rd and Crawford Green. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

parking led to many travellers who drove to the airport decamping on Broadway, or on the side streets, to avoid paying the minimum daily rate of $29 for airport parking. This was a common occurence on Friday or Saturday when many people who worked in Wellington tended to get away for the weekend. The roughly square-shaped area includes all of Crawford Green and three streets that intersect with it - Wayside, Liverpool St and Ellesmere Ave - but does not include the streets running east from it. Robin Boldarin lives on one of those streets - Torridon Rd. She says the “inconsistency” of the zone means airport users have begun parking on her street, despite the extra walking distance. “I saw a woman with a trundler parked on Torridon heading to the airport,” she says. She believes the zone should have run all the way to Ira St and is perplexed as to why it hasn’t.

‘This road leads to Crawford Green. Why not do it for all of them?” Robin has lived on the street for 50 years and is familiar with the cars parked on it but since last August she has noticed a lot more of them, and Saturdays can be especially crowded. “We’ve had people parked right in front of our driveway for a couple of days.” Council transport portfolio leader Chris Calvi-Freeman says the boundary was chosen based on a need not to affect too many residents who would need a permit to park freely. He accepts that some commuters are now parking outside the boundary but the problem is nowhere near as bad as it had been on the nearest streets. “The vast majority of people who used to park in the zone are now taking a bus or taxi.” Monthly surveys have been carried out and a report will determine whether the boundary needs tweaking, Chris says.


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inbrief news No number for affordability: Dawson Wellington City Councillor and housing portfolio leader Brian Dawson says a single number for housing affordability is not the right approach. A media report on Monday stated $650,000 as the figure for what makes a house “affordable” in Auckland. “I think the problem is people are confusing affordable with ‘cheaper than average’,” Brian says. “A $50 steak might be considered cheap if everywhere else is charging $75, but it doesn’t make it any more affordable for someone whose budget is maxed out at $30”. The Wellington Housing Affordability Measure (WHAM) is being developed by council as part of its draft Housing Strategy. “We’re developing a more nuanced model that starts with the total household income and looks at what they can actually afford given their earnings. That number will be different depending on which population group you are looking at.”

Rise in mental health calls to police concern Lifeline is concerned to hear recent reports of increased calls to the police for mental health issues and agrees that it should not be the role of police to support those in distress. When people call who have suicidal thoughts, unless there is imminent risk immediately apparent, lifeline always works with the individual to assess the risk and develop a plan with them to secure their safety, executive director Glenda Schnell says. Mental health crises are often de-escalated at least in the short term with an empathetic and caring response. Glenda says Lifeline would like to be part of the solution with more funding to be able to manage the increased load and ensure all people in need of support are able to get their needs met.

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Taking pride in making fun beneficial By Jamie Adams

Fun is something not many enterprises are known for creating, but for one fledgling childcare organisation that’s exactly what they’re all about. Moses Ariama is the “director of success” of Pride Lands, a Mt Cook-based company that runs before and after-school programmes, as well as holiday adventure programmes. Moses says having fun is such an important part of children’s lives given the cognitive benefits it can bring. Originally from Ghana, Moses has over 20 years of childcare experience, including in New Zealand where he has lived since 2004. “When I came to New Zealand I wanted to do something that has a genuine impact on lives, to combat problems we have now, like obesity. “Growing up in Ghana, play was exercise. Old people would play and there would be proper interaction.” While society has changed, the ideas of exercise and healthy eating are not lost forever, he says, “you just have to do it the modern way”. Pride Lands Before School Care programme has a component called “Kaicups” whereby

Pride Lands’ Before School Care programme featuring the Keep Fit Karapu is currently held exclusively at Berhampore School. PHOTO: Supplied

children are taught how to cook and prepare breakfasts while wearing a Kaicups apron. The other main component is Keep Fit Karapu (Congregation) which involves familiar sports like soccer, volleyball and basketball on the school’s courts. It can also include mental challenges such as Blind Man’s Bluff whereby blindfolded pupils have to “capture” other pupils using only sound to guide them. “Kids with [attention deficit disorder] are more focused when you have them tackling the mind as well,” Moses says. At this stage only Berhampore School holds the before-school

care programme but Moses says other schools such as Owhiro Bay are interested in adopting it. Another Pride Land’s drawcard is its birthday party planning programme, which Moses says helps bring family back to parties but without the parental stress. “I’ve found that parents, especially single parents, are too busy to organise birthday parties nowadays. “If they plan a party sometimes it is a hassle for them. It’s not that they don’t want to do it but the structure of society now doesn’t have room to do that much stuff.” Pride Entertainment was set up to solve that problem, with its

key aspect being parties based on themes can be wid-ranging and ambitious. “Once we created a spiderweb where children had to crawl under it to get to the food. Another involved having a Star Wars battle on the beach.” Pride Lands organises everything involved in preparing a party - decorations, costumes, goodie bags and even the cake. “All the parent has to do is bring a present and be in the photos.” Moses says the programme gets family members involved in what is usually a friends-only gathering. “Seeing them all engaged together is lovely to see.”

Thousands of new bubs expected in 2018 The old year is out and the new year is in – and midwives, nurses, medical teams and lead maternity carers (LMCs) across the Wellington region are gearing up for another busy 12 months. Wellington Regional Hospital is a tertiary hospital. This means that, as well as

caring for women from Wellington, it also takes patients from across the lower North Island and upper South Island whose pregnancies are more complex. Capital & Coast DHB has birthing units at all three of its campuses – Wellington Regional and Kenepuru Com-

munity Hospitals, and the Kapiti Health Centre. LMCs within the district also support women who want homebirths. “More than 3630 babies were born at one of our campuses in 2017 – a small increase on the previous year,” said associate director of midwifery Carolyn Coles.

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Soup kitchen volunteers create urban garden By Jamie Adams

A block of vacant land in Te Aro is undergoing a transformation for the benefit of the community. In November 2017, the Sisters of Compassion gifted a section of bare land on Haining Street to its Te Puaroha Soup Kitchen for the purpose of transforming it into an urban garden. The project, known as He Rakau Koikoi, is being undertaken by Soup Kitchen “whanau” and volunteers, with the support of the Sustainability Trust. Educators from the trust held a workshop on Saturday to help volunteers create the 11 garden plots which now lie ready for planting vegetables that will help sustain the soup kitchen. Sutainability Trust’s community engagement manager Laura-Kate Howells says all products used on the day were donated.

“We got malt sacks from Garage Project, coffee sacks from Mojo and Havanna and pallets from Bunnings,” Laura-Kate says. Staff and whanau at the soup kitchen plan to grow potatoes, silverbeet, beans, carrots, lettuce and herbs in the garden plots. “We’ll never be able to provide enough for everyone but hopefully be able to provide all the herbs required,” He Rakau Koikoi manager Matt Petrie says. The project will also involve establishing a beehive and an on-site “wananga” with seating to teach gardening methods to volunteers. Matt anticipates everything will be completed by next summer. He Rakau Koikoi is as much about creating social opportunities for whanau and the wider community, as well as new skills, Matt says. “If we can build connections for people, we offer them purpose and hope for the future.”

Sustainability Trust EcoEnterprise manager, Nada Piatek, says she jumped at the opportunity to work with Compassion Soup Kitchen on their garden project. “Community gardens are good on so many levels. They are a connection to our food sources, right where we live, and a connection to each other in that space,” Nada says. Nada believes “equity and inclusion create healthier, strong communities”. The Sustainability Trust workshop was the first of three to be held on the corner of Tory and Haining streets. The trust’s next workshop on February 24 will focus on preparing the gardens for good growing, while the final one on March 10 will cover rat-free composting.  Participation costs $10 per person, per workshop with the money going to the Soup Kitchen. Bookings are available at sustaintrust.

Cultural welcome for new principal By Jamie Adams

Pupils at Miramar Central School welcomed their new principal with an impressive display of waiata and haka on Monday. Ed Trotter takes over the leadership of the school, having previously been the deputy principal of Evans Bay Intermediate. Ed’s teaching career stretches back 20 years, having taught at Scots College, Miramar Christian School and schools in Christchurch and even London. Taking over from John Taylor-Smith, Ed already has some experience at his new school. Having resigned from his post at EBIS last year, he taught year 5 and 6 classes at Miramar Central before the principal’s position became available. Deputy principal Karina McKiernan says that upon being confirmed for the job, Ed “worked tirelessly” over the




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New Miramar Central School principal Ed Trotter sings a waiata alongside teacher Fiona Glancey. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

holidays to get to know the school’s 35 staff to find out their “hopes and passions”. “He has taken inclusion to the forefront. He is building on strong leadership.” In handing Ed a miniature “hoe” or waka paddle, John told the school audience that their new principal would be leading one of the most diverse schools in Wellington which

could be a model for how the world should be. The school’s 226 pupils belong to 28 ethnicities. Ed says he plans to collaborate with the community to help enhance the school’s charter and annual plan offers the best opportunities for its pupils. He also aims to integrate more special needs pupils into the mainstream classrooms.

Kim Skelton, of Wilton, and Emma Burge, of Newtown nail sacks to a pallet for creating a vertical herb garden at the Compassion Soup Kitchen’s garden workshop on Saturday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Is it time we banned pokie machines?

Liz Permain, Island Bay “Yes. The Government is spending money on the poor children and it’s the poor people that are spending it on pokies.”

Jason Lewis, Island Bay “They are really for people who are rich and can afford to throw money away. I once put my hope in them and it cost me big. So yes, ban them.”

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 Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Deni Tipene, Island Bay “I’m not aware of the negative side of them. They should be [banned] in certain communities.”

Frank Dungey, Southgate “No, I don’t like banning things; I’m a believer in freedom. Some people will always abuse things. Regulation would be better.”

Justine Lawson, Island Bay “Yes. They’re a sin on the world. There’s so much damage caused by them as people get so addicted. There’s a better way to fund things.”

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Christianity is the only true faith Dear Editor; I respond to Sarah R Wu’s Feb. 8 letter’s part which has a go at me for mine of Feb. 1, for pointing out the wildly wrong Scripture quote in Rose Wu’s Jan. 28 letter. I suppose Sarah Wu is some sort of kinswoman; but I don’t remember any letters where she previously told us Rose Wu is elderly and confused. However, as this has always seemed likely, that’s extra reason for checking any of her alleged quotes from the

Bible: it would save embarrassment for everyone. I haven’t the foggiest idea what “ONG” is; but if it’s some religion that isn’t Christian, then it’s false. Christianity is not a cult, but the only true faith: all other religions and irreligions are the road to eternal torment; so their adherents had better get off that road before they die. In most parts of the world, by now, they cannot say they were not warned; but if they happen to live where they

Newtown visitors come from far and wide Dear Editor, Sitting outside the Post Office for two hours on Thursday, seven pages were filled in that time with signatures, many passing who had signed previously. I met lovely people from Mt Victoria, Brooklyn, Newlands and Upper Hutt who came into Newtown to shop and use the facilities. They are appalled they will now have to travel into the city, as the

Peter Cox, Brooklyn “In some communities, sure, but because some places do benefit from the proceeds, it would be better to regulate than ban.”

alternative to go to Kilbirnie and try and find parking was just as bad as going into the city. Why “the powers that be” have chosen to shut down Newtown and shift to Kilbirnie instead of the other way around is amazing. Newtown is a thriving suburb with character, and after visiting either of the two hospitals people like to do their banking or pay their accounts without having to go into the city.

What does Kilbirnie have to offer them? We cannot get the banking establishments to see any sense except maybe all change to the remaining bank in Newtown. But we can try to get NZ Post to see they are making another big mistake. [abridged] Heather Bevan Island Bay

have never heard the Gospel, we can only conclude that God didn’t predestinate and elect them to hear it, and so believe and be saved. In any case, even where the Gospel is heard, the great majority don’t get the grace to respond, as they are the reprobate. His sovereign will has nothing to do with our human notion of what is just or unjust; because ours is vitiated by the Fall. H Westfold, Miramar

More people should read the Bible - it’s trustworthy Dear Editor, I agree with H. Westfold that Rose Wu should quote the Bible accurately if she is going to recognise its authority. Likewise, I don’t know where she found the words she referred to. However, given the appalling ignorance of the

Bible in New Zealand, very few people will have noticed. I encourage people to read the Bible for themselves. It has the unique advantage of being entirely trustworthy. Stephen Cotterall, Kilbirnie




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Worser Bay tree swing saved from chop


The tree swing which had been under threat. PHOTO: Supplied

Wellington City Council is saving a much-loved Worser Bay tree swing from the chop following requests from the local community. The tree with the swing is in a set of around 30 pine and macrocarpa trees on the corner of Awa and Karaka Bay roads that were to be felled from Friday because of storm damage and bank stability issues. Council tree specialist William Melville says when the area’s community was informed of the felling, several people responded to ask that the swing be saved. “Fortunately, the tree with the swing can

be left on its own and will be monitored in to the future, which is great news for the area’s children,” William says. “While it’ll be sad to see the loss of these grand trees, we’ll be replanting the area with native vegetation.” The project is expected to take three weeks over Monday to Friday, 7.30am5.30pm, weather permitting. The surrounding park will be closed to the public during the works and minor traffic restrictions will be in place. All wood will be removed from site and sold to recover costs on the project.

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Postal pick-up times serve company, not people Dear Editor, Hector W. has only just become aware of the changing public postal box pick-up times. Surely through his previous banking career he would have known that it suits the company’s needs - not the public hence the petition, while the very Reverend Christine supports his self-grandiose leanings.

Meanwhile the astute Kilbirnie Wu women and Newtown still wonder Where is our local MP what’s his name in response to Kiwibank’s Newtown branch closure? Did “What’s his name” get left behind at Waitangi and can’t find his own way back? Martin Beck, Mornington

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Exercise enterprise aims to get Island Bay residents ‘fit as’ By Jamie Adams

Amanda Kidd leads a Metafit/Boxfit class at the Island Bay Scout Hall. Facing her are her assistant Andy Todd and participant Amanda Chadwick. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

‘Healthy’ food claim more influential than discount: Study Overweight shoppers of food are likely to go for unhealthy options even when discounts are offered, a study reveals. The study by researchers at Whitireia Community Polytechnic examines the influence of market practices targeting consumers’ budget and health motivations for food purchase. In an experiment with 650 grocery shoppers from Wellington and Auckland, researchers Dr Yalim Ozdinc and Yue Yin assessed the purchase intentions for potato chips by manipulating price (regular vs discount price) and product (regular vs with a ‘75 percent less saturated fat’ label). Results show overweight shoppers’ habits are hardly prone to discounts, and that a price cut nullifies the influence of health message on the purchase intentions of normal-weight buyers when the regular and healthier options are both on discount. Writing in the International Journal of Consumer Studies, Yalim, a lecturer at Whitereia’s Auckland campus, surmises that the consumption of unhealthy food will continue, if not increase, given that healthier foods are priced higher. “This can affect people’s health and the socioeconomic well-being of countries because an unhealthy diet is

becoming prevalent among the low-income group who spend more of their disposable income on food,” Yalim says. Less-fat labels on food packages are hardly perceived as healthy due to the failure of most government-initiated low-fat movements, such as in the US and New Zealand, he adds. In the US, since the government’s introduction of low-fat diet recommendations in 1977, obesity rates have risen among males from 13 percent to 34 percent, and among females from 17 percent to 37 percent, the study notes. Similarly, 25 years after the New Zealand Heart Foundation introduced its “tick”, 32 percent of the entire adult population was reportedly obese in 2016 - an increase from 27 percent in 2006, according to the Ministry of Health’s New Zealand Health Survey. The study calls marketers for reflecting their socially responsible roles by encouraging healthier food purchase more through affordable categorypricing then halo-creating succinct health messages on food packages. The authors also remind consumers of being aware that the production of a socially responsible food manufacturer may not always be as healthy as perceived.

Island Bay residents frustrated by the lack of a gym for exercise classes in the suburb now have an option in front them - and it’s initially free as well. FitAs Ltd, a company set up by couple Amanda Kidd and Andy Todd, offers group Boxfit and Metafit classes at the Island Bay Scout Hall every Saturday morning. “We start off with boxing moves. We do intervals and different boxing combinations for 15 or so minutes,” Amanda says. That then leads on to the 30-minute Metafit routine, where the workout becomes highly intensive, also with regular intervals. “It’s designed to get the muscles really burning. The rests after each big movement help burn more calories.” Amanda estimates 400 calories would be burned after 24 minutes of Metafit exercises, but it doesn’t end there. “When you are moving such big muscle groups your body is still pumping oxygen around and metabolising well after the workout’s finished.” Amanda admits a scout hall might seem a bit of an unorthodox venue for an exercise class.

“We originally had been looking for our own space but we couldn’t find something suitable.” They were determined to ensure their classes would be held in Island Bay, so were fortunate when the hall manager agreed to lease it to them on Saturday mornings. Amanda and Andy live in Miramar but love Island Bay and hope to move there one day. “It’s got some amazing views,” she says. Amanda’s enterprise supplements her income as a fulltime instructor at Cityfitness, while Andy, a recent PT graduate, hopes to also work fulltime. It costs $10 to attend a Saturday group class but the first session is free, especially as the couple is keen to get beginners who may be reluctant to join a gym due to its somewhat intimidating environment. “We’re not looking for competitors,” Andy says. They also offer personal training sessions tailored to an individual’s needs. Frances Lamb is one local who endorses the classes. “If you had a few drinks the night before you can be rest assured because coming here is like resseting ourselves,” she says. “Afterwards we don’t want to eat rubbish, we want to go have a healthy breakfast.”

Artist seeks to weave awareness through waterfront work By Jamie Adams

Waterfront users might be baffled if they come across a woman spending what might be hours weaving a tiny path of flax in the middle of the walkway next weekend. Don’t be, as it will all be done in the name of art - or performance art to be exact. Island Bay resident Angela Kilford is one of a number of

Wellington artists who will participate in this year’s Performance Arcade, a festival that combines “cutting-edge art practices” with “innovative live performance”. Angela’s “exhibition”, called Weaving The Walk, will see her create a “path” of a set amount of woven harakeke (flax) leaves which she must then deconstruct behind her in order to advance forward. Her weaving route is supposed

Island Bay’s Angela Kilford holds a harakeke frond, the type of flax she will be using for her perfoming artwork at the upcoming Performance Arcade. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

to reflect the history of the moving shoreline by crossing the old Wellington shoreline then moving back towards today’s reclaimed land. In reality Angela only expects to cover a few metres in a series of afternoon and evening sessions on February 24-25 and March 3-4, but she says it’s not about the distance covered. “Weaving is about valuing Matauranga (Maori knowledge systems),” she says. “We only know our past and don’t know our future. Matauranga is stabilising force in our changing environment.” She says Maori concepts and knowledge “disrupts colonial narratives” to make the public question how we value present knowledge. “A lot of my projects are about ‘how do I discuss that through performance art?’ She expects it will be demanding on her body as there will be a lot of crouching and kneeling. Angela, a descendent of Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahungunu, has been involved in performance art “in some form” for five years. Her website features eight projects she has been involved with, including one similar to this that appeared at the 2016 Performance Arcade called No Stone Unturned.  Weaving The Walk is one of 24 works from 30 artists that will feature in the Performance Arcade, which kicks off next Thursday night and runs over two multi-day periods in late February and early March. Go to performancearcade. com for more information about artists and events.

Thursday February 15, 2018

Scout group promises fun in leadership appeal

Newtown set for fair amount of festivity The Newtown Festival’s Street Fair Day is returning for 2018 and is set to be as big as ever. Anna Kemble Welch and Martin Hanley, along with Newtown Residents Association president Rhona Carson, are the directors of the festival, which has grown into one of Wellington’s biggest annual events from humble beginnings at Carrara Park in 1995. Next month’s street fair will transform the heart of Newtown into a “smorgasbord” of 12 music stages to host 100 performers, three fairground sites, a busking pitch and 420 stalls. Anna, an architect who has designed the layout of the festival, says this time

there will be a stage at the southern end of Riddiford Street for the big acts, when normally it would be at the northern end. There will also be stages in Normanby St, Newtown Ave and Wilson St, while a special stage will be held on Constable St featuring artists from Living Wage Aotearoa. Reflecting the festival’s diversity, Latino music will feature in Colombo St, while musicians in Emmett Street will perform songs from the “old country” - traditional music from central and Eastern Europe.  Street Fair Day, part of the month-long Newtown Festival, runs from 10am to at least 5pm on Sunday, March 4. For more info go to

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From left, Cubs Nathaniel Elliot, 9, Omara Scobie-Cook, 10, Fionn Elliott, 8, and Patrick Guelland, 9, do their Scout’s Honour pledge alongside 1st Island Bay First Scout leader Adam Hall, and Kea leaders Glen Elliot and Kayleigh Maclean. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

The 1st Island Bay Scout Group has a simple message to the local public: “We are wanting more leaders”. The troop currently has 41 Keas, Cubs and Scouts enrolled but a lack of leaders is hampering their ability to cater for them. It has two fulltime Kea leaders, and just one Cub leader and one Scout leader. Kea leader Kayleigh Maclean, who is also Wellington’s zone leader, say more leaders are crucial to ensure weekly meetings are run smoothly and the load is shared. “It makes it easier when someone is running late,” Glen says. Kayleigh says each section of the troop should ideally have at least three leaders, but even more would enable an organising committee to be established. “We go through leaders quite quickly. When we get a parent they are here for about two years on average,” Kayleigh says. While leaders tend to be parents, it certainly isn’t necessary to be one. “You have to be 18 and over and sign a form to get a police check done,” Kayleigh says. “We plan programmes for kids that are very outdoors - water slide, mudslide,





camps, tramps.” “It’s about getting them to try new things and become independent as they get older. We want them to plan their own things.” This term it is planned the Keas will visit the zoo, which is a “huge deal” for children who have never been there before, Kayleigh says. The amount of commitment is not massive - Keas are held for an hour each week, with Cubs and Scouts one-and-ahalf hours. Committee members would be required to attend monthly weekend meetings and there would also be meetings held during the school holidays for the term ahead. While there are fees required to enrol children into Scouts, there is no cost to being a leader - even the uniform is paid for. “All you would be giving is your time.” Glen Elliot, who has two sons enrolled as Cubs, says getting involved as a Kea leader was simple and fulfilling. “One of my resolutions was to do more voluntary community work and it kind of made sense,” he says.  Those keen to sign up can go to www. to fill out an application form.


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Wellington is getting ready for the big run

Women’s track programme a success

By Julia Czerwonatis

Wellington is getting ready for one of its most colourful athletic events of the year as Cigna Round the Bay fun run is finally approaching. For Khandallah woman Suzanne de Geus the annual event is one of her best days at work. Suzanne, head of sales and marketing at Cigna, will be behind the scenes this coming Sunday to ensure everything is running smoothly. “It’s an amazing day for all of us at Cigna,” Suzanne says. “We have an early start. I will be down at the waterfront at Frank Kitts Park from 5.30am.” After Suzanne and her team have set up everything to start the day, athletes for the Cigna Achilles Half Marathon will be the first to kick-off the event. Achilles International New Zealand is Cigna Round the Bays official charity partner. The volunteer organisation provides Kiwis with disabilities the opportunity to participate alongside able-bodied athletes in local mainstream events like Cigna Round the Bays, Taupo Half Marathon, the Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington marathons. “To date we have raised $18.000 for Achilles,” Suzanne says. She says Cigna aims to support the health and well-being of the Wellington community, and to create an inclusive event for everyone. Phil Gibbons, CEO of Sport Welling-

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ton who are the event organisers adds: “We are focused, working alongside our principal sponsor Cigna, to deliver an event that provides an opportunity for everyone in the region to come into the city and enjoy a really fantastic experience.” Go Wellington and Valley Flyer bus services are free of charge for all Cigna Round the Bays participants between 6am-5pm on event day. Participants must show the driver your race bib when boarding to be eligible. Parking at the startline will be available from 6.30am at the Westpac Stadium for gold coin donation.

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see a motivating reason why Hesson would stay beyond his current contract. Legacy cemented but with no real way of pushing the national side to its highest peak. Both Hesson and McCullum were two men eager to take the side to new frontiers, without those new frontiers being attainable, why would he stay? Hesson could now look at ways to set up himself and his family financially, coaching overseas, potentially in India’s lucrative Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition. Where does cricket go from here in New Zealand? Its core is strong. Kane Williamson will be our best ever batsmen, Trent Boult is one of our finest bowlers ever but there is a missing element; an X factor missing that is stopping the team from being world beaters. Hesson appears to have done all he can, pulled the wagon as far as he could and he has earned the right to have job security in a profession where job security is never truly assured. Succession planning must begin now so that Hesson’s work can be built on in the years to come.

The Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club (PNP) have been running women’s only track training sessions for all comers at the Wellington Velodrome since October, with excellent results. F i f t e e n d i f fe r e n t women have attended during this period with a core set of regulars, and some choosing to race at the regular Sunday afternoon Speed League meetings. Run on Thursday evenings from 6pm, the sessions have focussed on skills as well as fitness. Coach Rachel Southee, with assistance from Khandallah cyclist Ele Pepperell, is extremely happy with how the programme has progressed. “We have a g reat bunch of ladies of all ages and abilities where we provide a supportive and fun environment for women to give track cycling a go, or to get a decent training session in,” Rachel says.

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With the summer of cricket meandering along the future of Black Caps coach Mike Hesson must be pondered. It’s not a question of whether his job stability is in question, more his own personal reasons for staying. The 43-year-old has helped pilot cricket in this country through one of its most successful eras ever. He’ll likely stick around for a 2019 World Cup campaign to see if the team can go one step further than that glorious run to the final in 2015. It’s hard to see the current side achieving victory in the tournament next year, the team has a few weak links, less experience and will be playing in foreign conditions. It means Hesson, a man who started his coaching journey in Otago at the youthful age of 22 will not reach the dizzying heights of Brendon McCullum’s men three years ago. The team is still highly competitive, but my feeling is that we are missing a couple of world-class players to be truly capable of beating the powerhouse teams, especially away from home. The lack of world-class players is nothing new for us Kiwis, but I can’t


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