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After almost five years in the making, teachers and pupils of Makara Model School were incredibly excited to finally open their cycling track on a bright sunny day, last Friday. Minutes after Daisy Brown, Makara’s youngest pupil, and Charlotte Dickson, Makara’s oldest pupil cut the ribbon, all children jumped on their new bikes and scooters to charge along the tar-sealed track. “The excitement level is at yay-high for us,” principal Gail Dewar says. Continued on page 2. Albie Rigg-Malone, 5, and Olivia Holdsworth,7, getting ready to try out their new cycling track. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis


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Daisy Brown, Makara’s youngest pupil, and Charlotte Dickson, Makara’s oldest pupil, cutting the ribbon to open the cycling track. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

Continued from page 1. With the idea to bring cycling facilities to her community, Gail applied for funding for several years until the school was finally granted the money and support from the Wellington City Council, Bikes in Schools, and Meridian’s Power Up Fund to install the track. Gail says since Makara roads are narrow and winding, it’s dangerous for people to ride their bikes and no place for children to be. While the pupils learn all about health and safety on the road, including identifying road signs, they will receive learners, restricted and full cycling licences – a concept that the children have developed. “The students had a lot of input into the project which was important to us,” Gail explains. “The track will also be an asset for the wider community,“ she says. “After schools hours, I want everyone to have access to it.” City councillor Sarah Free, portfolio lead for cycling, who spoke at the opening celebra-

tions on Friday, says this was the seventh cycling track project for Wellington schools, and there were three more in the pipeline. “This gives kids the opportunity to learn in a safe environment to later become confident riders in the city,” Sarah says. “All the cycling track projects that we, as the council, supported are scattered all over the city. The hope is that soon all children will have access to facilities like this one – even if their own school doesn’t have a track, their nearby school might do.” Pupil Evelyn Carduo bravely gave a speech in front of her fellow pupils, the teachers and guests too, saying it was a very special day for her and the entire school. “We have been waiting for this so long having watched all the diggers driving past our classrooms windows. “We have an exciting future ahead of us.” Evelyn also invited the community to join their upcoming triathlon on March 2.

Wellington Pride Festival kicks off this weekend Out in the Park, Wellington’s famous annual queer fair is back this Saturday in Waitangi Park. Out in the Park is renowned for its free entertainment, with talented local singers, drag queens and kings, comedians, and circus performers taking the stage. The event kicks off the twoweek long Wellington Pride Festival (Tuu Whakahihi e Te Whanganui- a-Tara), featuring a wide range of events organised by members of our diverse

community here in the capital. The festival will take place in various venues around Wellington throughout the week, with most festival events free and accessible to all. “We on the committee for Out Wellington Inc have been truly honoured and privileged to have played our role in creating a diverse, inclusive and celebratory annual Wellington Pride Festival,” co-chair of Out Wellington, Steven Mawhinney, says. “This year has seen an in-

credible assortment of events which represent, promote and celebrate a variety of values we strongly believe are essential to the LGBTTQIAF+ community. “Diversity, inclusiveness, and respect have been strong themes throughout our planning and events and we can’t wait to share these with you all,” Steven says. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is opening Out in the Park at 10.45am along with Tiwhanawhana, a local Maori LGBTQIAF+ group.

Prior to this there is a short youth hikoi starting at 10am from the Civic Square City leading over the Sea Bridge to Waitangi Park. There’s something for everyone, with almost 70 stalls including community groups, local retailers, food and drink and activities for children and adults alike. Visitors can also enter their doggie companion in the Pooches in the Park Dog Show and have the chance to win great prizes.

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Police rescues tourist kayakers from Wellington Harbour A group of passengers from the cruise ship Noordam have been rescued from Wellington Harbour last Thursday after their kayaking trip went wrong. The eight tourists were on a guided return kayak trip to Somes Island. The group reached the island safely in the morning however their return journey was thwarted by a strong head wind. A Department of Conservation ranger at Somes Island called police when he became

concerned by the conditions the paddlers were heading into. He kept the police launch crew up to date with the location of the group as the rescue unfolded. An elderly male and female from the group were rescued from the water by officers on the police launch Lady Elizabeth IV. One of those pulled from the water was suffering from mild hypothermia and was treated by police staff before being transferred into the care

of medical staff on board the cruise ship. An outbound Bluebridge ferry was diverted off its course to avoid members of the group as they were being rescued. The other six members of the kayak ing group, who were unfamiliar with the area, were scattered across the main shipping channel, coming ashore at Kau Bay and Mahanga Bay on the Miramar Peninsula. Some capsized as they approached the shore but none of the group required medical

treatment. Senior Constable Paul Curd says the incident is a reminder that everyone taking to the water should check the marine forecast, carry communications and have a backup plan as conditions can change quickly. When heading out it is also important to tell someone about your trip, where you are going and when you will be back. The incident has been referred to Maritime New Zealand.

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A Karori student has proven to be truly biology-savvy after reaching the top results in New Zealand as part of an international assessment programme. Last year, Anjali Gentejohann from Samuel Marsden Collegiate added biology classes designed by Cambridge International to her schedule to gain more in-depth knowledge of biology. Now she finally received the results from the exam she sat as part of the programme, and with 94 percent Anjali reached the top mark in the country. “I was quite happy to hear it but also a bit surprised,” Anjali says. “I’ve always liked science. At NCEA level 2, biology becomes its own subject, and that’s when I really picked it up,” she explains. The year 13 student is specifically interested in human biology, and while it’s still “a big if”, Anjali says, she would love to study medicine. To get accepted into the med school of the University of Otago, students first have to take a course called Health Sciences First Year which Anjali will join once she has finished high school.


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inbrief news Te Reo Maori afterschool group A new group at the Newlands Community Centre, Te Mahuri, provides tamariki and their whanau with opportunities to extend their knowledge of te reo Maori in a relaxed and fun environment. They will learn and practise the language through games, waiata and activities with their peers and kaiarahi. Families are expected to participate in the group with their tamariki and everyone is asked to use as much te reo Maori as they can during the session. The group  runs on Thursday afternoons in term time, 3.30-4.30pm.

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“The Cambridge results are a promising start, and I’m excited to see what happens after school,” she says. Roger Franklin-Smith, Cambridge International’s manager for Australasia, says Anjali’s results will give a good head-start for her academic training. “Students like Anjali work really hard. We don’t only want to celebrate their marks but their achievement of learning and the new understanding of a subject that they gained,” Roger says. Anjali’s fellow students from year 11 to 13 also had reason to celebrate after receiving their 2017 stellar NCEA results. Marsden level 1 reached 100 percent, level 2 reached 96 percent, and level 3 a total of 97 percent – all above national standard for decile eight to 10 schools. “I am very proud of the success of our students and the support provided by our dedicated staff who guide them to achieve such outstanding results,” principal Narelle Umbers says. “We wish our 2017 school leavers all the best for their journeys beyond school and for their start at university this year.”

Newlands Community Centre will offer a number of heartbeat workshops this year with both morning and evening sessions. The first one is on Tuesday, February 27, at 10.30am. Book via or 04-477 3724. Heartbeat training is a fun, interactive session giving you the basic skills which could help save a life in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. The workshop takes about 60-90 minutes, and is run by Wellington Free Ambulance. The training is free, but koha to support WFA’s work is appreciated.

Good in the Hood Groups doing good for people or the environment in the Wellington area can now apply to be part of Z Energy’s 2018 Good in the Hood community fundraising programme which will see every Z station giving away $4000. Customers will determine what percentage of the funding goes to each group by voting with an orange token every time they shop at Z this May. Groups can enter online at goodinthehood and are invited to pop in and introduce themselves to staff at the local station. Applications close on February 28. Local Z stations can be found in Johnsonville, Crofton Downs and Pipitea.

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inbrief news Fundraiser for James The family of terminally ill five-yearold James Swan of Newlands organises a fundraising event with Ethel & Bethel Bingo Babes. James has an incurable, unknown condition and is tubefed, unable to walk, stand or balance and is losing his speech after being diagnosed two years ago. To help ease the financial burden for his mother Nicola, book a ticket on, “Comedy Fundraiser for 5yr old James”. The comedy fundraiser is planned for Saturday, March 24, 7-9.30pm at the Newlands Community Centre.

‘Extraordinary ordinary women’ at war Women’s War is a compelling new exhibition portraying how New Zealand Women rallied to face the challenges of World War I, which opened at The Great War Exhibition last week. While men suffered ghastly atrocities on the battlefields, the women of New Zealand also faced the realities of war. Everyone was called upon to support the war effort – girls gave up their educations to tend to family farms, while other women volunteered by knitting

socks for soldiers. Nurses fought to travel to the front lines to tend the sick and wounded, while others challenged the status-quo by pioneering campaigns on issues like venereal disease. “So much of this war story has been told through the eyes and ears of men, so it is great to acknowledge, see and hear the experiences of women in the war,” exhibitions manager at The Great War Exhibition, Ian Wards, says.

Women’s War gives voice to their experiences, utilising audio-visuals and recreations of outfits that were worn by six types of women – patriotic, supportive family, nurses, entertainers, independent workers and pioneers. “Women brought a ‘can do’ practicality to the war effort and a ‘need to do’ practicality to fashion,” Fiona Baverstock, an Australian private collector of textiles and vintage clothing, who created the costumes, says.

New pipeline for Waterloo Quay Wellington Water will replace and upgrade a section of the wastewater main on Waterloo Quay and Aotea Quay. Construction works will start on February 26, and are expected to take eight weeks. Waterloo Quay will be reduced from four lanes to three where work is taking place. The three open lanes will be alternated to ensure two lanes are open in the predominant direction of travel at peak times. This means there will be two lanes open citybound during the morning peak, with one lane northbound, switching to two lanes northbound and one lane southbound in the evening.

Red Cross Pacific Disaster Appeal The New Zealand Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal to help communities affected by Cyclone Gita in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. Donations can be made at any PostShop and Kiwibank branch, or can be paid into the Kiwibank Emergency Appeal account 38 9010 0620343 02, code: PacDisF.

Gallagher group of nurses in 1910. PHOTO: Sir George Grey Special Collections/Auckland Libraries

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“Anything that restricted their ability to get things done had to go – so down went waistlines, up came hemlines and out went corsets, unnecessary layers, big hats and dainty shoes. “These were extraordinary ordinary women, who achieved feats and survived devastation and privation that astonished even themselves,” Fiona says. For 15-year-old gifted student Katarina Wharerauaruhe Te Tau – one of the women featured in the exhibition – the war ruined a bright academic future. “I had a hard-working life,” she writes in her diary. “My eldest brother enlisted into the war and my dad was growing wheat by the acre, acres and acres of it. So, I gave up school. I was the eldest one, you see, so I had to give up school and help Dad.” Ettie Rout campaigned to combat venereal disease. “The only two permanent reliable attractions are beer and women – mostly women,” she says in her journal. “Well… if they will have women – and they most certainly will – give them clean women.”

Kiddle, Child Cancer Foundation chief cxecutive explains. “We are grateful to anyone who can spare a couple of hours to raise funds to help Kiwi kids with cancer and their families.” Schools or businesses can also “adopt” a collection site in their local area for one or both days and involve staff, students and

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DoubleWinkel Real Estate, and a local Lions member, highlighted the issue to Brett Hudson, National List MP based in Ohariu, in December. Brett raised the matter again with council and his office, along with the Tawa Lions Club, and has been working with them to get a resolution in the best interests of the Tawa community. Council officials have since confirmed that the pergola is a council-asset and that will be repaired over the coming weeks. “I’d like to acknowledge the pro-

fessional manner that council dealt with our enquiries and responded to both my office and to Tawa Lions,” Brett explains. “Ultimately we all want what is best for our communities. I’d also like to acknowledge the work of the team in my office,” he says. “This highlights the value of the relationships they build across the electorate and greater Wellington working on my behalf to help our constituents. “It’s a great result for the people of Tawa.”



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Lachlan, 5, and William, 6, waiting to tuck in to their lollies

Minty fletcher-Dobsen and Joeseph Millow devouring their curly fries

Hannah Quigan and Alex Beattie bought some books

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Reuben Carter, 7, in the ferris wheel


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Karori in carnival fever By Dan and Michele Taylor

Even blustery winds didn’t keep Karori-ites away from the 47th annual Lions Karori Karnival held last Sunday. The day featured continuous stage entertainment, more than 50 stalls, including craft stalls,

rides and challenges, a monster book sale, plus plenty of food stalls to keep everyone satisfied. Karori Lions member Alice McDonald estimated easily 2000 plus people came along to the event, which has only ever been cancelled once in its 47 years this being due to weather.

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Finders keepers in free art hunt One of the free artworks by Kemi and Niko; salvaged rimu and tin can miniature hut. PHOTO: Supplied

Over the next few weeks, urban explorers will be given the chance to take home a free artwork by local artists Kemi and Niko, if they can find it first. With the assistance of volunteers in Dunedin, Nelson and Wellington Kemi and Niko are giving away 15 artworks by hiding them in urban green spaces and using social media to give out clues. Using reclaimed materials, including paint tin lids, salvaged rimu beams, recycled house paint and flattened tin cans, means their ‘gifts’ can all handle being left out in the wild. “’All materials salvaged’ has been our ethos for a while,” Kemi explains. “People always respond really well to our work as the materials add an extra layer of character.” Art hunters will be notified on the day an artwork is ready to be found in their

city and whoever finds it first takes the ‘gift’ home. “There will be artworks hidden around Wellington on multiple days from now until March 13,” Niko says. The locations in Wellington will include green spaces along the south coast, Otari Wilton, Mount Cook and Brooklyn. Kemi and Niko came to the Wellington public’s attention in summer 2014/15 when they installed miniature tramping huts around the city in secluded nature spots. They have since worked with community and non-for-profit groups to encourage new ways of experiencing local natural spaces.  Find “Giftitude 2018” on Facebook or visit for more information.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What is your favourite take-away?

Debbie Aarons, Porirua “Curry.”

Toni Finkle, Khandallah “I hardly ever have takeaways but I’ve tried Hell Pizza a couple of times.”

Harry Singh, Jonhsonville “KFC.”

Vicky Clark, Churton Park “Pita Pit because it’s the only place that offers gluten-free.”

Matt Randell, Paparangi “Kebab.”

Bernard Walker, Karori “Subway.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a vacant cottage located in Middleton Road, left locked and secure, was entered via a sash bedroom window. Nothing is known to be damaged or stolen. A house in Kipling Street was broken into and entered through a smashed lounge window. Offender(s) used a wheelie bin to stand on the climb though the window. The house was thoroughly searched and a TV, a tablet, a cell phone, a laptop, a Play Station, an Xbox, boom speakers and an iPod

were stolen. A bicycle was also stolen from the basement. In Newlands a red Renault light commercial van parked locked overnight in Newlands Road was broken into. A rear passenger window was smashed. The offender reached through and stole cleaning equipment items. In Catherine Crescent a house was entered through the back door after intruders removed the glass panel from the door to gain access. The house was searched and

drawers rummaged through. The liquor cabinet was opened and a bottle of alcohol taken out and consumed during the search. No details of stolen items available. In Ngaio a silver BMW saloon parked locked and secure in the driveway of a house in Fox Street was stolen. The vehicle was seen being driven away. In Wadestown a yellow Homebuilt trailer parked locked and secure overnight within the property of a house in Oban Street was stolen.

A silver Mitsubishi Lancer saloon parked locked and secure overnight on the road in Sar Street was entered through a forced lock on the driver’s door. Headphones and a music player were stolen. The garage of a house in Ranelagh Street was entered through a forced side door and two chain saws were stolen. In Wilton a mountain bike left overnight locked by a chain to railings on a parking deck in Pembroke Road was stolen. The lock was cut and left on the rail-

ings. During the same time frame another mountain bike, belonging to a neighbour, also chained to railings and covered with a tarp, was cut free and stolen. In Northland a garage located in Northland Road, left locked with a padlock, was found with the lock cut off and another vehicle, not known to the garage owner, parked in it. In Karori items of clothing left to dry overnight were stolen from the clothes line of a house in Saddleback Road.

Johnsonville’s Cashmere Heights Home – just like home for Kerry Agnew When Kerry Agnew and her family went looking for a rest home that would feel like home, they knew they’d found the right place when they visited Johnsonville’s Cashmere Heights Home. “It’s a big deal moving into a rest home, and we visited a few. When my son and I walked in the door here, I knew instantly that this was where I wanted to be because of the warm and friendly atmosphere. We had a look around, met the staff, walked out and said, ‘That’s us!’” Kerry, who grew up in Palmerston North before moving to Wellington, reflects on a busy and satisfying family and working life. “I trained as a nurse in Palmerston North and then worked at various times after bringing up my family. I spent a lot of time nursing older folk working as a district nurse and that was really satisfying. “I was quite decided about the things that were important to me when it came time to consider not living in my own home and none of us knows what’s around the corner. The wonderfully caring staff here at Cashmere Heights give the place a cosy feel – nothing’s too much trouble. The care is so good. “Another plus for me is the encouragement to maintain some independence. With the proximity between here and Johnsonville, the staff are happy for me to take myself off for a walk, and I even catch the bus and go to the library.” The Enliven home’s elder-centred philosophy, which encourages elders to have mean-

Kerry Agnew says she knew instantly that Enliven’s Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville was the right place for her.

ing, purpose, companionship and activity in their lives, strongly mirrors Kerry’s positive attitude. A keen gardener in the past, Kerry is delighted to have been allotted a section of the Cashmere Heights gardens, where she is soon to plant a winter vegetable garden. Its produce will supply the home’s kitchen. “This week the Cashmere Heights van is taking me to the garden centre to buy the plants – cabbages, broccoli, silverbeet, and I’ll poke in a bit of mint and parsley!”  To find out more about Cashmere Heights Home and the elder-centred Enliven philosophy which it follows, visit You can also call the friendly team directly on 04 478 9051. PBA

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Johnsonville celebrates the Year of the Dog By Julia Czerwonatis

The Year of Dog was celebrated all over town last week as the Lunar New Year beckoned on Friday. While a colourful street parade in town welcomed the Chinese New Year on the weekend, Johnsonville Library invited those interested to a special showcase on Friday. Visitors had the chance to encounter first-hand Chinese culture with a group of traditional artists displaying paper kites, fish skin art, paper cutting, embroidery and more in the local library. “The Chinese Culture Centre organised for six artists to come here to show their work,” June Ling who works for the Johnsonville and Tawa libraries explains. “The Chinese communities in Churton Park, Newlands and Johnsonville are growing.” June believes sharing a piece of Chinese tradition with the local

community will enhance mutual understanding of the Kiwi and the Chinese cultures. Hong Wei Yang is a third descendant of an old family of kite crafters and was one of six Chinese presenting their work last Friday. June explains that crafts like Hong’s kites have a long history in China. “The knowledge is being translated from generation to generation.” Chuanxin Qi has inherited an even older family tradition. He is making craved wood prints in the sixth generation and has been creating his prints for over 40 years. It was a pleasure for him to display his work in New Zealand, he says. Weiling You’s family is sharing a part of their local cultural history with fish skin art pieces. Once, Weiling says, people used to make their clothes out of salmon skin. While clothing traditions have since changed, Weiling is keeping the tradition alive with her crafts.

It took Hei Long Jiang six years to learn embroidery. She worked 180 hours on her recent commissioned piece of Jacinda Ardern.

Weiling You is sewing small pieces of clothing made of fish skin.

Huaqiang Liu presents his paper cutting crafts, passed on for four generations, in Johnsonville.

Chuanxin Qi has been making craved wood prints for over 40 years.

Hong Wei Yang is a kite craft master from Shandong, China.



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This Sunday 25 Feb 2-3pm. 285 Willis Street. A free public talk.

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Spiritual Discovery How you can better the world Visiting speaker Tom McElroy, CS, will speak for an hour

Tom speaks about discovering new perspectives of universal Truth and Love, God, that embrace everyone, and that bring to light reliable healing approaches even where it might seem like there are none. The talk will make you think! and might help us see how to better support the common good. Can we discover practical new ways to approach local and global issues?

Venue: 285 Willis St Wellington Parking available 216 Victoria St. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The text “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” Mary Baker Eddy is available from the Christian Science Reading Room 285 Willis Street, along with the Bible and the Christian Science Monitor news magazine. Working globally – The Christian Science Monitor is an online newspaper with the mission – To injure no man, but to bless all mankind. Founded by Mary Baker Eddy, 1908

Wellington artist Tam Kogler in front of her newly unveiled seaweed mural. PHOTO: Supplied

Wellington Underwater Club and local mural artist Tam Kogler have combined to showcase the significance of seaweed and celebrate the city’s marine life. Last week, Tam unveiled her new seaweed mural at the Whairepo Lagoon in Frank Kitts Park on Wellington’s waterfront. The art and outreach project highlights the importance of seaweed as a vital and productive coastal marine ecosystem. Wellington harbour is home to a range of native seaweeds that create underwater gardens and tall forests. Seaweeds are an indicator for the health of our marine environment. They provide a three-dimensional structure, shelter and food for many species such as juvenile fish and other undersea critters such as octopuses and seahorses. Seaweeds also protect our coast from erosion by buffering waves. ”I really love the comparison of seaweed habitats to land based forests,” Tam says. “If forests are the lungs of the land, then marine plants are the lungs of the ocean. “By creating the seaweed mural in the heart of Wellington we are highlighting the

Tom – you’re from Boston, is that right?

That’s right – but I grew up on the West Coast of the US. I’ve travelled a lot – throughout America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Actually I’ve been on every continent except Antarctica.

And you’re travelling with your young son?

Q&A Tom McElroy will give a one hour talk at 2pm on Sunday 25 February 2018 at 285 Willis St Wellington with the title: Spiritual Discovery: How You Can Better the World. He spoke with our local event organiser about his journey.

Yes, I’m travelling this time with my wife and my two year old son. It’s an adventure! I’ve had a few days here and I’ll get to the opening of the Wellington Festival on Friday night on the Waterfront. I’ve been in New Zealand several times before – including a workshop in Queenstown. I’m loving Wellington.

You’re here to give a talk on Sunday? Tell us about that.

I’ll be talking about spiritual discovery, and what that means for each of us. Because I travel I think a lot about the world and meet people who care, there’s a subtitle - how you can better the world.

important role of seaweeds in the marine environment, and what everyone can do to protect them.“ Seaweeds are indeed real superstars: food products like nori (sushi wrapper), karengo (New Zealand nori) and seaweed crisps are commonly found in supermarkets. Like plants on land seaweeds grow using sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and nutrients to biomass. By absorbing the carbon dioxide seaweeds help to mitigate ocean acidification. Over 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe is produced by marine plants and algae as a side product during photosynthesis. However, seaweeds are under threat from land reclamation, pollution, overfishing and warming oceans. ”We are very lucky in Wellington to be able to enjoy such diverse marine life,” Nicole Miller, president of the Wellington Underwater Club notes. “Not everyone is able to get underwater, so we are thrilled to be able to give people a glimpse of what we see, without even getting their feet wet.”

What do you mean by spiritual discovery?

Well – come and listen! But I like to think it’s about uncovering what has always been true of ourselves and others. No one is ever truly less than whole, and good. But to discover that we often have to dive below surface appearances of things.

What got you interested in this?

It was reading a book called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by a courageous 19th century woman Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910). It was first published in 1875. And it’s still in press.

And what difference did that book make?

Well, it opened up a practical sense of spirituality for me – made me question my Christian ideals and practice and test whether they could really heal or not. It showed me the power of integrity in my business, and how to help people when I volunteered in Los Angeles prisons. I’ve even experienced physical healing. It challenged me to think beyond myself.

And do you think this makes a difference to the world?

I think every change for the better starts with a mental shift – when Love replaces fear; when we see something larger is possible. I think changes for the better have always come that way.

So what’s your “day job”?

Well, these last few year’s I’ve given a lot of lectures around the world. Having a two year old has slowed that down a little! My job all the time though is to practice what I’ve been learning from that book – Science and Health and the Bible. That’s made me into a practitioner with a healing practice. That’s what I’d like to talk about on Sunday 25 Feb at 2pm.

At 285 Willis Street?

That’s right. It’s the Christian Science church building – the white one designed by Ian Athfield. The organisers will have copies of the “textbook” Science and Health with Key to Scriptures available to borrow or buy. It’s a great read! PBA

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Performance Arcade kicking off at Wellington’s waterfront Wellington’s waterfront will turn into a large platform for live art aimed at creating new relationships and memorable shared experiences to build innovative cultures within local communities. This year’s Performance Arcade will showcase cutting-edge new art practices and innovative live performance in what promises to be its most exciting incarnation to date. “It’s an outstanding event that examines new ideas, alternative visions, and counter narratives for life in 2018,” Sam Trubridge, artistic director and founder of the Performance Arcade, says. “Sensory experiences will tickle the imagination in this celebration of live arts and culture.” The distinctive double storey arrangement of shipping containers returns this year with live

music and new installations by local and international artists in a specially curated programme. Singaporean performance artist Lynn Lu will perform a new work specially for Wellington waterfront with support from Asia NZ Foundation. Lu is internationally recognised for creating intimate and powerful performance pieces with the use of visceral materials and her own body. The programme will also present WOW2017 award-winning costumier and latex artist extraordinaire Adam McAlavey in two works informed partly by his experience of asthma that rely on his own inhalation and exhalation of breath to vacuum-seal garments around his own body. An augmented reality experience will be brought to the Arcade by Wellington artist

Suzanne Tamaki working with Plan Beta. Using im mersive media techniques they will clad the shipping containers and scaffolding with traditional Maori architecture and artefacts that can be viewed on smartphones. Running over two weekends and located on Wellington waterfront, the Performance Arcade is an accessible and free event for all. The 2018 Arcade will invite the Wellington public to experience a fusion of technology and performance art, to discover intimate performance pieces, and encounter the unfolding of sonic and visual landscapes in interactive spaces.  See theperformancearcade. com for more information on each artist. The Performance Arcade will run from February 23-March 4.

Wellington artist Suzanne Tamaki is working with augmented reality for her art installation. PHOTO: Wellington Suburban Newspapers file

Technological breakthrough for predicting landslides New technology from a student-led research project at Victoria University of Wellington looks set to revolutionise the way geotechnical engineers monitor and predict landslides, potentially helping to save lives. Engineering and computer science student Jonathan Olds was looking for a research project for his Master’s so his supervisor, professor of network engineering Winston Seah, suggested developing and testing an automated solution for the long-term monitoring of landslides. The result of that research is AccuMM, which Jonathan validated with a pilot installation in Taiwan. “The holy grail of managing landslide risk is prediction,” says Nick Willis from Victoria’s University of Wellington’s commercialisation office says. Nick is working with the researchers to bring the product to market. “But predictions can only be made if movement – or, more importantly, the acceleration of land mass – can be measured

Nick Willis with the new landslide monitoring device AccuMM. PHOTO: Supplied

right down to the number of millimetres per day, over a long period of time.” He says the traditional method of measurement involves sending a surveyor or engineer out into the field each day to measure land movement with theodolites – a manual, costly process. Even the higher tech options involving robots or drones are costly or have their drawbacks. AccuMM uses low-cost solar or battery-powered wireless GPS sensors together with a unique, cloud-based algorithm to calculate the location of each sensor, relative to a fixed-base station. This enables daily measurements to be taken at multiple points on a landslide without the need for site visits, with no line-of-sight or cabling requirements, and no need for intervention at the site for five or more years. Following the pilot in Taiwan, the technology is now being trialled closer to home in areas where landslides have occurred, including monitoring the transport corridors in Wellington.

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Wednesday February 21, 2018



Athletes with intellectual disabilities to take on leadership challenge

Special Olympics’ advocate Oscar Stace of Wadestown. PHOTO: Supplied

A local Special Olympics athlete is preparing for a new challenge as part of a group of athletes set to become ambassadors for Special Olympics New Zealand. Wadestown’s Oscar Stace, who competes with Special Olympics Wellington is one of six athletes who will take part in the so called Global Messenger training programme this year. The goal of the programme is to equip athletes with the skills to take up the role of ambassador for the organisation within their communities around the country. Following the training Oscar will join a group of more than 70 Global Messengers who promote Special Olympics in New Zealand

and support and inspire other athletes. Oscar has been involved with Special Olympics for about 10 years and has been to three National Summer Games to compete in swimming, and to the Trans-Tasman Games in Hamilton in 2016. The 32-year-old has recently become more involved in promoting Special Olympics and has spoken to local schools and organisations including Wellington City Council. “Special Olympics keeps me active and gives me something to do,” Oscar says. “It has taught me how to be a better swimmer and has helped me with listening and behaving. “I also have some very good

friends I met through Special Olympics and have had lots of new opportunities like travelling to different places,” he explains. “Special Olympics has given me a lot, so this is a way of giving back.” Oscar has also been a volunteer with Cloud 9 Teen Club and Saturday Kids Club since 2009 and is a member of People First Wellington. He is a sports fanatic – especially when it comes to cricket and rugby – and enjoys following news and politics. “Being selected to become a Global Messenger is a huge achievement and an amazing opportunity for these athletes,” Julia

Sanson, regional team leader for Special Olympics New Zealand, says. “Not only will they learn new and valuable leadership skills that will help them in their lives and careers, but they will also become the face of Special Olympics in their communities. “As an athlete driven organisation it is important that our athletes have a voice in raising awareness and breaking down barriers which they and their peers often experience. “They share their experiences and achievements gained through Special Olympics as a very strong and powerful voice of awareness and change.”

Round the Bays raises the bar again Cigna Round the Bays 2018 welcomed an impressive 14,455 people from around the country to Wellington to compete in the annual event. “Helping our communities maximise their health and well-being is a huge priority for us,” says Suzanne de Geus, Cigna New Zealand head of sales and marketing. “It was fantastic to once again see people come out and get involved – whether it was running, walking, pushing a buggy or this year on a scooter.” Last year’s number of participants of 14,300 was surpassed last Sunday as

keen athletes joined the event along Wellington’s waterfront. About 2000 runners took part in the Cigna Achilles Half Marathon, 3600 in the Bluebridge 10km and a further 8855 in the 6.5km fun run and Mitre 10 MEGA Buggy Walk. Sport Wellington CEO Phil Gibbons says he and the wider team are proud of consistently producing one of New Zealand’s largest events of its kind. “We were focused on delivering an event that was in keeping with our vision that ‘everyone in the greater Wellington regions has a life-long involvement in

sport and active recreation. “It was great to see everyone come into the city and enjoy the really fantastic experience.” Cigna was also delighted to present the event’s official charity, Achilles New Zealand, with a cheque for $20,000 during the event’s prize-giving. “To reach our goal of raising $20,000 for Achilles was terrific,” Suzanne says. “A huge thanks to the generous donations and fundraising efforts of race participants and the inclusion of $1 from each registration to the charity.”

The mission of Achilles International is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement. “As a 100 percent volunteer organisation we are reliant on this support and are so thankful to everyone who helped us reach our target amount,” Achilles national manager John Bowden says “Together you have supported our work to help people with disabilities get out and get active – and experience the sense of achievement in taking part in mainstream running events such as Cigna Round the Bays.”

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The emotive cricket column They say never write a column angry because it’s like being married and going to bed with the same mindset - no good can come of it. Well, I’ll break the rule for hopefully therapeutic benefits. When it comes to cricket, I’m a curmudgeon trapped in a 28-year-old body. I like test cricket and don’t care for the crash and bash cash-cow that is twenty20 cricket. Rarely do I watch the short form but when I do I try not to become emotionally invested in the outcome. I broke that rule on Friday night, persuaded by a sterling batting effort from the Black Caps which resulted in what I’ll call an embarrassing bowling and fielding performance. Defending 243 against a powerful Australian batting line-up on the postage stamp Eden Park, short boundaries and all. The bowlers looked bereft of ideas, and for Blenheim’s Ben Wheeler, it was a performance best forgotten. Wheeler went for 64 runs off 3.1 overs before he was ejected from the bowling crease for two full toss deliveries over the waist of batsmen. I played cricket with Wheeler during my time in Blenheim, I was

hopeless, he was a star but that effort may have long lasting scars. Watching 488 runs in 39 overs leaves me cold, I want a competition between bat and ball and T20 won’t offer me that. The Black Caps need a mindshift, our bowlers look below par when under real pressure and our fielding has always been decent but dropped catches have haunted our 2018 so far. I’ve tried to keep this column relatively constructive as opposed to negative but sometimes a spade needs to be called a spade. I never have thought the 2017/18 Black Caps were the best in history - there are too many weaknesses to match with the good. I spent $6000 getting to the Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne on short notice three years ago. That Black Caps side got my money and they deserved it, this team does not. There is a difference between being a fan and a cheerleader, nights like last Friday distinguish them very well. Yes, the Aussies batted superbly but deep down, we should know that not being able to defend 243 in 20 overs simply is unacceptable.

Jayden Movold Achilles NZ youth ambassador (cerntre) with his mother Lise Baldwin to his left, and some of the Achilles guides. PHOTO: Supplied

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