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Bogans to rock the mat By Jamie Adams

We all know yoga comes in many variations – iyender, ashtanga, bikram, even ‘hot’ – but it’s unlikely the gurus of India would have anticipated a ‘bogan’ twist to their ancient practice. A troupe of five comedians is bringing Bogan Yoga to Wellington with their unique routines that include ‘Hoon the Goon’, ‘Downward Facing Doggy Style’ and ‘Handle the Jandal’, as well as an ‘Omm’ meditation that morphs into air guitar. Continued on page 2. The Bogan Yoga characters of Jewelz, Jackie, Suze, Natalia and Dan in one of their rockin’ poses. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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A yoga workout for those seeking Nirvana Continued from page 1. The performance is interactive, with audience members encouraged to get on a mat and follow as they would to any yoga class. But instead of yoga pants and world music, they should expect leopard-print tights and rock music, as the four female instructors help them unleash their ‘inner bogan’. The four shows, part of next month’s 2018 Fringe Festival, won’t be Bogan Yoga’s first appearance in Wellington - the troupe originally performed as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival in 2015. The show was conceived by Newtown’s Hilaire Carmody, who was inspired by a need to step out of the formalities of traditional exercise routines. “I was at the gym one day and felt like a dirtbag compared to the others. I thought ‘why don’t we do bogan yoga’?” She joined with friend Julz Burgisser and four others to do a series of shows at Whitireia Performance Centre in 2015. It struck such a chord that they then took it to Hastings for its Fringe Festival last year, where

The Bogan Yoga troupe (from left) Anna Rzhevitsakaya as Nataliya, Frankie Vallis as Jackie Daniels, Julz Burgisser as Jewelz, Hilaire Carmody as Suze and Ariki Brown as “resident DJ” Dan Daniels in their unique poses such as ‘Hoon the Goon’ and ‘Wahine Warrior’. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

feedback was so positive they kept it going for this year with a new line-up. This time the lead instructor is Jackie Daniels, played by Frankie Vallis, who promises no judgement for those who drive a V8 and happen to enjoy

New Zealand Hearing 2018 Awareness Week begins on March 3 with the theme of “Noise Destroys”. Hearing NZ’s national president Tony Rush says the intention of this week is to encourage all New Zealanders to turn their attention to the health and longevity of their hearing. All too often the general public only focuses on noise when it becomes an annoyance, Tony says. “Yes, noise can be a nuisance

and if it is, only then will we tend to move away from it or complain,” Tony says. “But excessive noise, whether too loud or for too long a period, is often just tolerated yet has very real adverse health implications. “Noise-induced hearing loss is incremental and irreversible. When you need to wear hearing aids, often after years of denial, then it’s too late to regret not being more aware of the noise you have subjected

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Feedback sought on revised plan for Oriental Bay Wellingtion City Council’s latest plan to improve the most congested part of the Oriental Bay pathway – now open for feedback – will make things safer for people on bikes and on foot, and keep the angle parking, council says. The design, a modified version of the more popular of the two options that Wellingtonians gave their thoughts on last year, includes a two-way bike path, separate footpaths, some new motorbike parking, a slightly narrower median strip, and a few extra car parking spaces.

The proposed changes will widen and relieve pressure on the short section of promenade between Herd Street and Freyberg Pool which, at busy times, is too narrow to safely accommodate the large numbers of cyclists and pedestrians. Mayor Justin Lester says providing clearly defined separate spaces for people on bikes and on foot, rather than having a shared path, and keeping the angle parking and the median strip, were among the things that were important to people.

The latest version of the design for Oriental Bay is one of three projects that council is seeking feedback on over the next month. The others are the design and traffic changes required for a proposed new two-way bike path, and other bike paths, along Evans Bay Parade from the intersection of Cobham Drive to Rongotai Road (opposite Kilbirnie Park). People will also be able to comment on interim improvements proposed for Thorndon Quay that could see on-road

bike lanes developed on both sides of the road between Davis and Mulgrave streets. Councillor Sarah Free, portfolio leader for Walking, Cycling and Public Transport encourages people to take a look at the plans for all three areas and share their thoughts.  Detailed information, including plans and image sliders which help show how things would change, is available at transportprojects. Submissions on all three projects are required by 5pm, Monday, March 19 and can be made online.

Island Bay School celebrates renewed building By Julia Czerwonatis

It was an exciting day for the Island Bay School whanau as staff, parents and pupils gathered last week to celebrate their new whare and waharoa (gateway). It took two terms to complete the construction works but the idea for the project was born about five years ago when former principal Perry Rush decided one of their oldest buildings needed renewal. “It goes beyond my wildest dreams to see the building completed,” Perry says. “It looks amazing.” Together with current principal Deborah Fenton, Perry had the honour to cut the ribbon and take a peak into the renovated whare. “The interior was designed by Don Jamieson who did a great job in creating a collaborative space that is bright and open while breaking sound with barriers,” Deborah explains. The space is dedicated to the year 3 and 4 pupils and together with the new waharoa,

construction costs were around $800,000. “We received funding from the Ministry of Education and organised lots and lots of fundraisers to cover the costs,” Deborah says. “But it was Sir Ron Brierley’s support that helped us complete the project.” Ron, a former Island Bay pupil and a renowned investor, made a significant donation towards the school. The new black and white waharoa on the entrance way to the school was designed by whanau member Dean Whiting. “It’s there to physically protect the school from the southerlies and whatever else might come from the ocean,” Dean explains. He says the stories of Tane are embedded in the waharoa’s patterns with the two large circles reflecting both the spiritual and the profane knowledge as well as the cultural landscape of this area. “Our powhiri here today shows the interaction between both spheres,” Dean says.

Island Bay School pupils Oscar Vargas Wilson, Xenos Hiotakis and Sophia Das in front of their new whare. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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inbrief news Liquor licence application withdrawn A three-day hearing on whether to allow the new bottle store to open in the former Silk Route Spices premises on Riddiford St, Newtown was cut short after the applicant abandoned his bid. At a District Licensing Committee (DLA) hearing at the city council chambers on Tuesday morning, owner Inder Brar pushed for approval for his application for an off-licence to operate under the name Black Bull Newtown. However, with 40 submissions in opposition, including the police and Regional Public Health, and none in support, Inder’s counsel Alwyn O’Connor returned from lunch to announce his client wished to abandon his bid for a licence.

Call for moratorium on closures Newtown residents, who have been battling to retain their suburb’s Post Shop and Kiwibank, are calling for a moratorium on all such closures. Newtown Resident’s Association spokeswoman Amanda Barbour says post offices and Kiwibanks played a key role in community life, and their disappearances damage the structure that provides quality of life in New Zealand towns and cities. “The Labour-led Government could declare a moratorium on all closures until a thorough investigation of what quality of postal and banking services are necessary for healthy communities,” she says.

NZ charities deplore abuse cases A charity umbrella group says it is deeply shocking to read of cases overseas where some aid workers have taken advantage of the people their organisations exist to help. “New Zealand aid agencies have zero tolerance for any form of abuse, and continue to hold themselves accountable to the CID Code of Conduct,” says Josie Pagani, director of the Council for International Development (CID), the umbrella organisation for New Zealand’s international aid charities.

Family flies Wellington flag on adventure game show By Jamie Adams

A Maupuia family are keen to continue challenging themselves after appearing on an adventurestyle game show that’s currently screening on TV. “Team Meek” is a blended family consisting of Duane Meek, Rachael Cornish and step-siblings Jessica Meek and Isaac Rhodes. The four joined forces to compete to win $25,000 on XVenture Family Challenge, a show hosted by Simon Barnett and screening Sundays at 5.30pm. Created by Mike Conway, the programme format consists of four families competing in three unique challenges which test the members both physically and mentally. The two families with the highest scores go through to the semi-final. The family has two other members – Rachael’s daughter Livvy, 10, and Duane’s son Justin, 17 – who could not compete as each team had to be of two parents and two children. The show was filmed at Eagles Nest in the Bay of Islands in October, with Team Meek’s episode shot over four days.

Team Meek, from left: Jessica Meek, 14, her father Duane Meek, Rachael Cornish and her son Isaac Rhodes, 13, with reminders of their participation in the TV3 programme XVenture Family Challenge. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Duane was not allowed to reveal how the family did and was also tight-lipped about the challenges they were involved in, but two episodes that have screened so far have shown family members being guided blindfolded through mazes, working together to put up a tent and operate drones. It’s not the first time Duane had been on a TV game show – last year he appeared on Family Feud with other relatives. “This time it involved the kids,” he says.

The 16 families in this series were chosen from across the nation, and Team Meek is the only family from Wellington city. “We got well looked after,” Duane says. “Simon Barnett was such a nice guy. Really down to earth. “When we weren’t shooting he was talking to us, asking how we all were.” Jessica and Isaac enjoyed the experience, saying it was like being on holiday. They made friends with the other competitors who still keep in touch with

Facebook. While the cash prize was the big incentive to signing up, they agree it does achieve what Mike intended with the concept – helps families bond and learn from each other. “It’s easy to watch it and think ‘why did I do that’?” Rachael says. Duane would be keen to sign up to a show like this in the future. “It reminded me of Top Town.”  To find out how Team Meek tune into the fourth episode on March 4.

Time to shine for Wellington businesses Entries are now open for the 20th Wellington Gold Awards. The Wellington Gold Awards will celebrate Wellington businesses and their people for the 20th time in 2018. Nominations have now opened for this year across the eight categories: Discovering, Emerging- Products, Emerging - Services, Global, Vibrant, Cyber, Supporting and Creative Gold. As well as the three Best Practice Awards: Team, Green and

ACC Workplace Safety Gold. The 2018 finalists will be announced at Te Wharewaka on May 24 and the Awards night at TSB Bank Arena is July 5 where about 1000 people will be in attendance once again. “Well over 2000 businesses have participated in the Gold Awards since its inception in 1999 and achieving a 20th birthday this year will add an extra layer of celebration for the businesses and their people

from across the Wellington region” says Gold Awards Director John Dow. “The Gold Awards were initiated in 1998 by Hutt City Mayor John Terris. They were created as a way to give the region’s businesses greater appreciation, profile and support for their contribution to our wider community. “Mayor Terris also anticipated the new Labour Government in 1999 would be looking to focus

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Mural to highlight ocean’s ‘forests’

Tam Kogler, of Island Bay, next to her seaweed mural installation at Whairepo Lagoon. PHOTO: Supplied By Jamie Adams

A desire to educate the public about the importance of seaweed to the sustainability of Wellington’s marine life has led to the installation of a new mural at Whairepo Lagoon in Frank Kitts Park. Called Gardens and Forests of the Sea, the mural was a collaboration of artist Tam Kogler and the Wellington Underwater Club, a dive club that promotes a healthy marine environment. “We wanted to bring up what we see under the water,” WUC president Nicole Miller says. “By creating the seaweed mural in the heart of Wellington we are highlighting the important role of seaweeds in the marine environment, and what everyone can do to protect them.” She says Wellington Harbour right the way round to Evans Bay and Shelly Bay has some “amazing seaweed”. “We are very lucky in Wellington to be able to enjoy such diverse marine life.

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“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.” Tam says she was inspired to produce the artwork due to seaweed’s similarity to forests. “If forests are the lungs of the land, then marine plants are the lungs of the ocean,” she says. Nicole says seaweed provides shelter and food for many species such as juvenile fish, octopuses and seahorses. Like plants on land, seaweeds grow using sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and nutrients to biomass, and their absorption of the carbon dioxide helps 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.” The mural will be on display for “two or three months” and the club hopes to install more murals of a similar theme in the future.

Pokies harming communities, says Sallies New Zealanders who use slot machines or “pokies” are being harmed through the targeting of vulnerable communities and machines deliberately designed to entice harmful gambling behaviour, The Salvation Army says. The latest figures from the Department of Internal Affairs show $870 million was spent on pokies last year—increasing for the third year in a row despite there being fewer machines. This continues a trend of increasing spend on pokies since 2014, driven in part by their destructive design features, The Salvation Army’s head of Addiction Services Lieutenant

Colonel Lynette Hutson says. “The design of these machines is highly sophisticated and uses machine and game characteristics to encourage risky gambling behaviour. “Research shows the number of people gambling is reducing, but the number gambling harmfully remains stable and it is suggested this may be due to changes in the design of pokie machines.” The department’s figures show only a third of money spent on pokies was returned to the community through gaming machine trusts last year, she adds.



Thursday February 22, 2018

Newtown Street Fair team aim to abolish festival waste St Catherine’s College’s new principal Steve Bryan. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Male principal offers new dynamic to girls’ college By Jamie Adams

Zero Waste co-ordinators for this year’s Newtown Festival, Cam Leslie and Nina Atkinson. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

The annual Newtown Street Fair isn’t just about enjoying the tastes, sights and sounds of what the cosmopolitan Wellington suburb has to offer. The highlight of this summer’s Newtown Festival is also about raising awareness of waste disposal, and two people have been tasked to keep it to a minimum. Cam Leslie and Nina Atkinson are the festival’s Zero Waste co-ordinators and, as their name suggests, the goal is

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after a takeaway meal. “We are encouraging people to bring their own containers as well,” Nina says. Ca m estimates rough ly 1000kg of waste went to the landfill out of a total of 3113kg of disposed items at last year’s festival. “That’s almost two-thirds directed to compost and recycling.” “The council is bringing in an event waste policy that will hopefully give more teeth to what we are doing here,” Nina adds. “Things like having a compostable plastic in the lining of paper cups.” Last year’s event attracted 160 volunteers but Nina and Cam would like at least 40 more this time. “We would get people to dress in costumes, to add to the spirit of it,” Cam says. “We would also like to get more community groups to take ownership of stations.”  Those intereste d can email Cam and Nina at

St Catherine’s College has a new principal, but it’s not the type you would expect for a girls’ college. Steve Bryan is the Kilbirnie’s Catholic secondary school’s first male principal. He comes from Sacred Heart College, another all-girls school in Hawke’s Bay, where he was principal from 2006 to 2017. “I believe I am the only male principal of a girls’ college in New Zealand,” Steve says. He admits his appointment at Sacred Heart did raise eyebrows. “It caused a bit of consternation at the time but the track record is what people judge you by.” He believes being principal of a girls’ school provides some balance as there are women who have led boys’ colleges. “People would say there’s a natural grand alliance between the leadership of a school and gender of the school but that model is not set in iron,” Steve says. “The principal of Hamilton Boys’ High School is female despite the school having a strong boys’ ethos.”

Steve has more than 20 years of experience in secondary education, having worked at St Oran’s College and St Bernard’s College in Lower Hutt prior to his Sacred Heart appointment. Steve promises to bring new ideas in his position at St Catherine’s College “I think it’s about role modelling. My role is to ensure that’s nourished and sustained.” Despite the rarity of his role, Steve says he has always been comfortable being the principal of a girls’ school. “I’ve never felt compromised and families never felt uncomfortable. “My door is always open when I talk to students.” Steve plans to evolve the school’s curriculum, especially when it comes to creative technologies – in which he believes more needs to be done to make it appeal to girls – and outdoor environmental education. He is excited about the educational opportunities for students who go on overseas excursions. “We have got a group of students going to Indonesia to do research project. One went to South Africa two years ago.”

Thursday February 22, 2018

Council joins ‘Don’t Guess the Yes’ campaign Wellington City Council is collaborating with key stakeholders to support Wellington Police’s “Don’t Guess the Yes” campaign – with the goal of changing attitudes and behaviour towards sexual violence. Previously launched by Wellington Police in December 2017, the initiative is a partnership of the council, both of Wellington’s university students associations and the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network designed to raise awareness about the problem through videos, collateral, and a social media campaign. Southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons says this is a step in the right direction towards council’s goal of eliminating sexual harassment in the city – and beyond. “The #metoo campaign has shone a spotlight on the widespread nature of sexual violence and its repercussions, both here and overseas – and we are serious about tackling it head on in the capital,” Fleur says. “Working with the police, student associations, and relevant agencies is key to coming up with a coordinated plan to achieve this – and the ‘Don’t Guess the Yes’ initiative will be an effective tool in this campaign.” VUWSA president Marlon Drake is glad to be on board alongside MAWSA. “Consent isn’t a grey area, it’s a yes or it’s a no, and we want to be clear that responsible partying includes treating everyone with respect.” Wellington Police launched the #betterdecisions awareness campaign

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in December last year, encouraging people to think about sexual consent and alcohol, and assure victims they will be treated with respect and in confidence when they do come forward. According to Wellington Police data, alcohol is a major factor in reported adult sexual assault cases in the CBD. A national helpline for issues relating to sexual violence is available 24/7 on 0800 883300.



Thursday February 22, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Who do you think will be the next leader of the National Party?

Baha Mabaruk, Island Bay “Judith Collins. She has a strong personality and has a good leadership sense. She could be the next Iron Lady.”

Ian Carmichael, Miramar “I don’t know. I don’t know if any will be capable of winning. I would prefer Simon Bridges or Mark Mitchell.”

Gary Wilson, Island Bay “I wouldn’t know. None of them are good enough to beat Labour. Simon Bridges is the best of them.”

Mathew Reade, Strathmore Park “Probably Steven Joyce because he’s got that ‘I can get things done’ attitude. Amy Adams if not him.”

Stella Ramage, Melrose “I really hope it will not be Judith Collins, but I think it will be because she’s been there for some time.”

Mark Ross, Lyall Bay “Amy Adams. I met her and she is a good person and understands the farming sector.”

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Banks much less greedy back in the day Dear Editor; I can’t make much sense of Martin Beck’s Feb. 15 letter that attacks mine of Feb. 8; and I conclude he was just looking for an excuse to assail Christine Swift and me about our recent statements on postal services in Miramar. Anyway, the latest shortening of mail clearance times in this suburb very recent; so I wonder whether Mr Beck has been

in Miramar recently. As for banks in general, they are trading enterprises, so must make a profit to stay in business; but in my young days, they were immeasurably less greedy and heartless than banks are now. It now may seem incredible that, in 1952, the highest rate for overdraft interest was 5 percent per annum and those with the best security paid as little

Persecuted Christian will be ultimately rewarded Dear Editor; I sincerely thank Stephen Cotterel, a godly man, for his Feb 15 letter supporting mine of Feb 8. I seem to remember him as a good Evangelical Protestant rescued from Romanism, and as a man victimised by feminism in a divorce from his wife. It’s now a very frequent situation that a man is vilified and hounded by authorities mostly hijacked by feminists. These are invariably haters of Bible-believing Christians

like him and me: they know very well that their notions are condemned by Holy Scripture. Well, Stephen will be compensated and rewarded in the next world, but never in this present one. He was aptly and prophetically named after the protomartyr St Stephen (see Acts, Chapters 7 & 8). There’s an extra-Biblical tradition that he was a very beautiful young guy; and it’s a real plus when a godly Christian is also goodlooking.

paper, however, I was subjected to an insensitive and embarrassingly monocultural rant in a letter by H. Westfold. This enlightened individual maintains that all non-Christian religions are ‘the road to eternal torment’ and that if someone was born in a non-Christian part of the world then ‘God didn’t predestinate and elect them to hear it.’

are understandably hated now. Banking, insurance, stock and station (rural services) firms, meat processors, and the energy industry, are all too vital to be privately owned at all. They should be shared by the State with various trusts and cooperative/mutual companies. [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar

Council issues are of bigger concern I didn’t ask them because of their attractive persons; but the six “polar bears” who’ve agreed to carry my coffin, all Wierenga men, are from a very handsome clan at the Wellington Reformed Church: I want my funeral to be a proper “Wierengafest”; so two of those six, as guitarists, are also happy to play guitar-chords with the piano for the hymns. It cannot be far off now. H Westfold, Miramar

Enough of this anti-community nonsense Dear Editor, Your newspaper certainly caters to a diverse audience. In the edition of Feb 15 I was pleased to read that Ed Trotter has been appointed Principal of Miramar Central School. I do not know Mr Trotter, but he sounds a very decent chap and no doubt will be a good servant to the school and the community it serves. On the next page of the

as 4 percent, which was also the rate for non-profit bodies such as churches, charities, and sports clubs and associations. The banks boasted of how many branches and agencies they had; whereas they now pride themselves on having so few branches and ATMs. It costs money for staff and servicing for them, you see: customers and the public don’t matter. So nearly all the banks

Goodness, this is jolly bad luck for many of Mr Trotter’s 226 students, as they come from 28 ethnicities and no doubt support a healthy variety of religious and cultural beliefs. Can I suggest you give no more press space to such anti-community nonsense? D Wright Miramar

Dear Editor I have read all th e bibles and did bible study with Westfold and Christine [Swift], but saw the writing was on the walls, so embraced the one and only. I am a follower of Jainism which is Hinduism and we believe in the one and only universal god - Om. Readers can form their own opinions as to the barbs of my past cult. Of greater use to us all would be for the council officers to sort out

our local body problems of flooding, water supply security, getting real CBD projects started and completed on time and within budget, and stop with the self-servicing PR and ‘fluffy’ items like funding local festivals and Te Reo. I am my own woman to, and don’t need family to push my walker! Yours sincerely Rose Wu Killbirnie

Editor’s note: Debate on this particular religious issue is now closed.

62 heritage buildings yet to be strengthened Latest figures released by Wellington City Council show that progress is being made to make safe Wellington’s at-risk heritage buildings. Councillor Iona Pannett, who holds the council’s Heritage Portfolio, says the number of earthquake-prone heritage buildings dropped from 198 in October 2014 to 157 in December 2017 - a 20 percent reduction – despite more buildings being added to the list over that time. “The pace of work has definitely quickened recently,” Iona says. “In 2014 we removed just four heritage buildings from the list. In

2017 it was 11 – that’s an increase of 175 percent.” She says the Seddon and Kaikoura earthquakes and the introduction of new legislation have made owners more aware of the need to strengthen their buildings. “There are 19 buildings still on the list where the work has been completed and the owners are just waiting for a final sign-off under the Building Act, and a further 76 are actively being worked on. So in fact there are just 62 heritage buildings still needing to get started on the work.”

Thursday February 22, 2018

Back to the drawing board for revitalising Strathmore Park Wellington City Council is collaborating with the Strathmore Park community, Housing New Zealand, New Zealand Police and other services to rejuvenate the area. The Strathmore 44 project aims to

identify and support priorities that build on community connections, support local leadership and make Strathmore Park a better place to live. The name Strathmore 44 refers to the bus route that runs through the eastern

Kelly Spencer and Megan Salole of The League of Live Illustrators draw away on the Strathmore 44 artwork at Kahurangi School during the Kotahi Festival on Waitangi Day. PHOTO: Supplied

Child Cancer foundation appeals for volunteers The Child Cancer Foundation is calling for volunteers nationwide to lend a hand for its annual street collection, taking place on March 16 and 17 during Child Cancer Foundation Appeal Month. Dedicated volunteers are urgently needed to donate their time and help raise vital funds, so Child Cancer Foundation can continue to support more than 1700 families’ nationwide in hospital, at home and in the community. Robyn Kiddle, chief executive at Child Cancer Foundation explains: “There are collection sites nationwide and just a

couple of hours out of people’s days will make a huge difference. 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 parents in this event.  People interested in volunteering as collectors can register at childcancer. or call 0800 424 453 to be connected with their local organiser.

suburb. At the recent Kotahi festival, the League of Live Illustrators asked people what they loved about Strathmore Park and what would make it even better, drawing them and their answers to create an artwork for the community. The pictures and answers will be displayed at different locations across the suburb over the next few weeks. “We’ve heard that people want to see more community events, skills sharing and employment opportunities and want to hear from more people on their ideas

on what they want to see more of in Strathmore Park,” Community Partnership coordinator Sophie Parsons says. Postcards will be on their way to residents asking for their ideas over the next few weeks; these can be dropped off at the Raukawa and Strathmore Park community centres or local businesses, or emailed to The ideas will be gathered at an Action Hui at the Strathmore Park Community Centre where residents are encouraged to attend to decide how to turn ideas into reality.



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Tyler Knowles in Little Devil pips Jada Cornish in Holden Racing to finish third in the junior competition of the Ribble Street Races on Saturday, part of the Island Bay Festival that wrapped up this week. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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

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

Ribble Street has rollicking race day By Jamie Adams

Island Bay youngsters showed off their drag-racing tendencies on Saturday when the Ribble Street races returned as part of the Island Bay Festival. The races saw the suburb’s steepest street closed to traffic as trolley racers young and old battled it out in various homemade contraptions for the right to call themselves king (or queen) of the hill. The derby was one of several highlights of a festival that has been running for 34 years under the management of the Island Bay Enhancement Trust. Spokeswoman Diane Hughes says the turnout for the Ribble St races was great, just as it had been for the Day in The Bay the previous Sunday. “Dolphins came out while people were swimming,” she says. The Blessing of the Boats was also held on

the first Sunday and saw 18 boats given their blessings for safe carriage and bountiful catches, including a police launch. Other events that were held through the week included a youth group open night, Ash Wednesday at the Home of Compassion, an official launch of Island Bay Bowling Club’s centenary book, and a Teddy Bears picnic at Shorland Park. Diane wishes to thank fellow organisers Mike Frew and Doug O’Sullivan for managing the trolley races, along with MC Chris McKeown, Wellington Free Ambulance and “loyal sponsor” Island Bay New World. Earlier a series of Lego trolley races were held. Organised by Lisa Pauwells, the races involved vehicles made entirely out of Lego and there were several categories according to the ages of the trolley builders. Diane suggests next year’s festival could feature a competition for naming dogs owned by locals.

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

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.

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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Thursday February 22, 2018


Clareburt powers his way into Comm Games squad Lewis Clareburt. PHOTO: Supplied

Local teenage swim sensation Lewis Clareburt has reached another milestone in his impressive career by being selected for April’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Hailing from Wellington’s Capital Swim Club and Scots College, Lewis will compete in the men’s 400m individual medley. The 18-year-old from Roseneath had a breakout 2017 which included eight gold medals at the New Zealand Age Group Championships, where he also equalled Danyon Loader’s 25-year-old record in the 200m freestyle. He won three gold and four silver medals at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas and capped off the year by winning Junior Sportsman of the Year at the Aotearoa Maori Sports Awards. “I am really excited to be representing New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Lewis says. “I’ve been training really hard all summer as if I was going to the games, so I’m relieved that it’s paid off. I’m pumped to get over to the Gold Coast and race.” Swimming New Zealand CEO Steve Johns

is delighted to have another swimmer added to the team. “Lewis has demonstrated the ability to perform with distinction at the Games and deserves the opportunity to represent New Zealand at this pinnacle event.” New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith extended her congratulations Lewis. “Lewis is a very exciting young talent and has benefited from the performance pathway provided by the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017. We are excited to have him in the team and can’t wait to watch him compete.” Lewis was selected as part of the final round of individual athlete allocation quotas. He had missed automatic selection by just 0.1 second. The addition brings the number of swimming representatives in the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team to 13 and the total number of athletes to 115. Lewis will have some local company in the aquatics squad. Wellington High School graduate Anton Down-Jenkins and former St Catherine’s College student Yu Qian Goh were recently named in the New Zealand diving team.

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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-yearold 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.









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