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produced an album and have now released their songs. “It was three days of getting to know a bunch of cool people with different tastes of music and just jamming together,” Vow Lemmens, Onslow College student and vocalist of band Fish, explains. Continued on page 2.

Aspiring rock stars got together during the summer holidays to jam out some tunes and record their own songs. As part of the programme organised by local music school Apollo Music, just over a dozen students put into three bands


Apollo Music manager Jake Stokes with students Bianca Webb, Dominic Whipps, Vow Lemmens and Anna Linklater. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Teenagers record their own songs during summer rock camp Continued from page 1. “While we had a pretty tight schedule it was great to explore different sounds and music types and then come out with an idea that worked for all of us.” Vow’s band colleague, Dominic Whipps, says having the different music types combined helped to create unique sounds. “The different styles in which people are playing their in-

struments really came out,” Dominic says. The 16-year-old usually plays blues tunes on his six strings however the summer rock camp encouraged him to try harder, more punky sounds. Apollo Music manager Jake Stokes who organised the programme together with other professional musicians from Wellington says he was im-

pressed to see the students coming together as a cohesive unit to play. “Making music together is like having a conversation, and they did a pretty good job communicating,” Jake says. “Ever yone individua lly sounded awesome, but all of them together sound better than the sum of its parts.” The young rockers recorded


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Jake, Bianca, Dominic, Vow and Anna recently released their songs. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

their five songs during no more than three live takes with instruments and just over two hours for vocals – in comparison, professional musicians usually spend days or even weeks to record just one song “I believe, everybody took their songs home with them and re-played in their heads at the dinner table and before they went to bed.” Anna Linklater, also from Fish, and Bianca Webb, vocalist of band Infamous, both had their fathers encouraging them to join the camp and feel excited to see their music licensed and online on Spotify and other music applications. “It’s pretty cool to see what we have done together,” Anna says. She hopes the rock school has taught her the skills needed to write a song all by herself one day.  To listen to the songs of Infamous, Fish and Solar Signal, visit or find their music on Spotify or Soundcloud. Apollo Music also plans another rock camp from July 17-20. Find more information on their website.

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Heading off to new adventures By Julia Czerwonatis

Dear community, my time at the Independent Herald has come to an end as I’m packing my bags to leave this beautiful city and explore new corners of the world. It’s been an incredible time here for me, and I’d like to thank everyone who has shared their stories and given me a chance to write about their amazing projects, visions, life stories and work. During the year I encountered some truly inspiring people whose

words moved me deeply and left me with a lasting impression. My hope is that some of the articles I wrote equally inspire others. Thanks also to all our readers for your appreciation, your critique, and your support. It’s for you that we write our local papers so your input has always been and will stay important to us. My partner and I are leaving for Europe to visit my family in Germany and see friends scattered over the continent before we hop onto the Trans-Siberian train

to see Russia and central Asia in the midst of winter. We will be spending two months in Japan, and then finally, I get to see the place I have been dreaming of visiting for years and years: Alaska. Our journey will give me plenty of time to write, and I’ll post my stories online on in case you are interested in following our story.

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More exercise for kids with Movin’ March School children and their parents are getting into gear for this year’s Movin’ March – a region-wide campaign to encourage active travel to and from school, which runs from March 5-29. Greater Wellington Regional Council developed the campaign, which is supported by other local councils. Greater Wellington’s school travel coordinator Kirsty Barr says there’s lots of fun activities planned including the WOW Passport Challenge, back for its third year.

“The WOW passport challenge is a popular highlight of the month,” Kirsty says. “Students who walk or wheel their way to school get their passport stamped and go into the draw to win one of six $300 Avanti vouchers. “There’s also a poster competition, WOW family day, parent photo competition and plenty of class activities to engage the children and also get them moving.” Now in its eighth year, Movin’ March aims to promote active travel to school –

whether it’s walking, cycling, skating or scootering “There are obvious benefits, the main one is exercise, but there’s so much more they’re gaining. “Children are developing connections, getting to know their neighbourhood including learning vital road-safety skills,” Kirsty explains. “This development helps a child break down barriers and build a positive sense of place.” Movin’ March is also for people who live too far away

and have to use car transport because they can use Park and Stride or Walking Pou. “This is where we’re encouraging parents to find places to park that still give students the opportunity to walk a bit of the way to and from school. “We want all families to give it a go at least once during the month. But we still need schools to be the main focus for registration.” Any school in the Wellington region can take part registering on movinmarch. com.

Rare award for Khandallah scouts By Julia Czerwonatis

While Wellington wrapped itself up in preparation for Gita last Tuesday, Khandallah Scouts braved the cold wet evening to celebrate a great achievement amongst their group. With parents, siblings, grandparents, uncles and aunties gathered, Joseph Hendr y and Benjamin Haw received their Chief Scout Awards – a badge that only two percent of all Kiwi scouts achieve. “We had a great turn out to support the two Scouts getting their Chief Scout Awards,” Scout Leader Glenn Williams says. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester presented Joseph and Benjamin, both students at Onslow College, with their badges and certificates from the Governor General. Paul Appleton, the Wellington Zone Scout Leader explained to the audience that it is a difficult challenge to gain the Chief Scout Award. “These were the first Chief Scout Award for the Khandallah Scout Troop in two years,” he says. “In the last 12 months only


Civic Square pools refurbished As part of the ongoing upgrade of Civic Square, the refurbishment of the decorative pools beside the City Library started this Monday. The pool membrane is being repaired and is expected to take up to four weeks. The Te Whakamura Outreach team is working with the group of homeless people occupying the space under the bridge to provide support and access to housing. Refurbishment of the pools near the Michael Fowler Centre will be undertaken in sequence with the Town Hall strengthening project to start in late October.

Kitten adoption day SPCA Wellington will visit the Churton Park Community Centre to organise a cat and kitten adoption day, this Saturday, March 3, from 11.30am-3.30pm. Come along and see what cute cats and kittens they have, and you might even be tempted. For more information call Mai Mostafa on 830 4802 or email cpcc@wcc.

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eight have been awarded to scouts in the Wellington Zone.” To meet the requirements of the Chief Scout Award the scout has to be self-motivated and committed. “It’s quite a big accumulation of things that you have to do to get the badge,” Benjamin explains. “It includes community service which I’ve mostly done in

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The SPCA List of Shame has been released this, highlighting 11 of the most shameful cases of animal cruelty in 2017. The list includes a five year old Labradors starved to death, a duck with its beak blown up by a firecracker and a neglected horse left in pain with a deformed eye and engorged head injury. The list also contains some shocking cases of cruelty, including 600 starving chickens and ducks with severe feather loss found in an overcrowded environment trying to feed on the decomposing birds around them.

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Want a change in 2018? The Blenheim Sun is looking for a new journalist. Blenheim is located in the heart of Marlborough and everyone knows it is one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand, with an estimated average of 2,438 hours of sunshine a year. It’s also home to some of New Zealand’s best wineries, as well as a selection of amazing cafes, restaurants, bars, and shops. Trust us, Blenheim is the place to be all year round. So why not make the move? To be considered for this exciting opportunity, candidates must have a positive, can-do attitude and be a team player. You will need to hold a tertiary qualification in journalism, be accurate, and have excellent grammar and writing skills. We are looking for a hungry, energetic, and ambitious journalist who loves nothing better than to chase and break great stories and tell interesting yarns to our readers. The core role is gathering and writing local news for our twice weekly newspapers. Other editorial tasks can be expected, including taking photographs. Please include a resume and examples of published work with your application. All applications should be addressed to; The Manager The Blenheim Sun Newspaper P.O.Box 634 Blenheim or email:


Exploring a life full of mystery and surprise By Julia Czerwonatis

Rajorshi Chakraborti has been living in Wellington for over seven years now, and with his new book, the Karori author explores his experiences here weaving them into fiction. Raj’s sixth book, The man

who would not see, is partly auto-biographic, and partly fictional taking the reader into Raj’s childhood in India as well as into his present life in Karori. “For the book, I picked up two things I haven’t explored yet through my writing,” Raj

Raj launched his new book The man who would not see last week at Marsden Books in Karori. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

says. “For one, there’s this mystery in my family of someone disappearing. “And secondly, I bring my life here in Wellington under the fictional microscope – especially my experience of becoming a parent which has tremendously changed my life.” Raj published his first book in 2002. He wanted to become a writer for a long time, he says, but before he started to write he had a “long apprenticeship” of absorbing as much literature as he could. Characters in Raj’s new book The man who would not see are inspired by people he knows including his wife Sacha and their daughter. He is grateful, he says, that they trusted him to embed their life stories in his book’s characters. “I couldn’t have written this without a certain level of openness from the people I write about. “In return I portrait them with as much richness and complexity as I can.”

When Raj writes a book, he explains, he starts off with a strong impulse or an idea and from there ventures on exploring the story. “I like not knowing what happens next. “Only when I’m taken by surprise about what happened in a chapter, I know it’s worth being in the book.” He says while finishing a book is a very satisfying feeling he loves every step of the way to writing a story. “My life is mysterious and full of surprises – there’s so much to discover, and I enjoy turning this into something I can share with others. “I inhabit every step of writing and feel fundamental enjoyment when drafting every single sentence. “Every line has to be a perfect balance between sound and sense, and it has to be truthful.” Raj is already half-way through a draft for his next book, a “supernatural mystery thriller”, as he describes it. “Having written a domestic, realist novel I needed the next one to be very different.”

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The Cashmere Avenue School Fair returns next Sunday with a range of great entertainment and delicious food for everyone. “At the fair we’ll have great quality jumble, books and clothes, food stalls, auctions, raffles, coffee, home baking, bumper boats, a giant 14-foot inflatable bouncing castle on the school field, and a smash palace,” Allie Breslin from the Cashmere Avenue Home and School committee says.

The fair will be opened at 11am by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester who will also announce the winner of the golden ticket – a raffle prize that will make one child the “king” or “queen” of the fair allowing them to try anything they want. Allie says much credit goes to local business owners who help to make the fair possible each year. “Mike Walshe, the owner of New World in Khandallah, is a

great supporter of our school not just at the fair time but for other fundraisers during the year,” Allie says. “We really appreciate his help as well as the support of other local businesses.” Khandallah restaurant Automat will have a stall selling Pork Sliders at the fair, MoJo coffee are running a coffee cart again, Easyswim will be providing bumper boats to use in the school pool, and local real estate agent

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There was a lot of excitement in the air at Ngaio School last Friday as staff, pupils and family members finally got to open their new school building. “It’s a big day for us,” Ngaio School principal Raewyn Watson says. “The new building has been long in the wait, and I’m glad to have the privilege to introduce our students to the new classrooms. “Yet much credit must go to our former principal Liz Miller who carried the school through this journey.” Liz who left the school at the

end of the year says back in 2015 inspectors detected leakages in 10 classrooms and eventually found black mould. “The classrooms were identified as uninhabitable,” Liz says. “It was more feasible to demolish the buildings and build a new innovative space.” Demolition works began in the summer holidays 2015/16 and after completing the designing process that involved not only staff and architects but also members of the community, construction work started early last year. Since 10 classrooms were gone, teachers and pupils had to make do

with whatever space they could find. “The entire community has been incredibly patient,” former Board of Trustees member and property manager Robert Stewart says. “The staff can now finally teach without any disruptions. It’s a fantastic asset for the community.” Board of Trustees chair Christian Hawkesby says the new building is a classic example of a modern learning space. “With the design, we have created an open space for cooperative learning,” he explains. “Teachers will be encouraged to be working in a team, and students learn how to share their space.”


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A special guest for Churton Park Toastmasters By Julia Czerwonatis

The Toastmasters from Churton Park had the pleasure to welcome someone in their midst who is making his living with public speeches since last year: Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor joined the local Toastmas-

ters club for their Thursday evening meeting and shared his personal story with the group. “I had just come from speaking in Parliament when I joined the Churton Park Toastmasters last Thursday,” Greg says. “I have to say I was almost more

nervous to speak in front of them than at work. “In Parliament you only have the speaker of the house judging you for what you say, but at the club 15 speakers were evaluating me,” he explains. Greg says he learned a lot during

the two-hour session themed ‘Representing your community’. “The atmosphere was encouraging, and while the members are tough on each other, they treat each other with the utmost respect. Everyone is doing their best to improve, and everyone supports one another.” Greg says what struck him was the mixture of different cultures, languages and ethnicities represented at the club. “There were so many people whose first language wasn’t English, and you could see how hard they were working to improve their public speaking.” He believes the group was being courteous in giving him

the trophy for the best speaker of the evening. His tip for anyone giving a public speech is, know who you are talking to. “You have to know your audience and prepare your speech accordingly. “And it’s always helpful to address someone you know in the audience. It can be quite nerve-wracking if you speak to an entire room full of people instead.”  Churton Park Toastmasters meet every second Thursday, 7.30-9.30pm at the Churton Park Community Centre. Visit for more information.

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West Fest returns with promising programme Although Jennie Moran, the chairperson of the organising committee feels like it was only yesterday the first gala was rolled out, West Fest celebrates its fourth birthday when it returns to West Park School on Saturday, March 10. “As with the previous years, the primary focus of West Fest is to deliver a day where the community can come together to have fun,” Jennie says. “There’s no better way to start the school year than with an event that lets our children see their friends, families, and teachers working and playing alongside each other. “Funds raised via previous West Fests are already being put to use in the climbing structure play area upgrade that is well into its planning stages, and anything raised this time will also be used there. “But first and foremost, we want everyone who comes along to be able to have a good time so we are really mindful of keeping prices affordable and having plenty of free entertainment on offer.”

From 11am until 2pm, West Park School will host an incredible array of food, free stage acts, fun activities and bargains. In addition to the comfort food offerings expected of a school gala like a sausage sizzle, coffee and sweets, there will also be homemade dumplings, curry, fries and bacon rolls to satisfy the hunger pangs. Some old favourite activities will return such as the toilet paper catapult and shooting range, and Jennie and her team have some new fun games planned including jousting and Quidditch shots, and a giant inflatable obstacle course. “The stage entertainment line-up featuring a range of school and wider Wellington performers and community groups is as always looking great,” Jennie says. “The Johnsonville and wider Wellington community remains right in behind the festival with Easy Swim remaining the major sponsor of the day for the fourth year in a row, alongside generous donations from FECO Fenc-

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Would you like to see plastic bags being banned?

Bernie Fajardo, Johnsonville “Plastic bags are important when you go shopping.”

Maurice Brown, Johnsonville “To be honest, I think it’s a good idea.”

Paul Myers, Johnsonville “It’s so convenient, especially when I walk my dog. But eventually we might have to phase them out.”

Jennifer Rankin, Paparangi “Definitely.”

Roman Dvorsky, Churton Park “Yes, it’s good.”

Marcel Wratt, Lower Hutt “No.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a black Nissan hatchback parked on the road in the vicinity of Rotoiti Street was entered, possibly through an open window. A Macbook and items of jewellery were stolen. Intruders entered the enclosed yard at the Johnsonville Railway station overnight by breaching the outer perimeter fence on the other side of the station.

Graffiti in a variety of colours was applied to a train parked at the station. In Khandallah a white Toyota Hiace van parked overnight in the driveway of a house in Delhi Crescent had a left rear window smashed to gain entry. Some tradesman’s power and hand tools were stolen. A red Nissan Safari stationwagon parked locked and secure overnight on the road in

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way when the victim returned home. A spare key left underneath the front door mat is thought to have been used to gain entry. An Xbox, a play station, a gaming headset and an electric shaver were taken. In Karori a blue Toyota Hiace light van parked locked during Sunday morning in the car park area of Makara Peak Mountain Park was stolen.

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Montessori at Otari Preschool in Wilton invited their whanau to celebrate the opening of their brilliant new outdoor space on a stunning Friday afternoon, on February 16. “We have been fundraising madly for the last few years to fund the upgrade of our garden and outdoor space,” staff member Nicola Clark says. “The children absolutely love it and really embraced the space immediately.” The little playground is designed for all weather conditions with lots of shady spots and little dry and hidden corners in case a wet weather front hits Wilton. Nicola says parents and children came to help out a lot during the construction process and as a result, the playground is a community-owned space. The Montessori preschool caters for children aged three to six and currently teaches 48 kids. “The idea of a Montessori school is to create a holistic learning space where children can explore their environment physically, emotionally, academically and socially,” centre leader Florence Coram-Lasnier explains. “It’s about meeting the needs of every child

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Visit Kapiti for the Smallest Beer Festival Smallest Beer Festival, or SBF for short, is to be held in the picturesque seaside village of Paekakariki, a short train trip from Wellington. Arguably it’s the Southern Hemisphere’s, if not the world’s, smallest beer festival. You can try the craft beers of four breweries from the Greater Wellington region who will share their brews promising to showcase limited release beers. Duncan’s and North End from the Kapiti Gold Coast, Te Aro and Abandoned Brewery from Wellington combine with live DJ’s from Paekakariki FM and delicious food supplied by the Salt & Wood Collective will cater for all visitors. There are two sessions available 124pm, and 5-9pm, and of course being small a very limited number of tickets to go around. Tickets are $30 and include a glass and food voucher. Also available are limited edition T-Shirts available that will be

screen printed live by Artisan Screen Printing. The Smallest Beer Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, at the St Peters Hall, corner Beach Road and Ames Street in Paekakariki. Visit to book tickets. This is an R18 event. Another Kapiti event worthwhile visiting will be Otaki’s Autumn Family Carnival, held on March 10, 1-7pm at Haruatai Park. There will be live music and local acts from schools and Kapa Haka groups, food stalls and bouncy castles. You may even see some fire catchers or stilt walkers and a few circus acts. So grab a picnic rug and head on up to the park for an awesome family event. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per child or $35 for a family pass. Under 5’s are free. Buy tickets at Mobil Otaki, Levin and Paraparumu or Otaki Montessori Preschool. Limited gate sales will be available.


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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’, ‘Downwa rd Facing Doggy Style’ and ‘Handle the Jandal’, as well as an ‘Omm’ meditation that morphs into air guitar. 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’?” Stand-up comedians Julz Burgisser and Frankie Vallis from Aro Valley joined the Bogan Yoga crew, together with three 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 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, who promises no judgement for those who drive a V8 and happen to enjoy yoga. “No one will judge you if your tramp stamp is showing or if you turn up in an Evanescence t-shirt,” she says. “It’s about honouring and connecting with the inner rock star inside all of us.”

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Wednesday February 28, 2018


Local coach to learn from world’s best footballers By Julia Czerwonatis

Karori football coach Milan Bartosz is headed towards Europe soon to learn new skills from the world’s best players. In March, Milan will spend a few weeks in football academies in Spain and Italy and join workshops to learn new coaching methods which he will try to implement on the field here. He has been a football coach for about 30 years and has trained everyone, young and old, male and female. “You can never learn enough,” Milan says. “It’s good to know what other countries are doing. This is an opportunity to learn from one of the best footballers.” Italy won the FIFA World Cup in 2006 and Spain in 2010, and Spain also the UEFA European Cup in 2008 and 2012. “Both countries train their footballers based on an entirely different ideology than we do here,” Milan says. He says one of the significant differences between the football culture here compared to Europe, is that our season is only five months long whereas elsewhere children train and compete all year around. “For young children who have hopes to become professional players, this is a big disadvantage.”

Another issue that Milan mentions is that most clubs don’t have the financial means to pay their coaches, so it defaults to having volunteering parents training the kids instead of professional coaches. His mission is to educate more coaches so they can then train a generation of players who might have a better chance in professional sport. Milan is currently coaching the Onslow Junior Football team and hopes to take a group of young players to Europe next year to get some training experience with locals. Milan was born in Czechoslovakia and grew to be a footballer. “I played since I could walk. My father was a footballer.” He made it into the under-17 national team but political circumstance in the country changed minimising Milan’s chances of becoming a professional player. After the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia in the late 60s, Milan’s family fled to Austria. “There was a club in Vienna that showed some interest in my play. But the political climate in Europe kept becoming less stable, and so my family decided to move to Canada. That was a big step backwards for me and my play.” He says he still managed to play “semi-professional” in his new home country and he also


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Cometh the hour, cometh the inner-snowboarder

Karori football coach Milan Bartosz will join coaching workshops in Spain and Italy in March. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

started to develop an interest in coaching. “I was coaching in the provincial, premier and major leagues, and I was the assistant coach for the national women’s team.” For Milan the understanding of football in New Zealand needs to change in two aspects: “There’s a process for kids learning how to play. We can’t measure their success by how many goals they make but instead look at how much they are developing their skills. “And we need to take the emphasis from physicality and make the play more about techniques and cleverness.”

I’ve struggled to grasp the Winter Olympics but last week I was all-in for one hour. I’d come out of a reasonably high level meeting to find most of my 50 colleagues gathered around the projector watching the Women’s Big Air final from Pyeongchang, South Korea. I pride myself on being a lover of all sports but I must admit I had to be told we had one of our own Zoi Sadowski-Synott in the final. Standing with my colleagues watching the first of three runs I saw plenty of aerial trickery that I marvel at but cannot relate to when it comes to the Winter Olympics. Unlike many of the Summer Olympic events, I’ve never been one for the snow or ice, in fact winter for me is about survival, not skiing or snowboarding. However as we watched each competitor many of my colleagues slowly went back to work until Zoi had another run and it started to be compelling television. A sport I knew nothing about 15 minutes earlier all of a sudden

became intriguing and I started pointing out technical flaws like I’d been watching it for years! I’d explain why some tricks didn’t seem as spectacular, I used lingo like “sticking the landing” and “goofy-foot” like I was a regular on the snow. I’d become completely caught up in the hysteria. Partly because Zoi, at just 16-years-old, was in third place ahead of the third and final run. It wasn’t a particularly tremendous final round, most of the challengers for the medals couldn’t perform their aerial acrobatics and “stick their landing” but that did not matter, we all cheered as a bronze medal grew closer with every snowboarder tumble. It had been 26 years since New Zealand had won its only medal at the Winter Olympics. The odds of a teenager gaining a bronze to go with that silver in 1992 seemed remote yet that is what happened. Fortunately, I witnessed it live. It goes to show you sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.


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