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Gemma hits big time By Jamie Adams

She’s only just graduated from design school but already Gemma Cornish has hit the big time with her acceptance into a major fashion awards event. Gemma is the only graduate from Wellington out of just eight New Zealand designers in a field of 46 finalists for the prestigious iD International Emerging Designer Shows in Dunedin in May. They will be among designers from 17 countries vying for awards, from an original record number of 200 entries. Continued on page 2. Massey University Design graduate Gemma Cornish, of Strathmore Park, is set to compare her wetsuits against outfits from the world’s best emerging designers in May. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Local wetsuit designer to take on world’s emerging best Continued from page 1. “As Australasia’s only international emerging fashion competition, designers from the top fashion schools around the world are eager to come to Dunedin to network and to launch their collections on a global platform,” iD Dunedin Fashion creative director Margo Barton says. Gemma last year graduated from Massey University, Wellington, with a Bachelor in Fashion Design as a result of developing a range of wetsuits that are meant to epitomise what summer is about. Called the Pop collection, due to their resemblance to 1960s pop art, the designs are far removed from the blackness typical of most wetsuits worn regardless of the season. “I love colours,” Gemma says. “I was a competitive swimmer for 13 years, including ocean swimming, and wore wetsuits a lot. “I thought ‘why are they always black?’ That was my epiphany. “I wanted to make a point of difference and saw a gap in the market.” Gemma went with pink, yellow

and orange for her styles, which “look more summery” and used digital printing and laser-cutting techniques to perfect the designs, which include tear-shaped holes and psychedelic swirls. Massey University major coordinator for fashion Sue Prescott, who oversaw Gemma’s degree, says her entry is a “fantastic achievement”. “It’s wonderful she’s representing us. She’s competing against students from all over the world.” Gemma plans to start a business under the label Gemma Lee, with Lee being her middle name. The Strathmore Park resident hopes it will be based in Wellington – her father and brother also run businesses in the eastern suburbs – but she knows the real market for her products is Australia. “I’ll try to do as much as I can here.” The iD shows will be held at the Dunedin Town Hall on May 3 and 4.  To check out more of Gemma’s designs go to www.facebook. com/GemmaLeeNZ/

Schools encouraged to get children moving this March School children and their parents are getting into gear for this year’s Movin’March – a regional campaign to encourage active travel to and from school, Greater Wellington Regional Council developed the campaign, which runs from March 5-29 and is supported by other local councils. Now in its eighth year, Movin’March aims to promote active travel to school – whether it be walking, cycling, skating or scooting. The council’s school travel coordinator Kirsty Barr says

there are 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. 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.”

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“There are obvious benefits, the main one which is exercise, but there’s so much more they’re gaining. Children are developing connections, getting to know their neighbourhood including learning vital roadsafety skills. “This development helps a child break down barriers and build a positive sense of place,” says Kirsty. Movin’March is also for people who live too far away and have to use car transport, as they can use “Park and Stride” or Walking Pou.

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Young Farmer of Year comes to Strathmore Park Strathmore Park is not the place you would expect to hold a farming competition, but that’s exactly what happened when tractors, sheep and all manner of machinery descended on the suburb on Saturday. The usually-vacant grass of Crawford Green became a hive of activity as it played host to the

Taranaki/Manawatu regional final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year. The contest saw eight finalists from across the sprawling region tackle a series of gruelling modules, including a fast-paced agri-knowledge quiz that was held that evening at Wellington College.

PGG Wrightson employee Will Taylor of Marton took out the title, beating Massey veterinary student Emma Dangen. NZ Young Farmers spokesman Brad Markham says the event was held for the first time in Wellington in order to give city dwellers the chance to see what goes into farming. As

Wellington made up part of the Taranaki/Manawatu Young Farmers region, farmers who lived closer to the city had a chance to compete as well. The event was all the more special for being the 50th anniversary of the iconic agricultural competition, which started out as a national radio quiz.

War exhibition highlights contributions of forgotten gender By Jamie Adams

The Great War Exhibition’s latest special exhibition switches focus to the people who played a big part in the outcome of World War 1 but were largely overlooked – women. While men suffered ghastly atrocities on the battlefields, girls gave up their educations to tend to family farms, while older women volunteered by knitting socks for soldiers. Nurses fought to travel to the frontlines to tend the sick and wounded, while others pioneered campaigns on issues like venereal disease. Women’s War, which portrays the unique challenges women faced during World War I, opened at the Dominion Museum Building on Friday. It utilises audio-visual technology and displays the styles of dress that were worn by six types of women—patriotic, supportive family, nurses, entertainers, independent workers and pioneers. This is Great War Exhibition’s fifth collaboration with the five-member team of Story Inc, who wrote the narrative script, along with Te Aro creative agency Dusk, which did the visual effects. The outfits were provided by Fiona Baverstock, an Australian collector of tex-

tiles and vintage clothing. “We really wanted costumes to provide an emotional link beyond the 2-D screens,” Story Inc producer Briar Barry says. The Great War was a catalyst for the changes in fashion that became prominent the following decade, she says. “Corsets went out as women worked in the munitions factories,” Briar says. “It had a trickle-down effect as women began working on farms and had to be less restrictive in their dress.” As well as the narration, Story Inc also sourced actors to do the voice recordings of women’s diary entries and letter that feature throughout the narration. One of them, Deborah Pitts Taylor, an independent worker who drove ambulances during the war, said, “They treat a New Zealand girl quite differently… You are a bit of a pal.” Footage and photos were collected from various museums and libraries here and abroad, including London’s Imperial War Museum. Once of the most prominent women of the time was Ettie Rout, who campaigned to combat venereal disease by offering a pragmatic – but radical for its time – solution of supplying condoms to soldiers. “The only two permanent

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Story Inc producer Briar Barry and Great War Exhibition manager Ian Wards next to the costumes on display at the Women’s War exhibition. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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was saying. But she wasn’t considered a national hero until the 1970s well after she died.” “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 Ian Wards says Women’s War runs until May 19.


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Child Cancer Foundation is calling for volunteers 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.   “Just a couple of hours out of people’s days will make a huge difference,” chief executive Robyn Kiddle says. Schools or businesses can also “adopt” a collection site in their local area for one or both days.

Focus on mental recovery Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan says New Zealand needs to broaden its focus from mental illness and addiction to mental well-being and recovery. Kevin says that while growing numbers of New Zealanders are accessing health services for mental health and addiction issues, these services are under pressure and many needs are left unmet.

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inbrief news Civic Square pools work begins As part of the ongoing upgrade of Civic Square, the refurbishment of the decorative pools beside the City Library has started. The pool membrane is being repaired and the pool will be filled with water once this work is completed. Work is expected to finish in late March. 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, with works planned to start in late October.

NZ Festival opening draws thousands Tens of thousands watched, captivated, as a majestic fleet of waka performed an opening spectacular on the waters of Te Whanganui-a-Tara/ Wellington Harbour, which echoed with the futuristic sounds of the Pacific, a thundering 1000-strong haka and a mass choir for the 2018 New Zealand Festival opening Kupe on Friday. Performers paid tribute to Polynesian explorer Kupe’s discovery of Aotearoa and first landing of the waka Matahorua in the harbour. Kupe and his wife Kuramarotini were played by well-known actors Te Kohe Tuhaka and Māori songstress Maisey Rika.

New technology for books Two initiatives will make access to Wellington’s library books more readily available. New Zealand’s first library book lending machine, Anytime Library, will be located at Victoria University’s Kelburn campus, to give Wellington City Library card-holders access to over 300 books. There is also now a digital e-kiosk located at the airport, providing access to over 40,000 eBooks and eAudio titles from the library’s digital collection.

Airport’s leftover coffee recycled into compost Consumers of coffee at Wellington Airport will no longer need to feel guilty of the waste they create as the leftover grounds are now being turned into premium compost. ZooDoo, a product created by national non-profit organisation Second Chance, will convert the grounds left over from the coffee consumption of over six million passengers a year at the airport. Part of a wider waste reduction programme managed by WeAre You Sustainable Solutions, Wellington Airport launched the initiative in January. “So far it’s working well and this initiative alongside others has seen Wellington Airport make steady progress towards reducing the waste we are sending to landfill,” assistant facilities manager at Wellington Airport Simon Hart says. “It takes time and a lot of different airport organisations working together to make this a success, but we are really

encouraged with the results we have seen so far and the willingness of everyone to take part.” Drinking coffee at the airport generates about 18,000 kilogrammes of coffee grounds each year, equivalent to the weight of four adult elephants. “Due to the volume of coffee grounds, we had to look around to see who would be able to process such a large amount,” Simon adds. “Fortunately we were able to collaborate with Second Chance who run the ZooDoo programme with Auckland and Wellington zoos.” A weekly collection of coffee grounds get transported to Second Chance’s Porirua depot where it is mixed in with other materials to create a premium compost product for sale. Profits raised from ZooDoo support efforts for the prevention of suicide. “Adding coffee grounds provides another layer of complexity, enhancing our compost so

Jessica Jose from Best Ugly Bagels at Wellington Airport, with a coffee. Her shop’s coffee grounds will be recycled into ZooDoo. PHOTO: Supplied

it’s fantastic for us and for the airport,” ZooDoo’s marketing manager Marg Smith says. “Coffee grounds are good for the garden - conditioning the soil, helping to deter slugs and snails and attracting and

feeding worms.” Other waste management projects in the pipeline for Wellington Airport include phasing out the use of plastic cutlery and enhancing the volume of recycling in public spaces.

Resilience priority in council’s 10-year budget Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says there will be an unprecedented level of investment in resilience initiatives over the next 10 years. “We must do all we can to ensure the city is ready for events like the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, as well as the threats of climate change and sea-level rise,” he says. “Last July slips closed roads in Ngaio and Ngauranga Gorge, and we’ve narrowly escaped [ex-Cyclone] Gita recently. “As a city we need to be ready to face these adverse events to minimise disruption to the everyday lives of

Wellingtonians, and allow the city to bounce back as soon as possible.” The Mayor says that in any emergency situation, there needs to be certainty about what’s happening with water – drinking water, wastewater and stormwater. The capital spend on resilience in the city is expected to sit around the $280 million mark. A $32 million programme of capital funding work to complete the Prince of Wales/ Omaroro Reservoir work over 10 years is one of several key projects Wellingtonians can expect.

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A further $6.2 million is allocated in the proposed plan to upgrade parts of the central city wastewater network to accommodate growth and improve resilience. “Our suburbs are also tagged for stormwater upgrades, including $9 million for floodprone areas of Tawa and a further $10 million to upgrade the Miramar Peninsula.” An additional $300,000 of capital funding has been allocated to carry out coastal erosion repairs at Worser Bay, Seatoun Beach and Evans Bay. “Being a coastal city means Wellington is the first cab

off the rank for the effects of sea-level rise, so we have to act now.” Wellington City Council will also assume responsibility for the cost of repairs of lateral pipes at a cost of $250,000 per annum. Resilience portfolio holder councillor Iona Pannett says waste issues, such as reducing plastic bags and rationalising the landfill into a resource recovery centre, will also be priorities. The draft Ten Year Plan document will be discussed by council on March 7, and formal consultation will begin on April 15.


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Recycling pouches proves a money spinner for schools A new school recycling scheme aims to reduce the amount waste going to landfill by encouraging the recycling of normally non-recyclable materials among pupils and teachers alike. Dozens of schools around Wellington have signed up to the TerraCycle free national recycling programmes, which see snack pouches, food wrapping, oral care products and staff room coffee capsules prevented from heading to the tip. Operating in 21 countries, TerraCycle specialises in converting traditionally non-recyclable waste – such as coffee capsules, cigarette butts and food wrappers – into garden beds and playgrounds. To date it has diverted 3.8 billion pieces of waste from landfill and in-

cineration, and has raised US$15.6 million for non-profit organisations and charities worldwide. By signing up to TerraCycle’s four recycling programmes schools can earn themselves donations, or send them to a nominated non-profit organisation. The four programmes are done in collaboration with the manufacturers of certain products. There’s the combined Fonterra Pouch and The Collective Suckies recycling programme, which involves squeezable yoghurt pouches that are normally difficult to recycle because of their mixed-material composition. For each kilogram of Fonterra and Collective yoghurt pouches sent to TerraCycle, schools will earn $1. GLAD ClingWrap, Snack Lock

bags, ZipSlide bags and MatchWare containers can also be sent to TerraCycle, provided they are cleaned. For each unit of GLAD food storage waste (minimum 2kg shipment) sent, schools will earn 2c. Teachers’ coffee capsules from Nescafe are also targeted, though pupils can also bring their parents’ capusles for recycling. Each capsule also earns the school 2c from a minimum of 2kg. Finally, schools can collect all brands of toothpaste tubes and caps, toothpaste outer packaging, toothbrushes and dental floss containers from home and school. Each unit, from a minimum of 1kg, will earn 1c. One Wellington school involved is St Mark’s Church School in Mt

St Marks Church pre-schooler Jeremy Zhang, 4, discards a yoghurt pouch into a Terracycle bin. PHOTO: Supplied

Cook, which has diverted 8795 yoghurt pouches from landfill. Once the yoghurt pouches are collected the school ships them free to TerraCycle staff, who shred, clean and melt them down into raw

Watts Peninsula pines removed for safety reasons About 300 pine trees that threaten historic buildings and power lines on Watts Peninsula, Miramar are being removed. Land Information New Zealand, which currently manages the land, is co-ordinating the work that began on Monday. Warning signs are in place and members of the public are advised to keep clear of the area due to the risk from the tree-felling work. The work site is on the Shelly Bay side of the peninsula, well

away from the old Mt. Crawford prison. Deputy Chief Executive Crown Property Jerome Sheppard says the peninsula has a number of significant archaeological sites, including military heritage sites dating from the 1890s, that are currently at risk from the overhanging pines. Some of the trees also threaten power lines. “Removal of the pine trees is necessary to help protect these important historical sites and reduce the risk of damaging

power lines in the area,” he says. Approval from Heritage New Zealand to undertake the work around the sites has been provided. “Contractors will shortly begin work to fell and remove the trees safely, some of which will be sold for firewood, and the otherwise harvestable trees taken for export or for other uses.” Timber that cannot be removed effectively will be left in a safe position. Cost of the work is about

$100,000. The work will require specialist heavy logging equipment, but no major earthworks are required. “This work is part of LINZs ongoing mandate as caretakers for the land to maintain and keep it safe for future use,” Mr Sheppard says. Public access to the area is closed. The bulk of the peninsula is intended to be turned into a public reserve, subject to Government funding approval.

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Students enjoy NZ college experience By Jamie Adams

Accommodating someone from another country can be the best way to learn about another culture, according to Megan Kim, the international student co-ordinator at St Catherine’s College. The Kilbirnie Catholic girls’ school has taken in students from Korea, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan since signing up to the programme in 2002. It currently has 22 Thai students and seven Japanese students at the school. Two of the Japanese students spoke to the Cook Strait News – Minori Mizushima, who stays for the entire year, and

Nozomi Nakazawa, there for one term. “Japan is a big part of our cultural diversity,” Megan says. “Generally they stay for no more than one year but we sometimes get Chinese students who stay for longer.” Osaka-born Minori and Tokyoborn Nozumi have done a number of activities since arriving in Wellington such as attending a barbecue, walking to the top of Mt Victoria and visiting Te Papa. “They all have a buddy student who they invite to orientation. They cooked Japanese food to share and had a session where they got to know each other,” Megan says. Minori and Nozumi chose

Wellington and St Catherine’s based on recommendations by their respective schools. “They are very kind and friendly people,” Minori says. “There are a lot of trees like in Osaka.” She has already made an impact in her time in Wellington, winning second prize in a national dress competition as part of the Wellington City Council International Student Awards. Nozumi plans to perform a KPop dance for her fellow students when the term ends.  St Catherine’s is keen for more families to offer their homestay services. To find out more go to stcatherinescollege.

St Catherine’s College International co-ordinator Megan Kim with Nozomi Nakazawa, 15, and Minori Mizushima, 14. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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salon and landscaped gardens, as well as range of activities such as concerts, church services, and outings. Opened in January to complement its existing services, Poneke House’ new 17-bed dementia facility has been designed to deal with the challenges that come from dementia, with a strong focus on sensory stimulation. “We focus on the person, not the disease, and this enables us to create a home from home environment,” continues Carole.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you support the petition calling to ban plastic supermarket bags?

Wendy Parker, Seatoun “I agree. Maybe they could bring down the cost of cloth bags for those who don’t have them.”

Rauben Batibuka, Lyall Bay “I don’t think we should ban them because as long as they don’t dispose them then it’s OK. So many people kill fish for food anyway.”

Ron Burgess, Kilbirnie “Yes. They’re causing environmental problems. It should have been done a long time ago. We should use paper bags.”

Phil Mackie, Lyall Bay “Absolutely. I live right on the coast and every strong wind on recycling day covers the beach in them. We should have specialist bin liners.”

Lois Williams, Hataitai “It’s a very good idea. In Norway whales have died because their stomachs are full of plastic.”

Murray Grindlay, Kilbirinie “No. People need bags to take away and they are useful for some things like lining bins.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Opinion on banks back in the day out of reality Dear Editor, Indeed, Hector Westfold seems senseless, living in la la land to persistently pontificate with criticism against other people’s letters without having any in-depth knowledge in what is actually going on in our communities or of our concerns with the council - as if he thinks he is contributing to debate with his critique without him actu-

Why are car parks reserved when there’s nobody using them? Dear Editor, From time to time we read (or hear comments) about the inadequate car-parking available in Kilbirnie. Last Sunday morning I was confronted with quite a dilemma heading over to Kilbirnie. As I approached the shopping centre I remembered the Cigna Round the Bays run was on, and the street I had planned to park in would be closed off. I opted to enter the little carpark at the rear of the Postshop. Bingo - lots of free parking spaces. However, they were marked as reserved for Postshop customers.

But, it was Sunday - the Postshop was closed. With some trepidation I parked in a Postshop customer park and walked to my destination. Then I noticed something else. Outside the Winz office (no longer operating) were a couple of designated MSD car parks. Even on a weekday, no MSD staff would be around to use them. When I returned to reclaim my car it was (thankfully) still there, but it did lead me to wonder what the protocol is for using a designated car park when the business it is reserved for is closed. Christine Swift Island Bay

Newtown seems more appealing than Kilbirnie Dear Editor OMG - Kilbirnie we have to wake up. Clearly the fantastic people of Newtown have pointed out the absolute shame of Kiwibank pulling out and the postal services being outsourced. But have we here in Kilbirnie realised we are to lose our central postal services here. I agree with the editor to cancel all discussion of religion, which leaves us sex and politics to address, or is that undress? The real point is that the Newtown

folk seem to have strong leadership in their community over everything like cycleways, stopping off-licence alcohol shops, getting the rubbish collected, reducing the beggars, and even having the greatest festival ever coming up on Sunday. I think I will move there. Goodbye Hector, hello Swift! Mao Fenhong: Happy new year! Yours in peace Sarah Wu Kilbirnie PS. We’re getting Rose into a rest home.

ally getting personally involved in the important community issues. As for his banking opinions - they’re out of reality. The banks were indeed very greedy ‘back in the day’. As one of the over 30 percent of New Zealanders who were deprived of access to our country’s resources by the mortgage bank managers enforcing the government of the times’ divisive criteria, the

bank managers just laughed at us when we applied. We went without so the few greedy could have much, much more. It was never 100 percent allocation back in the day. And it’s much worst for the younger generation - a greater percentage will never own homes. Martin Beck, Mornington

Keep our words, spelling the same Dear Editor, Why has the American way of speaking crept in here? Examples are “casket”, “gotten”, “sidewalk” etc, instead of “coffin”, “got” and “footpath”.

Also incorrect spelling galore: Examples “nauti”, “lite”, “nite”, skool” etc instead of “naughty”, “light”, “night”, “school” etc. Let’s hope enough people

want to keep it the same as it’s always been and for goodness’ sake raise the standards of spelling and English. Carol Doyle, Miramar

Multiple languages will make Te Reo vision tricky Dear Editor, At our local Pak’nSave it’s not unusual to hear multiple languages. They include Arabic, Assryrian, Hindi and Mandarin. Quite often you can hear European languages such as Russian and German.

Also Polynesian languages. It is hard to imagine Justin Lester’s vision of Te Reo in this environment ever being fulfilled. I have made an attempt to learn some phrases in Te Reo off Radio New Zealand. I

know “Call Katrina Batten a Ho” is a greeting but I am not sure what it means and I am not sure anybody fluent in Te Reo would know either. Neil D. McCabe Strathmore

Here’s hoping Kiwibank petition is successful Dear Editor, Always love your paper and photos: the best local paper ever. I’m glad you have ruled to put to death religious debate over who said what, when and why in 1356 BC. On a more important note

we were in Newtown as usual to shop and were delighted to speak with and sign the petition to save Kiwibank and attached postal services. We do hope the campaign is successful, otherwise we will certainly be taking out our many thousands of dol-

lars of investments. Our old friends will also withdraw, as do not want to go to the out of the way boring place in K ilbi r n ie. [abridged] Yours sincerely Tim & Josie Dalman Te Aro

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Art ‘treasure hunt’ to help fund Aussie tour

Kemi Whitwell, left, and Niko Leyden in their “deckshop” studio in Mount Cook, overlooking Prince of Wales Park. PHOTO: Supplied

Urban explorers have been given the chance to take home a free artwork by local artists Kemi Whitwell and Niko Leyden - if they can find it first. With the assistance of volunteers in Dunedin, Nelson and Wellington, the artists are giving away 15 artworks by hiding them in urban green spaces and using social media to give out clues. Over 30 days in Wellington, Dunedin and Nelson, Kemi and Niko are hidiing 15 small artworks, made from salvaged materials, free to anyone who finds them. The opportunity to attend an artist residency camp in Australia prompted artist duo, owners of Kemi Niko & Co Artist Store, to come up with a unique way of giving back before asking the

public for crowdfunding support. As part of the art camp they will run a workshop sharing their knowledge of how to turn the humble tin can into an art-making material, something often seen in their work. “‘All materials salvaged’ has been our ethos for a while. People always respond really well to our work as the materials add an extra layer of character,” Kemi explains. Using these 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. “With the help of some adventure experts we’ll be hiding one artwork per day, up to four a week, over the 30 days of our Boosted

campaign to fund our place at art camp in Australia.” Wellington’s next hunt is tomorrow, March 2, somewhere near Massey Memorial, Miramar Peninsula. Keen seekers are encouraged to join the Facebook event as Kemi and Nico will post there about the upcoming hunts. The locations in Wellington will include green spaces along the south coast, Otari Wilton, Mount Cook and Brooklyn. The majority of the gifts will be hidden until March 13.  To donate to Kemi and Nico’s crowdfunding campaign go to our-lace-in-time-place-spacenomad.

Major skateboarding event to hit Wellington Skateboarding is set for the national stage next week and Wellington will be playing host. Bowlzilla Wellington, an event encompassing New Zealand National Bowl / Park Skateboarding titles, will be held at Waitangi Park on March 10. It will be the third time the event is held in Wellington. The national governing body,

Skateboarding New Zealand, sanctions this event as the national competition series final. Supported by the Wellington City Council, the event will be the biggest celebration of skateboarding and its culture in New Zealand this year. The open competition will include divisions for 16 & Under, Women, Masters 40+ and Pro/Am Open.

Originating from the Gold Coast, Bowlzilla was born out of like-minded friends in the skateboard community looking for new platforms to promote their friend’s extraordinary talents. Organisers predict interest from the public and support from national government agencies will increase with skateboarding now an official Olympic sport.


Sea Scouts help with swim races to Somes Island On Saturday morning a hardy contingent of competitors swam the penultimate race of a series of ocean swims around Wellington The event saw more than 60 swimmers meet to participate in a multi-distance option event ranging from 6.7 to 3km in length that included swimming from Petone foreshore to Matiu/Somes and/ or circumnavigating Matiu/ Somes and Mokopuna Islands. While the swim to the island has occurred nearly every year

since 1948 with Petone Swim Club, this is the first time the event has taken swimmers around the island. Britannia Sea Scouts were pleased to be able to support this event, particularly as the youngest swimmer of the day was one of their scouts, Hayleigh Bond, 14. They are currently facing their own challenge in a scout hall rebuild, with their existing space, one of the boat sheds of Evans Bay, regularly flooding and requiring significant work.


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Special tournament shows golf club has no barriers By Jamie Adams

A golf tournament with a difference was held at Berhampore Golf Course on the weekend as special needs youth were given an opportunity to put their skills to the test in a supportive environment. Wellington City Council community liaison officer Ray Tuffin organised the accessible golf tournament, which saw a “fantastic” turnout of 40 players for the Morington Golf club event. They were divided into 10 groups of four, with each comprising of no less than one special-needs player. There was a mixture of members playing with their partner/wife, their children, their grandchildren, junior members, all mixed together with the accessible players as one. The format was a two-person Ambrose, which placed all teams in an equal-skills-based approach. “We even had an entry from another club member who heard about the tournament and wanted to be involved,” Ray says. He says the day was full of laughter with many stories being told over dinner and refreshments. “There were no winners on the day, it was all about participation for all,” Ray says. “It certainly proves that the Morn-

Adrian Buckland tees off at the Accessible Golf Tournament at Berhampore Golf Course on Saturday. PHOTO: Supplied

ington Golf Club has no barriers when it comes to accessible sports for all.” The club currently host Wellington

Special Olympics Bocce and are working towards including lawn bowls, indoor bowls, and Tai Chi.

Extreme swimmer completes world challenge with Cook Strait crossing Despite stormy seas and strong currents potentially ruining any chance of a crossing, Czech woman Abhejali Bernadova became the tenth person in the world to complete the Seven Oceans Challenge when she swam across Cook Strait on Saturday. She completed the swim in 13 hours, 9 minutes and 48 seconds, arriving at the tip of the South Island around 9.20pm. The swim was longer than expected due to the rough conditions and strong currents. For several hours Abhejali was fighting merely to hold her position and not be pulled back towards Wellington, but when currents settled she was able to continue covering ground. The swim was executed north to south, which is against the usual direction, as high winds were expected near Wellington that afternoon. The timeframe to complete these crossings is extremely tight, as the swimmers can only attempt during either the full moon or on the half moon, when the currents and tides are at their calmest.

Abhejali battled high swells, seasickness and being stung by a jellyfish that got stuck in her swimsuit. She is the fourth woman and first from a landlocked country to have completed the Seven Oceans Challenge. The first woman to complete the challenge was New Zealander Kimberley Chambers. Abhejali completed the other six crossings over the past 10 years: The North Channel (Scotland), the Molokai Channel (Hawaii), the English Channel, the Catalina Channel (USA), the Tsugaru Strait (Japan) and the Strait of Gibraltar (Spain). Whereas over 1600 people have swum the English Channel, only 97 have crossed the Cook Strait. Like with the Cook Strait swim, these were completed on the first attempt and with no wetsuit. During her swim Abhejali was accompanied on kayak by Harita Davies, who in 2017 became New Zealand’s first woman to complete the world’s longest race – the Self Transcendence 3100-mile (4900km) Race in New York.

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Before You Travel the World – See Your Doctor! Traveling the world is an exciting opportunity. However, there is a bit more to consider when planning your visit to far flung exotic locations.

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Wellington dominates local match-racing contest There was plenty of local celebration to be had as a result of the Zephyr Yacht National competition held at Worser Bay Wellington last week. There were 72 competitors from Whangarei to Christchurch and some even from Australia to take on the 20 or so local Wellington-strong fleet over February 21 to 25. Wellington sailors dominated, with Greg Wright winning the overall competition, defending champion Phil Williams gaining the trophy for the 65 to 69 year old category, Emma Berry the top female and Dean Stanley the handicap winner. Auckland sailors and past national champions Kelcey Gager and Tim Sneddon were second and third respectively. Craig Moss from Murrays Bay was the winner of the heavyweight division. At the prizegiving, attended by over 100 people in the soon-to-be-replaced Worser Bay Boating Club, Zephyr Association President Peter Busfield congratulated the organising committee, headed by John Kliffen, on a most successful regatta that saw nine races

The Zephyr Nationals champions, standing left to right: Tim Snedden (60-64), Phil Williams, (65-69), Craig Moss (heavyweight), Kelcey Gager (40-49) Dean Stanley (Handicap), with contest convener John Kliffen. Seated left to right: Emma Berry (female) and Greg Wright (50-59) who was also the Townson Trophy winner. PHOTO: Supplied

being sailed over three days in Wellington’s signature moderate to strong winds. The Zephyr yacht is one of New Zealand’s oldest but fastest growing single-handed din-

ghy sailing boats and over 70 of the 300-strong national fleet are expected to contest the 2019 Nationals being held at the Tauranga Yacht and Boating Club next February.

Local sailors runners-up in international regatta The CentrePort Wellington International Youth Match Racing Championship took place over February 14 to 18. Two local teams from the Wellington Youth Sailing Trust Yachts joined teams representing from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal New

Zealand Yacht Squadron, joining. Day one saw tricky conditions and a building wind that inevitably caused the day to be called off early due to 35-knot gusts. Day two saw similar conditions with an increasing north westerly and an exciting day of racing. After two days of racing, Callum Radford’s

The Wellington team of Callum Radford, Polly Wright, Bryn Bennett and Michael Winsley. PHOTO: Supplied

Under 23 team from the Wellington Youth Sailing Trust (WYST) had won four out of five races putting them in second place with the round-robin stage set to conclude on day three. Conditions on the third day put the boat-handling skills and close quarters racing nerves of the crews to the test, with lead changes, wild spinnaker rides and the inevitable broaches. Strong winds called the day off early. With the forecast for another day of strong winds, the race committee decided to progress straight into the semi-finals and final on Sunday. Callum, of Mt Cook, claimed the first best-out-of-three semi-final in just two races, with crew winning two races on the trot. The second semi-final was taken to three races with Leonard Takahashi’s Pacific Rim Racing prevailing in the end. Leonard Takahashi and his crew of Josh Wijohn and Taylor Balogh then won the championship final with Callum and his crew of Polly Wright of Strathmore, Bryn Bennett of Karaka Bays and Michael Winsley of Crofton Downs taking out second place.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Cometh the hour, cometh the inner-snowboarder 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, 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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