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Samuel Marsden Collegiate is fostering a growing relationship with local iwi and the connection to the Karori environment. As part of this process, artist Jared Riwai-Couch recently designed a korowai (feather cloak) for the school and also shared his knowledge about its significance. “Traditionally, the korowai has deep and poignant meaning,” Jared explains. Continued on page 2. Head girl Bella O’Meeghan is wearing the Marsden korowai and holding the Gay Collins rose bowl, awarded to the current head girl for the year she holds that office as a reminder of the privilege and responsibility of the position. Next to Bella stands new principal Narelle Umbers. PHOTO: Supplied

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Korowai: symbol of deeper understanding Continued from page 1. “Aho and whenu, descriptive words associated with making the korowai, are concepts which illustrate this. Aho is the horizontal thread or weft and is another name for connection. “Whenu is the vertical thread or, warp. Whenu comes from the word whenua (earth) from where we draw strength and sustenance after birth,” he says. “Whenua also means placenta, from where we drew strength before birth. Whenu

is also a very old term meaning ‘Io’ the omnipotent one (God); aho connects with the whenua and our local surroundings and the achievement of higher things.” Hence, the korowai symbolises the connection between the students and staff, the management and trust boards, old girls and whanau. There are three types of feather in the Marsden korowai featherwork: “The taniko (woven band)

been blessed as part of a chaplain’s assembly and its first wearer was the 2017 Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Dux Alexandra McKendry. New principal Narelle Umbers also wore it at her commissioning ceremony, which included a powhiri that also welcomed new students and staff. Marsden’s head girl Bella O’Meeghan also had the honour to wear the korowai at the school’s year 13 induction service.

Discussing minimum age for kids to learn ballet By Julia Czerwonatis

A growing trend sees ballerinas picking-up training lessons at an increasingly younger age – a development that means new opportunities for some, and that worries others. Carolyn McKeefry and Cathy McCullagh are local dance teachers and share about 80 years of teaching experience between them. Both refuse to

teach ballet to children younger than five. “All large dance organisations have an age limit which is five, and it’s there for a reason,” Carolyn says. Carolyn and Cathy believe that under five-year-olds are physically not capable of performing ballet movements and don’t have the cognitive skills to comprehend dancing at such a level. “Dance is one of the most

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sewn into the top of the korowai represents the values and colours of the school, with its colours of green, blue and white,” Jared says. “The triangles across the taniko design suggest God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. “Symbolically, the mountainlike shapes point heavenward and typify the Marsden pillars of excellence, resilience, creativity and giving.” The Marsden korowai has

Teaching under five-year-olds ballet is a controversial topic amongst Wellington dance teachers. PHOTO: flickr.com

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complicated forms of moving,” Carolyn says. “They are simply too young before they are five; they’re still developing. That’s why we don’t send our children to school before they are five. Five is a good age to start because children are then able to retain the things they learn, Cathy adds. “Putting on a skirt and swirling around is fine but it’s not actual ballet, kids simply can’t do it.” Dance teacher Hannah ScottMcNeill, with over 10 years of experience, offers another viewpoint and says teaching kids ballet from a young age not only enhances business for struggling dance professionals but is also an opportunity for children to develop their motor skills, imagination and confidence. “When I teach two to fiveyear-olds I create a relaxed and nurturing environment where parents are part of the session.” In Hannah’s lessons children are engaged in a storyline learning different movements and steps like tip-toeing or swaying in a playful and fun way. “I’m amazed by what they can do at two,” Hannah says. “But it all depends on how you

teach them – the lessons have to be appropriate for their age.” Dr Kirsty Ross is a senior clinical psychologist and lecturer at Massey University and says she can understand both viewpoints. “There’s a good chance that kids won’t learn or retain any of the ballet techniques at that age, but instead they might learn more simple skills,” Kirsty says. “Children love being creative and this is a chance for them to get out of the shell.” She says if the lessons are short, fun and have a lot of repetition and parents have realistic expectations about what children will take home from it, then it can work. “However, it’s not helpful when parents put a lot of pressure on their child to become a ballerina.” Dr Sarah Shultz comes from another field of expertise as a senior lecturer for exercise and nutrition at Massey University’s School of Sport, and has a similar opinion. “You’re not going to teach children at that age on a professional level,” Sarah says. “But any kind of physical activity is great for kids as long as it’s targeted and tailored to the participants.”

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New journalist for the Independent Herald As we said farewell to Julia Czerwonatis last week, Glenise Dreaver arrived from Picton to replace her. Glenise worked for several years at the Blenheim Sun, a sister paper to the Wellington Suburban Newspapers which operate out of our

Johnsonville office. She had also worked on Picton’s Seaport News. Originally a Southlander, Glenise started in journalism at the Ensign in Gore. She has also had a career in education, having originally trained as a teacher. More recently she worked for The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand in Lower Hutt, working as

a tutor and manager there. She is looking forward to a new challenge with the Independent Herald and was delighted to be offered the job. “I replaced Julia for three weeks in October when she went overseas and loved every minute of working in this community and in this office,” she says.

Local mother shares touching life story By Julia Czerwonatis

Khandallah local Sheryn Adamson spent the last couple of years writing about her life full of love, despair, grief and hope, and now the mother of two has released her first book Life Wide Open – One Girl’s extraordinary Journey to share her stories with others. Her book tells different sequences of Sheryn’s life, describing her journey and how it has shaped her to become the person that she is today. “My hope is that I can give courage to other people and help them to judge themselves and others a little less harshly.” One of Sheryn’s darkest life challenges was her struggle with infertility – an “emotional rollercoaster ride”, as Sheryn describes it, that she talks about openly and authentically in her book. After seven years of trying to become pregnant, Sheryn and her husband Brad attempted in vitro fertilisation (IVF) with success. “I have two beautiful girls now. They are 10 and 12,” Sheryn says. Motherhood, she explains, changed her life fundamentally. The day Sheryn found out she was pregnant her husband was

out of town and she received a phone call with the news that she had been awaiting for seven years. “The day I found out I was pregnant I decided that I only wanted to be a mum and make the most of every moment with my children.” The former police officer left her job after 12 years in service before giving birth to her first daughter. Sheryn says motherhood is the hardest but best job in the world. Even though Sheryn won’t return to the police force, she hasn’t cut all ties. She works part-time at the Police College teaching aspiring police officers how to interview offenders. And Sheryn also runs her own business as an image and colour consultant. “Both my jobs as a police officer and now as an image consultant are motivated by my urge to help others. “The difference now is, that my clients say ‘thank you’ and I’m helping them instead of swearing at me.” Sheryn says Life Wide Open might not be the only book she publishes, “However next time, I’d rather write about someone else.”  Meet local author Sheryn Adamson at her book launch at

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Women’s Day Breakfast Helen Clark will speak at the International Women’s Day Breakfast in Parliament on Thursday March 8. More than 135 groups around New Zealand and the Pacific and beyond will also participate by live stream. As well, 400 women will attend. The Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, the Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter, end and Helen Clark will have a 40-minute conversation with Dr Gill Greer. The event is jointly organised by the UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Zonta Club of Wellington.

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inbrief news Call to carpentry apprentices The nation’s carpentry apprentices can now enter their nationwide competition to be held on Saturday April 21. Apprentices employed by current NZCB builders or enrolled with Industry Training Association Building (ITAB) are eligible. Each regional winner will take home a Makita power tool and progress to the national final in Rotorua in May, where they will compete for a trophy and a $50,000 prize package Competitors will be advised a week in advance of the structure they are to build, and will be given eight hours to complete it on the day. They will be provided with tradequality timber and materials, and their structures must meet minimum safety standards. Apprentices can enter online at www.nzcb.nz/apprenticeships/ by March 29.

Musical menagerie A mix of pigs, birds, cats, chickens, a bumblebee and Puss in Boots are at the heart of a special family concert by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington this month. A Musical Menagerie on March 24 at 2pm will see the orchestra perform The Three Little Pigs from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Tchaikovsky’s Puss in Boots and the White Cat from his ballet Sleeping Beauty. A Musical Menagerie will open with Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie Overture, then Leroy Anderson’s Chicken Reel and The Waltzing Cat and Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved The Flight of the Bumble Bee. The NZSO will also perform two daytime concerts exclusively for schools on March 28 in Wellington.

Playcentre Awareness Week Karori, one of the very fi rst playcentres in the country, was founded 77 years ago. It’s still going strong and this week, March 4-10, they are celebrating Playcentre Awareness Week with the theme ‘Back to Nature’. At Karori Playcentre this is part of the normal day to day routine, with children exploring the natural environment using water, sand, ice, collage and building with items from nature such as pine cones and drift wood. The weekly Tamariki Nui session on Fridays allow older children to explore the broader community including bush walks, beach visits, and other adventures encouraging them to get back to nature. The Karori centre is a qualified Early Childhood Education provider, adhering to the Ministry of Education’s standards, including health and safety requirements and ERO visits. Like all playcentres, it is

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education and ensuring the centre is properly funded. The centre runs during term time Monday - Friday 9am - 11:30am and caters for children from birth to school

age. It also offers three free visits .  You can find out more by e mailing karori@playcentre. org.nz, phone: 04 476 8652, or by going to Facebook.

The sharper the wits the higher the stakes By Julia Czerwonatis

Joanna Murray-Smith’s acclaimed psychological thriller Switzerland will have its New Zealand premiere at Circa Theatre next week. Switzerland picks up the story of celebrated American crime writer Patricia Highsmith who is living hidden away and refusing to contact her publishers who are urging her to write another in the best-selling Ripley series. Kelburn resident Susan Wilson is the director of Switzerland and has a long history with Circa. “I started working here as an actor in 1976 when Circa was

established and also moved to directing here,” Susan explains. She describes directing as a creative process of discovery and the interpretation of the play. “I enjoy the team work with the actors. Here in Wellington we all know each other, and we have very fine actors with all sorts of different talents.” Lead character Patricia is played by Catherine Downes who has worked with Susan in previous productions. “Patricia is a very eccentric, extraordinary and strange person with sharp wit and surprising reactions. “It’s a really fine part for Cath-

erine as a senior actor,” Susan says. “She enjoys digging into the script and is determined to represent the character created by Joanna as well as she can.” Switzerland explores the final chapter in the life of writer Patricia who never has been truly recognised for her work back in the US, Susan says. Patricia returned to Switzerland after living in France for a while to withdraw from other people. A mysterious young man appears unannounced urging her to write another book. Suddenly Patricia’s love of fictional murders becomes a

dangerous reality. What first appears to be a standard cat-and-mouse game soon becomes a dance to the death. Susan says with their sharp, gripping and witty play she intends to have the audience at the edge of their seats not knowing what will happen next.  Switzerland will showcase at Circa Theatre from March 17 to April 14, Tuesdays-Saturdays from 7.30pm and Sundays 4.30pm. Australian playwright Joanna will be attending the opening night on March 17 at 8pm. Tickets cost $30-$52 and are available through (04) 801 7992 or on circa.co.nz.

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also includes a public talk from architect Tim Heath. A guided tour of the chapel will also be offered at 11.30am. Friends of Futuna Trust Chair Nick Bevin said he hoped the concert series would attract new visitors to Futuna. “Futuna is an architectural gem that many Wellingtonians have not visited. We hope people will see this series of concerts as a chance to enjoy great music as well as great architecture,” he said. Apart from the first concert, and the Voix de Femmes: Alliance Française women’s choir, ticket prices are $10 for each performance and are available on www.dashtickets.co.nz as well as door sales. All concerts start at 2pm, except the Gale Force Gospel Choir which starts at 1.30pm. March 11, Gale Force Gospel Choir (Free at 1.30pm); March 18, Orion Quartet: Baroque String quartet; March 25, Squire & Mountfort String Duo; April 1, SMP Ensemble: Contemporary Music; April 8, Klezmer with the Kugels; April 15, Voix de Femmes: Alliance Française women’s choir ($20); Apr il 22, Rob Thor ne: Taonga Puoro Composer and Performer; April 29, Dinyosa Balkan Choir; May 6, Palliser Viols: A Wellington consort of Viols  Fur the r information about the musicians and the chapel is available at www. futunatrust.org.nz or follow them on Facebook at www. facebook.com/FutunaChapel This concert series is supported by the Wellington City Council through the Arts and Culture Grants programme.

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US Ambassador visits The American Ambassador Scott Brown met with MP Greg O’Connor in the Ohariu electorate this week. He did point to what he felt was a gap here. Although he comes from a military and political background in the United States, he has also been a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild and he said was surprised there was not a movie theatre in the electorate. Mr Brown has been one of the more high profile US Ambassadors of recent times and was naturally very keen that the US position on the international stage be understood. 

Regine Blattner, Richard Grasse and Stella Thor were part of a 10-strong working bee held at Trelissick Park on Sunday March 5. They were working below Trelissick Crescent, pulling out montbretia and wandering willie. The working bee also planted 21 trees/grasses along the Trelissick Crescent verge, between the two park entrances, and carried on with the ongoing gathering up of rubbish that has taken place over recent weeks. PHOTO: Bill Hester.

Big debut for young dancer By Glenise Dreaver

Ten-year-old James Penfold has just had his introduction to the world of professional ballet – and he’s eager for more. The New Zealand Ballet’s Wellington production of The Piano, the Ballet, in which he participated, was part of the New Zealand Festival, and was held from February 23-25. The dancers at the ballet were all he says, really nice from the very first day and he’s left wanting more. So he is planning to audition for the Nutcracker, showing in October – and he has his sights set on becoming a member of the New Zealand Ballet one day. “Well, I hope so!”. Going on stage in front of a big audience for the Wellington Festival performance was, he said, “a bit scary”, though only at first. And at the end, there was a mass of really white light he had to walk through. But he took that in his stride as well. The only “downer” was the make-up, he said. A student at the Jennifer Evans Dance Academy in Karori, James has always had dancing feet says his mother Rachel, adding that his love of dance was obvious from the time he was tiny. That was even though he comes from a family of non-dancers. “We just didn’t have a clue about it.” By the time James was five she realised, however, that something needed to be done about his passion so she tried a couple of dance studios, telling them she had a little boy who wanted to dance. The message was clear: “We don’t take boys until they are eight.” The third time she struck lucky and Jennifer Evans agreed to take him on and start him with tap. When he was seven Jennifer suggested it was time to start classical

training. James still does tap, however, and says he loves both forms of dancing. He also loves h is sport, especially soccer where those dancing feet are a big asset. He plays for the Karori Watersiders and also enjoys his basketball. His parent’s choice of godmother, Brigid Lundberg, has turned out to be a good choice (Rach el’s c ou si n , the only other dancer in the James Penfold wider family in his costume. is one of New PHOTO: Supplied Zealand’s top Irish dancers). At Ch r istmas the two of them deve l o p e d a routine with both tap and Irish dancing and they to ok $ 210 between them dancing in Cuba Mall and Lambton Q u ay ove r three days. James has never experienced any prejudice at all about his da ncing “ T he k ids at (Maka ra Model) school think it’s cool,” he says.

Greg O’Connor

MP for Ōhāriu

Greg.OConnor@parliament.govt.nz Facebook.com/GregOhariu Twitter.com/GregOhariu Authorised by Greg O’Connor, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

The school fair season is upon us, my waistline is starting to show the effects of the excellent food, and the garage is filling up with the great bargains. These are great occasions to catch-up with the vibe of the electorate, which, like the weather, can only be described as warm and sunny. A little like the political scene where the hard work of ensuring everyone gets a fair go is manifesting itself in education, labour, housing and child poverty changes, and of course the much improved Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) which will be great for businesses. Locally, the Johnsonville Shopping Centre upgrade remains a priority. I recently met with the new management team at Stride Property, which owns the mall. While no final decisions have been made, I am reasonably confident that it has now become a priority for

them to build something we can be proud of. My office is in the heart of Johnsonville, so I share the frustration at the lack of progress to date, so it will remain front of mind. Speaking of my office I have had some interesting visitors with the US Ambassador Scott Brown dropping in for a chat this week. Having met him at a function he was very pleased to have the opportunity to come to the heart of the northern suburbs. Scott Brown is an interesting character who wants to understand and be engaged with our local community. This is a gem of an electorate, people are always pleasantly surprised when they discover how interesting and diverse Ohariu is, and will become great advocates once we show them what we have to offer. Enjoy this balmy autumn, and living in the best electorate in New Zealand. Greg.OConnor@parliament.govt.nz

Facebook.com/GregOhariu You can contact my office on 04 478 3332 or email Greg. Twitter.com/GregOhariu OConnor@parliament.govt.nz. Authorised by Greg O’Connor, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Simon Bridges: National’s new leader. Will he last?

Gordon Sutherland, Churton Park Of course! I always stick with National. I’ve never seen anything better

Andrew Economous, Churton Park He’s pretty good eh? It seems like he’s going to help younger people.

Woody Te Paea, Newlands Nikki Kay would have been better. She sounds more mature.

Hugh Boyle, Broadmeadows It’s debatable. He’s only been in for a week. We need more time.

Senhong-Dim, Broadmeadows It’s too early to tell.

Heather White, Johnsonville No. He hasn’t got the maturity. Labour will get at least two more terms.

Changes to WCC 10-Year Plan draft signalled already The Wellington City Council’s draft 10-Year Plan went online on Monday evening. The council will deliberate today and formal consultation will begin on April 15. Mayor Justin Lester says the plan is consistent with the council’s earlier stated priorities for the triennium, but he has already signalled changes to the draft.

“Early projections for the 201819 year were that rates would come in at 7.2 per cent, which was unacceptable. “We’ve gone through the proposed 10-Year Plan with a finetooth comb.” He said the report as it is showed a rates increase of 4.3 per cent. “But we are committed to reducing that further to 3.9 per

cent, which I hope to introduce as an amendment next week.” “It’s always a challenge when prioritising investment in Wellington and our council is working hard to keep rates affordable.” He said the plan has a strong focus on resilience and the local environment, housing, transport, celebrating a decade of culture

and strengthening the economy.” But the Mayor says it is a balancing act. “I’m determined that we will not cut services or jobs as part of bringing down rates.” He is proposing to introduce discounted weekend parking fees to help keep rates down. The proposal is for parking in the CBD to cost $2.50 an

hour. It is currently free, but on weekdays it costs $4.50 an hour. “We have two choices: ratepayers can pay a little more to subsidise free weekend parking or the people actually parking can pay $2.50 an hour. “We have significant demand for car parks and I don’t think offering them for free helps that. This will encourage turnover.”

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Khandallah author Rod Smith undertaking some serious research at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. PHOTO provided.

Local writer launching Guinness book Long-time Khandallah resident Rod Smith, whose career includes time in youth work, journalism, and the public service, is launching his book Guinness Down Under at Parliament on Thursday March 8, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The launch will be hosted by list MP Kieran McAnult. Rod, who was born in Wel-

lington and lived in Khandallah for 36 years, has spent the past several years writing the book which captures the history of the Guinness dynasty (which he married into - his wife Glennis is a sixth-generation descendant of Arthur Guinness, founder of the renowned brewery). There are lots of extracts and anecdotes to share. For instance

in 1935, Walter Guinness, Lord Moyne, captured a tuatara for London Zoo after misunderstanding the New Zealand Prime Minister, an event which caused great embarrassment. The book also details how Guinness took on New Zealand and developed a cult-like following with Guinness clubs springing up around the country.

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Sea Eagles v Warriors

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Knights v Roosters

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7.30pm

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Bulldogs v Broncos

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Sharks v Tigers

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8.00pm

Storm v Broncos

AAMI Park

6.10pm

Rabbitohs v Storm

ANZ Stadium

9.50pm

Bulldogs v Dragons

ANZ Stadium

6.00pm

Dragons v Warriors

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5.00pm

Eels v Titans

ANZ Stadium

7.30pm

Thursday, June 14

Eels v Rabbitohs

ANZ Stadium

9.50pm

Roosters v Cowboys

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9.30pm

Friday, June 15

Cowboys v Warriors

1300SMILES Stadium

8.00pm

Sharks v Sea Eagles

Southern Cross Grp Stadium

4.00pm

Roosters v Panthers

Allianz Stadium

9.50pm

Panthers v Raiders

Panthers Stadium

6.10pm

Bulldogs v Titans

Belmore Sports Ground

5.00pm

ROUND 22

Dragons v Sea Eagles

WIN Stadium

7.30pm

Thursday, August 8

Cowboys v Broncos

1300SMILES Stadium

9.50pm

Sharks v Broncos

Southern Cross Grp Stadium

9.30pm

Friday, August 10

Warriors v Knights

Mt Smart Stadium

8.00pm

Knights v Storm

McDonald Jones Stadium

4.00pm

Rabbitohs v Roosters

ANZ Stadium

9.50pm

Wests Tigers v Raiders

Campbelltown Stadium

6.10pm

Titans v Panthers

CBus Super Stadium

5.00pm

Sea Eagles v Bulldogs

Lottoland

7.30pm

Thursday, June 28

Dragons v Eels

WIN Stadium

9.50pm

Eels v Dragons

ANZ Stadium

9.30pm

Friday, June 29

Warriors v Sharks

Mt Smart Stadium

8.00pm

Raiders v Wests Tigers

GIO Stadium

4.00pm

Roosters v Storm

Allianz Stadium

9.50pm

Storm v Sharks

AAMI Park

6.10pm

Panthers v Sea Eagles

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5.00pm

ROUND 23

Knights v Bulldogs

McDonald Jones Stadium

7.30pm

Thursday, August 16

Broncos v Rabbitohs

Suncorp Stadium

9.50pm

Broncos v Raiders

Suncorp Stadium

9.30pm

Friday, August 17

Sea Eagles v Titans

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8.00pm

Wests Tigers v Titans

Leichhardt Oval

4.00pm

Storm v Eels

AAMI Park

9.50pm

Rabbitohs v Cowboys

Barlow Park, Cairns

6.10pm

Panthers v Knights

Panthers Stadium

5.00pm

Wests Tigers v Dragons

Leichhardt Oval

7.30pm

Thursday, July 5

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9.50pm

Sharks v Cowboys

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9.30pm

Friday, July 6

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Bulldogs v Warriors

ANZ Stadium

4.00pm

Saturday, July 7

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Raiders v Roosters

GIO Stadium

6.10pm

Sunday, July 8

Titans v Broncos

CBus Super Stadium

6.10pm

Thursday, August 23

Wests Tigers v Sea Eagles

Campbelltown Stadium

9.50pm

Panthers v Sharks

Panthers Stadium

8.00pm

Friday, August 24

Warriors v Panthers

Mt Smart Stadium

8.00pm

Knights v Eels

McDonald Jones Stadium

9.50pm

Cowboys v Eels

1300SMILES Stadium

9.50pm

Bulldogs v Rabbitohs

ANZ Stadium

5.00pm

Raiders v Rabbitohs

GIO Stadium

5.00pm

Sea Eagles v Storm

Lottoland

7.30pm

Titans v Storm

CBus Super Stadium

7.30pm

Raiders v Cowboys

GIO Stadium

9.30pm

Roosters v Broncos

Allianz Stadium

9.30pm

Broncos v Warriors

Suncorp Stadium

4.00pm

Sharks v Knights

Southern Cross Grp Stadium

4.00pm

Dragons v Wests Tigers

UOW Jubilee Stadium

6.10pm

Dragons v Bulldogs

UOW Jubilee Stadium

6.10pm

Titans v Roosters

CBus Super Stadium

8.30pm

Thursday, August 30

Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers

ANZ Stadium

9.50pm

Friday, August 31

Warriors v Raiders

Mt Smart Stadium

8.00pm

Storm v Panthers

AAMI Park

9.50pm

Knights v Dragons

McDonald Jones Stadium

5.00pm

Titans v Cowboys

CBus Super Stadium

7.30pm

Eels v Roosters

ANZ Stadium

9.30pm

Bulldogs v Sharks

ANZ Stadium

4.00pm

Broncos v Sea Eagles

Suncorp Stadium

6.10pm

Friday, June 8 Saturday, June 9

Sunday, June 10 Monday, June 11

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Saturday, August 4

ROUND 15

Saturday, June 16

Sunday, June 17

Sunday, August 5

Saturday, August 11

ROUND 16

Saturday, June 30

Sunday, July 1

Sunday, August 12

Saturday, August 18

ROUND 17

ROUND 18 Friday, July 13 Saturday, July 14

Sunday, July 15

ROUND 19 Thursday, July 19

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ANZ Stadium

9.50pm

Friday, July 20

Sharks v Raiders

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8.00pm

Broncos v Panthers

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officiated at the Wheelathon which involved kids on decorated bikes completing laps of the quadrant for medals and certificates. Jo Young, Johnsonville West Kindergarten head teacher, was ecstatic with the turnout, saying the 70 kids from diverse cultures who attend the kindergarten, will benefit from the proceeds.

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Paintings gifted to cathedral Art lovers will have the opportunity to view the suite of eight paintings by renowned New Zealand artist Melvin Day entitled Stabat Mater Dolorosa which have been gifted to Wellington Cathedral of St Paul by Day’s estate. They are being unveiled in the Cathedral during the Choral Evensong service on Sunday March 18 at 5pm, and will be put on permanent display. Melvin Day CNZM was director of the National Art Gallery of New

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Zealand (now the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa) from 1968 to 1978, and later appointed government art historian. His works have been hung in prominent art galleries here and overseas. The Stabat Mater suite, painted in 2008, was inspired by Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, and depicts his interpretation of the music in forms and colours, based on the powerful medieval hymn of Mary, mother of Jesus, grieving at the cross.

Child Cancer Foundation is appealing for donations during its Appeal Month this March, so they can continue to support over 1700 Kiwi kids with cancer and their families. Child Cancer Foundation receives no direct government funding and has to fundraise to maintain its national support service. With more than three Kiwi children diagnosed with cancer every week, that need is ongoing. “Child Cancer Foundation has been supporting Kiwi families for 40 years and we know that child cancer doesn’t just affect the

child diagnosed. It affects their brothers and sisters, their mum, dad, and whanau,” said Robyn Kiddle, Chief Executive, Child Cancer Foundation. “We are only able to give each family member the comfort, strength and support they need because of generous New Zealanders who donate their time and money.” Child Cancer Foundation is also looking for volunteer collectors to help with the National Street Appeal taking place on Friday March16 and Saturday March 17. There are collection sites nationwide and the foundation

points out that just a couple of hours out of people’s days will make a huge difference. 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 www.childcancer.org.nz or call 0800 424 453 to be connected with their local organiser. Some volunteers may also wish to hold a local fundraising event.  For more information visit www.childcancer.org.nz

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Wednesday March 7, 2018

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Rugby boots and ballet good fit for girls Aleisha Batt of Karori is living proof that dance shoes and rugby boots can mix and is encouraging other girls to give rugby a go. Western Suburbs Rugby Club is offering girls who are interested in playing rugby the chance to take part in free introductory sessions. The two sessions are open to year 5 to 8 girls and are designed for those girls who haven’t played before. Aleisha, who attends Karori Normal School and Marie Simonsen, Kelburn Primary, have both been playing rugby in mixed Wests teams for some years and they are keen to come along to the sessions to show newcomers why they enjoy the sport so much. Aleisha, who is also a keen dancer, says the game is great for fitness and strength and there is also a great team atmosphere. “I know some girls are put off because they think it’s a boys’ game so this will let girls come along and give it a go without worrying about having boys

there. I’ve found the boys to be supportive and you are just one of the team.” Marie agrees and says she enjoys being part of the club and taking the field each week. “Rugby is great fun, and these sessions will give girls a chance to try it out before deciding if they want to play for a team.” Wests spokesperson Kirsty McTamney said the sessions will be free and fun, and girls who enjoy them will have the option of going on to play for mixed 15-a-side team, or for a girls-only team in the clubs seven-a-side tournament. “We know there are plenty of girls who are keen to play and this will give them to chance to try the game in a friendly and supportive environment. We will have some great coaches on hand to take the girls through the drills.” Wellington Rugby is also running introductory sessions for girls in March and April, and players will be able to progress

Karori’s Aleisha Batt (left) shows that rugby boots and ballet shoes can both be the right fit. She and Kelburn’s Marie Simonsen are encouraging girls to give rugby a go. PHOTO: Supplied

from the Wests sessions to those. The Wests’ girls-only sessions will be held at Ian Galloway Park

on Sunday March 11 and 18 at 3pm.

 More information is available on the club’s website or Wests

Junior Rugby Facebook page, or by contacting Kirsty (021) 429212 or Stu Doig (027) 471 6787.

Women’s track cycling on the up By Glenise Dreaver

Jacqui Whitta, a Johnsonville IT analyst, is part of the resurgence in women’s track cycling in Wellington. She joined the Port Nicholson-Poneke Cycle Club’s women’s-only track training sessions at the Wellington Velodrome when they started in October. For her, being back on the track after years away while she was in London is a

“big thrill”. But what she likes most about the programme is that it’s a lot of fun, with a wide range of abilities and age groups represented in the up to 15 or so women who have been involved since it started. “We range in age from teenagers to nearly fifty. That’s me!” she says cheerfully, adding that the participants can be beginners, and don’t even need a bike of their own as they have a bike hire scheme and will ensure that LEFT: Johnsonville cyclist Jacqui Whitta – back on the track in the women’s-only track training sessions being held every Thursday at the Wellington Velodrome. PHOTO: George Baird BELOW: Jacqui Whitta at right during a Sunday speed league session. PHOTO: George Baird

the bike is adjusted to fit you. “It’s really affordable coaching too.” “The skills coaching covers sessions on basic bike skills and getting used to the track.” They start on the grass. “You don’t go straight on to the track,” she says, admitting that even for herself, after a 25-year-gap in velodrome riding, that part can look “quite scary”.

“But the sessions ease you into that.” Those taking part do a variety of practice sessions and races from endurance to sprint. “And they cater for various abilities. “It’s not just for the elite. Fast or slow, it doesn’t matter.” More information can be obtained from the PNP website at www.pnp. org.nz

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Humans or robots take your pick Technology is in and linesmen are out in a new tennis trial aimed at eliminating human error. The men’s ATP tour announced the Next Gen ATP Finals, a season-ending event for top 21-and-under players, will feature electronic line-calling for all shots. It’s the first time this is being tried at an ATP tournament. The Hawke Eye Live system is a step up on the Hawke Eye system which has been involved in the top level of tennis for many years now. The initiative effectively does away with human linesmen and women. The question is, and it’s a long-held debate, how much technology is too much? I for one would like to welcome our new sporting robot overlords but without human error I think tennis and sport in general, loses something special. If John McEnroe was playing in 2018, perhaps he would have been a meek and mild-mannered player. Without anyone to yell “You cannot be serious, the ball was out!” at various points of a match, I doubt

McEnroe’s legacy would be as lofty as it is. Human error in officiating makes for great stories that people discuss for years. Like betting on the horses, it creates hard luck stories that are part of the fabric of sport. We all have a story of that shonky LBW decision, the blatant missed forward pass (Wayne Barnes, it’s been 11 years and I still don’t forgive you). The desire to get calls right is just the way of the world these days but in an attempt to eliminate human error, the human will have to be eliminated as a result. Some sports like tennis, baseball and cricket could lend themselves to a technology takeover, others like rugby and rugby league and basketball will always need human input. It’s like everything in life - balance, balance, balance. Technology will continue to have a heavier presence in sport but it’s hard to imagine a day when the potential for human error is completely eliminated in favour of robots.


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