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A petition to stop closures of Post Shops and KiwiBanks was presented at Parliament on Tuesday. Dozens of Newtown residents, and some from other suburbs too, turned up in horizontal drizzle to present two boxes containing the signatures of 7000 people to Rongotai MP Paul Eagle, demanding their local branches remain open. NZ Post and its subsidiary Kiwibank intend to close their Newtown branches this year as part of a plan to amalgamate them with the Kilbirnie branches to create a sole hub for all of Wellington’s south and east. Continued on page 2. Newtown residents gather at the steps of Parliament with their petition calling for the retention of their Kiwibank and post office. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Residents hand over petition to save Post Shop, Kiwibank Continued from page 1. Newtown Residents’ Association president Rhona Carson spoke of her dismay at what effect it would have on the suburb. “Our combined Kiwibank and Post Shop is a community asset and a community hub where our residents can get help with a wide range of services,” she says. “NZ Post have written to say that they are committed to staying in Newtown but their presence will be through an agency run by another business. “It is dishonest of them to say, as they do, that there will be no change in service. “We have visited a number of agencies and with all due respect to the businesses concerned, they are no substitute for a real post office. “We are calling for political action to change the prevailing culture of valuing profit before community.” Another Newtown representative, Amanda Barber, says members of the government had been silent for three months. “All but one, Grant Robertson, the MP for Wellington Central, ignored our requests,” says

Newtown Residents’ Association members Warwick Taylor and Rhona Carson after handing over their boxes of signatures to Paul Eagle. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Amanda. “The truth is that these franchises offer a reduced service in unsuitable venues, without room for baby buggies or wheelchairs, benches too high for form-filling, and staff without sufficient training in postal services.” Amanda says their petition extends to also call for a moratorium on all other proposed closures of Post Shops and Kiwibanks around the country. “We are fighting for the most vulnerable in our communities – the unemployed, the low

Wellington City’s economy is in good heart – as evidenced by the findings of the Infometrics quarterly economic monitor for the year to December 2017. Councillor Simon Marsh, Wellington City Council’s Economic Development Portfolio Leader, says the city’s economy is continuing to grow steadily.

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social responsibility under the State Owned Enterprises Act. Paul also believes if the Newtown branch was to go it was not out of the realms of possibility that Kilbirnie’s would as well. “People told me it would never close. So nothing’s impossible.” He promises to lobby Labour colleague Grant Robertson along with Minister of State Owned Enterprises Winston Peters to compel NZ Post’s board to reverse the decision. Both ministers had not responded to emailed requests for comment as of Wednesday.

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waged, the disabled, the social housing tenants, the refugees, the mentally ill and the elderly.” The state-owned corporation’s move is based on its management’s claims that patronage was declining but Paul Eagle says there was no evidence of this in Newtown. “There hasn’t been any data other than general data,” Paul says. “I’d go in most days and every time there’s a queue.” He agrees with the petitioners’ belief that NZ Post is not fulfilling its obligation of exhibiting

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the quarter to 4.2 percent and a decrease by 7.5 percent of Jobseeker Support recipients in the year to December. Simon says the city economy faced challenges in the aftermath of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. This included restrictions on car parking capacity due to damage to commercial parking buildings and reductions

in foot traffic in the CBD as large numbers of people were required to work from home or shift offices. “However retailers, hospo people and business owners in the CBD tell me that this year has got off to a very healthy start compared to the beginning of 2017 – our brilliant summer weather has also certainly helped things along.”

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Concern Wellington will be driven to disruption under new bus operator By Jamie Adams

A Newtown bus driver believes Wellington’s bus network could face months of disruption once a new Wairarapa-based company begins operating in July. Frank Lawton is concerned the tender Greater Wellington regional council awarded to Tranzurban, a subsidiary of Tranzit Coachlines, to operate low-emission and electric buses over nearly two-thirds of the region’s routes will lead to a staff shortage and nowhere to park the buses. He says he was told by NZ Bus, which currently operates all Go Wellington buses, that next month 90 drivers will face redundancy out of about 330 employed to make way for Tranzurban. Frank believes the long-

est-serving drivers will quit as they are entitled to significant redundancy payouts. While “theoretically” there are enough drivers in Wellington to do all the work, Frank believes Tranzurban will have to find many new drivers, as the redundant NZ Bus drivers will refuse to work for them due to claims of lower pay offers and more casual contracts. “My estimate is that Tranzurban need to not only find enough drivers at the start point - about 100-150 full-time equivalents but also need to keep recruiting a new driver every week from then on to replace the losses,” he says. NZ Bus will not be able to fill in the gap if TransUrban do not deliver because redundant drivers will not be able to return to them for 12 months, Frank says.

He adds that many new recruits will need training to get a class 2 driver’s licence and will also need a police check and passenger endorsement. Even those who have worked as drivers would need training on new routes that Tranzurban will introduce. “It short, it all takes time.” Tranzurban managing director Paul Snelgrove says he is “very comfortable” with the number of applicants they have so far and the training required for novice drivers. “I think it’s exciting that new blood is coming in.” He disputes any notion they pay less, saying Wellington drivers should expect over $22 an hour. “Long-term drivers will get a better pay rate because of extras they get in their agreements.”

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Paul insists the “hard core” of drivers will all be on permanent or part-time contracts - the only casual drivers would be those who occasionally fill in in for those on leave. He is confident parking will not be an issue, with four depots being built around greater Wellington, including one on a vacant block of land in Rongotai. Greater Wellington deputy chair of the Regional Transport Committee Chris Laidlaw says while there are “the inevitable risks associated with any transformation of this kind”, he is confident Tranzurban will have a full workforce by July. NZ Bus General Manager of Operations Claire Neville could not confirm the 90 redundancies asserted by Frank as the company was still undergoing a “realignment proposal”.

Free curtains for people in need People already anticipating the chill at home ahead of winter are being urged to beat the rush for free curtains from Wellington Curtain Bank. Anyone with a Community Services Card, who doesn’t already have curtains, can get them made for free by the Curtain Bank from now until November 30. “We support more than 570 families to warm up their homes every year – but unfortunately a lot of people wait until the middle of winter to access the service,” says Healthy Homes Manager Miranda Struthers. “We have two part-time paid staff and about a dozen dedicated volunteers, but we received orders for nearly 2300 sets of upcycled curtains last year – there is usually a backlog of orders by the time winter rolls around.” During the colder months, curtains can help to keep heat in the home, which keeps power bills down and people healthier. But with the hot summer we’re experiencing it’s worth noting that quality, lined curtains can help to keep

your home cool too. The Curtain Bank takes donations of clean, good quality curtains from the public and then upcycles, lines and sews to size for people who need curtains. Mum-of-one Raukawa Tuahuru got curtains from Wellington Curtain Bank after her now 15-month-old daughter Harmony ended up in hospital with bronchiolitis last winter. “It was cold on the ground. We had to get carpet off-cuts to at least be able to put our feet down,” says Raukawa. “The curtains took the crisp cold out of the air and it started getting warmer. The curtains help keep the house cool in summer too.” Raukawa was able to get curtains for the living room and for their bedrooms and says she can feel the difference, especially with the thickness of the curtains.  People who would like to order curtains can call the Curtain Bank freephone on 0508 78 78 24 extn 705, or download an order form from www. sustaintrust.org.nz/free-curtains.

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Victoria a top 40 university The latest international subject rankings confirm Victoria University of Wellington as a globally ranked university but also show a clear gap opening between New Zealand’s top three universities and its other five. The results from QS World University Rankings have Victoria ranked in the top 40 of the world’s 18,000 universities for three subjects: Law, Hospitality & Leisure Management and Library Management. The results also confirm that Auckland, Otago and Victoria universities are leaders in the tertiary education sector in terms of the number of internationally ranked subjects they offer.

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inbrief news Best ever response The Heart Foundation has been overwhelmed by the generous response of thousands of volunteers and donors during its recent Big Heart Appeal street collection. This year saw the biggest collection in the organisation’s 50-year history, with nationwide collector numbers up by 25 per cent on last year. Alison Wheatley-Mahon, Heart Foundation Head of Marketing and Fundraising, says the organisation was thrilled with the bigger-than-ever mobilisation from the people of New Zealand.  “To all those who came out and collected donations in the street, and to everyone who raised funds in their workplaces and early learning services, thank you,” Alison says.

A taste of Ben & Jerry’s An iconic American ice-cream brand is coming to Wellington but the ice-cream needs locals’ help to find a permanent home. Ben & Jerry’s is putting a call-out to the people of Wellington for a suitable location. The person who submits the best location, will win a year’s supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, subject to conditions. To give locals a taste of things to come, a Scoop Shop container will be open to the public until March 31 in Civic Square to enable locals to try its 17 iconic “cone-coctions”. The competition details can be found on Facebook.

Easter Family Night Local residents are invited to attend the annual Easter Family Night on Thursday, March 22, at Bunnings Warehouse Lyall Bay. The evening for little ones will include DIY workshops where kids can make their own Easter-themed crafts, as well as refreshments and the possibility of a visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Bookings are recommended by contacting Bunnings Warehouse Lyall Bay on 04-387-3550 to reserve your place.

Names honoured as college gets more rooms on board By Jamie Adams

A new building to extend Scots College’s proud tradition of boarding was officially opened in front of dozens of people on Saturday. Gibb House has existed since the college’s inception in 1916 and the extension was a reflection of a growing demand for beds. Headmaster Graeme Yule says the new $2.6 million establishment houses 40 beds, adding to the 100 beds across the college’s boarding facilities. “The new building also provides a dedicated boarding office, main entrance, sick bay, recreational areas for students and is joined to the existing boarding facility that was opened in 2015 by a small atrium area.” The boarding house caters to a mix of nationalities with students coming from 14 countries. Graeme says it will be able to accommodate girls when they begin enrolling in 2020. “Importance will be placed on them being secure and well

catered for. “The girls will have their own dedicated facility in one of the existing buildings with recreational areas and small kitchen facilities.” Graeme says the college’s board made a strategic decision to turn boarding’s popularity around after it hit a low of 36 students in 2007. That included encouraging more international students – 30 percent of its boarders come from overseas. Scots College plans a new facility on the rear of the campus, including dedicated technology rooms and pastoral care areas for the senior girls joining from 2020. Cook Strait News sales representative Sam Wadham attended the ceremony with his family to witness the unveiling one of the boarding rooms that honours his name. Sam’s grandparents Kay Wadham and Morva NicholWadham worked there for more than 30 years, with Kay serving as a housemaster from 1947-61. “It was a fitting occasion to remember the contribution that

Sam Wadham, with wife Joy and sons Noah, 5, and Teddy, 1, under the new room that honours his family name at Scots College’s Gibb House extension. Sam’s grandfather worked as a housemaster for 14 years and his father donated money to the boarding house’s extension. PHOTO: Supplied

my grandparents made to Gibb House and Scots College over the years,” Sam says. “It’s great to know that the

New bus network ‘will be simpler, more connected’ – councillor Greater Wellington’s public transport network is set for a major upgrade, the first of its kind in 20 years. “We’re on our way to an integrated public transport network in July, and that means a new look and new services for Metlink that are focused on what customers have told us they want,” says Greater Wellington regional council’s Sustainable Transport chair Barbara Donaldson.

“A key part our new network is giving people new and better ways to connect that enhance their lives. “It will be simpler, more connected and consistent, giving our customers more choice about where and when to travel. “The use of buses, trains and ferries is predicted to increase significantly between now and 2024. To keep our customers’ lives connected, we need a public transport network that

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Council proposes $127m boost to arts over 10 years Wellington Mayor Justin Lester on stage at the Future Playgrounds exhibition with New Zealand Festival Student Ambassadors Watene Campbell from TKKM Seatoun and Kaira Scheck from St Catherine’s College. PHOTO: Supplied By Jamie Adams

Wellington City Council is proposing to inject $127 million investment over the next 10 years into a “refreshed and reinvigorated” arts, events and culture scene. “We need to invest in our creative sector at all levels, from big international events through to grass roots projects,” Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says. “That will help us create jobs, bring world-class acts here, and attract and support talent, and will ensure that Wellington remains New Zealand’s creative capital.” The bulk of the funding - $111 million - goes towards earthquake-strengthening and renova-

tions to the Town Hall, St James Theatre and the Bond Store, which houses the Wellington Museum. The other $16 million is budgeted in the council’s draft 10-year plan to support local arts events such as World of Wearable Art, Visa Wellington On a Plate and the New Zealand Festival, as well as performing arts venues. Councillor Nicola Young, Associate Arts Portfolio Leader, says Wellington’s point of difference is its arts, culture and creative sectors. “From technology and innovation, through to arts and events, Wellington has the highest percentage of people employed in creative sectors in New Zealand and we hope this investment will

Eating The Wolf, a feminist take on the Red Riding Hood fairytale, promises plenty of laughs. From the team who produced the sell-out season of Jesus Christ Superstar last year, this original and topical youth production is written by award winning playwright Sarah Delahunty with music composed by young up and coming musicians. The show at the Hannah Playhouse will be held at 8pm on March 21-24 and at 6:30pm on March 25. Tickets $20/$14 at www.iticket.co.nz.

keep people here and attract many more to our city,” she says. Justin announced the funding during a speech at a Future Playgrounds exhibition at TSB Arena last Thursday. The exhibition is an immersive, interactive walk-through experience of 45 digital and multimedia artists from around the world including the US, Turkey and Canada. School children attended the event as part of SchoolFest – which will see 14,000 children attend the New Zealand Festival as part of its accessibility focus. Formal public consultation on the draft 10-year plan will begin on April 15.

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Financial help on offer for Easts’ best budding artists The Franken Arts Bursaries (FAB) are back on offer for 2018 and its founder is keen for more schools to get involved. The bursaries were established by local arts enthusiast Paul Franken whose trust has provided an annual arts bursary competition for year 7-11 students in Wellington’s eastern suburbs for some years. Paul says most of the entries in the past have come from Evans Bays Intermediate, whose website hosts

the information about FAB. He believes students from other schools may not have been aware of them and thus missed an opportunity to receive a $1400, $2100 or $3500 bursary to encourage their pursuit of the arts. All prize money will be paid to the institution or person the student will be furthering their studies with. The competition is free to enter and open to any year 7-11 student who lives east of the Mt Victoria

ridge. Entries can be anything artistic, including performing arts, drama and music, as well as drawings and paintings. “As a guide, if it is an Olympic sport, it does not qualify,” Paul says. “If your child has a real desire to work hard at making their chosen art a big part of their life, this scholarship may well give them the encouragement to persist.” Applications must be received by the FAB selection panel by

September 1. As well as a letter of recommendation from a past instructor, they should also have a support letter from a teacher. Youth who have been removed from the school sys-

tem are also eligible, provided a police constable can support the application.  To enter the FAB competition go to ebis.school.nz/ ffff-scholarship.

Franken Arts Bursaries trustee Paul Franken. PHOTO: Cook Strait News File

Long-running Kilbirnie festival set for return The Kilbirnie Festival is in its 25th year and this time the theme is the environment, with information and displays on many useful and relevant household issues such as population pressures, global environmental degradation and climate change. It will also offer solutions, with information and displays on public transport, reducing waste to landfill, reducing emissions, cycling, and growing food locally. At t ract i ng crowds of 35,000 in its best years, this event is one of the most successful and longest-running fairs in Wellington. A c t iv i t i e s p r o m i s e d include music from the emerging new talent of Aro Creative, a Kids Zone stage talent competition for primary-school age children, and throwing fun involving water balloons, eggs and wet sponges. With this Warwick Murray family hosting the stage,

it’s the place to relax and have fun. A Professor of Geography at Victoria University, Warwick will play the famous Singing Professor with his world-travelled Blukulele. Tranzurban will demonstrate one of their new electric buses, with 30-minute round trips operating nonstop 10am-4pm, via south and north Miramar to the festival and back. There will also be live worms and compost bins on display, with Wellington City Council seeking to raise awareness with the aim of reducing organic waste going to landfill by 30 percent. Participants also get the chance to handle a tiger worm. Finally, there will be the return of the popular activity of making objects out of cardboard. Festival staff will be on hand to assist children with creative ideas, with caregivers encouraged to join in.


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Predator-free ecofriendly Wellington priority for council

Expect to see more of these sort of boxes around Wellington as the council boosts funding in its aim to make the city predator free. PHOTO: Supplied

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is giving Wellington’s predator-free projects extra priority and is bolstering the city’s efforts to be eco-friendly. “Committing long-term funding for community-led predator-free projects shows we’re deadly serious about making our city predator free and enabling native biodiversity to flourish,” the mayor says. Wellington City Council’s draft 10Year Plan, released on Friday evening, earmarks $3.6 million over 10 years to support the predator-free goal. That includes funding for community groups to install and manage traps in Wellington. “We’re fortunate and thankful that

more than 5000 Wellington households and numerous community conservation groups are already involved in predator control projects,” the Mayor says. “It’s heartening to see Wellingtonians already coming together on this important issue, and we’re proud to increase our funding for these community-building eco-initiatives.” The Predator Free Wellington project — a partnership between Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and The NEXT Foundation to rid the city of rats, possums and mustelids — will be rolled out on Miramar Peninsula this year before being implemented citywide.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Have you received a census form and if so, filled it out (as of Tuesday)?

Lincoln Cooper, Berhampore “Yes. I’ll be doing it tonight. I like it’s online but they should have the paper form option as well.”

Tyrone Kolo, Island Bay ”No I haven’t. I’m waiting for it so I can fill one out.”

Robbie Shaw, Island Bay “I haven’t received it yet. I don’t like the idea of doing it online. I want technology when it suits me.”

Helen Hodgins, Island Bay “Yes. I have filled it out. It’s very easy to do online. I stopped halfway through thinking I’d have to start again but it saves the answers.”

Michael Meyer, Island Bay “Yes. Not yet. The first question is how many people are going to be there on the night [March 6]. I couldn’t answer that. It should be individualised.”

Marty Martin, Newtown “No. I rang them up and they said they would send one. Haven’t got it yet.”

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 news@ wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Morality absent in corporate industry Dear Editor; Following my letter of Feb. 22, may I enlarge on the part about the banks and other key industries? With our selfish and depraved human nature, we can never get to an ideal economy; but we could nevertheless achieve a much better politicosocio-economic set-up than what we now have, if we also returned to the old JudaeoChristian morality that was

once seen as axiomatic. T hough I’ve long se en through the wicked quasiMarxist notions that I entertained for about 25 years, I believe some of the Socialist proposals are sensible and practicable. True, the only thing for smaller enterprises is private capitalism, except that they ought to be kept honest by significant competition from a few enterprises that are

public corporations, trusts, and co-ops. For example, the Public Trust now competes with privatelyowned trust companies and (for a few functions) the law firms. But when it comes to the big boys of monopolies and cartels, private enterprises are usually worse than the SOEs and giant co-ops like Fonterra. So far as the media go, it’s very proper that there are both

public corporations and private firms: there are some unscrupulous employees in both kinds, as is now very plain, when we see how news and current affairs programmes are slanted. But for private enterprises on that big scale, profit is everything: people don’t matter [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar

Mayor’s priorities a costly ‘Easter egg’

Getting a mortgage different back in the day

Dear Editor, Our current Mayor Justin Lester seems to pull the golden wool over the eyes of the ratepayers with his ‘Resilience Priority’ fearmongering towards the council’s extravagant 10-year plan? There won’t be any major earthquake event in Wellington until after Auckland’s volcano! As for his climate change - we all know storms are getting worse, yet his council office continues to approve greedy land developers

Dear Editor, I found Martin Beck’s letter on greedy banks very interesting (CSN, March 1). I wondered how he came to miss out on mortgage finance, and in in what year did this take place. Then I remembered that at one time people didn’t go to banks for their housing finance. When we bought our house in 1972 the usual practice was to approach a solicitor for

building permits along known steep fault lines? But from which rabbit hole did he pull the enormous Easter egg costing from? Ratepayers know that more “modest” infrastructure improvements can be made to prepare the city. So the ratepayers need to tell him to pull his woolly expensive horns in on his expensive personal opinion. Martin Beck Mornington

Opinions that offend is part of free society Dear Editor; Re March 1 letters, in the context of the 1950s, is Mr Beck telling us that the banks ought to have approved 100 percent of all applications for housing advances, regardless of the applicants’ level of security and personal record, or even unsecured? If so, who is out of reality, if expecting loans for all applicants, no questions asked? And why does Ms Wu think religion ought to be barred from the news and opinions in general newspapers? It is their function to deal with all subjects; so it’s inevitable that some opinions or embarrassing news items will offend certain readers; but so what? They have the same right to reply as their opponents have to state their opinions. But

though they demand this right for themselves, they declare their opponents have no such right. It was about 380 years ago that John Milton wrote something like, “Who ever heard of truth defeated by error in free and open contest?” Well, the wreckers want to bind and gag people who oppose the PC agenda: this is because of what Milton implied in his rhetorical question. [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar Editor’s note: A reminder to please keep responses to letters civil and avoid personal attacks.

finance. We had a first mortgage and a second mortgage and the finance would have come from investment funds held by the solicitor. At some point in time, it must have become the custom for people to approach banks as first cab off-the-rank for their house-buying finance. Reading Mr Beck’s letter I wondered about his circumstances. Had he been looking in earlier years, he might

have been eligible for a State Advances loan. (What year did they cease?) Incidentally, I also wondered about Mr Westfold himself, because, as an erstwhile bank employee, he must have been eligible for a very generous housing loan through his employer, had he wished to take that step. Christine Swift Island Bay

Post-war women have had it too good Dear Editor; Re your March 1 article about women’s service during World War One: I greatly admire and honour what Allied women contributed to the victory in both World Wars; but I give the lie to the claim that they are the forgotten sex (not “gender”) of the First World War, and the possible implication that it was by a policy of their ungrateful male oppressors. On the contrary, these last 45plus years [women], having their claims believed without question,

have been getting a great deal of “affirmative action” when it comes to getting promotions, cushy or powerful jobs, social prestige, disproportionately high praise, and all the favours they could desire. They would get a great deal more genuine (not affected) admiration and respect if they simply got on with their lives on the same terms as men or others must do, without any PC or fictional boosters. (abridged) H Westfold, Miramar


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Thursday, April 19

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Friday, March 9

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Friday, April 20

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1300SMILES Stadium

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Broncos v Storm

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Wests Tigers v Roosters

ANZ Stadium

6.30pm

Rabbitohs v Raiders

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Perth Stadium

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Wests Tigers v Knights

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Bulldogs v Storm

Perth Stadium

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Cowboys v Titans

1300SMILES Stadium

9.30pm

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Panthers v Eels

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6.10pm

Eels v Sea Eagles

ANZ Stadium

4.00pm

F

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Southern Cross Grp Stadium

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Allianz Stadium

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Panthers v Rabbitohs

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7.30pm

Panthers v Bulldogs

Panthers Stadium

9.50pm

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Storm v Wests Tigers

AAMI Park

9.30pm

Titans v Sharks

CBus Super Stadium

7.30pm

R

Sea Eagles v Eels

Lottoland

6.10pm

Cowboys v Raiders

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Thursday, March 22

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Thursday, May 3

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Friday, March 23

Bulldogs v Panthers

ANZ Stadium

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Friday, May 4

Knights v Rabbitohs

McDonald Jones Stadium

8.00pm

Wests Tigers v Broncos

Campbelltown Stadium

9.50pm

Panthers v Cowboys

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Raiders v Warriors

GIO Stadium

5.00pm

Raiders v Titans

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5.00pm

Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles

ANZ Stadium

7.30pm

Warriors v Wests Tigers

Mt Smart Stadium

7.30pm

Eels v Sharks

ANZ Stadium

9.30pm

Sharks v Eels

Southern Cross Grp Stadium

9:30pm

R

Titans v Dragons

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6.10pm

Dragons v Storm

UOW Jubilee Stadium

4.00pm

T

Roosters v Knights

Allianz Stadium

8.30pm

Roosters v Sea Eagles

Allianz Stadium

6.10pm

F

Wests Tigers v Cowboys

Leichhardt Oval

9.50pm

S

Knights v Panthers

McDonald Jones Stadium

8.00pm

Bulldogs v Eels

ANZ Stadium

9.50pm

Warriors v Roosters

Mt Smart Stadium

5.00pm

Storm v Titans

Suncorp Stadium

7.30pm

Sea Eagles v Broncos

Suncorp Stadium

9.30pm

R

Rabbitohs v Dragons

ANZ Stadium

4.00pm

T

Raiders v Sharks

GIO Stadium

6.10pm

F

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Friday, March 30

Rabbitohs v Bulldogs

ANZ Stadium

6.10pm

Sharks v Storm

Southern Cross Grp Stadium

9.50pm

Roosters v Warriors

Allianz Stadium

7.30pm

Sea Eagles v Raiders

Lottoland

9.30pm

Dragons v Knights

WIN Stadium

6.10pm

Broncos v Titans

Suncorp Stadium

8.30pm

Wests Tigers v Eels

ANZ Stadium

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Sunday, April 1 Monday, April 2

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ROUND 10

Thursday, March 29

Saturday, March 31

Saturday, May 5

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Thursday, May 10 Friday, May 11 Saturday, May 12

Sunday, May 13

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ROUND 11

Thursday, April 5

Raiders v Bulldogs

GIO Stadium

9.50pm

Thursday, May 17

Panthers v Wests Tigers

Panthers Stadium

9.50pm

S

Friday, April 6

Sharks v Roosters

Southern Cross Grp Stadium

8.00pm

Friday, May 18

Eels v Warriors

ANZ Stadium

8.00pm

R

Dragons v Rabbitohs

UOW Jubilee Stadium

9.50pm

Broncos v Roosters

Suncorp Stadium

9.50pm

F

Wests Tigers v Storm

Mt Smart Stadium

5:00pm

Titans v Knights

CBus Super Stadium

5.00pm

Warriors v Cowboys

Mt Smart Stadium

7.30pm

Cowboys v Rabbitohs

1300SMILES Stadium

7.30pm

Knights v Broncos

McDonald Jones Stadium

9.30pm

Storm v Sea Eagles

AAMI Park

9.30pm

Titans v Sea Eagles

Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone

4.00pm

Dragons v Raiders

Glen Willow Stadium, Mudgee

4.00pm

Eels v Panthers

ANZ Stadium

6.10pm

Sharks v Bulldogs

Southern Cross Grp Stadium

6.10pm

Broncos v Eels

Suncorp Stadium

9.50pm

Raiders v Sea Eagles

GIO Stadium

8.00pm

R

Cowboys v Storm

1300SMILES Stadium

9.50pm

T

Roosters v Titans

Central Coast Stadium

5.00pm

F

Warriors v Rabbitohs

Mt Smart Stadium

7.30pm

Panthers v Dragons

Panthers Stadium

9.30pm

Knights v Sharks

McDonald Jones Stadium

4.00pm

Wests Tigers v Bulldogs

ANZ Stadium

6.10pm

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Saturday, May 19

Sunday, May 20

Roosters v Rabbitohs

Allianz Stadium

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Thursday, May 24

Friday, April 13

Storm v Knights

AAMI Park

8.00pm

Friday, May 25

Dragons v Sharks

WIN Stadium

9.50pm

Warriors v Broncos

Mt Smart Stadium

5.00pm

Cowboys v Bulldogs

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Raiders v Eels

GIO Stadium

9.30pm

Panthers v Titans

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4.00pm

Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers

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Titans v Rabbitohs

CBus Super Stadium

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Sea Eagles v Warriors

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5.00pm

Knights v Roosters

McDonald Jones Stadium

7.30pm

ROUND 21

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Thursday, August 2

Bulldogs v Broncos

ANZ Stadium

9.50pm

Sharks v Tigers

Southern Cross Grp Stadium

4.00pm

Friday, August 3

Knights v Wests Tigers

McDonald Jones Stadium

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

WIN Stadium

5.00pm

Eels v Titans

ANZ Stadium

7.30pm

Thursday, June 14

Eels v Rabbitohs

ANZ Stadium

9.50pm

Roosters v Cowboys

Allianz Stadium

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

Panthers Stadium

5.00pm

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Thursday, August 16

Broncos v Rabbitohs

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Broncos v Raiders

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Friday, August 17

Sea Eagles v Titans

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Wests Tigers v Titans

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Storm v Eels

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Friday, June 8 Saturday, June 9

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Panthers v Warriors

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Titans v Broncos

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Panthers v Sharks

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Knights v Eels

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Bulldogs v Rabbitohs

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Sea Eagles v Storm

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Raiders v Cowboys

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Roosters v Broncos

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Broncos v Warriors

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Sharks v Knights

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UOW Jubilee Stadium

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Thursday, August 30

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ANZ Stadium

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Friday, August 31

Warriors v Raiders

Mt Smart Stadium

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Storm v Panthers

AAMI Park

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Knights v Dragons

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Autumn events for capital It may be officially autumn, but locals and visitors are spoilt for choice with festivals, fairs, events, and activities happening all over the capital in the next few weeks. Mayor Justin Lester says the next few weeks will have something for everyone, with most events, performances, and exhibitions free and accessible to all.   “We’re excited to be hosting the New Zealand Festival, Readers and Writers, and the Fringe Festival – and proud supporters of a variety of fun, family-friendly, and diverse events coming to town, further showcasing Wellington as the creative heart of New Zealand.”  Events are listed on the council’s events page.

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The above photo is of the Island Bay Softball Cardinals Cup team that played in a tournament in Christchurch in October 1961. Standing: M. Mulholland, G. Bavin, K. Jackson, P. Dapas, G. Wilson. Kneeling: E. Wong Shee, B. Criscillo, M. Persico, V. Costa, B. Harlen. Surviving members of the team will be among those to attend the club’s 75th Jubilee on March 16-18.

There will be a meet and greet at the clubrooms on Friday evening and a dinner with speeches from past presidents on Saturday night followed by a slow pitch softball game and barbecue on Sunday. President Paul Durkin encourages any former members and supporters of the club to come along. To register go to sporty.co.nz/islandbaysoftball/75th-Jubilee. PHOTO: Danny Mulholland

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Sunday’s street fair brought up to 80,000 people to the main street of Newtown.

PHOTOS: Jamie Adams

Newtown Festival The sun shone on Newtown for its annual street fair, the largest one-day event in Wellington, on Sunday. Bands rocked the stages, merchants did a roaring trade and there was even a Latin American-style parade that got all the punters dancing behind them. Two tonnes of waste was diverted from the landfill thanks to the recycling coordinators.

Leaflet distributors Raven Maeder and Tadhg Connolly of Oil Free Wellington, which is planning a Rally for Climate Justice later this month.

Wellington psychedelic pop band Onono perform at the south stage.

Samba Dancers of the Wellington Batacuda percussion group make their way down Rintoul St.

Defini Tai and Lomekina Paama were helping the Red Cross collect funds f o r To n g a following the devastation of Cyclone Gita.

Amanda Senior of Amandala Photography plays an accordion at her printed fabric stall.

Eight-piece “party punk ska” band Dimestore Skanks get the crowd rocking.


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inbrief news Paintings to hang at Cathedral The 12-15-yearolds of Wellington Young Actors after rehearsing at Island Bay Community Centre. PHOTO: Supplied

Young teens to express themselves in Fringe Festival By Jamie Adams

Some of them aren’t even teenagers, but the newest members of Wellington Young Actors, the capital’s youngest theatre company, will perform an original show at the NZ Fringe Festival later this month. How to ____ Us is the brainchild of the members aged 12-15 years, some of whom will be performing in front of an audience for the first time. They have been trained by Island Bay actor/director Deborah Rea, who says the blank word in the title is open to interpretation. “It could say ‘teach’, ‘accept’, ‘challenge, ‘understand’ or even

‘embarrass’.” As an experimental theatre show inspired by UK theatre company Forced Entertainment, the young actors designed it in the hope that adults will learn the true thoughts and feelings inside the wild head of a teenager. Parents will discover how their actions have consequences on the young mind, and how they can truly help a teenager in distress. The play is written entirely by its participants, which was a case of trial and error, Deborah says. “They started making these in term four till November, and worked on what stuck and what didn’t.

“We wanted to bridge the communication gap between teens and adults, especially with how fast technology has changed their world. “I saw as a teacher that there’s things adults don’t get and if only they were able to understand each other.” One example is how stupid things that children do could be recorded and played back to them years later, something previous generations didn’t have to worry about. “They are also dealing with the lack of job opportunities, and realise the old idea that if you work hard you will succeed no longer applies today.”

Deborah says the perception of what youth see as passe should not be underestimated. “None of the kids today use Facebook. They’re all on Instagram now.” As well as writing and acting, the students have been training in all elements of theatre making including marketing, design, fundraising and management. This provides them with the skills and knowledge to run a theatre company, or to put on one of their own shows in the future, Deborah says.  How to _____ Us will be held at the Gryphon Theatre at 6pm on March 19-21. Tickets are $1014. Book at fringe.co.nz.

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 given 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 thereafter be on permanent display. Melvin Day was director of the National Art Gallery of New 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.

NZSO to hold animal concert A magical 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 will see the national orchestra perform a selection of animal-themed music, including The Three Little Pigs from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, narrated by popular presenter Chris Lam Sam, and Tchaikovsky’s Puss in Boots and the White Cat from his ballet Sleeping Beauty. The show performs at the Opera House at 2pm on March 24.


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Beep Beep! Day launched to help save young lives Early years educators across the country are being urged to take part in Beep Beep! Day, an initiative launched by road safety charity Brake. The day helps to teach children road safety basics and remind parents and other drivers of their responsibility to help protect children when driving. Each week, on average, seven children under the age of ten are injured on NZ roads, according to the Ministry of Transport. Brake’s NZ director Caroline Perry says Beep Beep! Day, on May 9 during Road Safety Week, will provide an opportunity to engage children, parents and the community in road safety messages, helping to save young lives and reduce

injuries. “Organising a Beep Beep! Day is a fun, simple way to teach young children the road safety basics, plus it’s great for persuading parents and everyone in the area that protecting children on roads is vital,” Caroline says. “We’re calling on anyone who works with two to seven yearolds to register to be part of this life-saving initiative.” The day involves running creative, educational activities using guidance and resources from Brake, such as creating a poster of hand prints to remind children and parents to hold hands, playing the ‘Belt up’ game to learn about child seats, singing road safety songs and

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Women’s track cycling on the up Wellington 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 Wellington College boys celebrate after another McEvedy Shield win. PHOTO: College Sport Wellington

Wellington College defends McEvedy Shield By Jamie Adams

Wellington College successfully defended its McEvedy Shield title for a record 52nd time on Tuesday. The 95th edition of Wellington’s premier boys’ secondary school athletics event at Newtown Park saw Wellington, St Patrick’s Town, St Pat’s Silverstream and Rongotai colleges battle it out for bragging rights in track and field. The McEvedy Shield features four age groups - U14, U15, U16 and Open. Ten track disciplines and six field events are held. Points are rewarded on a 4-1 basis for every event with the winner receiving four points. Wellington College won 26 of the 55 events staged. Standouts for the team included U14

runner Jack Julian who achieved the 800-1500m double, U15 sprinter Joshua Williams who won the 100m in 10.98 seconds, and javelin thrower Cam Robinson, whose record 65.50m display in the Open event was more than eight metres further than the runner-up. Last year Wellington College won by 90 points, its biggest victory ever. This time the margin was 38 points, with St Patrick’s Town providing some strong competitors, such as Isaac Oliver who swept all three Open sprint events, breaking electronic records in the 100m and 200m in the process. Wellington’s success reflected the college’s performance at the National Secondary Schools championships in December, where it won nine medals, including golds to Tim and Cam Robinson in the javelin.

Former Black Fern Tia Passi farewelled A funeral was held at St Patrick’s Church, Kilbirnie on Tuesday to acknowledge the loss of former Wellington Pride and Black Ferns player, Ponisitia Paasi (known as Tia). Tia died on Saturday, from illness, aged 48. An uncompromising loosehead prop, Tia represented the Wellington Pride in over 50 appearances spanning 10 seasons in the Wellington jersey. She made her debut for the Black Ferns (player number 102) in 2001 against England in Rotorua and again wore the silver fern in 2007, for a total of four tests for her country. The Wellington Rugby Football Union noted Paasi was a permanent fixture on the women’s club rugby scene in Wellington for an astonishing 21 seasons. She was a stalwart of the Johnsonville club for over 10 seasons, but also had stints with Poneke, Petone, Wainuiomata and Marist St Pats in a decorated club career.

Former Wellington and New Zealand rugby player Tia Passi. PHOTO: Supplied

By Glenise Dreaver

Jacqui Whitta is part of the resurgence in women’s track cycling in Wellington. She joined the Por t Nicholson-PonekeCycle Club’s women’s-only track training sessions at the Wellington Velodrome when they started in October. For her, being back on the track at the Hataitai Velodrome 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 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-yeargap 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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