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Best art for Life Flight
By Jamie Adams
A local artist has proven just how popular her works are by being appointed as artist-inresidence for Wellington rescue helicopter charity the Life Flight
Trust. Juliet Best, who co-owns the Blackmore & Best Gallery with Jane Blackmore in Shelly Bay, was chosen to collaborate with the trust to produce artworks for a number of events over 2018/19.
The Island Bay resident had previously donated a painting to the Life Flight Trust for a charity auction at its Air Rescue Centre in Rongotai last year, Noble Flight, selling for $7000. Continued on page 2.
Shelly Bay Gallery co-owner and Life Flight Trust’s inaugural artist-in-residence Juliet Best with the artwork Summer Rain Somes - Taru Kahika III, which she plans to have sold at this Sunday’s Open Day. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Local artist takes on long-term role for emergency charity Continued from page 1. Juliet says she did not hesitate in taking on a longer-term collaboration with the trust, when asked about the proposal. “Artists often have relationships with schools and organisations where they donate a lot
of their artwork. “The arts sector has gone hand in hand with public bodies. It’s always a nice fit for everybody.” Life Flight Trust communications manager Terri Rosenstock says they chose Juliet due to the fantastic talent she demonstrat-
ed, even before her involvement in the charity auction. “We had built a strong connection with her,” she says. The trust hopes to continue the programme once Juliet’s two-year stint ends. Juliet was inspired to support
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Juliet Best with MC Mark Sainsbury at last year’s Life Flight Trust Gala night which saw her artwork Noble Flight auctioned. PHOTO: Supplied
the Life Flight Trust after realising the demanding work its staff do to save lives. “I almost had to call one when my son fell down a bank in the Abel Tasman National Park,” she says. “That potential need for them made me think of how valuable they are. “Hopefully we won’t ever need to use them but it’s good to know they’re there.” She has painted several variations of Pencarrow Head, part of a series called Pencarrow – Land is Gold. They were inspired by the gold hue of the landscape when seen from the helicopter, which she rode in as a guest during a training exercise. Over 30 Limited Edition prints made by Juliet, along with some of her original artworks, will be on sale at an Open Day for the Life Flight Trust this Sunday. The Open Day will be held at its Air Rescue Centre, 17 George Bolt Street, and run from 10am to 2.30pm.
Resilience top priority as council votes to bring rates down Wellington City Council has voted to bring a rates increase down to 3.9 percent, from a mooted 7.1 percent in the Draft Long Term Plan. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says keeping the rates down is part of ensuring the city remains affordable over the next decade. “The challenge is to keep the city affordable for Wellingtonians while making sure that we tackle issues like housing and transport and continue to
grow our economy.” The mayor says resilience is at the top of the priority list for the next 10 years. “Resil ience under pins everything we do. We are undergoing unprecedented investment in resilience for this city, and it’s not something we can afford to push back. “Transport and housing are also key priorities because Wellingtonians need to have safe, comfortable and affordable homes to live in
and healthy, efficient and environmentally-fr iendly choices in the way that they move around the city.” Justin says the economy and the city’s creative sector go hand-in-hand. “Our creative sector has always been our point of difference. It encompasses the arts, technology, science, innovation, food and fashion. “We are a city of thinkers, makers and doers and our investments into bricks and
mortar like the Town Hall as well as funding for new events such as Matariki all work to benefit the sector and, in effect, the city’s economy.” Justin says keeping the rates low while catering to the needs of a growing population means the council needs to look for alternate sources of funding to alleviate cost pressures. “We are looking for avenues that are equitable and will have real impact.”
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LGWM preferred transport option welcomed by regional chambers By Jamie Adams
Transport planners have a clear mandate to get on and sort out an option at the Basin Reserve that will solve Wellington’s main transport bottleneck, say the region’s Chambers of Commerce. Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM), a joint initiative
between Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and the NZ Transport Agency on Tuesday released a summary of the public’s feedback on four scenarios for Wellington’s transport future. In the public engagement, LGWM invited people to express a preference which would
build on each other. Of the responses expressing a preference, 560 were for Scenario A (prioritise public transport, walking and cycling); 216 were for Scenario B (Scenario A plus an extra Mt Victoria tunnel, separated east-west traffic and mass transit to the airport); 193 were for Scenario C (Scenario B
plus a new tunnel under parts of Te Aro); and 635 were for scenario D (Scenario C plus an extra Terrace Tunnel). “There can now be no doubt what the majority of people in the region want – and that’s a fix at the Basin,” says John Milford, Chief Executive of Wellington Chamber of Commerce.
Council approves eastern cycleways, Wilson St’s on hold By Jamie Adams
A new two-way bike path around part of Evans Bay will go ahead later in the year, along with changes to several other streets the council says will make it safer and easier to bike around Kilbirnie, into the city, and over the hill to Newtown. However one of the most contentious proposals, a one-way path through western Wilson St, has been put on hold for further consultation. Councillors last Thursday unanimously approved a new coastal bike path to be developed around the bays on the seaward side of the road between the intersection of Carlton Gore Road on Oriental Parade, and Greta Point. It will connect with existing shared paths at both ends, the new walking and bike paths being developed along Cobham Drive and through the cutting to Miramar, and planned new facilities in Kilbirnie. Other projects approved by the City Strategy Committee include kerbside bike lanes with raised buffers along Rongotai Rd from Onepu Rd to Te Whiti St and Tirangi Rd, as well as
Constable St between Alexandra Rd and Coromandel St. Coutts St from Te Whiti St to the airport tunnel would also have a kerbside bike path, while Te Whiti St would see more space between existing painted bike lanes and parked cars. Crawford Rd would see a bike lane with a raised buffer on the uphill side and sharrow road markings in the downhill lane, while Newtown’s Coromandel and Wilson streets would also have sharrow road markings. Councillor Sarah Free, Portfolio Leader for Walking, Cycling and Public Transport, says the projects are part of a plan to gradually develop a connected citywide bike network. “As the city’s population grows, we need more people to be walking, biking or taking public transport to help manage traffic congestion and ensure the city remains a great place to live.” Sarah accepts that loss of parks will upset some, but she is working with Kilbirnie businesses and council officers to find replacement parks in other streets. She is confident there will be an uptake of cycling as a result.
An artist’s impression of what the council-approved cycleway on Crawford Rd would look like. IMAGE: Supplied
Monitoring of the cycleways will be done and a report on numbers will be published. The Newtown Residents Association had been concerned about the proposed extension of the Wilson St cycleway to its intersection with Riddiford St. However councillors voted against this for now, along with a cycleway on Kilbirnie’s Yule St. Sarah reassures residents there will be formal consultation done on the Wilson St proposal later in the year. A date for the
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Petitioner calls for local library to extend Saturday hours
Global climate mindset required A mindset of a shared responsibility for the planet is essential to bring transformative change in the fight against global warming, according to the organisers of the Pacific Climate Change Conference. Speaking at the conference, Victoria Business School lecturer Dr Pala Molisa says business as usual is broken. “We can’t continue with this extractive, growth-oriented approach to life. “We need a mindset of shared responsibility for Earth, our common home, and the natural resources it contains that are critical for life. “This has to involve grappling with the root causes of climate disruption in systems of power such as colonisation, patriarchy and capitalism.”
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A Newtown local has begun an electronic petition to have his suburban library open for more hours on a Saturday. Bernard O’Shaughnessy, a self-confessed “Newtown old guy” who has agitated on a number of local issues, wants the Saturday hours for Newtown Library to be extended to close at 4:30pm as the central, Karori, Kilbirnie and Tawa libraries presently are. In addition, a new library being built at Johnsonville for $22 million will close at 4:30 on Saturdays too. “The Newtown library has 133,000 visitors each year and is much loved by locals, school visits by many kids, and many tourists use the wi-fi standing outside in the rain,” Bernard says. Bernard says the council’s library manager was disinterested with his proposal, despite being told it would only cost an extra $15,000 a year. “He suggested I could take
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a bus which would take three minutes to Kilbirnie or go to the CBD in five minutes.” However Bernard says Newtown traffic is even worse on Saturdays and the options don’t take into account other activities people do locally. “Imagine being a parent with a couple of kids struggling to catch a bus when they should just be able to go to the local Saturday vege market then have the option to visit the local library in the afternoon.” Bernard’s ePetition on the Wellington City Council website has so far attracted 17 signatures and he hopes to get a lot more before it is scheduled to close on April 23. “I have gained support for this idea from sitting council members but they would like to see the result of support via the petition.” Acting manager of community networks Chris Hay says a decision would be based on the amount of community feedback followed by a consultation process.
Bernard O’Shaughnessy wants Newtown Library’s hours extended on Saturdays. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
“We will look a Saturday demand that’s evidence based. We are trying to balance services across the city to keep rates down.” He says the $22 million being spent in Johnsonville is from
an infrastructure budget, not operations, and the investment reflects expected population growth in the area. To support the ePetition go to “Have Your Say” on the council website.
Housing plan has few options for south and east By Jamie Adams
Councillor joins schoolkids for Walk2Work
Wellington City Council plans to inject almost $28 million into housing initiatives as part of its 10-year plan, something welcomed by a charity that deals with homelessness. Following a release of the funding announcement last month, Sean Gillespie, a spokesman for mayor Justin Lester, could not estimate how many houses and other dwellings would be built over the next 10 years but confirmed that consultation was underway for possible future urbanisation
Southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons yesterday joined about 35 children from Island Bay and Saint Francis schools for a walk from Shorland Park to their schools to celebrate Walk2Work Day. The event was organised by Living Streets Aotearoa and was part of a day that encourages people to leave their car behind and walk to work. “We had kids of all ages, on scooters, bikes and walking as well as a few dogs and parents and a banana at the end as well as some apples provided by local MP Paul Eagle.” Fleur says She is keen to make it an annual event.
of rural-zoned land between Churton Park and Tawa (known as Upper Stebbings) which could result in 1600 to 2500 new dwellings. In addition, there was a proposal for a new development called Lincolnshire on the eastern side of the motorway north of Newlands and south of Grenada North. The current density settings allow for about 1000 more dwellings but if NZTA’s Petone to Grenada arterial highway goes ahead, it could make the area suitable for up to 2000 new dwellings. But when it comes to Wel-
lington’s southern and eastern suburbs, where the housing shortage is more chronic, geographic constraints make developing land for housing not an option for the council. Instead the focus will be on infill housing within existing suburbs, which already accounts for 35 percent of new dwellings, and development of new apartment buildings in the CBD, which account for 40 percent. “A review of the District Plan controls may be required to enable more land to be developed to meet this demand,” Sean says
in a statement. Wellington City Missioner Tric Malcolm says the Mission welcomes the housing plan, saying there are no surprises in it. “While this eventual increase in housing will not solve all affordable housing needs, it goes a long way towards addressing a problem that really sits with central government,” Tric says. “We still have an immediate housing crisis in the Wellington area though, so creative shortterm solutions are needed by both local and central government, as well as the wider community.”
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Wellington Zoo leading sustainability charge Wellington Zoo chief executive Karen Fifield has been selected to lead a team to develop a sustainabil-
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Wellington Zoo chief executive Karen Fifield with her electric vehicle. PHOTO: Supplied
more efficient with its energy consumption and waste management. Karen was approached by World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to become part of the team as part of the global strategy frameworks for WAZA members. “This framework will provide examples and targets for WAZA members on how to start their own sustainability journey, or build on what they are already doing,” Karen says. Wellington Zoo’s sustainable journey started more than 10 years ago and since then, the zoo has achieved its carboNZero certification for the fifth year running, added a 100 percent electric vehicle to its fleet.
It has also installed 48 solar panels, transitioned to an ethical uniform supplier and textile disposal organisation, increased the eco-sourced and sustainable products in the Zoo Shop, and switched to a carboNZero certified electricity retailer called Ecotricity. “By switching to Ecotricity, it’s been estimated that we will reduce our carbon emissions by 70 tonnes per year which is a significant amount for the zoo,” said Chris Jerram, General Manager Assets, Sustainability & Safety. The zoo is replacing lights throughout the Zoo with LED bulbs, installing additional solar panels, and finding the most efficient way to compost the zoo’s green waste.
Low-cost menstrual cups on offer for NZ students Social enterprise Wa Collective launched their menstrual cups nationwide on Thursday, March 8. Wa Collective hope that this launch will be a stepping stone to help end ‘period poverty’ in New Zealand. Newtown local and Founder of Wa Collective, Olie Bodie started the company in June 2017. Bodie decided to start the company after reading a survey that showed out of 1,000 students in Wellington, one-third skipped class because they could not access menstrual products. “That survey blew us away, we had no idea the scale of the problem,” she says. Bodie believes that ‘period poverty’ is a result of socio-economic issues like financial hardship, the housing shortage and inflation. For every Wa cup purchased (RRP $49) the cost to a student will be subsidized to $15. Wa Collective say that their
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Mosaic chief executive Richard Jeffrey, right, and board member Justin Meade at the organisation’s AGM last week. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Charity puts spotlight on ‘staggering’ rate of sexual abuse on men By Jamie Adams
The issue of sexual abuse is one that gets reported frequently in media due to the many campaigns held in New Zealand and overseas. Yet the prevalence of sexual abuse of men is something that tends to get overlooked, especially with the #metoo movement’s focus being on female victims. Wellington-based charity Mosaic aims to create awareness of a statistic that may come as a shock to many – that one in six men in New Zealand have been sexually abused at some point in their lives. Mosaic launched its website at its AGM at the Southern Cross bar last Wednesday. It was presented by board member Justin Meade, who joined last year soon after being asked to develop the site. “That statistic staggered me,” says Justin, director of website creator Cheeky Upstart. It was estimated about 10 percent of those who were abused had
been severely traumatised. “If we extrapolated that down based on how many people live in greater Wellington, that means we have at least 3000 males walking around Wellington who have experienced severe traumatic abuse. “That to me is a siren call,” the Melrose resident says. The statistic is based on a survey of 1076 randomly-sampled adults conducted by Research New Zealand on behalf of Mosaic in February and April 2015. It asked respondents if they knew a man who had been sexually abused, rather than directly asking men themselves. Mosaic chief executive Richard Jeffrey, of Island Bay, says the survey’s findings were made credible after a peer review by Victoria University Research and Evaluation Consultant Dr Venezia Kingi. In her report, Venezia states that “perceptions that males are the least vulnerable group in terms of unwanted sexual behaviour
are damaging as they potentially feed into myths and stereotypes relating to male sexual abuse”. “Sixty percent of male inmates had been sexually abused before they entered prison,” Richard says. Mosaic began as a peer support service but with “exponential growth” in partner organisations and government funding, it will expand to offer clinical services to those who seek immediate help. “We find that only 30 percent of guys who come to see us don’t phone or email beforehand. It’s hugely important to keep the office open all the times.” Richard believes having such a service will also benefit women and children as male victims are far less likely to disclose their abuse and instead “externalise” through anger, which could lead them committing abuse and other crime. To find out more go to mosaic-wgtn.org.nz.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should police abandon all pursuits of fleeing vehicles?
Danny Teng, Island Bay “They should keep pursuing them, but when they get the technology then they won’t need to.”
Janine Heinz, Island Bay “I don’t think they should pursue them for traffic problems. For other crimes perhaps drones could be used and the criminals arrested later.”
Iouani Kotsapa, Ohiro Bay “Yes. They create chaos. They should have cameras to get the rego. If someone doesn’t want to be arrested they aren’t going to stop.”
Vicci Holdsworth, Johnsonville “They should definitely pursue criminals. If they let them go they could harm people on the street. It’s not the police’s fault when they crash.”
Gwenyth Moller, Brooklyn “Well if it ends with crashes, then yes. Take the numberplate down and don’t chase them but follow them at a distance.”
Terry Johnson, Lower Hutt “Yes. If you are chasing someone, if you’ve got their registration then you can get them later on. We should adopt what the Aussies are doing.”
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Dear Editor, There are a lot of uninformed opinions being touted by talking heads regarding China’s initiated North Korean invitation to America – Trump cannot take any credit because the so-called tougher sanctions have no bearing upon what is really
Plastic bags symbol of convenient living Dear Editor: I use the required council bags and wash my bins so no other plastic is needed. These little plastic shopping bags are seen as a convenience, yes, though I manage to take shopping bags from home 95 percent of the time. Because they are unnecessary and so numerous they have become symbolic
of a Cult of Convenience as a way of living. There is no future in this which has been known for decades. What does that say about our culture’s determination to survive? Sincerely, Richard Keller Kilbirnie
going down. Chamberlain was sorely duped over Hitler and this is the same game play. The Korean 38th parallel dissolved with the Olympic Games unification through China’s influence, who wants to get the US military out of the South China Sea and if Japan
does not conform with Asia then history will repeat itself. Winston Peters needs to comprehend that the Wellington southern suburbs of New Zealand is in the South Pacific and therefore we are also part of the South China Sea in that we should support China and North Korea into
retaining authority over their seas - just as South Korea suddenly came to realise its vulnerability prior to its Olympic games unification. Getting America out of the South China Sea is what it is all about. Martin Beck, Mornington
Op shops are not dumping grounds Dear Editor, On Sunday I noticed a pile of junk crammed in the doorway of the little Vinnies op shop on corner The Parade and Mersey Street. It is hard to imagine why people would do this, especially when you think they would have been in
full view of anyone sitting in the Empire Café opposite. Island Bay’s Vinnies doesn’t appear to have a back door. This means that the shop employee has to shift all that junk to one side before she can even get inside her own shop!
This sort of behaviour m ight be pa r for the course in Newtown or Kilbirnie but you don’t expect to see it going on in Island Bay! Christine Swift Island Bay
Organiser hopes Kilbirnie Festival will return to suburban centre By Jamie Adams
“Small yet beautifully formed” is how organiser Martin Wilson describes this year’s Kilbirnie Festival. While previous festivals saw Bay St closed to traffic for one Sunday in March, this year’s was mostly held at St Patrick College, a move which Martin says was a hard decision. “Probably the biggest factor was me wanting to focus on our target this year: I wanted quality over quantity. I think we achieved that, with a good little fair. “I didn’t want to have a small crowd in a large street venue. I would rather be cosy in a venue of the right size for the crowd. “To compensate stallholders who had booked a site out on the road, I offered all stalls the choice of a complete refund or a cheaper site in the college grounds.” Despite its secluded location, Martin says the site was superb, with a “stunningly beautiful”
streetscape and college grounds that offered all the necessary facilities. “I am interested in talking to the Kilbirnie community about the possibility of returning this event to Bay Rd and forming a local committee to oversee it,” Martin says. He believes a very good committee is one with experience, competence, is well facilitated, and able to take some risk. “Ideally, the community should own their own festival. But getting the formula right is hard.” The fine weather allowed for a variety of activities, from building unicorns, to riding one of Tranzurban’s new electric buses. The Rongotai College Big Band was also a highlight. Among the stallholders was worm farmer Cam Leslie who not only demonstrated his tumbling bin, but also allowed festival participants to use them for disposal of food scraps and packaging. Cam’s worm farms were on display to highlight how much food waste can end up in landfill instead of compost.
Cam Leslie shows some of the tiger worms from one of the worm farms he has on display for demonstrations. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Thursday March 15, 2018
Village at the Park – Attitude of Living Well Village at the Park is more than just a retirement village. The Village is a vibrant and inspiring community, where residents bring knowledge, skill, experiences and talent, to share with others. Gavin is an example of how residents make a valuable contribution to our village community at the Village.
Gavin Mickell, a Resident at Village at the Park with a special interest in Wellington’s history, shares his knowledge and interest by organising city walking tours for Village residents. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Village at the Park is one of 29 villages within the Arvida group. Arvida has implemented the Attitude of Living Well philosophy which incorporates the five pillars of living well. Village at the Park embraces all five pillars: Eating Well – The village has the “Scrummie café” onsite which is well patronised. Residents have the option of dining in the café in the evening. Residents are encouraged to contribute their favourite recipes to menus. Moving Well – there are a number of exercise programmes across the Village. Residents in care undertake Rumba classes and passive exercises. Other residents participate with activities including swimming, tai chi, exercise classes, table tennis. Resting Well - how one decides to live their life in the village is up to the individual resident. Although residents take a more leisurely approach to life they continue to pursue their
interests. Thinking Well – The Village residents participate in a book club, craft group, discussion group and a choir, ‘The Village Voices’. The library committee does an outstanding job encouraging residents to use the inhouse library with book promotions and competitions. Engaging well – This is evident at the Village with residents volunteering in the local community, enjoying social time with each other, within the Village. Local people and groups are warmly welcomed into the Village to participate in village activities. “We have students coming into the Village to volunteer for Duke of Edinburgh Awards. “School children and pre-school children visit for buddy reading and other activities.” Groups visiting further enrich life at the Village, General Manager Mary Leighton says. PBA
Local actor hits big-time in demanding role By Jamie Adams
He might have cut his teeth in television, but for Newtown actor Simon Leary nothing beats theatre – especially when you’re one of just two actors in the entire show. In Switzerland, Circa’s latest offering, Simon plays Edward Ridgeway, a mysterious young man who interrupts the secluded life of author Patricia Highsmith, played by Catherine Downes. The play is a “two-hander” – a play featuring just two actors –
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something that Simon embraced when asked to take on the role. Since graduating from drama school in 2010 he has appeared in minor roles in a number of TV shows including Dirty Laundry, War News, and Hillary. But it’s in theatre that Simon has really come into his own, with his role in Switzerland being his biggest, and most demanding, yet. “Hard, hard work happens in theatre. A play is like a big amazing jigsaw; it’s your interpretation of an artwork.” While the lines are required
to be followed, Simon loves being able to bring elements to his character that can be varied with each performance. “When you go and see a theatre show, you and everybody there on that night see a show that might have micro-differences in the next one.” Simon had planned to be a teacher but struggled with maths, deciding acting was his stronger forte. Switzerland tells the story of late crime writer, Patricia Highsmith, author of The Talented Mr. Ripley, who, having
refused to contact her publishers who are urging her to write another in the Ripley series, must deal with a mysterious young man who appears unannounced. Written by Australian Joanna Murray-Smith, the psychological thriller received much acclaim during its Australian run last year. Switzerland has the New Zealand premiere at Circa Two this Sunday, and features a Q&A session with Joanna before its debut afternoon performance. The show runs until April 14.
Newtown actor Simon Leary, dressed in character as Edward Ridgeway, who features in Circa Theatre’s upcoming play Switzerland. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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A very Regal way for Rovers to celebrate reunion
Balloon stallholder Taki Takida, with parent Shizuka Winder and her daughter Lily (2) at the Seatoun School gala. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Hundreds of parents do their bit for school gala By Jamie Adams From left: John Pedersen, Roger Tidman, Alan Hart, Wayne Moore and Neil Prestling at the reunion of original members of the Regal Rovers at their Newtown den on Sunday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams
There was a special dual birthday celebration at the Regal Rovers Scout Den in Newtown on Sunday. The Regal Rovers decided to acknowledge 100 years of Rovers worldwide by also noting the year the crew was officially established 46 years ago – and did so by holding a reunion of original members. About 20 Rovers from the 1970s joined present members for the reunion, some travelling from as far as Palmerston North to be there. The troop was formed in 1971 and registered the following year after the Taputeranga and Tainui troops folded in the 1960s. While Rovers, the adult section of Scouting, is open to anyone aged 18-26, original member Alan Hart says members used to be as old as 31
and included Scout leaders and even sometimes Guide leaders. While Rovers earned badges like their younger counterparts, the aims in adulthood were more community-focused. “We’re more service-oriented. We did community service work like tidying back yards, painting churches and building children’s playgrounds.” The crew also raised money to build an extension to the den, which at one point catered to 40 members, and throughout its history ran events for the Wellington Zone in Scouting, as well as a national Rovers event. Regal veteran Neil Prestling acknowledges there are many things competing for young adults’ time nowadays but he is confident the movement will continue to tick along. “Something important so long ago is still important today.”
Seatoun School became a hive of activity on a glorious Sunday morning with the return of its biennial gala for 2018. The gala, organised by the Friends of Seatoun School (FOSS) committee, involved more than 300 parents offering their services to help raise funds for the school and its The gala featured donated works from 28 local artists for both a live auction and a silent auction. Some of them were from well-renowned Shelly Bay painters Juliet Best, Jane Brimblecombe and Jane Blackmore. Every classroom had an array of items on sale, all of which were sourced by parents. They included books, DVDs and toys donated pupils, as well as items such as
jars, prints, beeswax and driftwood signs that were made by parents. Even the library was utilised, with the space converted into a “Spooky Tunnel”. While the live auction took place in its atrium, there was a carnival atmosphere in the playground, including a local live band called Caesar’s Paradise. FOSS chairperson Briony Davies says the gala was a “real team effort” of the school, the parents and the committee. Gala spokeswoman Sarah Chowen agrees, describing the community event as “incredible” in its scale; she believes more than 300 parents and their student children gave their time and resources to it. “There were even people who were here nine years ago contributing.”
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Junior surf lifesavers among best in country By Jamie Adams
Several young members of the Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club have a cluster of medals to show off after helping their team finish second at the U-14 New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Championships. A total of nine competitors won 29 medals, including 14 gold, in the under 11-14 championships, known as Oceans’ 18. The standouts were u-13 competitor Pippa Nicoll with three golds, three silvers and a bronze, along with u-14 clubmate Sterling Maxwell with three gold, two silver and a bronze. Events the nine juniors won medals in included surf races, paddleboard races and beach flag runs. They also competed in board relays and, for the under-14s, Grand Cameron. Oceans team co-ordinator Hari Titcombe says the result was very impressive given it involved 900 competitors from 45 clubs. “Our training for this started in August last year. They would train five or six times a week.” Hari puts a lot of the club’s success down to the Oceans team coach Karly Maxwell, who had herself had competed for the club at a national level as a junior. “She has a lot of experience. The kids were able to hold their focus and all really wanted to do well for themselves.” Competing at the national champs wasn’t just about aiming to win, Hari says. “It’s about becoming a competent and confident lifeguard. Medals are a bonus.” Coach Karly agrees. While the club has
won national junior competitions before, it was a “pretty huge achievement” given the quality of upper North Island clubs who typically had more days of fine weather for training as well as more members. “I’m blown away. I knew they had potential, but didn’t know we get second overall,” Karly says. “We could’ve come first if it wasn’t for the weather cancelling the last day of competition.” Karly, whose father Walter is the head coach, says her goal now is to ensure the Oceans team maintains a top three position in the country. The club’s success came after the under 8-14s took out last month’s junior regional (lower North Island) championships, in Foxton.
Carson defends national 1500m title
Hamish Carson crosses the finish line in the 1500m at the national championships in Hamilton. Fellow Wellingtonian James Preston follows him in second place. PHOTO: Supplied
Wellington’s Hamish Carson successfully defended his national 1500m title at the New Zealand Track and Field Championships at the weekend. Hamish Carson, just back in the country after competing in the 3000m at the world indoor championships, won his sixth 1500m title and his tenth overall, crossing the line in front of fellow Wellingtonian James Preston.
Hamish Carson went into the mens 1500m final having won five of the last eight championship titles, so it was no surprise when he emerged with another gold. It capped off a great championship for Wellington runners, with all three medals in the men’s 400m going to Wellington. Alex Haye clocked 47.63 seconds with Josh Ledger just behind. Rounding up the trio was Jacob Matson in 48.08 seconds.
ABOVE: Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club athletes, from left, Sterling Maxwell, 14, William Lambie, 14, Sam Brown, 14, Tamrah Titcombe, 13, Annabelle Stirling, 11, and Maisie Day-Ellis, 11 with their medals from the U-14 New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Championships (Oceans’ 18). PHOTO: Jamie Adams LEFT: Ella Court and Pippa Nicol who also won golds. PHOTO: Supplied
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England show they are favourites for 2019 Cricket World Cup England must now be the biggest threat to claim the Cricket World Cup next year on home soil. Their destruction of New Zealand in the fifth and deciding ODI at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval typified how the two teams have gone in opposite directions since the previous tournament three years ago. That time, Tim Southee dismantled England with seven wickets which saw them on a plane without progressing past the group stages. New Zealand carried on to the final. How times have changed. England now have a clear identity in coloured clothing. Destructive top-order batsmen, genuine match-winning all rounders, tenacious quick bowlers and spinners who can take wickets and restrict runs in the middle overs. Such a powerful line-up, combined with home conditions, should make them hard to beat next year. As for New Zealand, well, they’re a shambles in the 50-over game. Devoid of plans once Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are dismissed and with a pace attack in Southee and Trent Boult who seem to be regressing with every start.
Inconsistent players like Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme still command regular spots such is the lack of depth in the team. England have different players across tests, ODIs and Twenty20 formats. It is time New Zealand followed suit. Realistically we’d have to build the depth to have 30 players capable of playing international cricket when we only have half that at present but it would be worth it. Boldly, Mike Hesson is bound to be looking for an exit strategy from his coaching position and when that happens we could introduce different coaches for each squad. For arguments sake, Stephen Fleming could coach the shorter forms and someone like Hesson could coach the test matches. The Black Caps may have lost the series 3-2 but had it not been for some decent knocks from Williamson, Taylor and Mitch Santner, the series could have been far more one-sided. The time for change has come. Players need defined roles and depth must be created. Adapt and survive, stay stubborn and stumble - those are the options for the stuttering Black Caps team.
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