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A mighty challenge for good By Glenise Dreaver

Four highly experienced women rowers, three of them former international representatives and teachers and youth workers all, are providing inspiration for their students with a 100k Cook Strait row in the second week in April. They are part of a group of eight friends, all involved in rowing in Wellington, who have created a new Charitable Trust Through the Blue. The driving force for them is to find a way to provide prevention and early intervention support for youth mental health issues. Continued on page 2.

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Former international rowing representative Rachel GambleFlint, now director of rowing at Samuel Marsden College, plans to be one of a team of four women rowers to conquer Cook Strait in the second week of April.

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Rowers prepare for the battle of their lives Continued from page 1. This is an area which Rachel says is of largely unrecognised importance. “We know a lot can be done before formal help is needed.” She says the trust is working with the Youth Wellbeing Project at Victoria University of Wellington. That group is developing a programme and resources to educate teachers about the issues. “Teachers can then use the resources, tools, and strategies in the classroom. “We want to empower teens

to face their struggles and feel supported through them.” She admits the 100km row across Cook Strait, their first fund-raising event and the first attempt by an all-female crew, is a “very, very daunting prospect”. However, it’s being done with some terrific support from friends and family says Rachel. There are also some key sponsors – Interislander, Proactive Physio and Laszlo Boats who are making it possible. “And this 12-14 hour row is

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Something to celebrate at Wadestown By Glenise Dreaver

Former Wellington city councillor, the icon ic Ruth Gotlieb, QSO, was at the original opening of the Wadestown library in March 1988. So it was fitting that Ruth, now 96, and former long-serving Wadestown librarian Ann Furneaux who was also there at the start, cut the library’s thirtieth anniversary cake together at the celebrations held on Saturday March 10. The cake was funded by Wellington City Council, and decorated by Louise Davies, Wadestown Community Centre Advocate. Ruth has shown strong dedication to community

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St Benedicts Enviro school students enjoyed their Otari Bush experience. PHOTO: Supplied

Appreciating our heritage The Otari-Wilton’s Bush Native Botanic Garden and Forest Reserve last week held a twoday Enviro school event. Eight schools visited the unique area, which includes 100ha of native forest and 5ha of plant collections. For the group from St Bene-

dict’s Primary School in Khandallah, who visited on Thursday March 15, one of the highlights also had to be a never-to-be forgotten close-up with a karearea (the New Zealand falcon). It was heard screeching close by and then zoomed past the children along the streambed.

During the day, Enviro schools facilitators and Wellington City Council outdoor educators worked with 12 of the school’s keen Enviro student leaders, teachers and parents. The group looked closely at the variety of ferns on display, and discovering the range of

ways seeds are dispersed, with every student planting a kowhai seed. Teams assessed the water quality of the Kaiwharawhara stream and finally walked into the bush to view the ancient rimu and learn about rongoa, (traditional Maori medicine).

“I’ve waited forty years for this...” By Glenise Dreaver

Frank Mitchell will be ninety on May 3, and he’s waited nearly half a lifetime for the moment when his older brother Leonard’s paintings can be exhibited on his home territory. Leonard, originally from Ngaio, was a successful painter, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London and even more respected overseas than in his home country. He left New Zealand for ever in 1960, but died in his mid-fifties. While some of his works were sold to ensure his widow was cared for, rather than flood the market

Frank brought all Leonard’s remaining paintings back to New Zealand and inherited them on the death of Leonard’s widow. “I’ve waited forty years for this,” said Frank, who has held on to the collection until he felt the time was right for his brother’s painting legacy to be recognised once again. This collection is being shown, for the first time ever, over the next three weeks in a temporary gallery at 15 Ganges Road, Khandallah. Leonard Victor Mitchell - A Fine Art Exhibition, will run from March 17 to April 21, running on Mondays to Saturdays from 9.30am to 4pm.

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inbrief news Garden open day The Khandallah Community Garden is running an Open Day, between 2-4pm, as part of Neighbours Day on Sunday March 25. The group has established the garden/orchard area on the corner of Mandalay Crescent and Cashmere Avenue. It is open to the community for use as a green space, to pick fruit, herbs and flowers as they are available, and to take ownership by caring for it.  Visitors are encouraged to ‘love the garden’ by finding a small job such as weeding and watering, picking up rubbish, straightening signage and stakes etc. Watering bottles and a compost bin are found on site.   You can read a book, sit in the sun, play noughts and crosses, do chalk drawings on the concrete, climb a tree.  Or take a group: go on an insect hunt, talk about where food comes from as well as garden care, water sustainability, what is ‘community’ and do craft or take a picnic.

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Pipe failure may mean new priority for Johnsonville water supply By Glenise Dreaver

On Friday afternoon, water suddenly poured down Broderick Road after a major water main spontaneously burst just below the traffic bridge and within metres of the offices of Wellington Suburban Newspapers. Our intrepid staff were, of course, immediately on site to capture the scene on camera. Also immediately on site, and also showing g reat i n it iat ive, wa s Northern Park Ranger Matt Robertson, who saw the whole thing. He grabbed his hi-vis vest from his vehicle and started directing traffic. “I saw the gravity of it and was very concerned that the volume of water coming out from a blow out like this could cause a major accident,” he said. “ T h e r e we r e t h r e e points of the blow out and a huge amount of pressure.” He was out there for some time, continuing after the emergency services arrived. Wellington City Council’s Principal Resilience

Advisor Zac Jordan said that the pipe failed due to a combination of both pipe age and material. “Based on the maintenance history and the potential impact of a repeat failure, Wellington Water are considering the priority of replacement for this supply into Johnsonville,“ he said. “ We e x p e r i e n c e a handful of mains leaks p er mont h. However they are seldom as significant as this one.” W hile some a reas nearby lost water, two things worked well however. “The safety valve at the reser voir tr ipped so we were able to ret a in t he bul k supply and quickly isolate the lines surrounding the break. This allowed us to re-open the reservoir and backfill the network around the break area.” He also said the Johnsonv i l le M a l l wa t e r feed is backed up by a second water supply to its internal network which means that, by design, business interruptions are reduced in such events.

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Vigil for Zena Campbell On Tuesday night at 6pm a vigil was held in Civic Square for Zena Campbell, the transgender woman found murdered in a car in Aro Valley on February 11.

The Michael Fowler Centre was also lit with blue, pink and white lights to commemorate her life. A 30-year-old man is awaiting trial for her murder

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Johnsonville artist features Shaun Matthews of Johnsonville will feature at Te Papa’s Laters: Nature’s Going Away Party on Friday between 8-8.45 pm. Shaun is one of the artists selected for Wellington City Council’s Weeds Awareness Through Arts project. Between 8-8.45pm, those attending will be able to meet Shaun, and hear about and see some of his Incursion art

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New St Benedict’s School principal seeks to add value quickly St Benedict’s Principal Michael Hinds with some Buddy students from Room 4 and Room 8.

New St Benedict’s School Principal Michael Hinds has recently returned home from several international school leadership positions around the world. His experience has taken in England, India, Burkina Faso in West Africa, and Azerbaijan, the former Soviet republic which is bounded by the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. Along the way, he also gained post-graduate qualifications from both England and the US. Brought up and educated in Wellington, Michael taught in Porirua before leaving for an overseas experience in 2002. Fifteen years and 54 countries later, he has returned home with his London-born wife Gina, also a primary school teacher, and their two children. Michael says his short-term vision for each St Benedict’s student includes providing educational

experiences that nurture their development, while providing tools for success both now and in the future. “Of course I’m interested in students being proficient in numeracy and literacy. You’d be hard pressed to find a principal who isn’t,” he says. “But I also see our responsibilities being centered around developing students who are resilient. They need a range of coping mechanisms in new and difficult situations.” He says the winds of change are occurring in the New Zealand education system and there’s no denying that education as a whole is taking up much air time and newspaper print. He welcomes some trends, especially the moves away from “assessment, assessment, assessment”. “It’s much harder to see progress when we’re pressured to measure it daily. I encourage our teachers

to teach their students in a way that excites and empowers them, taking responsibility for their learning. “And we’re most fortunate at St Benedict’s to have a teaching and parent body working together for the good of the children.” He said they had a step-up approach, so that their school leavers have been exposed to a wide range of experiences. “This includes camps, music, arts, sports, culture, Marae visits, school trips, and public speaking opportunities, to name a few.” Michael says the St Benedict’s School staff, parent community, School Board of Trustees and the parish have been “overwhelmingly supportive” of him since he arrived in late January. He says: “It is a blessing for me, a privilege to be here. I put my faith in God. He’s got the plan for me. I am merely one player in our outstanding team.”

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: The government is going to “overhaul” education. What should be top priority?

Margaret McDonald, Johnsonville “Smaller classrooms. More teachers, particularly in special education. Less reliance on the internet.”

Susan Blyther, Khandallah “It’s about time! Teacher morale. And there’s never enough for special education.”

Paula Meredith, Johnsonville “Smaller classes work really well.”

Sheryll Clarke, Tawa “More teachers. Definitely! Underprivileged children need more attention too.”

Chitt Fajardo, Johnsonville West “More advanced work in subjects like maths and science.”

Connor Payne, Paparangi “More personalised project work.”

LETTERS to the editor

Pool closes too soon Dear Editor, Re your story (March 14), I wasn’t aware that the Khandallah pool was in need of saving. This summer enticed me in, at first just to cool off but I soon realised how lovely it was, that I could still swim a few lengths and how good I felt afterwards. The only downside ... the pool closed to the public on March 4 while the weather was still hot most days.

If the reason was to save money, why were as many as three lifeguards needed? Why not have fewer staff but keep the pool open longer? And now the council plans to spend over a million dollars on this pool! I can see that the equipment room might need upgrading, but does the pool really need to be heated? I’ve found that even on colder days, it doesn’t take long to warm up. Some of us

went right through our school years swimming in unheated outdoor pools. We swim in the sea too - and that’s not heated! I like the Khandallah pool just as it is. But please, don’t close it so early in March. Our summers are likely to get even hotter. Pat Reesby

Councillor Diane Calvert replies: Before the current proposal, there was nothing in WCC’s budget for the pool. For the council to invest in the pool, we need to ensure good utilisation of the facility. With the exception of this summer, numbers had been decreasing and it was not on Council’s agenda to reinvest in it. Replacement of the ageing plant (and the associated pipes which are buried in concrete around the pool edge) is the majority of the cost. I organised a public meeting about a year ago and close to 200 people turned up. The overwhelming majority wanted the pool to be heated in the region of 2224 centigrade. Last summer had seen the

temperature around the 19-21 centigrade and not to the liking of most and attendance was significantly down. Last year I also arranged with Council to trim some of the nearby trees last year to help provide more sun over the pool area (some of the early pictures of the pool showed no trees around it). Anecdotal feedback suggests this has made a small difference. There is no intention to heat it to the level of the indoor pools, just to the level that most have experienced naturally this summer at the pool. If we continue to see the type of summer we have just had then there will be little need to heat. The use of solar heating and/or a cover will be considered. If we can maintain a reasonable temperature then we will also likely to be able to extend the operating season. There is a local community group called Revitalise Khandallah Pool and Park and they will be embarking soon on some associated fundraising projects. They have a Facebook page and anyone is welcome to join their mailing list (email revitalisekpp@gmail.com )

Pool decision very pleasing Dear Editor, I was very pleased to read that the Wellington City Council’s 10 year plan includes funding for the Khandallah pool and park. (Plan may save iconic pool. Independent Herald March 14 2018.) This is a very popular place and due to the very hot summer I assume that the pool got a high number of patrons including myself. It was also good to see that the pool opening hours changed to 7pm in the evening and hopefully this will continue for next season. It would be great if the pool could also be open until Easter like Thorndon outdoor pool and hot showers in changing

rooms would be an absolute bonus. A lot of people commented on the adult entry fee being $3.10. Could the 10 cents be removed? The pool and park are a real asset to the area and Wellington too and many people would not like to see the pool go. Having the cafe next to the pool is also lovely and very popular as is the resident elderly black and white cat called ‘Jimmy’. He is part of the fabric of the pool and park and a local icon himself. Looking forward to many more summers enjoying the Khandallah outdoor pool. Megan Barber

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.


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The gift of warmth

Left to right: Samuel Marsden Collegiate School students Katie Morrison, Jemimah Middlekoop, Emily Stewart, Lottie Johnstone, Rachel Albiston and Juliet Enright, who want your pre-loved winter essentials. PHOTO Jennie Johnstone By Nicholas Pointon

A community initiative led by six Year 12 students from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School is encouraging Wellington residents to dig out and donate their pre-loved winter woollens. The Winter Collection Project seeks to collect 2000 winter woollens and blankets and redistribute them throughout primary schools in the wider Wellington region. The drive is on this Sunday at Samuel Marsden Collegiate in Karori but Wellington residents

are also welcome to drop items off at the front offices of Kelburn Normal and Wadestown schools. The initiative, which began in 2015, came out of the school’s belief in giving back to the community. Director of pastoral care Anne Field says that giving is one of the main pillars of the school’s identity. “The girls here would recognise that they are really fortunate for [their] education. With that comes a responsibility to use that education in a way that’s helping others

in our local community.” Year 12 student Emily Morrison says “We’re pretty privileged going to Marsden.” She said she felt they didn’t realise how much the recipient schools appreciate the winter clothing. Glenview School in Porirua is one recipient school. Principal Lynda Knight-de Blois says that people can often be focused on the disadvantaged in other countries. “It’s great that some local students have thought of another group of people in their city.”

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Easter Sunday is celebrated all around the world with hot cross buns and chocolate easter eggs, with many going to look for eggs, left by an easter bunny. However, on Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection

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Canine Corner

A dog matters blog from Canine Behavioural Trainer Jan Voss

David Stevenson, General Manager of Parliamentary Services, on Monday congratulated Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor on being the first of all new MPs elected at last year’s election to have opened his electorate office. Greg’s office, by the Moorefield Road roundabout and opposite McDonald’s, was opened at a gathering of Ohariu’s community and business leaders late on Monday afternoon. It is in the same complex as the Strachan O’Connor law firm, making “O’Connor’s Corner” an apt unofficial name for the block.  The new and the old: The previous tenant of MP Greg O’Connor’s electorate office premises, John Robinson of Challenge 2000, at right, shared a drink with Greg at the opening of the refurbished premises.

Dog Park DO’s and DON’T’s With good weather folks make use of our fenced dog parks more often. These make off-lead activity seem safe and easy, but here are a few safety and courtesy tips. Keep the lead on until you get inside to keep your dog safe in the carpark or roadside. Move away from the gate once inside. Don’t let dogs gather around the entrance. Let those coming after you have a moment to orientate before heading off to explore

or approach. Keep walking around! Fenced areas can be hotbeds of tension when a group of people and their unfamiliar dogs congregate in one place too long. Respect another dog’s right to use the park too. If someone is playing ball at one end, let them do so in peace. Assess the situation and be your dog’s advocate. Not all dogs are suited to the dog park experience.

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EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville the garage of a house in Fraser Avenue was entered and a quantity of power tools stolen. A house in Middleton Road was entered through a high up lounge window that had been left slightly open. A play station, controller and games were stolen. A hole was cut in a fully fenced and gated carpark in Burgess Road to gain entry. Petrol was siphoned from a Toyota Hiace van parked there. In Newlands the door of a garage in Miles Crescent was jemmied open and a power tool was stolen. In Lyndfield Lane the lock on a garage door was forced open and the contents of a meat freezer was stolen. A number of other items were also stolen. A white Toyota Hiace van parked, possibly unlocked, on the road overnight in Bellringer Crescent was entered and unspecified items were stolen. A white Volkswagen light van parked on the street overnight in Ruskin Road had its rear bumper stolen. It was later recovered nearby. A green Subaru Legacy stationwagon parked overnight in Ruskin Road was stolen. It was later recovered in Porirua. The rear

registration plate was stolen from a Mitsubishi truck parked overnight in Ruskin Road. In Khandallah the Parish Office of a church in Everest Street was broken into and a laptop computer was stolen. In Ngaio a stand alone garage of a house in Abbott Street was broken into by breaking off the door lock. The interior was thoroughly searched and an assessment is being made of stolen items. A flat in Trelissick Crescent was entered through an insecure rear ranch slider door and a TV, a play station 4 and two controllers were stolen. A white Hyundai briefly parked unlocked in Ottawa Road was entered and a cell phone stolen. In Churton Park a silver Mazda Demio parked locked and secure overnight on the road in Burdendale Grove was stolen. A trailer left locked overnight outside a house in Glendale Grove was stolen. A vacant house in Mataroa Avenue was entered via a smashed laundry window. A number of light bulbs and the kitchen sink were stolen. The removal of the sink caused a water leak resulting in water damage throughout the

lower floors of the house. A red Mazda Capella saloon parked overnight in Mataroa Avenue was broken into via a jemmied window. An Apple Ipod, a stereo face plate and a head torch were stolen. In Creswick Terrace entry to a house was gained through an open kitchen window at the rear. Silver earrings were stolen. In Karori the owner of a house in Sunshine Avenue went to his garage just after midnight and discovered an intruder inside who had forced the lock to gain entry. The intruder ran off but left a glove and the break-in tools which police are examining. The front and rear registration plates were stolen from a silver Toyota Avensis stationwagon which was parked on the road in Hathaway Avenue. The front door of a house in Karori Road was forced open by battering. No items were stolen. The free standing garage at a house in Donald Street was entered via a forced lock on a roller door. Power tools were stolen. In Wadestown the padlock was cut from the garage door of a house in Fitzroy Street to gain access. A vacuum cleaner was stolen.

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Graham Weir briefs keen walker Lyn Shackleton on local walking tracks, including those recently opened up in the Crofton Downs Ngaio area.

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Volunteer Graham Weir, a key member of the Silversky track group which has been instrumental in opening up access to bush areas in the Ngaio Crofton downs area, was out at the Crofton Downs Carnival Day on Saturday. He had a stall and posters, including up to date maps identifying local walking tracks.

Some of the more recent ones are now available in local libraries he said, but some were not generally advertised. “That’s because they can pass over private land.” The public can use them, but landowners were sometimes cautious about having the routes officially identified as walkways, as that could create problems, for example with fences and at times when access might have to be limited.

Northern Chorale presentation The Northern Chorale will be presenting Music for Palm Sunday at St Benedict’s Church, Everest Street, Khandallah at 2.30 pm on Saturday March 24. The chorale’s spokesperson John Mills says this is music to fit the day before Palm Sunday, but you don’t have to be religious to enjoy it. “The Russian music is stirring stuff, and we have been working hard on our Russian with William McElwee as conductor and soloist.

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Karori residents and businesses are taking an active role in planning their suburb’s future in a new piloted approach by Wellington City Council. The aim is to make it a more attractive and appealing place for local businesses, residents and visitors alike. The Karori Project was formed in 2017 when the council agreed to provide the support necessary to help the people of Karori develop a long-term vision for their community. This is a community-led approach being achieved through independently-run workshops and engagement with local leaders, groups, schools and businesses to develop a high-level plan. Councillor Andy Foster, Portfolio Leader for the Karori Community Plan and Urban Development, says: “The Karori Plan is described as the start of a journey, and a call to further action – for all of us. “Karori people who have been involved clearly see the potential for our community to be even better, and that’s really exciting. “That potential is powerfully captured in four key themes, moving from ‘Having Green’ to ‘Living Green’, from ‘Outpost’ to ‘Magnet’, from ‘Dormitory’ suburb to having a ‘Daytime Economy’ and from a ‘Split’ community to one that is physically and socially ‘Connected’. “We’ve enjoyed a lot of new facility developments in recent years but it is evident some people didn’t see them as an integrated whole.

“The Karori Plan will provide coherence and direction to future community and Council planning. Upgrading our town centre is a key part of the Karori Plan vision.” Councillor Diane Calvert, the city council’s Portfolio Leader for Community Planning and Engagement, says all this builds on what’s already been happening in the suburb. “Karori has always been an engaged and proud community, so it makes sense to listen to them, take on board their local knowledge, address their challenges, and create a vision based on what they want to see and do in their own neighbourhood.” The council has published a report on the outcomes of the Karori Project and a ‘snapshot plan on a page’ of related community-led and council-led activities that are under way and planned. The report and snapshot are online at https://wellington. govt.nz/your-council/projects/karori-community-plan Community engagement for the Karori town centre upgrade is scheduled to get under way shortly with the council allocating funding for public space improvements in the 2018/19 financial year. “This was a great opportunity to consider all facets of an area and community, including transport, infrastructure, environment, recreation, and heritage. We’re excited about the success of this project and what the future of Karori will look like – and we know the community are too, because they created it,” says Diane.


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Rachel Priestley of Greytown has her own range of cured meats, branded as The Prodigal Daughter. And that’s now the name of her restaurant, which she purchased in 2015 and which has been until now known as La Pancetta. The premises now feature a delicatessen which showcases her bacon and especially her Sicilian sausage. Rachel, a Kiwi chef, lived in Italy for ten years where she learned to create the spicy sausage. She also developed a passion for that country’s culture and food which she is eager to share. So she also sells a number of Italian culinary delights. And in the Wairarapa, she sees the same

sort of fresh quality ingredients that she was able to source in Italy. Wairarapa olive oil, including her own blends, cheese, handmade crackers, pates, pies and aioli are all part of her repertoire. She opened six restaurants for Italian clients, including a wine bar in Bormio, north of Milan. That was a particular challenge as no one there spoke English. So that understanding of international business is proving a hit for customers who love to sit in the elegant garden with a coffee or a wine and enjoy a taste of Italy. It is very much a destination point for foodies from the greater Wellington area - and no wonder.

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Established in the late 1800’s, Greytown Butchery is still operating in the same historic building. Current owners, Artisan Butcher Gavin Green & partner Julie, have transformed this iconic butchery into a gourmet, European-styled butchery that prides itself on top quality cuts with exceptional service to match. By maintaining old traditions of butchering, it is no wonder they consistently win

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Wednesday March 21, 2018

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New concept in local basketball By Glenise Dreaver

Liam Collins, wearing a Summer Series Referee shirt with their sponsor’s Spark NZ logo on it. Daphne Martinez is wearing the Summer Series staff shirt

Former Newlands College student Liam Collins, now at Massey University, is one of two former college students who have devised a basketball competition with a difference. He and Daphne Martinez, former head girl of Newlands College, have committed to the development of a basketball competition to give teams an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming college sport season. “That makes it quite different. It means teams can have around six games of basketball as a team before entering the College Sport competition. About 100 players are involved.” There are four girls’ teams and four for boys, and they are

supported by Newlands College, using their gymnasium as a venue for competition games. And after “a lot of false trails”, Liam and Daphne found a sponsor. “Sam Bava and Srinath Wikramanayake from Spark Business Hub have been generous enough to help support the competition.” All semi-finals games and finals games are being livestreamed online via their website. “Anyone can go online and watch these games being played at http://summerseries. nz,” says Liam. And in an additional plus, he says that in normal games, no statistics are taken for players, adding that the only way players could track their shooting totals had been having a parent record statistics manually.

“Summer Series provides every team with statistics of their games.” Liam said they sent out a feedback form, and there was positive feedback on their innovations from participants: “Players, coaches and spectators”. “People love being able to relive their games with statistics, and play basketball in an organised event before the season has even begun. “We believe that the purpose of creating a pre-season tournament for teams to play games and form relationships early in the season has worked.” With four weeks down and two to go, it’s clear that the idea is here to stay and they are already planning next year’s series.

Bowls Gold Star Winner for Johnsonville

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Robyne Bishop - all concentration. PHOTOS: Alan Galbraith

Well done to Johnsonville’s Dale Rayner, Robyne Bishop and Alison Colgate, recent winners of the Bowls Wellington Women’s Open Triples at the new $6 million Naenae Stadium. This was a notable event for all three players. Alison won her first Centre title, Robyne won her fourth and Dale won her fifth, thus achieving her Gold Star. A massive result for the players and the club. The trio defeated the Island Bay team skipped by Marlene Alberino-Kay 16-12 in a great final. Another bowls highlight saw Allan Eng and Lock Chin take out the Over 60 Men’s Pairs. Allan and Lock won four games out of six to take the title against some highly fancied and experienced opponents. This was an awesome effort. Johnsonville had several players win Bowls Wellington representative honours

in this year’s Hexagonal Tournament played at Palmerston North against Manawatu, Hawkes Bay, Kapiti and Wanganui. Johnsonville representative players included; Women: Kaaren Guilford and Dale Rayner, while in the Men’s team we had Grant Wakefield, Brady Amer and Brent Stubbins. An outstanding result as both the Bowls Wellington Women and the Men won their respective Central Region Hexagonal events. Club Captain Ian Franklin continued his good form this year winning the Club Men’s Pairs with Gareth Evans and last week being part of the winning team that took out the Wilton Classic. Rob Ashton also played in the International Open at Blackpool, England in the Professional Bowls Association finals, going down in a tie breaker to seventh-world ranked Robert Paxton.

The prospect of the New Zealand Rugby Union opening up All Black selection to any New Zealander playing overseas would bring the end of the Black jerseys iron grip on the game. Currently only players plying their trade in New Zealand are eligible to make Steve Hansen’s team. However with players chasing lucrative European money at an early age, speculation is the NZRU is pondering the rule change. The All Blacks have been the world’s No 1 ranked team for more than a decade and that’s because of the All Black nursery. Our First XV schoolboy rugby is the best in the world and our national provincial competition may not draw big crowds in 2018 but it’s the envy of the rest of the world for its ability to create a factory line of world-class players. Our players’ secret is they play against each other. Like a quality horse trainer, good horses train together, they get better

together and are more competitive on race day. Flying players in from all around the globe would make the acclimatisation period in All Black training camps challenging. The selectors will have to be more worldly aware and grasping who is in form and who is out becomes far more challenging. The NZRU cannot compete financially with European club contracts - the one carrot they have is the black jersey with the silver fern on it. Limiting restrictions would be a disaster for the Super Rugby competition, the Ranfurly Shield and National Provincial Championship. The All Blacks aura would be damaged, Northern Hemisphere players would get to play frontline All Blacks more often and certainly New Zealand’s dominance at the top of world rugby would be under threat. Hopefully the NZRU can stubbornly stick to their guns and keep the rules in place, for the sake of our national sport and top global brand.


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