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Pining over tree ‘massacre’ By Jamie Adams

A lone tree with a swing hanging from it is all that remains after the Wellington City Council removed about 30 pines and macrocarpas from the corner of Awa and Karaka Bay roads in Worser Bay last month. The result is a barren hillside of dirt and tree stumps, which has left one nearby resident upset and bewildered. “This will take decades to recover. It will never be like it was,” Miramar resident John Cryer says. Continued on page 2. John Cryer in front of a ravaged Worser Bay hillside after the removal of pine and macrocarpa trees. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


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Worser Bay tree removal leaves local resident cut up Continued from page 1. “Those would have been up to 100 years old.” The council says the trees had to come down because of storm damage and bank stability issues, though the one with the swing was spared for the sake of young children – for now. “I’m not an expert but with the trees and canopy removed the hill will collapse in a storm, because it’s the canopy that protects it, not just the roots. “They could have removed one or two. I never thought the whole lot could have been unsafe.” “T hey could have been trimmed instead of cut at the base.” Other locals he has spoken to about the sight have been “horrified” and describe it as a “massacre”. “These trees were a feature of Worser Bay. There’s been no consideration, just brutal disregard for the area’s history and heritage.” Even if the trees were to fall in a storm there was no danger to property as they had hung over undeveloped land, he says. “Where are the houses they will fall on?”

ABOVE: John Cryer in front of what remains of the Worser Bay hillside. PHOTO: Jamie Adams RIGHT: What the area between Awa Road and Karaka Bay Road used to look like. PHOTO: Google Street View

Council manager for parks, sport and recreation Paul Andrews says the trees were part of a cluster located around houses on Awa Rd that were deemed to be hazardous. “We have an ageing tree population and we have a pro-active policy for removing


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Newtown Neighbours Night a knock-out By Gianina Schwanecke

Zach Fitsimmons gets golf pointers from event organiser Ray Tuffin. PHOTO: Gianina Schwanecke

Bicycle rides, cricket games, golf practice, face painting, a BBQ and live music filled Newtown Park at Neighbour’s Night last Friday. Blustery winds and dark clouds did not deter about 160 residents from venturing out for the second annual event, organised by the Newtown Residents’ Association, Wellington City Council and local welfare groups.

Children raced round the track on pre-loved ReBicycle bikes, played cricket and golf with local police, and became tiny super heroes at the face-painting station. Residents queued for a barbeque while enjoying live music from Newtown Festival favourites the Sendam Rawkustra, Rock Academy, and The Mighty Ukes. Newtown Residents’ Association President Rhona Carson was pleased with the turnout.

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“[It was] purely to give something back to neighbours and the community … The weather’s [been] a challenge,” she said. Community liaison advisor Ray Tuffin, who changed the venue from last year’s St Thomas’s church to make it easier for people in the nearby Newtown Park Apartments, was “rapt”. “[It’s] a good mixture of community services and a great facility.”

Phil’s Kingswood a classic worth Holden on to By Jamie Adams

They might be 45 years old and their odometers have gone round the clock more than once, but for Phil Egley his HQ Holden Kingswoods remain his pride and joy. The Brooklyn resident had both of his 1973 models – a sedan and a station wagon – on display at Johnston Ebbett Holden’s Taranaki St showroom on Saturday as part of the car merchant’s celebration of the latest Holden Commodore to hit the market. The dealership played host to a family-orientated event that featured two other classic Holdens from local owners – a 1987 Commodore Berlina and a 1996 Commodore ute. Their owners, along with Phil, are members of Holden Club Central, a nationwide club of about 30 enthusiasts of the iconic Australian carmaker. “We go on club runs and go to car shows,” Phil says. Phil has owned the sedan for nearly 10 years and the wagon

Philip Egley beside his 1973 Holden Kingswood sedan and the 2018 Holden Commodore at its launch day at Johnston Ebbett Holden. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

for five, with the sedan winning second-place at the biennial car show for enthusiasts, the Holden Nationals, in 2013. “These are the cars I had when growing up. I wanted a wagon but couldn’t find one. So I bought the sedan first.” His cars are in restored showroom condition, with new mags, engine and paintwork, though their interiors still boast plenty of originality, an important factor in winning awards.

While Commodores and their Kingswood predecessors had been built in Australia for 50 years, the latest ‘ZB” edition breaks with tradition; it is sourced from Germany as a variant of the Opel Insignia, has a front-wheel-drive engine and has no V8 option. It also has a staggering ninespeed automatic transmission, compared with the three-speed gearboxes of the Kingswood era.

Phil accepts that Holden’s decision – done for economic reasons - would have upset the purists, but he believes the new Commodore still has the “feel” of an Australian-made one. Dealer Principal David Johnston agrees. “I thought I’d take some convincing, but after a few minutes in the car I was a convert. I’m hugely proud to have the new Commodore as part of the Holden new model portfolio.”

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inbrief news Buses to allow pets Goats, guinea pigs and rabbits will be among the pets now allowed on Wellington’s buses and trains. Greater Wellington’s sustainable transport committee yesterday voted to allow domestic pets on its public transport vehicles, with the new law to be rolled out in July. Committee chairwoman Barbara Donaldson says under the policy any animal considered a domestic pet would be allowed on off-peak services for free as long as they were in a suitable carrier or could fit on the owner’s lap.

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Nominations open for New Zealand Youth Awards On Thursday March 15, Minister of Youth, Hon Peeni Henare announced that nominations for the 2018 New Zealand Youth Awards are now open. These annual awards recognise and celebrate young New Zealanders who have achieved outstanding results, as well as those who have made a significant contribution in their communities. The awards will recognise 18 rangatahi across six different awards categories. Henare has also introduced junior and senior supreme awards. The supreme winners will be identified within the six award categories. Applications close at midday on April 26, 2018. There will be a celebratory events ceremony on June 28, 2018 where all the award winners will be formally recognised. For more information on the New Zealand Youth Awards and how to make nominations, visit http://www.myd.govt. nz/young-people/new-zealand-youthawards.html.

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Locals urge action on lack of disabled parks By Jamie Adams

Just one disabled park is all they are calling for, but getting it is proving near impossible for Brooklyn’s residents. The matter was raised at a meeting between the Brooklyn Residents’ Association and ward councillors earlier this month. One resident who spoke to the Cook Strait News, Keith Flint, says

it is “quite ridiculous” that such a significant suburb of Wellington does not presently have a disabled park. “The resource centre had two disability parks outside it but they’re not there anymore,” he says. “We identified places where parks could go but one of the councillors said angled parking was not appropriate as there has to be gap of 0.5 metres each side.”

Keith says he is “frustrated” with the council’s lack of urgency. “We have an increasing amount of traffic. We do have parking problems. They’ve got their priorities wrong.” BRA president Perry Aspros says the association had been calling for just one, on Cleveland Street, in or near the suburban shopping area. “We need one - 104 people in the Brooklyn/Kingston area have

Strathmore Park Community Centre co-ordinator Toni Taylor, right, and CAB Wellington area manager Lucy Trevelyan. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Citizens Advice Bureau comes to Strathmore Park By Jamie Adams

Wellington Citizens Advice Bureau has set up a new satellite clinic in Strathmore Park. The clinic will operate on the first and third Wednesday of every month. “We are running it every alternative fortnight here and in Raukawa,” CAB Wellington area manager Lucy Trevelyan says. “We started it on March 7 and we’re hoping to increase the frequency.” For

At the moment it’s the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10am to 11.30am. The clinics offer information and advice on “absolutely anything”. “It might be about housing, flatting, tenancy issues, immigration. CAB has five branches in Wellington, including Kilbirnie and Newtown. Lucy plans to put up posters in schools and supermarkets to add to publicity. Strathmore Park centre co-ordinator Toni Taylor says the CAB

service will connect Strathmore Park and Raukawa centres with their other services they offer such as budget advice, community law clinics and Skills4Life. She says the great thing about their presence is there is now less travel required for those who live in the area as beforehand there had not been any bureaux available on the peninsula. Lucy says the volunteers really look forward to providing information and advice services to the residents of Strathmore Park.


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too dangerous for wheelchair users.” Brian says suggestions of having one on the flat end of Cleveland St have been resisted by shop owners worried it would affect business. One possibility would be converting the taxi space in Jefferson St. Brian says the council has the power to convert the space but it would need to consult with taxi drivers first. Perry says the association will continue to lobby for a solution with the help of CCS Disability Support.



Thursday March 22, 2018

Kids go bananas over free fairtrade fruit By Jamie Adams

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Island Bay School pupils from left Lotus Cox (obscured), Edward Cox, Lyall Beaven, Percy Cox and IIuka Beaven distribute All Good bananas to the school’s new entrants. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

the school last Wednesday to deliver the second lot of boxes of 1000 bananas the school won in a competition promoted on the company’s website. Island Bay students won 1000 bananas after some of their schoolmates from two families – the Beavens and the Coxes - entered a draw that required them to collect 10 animal stickers over eight weeks and place them on a sheet that explained the importance of rainforests to animals and the bananas that grow there. Those pupils also won T-shirts, which they wore as they distributed the fruit to eager schoolmates on the day, Matthew says All Good bananas are sourced from growers in Ecuador where earning a living in the industry is not easy. “We brought fairtrade bananas to New Zealand in 2010. You can buy them at New World, Moore Wilsons and Common Sense Organics,” he says. The notable aspect of fairtrade bananas is the extra return its

farmers get for their product, through a 7-10c premium per bunch. “We have returned over $1.3 million in social funding over seven years to the country’s El Guabo co-operative to build schools and infrastructure to make lives a little bit easier.” The fund also ensures farming practices in the co-operative remain sustainable and environmentally friendly. Matthew was especially pleased a school from Wellington won the draw. “Wellington has more sales of All Good bananas per capita than anywhere else in the country,” Matthew says. “And we’ve found we’ve sold more in the southern and eastern suburbs than anywhere else in Wellington.” Island Bay School principal Deborah Fenton was thrilled with the company’s generosity. “An organisation that promotes fair trade sends an important message to our kids about the world they live in,” she says.

School puts together the pieces for winning artwork By Jamie Adams

A Mt Victoria school has been acknowledged for its students’ innovative approach to the conversation of coexisting in a globalised world. Clyde Quay School won the primary category of the Resene School Art Project, part of Coexistence, an international travelling art exhibition that was held at Waitangi Park on March 1-22. Coexistence has travelled to 30 cities worldwide with displays from renowned international artists that call for mutual understanding between fellow humans, nations and religions. In addition to the main exhibition, there was also a school art competition involving schools from around greater Wellington, with primary and intermediate categories. Clyde Quay School won the primary school contest with a giant jigsaw artwork which was a metaphorical depiction of inter-connectedness. “We have a buddy class where older students learn and support younger students. Year five and six students buddy up with year one Clyde Quay School’s winning jigsaw artwork. PHOTO: Supplied and two children every Friday,” teacher Keith Hutton says. “One hundred and six students got KILBIRNIE, together to complete this artwork over two weeks. We came together KI L RNI E KI LB BI I RNI E, ,T THE HEA AB BC CMAR MART T to brainstorm what coexistence was and how this could be represented in different ways. “This was how the jigsaw idea came about. Through the use of discussion, jovi crayons and Indian 39 Bay Road, Kilbirnie ink, the fi nal product was created.” 3 9 B A Y ROAD, 2 3 RONGOT AI 39BAY ROAD, 2 3Rongotai RONGOT AIROAD, ROAD, 23 Road, Kilbirnie The school won a cash prize and a KI L B I RNI E KI L RNI E KI LBI E KI LB BI I RNI E3RONGOTAI 39 B ARNI Y ROAD, 2 ROAD, Resene voucher to spend on paints, WE HAVE MOVED TO NEW LOCATION testpaints, KI LBI RNI WE E HAVE MOVED TO NEW LOCATION KI LBI RNI E students. caps and bottles for the WITH A NEW NAME WITH A NEW NAME




Jacob Ring (11 months), with his mum Ruth Ring, are regulars at Tinytown buggy walks. PHOTO: FELIX DESMARAIS

Buggy walk is tip-tot By Felix Desmarais

A monthly buggy walk for parents with small children is proving a hit in the eastern suburbs. The ‘Tinytown’ buggy walk is a partnership between the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre and PORSE. Tinytown is a part of the centre allocated just for small tots and their parents. PORSE consultant and cofacilitator of the buggy walk Andrea Tindle says the collaboration came naturally since the two organisations have similar goals. “We thought, what more can we do in the community? It’s a nice networking opportunity. It helps that the coffee is free.” And it’s not just for mums, all parents are welcome. “We do get a few dads,” Andrea says.

Centre coordinator Elena Klein says the event has been running for about three years and attracts regulars as well as new recruits. “It’s good because mums can meet each other. They’re in the same life stage. They can also see more of Wellington.” She says the biggest the group was about 20 but it’s usually around five to 10. Hataitai mum and part-time buggy pilot Ruth Ring says the buggy walks are a good way to get out after having kids. “You need that push. It’s free and if it suits, you can just pop along.”  Tinytown buggy walks are held every third Thursday of each month. To find out more, head to the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre Facebook page or call (04) 387 1491.

Thursday March 22, 2018



Thursday March 22, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should New Zealand adopt a sugar tax to curb obesity?

Rebecca Fordyce, Strathmore “I think there needs to be more education around sugar. Maybe making healthier food cheaper would be better.”

Katie Parkinson, Miramar “I would say so. People need to cut down but it depends on the age you are targeting. Kids will want to try to go for junk food.”

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Tui Noonan, ex-Hataitai “Of course you should. I live in Canada, we have an obesity problem too. If it worked on cigarettes it could work on sweets.”

Tauhai Konia, Miramar “I think we should. The majority of people in New Zealand are obese and it really affects children. We need to educate the kids.”

Island Bay certainly not in the South China Sea Dear Editor, I am confused by Martin Beck’s letter in the Cook Strait News edition dated March 15. According to Martin, my suburb of Island Bay, as a Wellington southern suburb, is part of the South China Sea. I must admit I did not

Raising rates as we head to bankruptcy disingenuous carry-on of city councillors who want to impress us so much in keeping the rates down from a 7 percent [rise] to but just 3.3 percent. Really, when the extent of the stacked-up expensive projects are putting us close as a city to bankruptcy? All they are doing is spreading the debt load around in the books to cause intergenerational debt. Time for ratepayer power, vote them out! Yours truly Rose Wu Killbirnie (abridged)

Request for footpathsweeping machine Dear Editor. If anybody has a machine capable of sweeping footpaths please contact Fulton and Hogan. They urgently need one. Raukawa St was recently resealed and the footpaths were covered in so much road metal they were unusable. The same thing seems to have happened in Reef St, Island Bay and probably many more locations.

Joanna Bowman, Miramar “It won’t stop people eating sugar. They may eat less but the people who want to eat it will still buy it.”

Continued on page 9.

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

Dear Editor Hector [Westfold] targets me as not allowing biblical quotes but it was the editor of the paper that stated: “Debate on this particular religious issue is now closed” (CSN 22 Feb 18) yet immediately allows further diatribe from said vocal chalice. Regardless, friends of mine have helped me escape on my walker as family tried a shift to the local retirement home but that is where they practice ‘youthinasia’ so no way hoy say–I’m back. Of greater interest for the learnt public should be the

Veronica Alkema, Seatoun “I don’t mind. I can see for some people it might not help if it makes things too expensive. Education would be better than a tax.”

I contacted the council who agreed it was a health and safety issue but so far they have done nothing. Roading contractors should not be permitted to leave the footpaths in this state. It shows a complete lack of supervision by the council and a drop in standards by Fulton and Hogan . Neil D. McCabe Strathmore

know that. My research shows that the South China Sea is bounded on the northeast by the Taiwan Strait (by which it is connected to the East China Sea); on the east by Taiwan and the Philippines; on the southeast and south by Borneo, the southern

limit of the Gulf of Thailand, and the east coast of the Malay Peninsula; and on the west and north by the Asian mainland. None of these areas are anywhere near Island Bay. I would also mention that Trump has not been invited to North Korea as stated in

your headline. The location of the meeting between him and Kim has not yet been announced, although Sweden has been mentioned as a possibility. Diane Cope Island Bay

Institutions of power don’t allow for the truth Dear Editor, I enjoyed reading Mr Westfold’s three letters and agree with his views. I particularly like the quote that the truth is not bettered in a free and open encounter. However, if we look at Parliament, the courts or the media, we do not

have a free and open encounter. All three institutions exert power and control so that you don’t get the opportunity to challenge what they are saying and doing. This means that the truth is often distorted, quashed, or completely denied.

With regard to Mr Westfold’s comments on women, I agree [also]. Yours sincerely Stephen Cotterall Kilbirnie (abridged)

Dumpers are riff-raff from other suburbs Dear Editor, In reply to Christine Swift’s letter, I cannot believe that Island Bay residents would dump their junk outside their local Vinnies store. They might be recognised by the film buffs and latte drinking toffs

at the Empire Cinema. The riff-raff from Newtown and Kilbirnie are the villains. Having filled the doorways in front of their own op shops, they load up their guzzle-gobbling bombs and head for uncluttered Island Bay Parade.

Seriously, I just wish these litter louts would drive a little further to the tip in Happy Valley Road and get rid of their rubbish there. Sybil Gregson, Kilbirnie

Keep library open on Saturday afternoons

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Dear Editor, I spoke with an old chap in the Constable St Park in Newtown on Saturday and he wants the local library to open on Saturday to 4:30pm. I entirely agree with him as want to take my children there in the afternoons. It seems very unfair to everybody in Newtown that this central social and community ‘hub’ is not open. I urge all parents to go on line to the Council website and support the petition. Yours faithfully, Anita Vogt, Newtown

Dear Editor, I so glad that when I spoke with Christine Swift at the awesome Newtown Festival we agreed on everything, the food great, music lots of fun things for children, and even no drunken arrests. What strong leadership they show in the suburb and the liquor ban in public works even with a high density of a population. We agreed also on how poor old Island Bay just has a cycle way to hell, and now even rubbish dumped in businesses! (CSN, March 15). Just for the record I am not expecting (anything). Yours in honesty, Sarah R Wu Kilbirnie

Thursday March 22, 2018


Wahine tragedy anniversary gathers dozens of survivors Nearly 70 survivors of New Zealand’s worst shipwreck in modern times, as well as family members of some of the 53 who died, have registered to attend the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wahine disaster in and around Wellington on Tuesday, April 10. “They, along with rescuers and

those involved in the disaster relief, are coming from across the country, from Australia, Thailand and the United Kingdom,” Rhys Jones, Chair of the Wahine 50 Charitable Trust, says. The trust was formed three years ago by a group of survivors and rescuers to plan the 50th commemThe Wahine sinks in Wellington Harbour. PHOTO: Alexander Turnbull Library

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orations. “As well as being a very significant day for those with a tangible connection to the Wahine disaster, this 50th anniversary is an important day for the wider community,” says Rhys. On April 10, 1968, the Wahine hit Barrett Reef in Wellington harbour and started to list. By the time its passengers and crew were ordered to disembark, the community had sprung into action. “On land too, the communities of Eastbourne and Seatoun were galvanised into action,” says Rhys. “Hospital staff, police, ambulance staff, and many more were also involved. Thanks to this astonishing response, 683 passengers and crew survived.” Rhys invites the public to join survivors for the Wahine 50th commemorations. “This anniversary is a time to

remember the heartbreak as well as the courage shown on that disastrous day 50 years ago. But it is also an opportunity to reinforce the importance of community – of pulling together to help in times of adversity –

and of the need for us all to be prepared.” The diverse programme features a dawn service, choral tributes, a rare Steam-past review on Wellington’s harbour, public displays and more.

Continued from page 8.

Council should treat Newtown better Dear Editor We like going to the city’s many festivals and have just enjoyed the fun, music and food in Newtown and also the smaller version in Kilbirnie. But as we understand these shows are subsidised by the council coffers. Who gets the money, or is this again dumped upon us ratepayers? Maybe the most astute Chris-

tine Swift of Island Brays [sic] could investigate. Most impressive was Newtown’s and apparently 70,000 visitors and no drunks. But there was a police presence, or did everybody comply because of the liquor ban and enjoy the food? Yet it seems on other days in the week too many needy people in Newtown can be seen to drink

alcohol and not a cop to be seen? Newtown deserves better treatment by the authorities as it has such a big population (including the regional hospital) yet even Johnsonville gets a new library for $20 million but Newtown library doesn’t even open long on the weekend. Yours sincerely, Tracy MacKay Newtown

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New bus fleet en route to Wellington region streets Wellington’s brand new fleet of electric and environmentally-friendly diesel buses is on the way. Tranzurban, part of the Tranzit Group, will operate a big part of the new Metlink urban bus network from July in collaboration with Greater Wellington Regional Council. Kiwi Bus Builders in Tauranga will deliver 40 new buses, including 10 fully-electric double-deckers, with a further 114 Optare MetroCity buses now being built in the United Kingdom. The first shipment of Optare buses have left Southampton in the United Kingdom and are en route to Wellington. The remainder of Tranzit’s new 234-strong Wellington region fleet, including 28 Euro 6 diesel

Housing New Zealand is organising street clean-ups and barbecues in Wellington to mark Neighbours Day on Saturday. “Our staff will be out in force cleaning up and putting on a barbecue for our tenants and their neighbours,” says Derek Osborn, Area Manager Wellington. “Good neighbourhoods need good neighbours that look out

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Members of the Seatoun Scottish Country Dance Club certainly saw red – of the tartan variety – at their Ruby (40th) aniversary celebrations last Friday. The event at the Seatoun Village Hall, organised by tutor and club stalwart Edith Campbell, was made all the more special with some participants dressing in traditional Scottish attire for the occasion. Edith recalls in 1978 Seatoun’s centenary was celebrated by having the suburb’s sporting, arts and crafts and other groups providing entertainment. OF THE D AY “Some Scottish Country dancers in and near Seatoun came together to set up a club to participate and have continued to dance ever since,” Edith 51. J.K. says. Rowling “The first meeting happened to be chose held onthe St. Patrick’s Day 1978.” unusual This Irish ‘connection’ and other name events during its history were ac‘Hermione’ so young girls wouldn’t be teased for being nerdy!


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Thursday March 22, 2018


Regions converge on Mornington for accessible golf tourney By Jamie Adams

It had already held a tournament for local special needs youth last month, now Mornington Golf Club went one better on Saturday with an inter-regional event. Organised by the club’s disability coach Ray Tuffin and his wife Suzie, the accessible golf tournament involved “a very strong field” of teams from Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Kapiti, and Hutt Valley. The aim of the event wasn’t winning but rather to empower the 54 players who turned out, as for many it was their first taste of a live tournament, Ray says. As with the local tournament, the special needs players were paired with other members who served as mentors throughout the day. “All of the Wellington players were from the Mornington Club, which is a club that caters specifically to people with special needs and disabilities,” Ray says. “We started two years ago with two

Players gather before the start of the accessible golf tournament at Mornington Golf Club in Berhampore on Saturday. PHOTO: Supplied

golfers. Now we have 17.” Mornington president Vince Burke says the club has proven to be accessible to a range of ethnicities, as well as those with disabilities. “We have amputee players, partially blind players, and we also

have big Polynesian, Maori and Asian memberships,” Vince says. He believes the mayor’s recent call to ensure the council-owned course retains 18 holes is due to its unique importance to the community. “A hundred years ago that was

part of the reason for setting the club up.” Apart from being significantly cheaper to use, Vince says the Berhampore Golf Course is in a prime location, given its proximity to the sheltering Town Belt. The clubrooms aren’t just the

home of golfers either - tai-chi classes, indoor bowls games, a children’s play group and community functions are also held there. The club even has a bocce area, which coincidentally was used for a Special Olympics regional tournament on Sunday.

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Thursday March 22, 2018


College players get a kick out of Black Fern visit Black Fern Kendra Cocksledge demonstrates the art of kicking to Wellington East Girls’ College student Katria Hobbs during a skills session at the college last Thursday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

Girls’ college rugby players were treated to tips from the best in the country – and arguably the world – when Black Fern Kendra Cocksledge paid a visit to Wellington Easts Girls College last Thursday. Ten students attended the session, some having travelled from as far Kapiti, which saw the 42-capped test player demonstrate the art of kicking drop goals. Kendra is the most experienced member of the Black Ferns, having made her debut as a halfback

as a 19-year-old in 2007. She is also one of the most commended, having won the 2015 World Rugby Player of the Year and helped the Black Ferns win the World Cup in 2017. She is now NZ Rugby’s Women’s Rugby Development Officer, focused on growing the game in the Crusaders region, which she represents. For Kendra, hosting the session was a case of an opportunity arising. “I’m here for a work meeting and the college asked me to come along to do a session to share knowledge,” she says.

“A lot of girls don’t get taught to kick at school. It’s not something that’s focused on a lot.” From her observations she believes there are four girls who had potential to be great kickers. Kendra says she would love to do a follow-up session if she happened to visit Wellington again. Her visit came days after it was announced the 15-a-side Black Ferns would become professional, an achievement Kendra helped to create. “There’s a pathway now for girls to play 15s. It might drag a few more into the game in the future.”

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Keep the All Blacks in-house 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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