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The president of the Churton Park Community Association Brian Sheppard says their second annual Multicultural Day, held last Sunday, was “just a buzz”. It was typical of their community, he said, to see such great interest in all the performances from the many cultural groups that represent Churton Park. The festival of colour and sound delighted the audience of at least 200. Continued on page 2. Egyptian Belly Dancing: Lily Kemble Welch at left with her tutor Mirian Caberlon and fellow dancers Ena Bhandari and Joyce Colussi. PHOTO Brian Sheppard


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Multiculturalism on display Continued from page 1. “The school hall was tightly packed,” he said, adding that the food stalls outside were very well patronized as people tried new tastes and new dishes. Performance groups were truly international he said There were diverse groups from Asia, including several different Chinese groups, not least Inner Mongolia, and also a number from the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka. Africa was also represented. The festival was opened by the Mayor Justin Lester and there was great support from the local politicians, with the three councillors from the Northern Ward and both the electorate and list MP from this area attending as well. The event had been a full year in the planning said Brian, after the success of the first one in 2017. This event had followed up from the group’s Annual Gen-

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inbrief news Old dahlias sought With the end of the dahlia flowering season, The Heritage Gardeners of the historic Halfway House in Glenside are inviting people to find the oldest known dahlia plants in the Wellington region. Claire Bibby says that there are less than six named varieties of dahlias that predate 1900, mainly due to the two wars. You may have an old dahlia planted by your grandparents or great grandparents, or by the original property owners, perhaps 100 years ago. If so, please let The Heritage Gardeners know. Email or phone 022 186 5714.

Greater Wellington rates Vanessa Kirkham, a member of the parents’ committee for the Karori Plunket Crèche, asks about the future of the facility at the recent “Meet the Mayor” meeting in Karori. PHOTO: Thomas Croskery

Plunket crèche furore heats up By Glenise Dreaver and Thomas Croskery

New Zealand’s newest list MP, Nicola Willis, has had to hit the ground running, with the Plunket creche stoush in Karori hotting up and making national headlines. Nicola, the National Party’s spokesperson for Early Childhood Education. And supports the parents of the Karori Plunket Creche, who have been told that the national Plunket organisation is closing their pre-school crèche and has appropriated $50,000 of their fundraising proceeds. While Plunket nurses and other services will operate out of the buildings, the organisation has announced the closure of the creche without any consultation with the parents involved.

W h ile Nicola says that Plunket is a great organisation and no one wants to damage their long-standing reputation, she also says these community assets were built up by local fundraising. “Parents could therefore rightly have expected that they had a say in their future.” The controversy and lack of communication has, she says, the capacity to really damage Plunket’s reputation. “It just came out of the blue – there were no discussions about possible changes or engagement with parents about the ways that any financial issues could be managed.” She says of the Ka ror i crèche: “The premises could have been opened up to an after school club for example, or they could have hired them out for birthday parties

to generate more revenue.” And while Plunket put out a press release in the case of that centre, claiming that the 14 places were not economic to run there are, she says, far more than fourteen children involved. “That’s 14 full-time places and there are thirty five different families using those places part time. “And there are 19 different nationalities there – it is a most diverse creche, a real cross-section of the community.” A petition at time of going to print had 1790 signatures, including parents and teachers past and present. “None of us want Plunket to be the victim here. But any MP with this happening in their backya rd would want to speak up for their community.”

Plunket, had in 2016, announced that it would be transfer ring community assets and properties into the control of the organisation’s national office in Wellington. While the Karori crèche will close, the Plunket nurse will still work in the building and services for families will still be available. Rachel Skilton is raising a young family in the suburb, and told last week’s Meet the Mayor meeting on the suburb’s future that she has concerns for Karori’s future. “The future of Karori feels to me like it’s turning into a retirement village.” Western Ward councillors Si mon Wool f a nd A ndy Foster urged locals to keep working to save the crèche. “If we lose this, it’s not coming back,” says Simon.

Consultation on the Greater Wellington Regional Council 10 Year Plan and the proposed Revenue and Financing Policy opened this week. The proposals require an annual increase over the next financial year of $2.57 for each month for ratepayers said council chair Chris Laidlaw.   Key drivers include in better public transport and flood protection, beefing up freshwater and biodiversity protection, and fare discounts for public transport users including students, children, blind and disabled people and off-peak travel.  Visit or get a copy of the documents at your local library.  Consultation closes on Sunday April 29.

Plunket pay stoush Reports that senior Plunket managers are paid more than $180,000 annually show just how the “toxic” problem of excessive executive pay has spread from the corporate profit-making board-room to NGOs and the voluntary sector Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the income equality project Closing the Gap, said this week. He said CEOs in New Zealand now earn 30 to 50 times more than the average wage. Plunket CEO Amanda Malu defended the pay levels, telling Radio New Zealand that the organisation had to compete with the public sector and large corporates in hiring managers.

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inbrief news Clocks go back Daylight saving ends at 2am this Sunday April 1 so remember to put your clocks back one hour when you go to bed on Saturday night. (If you ever get confused about it, you spring forward one hour going into spring and fall back one hour moving into fall.)

Year 10’s wise up on smoking Action for Smokefree 2025 has released the 25th anniversary results of their Year 10 smoking survey. The 2017 results released this week show that daily smoking rates for Year 10 students remain at a low of 2.1 percent, with a record 82 percent of Year ten students having never even taken a puff of a cigarette. When the survey was piloted in 1992, the daily youth smoking rates were 11.5 percent and on the rise. They continued to rise unto a peak of 15.6 percent in 1999 and have declined steadily ever since.

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Funky Feet at Ngaio School By Glenise Dreaver

Ngaio School last Friday made a lively contribution to this year’s Movin’ March campaign with their Funky Feet day. Students and teachers alike wore some very creative footwear. This was part of a region-wide campaign to encourage active travel to and from school, which runs from March 5-29. Greater Wellington Regional Council developed the campaign, which is supported by other local councils. GW’s school travel coordinator Kirsty Barr says there were a lot of fun activities undertaken, including the WOW Passport Challenge, back for its third year. “The WOW passport challenge is a popular highlight. Students who walk or wheel their way to school get their passport stamped and go into the draw to win one of six $300 Avanti vouchers. There’s also a poster competition, WOW family day, parent photo competition and plenty of class activities to engage the children and also get them moving.”

These Ngaio school pupils were totally into their school’s Funky Feet Day. Holly Familton wore hydrangea shoes, Caitlyn Hamilton had rabbit shoes, Caitlin Walton wore trampoline shoes (they really bounced!) and Stephanie Nock had Shark Feet. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

Now in its eight h yea r, Movin’March aims to promote active travel to school – whether it be walking, cycling, skating or scootering.

“There are obvious benefits, the main one which is exercise, but there’s so much more they’re gaining. Children are developing connections, getting to know their

neighbourhood including learning vital road-safety skills. This development helps a child break down barriers and build a positive sense of place,” says Kirsty.

Co-working group pilots night sessions By Glenise Dreaver

Kathleen Wright of Johnsonville’s SubUrban Co-Working can’t resist a challenge. She is the founder of the coworking organisation which provides space and support for local people facing the loneliness and disruptions of working from home. And her role, since she started the organisation three years ago, has been a challenging one and taking more hours than she has in a day. But any visitor soon finds the people who share the spaces and create and find new networks from that base can’t speak highly enough of the idea, and the

systems that have been set up. A recent telephone call a few weeks ago almost “knocked her off her perch” however. A migrant worker, a successful businessman in a good job, wanted to work at nights setting up his own business. So he asked if he could use a space in the SubUrban offices, above the Mobil station. Kathleen said her first reaction was instinctive, based on her own huge work levels and also because their philosophy is about users offering support to each other. “There’s a strong mental health aspect in working by yourself at home. Having people around you, helping you solve problems

and supporting each other is a key part of what we do.” So her answer was a firm refusal. “No. I’m sorry we don’t open at nights” This prospective user wasn’t impressed. At all. “You say you’re here to provide a space for people in the community to work and it’s impossible to do this work from home.” She pointed out it wouldn’t work because the model is based on people supporting each other and there wouldn’t be anyone around to work at night. The response was swift. “I won’t be the only one!” She had to think about that, then agreed. “OK. Let’s test interest.”

As from Wednesday April 4, there will be three free sessions of the SubUrban Evening CoWorking Club from 7 pm to 10 pm over three weeks. “There’ll be tea, coffee, perhaps even cake. “Anyone com ing along, whether it’s for work, study, or doing volunteer work, can come and meet some people in the same boat and get loads of work done without home distractions.” Users have to bring their own laptop, though there is free access to broadband. More information, and registration, is available on the SubUrban website, which can be googled.

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Lesleigh Salinger says the association fought to retain it for educational use but the fate was decided by the Government and the Ministry of Education. “That land had actually been used for education for something like 80 years, so that was very disappointing.” Councillor Andy Foster says the outcome is not what everyone wanted, but “we’ve got to work with what we’ve got”. Speaking before the meeting, local resident Bill Guest said Karori’s 18,000 people should have a secondary school. “NIMBYism and snobbery seem to have prevented that,” he says, adding that he didn’t want to see it become a dormitory suburb,” so I’d like to see some dispersal of economic activity to give us a few more jobs.” During the meeting, residents also quizzed councillors on upgrading the town centre, on housing and the planned Karori events centre. At the end of the meeting, Councillor Diane Calvert notified residents on next steps, saying the council will allocate $1 million towards the town centre upgrade, which is due to start in 6-12 months. Speaking after the meeting, Ms Salinger says the Karori Association is promoting parks and eco-tourism to fight the ‘dormitory suburb’ image.

“It’s not just Karori, it’s actually nationwide. It has implications across the country.” Plunket is in the process of transferring community assets and properties into the control of the organisation’s national office in Wellington. The sale of Karori’s former teachers’ training college to Ryman Healthcare was also raised during Karori’s turn for a “Mayor in the Chair” monthly meeting which rotates around Wellington suburbs. Residents and councillors want a secondary school for the site. K a r or i A sso c iat ion ch a i r

Plunket “has a gun to the head” of Karori over the fate of the suburb’s Plunket crèche, a resident told a community meeting in the Karori Community Centre last week. Murray Martin was just one of a number of Karori residents who voiced concerns on the creche’s closure to Mayor Justin Lester and local councillors at last Wednesday’s public meeting on the suburb’s future. Vanessa Kirkham, who sits on the crèche’s parent’s committee, said parents were getting a “blank wall” response from Plunket .

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French choral music to feature The Colours of Futuna concert series this year includes a programme of French choral music on Sunday April 15 at 2pm. Organisers say it will highlight the architectural beauty of the Karori chapel, with its

Corbusier architectural influences displayed in its stunning light-enhancing windows. Voix de femmes, the Alliance Francaise women’s voice choir conducted by Marie Brown, is thrilled to be singing in such a special venue.

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Paintbrushes out in Black Rock Road A Housing New Zealand team organised a Newlands Neighbours Day Aotearoa function on Monday March 21. They provided a skip for a rubbish clean-up of communal areas and also painted fences in Black Rock Road on Monday March 21. About half of the HNZ tenants in the area participated. It was an enjoyable day, with the HNZ team reporting that everyone enjoyed working with Police and HNZ to get the job virtually completed. And in the true spirit of Neighbours Day, some non-HNZ neighbours came over to enjoy the sausage sizzle as well. Paint was left behind as several tenants wanted to finish the work off. The event was the first of three organised by Housing New Zealand in Wellington.

Derek Osborn, area manager Wellington said: “Good neighbourhoods need good neighbours that look out for each other, especially when times get tough. So we’re hoping that people can get together and get to know each other better. “Each year we focus on different neighbourhoods where tenants have told us they would like some work to be done,” he says. They also had Neighbours Day cards available on the day so that neighbours could put down their contact details. “Having this information can be so important if something happens like an earthquake,” said Derek. “Looking out for each other – especially the vulnerable members of our communities like the elderly - is so important at times Officer Stu Rowe, third from left, with Housing NZ Staff, tenants and volunteers. PHOTO: Supplied. like that.”

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Liz Moore, Karori “It used to be a cat. Now it’s a dog – Cissie!”

Cheyenne Karaitiana, Johnsonville “A dog. Any dog!”

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Mark Te Ariki, Newlands “An active lab if it’s a big dog. A shar pei’s a great house dog if it’s a little one.”

Len Rumbold, Paparangi “My wife!”

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Hudson parrotting National colleagues’ view on light rail Dear Editor, I read with concern MP Brett Hudson’s comments regarding light rail (Brett’s Brief, March 21). His cynical comments about “it being better to burn $830 million than to spend it on light rail” rather suggests that he is ignorant of the fundamental

issues around urban transport and is merely parroting the jaundiced views of his former colleagues and ex-Ministers of Transport Steven Joyce and Gerry Brownlee. Mr Hudson’s understanding of the costs and benefits of light rail are completely wrong... his information almost certainly

emanates from the 2015 Public Transport Spine Study, which has been shown to have had a deliberate bias against recommending rail-development in any form, and intentionally used inappropriate scenarios by which to analyse it. As far as I know, “Let’s Get Wellington Moving” has relied




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A Ngaio mother wants the police and local school principals to attend a community meeting to address the recent spate of incidents where a man has exposed himself to children. The mother’s daughter was a victim of an incident that took place on the corner of Cockayne Road and Punjab Street earlier this month. Two similar incidents were reported to the police between February 27 and March 4. The mother who has called for a community meeting is a former nurse who has worked in psychiatric hospitals. “I am aware that there are a lot of mentally unwell people out there in the community who have nowhere else to be. So, I do not know how much you can do other than raise awareness.

“The police and principals [in the Western Suburbs] could hold a meeting in the town hall and say ‘look we know it’s not pleasant, we know it’s distressing for the kids, but actually the statistics for these people say that [flashing] is all they will ever do. “That could reassure some of the scaremongering that’s been going on.” Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee says that the police would be open to a community meeting to reassure parents. “We acknowledge that any report of incidents of this type would be concerning to parents, but we can reassure the community that we are taking these matters very seriously. “The community can expect to see an increase in police patrols in the area while the investigation is ongoing.”

The corner of Cockayne Road and Punjab Street was the site of an incident earlier this month where a man exposed himself to two young girls. PHOTO: NICHOLAS POINTON

Walking the water talk Jobs for disabled The Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni and Minister of Employment Willie Jackson have welcomed the launch of the new Employment Support Practice Guidelines: How to support disabled people to get the job they want. The New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) brought together representatives from the disability sector, provider groups and government agencies, says Carmel Sepuloni. She adds that the guidelines were an essential

‘how to’ guide for supporting disabled people into work, based on what’s been shown to work best. “Disabled people bring fantastic talent to their employer’s business or organisation and work enhances their mana, financial security and quality of life,” Willie adds. Carmel says, however, that despite all the great work, the unemployment rate for disabled people is more than double the rate for non-disabled.

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Northern Ward councillors Peter Gilberd, Deputy Mayor Jill Day and Malcolm Sparrow, who is the council’s portfolio leader for community resilience, were “walking the talk” at the Johnsonville market earlier this month. They are pictured with one of the 200 litre water tanks that the council is advocating households buy to ensure they are independent of external support in the crucial days following a major disaster such as earthquake. Malcolm is so committed to this initiative that he buys the tanks himself and sells them on at $110 – just $10 above cost price, which is donated to community groups. The three Northern Ward councillors go out four or five times a year to local

supermarkets to sell them to the public. While the tanks are also usually available at the Southern Landfill and the Porirura Service Centre, he says purchasers do need to ring to check they have a supply. “It can be a half day trip to the landfill to pick one up and that has to be done in business hours,” he says. Malcolm holds a supply at his own home and people can arrange to pay and pick them up from him, which can be done in the evenings and which saves a long round trip. “And I do have a supply at the moment.”  You can contact Malcolm by email at to organise your tank.

Chirag Patel, the new owner-manager of Karori’s New World supermarket, arrived from Auckland just six weeks ago and started in the store two weeks later. He’s already decided, despite his previous commitment to a career in Auckland supermarkets, that he’ll never go back. As well as the four minutes it takes to walk to work, he says the community is just so appealing to him and his wife Chaitali. They have a fifteen-month-old son Niam and Chirag says their family already feels very privileged to be part of the community. “And there’s such great staff. That’s been commented on so often already.” He’s emphatic that he wants to build on the great feeling in the store. He’s already redesigned the customer walkways to make it easier for them to track through to the checkouts without having to go right round the store if they don’t need too. The produce has been put at the front to give a market feel and there’s an additional chiller for specialty cheeses, pre packed salmon and other specialty lines. The on-site butchery, with its skilled butchers in store, means that all the fresh meat is processed and packed on site. “And they can do specialty cuts if you want.” There’s also a new fridge for free range and new products. His support for community groups is drawing admiring comments – that was clear at his first Karori community meeting just after our interview. There’s the One for One promotion for example, where you buy a selected product and the store will

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donate one to a local charity on your behalf. This fortnight it’s been the Karori Bellyful organisation. “In the first three days we’ve sold 300 cans.” That shows community support as well. “It’s really encouraging.” His generous support for the Karori Foodbank, with any damaged or almost out of time stock, was also noted. There’s a 12-week long promotion going on where three lucky winners can win the value of their groceries back. “If that goes well there might be more in the coming months.” Other organisations are already being supported too – St Teresa’s movie night was just one and Chirag has many more already lined up. Chirag’s unfazed by nearby competition. “It keeps us on our toes.” It also means his customers choose to shop at New World. “We don’t take that for granted. We’re really serious about food and really serious about quality too.” PBA


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Pest-free Khandallah campaign By Nicholas Pointon

Since 2016 Gillian Bruce has spearheaded the charge to rid Khandallah of pests such as rats and mice that threaten the native bird population. Gillian was responsible for setting up Predator Free Khandallah which aims to install mice and rat traps on residents’ properties in the Khandallah area. Gillian says her inspiration for the project stems from her interest in native birds and the success of the predator free campaign in Crofton Downs. “When I heard about what Crofton Downs had achieved I thought, ‘Well look, if they can do it, I’m sure we can too.’ Someone had to take the initiative, so I thought, why not me?” Gillian began recruiting people through letterbox fliers and the web platform Neighbourly. The campaign now has 500

people managing as many traps on their properties in the Khandallah area but Gillian says they still need more support with the winter months ahead. “We are moving into the peak season for rats. We have to get the population down low enough so they can’t breed successfully. “We’re looking to intensify the trapping around all the bush borders. That’s so we can reduce the exchange between the reserve and the urban areas.” Keeping volunteers engaged is proving to be the biggest challenge. Gillian says it is imperative that people who are not catching anything continue to keep their traps baited.

Gillian Bruce with one of the traps Predator Free Khandallah employs to catch mice and rats. PHOTO: GREGOR BRUCE

 Want to help keep Khandallah Predator Free? Contact Gillian via email at predatorfreekhandallah@

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Marsden’s top sporting achievements celebrated

Regional winners , the victorious Khandallah Premier one tennis team, from left: Brittany Yang, Anna Callender, Ivy McLean, Grace McLean, Dana Gray.

Women’s tennis on the up

ABOVE: Young high jump title-holder Imogen Skelton in action. PHOTO: Supplied. RIGHT: At left, promising young tennis player Jade Otway with gold medallist high jumper Imogen Skelton. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

By Glenise Dreaver

Two young women from Samuel Marsden College are celebrating national success in their chosen sports. For 17-year-old Imogen Skelton, it’s a gold medal in the high jump National under-18 Athletics championships last month (1.74 m ) and a silver at the under-20 level (1.73m). That’s despite not reaching her personal best of 1.76m in either event. The 2017-18 season was dogged by injury, including a pulled quad muscle early in the season and a bout of pneumonia. “That wasn’t so good,” she says with what looks like habitual quiet understatement. She’ll do some training with cross country over the winter to maintain fitness and her coach, Mike Ritchie, is newly on the staff at Marsden. Imogen, who is Head of Sport on the Head Girl’s Committee, helps him with coaching younger

athletes at the school. Jade Otway (14) is one of three tennis players chosen to represent New Zealand in the under-16 team to play in the Junior Federation Cup fixtures in Malaysia in April. They don’t come straight home - the young players will be tested by an immediate flight to Melbourne after their Malaysian games to play in an Under-18 International Tennis Federation Juniors tournament in Melbourne. She was also second in last week’s national schools’ tournament in Christchurch, part of a Marsden team that was third in the country. Jade is clear that her career is going to be in tennis. In July, she is going to the US to have a look at the study and sporting opportunities at universities there because her longer term aim is to study and play tennis there. “In California. Because that’s the best for tennis.”

Golden Girls show winning ways The Wellington dragon boat team of breast cancer survivors, CanSurvive clinched the coveted 500-metre Gold Medal Breast Cancer Survive title at the NZDBA National Championships in Ashburton this past weekend. “We are going from strength to strength this season,” says team chairwoman Iona Elwood-Smith “This win was just another one of our goals achieved, as we prepare for the International Breast Cancer world event to be held in Florence, Italy in July.” There they will be competing against 120 teams from around the world. This highly successful Wellington team led by Lower Hutt Coach Jacob de Feijter hit the line in an extremely tight finish ahead of their sister teams from Christchurch Abreast of Life, Tauranga – Boobops, and

Busting with Life from Auckland, winning the Breast Cancer Survivor National Shield. Jacob noted how proud he was that this Wellington team, with an average age of 60 years old, can perform just as strongly as their much younger paddling competitors. “These golden girls continue to prove to young dragon boaters that you can be highly competitive and feisty no matter what your age.” he said. CanSurvive followed up with Silver medals in both the Breast Cancer Survivor Division 200m and 2 kilometre events. The fierce competition between all New Zealand breast cancer survivor teams in the sport encourages them all to step up their training goals each year, and continue to paddle through the winter months to improve on strength and fitness.

It’s been 23 years since the Khandallah Women’s Premier One Tennis team has won the Wellington Regional Women’s Premier One Interclub Tennis title. But on Saturday night they won the Grand Final 4-2 against Paraparaumu Beach. The team consisted of the Mclean sisters, Ivy and Grace, their mother Anna Callender, Dana Gray and Brittany Yang. Anna was in the team for around 10 years from the mid 80s to the mid 90s. She retired in 1995. Then the team dropped down five grades into a different competition altogether.

Anna’s sister Jackie, who was also a member of the 80’s winning team suggested 11 years ago that the two of them try and get the team back up into the top Premier Grade. This focus has served their families well with both of Jackie’s daughters having played in the team. These days Anna’s girls are thriving in their chosen sports. Ivy had a great summer of tennis winning the New Zealand 16s,18s and Senior Women’s Doubles titles. Grace has switched codes, focusing mainly on netball where she has a Pulse Training Partner Contract and is in the Central Beko team for the upcoming season.

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Vile act from Smith, Australia a new cricket low The Australian cricket team’s ball tampering sums up why they have such a poor reputation globally as players. Aussie captain Steve Smith has apologised for getting team mate Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball during the third test of a spiteful series against South Africa. What makes the situation worse is the plan was signed off by the Australian leadership group, meaning not only was it a premeditated shot at ‘The Spirit Of The Game’ but it was signed off by the very players in the team who should know better. But wait there’s more. That same leadership group used their youngest teammate in Bancroft to do the dirty work. The opener is fighting for his place in the team and he could very well be an easy scapegoat. Ultimately it is Smith who must resign as captain. He cannot lead a team in the international arena. He has lost all integrity. This will also continue Australia’s

slide down moral high ground that only they think they’re on. Sadly the Aussies have always had the reputation of cricketers who were happy to dish out the banter but could rarely take it on the chin when the tables were turned. David Warner is the perfect example of a player of this calibre. The boys, I say boys not men, in baggy green are being outplayed in Australia and according to Smith the plan was hatched out of desperation. Why his team can’t take a loss on the chin in 2018 is beyond me. Smith gets the tiniest bit of credit for coming clean but for many it will be too little too late for the cocky captain from ‘The Lucky Country’. This is a dark day for Australian cricket that can only be rivalled by the underarm incident. This is deplorable and hurts not only Australia but the entire game. Steve Smith, arguably the best batsman playing today, has tarnished his career irreversibly.


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