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Justin Lester and Fleur Fitzsimons hosted a consultation of a different kind when they paid a visit to St Frances de Sales School in Island Bay last Wednesday. The school’s Year 7 and 8 classes Toroa, Tui and Kotare asked questions of the mayor and local councillor for an hour over the issues that were important to them, as well as what they would like to see in their city. They included a splash pad at Shorland Park, an outdoor pool to complement the indoor one at Kilbirnie, a waterpark like Splash Planet and even hot pools. Continued on page 2. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons with St Frances de Sales pupils during their visit to the school. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


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Mayor, councillor all ears during school consultation visit Continued from page 1. However they were also aware of the bigger picture and wanted to know what the council was doing about plastic supermarket bags, the local cycleway, public

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Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons answer questions put to them by pupils at St Frances de Sales School last Wednesday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

as many pupils were disappointed Ed Sheeran wasn’t performing in Wellington. There were some things that he and Fleur could promise. Single-use plastic bags would be phased out at Countdown and New World by the end of the year, something the council and other groups had lobbied them to do. Justin confirmed new electric buses would be arriving in July, admitting they were so quiet “they might need a bell on them”. He also promised snow leopards would be introduced to the zoo within three years, something that had the pupils gasping in delight. Fleur says the school consultations, the second of a number that would be held city-wide, were just as important as those with the wider community as part of the draft Long Term Plan. “We will take them very seriously. It’s going to make us do our jobs better.” Justin mentioned he was a bit nervous as he was invited to meet touring former US president Barack Obama in Auckland the next day. A pupil called Lotte asked Justin to tell him “he’s incredible”.

Major milestones for Predator Free Miramar Local community backyard trapping group Predator Free Miramar is celebrating reaching some significant milestones in recent days. This week they recorded their 500th rat caught since the group formed in August last year, and earlier this month they clocked their 1000th catch in total, including rats, mice and hedgehogs. The group officially launched

in August last year, and now includes more than 450 households across Miramar, Maupuia and Strathmore who have received free traps. Dan Henry, who established the group, says they’re aiming to increase trap numbers to more than 1000, but are delighted with the progress so far. “It’s taken on a life of its own. People are really enthusiastic about conservation on the

peninsula.” The group is one of more than 20 similar backyard trapping groups across the Wellington region, with more than 5000 households involved. Miramar Peninsula was declared possum-free in 2006, after an extensive operation by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council, and the plan is to eradicate rats and stoats as

well. Dan says many backyard trappers have reportedly seen more piwakawaka or fantails in their backyards, along with an increase in geckos and skinks. “The birds are awesome, of course, but I think people are also loving the sense of community and being part of something bigger than themselves.”

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inbrief news Sustainable transport means better health: study Can your council stop you getting heart disease or cancer? Yes, say researchers in a new study led by the University of Otago, Wellington. The study found that councils and urban planners could improve our health by improving long-term cycling, walking and public transport (sustainable) options for cities.   “The decisions that local councils in New Zealand have made over the last few decades have had a big effect on the population’s health,” says lead author Dr Caroline Shaw.   As a result of urban-planning decisions, Wellington city has the highest levels of sustainable travel at 35 per cent of all travel.

The “Super Six” year 13 Wellington College students, from left, Ollie Petersen (head boy), Jos Devereux, Harry Cook, Matthew Sutcliffe, Oliver Sharp and Harry Crawford during the school’s annual Runathon. All of them ran for hours around the college ground overnight on Friday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Six of the best go that extra mile for charity By Jamie Adams

It’s one thing to undergo a 40-hour “famine” for charity, as many school students have done for decades. It’s another thing when every member of a boys’ college takes part in a running relay covering the same amount of time. Wellington College hosted its annual Runathon last Friday and Saturday, which saw all 1750 students run over a short course as well as laps around the college from 6am Friday to 10pm Saturday. In addition to sponsorship

from family and friends for participating, students were split into 15 teams to make it competitive. They received points for each lap, including bonus points for running backwards and even piggybacking others. What made it all the more remarkable was that six of its hardiest senior students, known as the “Super Six” ran laps for hours during the wee small hours of Saturday morning to ensure its continuity. The six led the way in carrying a long tradition of raising funds for World Vision through Runathons, which have taken

place since 1998. The past 10 Runathons have targeted projects in a village in Tanzania called Ibwera. “We’ve been focused on funding training services to help young men become leaders of the village.” Super Six student Matthew Sutcliffe says. Another participant, Harry Cook says this year’s Runathon was a great success, despite the rain. “It was a long night out in the cold, running laps on the turf, but we managed to keep people running and the batons moving the whole 40 hours.” He says it will be a while

before the amount raised, from sponsorship and T-shirt sales is confirmed, but he hopes this will be the year the school reaches $1 million from funding over the past decade. The event has proven so popular that three girls’ colleges joined the boys to help raise funds this year, with students from Samuel Marsden, Wellington Girls College and Wellington East Girls competing against each other at the grounds on Saturday. Pupils at neighbouring St Mark, Church School also did their bit with a mini-Runathon on Monday morning.

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inbrief news Tech graduates capable in crisis: report Wellington graduates working in the city are well-positioned to navigate technology-driven upheavals, according to a new report by Victoria University of Wellington researchers. The It Takes a City to Raise a Graduate report is based on nearly 90 interviews with Wellington managers, human resource specialists and recent graduates, conducted by Victoria students. The capital is New Zealand’s strongest knowledge economy, says the report, with the youngest average population and highest level of qualifications. It has nearly 50 percent of workers in knowledge-based roles, compared with a national average of 35 percent.

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based in Johnsonville, with branches in Porirua and Lower Hutt. It has recently added another branch, with Thursday after-school lessons to be held at All Saints Church, in Hataitai. Director Sherene Clarke de-

Four to six-year-olds from Spotlight’s Johnsonville school perform Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf. PHOTO: Supplied

cided to open in Hataitai for the benefit of those living in the eastern suburbs, of which she has a connection; her husband grew up in Miramar and they visit often. “I also think it’s great for families that don’t want to go through the tunnel for after school activities at peak rush hour.” Spotlight takes students at all levels of dance, singing and drama and holds classes for two ages groups – four to six-yearolds and seven to 16-year-olds. “In terms one and two, students learn a variety of songs, dance styles and acting techniques,” Sherene says. “This can range from musical theatre to pop, from screen acting to improvisation. “Students learn new material every two to three weeks across all three disciplines so they are gaining a huge range of what

the performing arts is all about.” At the end of term three family and friends are invited to watch students perform some of their warm ups and exercises as well as rehearsed song, dance and drama pieces. The resulting musical is shown at the end of term four. Past musicals have included, Annie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, We Will Rock You, The Wizard of Oz, Scrooge, and Into The Woods. Sherene hopes plenty of families come along and let their young ones try it out. “At Spotlight we don’t want the students to feel judged on how good they are in dance, singing or drama, but instead encourage them to explore their talents and have fun.”  For more information and to register, go to

Disgust as two NZ Post agencies confirmed By Jamie Adams

NZ Post has confirmed two agencies will run postal services at pharmacies in Newtown, despite thousands of residents opposing the closure of their post office that’s led to their formation. From mid-June postal services will be available from Unichem in Newtown Mall and Ashleigh Court Pharmacy. The current Postshops in Newtown and Kilbirnie will then close, with Kiwibank reopening in Kilbirnie as a standalone branch. Postal services in Kilbirnie will move from 62 Bay Road to the Paper Plus shop next door. The PO Box lobby there will remain, and will be managed by

Paper Plus. New Zealand Post Head of Retail, Mark Yagmich, says the move means customers will be able to keep buying postage and sending parcels from two “convenient” locations. “While we understand this will be a change for our customers, we hope they will enjoy the convenience of having two locations to choose from, with longer opening hours,” Mark says. John Phipps, on behalf of the two pharmacies, says they are “really looking forward to providing postal services to the people of Newtown”. “Our staff will be undergoing training so they will be able to help our customers with their postal needs.” However, anti-closure cam-

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paigners have condemned the announcement. Warwick Taylor, a member of the Newtown Residents’ Association sub-group that organised a petition for a moratorium on Postshop closures, says he is “absolutely brassed off” with the ministerial inaction on the matter. “[State Owned Enterprises Minister] Winston Peters has either been stonewalling or he doesn’t want to know,” Warwick says. “Our petition was about all the Postshops because we thought the move was a breach of the [SOE Act] legislation. He said ‘capitalism needs a human face’.” Fellow sub-group member Amanda Barber is also “disgusted” by the minister’s lack of

response, describing it as a “slap in the face” given that more than 7000 people petitioned against the move. Association president Rhona Carson says while the agencies were expected, concern remained about the loss of additional services such as car relicensing, as well as accessibility issues. Rongotai MP Paul Eagle, whom they submitted the petition to earlier this month, says he is still waiting for someone from Winston Peters’ office to collect the boxes of signatures. On Monday the association submitted a new petition to Paul, with the intention of having their concerns heard by a select committee. Paul has agreed to present it during a sitting of Parliament.

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All hands on deck as pupils aim to produce dream show By Jamie Adams

As St Mark’s Church School prepares to put on its biennial production there is plenty happening behind the scenes – and it’s all being done by the pupils. Most of the school’s year 7 and 8 students are rehearsing to perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, a oneoff end-of-term show to be held next month. However those not performing have been involved in other ways: Designing the set; painting the set, the props and the costumes; and practising for front-of-house stage management. They are even designing the tickets and posters, year 8 teacher and front-of-house co-ordinator Viki Zadimas says. “It gives them a sense of ownership. They take their jobs seriously,” she says. “It’s also educational as they get to see how a show is put together.” Design co-ordinator Leanne Filer says students have tried hard at making the Egyptian and Middle Eastern background look authentic, as per the instruction of

show director Susan Hayworth. “They’ve painted three panels showing the desert, the Nile with palm trees and the Canaan, which is what we know as modern-day Israel,” Leanne says. Students used unwanted materials, such as broken umbrellas, for the props and also created names of all the characters in hieroglyphics. They have been painting panels to place on the Joseph’s “coat of many colours”, which is being made by Leanne, as well as colouring the tie-dyed shirts that will be worn by other characters. “We decided to go with something more contemporary,” costume co-ordinator Cathy Underhill says. “They’ve been working on them for five weeks.” One pupil is even working on a 30-second stop-motion claymation clip for the show’s “Pharaoh/Elvis” dream sequence. He estimates 120 painstaking frames would be needed to complete it. The production will be held at the St Mark’s church hall on April 12 at 6.30pm.

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Theo Hardy, Keeran Naguleswaran and Harry Simons, all 11, work on painting the prop pyramids for St Mark’s Church School’s production Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

WE’RE INVESTING IN OUR REGION An interactive map of Newtown marking areas to improve, love and create. PHOTO: Facebook. By Gianina Schwanecke JOURNALISM STUDENT

Newtown residents want more creative arts spaces, a cycleway and better support for beggars and the homeless, a recent report finds. The report followed last year’s Shine a Light on Newtown sessions which offered residents an opportunity to voice suggestions about future funding and council plans for the region. The Wellington City Council (WCC) has worked closely with community groups in developing the project and received nearly 1000 responses. Some of the more creative suggestions include a ‘libarty’, a loan service where members are able to borrow art pieces. Newtown Residents’ Association president of Rhona Carson is pleased with the report’s findings. “It was gratifying to see how many people put the Newtown Festival as one of their favourite things,” she says. Many residents were unaware the funding was limited to facilities upgrades and feared their feedback would be ignored.

WCC community partnerships coordinator Sophie Parsons says it was a new way of working for the council. “It’s a co-design… there’s joint ownership of the project,” Sophie says. “[It’s a] great way to work with that level of participation with the community.” However the feedback will not be considered in an upcoming spending package as the funding was allocated in 2012. The WCC is to invest $3.4 million into three community facilities, including the Smart Newtown centre, the community centre, and Newtown Hall. Sophie says there is an opportunity to better communicate the project’s aims, but that the council values residents’ input. “There’s a need to communicate better about the project and definitely something we will carry forward. “Although this project is quite specific, it doesn’t mean those other community priorities will be lost and we’re looking at how to continue those conversations.” The project has entered the procurement phase and the council is now seeking designs from several architectural firms. They hope to announce a final plan by June.

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE GREATER WELLINGTON REGIONAL COUNCIL TEN-YEAR PLAN, OUR PRIORITIES AND HOW WE PAY FOR THEM. Speak to a Councillor or Council staff: • Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Wednesday 4 April from 5:30pm • Wellington Harbour Markets, Sunday 8 April from 8:00am For more information and events in your area, please visit or pick up a copy of the consultation document from your local library. CONSULTATION IS OPEN NOW, HAVE YOUR SAY BY SUNDAY 29 APRIL.



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Patrick’s nationwide bike tour illfated but worth it in the end By Jamie Adams

Illness may have robbed him of the chance to ride the entire length of New Zealand, but Newtown’s Patrick Morgan is thrilled to have taken part in Tour Aotearoa for 2018. Patrick, the project manager of the Cycling Action Network, cycled about two-thirds of a 3000km journey from Cape Reinga to Bluff as a member of a brevet (organised nonrace) involving up to 600 others. “I started on February 10 and got to Bluff on March 9.” A stomach bug forced him to abandon about 1000km of the North Island journey soon after he began. He resumed his journey in the lower North Island and was able to cover the entire, and more demanding, South Island route. Patrick had put about a year’s planning and training into the ride. “I went for weekend rides with friends in the back roads of the Wairarapa and Otaki Gorge.” The tour involved a combination of roads, tracks and trails, and while that included negotiating some steep mountain passes, Patrick believes the toughest part was actually on

day one when they rode the length of Ninety Mile Beach. “You’re riding on a beach all day long and mentally it’s tough because there’s not a variety of scenery you get from mountain biking.” By contrast he enjoyed riding through the mountainous terrain of Otago and around Murchison. As a brevet, riders had to be selfsufficient and there were strict rules about the amount of time people could ride. “It’s not a race, otherwise some would have rode three days without sleeping,” Patrick says. “We all had to spend six hours a day off our bikes.” Participants had to complete the tour in under 30 days but no sooner than 10. There were also 30 “photo control points” to prove riders had gone through the area. Patrick recommends the brevet to any rider of moderate fitness who is willing to tackle hundreds of kilometres of cycling. “The oldest rider was in his 70s and the youngest was a 10-year-old with her father.” He hopes to redo it, fully, sometime in the future.

Newtown cycling advocate Patrick Morgan reaches Bluff, the end of this year’s Tour Aotearoa. PHOTO: Supplied

Seatoun’s wheely little racers

Arlo Verhoeven (age 3) takes the lead at Seatoun Kindy’s ‘Wheelathon’ last Friday. Behind him in hot pursuit, from left: Kieran Wells (7) teacher Kerrie Duncan, Joachim Dias (4) and Katie Young (6). PHOTO: Felix Desmarais By Felix Desmarais JOURNALISM STUDENT

Young hooligans were on the loose in Seatoun last week but you won’t be seeing any of them locked up in time out. Seatoun Kindergarten celebrated its annual ‘wheela-

thon’ on March 16 which saw around 50 children from ages three to 12 zooming around a car park to raise funds to keep the kindy running. It was the first wheelathon for Justine Coull, mum to Theo (5), William (3) and Elspeth (1).

Justine says her young family feels very at home in Seatoun. “We’re from abroad and we love it here. “You see kids riding around [in Seatoun] and you don’t get that very often anymore.” Head teacher Tara Jones

says the wheelathon funds will go towards equipment and upgrading old facilities. “It’s a really good community. For me, what this place is is a place where people can meet. “They can come and have a cuppa. It’s a hub.”

Car parks replaced as resilience project under way Coastal Lyall Bay residents are advised to expect disruption as a beach resilience project gets under way. Wellington City Council says the aim of the project is to improve the beach robustness for Lyall Bay. This includes encouraging the establishment of sand dunes and providing defence for roads, footpaths and other structures located adjacent to the beach. The work involves removing a large section of the existing beachside car park, which is regularly subjected to wave action and has also suffered considerable damage during recent storms. To cater for beach users, a new 26-space car park will be established on the northern side of Lyall Parade, to the west of Cochrane Street, prior to seawall improvement works. The affected area is in and around the intersection of Lyall Parade and Cochrane Street, extending to beginning of Moa Point Road. Work is being done in two stages, with it all expected to be completed by August 29. Work hours will be 6.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. While the council does not anticipate any major disruptions to bus services, some other car parks may need to be closed in order for traffic to flow during road works, which will be undertaken by Fulton Hogan.

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New book shatters stereotypes about homeless A book touted as “a human library on homelessness” was launched at the Sisters Home of Compassion Soup Kitchen last Wednesday week. Te Ha Tangata: the Breath of the People is the culmination of the landmark 2017 Human Library on Homelessness project that enabled people who have experienced homelessness, known in this case

as taonga, to share their stories. The project aimed to elevate their voices and challenge the stereotypes and stigma surrounding homelessness. The book documents the project’s journey and shares some of the incredibly moving stories that resulted. Soup Kitchen manager Karen Holland says she learnt much

from her involvement in creating the book. “Not only did I learn about the lives of our taonga, but they taught me what it is like to experience homelessness, the daily rejection, the fear and the need for connection, aroha and dignity,” Karen says. “We hope that the reader will take what the taonga have shared,

without judgement and in turn become tellers of their stories so that more people will share in the matauranga.” Contributor Elspeth Tilley, Massey University’s Associate Professor of Expressive Arts, agrees. “Te H Tangata has completely changed how I interact with others, especially with strangers,”

she says. “I can’t thank taonga enough for their bravery in sharing their stories.” Te Ha Tangata: the Breath of the People was funded by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.  It is available for purchase at (RRP $29.95)

Gallery calls for locals to dip in for themed fundraiser By Jamie Adams

Tapu Te Ranga Gallery curators Rahul Gopinathan, Lyn Christiane and Christine Strang with some of the paintings and artefacts that will be on sale at next week’s Egyptomania event. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

An event to raise funds for a burgeoning Island Bay gallery will give art lovers the chance to get creative with fancy dress as well as ensure the sustainability of a local institution. The Tapu Te Ranga Galley on The Parade is planning “Egyptomnia” next Friday April 6, as an opportunity for locals to show how much they support the business. A number of artworks will be prominently displayed specifically for sale, including one painting by co-owner Rahul Gopinathan called Alchemical Queen. A specially-made necklace will also be raffled off. “We are very excited,” co-owner and curator Lyn Christiane says. “Everybody in Island Bay loves having an art gallery in their suburb,” Lyn says. “However we are finding that in order to keep us alive we need people to get their hands in their pockets.” The gallery has artworks from 38 local artists and in order to keep them on display the owners

have had to fork out to cover the costs of running the shop “as we can’t bear to let them down”, Rahul says. He says it’s great the gallery can organise an event where people can dress according to a theme. With Egyptomania, patrons are encouraged to dress as Egyptian gods or emperors, or even Cleopatra. The gallery has been around for about 18 months and holds a fundraising night once a season. “Midwinter Madness will be the theme for the next one.” Lyn describes her gallery as “magical” and its three curators as “eclectic, eccentric but always exquisite”. “We like to make people’s dreams come true. Rah’s drawing classes have made people go from drawing stick figures to native birds. “We’re trying to build this gallery as a destination for people from other suburbs.”  Egyptomania will be held at Tapu Te Ranga Gallery at 5pm on April 6. Tickets are $15 and include a glass of bubbly and four raffle tickets.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you support allowing pets to ride on buses and trains?

Lisa Ridout, Island Bay Yes, but I did hear they have to be kept in a cage or big enough for a luggage compartment. What happens to big pets? Would they miss out?

Allison Greco, Kilbirnie I think it would be all right - pets are part of the family. It would have to be controllable and just be for small animals.

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Nick Bishop, Ngaio Definitely. Dogs are part of the family and if you want to make public transport a family affair you need all members to be able to go.

Jack Shadbolt, Hataitai “I think it is fine as long as there are certain rules and regulations in place. Pets are really important to some people.”

Hutt council should intervene with our library management Dear Editor, With reference to recent reportage and correspondence concerning the Saturday opening hours at Newtown Library, I think it could be feasible here to make a comparison between the libraries at Newtown and Petone. Why? Because both these areas have a proportion of their population who live in Council / Housing Corp rental accommodation, for one thing.

Wellington ‘beta test site’ for new buses? routes rather than the climby, curvy routes we have in Wellington. I understand Wellington Regional Council has not had the opportunity to observe this bus in use as adopted by other cities, so are they asking Wellington to be a ‘beta’ testing site for the model? I recommend everyone take a ride on one to see what they think. Sincerely, Richard Keller Kilbirnie

NZ Post, Kiwibank hell-bent towards cashless, faceless society Dear Editor; Though I heartily agree with all the loud protests against the planned closing of many Postshops and Kiwi Bank branches, I believe all those angry, indignant expostulations will go unheeded: NZ Post is hellbent on suicide, and very soon. Just recently, when the Manners Street Postshop was out of one stamp denomination, I was told that the Postshop would not have it again: it was not getting any new supplies of stamps, and would soon be closed down for good. It’s not just the Postshops, but countless other organisations, that are bullying and blackmailing their customers or clients into going online for almost everything. For instance, the BNZ Call Centre, which has been understaffed for the last seven or eight years, so that customers have had shockingly long waits to get

Don Mincher, Berhampore If off-peak then yes, as long as they are under control. But goats? Cats and dogs only I reckon.

Continued on page 11.

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: At the Kilbirnie Festival (March 11) I took the opportunity to test ride in the new battery buses. The ride seemed uncomfortable and I had trouble staying in my seat while cornering. My impression was that it is a lighterweight type of bus perhaps with a higher centre of gravity. That could mean more bus leaning on corners though perhaps less stress on tyres. This bus would probably be better as a shuttle bus on short, flat

Cat Martin, Miramar Yeah. You want people to have fewer cars on the road. Taking a taxi to the vet is crazy. It could work.

an answer from a human being, has just reduced its weekly total operating hours from 112 to 76. I wouldn’t mind so much if all the organisations simply allowed customers options so that, gradually, customers would voluntarily change to Online. But this is not quick enough; so people are being forced to go Online, like it or not, to join in the Gadarene rush to the cashless, faceless society run by computers and robots. There will be countless unemployed, even worse than now; and it was just 300 years ago that the godly Dr Isaac Watts wrote his poem ending in the lines, “For Satan finds some mischief still/For idle hands to do.” As true in 2018 as it was in 1718, mark my words! H Westfold, Miramar

It is interesting to note that Petone Library is open from 10am - 5pm on BOTH Saturday and Sundays! Obviously Hutt City Council gets it, i.e. that there are local people around with very little money for discretionary spending at their disposal. Maybe Hutt City Council library staff should stage an intervention with WCC libraries management, and try to get them back on the right path!

And two - very minor - matters. Next time Sarah Wu claims to have met and spoken with me, could she please confirm this info. With a selfie. And may I also suggest to Tracey Mackay that she puts her time and energies into lobbying for Newtown via the Newtown Residents’ Association. Thanks for listening. Christine Swift Island Bay

Racial discrimination works both ways Dear Editor; Re your March 22 item about the event to take place on Saturday March 24, I’m delighted at a festival against racial discrimination and for peace took place in Wellington, and I’m unsurprised that our Mayor opened the event. I’m confident that, by name, it condemned the recent statement by the President of South Africa, a black gentleman, that his ANC Government is to take over, without compensation, the land owned by the white Afrikaaners. I’m sure it also denounced North Korea for brandishing its nuclear weapons, and praised President Trump for confronting North Korea about its doing this. Closer to home, I’ll bet the festival

deplored our own country’s “affirmative action” policies which give special privileges to the indigenous Maori race and the various Pasifika groups in New Zealand (sorry, Aotearoa!) over us whites or any other ethnicities. And the festival is sure to have protested against our own Government’s failure to condemn, unequivocally, the rulers of both South Africa and North Korea for the abovementioned actions. What’s more, in covering the event, all of our Kiwi media, champions of democracy and justice, will have fully reported these laudable demonstrations to promote racial equality, peace, and freedom. That goes without saying. H Westfold, Miramar

Us ‘being part of South China Sea’ was metaphorical trade reference Dear Editor, In reply to Diane Cope (March 22) maybe she should research other books besides her atlas lesson. Our southern suburbs are indeed a part of the South China Sea just as much as we will be directly a part of any subsequent effects of Trump’s trade war on China. Rose Wu (March 22) certainly seems to comprehend more local concerns than Diane in regard to what is really going down for our southern suburbs

with the mayors so-called big-spend ‘resilience’ campaign. Our young Mayor deludes himself into believing that such big-spend of the ratepayers money will miraculously over-ride any impending city bankruptcy? Yours truly, Martin Beck, Mornington (abridged)

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PC council intent on ridding exotic trees Dear Editor; About those Worser Bay pine and macrocarpa trees ruthlessly cut down (CSN Apr. 22), I suspect Mr Cryer thinks what he doesn’t say, but I do: our ever-PC city council seizes every chance to get rid of exotic trees, and replace them with native trees, each time on the transparent excuse that those exotic trees are a potential danger. I’ve seen this happen before in recent years. In fact, the city council is so PC that it ringbarked some young pohutukawa trees because, though native to New Zealand


(sorry, Aotearoa!), they weren’t native to the Wellington region! I love all trees, both native and exotic; and though I know some exotic trees are not deep-rooted, so liable to being blown down in gales, damage and injuries to properties and people have been very rare. I shouldn’t be surprised if the city council has been got at by the Government mob that used to be known as OSH. It became notorious for wanting everyone, notably children, to be so “cotton-woolled” as to be 100 percent safe from accidents, infections, and

attacks. I believe it has been renamed, which isn’t surprising. My imminent “natural burial” at Makara requires a native tree to be the one whose roots will share with the worms a banquet of my rotting corpse and coffin. I’ve requested a rimu; but if an exotic tree had also been allowed, an oak, ash, sycamore, or fir tree would have been as good as a rimu, in my opinion as a born Kiwi. H Westfold, Miramar (abridged)

Council officer’s remarks on tree felling incorrect Dear Editor, In response to last week’s story about the destruction of a glade of historic trees in Worser Bay, Paul Andrews, Council Manager for Parks, Sport and Recreation makes a statement that is factually incorrect. I make three simple observations about Mr Andrews remarks: 1. The claim that the trees were dangerous is incorrect. The trees were not adjacent to Awa Road or any properties in the area and posed no threat to anyone. 2. The claim that the trees had to be clear felled because of the terrain is also incorrect. Any qual-

ified arborist could have removed or trimmed any vulnerable trees as in fact the Council has done at this location on previous occasions. 3. It was also not a matter of not “having the luxury of allowing nature to run its course” The trees were nowhere near the end of their natural life and had at least 40 or more years remaining. I regret that I cannot be more specific but by any accounting, it was certainly longer than the natural life of the current Council. Yours faithfully John Cryer Miramar

Pupils get moving – and dressing up – for Movin’ March

ABOVE: Lachie Sutherland and Stanley Carter in front of dozens of scooters ridden to school by fellow pupils. PHOTO: Hilleke Townsend RIGHT: Island Bay School pupils, from left, Luca Hiotakis, Lola Doyle, Connie Wiles, Alfie Doyle, George Doyle, Fionn Page and the teacher Alice Domett dressed in costumes for their “WOW Family Day” as part of Movin’ March.  PHOTO: Hilleke Townsend

Island Bay students went all-out with their teachers and parents, dressing themselves up as well as their scooters, bikes and helmets to celebrate WOW (Walking Or Wheeling) Family Day with the school last Friday. Back for its third year in Wellington and held from March 5

to 29, Movin’ March was organised by Greater Wellington Regional Council together with local councils to encourage more active ways for children to get to school, be it walking, cycling, skating or scootering. Greater Wellington school travel coordinator Kirsty Barr

says fun activities included the WOW Passport Challenge, 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.” T here wa s a lso a post er

competition, pa rent photo competition a nd plenty of class activities to engage the children and also get them moving. Both pupils and teachers at Island Bay Schools helped celebrate the month with the WOW Family Day event, with

many dressing as superheroes or in onesies. Teacher Alice Domett says the school has benefited from the month of awareness, which pupils “absolutely love”. “We have seen a noticeable decrease in car traffic at the school gate.”

New traffic roundabout for Island Bay foreshore Work is set to start on implementing new traffic and pedestrian safety measures at the intersection of The Esplanade and Reef Street in Island Bay. The work, which will include construction of a new traffic roundabout, is part of a range of changes in the area that are about improving the safety and efficiency of bus movements. Wellington City Council’s Transport Strategy Portfolio Leader, Chris Calvi-Freeman,

says the $400,000 project will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists in the area as well as make life easier for bus drivers. “The new roundabout on the foreshore will enable buses to turn around safely – and will be a traffic-calming measure. It will help to slow traffic heading along the Esplanade – meaning it’ll improve safety for people crossing the road to get to and from the beach.”

Chris says the project includes the shifting of the bus stops in the area and the provision of new lay-over areas for buses. He says the removal of trolley buses from the Island Bay route has allowed the bus turnaround area to be shifted. “For years the buses have turned at the intersection of The Parade and Reef Street. It’s quite a constricted intersection – and it’s not ideal from a traffic safety and visibility point-of-view.”

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Wellington Free Ambulance offers Easter safety tips With the Easter break coming up, it is important to be proactive and prepared in keeping yourself safe and well. As people head out of the city to enjoy a long weekend elsewhere, traffic on the roads increases, along with risk. Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic Amanda Johnston says she often sees drivers getting frustrated behind the wheel and driving too fast during the busy Easter break. “A lack of patience on the road means drivers are too eager to overtake and do so when they don’t have a good visual of the road ahead. This causes a lot of crashes and head-on collisions.” Amanda emphasises the importance of using your seatbelts, appropriate child seats, and taking regular rest breaks to manage fatigue. “It’s about doing your part to ensure you’re driving

safely, whilst being aware of those driving around you.” Off the road, if you’re planning an Easter egg hunt for your children, Amanda says it’s best to be careful when choosing the location. “Keep away from roads and stay away from obstacles where children have the potential to injure themselves.” GP services will have limited availability over the Easter break, so being organised is key. Amanda says “Make sure you’re up to date with your prescriptions. “If you feel unwell before the Easter break, make sure you visit your GP in plenty of time. “If you need medical advice during the break, there will be selected pharmacies open, and Healthline is an excellent service that is just a phone call away. If you need an ambulance call 111”.  Healthline: 0800 611 116

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Culture Kicks showcases Wellington’s football diversity Team of Roy’s has won the right to represent Wellington at this year’s New Zealand Communities Football Cup after winning the annual ‘Culture Kicks’ tournament at Newtown’s Te Whaea sportsfield March 18. Over 220 players and 24 teams contested the 2018 tournament. Team of Roys were victorious after a 1-0 win in the final. First played in 2006, Culture Kicks is a five-a-side football tournament that celebrates football’s ability to bring people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds together for the love of the beautiful game. It is supported by Wellington City Council, and teams representing cultures as diverse as Eritrea, Indonesia and Somalia entered, with Team of Roy’s having English football heritage on their side. New migrants and refugees are encouraged to take part, and tournament organiser Tony Morrison says the tournament is an important avenue for different cultures and communities to find common ground through football. “Culture Kicks has got a real festival

atmosphere. We love to see the passion people bring to the game and the different styles of football that come out on the day.” The final’s only goal was scored by Team of Roy’s player and Tournament MVP Martin Packer. He says the experience had been ‘unbelievably good’. Originally from Leeds, but now a Hataitai resident, Packer said the team’s strategic approach had centred around ball possession and the team was ecstatic to achieve victory. The victory was all the more unlikely due to an early loss and a draw which saw Team of Roy’s make the quarter finals on goal difference alone. He looks forward to the New Zealand Communities Football Cup in Auckland, which would be contested by other regional winners. Developed by the New Zealand Police in 2008, the New Zealand Communities Football Cup connects diverse communities, celebrates success and encourages positive social change.

Martin Packer, of Hataitai, holds aloft the SportZone Champions Trophy, backed by Team of Roy’s (from left), Amaar Ali, Sam Gillespie, Khalid Razouk, Jonty Bilderbeck and, Billy Scott. PHOTO: Michael Welsh

An extreme Easter Weekend on Wellington harbour Wellington Harbour will hold New Zealand’s premier extreme water-sports event this weekend. “Waterbourne” brings together in one three-day competition national-level races in kite surfing, wind surfing, and stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding. Based in Eastbourne, Waterbourne will include the New Zealand Slalom Windsurfing Na-

tionals, the Kite Big Air Nationals, SUP racing, the Waterbourne Ocean Clash, and the charity Paddle for Hope. Waterbourne organiser and professional windsurfer Laurence Carey says Wellington is the perfect place to hold the extreme water-sports event and has received entries from across New Zealand and the Pacific.

“Wellington’s harbour winds provide the perfect opportunity for wind surfers and kite surfers to race, as well as creating an awesome sight for spectators,” Laurence says. “More than 60 competitors have registered for the competition this year, coming from all over the country and Pacific. Everyone is thrilled to be competing in the

coolest little capital in the world.” Professional kitesurfer Marc Jacobs says he can’t think of a better place in New Zealand to hold Waterbourne and the Kite Big Air Nationals. “It’s great to have the Kite Big Air Nationals held in the windiest place in the country this year. “With Big Air becoming such a popular discipline, I think Wel-

lington is the perfect place to put competitor’s skills to the test.” The Waterbourne event will run from March 30 to April 1, including a free beach party this Saturday at Eastbourne’s Bishop Park which will feature live music acts, food and drinks, market stalls and the Paddle for Hope cancer fundraiser.

Sports talk EBIS pupils dive on to a water mat during last year’s Fun Run. PHOTO: Supplied

Evans Bay Intermediate to put fun into fundraising Evans Bay Intermediate School is gearing up for a major fundraising project - the EBIS Fun Run. Deputy Principal Wikus Swanepoel says the annual event gives students the opportunity to be sponsored to complete a run or walk through a series of obstacles. This year the Friends of EBIS committee is aiming to collect $100 000 to be used for building a much needed basketball court. It will be used in school time for skills coaching and learning and by students who play in the basketball teams to practice for their games. “The basketball court would also provide a flat

space suitable for use by Kimi Ora Students for using wheelchairs and taking part in physical activities with physios and occupational therapists,” Wikus says. The school has also created a Givealittle page and the public can donate any amount to this worthy course. Wikus says people who want to find out more about the school and their fundraising projects are more than welcome to contact him at The Fun Run will take place on Friday, May 11 at the school.

Local rugby results for March 24: Premier (Swindale Shield)

Marist St Pats beat Wellington 25-16 Tawa beat Oriental-Rongotai 39-26 Poneke beat Upper Hutt 32-17

Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield) Marist St Pats beat Wellington 53-19 Tawa beat Oriental-Rongotai 19-10 Poneke beat Upper Hutt 29-19

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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 South Africa 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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