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Supporting Wellington’s favourite charity By Glenise Dreaver

Recently, the Neighbourly organisation’s votes for their favourite charity helped the Wellington Samaritans group win a $6000 AMI Community Grant. Of the five finalists Samaritans received 42.4 percent of all votes. They are on the phone 24/7, providing support and guidance for people at difficult times in their life, before they reach crisis point. The funds will help pay for their telephone service and an upgrade to their phone and IT systems, enabling them to provide an enhanced service to callers using their 24/7 helpline. Continued on page 2. Kelly Wright of Karori, one of the volunteers for Samaritans Wellington. They take over 25,000 calls annually from people who feel they have nobody else they can talk to.

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A listening ear for those in need Contined from page 1. For seven years, Samaritan volunteer Kelly Wright of Karori has worked out of the Crypt at the Anglican Cathedral of St Paul in Molesworth Street. The callers Kelly and other volunteers work with may feel friendless, be struggling financially, have lost their job, be going through a relationship breakdown or dealing with a family bereavement They might be struggling with a mental illness or addiction, or be victims of family violence. Kelly, who is retired, began volunteering after a crisis in

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Allan Taylor of Khandallah has some questions about the push to introduce electric cars and buses to Wellington streets. He says he is not opposed to electric vehicles, and phas-

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ing out petrol emissions is good, but he does have a safety concern. He describes an unexpected event he witnessed with an electric car just over a week ago. As he walked along the pavement, a woman driving an

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well.” For overnight shifts, between 11pm – 7am, and the crypt has two beds and a kitchen, with possible time to sleep. “There is never just one volunteer on duty. “Most callers are regulars. At least 50 percent.” “Some people imagine we deal with the drama of talking people off window ledges.” Although there have been dramatic moments, that seldom happens. “Most of the calls I take are from people who are lonely, not necessarily alone, and just need to share a problem with

someone who really listens.” The coaching in active listening is crucial. “Very few of us are naturally active listeners.” Kelly’s involvement with Samaritans has grown and she now has a fund-raising role, with the aim to refurbish the crypt. “After 53 years it’s very tired and not really fit for purpose.” The plans for that are now with an architect, she says. “Donations welcome!”  The number for Samaritans New Zealand 24/7 crisis line is 0800 726 666.

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her own life. She says she was “incredibly lucky” to have close friends who listened when she needed it. “But so many people don’t have close friends, or the nature of their problem means they don’t want to talk about it with them.” She was, like all volunteers, given coaching and mentoring before she started on what is usually a weekly two-hour shift and a four-hour overnight shift once a month. In her case that will often be between 7- 9pm. “That way I’m finished in the garden and the time suits me

Allan Taylor: Driveways will be much more of a danger to pedestrians with electric vehicles becoming more common. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver


electric car pulled out into the carriageway. “There was no sound at all. I could see her but not hear her. That got me thinking. “It would be so easy to get bowled. As children we were always taught: “Stop. Look. Listen. “But you can’t hear anything. It’s not so much an issue on the roads, but what will be happening as these cars drive out of carparks in places like supermarkets or across footpaths from carpark buildings “And what if you were blind?” So he put in a phone call to the Road Safety Authority and learnt this was a known issue worldwide and was still under consideration here. “So doing my civic duty, I then rang the Foundation for the Blind.” “They knew about it too, but the person I spoke to said they were a very small association.” He was also told that in some countries electric cars have to have a noise built in for this very reason. “What are we doing about it in New Zealand?” Allan also followed the issue

up with Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor who, he says, was interested in seeing how much of a problem it is and how it is being dealt with here and overseas. Greg is clear though, that the buses are a local authority issue. “And of course we have had trolley buses in Wellington for years running on electricity, albeit they were relatively noisy up close, he said.” On the Friday before Easter week, Wellington City Council hosted the Leading the Charge electric vehicle road trip as it stopped in Wellington on its way from Bluff to Cape Reinga. Some Wellingtonians joined the gathering in Cuba Mall and were able to have a free ride in a Tranzurban single deck electric bus. There was general comment on how silent it was. With the probability of 10 electric double-deck buses being in service in Wellington later this year, Allan is interested to see how safety issues will be managed. Otherwise, he says: “Sooner or later someone will be killed.”

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Health volunteers awards Nominations are open for the 2018 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards to recognise volunteers who support health and disability services. Minister of Health Dr David Clark said that from helping people to navigate their way around hospitals and health services to providing community or at home support, health volunteers make a real difference. Nominations can be for a volunteer’s long-term commitment, and achievement, an outstanding success, or action above and beyond the call of duty. For more information, see http:// Nominations close on May 18. The awards will be presented during National Volunteer Week, June 17-23.

NZ Post postal rate increases Jan Pike, the retiring co-ordinator of the Johnsonville Community Centre, at right, with two colleagues Debbie Avison (left) and Christine Ritchie. PHOTO provided By Glenise Dreaver

Jan Pike, well known for her 29 years as co-ordinator of the Johnsonville Community Centre, has reluctantly decided to retire for health reasons. She’s very clear it’s not because she’s had enough. Typically, she doesn’t want a retirement function with speeches and words of praise. Co-workers Debbie Avison and Christine Ritchie have both known her for many years however, and did ask if they could let the Independent Herald know – and she agreed. Here’s what Debbie and Christine say: “She developed such strong relationships with community groups and other organisations like Wellington City Council,” says Debbie. “She

also served on the Wellington Community Network for Not For Profit organisations and the Wellington Council for Social Services.” Jan was instrumental in getting the Johnsonville Community Centre to completion in 1995. “That was a huge amount of work,” Christine said. “She had to liaise with everyone. Then there was the fitting out.” She also set up the local Foodbank in conjunction with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau “That was a huge notable achievement,” said Debbie. And, in the interests of balance, did you ever see her fierce? “Oh yes,” said Christine, who can speak with authority having worked with Jan for 15 years. “We’ve watched er

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see off some of the aggressive ‘dropper-inners’ that we can get here.” The two friends also recall a lot of laughs. Jan, they said, had the knack of never being there for fire drills. There was one spectacular absence in 2013, when white powder was sent in an envelope to then-MP Peter Dunne’s office. “About 10 f i re engines turned up,” said Christine. “The police were all out too.” She was isolated inside the taped-off building. “We were nearly having to go through the showers they set up over the road, and then put on white hazard suits,” she said. Then it was discovered the powder was baking soda. Jan came back from the shops where she’d been shop-

ping for Foodbank wondering what all the fuss was about. “It was quite exciting and funny. Afterwards,” says Christine. W hat words would her friends use to describe her? They brainstormed. “Committed. Loyal. Community-focussed. Outgoing.” The Community Centre’s chairman, committee and staff also all wish it to be known that they regret losing her in this manner and wish her all the very best. So many people have been asking about Jan in recent weeks that her colleagues just wanted to let the community know that she has resigned, and to pay tribute to her in their own way. And The Independent Herald has been happy to help them with that.

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Foodbank appeal Newlands Foodbank is appealing for help to keep their store cupboards full. The following items are particularly needed: Tinned fish (especially tuna), tinned meats and stews, long life and powdered milk, cooking oil, tinned soups, pasta sauces, margarine, Milo, toilet paper, sanitary products, toothpaste, shampoo. They ask that all donated items are within ‘best by’ dates. Items can be dropped off at the centre during opening hours of 9am-5pm.

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inbrief news Public input into education sought Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is asking children, young people and their parents to share their vision for education and help shape its future, as part of a major review of the entire sector. The national Education Conversation Kōrero Mātauranga, has been launched with an online public survey, the initial step in the first major review of education for 30 years. The survey precedes two national Education Summits, in Christchurch on May 5-6 and Auckland on May 12-13. It is available in English, te reo Māori and Pacific languages. The Ministry of Education is working to find possible summit participants. Education Minister Chris Hipkins will consider nominations from stakeholders and send out invitations. To access the survey, go to

Town Hall work beginning Earthquake strengthening on the 114-year-old building town hall will start in the next two weeks. The first stage will secure the unreinforced brick parapets and facades before the main refurbishment starts later in the year.  The building has been closed since 2013 and is due to be reopened in 2021 as a joint facility between Wellington City Council, Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

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High levels of interest in thriller from Ngaio author By Glenise Dreaver

Michael Munro of Ngaio is coming to terms with the interest being shown in his new self-published environmental thriller Eye of the Songbird. It’s been published both electronically for Kindle and in hard copy – printing is costly, but he loves to hold a book himself. This self-described reclusive clearly finds the positive reviews on sites like Amazon a huge endorsement - and a huge relief. Paper Plus have come down in full support of this local author with all branches stocking the book including Paper Plus Johnsonville. He sold 51 copies on the night of the book’s

launch through Paper Plus Porirua, with copies also selling well in their shop. Unity Books in Willis Street have also shown early interest, making Eye of the Songbird available in their shop. He describes his work, eight years in the writing, as “New Zealand-centric” exploring deep concerns around environmental decay, amoral commercial endeavour and government disillusionment in an increasingly globalized world. “I want it to snatch people’s hearts with challenging ideas, hopefully leaving readers feeling better. Guys in fast cars brandishing guns, that sort of staple thriller imagery, doesn’t really do it for me.”

Or not. Now 58, he attended Karori Primary School and Wellington College, but says wryly: “I didn’t do well at school.” Michael says he started the guts of the novel while living in London as a professional musician, making a good living as a “dep”, filling in for regulars. His first experience came within days. “Can you be in Mombasa next week?” That wasn’t a one-off. “The travel was most compelling.” He also worked on luxury cruise ships, hosting tables with the very rich and/or very famous. There is another book “brewing” from that, as well as a sequel to Eye of the Songbird.

Michael Munro. His self published novel is moving quickly off the shelves. PHOTO provided

Eye of the Songbird starts immediately with a crevasse accident in Antarctica. Michael’s offshore experience of life clearly informs how the characters reveal themselves.

One girl’s extraordinary journey By Glenise Dreaver

“It was more difficult than I thought!” Former policewoman and

Khandallah image consultant Sheryn Adamson is describing the journey she has taken to publishing her life experiences. Life Wide Open: One Girl’s

Local writer Sheryn Adamson with MP Greg O’Connor, also a former police officer.

On April 1 2018, the United Kingdom introduced a sugary drinks tax. Researchers at the University of Otago (Wellington) believe that should also be happening in New Zealand. The UK is joining many other countries that now have some variety of a sugary drinks tax, a tax that has been shown to work and have positive spill-over effects. A sweetened sugary beverage (SSB) tax is rapidly gaining traction as a public health measure amongst countries concerned about their growing rates of obesity and diabetes.

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Extraordinary Journey takes in her twelve years as a police officer as well as more than a decade of struggling with infertility and IVF. She kept journals during those times and they provided a rich source of information about the many issues she encountered. Sheryn, from a strong Salvation Army background, says her book also details her journey to align her belief in a good God with the awful things she has seen. Now the mother of “two beautiful girls aged almost 12, and 10”, she left the police when her first child was born but husband Bradley still works at police national headquarters. It was when she was bedridden for a long time after a hysterectomy in 2015 that she decided to do something with

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the journals. She was lucky to fall into the hands of an expert who worked with her on issues of spelling, grammar and structure. “That was a grand tidying up. She turned it into a book,” says Sheryn. (And that’s the bit she admits was more difficult than she thought.) Life Wide Open was launched at a function in the Khandallah Town Hall on March 25, with friends and family and those who had helped her along the way. To her amazement, some 130 plus people turned up. She was very gratified that local MP Greg O’Connor, with his strong connections and long career with the New Zealand police spoke at the launch, though she had not known him personally until then. “He made a great speech.”


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A community treasure brings life to disused land


Vision for city and suburbs David Chick, chief city planner for Wellington, is to talk about his vision for the city and suburbs at the annual meeting of the Onslow Residents’ Community Association. He will speak at the annual general meeting of the association on Wednesday April 11, when the group meets at 7.30pm at the Khandallah Town Hall.




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The Khandallah Community Gardens, on what was previously an unused piece of land on the corner of Mandalay Terrace and Onslow Road, provides a splash of colour and life for the area in all seasons. Co-ordinator Kate Misa says the site is treated with respect, having had only one session where they were “graffitied”.

“And that was all round this area, not just us. We actually feel very loved.” The group has recently planted some new brassicas and herbs she said, though the fruit trees which form a large focus in the garden have not provided a great harvest this year. “But that is normal for newish trees.” While there had been lots of blossom she thought that people might have been “picking as they

go” before the fruit was fully ripe. “Hopefully next year.” She said they encourage foraging, with herbs scattered through the garden and they have been very pleased by the lots of comments in the visitors book, including a number from overseas visitors. “People seem to take their visitors to the garden.” The book is kept in the letterbox which also operates as a little free library on site.

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Explore the Miracle of flight! discover the science behind how planes, bats, birds and bugs fly & make your own flying machine. $30 per child per day / Bookings essential Tue 17, Wed 18, Thu 19 April, 9am–12.30pm

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School Holiday Programme The camp experience is a hard one to put into words. It’s about the bonding between people. It’s about final night campfire. It’s about experiencing an entirely new culture. It is like no other experience in the

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Space Place School Holidays High Fliers Explore the miracle of flight! Discover the science behind how heavy planes appear to fly effortlessly through the air and why bats, birds, and bugs can fly. But humans can’t.

A workshop for kids to make their own airborne creation, then race against others to see whose invention glides the furthest. Suitable for ages 7+.

Badjelly the Witch at Kidzstuff Theatre Packed with quirky characters, big and small, crazy coincidences and we can't forget Bad Jelly herself. As well as being woven throughout with KidzStuff's awesome tradition of audience interaction, Bad jelly is just what you need to stretch those legs and laughing muscles these school holidays. So get out your broomsticks and come

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The Southward Car Museum The Southward Car Museum is a world famous automobile museum housing a collection of over 400 vehicles both old and new, as well as three aircraft. Lots to see and the large outside grounds with a lake behind are ideal for a picnic. Southwards is rated as one of the best and largest car museums in the southern hemisphere and you can


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Urgent need for volunteers By Glenise Dreaver

Randall Day, manager of the Salvation Army’s Family Store in Johnsonville, says they are “desperately short” of volunteers. There is to be an evening meeting on Thursday April 12 between 6-7pm to give prospective volunteers a behindthe-scenes view of what happens at the store and help them find a role that appeals to them. They need quite a few people to serve behind the counter. “Some people with an eye for fashion might prefer to work in our clothing section, for example.” There is also a pressing need for someone who can drive a truck for

pick-ups, he says. “All people need is a few hours free between 9am-5pm. Just three hours on one day is good, or more if it suits.” “We have one young guy who is in five days a week. That’s really awesome.” But most people don’t have that much time. What the store does need though are people with commitment. “We’re hoping they’ll be with us for the long haul.” Once a volunteer has stayed for a while they can do a free New Zealand Qualifications Authority unit standard retail course that is recognised nationally. “So it’s a two-way street,” he says, adding that the volunteers can get something valuable from this work as well.

Make daylight saving life saving Firefighters are urging people to check and test their smoke alarms. Last year crews responded to 3143 fi res at residential homes throughout the country, but only half, or 1569, of those homes had smoke alarms. Mike Shaw, Fire and Emergency spokesperson, says working smoke alarms give people an early alert to a fi re in their home. He says now that daylight saving

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If you have Neck or Back Pain, mark Saturday 7th April in your Calendar Neck pain and back pain are at near-epidemic proportions and so is medication use to help relieve the pain. Unfortunately, the widespread use of medication is leading to the problem getting worse. Instead of people seeking to solve the cause of their pain, they mask the symptoms with painkillers. People are so busy nowadays that they do not even have time to think about the cause of the symptoms. Let’s consider an age-old analogy. If you are walking around with a stone in your shoe your foot will become sore. Let’s say, instead of removing the stone, you take drugs to stop feeling the pain. In a short time you would need more medication to cope with the pain and physical damage could occur. This seems like a stupid example because nobody would leave the stone in their foot. Yet, people are walking around with vertebral subluxation in their spine causing neck and back pain and they don’t do anything about it. Vertebral subluxation is the dysfunction of the spinal bones that irritates

the spinal nerves and can lead to neck and back pain and many other symptoms. The subluxations are caused by the accumulative stresses and loading on our spine and the big and small injuries we sustain throughout our lives. Around the world the use of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs is all too common, as people seek a quick solution to their problem. Not only are there many harmful side-effects from overuse of these drugs, but they delay the proper treatment of the cause of the problem. However, many people are turning to chiropractors for a natural approach to restoring normal spinal function. Chiropractic care has a phenomenal success rate at helping those people with back pain, neck pain and headaches, without the same side effects of medication. Dr Arturo Quiroz who has recently started working at Kelly Chiropractic explains is simply: “By getting the spine moving better, people can feel better and function better, allowing them to move

freely without pain.” Every year on 7th April we celebrate World Health Day. This is a day for patting yourself on the back for all the healthy habits you currently have and also an opportunity to challenge yourself to be healthier. This could be more regular exercise, better snack preparation each day, becoming more mindful, drinking extra glasses of water, etc. On Saturday morning, 7th April, chiropractor Dr Arturo Quiroz will be at Kelly Chiropractic offering free spinal checks from 8am – 12noon. Call us today, 04 4786194, to book in for a complimentary 10-minute spinal check, to determine if you could benefit from chiropractic care. PS: In the increasingly independent world we live in it’s important to connect with and care about other people. You could celebrate World health Day by helping someone else become healthier: encouraging good habits, asking them to join you on a walk, challenge them to a burpee challenge, or encourage them to get their spine checked. Getting a free 10-minute spinal check could be the best thing they ever do for their health. Call us on 04 4786194 to book in your family and friends.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: There is a push to remove the legal requirement to wear cycle helmets. Yes or no?

Nikki Delaney. Johnsonville “That’s stupid. It’s a safety precaution, the same as a seatbelt in a car.”

Pasha Ahmadi, Lower Hutt/Tawa “That’s not a good idea!”

Samuel Pou, Johnsonville “It seems to be saving lives. I’m all for keeping it compulsory.”

Kuljit Kaur, Porirua “That’s odd … helmets are for safety.”

Cherry Skinner, Kapiti “It’s ridiculous! Helmets save lives!”

Jan Hughes, Khandallah “That’s stupid! Why would they?”

Local youth tackle a coming of age story One of Wellington’s newest musical theatre companies, WITCH, is presenting the Tony award-winning rock opera Spring Awakening between April 10-21 at Bats Theatre. A number of young people in the cast are from the northern suburbs The director, 24-year-old Ben Emerson, took on the challenge of the New Zealand premier, wanting to see a cast in their early 20s directed by their peers. It is a very timely production, despite being based on a German play written in the late 19th century. The universal themes covered include exam pressures, sexual abuse, suicide, first love and an adult world which fails to provide a safe environment for young people. Ben says: “The ‘Spring Awakening’ comes around every gen-

eration.” The show resonates in the 21st century and it interesting that The Stoneman Douglas High School students who, following a massacre at their school, have been famously vocal in their quest for gun reform, were in fact rehearsing Spring Awakening at the time the killings occurred . Ben, as director, said he felt the biggest responsibility of the actors in his show was to unpack the emotion. “Make it honest and ensure it has a New Zealand voice”. He hopes that young people will come and see themselves in the characters, and maybe feel a little less lonely, and that adults will come to the show and see the need for change, “becoming the champions to opening up the world for these kids”.

These young people from the northern suburbs are part of the cast of the rock opera Spring Awakening. From left: Alan Palmer, Caitlin Penrose, Jess Old and Alex Rabina, (kneeling) Maxwell Apse and Joseph Mara. PHOTO: Ben Emerson.

Barista wants to brew the best in national champs By Dan Whitfield

Frank Hsu is looking to become New Zealand’s next barista champion. PHOTO: Dom Thomas

Local barista Frank Hsu is attempting to make his best coffee yet. The Wellington man and owner of Frank’s on The Terrace and in Newtown will make another appearance at the New Zealand Barista Championship later this month. Frank tested his coffeemaking skills in the same competition last year leaving with a respectable third place. That said, this year he has his sights set on the top spot. This year Frank is getting technical. His goal is to use a “unique method that looks into coffee particle size” and how extracting coffee using similar sized particles

eliminates problems with the extraction process. “[This will] make the flavour more transparent and bring back how coffee is meant to taste,” Frank says. As part of the competition, Frank will make four espressos, four milk beverages, and four signature beverages in 15 minutes – all while explaining the process from start to finish, how the coffee was grown, the processing method that was used and how everything translates into the flavours in the cup. The New Zealand Barista Championship is run in close comparison with the World Barista Championship. The winner will travel to the World of Coffee in Amsterdam in June as New Zealand’s representative.

“I’m building upon the foundation I had from preparing last year. This time I’m more aware of the rules and regulations, how judges would score a competitor based on the sensory experience, and how important it is for a barista to research deeper into method and knowledge and using latest technology to bring out the most potential out of the same coffee,” he says. “Knowledge and skills empowers [the] barista to take back the control of extraction from machinery and to methodically extract every ounce of the flavour from the coffee while achieving ideal optimum balance in the cup.” This year’s competition is being held at the Expressions Arts and Entertainment Cen-

tre in Upper Hutt. Frank is set to showcase his skills as part of the national heats at 11:25am on Saturday, April 14. He will compete on Sunday, April 15 if he makes it through to the finals. “I’m pretty confident this year as I know how much better my knowledge, skills have become over the yer and how much better the coffee taste this time around.” Frank is encouraging his regular customers as well as anyone wanting to see New Zealand’s best baristas in action to come along on the day. Frank also went up against the best in 2009 where he placed ninth in New Zealand. In 2010, he was fourth in Wellington.

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Pencils symbols of life learning

Some St Benedicts School pupils with their principal Michael Hinds and alongside the pencils symbolising the Catholic school’s values. PHOTO Supplied

St Benedicts Primary School Principal Michael Hinds says the decision to construct four large ‘pencils’ displaying the school’s values in English and Maori at the front of their school was an

easy one. “Those EPIC values are of Empathy, Perseverance, Integrity and Creativity,” he says, explaining that they originated from their founding order, the Brigidine

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Dale to add to Kaaren’s shot these outcomes. with her last bowl, 7.00pm forcing an Players at the National Pathextra end. Monday 30th November ways Play-off’s in Wanganui are Two of the men’s teams, Brian Logan and Brady Amer in the At the Clubrooms Cleaver and Terry Osment, and Men’s Pairs, Brent Stubbins and Brent Stubbins and Rob Veale, Judy Howatt in the Mixed Pairs, Corner both reached the semioffiMain nals. RoadDale Raynor in the Women’s Moohan Wainuiomata As theand teams were Streets, competing Singles and Dale Raynor, Robyn in a tournament with 70 starters, Bishop and Alison Colgate in they could be well pleased with the Women’s Triples.

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Anyone listening to and watching Parliament, especially Question Time, might get the impression that it’s all animosity and aggravation between the parties, but that’s not generally the case. Obviously it’s the job of the National Party to use the media to try to paint a negative picture of the Government and be very vocal about any and every issue they can. Most of it is theatre, but the real work is done in select committees, where the public’s views on legislation are considered and the performance of government departments are scrutinised. I actually feel a little sorry for the opposition MPs as they now are being exposed at select committees to the serious underfunding and lack of investment in basic infrastructure over recent years. While the goal of the previous government to run a surplus might have been lauded by some, the reality of it is all our businesses, and even our home budgets could be in the black if we didn’t do

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OUT&about ‘Pace Egging’ with Morris dancers There was frivolity at Central Park when local families joined Wellington’s Morris dancers in the annual Easter Fun Pace Egging event on Sunday. Children brought decorated eggs to compete for prizes following performances from members of the Tawa-based Britannic Bedlam Morris Gentlemen and White Rose Women clubs. They all then gathered to participate in egg-rolling and egg-tossing competitions. Competitors engage in the egg-tossing contest. The winners were whoever still held an intact egg after five rounds, which saw an increase in the distance tossed each time.

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Brooklyn’s Tom Curtain, 11, with his impressive egg-hosting rocket he entered in the best-decorated egg contest. Milli Kiechle-Kane, 6, and Lucy Kiechle-Kane, 11, of Karori, who won the best-decorated egg competitions in their respective age groups, hold their designs with their chocolately prizes.

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LAMB, Steven John: Mar 27, 2018. WAGNER, Graham Albert: Mar 29, 2018. NAFTEL Anthony Edwin (Tony): passed away on 26 March at Wellington Hospital, in his 80th year. Sadly missed by family and friends. Reunited at last with Diana. Tony was cremated on 29 March and a service to celebrate his life was held on 3 April. OLDERSHAW, Jack – On 26 March 2018 in Wellington. Messages to ‘the Oldershaw family’ may be posted c/- PO Box 7123 Wellington 6242 or left on Jack’s tribute page at A service to celebrate Jack’s life will be held at The Wilson Funeral Home 375 Adelaide Road, Newtown on Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 1pm. The Wilson Funeral Home, Newtown & Karori - Locally Owned. STEFANIDIS, George: - On 28 March 2018, aged 84. Messages to ‘the Stefanidis family’ may be posted c/- PO Box 7123 Wellington 6242. Family and friends will join in a service to celebrate George’s life at The Wilson Funeral Home, 375 Adelaide Road, Newtown on Wednesday 4 April 2018 at 11am. The Wilson Funeral Home, Newtown & Karori - Locally Owned.

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Wicked Wellington weather makes Waterbourne a success Wellington provided ideal conditions for extreme water-sports athletes over Easter Weekend, allowing them to showcase their abilities in a variety of challenging conditions. From March 30 to April 1, the Waterbourne events, based at Eastbourne’s Bishop Park and beach , included the New Zealand Slalom Windsurfing Nationals, Kite Big Air Nationals, the Waterbourne Ocean Clash, SUP Racing, and the cancer charity event Paddle for Hope. More than 80 athletes competed at the three-day competition. Day one of Waterbourne provided perfect conditions for the Paddle for Hope charity race and the SUP sprints, with Trevor Tunnington (Auckland) winning the men’s title and Helen Blair (Auckland) claiming the women’s title. Despite rough conditions developing during the multi-faceted Ocean Clash race on day two, Tunnington battled his way to victory. Matt Taggart (Raglan) was the first kitesurfer to cross the line. With a beach full of spectators and perfect winds, Saturday also held the Kite Big Air Nationals, with Auck-

lander Ticiana Fetterman’s spectacular performance taking her to the women’s title and Marc Jacobs (Auckland) claiming the men’s title. Slalom windsurfing racing dominated the final day of Waterbourne, with Jack Holliday from Auckland claiming the Waterbourne Windsurfing title ahead of brother Luke Holliday. Aucklanders may have dominated the results, but event organiser and professional windsurfer Laurence Carey was proud of the success of New Zealand’s premier extreme water-sports event in Wellington. “The ideal weather conditions and the fantastic spirits brought by all the competing athletes created an awesome and intense weekend of competition. “It was fantastic to see the Wellington community come out and support our athletes over the weekend, particularly those who saw the Kite Big Air Nationals on Saturday. That was quite the show. “Next year we hope for Waterbourne to be even bigger, which will allow for more athletes to compete from overseas and New Zealand,” said Carey.

The Ocean Clash competitors faced rough conditions at Eastbourne on Day 2. PHOTO: Supplied.

Wellington RFU has surplus

Kim Jong rules on ‘Unduro’

The Wellington Rugby Football Union announced a second successive financial surplus at its 139th annual meeting at the Paremata Plimmerton club on Wednesday night. Off the back of hosting the British and Irish Lions, combined with a positive

Hurricanes season, a title-winning Mitre 10 Cup Championship season and continued prudent cost management, the union posted a $204,000 surplus. This follows on from its 2016 surplus of $191,000.

CORRECTION There is a correction to the story on page 19 of last week’s Independent Herald: “Marsden’s top sporting achievements celebrated.” Imogen Skelton came second in the

National Athletics Open Women’s high jump with 1.73m and was first in the U-20 women’s high jump with 1.74 m. The Independent Herald apologises for the error.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Change, not demise for Joseph Parker Carrie McLachlan winning last year’s Winston Peters Enduro-First Enduro. PHOTO: Dan Sharpe

You’ve heard of mountain bike enduros. You won’t have heard of The Kim Jong Unduro though. It’s a one-off for local mountain bikers to be run next weekend from Karori Mud Cycles, through the Makara Mountain Bike Park, back to Karori Mud Cycles, a round trip of about 15k. The fun event starts at 8am on April 8, ending at 1pm. Co-organiser Aidan Forrest says it’s the fourth such event that the Wellington Mountain Bike group has run, each time choosing a parody of a politician’s name. “Last year it was the Winston Peters Enduro-First Enduro.” The year before that it was the Donald Trump Freedom Enduro. They were both elected soon after their events, so Aidan says he and co-organiser Tom Adams do wonder what the outcome

for Rocket Man might actually be. The website does advise that compliance with officially-approved hairstyles is encouraged Aidan says the fundraiser is intended to be more a bit of fun than the usual serious enduro race and the money raised goes towards the Makara Mountain Bike Park. “Last year we raised some $2000-3000. Again the website has advice on the matter, pointing out that if sufficient money is raised for the park, it will please the Great Leader immensely, and he might even let off a rocket. The event is intended to draw a range of ages, starting under 13 years up and to attract both men and women he says. And he’s delighted that Karori businesses and the mountain bike community support them year after year.

In defeat comes the chance for Joseph Parker to reinvent. While many painted a bleak outlook for his career prospects following his predictable defeat to Great Britain’s Anthony Joshua in Cardiff on Sunday, realistically there’s a chance for the young Kiwi boxer to get back to the top in the future. The time has come to part ways with veteran trainer Kevin Barry and give Parker to a trainer with fresh eyes, new techniques and a more worldly perspective. Barry has taken both Parker and David Tua to world title fights offshore and both men have been out-boxed. Barry is clearly an astute boxing trainer but Parker has reached the ceiling Barry can take him. The 26-year-old had few answers to

Joshua who effectively used his height and reach advantage to jab Parker out of the contest much like Lennox Lewis did to David Tua 18 years ago. Parker did not disgrace himself but never looked like pulling off the victory. Perhaps a change of trainer and a change in environment would refreshen the Kiwi-Samoan as he goes back to the drawing board. Plan B of hoping Joshua got tired in the later rounds simply didn’t work. Time is on Parker’s side, he’s still young, but changes must be made and Barry seems a logical one. Parker proved he deserved the stage he was on in front of 80,000 people in the Welsh capital but his winning chances fizzled away quicker than David Warner’s international cricket career.


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