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From UK to Kilbirnie By Jamie Adams

Typically the most talented Kiwi actors will fly from the roost to pursue their theatre careers in the glitz of London or New York. So it’s not often you see the reverse happen, with a recent British arrival keen to cut her teeth in the Wellington theatre scene – having trained at a leading UK youth arts organisation. Anna Chambers is one of the stars of a new play, which is currently showing at the Gryphon Theatre. Continued on page 2. English actress Anna Chambers is excited about pursuing her career in Wellington, and is happy to call Kilbirnie home too. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Talented British actress keen to advance career in Wellington Continued from page 1. A BBC Play of the year winner and Tony Award nominee, Our Country’s Good is set in late 1700s Australia and is inspired by actual events involving British Royal Marines and convicts. Anna plays young convict

Duckling Smith. Her character falls in love with Midshipman Harry Brewer (played by Patrick McTague), who helps overcome her loneliness and desolation, but ultimately leaves her broken-hearted. Anna, 23, moved from Lancaster to New Zealand with

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auditioned.” The extremely competitive London theatre scene combined with a lack of opportunities in northern England meant she eventually looked further afield, with the Wellington Repertory Theatre production coming to her attention via the Star Now website. Having previously seen the show and viewing a video of director Joanne Lisik’s vision for the show, Anna was prepared to move to the other side of the planet to audition, getting the part in November. “The audition was one week after I landed.” Initially living in Johnsonville, Anna moved to Kilbirnie for the better lifestyle. “Everything here is on your doorstep. I love the beaches.” She aims to become a local professional, with hopes of performing at Bats or Circa. “I want to stay as long as I can. There’s a great theatre scene here. I’d love to give it a shot.” Our Country’s Good premiered last night and will run until Saturday, April 14 (excluding Monday) at the Gryphon Theatre on Ghuznee Street.

City switches to eco-friendly streetlights Wellington City Council is installing eco-friendly LED streetlights across the city in a bid to lower energyconsumption and to improve public safety. The 14,500 energy-efficient streetlights are expected to reduce the city’s streetlight energy bill from $684,000 a year to a projected $225,000. Councillor Chris CalviFreeman, portfolio leader for transport strategy and

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inbrief news Accessibility survey open Wellington City Council is interested in gathering feedback from residents of Wellington to find out about their experiences in getting around the city. It has created a survey where people can record a journey they regularly take to state its difficulty.  Council staff would like feedback and perspectives which they will be able to use in their efforts to identify and correct accessibility issues.  The survey is for people with disabilities, temporary illnesses and injuries, people who have trouble getting around with prams or pushchairs and people who care for others who have a disability.  The survey closes on Monday, April 16.

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An Air New Zealand aircraft on the runway across the road from the orange social housing unit at 48 Calabar Road. PHOTO: Louis Davis By Louis Davis JOURNALISM STUDENT

Social housing residents in Miramar are not happy after finding out they could be displaced for a wider airport runway in 2020. Wellington Airport wants to acquire nine social housing units on Calabar Road, which are home to 30 residents. The airport’s Masterplan for 2030, published in 2010, displays a diagram where Calabar Road is “realigned” on top of two existing social housing units owned by the council. Calabar Road resident Azeb Ghebremiskel was “not hap-

py” about possibly moving but felt it would be “ok” so long as a new location was nearby. Her concern was whether her children would be close enough to school. Azeb’s brother Issac also lives around the corner and helps out with the kids. A neighouring resident, Linda Shamoon, moved into her unit with her family for a “bigger and better space” 22 years ago. Linda is afraid of the impact leaving could have on her eight-month-old twins Mary and Charbel. Many of the social housing residents do not speak English as a first language. Many

have moved to the area with family and fear being split up if they are relocated. Wellington City Council senior communications and engagement advisor of city housing Graham Budd says the council had been approached by the airport, but no decision had been made. “If the decision was approved by council, and the airport board, then we would look to move these tenants to alternative accommodation within our portfolio. They would remain as tenants.” Graham refused to comment about whether tenants would be moved close by, or when a decision would be likely.

He says the council had informed tenants it had been approached about acquisition by the airport. It would “absolutely” take into consideration perspectives from tenants while negotiating. Airport head planner Mike Brown did not respond to a request for comment but has been reported as saying there is no fi xed timeline for the plans, despite the Masterplan stating the changes as happening in 2020. Mike has said the current Rongotai site is extremely small for an airport which accommodates six million annual passengers – a number that is increasing.


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inbrief news Funding for 250th commemoration The Department of Internal Affairs has announced lottery funding is available to projects linked to the Tuia – Encounters 250 commemoration, which marks 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Mâori and Europeans in New Zealand. The Lottery Grants Board will fund $9 million into initiatives that connect and build understanding of New Zealand’s dual heritage, whakapapa, identity, as well as arts, science, and technology. The lottery Tuia – Encounters 250 programme opened yesterday and applications will be accepted throughout the year. Further information about the fund and all eligibility criteria can be found at

Women’s digital directory launched A new digital directory for women was launched last week. The ‘W’ Directory, created by YWCA Auckland and YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand, with the support of the Ministry for Women, is a digital hub and search engine that brings together all the organisations, services, funds and opportunities available to Kiwi women, regardless of their age and stage in life. Users can search for services to support them in all aspects of their lives such as health and wellbeing, parenting and personal development. The directory lists over 200 services nationwide and is still expanding.

Yoghurt may help infants Yoghurt given to infants in the first year may protect them from developing eczema and allergy, researchers have found. Their study involved 390 mothers in Wellington and Auckland who were asked about various foods they gave to their infants and the infants were seen regularly for signs of eczema and had a skin prick test for allergy at one year. “We found up to 70 percent reduction in eczema and allergy in the first year of life for daily consumers,” Dr Crane from the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington says. “The more regularly yoghurt was given, the greater the effect.”

Hataitai intersection likely to get traffic lights By Louis Davis JOURNALISM STUDENT

Hataitai’s dangerous intersection looks set to get traffic lights later this year. T h e M ox h a m Ave nu e , Hataitai Road and Waitoa Road crossroads – the suburb’s busiest – has worried the Hataitai community for over 10 years. Eastern Ward Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman said a final decision was still “a few months away” but “traffic signals [were] the most likely option”.

On February 7, the Hataitai Residents’ Association met to discuss the intersection. Cochair Andrew McCauley said council staff presented two main options: traffic lights or more road signs. Traffic lights were the favoured option at the meeting. Andrew says residents expressed frustration about delays on a final decision. “It sounded like they still have a lot of work to do.” Late last year, an accident involving the intersection prompted community action.

On November 6, Rebecca Burgess, co-ordinator of Hataitai Community House, witnessed a car hit a child while turning from Moxham Avenue onto Waitoa Road. The child was walking across the pedestrian crossing with their mother. “It was horrific,” Rebecca says. The child was back at kindergarten a few days later, but the accident shocked the community. In 2017, Hataitai Residents Association secretary Kath-

leen Logan created an online survey to find out what people thought about the troublesome intersection. The results of the survey found an overwhelming majority of support to change the intersection. Less than two percent of participants wanted no change to the intersection. However, after the survey was completed no action had begun on the intersection. Andrew says the survey was taken on board as an influence at the recent meeting.

Late local’s legacy lives on with school grant Island Bay’s St Francis de Sales has been given a small boost to its coffers as one of four recipients of a $5000 grant from the W F Educational Foundation. Foundation chairman John Holden last week pa id a visit to the school to present a cheque to principal Tracey Gu ndesen a nd Boa rd of Trustees chairperson Emma Richards. St Francis de Sales is one of four schools in the Wellington South area to receive the grant this year. The four others get theirs in the alternate year. John says in the past 16 years the W F Educational Foundation has distributed more than $270,000 to eight schools in the Wellington South area. The foundation was established in 1997 and is a registered charitable Trust in New Zealand. It was named after W F (Bill) Anderson in recognition of a lifetime of community service to the

people of Wellington South. Bill was a primary school teacher and later became a Principal of Houghton Valley School. He was part of a committee that established the now defunct Wellington South Licensing Trust and served on that trust for 21 years. He was also active in the Island Bay Surf Life Saving Club and in RSA affairs, and until 1997 coached schoolboy rugby at Wellington College. John says Bill was a friendly, jovial man well known to the Island Bay community for his regular daily walks and talks to local students about growing up in the suburb. He died in 1999. St Francis principal Tracy Gundesen says the school plans to spend the $5000 on new robotics. “We want to provide learning opportunities with the latest technology. It’s something we would not have been able to afford without the grant.”

St Francis de Sales School Principal Tracey Gundesen (left) and Board of Trustees chairperson Emma Richards (right) receive a grant from the Chairman of The W F Educational Foundation, John Holden (centre). PHOTO: Supplied

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New bus stop 700 steps too far for local man

Boundary changes, te reo names for wards mooted Wellington City Council wants your views on proposed changes for Council elections, representation and ward names, the deputy mayor says. Under the Local Electoral Act, the Council has to review its electoral arrangements at least every six years. Wellington’s previous review was in 2012 and looked at the way councillors are elected, community board arrangements, the electoral system used and the arrangements for Maori wards. The Council is proposing five changes to ward boundaries, to keep the current community boards and to add te reo Maori names to the wards. The proposal does not include the addition of Maori wards or more community boards. Deputy Mayor Jill Day says

the key changes proposed are adjustments to the boundaries for the Southern Ward. “Essentially these are to iron out discrepancies between wards in terms of population and representation,” Jill, who leads the Governance and Maori Partnerships portfolios, says. She says the most exciting part of the review for her is the proposal to introduce bilingual ward names. “Te reo is the foundation of Maori culture and identity. It is beautiful and it’s ours – it’s official.” The Representation Review proposal is available on the Council’s website, from the service centre and will be available at city libraries later this week. The consultation closes on May 4.

Disgruntled bus commuter Peter Evaroa at his current bus stop. PHOTO: Asa Andersen By Asa Andersen JOURNALISM STUDENT

When a man’s nearby bus route decides to pack up and move, there’s not many places he can get to while gripping a fine-polished walking cane. Rintoul Street resident Peter Evaroa is “pee’d off” by Wellington City Council’s proposed plan to change the location of a current bus route in Berhampore, to be implemented in July. If the consultation is approved, in April, the route would bypass two of its former streets, Rintoul St and Lavaud St, and would instead run down Russell Terrace. Bus stop route 22 currently sits directly outside Evaroa’s home, and would move 350 metres – changing

its name to 29. “I have osteoporosis, which affects my hips and back – I cannot make it all the way to the new bus stop,” he said. Peter says he would have to hitch a taxi to get into the CBD, which he “barely” has enough money for. He believes the change is cutting off access for the elderly too. “There’s a lovely 70-year-old lady here and she loved her tours on the bus. “She must walk much further now, and with a walker it will be very hard. “It’s a huge difference for people with disabilities.” he says. Peter says Rintoul Street is a very populous area, and a lot of people would suffer from the change during winter when it rains heavily.

The change would see two new bus stops installed on Russell Tce, at the expense of eight on-street parking spaces, with concerns about narrowness as well. Greater Wellington Regional Council chairman Chris Laidlaw says they had similar problems all over the city and fixing the issue was “the art of the impossible”. “Without buses that can fly, we’re going to have to work with what we have. “You have to take in all the factors. Some people like bus stops right outside their house, others don’t.” Chris believes the council would install “thousands of bus stops” if they helped everyone. “We’re equally upset that we can’t cater for everyone,” he says.

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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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‘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 Britannic Bedlam Morris Gentlemen and White Rose Women clubs. They all then gathered to participate in eggrolling and egg-tossing competitions.

Miramar’s Amy Hesketh, winner of an egg-rolling contest, with her Joseph Parker design.

Brooklyn’s Tom Curtain, 11, with his impressive egg-hosting rocket he entered in the bestdecorated egg contest.

Milli Kiechle-Kane, 6, and Lucy KiechleKane, 11, who won the best-decorated egg competitions in their respective age groups, hold their designs with their chocolately prizes.

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Participants of the adults’ eggrolling contest launch off. The winner was whoever got their egg closest to a golden egg “jack”.

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Local youth tackle a coming of age story

From left, Cary Stackhouse, Aimee Smith, Cassandra Tse, Patrick Jennings, Konrad Makisi and Greer Samuel, part of the cast of the rock opera Spring Awakening. PHOTO: Ben Emerson

Walking up a confidence boost at Houghton Valley School


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 from the cast are from the southern and eastern 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 20’s 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 Awak-

ening’ comes around every generation.” 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”.

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Art Prebble (right) and his younger brother Alfonso show off their feathered slippers for their school’s Fancy Feet Parade. PHOTO: Supplied

Walking to school solo recently has been a big confidence booster for sixyear-old Houghton Valley School pupil, Art Prebble. Encouraging kids to walk or wheel from home to school was one of a range of activities that Greater Wellington Regional Council promoted for last month’s Movin’March, which celebrated walking and “wheeling” to primary schools throughout the Wellington region. Art’s mum Natalie Keegan says that while at first she was nervous about him walking alone, she’s now embraced the idea as a great step towards more independence, which she says is just what a six-year-old is keen on.

“We are lucky enough to live a short distance from his school. I wave him off at the top of our drive and make sure I can see the school road patrol is there and often get a wave from the teacher on patrol. “Art has one road to cross and often neighbours are heading to school at the same time. “It was his idea to walk by himself and it has helped boost his confidence.” Research supports this, showing that walking and biking to school improves physical fitness and helps develop confidence, independence, decision making and risk assessment skills, improve communication with parents and build a stronger sense of community.



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Question: Do you support the council’s plan for a rainbow crossing for Cuba Street?

Brodie Barlow, Island Bay “It’s a cool idea. Visiting people will say they haven’t seen a road like it before.”

Sam Hannaway, Houghton Bay “Yes. It brightens up Cuba St and it is showing support for the LGBT community.”

Kate Langston, Newtown “It think it brightens up people’s days and it’s great we are showing support for LGBT people.”

Olivia Vriens, Island Bay “If it’s a legal crossing you have got to have signs to identify it. It’s not a bad idea but I have reservations about the cost.”

Lisa Jackson, Island Bay “It’s an unnecessary use of ratepayers’ money. There are better ways to spend the money.”

Brett Lyons, Island Bay “If it’s no worse than a normal one and it works then why not? It’s nice to see new things.”

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Don’t be fooled over who really poisoned the spy Re: Russian ex-spy poisoning in UK – it’s more likely the covert actions of an American spy. I applaud Winston Peters for his hesitant wisdom regarding the frenzied beat-up towards blaming the Russians regarding the UK spy poisoning – when the truth be known it will be an American agent who orchestrated it and not Russian retaliation. Have we not learnt anything since

Tony Blair plunged the UK into attacking Iraq with war-mongering America over non-existent weapons of mass destruction? Now Theresa May hastens to blame Russia as America insists, ahead of any conclusive evidence. When we see Trump about to make yet another ardent declaration at the podium it seems more liken to a Marineworld show of a seal clapping his own flippers.

This will not be the first time America has killed a spy and then blamed it on Russia. From the Cold War to a Trade War – America is still at War. New Zealand is better protected through the balanced caution of both China and Russia against such deviant American actions. Martin Beck, Mornington

Arrogance of Kiwibank means it’s time to change Dear Editor, I complained to the banking ombudsman regarding Kiwibank’s new imposed changes. I have since received an email from Angelia - no surname given – Kiwibank complaints resolution specialist, which gives absolutely no answers or reasons to my complaints, she only provided me with the

banks “solutions”. What annoys pensioner Baby Boomers most are the younger generations spouting out condescending ‘solutions’ instead of giving us real answers! Do we have to resort to applying for OIA to get answers and reasons? Forcing their customers into on-line banking through their customer relations

“Solutions” is an arrogant lame excuse for reality of what is really going down with Kiwibank’s future. Kiwibank is not a major player in the New Zealand banking market, yet the young directors are reneging on the service and fee principles that formed the foundation of Kiwibank in trying to compete with the Big

Aussie banks; in Kiwibank, servicing secondary mortgages for their privileged customers to purchase more flats and a bach at the beach rather than service their core poor customers. Build it and they will come is an old American con. In a few years Kiwibank would realise their service mistake and will have to return back to their old

suburban branches at further costs to the bank and their customers! Kiwibank’s service attitude towards its customers is arrogant. I think it is time to change banks. Martin Beck, Mornington [abridged]

Town Hall strengthening set to get under way Wellingtonians will notice the start of work on the Town Hall refurbishment soon, when earthquake strengthening gets under way on the 114-year-old building. Work starts in the next two weeks to secure the unreinforced masonry (brick) parapets and facades, before the main refurbishment starts later in the year. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says this is a pivotal moment for Wellington.

“The Town Hall has been at the centre of the city’s civic and cultural life for generations. “This week we are starting the three-year journey to bring back the Town Hall.” 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. The Mayor says the Town Hall

is one of a number of heritage buildings around the CBD that require work to make sure the public is protected from the risk of falling masonry in an earthquake. This follows a decision by the Minister for Building and Construction after the Kaikoura earthquake to take action to secure unreinforced masonry on buildings in busy, hightraffic areas that are vulnerable in an earthquake. Council Chief City Planner

David Chick says over the next two weeks the public will notice timber hoardings being erected along the Town Hall’s Wakefield Street and Civic Square frontages to ensure pedestrian safety. The lane between the Town Hall and the Michael Fowler Centre will be closed and pedestrians redirected, while the centre’s car park close in four to six weeks’ time and remain inaccessible for 18 months. A prefabricated building will

be located in the car park as a temporary rehearsal studio for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, which is moving out of the St James Theatre to make way for earthquake strengthening work there. Wakefield Street will remain open, but there will be the temporary loss of some short term car parks. The main construction work on the Town Hall is due to start in late 2018 after a main contractor is selected.

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Hataitai residents fight back over planned bus route change By Jamie Adams

A Roseneath teenager has launched an online petition opposing a change to a bus route through her area that would see its key service no longer run to and from Kilbirnie. Meaghan Serjeantson is took to after Greater Wellington Regional Council announced the number 14 bus from Wilton to Kilbirnie/Rongotai would no longer run beyond Hataitai once Transurban takes over the majority of Wellington’s bus network in July. The council’s Metlink website advises that Kilbirnie commuters on the new route would need to disembark at Hataitai village and then board a No.2 bus. It says the move is being done to reduce overlap and duplication of services between Hataitai and Kilbirnie as it clashes with a core route. Meaghan points out that as well as Kilbirnie commuters, the No.14 bus serves students attending St. Patrick’s, Rongotai and St. Catherine’s colleges. She attends the latter. “Children from both Roseneath and Hataitai schools use the No.14 to get to/from these services, as well as adults,” she says on the petition. Her petition has, as of Wednesday, attracted 878 signatures. She aims to get it to 1000.

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Wellington Brass Band wins Aussie title - again The Wellington Brass Band is once again the Trans-Tasman champion. The Australian national band championships took place in Melbourne over Easter weekend. This year’s competition saw over 70 bands and 3000 attendees compete throughout five main events. Competition is fierce with quality bands such as Brisbane Excelsior and Central Coast Concert Brass attending, and others from as far afield as South Korea also in the mix. Wellington Brass produced stellar performances throughout the weekend and is pleased to report a clean sweep, winning each and every event they entered. In their concluding comments

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Comments from signatories have included concerns about the added risk for school children heading home, especially those who train at the ASB Sports Centre or the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre. Others say the service is vital to those who don’t drive and that changes to it make no sense. A Hataitai resident who spoke to the Cook Strait News, Leah Maxwell, is frustrated the decision was made last year, according to council communication, yet the first public notice asking for feedback was in February. “Most Hataitai and Kilbirnie residents are still oblivious to the upcoming changes as it has been kept fairly quiet. There aren’t notices on the No.14 bus notifying of changes nor has there been any mail drop,” Leah says. Greater Wellington senior engagement advisor Peter Thornbury says Kilbirnie commuters will still be able to get there from Hataitai village after transferring to another bus free of charge with Snapper card. “It would connect with buses coming in from the tunnel within half an hour.” Peter says the council’s aim with new routes and transfer hubs is to get more people boarding high-frequency buses, such as the No.2 on the East-West “spine”, to improve efficiency and create a simpler network.

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Roxy Ci nem a a nd Kahurangi Friends are celebrating the end of summer with an outdoor film screening this Saturday evening at Kahurangi School. “We’ve been teaming up with Roxy Cinema for several years now to produce Peninsula Pictures,” says Amanda Hereaka, chair of Kahurangi Friends. “This year we’re screening Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which we’ve chosen because it appeals to all ages, and for all the film makers on the peninsula, it’s got great 1970s special effects.” Peninsula Pictures is one of the two events that Ka-

hurangi Friends produce for the Miramar Peninsula community, the other being the Kotahi Music Festival on Waitangi Day. “Peninsula Pictures is a real community event,” says Amanda Hereaka. “Lots of peninsula organisations and businesses help make it happen. “And it’s a special event: it’s not often that you get to watch a movie under the stars. As well as the feature, we starting with a screening of NZ animated short Spring Jam.” Gates open at 5pm and entry is by koha. Type “Kahurangi Friends” on Facebook for more info and updates.

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Free workshop for volunteer rugby coaches Ex-Highlanders player John Leslie has ramped up his goal to boost the number of junior rugby coaches by rebooting his acclaimed training programme. The former Scotland international says there’s no shortage of mums and dads willing to get involved in coaching – but they often lack good resources to make it happen. The Dunedin-based rugby guru is visiting the Marist St Pats rugby club to pass on tips in a new series of free workshops for volunteer rugby coaches throughout New Zealand. Commercial cleaning firm CrestClean is backing Leslie’s programme by supporting the 50 training events, meaning he can run the skills clinics free of charge. Leslie, who set up LeslieRug-

Former Highlander John Leslie. PHOTO: Supplied

by in 2006 to foster the game at grassroots level, has totally reworked his training ideology. He is determined to put the fun back in coaching. “People can get stuck at practice, especially if they haven’t got their planning right,” he says. “These workshops are all about giving volunteer rugby coaches a plan so they’ll never feel stuck or frustrated at rugby practice again.” John worked on the new coaching programme with his close friend Tony Brown, a former Highlanders coach who led them to their Super Rugby Championship in 2015 and now coaches Japan’s national rugby team. He says the workshops are aimed to empower attendees. Each coach walks away with a solid understanding of how

to run an hour-long coaching session. The programme is a way to help strengthen junior rugby teams from the ground up and enhance the quality of the experience for everyone who’s involved, he says. Grant McLauchlan, CrestClean’s managing director says junior rugby suffers from a lack of trained coaches - but no shortage of keen parents who want to give it a go. “What they need is a training plan to bring out the best in their kids’ teams. That’s why LeslieRugby and CrestClean have teamed up to develop an easy-to-follow programme of core skills,” he says. The coaching workshop is on this Saturday, April 7, 9.3010.30am at Marist St Pats Rugby Club, Evans Bay Park, Kilbirnie.

Wicked Wellington weather makes Waterbourne a success Wellington Harbour provided ideal conditions for extreme water-sports athletes last weekend, allowing them to showcase their abilities in a variety of challenging conditions. More than 80 athletes competed at the three-day Waterbourne competition at the weekend, with windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) events. 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-facet Ocean Clash race on day two, Trevor battled his way to victory. Matt Taggart (Raglan) was the first kitesurfer to cross the line. Saturday also saw the Kite Big Air Nationals, with Ticiana Fetterman’s spectacular performance taking her to the women’s title and fellow Aucklander Marc Jacobs claiming the men’s

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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. 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,” Laurence says. “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.”

Luke Holliday powers away to second place in the men’s slalom windsurfing event on Wellington Harbour on Sunday. PHOTO: Georgia Schofield

Change, not demise for Joseph Parker 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.

Local rugby results for March 31: Premier (Swindale Shield)

Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield)

Northern United beat Wellington 33-8 Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Oriental-Rongotai 47-15 Poneke beat Tawa 25-20 Marist St Pats beat Wainuiomata 42-19

Northern United beat Wellington 62-12 Oriental-Rongotai beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 19-7 Poneke beat Tawa 28-20 Marist St Pats beat Wainuiomata 79-0


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